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Vol. 5, No. 32
January 18-24, 2012     

CITY NEWS

"ECONOMY OF WEIRD" AT NEXT WEEK'S FILM + MUSIC + INTERACTIVE HAPPY HOUR

FMI HAPPY HOUR  

The Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour returns next Wednesday, January 25, at Spitfire from 5-7pm featuring guest speaker Lisa Weeks, a Seattle business leader with sci-fi and cosplay flair. Lisa and Filter Creative Director Drory Ben-Menachem will speak about how to use, and embrace, you own unique and quirky side--and how it can be turned into a profitable asset.

ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY GETS MUSICAL

SEATTLE CHANNEL

This week on Art Zone with Nancy Guppy, we get to hear some cool music and preview some great local events. Get inside the set of Sandbox Radio Live, and then watch the music video tribute to the beloved Viaduct by musical duo Braniel. We also get to check out the sounds of the "Mexican Elvis", El Vez, as he performs in Studio Art Zone, as well as get an inside look at the upcoming "Children's Film Festival Seattle" at Northwest Film Forum. The show airs this Friday night at 8:00 on Seattle Channel 21.

CHAMBER COMES ON BOARD AS FILM + MUSIC + INTERACTIVE HAPPY HOUR PARTNER

SEATTLE CHAMBER

We are pleased to welcome the Seattle Chamber of Commerce as a new partner in our Happy Hour series. As a partner, the Chamber will be able to bring more connections and opportunities to the film, music, and interactive crowd. Make sure to meet them during our next Happy Hour, next Wednesday, January 25th.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

CONTENT MARKETING RETREAT DISCUSSES NEW BUSINESS MODELS

LANGLEY NEW MEDIA

Russell Sparkman, local visual storyteller, content development expert, and co-founder of FusionSpark Media, will speak at the 2nd Annual Content Marketing Retreat in Langley. The Langley Center for New Media, in Langley, on Whidbey Island, will host the event, taking place on January 26 & 27.The retreat focuses on how marketers and PR professionals are planning, creating and distributing content in support of marketing communications. These approaches mean alternatives to traditional media for funded storytelling and other content projects. For content creators and producers, this means new outlets for work are emerging. Content producers who attend the Retreat will benefit by learning the strategies, tactics, vocabulary and services that marketing managers are embracing to place content at the center of their new and social media strategies. Russell will also share his insight into these topics at the March 28 Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour.

WASHINGTON FILMWORK'S NEW LEGISLATIVE BLOG

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS 

Stay up to date on the "Road to Renewal" of the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program with Washington Filmworks' new legislative blog. With the 2012 legislative session having just begun, the blog is intended to keep you up to date every step of the way on the legislation's progress. Track the blog for updates on letters of support, calls to action, breaking news, talking points, facts and stats about production in Washington, info on contacting your legislators, and much more. 

MUSIC MATTERS LICENSE PLATES NOW AVAILABLE

MUSIC AID NORTHWEST 

As a way to fund music programs, Music Aid Northwest spearheaded an ongoing fundraiser: "Music Matters" License plates. The plates, available through the Washington State Department of Licensing, are available to every vehicle owner in Washington. Nearly all of the proceeds go toward furthering music education in Washington state.

ARTIST TRUST FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION OPEN, FREE GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP

ARTIST TRUST

Applications are now open for the 2012 Artist Trust Fellowship. This program recognizes practicing professional artists of exceptional talent and demonstrated ability, acknowledging an artist's creative excellence and accomplishment, professional achievement and continuing dedication to their artistic discipline. 16 Fellowships will be granted in 2012 to generative artists in 16 different categories, in the amount of $7,500. Artist trust is also offering a free grant writing workshop taking place January 26, and available to artists of all disciplines.

GET SOCIAL THIS THURSDAY AT NORTHWEST FILM FORUM'S HAPPY HOUR

NWFF 

Northwest Film Forum's monthly Film Saloon is a socializing event for the local film community! Film enthusiasts from various niches of the industry gather to mingle about the upcoming slate of events. It all goes down this Thursday, January 19 at 5:00 in Northwest Film Forum's lobby.

CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL SEATTLE JUST AROUND THE CORNER

CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL 

Northwest Film Forum has just announced the 7th annual Children's Film Festival Seattle, to be held January 26 through February 5 at the Film Forum's cinemas in Seattle. The largest children's film festival in the Pacific Northwest, Children's Film Festival Seattle celebrates the best and brightest in international children's cinema with a 10-day extravaganza of more than 100 films from almost 30 countries. This year's edition includes a mind-blowing blend of programs that include live performances, animation, features, shorts, historical films and fantastic hands-on workshops for the filmmakers of tomorrow.

HELP "KICKSTART" SEATTLE FILM AND MUSIC PROJECTS

Kickstarter is an online "crowd-funding" resource that helps musicians, filmmakers and  producers of artistic projects reach out to friends and fans for financial support. Kickstarter allows artists the opportunity to give back to funders with special rewards, such as an exclusive album pre-release, a producer credit in a film, or even getting to meet the  artist in person. Seattle is a hotbed for film and music projects, and you can be a pivotal part of the production process by backing a project and spreading the word. Current Seattle-based Kickstarter projects are listed below ordered by time remaining. Click on the Kickstarter buttons to check out these local projects and discover even more happening around Seattle.

Siblings Liz n Paul Christmas CD - January 23rd (5 days)

Belltown 9811  - January 26th (7 days)

Paradigm Shift - A Commentary on Mental Programming - January 27th (9 days)

Seize the Jello: A Web Series - February 2nd (22 days) 

BLOODSHOT : ENDANGERED SPECIES SPIT MIXTAPE - February 2nd (15 days)

Home Alive Documentary - February 5th (18 days)

West Coast Tour Project - February 13th (24 days)

A SEASON IN HELL - February 11th (24 days)

Yours, 1st EP and the Road to SXSW  - February 12th (25 days)

A SEASON IN HELL: The Soundtrack Album - February 13th (26 days) 

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 1/9- 1/15

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC 

Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).   

 

 1  Pickwick -"Myths"

 2  Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"

 3  Head & The Heart - "Head & The Heart"

 4  Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs"

 5  Shabazz Palaces - "Black Up"

 6  Screaming Trees - "Last Words: The Final Recordings"

 7  Torn ACL's - "Make a Break, Make a Move"

 8  Various Artists - "Live at KEXP, Volume 7"Cave Singers - "Welcome Joy" 

 9  Chris Cornell - "Songbook"

 10 Caspar Babypants - "Sing Along!"

SHORT FILM FRIDAYS    
We believe criticism is a hallmark of a successful film community.  It gives us great pleasure to partner with The Stranger to bring you Short Film Fridays, local film reviews to expand the public appeal of our local movie making talent, continually advance the artistic quality of our work, and inspire more film critics to evaluate local film. 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20: KAHIL JOSEPH'S "BLACK UP"

The short for this coming Friday, Jan 20, will be Kahil Joseph's "Black Up," a "short film that portrays a fever dream induced by the music Shabazz Palaces." Shot in New York City and Puerto Rico, "Black Up" is the second numinous film Joseph has made with Shabazz Palaces--the first hiphop act to be signed to Sub Pop. What one commenter had to say about "Black Up": "If Terrence Malick had grown up in the hood, this is what the Tree of Life would have looked like."

- Charles Mudede
SCARECROW ON SEATTLE
In appreciation and recognition of Seattle's long and illustrious film history, we are proud to partner with Scarecrow Video to bring you weekly reviews of historical Seattle films. Each week we will  showcase a new movie, with special emphasis on how these films show Seattle's most filmable locations. 

 

 

Edens: Lost & Found: Seattle-The Future is Now (2007)

 

I wasn't sure what to expect from this PBS-produced documentary. Was it a celebration of our region's natural beauty? A spotlight on Seattle's green spaces? A propaganda piece touting us as a model of eco-conscious living? It turned out to be a bit of all three. 

It's narrated and hosted by former governor Gary Locke, who we meet standing at Kerry Park with a sunny Seattle skyline in the background. "People here aren't just waiting for the future, we're living it!" he says, but our innovation and growth are a big threat to the environment. He starts with a major bellwether of that threat: salmon. We're introduced to Billy Frank Jr., member of the Nisqually tribe, longtime activist for Native fishing rights, and chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, who strolls along the Sound as he talks about stewardship and preservation. Our then-Mayor Greg Nickels about the city's neighborhood programs to clean up runoff water before it reaches Puget Sound. Edens next segment focuses on sustainable building practices with a tour of an environmentally-friendly home, complete with a two-flush toilet. (Side note: If nature calls while you're dining at our neighbor's Chaco Canyon Café, you'll see one up close and personal). Eco-friendly buildings come up later in the program with a spotlight on the High Point neighborhood redevelopment, combining green housing and a watershed protection project around Longfellow Creek. There's a nice moment when a resident walks through the skeleton structure of her future home, a "breathe-easy" dwelling that will greatly help her asthmatic son. We then shift from houses to headaches: namely, what to do with the Viaduct. At Pier 57 we meet Cary Moon and Grant Cogswell (wearing what I think is a Victrola Coffee shirt) from the anti-tunnel People's Waterfront Coalition, who advocate a surface/transit option. Joining them alongside the old Streetcar tracks is urban designer Julie Parrett, who is forced to shout over the traffic noise as she describes her idyllic vision of a post-Viaduct waterfront. We move on to another unrealized progressive transit solution: the Seattle Monorail Project. Taxi driver-turned-"nut-job" activist Dick Fauklenbury drives down 15th past Ballard High School while he talks about his initial inspiration for an extended monorail and the early days of the project. "Poet-activist" Cogswell reappears as co-author of the original monorail initiative. Lovely aerial shots of downtown and the current monorail tracks on 5th Avenue ease the pain of reliving this frustrating time in our city's history. In the segment's postscript, Locke says Cogswell is working on a movie. That's Cthulhu, which Spenser Hoyt reviewed in a previous Scarecrow on Seattle. Transit frustration caused many Seattle commuters to take matters in to their own hands, or in this case, wheels. Bike commuters describe their daily ride as a good way to decompress from a stressful workday. We also follow a biodiesel homebrewer as he heads to the Central District's Moonlight Café to collect used cooking grease so he can whip up a fresh batch of fuel in his garage. Edens ends as it began with salmon, with students from Stevens Elementary heading to Lake Washington to release salmon fry raised in their classroom. Mayor Nickels reminds us that it will be the next generation who make our environmental idealism into reality. I do hope those kids build a monorail someday.

 

 -Jen Koogler

MEDIA DIGEST

FLEET FOXES LAND BRIT AWARDS NOMINATION

THE GUARDIAN

In the company of acts such as Maroon 5, Jay-Z/Kanye West, Lady Antebellum and Foo Fighters, the northwest's Fleet Foxes have been nominated in the "International Group" category for the 2012 Brit Awards. This is not the first time they have been nominated for a Brit award; in 2009, Fleet foxes were in the running for both "International Album" and "International group". The awards take place next month.

SEATTLE PRODUCERS DISCUSS THE BUSINESS OF LOCAL INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING

SEATTLE TIMES

A good number of Seattle films are headed to Sundance Film Festival, starting Thursday the 19th in Park City. For many independent film producers, Sundance is the place to be. Even if you're not chaperoning a film, many say the festival is a destination to be included on any aspiring producer's journey to success. The Seattle Times looks at the local indie film industry, and evaluates what it means to be a successful producer here in Seattle.

CAPITOL HILL BLOCKBUSTER JOINS MANY OTHERS IN WAVE OF CLOSURES

CAPITOL HILL SEATTLE

Deemed as a local sign of the digital effect on movie rentals, the Capitol Hill Blockbuster will be closing its doors for good. The financially troubled chain has shut down quite a few locations as of late, and the Capitol Hill location is only just the most recent casualty. What's to come for the business of physical DVD/BluRay rentals? The industry is indeed shaky, but some businesses seem to be surviving; Broadway Video and Third Man Video, both rental outlets, are standing tall on Capitol Hill. 

FIVE QUESTIONS FOR FILMMAKER LYNN SHELTON

FIVE QUESTIONS FOR YOU

Known widely for her 2009 film Humpday, Lynn Shelton is a successful filmmaker from Seattle. Lynn answers questions about filmmaking, storytelling and inspiration, and even talks about why she sets her films in Seattle. Read about her evolving views and attitudes on filmmaking, what draws her to make the films she does, and her improvisational approach to filmmaking in Fivequestionsforyou's interview.

BRITISH GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TEACHING FILM IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

THE TELEGRAPH

In a new report from the British government, cinema is deemed an equal of literature. In the proposal, it is suggested that film studies and the mechanics of filmmaking is a valuable art form that should be taught to children in schools. The government hopes by incorporating cinema into the curriculum, saying they hope to "encourage a new generation of scriptwriters, directors and behind-the-camera technicians."

Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff 
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel Sawyer, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Sorayya Aminian
, Intern
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