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News from the Office of Film + Music 1/19/2011


OFFICE NEWS

ANOTHER GREAT OF+M INTERN ENTERS THE WORKFORCE
Alas, it comes time for us to bid adieu to our exiting intern overlord, Laura Brewer. Laura is a rockstar, who has done some truly amazing work in her tenure here at the Office of Film + Music: She produced these stellar mini-documentaries for the 2010 City of Music Awards; she has worked and Tweeted tirelessly to maintain our growing social media outlets; and has generally gone above-and-beyond the intern call of duty. Case in point: Laura once braved the Snomageddon-torn Seattle streets to send out this here Newsletter, thus ensuring you all got your recommended weekly dosage of OF+M. Although we are very sad to see her go, we know that Laura will continue to rock, and will soon score the most incredible job in the history of the world--and that's no "hyperbole and a half.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

WASHINGTON STATE GOES TO SUNDANCE
2011 Sundance Film Festival
Make way for the Pacific Northwest, Sundance! Four locally-made films and their esteemed filmmakers will journey down to Utah this week to take part in the 2011 Festival: The Off Hours (written and directed by Megan Griffiths), The Catechism Cataclysm (written and directed by Todd Rohal), The Oregonian (written and directed by Lee Reeder) and The Details (directed by Jacob Aaron Estes). The Off Hours will make its world premiere as part of the Sundance Institute's out-of-competition series,"Next," which highlights visionary, innovative and original work in low-and no-budget filmmaking. The Details kicks off the Festival's Premier section, while The Catechism Cataclysm and The Oregonian will feature in "Park City at Midnight," which is home to horror films and extreme comedies. Congratulations once more to all! For all the Sundance scoop, including information on these featured local films, check out the link above.

LOCAL ARTISTS COME TOGETHER IN SUPPORT OF DREW GROW AND THE PASTORS' WIVES
Benefit for Drew Grow of Drew Grow & The Pastors' Wives
Last week Drew Grow, frontman of Northwest group Drew Grow & The Pastors' Wives, was involved in a serious car accident that totaled the band's tour van. Drew sustained multiple injuries in the crash, some of which have required surgical attention, and is still in the hospital. Thankfully, Drew's prognosis is good, but he will likely undergo a long rehabilitation period that will leave him and his band out of commission for a while. Mere hours after hearing this sad news, the local music community has come together in support of Drew and the Pastors' Wives: Three separate benefit shows, featuring local acts The Maldives, Kevin Murphy (of The Moondoggies), The Woods, Big Sur and others, have already been organized, the first of which takes place this Friday, January 21 in Portland. A February 19 show at Columbia City Theater is also on the books, and more projects are in the works as well. In addition, an online donation fund in Drew's name has been established to raise money to help cover medical bills, lost wages and replacing the Pastors' Wives' tour van. To make a donation or to learn more about upcoming concert dates, be sure to check out the above links. Get well soon, Drew!

SEATTLE'S OFFICE OF ARTS & CULTURAL AFFAIRS OFFERING PAID INTERNSHIPS
Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is looking for two interns to work closely with its communications team and provide administrative support for the department. Interns receive a small monthly stipend for their work which includes: researching media and industry news, maintaining social media sites, aiding in and hosting concerts and events, writing and uploading newsletter content, day-to-day office tasks and perpetuating the internship program. The start date for this intern cycle is in February. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, references and resume to arts.culture@seattle.gov by the January 28 application deadline. More details can be found at the link above.

CONGRATS TO THE RECIPIENTS OF 2011 KING COUNTY AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN HIP-HOP
MUSICA Entertainment
The Martin Luther King County Executive's Hip-Hop Award recognizes local members of the Hip-Hop community whose innovative performances, civic service and entrepreneurial achievement has had a significant cultural impact in King County. Congratulations to this year's winners: Barry "DJ B Mello" Williams, who was honored in the "Industry Pioneer" category; GoodyBagg/Lenard Jones in the "Innovative Performance" category; and Massive Monkees/Florentino Francisco in the "Industry Pioneers" category. The 2011 Excellence in Hip-Hop recipients were honored this past Monday at Columbia City Theater, in a vibrant ceremony celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King and the power of Hip- Hop Arts. For more information about the event and this year's honorees, be sure to follow the link.

1/5 OF JAPAN WATCHES PREMIERE OF LOCALLY SHOT MINI-SERIES
The Seattle Times
After making a huge impression on Japanese audiences in November, 99 Years of Love: Japanese American, a groundbreaking miniseries which captures the story of Japanese Americans over the past century through the lens of one family, made its U.S. debut here in Seattle January 8. More than 250 gathered at the Nisei Veterans' Hall to take in the plight of the Hiramatsu clan, who flee poverty in Japan to make a living in Washington state, only to have their new lives torn apart by the Japanese Internment during the throes of WWII. Shot primarily in Seattle last May, the ten-part epic attracted 20 million viewers--nearly one-fifth of the population--when it aired on the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) in Japan over five nights last November. Seattle non-profit Densho collaborated with series' producers on the historical accuracy of Japanese American. "For us it was a great opportunity," says Densho's Executive Director, Tom Ikeda, in an interview with The Seattle Times. "[This] series [encourages] people to learn more about Japanese Americans and their history." For more information about the series, follow the above links.

CELEBRATE THE VERA PROJECT'S 10TH BIRTHDAY
The Vera Project
Seattle all-ages venue and center for artistic awesomeness is turning ten years old this month--and wants your input! Voice your love of Vera on Facebook or Twitter and your comments could be seen at the tenth anniversary art gallery. The January 30 birthday bash will include a musical performance with Street Eaters, Forgetters and Mutiny Mutiny at 7:00 pm. As an extra-special birthday present, consider becoming a volunteer for Vera events. Click the link above for more information on how to get involved with Vera.

SAVE THE DATE: THE NEXT YOUTH FILM HAPPY HOUR IS FEBRUARY 26
MOHAI
Attention youth filmmakers: Join Northwest Film Forum (NWFF), the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), KCTS 9 and SIFF Saturday, February 26, for a networking event exclusively for you! Enjoy complimentary food, drinks and music as you mingle with other youth filmmakers, watch short film screenings and learn about upcoming projects you can take part in, including MOHAI's History Is____ film competition. A number of seasoned film professionals will also be in attendance, offering expert advice about launching a career in film. Be sure to mark those calendars and follow the above link for more information about the event.

GIGMAVEN LAUNCHES NEW SEATTLE SERVICE
GigMaven
GigMaven, a website dedicated to helping artists connect to live music venues, has just expanded its services to our fair city. Via an innovative online interface that boasts more than 8,000 users, Gigmaven endeavors to streamline the often time-consuming booking and scheduling process for both independent musicians and the venues which host them. The site has already joined forces with a number of Seattle hotspots, including Nectar Lounge, Neumo's, Chop Suey, Gallery 1412 and Lo Fi Performance Gallery, and will also feature venue searching and promotional assistance tools. Here's the kicker: the service is all free! For more information on Gigmaven or to register your band, follow the above link.

DON'T MISS "ARTZONE'S" HOUR-LONG CONCERT SPECIAL FEATURING SEATTLE ROCKERS RED DRESS
Kickstarter: Connect To
Prepare to rock: This Saturday, January 22, Seattle Channel will air a special presentation of ArtZone with Nancy Guppy, showcasing legendary Seattle songsters, Red Dress. The extended, hour-long episode will feature pre-recorded footage of Red Dress performing live in concert at ACT's Bullitt Cabaret. Hailed by Seattle Magazine as one of the top ten local bands of all time, Red Dress has spent 30-plus years perfecting its signature rock/blues/funk sound, which has been described as "James Brown meets Frank Zappa." The show premieres at 10:00 pm, and will also be rebroadcast on KCTS 9 next Thursday, January 27, at 11:00 pm. For all the scoop on this ArtZone special, check out the link.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2011 INDIE FEST
The Indie Fest
The Indie Fest, an international film competition which seeks to help independent filmmakers gain publicity and exposure, is now accepting submissions for its 2011 festival. A virtual showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices, the Indie recognizes filmmakers who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity in a variety of formats--from animation to documentary. Winners of the festival are awarded with targeted media promotion, geared towards securing film distribution, that is circulated to media outlets and The Indie's email database of more than 25,000 industry insiders. Additionally, festival winners also receive a $1,000 cash prize and in-kind production studio opportunities worth $1,500. The submission deadline for the current competition is January 28. Be sure to check out the link above for all the details.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 1/12 - 1/18
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).

  1. Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs.
  2. Moondoggies - "Tidelands"
  3. Brandi Carlile - "Live at Easy Street"
  4. Shabazz Palaces - "Self Titled"
  5. Caspar Babypants - "This Is Fun!"
  6. Mad Rad - "Youth Die Young"
  7. Caspar Babypants - Here I Am!
  8. Fleet Foxes "Fleet Foxes"
  9. Young Evils "Enchanted Chapel"
  10. Jimi Hendrix - "West Coast Seattle Boy"

SCARECROW ON SEATTLE
Scarecrow
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 our Seattle's most filmable locations.

The Night Strangler (1973)
Even though it grossly misrepresents the Seattle Underground, The Night Strangler is one of my favorite "set in Seattle" films. It's a made-for-TV follow-up to the hugely popular TV movie The Night Stalker, which introduced Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin), an investigative reporter who specializes in the supernatural. In the first film he happened upon a vampire in Las Vegas and this time he encounters a seemingly immortal ghoul who thrives on the blood of go-go dancers. And, no, the ghoul in question is not Frank Colacurcio. The film was mostly shot on location in Seattle and mixes in many authentic locations and details as well as some slight variations on real places. For example, one of the victims must catch a bus on Saint James Street in order to get to her home in Shoreline Park. The movie appropriately begins with a lovely twilight shot of a ferry in Elliot Bay and a montage of familiar downtown sights like the monorail. After the corpse of a belly dancer from a club called Omar's Tent is found drained of blood, Kolchak interviews another dancer named Louise (Jo Ann Pflug) who is a UW student. She lives in a Portage Bay houseboat and in one scene she uses a motorboat to cruise across the bay to one of her classes. The reporter's investigation takes him all over town including Red Square and The Space Needle, where we are treated to a neat shot of The Seattle Center circa 1973 from the elevator window. Kolchak's editor teases him and suggests that he should be "In Puyallup with the daffodils." Eventually he comes to believe that the ghoul's lair is located near Pioneer Square, which is represented by a combination of actual location footage and obvious studio sets. There are a few real bars seen in the background including the long gone Blue Banjo as well as the interior of Doc Maynard's where Kolchak and Louise prepare to go on the Underground tour. The Night Strangler's version of The Seattle Underground looks nothing like the dank hallways of the real tour, but I suppose the filmmakers wanted a more cinematic environment. Kolchak eventually gets his ghoul but he is ultimately chased out of town and the film ends with the disgraced reporter, his new buddy Louise and his editor driving out of town on I-5 south. As an additional treat, the fun cast is packed full of familiar faces like Scott Brady, John Carradine, Al (Grandpa Munster) Lewis, Wally (Mister Peepers) Cox, Margaret (The Wicked Witch of the West) Hamilton and Richard (Oscar Goldman) Anderson. --Spenser Hoyt

MEDIA DIGEST

"THE OFF HOURS" GEARS UP FOR SUNDANCE PREMIERE WITH TRAILER RELEASE
The Off Hours
A new official trailer for Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffiths' independent feature The Off Hours, recently made its web debut--just days before the film premieres at Sundance 2011. The character drama, which follows the story of a young waitress struggling to liberate herself from a "mundane existence," will screen as part of the Sundance Institute's "Next" series. Says Griffiths on the film's official site, "We couldn't be more excited to be a part of this prestigious and iconic festival. It's the premiere we always hoped for during the many years we spent bringing this film to life, and it feels absolutely incredible." If you're not one of the fortunate few attending Sundance this year, you can still catch a sneak peak of The Off Hours via the trailer link above.

SEATTLE WEEKLY CELEBRATES THE WOMEN OF SEATTLE'S MUSIC SCENE
Seattle Weekly
Seattle Weekly ranks their top seven Seattle female musicians who would also make fabulous cover girls. The list features homegrown artists Brandi Carlile, Choklate, Lisa Dank, Zoe Muth, Melakai, Kristen Ward and Neko Case. These ladies churn out plenty of gorgeous music, but that's definitely not where their beauty ends. Follow the link to see how Seattle Weekly's ranked these lovely and talented Seattle songstresses.

CAMERON CROWE ANNOUNCES NEW DOCUMENTARY: "PEARL JAM TWENTY"
A/V Club
Cameron Crowe is a revered name in the film community, but before he was writing and directing blockbuster films, he was writing about music for Rolling Stone. Crowe recently directed the music video for Pearl Jam's "The Fixer" and has been somewhat covertly working on a Pearl Jam documentary since 2009. The documentary will integrate archival footage from the band's 20 year history, and will be an amalgamation of live performances, interviews and candid behind-the-scenes peeks. The film's debut will also fall on the Seattle super band's 20th anniversary and will be accompanied by a soundtrack and book chronicling PJ's legacy. Click the link for more details.

LYNN SHELTON TALKS "$5 COVER" LIVE IN THE KEXP STUDIO
NPR
More "$5 Cover" blips on the media radar: Lynn Shelton chatted about her recently-launched MTV web series as the featured guest on KEXP's Midday Show with Cheryl Waters last Friday, January 14. If you missed the initial airing of show, never fear: KEXP has archived the 1/14 broadcast at the above link for you to stream at your leisure. In the intimate interview, Shelton spills insight and interesting details about the production of "$5 Cover," and helps spin songs from the series' Seattle-infused soundtrack. Be sure to check out the link for the full scoop.

Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel Sawyer, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Erica Nwosu, Intern
Jonathan Hughes, Intern

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