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Vol. 5, No. 33
January 25-31, 2012     

CITY NEWS

 

 

EXPERIENCE THE CITY OF MUSIC   

Join us in celebrating the launch of Sea-Tac Airport's new Music Initiative this Saturday, January 28, from 3 - 7pm at the south end of the baggage claim area.  The event will feature video and streaming demonstrations, overhead announcements, mobile downloads and special live performances by:
-    6 p.m. - Dusty 45's (upbeat rockabilly, swing and jump blues)
-    5 p.m. - Fly Moon Royalty (electro-soul duo)
-    4 p.m. - Carrie Clark & the Lonesome Lovers (roots, Americana, sass-a-frass)
-    3 p.m. - Recess Monkey (catchy, energetic kids rock)

Take the train! Additional performances by local musicians will take place onboard Sound Transit's Link light trains travelling between downtown and the airport from 1pm - 6pm.  Performers include:
-    The Requisite
-    Kristin Gaerlen
-    Chad Knight
-    Quixote Radio
-    Whitney Ballen
-    Josh Baez
-    Justus Yearous
-    This is Your Captain Speaking
-    Three for T
-    Kris Orlowski
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

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

FMI HAPPY HOUR  

The Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour returns tonight 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.

SEATTLE FILMS RECEIVE SERIOUS COVERAGE AT SUNDANCE 

SEATTLE TIMES

Two Seattle films playing at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival are getting a good deal of media attention. Safety Not Guaranteed, "The Most Ridiculously Awesome Misfit Time Travel Relationship Dramedy Ever Made," has been amassing accolades for its humor and quality by Slashfilm, L.A. Times, HitFix, and Filmmakermagazine, which features an interview with Director Colin Trevorrow. Lynn Shelton's Your Sister's Sister, "The Funniest Comedy at Sundance So Far," has also earned the attention of Sundance Channel. Both films were shot in Washington, and Safety was incentivized by the Washington State Film Competitiveness Program

LYNN SHELTON'S "YOUR SISTER'S SISTER" TO OPEN 38TH ANNUAL SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

SIFF 

The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) announced the selection of Your Sister's Sister the opening film to be presented at the festival's prestigious Opening Night Gala, Thursday, May 17, 2012. The film marks SIFF's first opening selection produced and shot locally by a Seattle filmmaker. Shelton was the recipient of the 2009 Mayor's Award for Excellence in Film and is "a rising star in the independent filmmaking scene" according to SIFF Artistic Director, Carl Spence.  SIFF takes place May 17 through June 10. 

YOUTH FILMMAKERS: NFFTY 2012 SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 31 

NFFTY 

There is still time to submit your film to National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), but act fast; the deadline is next Tuesday, the 31st. To get the full scoop, check out NFFTY's newly redesigned website.  

SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE AND PACIFIC NORTHWEST FILM SCORING PROGRAM ANNOUNCE NATION'S FIRST EVER MASTERS OF MUSIC IN FILM PROGRAM 

FILM MUSIC MAG 

 

The Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program and the Seattle Film Institute (SFI) have joined forces to bring a new masters program to aspiring film and music makers. The new Masters program is a Masters of Music in Film Composition (MM), the first ever of its kind offered in the United States. The program is focused around writing music for film, television, video, and interactive games. In addition to the MM program, SFI has also recently announced their new Master of Arts in Producing, a one-of-a-kind degree that gives students the tools and abilities to generate and oversee projects as well as the hands-on production skills needed to implement those projects and see them through to completion. To learn more the Seattle Film Institute will hose an informational meeting this Saturday, the 28th.  Scholarships are available for qualified applicants.

GRAMMY TELECAST VIEWING PARTY AT SPITFIRE

GRAMMY 365

The Pacific Chapter of the Recording Academy is holding a viewing party for the 54th annual GRAMMY awards on February 12th at 7:00 at Spitfire in Belltown. Admission includes viewing, complimentary food and drink, and official GRAMMY swag. A raffle benefiting Musicares will also take place. To RSVP, call 206-834-1000 or email pacificnw@grammy.com

FILMMAKERS: SEATTLE AREA FILMMAKERS NEED YOU 

SEATTLE AREA FILMMAKERS 

Seattle Area Filmmakers (SAF), a community of filmmakers interested in meeting new filmmakers and being involved with the future of Seattle film, is seeking operational assistance. Duties include assisting with website maintenance, events, meetings, fan pages, information, and more.  If interested, send a resume to seattleareafilmmakers@gmail.com. 

MUSIC MARKETING EVENT DISCUSSES HOW TO INCREASE YOUR FAN BASE

MARKETING YOUR MUSIC 

Calling all  band members, a solo artists, bloggers, DJs, and event organizers: this event may be for you. On Tuesday, February 7th, The Hard Rock Cafe will host the "Marketing Your Music in the Digital Age" networking event. This is an opportunity to meet others in the music industry, and chat with top music marketing professionals from Seattle. A panel discussion will take place during the event, and there is plenty of  scheduled time for audience Q & A.  

FILMMAKERS: MAELSTROM INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

MIFFF 

Submission deadlines have been announced by Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival (MIFFF). MIFFF is one of the leading genre film festivals in the Pacific Northwest, based on showcasing independent, innovative, and international fantastic films in front of Seattle audiences. The early submission deadline is April 30th.  

REEL GRRLS ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

REEL GRRLS 

A new face will be at the helm of Seattle's groundbreaking film and media school for young women, Reel Grrls: Robin Held, former Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Frye Art Museum. To celebrate Robin's continuing impact to the Seattle art scene, a toast will be held in her honor at the Century Ballroom on February 5th at 7pm. The event is free and open to the public. 

VERA HOSTS: 'CAREERS IN THE ARTS AND MUSIC' FAIR 

VERA PROJECT 

span style="font-size: 11pt;">The first Careers in the Arts day is coming to the Vera Project this Saturday, the 27th at 12:30. There will be a panel of speakers that includes music publicists, media rights managers, sound engineers, producers and more. After that, stick around for group conversations with panelists, and make sure to check out the booths from various organizations and educational institutions relating to the field of music.   

CALLING VOLUNTEERS: TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY BOARD SEEKS TWO INDIVIDUALS 

CITY OF SEATTLE

The City of Seattle has announced two volunteer position openings on the ten member volunteer technology advisory board, also known as the Citizens Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board (CTTAB). The board seeks a Mayoral appointee and a Council appointee. Volunteers will help to help guide the city's digital future and serve two year terms. Applications are accepted until February 1. 

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.

Belltown 9811 - January 26th (1 day)

Seize the Jello: A Web Series  - February 2nd (4 days)

BLOODSHOT : ENDANGERED SPECIES SPIT MIXTAPE - February 2nd (7 days)

Home Alive Documentary - February 5th (11 days) 

A SEASON IN HELL - February 11th (17 days)

Yours, 1st EP and the Road to SXSW - February 12th (24 days)

A SEASON IN HELL - February 12th (18 days)

West Coast Tour Project - February 13th (18 days)

A SEASON IN HELL: The Soundtrack Album  - February 13th (19 days)

Double album: At the Spine & Beautiful Sunsets, 28 songs! - February 23rd (29 days) 

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 1/16- 1/22

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC 

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

 

 1  Pickwick -"Myths"

 2  Head & The Heart - "Head & The Heart"

 3  Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs"

 4  Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"

 5  Young Evils - "Enchanted Chapel" 

 6  Eddie Vedder - "Ukulele Songs" 

 7  Brad - "Best Friends?" 

 8  Curse of the North - "Revelations"  

 9  Pearl Jam- "Vitalogy"

 10 Star Anna & the Laughing Dogs - "Alone In This Together"

FILM PRODUCTION OF THE WEEK This column highlights the amazing artistic efforts of our local filmmaking community and the broad positive economic impact it has on our region. This week we profile:

FOOD CHAIN FILMS COMMERCIAL SHOOT
FOOD CHAIN 
 
Portland-based Food Chain Films was founded as a commercial production company with one foot firmly planted in the future, representing a select group of filmmakers, digital artists, producers, and photographers working in all manner of media:  Broadcast, interactive, documentary, social, and viral.  This week Food Chain filmed scenes for a television commercial in the Capitol Hill, Greenwood, and Whittier Heights neighborhoods.
 
"We love coming up to Seattle," says Production Manager Kat Gardiner.  "It's a beautiful city with a killer crew.  Logistics are what brought us up this time; we're working with a local advertising agency." 
 
The spot is expected to air March 5th in Pennsylvania.  Food Chain Films hired over 30 local cast and crew for the production, and worked with numerous local vendors and businesses. 
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 27: GRETCHEN BURGER'S "COVER"
The short for this coming Friday, Jan 27, will be Gretchen Burger's "Cover." What Burger has to say about it: "This is a short non-fiction video I made with Cap Kotz of Cappy's Boxing Gym that explores what it means for a boxer to find and maintain cover." The short is simple and elegantly edited.  
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. 

 

Bad Attitude (1993)

 

Mono-monikered actor Leon stars as a typical "plays by his own rules" cop with a bad attitude in this atypical low-budget crime movie. Leon is Eddie Johnson, a police detective (with a last name) hard at work fighting the war on drugs. His ambitions are compromised when he ends up on the outs with the police department after he accidentally shoots an innocent bystander and his partner gets killed. Despite stern words from his superiors, Detective Johnson continues his investigation. He soon crosses paths with a blind street preacher named Zeke and a mysterious Vietnamese woman named Mai Lei. Mai slinks around in leather miniskirts and tempts Leon with her sexy ways until we learn she is part of a team of highly skilled Vietnamese assassins. She then proceeds to unleash a can of whoop ass in a most timely manner. The villains are Mendez and Panama, an odd pair of androgynous drug-pushers (played by two cross-dressing actresses) who drive around in an Econoline van. Even though it is fairly obvious these baddies are not dudes, Leon and the rest of the cast don't figure it out until the film's climax. While Bad Attitude is a little lacking in the action department (which is surprising as the director is a former stuntman) it is jam-packed with local eye candy. Zeke does the majority of his anti-drug preaching at the corner of East Jefferson and 13th in the Central District. While pursuing their agenda of total domination of Seattle's drug trade, the asexual duo hassle junkies at Hing Hay Park and enjoy a picnic at South Passage Point Park (that funny little park under the I-5 bridge near Eastlake). Leon rides his Triumph motorcycle all over town, providing constant glimpses of classic landmarks like The Hat and Boots, The P-I Globe, the Kingdome, and the pink rotating Elephant Car Wash sign. He also rolls through scenic neighborhoods like Alki Beach, Ballard, and Lower Queen Anne and meets up with a police pal at a diner on Greenwood Avenue that might be Yanni's Greek Restaurant, but he place sure looks different in 2012. Several scenes take place in bars, including The Buckaroo Tavern (R.I.P.) and a gay bar called Ramon's on Ballard Avenue. The space is actually the old Owl Café, now home to the Conor Byrne Pub. It's nice to view such a variety of Jet City sights in such a low-budget film and see numerous beloved businesses (like the late Fallout Records) thanked in the closing credits. It is also pleasing to see such a racially diverse film with many characters of multiple ethnic backgrounds come out of Seattle. Leon served as one of the producers so I wonder if he helped fill the cast with people of color. Bad Attitude was made in 1990 but was mostly forgotten; it wasn't released until a few years later, hot on the heels of Leon's high profile role as a Jamaican in the bobsledding comedy Cool Runnings.

 

-Spenser Hoyt

MEDIA DIGEST

WEST SEATTLE FILMAKER MAKES MOST OF SEATTLE SNOW

WEST SEATTLE HERALD

Local filmmaker and West Seattle resident, Jamie Chamber is primarily known for his work on music videos for such musicians as Star Anna, Villains of Yesterday and ZZ Top. However, during Seattle's massive snowstorm last week, Chamberlin made use of his talents in a different way. Because the city came to a virtual stand-still and transportation was nearly impossible to come by, Chamberlin hit a local, secluded park alone to film the gory short "Trail of Blood," which can now be viewed on Youtube. 

SEATTLE NATIVE GETS OSCAR NOMINATION FOR DOCUMENTARY

KOMO NEWS

Undefeated, a documentary which has been described as "a real-life version of Friday Night Lights," has been nominated for the "Best Documentary" Academy Award. Seattle native and graduate from Roosevelt Highschool, Director T. J. Martin moved to L.A. to follow the story of an inner-city high-school football team striving to win its first playoff game in 110 years. 

SEATTLE SYMPHONY TO PERFORM WORLD PREMIERE OF NICO MUHLY PIECE

SEATTLE TIMES

Up-and-coming composer Nico Muhly, who has already worked with artists and symphonies around the world, will have his piece So Far So Good premiered with Ludvic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony this week. Muhly says he couldn't be happier making the connection with Seattle Symphony, as he's been attending concerts in Seattle ever since his grandparents moved here 20 years ago. Muhly will be in attendance for the premiere on Thursday. 

INTERVIEW WITH MARCH HAPPY HOUR GUEST SPEAKER MATT VANCIL 

SECRETLY IMPORTANT

Local filmmaker Matt Vancil, the brainchild of the popular web-series Journey Quest, discusses the "Fantasy Sitcom" in a recent interview. He chats about his background, how the series got its legs, and what his future aspirations are. Vancil highlights the importance of fostering a strong fan base, and believes that is the key to much of the series' success. You can learn more about Matt on the FMI Happy Hour site, and catch him at the March 28th Happy Hour. 

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


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