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News from the Office of Film + Music 1/26/2011


OFFICE NEWS

WASHINGTON TAKES OVER PARK CITY
Office of Film + Music
Washington Filmworks and the Office of Film + Music hosted the 9th Annual Seattle Party at Park City this Sunday. Celebrating four Washington-made films premiering at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, plus one film premiering at this year's Slamdance Film Festival, the film offices gathered with nearly 100 Seattle cast and crew at the Sidecar on Main Street. Washington Filmworks and the Office of Film + Music also partnered with the W Hotel Seattle, aMaurice Cellars, Fonti Coffee, and the Washington Wine Commission to host several marketing events focused on out-of-state filmmakers, selling Washington State as the country's premier filmmaking destination.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SEATTLE MUSIC COMMISSION
Seattle Music Commission
New in 2011: As part of our commitment to community engagement and outreach, the Seattle Music Commission (SMC) will share a recap of each regular monthly meeting. We convened last Wednesday, January 19th, to discuss the ongoing work of our three subcommittees: Policy + Planning, Youth + Community and Branding + Communication. The Policy + Planning Committee is currently focusing its energies on exploring opportunities to partner with the Port of Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport to facilitate a uniquely "Seattle" musical experience for visitors and natives alike. The Youth + Community Committee is seeking out ways to support and expand upon existing youth and community career development programs and events throughout the city, including possibilities for music industry career fairs and internship programs. The Branding + Communications Committee is working to develop an innovative and inclusive community-driven website focused on telling the story of Seattle's rich musical history across genres. The Commission would love to hear from you regarding these or any of the projects listed in our workplan, which is available at the above link. We welcome your ideas, and you can contact us via our email address: seattlemusiccommission@seattle.gov.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

WASHINGTON MAKES WAVES AT SUNDANCE
Sundance Film Festival
In the din of the Sundance media maelstrom, the four locally-made films featured at the 2011 festival are garnering some serious attention: Indiewire.com reviews The Catechism Cataclysm; The Hollywood Reporter weighs in on The Off Hours and the L.A. Times offers insight on The Oregonion. The Details is also making headlines for brokering one of the biggest distribution deals of the festival to date--an $8 million sale to indie bigwigs The Weinstein Company; Reuters and The Seattle Times have both commented on the sale. Washington films are also leaving their mark at another celebrated Utah film fest. At this year's Slamdance Film Festival, which spotlights hidden independent gems not on the Sundance roster, locally-shot feature Without made its world debut. The Stranger has this review of the micro-budgeted film. Way to go Washington!

$4,000 IN PRIZES FOR NEW "60 SECOND SMART SPOT" CONTEST FOR LOCAL FILMMAKERS
Phil Smart Mercedes-Benz
Seattle's Phil Smart Mercedes-Benz dealership has launched a brand new filmmaking competition and is now accepting entries. Open to all aspiring filmmakers, the contest tasks entrants to create a 30-60 second commercial for Phil Smart using only original footage and music. This is a great opportunity for new filmmakers to showcase their trade skills and to potentially win some cold hard cash. The top five picks will get $500 and will be eligible for a grand prize selection to be decided by Facebook and YouTube viewers' votes. The grand prize gets you a taste of fame and fortune with a $1,500 check, your commercial on TV and free reign over a brand new Mercedes for one week. Click the link above for more contest details and rules and get your submission in before Feb 6.

REMINDER: SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL USA MAKES SEATTLE PIT STOP TOMORROW
The Sundance Institute
The Emerald City will get to share in some of the Sundance spotlight this Thursday evening, as one of nine cities participating in the Sundance Film Festival USA. Part of an audience-directed showcase that aims to bring the illustrious Festival to indie film-loving masses, Seattle's Egyptian Theatre will screen the Sundance-selected comedy Cedar Rapids. The film's director, Miguel Arteta, will also make an appearance at the event, hosting a special post-screening discussion and answering audience questions. Cedar Rapids, starring Ed Helms, John C. Reilly and Sigourney Weaver, is about a small-town Midwestern man who travels to the big city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to represent his company at a regional insurance conference. To borrow from the official Sundance description of the film: "Filled with quotable dialogue and unforgettable scenes, Cedar Rapids achieves the impossible: it makes insurance fun." If you couldn't make the snowy journey down to Utah, this is a wonderful opportunity to experience a true slice of Sundance. For showtime and ticketing information for the event, visit the Landmark Egyptian Theater website.

CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL SEATTLE STARTS THIS WEEKEND
Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum is rolling out the red carpet for the sixth annual Children's Film Festival Seattle--the largest international festival of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. This year's 10-day extravaganza will include more than 100 films from 25 countries, in an amazing blend of live performances, animation, features, shorts, historical films and kid-tastic hands-on workshops, all crafted with care to appeal to the next generation of movie lovers. Other highlights for this year's festival include an opening night celebration concert from rockin' local kids band, Casper Babypants; an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast; a program celebrating the achievements of indigenous filmmakers worldwide and more feature films and shorts than ever before! The festival runs this Friday, January 28 to Sunday, February 6. For the full festival schedule and ticketing information, be sure to check out the link.

STUDY SHOWS THAT ARTS ARE BIG BUSINESS IN THE LOCAL ECONOMY
4Culture
Regional advocacy group ArtsFund has released its latest Economic Impact study of arts and cultural activity throughout the Puget Sound--and the results are quite impressive. The study, which examines the arts sector throughout Washington State, found that arts, cultural and scientific organizations and their patrons generated nearly $2 billion in economic activity in just King County alone. This activity supported more than 30,000 jobs, $882 million in labor income and $83 million in tax revenues. As these numbers bear out, the work of our local film, music and creative communities is not only a powerful force for cultural enrichment--it's also a significant boon to the Sound economy. For more on the ArtsFund study, be sure to follow the above link.

JAZZ NOW! SEATTLE DEBUTS "LIVE FROM LONDON BRIDGE STUDIO"
Jazz Now! Seattle
Presented by Jazz Now! Seattle, "Live From London Bridge Studio" will showcase the best bands our local jazz scene has to offer in an innovative new live concert and podcast series. Each show will be recorded in front of a live studio audience at the London Bridge's illustrious Seattle digs, and will be free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve RSVP basis. The recorded show will later be featured in the Jazz Now! Seattle podcast. The debut episode of "Live from London Bridge Studio" is scheduled to record tomorrow, January 27, with a performance lineup still to be announced. For more information or to find out how to RSVP for the live show, follow the link above.

CENTRAL DISTRICT ARTS FORUM SEEKS MARKETING INTERN
ArtistTrust
The Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas, a local organization devoted to producing and promoting Black cultural programs, is now accepting applications for its Marketing Internship. The position entails: creating outreach activities and partnerships, assisting in the creation and distribution of marketing collateral, research, website maintenance, press relations and administrative support. Ideal candidates will be self-motivated multi-taskers with exceptional written and verbal communication skills, proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite, a strong attention to detail and access to reliable transportation. A background and/or degree in Marketing or Communications and knowledge of the local arts scene is also preferred. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Blair Brown, Marketing Coordinator at blairb@cdforum.org or visit the above website.

HEY LADIES: WOMEN IN FILM-SEATTLE IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ANNUAL PROFESSIONAL GRANT
Women In Film-Seattle
Women in Film-Seattle (WIF) is now accepting submissions for its annual Professional Grant. The 2011 award honors the work of one outstanding female filmmaker with a $1,000 cash prize as well as support and in-kind services from the Northwest film industry valued at over $10,000. The Grant winner will also receive promotional support through WIF and a theatrical screening of her finished work. Submitted films are judged for creativity and originality, technical quality and production values, marketability, social relevance and viewer engagement/entertainment among other criteria. The grant is open to current or new professional WIF members in the Seattle Chapter with a final application deadline on March 1. Follow the above link for all the details.

FREE FIRST TUESDAYS AT THE FILM SCHOOL
TheFilmSchool
Join TheFilmSchool in kicking off a new year of its First Tuesdays series next Tuesday, February 1, at Roy Street Coffee and Tea. Meet with TheFilmSchool alumni and faculty members Tom Skerritt, Warren Etheredge and John Jacobsen, to discuss the School's mission and curriculum and to learn about story-intensive courses in screenwriting, directing and more. You'll also get the the scoop of free upcoming networking events hosted by TheFilmSchool. The First Tuesday event takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. For more information check out the above link; you can also email jenni@thefilmschool.com to sign up for e-reminders for more free TheFilmSchool events.

PRODUCER OF BLACK SWAN IS A HOMETOWN HERO
Northwest Film Forum
Congratulations to President of the Northwest Film Forum and prolific producer Jennifer Roth (Deadman, Squid and the Whale, World's Greatest Dad)! Her latest producing project, Black Swan (heard of it?), was nominated for five Oscars, including a coveted Best Picture nod. Jennifer previously teamed up with Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky on The Wrestler.

SEATTLE'S ANNE ROSELLINI NOMINATED FOR OSCAR FOR "WINTER'S BONE"
The Seattle Times
Even after 2010 SIFF and Sundance successes, Winter's Bone continues to receive critical acclaim--and now it's up for best picture at the 2011 Academy Awards! The film, which has already won a Golden Space Needle from SIFF and a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, was also nominated for best Adapted Screenplay for a script co-written by local film guru Anne Rosellini. Debra Granik directed and also helped write the screenplay. Winter's Bone has another noteworthy Sea-Town connection to speak of: The film features some amazing folk music, much of it locally grown and mixed at Jack Straw Productions. Best of luck to Anne, Debra and all the cast and crew of Winter's Bone. Jump on the link above for more details on the film and Anne Rosellini's career.

SEATTLE THEATRE READERS SEEKS WORKS FROM LOCAL SCREENWRITERS
Seattle Theatre Readers
Seattle Theatre Readers is currently seeking new unpublished works from local writers to be broadcast on the group's forthcoming Public Access TV program and also performed live around the Sound. Script submissions of any length and genre are welcome, but only 10-17 pages of the material will be used for performance pieces. Due to the nature of this project, all submitted screenplays should be character and/or dialogue-driven so as to make them more conducive to stage adaptations. Additionally, special emphasis will be given to local artists. The group is also searching for short unpublished comedic scripts 30 seconds to three minutes in length to be used in brief sketches in a planned television pilot. Please submit all works to scripts@str-tv.com by the February 28 submission deadline, and check out the above link for more 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. Pearl Jam - "Live On Ten Legs"
  2. Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs."
  3. Soundgarden - "Telephantasm"
  4. Moondoggies - "Tidelands"
  5. Caspar Babypants - "This Is Fun!"
  6. Young Evils - "Enchanted Chapel"
  7. Mad Rad - "Youth Die Young"
  8. Fleet Foxes - "Fleet Foxes"
  9. Brandi Carlile - "Live at Easy Street"
  10. Various Artists - "4 the Love of Music"

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 Slender Thread (1965)
The first seven or eight minutes of The Slender Thread are packed with lots of mid-sixties Seattle scenery shot in beautiful black and white. Intermixed with airborne shots of the Seattle Center and the Ballard Locks is the introduction of the film's main characters. The most notable are Sidney Poitier as a UW student named Alan Newell who volunteers at a suicide crisis clinic and Inga Dyson, an unhappy housewife portrayed by Anne Bancroft. Based on a Life Magazine article about the Seattle Crisis Clinic, this is a fictional account of a woman's emotional problems that lead up to her suicide attempt and the efforts of the suicide hotline to save her life. The film is told through flashbacks with a few documentary touches. It is a fairly engrossing, though somewhat typical, drama highlighted by Bancroft's performance and the abundance of vintage Seattle footage. Inga Dyson lives in the Sunset Hill neighborhood with a view of Shilshole Bay Marina. She is having marital troubles, plus she is suffering from depression. Feeling helpless she takes an overdose of pills in an anonymous Sea-Tac motel room. She calls the crisis line where Poitier does his best to both keep her conscious and track her down. Too bad they didn't have caller ID back in 1965. Local legend Quincy Jones also supplies the film's jazzy soundtrack. One scene takes place at a rock and roll nightclub. Unfortunately this scene was shot in Southern California and the filmmakers use an L.A. band called Sons of Adam instead of one of the northwest's many excellent rock bands. Never released on DVD you can rent the videotape from Scarecrow's Classic Drama section. --Spenser Hoyt

MEDIA DIGEST

"THE DETAILS" INKS DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
The Hollywood Reporter
The Weinstein Company (TWC) has just closed an $8 million deal to acquire the worldwide rights for Seattle-shot feature The Details--one of the biggest sales the 2011 Sundance Film Festival has seen thus far. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the deal comes on the heels of a warm audience reception for the film after its Monday premiere at the Eccles Theater in Park City, a debut which attracted immediate interest from a host of film buyers including TWC and Summit Entertainment. The Details, starring Tobey Maguire as a seemingly successful family man whose efforts to rid his yard of pesky raccoons somehow result in him cheating on his wife (played by Elizabeth Banks), filmed in around Seattle back in 2009. To read the full article, follow the above link.

THE YOUNG EVILS WEST SEATTLE TRIBUTE VIDEO
Seattle Weekly
In stride with Seattle Weekly's West Seattle issue, local band The Young Evils wrote a tribute song to the neighborhood where they just so happen to live. The dastardly duo came up with a triumphant track after only 24 hours and shared it with the world (or West Seattle rather) at Skylark caf and club. They entitled the ditty "West Seattle Wins the Battle" and somebody captured the performance on camera which you can see for yourself via the above link.

MARK JACKSON'S "WITHOUT" PREMIERES AT SLAMDANCE
Right on Red Films
Since 1995, the Slamdance film festival (also in Utah) has been spotlighting independent jewels not included in the Sundance lineup. On January 23, Seattle native Mark Jackson's new feature Without premiered at Slamdance, gracing the silver screen with some beautiful shots of the Pacific Northwest. Without was filmed last year on a microscopic budget thanks to the Canon 5D Mark II and a small, hardworking crew. The film follows a young woman's (Joslyn Jensen) journey to Whidbey Island to work as a caretaker for a catatonic elderly man (Ron Carrier) while his family goes on vacation. Watch the trailer right at the link above to catch a sneak peak of the Slamdance film.

CARLOS LOPEZ DIRECTS NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR THE INTELLIGENCE
Seattle Subsonic
When multiple Seattle minds combine forces to make art, the results rarely fall short of entertaining. In this case, a triumvirate of Seattle elements came together to produce a new music video for local rockers The Intelligence, that looks like a zany house party with Mozart. Local filmmaker Carlos Lopez directs to the sporadic sounds of The Intelligence with a little help from the masses. The project was mainly funded by donations via Kickstarter.com, a great place to reach out for support and actualize your artistic visions. Check out the wild video at the link above.

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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