Vol. 6, No. 35
January 30, 2013                                                                                         View our photos on flickr Like us on Facebook Visit our blog Follow us on Twitter
CITY NEWS
TONIGHT: ROBERT HORTON PRESENTS 'SEATTLE ON SCREEN'

FMI HAPPY HOUR  

Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour is tonight, January 30, with special guest Robert Horton, local film critic and curator of MOHAI's new Celluloid Seattle exhibit. Robert will speak about Seattle as an "imagined place," and how the rest of the world has used Seattle as a character in film. The monthly Happy Hour is a meet-up for leaders in film, music, and interactive industries to share, learn, and make meaningful business connections. We look forward to seeing you at this great networking event at Spitfire in Belltown.

'ART ZONE' WITH NANCY GUPPY AIRS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1

ART ZONE  

This week on "Art Zone," Nancy welcomes Walking Papers to the AZ Studio. The band features Seattle native Duff McKagan on bass, Barrett Martin on drums, Jeff Angell on vocals and guitar, and Benjamin Anderson on keys and vocals. Locally-based MC Asun shares his vision through his music, and experimental musician Stuart Dempster is profiled. Plus, "The Seagull Project" comes to fruition at ACT and The Global Rhythm series at Town Hall goes Cuban for Valentine's Day with a killer concert from Juan Carlos Formell. "Art Zone" airs Friday, February 1 at 8:00 p.m. on Seattle Channel 21 and forever online.
SEATTLE'S OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC IS NOW SEEKING COMMUNICATIONS INTERNS

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC  

Seattle's Office of Film + Music (OFM) and Office of Economic Development (OED) are now seeking communications interns. The internship services both offices (OED & OFM) through shared communications platforms and provides interns with the opportunity to integrate academic content with on the job experience in real world situations. Interns participate in a variety of activities for OED & OFM including marketing, communication, and outreach tasks supporting the City's economic development mission. The program runs for six months with an expected start date of March 1. Applications will be accepted through February 11. 

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
HEY, SEATTLE! CHRIS BALLEW NEEDS YOUR HELP CREATING A SONG

SEATTLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  

First there were millions of peaches, lumps, and kitties. Now there are googly eyes, butterflies driving trucks, and stomping bears. What could possibly be next from Chris Ballew of the Presidents of the United States of America and Caspar Babypants, you ask? It's up to you, Seattle. The Seattle Chamber of Commerce asks you to help Chris Ballew finish the new Caspar Babypants song "When I Was Little." All you need to do is finish the phrase "When I Was Little..." with a memory from your childhood. Tweet it using #innwsong or post it to facebook.com/innorthwest in 25 words or less. Then join Chris either in-person or virtually on Wednesday, February 13 at the IN-NW 2013 Social Media Conference to hear the song - and maybe the next big evolution in Seattle music!
WASHINGTON FILMWORKS LAUNCHES SECOND CYCLE OF INNOVATION LAB
Washington Filmworks has announced the launch of the second cycle of the Filmworks Innovation Lab - the "Innovation Cycle." The program is designed to invest in Washington's local creative community and to encourage the development of original storytelling that capitalizes on new forms of production and technology. The Innovation Cycle opens this January and is designed to explore the intersection between storytelling and technology. The program challenges creative entrepreneurs to produce motion picture content that traverses multiple platforms. Proposals will be accepted through March 1.
'MADE IN SEATTLE' FEATURES SHORT FILMS BY LOCAL FILMMAKERS 

Northwest Film Forum's Children's Film Festival presents a program of kid-friendly short films entitled "Made in Seattle." The lineup includes works from local filmmakers including animated and live-action films, and even a viral video about the strength of patients at Seattle Children's Hospital. "Made in Seattle" runs from January 30 to February 3. Some of the local filmmakers represented include: Drew Christie, Britta Johnson, Tracy Rector and Brad Vanderburg. 

BANDS ON THE BIG SCREEN
On January 31, Team Up for Nonprofits is presenting "Bands on the Big Screen," a benefit screening for Northwest Folklife dedicated to showcasing the talents of five local filmmakers working with local music. Directors Jon Jon Augustavo, Brad Curran, Hayler Young, Stephan Gray, and Tyler Kalberg will present music videos by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pickwick, Allen Stone, Dark Time Sunshine, Kaylee Cole, and many more. The 90-minute screening will be followed by an audience Q&A with the directors.
KCTS PREMIERING NEW NW LIFESTYLE SHOW 'PIE'
Everyone has an opinion about what makes the Pacific Northwest a unique place to live, and now KCTS 9 will explore that terrain in the new local series "PIE". Like its name, the new series will be unexpected and unpredictable. It's not a cooking show. Historically, a pie consists of region- or heritage-specific ingredients, but KCTS 9's "PIE" will feature all the richness and diversity of the talented people and places of the Northwest. Each episode of "PIE" will have several segments incorporating art, music, technology, and/or history, in a savory mix of mediums with a sprinkling of the quirkiness that is our heritage. The first episode premiers February 7.
SEATTLE IMPROVISED MUSIC FESTIVAL 
The Seattle Improvised Music Festival will take place February 7, 8, and 9 at a variety of Seattle locations. The three-day series of master classes and performances will feature three special guests: pianist Craig Taborn, trombonist Tucker Dulin, and string musician LaDonna Smith. A stable full of Seattle musicians on brass, keyboard, string and electronic instruments will jump in for improvised performances.
FEBRUARY 11 IS THE FINAL DEADLINE FOR NFFTY 2013 SUBMISSIONS 

Don't delay - the final extended deadline for your National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) submissions is fast approaching! The final deadline is February 11. NFFTY 2013 promises to be an unforgettable experience for youth filmmakers - with panels, networking opportunities, and much more. NFFTY 2013 will be held April 25-28 in Seattle.

THE ANNUAL 20/20 AWARDS GETTING NOTICED
Each year, the 20/20 Awards revisits the films from the previous 20 years and re-evaluates them. With the benefit of hindsight, a voting body of international filmmakers vote to determine what craftsmen, performances, and films have withstood the test of time. The annual ceremony features dozens of clips from the winning work, and 15 local experts and filmmakers lend insights as to why a given piece of work has fallen or survived. The 2013 20/20 Awards will take place on February 16 at the Fremont Abbey Performing Arts Center. 
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AND WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE FOR ARTISTIC PROJECTS 
Every year King County residents and groups can apply to receive financial support for their art and heritage projects, festivals, programs, exhibits, organizations, facilities, and landmarked properties through 4 Culture, King County's Cultural Services Agency. Weekly free application workshops are open to the public and are held at various locations around the country. Funding is awarded to a broad range of artistic projects, including film and music work, although the application process and appropriate deadline vary by submission.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 1/22 - 1/28   

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC 

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

 

1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist

2. Maldives - Muscle for the Wing 

3. Ben Gibbard - Former Lives

4. Helio Sequence - Negotiations

5. Stevedore - Rails

6. Father John Misty - Fear Fun

7. Soundgarden - King Animal

8. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

9. Sera Cahoone - Deer Creek Canyon

10. Pickwick - Myths

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, in order of imminence, from soonest-ending project to furthest out. Click on the Kickstarter buttons to check out these local projects and discover even more happening around Seattle.

 

ALEX'S HAND TOURISTA! - February 1 (2 days)

Alex's Hand is an experimental rock band from Seattle that needs funding to go on tour from Seattle to California and back!


COPIOUS LOVE SEASON 2 - February 2 (3 days)
Following a resounding freshman year, Copious Love Productions brings you season 2!

INTUITION AN INDIAN MUSIC VIDEO - February 3 (4 days)
Intuition will be a contemporary Indian music video presented by DREAMS.

GLASS - February 5 (6 days)

Glass is a documentary studying artist Jason Gamrath as he strives toward a successful career as a glass sculpture artist.


POST RAPTURE PARTY'S FIRST ALBUM - February 6 (7 days)
From the rainy streets of Seattle comes the music of dreams and nightmares. Post Rapture Party is ready to enter the studio and record their first EP!

SQUATCH - March 5 (34 days)
Squatch is a full-length feature film telling the story of four college friends on a camping trip in the Pacific Northwest.

Why Kickstarter and not IndieGoGo?

The overwhelming basis for promoting Kickstarter as a project fundraiser stems from the tool's clear and complete structure.  It is a system that ensures artists approach each and every venture with a comprehensive business plan.  The debatable result, wherein artists may or may not keep the funds they raise based on whether or not their project is funded fully, interests us because it protects project backers. IndieGoGo, although a great money-generating platform, does not provide the same level of investor protection when projects go by the wayside. At least for the time being, our office has decided to continue supporting Kickstarter.

SCARECROW ON SEATTLE: 'DARKDRIVE' (1997)

From direct-to-home video one-man-genre factory Phillip J. Roth comes this low-budget multiple-reality mini-epic. Set in the near future, the plot deals with a computer prison where convicted criminals are incarcerated in a virtual-reality lockup. Ken Olandt stars as Steven Falcon, the smart guy who invented the device that makes the computer slammer work. He is employed by a company called Zicon and when somebody on the other side threatens to hack the system and allow everybody to escape, Falcon's bosses send him into the cyber-penitentiary to fix the problem. 

  

Lots of things happen in Darkdrive: there are explosions, fires, shoot-outs, slow-motion foot chases, deadly energy bolts, people staring at old-fashioned computer graphics, and death by booby-trapped picnic basket. Unfortunately, the derivative plot doesn't make a whole lot of sense but the main reason you might want to take a look at this forgotten film is the use of the Seattle area for the movie's dystopian setting. It is actually a little surprising that Darkdrive was shot here, as most similar productions would have headed over the border into Canada. I think the choice of location is a result of Gian-Carlo (Shredder Orpheus) Scandiuzzi's involvement. Scandiuzzi is a longtime local who, these days, is probably best known for helping save the ACT Theatre as well as co-founding the Internet distribution company IndieFlix. He portrays Darkdrive's corporate villain and also served as one of the film's producers. 

 

The filmmakers avoid any obvious "futuristic" Seattle locations like the Space Needle or the monorail and instead opt to utilize the more industrial parts of town, a choice that aesthetically corresponds to the film's grim futuristic setting. Much of Darkdrive seems to have been shot around both East and West Marginal Way as we see glimpses of the Boeing parking lot, steel mills, concrete plants, and other manufacturing locations near Harbor Island. Several scenes take place around the lower West Seattle Bridge (a.k.a. "the South Spokane Street Viaduct") with its cool, cement observation tower looming in the background. Falcon's home seems to exist just up the hill from the bridge as he has a lovely view of downtown Seattle and a bit of Harbor Island. Falcon and his wife (Julie Benz) have an ill-fated picnic at Hamilton Viewpoint Park, then the couple is reunited in the alternate reality world where Mrs. Falcon sings at a bar called Zeak's that I think might be portrayed the late, lamented Backstage. There's a shootout with futuristic pistols in the Seattle Underground and the film's final scene takes place in the Seattle Transit Tunnel's Pioneer Square station, which is enhanced with some colorful, whooshing optical effects. Seattle location fans will find a lot to enjoy in Darkdrive. Heck, the film's closing credits thank the historic Japanese restaurant  Maneki for its sushi so it's clear the guys behind this movie know how to do the Jet City right. 

 

-Spenser Hoyt

MEDIA DIGEST
SASQUATCH! LINEUP RELEASE PARTY IS FEBRUARY 4, AND IT'S FREE!

ANOTHER RAINY SATURDAY  

The lineup release party for Sasquatch! will be held on February 4 at the Neptune. Both Cody ChestnuTT and Built to Spill will play at the event, as will a special surprise guest. To attend, grab a free ticket from the Neptune Theatre box office on February 2. Space is limited, though, so grab your one or two (maximum) tickets on a first-come-first-serve basis.  

LOCAL SONGWRITER'S JINGLE WINS 'TODAY SHOW' CONTEST

TODAY SHOW  

Dinah Brein, an established songwriter who manages the Admiral Theater in West Seattle, co-wrote the winning song on a contest run by the "Today Show" to find a new jingle. Brein worked with Jon Michaels to write the song last month from here in Seattle via FaceTime, and Michaels appeared on the Today Show to perform their jingle on Tuesday. Brein and Michaels were selected as finalists last week and won the "Quest for the best TODAY Jingle" contest on Tuesday. 

HAND CRANK FILMS BLOWS HEADS OFF ZOMBIES AT NAMM'S EXPO
Hand Crank Films, an award-winning Seattle film production company, has just released the latest installment in their web commercial campaign for client Mackie. This time around, they take an explosive approach to highlight the sheer power and flexibility behind the new Mackie DLM-Powered Loudspeakers and DL1608 Digital Mixer with iPad Control. By using over 150 zombie extras and closing down two entire city blocks, the film company captures the true terror of the zombie apocalypse in all its gory detail. But thankfully, Mackie is there to save the day.
42 LISTENS: 'REVERB' OFFERS A ONE-STOP-SHOP FOR NEW LOCAL SOUND

SEATTLE SUBSONIC   

"REVERB," the Seattle Weekly music blog, has been one of the city's biggest advocates for local artists over the years. In early January, blog writers gathered samples from 42 local musicians and record labels and reviewed each piece. Samples from each track are now up and compiled in one easy-to-browse post for anyone interested in getting a serious earful of the latest local sounds. Blog contributors even created separate pages for each selection so you can easily share specific tracks with friends. Check out what is new and interesting in Northwest music now!  

INCREASE THE CHANCES OF YOUR VIDEO GOING VIRAL

ENTREPRENEUR   

While the old gold standard of marketing was an advertisement that ran during the Super Bowl, the rules of marketing have changed for various reasons. The viral video is the new gold standard and the recommended approach to making one is to create the context for a video to go viral and give it your best shot. Entrepreneur offers a breakdown of the effective steps to follow when attempting this feat.

CROWDFUNDING 201: A NEW MODEL FROM SEED & SPARK

TURNSTYLE  

It's a familiar scene to many filmmakers: they budget out their film, calling in favors left and right, then they launch their crowdfunding campaign and someone sends them an email that says, "Hey, I don't have any money to give, but I'd love to help." The very new Seed & Spark has a model which accommodates for lending and ways to help beyond just contributing money. Seed & Spark is set up a bit like a wedding registry; instead of having one post with a total dollar-amount goal, it is broken up into a number of smaller and more specific things that are needed for the project. That way, lending and sharing can be facilitated. That's the "seed." By loaning or "seeding" you earn "sparks" with which you can watch films on the site. 

ASPIRING FILMMAKERS: HERE'S HOW TO GET ATTENTION

BROKEN PROJECTOR  

Scott Beggs is the co-host of the movie podcast "Broken Projector" and the managing editor of Film School Rejects. According to Beggs, aspiring filmmakers should consider attracting his attention to take advantage of his audience of 4 million strong. Judging by the contents of his email inbox, Beggs says many struggle to effectively attract his attention. Some of his tips for helping your cause include: recognize that you're asking him to vouch for your project, understand your talent level and be realistic about it, and have an exciting, stranger-tested hook. 

QUICK LINKS  
CITY BUSINESS CASUAL - Returning Feb. 12, theme: Sports, Special Events, and Entertainment! 
Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Karin Zaugg Black, Communications Director
Chris Swenson, Film + Special Events Program Manager 
Rachel Sawyer, Creative Industries Business Development Manager
Sam Mouser, Permit Specialist 
Julie Borden, Film + Special Events Administrative Specialist
Rebecca Pirwitz, Intern 
Evan Shafer, Intern 
Kaleigh Ward, Intern