Vol. 5, No. 34                                    View our photos on flickr Like us on Facebook Visit our blog Follow us on Twitter
February 1, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS

ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY FEATURES NEW SEA-TAC AIRPORT MUSIC INITIATIVE 

SEATTLE CHANNEL

First up on this week's Art Zone with Nancy Guppy, is a performance by The Young Evils, the jamming duo from West Seattle.  Art Zone then spotlights a different musical genre when the local cellist Lori Goldston is profiled. Last but not least, Director of the Office of Film + Music, James Keblas, updates viewers on the brand new Experience the City of Music project at Sea-Tac Airport. The show premieres this Friday, February 3rd @ 8:00 pm on Seattle Channel 21. 

"EXPERIENCE THE CITY OF MUSIC" MOBILE APP LETS YOU TAKE MUSIC BEYOND THE AIRPORT

ANDROID ZOOM 

Sea-Tac Airport is now a music adorer's mecca. Saturday, the airport celebrated the new Experience the City of Music initiative by inviting musical marvels from the northwest. Artists such as Recess Monkeys and Fly Moon Royalty filled the south end baggage claim with dancing, performances and their regional sounds.  Famous natives, such as Alice in Chain's Jerry Cantrell, remind airport-goers "that smoking is allowed on the lower drive outside the building and only in designated areas ... Bummer, dude." A free app is also now available for download, so travelers and homebodies alike can take the sounds with them beyond the airport doors. iPhone and Windows versions coming soon. 

REDUCED RATE: REGISTER NOW FOR NIGHTLIFE EMPLOYEE SECURITY TRAINING

CITY OF SEATTLE

Registration is now open for the Seattle Police Department's "Security Training for Nightlife Professionals" and the cost reduced from $75 to $60. That's a 20% reduction! The next eight-hour comprehensive course is filling up fast, so register now! Training takes place on February 19 and will offer instruction in topics such as risk prevention procedures, appropriate use of force, fire safety, report writing, checking for fake IDs, emergency response tactics and more. This is an important opportunity for nightlife employees to glean the skills they will need to safely interact with clientele and to deal with difficult situations. For more information and to register, send an email to bob.peth@seattle.gov.  

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

KUOW FEATURES NEW SEA-TAC AIRPORT MUSIC INITIATIVE

KUOW 

As readers of this newsletter have heard, the Port of Seattle launched a new initiative to bring the sounds of Northwest musicians to the 32 million travelers that walk the halls of Sea-Tac Airport every year. KUOW this morning aired a piece on Experience the City of Music, Discussing the various assets and specifics of the music initiative. For those unable to attend the kickoff in person, KEXP released a photo album with shots from the weekend of musicians and performers celebrating the big day. For more press related to the music initiative, visit the Seattle Film + Music blog.  

SEATTLE-MADE "FAT KID RULES THE WORLD" AND "EDEN" ANNOUNCE SXSW WORLD PREMIERS  

SXSW

Eden, directed by Megan Griffiths, and Fat Kid Rules The World, directed by Matthew Lillard, will each make their world premiers at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival in the Narrative Feature Competition and Narative Spotlight categories, respectively.  Both features were filmed in Washington State in 2011, both were spotlighted as Film Productions of the Week, and both films were incentivized by Washington Filmworks' Film Competitiveness Program.  

SEATTLE AREA FILMMAKERS INTRODUCES NEW WIKISPACES COMMUNITY PLATFORM 

SEATTLE AREA FILMMAKERS

A new website on Wikispaces is now available for use by all Washington filmmakers.  The site, "Seattle Area Filmmakers Wikispaces," is meant to be used by filmmakers seeking information about filming in Washington State, including everything from pre-production to legal resources, and from project funding to film festivals. The platform is not meant for self-promoting, Kickstarter campaigns, or production websites. Seattle Area Filmmakers Wikispaces is created and managed by the Seattle Area Filmmakers (SAF) community group.   

SOCIAL MEDIA CONFERENCE FEATURES JOHN RODERICK AND SIR-MIX-A-LOT  

SEATTLE CHAMBER

The Chamber invites you to join them and a slew of special guest speakers at In-NW, a social media conference taking a look at exactly what's happening in the world of social engagement today, and in the future. The day will feature speakers on a wide variety of subjects, including Marketing, Social Engagement, and Music + Media with speakers John Roderick of the Long Winters, James Keblas of the Office of Film + Music, and Sir-Mix-A-Lot. The event is on February 15th, at Showbox SoDo. Registration information is on the Chamber's website.  

NFFTY AND THE NEXT FIFTY TO HOST FREE, TWO-DAY EXPO 

NFFTY 

The largest youth film festival in the world, the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) has added a free, two-day Future of Film Expo to the 2012 festival (April 27-28 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall).  The event will feature exhibitor booths, speakers, workshops, panels, demonstrations, lounges, and networking opportunities targeted at young filmmakers, and film fans of all ages.  Mark your calendar to visit the Seattle Office of Film + Music booth along with other confirmed exhibitors: Loyola Marymount University, Florida State University and Digital Domain Institute, Canon, Panasonic, the Screen Actors Guild, Audiosocket, Indi System, Maxon, Final Draft, Advanced Broadcasting Solutions, and more to be announced soon!   

SXSEATTLE SENDOFF PARTY THIS MONTH AT TRACTOR TAVERN

TRACTOR TAVERN 

Each year, the SxSeattle party held in Austin presents up-and-coming Seattle talent to a national audience at the SXSW music festival, further solidifying Seattle as a pioneer of groundbreaking and diverse musical talent. Join some of the Seattle artists to be featured in a local sendoff party at the Tractor Tavern on Saturday, February 18. Included in the show are My Goodness, The Young Evils, Don't Talk To The Cops, and TacocaT.  

NEW REDMOND MUSIC SCHOOL HIRING TEACHERS

ROCK 'N' MORE 

Non-Profit music school, Dace's Rock 'n' More Music Academy, is expanding the reach of its mission by adding a second location in Redmond and is in immediate need for guitar, vocal, and piano teachers. Rock 'n' More has a fun, creative, working and teaching atmosphere and exceptionally low employee turnover. Interested applicants should email their resume to uofrock@hotmail.com. 

CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL STILL ROLLING

CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL 

Currently running through February 5th, the biggest children's film festival in the Northwest continues to take over the Northwest Film Forum, featuring the best in children's cinema. Showcasing more than 100 films from over 30 countries, the 10-day extravaganza is a must-see for children that love movies. They'll get the chance to see all varieties of films, as well as hands-on workshops designed for the filmmakers of tomorrow.  

BENEFIT CONCERT TO END HOMELESSNESS WITH THE DUSTY 45s 

DESC 

Join Dusty 45s, the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC), Mayor Mike McGinn and six more bands for "Gimme Shelter," a special, one night event on February 3rd at the Showbox at the Market to help end homelessness. 

SEATTLE WIND SYMPHONY BRINGS FREE MUSIC TO DOWNTOWN SEATTLE 

SEATTLE WIND SYMPHONY 

The Seattle Wind Symphony is a different angle on traditional symphonic orchestras. In contrast to the standard several dozen string instruments found in standard symphonies, a wind symphony is predominately woodwind instruments. The Seattle Wind Symphony is a new group of top musicians collectively hoping to infuse a new sound into the local music scene. The mission is also to "give the community a special sound and young musicians a motivation to continue practicing and playing music once they are out of school." 

BEATWALK MUSIC SERIES SEEKS MANAGER

COLOMBIA CITY BEAT WALK 

The Columbia City Business Association is seeking a manager for its signature music series. As part of the BeatWalk, neighborhood businesses host music groups on the first Friday of every month from May through September. The BeatWalk Manager will be responsible for marketing and promotion, sponsorship solicitation, venue and artist coordination and record-keeping. Click here to see the full job description PDF, and email resumes to mikekentccba@gmail.com. 

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.

Yours, 1st EP and the Road to SXSW - February 12th (11 days)

West Coast Tour Project  - February 13th (11 days)

All My Presidents - February 18th (17 days)

First Annual Balkan Night Northwest! - February 18th (17 days) 

Girls from Ipanema debut album and tour - February 19th (18 days)

The Jesus Rehab - February 22nd (20 days)

Double album: At the Spine & Beautiful Sunsets, 28 songs! - February 23rd (22 days)

Elbows & Knees: the "Crippled By a Crush" EP - February 29th (28 days)

Alchimia's Studio Recording  - March 10th (37 days)

Riverpool at London Bridge - March 15th (42 days) 

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 1/23- 1/29

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  Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"

 4  Wild Flag - "Wild Flag"

 5  Various Artists - "Live at KEXP, Vol. 7" 

 6  Eddie Vedder - "Ukulele Song"

 7  Chris Cornell - "Songbook"

 8  Black Whales - "Shangri-la Indeed"

 9  Shabazz Palaces - "Black Up"

 10 Caspar Babypants - "Sing Along!"

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:


HUMBLE TV "VERIZON 4G"
HUMBLE TV 

New York production company Humble TV came to Seattle this week to film a series of man-on-the-street encounters for an upcoming Verizon online advertising campaign.  The production filmed in numerous iconic Seattle locations for a two day period.
 
"This is Humble TV's second visit to Seattle in as many months," said local Production Supervisor Mark Campbell. "They were delighted with the talented and efficient crews in December, and rehired many of the same faces for this production."

The lean and mean unit of Seattle and New York crew stormed the city streets on foot and the waters of Puget Sound by boat, covering the Downtown, Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, and Ballard neighborhoods, plus the Bainbridge Island Ferry.  The spots will be online in the near future.   
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, FEBRUARY 3: MAIKOIYO ALLEY-BARNES' "FELT"

The short for this coming Friday, Feb 3, will be Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes's "Felt," a short film/music video for Shabazz Palaces. The reason I could not resist posting "Felt" so soon after posting Shabazz Palaces' "Black Up" is because the company that produced it is run by a young filmmaker with great promise, Shaun Scott (Seat of Empire, 100% OFF). His words: "My production company, 47th Parallel Films, produced... the new Shabazz Palaces video for 'Felt,' which we shot over summer immediately after getting done with with my feature narrative 100% OFF. Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes [the former owner pun(c)tuation gallery] was the director, and Andrew Schwartz produced it for 47th Parallel Films."  

- 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. 

 

Child in the Night (1990)   

 

What the hell? This is the second movie in a week I've watched that featured scenes in the late lamented Buckaroo Tavern. Every time I pass by the vacant Fremont Avenue storefront I can't help misting up a little, and now this. Curse you Hollywood for reminding me about another lost Seattle institution! But I digress. Child in the Night is a made-for-TV movie starring a young Elijah Wood (in his first major performance) as an eight-year-old named Luke. His dad runs a boat construction company called Winfield and Sons, located by Lake Union near the intersection of Fairview and East Garfield Street. The poor kid witnesses a killer with a cargo hook murder his father on the docks near the warehouse. Local boy Tom Skerritt portrays a police detective named Bass who has a hard time finding any leads on the mysterious, rain slicker-clad killer. Luke is understandably traumatized by the experience and has blocked out any recollection of the horrific crime. JoBeth Williams plays a child psychologist named Dr. Hollis who is called in to help with the disturbed youth. The only way Luke is able to recall the events is as a nightmarish variation on Peter Pan-in his dark fantasy, he is Peter Pan and the hook-wielding killer is, of course, Captain Hook. Luke draws pictures and relates stories to the doctor but the pirate captain's face always remains obscured. As a bond grows between Luke and Dr. Hollis, a romantic spark ignites between her and Detective Bass. Their first date is a casual cheeseburger lunch at the aforementioned Buckaroo. Bass says, "Buckaroo's has the best burgers and fries in Seattle." I don't remember seeing any food there besides bar snacks and I certainly don't think anybody was going there specifically for cheeseburgers, but I should get off of my Buckaroo reminiscing and get back to this review. For their second date, Bass takes Dr. Hollis out for dinner on a police boat and they putter around Lake Union. I imagine the police department and local taxpayers would not approve of using a police boat for a romantic rendezvous, but the pair does talk a little bit about the case amidst bouts of flirty banter. Bass encourages the shrink to put the pressure on Luke in order to break through the Peter Pan wall before the cargo hook killer strikes again...or are they already too late?  Rent Child in the Night to find out, and as a bonus you'll also get to see lots of the city. There are numerous scenes shot all over town, but the film tends to focus on Lake Union. Aside from the murder and the boat date, other lake locales include a houseboat that Bass calls home (I swear it's the same one used in Sleepless in Seattle) and a sailboat owned by Luke's grandpa  (portrayed by the great Darren McGavin) that is moored near Gas Works Park. McGavin starred in another Seattle based made-for-TV movie, The Night Strangler, which I previously reviewed for this column. Child of the Night is not available on DVD but your friends here at Scarecrow Video have a copy on VHS. The amusing vintage videotape cover features a blood-dripping hook, yet a quote on the box  boldly asserts that Child of the Night is a "non-violent mystery thriller."

-Spenser Hoyt
MEDIA DIGEST

NEW YORK TIMES SENDS PRAISE TO SEATTLE SYMPHONY AND SYMPHONY DIRECTOR 

NEW YORK TIMES

The Seattle Symphony's new music director, Ludovic Morlot, is only halfway through his first season and already has the ambitious goal of establishing Seattle's Symphony in the nation's top-ten tier. Formerly known for his appearances in the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Morlot is leveraging his new platform in hopes of escalating Seattle to a new caliber of musical performances. The New York Times provides plenty of accolades for Morlot and the Seattle Symphony, saying "the orchestra has great advantages" such as "a beautiful, comfortable home in the centrally located Benaroya Hall, a devoted audience and, in Mr. Morlot, an inspiring conductor." 

SEATTLE CVB USING LOCAL MUSIC LEGENDS TO DRAW IN THE TOURISTS

KING 5

Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau is rolling out a visible tourism campaign in San Francisco, Portland and Vancouver, BC called "2 Days in Seattle." The campaign shows off ways to spend time in Seattle with great food, wine, arts and music venues. Posters, signs and billboards are getting wrapped around buses and going up transit stations in those cities. "We're hopeful this year this kind of investment could bring in this year an additional half-million to a million visitors on top of what we might normally see in terms of overnight guests," said Tom Norwalk, SCVB President & CEO.

HUFFINGTON POST HIGHLIGHTS SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED ON THE BUSINESS OF MAKING A SUCCESSFUL INDIE FILM  

HUFFINGTON POST

Huffington Post offers insight to the business of making independent feature films by highlighting Sundance 2012 darling Safety not Guaranteed, shot in Washington and incentivized by the Washington Filmworks Film Competitiveness Program. Director Colin Trevorrow is interviewed, and states that directing "is definitely an entrepreneurial art," and speaks of building his professional network and his first trip to Sundance.  

GETTY IMAGES PARTNERS WITH MUSICIANS TO OFFER NEW TUNES FOR MOVIES
TECHFLASH 

The Seattle-based digital stock photography and news photos agency, Getty Images, has announced its newest addition to the company, "Guestlist." Guestlist is a partnership with musicians to bring new music for movies, films and commercial use. Although Getty already licenses more than 200,000 tracks per year for projects ranging from television commercials to movie trailers to multimedia projects, Guestlist will allow a fresh, exciting, and diverse load of music to work its way into the current archive of hits.  

"SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED" INKS DEAL WITH FILMDISTRICT
SEATTLE TIMES 

Capping off two weeks of critical and audience acclaim at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Seattle-made Safety Not Guaranteed has signed a distribution deal with FilmDistrict, the distributor that put out last year's hit Drive.  Congratulations SNG cast and crew! 

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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