|News from the Office of Film + Music
HELP RENEW THE WASHINGTON FILM INCENTIVE PROGRAM
Washington Filmworks announced Tuesday that State Representative Phyllis Kenney introduced house resolution (HR 1554), and Senator Kohl-Welles introduced the companion bill in the Senate (SB 5539), proposing the renewal of the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program. The proposed renewal extends the film incentive program until 2017 and makes the program more competitive on the national scene by increasing the fund from $3.5 million to $7 million. "We are posting updates about the renewal campaign on our website," says Amy Lillard, Executive Director of Washington Filmworks, the fund's managing non-profit organization. "Please check the news and events section for updates and detailed information about how to get involved with the campaign." The first House committee hearing is tomorrow, February 3rd, and Senate Committee is Monday, February 7th.
SXSW KICKOFF PARTY FOR SEATTLE ARTISTS @ CROCODILE
On March 3, the Crocodile Café will host an annual event to support Seattle bands headed to Austin for SXSW. Performing artists include: D. Black, Wild Orchid Children, State of the Artists, Tea Cozies and perhaps a few surprises. In a display of true ingenuity, some of the bands have decided to raise money for the SXSW journey with a bazaar that will take place concurrently in the Crocodile back room. This flea market- meets-bake sale will feature handmade goodies, culinary treats, music lessons and apparel from some of the performing artists in addition to other local acts including Fatal Lucciauno, The Young Evils, Black Whales and Campfire Ok. Check out the SxSeattle website, Facebook page and Twitter via the link above to get tickets for the party and to stay connected to the South by Northwest scene.
INTERN WITH THE OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC
Office of Film + Music
The Office of Film + Music is seeking an Intern for the Spring of 2011. Film + Music Interns primarily serve a marketing/communications role while also providing administrative support for the Office and becoming a member of the Film + Music team. The internship requires a six-month commitment and 40 hours of work per week, and a small monthly stipend is provided. Prior background in film or music is not required, but candidates should have strong communication, writing and organizational/research skills. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 4 by 5:00 pm. For more information about the position, visit the above link or contact the current interns at firstname.lastname@example.org
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
THE NOIR CITY FILM FESTIVAL STARTS NEXT WEEKEND
Presented by the Film Noir Foundation in partnership with KING FM and SIFF, the 2011 Noir City Film Festival kicks off next Friday, February 11, with a showcase of fourteen delightfully dark films of the celebrated genre. For the uninitiated, Noir films took off in the mid-20th century and typically feature gritty crime stories, thrilling plotlines, moral conflict, femme fatales and general exploration of the dark underbelly of life. Whether new to the genre or a certified Noir junkie, the ten-day festival offers a unique opportunity to experience a film movement that has had a huge impact on American cinema. Featured films include Stranger on the Third Floor (1940), A Double Life (1947) and Don't Bother to Knock (1952), starring Marilyn Monroe, as well as a handful of other Noir gems not even available on DVD. Each screening will be introduced by the Czar of Noir, Eddie Muller, and special double-bill deals are also available. For the full scoop on Noir City, including ticketing information, be sure to follow the link.
INGRAHAM HIGH SCHOOL HOSTS TRAFFIC SAFETY VIDEO CONTEST
With the number of texting-related driving accidents on the rise--including the recent passing of a local 19-year-old girl--Ingram High School has decided to take action. The students have launched a new video-making and billboard design contest, hoping to change their peers' and the community's perspective on the dangers of distracted driving, while also reducing the number of texting-related accidents.The project is called the "$248 Challenge," and boasts cash prizes that amount to double the cost of the $124 texting-while-driving ticket. The "$248 Challenge" is part of the Aurora Traffic Safety Project, a partnership between city and state agencies to reduce collisions on Aurora Avenue North. The Challenge includes three prize categories: One for the best billboard design, one for the best video, and a "People's Choice" award to be decided by a Facebook vote. The winning billboard will also be featured along Aurora Avenue this spring. Click the link above for additional challenge details and to watch the entries submitted thus far.
KPLU AND NPR REVEAL YOUR PICKS FOR "THE JAZZ 100"
For three weeks in January, local radio station KPLU, its all-jazz webstreaming site Jazz24.org and NPR Music asked listeners for help in developing a list of the 100 quintessential jazz songs of all time--and come February 7, this "Jazz 100" will be revealed. Starting next Monday, listeners will be able to view the list in its entirety and can even stream the whole jazzy repertoire at KPLU, Jazz24 and NPR's web portals. Over 2,800 people submitted song titles for consideration in "The Jazz 100," yielding 1,500 unique tunes that the KPLU/Jazz24 staff painstakingly narrowed down to create a public voting ballot. After more than 11,000 cast their votes, the final list was decided. "This is the biggest online response we've ever seen from listeners and visitors," says Joey Cohn, KPLU Director of Content. "This really struck a chord (no pun intended) with people [and] I think what we now have is the most definitive list of the greatest jazz songs of all-time." For more information, follow the above link and be sure to check out "The Jazz 100" when it goes live February 7.
CITY ARTS MAGAZINE PROFILES NEW ROCK DOC "LOADED"
City Arts Magazine
City Arts Magazine takes you behind the scenes of Loaded, an innovative new documentary about the band of the same name, fronted by former Guns 'n Roses bassist Duff McKagan. Helmed by local filmmaker Jamie Chamberlin, the doc has filmed in a number of locations throughout the city, including a Christmas Eve shoot at West Seattle's Feedback Lounge. While the film will coincide with the release of Loaded's forthcoming album, The Taking, according to City Arts this ain't your typical rock doc: "It's a hybrid of [....] loosely structured vignettes and raw live footage, plus an opportunity for McKagan to pull in many of his longtime Seattle pals for some slapstick cameo action. In other words, it's a film focusing on musicians who would rather keep the focus on the mischievous and musical elements of their careers," says on-the-set reporter Hannah Levin. A motley crew of iconic Seattle rockers, including Chris Ballew of the Presidents of the United States of America, Long Winters frontman John Roderick and Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, have already made appearances in the film, and Chamberlin also hopes to rope in Dave Grohl of the Foo Figthers and Nirvana. To read the full article, check out the above link.
LOCAL ANIMATORS DISPLAY NEW EXPERIMENTAL WORKS AT GHOST GALLERY'S "MOVE IT!" EVENT
911 Media Arts Center
"Move It!" is a new monthly screening event hosted by Capitol Hill's Ghost Galley, featuring the work of Seattle's experimental animators and their collaborators. The goal of the event is to raise public awareness to this innovative aesthetic by sharing the language of experimental animation, music and film, on both a local and international scale. This month's "Move It!" screening showcases the digitally drawn work of animator Brian Markle and the music of composer/musician Jeff Aaron Bryant, who have collaborated on an 85-minute piece to be shown in looped cycles. The event takes place this Saturday, February 5 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, but is not a timed screening--visitors are welcome to stop by at any time during the show. For more information, check out the link.
TEAM AWESOME CAST AND CREW CALL
Facebook: Team Awesome
Team Awesome returns with an amazing opportunity for Seattleites to be a part of a fast and fun filmmaking challenge. The group is hoping to compete in the International 48 Hour Film Competition, but needs your help to create a "flash mob" style video-- but with acting instead of zombie dancing and the like. The Team is looking for 50-plus impromptu cast members (no prior acting experience necessary) to make this project happen on Saturday, February 19, from 10:00am - 4:00pm in Seattle. Film professionals are also needed to become a part of the "Awesome" crew and to help with all aspects of pre-and post-production. Jump onto the group's Facebook page above to learn how to get involved.
"THE OFF HOURS" DIRECTOR PRAISES SEATTLE FILM COMMUNITY
In a recent article, Megan Griffiths, director of Sundance-featured drama The Off Hours, talks to Filmmaker Magazine about how her experiences working within Seattle's filmmaking community helped pave the way to Park City. "I don't think I'm overstating it when I say that the Seattle film community is the reason this film even exists at all," Griffiths affirms in the interview. "I have been working in Seattle for about a decade and it's truly an amazing place to make film. There is so much community support, from the film office and incentive program, from vendors, from locations and most of all from fellow filmmakers and crews. This community has so much pride in the good work that comes out of Seattle, and they will rally around worthy projects in a way that is just beautiful to behold." Hear more on Megan's thoughts and experiences shooting The Off Hours at the link above.
SIGN UP FOR THE FILM/HD MAKEUP ARTIST BOOT CAMP
Colour Box Studios
One of Hollywood's busiest and most versatile artists, Kerry Herta, returns to Seattle this March to teach aspiring makeup professionals the latest techniques used in the entertainment and beauty industries. Hosted by Colour Box Studios at the Seattle Airport Marriot, the four-day workshop will provide both the real-world training and hands-on experience Herta seeks when selecting staff for her own film/TV makeup engagements. Registration is now open for "Makeup Artist Boot Camp I & II," which is scheduled to take place March 10-14, but the course is limited to 10 aspiring artists. A $100 credit toward enrollment fees is available for licensed cosmetologists and/or estheticians, beauty school students or those with proof of financial hardship. For the full scoop on the Boot Camp, follow the above link.
STHEFILMSCHOOL RECIEVES GRANT FROM PAUL G. ALLEN FOUNDATION
Founded in 2004 by prestigious filmmakers Jacob Jacobsen, Tom Skerrit, Rick Stevenson and Stewart Stern, TheFilmSchool has since been an integral resource for film education in Seattle. Dedicated to a mission of elevating the art of cinematic storytelling through intensive training in screenwriting and directing, the school hosts insightful workshops and lectures throughout the year--a majority of which are free and open to the public. Now, thanks to a generous new $50,000 grant from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the future of programs like Free First Tuesdays at Roy Street Coffee, the Speaker Series and the Caught in the ACT Script Reading Series continues to look bright. Click the link above for more details on the big grant award.
"UNLISTED" MAKES ITS TV PREMIERE AS PART OF THE "REEL NW" SERIES
Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia, a short-form social documentary from Seattle physician and award-winning filmmaker Delaney Ruston, will debut at 10:00 pm tomorrow, February 3, as the latest installment of KCTS' "Reel NW" series. "Reel NW" aims to champion the work of a talented local independent filmmaking community by bringing the best features, documentaries and shorts to the public airwaves and by featuring films made by Northwest filmmakers, shot in the Northwest or focused on a Northwest subject. Beyond the Thursday night TV broadcasts, the series also includes public screening events and an interactive online environment to reach the widest possible audience for Northwest independent film. In Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia, Ruston explores the impact mental illness can have on relationships through the lens of her father's personal plight with with the disease. For more on the program, visit the link above.
SEATTLE'S "FILM RACING TOUR" REPRESENTATIVE IN THE RUNNING FOR NATIONAL TITLE
Film Racing 2010 Tour
The Film Racing competition is a run-and-gun, speed-fueled time challenge where submitted films must be created in just one day. Filmmakers are tasked with creating an original short film in 24 hours or less, while also incorporating a secret prop or action assigned by contest organizers to ensure that no one gets a head start on all the filmmaking action. The Seattle contest had already run its course and now the winner,"Tats Up," created by team H.O.R.C.H.A.T.A., will compete at the national level against the winners from other cities across the country. Viewer votes are a critical part of the decision-making process, and will help determine the Audience Award, so watch "Tats Up" via the link above, and be sure to and cast your vote.
CITY ARTS LAUNCHES CREATIVE CHALLENGE FOR 2011 SIFF PROMO TRAILERS
City Arts Magazine
City Arts is challenging local filmmakers to use their creativity, talent and skills to create a 30-second short promotional film to be screened during the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival. The submitted trailers should endorse City Arts and must include: a recent issue of the magazine, City Arts' official URL and logo in addition to the word "free," and cannot be posted anywhere online until May 19, 2011. Any and all mediums are welcome-- from claymation to pencil drawing, animation, flip camera, 16mm, and so on--but selected films will be chosen based on impact, staying power, overall impression, hilarity and quality. Preference will also be given to works that communicate and interpret the editorial voice of City Arts Magazine most effectively. Winners will not only show at SIFF's 37th annual Fest this spring, they will also receive free passes to a 2011 SIFF opening night screening. More details about the competition can be found via the link above. You can also check out the trailers from the 2010 competition, courtesy of students from Cornish College of the Arts' Design Department here.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 1/26 - 2/1
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Pearl Jam - "Live On Ten Legs"
- Young Evils - "Enchanted Chapel"
- Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs."
- Say Hi - "Um, Uh Oh"
- Mad Rad - "Youth Die Young"
- Severed Few - "Severed Few"
- Caspar Babypants - "This Is Fun!"
- Moondoggies - "Don't Be a Stranger"
- Temple of the Dog - "Temple of the Dog"
- Jimi Hendrix - "West Coast Seattle Boy"
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:
Little Pond Television's Jump City
The folks that brought MTV's The Phone to Seattle in 2009 returned in 2010 with G4TV's parkour game show extravaganza Jump City. Set and shot entirely in Seattle, the show features four teams of parkour athletes battling for the right to be named "Parkour Champions." The production filmed in numerous iconic Seattle locations, including City Hall, the Seattle Center, Freeway Park and Pioneer Square. The production also hired over 40 crew, some of whom traveled and lodged in Seattle throughout the four-week production.
The show premieres February 15 on the G4 Television Network. For information on the network, the show and for spectacular postcard-style images of parkour athletes in action, visit the above link.
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 our Seattle's most filmable locations.
Twice in a Lifetime (1985)
Twice in a Lifetime is a bittersweet divorce drama starring Gene Hackman as Harry MacKenzie, the patriarch of a working class family who lives in the fictional town of Holden. Holden supposedly exists somewhere between Seattle and Tacoma but the home the filmmakers used for the MacKenzie household is located on the northwest part of Phinney Ridge and you can see the Ballard Bridge out of their dining room window. They show a glimpse of "downtown" Holden and I think they may use downtown Snohomish for these scenes. "The Hack" works at a steel mill that is also supposed to be in Holden but is actually located in SODO or Georgetown. There is a lot of location footage and other details incorporated into the film and Twice in a Lifetime provides a fairly accurate portrayal of "blue-collar" Seattle. For example, Harry is a sports fan: In one scene he is watching a Mariner's game on TV (you can hear Dave Niehaus call a Dave Henderson home run); on his birthday his friends give him a Seahawks jacket and cap; and later he actually goes to a Seahawks game at the Kingdome and the crowd is shown doing "the wave." Harry and his wife Kate (Ellen Burstyn) are growing apart and, while celebrating his 50th at the local watering hole, he meets a new love interest named Audrey (Ann Margret). The bar is called The Shamrock Tavern but it is really Fremont's The Dubliner when it was located closer to the Fremont Bridge. Harry and Kate separate and he takes Audrey out on a few dates including lunch at Ivar's Salmon House followed by a stroll around Gas Works Park. The two also have a long talk at Jose Rizal Park with a view of the Kingdome in the background. After she splits with her husband, Kate gets a new haircut and hits the town with her girlfriends. They go to a male strip club that was shot at a place called Deeter's in Bellevue that is no longer in business. Harry eventually moves out of Holden and gets his own apartment in Seattle. His bachelor pad is located on Lower Capitol Hill. He has a view of the Seattle Center out of one window and a view of his neighbor's bathroom out of another. Later in the film, a despondent Harry goes to Mike's Chili Parlor (which hasn't changed much in 25 years) where he aimlessly rolls billiard balls with his hands. I've been to a lot of bars and I've never seen anybody do this in real life but I've also seen a lot of films and the "depressed guy rolling pool balls around" is a familiar sight in the movies. And what Seattle movie would be complete without a ferry ride into Elliott Bay and a stroll through Pioneer Square? As you can probably infer, I found myself more interested in the locations than in the main plot of this film, but it is nice to see a film about "regular" Seattle folks.
LOCAL ARTISTS FEATURED IN VILLAGE VOICES' ANNUAL "PAZZ & JOP" CRITIC'S CHOICE LIST
The Village Voice
The results are in for The Village Voice's renowned "Pazz and Jop" Critic's Choice poll--and a slew of Seattle songsters have made the list. The annual power ranking, which surveys hundreds of music journalists, uses an intricate point system to tabulate the most critically-acclaimed releases of the year. Congratulations to local rock veterans Sun City Girls, whose lauded 2010 album Funeral Mariachi, earned the #64 slot on The Village Voice list. Other local acts to grace the "Pazz and Jop" rankings include, Shabazz Palaces for Shabazz Palaces/Of Light (#152), Perfume Genius for Learning (#152), Blitzen Trapper for Destroyer of the Void (#157), Moondoggies for Tidelands (#173) and Rusty Willoughby for Cobirds Unite (#183). To view the entire "Pazz and Jop" list, check out the link above.
SHHH! LYNN SHELTON AND MEGAN GRIFFITHS ARE THE SPECIAL GUESTS AT THE SORRENTO'S READING PARTY TONIGHT
Join Seattle filmmakers--and recent Sundancers--Lynn Shelton and Megan Griffiths at tonight's free first Wednesday Reading Party hosted by The Sorrento Hotel. The monthly Reading Party is not so much a "party" per se--indeed, the event reads more like a decidedly un-partylike silent reading collective, where attendees can cozy up to a good book and whoop it up in shared solitude. Shelton and Griffiths will be in tow as the special silent guests for the evening, and the Sorrento will also be serving up drink specials sure to spice up your pulp fiction. The event starts at 6:00 pm, so grab a book and join in on the fun--not too loudly, though. People are trying to read. For more details check out the above link.
LOCAL BLOGOSPHERE REVISITS THE FILMING OF SUNDANCE HIT "THE DETAILS"
Sundance Film Festival:"The Details"
After brokering a high-profile Sundance sale last week, locally-shot feature The Details is creating quite the stir amongst Seattle's neighborhood blogs--all over again. The Queen Anne View hasthis retrospective on the film's location shoot at Kerry Park back in the fall of 2009. The Ballard Komo blog, remarks that "Ballard has [officially] gone Hollywood," and shares a video from a the film's shoot in front of the Matador on Market Street. The "Fremonsters" over at Fremont Universe also get in on the action, touting the neighborhood's close connection to the production, which shot primarily in Fremont and Montlake during principal photography. Be sure to check out the links for more on the local blog coverage.
SOUND ON THE SOUND'S TOP 25 NORTHWEST ALBUMS OF 2010
Sound on the Sound
Putting a positive spin on procrastination and the barrage of "best of" lists the new year invariably brings, Sound on the Sound took some real time reflecting on the best local music of 2010. The music blog has just released its Top 25 Northwest Albums of 2010, a list which includes artists from Vancouver (B.C.) down to Cottage Grove, Oregon. The blog also doesn't count bands that are signed to Northwest labels but that actually hail from elsewhere, which makes it a bona fide Northwest roots ranking. Click the link above to view the Sound on the Sound list and to discover some hidden local gems that got lost in the post-December mad dash.
NEW FLEET FOXES TRACK TAKES THE WEB BY STORM
Fleet Foxes Official Site
If you missed KEXP's big release of the new Fleet Foxes single Monday morning, don't despair--the always dependable interweb has got your back. Links and streams of the new title track "Helplessness Blues" have spread like wildfire over the net and have generated a flurry of buzz for the local favorites. Sub Pop will release the band's sophomore album May 3 and on the same night you can see the boys grace the stage of the Moore Theater. The list of their upcoming tour dates is expansive in space and compressed in time, including an impressive assortment of US and European cities in a single month. Hopefully the Foxes have had time to hibernate this winter and will be ready for the rigors of the road. If you haven't heard the song yet, or if you just can't get enough, check out the link above.
UP-AND-COMING SEATTLE ARTIST ROCKS SUNDANCE EVENT
The Huffington Post
At the 13th annual Composer/Director Roundable hosted by BMI last week at Sundance, up-and-coming-local crooner Allen Stone made quite the impression on Huffington Post contributor Tamara Conniff. The event, which convenes a panel of artists and composers to discuss the craft of film scoring during the Park City festivities, featured a host of distinguished guests and performers--but according to Conniff, Allen Stone stole the show: "He looks like a hippy from Seattle (which he kind of is), but he sounds like Stevie Wonder and Prince had a child. He blew the audience away and got a standing ovation. This is one to watch. He's a star," Conniff gushes in the Huffington Post Blog. To read the full post, follow the link above or to learn more about Allen Stone, check out his Facebook band page. Way to go, Allen!
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