Vol. 6, No. 36
February 6, 2013                                                                                         View our photos on flickr Like us on Facebook Visit our blog Follow us on Twitter
CITY NEWS
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. 

HELP US MAKE A HIT SONG!

SEATTLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  

As part of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce's IN-NW Social Media Conference on February 13, the Office of Film + Music is conducting a grand experiment to create and break a hit song in one day's time, exclusively through social media. First, 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 at IN-NW 2013 to help complete and hear the song and spread it to social media users everywhere.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
SEATTLE SYMPHONY TO GIVE FREE CONCERT AT CITY HALL ON FEBRUARY 21

SEATTLE SYMPHONY  

Seattle Symphony Assistant Conductor Stilian Kirov will lead the Orchestra in a free lunchtime concert Thursday, February 21 in the City Hall lobby, featuring masterworks from the 19th and 20th Centuries.

After the concert, audience members are invited to mingle at a post-performance coffee reception in City Hall's Bertha Knight Landes Room. Seattle Symphony has established a tradition of performing free concerts at City Hall to standing-room-only crowds every year since 2006. These free concerts are presented as part of the Seattle Symphony's Community Connections program, which is partially supported with funding from the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and 4Culture.

SEATTLE HIP HOP LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE IS FEBRUARY 23: FREE REGISTRATION

SEATTLE HIP HOP LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE  

The fourth annual Seattle Hip Hop Leadership Conference is Saturday, February 23 at Seattle Central Community College and will bring together leading figures in Seattle's music, hip hop, and digital media communities. This year's event is themed "Back 2 The Future" and will explore the historical, present, and future context, dynamics, impacts, and potential of hip hop music and culture. The conference will address a range of topics from making a living in music to the intersection of  hip hop and digital technology. 
9TH ANNUAL SEATTLE-KOBE FEMALE JAZZ VOCALIST FINALS ARE FEBRUARY 25

JAZZ ALLEY  

The Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association (SKSCA) is hosting the 9th Annual Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Finals at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley on February 25. The SKSCA will send one high-school-aged and one adult female jazz vocalist from the greater Seattle area to our sister city of Kobe, Japan in May 2013 to be a guest singer at the 14th Annual Kobe Jazz Vocal Queen Contest. Five high school finalists and five adult finalists have been invited to give a final live audition at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley on the evening of Monday, February 25. Family, friends, and community members are encouraged to come and support the finalists.
COMPETE TO HAVE YOUR SHORT FILM SCREENED AT SXSW

NFFTY  

The National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) has partnered with the ONE Campaign to bring a great competition opportunity to filmmakers age 22 and younger. The "One Thing We Can Agree On" competition is requesting films between thirty seconds and three minutes with the concept "we all need to come together to fight poverty." The winner will have their short film shown at South by Southwest (SXSW), will win $1,000, and will be flown to Austin for the festival. Deadline for submission is February 26.

'FEMALE CONDOMS ARE ______' FILM CONTEST, SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 1
PATH is calling on filmmakers of all experience levels to enter "Female Condoms Are ______," an international film contest organized by PATH, the Universal Access to Female Condoms (UAFC) Joint Programme, the Center for Health and Gener Equity (CHANGE), and the National Female Condom Coalition (NFCC). Female condoms may be one of the most promising health technologies that people don't know or hear much about. Educate the world through a short film and you could win big prize money. Plus, winning entries will be screened at the Women Deliver 2013 Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - the largest global meeting of the decade focusing on the health and well-being of females.

URBAN MUSIC FARM INTRODUCES NEW 'WANDERING MUSICIAN SERIES'

URBAN MUSIC FARM  

The Urban Music Farm (UMF) is focused on recreational musicians and vocalists who may be short on time and/or are unable to commit to an open-ended band situation, yet would like to connect and play music with others in a structured and collective band setting. UMF's "Vagabond: The Wandering Musician Series" is designed around a five-week class series focused on learning, playing, and performing selected cover songs, with each series culminating in a live performance at a local music venue. Each Vagabond will be made up of four to five participants, will work with an instructor, and will have a particular musical "flavor."

MOHAI NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR 'HISTORY IS _______' COMPETITION 

MOHAI  

The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) is currently accepting submissions for their Third Annual "History is____" short film competition through March 31. The theme of the film is up to you, the filmmaker. Submissions from 2012 included themes like "History is Basketball," "History is Shooting with Reckless Abandon," and "History is Mystery." The competition is all about creativity and MOHAI has a list of rules and regulations online. Winners will be announced in Spring and there are a number of award categories with cash prizes.

ONE REEL IS NOW HIRING SUMMER INTERNS

ONE REEL  

One Reel is now hiring interns for the summer. One Reel's internships are intensive, challenging, and rewarding learning opportunities, offering interns exposure to the exciting world of large-scale events, nonprofit management, and every aspect inherent in producing large-scale events such as Bumbershoot. Available positions include Design Intern, Marketing Intern, and Programming Intern. Positions start in the spring and continue through September.
SEATTLE MUSIC TV OFFERS EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO SEATTLE'S MUSIC COMMUNITY

SEATTLE MUSIC TV  

Seattle Music TV is the destination for all things involving Seattle's booming music industry. Dubbed as the "VH1 of the Seattle music scene," they continuously bring exclusive material to all their fans, giving exclusive, inside access to the Seattle music industry through live performances, music videos, artist spotlights, and much more. Follow Seattle Music TV for a behind-the-scenes look into one of the nation's most successful music communities.
SASQUATCH! LINEUP ANNOUNCED

SASQUATCH!  

On Monday night, a launch party was held at the Neptune Theatre to announce the lineup for Washington's Sasquatch! Festival at The Gorge. One of the headliners for the festival, which takes place May 24 - 27, will be Seattle's Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The lineup has a huge variety of bands, including headliners Vampire Weekend, The xx, Mumford & Sons, Sigur Rós, Primus 3D, and Andrew Bird.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 1/29 - 2/04   

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC 

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

 

1. Maldives - Muscle for the Wing 

2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist

3. Ken Stringfellow - Danzig In The Moonlight

4. Soundgarden - King Animal

5. Father John Misty - Fear Fun

6. Caspar Babypants - I Found You! 

7. Sera Cahoone - Deer Creek Canyon

8. Head & The Heart - Head & The Heart

9. Helio Sequence - Negotiations

10. Eddie Vedder - Ukulele Songs

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.

POST RAPTURE PARTY'S FIRST ALBUM - February 6 (ends today)
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!

SLOWING TIME IN THE HIMALAYAS - February 11 (4 days)
One month traveling, documenting, and snowboarding in the Himalayas is shared through an online archive and gallery exhibit in Seattle.

KLYNTEL EP & MUSIC VIDEO - February 12 (5 days)
Klyntel is looking to complete their EP and music video. The EP will include a short DVD giving a look inside Klyntel.

BLUE VEILS AND BRIGHT STARS - February 14 (7 days)
Second release featuring Chicago drummer Jimmy Bennington with legendary trombonist Julian Priester and special guest Paul Blaney.

A two-year, in-depth documentary about the legalization of marijuana in Washington State, including interviews from all sides of the spectrum. 

Help fund the mastering of Jetman Jet Team's debut album We Will Live the Space Age.

THE FUNHOUSE - February 22 (16 days)
A documentary about love and loss in a community. 

MASTER OF ORION: EPISODE 4 - February 28 (22 days)
The series explores the development of humanity as it leaves the modern era and extends its reach into the stars. 

ZANGADOO KANGAROO AND FRIENDS - March 4 (26 days)
The wonderful world of Zangadoo Kangaroo & Friends. From the Billabong to the Outback and everywhere in between.

SQUATCH - March 5 (27 days)
Squatch is a full-length feature film telling the story of four college friends on a camping trip in the Pacific Northwest.

BARE: A POP OPERA - March 6 (28 days)
A showcase of new talent in the form of completely student run production of bare: A Pop Opera.

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: 'FAT KID RULES THE WORLD' (2012)

In the opening scenes of Fat Kid Rules The World, Troy (Jacob Wysocki) stands on the steep slope of Lenora between First and Western. A Metro bus approaches (no route number, it just reads "SEATTLE") and Troy takes a step forward, ready to end it all. But as the brakes squeak, a furious streak rushes into the frame, throwing him to the sidewalk, and a sort-of friendship is born. We learn that Troy (Jacob Wysocki) is profoundly lonely. Aside from crusades with online gamers, he seems to have no one. No one, except maybe the refrigerator. It's always his first stop upon coming home, where he finds solace in chocolate donuts and roasted chicken. Marcus (Matt O'Leary), the aforementioned furious streak, is a twitchy, manipulative, drug-addled dropout who enlists Troy to be his drummer in a new punk rock venture. Troy doesn't know how to play but as he learns and the story plays out, having something to aspire to (and someone to look after) seems to shift his spirits. Troy may not rule the whole world by the end of the movie, but he at least has some control over his own.

 

First-time director Matthew Lillard moved the setting of KL Going's novel from New York to Seattle and filled it with little details for us locals. Marcus and his delusions of grandeur promise Troy they'll play a show at Neumos. Troy performs what I'm sure is some of the best air drumming ever recorded on public transportation against the plastic green seats in a Metro bus. Troy's brother's room is decked out in full Seahawks and Sounders regalia. Pay close attention to a kitchen scene where Troy listens to a lecture from his father (Billy Campbell, who is great as a stern-but-caring widowed dad). Allow your eyes to move over to the bulletin board, where you'll spot an SIFF popcorn punch card and Easy Street Records stamp card. Troy is also seen clutching an Easy Street bag full of punk CDs. White Center's beloved Zippy's Giant Burgers and the Comet Tavern get a shout-out via shirt.

 

Physical location-wise, Troy's family lives in an apartment in the Broadmore Apartments on First Hill and they shoot a depressing round of hoops on the playfield at Hamlin Robinson School in the Central District. There are glimpses of Eastlake, SODO, and downtown, but for me, the best location is a personal one. Fat Kid's interior high school scenes were filmed at my alma mater, Renton's Lindbergh High School. It would be easy to write off the endearment I felt toward this movie as a by-product of the nostalgia kicked up watching Troy and Marcus bound down its brick-lined hallways. But the only thing you need to like this movie is to have ever been young and/or have a heart. Lillard and company capture the almost universal feeling of adolescent isolation in a genuine and organic way. I wish this film had been around when I was in high school.

 

-Jen Koogler

MEDIA DIGEST

WANT TO BE IN A MUDHONEY VIDEO?

THE STRANGER 

If you said "yes" to yourself just now, your chance has come! The directors of the forthcoming Mudhoney video are looking for extras for their video shoot on February 16 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in South Seattle. While they don't pay, participants will receive pizza, soda, and beer. Be sure to RSVP via email to address provided for details and  to let them know how many people are in your party.

INDUSTRY VETS DISCUSS FUTURE OF GAMING AT SIXTH ANNUAL POWER OF PLAY

GEEKWIRE  

On Thursday afternoon, members of the gaming industry met at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue for the sixth annual Power of Play event. Four industry vets led a panel discussion about the future of gaming, which according to one of the panel members, is all about platforms as more people are playing games on a wider range of devices. Another panel member stressed the importance of creativity, as most developers have access to the same level of technology. All four vets agreed on the monumental shift the industry is facing right now. 

ANDY FIFE AND RANDY ENGSTROM SHAKE UP SEATTLE'S ART SCENE

SEATTLE TIMES  

Casual and entrepreneurial, Andy Fife and Randy Engstrom represent a generational shift in local arts leadership. This new wave is more activist - eager to change what they see as outdated attitudes about the arts. Observers such as Fidelma McGinn, who formerly directed the grant-making organization Artist Trust and is now a vice president of The Seattle Foundation, describe Fife and Engstrom as arts "instigators." They want to do more than beautify and entertain - they want it to foster social change, lure kids away from gang involvement, create community, and perhaps most radically, figure out how to pay its own way.

'THESE STREETS' SET THE STAGE FOR A NEW GENERATION OF FEMALE MUSICIANS

CITY ARTS    

In many ways, "These Streets, a new stage work at ACT Theatre from writers Sarah Rudinoff and Gretta Harley, is a classically feminist approach to artwork, marrying a creative endeavor with the political act of recording the untold stories of women. Harley and Rudinoff saw a gap in history and chose to make an addendum. "I was Googling 'grunge bands' and realizing how little information was online," says Rudinoff. "When we looked at back issues of [defunct local music publication] The Rocket on microfiche, you could feel the history, and there were plenty of interviews with women, but what's risen to the top? Women have been left out." 

WATCH A LOVELY NEW VIDEO FROM SEATTLE FOLK-POPPERS IVAN AND ALYOSHA

A.V. CLUB  

Folk pop is all the rage right now, but while lots of bands are doing it, only a few are doing it really well. Ivan And Alyosha is one of those success stories. The band has put out several EPs, but is only now putting out its debut full-length All The Times We Had. The A.V. Club has the premiere of the Christian Hansen-directed video for the track, which you can watch on their website and check out the bands upcoming tour dates. 

MEGAN GRIFFITHS & DREW CHRISTIE FEATURED IN 'BEST OF 2012'S LOCAL ARTS'

SEATTLE MAGAZINE 

Megan Griffith and Drew Christie's films were both recently featured in Seattle Magazine's "Best of 2012's Local Arts" list. Griffith's Eden, based on a true story about a Korean-American girl forced into prostitution in the Southwest serves as an eye-opening call to arms as Griffiths elucidates the many factors that allow the American sex trade to succeed in its appalling business. Local animator and illustrator Drew Christie took a stand on behalf of a certain maligned species of giant rodents that haunts the shores of Lake Washington in Hi! I'm a Nutria. Part history lesson, part public service announcement, this charming hand-drawn animation gently admonishes: the next time you decide to impugn an invasive species, stop and look in the mirror.

QUICK LINKS  
FILM + MUSIC + INTERACTIVE HAPPY HOUR - Returns February 27!
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