Vol. 5, No. 35                                    View our photos on flickr Like us on Facebook Visit our blog Follow us on Twitter
February 8, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS

CITY AND SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS TEAM UP TO PROMOTE ARTS EDUCATION 

OFFICE OF ARTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS

The City of Seattle and Seattle Public Schools will host the Arts Education Forum on February 16.  The event is suitable for parents, students, teachers, artists, and supporters in general who are advocates of strengthening the arts in schools. The event will take place from 6:30 to 8pm at Seattle University's Pigott Auditorium. This is the seventh Arts Education Forum, which is part of the Arts Education Partnership, a collaborative effort between the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Public Schools that aims to increase access to arts education for all Seattle students.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

SEATTLE IS #4 ON MOVIEMAKER'S TOP TEN CITIES TO BE AN INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER

MOVIEMAKER

Seattle has again landed on MovieMaker Magazine's Top Ten Cities to be a Moviemaker, this year coming in at #4.  The article cites passionate and talented local cast and crew, Washington Filmworks' Film Competetiveness Incentive Program, and the City's streamlined $25/day film permit, as some of the compelling reasons to make your living making film in Seattle.  

INDIE FILMMAKERS FIND SUCCESS IN COMMERCIAL PRODUCTIONS

SUNDANCE

The link between indie filmmaking and big-budget commercial work is shrinking, as 7 advertisements during the Super Bowl were directed by Sundance alumni directors. Creating commercials for such companies as Honda, NBC, Chrysler, Budweiser and several more, these directors were working on pieces that would play in a $3.5 million airtime slot. Check out the ads on Sundance's website.    

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES JOB OPENINGS 

SIFF

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) has listed three permanent jobs and several 2012 seasonal positions posted on their website. Those interested in working with SIFF in positions such as Film Center Education Coordinator, Director of Operations, and Special Events Manager should download the full job description from SIFF's website. Also check out SIFF's site for the seasonal position descriptions and details.  

LOCAL BAND WINS THE SUPER BOWL OF BLUES COMPETITIONS

WASHINGTON BLUES SOCIETY 

Good News for the Seattle blues scene came from Memphis this week, as Seattle-based band THE WIRED! Band was announced the winner of the 5-day International Blues Challenge. Representing the Washington Blues Society, THE WIRED! Band competed in Memphis amongst over 200 acts in front of thousands of international blues fans to gain the title. This year marks the 28th year the challenge has been held.

UNITED OUTREACH FESTIVAL OF ANIMATION THIS MONTH 

WEST SEATTLE HERALD  

Unified Outreach, a charity that provides arts programs to students, has just announced the 2012 festival of animation, featuring 10 cartoon, animation, and video shorts set to a soundtrack by local artists. The organization is also holding an open house at the Ginomai Art Center in West Seattle for anyone interested in their programs; any youth interested in animation or video are encouraged to attend.  

HISTORY IS ___ FILM COMPETITION CALLS FOR ENTRIES

SEATTLE HISTORY

The second annual History Is___ Film Competition is now open for submissions. The competition's host, Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), is seeking submissions of five minutes in length or less from filmmakers of all experience levels on what history means to them. The submission deadline is March 31st. For more information, check out MOHAI's website, and catch them at the February 29 Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour, where MOHAI staff will be present with materials about the festival.  

YOUTH FILMMAKERS: NFFTY ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY 15TH EXTENDED DEADLINE  

NFFTY

Due to overwhelming filmmaker demand NFFTY has decided to extend their submission deadline!  February 15th is when they need to have received all films.  You can upload your film until the 15th, and if you are mailing a DVD it needs to arrive by February 15th.  Don't delay!

ZINO ENTERTAINMENT INVESTMENT FORUM SHOWCASES FILM AND INTERACTIVE MEDIA ENTREPRENEURS

ZINO SOCIETY

Zino Society presents their second annual ZINO Entertainment Investment forum, which will showcase companies and experts in the areas of Film, Mobile, and Gaming. 

Seed, early-stage and expansion capital companies will present in 5 minute pitch formats according to their focus. Panelists including experts from Xbox, Washington Interactive Network, independent producers and other organizations will select a non-cash "Best Investment Opportunity" award for each of the segments to be announced the day of the event.

SOCIAL MEDIA CONFERENCE FEATURES JOHN RODERICK, SIR-MIX-A-LOT & SEATTLE SHOW GAL 

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 and Nikki Benson from the SSG Music. The event will take place next Wednesday, February 15th, at Showbox SoDo. Registration information is on the Chamber's website.  

AMAZON STUDIOS PICKS FIRST WINNERS FOR BEST TEST FILM AND BEST SCRIPT

BUSINESSWIRE
Amazon Studios first launched its online movie development process in 2010, and has since received thousands of movies and scripts to be considered for the "Best Test Movie of the Year" and "Script of the Year" awards. It took much time and deliberation, but Amazon Studios just announced the winners of the movie and script awards, earning the submitters $1M and $100K respectively. Along with awarding the top films and scripts, Amazon Studios has put other worthy submissions to work, highlighting them at contests, and pairing prominent producers with projects found through the Amazon Studios community.

FILMMAKERS: INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER PROJECT WANTS YOUR POST-PRODUCTION SUGGESTIONS

IFP 

Independent Filmmaker Project supports filmmakers through the entirety of the filming process. IFP is currently seeking first-time filmmakers with features in post-production for this year's Independent Filmmaker Labs. This is the only free program in the nation for directors steering their way through the filmmaking world. In the last two years, IFP has supported projects that have gone onto the silver screens of Venice, Toronto, Sundance and SXSW. The deadline to submit is March 9 for the Documentary labs and April 6 for Narrative Labs. 

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 (5 days)

West Coast Tour Project  - February 13th (5 days)

All My Presidents - February 18th (11 days)

First Annual Balkan Night Northwest! - February 18th (11 days) 

Girls from Ipanema debut album and tour - February 19th (12 days)

The Jesus Rehab - February 22nd (15 days)

Double album: At the Spine & Beautiful Sunsets, 28 songs! - February 23rd (16 days)

Elbows & Knees: the "Crippled By a Crush" EP - February 29th (22 days)

Alchimia's Studio Recording  - March 10th (33 days)

Riverpool at London Bridge - March 15th (35 days) 

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 1/30- 2/5 

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  Shabazz Palaces - "Black Up"

 5  Sol "Yours Truly" (self released) 

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

 7  Caspar Babypants - "Here I Am!"

 8  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - "Vs" 

 9  Wild Flag - "Wild Flag"

 10 Caspar Babypants - "Sing Along!"

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 10: "THE MAN WHO SHOT THE MAN WHO SHOT LINCOLN" 
THE STRANGER 

The short for this coming Friday, Feb 10, will be Drew Christie's "The Man Who Shot the Man Who Shot Lincoln." Two simple reasons for posting this short: one, it's weird in a good way (the scene with the scissors will definately shock you); two, Christie, a local filmmaker, is receiving national attention (his short "Song of the Spindle" screened at Sundance 2012). In the nutty world of animation, being weird is easy, whereas being weird and interesting is not.

-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. 

 

Three Fugitives (1989)   

 

I swear that Frenchman Frances Veber must be the most "remade" filmmaker in Hollywood. Tons of Veber's movies (both ones he's written and ones he's directed) have been anglicized with artistically marginal but financially successful results. So when he decided to make his English-language directorial debut, it was only natural for him to take a page out of Tinseltown's book and redo his own film Les Fugitifs (1986). Three Fugitives follows its source material pretty closely, except this one is shot in the Northwest (by legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler) and stars Nick Nolte and Martin Short instead of Gerard Depardieu and Pierre Richard. The film begins as Lucas (Nolte) is released from McNeil Island Corrections Center. These scenes are shot in and around the actual prison, but when Lucas takes a ferry across south Puget Sound to Tacoma they end up at the Point Defiance ferry terminal, which usually only serves the Vashon Island run. The ex-con travels directly to a bank to cash a check, but his plans are sidetracked by a spastic amateur robber named Ned (Short) who ends up taking Lucas hostage. It turns out Ned has turned to crime in order to get his mute daughter the medical treatment she needs. Of course the kid is cute as hell and, of course, the cops are convinced the trio is some sort of bank-robbing supergroup. Consequently, they become the film's titular three fugitives and they spend the remainder of the film on the run from The Man. The trio eludes the law throughout numerous locations in Tacoma and all over the Pacific Northwest. Locals with a stubborn adherence to geographic reality will find themselves a bit perplexed as some of the situations unfold. For example, the only part filmed in Seattle starts at Gas Works, but the kid runs out ofthe park and right into downtown Tacoma. With Ned and Lucas in hot pursuit, the three end up in another park that I don't recognize but I think is probably somewhere in Los Angeles. The movie's biggest topographic blunders occur during its final reel when the fugitives make a break for Canada. They pass a sign for State Route 539 (aka The Guide Meridian), which would be the correct road for a car full of fugitives to take to the border, but then why is Mount Rainier so prominent on the horizon? Along the way they are stopped at a police roadblock at what I believe to be a stretch of Highway 7 along Alder Lake in Thurston County. It is an extremely scenic spot that looks a lot nicer than the outskirts of Lynden so, even though it does not reflect reality, the location makes sense on an artistic/cinematic level. The film wraps up with a scene set in a fictional Canadian town that, for a change, was actually filmed here in Washington State. These days they'd probably shoot the whole dang movie up north! This choice of location may only be the result of Veber's work visa but I'd like to think it was because of the filmmakers' dedication to the good old USA and, in particular, the wonderful and versatile state of Washington.

 

-Spenser Hoyt  

MEDIA DIGEST

SOUND OFF! BRINGS YOUNG MUSICIANS TO EMP ALL MONTH

KOMO NEWS 

One of the northwest's premier events for teenage musicians, Sound Off!, returns to Seattle this month. Each Saturday this month, the EMP's Sky Church will be ablaze with sounds of high school music gurus who are well practiced and eager to share the fruits of their regular jam sessions. The bands assembled for Sound Off! were hand-selected from an initial depot of nearly 150 entrants. February 11th, 18th and 25th will see twelve bands compete for a spot in the March 3rd finals. Songs can be heard beforehand in the link above, and discounted tickets are available for students.  

WHILE LOCAL TALENT PRAISED AT SUNDANCE, FILM-INCENTIVE FIGHTS FOR LIFE
SEATTLE TIMES 

The quirky, dead-pan comedy Safety Not Guaranteed is a Washington-made film that was successfully completed largely because of the Washington-created film-incentive. The Motion Picture Competitiveness Program is currently on the chopping board in Legislature, and with forty other states offering incentives, the choice for investors seems glaringly obvious. Amy Lillard, the director of Washington Filmworks, the state film office, says "If Portland's giving you a million dollars back and Washington is giving you nothing, where are you going to go?" 

MYNORTHWEST LAUNCHES NEW MUSIC PAGE AND PODCAST 

MY NORTHWEST

Seattle Sounds, a newly introduced offshoot from mynorthwest.com features KIRO Radio's Josh Kerns and Chris Kornelis of Seattle Weekly discussing the Seattle music scene. The new page is regularly updated with posts and stories relating to Seattle music, and their weekly 30-minute podcast is available for streaming and download from the site. 

MELODIC CARING PROJECT OFFERS PERSONALIZED CONCERTS TO HOPITALIZED CHILDREN
GEEKWIRE 

Because of a new idea known as the Melodic Caring Project, bed-ridden kids are getting a chance to watch a streaming, personalized concert. The project founder, Levi Ware, surprised one 11-year old named Braydon, who said seeing the live stream on his laptop "made me feel really good." The project still needs support before it is self-sustainable, and the group's next step is to launch a crowd-sourcing campaign in the coming weeks. 

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


Newsletter submission guidelines
 
This email was sent to sam@kovux.com by filmandmusicoffice@seattle.gov |  
Film + Music Office | 700 Fifth Ave. Suite 5752 | PO Box 94708 | Seattle | WA | 98124