|News from the Office of Film + Music
WASHINGTON FILMWORKS CALL TO ACTION: FILM DAY IN OLYMPIA
Join fellow-filmmakers and Washington Filmworks for "Film Day in Olympia" on Wednesday, February 23, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in support of HB 1554 and SB 5539, the legislation to renew the state's Motion Picture Competitiveness Program. The production incentive program remains the single best tool we have to win motion picture business in Washington and in this difficult economic climate, your support is critical to get the incentive program renewed.
If you have four hours to give to this effort, now is the time: We will need between 50 to 75 local film industry workers to volunteer for the Film Day event, to meet with legislators and share how the incentive program impacts the lives of Washington state cast and crew. If you are available and willing to help, please send an email to Info@WashingtonFilmWorks.org with the subject line, " Film Day in Olympia." Please include your name, affiliation with the industry, your address and/or your Legislative District number (to find out who your elected officials are click here) in the body of your email. We will follow up with more detailed instructions. Thank you!
--Amy Lillard, Executive Director of Washington Filmworks
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
MOVIEMAKER RANKS SEATTLE AS SIXTH BEST CITY TO LIVE, WORK AND MAKE MOVIES
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.
UPDATE: LEGISLATIVE RENEWAL OF WASHINGTON'S FILM INCENTIVE PROGRAM IN THE MEDIA
The latest developments in the effort to renew and extend filmmaking incentives in Washington were this week's legislative committee hearings on Washington State's Motion Picture Competiveness Program. The renewal legislation is now beginning to attract local media attention: KOMO 4 News aired this report on the February 7 Senate Committee hearing, which includes testimony from Washington state film and economic development representatives. Q13 Fox aired a similar story in their Monday night newscast, citing the locally-made Bridgestone Superbowl as an example of incentivized film production in Washington. The Stranger covered the Senate hearing as well, offering insight about how enhancing the current incentive program would encourage filmmakers to film more projects in Washington. Seattlest also has this comprehensive feature on the incentive program's current and potential impact. Stay tuned for more on the progress of the new bills!
2011 SASQUATCH MUSIC FESTIVAL LINEUP ANNOUNCED
Sasquatch! Music Festival
The Sasquatch Music Festival has finally unveiled the long- awaited list of bands performing this this Memorial Day weekend. Showcasing Seattle's hottest up-and-coming bands, as well as a host of established homegrown artists, the festival is sure to be a feast of local flavors. This year's Seattle-based lineup includes: Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, The Head and the Heart, The Moondoggies, Wheedle's Groove, Mad Rad, The Young Evils and The Globes. Sasquatch! always throws in a few surprises so don't be surprised to see more familiar names added to the list in due time. It is the diversity of style and stature of the bands playing the festival that makes it distinctly Pacific Northwestern and a satisfying experience for musical tastes of all palettes. Click the link above for more pertinent details on the festival and to see the band listing in its entirety.
EMP'S SOUND OFF! BATTLE OF THE BANDS 2011
Experience Music Project
This year will mark the tenth anniversary of Experience Music Project's "Sound Off!," a youth- only battle of the bands competition. Underage bands spanning from British Columbia down to Vancouver, Washington, will be competing for glory and prizes including performances slots at Bumbershoot and Folklife festivals, radio play, music gear and a recording consultation, all of which can help jump start their music careers. Indeed, Previous "Sound Off!" winners have used the competition as a platform to emerge onto the local scene and attract some well deserved attention. By simply entering the battle, bands will get the experience of playing in front of a raging crowd under the strobing lights of EMP's Sky Church stage. The first of three semifinal rounds begin this Saturday, February 12 and the following rounds take place each Saturday thereafter, until the finals on March 5. Check out the link above to learn more about the competition, listen to a few songs by participating bands, drool over the prizes and get your tickets early.
CALLING ALL MUSICIANS: TAKE PART IN THE "SEATTLE ONHOLD" LOCAL MUSIC SHOWCASE
Want some hometown adoration not to mention your music spinning on 10,000 city phone lines and a local music podcast? The City of Seattle may be able to help you out! The Seattle OnHold local music project is eager to showcase Seattle's diverse musical traditions and is seeking new tunes to be featured in a city-wide "hold music" mix. All musical genres are welcome, and submissions will be evaluated for artistic merit, appropriateness for a public phone system, legal feasibility and musicians' Seattle connection. The playlists will be curated by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs in partnership with the Seattle Department of Information Technology. To take part in Seattle OnHold, submit a recording of your music, a brief bio and English lyric sheets to email@example.com. For more on the project, check out the link above.
INTERNSHIP OPENINGS AT KEXP
KEXP is now accepting applications for its quarterly internship program. KEXP internships are available for school credit and offer real world experience in a wide array of broadcast-related fields including: non-profit fundraising, marketing, web design, sound engineering, music programming, project management, database maintenance and much more. Interns are also exposed to vital relationship-building and networking opportunities that will aid in securing future employment in the music industry. Applicants should be motivated, organized, efficient and independent workers with excellent communications skills and knowledge of KEXP's mission, not to mention a fanatical love of music. To apply, fill out the online application form at the above link and email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline for the current intern hiring cycle is March 1. You can also follow the link above for more information about KEXP's internship program.
FILM/VIDEO GRANTS NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH CREATIVE CAPITAL NATIONAL ARTS FUND
Creative Capital, a national non-profit that provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists working across all disciplines, is now offering grants for film/video production. Creative Capital seeks out artists who create work that is innovative, adventurous and that carries the potential to reshape the cultural landscape. Eligible applicants must be working artists at least 25 years of age, with five or more years of professional experience. To apply, artists must first submit an online inquiry form outlining their projects; they should be prepared to describe how a grant would be a catalyst for artistic and professional growth at this time, the influences that inform their work and how they take an inventive and original approach to form and content. The deadline to submit inquiry forms is March 1. For the full scoop on the grant application process, check out the above link.
DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR NFFTY 2011 FILM SUBMISSIONS
Procrastination got the best of you, young filmmaker? Never fear: Due to overwhelming interest, NFFTY has extended the submission deadline for its 2011 Film Competition which has, according to NFFTY's Facebook portal, already shattered last year's record submission numbers. Entrants now have until February 15 at Midnight PST to complete the entry processes. But all materials--including DVD hardcopies, entry fees and applications--must be received by this deadline, so NFFTY still recommends completing the supplementary online application form a week in advance to guarantee that everything gets in on time. Anything received after the deadline cannot be reviewed for festival consideration. For the full scoop on NFFTY's deadline extension, visit the link above.
JOIN IN ON THE FUN OF "QUIXOTE'S QUEST" WITH THE SEATTLE OPERA
This past Monday, February 7, Seattle Opera kicked off "Quixote's Quest," a series of week-long scavenger hunts that will reward local fans with prizes including free tickets to the company's upcoming production, Massenet's Don Quichotte. Taking a page from Cervantes' celebrated novel--wherein titular anti-hero Don Quixote embarks on a "quest" to retrieve the stolen necklace of his beloved Dulcinea--Seattle Opera will hide a necklace at a different spot in the Seattle metropolitan area every Monday for four weeks. Clues as to the whereabouts of the hidden necklace will be posted on the Opera's blog, Facebook, and Twitter pages, and the first person to find the necklace each week can redeem it for tickets to the March 9 performance of Don Quichotte. In addition, each of the "Quixote's Quest" weekly winners will be placed in a drawing for a romantic grand prize package for two, which will include dinner at a Seattle restaurant and other special items. Follow the above link for the full scoop on the "Quest."
ADMIRAL THEATER SEEKS EXPERIENCED ASSISTANT MANAGER
West Seattle's historic Admiral Theater has an immediate opening for a part-time Assistant Manager with significant experience working in moviehouses. Qualified candidates must be proficient in: building and breaking down 35mm film for a three platter system; threading a projector; bookkeeping, nightly reporting and box-office/concession sales and managing theater staff. Additionally, candidates must have flexible scheduling availability and access to reliable transportation. Having promotion, marketing and event production skills is also a big plus. Interested parties should contact Dinah Brein by email only at email@example.com. Please do not contact the theater.
YOUNG FILM FANS: APPLY FOR THE SIFF YOUTH JURY
At film festivals around the world, a selection of accomplished filmmakers and other industry professionals are chosen to watch a series of works and award just one as the best in show. But at SIFF 2011, which takes place May 19 to June 12, this task will be put to a group of film-loving Seattle youngsters. SIFF is looking for fourteen students with a passion for movies from all across King County to serve on the Youth Jury, a special, kid-friendly panel that decides the award for the Best Youth film at the Festival. Seattle youngsters in grades 3-7 are eligible for the Films4Families Youth Jury while teens in grades 8- 12 may apply for the FutureWave Jury. Download the application by clicking the link above and feel free to send questions about the Youth Juries or SIFF Educational opportunities to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPORTN' LIFE RECORDS GOES DIGITAL
Sportn' Life Records
Seattle independent hip-hop label, Sportn' Life, is going green--and therefore going digital. For the next 30 days, Sportn' Life's entire digital catalog--featuring a bevy local artists like Damian Black, Fatal Lucciauno, Spac3man and Marissa who have been paving the way for independent hip-hop for nine years--will be on sale, with albums priced at just $3.99 each in addition to a few freebies. When albums are purchased on iTunes, listeners receive the digital booklet with liner notes, photos, and more. In some cases, albums will be digi-bundled with video content, including music videos, interviews and behind the scenes footage. "Our fans are consuming music in different ways, mostly in digital format, and our digital campaign is Sportn' Life's way of responding to that shift by giving listeners what they want," says label owner and president DeVon Manier. You can access the label's webpage and download some discount albums via the link above.
MOSTLY NORDIC CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES AND SMÖRGÅSBORD
Nordic Heritage Museum
If you are looking to whet your appetite for Scandinavian cuisine, culture and chamber music, look no further than the Nordic Heritage Museum's Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series and Smörgåsbord. For those unfamiliar with fine Scandinavian fare, a smörgåsbord is a delicious feast of open faced sandwiches and other culinary delights beautifully displayed and served buffet style. The Chamber Music Series consists of five Sunday afternoon chamber music concerts featuring the music of Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland & Sweden. The smörgåsbord follows the performance and will feature gourmet delicacies from the featured country's traditional menu. The series launches this Sunday February 13, with the music of Norway, featuring Norwegian pianist Knut Erik Jensen, violinist Svend Rønning, and soprano Laura Loge. For tickets and more info on the music series, visit the link above.
JOIN HELP RIO! SEATTLE THIS WEEKEND FOR BRAZILIAN MUSIC BENEFIT EVENT
Brazil Center Seattle
The January flooding and mudslides in Brazil have devastated several cities in the mountainous interior of the state of Rio de Janeiro, killing nearly 900 people, destroying homes and businesses, displacing nearly 3000 residents, and disrupting power, water, communication, and transportation systems throughout the country. In response to these tragic events, the Help Rio! Committee convened a group of Brazilians and Seattleites to organize a music and dance benefit event this Friday, February 11, at Bellevue's Music Works. The benefit will feature Brazilian-infused performances from a host of flavorful local acts including, Eduardo Mendonça, Show Brazil, Jovino Santos Neto, ZumZumZum, International Capoeira Angola, Dora Oliveira, and more. Event organizers are reaching out to the entire Pacific Northwest to raise funds for the victims of this natural disaster, and will also be accepting donations online, via mail and at the door of the Help Rio! Event. To learn more about the benefit or to find out how you can help, be sure to follow the above link.
SEATTLE SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES NEW CONDUCTOR FOR 2011-2012 SEASON
Newly designated French conductor Ludovic Morlot has some big ideas brewing for the 2011-2012 Seattle Symphony itinerary, and there seems to be something for every Seattleite on the menu. Get excited for innovative new programs created by Morlot such as "Sonic Evolution," that will merge local Seattle band Hey Marseilles with influences from Seattle songwriting legends Quincy Jones, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Kobain. Alongside your symphony classics from Mozart, Bach, Chopin and Brahms you will see the likes of James Bond themes, sci-fi film scores, holiday tunes and American classics in the "Seattle Pops Series." International collaborations will be a big highlight in the "Visiting Orchestra Series" as the Seattle strings and brass are joined by visiting orchestras from across the globe, including Korea, Russia and Hungary. The season finale is of extra-terrestrial proportions and will include HD images from NASA space explorations and music from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Scope out the link above to learn more about the upcoming Seattle Symphony season.
STIFF NEEDS VOLUNTEER SCREENERS FOR 2011 FEST
Seattle's True Independent Film Festival--aka STIFF--is looking for a group of dedicated volunteers with a passion for independent film to screen 2011 Festival entries. Screeners will be expected to watch an average of at least one feature or three shorts each day during the week. Being a STIFF screener is a great opportunity to catch a first-look at some truly original works from Northwest and around the world and to celebrate off-beat independent film. Interested parties should shoot an email to Contact@TrueIndependent.org. To learn more about STIFF and the 2011 event, be sure to follow the link above.
DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO SPONSOR A SEAT AT SIFF'S FILM CENTER
There are precious few commemorative seats remaining in SIFF Film Center's new promotion, which gives Seattleites the opportunity to--quite literally-- become a part of SIFF's new theater space. Only 100 individuals will have the chance to have a seat put in their name in the newly-constructed theater, which is scheduled to open later this year. In addition to the personalized seat plaque, your gift will include your name on the permanent recognition wall in the main lobby, as well as placement in donor recognition materials, updates on the progress of the Film Center, and an invitation to SIFF Film Center's private gala opening. Your pledge can be paid at one time or spread out over three years to make it that more affordable, and can also be used to recognize a loved one. Get in on the action now, before all of the available seats are taken! Please contact Renee C. O'Donnell at email@example.com to learn more about this limited-time offer.
SEATTLE TEEN MUSIC PRESENTS "TEACHER'S ROCK NIGHT" AT THE BALLARD EAGLES
Salmon Bay Eagles
Join members of the Kaleidoscope School of Music and The Seattle Drum School next Friday, February 18, for a free, all-ages student showcase and all-out jam session hosted by Ballard's Salmon Bay Eagles. The concert event highlights some of the amazing talent emerging onto Seattle's music scene, all while giving participating students a chance to show their stuff. Instructors from both of the schools will be available to answer questions about their respective music programs, and will also share insight on playing techniques and cool gear. The night kicks off with a performance from new West Seattle youth band,"*80 or Free," and local teen jazz guitarist Kyle Scherrer. If all goes according to plan, the concert will come to a rockin' conclusion with a big group performance, where the students will get a chance to shred alongside their instructors. For all the details about the event, follow the link above.
CHASE JARVIS OFFERS LOCATION SCOUTING WISDOM
Chase Jarvis Blog
Washington boasts some of the most lush and vivid coniferous scenery on the face of the planet, which makes it a excellent place to film. Now local photographer Chase Jarvis helps you navigate our beautiful local terrain with his innovative guide to scouting locations for film, video and photo work. This scouting template also illustrates how new online resources can aid the process of finding the perfect environment for a plot or shot's exposition. Jarvis breaks down a series of critical steps used to evaluate potential locations, including researching new locations online, working with film commissions and hiring location scouts. Zap the link above to learn all the detailed insights of modern location scouting.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 2/2 - 2/8
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"
- Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs. Redux"
- Moondoggies - "Tidelands
- Brandi Carlile - "Live at Easy Street"
- Mad Rad - "Youth Die Young"
- Caspar Babypants - "This Is Fun!"
- Pearl Jam - "Vs"
- Soundgarden - "Telephantasm"
- Fleet Foxes - "Sun Giant EP"
- Rusty Willoughby - "Cobirds Unite"
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:
Eddie Bauer "Summer Rain Shoot"
The Eddie Bauer franchise began in 1920 when its 21-year-old namesake opened in the back of a Seattle hunting and fishing store. The company continues its strong clothier retail storefront, catalog, and web presence in Seattle and across the world to this day.
In a strengthened effort to bring their marketing production back to their local heritage, an Eddie Bauer photography crew is shooting catalog and online photos in several Seattle neighborhoods this week, employing over 11 local cast and crew.
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.
With a double gimmick plot, Disclosure is the kind of movie I usually avoid whenever possible. But the film was shot in Seattle so, eventually, I had to sit down and watch this "sexy" thriller. For something like the seventh or eighth time in his career Michael Douglas stars as a guy caught up in a complicated and compromised, marriage-threatening affair. In this case he is the victim of so-called reverse sexual harassment brought on by Demi Moore (an ex-girlfriend who is now Douglas's boss). That's the first gimmick, the second gimmick is....wait for it...virtual reality! Yep, Douglas and Moore work for one of those computer technology firms that are so prevalent in Seattle, and Douglas is part of a "cutting edge" virtual reality- based filing system called Corridor. Corridor basically creates an artificial room full of space-age filing cabinets that resembles the Greco-Roman wing of a history museum. Mixed in with the dated technology, legal mumbo jumbo, slick business talk and convoluted plot points is a fair amount of Seattle footage. There are a lot of shots showing parts of the city through office windows and the film is peppered with images of the cityscape at night, which I guess looks more "high tech." Douglas lives on Bainbridge Island and just around the corner from his house you can see The Space Needle. And what Seattle film would be complete without a stroll through Pike Place Market? That's exactly what Douglas's wife does in Disclosure. Since this is a movie about corporate dealings and wealthy businessmen (and women) there are also a couple of fancy luncheons at the Four Seasons Hotel. Probably the film's location highlight is a froufrou outdoor dinner that takes place in the cul-de-sac in front of the Volunteer Park Conservatory. The filmmakers do a good job of concealing the fact that all these people in sharp tuxedos and elegant dresses are standing around in a parking lot. After a long 125 minutes, Moore's nefarious shenanigans are eventually revealed and viewers have made it through another middling Michael Crichton film.
NATHAN HALE HIGH SCHOOL'S RADIO STATION C-89.5 FM TURNS 40
Lowest on the radio dial, but sky high in acclaim and respect, C-89.5 FM is Nation Hale High School's nationally-lauded student radio station. Last weekend, C-89.5 celebrated its 40th birthday party in style at Neighbors on Capitol Hill with performances from Brooklyn Bounce, H-Boogie, Niamh Egan, Lisa Dank and Melakai. The station, which gives Nathan Hale students the chance to practice their radio skills and play their favorite pop and dance hits, broadcasts to the greater Seattle area and the rest of the world via online streams. The station has been leading the nation's noncommercial radio scene with new music spinning daily and is renowned for always being one step ahead of the game: Nathan Hale has undeniable boasting rights for getting acts like La Roux, Rhianna and Lady Gaga to perform at their school before they were the big names they are today. Click the link above to learn more about C-89.5's 40 year history and all the obstacles the school and student DJs have overcome to get where they are today.
SEATTLE WEEKLY RANKS SEATTLE'S BEST SMALL VENUES
Between the candlelit intimacy of an acoustic performance with an audience count less than the number of seats in a mini-van, and the elbow- jarring proximity, sea of bodies, "whose sweat is that?" basement mosh-pittery that can be found in the range of Seattle's smaller venues, there is always a little something for everyone. Seattle Weekly has taken it upon themselves to rank their favorite small cafes and clubs that host live performances and intimate gigs. Quell your clausterphobia, and follow the link above to learn more about the stellar venues that keep the Seattle music scene thriving week after week.
HOLLOW EARTH RADIO GETS GRANTS FROM 4CULTURE AND HUMANITIES OF WASHINGTON
Hollow Earth Radio
Advocate 4 Culture
Hollow Earth Radio, the acclaimed non-profit online radio station based out of Seattle's Central District, is making some serious (air)waves: The station just received a sustained support grant from 4Culture that will help Hollow Earth secure its broadcast headquarters on 23rd and Union and continue to stream music to the masses. The station also received an additional grant from Humanities of Washington that is being used to produce a documentary about the history of independent and non-label music culture in the Pacific Northwest. In the face of recession-woes and budget cuts, 4Culture needs your help to be able to offer more grant funding programs for like this one in the future. Follow the link above to see what you can do to help.
Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel White, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Erica Nwuso, Intern
Jonathan Hughes, Intern
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