Vol. 7, No. 34  
February 13, 2014                                                                                                               View our photos on flickrLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter
CITY NEWS

CELEBRATING THE KEBLAS-ERA

WITNESS THE ROAST                                                                                                             

A community celebration of James Keblas' nine-year-legacy will be held on Wednesday, February 26 at Showbox at the Market. Come armed with war stories of fighting in the trenches to make Seattle a great place to make a living making film and music. There will be special guests and live performances. This event is free, open to the public, and is 21+.  Book your babysitter now. The usual Happy Hour program returns on March 26 at Spitfire.

SEATTLE MUSIC COMMISSION BECOMES LAW

SEATTLE CHANNEL                                                                                                             

Monday, February 3, the City Council unanimously approved the ordinance relating to the Seattle Music Commission, allowing for the continuation of the Commission by law, and allowing commissioners to serve additional terms. The Council expressed unanimously that music in Seattle deserves continued support, as recognized in the Seattle City of Music vision which is carried out by the Office of Film + Music and the Seattle Music Commission. Learn more about the Seattle Music Commission here.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

JESSIKA KENNEY RECEIVES MAJOR ARTIST TRUST AWARD

ARTIST TRUST                                                                                                             

Congratulations to Jessica Kenney for receiving the largest cash grant available to Washington State artists. Kenney is a vocalist and composer in the realm of new, experimental, metal, electronic, and improvised music. The James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award grants $50,000 to artists with the intent to advance the creative work of an outstanding individual artist with an individualized program of advisory support and access to opportunities offered through Artist Trust's Creative Career Center. "It is a joy and humbling honor, which will truly support my life's work, and I hope in turn will benefit my extended community in many ways," said Kenney.

KICKSTART SEATTLE FILM + MUSIC PROJECTS

KICKSTARTER                                                                                                             

This week, a newly added project is "Jinkx Monsoon," a feature length Documentary that atkes a behind-the-scenes look into the personality and passion of Jinkx Monsson the drag queen. Check out the soon-to-be expired campaign "POW WOW" a story that documents a type of American joy that is slowly dying out. Filmmaker Robinson Devor uses modern day desert characters to echo and illuminate an 1908 desert manhunt for Willie Boy, a native American youth who outran a mounted posse on foot across 500 miles of desert. 

DESTINY CITY FILM FESTIVAL AND SCREENPLAY COMPETITION EARLYBIRD SUBMISSION

Destiny City Film Festival is calling all filmmakers and screenwriters to submit their work before the February 20 early-bird deadline. The festival will take place from July 31 to August 3, hosted by the historic Blue Mouse Theater in Tacoma. Participants shall expect quality programming of films, workshops , panel discussions, and a celebration of screenwriting through Tacoma's first short screenplay competition. Screenwriters from anywhere in the world can submit their short screenplays before the scheduled date for $15. 

VERA PROJECT IS SEEKING A TECH MANAGER

The Vera Project is seeking a new tech manager that will work closely with their Audio/Tech committee and staff to assist in duties within the realm of Vera's audio program. The Audio/Tech Program committee helps plan and budget for repairs as well as improvement in their program tech equipment. Responsibilities include project management, and oversees interns and volunteers. Résumés and cover letters are due Friday, February 21 to hiringcommittee@theveraproject.org

SHORT FILM FRIDAY: "2042"

This week's short film is a preview of an comedy album, "2042," by the comedian Hari Kondabolu, a former Seattle resident and a rising star in the stand-up world. The album was recorded in Oakland and produced by the local jazz trumpeter and comedian Ahamefule Oluo. "2042" refers to the year that America is expected to become a minority-majority country--meaning, the year when white Americans will have to stop calling other groups "minorities." Kondabolu, an Indian American, was the brightest light in a brief golden age of local comedy (2003 to 2006). 

 

-Charles Mudede

MEDIA DIGEST
MARCO COLLINS' TOP 40 SEATTLE LOVE SONGS

It's almost Valentine's Day, and it may mean putting on the stereo and playing some beautiful Seattle tunes. Marco Collins, the legendary DJ, has put together a list of his Top 40 Seattle Love songs in no particular order. Some featured love ballets include Pearl Jam's "Parachutes," Death Cab for Cutie's "I Will Follow You Into The Dark," and Fly Moon Royalty's "Higher."

ENJOY A RE-IMAGINED "SUPER BOWL" SHUFFLE, WITH JOHN RODERICK

In 1985, the Chicago Bears recorded a track for laughs and charity called "The Super Bowl Shuffle." Last week, an ensemble of musicians and comedians that included Lil Bub, Jim James, Scott Aukerman, David Wain, and Seattle's new Music Commissioner John Roderick, debuted their cover of the song. The cover is a little weirder than the original but an instant classic. Roderick also sat down with Seattle Weekly to share his goals as the new Music Commissioner, including a pledge to "reintroduce music education in all Seattle schools...and to promote the general idea of having artists living in the city [as] a good thing for Seattle."

THE ROCKTOGRAPHY OF MORGAN SCHULER

The Rocktography of Morgen Schuler will celebrate the concert and portrait photography of Morgen Schuler. Morgen is a local Seattle-based photographer who specializes in music event and band portraiture, restaurant and Polaroid photography. And what's rocktography without great music? Swords for Arrows will also be joining the event for an intimate live acoustic set. The event is Friday, March 7, from 5:00pm -8:00 pm at Essentia Seattle.

NEW FILM AND ENTERTAINMENT AGENCY ENTERS SEATTLE MARKET

SCREEN DAILY

Full service film and entertainment PR agency Lon Haber & Co has opened an office in Seattle to complement their Los Angeles office. CEO Lon Haber was excited to establish a new office in Seattle, stating that "The Pacific Northwest [features] inspiring, raw, honest, and magical filmmakers, both up and coming and well-established." Lon Haber & Co clients past and present include Ethan Hawke, Arclight Films, and The Little Film Company among others.

ON THE VERGE OF SOMETHING

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS

Local independent film producer Mel Eslyn spoils her film crew. She's a great hostess in life and on set, she works hard to get back her crews best work. Eslyn sees an important part of her job as giving back and her personal mission includes building long-lasting relationships with people who are telling great stories. The key, Eslyn says, is "giving others respect." Unlike the Hollywood stereotype, she reminds others you can be a good film producer and still be a really good person at the same time.

CITY ARTS: AN ARTISTIC MASH-UP FOR THE AGES

CITY ARTS

The goal of City Arts' "Genre Bender" showcase is to kick artists out of their comfort zone to see what great things follow. With input from City Arts' editorial staff, creative director Jennifer Zeyl commissioned five pairs of artists from different genres to create brand-new pieces of work. After months of collaboration, the ten artists are ready to premier their "category-defying hybrids" during two performances on February 15 and 16 at the Seattle Center's Cornish Playhouse.

ON A BOAT: MUSICIANS AT SEA

Bobbi Rich is a true product of the '80s and '90s, the Seattle DJ host's new web-based variety show "Hanging Tuff" takes Seattle musicians out on a hot-tub boat on South Lake Union for the most chilled-out interviews ever. Rich says she fell in love with bands in the '80s and '90s that took themselves a little less seriously and had more fun. Thus inspired the booze-filled Q&As on a hot-tub boat, which features Seattle's own La Luz, Fly Moon Royalty, and Half-Breed, among others.

NEW SEATTLE SPACE SIGNALS SHIFT TO WEWORK STYLE

The new WeWork space in South Lake Union will show how neighborly work habits have become. The 55,000 square-foot space will fit more than 800 workers allowing musicians and filmmakers a space to work collaboratively. But what will make this assembly of desks a "coworking" space won't be proximity. It will be Ping-Pong tables, unplanned happy hours, and regular talks and mixers. The idea is that individuals will be encouraged to act as if they are exchanging ideas and energy in increments that, over time, can build their businesses.

UNION SQUARE VENTURE'S PARTNER ANDY WEISSMAN TALKS MUSIC STARTUPS

In this episode of Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, Andy Weissman joins the show to discuss music startups. Weissman is a partner at Union Square Ventures, and was a former co-founder of Betaworks, which created and invested in social, real time applications and services. Weissman sits down to discuss his thoughts on the music startup landscape and why people choose one service over the other.

BIG IN JAPAN TO PREMIERE AT SXSW 2014

The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival has released a final announcement for their 14th annual festival. Among the finalized lineup, John Jeffcoat's world premiere of Big in Japan will be shown. The film is a comedic rock-and-roll road movie about struggling Seattle rock band, Tennis Pro, who decide to sell their tour-van and head to Tokyo for one last shot at acceptance. Jeffcoat has received much praise for his recent 2013 film, Outsourced and aims higher with Tennis Pro's road to stardom.

BHS VIDEO PRODUCTION STUDENTS TO SHOWCASE THE SHOWING

The talented students in the Ballard High School Video Production Program will be showcasing their new work tonight. The screening includes short comedies, news features, and music videos for viewers to enjoy. Works that have recently won regional and national awards will also have their Washington premiere at this event. The funds from the screening will assist the students in attending their annual trip to Los Angeles to learn more about the film industry. Tickets for students are $5 and will be sold at the door. 

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