Vol. 6, No. 37
February 13, 2013                                                                                       View our photos on flickr Like us on Facebook Visit our blog Follow us on Twitter
CITY NEWS
TODAY: BE A PART OF SEATTLE'S SOCIAL MUSIC EXPERIMENT!

SEATTLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  

Today's the day! As part of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce's IN-NW Social Media Conference, 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, submit your lyrics for Chris Ballew's new song "When I Was Little" by finishing the phrase with a memory from your childhood. Tweet the memory using #innwsong or post it to facebook.com/innorthwest  in 25 words or less. Then visit the Facebook page or follow @seattlechamber around 11:30 a.m. to hear the song and see the complete video. Help spread the song to social media users everywhere.
'ART ZONE' WITH NANCY GUPPY AIRS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15

ART ZONE  

This week on "Art Zone," Nancy welcomes Bill Radke, host of "PIE," a new local show about art/culture and ideas on KCTS9. The band Kultur Shock will shake the "Art Zone" shack with a performance. Nancy will also discuss Seattle Opera's announcement about a new performance series geared toward kids and the ACT production "These Streets," which tells the real story of women in rock. "Art Zone" airs Friday, February 15 at 8:00 p.m. on Seattle Channel 21 and forever online.
SEATTLE SYMPHONY TO GIVE FREE CITY HALL CONCERT ON FEBRUARY 21

OFFICE OF ARTS & CULTURAL AFFAIRS  

The Seattle Symphony will give a free lunchtime concert in the City Hall lobby on February 21. Mayor Mike McGinn will be welcoming attendees to the event, and there will be a post-performance coffee reception for audience members. The concert is standing-room only, it will feature sixteen year-old violinist Amelia Sie from Bellevue, and will be directed by Assistant Conductor Stilian Kirov.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
GEO OF BLUE SCHOLARS BEGINS TERM AS TOWN HALL'S ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
TOWN HALL SEATTLE  
Geo, the outspoken vocalist of Seattle hip hop group Blue Scholars, has been named Artist in Residence at Seattle Town Hall. The Artist in Residence program aims to facilitate discussion by inviting artists like Geo to contribute to discussion events outside of the music world, and contribute as a panel member for events held at Town Hall. The Blue Scholars MC will also host his own event, "Rappers W/ Cameras" at Town Hall on March 21, which will feature photographs of Seattle's hip hop community as well as an improvisational set from Geo and others.
ONE REEL HIRING MARKETING MANAGER AND PR COORDINATOR

ONE REEL  

One Reel is currently looking for candidates for two positions: PR Coordinator and Marketing Manager. One Reel is a non-profit arts and special events organization that has been around since 1972. They are looking for candidates who have high integrity, curiosity, and have an optimistic problem-solving attitude. One Reel is also looking for interns for three positions right now, all of which are detailed online.
INDIEFLIX SEEKING FILMMAKER RELATIONS COORDINATOR AND INTERN

INDIEFLIX  

IndieFlix, an online community streaming independent films, is looking for candidates to fill the Filmmaker Relations Coordinator position as well as a Graphic Design Intern. The internship will involve work in resizing logos and web images, creating custom templates for banners, online advertising, and more.  The internship has potential to become a full-time paid position. The Filmmaker Relations Coordinator will deal directly with filmmakers, respond to royalty questions or issues, and track feedback.
SEATTLE OPERA NAMES JOHN KEENE NEW CHORUSMASTER

SEATTLE OPERA  

Beginning in the 2013-2014 season, the Seattle Opera will have a new chorusmaster. Beth Kirchoff has held the position since 1999 and will retire this August.  John Keene was selected for the position after having a very successful guest appearance as chorusmaster with the Opera in a 2012 performance of Beethoven's Fidelio. "We're delighted to have John as our new chorusmaster," said Director Speight Jenkins.  "His work in Fidelio last fall was remarkable.  With his past history and how he worked with our chorus then, I believe his tenure here will be very successful."
FILMMAKERS AND MUSICIANS CAN APPLY FOR 4CULTURE FUNDING, WORKSHOPS

4CULTURE  

4Culture is offering a variety of arts funding opportunities with deadlines in late February and early March. As a part of their funding programs, 4Culture offers free workshops throughout February for those interested in applying for funding. Filmmakers and musicians are encouraged to attend the workshops and apply for the funding opportunities.

MOHAI WILL HOST 'CELLULOID SEATTLE' DAY ON FEBRUARY 24

MOHAI  

In honor of its film exhibit, Celluloid Seattle: A City at the Movies, MOHAI will host Celluloid Seattle Day in late February, with a number of film- and film history-themed activities. This will include tours with Seattle film industry insiders, a visit on the Tugboat "Arthur Voss" (the "star" of 1933's Tugboat Annie), and a make-your-own-movie activity.

RAINDROP PRODUCTIONS TO PRESENT FIRST WOMEN IN JAZZ FESTIVAL

SEATTLE WOMEN IN JAZZ  

Talented artists from Seattle and beyond will take the stage in April at Seattle's first-ever Women in Jazz Festival. The festival will take place at various venues throughout Seattle, including the Triple Door, Lucid Jazz Lounge, Egan's Ballard Jam House, the Rainier Valley Cultural Center, and the Vera Project. The festival is especially excited about its efforts with the Vera Project to engage youth in the art of jazz and to reach out to potential audience members who may not have previously attended a jazz concert. Some of those scheduled to perform include New York-based vocalist Sarah Charles and the Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra, as well as the Cuban-influenced Clave Gringa, and award-winning composer and pianist Sumi Tonooka. 

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 2/05 - 2/11   

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC 

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

 

1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist

2. Soundgarden - King Animal

3. Caspar Babypants - I Found You! 

4. Ken Stringfellow - Danzig in the Moonlight

5. Maldives - Muscle for the Wing 

6. Eddie Vedder - Ukulele Songs

7. Father John Misty - Fear Fun

8. Head & the Heart - Head & the Heart

9. Caspar Babypants - Hot Dog!

10. Seapony - Go With Me
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.

BLUE VEILS AND BRIGHT STARS - February 14 (1 day)
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 (9 days)
A documentary about love and loss in a community.

SPINE - February 23 (10 days)
Spine is a 2-D skeletal animation tool designed specifically for game development. Bring your games to life quickly and easily! 

ROAM - February 24 (11 days)
Scavenge. Build. Fight. Survive. Introducing ROAM, an online co-op action game set in a procedurally generated world. 

MASTER OF ORION: EPISODE 4 - February 28 (15 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 (19 days)
The wonderful world of Zangadoo Kangaroo & Friends. From the Billabong to the Outback and everywhere in between.

SQUATCH - March 5 (20 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 (21 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.

MEDIA DIGEST

SUB POP RECORDS' SILVER JUBILEE: A BIG, FREE PARTY IN GEORGETOWN 

THE STRANGER 

Sub Pop Records is turning 25 this year! Sub Pop announced last Friday that they will be hosting a big, free event in Georgetown on July 13. Bands, food, beer, and art will be there at "Sub Pop's Silver Jubliee: A 25th Anniversary Public Display of Affection." There is no word yet on who will be playing at the event, but it is certainly exciting to speculate.

NORTHWEST BEER AND MUSIC: PENUMBRA FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS BOTH 

PENUMBRA BEER BASH 

In March, the Penumbra Beer Bash will highlight about 30 Northwest breweries to a soundtrack of live music from groups. The festival will be held at King's Hall and will feature music from Champagne Champagne, TacocaT, Wimps, Pleasureboaters, La Luz, Prism Tats, and Peel Slowly. Tickets are available now for the March 16 event. This event would be a great way to check out new beers and new music at the same time, maybe you will even find your new favorite.

PODCAST: HOW TO WRITE A WEB TV SERIES

GIGAOM  

Gigaom's Chris Albrecht held a 20-minute podcast interview  with writer and producer Yuri Baranovsky ("Leap Year", "Break a Leg") about how to create a web TV series. Baranovsky's show "Leap Year" was an award-winning comedy that is shown only on Hulu, and he also has written a textbook on screenwriting for new media. The podcast touches on topics for writers who want to work in new media, such as having a clear goal for the project in mind, creating a format that works, and determining the direction that online TV shows will be headed in the next couple of years.

MICROSOFT TALKS: XBOX INTERACTIVE TV PLANS AHEAD OF NEXT-GEN CONSOLE

Speaking at the D: Dive into Media conference, Microsoft executives Nancy Tellem and Yusuf Mehdi talked about the company's efforts to create original content that will hopefully roll out this year. To do it, the company is resurrecting the old chestnut of adding "interactivity" to traditional viewing experiences. Microsoft will offer mixed content with video and interactive components. Tellem said, "you can have your choice, you can either watch linear content or really interact with it." The options for interaction range from leveraging Kinect motion control to simple push-button voting - something the company already tried to implement during the U.S. presidential debates. 

QUICK LINKS  
FILM + MUSIC + INTERACTIVE HAPPY HOUR - Returns February 27!
CITY BUSINESS CASUAL - Returns March 14! 
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