Vol. 5, No. 36                                    View our photos on flickr Like us on Facebook Visit our blog Follow us on Twitter
February 15, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS

HAPPY HOUR RETURNS FEBRUARY 29 WITH MATT VANCIL 

FMI HAPPY HOUR

The Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour returns on February 29 at Spitfire from 5-7pm featuring guest speaker Matt Vancil. Matt is the brainchild behind the popular web series JourneyQuest, co-founder of two production companies, and video director at Chromed. Matt will bring his pioneering sensibility and discuss the value of creating modular and multi-platform content.  

THIS WEEK ON ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY 

ART ZONE

An exciting blend of art and music on this week's Art Zone with Nancy Guppy. Tour the city's new art showcases, get a history lesson from local animator Drew Christie, and listen to the sounds of Gabriel Teodros. It all goes down on Friday, February 17th at 8:00 on Seattle Channel 21.  

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

WASHINGTON FILM INCENTIVE PASSES IN SENATE, MOVES TO HOUSE   

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS

The Washington State Senate yesterday passed the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program (SB 5539) 40-8. The bill will now be referred to the House of Representatives for consideration. Washington Filmworks, the program that manages the fund, states that the bill's progress is encouraging, but urges supporters to contact their Representatives in support of the bill. Washington Filmworks has collected a tremendous amount of economic data that supports the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program, and now they're looking for your personal stories. How has the program impacted your livelihood? Email your testimonials to us at info@washingtonfilmworks.org.  Please include "testimonial" in the subject line, and visit Washington Filmworks' Blog for more details on the bill's progress. 

FILMMAKERS: GET SOCIAL THIS THURSDAY AT NORTHWEST FILM FORUM'S HAPPY HOUR

NWFF

Northwest Film Forum's monthly Film Saloon is a socializing event for the local film community! Film enthusiasts and filmmakers will gather to mingle about happenings in the local filmmaking community. It all goes down this Thursday, February 16 at 5:00 at the Northwest Film Forum.  

SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS SEEKS YOUR OPINION ON ARTS PRIORITIES

SPS

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) recently received a sizeable grant from the Wallace Foundation with the intention of improving arts education access for every student in the K-12 Seattle school system. The planning period is underway and will continue until January of next year. In order to develop the best arts plan possible, SPS seeks your help. A survey has been distributed in hopes that the community can offer guidance that will help planners shape and prioritize the arts programming. The survey should only take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. 

JOIN THEFILMSCHOOL EVERY FIRST TUESDAY FOR THEIR MONTHLY EVENT

THEFILMSCHOOL

TheFilmSchool invites you to their free, First Tuesday event. Each gathering has a different topic of focus, and they are an opportunity for film enthusiasts to meet and hear from experts in the film community. The March 6 event features Lyall Bush, the executive director of the Northwest Film Forum. He will discuss the work of filmmaker Charlie Kaufman and dive into a discussion centered around what makes his work so intriguing.

FREE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL BY FAITH VS FATE IS THIS WEEKEND 

FAITH VS FATE

Local production company Faith vs Fate is hosting a free film festival of eight locally made short films this Saturday, February 18. The concept of the festival was to bring together Washington State filmmakers and showcase their talents in an effort to support the renewal of the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program. Join FVF and the local talent that created the films at AMC Theaters Pacific Place this Saturday.  

ZINO ENTERTAINMENT INVESTMENT FORUM SHOWCASES FILM AND INTERACTIVE MEDIA ENTREPRENEURS

TECH FLASH

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. Read about the success story of last year's winner, Tender Brisket LLC , which found the investment it needed at the forum.   

FILMMAKERS: NEW WASHINGTON COMMUNITY FORUM NOW ONLINE 
PRODUCTION PEEPS

"Production Peeps" is a new quickly growing forum for Washington filmmakers. The online forum has almost every production sub genre board you can imagine, plus job and message boards where you can rant or rave about local filmmaking. To view or participate in the discussions, you'll have to make a free personal account. Once your account is verified, the growing network of filmmakers and "production peeps" are at your fingertips.

ARTIST TRUST NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

ARTIST TRUST

After an extensive search, Artist Trust has named Margrit Rankin as the new Executive Director. As Artist Trust celebrates its 25th anniversary of investing in the Washington artist community, they welcome Margrit on Board. Her experience as the Executive Director of Seattle Arts & Lectures and Director for the University of Washington's Simpson Center for the Humanities will prove her to be an invaluable resource to Artist Trust and the arts community.

SIFF CHOOSES MARCO COLLINS TO LEAD 'FACE THE MUSIC' SERIES

ALL ACCESS 

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) has recently announced that music industry veteran Marco Collins will act as curator for its "Face the Music" programming. The program will feature films spanning all genres of music in addition to helping raise the profile of music though musical performances, panel discussions and other special events. Marco is best known as the flagship DJ and Music Director at Seattle's KNDD during the 1990's alternative rock explosion where he was instrumental in breaking artists such as Beck, Weezer, The Presidents of the USA, Foo Fighters, Garbage, and Harvey Danger.
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.

Let's make a LIVE DVD of my CD RELEASE CONCERT together!- February 21st (5 days)

The Jesus Rehab
 - February 22nd (8 days)

Double album: At the Spine & Beautiful Sunsets, 28 songs!   - February 23rd (9 days)

Elbows & Knees: the "Crippled By a Crush" EP - February 29th (15 days)

Fox and The Law SXSW Tour - March 5th (18 days)  

Alchimia's Studio Recording - March 10th (26 days) 

Riverpool at London Bridge - March 15th (28 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  Eddie Vedder - "Ukulele Songs" 

 4  Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"

 Caspar Babypants - "Here I Am!"

 6  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - "Vs"

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

 8  Screaming Trees - "Last Words: The Final Recordings"

 Shabazz Palaces - "Black Up"

 10 Blue Scholars- "Cinemetropolis"

 

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 17: OC NOTES "EMERALD CITY SEQUENCE" 
THE STRANGER 

The short for this coming Friday, Feb 17, will be OC Notes cinematic and musical remix of Sidney Lument's strangest film The Wiz:  "Emerald City Sequence."  With this short, OC Notes, the producer for local hiphop acts Fresh Espresso and Metal Chocolates,  enters a territory that the famous NYC producer DJ Spooky discovered with a remix of Birth of a Nation: Rebirth of a Nation. I'm always interested in experiments that involve two of my loves: hiphop and cinema.

-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. 

 

Backtrack (aka Catch Fire) (1990)    

 

Unless you are some sort of Jodie Foster or Dennis Hopper nerd, chances are you've never heard of Backtrack. This obscure film is Hopper's directorial follow-up to his highly regarded Colors, but the actor/director got so upset with the handling of its final cut that he removed his name from the picture and the directorial duties ended up being credited to the once-popular cinema pseudonym Alan Smithee. Hopper's original cut was around 180 minutes but the studio released it (direct-to-video with little fanfare) in a truncated 102-minute form. Eventually Hopper and the studio compromised and put together a 116-minute edition that's available only on VHS, which you'll find few places besides Scarecrow Video.

The messy misfire stars Hopper as a saxophone-playing hit man named Milo whose target is a Los Angeles-based artist named Anne (Foster, appearing here between Oscar-winning roles in The Accused and Silence of the Lambs). Anne is a modern artist (based on Jenny Holzer) who is a master of the LED sign. One evening, while driving past a scenic oil refinery, she witnesses a mob hit. While talking to the police, Anne encounters a corrupt cop with mafia ties who wants her dead and she ends up on the run from Milo and a few other thugs. Milo takes his job seriously, thoroughly studying and stalking his target before doing the deed, but in this instance he ends up falling for his target. He kidnaps Anne and presents her with an ultimatum-either she reciprocates his feelings or she dies. Before you can say "Stockholm Syndrome," the two become lovers and the odd couple ends up on the run from a bunch of mafia goons. Backtrack is a textbook example of a cinematic disaster, yet the talent involved almost makes it worthwhile. The fascinating cast includes Vincent Price, Fred Ward, Dean Stockwell, John Turturro, Tony "Paulie Walnuts" Sirico, Sy Richardson, Catherine Keener, Charlie Sheen, Toni Basil, Bob Dylan, and Joe Pesci (who, like Hopper, had his name removed from the credits). Additionally, Repo Man director Alex Cox acted as the movie's script doctor and has a brief cameo.

By now I'm sure you are wondering what Backtrack has to do with Seattle. Well friends, our beloved city makes two small yet noteworthy appearances. After fleeing from the police, Anne heads to Seattle. We first see the Emerald City from a ferry in Elliott Bay with our her¬¬oine, clad in a giant, curly blonde wig, gazing vacantly at the cityscape. Anne spends a small portion of the film slumming as an undercover artist at a local ad agency, but soon she is back on the run with a one-way ticket to Mexico. The film's final scene takes place on a boat puttering through the Fremont Cut with the Fremont Bridge raised in the background. Our heroes enjoy the romantic cruise as Anne lounges on the stern while Milo toots away on his saxophone. Over my many years working behind the counter of video stores, I found that most people that rented Backtrack readily admitted the only reason they were getting it was to watch Jodie Foster take a shower. Me, I watched it for Seattle.

--Spenser Hoyt
MEDIA DIGEST

KUOW ASKS, SHOULD WASHINGTON EXTEND THE STATE FILM COMPETITIVENESS PROGRAM? 

KUOW

KUOW this morning aired a piece on the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program, featuring an interview with the bill's sponsor, Senator Jeanne Khol-Welles, after its passing by the State Senate yesterday. The piece highlights the argument for renewing the program, and discuses next steps in the legislative process.  

VICTORY STUDIOS AND HDFILMS PARTNER TO BRING SCI-FI TO SEATTLE

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

ITV Studios America and HDFILMS are gearing up for a re-envisioned  Space: 1999, a hit tv program from the 1970s. The new show will be set instead in 2099. Although much of Space: 2099 is still in the works, part of the production is likely come to Seattle in the future.  The original television program was widely popular all around the world, and ITV Studios International's managing director, Paul Buccieri, hopes to "develop a new vision of our much beloved franchise for audiences worldwide." 

LOCAL DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY BEN KASULKE GARNERS NATIONAL ACCOLADES
VARIETY 

Ben Kasulke, the director of photography who is quickly emerging from Seattle, has received good words for his work on Safety Not Guaranteed and Your Sister's Sister, and has caught the attention of renowned cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt. Kasulke is currently embarking on a project that will involve shooting 100 shorts in 100 days at various art museums around the world. 

NORTHWEST MUSIC MARVEL KEARNEY BARTON PASSES AND LEAVES BEHIND LEGACY

SEATTLE PI

Kearney Barton was famed and admired in the music world. He sound engineered for classic musicians such as Quincy Jones, Ann Wilson, Bonnie Guitar, and The Sonics. His sounds from the 1950s and '60s still resonate today, and Light In The Attic Records founder, Matt Sullivan, believes that "in a lot of ways he was the godfather of the Northwest sound." Barton will forever be missed by those in the local music community, and his work will live on in some of the most famous tracks ever produced. 

LOCAL ARTIST AND ANIMATOR AFTER SUNDANCE
SEATTLE MAG 

Local Artist and Animator Drew Christie and his work have been spotted at several film events recently, and Seattle Magazine catches up with him after his most recent appearance and screening at Sundance last month. The piece he premiered, an animated short film titled Song of the Spindle has gained attention of possible distributors and broadcasters.  

OFF HOURS DIRECTOR TALKS LOCATION, PRODUCTION DESIGN
LA WEEKLY 

L.A. Weekly recently interviewed Seattle's Megan Griffiths, and she discusses various aspects of making her film, The Off Hours, such as how they found the perfect spot to shoot the film. It's no easy task to take a gutted diner and make it look alive again, but that's just what Griffith's design team did, after scouting for years around Washington. Megan also talks about the experience of creating a low budget film and her most recent undertaking that will be premiering at South by Southwest.  

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


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