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FILMMAKER CALL TO ACTION: FILM DAY IN OLYMPIA
Join fellow-filmmakers and Washington Filmworks for "Film Day in Olympia" on Wednesday, February 23, in support of HB 1554 and SB 5539, the legislation to renew the state's Motion Picture Competitiveness Program. Note: The time of the event has been changed to 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm. 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. Download the "Film Day in Olympia" packet from the Washington Filmworks website here.
If you have an afternoon 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
CHECK OUT THE NEW CITY OF MUSIC PORTAL ON SEATTLE CHANNEL'S WEBSITE
Seattle Channel has just launched a new webpage to host and further promote content from the Seattle City of Music (SCOM) homesite. This cross-platform exchange is in keeping with the SCOM's mission to collaboratively enhance and empower Seattle's renowned musical legacy through broad participation across the local creative community. The new site features SCOM news and media right alongside video streams and other music-related content produced by Seattle Channel, thus streamlining access to a diversity of interactive resources for users throughout the web. See for yourself via the link above.
MAYOR MCGINN ANNOUNCES $1 MILLION INVESTMENT IN NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESS DISTRICTS
City of Seattle
Today Mayor Mike McGinn joined neighborhood leaders and local business owners in Seattle's Central District to announce a $1 million investment in 18 local districts as part of the Seattle Jobs Plan. "We all love Seattle's neighborhood business districts," said Mayor McGinn at the press conference. "The programs we're announcing today not only help these specific neighborhoods, but create jobs and add to the vitality of our entire city." The investment plan includes strategies targeted at enhancing many small business hubs often populated by Seattle's creative communities, and will work in conjunction with the Seattle Office of Economic Development's "Only in Seattle" Initiative. For more on the announcement, follow the above link.
REGISTER NOW FOR SPD'S SECURITY TRAINING FOR NIGHTLIFE EMPLOYEES
Seattle Office of Film + Music
Registration is now open for the Seattle Police Department's "Security Training for Nightlife Professionals." The eight-hour comprehensive course kicks off its 2011 series February 27, and will offer instruction in topics such as risk prevention procedures, appropriate use of force, fire safety, report writing, checking for fake IDs, emergency response tactics and more. This is an important opportunity for nightlife employees to glean the skills they will need to safely interact with clientele and to deal with difficult situations. The 2011 course schedule is as follows: February 27, March 20, June 12, August 21, and October 16. Follow the link above for more information or to register for the workshops.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
CONGRATULATIONS SEATTLE GRAMMY AWARD WINNERS
Congratulations to the local musicians who won big at the 2011 Grammy Awards Sunday night! Seattle was well represented and three artists took home prestigious golden grammaphones: Them Crooked Vultures, featuring ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, won for Best Hard Rock Performance; and Seattle Symphony Orchestra cellist David Sabee (co-winner of the 2010 Seattle Mayor's Film Award) along with local sound engineer Kory Kruckenberg won for Best Engineered Album, Classical. Sabee was also one of four engineers on Porter, Quincy: Complete Viola Works, which tied for the top spot with Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina. Click the link above to see all the Grammy nominations and winners. Way to go Seattle!
RECORD-BREAKING NUMBER OF FILMS SUBMITTED TO NFFTY 2011
The submission window for the 2011 National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) finished with a bang yesterday, with a final count of nearly 700 entries--almost twice the amount of youth-made films submitted last year. NFFTY received submissions from 25 countries and 40 U.S. states, and there were also significantly more entries from female filmmakers than in previous years. "[In an embodiment] of the theme for the 2011 Festival, 'United By Film, Future By NFFTY,' this year's submissions show that despite cultural and geographic differences, all youth are drawn to share stories about the basic human emotions and condition," NFFTY explains in an official press release. Interestingly, NFFTY programmers have also noticed that the economic downturn and tough issues felt across the globe, have had a strong impact on youth. Notes NFFTY Executive Director Jesse Harris, "Even though many of the films are uplifting and comedic, there is an increase this year in films dealing with these darker and more serious issues." For more on NFFTY 2011, follow the above link.
SIFF NEEDS NEW TEAM MEMBERS FOR UPCOMING FESTIVAL
Sasquatch! Music Festival
The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is currently looking for dedicated and passionate film enthusiasts to staff the 2011 Film Festival, running May 19 to June 12. Now in its 37th year, the Seattle International Film Festival is the largest and most highly-attended film festival in the United States, showcasing more than 400 films from over 60 countries to an audience of 150,000 attendees annually. All SIFF 2011 positions are seasonal; approximate dates of the position are listed with each job description. To see a complete listing of all jobs and internships available, please visit the link above. Additional postings will be added weekly so check back often!
"WHEEDLE'S GROVE" DVD FEATURED AS MOJO MAGAZINE'S PICK OF THE MONTH
Light in the Attic Records
Wheedle's Groove, the award-winning film chronicling Seattle's forgotten soul/funk scene of the 60s and 70s, will be released nationally on April 12 via Light In The Attic Records' film imprint Cinewax. Hailed by LA Weekly as the "best documentary of 2010" and recently awarded an ever-elusive "four-star" rating from MOJO Magazine, Wheedle's Groove captures a singular moment in our city's rich musical history. With narration by the incomparable Sir Mix-A-Lot and interviews with the stars of Seattle Soul as well as local music icons like Quincy Jones, Kenny G, Soundgarden, Death Cab for Cutie and Mudhoney, the film shines a powerful light on a vibrant and prolific musical movement that "grooved" Seattle decades before the grunge wave that put us on the map. The DVD will feature deleted scenes, concert footage, the film's theatrical trailer, a What's a Wheedle featurette and more. You can pick up your copy via iTunes, Netflix, Hulu and a host of national retailers. KCTS 9 is also airing an encore of the "Reel NW" episode featuring Wheedle's Groove this Thursday at 10:00 pm. To learn more about the film, check out the link above.
LOCALLY-PRODUCED SHORT ACCEPTED INTO THE SXSW FILM FESTIVAL
KEXP's and American Standard Time's Greg Vandy and Seattle production house More Dust than Digital are pleased to announce the acceptance of their documentary short, Frank Fairfield, into this year's SXSW Film Conference and Festival! Filmed at various Northwest locations in 2010, the doc follows the compelling story of its namesake, "man-out-of-time" musician Frank Fairfield, and his unique world view--which includes the idea that the songs he plays "have existed forever." The short will be screened on three separate dates in March, as part of SXSW much buzzed-about Film Conference and Festival. Watch the film's newly-released trailer via the link above. Congrats to the filmmakers!
TOWN HALL SEATTLE COMMUNITY FUND NOW ACCEPTING ARTIST PROPOSALS
Town Hall Seattle
Town Hall Seattle, through the Town Hall Community Fund, is offering subsidized performance and presentation opportunities to three local artists from April to July 2011. Qualifying artist projects will advance Town Hall's commitment to reflect the rich cultural diversity of Seattle, and will complement existing programs--which range in breadth from music to dance, poetry, politics, literature, science, health, and other cultural events. In keeping with Town Hall's mandate to reflect diverse perspectives, a wide variety of arts events and/or projects are eligible for funding consideration, including lectures, public forums and community celebrations, as long as they are open to the general public. Selected projects will receive a five hour block of fully-subsidized presentation space to be staffed by Town Hall, promotional support complete with a full press campaign, production consultation from Town Hall's Director of Community Programs and more. The deadline to submit proposals for Town Hall Community funding is February 25. For more details, follow the above link.
DON'T MISS THIS WEEK'S ALL-NEW "ARTZONE" FEATURING TELEKINESIS
Be sure to tune in to Seattle Channel this Friday, February 18, for the latest episode of ArtZone with Nancy Guppy. Fresh off of a big album release, local indie rocker Telekinesisis will perform live in studio as one of this week's featured guests. The episode will also profile visual artist Diem Chau who has an upcoming show at the Bellevue Arts Museum. For the uninitiated, ArtZone highlights Seattle's thriving arts community with interviews with from local artists and performers, reviews and previews of current arts events and lots of surprises, all under the ardent guidance of host Nancy Guppy. ArtZone airs every Friday on Seattle Channel (Channel 21) at 8:00 pm, and is also streaming and podcasting. For more on the program, follow the link above.
WASHINGTON FILMWORKS HOSTS THIRD ANNUAL OSCAR BENEFIT
Join Washington Filmworks in celebrating Hollywood's biggest night of the year while also helping to support a great cause! Next Sunday, February 27, Filmworks is hosting an Oscar viewing party and benefit for local film at Spitfire in Belltown. A $10 event donation enters you into the "Oscar Pool," where you can cast your own personal ballot to predict the big winners at the 83rd annual Academy Awards. All proceeds from the night will go to a Seattle-area arts organization to be selected by the victor of the "Oscar Pool" ballot race. Last year, this event raised over $1,000! Doors open for the party at 4:00 pm and ballots will not be accepted after 5:15pm, so be sure to get there early. Follow the above link for the full party scoop or to download a copy of the 2011 Oscar ballot.
YOUTH MEDIA INSTITUTE SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Youth Media Institute Seattle
Youth Media Institute (YMI), a South Seattle-based summer youth program that utilizes creative media to empower young people to become community advocates, has put out a call for a new Executive Director. This position primarily entails supporting youth-driven projects; developing meaningful networks between community organizations and youth participants; and building leadership skills in marginalized youth. Additional duties include: Overseeing media lab and youth projects, conducting community outreach, fundraising and grant writing, managing an emerging youth-led video production micro-business and other administrative tasks. Qualified applicants will have 1-3 years experience working with youth in a culturally diverse and collaborative environment as well as strong proficiencies in media technologies and project planning. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow the link above for more details about this position.
WIN FREE TICKETS TO SEATTLE ROCK ORCHESTRA'S "BEST OF RADIOHEAD" SHOW
Our friends over at Seattle Show Gal--or SSG for those in the know--are offering up free tickets to Seattle Rock Orchestra's (SRO) February 19 tribute to Radiohead! In true SRO fashion, the show is set to feature a slew of local acts as guest vocalists. Artists including Jon Auer of The Posies, Rachel Flotard, John Van Deusen of The Lonely Forest, Joshua Morrison, Tom Beecham of the Raggedy Anns, Kaylee Cole and many more will grace The Moore Theatre stage to put a SeaTown spin on Radiohead classics. To enter to win tickets to the event, email email@example.com with the phrase "Green Plastic Watering Can (02/19)" in the subject line. Don't forget to include your first and last name for the guest list. SSG will contact you via email if you're a winner. Hit up the above link for more on this giveaway as well as other cool SSG promos.
CALL FOR ENTRIES: THE SIXTH ANNUAL TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL
Tacoma Film Festival
The 2011 Tacoma Film Festival, slated to take place this October in the heart of Tacoma's downtown theater district, is now accepting entries. Primarily sponsored by the non-profit art house Grand Cinema, the festival is dedicated to celebrating Northwest filmmakers by connecting the local community to new independent works. Now in its sixth year, the festival looks to present another dynamic showcase of high-quality film to Puget Sound audiences. The early-bird deadline for film entrants is March 15. For more information on the Tacoma Film Festival contact Festival Director, Emily Alm, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the above link.
CHECK OUT THE NEWLY-UNVEILED SEATTLE BAND MAP
Seattle Band Map
Ever wanted to see the intricate cross-connections of Seattle bands in a tangible aesthetic? Now you can! The Seattle Band Map is a project that showcases the Pacific Northwest's vibrant music scene by visually documenting the thousands of bands who have performed and recorded throughout the decades. Moreover, the Map is a community installation (a la Wikipedia), so feel free to submit any connections or information for bands of which you are aware of, including your own. Bands must have played at least one public show or released a recording of some fashion--vinyl, CD or tape--to be included on the map, and connections can also be made between musical acts who share band members. The Seattle Band Map is a creative collaboration between KEXP's Rachel Ratner, local musician Keith Whiteman and web developer Golf Sinteppadon. Scope out the map for yourself via the link above.
"OFFICIAL BEST OF FEST" PRESENTS "BOY POWER" THIS SATURDAY ON KCTS
The Official Best of Fest
In the latest episode of Official Best of Fest, a 30-part KCTS series that showcases some of the world's finest shorts and independent films, hosts Rick Stevenson and Dr. Brandon Whitehead (aka the silent critic) introduce viewers to Scotland's Snakebite. The nine-minute short follows a young boy who is convinced he's been bitten by a poisonous snake. This "Boy Power" episode will also feature Shadowball, an American short where everything is real-- except the "ball." Official Best of Fest is produced by a Seattle-based team, and seeks to bring the "best films you've never seen" to the local airwaves every week. New episodes air Saturdays at 7:30 pm on KCTS 9. For more on the series, follow the above link.
ONE REEL SEEKS PROGRAMMING COORDINATOR
One Reel has an opening for a Programming Coordinator to manage administrative aspects of Bumbershoot music programming in addition to providing some support for booking arts and children's activities for the Family 4th at Lake Union. The Programming Coordinator will also oversee departmental administration for select One Reel events and must work on-site as assigned. Ideal candidates will have a genuine interest in various arts disciplines--including music, dance, theater, visual arts, literary arts, spectacle and more--as well as significant experience in curating festival events. Ties to the music and/or arts community in Seattle in addition to the interest and ability to strengthen those relationships are also preferred. To learn more about this position or to apply, follow the above link.
REMINDER: FIRST SEATTLE-HOSTED BENEFIT FOR DREW GROW IS THIS SATURDAY
Concert to Benefit Drew Grow
The first of three Seattle concerts to benefit Drew Grow, the frontman of Northwest band Drew Grow & The Pastors Wives who sustained serious injuries in a car accident last month, is 8:00 pm this Saturday, February 19, at Columbia City Theater. This weekend's show will feature performances from a bevy of local acts including The Maldives, Kevin Murphy of Moondoggies, Mychel Benjamin Goodweather of Campfire OK, Bryan John Appleby and more--all of whom have come together to raise funds to support The Pastors' Wives and Drew while he makes his recovery. In addition, an online donation fund in Drew's name has been established to help cover medical bills, lost wages and replacing the Pastors' Wives' tour van, which was totaled in the accident. For information on tickets for the benefit shows or to donate to the online fund, be sure to check out the above link.
PUBLIC RELATIONS INTERNSHIP OPENING AT NFFTY
NFFTY is searching for an organized, enthusiastic and professional self-starter to serve as a part-time Public Relations intern. This Internship entails: internet research, database development, generating press releases, general administrative support and on-site assistance during NFFTY's 2011 Film Festival. Preferred candidates will also be willing to take initiative on social networking, media outreach, writing projects and more. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must for this position, as is a sound work ethic and technical proficiency in Microsoft Office. Qualified applicants will be working towards a Bachelors degree in Journalism, Communications, Public Relations, Marketing or English and must be available to work 9-12 hours per week. To apply, please email email@example.com with your resume and cover letter and be sure to check out the above link for more information.
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).
- Young Evils - "Enchanted Chapel"
- Moondoggies - "Tidelands"
- Pearl Jam - "Live on Ten Legs"
- Caspar Babypants - "Here I Am!"
- Say Hi - "Uh Ah Oh"
- Cave Singers - "Welcome Joy"
- Caspar Babypants - "This Is Fun!"
- Fleet Foxes - "Fleet Foxes"
- Maldives - "Listen to the Thunder"
- Soundgarden - "Telephantasm"
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:
COLEHOUR+COHEN "Bow Down to Washington!"
Seattle public relations and marketing firm Colehour+Cohen has wrapped production on an online video celebrating the launch of BECU's new University of Washington-themed debit MasterCard. The video features 13 of the UW's most famous alumni performing the UW fight song, "Bow Down to Washington!," including Kenny G, Richard Karn, Damon Huard, Bill Gates, Sr., Danielle Lawrie, Rick Steves, Detlef Schrempf and Nancy Guppy.
"We wanted to do something fun to celebrate the launch of the card and keep things local," says BECU's Todd Pietzsch. "UW has so many well-known alums, a recognizable fight song and such iconic landmarks; a video seemed like the perfect way to reach out to students, alumni and Husky fans."
The video was shot in January and early February in Seattle, including several locations on the UW campus, employing a local crew and featuring audio and music production by Seattle's Audio Logic, Inc.
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.
Sometimes called the blaxploitation version of The French Connection, Hit! is an obscure revenge movie starring Billy Dee Williams as a federal agent whose daughter overdoses on heroin. Like any good father he declares war on the source of the drugs. In this case the target is a bunch of French guys in Marseille. Billy Dee's character is a badass, but he realizes that this is not a one-man job and recruits a disparate group of people whose lives have been negatively affected by the drug ring. His crew includes the great Richard Pryor, Gwen Welles (just before she started working with Robert Altman), Warren J. Kemmerling, Sid Melton and Janet Brandt. After a bit of training, the group eventually travels to France and commits several hits. The French Connection comparison is apt as the film shares several stylistic and thematic elements, but Hit! is not really a typical blaxploitation film-- the use of Williams and Pryor reflects colorblind casting as there really isn't anything specifically "African American" about their roles. It is also not a typical "Shot in Seattle" film as only a small portion of the plot actually takes place in Seattle and the director steadfastly avoids the Space Needle and strolls through the Pike Place Market. A meeting takes place on a ferry in Elliott Bay but, other than that, there aren't really any obvious Seattle locations. I think several bits were shot in the area, including a car chase near Monroe and a snowy encounter that looks like it was filmed near Shilshoe Bay, plus there are many scenes littered with Olympia Beer bottles and cans. A training session takes place in a deserted Canadian town but I think it may have been filmed around Discovery Bay. Take that Canada! Hit! was directed by Sidney J. Furie whose interesting career topped out in the early 70s and then spiraled into hackdom, with Furie helming most of the Iron Eagle flicks as well as lesser Rodney Dangerfield comedies. I really liked this film but, unfortunately, it is only available on a faded, pan and scan VHS tape, which, of course, is available at Scarecrow Video. --Spenser Hoyt
"USA TODAY" FEATURES LOCAL DIY ARTIST WHO COMBINES MUSIC AND MULTIMEDIA TO SELL HIGH-END REAL ESTATE
USA Today profiles Josh Phoenix, a do-it-yourself musician turned real estate mogul, who produces and scores cinematic-quality videos to help him sell high-end homes. Using his musical background and knowledge of digital video production, Phoenix has launched his very own company, HD Estates--and may have also has tapped into a trailblazing new career path. "My goal is to use cutting-edge technology to produce the highest quality marketing available for real estate," Phoenix says in the USA Today feature. "I push myself creatively so that I can produce something beyond my customer's expectations [and] I try to think differently [to] deliver images and video that make our clients homes stand out among the crowd." Stand out, indeed: With the help of his videos, Phoenix sold a $1 million home in Magnolia last week--to a buyer who had never physically visited the property. To see the video for yourself or to read the full article, check out the above link.
2011 SASQUATCH MUSIC FESTIVAL SELLS OUT IN RECORD TIME
A mere week after the festival lineup was announced, the 100,000 available tickets for Sasquatch 2011 have already been snapped up! Even with the addition of an extra day to Sasquatch's jam-packed performance schedule, this year's festival has sold out three times faster than last year's event. Given the huge projected turnout for the fest, Sasquatch organizers are already encouraging attendees to carpool to the Gorge in George. Festival-goers can also register their mileage savings with Esuranceto win prizes and track the positive environmental impact. People who shared rides to Sasquatch in 2010 (and registered with Zimride), saved 326,920 driving miles; the equivalent of 1.37 trips to the moon. Lets try for an even more impressive interplanetary feat this year, Seattle! Scope out the above link to learn more about the festival and view this year's impressive lineup.
THEESATISFACTION INTERVIEWS SHABAZZ PALACES
The Seattle Times
Seattle acts Shabazz Palaces and THEE Satisfaction might find solidarity under the banners of "hip-hop" or "rap", yet attempts to pin down the superlative creativity and genre-bending originality both groups radiate often miss the mark. Thus, The Seattle Times has turned to the artists themselves to interview each other in an exclusive feature that taps into both groups' musical psyches. In the interview, THEESatisfaction songstresses Catherine Harris-White and Stasia Irons, query Shabazz on their shared experiences working within the Seattle music scene. The groups get candid on topics ranging from the infamous Seattle rain to performing each other's songs on stage and recording together in studios. Sub Pop Records will release albums for both artists this year and they have booked a show tomorrow, February 17, at Neumo's that is sure to keep you "sweating through your cardigans." To read the full article follow the above link.
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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