Vol. 5, No. 37                                    View our photos on flickr Like us on Facebook Visit our blog Follow us on Twitter
February 22, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS

HAPPY HOUR NEXT WEDNESDAY WITH MATT VANCIL'S CROWD SOURCE AND CROSS OVER 

FMI HAPPY HOUR

The Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour returns on next Wednesday, 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.  

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: FILM INCENTIVE BILL MOVES TO WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS

SB 5539, the bill to renew the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program, was voted out of the House Committee on Community & Economic Development & Housing this Monday with a vote of 8 to 1, and will now be referred to the House Ways & Means Committee, chaired by Representative Ross Hunter (D-Bellevue, 48th District).  "We will likely have a hearing scheduled this week," says Washington Filmworks Executive Director Amy Lillard.

MEGAN GRIFFITHS TWITTER-CHATS SUSTAINABLE FILMMAKING NEXT MONDAY 

SUSTAINABLE STYLE FOUNDATION

Sustainable Style Foundation will host a Twitter chat discussion at 6:00pm on Monday, February 27. The first in a six-part series, Monday's Twitter discussion will cover green practices in filmmaking with director and Megan Griffiths and a number of other industry experts.  Griffiths will explain how she and her team used sustainable practices when creating their film, The Off Hours. To participate in the chat, follow #SSFChat on Monday, February 27th at 6pm.

SXSEATTLE HOSTS 5TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY IN AUSTIN
SxSEATTLE 

Each year, the SxSeattle party presents up-and-coming Seattle talent to a national audience at SXSW Music Festival. Local favorites to play at the March 16 party in Austin, TX include Allen Stone, My Goodness, Pickwick, Craft Spells, The Young Evils, Sol, Don't Talk to the Cops, and Fly Moon Royalty.   

WASHINGTON LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS HOLDS TAX SEMINAR TONIGHT
WLA 

Washington lawyers for the Arts aim to educate artists about legal issues. Tonight they host a tax workshop to guide artists and their attorneys through the ins and outs of taxes. The workshop, held this evening at 7 at the West of Lenin Theater, is designed specifically to address the arts and entertainment, and is discounted for artists. 

CORNISH ANNOUNCES PRE-COLLEGE SUMMER PROGRAM   

CORNISH

Cornish College of the Arts has announced a summer program available to pre-college students, ages 15-18.  Students can learn from renowned musicians and produce portfolio material. Participants immerse themselves and become part of a creative community of ambitious artists. The program ranges from studio courses to workshops.  

UW FILM AND VIDEO CERTIFICATE PROGRAM INVITES YOU TO FREE PREVIEW

UW PROFESSIONAL AND CONTINUING EDUCATION

The University of Washington offers a certificate program for film and video. In order to get a sense of the program before committing time and money, UW will host a free Fall Preview Class. The two-hour course will provide insight into the experiential and interactive nature of the program. Space is limited, so RSVP for the March 19 or July 16 course. 

LOCAL DOCUMENTARY PICKED UP BY WARNER BROTHERS 

HOLY ROLLERS

Locally-made documentary, Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians, has been picked up by Warner Brothers for a March Video On Demand release. The film, about a Christian blackjack team, debuted at SIFF last year, has screened at over 25 Film Festivals, and has won 8 Best Documentary Awards including a $10,000 prize from the Arclight Theater in Hollywood. The VOD will be released March 6. 

POST ALLEY FILM FESTIVAL IS THIS SATURDAY

PAFF

Post Alley Film Festival, sponsored by Women in Film Seattle, is this Saturday at SIFF Cinema. Stop by to see a unique blend of eccentric and female-centric short films by emerging and established filmmakers. There will be screenings of over 20 hand-picked films ranging in length from 3 to 25 minutes, Q&A's, a silent auction, and raffles.  

NEW LIVE MUSIC RESOURCE FOR BANDS AND VENUES COMES TO SEATTLE
THRILL CALL

A resource for live music fans in Seattle, complete with venue and performance lists, is online and free at thrillcall.com. Simply choose your city to see a map of what's going on locally. It includes full calendars of events for over 20 Seattle venues and lists of recently added performances, as well as subscribable alerts and notices for your favorite bands and live music spots.

3RD ANNUAL HIP-HOP LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE IS SATURDAY

SEA HIP-HOP 

Seattle Hip Hop Summit Action Network Youth Council was established in August 2002 as a vehicle for youth empowerment and leadership development in the greater Seattle area, and is presenting the Hip-Hop Leadership Conference this Saturday, February 25th. The Seattle/NW Hip-Hop Leadership Conference serves as a yearly opportunity to examine and explore issues related to hip-hop such as money, art and culture, technology sustainability and much more. The Conference is free to attend and will be held at Seattle Central Community College.

SIFF CONTINUES ITS "NOT CHICK FLICKS" SERIES TONIGHT

SIFF

Collaboration between Seattle International Film Festival and Reel Grrls has produced "Not Chick Flicks," a series that celebrates the work of awesome women who are writing, directing, and producing some of our favorite films. It picks back up tonight with  Lynn Ramsey's debut film, Ratcatcher.
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.

Double album: At the Spine & Beautiful Sunsets, 28 songs!- February 23rd (27 hours)

HAULED OFF!
 - February 26th (4 days)

IN SWEET MUSIC: Songs From Shakespeare's Plays   - March 1st (7 days)

Dylan Jakobsen Makes An Album - March 3rd (9 days)

Wyatt Steps Out- March 4th (10 days)  

Sean McGrath's Next Two EPs - March 4th (10 days) 

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 2/13- 2/19  

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  Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"

 4  Don't Talk To The Cops - "Let's Quit!"

 Eddie Vedder - "Ukulele Songs" 

 6  Mark Lanegan - "Blues Funeral"

 7  Damien Jurado - "Maraqopa"

 8  Ghosts I've Met- "Light Opera"

 Earth - "Angels of Darkness Demon of Light"

 10 Caspar Babypants - "Sing Along!"

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 24:  SHAUN SCOTT "STEPPING INTO TOMORROW" 
THE STRANGER 
The short for this coming Friday, Feb 24, will be Shaun Scott's "Stepping Into Tomorrow." I will say one thing about this gem: It's a perfect film to close Black History month. 
 

-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. 

 

Mad Love (1995)    

 

Drew Barrymore stars as Casey Roberts, a mentally-troubled teen romanced by Chris O'Donnell, in this peak grunge variation on Romeo and Juliet. O'Donnell plays a mostly personality-free voyeur named Matt Leland. One night while practicing his hobby he spies Casey enjoying a little late-night Lake Washington jet-ski fun to the romantic strains of Nirvana's "Love Buzz." This scene takes place during the opening credits and establishes the film's tendency to convey character development and emotion through music video-style montages and mid-nineties indie rock.

 

Despite living on opposite sides of the lake (and seeming a bit too old to still be in high school), Casey and Matt attend the same learning institution (portrayed by Bellevue's Sammamish High School). Matt is part of the school rowing crew and they paddle around Union Bay at the University of Washington Waterfront Activities Center (where you too can rent a canoe for the day) near Husky Stadium. On his way to the parking lot Matt runs into his pal Eric (Matthew Lillard) and they ogle Casey as she futzes with her vintage VW Beetle. Eric concludes that she must have just moved to town because "Babes like that don't grow in Seattle." Matt is obviously smitten and Casey flashes him a big smile, but he plays it cool and decides the best way to win her heart is through spying and prying. Eventually he gets enough nerve up to peek in Casey's notebook while she's distracted. He spots a flyer for an upcoming 7 Year Bitch concert at Moe's and, like any good stalker, he decides it's a date without actually telling his object of desire. Matt arrives and sneaks up to Casey while she's waiting outside the club. Even though Moe's was a real place (now known as Neumos), the filmmakers used Post Alley and the exterior of the Alibi Room. Why did they do this? Simple. By shooting it there the two "teenagers" are able to take a stroll upstairs and wander through The Pike Place Market. I guess there's supposed to be some irresistible attraction transpiring amidst the produce stands but, man, that Chris O'Donnell is one cold fish...just like the fish they famously throw in the Market (ha ha). They head into the show and are magically transported inside the real Moe's where the 7 Year Bitch performance footage was actually shot. The band plays their song "The Scratch" in its entirety while the young lovebirds tenderly mosh together.

 

Their relationship continues to develop with romantic drives under the monorail and a scenic trip to Franklin Falls, but after a dramatic swim across Lake Washington and a suicide attempt it is clear that Casey is nuts. She ends up in a mental hospital but a determined Matt breaks her out and the pair hits the highway for a picturesque road trip. There are lots of neat helicopter shots of Eastern Washington and the Columbia Plateau in particular as the young lovers put some distance between themselves and Seattle. The fugitives eventually end up in New Mexico, but Matt soon realizes Casey is way more messed up than he thought and they have little choice except to return to the Pacific Northwest and face the music-as well as another indie rock montage.

 

--Spenser Hoyt

MEDIA DIGEST

"DANCE TAX" SURPRISES SEATTLE CLUBS

KUOW 

Multiple Seattle clubs are facing exorbitant tax bills after audits showing that they haven't been paying their "Dance Tax", something that many club owners didn't even know existed. The tax works like this: If the state believes that you give your patrons the opportunity to dance, then the club pays the tax even when people don't dance. The club owners are claiming that the tax is unfair, but it's been on the books for decades. Read or listen to the full story on KUOW.

SIR MIX-A-LOT AT IN-NW LAST WEEK TALKS SOCIAL MEDIA

ROLLING STONE

Sir Mix-A-Lot knows a thing or two about social media, which made him the perfect candidate to be a headlining speaker at the social media convention IN-NW held in Seattle last week. He talked about the do's and don'ts in the social media world, and how the major entertainment industries sometimes don't fully grasp the power of the rising social media tide, sometimes resulting in "poorly written" legislations like SOPA and PIPA.

SPOKANE REVIEW HOPES FILM INCENTIVE GETS A CHANCE  

SPOKESMAN

The Spokesman Review of Eastern Washington has high hopes that the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program is reauthorized by the House this week. The funds for the program are administered through Washington Filmworks, who says that over "4,000 film crew members drew paychecks, as did almost 700 actors and 5,000 extras." If the bill is not passed in the House, Washington could lose some important business, as 44 other states offer a film incentive. The Director of Washington Filmworks, Amy Lillard, says numerous potential projects "walked away when the state assistance was no longer available." 

LIST OF TOP TEN PRODUCERS FROM SUNDANCE TO KEEP AN EYE ON 

DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD

Sundance is a creative Mecca for filmmakers. The days, months, and years of hard work leading up to the big week requires persistence, ambition, and creative brilliance. In a recent Sundance-top-ten list, the top producers of the acclaimed festival are divulged-and local Steven Schardt made the cut. Schardt teamed up with Lynn Shelton to produce her recent Your Sister's Sister. His background and growing resume include Humpday and The Oregonian. 

THE RAREST IN EARLY NORTHWEST MUSIC
NO DEPRESSION 

Among the many records produced in the Northwest during the 1950's, there have been a few beautifully crafted records to fall through the cracks as the years went by. Read the story by music historian Peter Blecha, about a rare record's creation and rediscovery on No Depression, a roots and Americana music blog, which recently published a story about lost artist Rollie Webber.  

FILM VS DIGITAL: A CINEMATOGRAPHER THROWDOWN
LA TIMES 

An interesting blend of contemporary filming styles is seen at this year's Oscars, presenting a convergence zone of old technologies and new. In this article, the 2012 Cinematography Oscar nominees talk about the pros and cons of traditional film techniques and the new wave of digital cinema. Some say that the possibilities seem limitless with the new technologies, such as 3D imaging, but others say that without actual film in the camera, there's no mystery to the cinema any longer.  

SCREENING OF KTCS 9 ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY AT NWFF
KCTS9 

This Saturday evening, stop by Northwest Film Forum for a free screening of the KTCS 9 original documentary I'm not Les. The documentary follows a Northwest woman on her lifelong search to find her true identity. Immediately following the screening, producer Daniel Kopec will lead a discussion about the film.  

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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