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News from the Office of Film + Music 2/23/2011


OFFICE NEWS

NEW VIDEO CAPTURES THE IMPACT OF WASHINGTON'S FILM INCENTIVE PROGRAM
Washington Filmworks Incentive Renewal Video
Today representatives from Washington Filmworks and the local film community travelled down to Olympia to meet with legislators and to advocate for the new bills that would renew our state's film incentive program. If you were unable to make the trip to the Capitol, don't fret: You can still take part in the "road to renewal" by contacting your legislator to support House Bill 1554 and Senate Bill 5539. Also, be sure to check out the video below, which tells the story of the Bridgestone "Carma" commercial that was one of the most talked-about TV spots at the 2011 Super Bowl. Created to give legislators an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how the state's film incentive program impacts the lives of real Washingtonians, the video features candid testimonials with the commercial's cast and crew. Take a look at the video yourself via the above link and click here to share it with with your local representatives.

NOMINATE SEATTLE MUSIC INDUSTRY HEROES FOR THE 2011 CITY OF MUSIC HONORS
Seattle City of Music Honors
The third annual City of Music Honors will be held October 5 at The Triple Door, and the Seattle Music Commission is seeking your nominations for each of the event's three accolades: The Award for Outstanding Achievement, the Breakthrough Award and the Impact Award. To submit your nominations, read up on the nomination criteria via the link above and then email us at filmandmusicoffice@seattle.gov with your suggestions by no later than Wednesday, March 2. Tell us who you are nominating and why they should be considered as an award recipient in a specific category. Each of your submissions will be carefully considered by the nominations committee and made public in or around September. We look forward to hearing your ideas, and don't forget to mark your calendars!

THE CITY OF MUSIC RETURNS TO SXSW 2011 WITH THE 4TH ANNUAL SXSEATTLE PARTY
SxSeattle
The Seattle Party is back and bigger than ever for the 2011 SXSW Music Conference! On Friday, March 18, the SxSeattle committee presents an official all-day party packed with 16 acts including MC: Tilson, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Fences, The Young Evils, Wild Orchid Children, The Globes, Black Whales, Campfire OK, MC: Larry Mizell, Jr., Redwood Plan, Tea Cozies, Super Secret Surprise, Ravenna Woods, The Physics, Grieves w/Budo, D. Black, State of the Artist, Fatal Lucciauno and Sol. To learn more about SxSeattle or to RSVP, visit the above link. You can also become a fan of SxSeattle on Facebook or take the party to Twitter @SxSeattle.

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS' "PULLING FOCUS" SERIES RETURNS NEXT WEEK
Washington Filmworks
Washington Filmworks, in partnership with IFP/Seattle, Northwest Film Forum, Northwest Screenwriters Guild, Seattle Film Institute, Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle Office of Film + Music, Women in Film-Seattle and the Warren Report are pleased to present "Pulling Focus: A Clear Picture of Today's Film Industry." The first installment of the 2011 series kicks off next Thursday, March 3, at The Sorrento Hotel, and will feature a candid conversation with special guests Matthew Lillard (Scooby Doo, Scream), Darrien Gibson (Executive Director of SAGIndie) and Nike Imoru (casting director for NxNW), all moderated by Warren Etheredge of the Warren Report. Talking points will include: how to bring out the best in your talent and crew, the business of being an actor, the importance of finding the perfect cast and much more. This is a unique opportunity for local area arts organizations, talent, filmmakers and all those interested in the business of "show business" to get together, share experiences and learn how to help the Northwest continue to thrive as a filmmaking hub. Guests are invited to continue the conversation after the panel discussion at a cocktail reception hosted by the Washington Wine Commission. Doors open for the event at 6:30 pm and the panel begins at 7:00.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

THE NEXT YOUTH FILM HAPPY HOUR IS THIS SATURDAY
MOHAI
Attention youth filmmakers: Join Northwest Film Forum, the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), SIFF and KCTS 9 this Saturday, February 26 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm, for a networking event exclusively for you! Enjoy complimentary food, drinks and music as you mingle with other youth filmmakers, watch short film screenings and learn about upcoming projects you can take part in. This month's event will be held in conjunction with MOHAI's History Is_______, a new community film competition which tasks filmmakers of all ages to fill in the blank with works that portray what "History Is" to them. A number of seasoned film professionals will also be in attendance at the event, offering expert advice about launching a career in film. The Youth Film Happy Hour takes place at the Northwest Film Forum on Capitol Hill. Be sure to visit the above links for more information.

SEATTLE-FILMED FEATURE "LATE AUTUMN" MAKES WAVES ABROAD
Late Autumn
With screenings at TIFF 2010 and now the Berlin International Film Festival under its belt, Seattle-shot Korean indie, Late Autumn, is making news the world round: In conjunction with the film's domestic release, The Korean Times offers this glowing review, wherein critic Lee Hyo-won comments on the dramatic impact of Late Autumn's Seattle setting; All K-Pop scoops a Vogue Korea photo spread featuring Late Autumn stars Hyun Bin and Tang Wei, both of whom are hugely popular in Asia; The Hollywood Reporter weighs in on the film's Berlin festival showing; and Korea's Joongang Daily reports on the huge anticipation for the film's release as well as Late Autumn's record-breaking ticket sales at Asia's biggest film event, the 15th annual Pusan International Film Festival. According to the film's official festival description, Late Autumn is an enchanting tale of two unlikely misfits who fall in love, despite all odds. Be sure to check out the links for more on the film.

CALL IN TO "ASK THE MAYOR" YOUR QUESTIONS
Seattle Channel
"Ask the Mayor" gives Seattle residents a chance to speak directly to our mayor, Mike McGinn, live on Seattle Channel 21. The next show airs tonight, February 23, at 7 pm. This is a great opportunity to ask the mayor questions of interest to musicians and filmmakers! To join in on the conversation, call 684-8821 or email askthemayor@seattle.gov. For more information or to submit your questions ahead of time, follow the link.

NORTHWEST FILM FORUM HOSTS A SPECIAL TRAILER SCREENING OF NEW JINI DELLACCIO DOCUMENTARY
Jini Dellaccio Documentary
Get behind the lens of renowned local rock photographer Jini Dellaccio in a new documentary about the her life and work. Seattle’s own John Jeffcoat is the director of photography for the film and director/producer Karen Whitehead of Five Star Films is excited to be working with a Seattle based crew. The film features Seattle music history, as well as a recent photoshoot Jini did with Seattle band The Moondoggies. Local musicians, artists and critics also share their insights into Jini's influence and legacy in the production, which is using Kickstarter to raise funds for completion. What's more, Jini will also be the guest of honor for a special trailer screening event to promote the film on March 12 at Northwest Film Forum. Follow the link above for more information.

LOCALLY-PRODUCED SHORT ACCEPTED INTO THE GARDEN STATE FILM FESTIVAL
Garden State Film Festival
Seattle-made short film, Obession, has been accepted to the 2011 Garden State Film Festival (GSFF). Helmed by local Actor/Producer Rik Deskin and Writer/Director Britt Lind, and filmed in Lake Stevens back in 2005, the short follows the story of a fading actress desperately searching for the role of a lifetime--all while she slowly loses grip on reality. GSFF was founded 25 years ago to celebrate the art of independent film and to create a unique new platform for up-and-coming filmmakers. Obsession will screen as part of the festival on April 2. Congrats to the filmmakers!

SFI TEAMS WITH PACIFIC NORTHWEST FILM SCORING PROGRAM FOR INNOVATIVE NEW PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE
Seattle Film Institute
Starting September 2011, Seattle Film Institute (SFI) will offer a professional film scoring certificate program to be taught by Emmy Award-winning composer and Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program instructor, Hummie Mann. Though the two groups have been working together on an informal basis for years, Mann notes that "this new partnership creates unique opportunities for relationships and collaboration between student filmmakers and student film composers." Adds SFI director David Shulman, "the synergistic effect of student filmmakers and student film composers sharing the same campus, [will make this new program] the first and only where [collaboration] between filmmakers and composers is specifically woven into the curriculum." Students enrolled in the Scoring Program will receive over 800 hours of class instruction and supervised lab time, all under the intensive guidance of a faculty of music veterans and working professionals. Follow the above link to learn more.

DON'T MISS THIS WEEK'S ALL-NEW "ARTZONE"
ArtZone
Be sure to tune in to Seattle Channel this Friday, February 25, for the latest episode of ArtZone with Nancy Guppy. This week's show features a candid tutorial on how to make a YouTube video; a profile of Stranger art critic, Jen Graves; and a look at the awesome dancers of local troupe, Vicious Puppies. 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.

LAST CALL TO APPLY FOR 2011 ARTIST TRUST FELLOWSHIPS
ArtistTrust
Heads up: The application deadline for Artist Trust's 2011 Fellowship awards is this Friday, February 25. Artist Trust fellowships offer $7,500 in funding support to practicing professional artists of exceptional talent and demonstrated ability, and are based upon merit--not specific project proposals. Eligible disciplines for this year's fellowship cycle include: Emerging Fields and Cross-Disciplinary; Performing; Visual; and Traditional and Folk Arts. Applicants must be generative artists at least 18 years of age (by the application deadline) and residents of Washington state. Award recipients are selected by a panel of three artists and arts professionals from the applicable fellowship discipline. Follow the above link for more on how to apply.

SEATTLE LIVE MUSIC VENUE CHOP SUEY SEEKS INTERNS
Chop Suey
Capitol Hill's Chop Suey is seeking office interns! The popular Seattle venue is looking for music and/or graphic design inclined interns, although the internship is open to all passionate applicants. Chop Suey features a diverse variety of musical performances, comedy shows and other events throughout the year. All those interested can send a resume to info@chopsuey.com. Chop Suey will contact potential candidates to schedule interviews. Click the above link to learn more.

NFFTY WELCOMES NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR
Tacoma Film Festival
NFFTY is thrilled to announce the hiring of Lindsey Johnson into the newly created position of Managing Director. Lindsey comes from a background of film production, film publicity, marketing and event production. Says NFFTY Executive Director, Jesse Harris, "Lindsey is a perfect addition to the team, she has been a NFFTY supporter for years and is going to help us continue to grow and evolve into an even bigger and better festival along with year round programming." Follow the above link to read Lindsey's full bio or to learn more about NFFTY staff. Congratulations all around!

LOCAL DIRECTOR'S LATEST FEATURE TO PREMIERE AT CINEQUEST
Cinequest
Congrats to Seattle filmmaker Matt Wilkins! His second feature film, Marrow, has been accepted into the 2011 Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, California. Featuring a tour-de-force performance from actress Frances Hearn, Marrow is an intense psychological drama about ordinary horror. According to the film's official festival description, "writer/director Wilkins' dives into the deepest, most secret places in the life of a family with a haunting exploration of mortality and regeneration." Cinequest seeks to empower filmmaking mavericks through the creation and discovery of cinematic art and innovation. Marrow will make its world premiere as part of the fest Friday, March 4, with subsequent screenings to follow the week after. To learn more about the Cinequest or the film, follow the above link.

OFFICIAL BEST OF FEST PRESENTS "GIRL POWER" THIS SATURDAY ON KCTS
The Official Best of Fest
After last week's "Boy Power" affair, in this Saturday's all new episode of Official Best of Fest, hosts Rick Stevenson and Dr. Brandon Whitehead (aka the silent critic) celebrate girl power with three award-winning Australian shorts: Triple Concerto in D Minor, Clarissa Performs a Magic Trick and Ruby Who?. Official Best of Fest is a 30-part KCTS series that showcases some of the world's finest shorts and independent films. Produced by a Seattle-based team, the series 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. The series has also just launched a new call for entries for the Official Best of Fest Awards via Withoutabox. For more information, follow the above link.

WOMEN IN FILM-SEATTLE HOST FIRST TUESDAY EVENT NEXT WEEK
Women in Film-Seattle
Every First Tuesday of the month, Women in Film-Seattle hosts a special networking event, where WIF members and local filmmakers alike are invited to come together to connect with their peers, show off their work on the big screen at Central Cinema, sample good food and drink and learn more about the organization. In celebration of WIF's "Get "Er Done" professional grant (which you learn more about here), this Tuesday's event will also feature clips from Lulu Gargiulo's documentary, Howdy Pardner- Tales of the Cowboy Hat, a work in progress which was made possible in part by last year's WIF professional grant. Reminder: the deadline to apply for the WIF grant is also next Tuesday, March 1. For more information on the event, visit the above link.

VOLUNTEER TO PLANT PEARL JAM'S TREES IN DISCOVERY PARK
Green Seattle
Last year, Pearl Jam donated $210,000 to Cascade Land Conservancy to plant 33 acres of native trees in the Puget Sound so as to mitigate the carbon emissions from the band's 2009 world tour. Now they need your help to do it all over again! In partnership with Green Seattle, the Conservancy is hosting a volunteer event this Saturday, February 26, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Discovery Park. Volunteers will help plant native trees and shrubs in an effort to re-establish the healthy forest and lessen the impact of carbon in the atmosphere. There is also another planting event opportunity in Redmond on March 5, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Hartman Park. Volunteers should dress for the weather and come prepared to get their hands dirty--long pants and sleeves, sturdy shoes and a water bottle are highly recommended. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Click the link above for more info or to register as a volunteer.

HELP "KICKSTART" M.A.D. NORTHWEST'S HIP-HOP DOC "THE OTHERSIDE"
Kickstarter: The Otherside
The Otherside is an innovative hip-hop documentary project envisioned by filmmakers Dan Torok and Jeff Santos with the help of Vinny Dom and local Olympian JR Celski. Over the past year the filmmakers have traveled the country on tour with Seattle rap artists, compiling hours of interview and concert footage. The material offers an inside look at a booming Seattle music scene that is quickly emerging onto the national arena. Experience everything from the daily struggles and obstacles, to the triumphs and successes Seattle artists like Macklemore, Massive Monkees, Jake One, Shabazz Palaces, Blue Scholars, J. Pinder, Grynch, Sol and many more face as they reach for stardom. The film also touches on various hip-hop stereotypes including race, community, drug addiction and sexism in an effort to capture the hip-hop in an unprecedented new way. Support the project by following the Kickstarter link above and donating funds to help it along the way to completion.

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).

  1. Telekinesis "12 Desperate Straight Lines"
  2. Pearl Jam - "Live on Ten Legs"
  3. Fleet Foxes - "Fleet Foxes"
  4. Caspar Babypants - "This Is Fun!"
  5. Shabazz Palaces - "Palaces of Light"
  6. Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs."
  7. Young Evils -" Enchanted Chapel"
  8. Moondoggies - "Tidelands"
  9. Say Hi - "Um Uh Oh"
  10. 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:

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS' "Incentive Renewal Testimonial Video"
Washington Filmworks' Incetive Renewal Testimonal Video
One of the most popular 2011 Superbowl commercials, Bridgestone's "Carma," was filmed in Washington State and incentivized by Washington Filmworks' film incentive program. Last week, members from the production's cast and crew gathered at Pacific Grip & Lighting in south Seattle to record a video testimonial of what services they provided to make the production happen. Dozens of local film professionals were hired during the two-week production of the commercial and without the Washington State Film Incentive Program, this commercial would not have been produced in Washington State.

The video will be shown to Washington State Legislators today during Washington Filmworks' "Film Day in Olympia". "We need to show all the support we can to prove to the legislators that this is important to you, our community, and our livelihood," says Washington Filmworks Executive Director Amy Lillard. "Please take a few minutes to write your legislator and express how important this is."

SCARECROW ON SEATTLE
Scarecrow
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.

Battle In Seattle (2007)
Even if you didn't live in Seattle in November 1999, you knew the city was awash in protests over the World Trade Organization meeting that month. News reports told the world about clashes with police, tear gas, fires, looting, "no-protest zones" and general chaos. If you were here, you likely have a story about that infamous week in our city's history. That's probably why it's easy to nit and pick at Battle in Seattle. After the Opening Night screening at SIFF, writer/director Stuart Townsend spoke of the inspiration he drew from the protesters and was driven to represent their causes and struggles. But his closeness to the subject is the film's greatest weakness. It suffers from the over-earnestness of other movies like Bobby or Paul Haggis' Crash, where an ensemble cast attempts to represent too many sides of a story. There's Woody Harrelson as a Seattle SWAT cop, Charlize Theron as his pregnant wife who gets caught up in the rioting, Michelle Rodriguez and Andre "3000" Benjamin (in a turtle costume!) as protesters, Connie Nielsen as a reporter with shifting loyalties and Ray Liotta as a fictionalized version of Mayor Paul Schell. The film spends its 98 minutes rotating around the characters; we get a sound bite or two from them and move on, never getting too far into anyone's story to invest. What's more engaging than the diluted drama are spotting the geographic glitches. Townsend was smart to mix archival news footage into the film, but savvy Seattlites will notice resulting inaccuracies once the action shifts back to the actors. The strangest example of this comes at the beginning and end of the film. The opening scene shows a view of the city from Capitol Hill looking out to the Space Needle and the Olympics. Two protesters take a precarious trip up a construction crane somewhere close to Eastlake in the Denny Triangle area. They hang the now-iconic banner reading "DEMOCRACY" with an arrow pointing one way and "WTO" with an arrow pointing the other. The closing shot follows the same protesters down an empty 4th Avenue between the "Darth Vader" building and the Cinerama, showing the marquee that reads (as it did then, if memory serves) "Thanks WTO. It's Been A Riot." The camera pans down 4th and up to show the Space Needle. Yet somehow, the construction crane with the banner has drifted to Lower Queen Anne, as it's now right there next to the Space Needle. But again, it's easy to nit pick. It is oddly fascinating to see the complexities of the WTO protest and response condensed and dramatized into a feature film, and it's always great to see our city on film. But if you're looking for a harder look at that week, you'd be much better off with one of the WTO documentaries we have at Scarecrow.
--Jen Koogler

MEDIA DIGEST

FOLKLIFE ANNOUNCES BULGARIAN THEME FOR 2011 FESTIVAL
The Seattle Times
The Northwest Folklife Festival which takes place at Seattle Center every Memorial Day weekend, has announced a Bulgarian theme for its 2011 program. A highlight of the Bulgarian focus is an exhibit of photographs, "Voices & Images from Bulgaria: 1966-1979," taken by Martin Koenig, founder of the Balkan Arts Center in New York. A special performance will be given by Bulgarian singer Tsvetanka Varimezova and her husband, piper Ivan Varimezov, along with their two daughters on vocals and tambura. As always, the festival will host a Balkan participatory dance featuring local Balkan and Bulgarian dance bands as well as workshops, panel discussions, lectures and children's activities. The festival will also bring back the All Ages, All Day Showcase at Experience Music Project / Science Fiction Museum on Sunday, May 29, featuring the 8-Bit Showcase, in which "chiptune" musicians repurpose old Game Boys and video-game systems, using the limited tones to make original music. With something for all ages, all tastes and all budgets, there is no reason to miss out on this year's Folklife. Check the link above for more details on this year's festival.

THE HEAD AND THE HEART LAND BONNAROO GIGBonnaroo 2011
The official lineup for Bonnaroo 2011--the four-day, farm-tastic Tennessee music and arts festival that has developed a dedicated following in its ten short years--will feature The Head and the Heart! To plug the band's Bonnaroo debut, the festival's official website doles out some high praise for the local up-and-comers: "So many decisions in life and in the music we love can come down to a critical tug between the logic in our heads and the hot red blood beating through our hearts. Seattle's The Head and the Heart live authentically in that crux, finding joy and beauty wedged there. Their music pulses effervescently--both explosively danceable and intuitively intelligent." The site is also streaming some sweet Head and the Heart tunes to preview what Bonnaroo-goers will have in store when the festival kicks off in June. Follow the link above to check it all out.

TELEKINESIS' NEW ALBUM FEATURED IN THE ONION'S A.V. CLUB
THE AV CLUB
The Onion's Audio Visual Blog has reviewed Seattle band Telekinesis' new album 12 Desperate Straight Lines. Michael Benjamin Lerner went from sole proprietor of the band to expanding the project to include three additional musicians on the latest record. Explains The AV Club, "this increase in instrumentation imbues the band's sound with a more rounded and catchy feel, while Lerner's emotion-saturated lyricism remains the same." Click the link above to read the full review and sample some choice cuts of Telekinesis' new album.

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