Vol. 5, No. 38                                    View our photos on flickr Like us on Facebook Visit our blog Follow us on Twitter
February 29, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS

JOIN US AT TONIGHT'S HAPPY HOUR WITH MATT VANCIL'S CROWD SOURCE AND CROSS OVER 

FMI HAPPY HOUR

The Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour returns tonight 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.  

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC AND OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIP OPENING

CITY OF SEATTLE

The Seattle Offices of Film + Music and Economic Development are accepting applications through March 11 for a combined communications internship. Interns participate in a variety of activities for OFM & OED, including marketing, communication, and outreach tasks supporting the City's economic development mission. The program runs for six months, from March 26th - September 30th. Most successful participants have a background in economics/political science, communications, and film/music/interactive media. Visit our site for all the details.  

YOU CAN HELP CLOSE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE AND ENGAGE COMMUNITY ONLINE

CITY OF SEATTLE

The City of Seattle is seeking applicants from local organizations and community groups for their annual Technology Matching Fund grants of up to $20,000 for technology access and literacy, or use of tech tools for civic engagement and community building. Learn more at information sessions Thursday, March 1st and Saturday, March 3rd. The application deadline is April 3rd. 

SEATTLE INVESTS IN 45 ARTIST PROJECTS THROUGH CITYARTIST PROGRAM

CITY ARTIST PROGRAM

The Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs has announced $156,000 in awards to 45 individual artists working in the visual, literary, and media arts. Seattle's CityArtist Projects annual funding program assists individual artists based in Seattle to develop and present their work. "By investing in artists' work, we help bring their visions to life and engage and inspire the community in a range of topics, from the changing character of our neighborhoods to race and identity," said Mayor Mike McGinn.

LOADS OF MUSIC ON ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY

ART ZONE

This week on Art Zone with Nancy Guppy, music fills the Art Zone studio courtesy of LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends. Nancy will profile local band Eighteen Individual Eyes, who've just released their debut record, and we'll learn all about the first ever Balkan Music Festival that went down at the Russian Center recently. Catch it on the air Friday, March 2nd at 8:00 on Seattle Channel 21.  

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS LEGISLATIVE UPDATE BILL "STILL IN PLAY," TIME TO REFOCUS EFFORTS 

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS

The bill to renew the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program was included in proposed Senate budget that was released yesterday.  Because the bill is included in the proposed budget, it is considered "NTIB," - necessary to implement the budget - and in turn is not subject to the bill cut off date of last Monday. Says Washington Filmworks Executive Director Amy Lillard, "It is still necessary for SB 5529 to be voted on by members of the House of Representatives and we are working closely with the bill's supporteres to strategize the best way to move forward."

THEFILMSCHOOL HOSTS UPCOMING SPEAKER SERIES THIS WEEKEND 

THEFILMSCHOOL

As part of their free Speaker Series that brings notable filmmakers to one room to speak with other film enthusiasts, TheFilmSchool presents an event this Saturday, March 3rd, featuring the writer of Black Swan, Mark Heyman. Come and listen to him discuss his experiences, the industry, and what it means to be a screenwriter.

MOHAI "HISTORY IS ___" FILM COMPETITION SUBMISSION END DRAWING NEAR

MOHAI HISTORY IS

The submission deadline for MOHAI's 2nd annual History Is ____ Film Competition is just one month away, March 31.  Filmmakers of all ages and experience levels are invited to tell MOHAI what history is to you in a short film of 5 minutes or less. MOHAI staff will be at tonight's Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour with information on the competition and with a raffle that all attendees can enter.  For details about the competition, including a list of prizes, visit the History Is ____ website.

PUBLIC FORUM SCHEDULED FOR THE SEATTLE CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE FILM AND VIDEO PROGRAM

SCCC

With the 26 year-old SCCC Film & Video Program on a list of school programs to be cut this year, a community forum has been scheduled at the Broadway Performance Hall for Monday, March 5.  Warren Etheredge of the Warren Report will moderate the forum with invited guests from SCCC, faculty, the Seattle film community, current students, and graduates from the Film & Video Program.  Members of the audience are encouraged to ask questions and participate in the discussion.  This event is free of charge.

4CULTURE SEEKS ENVIRONMENTAL ART
4CULTURE 

4Culture has recently announced a new partnership with King County's Wastewater Treatment Division. As the two work in conjunction to bring awareness to the community on water quality in our region, they seek the work of local filmmakers and musicians. Commissioned works can range from film to web-based visual media to music. Selected artists and artist-led teams will be paid to develop conceptual proposals that will be reviewed and approved by 4Culture's Public Art Advisory Committee, and will be implemented between September 2012 and October 2013. The deadline to submit is March 26th and 5pm. 

FREE WORKSHOP ON MARKETING FOR FILM, TV AND WEB
ABUNDANT PRODUCTIONS 

Local company Abundant Productions will offer a free workshop tailored to those marketing for film, television and the web. Topics will include brand names, aligning marketing with film production, and how to determine your target audience. A discussion period will follow and filmmakers can offer their own suggestions and share personal marketing experiences. The workshop will take place on Sunday, March 11 from 11am to 1pm at the West Seattle Public Library. 

GRAMMY CAMP EXTENDS APPLICATION DEADLINE

GRAMMY 365

An exclusive experimental music camp that aims to pair talented high school-aged musicians with established music industry professionals. The free camp is being held by The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy for students that are serious about starting careers in the music industry. There will be over nine classes to choose from, ranging from live sound to songwriting. Applications are due March 5.  

INTERN AT THE VERA PROJECT

VERA PROJECT

The Vera Project, Seattle's all ages music venue, has many internship positions that are available on a rotating basis, and there are several open positions now including Programming, Booking and Promotions Coordinating, and Fundraising & Development. 

COPACINO HIRING ASSISTANT ACCOUNTANT EXECUTIVE
COPACINO+FUJIKADO

Local creative firm Copacino+Fujikado is seeking an Assistant Account Executive. The Assistant position is responsible for keeping projects on schedule, managing effective and ongoing communication between agency and client, drafting marketing plans and creative briefs and presentations, and more. Read the full listing for details.

NFFTY FILMS SHOWCASE THE VOICE OF A NEW GENERATION

NFFTY 

The National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), now in its sixth year, has closed film submissions and announced receiving a record number of films.  NFFTY received hundreds of submissions from countries around the world including Armenia, Austria, Bahamas, Bulgaria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, India, Singapore, and South Korea, with subjects from teen angst to war and hope.  "What amazes me every year is how closely connected and similar the youth of the world really are," says NFFTY Artistic Director, Jesse Harris.  Information on tickets and this weekend's KEXP NFFTY benefit concert can be found at the NFFTY website.

SCCC FILM AND VIDEO SILENT AUCTION THIS THURSDAY

SCCC 

For over 25 years, the Seattle Central Community College Film and Video program has provided a comprehensive film and video education to aspiring filmmakers, with hundreds of graduates going on to produce award-winning films and careers in a highly competitive industry.  On Thursday, March 1, the program is hosting a silent auction for this year's graduating student productions, which will be seen by industry professionals, submitted to film festivals internationally, and be a foothold for fledgling film careers.  The event features DJs Jon Francois, Osma, and DJ Res, and has deeply reduced ticket fees for student and low income attendees.  

LANGSTON HUGHES AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS HOME

LANGSTON BLACK FILM FEST

After a few years between temporary homes, the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (LHAAFF) finally returns to the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center after over two years of upgrades. The 9th annual LHAAFF, which takes place April 14-22, will be the first time that all of the screenings, panels, and events will all be held together under one roof. Audiences will be among the first to see the newly renovated auditorium and restored lobby area. The festival will feature dozens of feature-length and short films by independent filmmakers, and the rare opportunity to chat face-to-face with filmmakers, industry professionals, and Seattle leadership.

SEATTLE'S FIRST DEAF FILM FESTIVAL

SEATTLE DEAF FILM FESTIVAL

Deaf Spotlight, an organization that focuses on Deaf culture, cinema, performing and visual arts, is bringing the Seattle Deaf Film Festival to UW March 30 through April 1. The festival held at Kane Hall will be a full weekend of films on, about, and for the Deaf community, and will feature length and short films from local and international artists in many categories. The festival will be accessible to both deaf and hearing persons, with many films in American Sign Language but all subtitled in English.
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.

Dylan Jakobsen Makes An Album- March 3rd (2 days)

Wyatt Steps Out
 - March 4th (4 days)

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

Oliver Franklin's debut album! - March 11th (11 days)

The BIG CLIMB!- March 14th (13 days)  

Rachel Mae's Going to Nashville to Record an EP - March 21st (21 days) 

Anna Cate's debut CD project - March 29th (28 days)

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BROKEN WATER "Seaside and Sedmikrásk"  - April 1st (32 days)

The Agency - April 24th (54 days)   

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 2/20- 2/26   

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC

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

 

 1  Damien Jurado - "Maraqopa" 

 2  Perfume Genius - "Put Your Back N 2 It"

 3  Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"

 4  Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs."

 Head & The Heart - "Head & The Heart"

 6  Pickwick -"Myths"

 7  My Goodness - "My Goodness"

 8  Shabazz Palaces- "Black Up"

 9  Death Cab for Cutie- "Keys & Codes Remix"

 10 Caspar Babypants - "Here I am!"  

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:

CHASE JARVIS "LIVE PHANTOM FLEX FASHION SHOOT" 
CHASE JARVIS 

This Wednesday director Chase Jarvis teamed up with director at Superfad, Will Hyde, to live broadcast a fashion shoot featuring the new Phantom Flex super slow motion camera.  The four hour shoot was streamed live in its entirety, showing the chaos of a 20-person in-studio commercial crew with fashion talent. 
 
"Any way you slice it, Seattle is a hotbed for creative talent," says Jarvis.  "We always seek to work with the best in the world and this shoot was no exception." 

Chase Jarvis and Will Hyde brought together over 20 local cast and crew for the production, and worked with several Seattle film vendors.  The live broadcast will be archived online at
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, MARCH 2:  ADAM SEKULER'S "THIRD FLOOR" 
THE STRANGER 
The short for this coming Friday, March 2, will be Adam Sekuler's "Third Floor," a 10-minute film shot in the "remains of a six-story historic Seattle hotel." Dance, architecture, urban decay, interior space, windows, light, sound design--these are a few of my favorite things.  
 

-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. 

 

Money Buys Happiness (1999)   

 

Money Buys Happiness was written and directed by Gregg Lachow at the very dawn of what could be regarded as Seattle's indie golden age. The movie is one of several films Lachow made with the participation of Wiggly World Studios, the filmmaking branch of Northwest Film Forum. It is probably the best-known of the Lachow/Wiggly World collaborations as the picture was picked up for national home video distribution. The artwork on the video box features some highly misleading graphics that incorporate a looming semi-truck and 100 dollar bills, but I guess that's the kind of thing you have to do to get people to rent an unfamiliar movie.  

 

At the center of the film is a dysfunctional married couple on the verge of divorce. Georgia (Megan Murphy) is a semi-ditzy commercial jingle artist who is one of the few adults that actually likes knock-knock jokes. She is obsessed with an anonymous romantic postcard from her past and spends much of the film hoping to find out who sent her this mysterious love letter. Jeff Weatherford portrays Money (the name is actually pronounced like Monet so I guess I've been saying the film's title wrong this whole time) who is caught-up in several personal dilemmas as he wants to abandon his family, give away all of his possessions, and start over from scratch. The couple inherits a piano from a friend who commits suicide leaving them to roll the bulky instrument across town and their route takes them from Capitol Hill to Belltown to the University District. It predictably becomes a somewhat heavy-handed analogy to their decaying marriage, as they finally decide to split up once the job is complete. Unfortunately, while both actors are appealing on their own, it's really hard to believe they are married, even when you factor in their estranged relationship, and it's even more unfathomable that they have a kid together. This utter lack of chemistry makes it difficult for audiences to invest much interest in the salvaging of the relationship and is, ultimately, the fundamental flaw with Money Buys Happiness.


The film's strengths are the numerous peripheral characters and a solid use of Seattle locations. The movie begins with a group of kids doing a "man in the street" type interview where they ask random folks walking down the sidewalks of Madison Park (near the Red Onion Tavern) what they are looking for in life. This spontaneity of this part is appealing and I hoped the kids would show up again, but this scene only serves to introduce some of the film's themes and characters. As the narrative progresses there are many random encounters with a wide range of eccentric individuals; my favorite is a guy who is a self-proclaimed fake-punching expert. Other memorable bits include a funny scene that takes place at a sleep research clinic, Money's philosophical discussions with a dude played by filmmaker Caveh Zhahedi, and a babysitter who Georgia and Money keep bribing to keep his mouth shut about their extramarital activities. While there is a quick shot of the monorail, the film is refreshingly free from stereotypical Seattle footage and we get to see a lot of the real Seattle. Consistently popping up in the background are neighborhood gems like the Grand Illusion Cinema, Golden Gardens Park, Café Allegro and Coastal Kitchen. Despite the script's occasional gimmicky tendencies, Money Buys Happiness is a modest charmer created at a pivotal time in Seattle's homegrown cinema history.

-Spenser Hoyt
 

MEDIA DIGEST

LOCAL FILMMAKER TJ MARTIN WINS BIG AT ACADEMY AWARDS

CULTURE MOB  

Local filmmaker TJ Martin not only received an Oscar on Sunday, he made Academy Award history. Martin co-directed Undefeated, a true story about an inner-city Memphis football team that shows perseverance, strength and hope against all odds.  He is the first-ever African American to win an Oscar for directing a full-length film of any kind. The Undefeated crew (which also includes Dan Lindsay and Rich Middlemas) took home the prestigious Best Documentary Feature award during the 84th year of the highly-regarded celebration in cinema . Martin plans to speak at his alma mater, Western Washington University, after a screening of the documentary this Thursday, March 1.

NIRVANA AUCTION TO BENEFIT LOCAL INDUSTRY MAVEN SUSIE TENNANT

SEATTLE MET

The music community is once again coming together to support the family of beloved music veteran Susie Tennant. There's an amazing collection of rock history being auctioned online, including Framed Nirvana photos, archival Pearl Jam photos, signed Ozzy Osbourne and Strokes posters, and more. Tennant worked for Geffen, Sub Pop, and EMP in the 90s and 00s, and is currently the marketing Director and co-curator of the Saturday Family Concert Series at Town Hall Seattle.

KUOW FEATURES LOCAL FOOD PHOTOGRAPHER
KUOW 

This week, KUOW's Steve Scher featured local food stylist and photographer, Sarah Flotard. Photographing food for blogs, cooking shows, and a never ending supply of cookbooks is explored, and America's "love affair with food" is revealed. Flotard discusses her craft while in the Dhalia Lounge shooting their famous bread salad, and reveals her transition from film work into food photography.

CITY ARTS NAMES THEIR TOP TEN LOCAL UP AND COMING ACTS  

CITY ARTS

According to City Arts, Seattle has an emerging top ten list that is not to be overlooked. The list includes the smooth and soulful beats of Fly Moon Royalty, the metal thrashers Sandrider, the thoughtful songs of Motopony, Don't Talk to the Cops, and several more. The bands can be seen at various venues around town, in magazines, and on television, and are gaining popularity locally and beyond. 

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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