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March 7, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS

WASHINGTON STATE LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD: UPDATE ON EXTENDED HOURS 

WSLCB 

WSLCB has scheduled a hearing on Seattle's request for a rule change that would allow local jurisdictions to petition for extended liquor service hours past 2 AM. Currently alcohol cannot be served in Washington between 2AM-6AM. The hearing is Monday, March 12 from 10:30AM-12:30PM in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall.  The general public is invited to attend and give testimony. 

ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY HIGHLIGHTS UPCOMING MUSIC AND FILM FESTIVALS

SEATTLE CHANNEL

This week Art Zone with Nancy Guppy previews the Earshot jazz Spring Series with founder John Gilbreath.  Also in the program are the "Symphonic Stories," premiering at Benaroya Hall later this month. Finally, the upcoming Seattle Jewish Film Festival is highlighted .  

NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR 2012 MAYOR'S ARTS AWARDS

CITY OF SEATTLE 

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is accepting nominations for the 10th Annual Mayor's Arts Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members committed to enriching their communities through the arts. Public nominations and recommendations are reviewed and submitted to the Mayor for final selection. The awards aim to reflect the diversity of artistic achievement throughout the city. The deadline for nominations is 5pm, Tuesday, April 17.  

JOIN SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN ARTS EDUCATION COMMUNITY MEETINGS

OFFICE OF ARTS & CULTURAL AFFAIRS 

Seattle Public Schools, the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and community arts organizations are partnering to create a comprehensive arts plan focused on increasing quality arts education access for all K-12 students. To help shape the visual and performing arts plan, the city and district are hosting a series of five community meetings in March. Families, students, teachers, artists, arts administrators, and supporters of an equitable and well-rounded education for all are encouraged to attend. Join in the discussion about arts education, creative learning, and student success.  

POSITION OPENING: ARTS & SOCIAL CHANGE ANNOUNCES CONFERENCE COORDINATOR POSITION

CITY OF SEATTLE 

Arts & Social Change is a regional symposium for arts administrators, social service professionals, government staff, community leaders and artists to address the role the the arts can play in advancing social change. The event brings arts and social justice leaders from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia together to strategize about methods for social change through the arts. The application deadline is this Friday, March 9. 

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

ARTIST TRUST OFFERS FREE GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP

ARTIST TRUST

Artist Trust will offer a grant writing workshop on Wednesday, March 14 from 4-6pm in Vancouver, Washington.  Program Manager Miguel Guillen will present information on how to successfully apply for grants and offer tips on preparing a strong grant application, including "dos and don'ts" for work samples, artist resumes, project proposals, and more. The workshop will also share insiders' knowledge about panel and selection processes. 

VERA PROJECT SEEKING NEW PROGRAM DIRECTOR

VERA PROJECT

The Vera Project is seeking a full-time programming director to co-direct the organization and lead all programming efforts. The position reports directly to the board, and works with Vera's youth-led governing membership to plan and execute all programs of the organization. Deadline for applications is 8am, March 23.

JUSTIFYING FILM EDUCATION

THE HIGH BAR

Cuts in education programs are not uncommon during tough economic times, but some hit harder than others. Seattle Central Community College (SCCC) recently decided to end its  26 year old Film & Video Program to balance its budget. Documentarian and Film & Video Program instructor Sandy Cioffi speaks with Warren Etheredge on The High Bar about film education and the SCCC program's viability and necessity.  

VENUE REVIEWS: BY MUSICIANS, FOR MUSICIANS

VENUOLOGY 

A new tool to help musicians locate and rate venues is gaining ground online. Musicians are now able to search by region for venues and clubs that other musicians have rated and read their reviews, helping them find the right place to perform.  

FILMMAKERS: ORGANIZATION SEEKS SHORT COMMERCIAL RELATED TO CRIME

 VCCVA

The Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates has just announced a new film competition to promote crime victim rights. The piece must be a 30-second commercial related to this subject. The winning commercial will be aired 134 times during National Crime Victims' Rights Week in April on Northwest Cable News.

 

NOISE FOR THE NEEDY ANNOUNCES CALL FOR BANDS

NOISE FOR THE NEEDY 

Noise for the Needy, a grassroots benefit music festival in Seattle, is looking for bands for their 2012 June event. The festival, which has been in existence since 2004, has hosted many local acts including Talib Kweli, The Black Angels, and Ravenna Woods. Noise for the Needy raises money for local charities such as Teen Feed, Urban Rest Stop, and Roots Youth Shelter.   

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.

The BIG CLIMB! - March 14th (6 days)

Strange Day on Maui_Jimi Hendrix 1970.  - March 16th (8 days)

True Born African: The Story of Winston Jarrett - March 16th (8 days)

Rachel Mae's Going to Nashville to Record an EP - March 21st (14 days) 

Anna Cate's debut CD project - March 23rd (15days)

Rae Solomon's New Album! - March  23rd (16 days)

The Trouble with Boys - March 29th (21 days)

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 2/27- 3/4

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC 

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

 

 1  Damien Jurado -"Maraqopa"

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

 3  Shabazz Palaces- "Black Up"

 4  Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"

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

 6  Pickwick - "Myths +2"

 7  Earth - "Angels of Darkness Demons of Light II"

 8  Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart"

 Nirvana - "Live At Reading"

 10 Eddie Vedder - "Ukulele Songs"

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:


REI "URBAN CYCLING"
REI 

This week the REI creative team is filming scenes around Seattle to promote urban cycling and bike security.  The REI crew will follow real-life urban cyclists to create informative vignettes about cycling in dense urban environments, telling their personal story of what bicycling is like in a city.

"Seattle is the perfect urban environment with a balance of bike friendliness and bike challenges," says producer Beth Ann Anderson.  "Having a local crew is like having instant scouts on the team; we find the shots we are looking for with ease, which is super productive, creative, and fun.  We also love promoting our Seattle neighborhoods and keeping our shoots small, local, and as low-impact as possible." 
 
REI is working with a mostly local cast and crew for this production series, which will appear on the REI website in April. 
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 9: SERGE GREGOR'S "FOSTER ISLAND"

The short for this Friday, March 9th, will be Serge Gregory's "Foster Island," a film that was made in 2004 and had a profound influence on my own film Police Beat. "Foster Island" dissolves the nature/urban binary and exposes the reality of no inside and outside but only levels or degrees of organic and inorganic intensities.   

-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. 

 

G-Scale (2005)   

 

When word of Ted D'Arms' passing started circulating just before Christmas last year, the reactions were almost uniformly the same. People who even just casually knew Ted were stunned and very, very sad. Ted was a great presence, a larger-than-life character who was at the same time humble and genuinely kind. His generosity of spirit was so great that I always felt like you could actually see the twinkle in his eye when he looked at you. Ted was a Scarecrow regular since the beginning, and was always a pleasure to talk with. After he died, we mused about putting up a tribute section for him and in the scramble to make sure we had all of his films discovered one we had missed. Thanks to Randy Nargi, the film's director, we obtained a copy of a lovely comedy/mockumentary called G-Sale.

Like Best In Show and Waiting For Guffman, G-Sale delves into a subculture of Americana the average person might not even know exists; in this case it's the culture surrounding garage/estate/yard sales. We meet and spend time with an estate sale planner, a family whose treasured items are being sold, a serious collector, a casual collector, and a professional collector. We also meet local historian Malcolm Urnbaden (Terry Johnson,) who happily introduces us to Bogwood, a fascinating town located somewhere near Seattle (it's mainly Bellevue is disguise) that's built entirely on top of a bog. In addition to having an abundance of moss, lichen, and fungi, Bogwood has more garages per capita than any other city in the country; it's known as the "Garage Sale Capital of the U.S.A."

As in the aforementioned mockumentaries, the denizens of this subculture know their stuff. The characters talk with such passion and affection that one never gets the feeling that the filmmakers are merely mocking them or their obsessions, however ridiculous they might be. Every single member of the mostly local cast (Jessi Badami, Tracey Conway, Robin Douglas, Scott Burns, Jimmi Parker, Wantland Sandel, Mary White, and Henry Dardenne) is excellent and hilarious, helping to balance the fine line between reality and ridiculousness. But the heart of the movie rests with our old friend Ted. He plays Dick Nickerson, one of the less obsessive garage sale bargain hunters. Dick is a semi-retired actor who hit it big in the '60s playing Uncle Angus the leprechaun in the sitcom Pot O' Gold. (The very notion that the massive presence of Ted D'Arms would play a leprechaun is a brilliant conceit in and of itself.) He spends his days doing voiceovers for commercials, wistfully recalling the stardom he once knew, contributing to the arts community in such productions as "Bogdance," (a Riverdance-like extravaganza) and, of course, going to garage sales. Among the items the other garage sale obsessives are after is a board game based on Pot O' Gold. Dick is also looking for it, in an effort to connect with a happier time in his life. In large part then, Dick Nickerson and his "pot of gold" are the connecting human threads that corral G-Sale's major players. Like Dick Nickerson, Ted was a wonderful artistic presence in Seattle, whose talents connected the arts of film, theater, painting, and photography all in equal measure.

-Mark Steiner
 
MEDIA DIGEST

SCCC SCHEDULES END OF 26 YEAR OLD FILM & VIDEO PROGRAM THIS SUMMER

CROSSCUT 

Since June 2011 a time bomb has been slowly ticking for the students and staff of the Seattle Central Community College (SCCC) Film + Video Program, says Crosscut.  At the end of the 2011 school year, the school's administration announced the elimination of the program for budgetary reasons.  Proponents of the program say it is the most comprehensive and most affordable film education option in Seattle.  This long-form article discusses the program, its history, and next steps.  

INNOVATIVE DIY DISTRIBUTION MODEL FOR INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS

WASHINGTON CITY PAPER

A new and innovative film distribution model is having some filmmakers think twice. Filmmaker Rohit Colin Rao took the new approach last year when his film was not accepted to any major film festivals: He decided to sell rentals himself online. Stand-up comic Louis C.K. sold more than $1 million last year through his own website, steering clear of a major online vendor, and he experienced obvious success. 

"FAT KID RULES THE WORLD" ON TOP 20 MUST SEE LIST FOR SXSW

IFC

IFC has compiled a list of favorite films and "must sees" at the 2012 SXSW Festival. They included locally filmed Fat Kid Rules the World, about a teenager who rises to the top of Seattle's music scene. The film was filmed entirely in Seattle and incentivized through the the Washington State Motion Competitiveness Program, which is currently in legislation for renewal. The SXSW Film Festival begins on March 9th. 

LOCAL FILM WINS CINEMA POLITICA AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

CINEMA POLITICA

Local filmmaker Sandy Cioffi's film Sweet Crude has been selected as the 2011 Cinema Politica Audience Choice Winner. Cinema Politica is a national film competition that takes place in Montreal that is committed to supporting alternative, independent, and radical political film and video. Cioffi's film was praised by festival attendees and staff, calling it "one of the best documentaries on social justice and resistance you will ever have the pleasure of watching."   

SEATTLE-MADE "EDEN" COMPETES AT SXSW FILM FESTIVAL
TWITCH FILM 

Seattle writer/director Megan Griffith's second feature film Eden is premiering in the Narrative Competition category at this year's SXSW Film Festival.  Eden is based on the true story of human trafficking survivor Chong Kim.  The film, set in New Mexico, was based in Seattle and shot entirely in Washington State in 2011, and incentivized by the Washington State Film Competitiveness Program.  Griffith's first film was the 2011 Sundance drama The Off Hours.    

MUSIC4LIFE RECEIVES WMEA AWARD
B-TOWN BLOG 

Music4Life (M4L) recently received a WMEA Award at the annual state convention of the Washington Music Educators Association. The program was honored with the "Friend of Music" award last month, a tribute that emphasizes Music4Life's leadership in supporting student access to the educational benefits of playing music. M4L was nominated for the WMEA award by Jim Paynton, a music instructor at John F. Kennedy High School.   

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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