|News from the Office of Film + Music
SEATTLE REPRESENTS AT SXSW WITH A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
The Free Ballard SXSW Pre-funk gets things rolling here at home tomorrow, March 10, at the Sunset Tavern, featuring performances from Austin-bound crooners Cobirds Unite. Local social media agency Banyan Branch is hosting a "Seattle Invades Austin" party at Austin's Red Fez Sunday, March 13, with performances from local up-and-comers Secret Shoppers, Lisa Dank and Tiger Beat. KEXP will put their own "spin" on the fest, by broadcasting live from Austin March 16-18; the station will also host exclusive recording sets from local acts like The Head and the Heart. Friday, March 18, brings with it a veritable trifecta of Seattle party-action: The big SxSeattle party kicks things off at noon with performances from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Fences, The Young Evils, Ravenna Woods and more; Stag's "Rock N Roll Circus" also starts at noon, with Seattle musical guests Brite Futures and Shelby Earl among many others; and The Sub Pop + Hardly Art showcase at Red 7 finishes the night off with sets from homegrown talents Shabazz Palaces, The Moondoggies and Unnatural Helpers to name just a few. To RSVP or learn more about these events, check out the above links.
BE SURE TO TUNE IN TO ARTZONE'S "OPEN STUDIO" SPECIAL THIS FRIDAY
ArtZone's all-performance "Open Studio" special premieres this Friday, March 11, featuring five stellar Seattle acts. Taking to the ArtZone stage are: drummer extraordinaire and Young Evils band member, Faustine Hudson; performers from the local leg of the upcoming American Handel Festival; singer/songwriter Tai Shaun; and Moisture Festival's Bill Robinson. Our very own James Keblas will also talk about the road to renewing Washington's Film Incentive program, while sharing clips from Washington Filmworks' "Incentive Renewal Video." ArtZone airs every Friday on Seattle Channel (Channel 21) at 8:00 pm, and is also streaming and podcasting.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
OVER 40 SEATTLE MUSICIANS HEADED TO SXSW 2011
This year SXSW celebrates a quarter-century of being the world's largest convergence of artists and industry insiders--and our City of Music will be well represented amongst the creative pack. The festival's musical lineup features more than 30 Seattle acts, with even more slated to appear in "unofficial" performance events. Here are all of the Austin-bound artists we've caught wind of thus far: Barcelona, Beat Connection, Black Whales, Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, Brite Futures, Butts, Campfire OK, The Cave Singers, Cobirds Unite, D. Black, Damien Jurado, Duff McKagan's Loaded, Eddie Spaghetti, Fatal Lucciauno, Fences, The Globes, Grieves (with and without Budo), The Head and the Heart, Ian Moore, Ivan & Alyosha, Jack Wilson , The Lonely Forest, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Moondoggies, The Nightgowns, The Physics, Ravenna Woods, Redwood Plan, Say Hi, Shabazz Palaces, Shelby Earl, Sol, State of the Artist, Super Secret Surprise, Tea Cozies, Telekinesis, Thousands, Truckasauras, Unnatural Helpers, Viper Creek Club, Wild Orchid Children, The Young Evils and Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers. Congrats to all!
NFFTY UNVEILS THEIR 2011 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
NFFTY (The National Film Festival Youth) has just released the official schedule for their 2011 event, which will feature 225 films, panels, parties and more, in the world's largest celebration of youth filmmaking. Seattle will play proud host to an estimated 10,000 festival attendees and the 150-plus youth filmmakers taking part in NFFTY 2011, which will run from April 28-May 1. "This year's festival is going to be better than ever," gushes NFFTY Executive Director, Jesse Harris. "Not only are the films amazing, but the Opening Night at Cinerama and Gala at the Space Needle will be the party of the year!" The event's lineup also features innovative programming with themes like "The Human Condition," "Action Sports/48 Hour Film Off presented by Nike 6.0" and "United by Film: an International Showcase." Follow the above link to learn more and to get your tickets for NFFTY 2011 while they're still hot!
THE AJC SEATTLE JEWISH FILM FEST BEGINS THIS SATURDAY
Seattle Jewish Film Festival
The AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival (AJC-SJFF) returns for its "Sweet 16" run this Saturday, March 12. The premier public program of the American Jewish Committee Seattle (AJC), the nine-day fest will feature 30 acclaimed international films, with an eye toward "building bridges" of mutual understanding through cinema, in community and across global divides. This year's AJC-SJFF Reel Difference Award recipient, Eran Riklis (Syrian Bride, Lemon Tree) will kick things off 7:30 pm Saturday at AMC Pacific Place, with an opening night screening event. Riklis will share and discuss his latest work, The Human Resources Manager, as well as his award-winning, bridge-building, border-crossing cinematic landscapes. What's more, in keeping with the festival's savory motif, a series of "Sweet Treat" screenings sponsored by local vendors including Holly Levin/The Cake Lady, Top Pot Doughnuts, Central Coop, Trabant Coffee & Chai and Blazing Bagels will be featured throughout AJC-SJFF. For ticketing information and more on the Fest, follow the link above.
SEATTLE CENTER THROWS A GRAND HOOLEY FOR THIS WEEKEND'S IRISH FESTIVAL
Dance and sing along to non-stop Gaelic music at Irish Festival, a weekend-long cultural event hosted by Seattle Center's Center House and Fisher Pavilion. Presented by the Irish Heritage Club of Seattle, the event will include colorful cultural exhibits and screenings of contemporary Irish short films in addition to workshops that will help you trace your Irish roots and learn the language. Irish Festival is part of Festál, a year-long series of free events that honor cultural richness and diversity, presented by Seattle Center in partnership with community organizations. Follow the above link to learn more and getcha blarney on.
ANOTHER LOCAL FILM HEADED TO SXSW 2011
After making its world premiere at Sundance, locally-made indie, The Catechism Cataclysm, is now set to take on SXSW. The film will screen as part of the 2011 SXSW Film Conference in the "Emerging Visions" showcase, which highlights innovation, creativity and raw talent from rising filmmakers across a variety of film formats. SXSW Film kicks off this Friday, March 11, featuring a diverse program of over 300 works--including provocative documentaries, subversive comedies, DIY narratives, genre standouts and more--over the course of nine days. Competition for entry into the Fest was fierce, and Program curators had to sift through a record-breaking 1,792 submissions to concoct this year's lineup. More good news for Catechism: IFC Midnight just nabbed the distribution rights for the film, after hailing it as "one of the funniest [comedies they] have seen in ages." For more info on the film or the Fest, check out the link above!
ZOOPPA AND BUICK'S NEW FILM COMPETITION FEATURES $8K GRAND PRIZE
Online branding powerhouse Zooppa is partnering with Buick and the NCAA to present the "Human Highlight Reel" Competition, which tasks filmmakers across America to tell a story about the collegiate athletic experience in 60 seconds or less. Film entries should unfold like mini-documentaries that follow the lives of former NCAA athletes, while also exploring their roles outside of the playing fields-- as students, role models and leaders. Submissions are due by April 22, but contestants who submit their works before March 25 are eligible for an early entry prize to the tune of $5,000, in addition to the competition's $8,000 grand prize. For more on the "Human Highlight Reel," follow the link above.
LOCAL ARTISTS PREMIERE NEW INSTALLMENT OF THE OPEN TOWN WALL ANIMATION PROJECT
The Open Towny
SEAT (Seattle Experimental Animation Team) in conjunction with Sound Transit, and with support from Northwest Film Forum present "Wallrus: The Open Town," an eight-part collaborative mural installation created over four years on the surface of a Light Rail construction barrier in Seattle's Cal Anderson Park. Tomorrow, March 10, at 6:00 pm, local animator Amanda Moore will begin her work on the huge plywood wall--which will see artistic contributions from seven animators and one school group over time--during Capitol Hill's Art Walk. The spectacle is free and open to the public and will include a vaudeville showman and old time music, not to mention the chance to catch some truly innovative Seattle artists at work. Check out the link for more on "Wallrus."
SEATTLE FILMMAKERS PREMIERE "TREATMENT" AT TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
Tribeca Film Festival
Filmed in L.A., but backed by Seattle filmmakers/Humpday alums Joshua Leonard, Jennifer Maas and Steven Schardt, indie comedy Treatment, will make its world debut at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. The film was selected out of 5,624 entries in a record year for Tribeca submissions, and will screen as part of the international independent "Viewpoints" category. New to the acclaimed fest, "Viewpoints" will showcase 11 narrative features and nine documentaries in a snapshot of international independent cinema. These 20 films will immerse audiences in distinctive perspectives, from documentaries grounded in the intimate stories of real-life characters, to narratives that stretch the stylistic potential of the medium. From the film's official Tribeca site, Treatment unfolds as a "witty, ridiculous, and sincere tale of a co-dependent friendship on the verge of a nervous breakdown." Follow the above link for more on the film. Congrats to all the filmmakers!
IFP SEATTLE'S "FILM +" SERIES RETURNS THIS THURSDAY
IFP Seattle in partnership with Clatter and Din present the latest installment in the acclaimed "Film +" series this Thursday, March 10. This free seminar event, hosted by Clatter and Din, will focus on preparing film projects for sound design, composition, effects and finishing. Also on the discussion agenda: picture editorial and sound post production; prepping Final Cut projects for audio post and much more. Doors for "Film +" will open at 6:45 pm and the dialogue will wrap up by 8:30. Due to the space limitations of the facility, only the first 25 people to RSVP at RSVP@ifpseattle.org will be guaranteed a spot for the event. To read up on IFP Seattle and the last "Film +" roundtable, check out the above link.
826 SEATTLE PRESENTS FREE SASQUATCH-THEMED WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR LOCAL YOUTH
826 Seattle, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping local youth improve their creative and expository writing skills, is drawing on some "big-footed" inspiration for its new workshop program. In honor of the Sasquatch! Music Festival's 10th birthday, the center is offering a series of free two-week writing seminars wherein participating kids aged 7-12 will use band names from the festival's decade-long history to weave quirky tales of fun and adventure. The workshops' official website offers an amusing taste of what the young writers will have in store: "Don't tell me you've never heard the story of the Sasquatch who lived in the Aqueduct with the Fleet Foxes and a Modest Mouse, staying warm during The Long Winters? (Yes, they built an Arcade Fire, but only during Decemberists)." In addition to story writing, the program will also include revision time so that participants' works can be considered for publication in the Sasquatch! Music Festival yearbook. Click the link above for registration information, or to learn more about the program.
NEW WORKSHOP SERIES TACKLES "EMPLOYMENT ISSUES FOR FILMMAKERS"
Brown Paper Tickets
This Thursday, March 10 from 12:00 - 1:30 pm, Seattle-based attorneys Matt Hooper and Janelle Milodragovich will provide an overview of the common concerns that filmmakers face on projects of all sizes in "Employment Issues for Filmmakers." This workshop event will address traditional employment issues that all employers must consider with special emphasis on matters unique to the film world. Discussion topics include dealing with actors and unions (Teamsters, SAG, etc.), managing all the roles it takes to make a film and more; practical tips for problem-solving will also be part of the dialogue. What's more: film artists and students are eligible to receive a discounted registration rate for the workshop. To find out more, visit the above link.
HELP "KICKSTART" A SEATTLE-INFUSED SHORT FILM
Seattle-based filmmaker Sam Graydon is using Kickstarter to raise funds for his latest production Pretty Face and Green My Eyes. Written and directed by Graydon, the short delves into the emotions of nostalgic longing for youth, the ways we hold on, and the wonder that comes when rediscovering feelings that we thought were gone forever--all while set in the distinctly Seattle backdrop of the early 90s grunge explosion. The film's script was a finalist for the 2011 IFP Spotlight award and the Seattle production team and crew members are committed to seeing it through, but need your help. Check out the Kickstarter link above to watch a teaser for the film and to donate to the project. Incentives for donating to the project include signed DVDs, producer credits and even a role in the film! Also, you can attend a fundraising concert for the project Friday, April 1, at the High Dive in Fremont with performances from See Me River (a local band featured in the film) and two other Seattle artists, Whiskey Tango (from MTV's $5 Cover) and Ghosts I've Met.
SEATTLE INDIE-POP BAND SEAPONY SIGNS TO HARDLY ART
The Puget Sound is now home to a group of adolescent seahorses who happen to make bubbly, shimmering, indie music. Seapony is comprised of songwriter/drummachiner Danny Rowland, singer Jen Weidl, and bass player Ian Brewer. In a matter of weeks after posting songs online, the band was favorably reviewed on Pitchfork, broadcast on KEXP, performing live in a number of local hotspots. Now Sub Pop's sister label Hardly Art has signed the Seattle soft rockers. Catch a live performance from Seapony this Friday, March 11, at the Rendezvous, April 4 at Havana Social Club or April 22 at the Crocodile Café. While you watch, don't mistake the absence of stage banter for lack of enthusiasm or appreciation, Seapony will remind you, "The Velvet Underground didn't talk, it's cooler to just play song after song, like the Ramones did." Click on the link above to read more about Hardly Art, Seapony or to check out a few of the band's dreamy songs.
CALL FOR ENTRIES: IFP'S INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER LABS FOR FIRST-TIME DIRECTORS
The Independent Feature Project aka IFP -- the oldest and largest independent filmmakers' non-profit in the country--is currently seeking submissions for its Documentary and Narrative labs to be held this spring in New York City. IFP's Independent Filmmaker Labs program is a year-long fellowship supporting indie filmmakers when they need it most: through the completion, marketing and distribution of their first features. The Labs consist of three focused workshops, all of which are aimed at providing community, mentorship and specific strategies to help filmmakers reach their artistic goals and maximize their exposure in the global marketplace. Get on it quick: The deadline for Documentary film submissions is this Friday, March 11, and the Narrative film submission deadline is April 8. IFP also seeks to ensure that at least half of participating projects have an inclusive range of voices in key positions. Thus, women and minority directors are especially encouraged to apply. For more information on the Labs, check out the link.
SEATTLE-FILMED "DEAR LEMON LIMA" GETS L.A. THEATRICAL RELEASE
Dear Lemon Lima,The Movie
Shot in the Seattle area and featured in SIFF 2010, Dear Lemon Lima, was released theatrically last Friday, March 4, in Los Angeles and is also screening on cable television via video on demand. The film combines fiction with actual memories from writer/director Suzi Yoonessi and her eponymous imaginary friend, Lemon Lima, in a coming-of-age story about a prep-school misfit and her struggles with young love. Comments Variety, "Beautiful compositions and super-lush lensing bring a candy-colored sheen to Yoonessi's unverise, where [....] semi-innocent nostalgia comingles with the characters' often sarcastic contemporary sensibilities." Follow the above link to have a peek at Dear Lemon Lima's trailer or to learn how you can soon catch the film on Netflix.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 2/24 - 3/1
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Cave Singers - "No Witch"
- Macklemore/ Ryan Lewis - "Vs. Redux"
- Telekinesis - "12 Desperate Straight Lines"
- Earth - "Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light"
- Baseball Project - "Vol. 2: High & Inside"
- Brad - "Best Friends?"
- Shabazz Palaces - "Palaces of Light"
- Rusty Willoughby - "Cobirds Unite"
- Pearl Jam - "Live on Ten Legs"
- Campfire OK "Strange Like We Are"
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:
Centerstage Productions "Starbucks 40th Birthday NASDAQ Bell Ringing"
Starbucks celebrated its 40th birthday in Seattle style yesterday, by hosting the opening ceremony of the NASDAQ stock exchange live from the coffee magnate's first-ever location--Pike Place Market. The event, which featured a remote sounding of the famous stock market bell, filmed in the Marketplace and Starbucks' SODO Headquarters and was captured by local production troupe Fremont studios in partnership with Centerstage productions. The project enlisted the services of 20 local crew and also involved coordinating a live feed to stream the ceremony all the way back to Wall Street in real time.
Production studio representative, Scott Jonas, breaks down the filming process: "The event required a pre-setup at Starbucks Headquarters in SODO, then a move to the Pike Place store for a 4:00 am - 7:00 am Satellite broadcast of the opening bell. Then, we moved the complete unit back to Headquarters for a noon shoot of the closing NASDAQ bell in front of 3000 employees in the facilities parking lot." Follow the above link to learn more about the production.
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.
Plain Clothes (1988)
An obscure entry into the semi-popular "guy (or gal) goes back to high school" genre, Plain Clothes has the distinction of being the only one of the bunch that was shot in Seattle. Arliss Howard stars as a cop in his mid-thirties named Nick Dunbar who goes undercover at Adlai Stevenson High School after his brother is accused of murdering an unpopular teacher. He uses the alias Nick Springsteen, wears a straw porkpie hat and Hawaiian shirt and--suspend your belief--blends right into the student body. Nick becomes a popular "kid" at school, charms his English teacher (Suzy Amis), and solves some crimes. Martha Coolidge's modest comedy features a pretty cool cast including George Wendt, Diane Ladd, Robert Stack, Max Perlich, Harry Shearer and the great Abe Vigoda. The best part of the film is the abundance of Seattle and, in particular, Ballard location footage. Early on Nick is working undercover with an ice cream truck parked on lower Magnolia with a view of Interbay in the background. Nick and his police partner, played by Seymour Cassel (who wears a Seahawks windbreaker) meet for lunch at the long-gone Athens Restaurant on Queen Anne. Events transpire at Salmon Bay Park and in the industrial part of Ballard. Most of the high school footage was shot at Salmon Bay School. For the school's "Mayfest" celebration, they set up a carnival with ferris wheels and roller coasters behind the school. I wish they would do this in real life because I live a few blocks away. The carnival would probably only be for students but, hell, I've got a porkpie hat and Hawaiian shirt so I could pull a "Nick Springsteen" and check out the rides. This is another film that has never been released on DVD but of course you can rent the videotape from Scarecrow Video.
THE HEAD AND THE HEART TOP CITY ARTS' BEST NEW BANDS POLL
City Arts Magazine
City Arts Magazine asked 42 bloggers, publicists, bookers, directors and label owners to determine Seattle's best musical discoveries in 2010. The article includes the poll results and the rationale behind them, as well as a transparent breakdown of who voted for whom. SXSW-bound sensations The Head and the Heart topped the big list, which also included Campfire OK, My Goodness, Ravenna Woods, Beat Connection, Absolute Monarchs, Curtains for You, Fences, The Young Evils and Shabazz Palaces. Congratulations to all the bands who were recognized, and also the Seattle music community for rallying around these new local acts. Hit the link above to see the list in all of its splendor, and take a peek at the ballots while you're at it to see individual rankings.
FORTUNE MAGZINE AND SXSW 2011 GET SCHOOLED IN "DUFFONOMICS"
In a recent online feature, Fortune Magazine profiles Seattle rocker-turned-financial guru Duff McKagan and his newly-launched wealth management film for musicians, Meridian Rock. McKagan gets candid in the article, explaining how he took the time to educate himself on the ins and outs of finance by enrolling in a local community college and later Seattle University's Albers School of Business. "I didn't want to be 60 years old and broke, having made all this money in my twenties," says Duff of his misadventures in money management during his Guns N' Roses days. "I was just trying to figure this out for myself." Now, with Meridian Rock in addition to penning editorials for Seattle Weekly and ESPN.com not to mention his long-running Playboy Online financial column, "Duffonomics," McKagan is helping his musical peers "figure out" their finances as well. The Duff is also spreading his wealth of knowledge at SXSW 2011, with "Your Financial Advisor is Duff McKagan," a speaking engagement wherin the rocker will shoot shoot straight on how to handle contracts and transactions in the recording and live businesses. Learn more about both the article and the SXSW panel via their respective links above.
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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