Vol. 6, No. 41
March 13, 2013                                                                                       View our photos on flickr Like us on Facebook Visit our blog Follow us on Twitter
CITY NEWS

PRE-PAID OVERNIGHT PARKING "LIQUOR STICKERS" PROVIDE CHOICE FOR DRIVERS 

Today Mayor Mike McGinn, the Seattle Department of Transportation, and the Seattle Police Department announced an update on Seattle's pre-paid parking program. In advance of St. Patrick's Day, every pay station in Seattle now offers the option of overnight parking, providing a tag to mark your car, colloquially called a "liquor sticker." The option provides a safe alternative for those who may have had too many drinks to drive, without having to worry about their car being towed. "When it comes to our road safety efforts, we are taking an 'all-of-the-above' approach," said Mayor McGinn. "That's why we are making it easier to park your car on our streets overnight to reduce the likelihood of impaired driving and that's why we are stepping up our enforcement with targeted emphasis patrols." 

 

Have you used the "liquor sticker" before? We want to hear about it! Email us at OED@Seattle.gov. 

MARCH 27: STEVE EDMISTON ON 'HOW TO RIG THE CROWDFUNDING SYSTEM'

Crowdfunding has become the new favorite financing strategy for small-name initiatives. Steve Edmiston sees crowdfunding as a win or lose situation. The consequences of a failed crowdfunding initiative can leave a mark on your work but the strategist who knows how to play the system can come out on top. Steve Edmiston, local independent screenwriter and producer, owner and producer of EKE Pictures, and owner of Storybox Studios, will speak about how to rig the crowdfunding system to win big at the next Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour on March 27. Join us for tips and strategies drawn from his experience as well as a recent academic study of 47,000 crowdfunding projects by Ethan Mollick of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. 

'CITY BUSINESS CASUAL' RETURNS TOMORROW, MARCH 14

The Office of Economic Development's City Business Casual

returns tomorrow, March 14 with a "Women Entrepreneurs" theme. Our special guests will join business-savvy city staff, business owners, and advocates for introductions and idea sharing from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Renaissance Hotel's Lobby Court with happy hour pricing and a parking rate of $8. 

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

MUSICIANS WANTED FOR BUSKER-STYLE GIG

Play your own music, make new fans, and GET PAID. Musicians wanted for "busker" style gigs - with a "stage" space designated, but no sound reinforcement. Musicians will perform at various locations inside a highly-trafficked public building. This call for musicians is open to string, reed, and key players.  Percussion instrumentalists will not be considered. For more information and how to apply send an email with a link to your music and/or performance to gigs4u@hotmail.com.

MAGNOLIA PICTURES ACQUIRES DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS TO 'TOUCHY FEELY'

INDIEWIRE  
Magnolia Pictures picked up the world distribution rights to Lynn Shelton's new film Touchy Feely, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Touchy Feely was shot in Seattle and stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Josh Pais, Ellen Page, Scott McNairy, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston and newcomer Tomo Nakayama. This is the second film of Shelton's that Magnolia picked up; Humpday in 2009 became a hit comedy.  As her follow up film to the award-winning Your Sister's Sister, Shelton is delighted to be back with Magnolia Pictures saying, "My experience with Magnolia on the release of Humpday was magical, so I couldn't be more thrilled that we have found the perfect distribution partners for Touchy Feely. We look forward to collaborating with Eamonn [Bowles, Presdient of Magnolia] and their entire team to share the film with audiences everywhere."

DAYNA HANSON DEBUTS FILM AT SXSW, NAMED VELOCITY'S ARTIST IN RESIDENCE 

VELOCITY DANCE CENTER  
Seattle-based dancer and performer Dayna Hanson can now add filmmaker to her title. Her directorial debut, Improvement Club,
premiered at SXSW in the narrative category.  The film follows a ragtag group of Seattle performers struggling to find their audience and the motivating force behind their work.  The film is loosely based upon Hanson's "Gloria's Cause," a rock musical experiment inspired by the American Revolution.  After a successful showing at SXSW, Hanson returns to Seattle to start on her residency at Velocity Dance Center.  Located in Capitol Hill, the center focuses on advancing contemporary dance and movement-based art.

NFFTY 2013 SCHEDULE IS LIVE

NFFTY  

NFFTY, held in Seattle and widely regarded as the largest and most influential film festival for directors 22 and under, has released the lineup of films for the April 25-28 event. Out of over 700 entries, the best 215 films make up the festival, with filmmakers representing 20 countries and 30 states. Many of these best new directors are coming to Seattle from as far away as Egypt, Denmark, and South Africa to show their work.

RAWSTOCK LAUNCHES 2013 FILM FESTIVAL APRIL 3

Rawstock is Seattle's alternative film festival, self-described as cutting edge animation, politically incorrect comedy, and relentless grindhouse cinema. The organization premiers international films that otherwise would be unavailable to Seattle's movie-going public. This year's Northwest Film Forum includes a lineup of remastered fan-favorite introductory shorts from past Rawstock events, interspersed with new films from around the world. Past favorites range from New Beginnings, about a man who moves into a shed post-divorce, to Creative Process, about a team who engages in a war of the sexes.

SEATTLE ART MUSEUM UNVEILING NEW DIGITAL VIDEO INSTALLATION MARCH 24

SEATTLE ART MUSEUM 

March 24 marks the unveiling of Doug Aitken's permanent LED video installation, MIRROR, at the Seattle Art Museum. The installation is a large LED screen display that wraps around the corner of the SAM and displays landscape footage filmed across the Pacific Northwest. The images range from the weather to the density of traffic in the streets of Seattle, changing in response to a live feed of information to create its own sequences, patterns, and composition. The unveiling event will match the art with synchronized choreography and minimalist compositions by Steve Reich and Terry Riley.

LOCAL PERFORMANCE COMPANY SAINT GENET TAKING PRODUCTION ABROAD

USA PROJECTS 

Performance company Saint Genet is a 30-person "body politic" made up of over 30 performers from all types of disciplines- musicians, composers, choreographers, photographers, visual artists, even bike messengers. They are looking to take their new production, titled "Paradiasical Rites," to new levels. "Paradiasical Rites" will premiere at the Donau Festival in Austria in April, return home to Seattle for their May 16th - 19th U.S. premiere at On the Boards. After the US debut, Saint Genet will tour to the Luminato Festival in Toronto for a Canadian premiere in 2014. 

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 3/4 - 3/11   

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC 

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

 

1. Pickwick - Can't Talk Medicine

2. Hey Marseilles - Lines We Trace 

3. Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell & Angels

4. Cave Singers - Naomi

5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist 

6. Ivan & Alyosha - All The Times we Had

7. Pickwick - Myths

8. Head & The Heart - Head & The Heart

9. Caspar Babypants - I Found You!

10. Eddie Vedder - Ukulele Songs

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, in order of imminence, from soonest-ending project to furthest out. Click on the Kickstarter buttons to check out these local projects and discover even more happening around Seattle.
   
Seattle's electro-space rock band Surrealized is finishing a new album and planning a first tour. Music, robots, and art await you!

Seattle independent filmmakers Riley Morton and Nils Cowan have filmed a feature documentary on last year's road to marijuana legalization. Help them get the film out there!

SEEING BLIND'S NEW ALBUM - March 20 (7 days)
Local band Seeing Blind recorded music with producer Jack Endino of Nirvana fame, and now need help publishing the album. Will you see the project through?

LITTLE SECRETS - March 21 (8 days)
Several Seattle Central Community College students are submitting their film to festivals around the country. Will you help them spread the story?

EXTENDING THE PLAY - March 22 (9 days)
This documentary follows two American men who are top basketball players in Luxembourg. Will you dish an assist to the filmmakers?

Seattle group Project Lionheart has their album mixed, mastered and ready to go. All they need to do now is print it and promote it. Will you help?

HOUSE OF GLASS: SEASON 1 - April 2 (20 days)
A new action drama webseries will pull Greek myth into the modern day with main characters Apollo and Ariadne. Will you help them?

These three local female artists are bringing video art to eight different neighborhoods across Seattle via Interstitial Theatre's mobile screen. Will you help them promote video art in our community?

This film follows the incredible and honest journey of a truly remarkable individual managing the beginnings of gender re-assignment. Help bring the film to a festival near you!


They've funded the production, mixing and mastering of the album themselves. They've ventured out of town, from Orcas Island to Portland, and have consistently impressed listeners. Now they need your help to get their first LP in your own hands and spread the word to new listeners. Will you help?


Why Kickstarter and not IndieGoGo?

The overwhelming basis for promoting Kickstarter as a project fundraiser stems from the tool's clear and complete structure.  It is a system that ensures artists approach each and every venture with a comprehensive business plan.  The debatable result, wherein artists may or may not keep the funds they raise based on whether or not their project is funded fully, interests us because it protects project backers. IndieGoGo, although a great money-generating platform, does not provide the same level of investor protection when projects go by the wayside. At least for the time being, our office has decided to continue supporting Kickstarter.

SCARECROW ON SEATTLE: 'SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED' (2012) 

SCARECROW  

 
Combining elements of a quirky independent comedy with a low-key science fiction plot, Safety Not Guaranteed tells the story of a likely crackpot who places a classified ad looking for company on a time travel expedition. A cynical reporter grabs a couple of interns and heads to the Washington coast in an attempt to track down the author of the advertisement. One of the interns (Aubrey Plaza) begins training with the potential time warper (Mark Duplass) and they gradually fall in love. In a parallel plot the reporter (Jake Johnson) reunites with an old flame that forces the shallow dude into some serious soul searching. Both storylines share a similar theme of regret and hope that we can somehow change our past mistakes in order to have a more fulfilling present. In the beginning the main characters come across as stereotypes but as things progress they are all revealed to be emotionally vulnerable with much more complicated feelings . . .

 

To read the full review, visit Scarecrow on Seattle

  

(Scarecrow on Seattle will now post full film reviews online the second Wednesday of each month, we will provide excerpts in our newsletter and links to the full reviews on Scarecrow's site.) 

SHORT FILM FRIDAY: 'EXPECTANT' 

THE STRANGER  

This week's Short Film Friday will be "Expectant," a short directed and written by Alison Kelly, a local filmmaker who was recently the production coordinator on Lucky Them, a film directed by Megan Griffiths and stars Toni Collette (it also has a cameo by Johnny Depp). "Expectant" is simple and yet mysterious. The mystery comes from the fact that we only get a glimpse of something deep in the main character, played by Alison Kelly. 

MEDIA DIGEST
MICHAEL BENAROYA WEIGHS IN ON THE FUTURE OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING

VARIETY 

As the Cannes Film Festival approaches, the pulse of the independent film making community is getting stronger.  The indie sector has become populated with success stories such as IM Global, FilmNation, Exclusive Media and Sierra/Affinity, which have all greatly expanded far beyond the role of traditional sales agents and into production and financing.  Seattle-based producer Michael Benaroya saw much success with his video-on-demand release of Margin Call in 2011, and is optimistic about the future of indie films due to the rise of VOD as a revenue stream.  "There's a better ratio between costs and revenues," Benaroya says. "It's so much less expensive, and there's not a lot of risk."  With promise of greater budgets, bigger deals and more complicated financing at Cannes, the future of the indie film looks bright.    

'WHERE' MAGAZINE FEATURES SEATTLE AS CITY OF MUSIC

WHERE

The most recent volume of Where Seattle magazine is their second annual "City of Music" issue, and features their list of the best places to experience Seattle's rich musical culture. Well known local musicians weigh in on their favorite Seattle spots and must-see attractions, listings of historical music locations and the best venues to experience live music are also featured including Tractor Tavern, Jazz Alley, The Triple Door, Neumo's, and Highway 99 Blues Club.

'TIMBER!' MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FIRST BATCH OF ARTISTS

ANOTHER RAINY SATURDAY

The first artists were announced for the inaugural Timber Outdoor Music Festival. The new festival, produced by the creators of Doe Bay Fest, will take place in Carnation, Washington on the weekend of July 26 and 27. Local artists announced include acts like Lemolo, Bryan John Appleby, and Kithkin. 

QUICK LINKS  
CITY BUSINESS CASUAL - Returns March 14 with a Women Entrepreneurs Theme!