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CITY NEWS

HAPPY HOUR RETURNS MARCH 28 WITH GUEST SPEAKER RUSSELL SPARKMAN 

FMI HAPPY HOUR 

The Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour returns on March 28 at Spitfire from 5-7pm featuring guest speaker Russell Sparkman. Russell is the founder of FusionSpark Media, and will discuss how filmmakers can successfully create original content for corporations that both tells meaningful stories and gets companies noticed.

SEA-TAC'S LOCAL MUSIC INITIATIVE GETS NATIONAL ATTENTION

USA TODAY

The Sea-Tac Airport's Experience the City of Music initiative continues to get attention.  USA Today covers how local music and musicians sell a city's culture.  The article gives  a lot of ink to Sea-Tac with examples unconventional overhead announcements from Sir Mix-A-Lot, John Popper and others.  You can see and hear musicians are having fun with these and bringing a great sense of personality to the recordings.

IT'S ALL MUSIC THIS WEEK ON ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY

SEATTLE CHANNEL 

Nancy hosts an all-music show this week, featuring the top finalists from the 2012 EMP Sound Off! competition:   "Feet," "The Deep Wake," "Special Explosion," and grand prize winner, "Nude."  Catch it on Seattle Channel 21 this Friday at 8:00 pm. 

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

WASHINGTON FILM INCENTIVE BILL PASSES HOUSE WITH 92-6 VOTE

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS

The bill renewing the Washington State Film Competitiveness Program passed in the House of Representatives with a 92-6 vote on the last day of the regular legislative session last week.  The House vote follows Senate passage (40-8) and House Committee on Community & Economic Development & Housing approval (8-1).  Says Washington Filmworks Executive Director Amy Lillard, "The film community's vigilance and support were integral to the successful renewal of the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program.  Throughout the campaign, Washington Filmworks' Board and Staff were inspired by your passion, determination and resolve."  Governor Gregoire has until March 28 to sign the bill into law.   

"EDEN" WINS THREE AWARDS AT SXSW FILM FESTIVAL
AUSTIN CHRONICLE 

Eden, a Washington-made film directed by Megan Griffiths (The Off Hours), premiered this week in competition at the SXSW Film Festival and is bringing home three awards:  The Audience Award for Narrative Feature; the Jury Special Award for Performance (Jamie Chung); and the SXSW Emergent Narrative Woman Director Award.  Eden was filmed entirely in Washington state in 2011 and was incentivized by the Washington Filmworks Film Competitiveness Program.  Congratulations to Megan, Jamie, and the entire Eden cast and crew!

FILMMAKERS: ENTRIES OPEN FOR SEATTLE LESBIAN & GAY FILM FESTIVAL

THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA

Three Dollar Bill Cinema is now accepting feature-length and short film entries for the 2012 Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, to be held October 11-21 at venues throughout the city. The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival is the largest LGBT arts event in the Pacific Northwest with over 10,000 attendees. Features and short films selected for our annual festival are eligible for audience awards and juried cash prizes. The regular entry deadline is June 15, 2012.

SEATTLE FILM AND VIDEO GAME COMPOSERS TO HEAR THEIR MUSIC PERFORMED LIVE

SEATTLE TIMES 

Seattle is a mecca replete with musicians who create songs for video-games and films. On March 18, seven deserving Seattle composers will hear their original compositions performed live in Benaroya Hall. The event is called "Symphonic Stories," and will be conducted by Grammy Award winner David Sabee. All proceeds will go to Japan's Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra which was ravaged in last year's earthquake.

ZINO ENTERTAINMENT INVESTMENT FORUM IS MARCH 20

ZINO SOCIETY 

ZINO Entertainment Investment Forum is the only investment forum in Seattle to bring together thought leaders, angel investors, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in Gaming, Mobile and Film.  Zino Society will showcase companies and experts in the areas of Film, Mobile, and Gaming. Seed, early-stage and expansion capital companies will present in 5 minute pitch formats according to their focus. Panelists including experts from Xbox, Washington Interactive Network, independent producers and other organizations will select a non-cash "Best Investment Opportunity" award for each of the segments to be announced the day of the event.  Zino has a good investment track record  so this an event to pay attention to.  

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE APPOINTS NEW INTERIM PRESIDENT AND CEO

SEATTLE CHAMBER

The Chamber of Commerce has appointed Maud Daudon to serve as Interim President and CEO. She will be working in conjunction with the Chamber's internal leadership team to maintain the Chamber's current progress on its year-one goals. Daudon's time with the Chamber will give them time to more carefully select a permanent CEO. 

FILMMAKERS:  SUBMIT YOUR FILM TO SHORELINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE'S INAUGURAL FILM FESTIVAL

NW COLLEGE FILM FEST

Shoreline Community College will be hosting the first ever Northwest College Film Festival this spring. Categories for the short film contest include narrative, animation, documentary, experimental films, scripts and film reels. Entries will be judged by film professionals, and winning submissions will be screened for the community. All entries must be postmarked by March 31, the festival will take place April 28.

APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS FOR ARTIST PROJECTS AVAILABLE MARCH 16

ARTIST TRUST

Individual artists who reside in Washington State are encouraged to apply to the 2012 Grants for Artist Projects (GAP). Artist Trust's GAP provides support for individual artist projects awarding up to $1,500 per project. GAPs support a wide variety of creative disciplines including visual, performing, literary, media, emerging and cross-disciplinary arts, and folk and traditional arts. The applications will open on March 16th, and the deadline is May 20. 

NORTHWEST FILM FORUM'S HAPPY HOUR SALOON IS TOMORROW

NWFF

This Thursday, please join NWFF for happy hour drinks and welcome our new Marketing Manager and Development Associate, Molly Michal. The happy hour is open to film lovers and filmmakers alike, so stop by for drinks and meet with others in the industry tomorrow,, March 15th from 5-6:30pm. 

NOMINATION SUBMISSIONS FOR A2IM AWARDS DEADLINE IS MARCH 30

A2IM 

The American Association of Independent Music is partnering with Official.FM to manage the 2012 A2IM Libera Awards.  A2IM is now accepting nomination submissions for Independent Label of the year, Up and Comer Award, Video of the Year, and many more. Submissions for nominations will be accepted until March 30. 

NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

FOLKLIFE 

Each Memorial Day weekend, the annual Northwest Folklife Festival pulls together nearly 800 volunteers to help manage flow, assist festival-goers with information, and help create this community arts festival come to life. Apply soon for a guaranteed spot.

CAN'T MAKE IT TO SXSW?  COUCH BY COUCH WEST FESTIVAL OFFERS A STAY-AT-HOME ALTERNATIVE

NO DEPRESSION 

The 2nd Annual Couch by Couch West music festival, taking place the same week as SXSW in Austin, debuts its new website this week. The festival calls itself "the slackers alternative to SXSW," allowing musicians from around the world to submit videos recorded anywhere but on a stage.

YOUTH FILMMAKERS:  WIN A NFFTY TRIP TO SWEDEN

NFFTY 

Volvo Cars of North America, 5-year sponsor of NFFTY, has announced the NFFTY 2012 Volvo Short Film Contest.  US-based filmmakers who are 22 and under can make a 2-minute film and compete to win a Scandinavian adventure and an exclusive screening spot at NFFTY 2012 Opening Night.  Submission deadline is April 2.

LOCAL FILMMAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE ANNUAL SIFF 'FLY FILMMAKING' CHALLENGE, WITH A NEXT FIFTY TWIST

SIFF 

The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and KCTS 9, Seattle's PBS station, have announced the four local filmmakers selected as participants in the 2012 'Fly Filmmaking' Challenge:  Lacey Leavitt, Jeremy Mackie, Tracy Rector and Nathan Williams.  The annual event tests the skills of Seattle's top up-and-coming cinematic talent in a rigorous three-day race to the big screen, capturing the essence of independent filmmaking by condensing the process into a short production period with precise limitations on resources and thematic criteria. The parameters of this year's challenge call for the Fly Filmmakers to draw inspiration from the Seattle Center's Next Fifty campaign, a six-month celebration leading up to the 50th Anniversary of the Seattle World's Fair. 

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.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 3/5- 3/12 

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC 

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

 

 1  Damien Jurado -"Maraqopa"

 2  Pickwick - "Myths +2"

 3  Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart"

 4  Mark Lanegan - "Blues Funeral"

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

 6  Eddie Vedder - "Ukulele Songs"

 7  Shabazz Palaces- "Black Up"

 8  Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"

 Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs"

 10 Wild Flag - "Wild Flag" 

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:


UNCLEBOB "STERLING BANK"
UNCLEBOB TV 

Seattle production company unclebob, founded by Director Branson Veal, has been producing commercial, film, and corporate projects since 2009 including work for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Children's Film Festival Seattle, Avon, Toyota, and more.  Last week unclebob and Hydrogen Advertising assembled a crew to film the most recent batch of television commercials for Sterling Bank, Washington's second largest state-based bank.  The commercial series highlights local businesses and residents who bank with Sterling.
 
"Seattle crews are the hardest working, friendliest, close knit group of people I've worked with anywhere," says Veal.  "We had concepts that included northern California and Oregon, yet we chose to stay local and hire local." 
 
20 local crew were hired for the 2 day production, which filmed in West Seattle, Magnolia, and Maltby.  
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: ZAK BYRD'S "O ABBY (THE SWAN)"

The short for this Friday, March 16, will be Zak Byrd's brilliant, funny,colorful, and heartbreaking "O Abby (The Swan)." Thanks goes to Adam Sekuler, the programmer at Northwest Film Forum, for recommending this film to me. Zak Byrd attended the film program at UC Santa Cruz and recently shot Without Sun in Tacoma, Washington.  

 

-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. 

 

The Parallax View (1974)  

  

The opening shot of Alan J. Pakula's thriller is a ground-level view looking up a totem pole. On the pole, a myriad of faces and eyes stare down at us, watching, observing. It's immediately unsettling, and becomes disorienting once the camera swings left to reveal another large structure that was previously hiding behind the pole: the Space Needle. The camera stops, taking in both structures, and for a moment the totem's eyes are no longer staring at us. Instead, they're looking over at the Space Needle, cueing us that we should be much more interested in what's going down at that weird, artificial, inversely shaped structure in the sky. At the same time, we hear the tom-tom of drums, ominous perhaps, until we hear cheering as well. This is part of the brilliance of The Parallax View, one of a handful of major Hollywood films that people can immediately identify as filmed in Seattle, in large part due to the bravura opening sequence. Pakula and cinematographer Gordon Willis constantly juxtapose images in the frame to disorient viewers, causing us to question what we are seeing and wonder what we should be seeing. The filmmakers do this not only with images, but also with characters, sounds, music, you name it. As soon as we see the totem and the Space Needle, there is a cut, and we're now at the base of the Needle, watching a news report on a Fourth of July parade (the one we heard a second ago) marching through the Seattle Center. But, again, the parade cuts our line of vision to the reporter, and we are left with a jumble of images and sounds. One of these brief images introduces Warren Beatty, a huge star at the time but here a nominal spot in the background. This pattern continues until we're finally atop the Needle, where the film's definitive act-a breathtaking assassination attempt and its aftermath-occurs. Other examples of this disorientation and undercutting happen at the Woodland Park Zoo*, where two large men (Beatty and Kenneth Mars) discuss matters of life and death while riding a train six sizes too small for them; on a visit to Lake Chelan where Beatty encounters a friendly sheriff who may not be so friendly; and at the Gorge Dam, where an idyllic scene by the Skagit River turns into a furious nightmare once the floodgates open. Pakula, Beatty, and company must really have enjoyed their time in Washington using the lovely locales and landmarks, because once the movie shifts south to L.A., about thirty minutes in, we could be anywhere. Or, anywhere in 1974 America, where distrust in our leadership and conspiracy theories regarding assassinations and power struggles were part of the daily discourse. That Pakula could take that weltanschauung and turn it into one of the most suspenseful, taut, nearly ascetic thrillers of its time is a testament to his greatness; a greatness he would take to another Washington two years later to confront a very real conspiracy in All The President's Men.

-Mark Steiner

*Despite being listed on the city's official film location brochure and other publications, local film historians are still divided on whether this scene was actually filmed at the zoo. If you can help verify this location, please contact us at Scarecrow.  
MEDIA DIGEST

SEATTLE'S LYNN SHELTON DIRECTS EPISODE OF HIT SHOW "NEW GIRL"

PASTE MAGAZINE 

Seattle director, and recipient of the 2009 Mayor's Award for Excellence in Film, Lynn Shelton (Humpday, Your Sister's Sister) headed to Hollywood to direct an episode of the hit new show New Girl.  Shelton's keen ability of mixing "drama, comedy, and relationships [works] brilliantly with New Girl's style," according to Paste Magazine.  This is not Shelton's first television directorial effort; she led the cast and crew of Mad Men for a 2010 episode.

INTENSIVE FILM SCORING PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

FILM MUSIC MAG 

The Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program has just announced a two-week intensive training course in composing music for films. Students are offered a total of 4 courses instructed by industry professionals, including topics such as the business of film scoring, composing for video games, notation and sequencing software training, studio technology, and more. The early application deadline for the summer intensive program is May 21.

LOCAL FILMMAKER WINS OSCAR, DISCUSSES LIFE CHANGES

THE STRANGER

In a matter of moments, TJ Martin's life changed as the words "Oscar" and "Undefeated" were pronounced in the same sentence. Martin took home an award for Best Documentary at this year's Academy Awards, and is rightly gaining much recognition for his work. The Stranger examines his background, and why where he came from has influenced his success. 

SEATTLE-MADE "FAT KID RULES THE WORLD" MAKES IMPRESSION AT SXSW FILM FESTIVAL  

AINT IT COOL

Fat Kid Rules the World, a feature length film shot in Seattle this past summer, was among the Washington-made movies to hit the Sundance film festival this week. Directed by Matthew Lillard (The DescendentsScooby Doo), Fat Kid is the story of a punk rock teenager struggling to find himself. "The performances...are across the board terrific," says one reviewer, continuing that he has "rarely seen a first film directed so confidently." Fat Kid Rules the World was incentivized by the Washington Filmworks Film Competitiveness Program.  

"SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED" GETS WARM RECEPTION AT SXSW

FILM SCHOOL REJECTS

 The locally-made time-travelling comedy, Safety Not Guaranteed, has been receiving nothing but positive reviews from the press attending SXSW. Director Colin Trevorrow's film has also made appearances at other film festivals recently. Film School Rejects calls the acting "standout" and the story is just as likely to make you laugh out loud as it is to make you tear up in hopeful anticipation. Safety Not Guaranteed was incentivized by the Washington Filmworks Film Competitiveness Program.
Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff 
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel Sawyer, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Sorayya Aminian
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Sam Veatch, Intern


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