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SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC ROCKS SXSW 2011
SXSW Music opened yesterday, marking the Conference's 25th year of being the world's biggest and most anticipated convergence of artists and industry insiders. The City of Music will be well represented amongst this creative pack, with more than 30 Seattle acts featured in the festival lineup and even more slated to appear in unofficial performance events. The Austin-bound artists include: 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, 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 again to all!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
FILM PERMITTING 101 WITH CHASE JARVIS
Chase Jarvis Blog
By popular cyber-demand, renowned Seattle photog Chase Jarvis has enlisted the help of his executive producer and wife, Kate Jarvis, to launch a new blog series dedicated to tackling important shooting logistics artists sometimes overlook. Cue, "You'd Better Have Permission to Shoot," a candid e-tutorial wherein Jarvis outlines all of the key steps to obtaining a film permit in Seattle and beyond. The post covers subtopics including, "when a permit is needed" and "where to start" in addition to providing a step-by-step run-down of the whole process, using Jarvis' Lululemon campaign shoot in Joshua Tree National Park as an example. Check out the entire post via the link above, where you can also have a gander at some of the other installments in the blog series.
PARTY ROUND UP DOWN IN AUSTIN
The City of Music is celebrating this week's SXSW Music Conference in style with an array of Seattle-themed parties and showcases: KEXP puts their own "spin" on the fest, and is broadcasting live from Mellow Johhny's Bike Shop in Austin from March 16-18, in addition to recording exclusive 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 event 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 all of these events, check out the above links.
LOCAL PRODUCER'S DOCUMENTARY "CIRCO" IS COMING TO A THEATER NEAR YOU
Fresh off the festival circuit, acclaimed road documentary Circo will make its official theatrical debut next month, with a special screening engagement at Seattle's Landmark Theaters April 22. The film, produced by local filmmaker Jannat Gargi, captures a family of travelling Mexican circus performers and their struggles to carry on a century-old tradition in the face of dwindling audiences, mounting debt and simmering filial conflict. Hailed by LA Weekly as a "riveting patchwork of interconnected family dramas," the documentary aims to explore universal themes of family responsibility and the weight of cultural inheritance all while opening the viewer to a luminous yet oft-forgotten world. To learn more about the film and its theatrical release or to watch the official Circo trailer, follow the above link.
AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY SEEKS LOCAL MUSICIANS FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE AT EMP
The American Fisheries Society (AFS) is in need of two to three Seattle bands and/or musicians to perform live at the 141st annual AFS Conference hosted by EMP. Nearly 4,000 environmental scientists, researchers, government officials, tribal agents, educators, private business owners, and more will be in attendance at the September 7 event, which has an marine theme in support of AFS. Conference organizers are looking for great Seattle music in support of the seas; they also plan to stream the event in real-time on the AFS website so that members who are unable to travel to Seattle can still join in on all the festivities. Interested musicians should send contact information as well as a link to some of their work to cmercado@HTIsonar.com by April 5. To learn more about the conference or AFS Seattle, visit the link.
ARTIST TRUST NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR "GAP" FUNDING PROGRAM
Individual artists who reside in Washington State are encouraged to apply to Artist Trust's 2011 Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) Program, which provides up to $1,500 in funding support towards the development, completion or presentation of new works. GAP is open to artists working in all creative disciplines including visual, performing, literary, media, emerging and cross-disciplinary arts, but applicants cannot be enrolled in any collegiate degree programs and must also be Washington residents. A peer review panel of artists and art professionals from across the state will selects GAP recipients based on the artistic excellence of a candidate's work as represented in his/her application. Last year 795 artists applied to the GAP Program and 63 received funding. The deadline to apply to the current GAP cycle is May 10 by 5:00 pm. Follow the above link for more for more information.
NEW UWTV SERIES SHOWCASES THE WORKS OF INDEPENDENT SEATTLE FILMMAKERS
The Ends of the Earth, a futuristic indie feature written, directed, shot and edited by Seattle filmmaker Rustin Thompson will be broadcast on UWTV this Saturday at 9:00 pm as part of the station's newly-launched series, Backstory: The Filmmaker's Vision. Produced in partnership with SIFF, Backstory takes a "behind the lens" look at the independent works of University of Washington-affiliated filmmakers, cast and crew. Show host and UW Drama Professor Andrew Tsao meditates interviews with the featured filmmakers before screening their films and shorts uncut and uninterrupted. Other locally-connected films slated for the program include A Relative Thing (written by local scribe Steve Edmiston); Senior Prom (directed and edited by Nick Terry and starring Jessica Weight); as well as Lynn Shelton's first feature We Go Way Back. Check out the above link for additional information and program schedules.
HELP "KICKSTART" A LOCAL BAND'S VINYL AMBITIONS
Kickstarter: Sleepy Eyes of Death
With just nine days to go, Seattle rockers Sleepy Eyes of Death (SEOD) are ever so close to reaching their Kickstarter goal for Dark/Horizons, an exclusive vinyl compilation that would meld together the band's two albums, Dark Signals and Toward a Damaged Horizon. Describing their music a la Facebook as a cross between "ambient shoegaze and instrumental electronic epics" SEOD is looking to capture their complex soundscapes in a powerful new way on Dark/Horizons. "We've wanted to press an album on vinyl ever since we started releasing music together as Sleepy Eyes of Death, but we never really had the budget or the opportunity," the band remarks on their campaign site. "We recently decided that with the help of Kickstarter and some awesome incentives for funding the project, we could finally make pressing a record a reality!" Check out other local film and music kickstarter campaigns by clicking the Kickstarter buttons at the top of the newsletter.
WATERSHED OPERA PRESENTS: OPERA AND SCIENCE
Thursday, March 31, Wallingford's Chapel Space at the Good Shepherd Center will transform into Seattle salon for Watershed Opera's "Opera & Science" event. Intellectuals and artists of all ages are invited to come explore acoustical science and opera with a host of interactive activities: Experience true "surround sound" as world-class opera singers literally encircle the audience in a sonic demonstration; try out the Harmonic Scalpel, which runs on sound waves; and take in powerful scenes from classics including Tosca, La Boheme, Rigoletto and Rosenkavalier in addition to a new operatic skit, "Three Mozart Divas Meet in a Parallel Universe for Tea." An all-star cast of opera voices from across the country, including Sopranos Jane Schvick and Jordan Corbin Wentworth, Tenor Juan Carlos Flores, Baritone Adrian Oh, and Mezzo Jordan McClellan, will join a select group of local singers for the event, which begins promptly at 6:30 for the Harmonic Scalpel demo. There will also be one intermission, with beverages and snacks. Follow the above link for ticketing information and additional event details.
"RAT ROD ROCKERS" GEARS UP FOR SEATTLE RELEASE PARTY NEXT WEEKEND
Rat Rod Rockers
Rev up for the Rat Rod Rockers' premiere party, featuring a screening of the locally-produced Lo-fi Hot Rod epic, live psychobilly music, a Pin-Up and Burlesque showcase, an afternoon cruise-in and more. Next Saturday, March 26, Seattle's King Cat Theater will play host to this rockin' event, which also marks the film's official DVD release. The film-- writer/director D.A. Sebasstian and Go-Kustom films' latest vehicle-- follows a dysfunctional Seattle family who get tangled up with a group of gearheaded-local thugs known as the Rat Rod Gang. Car chases, drag racing, kidnappings, shoot outs and general mayhem invariably ensue in this dark comedy that motors along in the tradition of Sebasstian and Go-Kustom's underground hit Hot Rod Girls Save the World. Members of the Rat Rod cast and crew will also be in attendance at the all-day event, for a meet and greet and DVD signing. For the full party scoop, check out the link.
"BEACON ROCKS!" PERFORMANCE SERIES HOLDS AUDITIONS THIS SATURDAY
Are you a local musician looking for an opportunity to showcase your talent or simply share your tunes with the Seattle community? Check out "Beacon Rocks!" a free, volunteer-run outdoor music series at Lander Festival Street, adjacent to the Beacon Hill light rail station. These family-friendly events, which take place on the last Sunday of June, July and August, welcome all styles of music and entertainment. Individuals or groups interested in performing can audition on March 19, April 2 or April 16 as part of the ongoing ROCKiT Space open mic series. Performers may also audition by sending links to music samples or descriptions of their performances to email@example.com. "Beacon Rocks!" is presented by Beacon Hill Music, a community group formed to promote music, musicians and fans of music in the Beacon Hill neighborhood and to celebrate a diverse and culturally rich neighborhood. Last year's "Beacon Rocks!" was a big success, so get involved and make this year's even better. Click on the link above for more on the fest, or to learn about volunteer opportunities.
LOCALLY-MADE SHORT ACCEPTED INTO THE TALLAHASSEE FILM FESTIVAL
The House I Keep, a locally-produced short about a young mother's emotional struggle to come to terms with her miscarriage, is an official selection at next month's Tallahassee Film Festival. Hailed by actor/director Bruce McCulloch (Saturday Night Live, Superstar) as "a work of quiet genius," the ten-minute drama unfolds as a catharsis for Seattle writer/producer/director Jhene Erwin, whose own experiences with miscarriage helped to inform the film's narrative. "As the [project] evolved it easily transcended my experiences into a universal story of loss and redemption," Erwin says on the film's website. "There is a kind of madness that can infiltrate one's life with any significant loss. It can at times be a necessary comfort but if its logic is allowed to completely envelop the psyche, the road back to sanity is hard to find." The Talahassee Film fest runs from April 6-10. Be sure to visit the link above for more on The House I Keep.
YOUNG FILM FANS: THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR SIFF'S YOUTH JURY IS NEXT THURSDAY
At film festivals around the world, a selection of accomplished filmmakers and other industry professionals are chosen to watch a series of works and award just one as the best in show. But at SIFF 2011, which takes place May 19 to June 12, this task will be put to a group of film-loving Seattle youngsters. SIFF is looking for fourteen local students with a passion for movies to serve on the Youth Jury, a special, kid-friendly panel that decides the award for the Best Youth film at the Festival. Seattle youngsters in grades 3-7 are eligible for the Films4Families Youth Jury while teens in grades 8- 12 may apply for the FutureWave Jury. Download the application by clicking the link above and feel free to send questions about the Youth Juries or SIFF Educational opportunities to firstname.lastname@example.org. Get on it quick: The Application deadline is Thursday, March 24 by 5:00 pm.
SEATTLE MEN'S AND WOMEN'S CHORUSES PRESENT A FREE FAMILY CONCERT AT MCCAW HALL
Flying House Productions
Saturday, April 2, the Seattle Men's Chorus (SMC) and Seattle Women's Chorus (SWC) will join forces with Village Theater's KIDSTAGE for an entertaining, inspiring, and completely free matinee concert at McCaw Hall. The SMC and SWC have come together every spring for the past 12 years for this Kids' Concert series, which aims to extend the acclaimed Choruses' reach and to give local families a unique live music experience. This year, the Kids' Concert is delighted to welcome 30 young actors, singers and dancers from KIDSTAGE (a year-round performing arts training program dedicated to helping youth aged 3-20 cultivate their creative talent ) to the boards at McCaw Hall, where they will perform numbers from 13: The Musical, Footloose and Once on the Island. Tickets for this concert event are free, but must be requested in advance by calling the box office or ordering online. Visit the link above for all the details.
BALL OF WAX AUDIO QUARTERLY OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
The Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly is now accepting submissions for its Spring 2011 volume. Recognized as one the Northwest's finest music compilation series, Ball of Wax has been curating and showcasing the work of local underground musicians for more than five years via downloadable content and album volumes (available for purchase at Sonic Boom records). Interested artists should submit new, but not necessarily unreleased, recordings in hardcopy or in mp3 by April 11. This volume does not have a particular theme, but songs of Spring and rejuvenation are especially welcome (tunes of Winter and death or Autumn and Tofu will also be considered). Because the following volume has been reserved for songs about books, this will be the last Ball of Wax open call for a while. For all the submission details, check out the link. Also be sure to hit up the newly-unveiled Blog of Wax, an ongoing extension of the Quarterly's mission to bring underexposed Seattle music to the spotlight.
TEA COZIES "DEADMAN'S SISTER" MUSIC VIDEO SCREENS AT SXSW
Just in time for their SXSW engagements this week, the Tea Cozies have released a new music video for their song "Deadman's Sister," produced by Seattle-based outfit Loaded Pictures. Shot on location at the Josephine in Ballard, the performance-centric video gets otherworldly with UFOs, aliens and a healthy dose of laser action. The Tea Cozies' humor also comes out as they parody themselves as aliens. The shoot spanned two days with other locations in Fremont, and enlisted the talents of local director Matthew J. Clark, producer Brian Homman and director of photography Doug Hostetter. See it all for yourself via the above link if you cant catch a live screening at SXSW.
APPLY TO PERFORM AT BUMBERSHOOT 2011
The Bumbershoot curatorial team is now accepting artist applications for their 41st annual Labor Day event! Recognized as North America's largest urban arts festival, Bumbershoot welcomes artists across all disciplines and over 150,000 visitors to Seattle Center every year for a performance-packed weekend featuring everything from regional favorites to international superstars. To take part in the 2011 fest, performers are invited to submit applications complete with work samples via the above link. The deadline for film submissions is Sunday, May 15 and the musician application deadline is right around the corner-March 25. Heads up local street performers: The festival also invites local buskers to join in on all the Bumbershoot fun, contingent to the event's street performer policy which is also available to download on the above site.
NEW SEATTLE JAZZ LABEL TABLE & CHAIRS LAUNCHES
Table & Chairs
Last Saturday, a new local record label by the name of Table & Chairs burst into the Seattle jazz scene with a launch party at Q Café. Table & Chairs was organized by a group of musicians with ties to University of Washington Jazz Professor Cuong Vu, who encourages his students to form their own institutions if they want their music to be heard. The Table & Chairs troupe first banded together for showcases at the U-District's Café Racer, and then began a monthly concert series under the banner of the Improvised Music Project. The project has now evolved into a unique record label that showcases avant-garde jazz with a guiding aesthetic directed towards finding new and experimental work in all areas of the genre. Table & Chairs is already off to a strong start with featured musicians like AGOGIC, Operation ID, Chemical Clock and Neil Welch in addition to a number of releases available for digital download, some with physical counterparts. To learn more about Table & Chairs Records, their releases and artists scope out the link above.The Bumbershoot curatorial team is now accepting artist applications for their 41st annual Labor Day event! Recognized as North America's largest urban arts festival, Bumbershoot welcomes artists across all disciplines and over 150,000 visitors to Seattle Center every year for a performance-packed weekend featuring everything from regional favorites to international superstars. To take part in the 2011 fest, performers are invited to submit applications complete with work samples via the above link. The deadline for film submissions is Sunday, May 15 and the musician application deadline is right around the corner-March 25. Heads up local street performers: The festival also invites local buskers to join in on all the Bumbershoot fun, contingent to the event's street performer policy which is also available to download on the above site.
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"
- Telekinesis - "12 Desperate Straight Lines"
- Earth - "Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light"
- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis - "Vs. Redux"
- Young Evils - "Enchanted Chapel"
- Baseball Project - "Vol. 2: High & Inside"
- Brad - "Best Friends?"
- Rusty Willoughby - "Cobirds Unite"
- Soundgarden - "Telephantasm"
- 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:
Seattle Central Community College's Film Production Month
March is production month for students of SCCC's Film & Video Communications Program. Twenty students have assembled into four teams to write scripts, coordinate preproduction, and film their short films. This year's titles are Bed, Track, and Beyond, Getting Over, Mother-in-Law and Playfish.
"The program sees great students every year and they make incredibly good films," says instructor and award-winning local filmmaker Sandy Cioffi. "This year the students and projects are at an even higher level--these guys are going to be excellent filmmakers. We hope their experience with the course and these productions keeps them in Seattle when they move on to their film careers."
The Film & Video Communications Program at Seattle Central is a two-year, A.A.S. degree program characterized by interdisciplinary teaching and cooperative educational opportunities, with an emphasis on development of technical and creative skills needed to work in an industry which is basically artistic in nature. Learn more about the program via the link above.
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.
Black Widow (1987)
With an intriguing premise and some good performances, it is a shame Black Widow fails at both parts of the erotic thriller genre. In other words, it ain't very sexy or suspenseful. Debra Winger stars as a federal agent investigating a seemingly unconnected accumulation of dead multi-millionaires. She hypothesizes that a single person has intentionally killed those rich guys but her boss thinks her theory is bunk. Winger eventually quits her job so she can pursue her target (played by Theresa Russell) and it all ends up with a predictable plot twist. While not a terrible film, it is a disappointing one considering the folks involved, including director Bob Rafelson, legendary cinematographer Conrad L. Hall, the two leads and a supporting cast featuring Dennis Hopper, James Hong, Diane Ladd, Terry O'Quinn, Nicol Williamson, Mary Woronov, and a cameo by David Mamet. This is also one of those films that incorporates lots of Seattle location footage utilizing the Jet City as not only Seattle but also a bunch of other cities (Houston, Dallas, New York and Washington D.C.). The film's finale takes place in Hawaii and, like any resourceful Hollywood film crew, they actually shot that part in Hawaii. Some of the hometown locations used are the Four Seasons Hotel, the Burke Museum, the Elliott Bay Book Company, the Suzzallo Library, and a lengthy scene between Winger and Russell on a ferry tooling around Puget Sound. Oddly enough neither Winger nor Russell go for a thoughtful stroll through the Pike Place Market.
SEATTLE TIMES SXSW COVERAGE
Seattle Times' Andrew Matson gets in on the pre-SXSW media frenzy, with a recent blog feature highlighting the local bands headed to Austin this week. Also making the SXSW journey, Matson vows to be a dedicated Seattle band blog-groupie, through whom those of us unable to attend the festival can live vicariously. Matson plans to chronicle Seattle's strong musical presence at SXSW by closely following local acts like hip-hopsters Shabazz Palaces, jangle-rock band Tea Cozies, folk band The Head and the Heart and UW dance-music duo Beat Connection. His coverage already features an e-vignette of the serendipitous chaos that is SXSW's live performance schedule, a short Q&A with The Head and the Heart, music videos and more. Check it all out via the above link.
THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY ACQUIRES THE RIGHTS TO LOCALLY-CONNECTED GRIDIRON DOCUMENTARY AT SXSW
After an all-night auction, the Weinstein Company brokered a seven-figure deal for the rights to Undefeated, a high school gridiron documentary that made its premiere last Sunday night at the SXSW Film Festival. Seattleite Sandy Wilson of Light In The Attic Records was the music supervisor for the film, which tells the Cinderella story of an inner-city Memphis football team and their attempt to win a playoff game for the first time in their school's 110 year history. Undefeated, which was directed by Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin, is only the second documentary to sell at this year's SXSW Film Conference. Congratulations to Wilson and to the film's cast and crew!
LOCAL TV PRODUCTION PREPS FOR PILOT PITCH WITH SOME IRISH CELEBRATION
The Divine Marigolds
Janey Mack! Seattle-based production, The Divine Marigolds, is gearing up for network TV's big pilot season by taking part in some Irish celebration-Emerald City-style. Cast and crew members from the locally-produced show, which centers on a large Irish-American family living in Seattle, marched in last Saturday's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, before making their way over to Seattle Center's 2011 Irish Festival. There they signed autographs, shared information about the show and even raffled off a walk-on role. "The support of the community has been tremendous," says Marigolds producer Alder Sherwood of the show's Seattle backdrop. "We have created characters and a show that represent the spirit of the Irish living today in Seattle. It transcends cultures and translates to a joie de vivre." The Marigolds are also planning a pub crawl/promotional tour through the city for the Holiday festivities tomorrow, March 17. Check out the link above for all the details.
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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