Vol. 6, No. 42
March 20, 2013                                                                                       View our photos on flickr Like us on Facebook Visit our blog Follow us on Twitter
CITY NEWS

STEVE EDMISTON TALKS ABOUT '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, a local business and entertainment attorney with Invicta Law Group, as well as 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. 

'ART ZONE' WITH NANCY GUPPY AIRS FRIDAY, MARCH 22

This week on Art Zone, Nancy Guppy takes a look at the world of musician, performer and comedian Ahamaefule Oluo. New music from Kara Hesse and a new music video from Seattle band Hey Marseilles will be featured. Art Zone premiers Friday, March 22 at 8:00 p.m on The Seattle Channel and forever online.  

SEATTLE PARKS AND RECREATION SEEKS ARTISTS 

PARKS 

Seattle Parks and Recreation is looking for qualified and skilled visual or performing artists to provide art for the Art in the Park program. The program's focus is to provide fun, innovative, curriculum based visual and performing arts that will have a positive impact on the children, families, early childhood education facilities, and community centers of Seattle.  If your work would help children build self-esteem, promote cross-cultural experiences, or build participation or interesting in the arts, this is a great opportunity. A free workshop will give prospective art providers more information on the program and how to apply for it on April 4.  

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

RHAPSODY REVENUE HITS NEW PEAK OF $143 MILLION

GEEKWIRE 

Rhapsody, the digital music subscription service based in downtown Seattle, saw its revenue rise nearly 13 percent in 2012, to $143.7 million. The company also reduced its losses from $13.6 million to $12.3 million, indicating a very successful year. The larger revenue comes despite tough competition from Spotify, and other rivals in the digital music business. It follows deals including Rhapsody's MetroPCS partnership and its acquisition of the Napster music service from Best Buy in late 2011.

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. Seattle's own Brandi Carlile started out as a busker on. 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.

SIFF CRASH CINEMA: 'HISTORY IS ____' CHALLENGE AT MOHAI

MOHAI  

SIFF Crash Cinema is a movie production challenge, taking participants from concept to screening in one day. The bi-monthly event encourages film makers to create a three minute film surrounding a theme. The script is developed on the spot by your Crash team (usually 3-6 people) and you design your story based on your team's resources. This month's challenge is happening on March 23 at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI). Participation is free and includes admission to MOHAI for the day. The theme of the competition is the same as MOHAI's "History is ____" short film competition, and all crash cinema productions are eligible for submission to the competition.  

BE THE FIRST TO SEE SEATTLE 'ANTIQUES ROADSHOW' EPISODES  

KCTS 9

Interested in what treasures lay in the attics and closets of Seattle? Last August, Antiques Roadshow filmed a number of full episodes here in town. Footage from those episodes will be screened for free on April 23 at SIFF Cinema Uptown. Executive Producer Marsha Bemko will be on hand to speak about the show for attendees of the screening. Although the screening is free and open to the public, an RSVP is required.

SEATTLE COMPOSERS ALLIANCE HOSTING 'SWING INTO SPRING SOIRÉE'

The Seattle Composers Alliance (SCA) will host an April 2 social event open to the public at The Royal Room in Columbia City, south Seattle. Live music from Honey.Moon.Tree, Adra Boo, Evan Flory-Barnes, The Adam Creighton Group, Jasper T, Andre Feriante, Ed Hartman, and more will be a part of the "Swing Into Spring Soirée." A silent auction will also be held for instruments, software, and unusual gifts. Composers, filmmakers, and media persons are invited, along with the general public.

GRAMMY CAMP APPLICATION DEADLINE IS NEARING

The application deadline for GRAMMY Camp is on March 30. GRAMMY Camp is a live-in music industry camp where participants with varied interests learn how the music business works. Attendees get to spend more than a week living, breathing, eating, drinking music - with students from all over the country and music industry pros who know how it all works. Campers meet guest artists, write and record new music, visit cool music sites, and finish strong with a final concert in a professional venue. GRAMMY Campers will leave with a greater sense of how they can develop a strategy that will increase their chances at having a successful career in music. Financial assistance is available for students who qualify.

MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO NAMED DIRECTOR OF STG'S "MORE MUSIC @ THE MOORE"

The Seattle Theater Group's (STG) program for young artist development, "More Music @ the Moore," provides young artists with the tools and setting to rehearse and perform music under the direction of industry mentors. The 2013 Director of "More Music @ the Moore" will be veteran musician and ten-time Grammy nominee Meshell Ndegeocello. The 40 selected musicians of the "More Music" program will come together for a week of rehearsals at the Moore Theatre to create an innovative, dynamic group performance under the artistic direction of Ndegeocello, who will join the musicians for a collaborative number. This year's lineup includes Japanese taiko, hip-hop, Indie rock, Irish folk, and more.

SEATTLE SYMPHONY, UW MEMBERS PERFORM SUNDAY AT 'MIRROR' UNVEILING 

SEATTLE ART MUSEUM 

March 24 marks the unveiling of Doug Aitken's permanent LED video installation, MIRROR, at the Seattle Art Museum. The sold out event will match the art with synchronized choreography and minimalist compositions by Steve Reich and Terry Riley.  Riley is in town for the performance of his work, In C, and will be performed by members of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and UW School of Music faculty member, Stuart Dempster.  Fun fact: Dempster performed In C with Riley during its debut in 1964! 

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 3/11 - 3/17  

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 

6Pickwick - Myths

7. Caspar Babypants - I Found You!

8. Blue Scholars - Cinematropolis

9. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues 

10. Sera Cahoone - Deer Creek Canyon  

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.
   
LITTLE SECRETS - March 21 (1 day)
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 (2 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 (13 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?

ECHOES - A SHORT FILM - April 4 (14 days)

Director Van Alan resides in Seattle and has a number of music videos under his belt. His new scary short film, "Echoes" features music from Aaron Marsh of Copeland and acting from Linn Bjornland of Grimm and Tony Duope of Safety Not Guaranteed. Will you help the project be realized?

JOB HUNTERS SEASON TWO -  April 6 (17 days)
In a dystopian world, it's not about who you know, but who you kill. After college, citizens fight in an arena from 9am-5pm daily, hoping to be placed into a career. Will you help the creators make season 2 bigger?

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?
 
THE HIVE - April 29 (39 days)
The 619 Western Ave Building in Pioneer Square was once a lumber and supplies warehouse. It grew into a thriving space for art of all types- from fine art to avant garde to Marvel comics. Will you be inspired by the project? 
 


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.

SHORT FILM FRIDAY: 'IRIDESCENT ASTEROID MISTS' 

THE STRANGER  

This week's Short Film Friday will be the music video for Vox Mod's "Iridescent Asteroid Mists," which feature raps by Shabazz Palaces' Palaceer Lazaro and moves by Amy O'Neal. Christian J. Petersen directed/filmed/edited the video, Erik Blood produced the music. To watch this video is to see an usually high concentration of local talent. Vox Mod's stunningly beautiful album SYN-ÆSTHETIC hits the streets on April 2.  

MEDIA DIGEST

CITY OF SEATTLE: SHOOT YOUR COMMERCIAL HERE

Seattle plans to launch a new marketing campaign to showcase the city as an ideal setting for television commercials. Sure, Seattle might get more rain than Los Angeles, but it's also about 30 percent cheaper to shoot a commercial here. "You can get to the mountains. You can get to a rainforest. You can find beaches," says George Riddell, who produces commercials through his Seattle-based company Big House. The city not only has its beauty, but also boasts great amenities like popular hotels and nightlife that are known to draw production companies. Ad agency revenue is growing even in this lackluster economy and Seattle production companies are on the leading edge of expertise that's in demand right now: digital and mobile media.

MEGAN GRIFFITHS' EDEN OPENS IN NEW YORK TONIGHT
Eden, Megan Griffiths' stunning new film set in the world of sex trafficking, is set to open in Manhattan tonight. Megan Griffiths lives in Seattle and much of Eden was filmed in Ellensburg, Washington. This is a surprising fact considering the story's Southwest setting. "People forget that there's a desert region here," says Griffiths in an interview with Moviemaker. "We showed it in Texas, and everyone was totally confused after finding out where it was filmed. A lot of reviews say it's unbelievable that Eden was shot in Washington." Washington's tax incentives offers up 30-percent cash refund for all money spent in the state for film production. This means cheaper catering, slashed set costs, and low-rate lodging for projects like Eden.

'SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED' DIRECTOR TAPPED TO DIRECT 'JURASSIC PARK 4'

Colin Trevorrow is set to go back in time again with directing the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. Trevorrow's directorial effort, Safety Not Guaranteed, a Film Production of the Week highlight, was shot in Seattle and the Puget Sound region and garnered rave reviews at Sundance and the Independent Spirit Awards for best first screenplay last year. Jurassic Park 4 is the first film for Trevorrow after Safety and will have Steven Spielberg (the franchise's original director) as Executive Producer.

'MONEY & LIFE' PREMIERES AT SIFF UPTOWN TONIGHT

MONEY & LIFE

A new documentary examining the potential for opportunity in the face of an economic crisis will premiere tonight at SIFF Cinema Uptown at 7:00 p.m. Money & Life, an essay-style documentary, was directed by former Seattleite Katie Teague. This cinematic odyssey connects the dots on the nation's current economic pains and offers a new story of money based on an emerging paradigm of planetary well-being that understands how all life is interconnected. 
'THE MEN OF DODGE CITY:' THE NORTHWEST PROJECTS ITS FANTASY ONTO DETROIT

THE STRANGER

The Men of Dodge City is a film shot and directed by Nandan Rao, a cinematographer and Northwest Film Forum workshop instructor. The story: Three men from the Northwest move into an abandoned Detroit cathedral with the dream of transforming it into an arts center/paradise. The men are young, the space is huge, and there are so many possibilities, so many ideas, so many rooms and things to do, that ultimately nothing happens. The film will be shown at the Northwest Film Forum from March 22-28.

ASSISTANCE OPPORTUNITY FOR ORGANIZATIONS APPLYING FOR RADIO STATION

BROWN PAPER TICKETS

The Federal Communications Commission has opened a rare window of opportunity for non-commercial organizations to start new low-powered FM (LPFM) radio stations in urban areas, and Seattle's Brown Paper Tickets is trying to help as many people as possible navigate the application process. With minimal operating costs and neighborhood-oriented broadcast range, LPFMs can serve as outlets for local multi-platform cultural hubs, provide hands-on media training, and help reinforce the fact that our airwaves are designed to serve the public good. Interested applicants should begin working with a Brown Paper Ticket engineer in May 2013 as the process may take roughly three months to complete. Brown Paper Tickets is offering free organizational development assistance with an emphasis on financial sustainability. Start-up costs are roughly $20-30,000 spread out over two to three years, and public funding opportunities are available.
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