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March 21, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS

HAPPY HOUR RETURNS NEXT WEEK WITH GUEST SPEAKER RUSSELL SPARKMAN 

FMI HAPPY HOUR 

The Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour returns next Wednesday 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.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

WASHINGTON STATE ARTS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES NEW INITIATIVE

WASHINGTON STATE ARTS COMMISSION 

The Washington State Arts Commission, with support from The Wallace Foundation, is pleased to announce a new initiative to stimulate practices in building arts participation.  The initiative is called "The Arts Participation Leadership Initiative," and the Arts Participation Innovations grant will award up to $30,000 for projects aimed at expanding access to the arts through new technology. The projects must take place between June 1 and December 31, 2012. The deadline to submit your organization's application is April 16.  

SPECIAL SHOWING OF ROCK PHOTOGRAPHY PIONEER'S WORK 

HARBOR HISTORY MUSEUM

Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor will be showing a special exhibition of work by pioneering photographer Jini Dellaccio. Jini was well known for her revolutionary music photography of Rock and Roll icons of the 60s and beyond. Her work will be displayed on large format prints, many of which have never been viewed by the public. An audio tour narrated by Ms. Dellaccio provides insights into many of the images on display. 

YOUTH FILMMAKERS: VERA AND SIFF FUTURE WAVE HOST FILM & TV CAREER WORKSHOP
VERA PROJECT 

The Vera Project's next Career in the Arts workshop is Saturday, March 31. The workshop, co-sponsored by SIFF Future Wave, will feature panels with industry professionals and institutions with an emphasis on careers in film and television.  Panels begin at 1pm with group discussions afterwards.  This workshop is part of an ongoing series of workshops to inform high school and college students about careers in arts, sciences, and businesses. The event takes place at the Vera Project from 1pm-3pm.  

IMPFEST IS AROUND THE CORNER

IMPROVISED MUSIC PROJECT

IMPfest IV, the UW Improvised Music Project's annual festival, will take place May 4 and May 10-12 at the Hughes Penthouse Theatre. Now in its fourth year, IMPfest has become a Seattle tradition, pairing up-and-coming avant-garde musicians with world-class performing musicians. You can check out the schedule, including appearances by the UW Jazz Department, online. 

YOUTH ANIMATION WORKSHOP AND FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED

WEST SEATTLE HERALD 

Unified Outreach, a non-profit that brings arts to at-risk youth, is hosting an Open House 3pm-5pm on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at the Ginomai Art Center.  Youth ages 12-18 interested in cartoon animation or video production are invited to tour the facility and speak with volunteers and students about the program. Snacks and beverages will be provided.  Students and Unified Outreach will produce 10 cartoon, animation, and video shorts set to the music of local artists for the 2012 Festival of Animation, to be held at the Historic Admiral Theater in West Seattle later this year.  

17TH ANNUAL HOT JAVA COOL JAZZ AT PARAMOUNT

HOT JAVA COOL JAZZ 

The 17th annual Starbucks Hot Java Cool Jazz festival is scheduled for Friday, March 30 at the Paramount Theater.  As part of Starbucks ongoing commitment to supporting the local youth arts community, all proceeds from ticket sales will benefit participating schools' music programs. The show will feature bands from Garfield, Edmonds-Woodway, Mountlake Terrace, Roosevelt and Ballard high schools.   This year John Gilbreath, Executive Director of Earshot Jazz, will emcee the program.  

NFFTY RELEASES TRAILER FOR ITS 2012 FESTIVAL

NFFTY 
NFFTY has released the trailer for its 2012 NFFTY Film Festival, showing a glimpse of the diversity and unique entertainment brought by the 221 films coming from 30 U.S. states and over 20 countries. "The films in NFFTY this year are unquestionably the most outstanding collection of films we've ever had and perhaps one of the most incredible lineups of films any festival has ever had," says Artistic Director Jesse Harris. "The stories of NFFTY 2012 are heart-stopping, gut wrenching and truly unforgettable."  The festival runs April 26 - 29.

SYNERGIA NORTHWEST BRINGS STUDENTS AND PROFESSIONALS TOGETHER TO PLAY MUSIC ON STAGE

SEATTLE MUSIC INSIDER 

Synergia Northwest orchestrates one big show every year to benefit the Washington State School Music Fund. On May 12, Synergia's annual event will take place at The Paramount Theater. It's a chance for local musicians to play with a full symphony consisting of professional and highly talented student musicians. This year Vicci Martinez, Brad, LeRoy Bell, and Star Anna and The Laughing Dogs are all performing.

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 3/12- 3/18  

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  Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs"

 4  Earth - "Angels of Darkness"

 5  Blue Scholars - "Cinematropolis" 

 6  Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart"

 7  Don't Talk To The Cops- "Let's Quit"

 8  Physics - "Love Is a Business"

 9  Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"

 10 Bill Frisell - "Floratone II"  

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:


ZOMBIE ORPHEUS ENTERTAINMENT "JOURNEYQUEST SEASON 2" 
 
Local production company Zombie Orpheus Entertainment looks at funding in a whole new way, relying on its growing fans to keep projects alive. After the first season of JourneyQuest became a viral hit and paying off initial investors, Zombie Orpheus started a Kickstarter campaign to begin work on Season Two. The campaign resulted in a tremendous success, with fan pledges pushing the project over 180% of their original goal. With that support, fans unlocked a feature-length 10 episode second season, which began filming last week throughout the Puget Sound region.
 
"Zombie Orpheus has a legacy of working in Washington State," says producer Elizabeth Heile.  "We have a richness of outdoor locations, amenable property owners for interiors, and the great teams we can build from local crew and cast.  This year, we were able to use locations and equipment rentals from Snohomish County through Pierce County.  Part of our fan rewards included on set visits, so we had people visiting and enjoying the Seattle area from as far away as Afghanistan.  It's been a really rewarding experience for us and for our fans!"  
 
Over 80 local cast and crew were hired for the production, which is filming in and around Seattle this Spring and Summer. JourneyQuest Season 2 will premiere this July at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
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 23: DREW CHRISTIE'S "HI! I'M NUTRIA"
The short for this Friday, March 23, will be Drew Christie's "Hi! I'm Nutria,"  a smart and funny short that was recently posted by New York Times and presents a defense for the unloved and ugly rodent that plagues Lake Washington. Drew Christie's "The Man Who Shot the Man Who Shot Lincoln" was posted on Short Film Friday not too long ago, and his short "Song of the Spindle" screened at Sundance 2012.  Drew Christie lives in Seattle. 
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. 

 

Seattle Women In Film

Seattle filmmakers regularly create a steady output of outstanding short features, but aside from showcases at the Seattle International Film Festival, occasional exhibitions at venues like the Northwest Film Forum and Scarecrow Video's local filmmaker section, these mini-masterpieces tend to vanish after one or two public screenings. This particular collection, curated by local non-profit arts group 911 Media Arts Center, brings together some of the best shorts of the early 21st century. The disc itself was released by local film distribution company Typecast Releasing, who are probably best known for the Oscar-nominated documentary Iraq in Fragments though, clearly, they handle all sorts of productions.

Consisting of 21 films by 21 different female directors, Seattle Women in Film presents a wide range of style, structure, and execution throughout the various shorts. I gravitated towards the more comedic films, like an inventive silent riff called "Rents Due" and a mock "educational" offering called "How to go on a Man Date" that features a former Scarecrow employee. But really all of them are quite good and, thanks to the nature of short films, none overstay their welcome. Despite the various approaches there is a certain consistency of tone throughout the compilation as a sense of warmth is conveyed towards the individual subjects. I think the sympathetic nature of the shorts is more reflective of the disposition of Seattle's indigenous film community rather than any sort of gender specific inclination, but there isn't a Seattle Men in Film compilation available to further explore my hypothesis

Seattle Women in Film offers up a roster of primo local talent including people currently making a national splash like Lynn Shelton and Megan Griffiths. The films themselves were created with the assistance of Seattle's numerous film arts organizations, like the aforementioned 911 Media Arts Center, Northwest Film Forum, Washington Film Works, Reel Grrls, SIFF's Fly Filmmaking program, Women in Film Seattle, Seattle Central Community College's Film and Video Program (which is unfortunately in danger of being eliminated), and the good old Seattle Office of Film and Music. And, of course, who could forget our lovely city and the versatile Pacific Northwest? These shorts are peppered with countless local landmarks like Kerry Park, The Grand Illusion Cinema, The Evergreen Washelli Cemetery, The Chinatown/International District, and The Buckaroo Tavern (RIP) just to name a few. But the acting award for a city must go to Tacoma as our neighbor to the south gives an utterly convincing performance in the role of Lake Charles, Louisiana in Virginia Bogert's "Tootie Pie."

Seattle Women In Film serves as a tidy showcase for the scene and the wide variety of excellent and inspiring work produced by northwest artists as well as the countless possibilities offered by our surroundings. The collection makes a good case for your continued support of local talent and arts organizations. Heck, you might even want to join in on the fun and make your own short film.

-Spenser Hoyt
MEDIA DIGEST

3 OF TOP 10 SXSW FILMS SEATTLE-MADE

BUSINESS INSIDER 

What do 3 of the top 10 "hit" movies from SXSW have in common? They were all made in Washington and incentivized by the Washington Filmworks Film Incentive program.  Eden, Fat Kid Rules the World, and Safety Not Guaranteed each received critical, jury, and audience acclaim and awards. Congratulations the films' cast and crews for an incredible SXSW showing!  

BUDGETING FOR YOUR CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN

FILM COURAGE 

Crowdfunding isn't as simple as just setting up a crowdfunding campaign and watching the dollars roll in. There are actually quite a few factors to account for, and a few probability theories that apply to your crowdfunded production. How much do you expect the average backer to pay? How much will your incentives cost? The folks at FilmCourage.com have written a stat-filled article defining the expectations and practices you should implement before rolling out your crowdfunding campaign. 

Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff 
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel Sawyer, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Sorayya Aminian
, Intern
Sam Veatch, Intern


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