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SAVE THE DATE: THE FILM, MUSIC + DIGITAL MEDIA HAPPY HOUR IS NEXT WEDNESDAY
Seattle Office of Film + Music
Seattle has been a growing hub for film, music and digital media over the past several years, and it is vital for these three communities to interact for our city to continue to thrive. The monthly Happy Hour offers just such an environment for people from these industries to socialize, network and build a unified community. This month's Happy Hour is March 30 from 5:00 - 7:00 at Spitfire in Belltown. See you there Seattle!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
THE SIXTH ANNUAL AAINA FESTIVAL CELEBRATES THE FILMS & LEGACY OF SOUTH ASIAN WOMEN THIS WEEKEND
Presented by grassroots Seattle non-profit Tasveer in collaboration with the Gardner Center for Asian Arts & Ideas, this weekend's 2011 Aaina Festival celebrates the art and activism of South Asian women. Featuring films, performances, readings and more, Aania (which means "mirror" in Hindi/Urdu) aims to reflect upon issues critical to the empowerment of South Asian women while also sparking an illuminating community dialogue. The festival's spotlight event, Yoni Ki Baat (inspired by The Vagina Monologues), is a collection of powerful stories that are sourced, written, and narrated by local South Asian Women. Aaina will also screen films like Afghan Girls Can Kick, which documents the first all women's soccer club in post-Taliban Afghanistan, and the award-winning documentary Gulabi Gang. Additionally, playwright and actress Asha Magarati will help present Swasnimanache, a dramatic comedy based on the lives of three contemporary Nepali wives. Hosted by the Seattle Asian Art Museum, Aania makes its full run March 25-27. Follow the link for more information on the event, including the complete schedule of programming.
HOLLOW EARTH RADIO'S "SEA-PORT BEAT" CONCLUDES TODAY
Hollow Earth Radio
Sea-Port Beat, Hollow Earth Radio's eight-part audio documentary on the independent music legacy of the Pacific Northwest, ended its month-long broadcast run today. The series, which traces the little-known underground stories at the heart of our region's thriving music community, concludes with "Thicker the Blood" and "The Legacy Continues." These final two episodes, which premiere at 10:00 am and later re-air at 6:00 pm, posit on a number of resonant questions: What sustains the local independent music scene? What motivates participants to move from spectators to joining in the creation of music? How has the community changed over the years and where is it going next? For answers to these queries and much more, be sure to tune in to the series or to stream it via podcast here.
THE SIFF + SEATTLE TIMES THREE MINUTE MASTERPIECE CONTEST IS BACK
The Seattle Times and Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) are partnering together again to present Three Minute Masterpiece (3MM), a digital film contest which invites Seattleites to submit video shorts of three minutes or less. Winning entries will stream on seattletimes.com, show at SIFF 2011 and one grand-prize victor will get a full series pass to this year's big film fest! The competition also has a special category for filmmakers under 18: The J. Michael Rima award for young directors will be handed out in addition to the 3MM prizes, and honorees will see their films screened as part of SIFF's FutureWave shorts program. The deadline for all 3MM entries is April 25 by 11:59 pm. For even more scoop on the competition, follow the link above.
THEFILMSCHOOL'S FREE SPRING SPEAKER SERIES RETURNS THIS SATURDAY
Spring Session Speaker Series
Join TheFilmSchool this Saturday, March 26, for the second installment in their 2011 Spring Session Speaker Series. The free event will feature a screening of the family flick, Ramona and Beezus followed by a Q&A with the film's scribe, Nick Pustay mediated by Warren Etheredge. The Speaker Session kicks off at 10:00 am and concludes from 1:00-4:00 pm after breaking for lunch. Seating for the event, which will be held at the Cornish Notion Building, is limited. RSVP to email@example.com or connect with the event through the Facebook event link above.
EMP SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR NEW NIRVANA EXHIBIT
The Experience Music Project is looking for volunteers to help them "take punk to the masses" for the museum's highly-anticipated Nirvana exhibition. Volunteer Tour Interpreters will help museum visitors navigate the world's most extensive collection of artifacts, memorabilia and photos of the Seattle grunge luminaries, and will also be tasked with answering questions and enforcing museum guidelines. Qualified candidates will have outstanding communication skills and should also enjoy interacting with the general public and school groups. Tour volunteers will receive five days of extensive tour training leading up the exhibit's big launch next month. For more on the positions or the exhibit, hit up the link above.
REMINDER: "HISTORY IS_____" FILM SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS NEXT FRIDAY
Heads up Seattle filmmakers: The last day to submit entries into MOHAI's History Is____ community film competition is April 1 by 5:00 pm. Submissions can be mailed or delivered to the Museum of History and Industry (aka MOHAI) or uploaded onto the competition's handy new web portal--courtesy of Indieflix--which you can access here. History Is____ invites filmmakers from all walks of life to fill in the blank and tell MOHAI what history really means to them. Prizes for winners of the competition include a screening at SIFF 2011; passes to the SIFF ShortsFest Weekend and other exclusive events; scholarships to TheFilmSchool; a chance to meet star documentarian Ken Burns; and a job shadow opportunity with KCTS 9. Check out the links above for more on History Is_____.
CAUGHT IN THE ACT SCRIPT READING SERIES PRESENTS "Z VS. V"
Z vs. V
You're invited to the latest installment of "Caught in the ACT," a collaborative script reading series wherein local actors and directors stage renditions of works from TheFilmSchool alumni at ACT Theatre. Next Monday's, March 28, event will tackle TheFilmSchool grad Chris Wilson's screenplay "Z vs. V." The story follows the paranormal plight of a spoiled teen who, upon getting expelled from her high-brow private academy, is exiled to a high school of the undead. But as she tries to flee the scene, the girl comes to realize that she actually has a lot in common with the walking dead. To learn more about this event and to RSVP, follow the Facebook link above.
MORE FESTIVALS AND ACCOLADES FOR TWO SEATTLE-MADE FILMS
The Off Hours
The Catechism Catacylsm
Local films The Off Hours and The Catechism Cataclysm will be taking the film festival circuit by storm in the coming months. Both will screen at the Nashville and Sarasota (Florida) Film Festivals, the latter of which has conferred Catechism director Todd Rohal with the inaugural Terry Potter Award for visionary filmmaking. The film duo will also show at the Athens International Film and Video Festival, held in the Ohio town of the same name--which just so happens to be the former film school stomping grounds of Rohal and The Off Hours director Megan Griffiths. The Off Hours makes festival pit stops in Tallahassee as well as River Run Film Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and The Catechism Cataclysm will be the opening night film at the Philadelphia CineFest before screening in New York at the BAM Cinema Festival. Friend the films via the Facebook links above to hear about more festivals as they are announced. Congrats to the filmmakers!
FLEET FOXES AUCTION OFF NEW ALBUM FOR JAPAN RELIEF FUND
Large-hearted Seattle folk-rock band Fleet Foxes have put the test pressing (vinyl record) of their highly anticipated new album, Helplessness Blues, on eBay, with 100% of the sale proceeds to benefit the Global Giving Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. The auction winner may find themselves in the company of many newfound friends, eager to listen to the new Fleet Foxes album, which is slated to make its debut May 3. Be sure to follow the link above to check out the record auction and make a bid on great music for a grand cause.
TACOMA ART PLACE'S "MARCH MOVIE MADNESS" VIDEO CONTEST ENDS NEXT WEEK
Tacoma Art Place
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
This is the last week to enter "March Movie Madness," the second annual video contest presented by local non-profit Tacoma Art Place (TAP). Sponsored by Comcast, the contest encourages amateurs and professional filmmakers alike to create a short promotional video for TAP, one that captures the organization's mission of helping underserved local artists affordably explore their talents and creativity through access to equipment and training. As part of their sponsorship deal, Comcast also kicked in funds to hold a series of video production classes for 20 local students at the Art Place. Remarks TAP founder Linda Danforth, "we'll be thrilled if some of [these burgeoning young filmmakers] submit their very first [works]." The submission deadline for the contest is March 31, and eligible entries must clock in at 30 seconds or less. The grand prize winner will receive a $250 cash prize and hosted space to screen his/her film on both the Tacoma Art Place and Comcast websites. For more on "March Movie Madness," check out the links above.
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.
SEATTLE-SHOT HORROR FLICK GETS DVD RELEASE
Son of Terror
Pioneer Square gets (super) freaky in this trailer for locally-shot thriller Son of Terror, which makes its DVD debut this month via Midnight Releasing/Brain Damage Films. Produced, written and directed by local filmmaker Antony De Gennaro, Terror was shot in Seattle and features homegrown acting talents Charles Holzhey, Sam Akina, Ben Niles, Andy Zadrozny, Jack Bennet, Ricco DiStefano, Sean Porter and Chris Hanzsek. De Gennaro plans to shop Terror at the 2011 festival circuit, but you can catch a creepy peep (warning-it's a bit graphic) of the film by way of the trailer link above.
HELP "KICKSTART" A SEATTLE FILMMAKER'S SCENIC VISION
Kickstarter - Saving Allison
Local filmmaker Matt Shannon is using Kickstarter to raise funds for Saving Allison, his 25-minute original short screenplay, inspired by the picturesque vistas of Orcas Island. The film narrative follows a young military widow struggling to come to terms with her loss. She travels to a remote island-- Orcas Island, that is--wherein she meets a stranger through unusual circumstances. Shannon, who has worked as part of the Seattle film and theater community for twenty years, also hopes to raise enough money via Kickstarter to be able to compensate the cast and crew members taking part in the production. Other pledge incentives include: a one year membership to the NW Film Forum and producer credits. Check out other local film and music Kickstarter campaigns by clicking the Kickstarter buttons at the top of the newsletter.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 3/16 - 3/22
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"
- Tres Mtns - "Tres Mtns"
- Pearl Jam - "Live On Ten Legs"
- Cave Singers - "Invitation Songs"
- Young Evils - "Enchanted Chapel"
- Caspar Babypants - "More Please!"
- Cave Singers - "Welcome Joy"
- Mudhoney - "Superfuzz Bigmuff"
- Blue Scholars - "Long March EP"
- 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:
Temporal Studios' Fearless Episode Hunters
Fearless Episode Hunters
Fearless Episode Hunters, a short film written by local actor James Lyle best ("Star Trek: Phoenix"), completed principal filming in Seattle this week. The short's plot revolves around a science fiction fan club searching for lost footage from a 1960's TV show Atom Bomb Zero. The production was shot entirely in the Seattle area at locations including Wallingford's Comics Dungeon (the inspiration for the series), Greenwood Space Supply, and on sets constructed in a private West Seattle residence.
"Fearless Episode Hunters is about the power of nostalgia as a force for good, and sometimes a source of mischief, in our lives," says creator James Lyle. Adds executive producer Leo Roberts, "The cast does an amazing job of portraying these characters so much that it feels like a weekly television series. We're excited to submit this short to the 2012 season of the Seattle International and Sundance Film Festivals."
The film is directed by Sam Akina and all crew members live in the Seattle/Puget Sound area. Check out the link above to check on the production status of Fearless Episode Hunters and learn more about short film.
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.
Cinderella Liberty (1973)
Sleazy, seedy, seventies Seattle is well represented in this drama about an introverted Navy sailor named John Baggs (played by James Caan) who gets stuck in Seattle after his paperwork gets lost. The film starts with a Navy boat docking at the Seattle waterfront, which offers a nice panoramic view of the skyline circa 1973. Baggs salutes Seattle and then, like any wise sailor, heads right for some action of the booze 'n' broads variety. In other words he goes to 1st Avenue in its hedonistic glory days of dive bars, strip clubs, adult bookstores, and stumbling drunks. Baggs soon finds himself in a bar called Club Neptune. Although the bar looks pretty worn in and suitably raunchy, it was created for the film. At Club Neptune Baggs starts making time with a pool hustling hooker named Maggie Paul (Marsha Mason). Actually, I don't think he knows she's a hooker at first, but it doesn't take him long to figure it out. Maggie lives with her son in an unkempt apartment located on Seneca near Post Alley right under the Alaskan Way Viaduct off ramp. Baggs spends much of the film passing time, doing sundry Navy work and trying to build a family (albeit a dysfunctional one) with Maggie and her kid. Baggs visits the Seattle Center Fun Forest for a quick spin on the Ferris wheel and the Wild Mouse rollercoaster. He takes his new "family" for a ferry ride to see the sights of Puget Sound and share some of his naval knowledge. Time is also spent poking around Gasworks Park and a pre-restoration Pike Place Market. Baggs runs into an old Navy adversary turned confidant (played by Eli Wallach) who works as an announcer outside a strip club situated under the Market where the Alibi Room is now located. Seamy sights abound in Cinderella Liberty and the film's predictable melodrama is elevated by several fine performances, a cast packed with familiar character actors and a script populated by unique characters.
THE BELLEVUE REPORT PROFILES BUDDING YOUTH FILMMAKER BEN KADIE
In a recent interview with Bellevue Report, local resident Ben Kadie speaks about his experiences as a prominent youth filmmaker over the years and divulges on his creative process. Currently a sophomore at Interlake High School, Ben has been making movies since third grade and has a knack for incorporating green screen and other special effects into his films. Seattle based youth film festival NFFTY has featured Ben's uber-creative films in every one of their festivals the past four years. His most recent filmic acomplishment, receiving a Scholastic Art & Writing Award from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, can be viewed at Seattle Art Museum. There, his three-minute film noir, "Sparks in the Night" is being shown with the traveling exhibit ART.WRITE.NOW, which showcases select winners of the national writing award. The event is free and open to the public at SAM from now until April 24 during regular museum hours. Be sure to catch Ben's latest film and other youth made movies at this year's NFFTY from April 28 - May 1. You may stumble upon the next Spielberg, Kubrick, Lynch or Shelton! Read the full interview with Mr. Kadie at the link above and learn more about the "15-year-old Oscar winner in training."
GET BREWIN' ON YOUR TICKETS FOR STARBUCK'S "HOT JAVA COOL JAZZ" EVENT
Get em' while they're (extra) hot: Tickets are now available for Starbucks 16th Annual Hot Java Cool Jazz concert, which will bring some of the region's top young musicians together for a spectacular show at the Paramount Theatre Friday, April 15 at 7:00 pm. Box office proceeds from the show will benefit the music programs of the high schools participating in the event, which this year include Edmonds-Woodway, Garfield, Mountlake Terrace, Newport and Roosevelt. Since 1995, the Starbucks Hot Java Cool Jazz program has helped raise more than $200,000 for Seattle high schools' music and jazz programs, helping to cover the costs of band competitions, equipment and travel in the face of widespread budget cuts for arts education. "We want to help ensure that Seattle continues to be as known for our music scene as we are for our coffee," says Starbucks regional VP Kris Engskov. Last year's event sold out, so jazz fans are encouraged to buy tickets in advance at the Paramount Theatre box office, online or surcharge-free at select Starbucks stores. For more information on the show, participating bands and other upcoming Starbucks events in Seattle visit the link above.
POST-SXSW REVIEW: SEATTLE MUSIC IN THE MEDIA SPOTLIGHT
Alas, the week-long creative cornucopia that is SXSW has come to an end. But fear not festival revelers: this year's conference lives on(line)--and the musical presence of Seattle artists still lingers. The LA Times' Pop & Hiss list of the "Artists, Quotes and Fights That Made an Impression" at SXSW 2011 includes a "hearty" mention of local indie-rockers The Head and the Heart (THATH): "[This] band appears to be the real deal. [....Theirs] is detail-oriented roots music, with violin-led slow-burners and harder-edged songs that shake like horses on a stampede." The article also cites festival insights from Barsuk Records chief Josh Rosenfeld and Visqueen/Cobirds Unite's Rachel Flotard. NPR sings the praises of THATH as well, in a SXSW retrospective that touts Seattle hip-hop troupe Shabazz Palaces to boot. Music critic Jon Pareles similarly opines on the laptop-fueled "electronic abstractions" of Shabazz in a New York Times feature that explores SXSW's critical mass and evolving interactive platforms. Finally, The Seattle Times' Andrew Matson wraps up his local blog coverage of the fest with plenty of performance reviews, photos and videos not to mention the requisite SXSW taco-stand adulation. Check it all out for yourself via the links above.
EDDIE VEDDER TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM AND FILM
Eddie Vedder recently announced he will be releasing his second solo album entitled Ukulele Songs and a live concert DVD Water on the Road. The record self-explanatorily includes Vedder jamming on a ukulele, performing original songs and covers. Collaborative guests include Cat Power's Chan Marshall, Glen Hansard of the Frames and the Swell Season. A new uke'd over recording of Pearl Jam's song "Can't Keep" is also featured on the album. Water on the Road, Vedder's first solo concert film, was directed by Brendan Canty of Fugazi and Christoph Green at a pair of shows in Washington, D.C. in August of 2008. That set will include several songs from Vedder's soundtrack for the film Into the Wild along with early versions of Ukulele Songs tracks, covers and relatively obscure Pearl Jam numbers such as "Sometimes," "Driftin'" and "Around the Bend." The first single from the album, "Longing to Belong," is now available for digital download. Check out the single and more info on the album on Pearl Jam's website at the link above.
PASTE MAGAZINE GETS STUCK ON THE HEAD AND THE HEART
More post-SXSW praise for The Head and the Heart: Paste Magazine-the self-anointed media bastion of "signs of life in music, film and culture"-has featured the indie rockers as "Artists of the Day." Explains Paste contributor Andrew Leahey "[what sets The Head and the Heart apart], beyond the band's unnaturally speedy climb from dive bars to an upcoming mainstage spot at Sasquatch, is its penchant for mixing rootsy Americana with orchestral, chest-swelling chamber-pop. Violin and piano help elevate the songs beyond their earthy origins, and three-part harmonies-anchored by co-frontmen Josiah Johnson and Jonathan Russell, and boosted by the Cat-Power-gone-Appalachian crooning of violinist Charity Rose Thielen-sweeten the deal." As part of the "Artist of the Day" package, Paste is hosting a streamable version of the band's track "Down in the Valley," and has also included The Head and the Heart in its ongoing "Best of What's Next" online series. Hit the link above to check everything out!
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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