|News from the Office of Film + Music
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE AND CALL TO ACTION: WASHINGTON STATE'S FILM INCENTIVE BILL VOTED OUT OF SENATE WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE
From Washington Filmworks Executive Director,
SB 5539, the Senate version of the legislation to renew Washington State's Motion Picture Competitiveness Program, was voted out of the Ways and Means Committee on March 24, after being amended to reduce the proposed size of the incentive fund to $3.5M annually, with no year-over-year increase. The bill will now be sent to the Rules Committee for review and ultimately to the floor of the Senate for a full vote.
Renewal of the film incentive program remains the most important thing to ensure the future of the motion picture industry in Washington. We want to reiterate how crucial it is that you write to your legislators. We encourage you to make the letters personal and ask your elected officials if they plan to vote for the new bills. Follow the above link to see Filmworks' complete call to action, and to learn how you can stay involved in the state film incentive program's road to renewal.
THIS WEEK'S ALL-NEW "ARTZONE" FEATURES LYNN SHELTON AND MORE
Lynn Shelton imparts some of her sage filmmaking insight in the latest episode of ArtZone with Nancy Guppy, which premieres this Friday, April 1, on Seattle Channel. The renowned Seattle director will sit down with show host Nancy Guppy to discuss her body of work and, particularly, how she gets creatively "unstuck." Also featured in this week's episode: Lyric Light Opera's production of the classic musical Camelot; singer-songwriter Heather Duby, who will chat about her newest record Latency; and Vermillion Gallery & Bar's "Frances Farmer Organ Karaoke," the second annual event for people who can't sing. Up-and-coming local band Joseph Giant will visit the ArtZone studio to play a few tunes as well. ArtZone airs every Friday on Seattle Channel (Channel 21) at 8:00 pm, and is also streaming and podcasting. For more information, visit the above link.
THE FILM, MUSIC + DIGITAL MEDIA HAPPY HOUR IS TONIGHT
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. Happy Hour is tonight, March 30 from 5:00 - 7:00 at Spitfire in Belltown. See you there Seattle!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
NFFTY UNVEILS TRAILER FOR THIS YEAR'S FEST
Earlier this week the National Film Festival for Talented Youth released a trailer for the upcoming "United by Film: Future by NFFTY" 2011 festival. The teaser features 30 of the 225 films accepted into this year's festival, which received a record-breaking 700 submissions from 25 countries. After you're done digesting those numbers take a look at the trailer for NFFTY 2001 and enjoy the audio/visual smörgåsbord. With twice as many submissions as last year, NFFTY is growing exponentially and needs volunteers to help the stellar event run smoothly. To volunteer before, during or after the festival follow the link and fill out a volunteer sign up form. Also catch NFFTY's "Traveling Seats" volunteers promoting the Fest at the Ballard Farmer's Market this Sunday.
SENATE HEARING ON "MUSIC MATTERS" SPECIAL LICENSING PLATE BILL IS TOMORROW
Music Aid Northwest
Join Music Aid Northwest tomorrow, March 31, for the Senate Transportation Committee's hearing on SHB 1329, new legislation that would create a special license plate motorists could purchase in support of music education in Washington state. This plate would feature a special "Music Matters" logo and would also come with an attendant licensing fee Treasury account, with proceeds benefitting efforts to promote music in Washington state schools. Tomorrow's hearing marks a critical step in the bill's progress, as "Music Matters" will only go the Senate floor for a full vote if it makes it out of Committee. As such, Music Aid NW is organizing an lobbying event down in Olympia starting at 12:45 pm to advocate for SB 1329. Follow the above link to see how you can take part.
REMINDER: "HISTORY IS_____" FILM SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS 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_____.
"THE X FACTOR" IS COMING TO SEATTLE APRIL 19-20
Simon Cowell is making Seattle one of the first stops in his journey to find America's next great music star! The X Factor, Cowell's highly-anticipated new reality project wherein vocalists compete for a chance at a $5 million Sony recording contract, is holding auditions in the Emerald city April 19-20. The show, which premieres this fall on FOX, has a format unique to the "talent search" TV archetype-that is, anyone over the age of 12 can try out for the show--soloists and vocal groups alike. Contestants should dress to impress and come prepared to sing three verses of three different songs with no backing music. For detailed information on the audition process and registration rules, including an audition tool kit and guide, visit the show's online portal, "X Factor Xtra."
SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SEEKING EDITORIAL INTERN
Seattle's largest film festival is now accepting applications for an Editorial Internship. Under the direction of the Communications Coordinator and Publication Co-Editors, the Editorial Intern will assist the Marketing and Communications Department with the writing, editing, and proofreading of content for the SIFF website, newsletter, catalog, and festival guide. Benefits include: opportunities to learn about what happens behind the scenes of an international film festival, resume bolstering, class credit (if applicable), a 2011 Festival Staff pass and access to other Festival events. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to take initiative, show good judgment, and manage projects from beginning to end. The internship starts immediately and goes until mid-March. Hit up the link above to learn more about the position and apply today.
THE CLOSING INSTALLMENT OF THEFILMSCHOOL'S SPEAKER SERIES IS THIS SATURDAY
The final installment of TheFilmSchool's Spring 2011 3-Week-Intensive Speaker Series is this Saturday, April 2, featuring special guest and Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig. Following a screening of some of his work, Feig will sit down with moderator Warren Etheridge to discuss his experiences in TV land, which include turns at directing acclaimed favorites like The Office, 30 Rock, Arrested Development and Mad Men. Hosted by Cornish College in the Notion Building from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, this event is free and open to the public-but seating is extremely limited, so be sure to arrive early. RSVP to email@example.com or connect to TheFilmSchool's Facebook event page via the link above.
FUNDRAISING FILM EVENT FOR JAPAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF AT NWFF
Brown Paper Tickets
The Seattle Premiere of Fine Totally Fine, directed by Yosuke Fujita, will screen at Northwest Film Forum on Saturday, April 2 at 4:30 p.m. with all proceeds benefiting relief efforts in Japan. Director Fujita's feel-good indie comedy revolves around Teruo, a tree trimmer whose mission in life is to make the scariest haunted house in Japan. Presented by Brown Paper Tickets and Northwest Film Forum, 100% the screening's box office take will go to the Support Japan GAMBARE relief fund set up by Pictures Dept. president Yuko Shiomkaki. Donations to this fund will be distributed by Japanese aid organization JustGiving and will be distributed to those fighting to put their lives back together. Follow the link above to get tickets to the film and support Japan relief efforts.
LOCAL HORROR FILM "EYES IN THE DARK" RELEASED ON DVD
Eyes in the Dark
After finishing up a yearlong festival run, the locally produced feature film, Eyes in the Dark, is being released on DVD this week. The found-footage style indie horror film was written and directed by Issaquah native, Bjorn Anderson, and features a cast and crew made up entirely of local talent. Shot hand-held and on location in the Cascade Mountains, Eyes in the Dark follows a group of college co-eds on a weekend cabin getaway. A few spooky scenes of the film were also shot in Seattle--including a Fremont Troll cameo. The DVD is available for purchase through the official Eyes in the Dark website. Hit up the link above to learn more about the flick and watch the trailer here.
"OFFICIAL BEST OF FEST" RETURNS WITH SOME NEW "PERSPECTIVE" THIS SATURDAY ON KCTS
The Official Best of Fest
After a brief hiatus, Official Best of Fest is back with a new crop of some of the world's finest shorts and independent films! In this weekend's all-new episode, hosts Rick Stevenson and Dr. Brandon Whitehead (aka the silent critic) give viewers a lesson in perspective with Jillian's Vantage, a 23-minute short about a man who gets set up on a blind date with a blind woman. Official Best of Fest, a 30-part KCTS series, is produced by a Seattle-based team, and seeks to bring the "best films you've never seen" to the local airwaves every week. New episodes are broadcast Saturdays at 7:30 pm on KCTS 9. For more on the series, follow the above link.
THE 24-HOUR FILM RACE IS ON: REGISTER YOUR SEATTLE PRODUCTION TEAM NOW
Seattle will be one of the participating cities in this year's "24-Hour Film Race," a full-throttle filmmaking competition that challenges production teams from around the world to create a four-minute short in just one day. Since 2002, Film Racing has not only fueled some seriously creative competition, it has also helped churn out over 2,000 dynamic and innovative works, many of which have gone on to receive significant online and industry exposure. The independent Seattle leg of the "Race" kicks off next month, April 29-30, and will feature a premiere screening event for competing filmmakers at the Harvard Exit Theater. Seattle film "racers" also have a chance to win thousands in cash and prizes. Space is limited so make sure to register your filmmaking team early. Sign up this week to receive a discounted entrance fee (Use discount code "FILMRACER24")!
EMP ANNOUNCES OPENING DAY PANELS FOR NEW NIRVANA EXHIBIT
Because hosting the world's greatest collection of Nirvana mementos just wasn't enough, EMP has recently announced that the April 16 launch of the highly-anticipated Taking Punk to the Masses tour will also be accompanied by two exclusive opening-day panels. "Nirvana: from Nowhere to Nevermind " will chronicle behind-the-scenes road stories from Nirvana's early 90s world tours, as seen through the eyes of the people that kept it rolling, including the band's sound engineer Craig Montgomery and drum tech Barrett Jones, with more guests to be announced. Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses curator Jacob McMurray will moderate this panel and will also lead the discussion in "The Metropolis: Birthplace of Grunge?" which explores the salad days of Seattle punk rock while also pondering on whether long-gone punk venue,The Metropolis, was the cradle of the Grunge movement. Jason Finn (Love Battery, The Presidents of the USA), famed grunge photographer Charles Peterson, Alice in Chains manager Susan Silver, Tom Price (Gas Huffer, U-Men) and Kurt Bloch (Fastbacks, Young Fresh Fellows, Thee Sgt Mjr III), are all slated to serve on the panel.
SEATTLE GOES ON A SCRIPT-FRENZY!
Flying House Productions
Script Frenzy is an international writing event in which participants take on the challenge of writing 100 pages of scripted material in the month of April. Script Frenzy is a place for budding scriptwriters to tackle the screenplay they've always been yearning to write. Script Frenzy also has a youth writing component, facilitated through their Young Writers Program. Kids and teens can log on to the YWP website for scriptwriting boot camps, workbooks and expert advice as they write the scripts they've got rattling around in their uber-creative brains. Complimentary lesson plans and classroom kits are available to educators to help their students' scriptwriting progress. As part of a donation-funded nonprofit, Script Frenzy charges no fee to participate; there are also no monetary prizes awarded or "best" scripts singled out. Every writer who completes the goal of 100 pages is victorious and awe-inspiring and will receive a handsome Script Frenzy Winner's Certificate and web icon proclaiming this fact. Follow the link above and get crackin' on your own incredible script today!
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: MAYOR'S ARTS AWARDS
Know an individual or an organization making a difference in Seattle through arts and culture? The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Mayor's Arts Awards, which recognize the accomplishments of artists, arts and cultural organizations and local individuals committed to enriching their communities through the arts. The Seattle Arts Commission will review public nominations and recommend recipients to the mayor for final selection. Winners will be honored at a September 1 public ceremony hosted by Seattle Center in partnership with Bumbershoot 2011. As the goal of the awards is to reflect the diversity of artistic achievement throughout the city, there are no preset award categories. But to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Seattle Arts Commission and the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, nominators are encouraged to put forward people or organizations that have made a significant impact on Seattle arts during the last four decades. The deadline to submit online nomination forms--which you can access at the above link--is 5 p.m., Thursday, May 5.
ONE REEL SEEKS PROGRAMMING INTERN FOR BUMBERSHOOT 2011
One Reel, the local non-profit behind some of the Northwest's biggest arts and cultural events, is looking for a Programming Intern to staff Bumbershoot 2011. This position primarily entails processing performer applications; tracking artist contracts and deliverables; managing logistics including travel accommodations and artist will-call; maintaining promotional materials, and generally providing administrative support to the Bumbershoot Programming Department. This internship also offers a unique, hands-on opportunity to learn about the special events programming process, including the day-to-day, nuts-and-bolts operations involved in booking and artist relations for high-profile festivals. Qualified applicants should have strong organization and communication skills, technical experience and interest in the arts, and must also be up to the physical demands of on-site festival work (i.e. long hours, physical labor, large crowds, etc.) One Reel provides a small stipend to cover food and transportation costs for all internships. Follow the link for more information or to learn how to apply for this position.
SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE HOSTS OPEN HOUSE AND FREE WORKSHOPS
The Seattle Film Institute is hosting their Spring Open House, a great opportunity to check out the school, meet faculty members and current students, view student work and learn about SFI's full and part time programs--including graduate and undergraduate degree options. Two free workshops prior to the open house will cover sound production on a small budget and a screenwriting workshop focused on characterization. "Hollywood Sound on a Home Budget" will focus on choice and placement of microphones including wireless lavaliers. Various aspects of operating a multi-track mixer and recorder will also be covered, including channel separation, channel grouping, panning and recording volume. The workshop will conclude with troubleshooting strategies for effectively dealing with unforeseen problems on location. "Character Archetypes" will identify and explain some of the major character archetypes commonly in use from ancient mythology to modern cinema. The open house is from 11 - 1pm on April 2, right after the 9:30am workshops wrap-up. Follow the link above for more info on the event and the Seattle Film Institute.
"REEL NW" RETURNS THIS THURSDAY WITH "REBUILDING HOPE"
KCTS9 - Reel NW
Helmed by Seattle-based activist, author and filmmaker Jen Marlowe, Rebuilding Hope captures the emotional journey of three Sudanese refugees, or "Lost Boys," who return to their civil war-ravaged home in the hopes of putting their devastated communities on the path to recovery. Marlowe accompanies the young men--who grew up in American refugee camps after fleeing their villages as small children--as they travel back to Sudan to discover what has become of the homes, villages and loved ones they were forced to leave behind. The documentary also aims to shed light on what the future holds for Sudan and its tenuous grasp on peace and stability, with all proceeds from the film benefiting relief efforts in the South Sudanese village the young men-- Garang Mayuol, Koor Garang, and Gabriel Bol Deng--are from. The film airs this Thursday, March 31, at 10:00 pm on KCTS 9, as part of the Reel NW series, which every week airs intriguing films from or about our local community in an effort to showcase the very best in Northwest independent filmmaking. Follow the above link for more information.
FIRST ANNUAL 60 SECOND SMART SPOT CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCED
Phil Smart Film
Avid newsletter readers have been itching to hear the results of the 1st Annual Smart Spot Contest previously mentioned. The votes are in and "Nice Car" by local filmmaker Mike McCoy of Shoreline Community College is the grand prize winner. The contest was open to all aspiring amateur filmmakers and required them to create a 30-60 second commercial for Phil Smart using only original footage and music. Click on the link above to learn more about the annual Smart Spot Contest. Keep an eye out for the new Phil Smart "Nice Car" commericial that will be airing soon and watch it here. Congrats Mike!
UW FILMMAKING AND SCREENWRITING STUDENTS PORTFOLIO SHOW
UW English Department
The University of Washington's English department is hosting their Filmmaking and Screenwriting students' portfolio show this June. Come see the student work spanning a variety of mediums including: printed materials, images, video and audio, as well as live readings of literary materials. The aim of the portfolio show is to provide networking and job opportunities for students who have just completed certificate programs. It is also great way for local film industry workers to meet the next generation of creative talent and view some of their best work. The portfolio show takes place on June 21, 5:30-7:30pm at the UW Tower. Follow the link above to learn more about UW's Filmmaking and Screenwriting programs.
CALL IN TO "ASK THE MAYOR" YOUR QUESTIONS
"Ask the Mayor" gives Seattle residents a chance to speak directly to our mayor, Mike McGinn, live on Seattle Channel 21. The next show airs tonight, March 30, at 7 pm. This is a great opportunity to ask the mayor questions of interest to musicians and filmmakers! To join in on the conversation, call 684-8821 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information or to submit your questions ahead of time, follow the link.
HELP "KICKSTART" AN ARBORCENTRIC DOCUMENTARY
TreeStory is an innovative film with an ambitious plan to reconnect people to nature in a new way. Seattle filmmaker Ward Serrill has high hopes for the film's impact and employs a timeless form of activism: story-telling. TreeStory is a film saturated with heroic tales from around the world that will inspire activism by making it personal, exploring the dramatic changes that can happen to people thanks to an experience with one important tree in their life. Moving beyond seeing trees as resources, the film will pose the question, "what is a tree and what does it have to do with me?" Ward Serrill's last feature, The Heart of the Game, was a surprise hit that got picked up by Miramax and experienced great successes. Andy Shilabear the award winning cinematographer of the Planet Earth series is working on the project, capturing the aesthetic beauty of the forest friends. With funding from Kickstarter the production team will complete the critical research and development phase of the project. For more information on the film, follow the above link and click on Kickstarter to support the project and maybe even find out which tree is your totem tree.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 3/23 - 3/29
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Lonely Forest - "Arrows"
- Cave Singers - "No Witch"
- Soundgarden - "Live On I-5"
- Telekinesis - "12 Desperate Straight Lines"
- Pearl Jam - "Live On Ten Legs"
- Baseball Project - "Vol. 2: High & Inside"
- Tres Mtns - "Tres Mtns"
- Earth - "Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light"
- Jimi Hendrix - "West Coast Seattle Boy"
- Damien Jurado - "St Bartlett"
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:
World Famous "Sounders Xbox Kinect"
Since its inception in 2005, World Famous has created clever, engaging content for a variety of clients including Nordstrom, Nike, Xbox, Alaska Airlines, Sony Pictures, MTV and The Washington State Lottery. The team's portfolio includes the 2011 Sasquatch Lineup Trailer, the "No Stank You" campaign for the Department of Health, and the infamous ad for Pemco Insurance involving goats.
This month the studio teamed up with Seattle Sounders players Fredy Montero and Kasey Keller for an Xbox spot. The production hired 12 crew and several local vendors.
"This was a perfect example of how great our crews are in Seattle," says Tony Fulgham, the spot's director and World Famous partner. "We only had the players for a few hours and we had to move quick. Everyone knew what to do, how to do it, and they did it well. We've got some amazing folks in this town."
The spot is currently playing during halftimes at all Seattle Sounders home games.
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.
Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
John Lithgow stars as the patriarch of a Seattle family who ends up adopting a Sasquatch. Lithgow plays George Henderson, a hunter/outdoor enthusiast who runs a C.C. Filson type store with his father. The scenes at the Henderson and Son sporting goods store may have even been filmed at the old Filson store but I am not sure. While out on a camping/rabbit hunting trip in the North Cascades, the Hendersons accidentally sideswipe a big hairy critter running along the side of the road. Thinking they'd killed this mysterious beast they strap the body to the roof of their car and take it back to the city. Along the ride Harry, as he comes to be known, suddenly regains consciousness and ends up joining the family at their Wallingford home. At one point in the film they show the Hendersons' address with a zip code of 98121, which would be in Belltown. Jeesh, Hollywood really blew it this time! As you could predict, having an 8-foot shaggy mythological creature in your house leads to some problems. Throw in an obsessive hunter (played by David Suchet-Hercule Poirot himself!) and an AWOL Bigfoot and you've got the ingredients for a wacky chase around town with the intent of returning Harry to his home in the wooded mountains. There is a lot of beautiful Western Washington forest footage in Harry and the Hendersons and scenes were shot around Index, North Bend, Lake Kachess and Snoqualmie Pass. Seattle locations aren't overlooked either, especially once Bigfoot is on his own and running around town. Surprisingly he does not make a stop at the Pike Place Market but both the Space Needle and the Monorail are prominently seen in the background of several scenes. Adding to the authenticity are former KOMO TV news anchors Dana Middleton and Richard Foley who play themselves. The film's finale involves a car chase on I-5 that results in a traffic jam on the express lanes by the Lake City Way freeway exit but, for the film, the exit sign is changed to say Mount Rainier. If you are ever headed over the mountains on Highway 2 be sure to stop at Chalet Espresso near Index where they have one of the Harry suits exhibited. Harry and the Hendersons was a moderate box office hit that led to a TV series. Even though the sitcom was set in Seattle none of it was shot here in the City.
THE PENINSULA GATEWAY SPOTLIGHTS WASHINGTON'S EFFORTS TO "STAY IN THE MOVIE GAME"
In a recent feature for Gig Harbor's Penninsula Gateway, reporter Susan Schell profiles Washington's Motion Picture Competiveness Program--and the economic stakes riding on its ongoing road to legislative renewal. At a luncheon to promote the Program, Shell chats with Washington Filmworks Executive Director Amy Lillard and her film-doting family on the film industry's impact. "When the state entices movie producers to film locally, not only are jobs created, but the towns that host the productions benefit economically," explains Lillard's mother, Paula, a founding member of the Gig Harbor Film Festival. "When films are shot locally, the impact can continue for years to come." Adds state senator Derek Kilmer, who was also in attendance at the luncheon, "At this point, almost every state has some type of incentive program. Having Washington get in the game to lure the film industry to come [....]and invest its money here has some value." Follow the above link for the whole story.
AMAZON TAKES MUSIC TO "THE CLOUD" WITH LAUNCH OF NEW E-STORAGE SERVICE
Tuesday marked the debut of the Amazon Cloud Drive, a trailblazing new internet service that offers up the Seattle-based supercompany's powerful servers for use as cyber storage space. In turn, customers can save music , media and other digital files in "the cloud," and then access and stream them to computers, smartphones and other devices. The first 5GB of storage are fee, but purchasing an MP3 album through Amazon gets users a 20GB upgrade for a year. As CNN Money reports, this move puts Amazon ahead of the Cloud storage game, beating out fierce competitors like Apple and Google, who have put similar efforts on hold to negotiate licensing agreements with record labels. Citing senior eMarketer analyst, Paul Verna, CNN explains that Cloud services like this exist in a "legal grey area" and that even though labels "don't yet know how to handle the cloud," Amazon elected to make their move now. Verna adds, "Amazon has leapt to the front of the line, but this is not going to be a smooth ride." Follow the link above to read the report in its entirety.
THE LONELY FOREST "WE SING IN TIME" MUSIC VIDEO FEATURED ON MTV'S BUZZWORTHY BLOG
Hailing from coastal Anacortes, The Lonely Forest is experiencing a wave of success with their newly released album Arrows. Busy as bees on a beaver, they represented Washington rock down at SXSW and upon returning from Austin premiered a music video for their single "We Sing in Time." The video, which is currently featured on the MTV Buzzworthy Blog, was directed by Seattle's own Matt Daniels and features local coniferous settings, reminiscent of the band's name. Check it out at the link above. Their new album Arrows was produced by Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla and you can give it a listen scot free right here, to top of this whirlwind of activity. The Lonely Forest is now touring with The Joy Formidable and Death Cab for Cutie; catch them when they roll into town on April 12 at the Crocodile Café.
SEATTLE SPRING RAPFEST '87 RETROSPECTIVE
Last week Historylink.org, a free online encyclopedia of Washington State history, posted an article chronicling the epoch of Seattle hip-hop and its tumultuous beginnings. The retrospective vignette by Peter Blecha highlights the 1987 Spring Rapfest held at the Paramount in and the events surrounding the concert. With the advent of rappers such as Sir Mix-A-Lot entering the scene it was an exciting time for Seattle hip-hop, but also a turbulent one as Blecha points out in the dissertation. With chaotic clashes and between police, fans and media, Blecha writes, "It was a scene probably not seen in Seattle again until the WTO protests of 1999." While these events created quite the controversy at the time, they heralded the sheer energy of the Seattle hip-hop era yet to come. To read the Seattle rap culture infused exposition follow the Historylink above and get ready for some old school hip-hop community history.
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