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April 4, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS

CITY BUSINESS CASUAL  

OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (OED) 

OED cordially invites you to attend City Business Casual next Thursday, April 12, from 5:00 to 7:00pm. at The Library Bistro in Downtown.  These monthly, informal gatherings provide the Seattle business community with direct access to business-focused city officials, including influential city leaders. Special guests for this month's theme, Interactive Media, include Sally Clark, Seattle City Council President; Amy Lillard, Executive Director, Washington Filmworks; Matthew Lee Johnston, Senior Producer, Popcap Games; Jeff Pobst, CEO, Hidden Path Entertainment; and Chris Jacobs, General Manager, Sub Pop Records. 

ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY FEATURES SEATTLE SONGWRITER DAMIEN JURADO 

SEATTLE CHANNEL 

This week on Art Zone with Nancy Guppy, Seattle songwriter Damien Jurado, who recently returned from a European tour, will be playing a few songs from his new album Maraqopa. In film, Art Zone will visit the newly renovated Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center in the Central District, where Seattle's African American Film Festival is about to kick off. The show will also feature an update from Seattle Magazine arts & culture editor Brangien Davis. All happening this Friday, April 6, on Seattle Channel 21. 

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

GOVERNOR SIGNS WASHINGTON FILM INCENTIVE BILL INTO LAW 

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS 

On March 29, Governor Gregoire signed into law E2SSB 5539, the bill that renews the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program.  This action reinstates the program that ended last year and establishes a new sunset date in June of 2017.  Starting this June, the program's renewal will allow Washington Filmworks to begin raising 3.5 million dollars per year to help bring film production to Washington state.  "The phones are already ringing off the hook and staff is fielding inquiries from projects interested in filming here this summer," says Washington Filmworks Executive Director Amy Lillard. Congratulations, Washington! 

CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY MAKES SEATTLE A DESTINATION 

USA TODAY  

"The Pop Traveler," a column by USA Today, recently published an article listing 12 reasons to visit Seattle. The article listed a few of Seattle's coolest attractions, including the Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle's massive annual music festival in the heart of the city. Also on the list: Seattle's prolific film scene, EMP Museum, Easy Street Records, and much more. 

VINCENT LAFORET AND ALEX BUENO AMONG SPEAKERS AT NFFTY'S FUTURE OF FILM EXPO 

NFFTY

Pulitzer Prize winning photographer and 3-time winner at the 2010 Cannes Lion International Advertising Festival, Vincent Laforet is at the forefront of applying new industry technologies to transform storytelling in film. He was the first to film with the revolutionary Canon 5D Mark II on his film Reverie - and he is coming to Seattle to speak at this month's NFFTY Future of Film Expo.  Joining him is the Director of Photography for Saturday Night Live Digital Shorts, Writer/Producer of Bigger Stronger Faster and Co-Producer of Green Street Hooligans, Alex Bueno.  Visit the NFFTY website for information on these and upcoming speakers, and for information about how to volunteer for the festival.  

SEATTLE LATINO FILM FESTIVAL HOSTING FREE MOVIE SCREENING AT SEATTLE U 

SLFF

The Seattle Latino Film Festival will be screening the ten-minute short El Bolerito (The Shoe Shiner) and the feature film Día Naranja (A Day in Orange) on the evening of Wednesday, April 18, in Seattle University's Wyckoff Auditorium. Dia Naranja is a romantic comedy about three different women from three different cities - Buenos Aires, Bogota, and Caracas - who simultaneously face the same challenge: an unexpected pregnancy. This event is free to the public.  

FILMMAKERS: ATTEND SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE'S OPEN HOUSE AND FREE WORKSHOPS THIS WEEKEND

SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE 

Seattle Film Institute will be hosting an open house this coming Saturday, April 7. The general public is invited to tour the campus, meet faculty and students, view student work, and chat about the program. The open house will take place from 11:00am to 1:00pm, with free screenwriting and production workshops starting at 9:30am.  

NEW MUSIC VENUE OPENING THIS MONTH UNDERNEATH NEUMOS
BARBOZA 

Earlier this year, Capitol Hill music venue Neumos announced its plans to create a new stage to feature smaller acts and more intimate performances. On April 18, the new venue Barboza is set to open in the lower level of the Pike/Pine hotspot, and will include a newly constructed performance area and full-service bar. The club's debut will be a sold-out show headlined by Seattle's My Goodness.  

VOTE NOW: MOHAI'S HISTORY IS _____ FILM COMPETITION 

MOHAI

Nearly two dozen filmmakers of all ages and experience levels have submitted films to the 2nd Annual History Is _____ Film Competition. For the competition, filmmakers of all ages and experience levels were invited to show what history meant to them in a short film of 5 minutes or less. You can watch all of them now on MOHAI's website and vote for your favorite. Voting ends April 30. You can also join the nominees and MOHAI to celebrate the Viewers' Choice and other winners on May 11 at the Youth Awards Party, and again on May 12 for the Red Carpet Gala. 

FILMMAKERS: WORKFORCE BOARD SEEKS PROPOSALS TO TELL THE LILA STORY

WA WORKFORCE BOARD 

The Washington State Workforce Board is seeking proposals from journalists/videographers to tell the story of the Lifelong Learning Account program which was recently defined in state statute. They are looking for a 10-minute video that includes interviews with employees and chronicles the story of the LILA program, as well as several other pieces to the project.  The deadline for proposals is April 18. 

"SEATTLE TO UGANDA: A JOURNEY OF HOPE AND HEALTH" FREE SCREENING 

SEATTLE CHANNEL 

On Sunday, April 15, Seattle Channel will host a free screening of the documentary Seattle to Uganda: A Journey of Hope and Health. The Emmy Award-winning documentary chronicles the story of a group of local women on a trip to a Ugandan village. The half-hour film will be screened at Seattle University. Follow the link to read more and RSVP. 

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.



MEET ME HALFWAY - 4/14 (10 days)




TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 3/26 - 4/1    

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC 

Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).   


1. Thee Satisfaction - "Awe Naturale"

2. Damien Jurado - "Maraqopa"

3. Pickwick - "Myths + 2"

4. Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart"

5. Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs"

6. Black Breath - "Sentenced to Life"

7. Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"

8. Don't Talk to the Cops - "Let's Quit"

9. Cave Singers - "Invitation Songs"

10. Grynch - "Perspective" 

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:


RON SMOTHERMON "SUBARU BROCHURES"
Since 1991, Southern California's Ron Smothermon Production Services have provided location and production support for commercial productions around the globe, with the mantra of organization, efficiency, professionalism, and communication being essential pillars in a well-planned production.  RSPS recently wrapped a still photography shoot for an upcoming series of Subaru auto brochures, setting up large scenes for shots in the Pioneer Square neighborhood, on the San Juan islands, and at Olympic National Park.
 
"Subaru chose to come to the Seattle area for its diverse scenery," says Smothermon. "Both beautiful landscapes in the Pacific Northwest and a diverse downtown look with both new urban scenes and the older well-worn neighborhood look. I knew what they were looking for was up here in Seattle. I've been coming to the Seattle area for over 20 years on productions. I always look forward coming here for the fresh look and great vibe of this city. In Seattle, the production is a breeze with great cooperation on the part of the city, the police department and the DOT. Everyone here was very professional and great to work with. The client and the crew all had wonderful experiences while they were here. For many in the crew, it was the first time in the Pacific Northwest. It won't be their last. Great experience."
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, APRIL 6: LONGHOUSE MEDIA'S "STILL"
The short for this Friday, April 6, is Longhouse Media's "Still," a doc about a traditional hunter. The film has three vivid layers: one, the killing an animal; two, the religious beliefs surrounding the preparation of an animal; and three, the laws and history that inform current Native American/US government relations. Longhouse Media, a local film organization, is keeping it very real.  
SCARECROW ON SEATTLE
SCARECROW

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.

The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer (2003)

Rose Red was an ambitious ABC TV mini-series written by Stephen King about a haunted house in Seattle. As part of the network's promotional blitz a mysterious book called The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red was published. Even though many suspected it was written by Stephen King, the tie-in was actually done by Ridley Pearson under the pseudonym of Dr. Joyce Reardon (the name of the main paranormal investigator in the mini-series). The fake "diary" ended up becoming a bestseller and Rose Red was a big hit. So what's any resourceful television network going to do with a hot property like this? Why crank out a quick, cheap TV movie to cash on the phenomena, of course.

Focusing on the events that precluded the haunting at the Rose Red mansion, Diary expands on the backstory, which was conveyed in a condensed form in the original mini-series, and establishes the characters that eventually become the ghosts. Set in the early 1900s, this gothic romance-styled haunted house film deals with the marriage between John (a wealthy oil baron/philandering jerk) and Ellen Rimbauer, the mysterious events surrounding their relationship, and their big-assed spooky mansion.

Like its predecessor, Diary was shot entirely in the Pacific Northwest and returning director Craig R. Baxley did his best to use many of the same locations. Most prominent is Lakewood's exquisite Thornwood Castle that serves as the exterior for the Rose Red mansion. Extensive sets for the original mini-series' interiors were built in the warehouses at Magnuson Park, but they were dismantled before ABC decided to make Diary and, consequently, the sets aren't nearly as cool this time around. I don't think any of the exteriors were shot within the city limits and the only glimpse of Seattle's skyline is a weird one indeed. The mansion is supposed to be located near the base of Capitol Hill with a panoramic view to the northwest. In both films this vista is a digitally rendered bizarro-world Seattle in which there's no Ballard, Wallingford, Fremont, or Phinney Ridge; instead Lake Union opens up directly into Puget Sound and Mount Rainier looms on the northern horizon. Rose Red incorporated existing landmarks into this shot, but since Diary is a period piece and there are no modern structures, the view is practically unrecognizable as the Emerald City. The filmmakers do make good use of several Tacoma locations including Point Defiance Park and the McKinley Hill neighborhood with its numerous early twentieth century homes. As an important contributor to the artistic design and antiquated setting of this modest TV movie the Tacoma scenes emphasize T-town's underrated cinematic versatility.

-Spenser Hoyt 
MEDIA DIGEST

SEATTLE'S FIRST ANNUAL SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL: DETAILS ANNOUNCED 

GEEKWIRE 

Seattle Cinerama and EMP/SFM are presenting Seattle's first annual Science Fiction Film Festival at the Seattle Cinerama theater. The event runs from April 9 through May 2 and highlights a number of  sci-fi classics - from Metropolis to Terminator - often featuring new or large-format prints of the films, specially tailored for Cinerama's gigantic screen.   

SEATTLE MUSIC BLOG THREE IMAGINARY GIRLS TURNS 10 

CITY ARTS 

On April 11, Three Imaginary Girls kicks off a celebration of its 10 years as "Seattle's Sparkly Indie Pop Press" with a show at the Vera Project featuring Allo Darlin' and the Wave Pictures. The website - which over the years has grown into one of Seattle's most popular sources of music news - promises there will be plenty more birthday-related events to come after the show at the Vera, including a karaoke night and the print publication of the first ever Imaginary Zine. 

KEXP SUPPORTS RAINY DAWG RADIO, UW'S STUDENT-RUN RADIO STATION 

KEXP 

Every month, KEXP spotlights a different non-profit as part of its Community Partnership Initiative. This month KEXP is supporting another Seattle radio station, Rainy Dawg Radio, the UW's student-run online station - which, coincidentally, is celebrating its ninth birthday next week by hosting a three-night mini-festival on UW's campus, featuring performances by national acts Brother Ali, Oneohtrix Point Never, and The Thermals, as well as Seattle rising stars OCnotes, USF, and Nu Era.   

THE STRANGER RELEASES SPRING ARTS AND PERFORMANCE PREVIEW 

THE STRANGER 

Last week's issue of The Stranger featured a special insert, the A&P Spring Preview, which highlighted a number of upcoming events in each of Seattle's thriving arts sectors - including music, theater, and film. The entire preview is available online, where you can browse everything from Charles Mudede's interview with jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, to a comprehensive Spring film calendar compiled by Mudede, David Schmader, and Anna Minard.   

LYNN SHELTON'S HUMPDAY FEATURED IN THE A.V. CLUB 

THE A.V. CLUB 

This week the The A.V. Club column "Scenic Routes" featured Lynn Shelton's Humpday in an in-depth review, in which the author praises Shelton as "something of a miracle." Shelton filmed Humpday in Seattle, and released the film to critical acclaim in 2009.   

Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff 
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Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel Sawyer, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
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