Vol. 5, No. 44                                    View our photos on flickr Like us on Facebook Visit our blog Follow us on Twitter
April 11, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS

ATTEND INTERACTIVE MEDIA THEMED MEET UP TOMORROW EVENING 

OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (OED)   

OED cordially invites you to attend City Business Casual, tomorrow, April 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Alexis Hotel's Library Bistro. Special guests for this month's theme, Interactive Media/Entertainment Business, include: 

Sally ClarkSeattle City Council President

Bruce Harrell, Seattle City Council Member

Dan Black, Lead Developer Account Manager, XBOX

John GiambersoGeneral Manager, Seattle Channel

Kristina Hudson, Executive Director, Washington Interactive Network 

Amy Lillard, Executive Director, Washington Filmworks

Shannon Loftis, Partner Studio Manager, Good Science Studio, Microsoft

Chris JacobsGeneral Manager, Sub Pop Records

Matthew Lee Johnston, Senior Producer, PopCap Games

Jeff Pobst, CEO, Hidden Path Entertainment, Inc.

Bill SchrierChief Technology Officer, City of Seattle
Kiki Wolfkill, Executive Producer, 343 Industries  

They will join business-savvy city staff, business owners and advocates for a night of introductions and idea-sharing. Click here for the location of the Alexis Hotel's Library Bistro, as well as more information about City Business Casual. 

ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY  

SEATTLE CHANNEL 

This week on Art Zone with Nancy Guppy, Jesse Harris chats about the upcoming National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY). In music, Art Zone will feature a performance by Carrie Clark and the Lonesome Lovers. The show will also feature profiles of renowned local photographer, Lance Mercer, and the Frye Art Museum's favorite patron, 92-year old Frieda Sondland. All happening this Friday, April 13, on Seattle Channel 21.  

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

ARTISTS, MUSICIANS: 4 CULTURE FUNDING DEADLINES APPROACHING  

4CULTURE   

Are you involved with a King County arts-related non-profit or public agency in need of specialized equipment? 4 Culture can help purchase stage lights, microphones, computer hardware, and more. In 2011, 93 organizations requested $910,369. 52 organizations were awarded between $500 and $15,000 for a total of $228,900. Projects are graded by a peer review panel, and awarded funds based on their quality, feasibility, and impact on the community. Applications are due April 25 by 5:00pm.  

NFFTY ANNOUNCES 2012 OPENING GALA

NFFTY    

Have you ever wished you met Scorsese or Cameron - before they were stars?  Here's your chance!  Join Seattle, Hollywood, and the world's best filmmakers on Thursday, April 26, and walk the red carpet at Seattle's Cinerama Theater for the NFFTY 2012 Opening Night Gala.  The evening includes a lineup of short films from some of the best young directors around the world, and a trip on the free NFFTY shuttle bus to the Seattle Aquarium for the Gala's all-ages After-Party event with hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.   

ONLY 10 DAYS UNTIL RECORD STORE DAY

EASY STREET RECORDS 
Employees at Seattle's Easy Street Records are counting down the days until Record Store Day (only 10 left) on their website by previewing all the exclusive releases that will be available for one day only, Saturday, April 21. Get out and support your local record store! 

FREE "VERACITY" CONCERT TONIGHT AT THE VERA PROJECT 

THE VERA PROJECT
Veracity is a free show on the second Wednesday of every month, aiming to highlight young and emerging artists from the Seattle area, and is generally the first step toward playing a Vera Project main stage show. All of Seattle's many genres of music are represented in the series. Tonight's show features local musicians Madness Becomes Method, SuperProjection, Br'Er Sun, and Circus Boys. 

JET CITY STREAM ANNOUNCES ON-AIR LINEUP

Jet City Stream features a playlist of the best of Seattle's music scene from the past and present as well as music from touring artists coming to the area.  Officially launched Monday, Jet City Stream has announced the voices that will carry the sound of the station: Heidi May will be the morning host, from 6-10 am weekdays; Shawn Stewart is the mid-day host for at work listening from 10 am-3 pm each weekday; Marco Collins will be on for the afternoon drive, leading the charge for new music discovery from 3-7 pm.

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 4/2 - 4/8    

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. Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs"  

3. Pickwick - "Myths + 2"

4. Damien Jurado - "Maraqopa" 

5. Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues" 

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

7. The Physics - "Love Is a Business" 

8. Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart"

9. Rocky Votolato - "Television of Saints 

10. Soundgarden - "Louder Than Love" 

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:

 

MIRROR IMAGES LTD.'S "MATT'S CHANCE" 

MIRROR IMAGES LTD. 

Last week Seattle-based Mirror Images LTD. wrapped principal photography for Matt's Chance, the second feature film by writer/director Nicholas Gyeney (The Penitent Man, The Riot) and his team. Production filmed three weeks in multiple neighborhoods throughout Seattle, including Ballard, Capitol Hill, Green Lake, and the University District.  The film stars Edward Furlong (Terminator 2), Lee Majors ($6 Million Man), Margot Kidder (Superman I & II), and Gary Busey (Lethal Weapon), with a guest appearance by the Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch.

"Seattle and the Northwest are beautiful environments that really provide a level of richness to film that most filmmakers tend to overlook," says Gyeney.  "I'm so glad I could keep this film here, and I hope to continue the trend."        

 

The production hired nearly all Washington cast and crew outside of the star talent during the  shoot.  

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 13:  
The short for this Friday, April 13, will be Salise Hughes's "There Were Houses Here,"  a film about post-Katrina New Orleans (destroyed homes, boats, cars, roads, telephone poles, lives). Ghosts roam the ruins. 
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.


Divorce Wars: A Love Story (1982)
 
These days when a made-for-TV project is "set" in Seattle, it usually means they shot an afternoon's worth of B-roll footage and then did the rest of the filming elsewhere (yeah, I'm looking at you Grey's Anatomy and The Killing). Believe it or not there was an era when all sorts of filmed television entertainment was actually done here in town and, as evidence, I present to you Divorce Wars: A Love Story. Following in the footsteps of Kramer vs. Kramer and Ordinary People this ABC Movie of the Week was produced when divorce was a hot topic in movies (including the also made-in-Seattle Twice in a Lifetime). The plot follows Jack Sturgess (Tom Selleck, between Magnum P.I. seasons), a busy local divorce lawyer who is up to his briefcase in numerous heated cases while, ironically, his relationship with his wife (Jane Curtain, fresh from Saturday Night Live) is falling apart. It's a story that, really, could have been shot just about anywhere but the producers came to their senses and picked our wonderful city. 
 
Divorce Wars is jam packed with local scenery and was shot entirely on location all over town-much to the delight of local Selleck stalkers. Sturgess takes his morning jog past Kerry Park and then heads to his office, located downtown with a swell view of Elliott Bay. He spends a lot of time in the hallways and courtrooms of the King County Courthouse (mistakenly thanked in the credits as the Kings [sic] County Courthouse). One of his lawyer buddies is portrayed by Ted (G Sale) D'Arms and in one scene Sturgess and his pals get together for drinks at Vito's. Sturgess buys a Senegalese flag at the old Ballard flag store, and also finds time to teach law at the University of Washington. He is shown strolling through Red Square and lecturing in an anonymous classroom. It is here he meets a young female lawyer (Mimi Rogers) with whom he begins having an affair. At one point Tom and Mimi take a leisurely sailboat ride through the Ship Canal and enjoy Seattle's blue skies and fresh air. 
 
Throughout the film, Sturgess' cases are juxtaposed with his personal life. His situation is treated relatively seriously and sensitively as the estranged couple looks deep into their hearts to decide if they can remain friends in the face of divorce. On the other hand, Sturgess' clients-including Joan Bennett (in her final performance), Viveca Lindfors, and Charles Haid-and their cases are played for comedy and feature vengeful spouses doing things like shoving Basset Hounds in each other's faces or pushing the husband's car off a ferry into Elliott Bay.  
 
-Spenser Hoyt
MEDIA DIGEST

SEATTLE PROVIDES INNOVATION INSPIRATION TO THE WORLD  

DELTA SKY MAGAZINE 

Sky Magazine recently profiled Seattle as one of "the last economic frontiers" in the country. The article places quotes from Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard and a profile on local videogame developer PopCap Games right alongside Starbucks, Microsoft, and Boeing. It also contains a neighborhood by neighborhood profile of the city, with emphasis on the nightlife in Capitol Hill, Ballard, and Belltown, along with a "what to do in Seattle" section, which spotlights the EMP and Bumbershoot. 

SUNDANCE CINEMAS TO TAKE OVER, REMODEL U DISTRICT METRO CINEMAS 

SEATTLE TIMES 

Sundance Cinemas plans to take over the University District's Metro Cinemas on May 1 and remodel it to include stadium seats, new projection and sound systems and a lounge with a full bar. The 10-theater venue will continue to show movies during the remodel. Seattle will be Sundance's fifth venue. It also has locations in Madison, WI; San Francisco, CA; Houston, TX; and one under construction in West Hollywood. 

THEE SATISFACTION TOUR EUROPE, WIN OVER CRITICS ABROAD 

IRISH TIMES 

Thee Satisfaction's new record awE naturalE has been making waves in the Seattle music scene, and it looks like their recent trip to Europe could yield similar results on a global level. The duo recently spoke with The Irish Times about their influences, their friendship with Shabazz Palaces, and the development of Seattle hip-hop in recent years. This month, Thee Satisfaction will tour through France, Spain, Portugal, England, and Ireland, before returning to the Northwest for the Sasquatch Music Festival in May.  

THE PRODUCTION SHOP ATTRACTS FILM CREWS, FUNDRAISERS 

HIGHLINE TIMES 

The Production Shop, a tidy, 4,877 square foot, two-story warehouse north of Olde Burien, is now renting its memorabilia-filled space to film crews, foundations, and fun-seekers. Its owner is Fremont resident Jeff Taylor, 43, who spends more and more time living in the warehouse's upstairs apartment. 

MAD MEN-INSPIRED REALITY SHOW FEATURES SEATTLE AD AGENCY WDCW 

SEATTLE TIMES 

Looking for an unscripted, modern day version of everyone's favorite retro, ad agency drama? In the first episode of The Pitch, which aired after Mad Men on AMC this past Sunday, Seattle agency Wong, Doody, Crandall, Wiener (WDCW) competed against North Carolina ad agency McKinney to land an ad campaign for national sandwich chain Subway. Each episode of the TV series will feature two ad agencies producing an ad pitch for a major brand.  

ICG MAGAZINE Q&A WITH SEATTLE CINEMATOGRAPHER BENJAMIN KASULKE 

INTERNATIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHERS GUILD `

April's issue of ICG Magazine contains an interview with Seattle cinematographer Benjamin Kasulke (Humpday, Wheedle's Groove). Benjamin talks about his recent work on Sundance Film Festival entries Your Sister's Sister and Safety Not Guaranteed and misconceptions about filming in Seattle.  

Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel Sawyer, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Dominika Marczak, Intern
Sam Mouser, Intern
Ken Strocsher, Intern