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News from the Office of Film + Music 4/13/2011


Tiffany is, for better or worse, a lifelong Seattleite who is delighted to join the Office of Film + Music team. Growing up on Mercer Island, she found solace from the suburbs in CDs culled from the local library. Despite judging discs solely off their cover design, she was introduced to bands from a plethora of genres, consuming everything from Wire to Ted Leo and the Pharmacists to A Tribe Called Quest. A teenage adoration for SPIN Magazine led to her first foray into journalism serving as the arts editor of her high school newspaper. She double majored in journalism and comparative literature with a focus on cinema studies at the University of Washington. Developing a taste for art cinema, she wrote an honors thesis about David Lynch's Inland Empire and the writings of philosopher Martin Heidegger that she has trouble explaining to anyone, including herself. Tiffany also found time to work for the UW's student newspaper, The Daily, and complete several internships at local news outlets like Seattle Weekly and the now online-only Seattle P-I. Despite the narrow job market for journalists, she's continued to keep her wits sharp by writing about music for the local blog SSG Music. When not immersed in the business of the OF+M, Tiffany enjoys going to shows, practicing yoga, volunteering at the Grand Illusion Cinema, and gallivanting about the city with her more artistic, vastly more successful friends.

Seattle Channel
This Friday's episode of ArtZone with Nancy Guppy will be an all performance "open studio" featuring some amazing local talent. The show will have you jamming to original music from three awesome singer songwriters: Kim Virant, Jim Page and The Femurs. Nancy will also feature an excerpt from Elizabeth Kenny's Sick, a one-woman show about her pharmaceutically induced fall into psychosis. The show will conclude with weirdly wonderful music and theatrics from UMO Ensemble's newest production, Red Tiger Tales. Also: Starting this Thursday, April 14, Nancy will join KING 5's "New Day Northwest" host, Margaret Larson, with a regular "what's happening around town" calendar of events art segment. 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.


Science Direct
The University of Texas' Institute of Urban Studies has conducted extensive research on how a burgeoning music scene can be a catalyst for urban redevelopment. A dissertation in ScienceDirect relates the findings in a case study titled: "How a music scene functioned as a tool for urban redevelopment: A case study of Omaha's Slowdown project" by Michael Seman. The paper focuses on the example of the $10.2 million dollar "Slowdown" mixed-use project in Omaha, Nebraska and its connection to Omaha's music scene. Laissez-faire public policy, low cost-of-living, and inexpensive technological tools all played roles in the development of a local music scene capable of reaching international significance and fostering a project the magnitude of Slowdown. Follow the link to read about how affordable technology and a low cost-of-living helped Omaha's music scene to grow and aided in the urban development of the area.

This year will mark the 8th annual Langston Hughes African American Film Festival in Seattle. The festival spotlights dozens of feature-length and short films by independent filmmakers, and the rare opportunity to chat face-to-face with filmmakers, industry professionals and Seattle leadership. Festival passes and tickets are now on pre-sale and the full schedule with show times, locations and film synopses is posted online. The festival takes place from April 30 - May 8 and will feature outstanding films from this year's Sundance Film Festival, as well as world premieres! Check out the website above for all the festival details.

Pickford Cinema
Sometimes the best and most creative filmmaking decisions are made because of limited financial and logistical resources. Particularly in the micro-budget film world, where getting the best bang for your buck is key to making a successful film. During the NW Projections Film Festival Workshop, Jennifer Roth, executive/line producer of the award-winning feature, Black Swan, will lead a two-hour master class on film production that delves deeply into the importance of preserving a director's vision as a producer. She will discuss the positive side of having limited resources and how to tell the best possible story when making budgetary choices. Roth will also take you through the budgeting and scheduling processes, discuss hiring crew, the finer points of scouting locations and break down why movies now have so many producers-and what they all do. The NW Projections Film Festival Workshop will be held at the Pickford Film Center this Saturday, April 16, at 10:00 AM. As always, you can check out the link above for further info and tickets to the event.

At the Mariners' opening game this past Friday, fans were treated to a performance by rapper Macklemore, who delivered his tribute to legendary sportscaster Dave Niehaus titled "My Oh My." Flanked by a brass and string section, Macklemore and beat-maker extraordinaire Ryan Lewis brought down the house while pictures of Niehaus flashed on Safeco Field's jumbotron. Bringing it all home were members of Garfield High School's marching band (Macklemore's alma mater) stepping onto the field, adding a sense of pomp to an already larger-than-life performance by a burgeoning hometown favorite. Follow the above link to watch the opening day performance.

The 2011 Seattle International Film Festival has an immediate opening for a Venue Manager. Responsibilities for this position include: Overseeing line management and crowd control; supervising front-of-house volunteer staff, interfacing with year-round theater staff and projectionist to coordinate show logistics; managing individual venue box office and merchandise sales; daily tracking and reporting of venues and generally ensuring a positive screening experience for patrons and guests. Candidates with previous theater management experience and good public speaking skills are preferred. Follow the link above for details on how to apply to this position.

Artist Trust
On Thursday, April 21, the Vera Project will play host to the Seattle leg of the 3rd Annual College Battle of the Bands. A total of 11 cities are participating in this musical competition, which is presented by, GRAMMY U, AT&T and SESAC. Like an older sibling to EMP's wildly successful Sound Off! competition, 10 bands from around the Northwest are vying for three coveted spots on Thursday night's bill. Genres range from the Top 40-inspired party hip-hop of Seattle University band U Crew to the edgy and infectious rock of University of Washington band (and Sound on the Sound favorite) Land of Pines. Winners will be showered with music gear and prizes from contest sponsors, in addition to securing an opening spot on Live Nation's upcoming Textbooks & Tickets Tour. Bands that submit songs with a social justice theme are also eligible for a $5,000 grant furnished by the Elfenworks Foundation. Notable alumni of the College Battle of the Bands contest include Los Angeles indie rockers Local Natives and North Carolina-bred hip-hop artist Mike Posner. Keep an eye on the Vera Project's website for tickets to what promises to be an awesome showcase of young talent. Check the link above for more info on the battle.

Taste the Music
This Thursday, April 14, Savor the Sound presents "Taste the Music," an original gastronomic event where Seattle chefs will create "culinary covers" of local musicians' songs. The event benefits youth music education non-profit, Savor the Sound, and money raised will go directly to funding the creation of additional school programs and providing music scholarships for local at-risk youth. La Spiga's chef Sabrina Tinsley joins Seattle musician Eric Fridrich to create original tastes and sounds for an orchestrated collision of the senses. Tinsley, a former Iron Chef contestant, will present four distinct courses inspired by Fridrich's music, while he performs the songs. The tasty fundraiser will take place at La Spiga on Capitol Hill, 1429 12th Avenue on April 14th at 7:00 PM. Zap the link above to learn more about the event and Savor the Sound.

NFFTY 2011 Events
Would you like to get filmmaking advice from the producers of The Social Network, The Da Vinci Code and Pineapple Express? On Friday, April 29, the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) presents Keynote Panel: Sharing Your Vision in the Digital Age with Dana Brunetti, Valerie Van Galder and Hayden Black. Dana Brunetti is a feature film and television producer, president of Trigger Street Productions and long time business partner of company founder Kevin Spacey. In 2009, Brunetti produced the film The Social Network, which won him numerous accolades, including eight Academy Award nominations and a Golden Globe for Best Picture. Valerie Van Galder had a very successful ten year tenure at Sony Pictures and has produced an impressive list of hits, including such blockbusters as The Da Vinci Code, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Hancock, Spider-Man, The Full Monty, Pineapple Express, Vantage Point, Superbad, The Pursuit of Happyness, Step Brothers, The Pink Panther, and many more. Hailing from Salford, England, Black created, produced and co-starred in the original version of Goodnight Burbank in 2006. His production company, Evil Global Corp, has backed two other hugely popular online comedies - Abigail's Teen Diary and The Occulterers. Join NFFTY on Friday, April 29, 11:30am at SIFF Cinema to hear the speakers share insights from their careers. Be sure to come prepared to take notes and with a few questions in mind. Jump on the link above for more info on the panel speakers and NFFTY 2011.

City Breakers Reunion Event
Join West Seattle Youth Arts nonprofit, "Unified Outreach," for the 2011 "Seattle City Breakers Reunion," a 30 year anniversary celebration featuring the return of the 1980's premier break dancer "Ziggy Zig Zag". The event will be hosted by Legendary Seattle DJ Nasty Nes Rodriguez, and Mayor's Arts Award winners DJ Mr. Supreme and DJ B-Mello. In commemoration of 30 years of hip hop in Seattle, guests of honor will include Seattle City Breakers, Seattle Circuit Breakers, Twilight Patrol, DeRoxy Crew, Breaking Mechanism and more. Many of these groups competed in the 1984 "Summer Break" television program hosted by local news anchor Steve Pool (a break dancing novice). "America's Best Dance Crew" contestants Massive Monkeys and "Dance This" artists the Vicious Puppies are also slated to perform at the event. The highlight of the evening will be an appearance by legendary B-Boy Ziggy Zig Zag who is returning to Seattle after 25 years. It all goes down on May 13, 2011 from 6-9pm at the West Seattle Community College Performance Hall. All generations of B-Boys and B-Girls are invited to this free event. Hit up the link to learn more about the stellar event.

Seattle Channel
Musician Eduardo Mendona loves Seattle, and it shows in the video for his joyous song "Eu V o Il Passar." The Brazilian native filmed the video in various parts of our fair city and is shown strumming his guitar on park benches as well as in front of impressive skylines of downtown Seattle. The video also includes footage from a half-time show Mendona did last summer during a Seahawks game where he was joined by 117 musicians and dancers performing in front of nearly 66,000 people at Qwest Field. Check out the video below, and visit Mendona's YouTube page here for more of his music and a peek at the Brazilian community in Seattle. Peep the link above to view the video hosted by Seattle Channel.

Sub Pop
This Saturday, April 16, is Record Store Day, the favorite holiday of all album collecting, bargain relishing and vinyl bin digging music lovers. It is the day to celebrates the endless joys of shopping at your local record store such as: scoring your favorite band's new album the day it hits the shelf, getting an amazing recommendation from the friendly guy/gal at the counter or finding the used record of your dreams at an unthinkable price. Record stores open their doors early and keep them open late so you can enjoy discount prices and other perks highlighted on very special day. This Record Store Day will feature special limited releases from Seattle bands-- Damien Jurado, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Fleet Foxes and Death Cab For Cutie to name a few . Don't forget to take a break from bargain buying to catch a live performance or album signing: The Head and the Heart will light up Easy Street Records in Queen Anne; Sonic Boom Records, Ballard will get some THATH action as well; Grieves & Budo will be signing albums and autographs at the West Seattle Easy Street; Massy Ferguson, Zoe Muth, and The Tea Cozies will be rocking out at the Queen Anne Silver Platters; and Moondoggies and Telekinesis will play in-store sessions at Sonic Boom Records on Capitol Hill. For more info on store discounts, performance and signing times and more Record Store Day lore, click on the link above.

West Seattle Herald
Seattle hard rockers, Duff McKagan's Loaded, are performing live at Easy Street Queen Anne this Saturday. The show coincides with the release of their "Dead Skin" music video, shot by local filmmaker Jamie Chamberlin. The music video will be a sneak peek into the upcoming Chamberlin-directed feature-length film shot primarily in Seattle and inspired by the new Loaded album. To read more about new Loaded album and to watch the "Dead Skin" video click on the hyperlink above.

The Vera Project
Seattle underage music venue and youth cultural-hearth The Vera Project is now accepting applications for a new Development Director to co-direct the organization and lead development efforts. The Development Director reports directly to the Board, and works with Board and Vera's youth-led governing Membership to raise funds and cultivate donor relationships. This position must work respectfully and collaboratively with young people to engage them in Vera's development efforts, and balance these efforts with Vera's focus on independent/grassroots music and culture. The ideal candidate will have experience creating and implementing comprehensive fund-raising strategies, along with an understanding of the ethics and culture of grassroots music, arts and youth activism. Email submission is strongly preferred. Follow the link above to learn more about the position and The Vera Project and to apply.

Gail Pettis Jazz for Japan Concert
Ebay - Alice in Chains Japan Benefit Since the advent of the tragedy, Seattle musicians have rallied to aid those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Local efforts to alleviate the suffering in Japan persist with Seattle-based jazz vocalist Gail Pettis, who will be playing at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley for two "Jazz for Japan" shows, April 19-20, 7:30 p.m. All donated covers collected will go to the Japanese Red Cross Society. Over the next three weeks the EMI will auction off items from more than 60 of the world's most famous musicians online, raising money for the Red Cross to help out this important cause. This week features an auction in collaboration with Seattle band Alice in Chains, with signed memorabilia up for the bidding. The lucky winner will receive a 19 piece poster set with original artwork by Jermaine Rogers and an autographed set list from the band's 2010 Black Diamond Skye tour. The set list is signed by all current members of Alice in Chains; Jerry Cantrell (Vocals, Guitar), William DuVall (Vocals, Guitar), Sean Kinney (Drums), Mike Inez (Bass). Click on the links above to check out the auction and and the Jazz concert efforts to help Japan.

SIFF Volunteers
There will be a volunteer meeting this Saturday for the 37th Seattle International Film Festivals. Volunteers are a key component to the festival's success, and are responsible for supporting SIFF staff members at all festival venues and events, assisting with operations, and performing event marketing to help promote the Festival around town. Last year over 800 volunteers and interns contributed to the Festival, which featured 408 films from 62 countries and drew close to 150,000 attendees. This year's meeting will feature an orientation session with all festival coordinators, who will introduce their departments, discuss their staffing needs, and answer questions. It's also a great time to meet the SIFF staff and mingle with fellow volunteers and film lovers. The meeting will be held this Saturday, April 16 at 10:00am at the Egyptian Theatre (801 E Pine Street in Capitol Hill). For more information and to register as a SIFF volunteer scope the linkage above.

Big Joy Project
The Big Joy Project is a feature-length documentary and interactive website about the life, work and impact of prominent artist James Broughton. The film explores Broughton's joyous verve and myriad of works, while adhering to his personal motto that life should be "adventure, not predicament." Broughton was an influential poet, playwright and filmmaker who influenced and inspired those around him living through the Depression, the McCarthy Era, the Beat and Hippie movements as well as the Gay liberation struggle in San Francisco. Big Joy is the project of Stephen Silha a freelance writer, self-proclaimed "facilitator and futurist" based out of Vashon Island. He met James Broughton in 1989, and remained a close friend until his death a decade later. Inspired by Broughton's philosophy "follow your own weird" and the movements he espoused and the impact left behind, Silha began a biography project which morphed into a website and film. Click the "Seattle Kickstarter" buttons to learn more about this and other local Kickstarter projects.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 4/6 - 4/12
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).

  1. Cave Singers - "No Witch"
  2. Macklemore/Ryan Lewis "Vs. Redux"
  3. Soundgarden - "Live On I-5"
  4. Lonely Forest - "Arrows"
  5. Pearl Jam - "Vs/Vitalogy" (Deluxe)
  6. Telekinesis - "12 Desperate Straight Lines"
  7. Shabazz Palaces - "Palaces of Light"
  8. Caspar Babypants - "This is Fun!"
  9. Campfire OK - "Strange Like We Are"
  10. Tres Mtns - "Three Mountains"

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:

"STF Productions America's Most Wanted"
America's Most Wanted is filming in the Puget Sound this week. The program's host, John Walsh, is known internationally as a victims' advocate and the face of America's Most Wanted, the groundbreaking reality program that has helped law enforcement capture more than 1,100 dangerous fugitives and brought home more than 50 missing children since its debut in 1988.

"Working with this production company from out of town let us show off the beauty of Seattle and Bainbridge Island to a National TV audience," says location manager Mark Freid. "The pride and workmanship of our local crew pleased the Producers. Working with the City of Seattle and Bainbridge Island Police Department was a streamlined process that helped make this shoot successful."

The production will be filming host segments and dramatic reenactments in Seattle and the region throughout the week. The production is hiring over 40 local crew and talent.

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.

Georgia (1995)
Two sisters on opposite ends of fame struggle to connect in this emotionally raw story. Georgia Flood (Mare Winningham) is a successful and well adjusted folk singer. Her sister Sadie (Jennifer Jason Leigh), is an aspiring singer full of passion but sorely lacking the talent and focus to achieve her dreams. She's also addicted to alcohol, heroin, and whatever substance is handy. Winningham was nominated for an Oscar for her elegantly restrained performance, transforming Georgia's years of frustration into a calm sea of rage. Leigh is a little too good, giving Sadie a self-destructive, delusional energy that's often too hard to watch. The small supporting cast rises to meet their high mark: John Doe plays an extremely patient band leader who takes Sadie on as a backup singer; Ted Levine is Jake, Georgia's equally mellow husband; and Max Perlich plays Axel, a nave young man who shows up at Sadie's apartment to deliver groceries and ends up marrying her. John C. Reilly also has a small role as a spaced-out drummer who's even worse off than Sadie. There's not much to see of Seattle in the film-Georgia doesn't take a contemplative walk on Alki, Sadie never gazes longingly at a dazzlingly lit Paramount Theater. There's not even a good old establishing shot of the Space Needle. There are a few outdoor shots: Axel and Georgia pass Sig's Barber Shop as they share a concerned chat while walking down 3rd Avenue between Lenora and Blanchard. And you see a snippet of the viaduct during a rainy canceled gig at Pier 57. We mainly see the insides of music venues, from the Tractor Tavern and the pre-McCaw Hall Opera House, to a bowling alley bar that may or may not be the old Lewis and Clark Theatre by Sea-Tac. Axel, Jake, and Sadie play pool and recline in the high backed booths at The Buckaroo Tavern before Georgia invites Sadie on stage at the Seattle Center Arena to sing (or, more accurately, screech) Van Morrison's "Take Me Back." To fill the arena for the pivotal scene, the filmmakers staged EXTRAFest!, a free concert featuring the movie's stars along with local bands like Green Apple Quick Step and Sage. Other Seattle musicians appear in the sisters' respective back up bands, such as Marc Olsen, Amy Stozenbach (who went on to form the all-ladies AC/DC cover band Hell's Belles), and Ken Stringfellow (or "Kevin" as he's credited) from The Posies.
--Jen Koogler


"At the Start" from local songstress Shelby Earl's acclaimed new album, Burn the Boats, is NPR's song of the Day! Earl's song actually features a trio of local musical talents: cultural luminary John Roderick-who also produced Burn the Boats-sings in duet with Earl while Telekinesis frontman Benjamin Lerner is featured on the drums. In NPR's estimation, this unique collaboration sparked some real musical magic: "An ode to the end of an affair, 'At the Start' finds Earl sounding defiantly triumphant, with Roderick dropping his guard to play the crestfallen. 'We're right where we've always been,' they sing together, adding, 'At the start, we could see the end.' It's the one who got away and the one who got left behind, singing together beautifully in just one highlight from Earl's warm, wonderful new record." Follow the above link to read the entire NPR feature and to have a listen to the song of the day.

Fremont Universe
The Fremont Universe recently posted an interview with local filmmaker Dan McComb about his latest project Beyond Naked. The documentary will explore the Fremont Solstice Parade, an annual celebration of summer and self-expression, known for its infamous naked bike ride. The film will take a look at the parade and its traditions, but focus on four first-time participants who accepted the challenge to be in the 2011 ride, as they prepare themselves for the ritual. You can read the interview with the Beyond Naked filmmaker above.

Ballard News Tribune
StudentCam is an annual C-SPAN documentary competition which encourages students to create short films about political and public policy matters. This year's theme was "Washington, DC, Through My Lens," which asked middle and high school students to address issues directly impacting their communities. C-SPAN's Digital Bus came to Salmon Bay School on Friday morning to honor middle school student Leo Pfeifer, who won second prize in their documentary competition this year. The thirteen-year -old's submission is titled "Homelessness: An American Crisis," and deals with the homelessness issue on a local as well as national level. It features interviews with local Real Change vendors and unsheltered citizens residing in the Greater Seattle area. Salmon Bay School held a special assembly on Friday morning to honor Pfeifer's achievement and screen his film. Leo said he plans to donate some of the money from his $1,500 prize and spend the rest on new film equipment so he can continue making movies. Check out his YouTube channel here to watch the prize winning video.

Seattle Weekly
A retrospectively nostalgic and contemporarily exuberant piece from the Seattle Weekly, "The Tuesday Night Music Club," recently recounted the local music landscape of the 90's, tying it to the up and coming Seattle music scene today. The vignette recalls the "Tuesday Night" show slots as the lowest on the musical food chain, but also holding the most potential for breaking through and being heard. These smaller shows at the Crocodile Caf and similar Seattle venues were the humble beginnings of grand musical careers for acts like Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Harvey Danger, Murder City Devils, Pedro the Lion, Blood Brothers and Elliott Smith. As previously mentioned, the article looks not only backward, but hopefully forward at the burgeoning Seattle music scene and the new bands leading the "heard." The piece highlights eight budding Seattle bands playing local shows similar to those epic "Tuesday Nights." Featured bands include: Doctor and the Bird, Ole Tinder, Posse, Three Ninjas, Motopony, Legendary Oaks, Fly Moon Royalty and Solvents. Click on the above link to read the article and check out the hot new "Tuesday Night" bands.

Seattle Weekly
Seattle-based Sarathan Records has just signed beloved local band My Goodness, an explosive rock duo project from guitarist Joel Schneider of Absolute Monarchs and drummer Ethan Jacobsen. In a 2010 City Arts poll of Seattle music industry insiders, My Goodness was voted Seattle's third biggest buzz-band in a list of 20 up and comers. Sarathan Records agreed, and decided to extend a signing offer, after hearing only half of the group's second song during a recent performance at Seattle's High Dive. From this packed and sweaty show in a mid-sized club, My Goodness almost immediately leaped onto the big stage of one of Seattle's most prestigious large venues, The Showbox, by being invited by Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament to open for the world-premiere performance of his new side project Tres Mts. On April 19, My Goodness will release their self-titled debut album engineered by Chris Common at Red Rooms Studio in Seattle, lovingly recorded on warm analog tape. Follow the link above for more details.

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
Tiffany Wan, Intern

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