Vol. 6, No. 46
April 17, 2013                                                                                       View our photos on flickr Like us on Facebook Visit our blog Follow us on Twitter
CITY NEWS

HAPPY HOUR: CARL SPENCE ON MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE

Learn how to make the most of your film festival experience whether traveling to Cannes or hanging out at the Seattle International Film Festival. As a filmmaker, attending a film festival is not just about getting tickets to screenings. It is a great opportunity to network, meet like-minded compatriots and future collaborators to further your career, whether you have a film in a festival or not. Carl Spence, Artistic and Co-director of SIFF has traveled to festivals around the world from Rio de Janeiro to Pusan and everywhere in between. He will offer tips, anecdotes, insight and vital information for making your festival experience a success. Like last year, Carl will announce the line-up of local films debuting at the Seattle International Film Festival as part of the Northwest Connections program.

OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH BOSTON

Our condolences go out to the victims of the malicious attacks in Boston on Monday. First responders, emergency personnel, and spectators acted heroically by aiding those injured in the blasts, exhibiting courage and preparedness in the face of disaster. While we can't always prevent tragedies that put people in serious danger, what we can do is be prepared and know how to respond to emergencies, whether they are natural disasters or the work of people who seek to cause harm. We have compiled a number of emergency resources as a guide for those who host or participate in public or special events and would like to remind people that being prepared saves lives.

WHO HAS THE BEST MUSIC SCENE: SEATTLE, PORTLAND, OR AUSTIN?

This Saturday, the battle of the best music city will come down to a faceoff between Seattle, Portland, and Austin at the EMP POP Conference. James Keblas, Director of Office of Film + Music will debate with his Austin counterpart, Jim Butler and former Arts and Cultural Director from Portland, Cary Clarke on whose city has a more vibrant music scene with the audience choosing the winner. EMP POP conference celebrates the diversity and influence popular music has upon society.  The one day event will feature talks, debates, and presentations focused on the exchange of ideas about popular music.  As for the battle of the cities: we've place our "unbiased" bets on Seattle.   

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 2013 MAYOR'S ARTS AWARDS

The annual Mayor's Arts Awards recognize the accomplishments of artists, arts, and cultural organizations and community members committed to enriching their communities through the arts. This year there will be five awards presented in newly created categories: Future Focus, Artistic City, Venture Culturalist, Arts as the How, and Raising the Bar. With last year's more than 500 nominations, Mayor McGinn speaks to the arts as "an area of great strength and achievement for Seattle." The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., May 15.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

RECORD STORE DAY IS THIS SATURDAY!

Happy Record Store Day, Seattleites! On Saturday there will be a lot to celebrate. 25 record stores in and around Seattle are taking part, from Georgetown Records to Silver Platters Records, to Easy Street and Bop Street. So head out into your neighborhood and support your local record store. Unique releases like Sub Pop's compilation

Sub Pop 1000 will also be released on Record Store Day so keep an eye out. Follow the link to check out the full list of participating stores.

FILM ON SEATTLE'S HIP-HOP CULTURE MAKES WORLD PREMIERE

This Saturday, as a part of the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, The Blank Canvas will make its world premiere. Filmmaker & Hip-Hop musician, Rafael Flores, conducted 6 years of research to create the original documentary about underground Seattle Hip-Hop culture. Since 2004 he has interviewed over 100 rappers, producers, DJ's, graffiti artists, disk jockeys, break-dancers, fashion designers and promoters to tell the real story of underground hip-hop in Seattle. 

U-DISTRICT HOSTS KEXP AND LOCAL BANDS AT HUSKYFEST

The University of Washington is teaming up with KEXP to bring this year's HuskyFest on April 19, a block party featuring live music, Earth Day activities, giveaways, and much more. In addition to KEXP broadcasting live from Red Square, check out free shows from six Puget Sound-area bands as KEXP presents Hood-to-Hood 2013. Musicians include Jon Russell from The Head and the Heart, Damien Jurado, Tomo Nakayama, Pollens, Kithkin, and others. Events continue into the evening with showcases and DJ sets around the U-District.

KEXP SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE

Do you wish more people knew about your favorite nonprofit? Do you dream of throwing a kickass concert on its behalf? If you answered "yes" to both of those questions, then KEXP has an opportunity for you. KEXP is accepting proposals for their 2013-14 Community Partnership Cycle and if selected, KEXP will promote your organization's mission on-air and online for a month. They'll also  broadcast an interview and testimonials featuring a representative from your organization, and host a benefit concert at a local venue, with all proceeds going to your nonprofit. Last year Dude York, Ravenna Woods, Duff McKagan's band Walking Papers, and others played benefit shows for nonprofits.

CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY SCHEDULE REVEALED

Now you can pick just who you will see at this year's Block Party: the schedule for Capitol Hill Block Party's three days of nonstop music has been announced. Friday features well-known acts including Girl Talk, STRFKR, Dillon Francis, Chromatics, Danny Brown, and Telekinesis. On Saturday catch Pickwick, Purity Ring, A Trak, and Star Slinger. Sunday's lineup includes The Flaming Lips, Frightened Rabbit, Cults, and Hey Marseilles. The full lineup, prices, and schedule is listed on The Capitol Hill Block Party webpage.

BILL FRISELL, ERIC REVIS TO PERFORM WITH UW STUDENTS AT IMPFEST V

Students from the University of Washington Jazz Studies program will build on the success of a dynamic and ever-expanding creative endeavor April 24-27 when the Improvised Music Project presents IMPfest V. The annual festival pairs local up-and-coming avant-garde music visionaries with some of the world's top performers (like guitarist Bill Frisell and Bassist Eric Revis) in a series of spring concerts. In addition to concert performances, workshop/clinics by guitarist Frisell and Revis are also scheduled in the Music Building, including a session with Frisell and UW students on April 24 and with Eric Revis and UW students on April 25.  Clinics are free and open to the public. 

BEYOND HOME PRODUCTIONS HIRING EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Beyond Home Productions is seeking an Executive Producer to lead a diverse, dynamic, and growing production team working with both corporate and commercial types of work. Beyond Home is a Seattle-based company of producers, directors, and designers who work with communications through video, technical production, webcasting, event production and post-production. Responsibilities for the Executive Producer position are wide, and 10 years experience in the broadcast, corporate, or multi-media production fields is a must.

2ND ANNUAL WASHINGTON STATE LABOR COUNCIL VIDEO CONTEST

Historically, the labor movement has been a driving force in the production of arts and culture, both in the United States and throughout the world. The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO second annual Video Contest aims to find and celebrate the culture of workers, through their own voices. The theme of this year's contest is 'We Do The Work.' Winners will be shown at the NW Folklife Festival and available on the WSLC's award-winning website,

The Stand. Video submission deadline is Friday, May 3.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 4/15 - 4/19 

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC 

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

 

1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist
2. Mad Season - Above
3. Mudhoney - Vanishing Point
4. Pickwick - Can't Talk Medicine
5. Hey Marseilles - Lines We Trace
6.Telekinesis - Dormarion
7. Kinski - Cosy Moments
8. Milk Music -  Cruise Your Illusion
9. Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell & Angels
10. Cave Singers -  Naomi
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, in order of imminence, from soonest-ending project to furthest out. Click on the Kickstarter buttons to check out these local projects and discover even more happening around Seattle.

Rocker Leona X is making a totally independent album through Kickstarter. See if you want to help her record her own album.

LADY BE GOOD - April 19 (2 days)
Female musicians have been contributing to jazz for a very long time, facing all types of obstacles along the way. Will you help tell their amazing stories?
 
A PARTICULARLY STARRY MIDNIGHT - April 25 (8 days)
When physical attraction proves to be an obstacle rather than an opportunity, a man and woman are compelled to look to the stars for answers. Are the stars aligned for your involvement with this film? 
 

Seattle-based rapper and singer Xpereince has opened for every artist you can imagine.  He is now trying to take his unique brand of hip-hop to the next level.  Will you help him realize his vision and help him shoot the music video for his next single? 

 
THE HIVE - April 29 (12 days)
The 619 Western Ave Building in Pioneer Square was once a lumber and supplies warehouse. It grew into a thriving space for art of all types- from fine art to avant garde to Marvel comics. Will you be inspired to help produce this documentary? 

 

A long time (12 years) ago in a galaxy far, far away (a suburb of Seattle) three people working full-time in the game industry got together in their spare time and created something with a long name: Strange Adventures in Infinite Space. Now the third installment of the series in underway and they need your help to finish the game and get in the hands of gamers. Will you help them achieve their goal?

 

We all have things we want to share with the world, but are just waiting for the right time to do so. Faintly's time is now. Frontman Ian Ketterer makes a passionate and inspiring stance in his goal to raise $20,000 for his band to build their own studio and record their debut album.  Will you help them achieve their goal?

  

Your heart will be captured by Olivia's soulful, lyrical songs and she's ready to produce the now! You can be part of making it happen!
 
THE BOND - May 16 (26 days)

The Bond is a short film that is scheduled to be shot in Seattle in July 2013.  The story follows a man who embezzles a $10,000 bond from his wife and invests it in Iraqi Dinar in hopes to make a large profit as the currency revalues. Will you help Bryan and his crew shoot the film?  

SHORT FILM FRIDAY: 'ALTERNATOR'

THE STRANGER

This week's short film will be the trailer/preview for a short film, "Alternator," directed by the Chilean-born local artist Rodrigo Valenzuela. The film is a part of a dance/film curated by Adam Sekuler for Dances Made To Order (the other filmmakers in the project are Sekuler himself and Tracy Rector of Longhouse Media). Like all of Rodrigo Valenzuela's art installations, "The Alternator," which features Molly Sides, is visually bold and striking. 

MEDIA DIGEST

RECORD STORE DAY 2013: HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL FIND

THE STRANGER

Record Store Day is this Saturday! Are you ready? Is your bank account ready? The full list of special releases can be found on the Record Store Day website, but The Stranger's Megan Seling has a nice roundup of special deals and in-store performances around Seattle. Check it out and see where you can catch Seacats, Scriptures, King Dude, and others this Saturday. And, oh yeah... buy some records!

A PREVIEW OF BALLARD JAZZ FESTIVAL ON "JAZZ NORTHWEST"

KPLU

April is Jazz Appreciation Month and Seattle is certainly appreciating actively. The Ballard Jazz Festival, the Women in Jazz Festival, and University of Washington's IMPFest are all happening this month. KPLU's "Jazz Northwest" previewed the Ballard Jazz Fest over the weekend, playing some great recordings by the headliners and letting you know where and when you can catch these musicians. Don't miss out on this great music.

INTERVIEW: THE "VERONICA MARS" MOVIE AND KICKSTARTER

WIRED

Nearly six years after the cancellation of the whip-smart television show about a teenage private eye in a California town deeply divided by class, the Kickstarter for the Veronica Mars movie ended last week, breaking fundraising records and taking in over $5 million in the process. Creator Rob Thomas was recently interviewed by Wired about the unprecedented success of the Veronica Mars film's funding campaign and how people can be successful with crowdfunding.

SHOREWOOD HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA PERFORMS AT DISNEYLAND

SHORELINE AREA NEWS

The Shorewood High School Orchestras, under the direction of Dan Wing, recently performed at Disneyland. In addition to the opportunity to perform, this group of high school musicians also took to recording a video soundtrack in the Disney recording studio. After the performance, the orchestra enjoyed a well-deserved evening with a Los Angeles Philharmonic concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

AMAZON GAINING GROUND IN DIGITAL MUSIC DOWNLOADS

iTunes has been the king of digital music downloads for the past ten years, but the latest numbers show Amazon slowly gaining ground. The NPD Group reports that AmazonMP3 held 22 percent of the paid music market in the fourth quarter, showing the company's percentage of the market is steadily growing compared to previous years. Amazon has been expanding its digital music offerings in recent months through its Cloud Player service, which allows users to listen to their personal music collections across various devices. Amazon is also in informal talks with several music companies about launching a new subscription service.  

MARK LANEGAN CO-WRITES THEME FOR NEW ANTHONY BOURDAIN SHOW

CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND

You might know Mark Lanegan as a solo musician, a member of Screaming Trees, or as a member of Queens of the Stone Age. A new show Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain will feature theme music from Laegan and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme. Bourdain is no stranger to musicians and said of the music: "When you hear the new title music for Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown your head will explode, leaving only a smoking stump. When we heard what (Homme and Lanegan) had come up with, there was weeping and jaw-droppage."

SEATTLE FILMMAKER'S WORK SELECTED FOR PARIS SCREENING

ION CINEMA

Seattle filmmaker Shawn Telford's film BFE has been named one of six projects that will be screened at U.S. in Progress Paris, an event that promotes American independent films currently in post-production during the Champs-Élysées Film Festival. BFE is a film about small town blues, and features an all-Seattle/Spokane cast and crew. It was filmed last summer in Idaho. The film will screen in Paris this June.
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