Vol. 6, No. 47
April 24, 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 at tonight's Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour at Spitfire. 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.

NEW MUSIC AND STORIES ON THIS WEEK'S 'ART ZONE' WITH NANCY GUPPY  

This week on Art Zone, Nancy welcomes music from the terrific band Vaudeville Etiquette whose new EP "Debutantes" comes out May 22. Jack Straw Productions presents "Story Chairs" a mix of true stories and original songs from 31 writers and musicians. "Assisted Living" from local playwright Katie Forgette gets a world premiere at ACT. Art Zone premiers Friday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m on The Seattle Channel and forever online.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

SIFF SEATTLE FILMMAKERS INITIATIVE PASS AVAILABLE

SIFF 

SIFF has announced that they are offering a discount to the Seattle filmmaking community with benefits that include access to press screenings, invitations to the NW and Industry Parties, year-round SIFF membership discounts, and SIFF 6-pack ticket packages. The Seattle Filmmakers Initiative application is available to all members of the filmmaking community, from directors through the craftspeople across various departments.

NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE RENEWS ITS PARTNERSHIP WITH SEATTLE CENTER

Northwest Folklife announces that the organization has renewed its agreement with Seattle Center for another six years. The Seattle City Council voted to approve the partnership on Monday, continuing an over 40-year long relationship between Seattle Center and Folklife. The Folklife Festival is a celebration of the art and traditions of the region, and provides opportunities for all to enjoy and participate in dance, live music, workshops, storytelling, hands-on family activities, and more. The 42nd annual Northwest Folklife Festival will take place May 24-27.

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS

Seattle-based arts and cultural organizations are invited to apply for the City's Civic Partners funding program, administered by the Office of Arts & Culture. Two informational sessions covering eligibility and tips for writing an effective proposal will be held on May 8 and on May 20. Last year, $1.6 million was awarded to 128 Seattle-based arts, heritage, and cultural organizations and nine arts service organizations.

NORTHWEST FILM FUND, LOCAL SIGHTINGS FESTIVAL ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

Northwest Film Forum announces a call for submissions for two of its major annual programs, the Local Sightings film festival and the Northwest Film Fund (a grant program supporting local documentary film projects). The Film Forum is now accepting film submissions from Northwest-based filmmakers for the autumn Local Sightings festival. The closing date is July 1. The Northwest Film Fund is accepting applications for funding until July 27.    

NFFTY 2013 KICKS OFF THIS THURSDAY FEATURING LOCAL TALENT 

NFFTY 2013 is finally here and tickets are selling fast. This year brings with it another outstanding lineup of films from the world's most promising young filmmakers, including the work of many talented young Seattle artists. A notable number of international young filmmakers will be joining the festival this year as well representing countries including Egypt, Denmark, Greece, South Africa, United Kingdom, Norway, India, and more. The NFFTY Opening Night Gala takes place this Thursday at the Cinerama, with the festival lasting through the weekend.

NORTHWEST FILM FORUM WELCOMES LINE SANDSMARK 

Line Sandsmark will be the Northwest Film Forum's new Development Director, the first full-time staff post devoted to fundraising in the organization's history. Sandsmark joins the Northwest Film Forum team after three years service on the board of directors. The Film Forum also announced the departure of long-time program director Adam Sekuler, a major contributor to the Seattle film community since 2006. Sekuler leaves his post in October 2013 - recruitment for the vacancy will begin this summer.

SEATTLE YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES 70 YEARS

SYSO 

The Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra (SYSO) is celebrating 70 years of orchestral performance and education this season. A special gala concert will be held on April 28, which has also been named "Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras Day" by Mayor Mike McGinn. The concert will feature performances from the entire SYSO "family" with all four of its orchestras performing. Distinguished alumni and special guests will also be on hand to speak about the organization's impact including Mae Lin of the Seattle Symphony and broadcast journalist Make James.

ANNUAL "MORE MUSIC @ THE MOORE" SHOWCASES LOCAL TEEN TALENT

STG 

Come see some young local musicians showcase their talent alongside a true pro. Fearsome bassist and songwriting veteran Meshell Ndegeocello is bringing her chops and teaching skills to the Seattle Theatre Group's "More Music @ the Moore" program this year. Local teen musicians steeped in diverse musical styles from taiko drumming, to indie folk, to beatboxing will be performing with Meshell as the program culminates in a concert on May 10. Show discounts for students are available.

FILM, MUSIC, AND INTERACTIVE MEDIA COMPANIES MAKE THEIR PITCH AT FORUM

The upcoming ZINO Entertainment & Lifestyle Investment Forum, will bring together angel investors, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs in gaming, interactive media, film, and fashion. Seattle is a leading city in creative industries and interactive technology alike, and this event will likely bring some major attention to deserving companies. Pitches will be delivered by startups and awards will be given for "Best Investment Opportunity" and "Best Presentation." The forum takes place on April 30.

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. Mad Season - Above
2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist
3. The Postal Service - Give Up (10th Anniversary)
4. Pickwick - Can't Talk Medicine
5. Telekinesis - Domarion
6. Mudhoney - Vanishing Point
7. Soundgarden - King Animal Demos
8. Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell & Angels
9. Robert Delong - Just Movement
10. Hey Marseilles - Lines We Trace
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.
 
A PARTICULARLY STARRY MIDNIGHT - April 25 (1 day)
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 (5 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!
 

ULTIMATE CHIPTUNE WEEKEND - May 16 (22 days) 

Ultimate Chiptune weekend is a 3-day festival celebrating various forms of dance-oriented Chiptune music-music made from old video-game hardware or software. The show will feature many of the top names in modern Chiptune world-wide. With the venue nailed down, the artists all signed up, and a TON of support from the community, this project will have NO problem going off once the goal is reached!


THE BOND
- May 16 (22 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?

 

CLAREMONT - May 20 (26 days)

Claremont is a short film directed by Ashley McEneny. Inspired by films like Antichrist, Dogtooth and Repulsion, the film depicts a woman trapped in a psychological maelstrom. She is consumed by the allure of losing control and uses sex to upset the power dynamic in her favor. The cast and crew have been secured; all Ashley needs is support from you!

 

DIGITAL CINEMA AT NORTHWEST FILM FORUM - June 2 (38 days)

Northwest Film Forum is transitioning to a brave new digital future! We need your help to install DCP technology in their cinemas. Conversion to a Digital Cinema Package in our cinemas is part of an over-arching three-year renovation plan to upgrade their venue and capacity in Seattle. Will you help them achieve their goal?

SHORT FILM FRIDAY: 'THE GHOST OF GUN CONTROL'

THE STRANGER 

This Friday's short will be "The Ghost of Gun Control," another excellent New York Times Op-Doc by Drew Christie, a local animator and filmmaker. The short was inspired by Drew Christie's interest in the terrible story of Sarah Winchester. This is the story: Fearing that her gun-manufacturing family had been cursed after the untimely deaths of her husband and child, she turned to a psychic in Boston for advice (this was in the early 1880s). The psychic confirmed her fears. There was indeed a curse on her family. The ghosts of the people who had been killed by Winchester rifles would kill her if she did not move west and build a house that perpetually confused them. Sarah moved west and began building this house, room after room, to keep the murderous ghosts away from her life. The construction only stopped with her death in 1922. Christie sees Sarah Winchester as a metaphor for American society today. 

MEDIA DIGEST

QUINCY JONES, HEART INDUCTED INTO ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

SEATTLE TIMES 

"This is a great honor, considering the legends that came before us, and who are with us this year," Ann Wilson of Heart said privately after the legendary Seattle rock band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last Thursday night, "It's also special because it's recognition of Seattle music." Heart's induction speech was given by Chris Cornell , identifying Ann and Nancy Wilson as a few of his heroes. Legendary bandleader and producer Quincy Jones was also inducted, and talked about his Seattle roots working with record producer Bumps Blackwell.

EASY STREET RECORDS ON LIST OF TOP STORES FOR VINYL

NBC NEWS 

Last Saturday was Record Store Day, a celebration of vinyl records and the stores that sell them. West Seattle's own Easy Street Records was honored by Billboard Magazine as one of the top record stores in the United States. Record Store Day played a big part in the resurgence of vinyl sales over the last few years, giving records a new way to shine and generate excitement. Easy Street says vinyl is now 70 percent of the store's sales.

SEATTLE WOMEN IN JAZZ FESTIVAL IS THIS WEEKEND, HERE'S A TASTE

KING 5 

The Seattle Women in Jazz Festival will run this Friday though Sunday and feature a lot of great music. Some highly-talented female musicians will be playing at a number of venues, including the Triple Door, The Vera Project, Egan's Ballard Jam House, and LUCID Lounge. Last week, an all-female jazz group the "Darlings of Rhythm" appeared live on King 5's "New Day" program. The group played the jazz standard "I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)" on King 5's morning program in honor of the festival. Head out and see some talented musicians this weekend! 

MOVIE THAT TOOK 22 YEAR TO FINISH WINS ACCLAIM

BRIEFING WIRE 

Due to a series of mishaps and life's curves, Paul Gorman's film Broken Frame was filmed in 1987 and sat unedited for 22 years. On March 9 of this year, Rain City Cinema released the finished film. A popular UK blog selected Gorman's film as "Film Of The Day," encouraging anyone who has ever struggled to make it in the film industry watch the film. Gorman hopes that his film will be an inspiration to filmmakers and anyone else who has unfinished projects. The film can be watched for free on the Rain City Cinema website.

DECIBAL FESTIVAL IN 10TH YEAR AND STRONGER THAN EVER

Cody Morrison quit a professional baseball career in 2005.  He currently works as a real estate broker by day but his real achievement comes in the form of his position as Sponsorship Director of the Decibel Festival. When Morrison joined Decibel in 2008, he turned the financially unstable electronic music festival into a profitable platform for bringing high-quality Electronic Dance Music (EDM) from around the world into Seattle clubs and venues. This being the 10th year for Decibel Festival, Morrison is poised to grow the event while staying faithful to the original vision of the festival.

WASHINGTON DANCE TAX HAS VENUES' HANDS (AND FEET) TIED

No matter what types of shows you attend, music and dancing are pretty much paired at the hip. But for the past few years, the combination has posed a challenge for Washington state music venues and clubs. The law stipulating that venues offering an "opportunity to dance" are not exempt from sales tax has posed a lot of problems for Seattle venues, many being hit with massive charges for back taxes. Earlier this month, dozens of dancers took to the steps of the Capitol Building in Olympia to support an effort to repeal the law.

"BIG JOY" WINS BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD, HEADS TO TRIBECA

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 

Seattle film BIG JOY, a documentary about openly gay pre-Beat era poet, and filmmaker James Broughton, won the award for "Best Documentary Feature" at the Florida Film Festival last week in Orlando. The documentary made its New York premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it will be screening throughout the week. 

UW JAZZ STUDENTS TAKE OFF THE GOWN, GO OUT ON THE TOWN

University of Washington professor in residency, Ted Poor, is embracing hands-on experience outside the classroom. This fall Ted will become the newest jazz faculty member, bringing with him the philosophy that the most valuable education happens when students are encouraged to play their music on the town. His students have brought their jazz to the CafĂ© Racer sessions, Table and Chairs record label events, and an improvised music festival they cheekily call ImpFest. In the spirit of urgency that Poor has adopted from his time in New York, he tells his students to paly every note as if their lives depended on it. For your next jazz fix, checkout the many locations where Poor and his students can be heard across town.   

A FIENDISH CONVERSATION WITH NFFTY'S JESSE HARRIS

Jesse Harris is the founder and director of the nation's largest youth film festival, NFFTY. Seattle Met spoke with Jesse about the festival's origins and his favorite moments in the history of the festival and about how Seattle has shaped the festival, saying "Seattle is a great moviegoing audience town. There's been kind of this extra heart and soul to the festival; it is the city itself and where it takes place." He also talks about the young filmmakers that we should keep an eye on, like Chase Crittenden and Anthony O'Brien.

SEATTLE MUSIC AND FILM COME TOGETHER IN SCUBA 2013

VELOCITY DANCE CENTER 

2013's SCUBA National Touring Network for Dance has been announced, and Seattle film and music will be brought together with contemporary dance in a number of unique performances. Their 2013 program features the world premiere of About That Tree which has original music by Seattle composers Bukake, Dave Abramson, and Eyvind Kang. Another featured work will be An Inner Place That Has No Place, part of a suite of dance and film works exploring memory and memory loss. Choreographer/dancer Shannon Stewart collaborated with filmmaker Adam Sekuler, composer Jeff Huston and many performers to bring this to work to life.
QUICK LINKS  
CITY BUSINESS CASUAL - Returns May 9 with a "Tourism, Hospitality, and Restaurants" Theme!