Vol. 5, No. 46                                    View our photos on flickr Like us on Facebook Visit our blog Follow us on Twitter
April 25, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS

HAPPY HOUR RETURNS TONIGHT WITH GUEST SPEAKER BETH BARRETT 

FMI HAPPY HOUR   

The Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour returns tonight at Spitfire in Belltown from 5 - 7 pm. Guest speaker Beth Barrett, Director of Programming at Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), will reveal what's behind the curtain at film festivals, and share what you should be doing to get your work noticed here and abroad.  Beth will also discuss facts for films that do make it into national film festivals, and provide examples of films that don't.  And if that isn't enough, at the strike of 7 pm Beth will announce the local film line up for the 2012 SIFF Northwest Connections program.  See you tonight!

ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY  

SEATTLE CHANNEL 

This week on Art Zone with Nancy Guppy, multi-disciplinary artist Mandy Greer joins the "Next Fifty" celebration at Seattle Center. In music, local band Hale May perform. The show will also feature a profile of the late, and beloved local artist, Christopher Huff Martin. The show airs Friday, April 27 at 8:00 pm on Seattle Channel 21 and again at 11:00 pm on KCTS 9, and online.    

STARTUP WEEKEND SEEKS PARTICIPANTS TO BUILD APPS WITH GOVERNMENT DATA

STARTUP WEEKEND 

The first Startup Weekend aimed at connecting local application developers, entrepreneurs and community members with online government data will take place this weekend, April 27, 28 and 29, in Seattle City Hall. Developers will use data to create new mobile apps and business ideas that make government services more accessible and relevant to residents and businesses.  

SEATTLE CHANNEL NOMINATED FOR 21 EMMYS 

SEATTLE CHANNEL 

Mayor McGinn recently announced that the Seattle Channel received 21 Emmy nominations from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Art & Sciences (NATAS), a record number of nominations for the popular city-operated TV station. In 2010 and 2011, Seattle Channel received four Emmys. In 2010, the station was named the best government TV station in the United States by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors.     

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS HIRING PRODUCTION SERVICES COORDINATOR   

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS    

Washington Filmworks is accepting applications for their full-time Production Services Coordinator position.  The position's primary responsibility will be responding to location and production resource inquiries from motion picture productions.  As the first point of contact for filmmakers interested in shooting in Washington State, the candidate must have excellent communication and superior customer service skills, motion picture production experience, and knowledge of entertainment policy and procedures, along with a deep knowledge of production resources and locations across Washington State.

NFFTY 2012 OPENS TOMORROW, FUTURE OF FILM EXPO OPENS FRIDAY 

NFFTY    

The time has come again for the best young filmmakers in the world to come to Seattle.  NFFTY's sold-out Opening Night Gala takes place at Cinerama tomorrow at 7:30pm (line for rush tickets starts at 6pm), and the events ramp-up all weekend.  Don't miss the 100% free Future of Film Expo Friday and Saturday to experience more than 30 booths, workshops, and panels - this year featuring Matthew Lillard (fresh off his audience award at SXSW) and Alex Buono (SNL Films cinematographer).  Don't miss out! 

SEATTLE AREA FILMMAKERS: SIFF INITIATIVE PASSES ARE NOW AVAILABLE   

SIFF    

To apply for your 2012 SIFF Seattle Filmmakers Initiative Pass, download and complete the SFI Accreditation form and return by fax, mail, or e-mail. To qualify for a pass you must include a one-page resume that outlines your involvement in the Seattle film industry. Applications may be submitted throughout the Festival, but benefits begin April 30 and include access to press screenings, various SIFF parties, membership, and even opening night tickets. The SFI Pass is subject to approval and available to qualified Puget Sound filmmakers.    

FREE FOR KIDS: AUTHENTIC GUINEAN MUSIC AND DANCE AT TOWN HALL 

TOWN HALL    

Message From Guinea is a group of extraordinary Seattle-based West African artists spreading a message of joy, unity, and transformation, with powerful rhythms, high-energy dances, melodic songs, and traditional instruments steeped in the heritage of their home country of Guinea, West Africa - one of the few places where indigenous drumming and dance traditions are still woven into everyday life. Admission is free for kids. 

NORTHWEST PRODUCTION INDEX NOW HOSTED ON ONE SITE 

NORTHWEST PRODUCTION INDEX    

Washington Filmworks and partners Media Index have transitioned their primary production directory for cast and crew to the Northwest Production Index at www.nwfilm.com. Visit the Northwest Production Index for searchable and comprehensive listings of qualified crew, producers, directors, post-houses, sound, equipment, and support resources.  If you're a Washington resident and work in film, or manage a business that supports film, you are eligible to list your services on the Northwest Production Index by contacting them here

SEATTLE THEATER GROUP LAUNCHES NEW SEASON WITH FREE EVENTS 

STG

The Seattle Theatre Group recently launched its upcoming 2012 - 2013 season. To celebrate, STG will be opening the Paramount Theatre doors for 3 days of free events!  Beginning on May 4 and ending on May 6 with a community block party that will feature music, dance, visual performance and demonstration, arts and crafts, food, and
more.  All events will take place at the Paramount.

CEREMONY TO HONOR LOCAL ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR T.J. MARTIN 

SIFF    

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) will be hosting a ceremony to honor local Academy Award-winning director T.J. Martin on Friday morning. RSVP for the event by e-mailing press@siff.net. Later in the day, SIFF will be hosting a press screening of the festival's opening night film Your Sister's Sister.  

SCREENWRITERS: NEW CREATIVE SPACE OPENING IN SEATTLE  

SEATTLE WRITER'S LODGE 

The Seattle Writer's Lodge is a unique location and an environment for writer's to drop-in, work quietly, receive private coaching, and meet best-selling authors, agents and producers over Friday night dinners.  You won't get that holed up at your local coffee hang! This weekend, the Writer's Lodge will be holding an open house where you can meet proprietor Christie Jenkins, a former Hollywood photographer & scriptwriter, who spent two years on the NY Times bestseller list. Send e-mail via the link above for more information.  

WASHINGTON FILM INCENTIVES: WE DID IT! NOW WHAT?   

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS    

Not only is this a great question, it's also the focus (and title) of a series of informational sessions hosted by Washington Filmworks in Seattle and Spokane to discuss the future of filmmaking in Washington State. In Seattle, join the Filmworks staff and Board during the 38th Annual Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) on Saturday, May 19 at 4 pm in the SIFF Film Center to learn how the film office, the production incentive and the statewide industry can work together to make the most of the future of filmmaking in Washington State. In Spokane, join in on the conversation on Thursday, May 31 at 6 pm at the Nectar Tasting Room.  

ADOBE'S 2012 YOUTH FILM CAMP COMES TO SEATTLE'S CENTER SCHOOL 

ADOBE
Last week was an exciting week for students in Seattle, who underwent five intense days of filmmaking. Students from around the city gathered for this year's camp, which was run by Adobe, SIFF, and Reel Grrls, and was hosted at the Center School in downtown Seattle. The young filmmakers will go on to submit their work to SIFF FutureWave, the Aspire Awards, and AYV Live.  

HOSTS OF VH1 CLASSIC'S "THAT METAL SHOW" LAUNCH LIVE TOUR IN SEATTLE

The hosts of VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show," now in its 10th season on VH1 Classic, are presenting their very first live performance together at Seattle's El Corazon on Friday, May 4. Fans will have a chance to ask hosts Jim Florentine, Don Jamieson, and Eddie Trunk questions, as well as mingle with them during sets by Seattle's Witchburn and Portland's Spellcaster.  

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 4/16 - 4/22      

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. Brad - "United We Stand"  

3. Absolute Monarchs - "1" 

4. Eddie Vedder - "Love Boat Captain" (RSD 7'')  

5. Pickwick - "Myths + 2"  

6. Caspar Babypants - "Hot Dog!"   

7. Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart"  

8. Brad - "Waters Deep" (RSD 7'') 

9. Rocky Votolato - "Television of Saints"  

10. Shabazz Palaces - "Black Up" 

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 27, will be "We Can Stop Time," a short by
Shaun Scott (Waste of Time, Seat of Empire). This city should keep an eye on this young and talented director/image remixer.
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.


Shredder Orpheus (1990) 

 

Somewhere in the history of science fiction cinema, roller skates and skateboards became equated with futuristic dot matrix dystopias. Among the dubious ranks of movies like Hackers and Prayer of the Roller Boys, we find a local product called Shredder Orpheus. It's a post-apocalyptic rock and roll yarn about a group of skateboarding miscreants who dare to challenge a nefarious satellite television station.

 

In the near future, things are looking bleak. The government is broke, the environment is ruined, and most locals live in The Grey Zone, a homeless camp constructed from shipping containers. Director/star Robert McGinley portrays the coolest guy in the Zone, Orpheus-an ace skateboarder and all-around rockin' dude. He's the lead singer for Orpheus and The Shredders and has a beautiful girlfriend named Eurydice (Megan  Money Buys Happiness Murphy), who dances with the band. During a gig at a local venue called Club Trash Bin, she gets spotted by the head of EBN (Euthanasia Broadcasting Network). He concludes that Eurydice is the "key to the heartbeat of the youth market" and constructs a plan to trick her in to joining his network. If you are familiar with the Orpheus legend, you know what happens next. If you aren't, you can probably guess that Orpheus, equipped with his skateboard and a magic lyre (designed by Jimi Hendrix), embarks on a journey to save his beloved.

 

There aren't a lot of recognizable Seattle locations in the film; most scenes unfold either by the storage container yards on the waterfront or on minimal sets. I think the interior of Club Trash Bin may be the Pioneer Square Theater (RIP) and there is a dream scene that takes place at Golden Gardens, but that's about it for the familiar sights.The real local interest is its unique supporting cast. Most notable is the late Steven "Jesse" Bernstein who acts as the film's narrator and lies on his back to ride his skateboard. Hank Harlan (better known as Bill Bored, the host of  Bombshelter Videos) pops up in a small role, and the cast is rounded out with a bunch of cool local pre-grunge musicians including  Amy Denio, and  Bill Rieflin.

 

Shredder Orpheus ultimately fails as an entertaining skateboarding science fiction mini-epic, but its story failures are overshadowed by its oddball vibe. The movie made me long for the days before the dot-com explosion with its cheesy evocation of a sleepier (and weirder) Seattle.

 

-Spenser Hoyt



MEDIA DIGEST

LOCAL MUSICIANS PERFORM AT HUSKY FEST, RECORD STORE DAY 

SEATTLE TIMES 

It was a special, sunny weekend in Seattle if you had free time and could get outside. With free, live music at University of Washington for the school's 150th Anniversary celebration HuskyFest, and in select stores for Record Store Day. Andrew Matson at the Seattle Times took some pictures of the day's events, featuring local bands Witch Gardens, Secret Colors, Naomi Punk, and Stephanie.   

SEA-TAC AIRPORT BRINGS LOCAL MUSIC TO ITS AIRWAVES  

SEATTLE MAGAZINE 

Launched in January, this collaborative effort of the Seattle Music Commission, the Port of Seattle and Redmond-based media company PlayNetwork aims to celebrate Seattle's rich music culture by piping local bands through airport speakers, playing local music by artists like Macklemore, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Allen Stone, videos on the airport's monitors, and offering a multichannel Web-radio service on the airport's free WiFi. 

CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY LINEUP IS UNVEILED 

ANOTHER RAINY SATURDAY 

CHBP's reputation for bringing the best in regional and touring indie artists to the stage has drawn 10,000 people a day for sold out shows year after year. On Tuesday, the 2012 festival's initial lineup was announced on KEXP, and features touring headliners Neko Case, Major Lazer, and Aesop Rock, right alongside local musicians Lemolo, Feet, Black Breath, and more!  

SIFF 2012 IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER 

SEATTLE MET 

The official trailer for the 38th Seattle International Film Festival is now live. Imagined by WongDoody, the largest independent innovative agency in Seattle, and brought to life by Seattle powerhouse World Famous, this year's trailer is a visually stunning, kaleidoscopic feast showcasing nearly 50 films in one minute from past SIFFs.  

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