Vol. 5, No. 47                                    View our photos on flickr Like us on Facebook Visit our blog Follow us on Twitter
May 2, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS
ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY  

SEATTLE CHANNEL 

This week on Art Zone with Nancy Guppy, photographer Davis Freeman has a new show of portraits as part of the Seattle Center's "Next Fifty" celebration. In music, local indie-folk band The Maldives perform. The show will also feature a profile of the wild and talented front man of Kultur Shock, Gino Yevdjevich. It all happens Friday, May 4 at 8:00 pm on Seattle Channel 21 and again at 11:00 pm on KCTS 9, and online.    

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

CITY ARTS PROFILES THE SEATTLE FILM INDUSTRY'S TRANSFORMATION FROM AN INDIE OUTPOST TO AN INDUSTRY TOWN  

CITY ARTS     

Twenty years ago, the local music scene galvanized an industry that continues to thrive as a creative and economic force. Now local film has a chance to do the same.  Local filmmakers are behind some of the most anticipated films at this year's Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) including Lynn Shelton's opening night movie Your Sister's Sister, and five other Seattle-made feature films.  Today's Seattle films reflect an authentic Northwest ethos and nuanced perspective rather than gratuitous Space Needle shots and coffee jokes, and are received with local festival support including Langston Hughes African American Film (LHAAF) Festival and the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY).  

THE RECORDING ACADEMY'S PACIFIC NW CHAPTER IS HIRING 

THE RECORDING ACADEMY     

Looking for a management position in a music-related field? Our friends at the local chapter of the GRAMMYS are hiring a Membership Manager, whose job will be to identify strategies for recruiting new members, retaining current members, and re-engaging former members in the Pacific Northwest region.  

LOCAL FILM AND MUSIC NON-PROFITS ASK YOU TO "GIVE BIG" TODAY 

SEATTLE FOUNDATION       

May 2 marks Seattle's second annual GiveBIG day - an online charitable giving event to benefit non-profits in our community. Donations made to nonprofits through The Seattle Foundation's website will be stretched further thanks to The Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG sponsors, who will match a share of every contribution. Many local film and music non-profits are involved in today's event, including The Vera Project, EMP, NFFTY, Grand Illusion Cinema, Northwest Film Forum, and more. Find a list of participating non-profits here.   

WASHINGTON STATE'S FILM INCENTIVE PROGRAM BRINGS SIX FILMS TO THE SCREEN DURING SIFF 2012  

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 

The 2012 Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) will feature over 200 screenings including 24 world premieres and six Washington-made films that were made possible by Washington State's Film Incentives program - Eden, Fat Kid Rules the World, Camilla Dickinson, The Details, Safety Not Guaranteed, and Stephen Gyllenhaal's closing night movie Grassroots.  After sun-setting last June, the film incentive program managed by Washington Filmworks was reinstated this legislative session and is currently accepting applications for future projects.   

MORE THAN 10,000 PEOPLE ATTENDED NFFTY AND THE FUTURE OF FILM EXPO 

NFFTY     

Last weekend, over 200 young filmmakers from all over the world visited Seattle for NFFTY and the Future of Film Expo. Over 10,000 people attended the festival in total, and the visiting filmmakers, exhibitors and panelists filled up two Downtown hotels. The four-day festival featured 222 films, two galas, and the first annual Future of Film Expo, which drew over 30 exhibitors. In case you missed the festival, The Stranger has the reasons why you shouldn't miss it next year - and be sure to visit www.nffty.org in the coming weeks for recap videos. 

YOUNG, ASPIRING MUSICIANS: STG'S SONGWRITERS LAB IS OPEN

STG     

STG's Songwriters Lab is open to serious, aspiring musicians, ages 14 through early 20s, who are looking to grow as songwriters and performers. Under the mentorship of professional musicians, students will learn creative approaches to song composition and lyric writing, along with strategies for navigating the music business. Past mentors include: Jill Wangsgard (composer, arranger, producer), Sue Ennis (songwriter for Heart), Dumi Maraire (hip-hop artist, producer), and more. Scholarships are available for those who qualify. 

BRAD CONCERT AT THE PARAMOUNT TO BENEFIT LOCAL MUSIC PROGRAMS

SYNERGIA NORTHWEST

Seattle super-group Brad, featuring Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam, will perform with The Synergia Northwest Orchestra at Music Matters "LIVE!" on May 12, 2012 at The Paramount Theatre. The concert will benefit school music programs throughout Washington State. Music Matters "Live" features an orchestra performing on-stage with some of the Pacific Northwest's biggest rock and pop recording artists, along with select student musicians

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 4/22 - 4/29       

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. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - "Vs. [Redux]" 

4. Various Artists - "Soul of Seattle"  

5. Pickwick - "Myths + 2"  

6. Shabazz Palaces - "Black Up"    

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

8. Caspar Babypants - "Hot Dog!"  

9. Nirvana - "Bleach"  

10. Rocky Votolato - "Television of Saints"  

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:

 

VODA STUDIOS "SELF MAGAZINE PHOTO SHOOT" 

VODA STUDIOS  

The Seattle office of VODA Studios hit the blustery streets and parks of Seattle this weekend to capture an eight page editorial for the September issue of SELF Magazine.  VODA Studios has offered studio, location, photographic, video, equipment, and production services through their Seattle, Los Angeles,and Shanghai locations since 2004.

"Our client chose to shoot this large spread in our dynamic city because of Seattle's unique landscape and 'outdoor feel'," says location producer Erika Desroche.  "We were able to capture ten different locations in 2 days that beautifully represented the diversity that the magazine wanted." 

 

The crew of 12 were hired locally as well as brought in from Los Angeles, New York, and the UK for the production, which included filming locations in West Seattle, Pike Place Market, the Bainbridge Ferry, and along the Seattle waterfront. 

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.
 

Born to Be Wild (1995)
 

 

What we have here is your standard "boy meets ape" story closely patterned on Free Willy (1993), except this time around it's not a whale, it's a gorilla. While hanging out at his mother's college laboratory, a trouble-making teen named Rick (Wil Horneff) becomes acquainted with a smart and friendly female ape named Katie (Leif Tilden in an unconvincing gorilla suit) who knows sign language. The two become fast friends but their relationship is threatened by the owner of a local flea market (Peter Boyle, earning a fast paycheck) who wants to reclaim Katie and keep her in a cage at the store. Before you can say "B & I Circus Amusements," Rick and Katie are on the lam and the interspecies fugitives try to avoid the law and get Katie back to her childhood home in the jungle.

 

Of all the movies we've discussed so far in this column, Born to Be Wild has perhaps the most perplexing use of Seattle locations. The movie was mostly shot in Washington State and its plot is partly based on Ivan the Gorilla, a local silverback celebrity gorilla who lived a fairly sad life in a flea market in Lakewood until he was eventually moved to the Woodland Park Zoo. The Seattle skyline is prominently featured on the movie's poster and the artwork for its subsequent DVD release. But weirdly enough, the movie does not take place in Seattle. Judging from the artwork I expected Rick and Katie to end up here in the city, but it never happens. Born to Be Wild is actually set in Oakland, California.

 

The filmmakers do a good job concealing the actual shooting locations and are careful to avoid any stereotypical Seattle images. The most recognizable city footage occurs early in the film during a car chase under the Spokane Street Viaduct. The neon "City Light" sign over the Seattle City Light South Service Center is prominently seen in the background while Rick is pursued by several police cruisers. Another location that I instantly recognized was the Alpen Village Drive-In near Sultan, though it's renamed "Ernomoburgers" for the film. Other than that, there isn't a whole lot of "obvious" Pacific Northwest material, though some may recognize a few local media personalities from the mid-nineties like Monica Hart (KIRO), Drake Collier (KIRO) and David Wingert (KIXI), who show up in bit parts.

 

I still don't understand why the Seattle skyline and the Space Needle are so prominently featured in the film's promotional art. Perhaps it was the result of a major communication breakdown between the film's producers and the studio's marketing department...we may never know. Born to Be Wild may be the first and only time a film crew traveled from California to Washington to make a movie set in California. I wish it would happen more often.

 

-Spenser Hoyt

MEDIA DIGEST

MONTHLY NETWORKING EVENTS BRING TOGETHER BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT 

SEATTLE CITY LIVING 

Seattle City Living recently ran an article covering networking events organized by the City of Seattle; including our own Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour, as well as City Business Casual, which is run by the Office of Economic Development (OED). "The Office of Economic Development and Office of Film + Music make businesses a priority," said Karin Zaugg Black of OED. "We feel that one of the best things government can do is serve as a facilitator to connect businesses and people together. Our networking events achieve this." At Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour, musicians have scored live gigs, actors have found work, and producers have met and brainstormed ideas.  

SEA-TAC FEATURED ON LIST OF "AMERICA'S BEST AIRPORTS"

GEEKWIRE 

A new ranking of the Best and Worst Airports in the United States, published by Travel + Leisure, ranks Sea-Tac Airport the second-best in the country for wireless Internet access, based on a survey of travelers conducted by the magazine. Seattle is also number one when it comes to coffee shops, and number eight overall.  

STIFF KICKS OFF THIS FRIDAY 

CULTURE MOB 

It's a good time of year to be a Seattle film fan. The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is just around the corner, the city just hosted NFFTY and the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, and this weekend brings the kick off for Seattle's True Independent Film Festival (STIFF). STIFF is a showcase of underground, independent, and experimental filmmaking, taking place across the city in venues like the Grand Illusion, Central Cinema, and Varsity Theater. The festival kicks off Friday with a gala and an all-local film lineup, features a benefit event and screening of Benefit Lives from Seattle to Ethiopia on May 9, and wraps up on May 12. 

SIFF'S FACE THE MUSIC SERIES, IN TRAILER FORM 

ANOTHER RAINY SATURDAY 

Another Rainy Saturday compiled trailers for all the movies showing in this year's "Face the Music" series, which features documentaries, tributes, and biopics - all about music. The series includes Bad Brains documentary A Band in DC, soul documentary Charles Bradley: Soul of America, and Loretta Lynn biopic Coal Miner's Daughter, not to mention the locally-produced documentary Welcome to Doe Bay.    

ONLINE NINJA MINI-SERIES SHOWCASES WEST SEATTLE TALENT

WEST SEATTLE HERALD   

"Chop Socky Boom" - a four-part web series, with nearly a dozen cast and crew members from West Seattle and White Center - spoofs the kung fu and action hero genres, and is the latest addition to Seattle's growing number of locally made web series. The first two episodes were released recently, called "Audition" and "Callbacks". 

BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL MUSICIANS WIN AT STATE COMPETITION  

MY BALLARD 

Last weekend, a group of Ballard High School music students traveled to Ellensburg to compete in the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) and the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) State Solo and Ensemble Contests. The students placed well in a number of categories, including percussion, guitar, chamber choir, men's vocal quartet, and more.  

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