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May 9, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS
2012 MAYOR'S FILM AWARD RECIPIENT ANNOUNCED: BENJAMIN KASULKE  

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC  

Today Mayor McGinn announced local cinematographer Ben Kasulke as the recipient of the 7th Annual Mayor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film. Kasulke has lensed over a dozen local feature length and short films including Lynn Shelton's Humpday (2009 Sundance Winner), Megan Griffiths' The Off Hours, and 2012 SIFF opening night film, Your Sister's Sister. Kasulke has also mentored burgeoning filmmakers through his work at SIFF and Northwest Film Forum. The award will be presented by Mayor McGinn during the opening ceremony of SIFF, to be held this year on Thursday, May 17, at McCaw Hall. Click here for info on previous recipients.  

ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY  

SEATTLE CHANNEL  

This week on Art Zone with Nancy Guppy, The brother/sister musical duo, Noah and Abbey Gundersen play Studio AZ. In film, Lauren Weedman unleashes her newest show at Northwest Film Forum. This week's episode will also feature a profile of local filmmaker Britta Johnson. It all happens Friday, May 11 at 8:00 pm on Seattle Channel 21 and again at 11:00 pm on KCTS 9, and online.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

YOUNG FILMMAKERS: APPLY TO JOIN THE SIFF FUTUREWAVE COMMITTEE 

SIFF     

SIFF is looking for young adult film lovers with great ideas for film events and programming they want to see put into action! The SIFF FutureWave Committee is intended for young adults aged 15 - 20 with an interest in the Seattle film community. The Committee is expected to be comprised of approximately 15 young adults who are representative of the Seattle Metro area. The committee meets twice monthly during the school year and members receive a year-round pass to SIFF Cinema and a Full Series Pass to the 2013 Seattle International Film Festival. Applications are due June 11.

CELEBRATE WINNERS OF MOHAI'S HISTORY IS ___ FILM COMPETITION  

MOHAI     

The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) invites you to celebrate all of the filmmakers who participated in the 2012 History Is___ film competition with two nights of fun! Walk the red carpet, capture memories in the photo booth, enjoy cupcakes and lemonade, and cheer on the winners as they accept their awards. The youth event takes place Friday, May 11, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm, and the open competition ceremony is Saturday, May 12, from 6:00 - 8:30 pm.  

FILMMAKERS: THE 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT RETURNS TO SEATTLE THIS SUMMER 

48 HOUR FILM PROJECT        

The 48 Hour Film Project will return to Seattle the weekend of July 13 - 15, 2012. Filmmakers from all over the Seattle area will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against entries from around the world for the title "Best 48 Hour Film of 2012". Registration opened Tuesday, May 8.  

SEATTLE-BASED "BIZKID$" NOMINATED FOR THREE NATIONAL DAYTIME EMMYS  

BIZKID$ 

Locally-produced, award-winning PBS series BizKid$ has been nominated for three National Daytime EMMYs. Alex Carrillo and Jim Golingo received nominations for editing, Bad Animals for sound editing, and Outstanding Children's Series for the entire team. Biz Kid$ is a national financial education initiative based on an Emmy Award-winning public television series about kids, money, and business. The series is produced and filmed in Seattle, includes 65 episodes, and reaches over one million viewers per episode.  

MUSIC4LIFE EXPANDS; VINTAGE "BABY GRAND" PIANO COULD BE YOURS  

MUSIC4LIFE 

The Music4Life program is now serving low income kids in the Shoreline Public Schools. The goal of the program is to put instruments in good playing condition in the hands of youth who might otherwise not be able to afford them. Recently, retired UW biology professors Katherine Graubard and William Calvin donated their Kranich & Bach "Baby Grand" piano to the Music4Life program. The 1920s vintage piano had been in the Graubard family for many years. In order to fund beginner instruments for young musicians to use immediately, the piano is for sale right now through Music4Life.

ATTEND THE COUNTRY'S LARGEST FREE ARTS FESTIVAL: NW FOLKLIFE    

NW FOLKLIFE     

Northwest Folklife is the largest free arts festival in the United States. Now in it's 41st year, the festival - which takes place Memorial Day Weekend in Seattle Center - features over 800 acts across 25 stages, celebrating all forms of cultural expression practiced in the Northwest. This year's event features exciting festival traditions such as dance, musical showcases, craft vendors, and an international food court.  

CNBC TO RE-AIR WEBBY AWARD-WINNING SONICS DOCUMENTARY

SONICSGATE     

CNBC will re-air the Webby Award-winning documentary film Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team to a national television audience on Monday, May 14 at 5:00 pm PST. When CNBC acquired the broadcast rights to Sonicsgate for a one-year exclusive term in 2012, the filmmakers broke the entire project down and built it up from scratch again, creating a streamlined re-cut version with new content that is fully licensed for distribution. The documentary is also available to be viewed online.  

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.
 

Love in the Year 2000 - May 12 (3 days)

 

Mine to Love: Songs of Dark Fairytales, Love and Enchantment - May 18 (9 days)

 

The Anniversary - May 20 (11 days)

 

Kevin Long's Second Album - May 22 (12 days)

 

Dynamo Royale's New Record - May 24 (15 days)  

 

Calico Beach Party's First EP - May 26 (16 days)

 

Kingdom Crumbs Full-Length Album and Multimedia Experience - June 2 (23 days)  

 

Orca Team Summer Tour - June 2 (23 days)

 

Zony Mash + Horns Album - June 2 (23 days)

 

Alessandra Rose Launches Her First Solo Album - June 3 (25 days)

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 4/30 - 5/6        

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. Caspar Babypants - "Hot Dog!" 

4. Pickwick - "Myths + 2"  

5. Various Artists - "Soul of Seattle"   

6. Don't Talk to the Cops - "Let's Quit"  

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

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

9. Rocky Votolato - "Television of Saints"   

10. Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"  

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, MAY 11:  
THE STRANGER 
The short for this Friday, May 11, will be "Number 3 Acheron, " a short by a director, Dalyce Lazaris, whose work and history is completely unknown to me. But the short speaks directly to my love for public transportation.  

-Charles Mudede 

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:

 

AVENUE FILMS "I AM ISADORA" 

AVENUE FILMS  

Veteran Seattle media makers have begun filming for a new entertainment series designed to transform web media, and to continue to put Seattle on the map as a place to film and be filmed.  

Last Friday, Avenue Films began filming scenes for the first episode of the new web entertainment series, I Am Isadora on the Link Light Rail at the Sound Transit Operations Facility.  Director and creator Jay Alan, who has done hundreds of commercial and dramatic media projects for Seattle institutions from the Bon Marche to Microsoft and Xbox,  has assembled a team of veteran Seattle media makers for the series; a coming of age story about Isadora, a sixteen year-old girl who is basically making it on her own using her wits, art, and community to grow and succeed.  

"Our company is based in Columbia City and we want to continue to put Seattle on the map as a place to shoot and be shot," says Alan.  "I Am Isadora is aimed at changing the perception of web-based media from niche and kitsch to mainstream, exciting, vibrant and sustainable."

The production is filming throughout 2012, with the goal to hire hundreds of local cast and crew and numerous vendors.
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.
 

I Love You to Death (1990)


Your appreciation of I Love You To Death will be directly proportional to your enjoyment of Kevin Klein and "hilarious" exaggerated Italian accents. Me, I've never been a Klein man and I tire of goofy accents after about 12 minutes, so I wasn't too into this Lawrence Kasdan joint from the get go. But it was shot in Tacoma (yay!), so it isn't all bad. The plot is loosely based on a true story that took place in Pennsylvania about a wife who made several unsuccessful attempts to kill her cheating husband and ended up spending four years in prison. What does cynical Hollywood do with a story like this? They turn it into a broad, forced screwball comedy with a happy ending, starring K.K. and his exaggerated vocal stylings.

Joey Boca (Klein) runs a successful pizzeria with his wife Rosalie (Tracey Ullman in a thankless role). In between making pies and hassling an employee named Devo (the late River Phoenix) about his handling of the restaurant's meatballs (or should I say "meat-a-balls") Joey schtupps pretty much every dame he can get his mitts on. His conquests include Victoria Jackson, Heather Graham, Kathleen York, and Phoebe Cates (aka the real-life Mrs. Klein). Eventually Rosalie clues in and hatches a plot to kill her philandering husband with the help of Devo, her mom (Joan Plowright), and a couple of stoner burn-outs (Keanu Reeves and William Hurt). Joey somehow survives despite eating multiple servings of poisoned spaghetti and getting shot in the head. Unlike real-life, the couple ends up reconciling after Rosalie spends a couple of days in jail and Joey gets tested for VD. (I made that last part up). You can tell the talents involved felt like they were mining comedy gold, but the film is severely lacking in the hilarity department. The uneven script is seriously void of funny punch lines and the cast scores very high on the Ham-o-Meter. There were several plot points that I just couldn't comprehend, most notably, the entire female species being hot for Joey.

I Love You To Death is nearly redeemed with its thorough use of our sister city to the south. Some of the T-Town highlights include Joey's pizzeria, located in the triangular Bostwick Building on Broadway near Antique Row. The storefront is now a Tully's. Other locations include the diner portion of Tower Lanes bowling alley, a sketchy trailer under the 11th Street Bridge, The Stadium High School Library, and Tacoma Avenue South, which offers views of the Tacoma Dome and the Port of Tacoma. A few local actors, like Johnny "Sugarbear" Willis and G. Valmont Thomas, show up in bit parts. By far the best place the filmmakers use is Bob's World Famous Java Jive - Bob himself even makes a brief appearance behind the bar. My advice to everybody reading this is to skip the movie and head south to enjoy a cold one at Washington State's greatest teapot-shaped dive bar while you still can. You will not be disappointed.

-Spenser Hoyt 
MEDIA DIGEST

SEATTLE MAKES BEAUTIFUL MUSIC FOR FILMS AND VIDEO GAMES  

SEATTLE TIMES 

Thanks to Seattle Film Institute's film-scoring program - plus local labor and cost considerations - Seattle has become a hotbed of film and video game scoring. In the late '80s and early '90s, Seattle's orchestral musicians formed a labor union, allowing them to compete with performers in Los Angeles and New York. Now, Seattle is a go-to city for filmmakers looking to score.  

MUSIC LINEUP FOR BUMBERSHOOT 2012 ANNOUNCED   

SOUND ON THE SOUND 

Seattle summer might be a little ways away, but Monday we got a peek at what the end of summer will look like with the Bumbershoot music lineup announcement. Last years "Decibel After Dark" Fest will continue (and this time is included in the cost of your tickets) and some new additions have been made to the fest, including a Sub Pop sponsored stage, a new stage called the Promenade where local bands and singer-songwriters will be featured, and an unannounced metal showcase. Local artists at this year's festival include Damien Jurado, THEEsatisfaction, Mudhoney, Bryan John Appleby, and more.    

LYNN SHELTON FEATURED IN THE NY TIMES 

NY TIMES 

For those excited for the SIFF opening night screening of Lynn Shelton's new film Your Sister's Sister, this recent NY Times profile is a must-read. Films reporter Margy Rochlin paid a visit to Seattle to discuss Shelton's career, Madmen, Scarecrow Video, and life in the Northwest. Last month Shelton started production on her newest film, Touchy Feely, a comedy with multiple story lines and an ensemble cast.  

ALL AGES: SEATTLE HIP-HOP WELL-REPRESENTED AT UW'S SPRING SHOW    

THE STRANGER 

This Friday, University of Washington students will be lining up along Montlake Boulevard for something other than a basketball game, as Hec Ed Pavilion plays host to UW's annual Spring Show. This year's concert pairs local hip-hop artists Brothers from Another and  The Bar (feat. Geo of Blue Scholars), with L.A.-based rising star and Dr. Dre-collaborator Kendrick Lamar, and R&B performer Terius "The-Dream" Nash - a man who has written songs for Rihanna, Beyonce, and more. The show is free for UW students.  

HOW TO SHOOT A ZERO BUDGET FILM ON CAPITOL HILL 

CAPITOL HILL TIMES 

The Capitol Hill Times has a profile of recently-formed production company Bow and Lyre, currently filming a zero budget project entitled "Maureen" on Capitol Hill. Anna Conser and Kara Schoonmaker, two 27-year-old Seattle natives, founded the non-profit film company last year in anticipation of their first major endeavor. 

YOUTH FILM CONTEST ORGANIZED TO HELP WASHINGTON STATE PARKS  

WENATCHEE WORLD   

A Seattle organization is sponsoring a short film contest for students in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties designed to give state parks a boost and students a creative outlet - and maybe win a cash prize. "Why I Love My State Park" will be the theme of these short videos, produced by students. The contest is sponsored by the Farrington Foundation, a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving open spaces and outdoor opportunities. 

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