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News from the Office of Film + Music 5/11/2011


Seattel Channel
Join Nancy Guppy and a superlative group of special guests for this week's Artzone, with artists from a multitude of mediums. The episode will feature gorgeous work from Gabrielle Bakker; a charming profile of painter and ArtCar curator Kelly Lyles; hilarious animation from Dale Goodson; a chat with art gallery owner, Greg Kucera; and terrific music from local band Head Like a Kite. ArtZone airs every Friday on Seattle Channel (Channel 21) at 8:00 PM, Sunday night at 11:00 PM on KCTS 9 and is also streaming and podcasting. You can also catch Nancy's art segment feature on KING 5's "New Day Northwest" this Thursday, May 12. For more information, visit the above link.


SIFF - Northwest Connections
SIFF begins next Thursday, May 19, and film buffs all over the city are already compiling their must-see lists. So what films should you make time for at SIFF? A good start would be to give some local love to films with a Northwest connection. This year's festival boasts 17 feature films with roots in our own backyard. Be it the scenery (South Korean film Late Autumn was shot all over Seattle), the talent behind the camera (Steven Schardt and former Harvey Danger frontman Sean Nelson directed Treatment), or the subject of the film (If A Tree Falls... documents the Earth Liberation Front movement in the PNW, and Hit So Hard tells the life story of Hole drummer Patty Schemel, who was grew up in Marysville), there are definitely some compelling cinematic ties to the Northwest. Below is full list of films considered part of SIFF's "Northwest Connections" program:

The Catechism Cataclysm, directed by Todd Rohal (USA, 2011)
Do You See Colors When You Close Your Eyes?, directed by Caleb Young (USA, 2011)
Hit So Hard, directed by David Ebersole (USA, 2011)
Holly Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians, directed by Bryan Storkel (USA, 2011)
How to Die in Oregon, directed by Peter D. Richardson (USA, 2011)
If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, directed by Marshall Curry (USA, 2011)
John Carpenter's The Ward, directed by John Carpenter (USA, 2010)
Late Autumn, directed by Kim Tae-yong (South Korea, 2010) US PREMIERE
A Lot Like You, directed by Eliaichi Kimaro (Tanzania, 2010) WORLD PREMIERE
Marrow, directed by Matt Wilkins (USA, 2011)
Norman, directed by Jonathan Segal (USA, 2010)
The Off Hours, directed by Megan Griffiths (USA, 2011)
Old Goats, directed by Taylor Guterson (USA, 2010)
Surrogate Valentine, directed by Dave Boyle (USA, 2011)
Treatment, directed by Sean Nelson and Steven Schardt (USA, 2011)
Winds of Heaven, directed by Michael Ostroff (Canada, 2010)
Without, directed by Mark Jackson (USA, 2011)

There will also be a special presentation of the 2011 Fly Filmmaking Challenge, featuring short films by local directors SJ Chiro, Tim Watkins, and Matt Clark, shot locally around the City. Visit the link above to read more about these Northwest films and where to see them during SIFF.

Easy Street Records
Sonic Boom Records
Silver Platters Records
Just in time for the onset of summer, Seattle record stores are gearing up for the latest season of in-store live music performances, featuring local and global talent. All shows are all-ages and free of charge to the public unless otherwise specified. Silver Platters in Queen Anne will be hosting an in-store with William Fitzsimmons on Wednesday, May 11. Hometown blues-rock duo My Goodness will be playing at the West Seattle Easy Street on May 13 with a $5 cover. The Apache Relay is performing on May 14 at the Queen Anne Silver Platters. The Sonic Boom in Ballard will host Seattle's Virgin Islands on May 14 and the Globes on May 18. Del tha Funkee Homosapien will be rocking the house at the Capitol Hill Sonic Boom on May 21, as will local band Grand Hallway on June 12. Catch Portland's Viva Voce on June 22 at the Queen Anne Easy Street and Seattle's most explosive hip-hop unit Shabazz Palaces on June 28! Mark your calendars and check out the links above for in-store performance times and details.

Three Dollar Bill Cinema
Seattle is home to one of the few transgender focused film festivals in the world: "Translations." Kicking-off tomorrow May 12, the festival will open with a free program titled "Sold: Examining the 'T' in TV Advertising", which explores how transgender characters have been used in commercials and ads all over the world, in progressive, regressive and transgressive ways. Opening night will also feature the new documentary I, which is about Sonny and Cher's child Chaz Bono and his gender transition from female-to-male. Other festival highlights include the film noir thriller Queen Bitch (Le Reine Des Connes), the Gender Bender Singalong, Photos of Angie and the closing night film He is My Girl, a romantic comedy. "The films in this year's festival are some of the best we've ever shown at Translations," Programming Director Jason Plourde notes. "We're happy to include fun programs like the Gender Bender Singalong as well as important and moving documentaries such as Lost in the Crowd and Photos of Angie." Film screenings will be held at Seattle University, AMC Pacific Place, The Northwest Film Forum and the Sixth Avenue Inn. For a complete film schedule, tickets information and other festival details about the individual films, visit the Three Dollar Cinema site with the link above.

Music Aid Northwest
Supporting school music programs could soon become as easy as driving your car around the block. Last week Governor Gregoire signed HB 1329, the bill to create "Music Matters" specialty license plates to help fund music education in Washington State. Music Aid Northwest has been working tirelessly for over three years to bring this music education asset to the public and is overjoyed to have successfully made it through the legislative process. Now the project is entering the design phase and needs help from local graphic designers and artists to submit artwork for the Music Matters license plate. The design competition will award $500 to the artist behind the winning plate; the contest guidelines and submission portal can be found here. See the hyperlink above for more info on Music Aid Northwest and the new "Music Matters" license plates.

Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program
If you're a composer interested in delving into the realm of film scoring, the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program's two-week summer intensive could be your introduction to the field. Now in its 11th year running, the comprehensive program has hosted students from all over the U.S. and Canada, in addition to attracting pupils from as far away as Australia, Brazil, Scotland, Japan and Dubai. The program runs from July 11-22 and will be held at the Red Lion Inn in Bellevue. Notable faculty at the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program include founder and Emmy Award-winning composer Hummie Mann (known for scoring Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men In Tights, among other films and TV shows) and songwriter Sue Ennis (who wrote music with popular Seattle rock band Heart ). Check out the link above for more information about the summer intensive curriculum at the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program.

Artist Trust
Artist Trust has just launched their new website with new and updated features that make it even easier to share arts events, opportunities and resources for artists. The new site features a massive listing of opportunities, including funding, residencies, employment, studio space and users can post additional opportunities themselves for free. It also boasts a statewide arts events calendar, featuring arts-related events throughout Washington where users can post events and stay updated on local arts industry happenings. Artists can access a directory of support resources including vital information on healthcare, emergency assistance, exhibit/performance venues and much more. Interested parties and organizations can add their own resource information to this page and bolster community support for local artists. These listings reach thousands of people every day, including artists of all disciplines across the state. Follow the links to post an opportunity or event or find out more about Artist Trust.

Club Motor
Susan Osborn
The White Rabbit
The People Now
If youre at a loss for what to do the next couple of weekends, consider supporting some events geared toward raising relief money for Japan. Head over to Club Motor on Friday, May 13 for a slew of local talent including Pretty Enemy, The Crying Spell, Unhailoed, Windowdogs, Elbow Coulee, Sicarii, Sending Signals and members of Dreams Jaded. Attendees can also bid on a lunch/dinner date with a local artist. On Saturday, May 14, singer/songwriter Susan Osborn will perform at Seattle Unity Church with jazz pianist Overton Berry, bassist Jeff Davies, guitarist Andre Feriante, and Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist Nancy Rumbel. The concert will include translated versions of popular Japanese music (done by Osborn herself) and original music from each performer. Admission to the show is by donation, with all proceeds going directly to the residents of Sendai. For a hip-hop flair, Blue Shoes Media and Sportin Life Records are hosting a fundraiser on Sunday, May 15 at The White Rabbit in Fremont with performances by Steelo, Black Stax, Ayo, and SK. All proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross. Next Saturday, May 21, Seattle-based alternative rock band The People Now will perform at the University District Street Fair (a free two-day affair) and sponsor a Japan Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami Relief booth at the event, with proceeds going to the American Red Cross. Click the above links for more information about each fund-raising effort.

2011 NFFTY Festival Highlights
This year's NFFTY: "United By Film, Future By NFFTY" was a huge success with a massive turnout of filmmakers and filmfans, as well as a smorgasbord of creative youth-made-movies! It was a exciting year for NFFTY start to finish with nearly 700 entries, almost twice the amount of films submitted last year. The festival received entries from 25 different countries and 40 U.S. states, and there were also significantly more submissions from female filmmakers than in previous years. The festival spanned over four days and included feature-length and short films in narrative, documentary, animation, music video, experimental, and action sport categories. Youth filmmakers got a taste of red carpet treatment at the opening night gala held at Cinerama with an after-party that took over the Space Needle. They also made great contacts and some industry insider tips at the Speed Networking event and gleaned plenty of filmmaking wisdom at the panel speaker series. The 48 Hour Film Off was a fast-paced and fun challenge for local high school students to test their speed filmmaking skills and on-the-fly creativity. You can watch the winning short film Jam the Jam from Seattle Center School film team right here. Congratulations to all the filmmakers involved in the festival and thanks to the volunteers and sponsors that made helped support the biggest NFFTY so far! If you attended this year's NFFTY you can take an audience survey to give some constructive feedback and help improve future festivals. Check out the link above for some awesome recap videos and pictures from NFFTY 2011.

Six bands are vying for a chance to perform at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, and Seattle's own Hotels is one of them. A seasoned quartet with a penchant for synthesizers and new wave influences, the band was chosen initially as one of 18 acts during a nationwide search. Now Hotels is mere votes away from sharing the stage with pop music stars like Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Taio Cruz, the Black Eyed Peas, and others yet to be announced. All six finalists will perform on May 18th at Las Vegas' Fremont Experience. A panel of judges, headed by former Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath, will decide that night who the winner is. How can you help Hotels become the leader of the pack? Visit this Billboard page later in the week to view a travel video of each finalist's road trip to the Las Vegas performance and watch Hotels' video diary. This will count as your vote for the band. Click the link above to learn more about Hotels and the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, which takes place on May 22.

Bellingham Herald
This year's Bellingham Children's Film Festival spotlights quirky animation. On May 14-15, catch a medley of animated shorts selected from the Children's Film Festival Seattle. Also happening on Saturday, May 14 is the "Universal Language of Music" concert put on by the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, where kids admission is free. The highlight will be an original arrangement of Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain" as featured in the classic Disney film Fantasia. Also featured in the concert will be Gershwin's "Cuban Overture," a reading of the classic Chinese folk tale "White Bones" with orchestral accompaniment, and a performance by Wendy Setter's The Dance Studio set to music by the orchestra ("Morning" from Ibsen's opera Peer Gynt, "Seguidille" from Carmen, and "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker). Check the link above for the full schedule of both events and admission prices.

Biz Kid$ Blog
Kids need financial guidance too, and for four years now Biz Kid$ has successfully taught youngsters everything from the history of economic cycles to the concepts of entrepreneurship to simply building a budget. Yes, it sounds like heavy stuff, but the show remembers to keep things light with pop culture spoofs of Donald Trump and (believe it or not) Monty Python, plus original characters like the King of KaChing. Best of all, the show is filmed right here in Seattle! Biz Kid$ was recently honored with three Daytime Emmy Nominations in Directing, Single Camera Photography, and Sound Editing. Click the link above to check out the announcement on the Biz Kid$ blog, and tune in to CBS on June 19th to watch a telecast of the Daytime Emmy Awards hosted by Wayne Brady.

Join filmmakers and film lovers at the Northwest Film Forum's revived happy hour saloon, now even happier thanks to the NWFF's newly acquired liquor license, this Friday, May 13 from 5:00pm-6:30pm. Attendees can get a fresh copy of the new quarterly schedule, in addition to mingling with the individuals in the film scene and NWFF staff alike. The event is free of charge and open to the Seattle film loving community. Visit the NWFF blog by clicking the link above for more information.

Ellensburg Film Festival
The seventh annual Ellensburg Film Festival, taking place October 7-9, is now seeking entries from filmmakers. If you have a feature film, a documentary or a short film itching for an audience, the Ellensburg Film Festival wants to hear from you. The deadline to enter is May 31 and the application fee is $50. Submissions must be made online through Withoutabox. The best film of the festival will receive a $400 prize, with additional $200 prizes in the feature, documentary and short categories. There is also a $200 prize for the best film made in Central Washington. Click the link above to review submission guidelines and other important information about the Ellensburg Film Festival.

Local jazz and public broadcasting station 88.5 KPLU has received the Service to America Award from the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation for its School of Jazz program. The award recognizes outstanding community service by local broadcasters. KPLU created the School of Jazz project in 2005 to engage jazz professionals with public high school jazz bands in Western Washington in a mentorship program, culminating in the production of a CD. In phase one of the mentoring program, each jazz musician practices with and coaches a high school jazz band in preparation for phase two, which brings the jazz musicians and high school bands together into the studio to record songs for a CD. Sales from each year's CD benefit local school music programs; over $50,000 has been raised since the program's inception. The station will release KPLU School of Jazz - Volume 7 on June 7, 2011. For more details on the award and music education benefit album, visit the link above.

Film Festival: Rwanda Kickstarter
A project nearly four years in the making, Film Festival: Rwanda is a unique documentary about a group of filmmakers in Rwanda who travel to rural villages over a 10-day period each year to showcase films about Rwandans made by Rwandans. What makes this occurrence remarkable? Consider the fact that there is nary a film school in Rwanda, and less than one percent of the country's population can afford to own a TV. Add to that the fact that this film festival is frequently the first and only time many Rwandans have ever seen film and you have clearer picture of just how powerful the story of Film Festival: Rwanda is. For a country still recovering from a devastating genocide 17 years ago, this documentary is a testament to the healing power of art and community. All funds raised by this Kickstarter campaign will go toward film editing, graphics, composer/music rights, sound editing, and legal services. indieWIRE recently published a humorous guest article penned by Warshawski on the trials and tribulations of documentary filmmaking. It was also announced recently that actor Harold Perrineau (Lost, Romeo & Juliet, Oz) joined the producing team of film and will potentially narrate it as well. Click the "Seattle Kickstarter" buttons to support this and other local Kickstarter projects.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 5/4 - 5/10
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).

  1. Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"
  2. Brandi Carlile - "Live at Benaroya Hall"
  3. Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart"
  4. Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers - "Starlight Motel"
  5. Cave Singers - "No Witch"
  6. Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers - "Starlight Motel"
  7. Fleet Foxes - "Sun Giant EP"
  8. Bill Frisell - "Sign of Life"
  9. My Goodness - "My Goodness"
  10. Lonely Forest - Arrows

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:

creativeLIVE's "Penny De Los Santos Photo Workshop"
creativeLIVE is a Seattle-based resource for both professionals and amateurs in the fields of photography, video, web and graphic design, and a host of other creative professions. Located in the South Lake Union neighborhood, the company provides a wide-ranging catalog of web seminars-all filmed live-for individuals who believe education and development is a lifelong process. Penny De Los Santos, is an award-winning photographer who has contributed to such well-known magazines as Saveur, National Geographic and Martha Stewart Living, will be working with the creativeLive crew.

"I love that Seattle crews look out for each other and for my production whether they're working on it or not," says Celeste Olds, a producer at creativeLIVE. "Whenever a crew member is booked on another gig they'll always give me a recommendation (or two or three) of someone else who can take their spot. I love it! Not to mention the creativity and diversity that comes with these people. More often than not I'll find that our gaffer is also a fantastic editor, or that our sound girl is also a musician, or the cam-op is an acrobat/welder. It's like everyone here is a multi tool!"

creativeLIVE is hiring over 20 cast and crew for this week's production.

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.

The Vanishing (1993)
Years before she became "America's Sweetheart" Sandra Bullock played a supporting role in this maligned remake of an earlier Danish/French co-production. Both films were called The Vanishing in the states and both were directed by the same guy (George Sluizer) but the American version features a tacked on, cop out ending that upset many fans of the original. Bullock plays Kiefer Sutherland's girlfriend and the two are on a road trip in the Cascades. They drive around Mt. St.Helens, then travel through a tunnel (the tunnel location was actually in Wyoming as I guess they couldn't find a decent tunnel in Washington), and end up at a gas station in North Bend. In real life it was a Texaco station but it is called "Titan" in The Vanishing. Sutherland's character (Jeff) plays with a hacky sack in the parking lot and both the lovely (Mt. Si) and tacky (Dairy Queen, the outlet mall) are visible in the background. While Sutherland is killing time his girlfriend gets abducted by a creepy guy with a strange accent (Jeff Bridges). We then jump ahead three years during which Jeff has been obsessively looking for his vanished lady friend. He meets a waitress with fork earrings (played by Nancy Travis) at a mountainside diner. The diner is supposed to be located somewhere near North Bend but it is actually a place in California. Once again, I guess they couldn't find the "right" diner here in Washington. The two become friends and, eventually, special romantic friends. The couple soon shacks up at Jeff's sweet apartment located in the lower Queen Anne neighborhood on Aloha Street with splendid views of the downtown cityscape as well as the Seattle Center. Eventually Jeff's obsessions compromise his new relationship and he ends up on Bridges' trail hoping to find out what happened to Bullock. Bridges' character is named Barney and, at the start of the film, we learn that he really wants to kidnap a woman. We see Barney in action by the Pike Place Market and in front of The Seattle Shirt Co. located across from the market. There are also some shots of the Pioneer Square bus tunnel where Barney picks up his daughter and the two get in his car, which is parked on Yesler Way. Barney has a mountain cabin whose location I am not sure of but I guess they used the same cabin in some episodes of Northern Exposure. Aside from a few specific scenes, most all of The Vanishing was filmed in Seattle and Western Washington. Oh yeah, Sutherland and Travis meet up at a restaurant called the Harbor Caf that was probably shot in L.A. or thereabouts because somehow the filmmakers couldn't find a caf to shoot at here in Seattle. --Spenser Hoyt


Check out the new music video for Death Cab for Cutie's "Home Is a Fire", a single from the band's forthcoming album Codes and Keys. The clip was co-directed by DCFC bassist Nicholas Harmer and visual artist Shepard Fairey (the man behind OBEY Propaganda street art). It features color saturated shots of an urban setting literally plastered with Fairey's wheat paste cut-outs, incorporating lyrics from the song. You can read the artists' statements, commenting on the intersection of art, music and film, at the link above and watch the music video here.

Seattle Business Magazine
The Academy of Interactive Entertainment, a non-profit vocational training institution for the digital media industries, announced that it will open a U.S. campus at Seattle Center later this year. The Australia-based Academy is recognized as a leading educator for the game development and 3D digital animation industries. "The AIE will provide students with real world skills that employers look for in grads that are applying for a job in game development as a programmer, artist, or engineer," said Dr. Christopher Erhardt, head of the new Seattle campus. "We are offering 2-year advanced diplomas and 1-year certificates in game development targeted at the casual and social game sectors as well as focused courses in Screen & Media, Computer animation and digital post production F/X for students interested in getting into film animation." Seattle is home to over 150 interactive media companies in the gaming industry, which was a major decision point in AIE's choice to add the new campus. "Education is a strong cornerstone for growing our local workforce which is a driving need for our local industry," said Kristina Hudson, Director of Enterprise for Seattle's Washington Interactive Network. "In the next few years, we have the unique opportunity to be the global center of game and interactive media development and IP creation, if we stay competitive with our education, taxes, and incentives." Click on the link above to learn more about the new AIE campus coming to the Seattle Center.

1984 Underground Hip-Hop Essay
1989 SWASS Essay, a free online encyclopedia of Washington State history, has published the third and fourth installment of essays chronicling the epoch of Seattle hip-hop and its boisterous beginnings. The retrospective vignettes written by historian Peter Blecha recount pivotal turning points in Seattle's hip-hop history, including the 1984 rap concert at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall and the release of Sir Mix-A-Lot's SWASS album in 1989. With the advent of hip-hop talent such as Mix and DJ Nasty Nes entering the scene, it was a groundbreaking and progressive period for Seattle hip-hop. To balance out the business end of newly formed Seattle hip-hop labels and rap records going gold (and eventually platinum) there were wild hootenannies such as the 1989 "Nastymix Gold Party." To read the Seattle rap culture-infused expositions, follow the Historylinks above and enjoy some old-school hip-hop community history from the golden era of Seattle rap culture.

Seattle Weekly
Even if you don't recognize the name Jon Kertzer, you've probably heard his world-music-saturated KEXP radio show Best Ambiance (started in 1984), livening up your after work commute. Mr. Kertzer has been sharing his proclivity and knack for discovering amazing music around the globe and in the City for the past 40 years with a myriad of local projects. He has worked as an artist booker for Bumbershoot, founded and hosted a variety of KEXP shows (Wo' Pop and Audioasis), lent his musical taste buds to Microsoft Music and curated the Next Ambiance world-music collection with Sub Pop. After decades of music related work in Seattle, Kertzer will be headed to Edmonton, where he will act as the director of the folkwaysAlive! project in ethnomusicology at the University of Alberta, and also to become an associate professor there. "Simply put, Jon is one of the founding fathers of the station," remarks KEXP Executive Director Tom Mara. "We're so proud of his accomplishments during these past three decades. I can't overstate his tremendous impact." For more details on Jon Kertzer's musical influence on Seattle over the years, read check out the article from Seattle Weekly at the link above. Thank you for the music, Jon!

Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
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Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel White, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Jonathan Hughes, Intern
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