Vol. 6, No. 50
May 15, 2013                                                                                       View our photos on flickr Like us on Facebook Visit our blog Follow us on Twitter
CITY NEWS

MAYOR'S FILM AWARD 2013 GOES TO PAUL MATTHAEUS 

The 8th Annual Mayor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film has been awarded to Digital Kitchen Founder Paul Matthaeus. "Paul's impressive filmmaking and commercial film career, his championship of Seattle as a thriving commercial film production city, and his commitment to the local filmmaking industry make him an obvious honoree this year," said Mayor McGinn. "I congratulate him on his work and thank him for being a leader in our local film industry." The Mayor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film recognizes an individual or entity for exceptional work that has significantly contributed to the growth, advancement and reputation of Seattle as a filmmaking city. The award presented is artwork created by artist Dale Chihuly.

MAYOR ANNOUNCES $500,000 INVESTMENT IN MUSIC AND ARTS EDUCATION

Made possible by higher than expected admission tax revenue, the City has announced a $500,000 investment in arts education for Seattle Public Schools. The program will ensure every student in the Central Pathway of Seattle Public Schools receives a minimum of two hours per week of music and visual arts education programming, as well as supporting the purchase of instruments and other arts supplies for classrooms. "This initiative will change the way nearly 50,000 of our city's young citizens engage with their community and think about the world. This investment is a major turning point," says Office of Arts & Culture Director Randy Engstrom. The eventual goal of the program is to expand the program each year until all students at Seattle Public Schools receive two hours per week of arts education programming by 2020.

AMY LILLARD SHARES IMPACT OF LOCAL FILM INDUSTRY AT MAY'S HAPPY HOUR  

Information is power. This spring film industry workers across the state participated in a jobs survey designed to gather information about how film professionals create their careers in Washington State. The information collected paints a compelling picture about how film professionals create year round work, and how the film industry contributes to the larger creative economy. Amy Lillard, Executive Director of Washington Filmworks, will present the results from the jobs survey and an overview of the first annual report on the state of Washington's film industry at the May Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour on Wednesday, May 29 at Spitfire.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO PRODUCE A SPECIAL EVENT IN SEATTLE 

"Special Events - Success in Seattle" is a public forum about the Special Events Process that will have City representatives on hand to guide community members through the Special Events permitting process, and answer questions. Chris Swenson, Film + Special Events Program Manager, will be on hand to talk about events permitting. This forum is put together by the Washington State Liquor Control Board, and will take place from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday, May 17 at City Hall's Bertha Knight Landes Room.

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ON 'ART ZONE' THIS WEEK 

This week is Art Zone's special Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) coverage. Join Nancy as she chats up local filmmakers, goes gaga over movie stars, and covers the red carpet experience at SIFF's opening night. Art Zone premieres Friday, May 18 at 8:00 p.m. on Seattle Channel, and forever online.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR INNOVATION LAB

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS

Washington Filmworks has announced the five finalists for the inaugural Innovation Cycle of the Innovation Lab. This cycle of the program offers up to $175,000 in funding assistance support and is designed to challenge local filmmakers to create motion picture content that traverses multiple platforms. Each of the five finalists will move on to the "Pitch Session" of the program where they will be encouraged to present new business and revenue models that leverage Washington's film infrastructure in the digital era. The five finalists are Steve Edmiston (The Maury Island Incident), Alycia Delmore (Rocketmen), Kevin Maude (Project Pluto), Tracy Rector (Salish Sea), and Lacey Leavitt (Emerald City). Washington Filmworks is the non-profit that manages state film and production incentives.

LUCID INC. FILMMAKERS WIN 2013 WEBBY FOR 'BEST DOCUMENTARY' 

WEBBY AWARDS 

Lucid Inc., an award-winning Seattle-based documentary film studio, is pleased to be awarded the 2013 Webby for Best Documentary for their film The Roper about a young, black calf roper trying to succeed in the southern U.S. rodeo circuit. The Webby will be awarded Tuesday, May 21 in New York by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences for "excellence on the Internet". Lucid competed against 10,000 entries from over 60 countries, and beat out Whole Foods, The Ford Foundation and The Flaming Lips/Pitchfork for the win.

SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE SEEKS FACULTY

SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE 

Seattle Film Institute is expanding and looking for faculty in the following areas:  Acting for Film; Sound Design and Recording Arts; Motion Graphics and 3D Animation; Documentary Production; Post-Production (with strong skills in Premiere); Film Production and Cinematography; Screenwriting; and Producing. MFA or terminal degree is not required for some positions but is highly desirable. Please email résumé or curriculum vitae and letter outlining your professional background and interests to leigh@seattlefilminstute.com or send to: Leigh Huser/Seattle Film Institute/3210 16th Ave. W/Seattle, WA 98119.

COPACINO CREATIVE EXECUTIVE, ORIGINATOR OF 'SODO MOJO', DIES

SEATTLE TIMES

Advertising executive for Seattle-based Copacino+Fujikado, Steven Cunetta, passed away on Monday after a year long battle with angiosarcoma, a rare form of cancer. Mr. Cunetta was well known for his work with the Seattle Mariners and coined their slogan of the 2000s, "SoDo Mojo." He moved to Seattle in 1989 and worked for the ad firm McCann Erickson. He joined Copacino+Fujikado at its inception in 1998 and worked on the firm's Mariners' marketing campaigns. Jim Copacino, the firm's co-founder, said Mr. Cunetta "had this wonderful crackling energy," a self-deprecating sense of humor and retained the fast-talking New York accent of his youth.

KCTS 9 AND SIFF PARTNERSHIP CONTINUES

KCTS 9 

KCTS 9 is championing the local indie film community in 2013 through several different initiatives that showcase and celebrate Northwest filmmakers. For the second year, KCTS 9 will be partnering with the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) to present the Reel NW Award, created to bring new recognition and new audiences to a deserving film and help strengthen the Pacific Northwest's independent film community. KCTS 9 is also sponsoring SIFF's 2013 Fly Filmmaking Challenge. The four films from the 2012 Fly Filmmaking Challenge, also sponsored by KCTS 9, will be aired in a special Reel NW episode on Friday, May 24.

NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE NOW LIVE

NW FOLKLIFE

The annual Northwest Folklife Festival celebrates the music, dance, stories, and art of the people of the Pacific Northwest, and is one of the largest free folk festivals in the country. Festival-goers have the opportunity to participate in the many traditions of our diverse region. This year's cultural focus is Washington Works, a program that explores various aspects of occupational folklore in the Northwest, with over 6,000 performers from the Northwest. Scheduled activities include live performances, visual arts, and many hands-on activities.

LOCAL FILMMAKERS TO PREMIERE 'ALIVE & WELL' DOCUMENTARY AT SIFF

SIFF 

Alive and Well is a powerful project created by five Seattle friends who embark on a journey to better understand the devastating diagnosis of Huntington's Disease (HD), a neurodegenerative brain disorder, which has affected one executive producer's family. The film weaves together the stories of seven individuals from various walks of life affected in one way or another by the devastating chronic illness known as Huntington's Disease. After the premiere on May 22, filmmaker Josh Taft and Producer Kate Bayley will sit down with one or two subjects from the film for a Q & A.

BAROQUE OPERA SPECIALIST STEPHEN STUBBS APPOINTED TO UW FACULTY

UW SCHOOL OF MUSIC

The University of Washington School of Music will gain new expertise in early music with the appointment of lutenist and baroque opera specialist Stephen Stubbs to the School of Music faculty. Stubbs, artistic director of Seattle's Pacific MusicWorks, joined the School of Music faculty in Fall 2013 as a senior artist in residence and will make his public debut at the UW in May 2014 as artistic director and conductor of a Pacific MusicWorks and School of Music co-production of Handel's 1743 opera Semele. A Seattle native, Stubbs gained international prominence as an opera director and lutenist during a 30-year career in Europe before he returned to Seattle in 2006.

LOCAL DIGITAL CREATIVE AGENCY GLG CELEBRATES 20 YEARS

TIM GARRIGAN BLOG

The Garrigan Lyman Group, an innovative and award-winning marketing and creative agency in New York, San Fransisco, and strong Seattle roots, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. GLG's work includes clients like T-Mobile and Microsoft, and they have been at the forefront of digital marketing for years.

SHORT FILM FRIDAYS: THE SIFF EDITION

THE STRANGER

For the next three weeks, Short Film Fridays will feature work by directors who are participating in the current Seattle International Film Festival. The first film in this series is a music video made in 1994 by the Seattle-based director Josh Taft. The music video is for one of the most important tracks in the history of hiphop, Nas's "The World Is Yours." The world premiere of Josh Taft's first feature, Alive and Well,  a documentary about people dealing with Huntington's disease,  happens at SIFF Cinema Uptown on May 22 (7:00 pm). 
 
-Charles Mudede
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 5/6 - 5/10 

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC 

Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom Records (Ballard) and Easy Street Records (West Seattle).

 

1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist

2. Sadistik - Flowers For My Father

3. Mad Season - Above

4. Cave Singers - Naomi

5. Melvins - Everybody Loves Sausages

6. Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell & Angels    

7. Postal Service - Give Up (10th Anniversary)

8. Pickwick - Can't Talk Medicine
9. Caspar Babypants - I Found You!

10. Mudhoney - Vanishing Point

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.

 

ULTIMATE CHIPTUNE WEEKEND - May 16 (1 day) 

(Music) Ultimate Chiptune weekend is a 3-day festival celebrating various forms of dance-oriented Chiptune music made from old video-game hardware or software.

 

THE BOND - May 16 (1 day)

(Film) The Bond is a short film that 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.

 

MASSIVE MONKEES STUDIO: THE BEACON May 20 (4 days)

(Project) Help the Massive Monkees make necessary studio upgrades to continue operations long-term for their students, performers and community.

 

CLAREMONT May 20 (5 days)

(Film) Claremont is a short film that depicts a woman trapped in a psychological maelstrom, consumed by the allure of losing control and uses sex to upset the power dynamic in her favor.

 

THE POCKET THEATERMay 27 (11 days)

(Project) A new performance space in Seattle where performers do not have to pay to perform.

 
LIFE IN CODE: SERIES 1May 29 (14 days)

(Web Series) Life in Code is a web series that will tell the stories of women and their stories of working in computer programming.

(Documentary) The Glamour and The Squalor is about the rise, fall, and reemergence of radio personality Marco Collins.

  

DIGITAL CINEMA AT NORTHWEST FILM FORUM June 2 (17 days)

(Project) Northwest Film Forum needs help in transitioning to a brave new digital future by installing DCP technology in their cinemas. 

 

CLOSURE / ADOPTION DOCUMENTARY - June 3 (18 days)

(Film) A documentary about a trans-racial adoptee who finds her birth mother at age 26, and meets the rest of a family who didn't know she existed.


SEATTLE 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT - June 14 (29 days)
(Film Competition) In their 9th year, the Seattle leg of the 48 Hour Film Project hopes to be bigger and better than ever. 
MEDIA DIGEST

ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL WINS THIRD PLACE IN JAZZ BAND COMPETITION

SEATTLE TIMES

Roosevelt High School won third place in the prestigious national Essentially Ellington jazz-band competition in New York City. Garfield high school and Edmonds-Woodway in Edmonds were also finalists. Since 1999, when the competition opened to bands west of the Mississippi, Seattle-area bands have often dominated, taking first place seven times (Garfield four, Roosevelt three) and sending at least two - and a couple of times, four - finalists to New York. Garfield and Roosevelt also won honors for outstanding saxophone and trumpet sections; Roosevelt was recognized for an outstanding trombone section and Edmonds-Woodway for an outstanding clarinet section.  

COLE & WEBER UNITED LEADING WINNER AT ADDY SHOW

MARKETING NW 

Cole & Weber United was the big winner at the Seattle ADDY Awards show, with 19 awards, plus Best of Show in the Digital Advertising category. Cole & Weber United's winning total included six Gold and 12 Silver awards. The Cole & Weber United Best of Show in the Digital/Interactive category was for its Group Play Facebook app for the Washington State Lottery. The competition attracted a record 420 entries-an increase in both participation and number of entries for the third consecutive year.

THE ONLIES: SEATTLE HIGH-SCHOOLERS MAKE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC

KUOW

When it comes to musical talent, there's no shortage in Seattle. The city boasts a thriving indie rock scene, great jazz and classical musicians, and the country's most popular hip-hop act, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. But the string trio The Onlies are a little outside the norm. For one thing, Sami Braman, Ryan Calcagno and Leo Shannon play fiddle-inspired old-time and traditional tunes. And for another, despite performing together for a decade, none of the three is old enough to have a driver's license. This winter, The Onlies released their first full-length CD, which features traditional songs from Ireland, Cape Breton and the Appalachian Mountains, as well as a half dozen original compositions. The trio will perform some of those tunes at the 2013 NW Folklife Festival.

Q&A: SCREENWRITER DAVID LIPSON ON GENRE, COLLABORATION, AND MORE

CITY ARTS 

Local screenwriter and story consultant David Lipson sat down with City Arts to talk about his work and Seattle's film community. He shares Valuable insights into the life of a screenwriter, saying that one of the biggest challenges in his profession is "that delay between when you write something and when that thing connects with an audience. So often by the time somebody encounters my work, I'm already totally submerged in the challenges of a new project." 

QUICK LINKS  
FILM + MUSIC + INTERACTIVE HAPPY HOUR - Returns May 29 with Amy Lillard!
CITY BUSINESS CASUAL - Returns June 13 with a "Life Sciences and Global Health" Theme!