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May 16, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS
HAPPY HOUR RETURNS MAY 30 WITH TREY GUNN

FMI HAPPY HOUR  

Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour returns May 30 from 5-7 pm at Spitfire in Belltown. This month features guest speaker Trey Gunn, guitar player for King Crimson, Brian Eno, Tool, and more. Trey will speak to the value of original voice, how to find it, and how, as an artist and business professional, to use it to your advantage.  The event is free and does not require any registration or RSVP, but you must be 21+ to attend.  

MAYOR'S FILM AWARD TO BE PRESENTED TOMORROW AT SIFF OPENING GALA

SIFF

Last week Mayor McGinn announced local cinematographer Ben Kasulke as the recipient of the 7th Annual Mayor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film. The award will be presented by Mayor McGinn during the opening ceremony of SIFF, to be held tomorrow at McCaw Hall, and featuring Lynn Shelton's film Your Sister's Sister. Click here for info on previous Mayor's Film Award recipients.   

THIS WEEK ON ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY  

SEATTLE CHANNEL  

This week's Art Zone features opening night coverage of the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). Join Nancy as she chats with local filmmakers, including Lynn Shelton, director of the festival's kick off film Your Sister's Sister. The program will also preview other films made in the Northwest, and bring you fashion highlights from the red carpet! The half-hour SIFF special premieres Saturday, May 19 at 8:00 pm on Seattle Channel 21, and endlessly online.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

OVER 50 WASHINGTON-MADE FILMS TO SCREEN AT SIFF 2012

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC     

For the first time in its 38-year history, Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) has chosen two locally made films for its Opening and Closing Night Galas: Lynn Shelton's Your Sister's Sister and Stephen Gyllenhaal's Grassroots.  The festival is also screening six feature films shot in Washington State that were incentivized by the Washington Film Competitiveness Program which was renewed this year.  And if that's not enough, the festival boasts over a whopping 50 locally-made films that will be screened during the 24-day festival. 

FILMMAKERS, ARTISTS: TAKE THIS SURVEY ON THE SEATTLE ARTS COMMUNITY 

SURVEY 

Seattle seems torn between a unified spirit of collaboration and a series of independent artists operating on their own terms.  Sarah Butler and Line Sandsmark, two local graduate students, need your help to discover where this schism lies. Sandsmark, Managing Director at ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery, is a short film producer and MFA student at Seattle U. Butler is a Seattle U graduate who now coordinates Bellevue Fashion Week. Taking this survey will help bring to light the challenges and opportunities Washington State offers professionals and students in the film and fashion industries.

MAYOR MCGINN TO VISIT KEXP FOR "HOOD TO HOOD" KICK-OFF  

KEXP        

Celebrate Ballard's victory in KEXP's Hood to Hood Challenge on Friday, May 18! KEXP will Broadcast live from Bergen Place Park from 10 am -  6 pm and festivities include live music from local bands, discounts, and drink specials at local businesses. Kick off Hood to Hood Day with John in the Morning as KEXP and Cascade Bicycle Club present the KEXP Energizer Station from 6 to 9 am in the KEXP parking lot. Featuring a LIVE Performance from Bryan John Appleby at 7 am, a conversation with Mayor Mike McGinn and more - in celebration of Bike to Work Day.

STUDENTS: EMP MARKETING IS ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A DESIGN INTERN   

EMP     

Looking for a summer internship? The EMP is seeking smart, outgoing and creative design Interns to be an integral part of their Marketing and Audience Development group. This position is unpaid and requires a minimum of 15 hours/week. Students may intern for college credit. Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and two design samples here, specifying "Design Internship" in the subject. Applications will be accepted until June 1.  

SIFF FORUMS BEGIN THIS WEEKEND WITH WASHINGTON FILMWORKS PANEL 

SIFF        

SIFF's Festival Forums begin this weekend with Washington Filmworks' WE DID IT! NOW WHAT? With the summer shooting season in sight, there is no time for legislative hangovers! Join the staff and board of Washington FilmWorks 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. The panel will take place from 4 - 5 pm on Saturday, May 19 at the SIFF Film Center. 
NAVIGATING THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING 

NWSG 

Want to know more about independent filmmaking? The Northwest Screenwriters Guild (NWSG), partnering with Women in Film (WIF), is presenting a program on independent filmmaking as part of SIFF. Moderated by entertainment lawyer Steve Edmiston and award-winning producer/director/writer Virginia Bogert, panelists will discuss new legal, financial, and marketing strategies for filmmakers, new opportunities for writers, and more. Join this panel Saturday, May 26, from 1-3 pm at the SIFF Film Center. 

FILM FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS: APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS ARE DUE IN JUNE     

THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURES    

The Film Festival Grants program has awarded $4.4 million to film festivals since 1999. While the grants are awarded for a variety of programs, film festivals are encouraged to submit proposals that make festival events more accessible to the general public, provide greater access to minority and less visible filmmakers, and help strengthen the connection between the filmmaker and the public. The 2012 application is now available. To find out more information, visit the How To Apply page. The deadline for submissions is June 27. 

LOVE YOUR JOB? TAKE SEATTLE MET'S BEST COMPANY TO WORK FOR SURVEY

SEATTLE MET 

Seattle Met and Best Companies Group are polling both employees and employers in the greater Seattle area. If you love your coworkers like family, if you work on a flexible schedule, or if your office has an extra-cozy nap room, then your company may qualify for our elite, ranked list of top employers. Register today to take the survey today. For more info, visit Seattle Met. Registration deadline: May 25, 2012. 

THEATRE PUGET SOUND SEEKING TEMPORARY PROGRAM/MARKETING ASSISTANT  

ARTS CRUSH FESTIVAL  

Interesting in programming and marketing? Theatre Puget Sound is looking for a temporary, part-time employee to assist with Arts Crush Festival coordination, promotions, and outreach.  This position requires project management, community outreach experience, communication skills, and customer service, social media expertise, program planning, and event coordination. Please submit letter of interest and resume to Deputy Director Sam Read at sam@tpsonline.org. The application deadline is May 24.

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.
 

Mine to Love: Songs of Dark Fairytales, Love and Enchantment - May 18 (3 days)

 

The Anniversary - May 20 (4 days)

 

Kevin Long's Second Album - May 22 (6 days)

 

Dynamo Royale's New Record - May 24 (8 days)  

 

Calico Beach Party's First EP - May 26 (10 days)

 

Kingdom Crumbs Full-Length Album and Multimedia Experience - June 2 (17 days)  

 

Orca Team Summer Tour - June 2 (17 days)

 

Zony Mash + Horns Album - June 2 (17 days)

 

Alessandra Rose Launches Her First Solo Album - June 3 (18 days)

 

Notion Free LP Vinyl Record by Motorbikes - June 7 (23 days)

 

Can Ordinary People Become "Citizen Heroes"? - June 15 (30 days)

 

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 5/7 - 5/13         

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. Caspar Babypants - "Hot Dog!" 

3. Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart"   

4. Pickwick - "Myths + 2"  

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

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

7. Rocky Votolato - "Television of Saints"   

8. Absolute Monarchs - "1"

9. Barcelona - "Not Quite Yours" 

10. Various Artists "Jazz at the Philharmonic: Seattle 1956" 

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 18:    
THE STRANGER 

The short for this Friday, May 18, will be "Gone Again," a visually impressive and moody short/music video written/edited/directed by Tristan Seniuk. The music is by Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band.

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:

 

LYNN SHELTON "TOUCHY FEELY" 

TOUCHY FEELY   

2009 Mayor's Film Award Winner Lynn Shelton (Humpday, Mad Men, Your Sister's Sister) and her production team wrapped filming on her fifth feature film Touchy Feely this weekend.  The film, Shelton's third with producer Steven Schardt and fifth with 2012 Mayor's Film Award Winner Ben Kasulke, was shot entirely in Seattle and co-produced by Mel Eslyn and Lacey Leavitt.
 
Reports from the set confirm that the Seattle film community is having as much fun as ever.  "Crewtopia achieved," confirms Lynn Shelton on Facebook.  
 
The production employed over 50 Washington-based cast and crew members during its 6-week production, and worked with numerous Washington vendors. 
Your Sister's Sister, Shelton's fourth feature film, kicks off the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) as the festival's Opening Night Gala Film on Thursday, May 17.  
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.
 

Surviving the Game (1994)

For this week's column I thought it would be fun to take a trip east of the Cascades for a derivative little action flick called Surviving the Game. The movie is the umpteenth film variation on Richard Connell's short story The Most Dangerous Game in which a big game hunter pursues humans. In this case Ice Mother-Effing T stars as a homeless guy who becomes the target of a bunch of rich demented jerks but, as you can predict, the prey turns the tables and the hunters become the hunted. The huntsmen are portrayed by an interesting assortment of hammy actors including Rutger Past Midnight Hauer, Charles S. Dutton, Gary Busey, F. Murray Abraham and John C. Highway McGinley.

 

While the plot is overly familiar, the filmmakers make intriguing use of several Eastern Washington locations. Most of the film is supposed to take place in Hell's Canyon on the Idaho/Oregon border, but it was actually shot in the stunning Wenatchee National Forest and the gorgeous Lake Wenatchee State Park. Both are naturally wondrous parts of the state and give the film a rugged dose of Ponderosa Pine-filled eye candy. When we are first introduced to Ice-T's character he is struggling to survive in a trash-filled Seattle alley-a suitably skuzzy part of Wenatchee makes for a reasonable facsimile of a downtrodden part of the Emerald City. As far as I can tell, all of Surviving the Game was shot within the friendly confines of Washington State, with one extremely jarring exception. During the movie's climactic scene, the Philadelphia skyline appears briefly as Seattle. It's very strange that the filmmakers, rather than grabbing a quick shot while passing through here, chose a fairly recognizable foreign cityscape to represent our hometown. Hmm. Between the scenery chewing by the cast and the scenery provided by Mother Nature, there is enough going on to make Surviving the Game a moderately enjoyable time-passer. Heck, the movie might even assist in your summer vacation planning. Just be sure to stay away from any big game hunters that look like Rutger Hauer.    

 

-Spenser Hoyt

MEDIA DIGEST

BEHIND THE SIFF 2012 TRAILER WITH ANDY SEAVER OF WORLD FAMOUS    

ANOTHER RAINY SATURDAY

Tomorrow night begins another SIFF, the longest-running and most highly-attended film festival in the US. Some 269 feature films and many, many more shorts will be screened over the next 25 days. Before each screening is the trailer for SIFF, a minute long video that includes clips from movies that have previously played at SIFF. Andy Seaver, an editor at the local video design firm World Famous, traded e-mails with Another Rainy Saturday to talk about how the SIFF trailer was created this year.  

"GRASSROOTS" ACQUIRED BY SAMUEL GOLDWYN FILMS, SET FOR JUNE RELEASE 

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights to Stephen Gyllenhaal's Grassroots, starring Jason Biggs, Joel David Moore, Lauren Ambrose, Cobie Smulders, Tom Arnold, Christopher McDonald and Cedric The Entertainer. Goldwyn is planning a June 22 release to take advantage of the fact that the movie will have its world premiere as the closing night film at the Seattle International Film Festival on June 10. The production Grassroots was filmed in Seattle in 2011 and made possible by the Washington State Film Incentive program.  

LOCAL MUSIC BLOG SHARES THEIR "MUST-SEE" PICKS FOR SASQUATCH 2012   

THREE IMAGINARY GIRLS

2012's Sasquatch! Music Festival is right around the corner! Next weekend, in fact, people will be packing up their cars and celebrating the start of summer by spending a long weekend in the sun, poring over four days of band schedules and making the most of a trip to the Gorge Amphitheater. To help you get prepped, local music blog Three Imaginary Girls shared a list of their recommended acts performing at this year's festival.    

CHECK OUT THE STRANGER'S COMPLETE GUIDE TO SIFF 2012   

THE STRANGER 

Freakishly dense with goodness, this year's SIFF is a sight to be seen. The festival features ace curating of world cinema, special events, forums, local features, and more! The Stranger provides a guide to every single film screening at SIFF 2012, featuring eyewitness reviews of more than 150 films. SIFF 2012 kicks off tomorrow night with a screening of Lynn Shelton's locally-made film Your Sister's Sister. 

10 EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO GET YOUR MUSIC NOTICED  

WEB FOR MUSICIANS   

Disc Makers recently released a free downloadable PDF called "10 Effective Strategies to Get Your Music Noticed" by Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan, authors of The Indie Band Survival Guide. Each of the ten strategies draws attention to different resources, both online and in the real world, to use to your benefit to gain exposure for you music.  

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