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May 23, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS
HAPPY HOUR RETURNS NEXT WEDNESDAY WITH TREY GUNN

FMI HAPPY HOUR  

Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour returns next Wednesday, 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.  

THIS WEEK ON ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY  

SEATTLE CHANNEL  

This week's Art Zone features the Sasquatch Music Festival, which turns eleven this year. Musical guest Sam Russell pays a visit to Studio AZ. Elsewhere, the work of Nobel prizewinning playwright Harold Pinter comes to the ACT - and the Intiman Theatre re-opens its doors. All this and more happens Friday, May 25 at 8:00 pm on Seattle Channel 21, and endlessly online. Be sure to catch Nancy's SIFF red carpet coverage from last week's Art Zone, available here.  

CITY INVESTS MORE THAN $175,OOO IN YOUTH ARTS TRAINING  

OFFICE OF ARTS & CULTURAL AFFAIRS 
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, through its Youth Arts funding program, will invest $175, 960 in 34 youth programs that offer arts training outside of school hours for Seattle's middle and high school youth. It's estimated the funded projects will engage more than 5,400 youth in about 42,400 hours of arts training. Included in the program, forty youth will participate in urban graffiti and music-production workshops focused on hip-hop culture, the result of a $3,300 award to Washington/Asian Pacific Islander Families Against Substance Abuse. 

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

GRAMMY MUSICTECH SUMMIT FEATURES WORKSHOPS, DJ SPOOKY, AND MORE 

GRAMMYS PNW 

GRAMMY MusicTech Summit focuses on the current state and evolution of digital music, visuals, and performance. Some of the nation's most dynamic music and technology leaders will participate in focused and succinct industry presentations, lively discussions, hands-on workshops, and demonstrations throughout the EMP Museum. To RSVP e-mail pacificnw@grammy.com or call 206.834.1000. 

DOCUMENTARY SCREENING BRINGS LEGENDARY SONGWRITER TO SEATTLE 

SIFF 

In honor of the documentary Paul Williams: Still Alive, playing at SIFF, Seattle musicians Sean Nelson and Shenandoah Davis will perform Paul Williams songs at the Sorrento Hotel on Friday, May 25. Admission is free with a SIFF pass or ticket stub from the May 25 SIFF premier of Paul Williams: Still Alive. The show will feature "a very special surprise guest who may or may not perform... but knows the songs." Paul Williams is the enormously prolific songwriter of such 1970s super hits as "Rainy Days and Mondays" (The Carpenters), "An Old Fashion Love Song" (Three Dog Night), and the Bugsy Malone soundtrack.   

KCTS 9 AND SIFF TO PRESENT FIRST-EVER REEL NW AWARD 

REEL NW

Seattle PBS affiliate KCTS 9 and the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) have partnered to present the first-ever Reel NW Award, a new award that will be presented for the first time at this year's festival. The winning film will receive a $2500 cash prize, and the potential to be featured on KCTS 9's award-winning Reel NW series. The winner will be announced at the SIFF Northwest Connections party on Friday, June 8, and the award will be presented during the festival's annual awards brunch on Sunday, June 10. 

KIDS: SIGN UP NOW FOR HOLLOW EARTH RADIO SUMMER YOUTH CAMPS 

HOLLOW EARTH RADIO 

This summer, local online radio station Hollow Earth Radio will host two summer camps for youth - Around the Bend, a Circuit Bending Camps (August 6 - 10), and On the Air, a Radio Play Camp (August 13 - 17). Around the Bend will give kids the chance to create new musical instruments and sound generators, whereas On the Air will teach them the art and history of the radio drama. Scholarships are available. To register for the camp, e-mail info@hollowearthradio.org by June 1.  

NOISE FOR THE NEEDY 2012 TAKES OVER SEATTLE JUNE 1 - 10 

NOISE FOR THE NEEDY    

Noise for the Needy  2012 will take place June 1 - 10 in venues throughout Seattle. Proceeds will benefit the Seattle Community Law Center. SCLC provides accessible legal aid and advocacy to people with disabilities and other barriers, helping them navigate federal benefit programs to obtain the resources necessary to gain financial and medical stability. NFTN showcases the best in Seattle music with this year's lineup including: the Young Evils, Little Cuts, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, and more, including touring bands.  

STIFF WRAP-UP: SEATTLE'S "A MAN BURIED" WINS BEST SHORT FILM 

STIFF    

The Seattle True Independent Film Festival (STIFF) is dedicated to the exhibition of independent, underground, experimental and zero budget films. STIFF finished on May 12 - and they recently announced the award-winners for this year's festival, including categories Best Short, Best Documentary Feature, Audience Award, and more. Seattle's "A Man Buried" won in the category Best Short Film.     

2012 RAINIER INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINE-UP, SCHEDULE

RIFF    

Ashford, Washington's Rainier Independent Film Festival (June 8 - 10) recently announced its official line-up, including 44 dynamic films in a variety of genres and topics. This year's RIFF features a number of local films, including Holy Rollers: The Story of Card Counting Christians, Out on a Limb, and more. The festival provides a unique blend of workshops, screenings, and interaction - all in the shadow of Mount Rainier.    

FILMMAKERS: ENTER THE STRANGER'S 30 SECOND EXORCIST VIDEO CONTEST 

THE STRANGER    

William Friedkin, aka the guy who directed the best horror movie ever is coming to SIFF this year to receive a lifetime achievement award.
The Stranger dares you, Seattle, to make a short video that will entertain them so severely that it causes their heads to spin around and green soup to shoot from their mouths fire-hose-style. 30 seconds or less! Deadline for entry is June 5.  

STUDENTS: INTERN WITH NW FILM FORUM'S "LOCAL SIGHTINGS" FESTIVAL   

NW FILM FORUM    

Interested in the film industry? Looking for something to do this summer? NW Film Forum offers a limited number of office, production, and exhibition internships each and every quarter. Right now NW Film Forum is on the lookout for someone to help organize their annual showcase of the best in Northwest cinema, Local Sightings Festival, and to assist with programming, filmmaker communications, juror assistance, and library organizing in connection with this year's Festival, which launches in September.  

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.
 

Dynamo Royale's New Record - May 24 (1 day)  

 

Calico Beach Party's First EP - May 26 (3 days)

 

Kingdom Crumbs Full-Length Album and Multimedia Experience - June 2 (9 days)  

 

Orca Team Summer Tour - June 2 (9 days)

 

Zony Mash + Horns Album - June 2 (9 days)

 

Alessandra Rose Launches Her First Solo Album - June 3 (10 days)

 

Notion Free LP Vinyl Record by Motorbikes - June 7 (15 days)

 

Can Ordinary People Become "Citizen Heroes"? - June 15 (22 days)

 

Fat Kid Rules the World - June 16 (23 days) 

 

Stacy Unck Album "Through the Cracks" - June 21 (28 days)

 

HENRYK - June 22 (29 days) 

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 5/14 - 5/20          

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC 

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

 

1. Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart"  

2. Caspar Babypants - "Hot Dog!" 

3. Thee Satisfaction - "Awe Naturale"    

4. Pickwick - "Myths + 2"  

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

6. Eddie Vedder - "Ukulele Songs"  

7. Rocky Votolato - "Television of Saints"   

8. Absolute Monarchs - "1"

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

10. River Giant - "River Giant" 

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.
 

Chronicle (2012)

It feels ridiculous that during this Seattle International Film Festival season, in which there are several great, locally made films playing, I chose to watch this supernatural teen drama that was partially shot in a different hemisphere. Chronicle, directed by Josh Trank and written by Max Landis (John Landis' son), centers around a troubled teen named Andrew (Dane DeHaan). Overwhelmed by his dying mom, abusive dad, and general outcast status, he decides to create a barrier between himself and the cruel world and begins "filming everything." One evening he and the camera begrudgingly attend a rave with his cousin Matt (Alex Russell). Matt and super-popular guy Steve (Michael B. Jordan) get high in the woods behind the warehouse and find a cavernous hole. Steve gets Andrew so they can record what's inside: a glowing, pointy crystal structure reminiscent of the craft that brought Superman to Earth. One high-pitched siren and three mysterious nose bleeds later, all goes black.


When the camera comes back on, three weeks have passed and the young men have acquired a few new levitation skills. It starts innocently-they play catch and eat Pringles hands-free. After a while they get bored and start messing with others, like placing a leaf blower conveniently near a group of ladies wearing skirts. Their powers grow with use, so eventually they learn to fly and play football amongst commercial jet traffic. But the stronger they become, the more their relationship strains. Andrew's mounting troubles and new strength give him a superiority complex, which erupts into a Carrie-esque destructive spree.    

 

Our first good view of Seattle comes as Steve and Andrew share a meaningful chat while perched atop what I'm guessing is the Columbia Tower, with lovely views of our cityscape, Elliott Bay, and Lake Union green-screened around them. The biggest geography blunders come during Andrew and Matt's final showdown, starting at "Ballard Community Hospital." Things get a tad Parallax View when Andrew picks up a car holding Matt and his girlfriend from somewhere around University Street and hurls it north. The vehicle sails past the Darth Vader building on Fourth and ends up on top of the Space Needle. During the ensuing mid-air rumble, Andrew throws a Metro bus (I paused to make out the ad on it for the "Seattle Inquirer") at Matt, and both crash in to a building that could be Fisher Plaza. Matt then gets tossed into a gigantic Sounders billboard beside a branch of Standard Bank. A trip to the Internet revealed that "Standard Bank has a 150-year history in South Africa" and that the movie was primarily filmed in Cape Town and usual suspect Vancouver, B.C. I should know by now that even though the Blu-ray cover prominently features the Space Needle, it doesn't mean the filmmakers did anything more than shoot an hour of background footage here. Chronicle's take on teen angst is interesting at times, but you'll likely be better off seeing a movie at SIFF.   

  

-Spenser Hoyt

MEDIA DIGEST

MAYOR MCGINN CONVENES STARTUP ROUNDTABLE

GEEKWIRE  

Can the City of Seattle do more to support startups? That was the question raised Tuesday night by Mayor Mike McGinn, who brought together more than a dozen tech and startup leaders to share thoughts on what's missing from the tech community. Tuesday's discussion - which included thoughts from Peter Wilson of Facebook, Marc Nager of Startup Weekend, Bo Lu of FutureAdvisor and others - was divided into five main topic areas: education, taxes, public support (PR assistance), innovation hubs, and integration between the City, startup companies, and the UW.  

MEGAN GRIFFITHS' "EDEN" USES WASHINGTON AS STAND-IN FOR THE SOUTHWEST 

SEATTLE TIMES

Eden, Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffiths' moving fact-based drama about a young woman forced into sex slavery, takes place in the American Southwest. But audiences who see the film at the Seattle International Film festival this week may be surprised to hear that it's filmed almost entirely in Washington state. At one point, White Center even stands in (admirably) for Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

DIRECTOR GIVERS LINDBERGH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS LESSONS IN ACTING, LIFE 

RENTON REPORTER

Actor and director, Matthew Lillard, visited Lindbergh High School in Renton Friday afternoon to give a couple drama classes lessons in acting and in life. Lillard is the director of Fat Kid Rules the World, which opened the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center venue last Friday. A number of scenes for Fat Kid Rules the World were shot in Lindbergh High School, with the rest filmed in Seattle and the surrounding areas.  

SIFF'S "FACE THE MUSIC" SERIES FEATURES BAD BRAINS, PAUL SIMON, MORE! 

KEXP   

The Seattle International Film Festival's (SIFF) "Face The Music" series is eagerly anticipated by music fans every year. This year, co-sponsored by KEXP, EMP, and more, the series is perfect for music fans hungry for backstory and revelations about all kinds of artists and sounds from around the world. The KEXP Blog has a quick rundown about what's available at SIFF 2012 during this year's FTM series, including a live event and a free outdoor movie among the theater offerings.

SIR MIX-A-LOT REFLECTS ON "BABY GOT BACK," 20 YEARS LATER 

SEATTLE MET     

In the summer of 1992 there wasn't a rapper alive bigger than Sir Mix-a-Lot. "Baby Got Back," his ode to ample behinds, was inescapable - even after MTV banned it. It spent five weeks at the top of the Billboard charts - the last song by a Seattle artist to hit number one - and earned him a Grammy the next year. Now, 20 years after his peak, he's working on a new album, but don't call it a comeback. He never left.  

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