Vol. 7, No. 1
May 29, 2013                                                                                       View our photos on flickr Like us on Facebook Visit our blog Follow us on Twitter
CITY NEWS

TONIGHT: AMY LILLARD ON IMPACT OF LOCAL FILM INDUSTRY AT 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 Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour tonight, May 29 at Spitfire.

LOCAL MUSICIANS TO HEAT UP CITY HALL PLAZA WITH FREE CONCERT SERIES

The Office of Arts & Culture's program Seattle Presents features free concerts by Seattle artists at City Hall. Beginning on July 11, local artists will be giving free outdoor concerts at noon on Thursdays. The Seattle Presents series will kick off with a concert from Big World Breaks, a funk/latin/soul group. The series will also have performances from local hip-hop duo Brothers From Another, and rising surf-rock stars La Luz, along with many other artists. The shows are presented in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, Metropolitan Improvement District and Triamp Group.

LOCAL MUSIC, BUMBERSHOOT, AND MORE ON 'ART ZONE' WITH NANCY GUPPY

This week on Art Zone, Nancy welcomes The Gary Minkler Combination to make their TV debut with new music from their new record "Little Trailer Ruby". Jerry Everard, co-owner of Neumos, highlights Bumbershoots 2013 lineup and explains how this annual festival got back its soul. Nancy also looks at local theater and hears from Brian Faker on Seattle's propensity for giving standing ovations to everything. Art Zone premiers Friday, May 31 at 8:00 p.m. on Seattle Channel, and forever online.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

CALL FOR ARTISTS - JAZZ: THE SECOND CENTURY

EARSHOT JAZZ

Earshot Jazz is calling for artists to submit to their yearly ongoing project, Jazz: The Second Century. The goal of the series is to present music performances that question and expand the conventional boundaries and parameters of the jazz form. Any use of instruments or creative expression will be considered is the submission, as will any interpretation of the meaning of jazz. Submissions should include a recorded sample of a project that can be performed in a concert setting.

CHORUS AMERICA 2013 IS COMING TO SEATTLE

CHORUS AMERICA

Seattle Pro Musica and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra & Chorale are hosting the Chorus American conference in Downtown Seattle from June 12 - 16. Chorus America is the national advocacy, research, and leadership development organization for choruses, choral leaders, and singers. This year, the conference will boast a wide range of workshops and performances showcasing local and worldwide talent.  The Seattle Symphony and Chorale will be performing Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, and there will be performances by other well known vocal groups, from the Puget Sound, including Northwest Girls Choir, Opus 7, and the Esoterics. The conference not only provides valuable professional development and networking opportunities, it gives Seattle its due as a unique a power musical city.

KONTENT PARTNERS PROFILE LOCAL CRAFTSMANSHIP IN NEW FILM SERIES

KONTENT PARTNERS

Local production company Kontent Partners has released a new self-produced series that is all about the craft, passion, and people who make desired and sought-after objects of design. "The Art Of: Series" will feature tell the story of a local company each quarter with beautifully-produced videos. The first installment features 12th Avenue Iron and their collaboration with acclaimed architect Tom Kundig.

SIFF AND KCTS PRESENT THE 2013 REEL NW AWARD

FILM + MUSIC BLOG 

This year, The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) partners again with KCTS 9 to present the Reel NW Award to a local film with a creative spirit emblematic of independent filmmaking. The winning film will receive a $2,500 cash prize from KCTS 9 and an offer to be broadcast on KCTS 9's Reel NW independent film series, contingent on meeting broadcast requirements. A jury will present the award to a feature-length film in the Northwest Connections section of SIFF's films. In 2012, the inaugural Reel NW Award went to Eden, directed by Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffiths.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: SEATTLE SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM FESTIVAL

SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM FESTIVAL

The 2013 Social Justice Film Festival is now accepting submissions of short and feature-length documentaries and narrative films, with a specifically-designated category for youth-produced films. All films should explore some social justice-related topic, include themes related to the environment, health, women's issues, LGBT, and immigration. Special attention will be given to films that address some aspect of the prison justice system. Film submissions will be accepted through August 1.

DOUG HORN: THE OPEN SOURCE SHORT FILM BUSINESS MODEL

DOUGLAS HORN BLOG

Local filmmaker Doug Horn loves short films and wants to see more of them. Unfortunately, the real world is getting in the way.  Even though short films seem like the ideal format for today's social-media attention spans, they just don't get made or distributed in a way that lets them be an ongoing, viable art form. Even though short films create a lot of entertainment value for audiences, filmmakers aren't capturing much meaningful return. Doug has created a very detailed look at the cash-flow problems that short film creators face, and presents a business model that tackles these issues. His solution involves posting short films online for free, creating intermittent scarcity for these online short films, and then using micro-patronage to tap into an engaged fan base for future projects.

CONCERTS AT THE LOCKS SERIES STARTS THIS WEEK

MY BALLARD

This Thursday marks the kick-off show for a series of free concerts at the Ballard Locks. In their 24th year, the free concert series will take place every Saturday and Sunday starting June 1 to September 2 in the Carl S. English Botanical Gardens at the Locks. There will be special performances throughout the summer including concerts on the 4th of July and Labor Day.  

SHORT FILM FRIDAY: PAUL EENHOORN

THE STRANGER 

This week's Short Film Friday will not, again, be a short film but a promotion video for the local film actor Paul Eenhoorn. Why am I doing such a thing? Because SIFF is what's happening right now and for one more week. And what does Eenhoorn have to do with SIFF? He is the star of Chad Hartigan's This Is Martin Bonner, a film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2013 and won the Audience Award for Best of NEXT. SIFF screens This Is Martin Bonner on May 29 & May 31. (I will screen a real short film next week.)

 

-Charles Mudede

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 5/20 - 5/26 

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.       Mad Season - Above

3.       Sadistik - Flowers For My Father

4.       Blackheart Honeymoon - Nothing and Everything Else

5.       Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood - Black Pudding 

6.       Mudhoney - Vanishing Point 

7.       Pickwick - Can't Talk Medicine

8.       Jimi Hendrix - People Hell & Angels

9.       Caspar Babypants -  I Found You! 

10.   Cave Singers - Naomi

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.

  

LIFE IN CODE: SERIES 1May 29 (2 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.

  

THE BOBS 'BIOGRAPHIES' RECORDING PROJECT - May 31 (3 days)  

(Music) A-cappella originals the Bobs are recording an album of songs about famous and (not-quite-so famous) historical figures.  

(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 (5 days)

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

  

MANOS -THE HANDS OF FELT DVD - June 3 (6 days)

(Film) Rachel Jackson needs help in bringing her puppet show based on the world's worst movie to DVD.  

 

CLOSURE / ADOPTION DOCUMENTARY - June 3 (6 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.

  

NEW BLAKE NOBLE ALBUM 'UNDERDOG' - June 6 (9 days)  

(Music) Aussie Percussive Guitarist & Didgeridoo player Blake Noble is a musician on the rise, and is recording his second album with a full band.    


SEATTLE 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT - June 14 (17 days)
(Film Competition) In their 9th year, the Seattle leg of the 48 Hour Film Project hopes to be bigger and better than ever.

WINNING DAD - June 17 (20 days)
(Film) What happens when a young man tricks his homophobic father into a camping trip with his secret boyfriend?  
 
RICHIE ALDENTE'S 2ND ALBUM- June 21 (23 days) 

(Music) Seattle pop band Richie Aldente is finishing their second studio album.

MEDIA DIGEST

MAD EXPLOSIVE SPONTANEITY

CITY ARTS

In Seattle, improvised music comprises a crossbreed of influences. It's most often associated with jazz, but check out any of the regular sessions around the city -- there's at least one every night of the week, year round -- and you'll hear rock, electronic and classical braided into sounds that may be propulsive and danceable or diffuse and abstract. Cornish College of the Arts and the University of Washington offer world-renowned jazz programs. They're fed by award-winning jazz programs at Garfield and Roosevelt high schools, recognized as some of the best in the country. Forward thinking instructors at all levels enforce fundamentals and foster the integrative creativity that moves music forward. City Arts' new issue features this cover story on the vibrant improvised music scene flourishing in Seattle.

SASQUATCH FOUNDERS RECIEVE GOVERNER'S RECOGNITION AWARD

SEATTLE TIMES

Sasquatch! 2013 may have come to an end, but this year's festival was one to remember, with tons of artists, both local and international, performing. On Sunday, Seattle radio personality Luke Burbank called Sasquatch! founder Adam Zacks on stage and read aloud from a Governor's Recognition Award given by Jay Inslee. "Today, Sasquatch! Attracts more than 80,000 people each year from around the globe, providing a significant boost to the regional economy," it reads. "This festival helps support the development of alternative independent music and embodies the independent spirit of music for which our communities have long been known."

WEST SEATTLE FILMMAKERS' 'FINDING HILLYWOOD' TO PREMIERE AT SIFF

WEST SEATTLE BLOG 

After six years of shooting footage in Rwanda, Seattle filmmakers Leah Warshawski and Chris Towey are premiering their film Finding Hillywood at SIFF tonight. Finding Hillywood is a feature documentary about the beginning of Rwanda's film industry and a real-life example of how art heals. The film's main character, Ayuub Kasasa Mago, will be in Seattle for the screenings and to promote the film.

THE NEW NEW: 15 SEATTLE RAPPERS YOU SHOULD KNOW

XXL

XXL put together a piece on the 15 Seattle rappers that people should be paying attention to right now. Included on the list are Sol, Fatal Lucciano, Kung Foo Grips, Nacho Picasso, and Shelton Harris. After being one of the lesser-known faces of XXL's 2012 Freshmen Class, Seattle native Macklemore and his partner Ryan Lewis have had the best year ever. This is a huge moment for independent hip-hop, but it's an even bigger moment for Mack's proud hometown of Seattle. 
While some of Seattle's most well-known vets (Common Market and Blue Scholars) are alternative acts who embraced a melodic boom bap sound, the scene today is really a hodgepodge of ideas and influences, more unified by a mutual love and respect than by any one sonic identity.

THROUGH SCHOLARSHIP, BALLARD HIGH FILM STUDENT HELPS CARRY ON LEGACY

BALLARD NEWS TRIBUNE 

When Ballard High School film program student Vann Fulfs was announced the winner of The Justin Amorratanasuchad Scholarship Fund -- more colloquially known as the JDogg Scholarship -- it was an emotional moment. "I actually think I started crying to be honest," he said. "... I think it was very emotional for a lot of people in the room. It's sort of a touchy subject." For Fulfs, it was a moment that meant his ability to attend all four years of college was assured. Fulfs said he and his family were unsure whether he would be able to finish college with the money they had. Vann won a number of awards for his film "Sundown" this year, and now with a scholarship he will be going to Columbia College in the hopes of becoming a producer.

'WINNING DAD' TO FILM IN SEATTLE THIS SUMMER WITH LOCAL CAST AND CREW

THE EXAMINER

The state of Washington celebrated a historic moment on Election Day of 2012 as the state, along with Maryland and Maine, approved marriage equality. This summer will bring the filming of Winning Dad, which is about life for a gay couple in the Washington after marriage equality. It is a film that will explore the communication between two generations and the different dynamics between the father and his son and also the father and the man his son hopes to marry. The film will be shot entirely in Seattle and in the North Bend area this summer, and will feature a near-entirely local cast and crew.

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