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

FMI HAPPY HOUR  

Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour returns tonight, 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 on Art Zone, catch the American premiere of Working with Pinter a full-length documentary on the Nobel Prize winning playwright, Harold Pinter. Since the 1960s, Pinter's plays have been performed on stages throughout the Northwest, with a recent resurgence of interest in his work due in large part to the "Pinter Fortnightly" series at ACT, founded and curated by Frank Corrado. The documentary premieres Friday, June 1st at 8:00 pm on Seattle Channel 21 and plays again Friday, June 22nd at 9:00 pm on KCTS/9. 

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR ARTISTS 

OFFICE OF ARTS & CULTURAL AFFAIRS 
The CityArtist Projects program provides funding for Seattle-based individual artists to develop and present their work. The program focuses on different disciplines in alternating years. The 2013 cycle will award grants to artists working in dance, music, and theater (including playwriting). In 2012, CityArtists awarded $156,000 to 45 individual artists working in the visual, literary and media arts.  

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

FILMMAKERS: SEATTLE CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

NW FILM FORUM 

The largest competitive children's film festival in the Pacific Northwest, Children's Film Festival Seattle, celebrates the best and brightest in international children's cinema in a 10-day extravaganza of films from more than 25 countries. The Festival is part of NW Film Forum's Family Frames programming for young people and families. The submission period for the 2013 Festival is now open.  

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR WOMEN AND MINORITIES STUDYING MEDIA

WASHINGTON INTERACTIVE MEDIA 

Recently, Washington Interactive Network and enterpriseSeattle announced that two $10,000 scholarships will be awarded to women and/or minorities pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in Interactive Media Development, Computer Science and Engineering, Game Design, or Digital Art and Animation. These scholarships will allow young students to learn the skills they need to gain access to Seattle's interactive, digital design, and gaming communities. Deadline for applications is June 22, 2012.

SEATTLE MUSICIANS TEAM UP FOR HIP-HOP REINTERPRETATION OF THE WIZ 

THREE IMAGINARY GIRLS 

Curated by The Stranger music columnist and KEXP Street Sounds host Larry Mizell Jr., Emerald City Visions is the featured event of SIFF's Face the Music series, which runs as part of the festival's 25-day program and features a series of films that offer a revealing glimpse into the stories behind some of the world's most talented musicians. The event is a re-imagined hip-hop version of The Wiz, featuring the genius of local musician OC Notes, who reinterprets the classic musical in a way that's never been done before. The event takes place at the Triple Door on Friday, June 1.   

SCCC PRESENTS 26TH ANNUAL FILM AND VIDEO SHOWCASE AT THE EGYPTIAN 

SCCC 

Join students from Seattle Central Community College at their 26th Annual Film and Video Showcase, held this year at the Egyptian Theater on Capitol Hill. The evening will highlight the college's best productions in the categories of narrative, animation, documentary, and experimental. Meet and congratulate the filmmakers on Thursday, June 14, at 6 pm. The event, which is followed by a reception, is free to the public.   

ARTS CRUSH OFFERS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO MUSICIANS, FILMMAKERS 

ARTS CRUSH 

Theatre Puget Sound is offering financial assistance to arts and cultural organizations or individual artists producing an Arts Crush Featured Event. Both time and money are spent in organizing and executing these events and it is TPS's hope that this microgrant program will give you or your organization more freedom to think creatively about how you might engage new audiences. Arts Crush is a month-long festival featuring opportunities to participate in theater, music, literature, visual art, and film.  

LOCAL MUSICIANS GATHER TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF LEVON HELM  

STG New Logo

Seattle Musicians band together on Father's Day to pay homage to musician, songwriter, producer, actor, and guiding spirit Mr. Levon Helm, who recently passed away from his long struggle with throat cancer. Ian Moore, Jeff Fielder, Lindsay Fuller, Jason Dodson, Choklate, Duff McKagan, Zoe Muth, Jason Staczek, Eric Eagle, Michael Stegner, Andy Stoller, Garth Reeves, plus more local favorites will celebrate Helm's life and musical career spanning 55 years. 
ATTEND MOHAI'S "FAREWELL TO MONTLAKE" PARTY NEXT WEDNESDAY

MOHAI New Logo

The Museum of History and Industry invites you to join them for a farewell celebration as they pay tribute to the Montlake building that they have called home for the last sixty years! This fun, free event will feature last-chance gallery tours, behind-the-scenes access to the museum, family-friendly activities, live music by the Bushwick Book Club, a cash bar, and local food trucks Dante's Inferno Dogs and Street Treats!

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.

 

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

 

Orca Team Summer Tour - June 2 (2 days)

 

Zony Mash + Horns Album - June 2 (3 days)

 

Alessandra Rose Launches Her First Solo Album - June 3 (4 days)

 

Notion Free LP Vinyl Record by Motorbikes - June 7 (8 days)

 

J Minus Album Release: Memories - June 13 (14 days)

 

Can Ordinary People Become "Citizen Heroes"? - June 15 (16 days)

 

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

 

Stacy Unck Album "Through the Cracks" - June 21 (22 days)

 

HENRYK - June 22 (23 days) 

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 5/21 - 5/27           

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

3. Caspar Babypants - "Hot Dog!"  

4. Pickwick - "Myths + 2"  

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

6. Brandi Carlile - "Live at Easy Street"  

7. Damien Jurado - "Maraqopa"   

8. Rocky Votolato - "Television of Saints"  

9. Mount Eerie - "Clear Moon"

10. Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues" 

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:

STUDIO 3 "RANDY'S CALENDAR"  

 

Studio 3 is a full-service production facility with studios in Seattle and Portland.  Delivering print-ready images since the mid-90s, Studio 3 also produces digital art, CGI, and 360 post production work as well as video production services.  This week, Studio 3 is shooting vehicles in the studio for Randy's Ring & Pinion, "Randy's Girls Calendar."

"Production of the shoot has been a blast," says producer Jen Hitchcock.  "From coordinating the hair and makeup artists, to picking out wardrobe and planning the craft services, the entire team has worked together flawlessly.  The team at Studio 3 loves to provide our clients with an even greater outcome than originally expected."

 
Over 15 local cast and crew were hired for the production.  

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.
 

Finding Thea (2006)

As a non-native Seattleite who never had to take a Washington State history class, I will occasionally wonder about the history attached to all those familiar names around town. After 22 years here, I have a working knowledge of most of the big ones--or so I thought. Arthur Denny, George Vancouver, Carson Boren, Peter Puget, Doc Maynard, and Henry Yesler all have major streets or waterways named after them, befitting their status as explorers, founders and city leaders. If you've spent any time on the Puget Sound waterways or in the fine city of Tacoma, you may have noticed another name: Foss. Four simple letters, plain, yet unavoidable. The story behind this name has, until fairly recently, been relatively neglected in the telling of our state's history. In 2006, local filmmakers Lucy Ostrander and Nancy Bourne Haley decided to rectify that, and made a lovely documentary called Finding Thea.

Finding Thea packs a wealth of information into a scant 24 minutes, telling the story of maritime pioneers Thea and Andrew Foss, from their courtship in Norway to their move to Minnesota, and finally to their journey out to the Puget Sound region in the late 19th century. It's one of those great American success stories. Andrew was a woodworker who came to the Minnesota and plied his trade, paving the way for his siblings and fiancĂ©e to come join him. Then Thea and Andrew moved west, where they thought opportunities might be better than those in Minnesota. While Andrew was working, Thea bought an old rowboat. She painted it green and white and sold it at a profit. She used the profit to buy more rowboats, and then Andrew used his carpentry skills to add to their growing fleet. Before long, the Foss's had over 200 boats, which they used to transport logs for the growing timber industry.  Later they added a shipyard and boarding house and called the whole enterprise "Foss Launch & Tug." It became a major hub of activity amidst the growing shipping and timber industries in the Puget Sound region. And it all started with Thea's little green and white rowboat.

The beauty of Finding Thea is how it brings this history to life. Through photos, diary entries, and interviews with two warm, informative local historians, Finding Thea reminds us of the rich legacy that Thea Foss and her enterprising spirit brought to the region.

-Mark Steiner

 

Lucy Ostrander's new documentary The Revolutionary screens at SIFF on Thursday, May 31 at 4:30 pm at AMC Pacific Place.  

MEDIA DIGEST

FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL DRAWS MASSIVE CROWDS, 800+ ACTS 

SEATTLE TIMES 

The 2012 Northwest Folklife Festival kicked off this weekend and the Seattle Times offered a photographic glimpse into the four-day event. From hula hoops to juggling, guitars to magic tricks, massive crowds filed into the Seattle Center grounds for the festival. For its 41st year, the festival featured over 800 acts on 25 stages of the Memorial Day weekend.

BOARD VOTES DOWN SEATTLE'S LATE BAR HOURS

KING  New Logo

Washington's Liquor Control Board voted 2-1 Wednesday against allowing Seattle to permit bars to serve alcohol past 2:00 am. Keeping bars open later was a part of Mayor Mike McGinn's Seattle Nightlife Initiative, which also addresses transportation options, noise and public nuisances. Seattle Police stood with McGinn in favoring the proposal, citing it would stagger crowds that flood out of bars at the 2:00 am closing time.  

TRAILER RELEASED FOR SEATTLE-BASED FILM GRASSROOTS

KOMO  New Logo

We're getting a first look and a first show time for a new film shot in Seattle and highlighting a quirky part of our city's history. The film, Grassroots, tells the story of one of the Emerald City's most memorable political dramas - the battle to expand the monorail. This week filmmakers released the official trailer for the movie. The film itself will also get its first screening at the Seattle International Film Festival on June 10, with a national theatrical release scheduled for June 22.

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK PARTY: LOCAL BUSINESS OWNER TAKES OVER FESTIVAL

CAPITOL HILL BLOG  New Logo

As Capitol Hill Block Party has grown from a street festival into a three-day musical extravaganza that will draw more than 30,000 to Pike/Pine this July, the two main men behind the annual production are stepping aside. For eleven years, Marcus Charles and David Meinert have worked on the festival, but now they are turning over the reins to Capitol Hill business owner Jason Lajeunesse, who served as a co-producer in 2011. Lajeunesse is part owner of Neumos, Moe Bar, Big Mario's Pizza, Barboza, and Pike Street Fish Fry - all businesses along the corridor where the Block Party takes place.  

NW HIGH SCHOOL FILM FESTIVAL HONORS BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

BALLARD NEWS TRIBUNE 

Students from the Ballard High School Video Production Program won multiple awards and honors at the 14th annual Northwest High School Film Festival last week at the Cinerama Theater in downtown Seattle. This year 354 productions were entered in the competition from 25 high schools around the region. Ballard High School led the pack of winners with a total of 14 awards and honors.  

PASTE MAGAZINE'S LIST OF 12 WASHINGTON BANDS YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO NOW 

PASTE

Paste compiled a list of 12 Washington bands you should listen to now as part of their 50 States Project. They profile Seattle hip-hop rising stars THEEsatisfaction, Macklemore, and OC Notes, right along side garage rock mainstays Unnatural Helpers, My Goodness, and more. A lot of Seattleites will be familiar with many of the bands of this list, but it's worth a look anyways.  

AMAZON ANNOUNCES DEAL WITH PARAMOUNT PICTURES 

TECHFLASH   

Amazon.com announced recently that it signed a deal with Paramount Pictures that will bring hundreds of older "legacy" films to its streaming video site, Amazon Prime Instant Video. Customers can rent and purchase movies and television shows on Amazon's streaming service, which launched a little more than year ago and is similar to the popular Netflix streaming service.  

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