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News from the Office of Film + Music 6/1/2011


OFFICE NEWS

INTERN WITH THE OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC
Office of Film + Music Internship Program
The Office of Film + Music is seeking an intern for the Summer/Fall 2011 program. Film + Music interns primarily serve a marketing/communications role, becoming a member of the Film + Music team, and provide administrative support for the Office. The internship requires a six-month commitment and 40 hours of work per week. Prior background in film or music is not required, but candidates should have strong communication, writing and organizational/research skills. A small monthly stipend is provided. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 10 by 5:00 pm. For more information about the position, visit the above link or contact the current interns at filmandmusicoffice@seattle.gov

LOCAL MUSIC ON THIS WEEK'S "ARTZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY"
Seattle Channel
After last week's extra special SIFF episode, Nancy and the Artzone crew are diving back into Seattle's diverse local art scene. Join Nancy and rock out with Seattle-based musical guest Lemolo! Check out KEXP's band bio for Lemolo and videos of their in-studio performances here. ArtZone airs every Friday on Seattle Channel (Channel 21) at 8:00 PM and is also streaming and podcasting.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

BUMBERSHOOT RELEASES FULL LINEUP PACKED WITH LOCAL ACTS
Bumbershoot
After teasing us with one artist a day throughout the month of May, Bumbershoot finally released the full lineup of the music and arts festival today. Headliners like Daryl Hall & John Oates, Wiz Khalifa, and Broken Social Scene mingle with a large helping of Northwest acts like Shabazz Palaces, The Presidents of the United States of America, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and The Lonely Forest. Below is a complete roundup of all the local bands playing Bumbershoot this Labor Day Weekend:

Minus the Bear Head Like a Kite Mad Rad Champagne Champagne Grand Hallway Astronautalis Truckasaurus Curtains For You Vendetta Red Brite Futures My Goodness Yuni in Taxco Campfire Ok SOL Beat Connection Whalebones Pickwick Kris Orlowski and the Passenger Quartet Thomas Marriott's Human Spirit SPLATINUM Legendary Oaks Ill Cosby Ravenna Woods Mash Hall Gail Pettis Quartet The Horde and the Harem Lemolo DJ Nordic Soul DJ Introcut DJ Justin Timbreline Kaylee Cole Tomten The Sight Below Shelby Earl Massy Ferguson Allen Stone LAKE Pezzner LawnChair Generals WD4D Wayne Horvitz Café Paloma Band Witchburn Scribes

NOISE FOR THE NEEDY KICKS OFF NEXT TUESDAY
Noise for the Needy
From June 7-12 you can support Real Change with one simple act: going to see a concert. This year's Noise for the Needy (NFTN) music festival is spotlighting the newspaper aimed at empowering homeless individuals. Since 2004, NFTN has helped raise more than $100,000 for local non-profit organizations. Past beneficiaries include Teen Feed, New Beginnings, Urban Rest Stop, and Parent Trust of Washington. A variety of venues all over the city will host 21 shows over six days. Highlights include a dance party at Belltown's Underground Events Center with Soft Metals, Ononos, and eight other bands, as well as an all-ages show at the Vera Project with Ramona Falls and Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band. For those wanting a more interactive experience, The Crescent Lounge will host Karaoke for the Needy donate a portion of the bar sales to NFTN.

KEXP SERIES REVEALS THE FABULOUS SOUNDS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
KEXP
Seattle's music scene is an eclectic one, but the focus on rock and hip-hop often overshadows the rich cultural sounds that inhabit the fringes of our city. In partnership with the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR), special contributor Julie Caine worked with KEXP staff to produce a new series called "Fabulous Sounds of the Pacific Northwest." The program lifts the veil on diverse communities creating music that are often tucked away from the public eye. The first installment focuses on the Co Lam Pagoda (one of the largest Vietnamese temples in Washington State) located in the Holly Park neighborhood, where listeners are introduced to the wandering monk Master Kim. Other installments highlight Seattleite Ruth Hunter's gusto for Greek and Balkan music, the process of creating a vinyl record, and Chinese opera enthusiasts of the historical Luck Ngi Musical Club.

SEATTLE MUSIC PARTNERS SEEKING EDUCATIONAL DIRECTOR
Seattle.gov
Seattle Music Partners is looking for an experienced and dynamic instrumental music instructor to teach in an urban school environment as part of an innovative after-school program that works with underserved youth. The Educational Director will oversee the after-school instrumental music instruction of students from 4th through 8th grades in Seattle's Central District. Job requirements include a bachelor's degree, a strong music and education background, a teaching certificate or music degree, and 2 to 4 years of experience teaching music. To learn more or to apply for this position, click the hyperlink above.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: ARTS CRUSH 2011
Arts Crush 2011
Arts Crush is a month-long, multi-disciplinary festival spotlighting different disciplines each week and will include the mediums of: visual arts, literature, music, theatre, dance and film. If you can come up with an event or offer that fits in one of the categories, you can participate. Think outside the box and come up with an event that truly gets an audience involved in the creative process.

WEST SEATTLE DIRECTOR'S PATRIOT GUARD RIDERS FILM PREMIERES THIS WEEKEND
West Seattle Blog
If you've ever seen a gathering of motorcycle riders outside a funeral procession, you may have caught a glimpse of the Patriot Guard Riders. The group originally formed to protect grieving family members of young soldiers killed in the line of duty from the hateful protests of the Westboro Baptist Church, a church from Kansas known for its extreme stance against homosexuality. Seattle filmmaker Ellen Frick documents the protection this group of bikers provides in her film, Patriot Guard Riders.

MUSIC4LIFE APPROVED AS A ROTARY DISTRICT PROJECT
Music4Life
After a successful three-year run, the non-profit educational organization Music4Life was approved for another three years as a Rotary District Project. Rotary club leaders and other delegates wholeheartedly approved Music4Life's application for renewal at a Rotary District Conference held in April. Each Rotary District Project is evaluated before approval to ensure it is overwhelmingly beneficial to the district and open for all clubs to participate in. Since 2007, Music4Life has made dedicated efforts to put musical instruments in good playing condition into the hands of children and youth who aspire to play music. The organization also supplies schools with instruction, materials and support (like instrument maintenance) to enhance instrumental music programs. Music4Life also announced the addition of Highline Public Schools to the areas supported by the program.

REGISTER NOW FOR NIGHTLIFE EMPLOYEE SECURITY TRAINING
Nightlife Security
Registration is now open for the Seattle Police Department's "Security Training for Nightlife Professionals." The next eight-hour comprehensive course is on June 12 and will offer instruction in topics such as risk prevention procedures, appropriate use of force, fire safety, report writing, checking for fake IDs, emergency response tactics and more. This is an important opportunity for nightlife employees to glean the skills they will need to safely interact with clientele and to deal with difficult situations.

MUSIC FROM THE FILM WINTER'S BONE PERFORMED LIVE IN CONCERT AT SIFF
SIFF
The Oscar-nominated movie Winter's Bone has both filmic and musical connections to Seattle. Local film guru Anne Rosellini co-wrote the film's script and the majority of the musical score was locally grown here in the PNW and mixed at Jack Straw Productions, featuring Light In The Attic Records artists. SIFF is holding a very special concert at The Triple Door on June 2, featuring music from Winter's Bone performed by local musicians. The talented line-up of performers includes Western Swing guitarist Dennis Crider, bluegrass maverick Bo Brown, claw hammer banjo picker Van Colbert, upright bassist Tedi May, and Appalachian song stylist Linda Stoffel.The concert is presented by SIFF Cinemas, Experience Music Project and KEXP 90.3 FM, see the link above for more details.

STG AND THE NEPTUNE THEATRE HOST AN ARTISTS OPEN HOUSE
STG Calendar
Seattle Theatre Group (STG), the non-profit which programs the historic Paramount & Moore Theatres and their newest old venue The Neptune Theatre (born circa 1921) are hosting an open house and inviting local artists and arts organizations and event planners. The open house on June 20 will present the newly transformed Neptune Theatre, now a performing arts destination that will support concerts, comedy, film and community engagements. The open house will include tours of the facility and booking information. Please RSVP by June 15th to neptuneinfo@stgpresents.org.

MUSIC SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR THE 40TH ANNUAL FREMONT FAIR
Fremont Fair Music Lineup
Get your groove on at the "center of universe" at this year's Fremont Fair on June 18 and 19. The 40th annual street festival will feature some amazing local music among other wonderfully eclectic activities. The music lineup and schedule has been posted online and boasts some of the best Seattle musicians to help you celebrate the summer solstice. Join in on the Fremont Fair's tradition of "delibertus quirkus" (freedom to be peculiar). The Fremont Fair is produced by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and funds raised will benefit a number of area non-profits including Solid Ground, a local poverty-focused non-profit that originated and produced the Fair for nearly 40 years.

HELP "KICKSTART" A SHOCKING DOCUMENTARY
Kultur Shock: More Shock Than Kultur Kickstarter
Escaping the Balkan region in 1996, a group of Bosnian immigrants came to Seattle and formed the band Kultur Shock. Since the band's inception, Kultur Shock has played its incendiary brand of Balkan-influenced punk rock at local festivals like Bumbershoot, as well as a number of European festivals and sold-out club tours in the Balkans and Turkey. The band members' stories and histories are the subject of Krk Nordenstrom's impending documentary film titled Kultur Shock: More Shock than Kultur. Nordenstrom may be familiar to some for his involvement with the 48 Hour Film Project, but he is also a longtime fan and friend of Kultur Shock and has designed posters, t-shirts and DVDs for the band. He's filmed tons of behind-the-scenes footage of Kultur Shock recording albums and performing live in Seattle and elsewhere, but it's capturing the energy and momentum of the band touring in the Balkans that Nordenstrom believes will complete the film.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 5/25 - 5/31
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).

  1. Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"
  2. Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart"
  3. Brandi Carlile - "Live at Benaroya Hall"
  4. David Bazan - "Strange Negotiations"
  5. Cave Singers - "No Witch"
  6. Fleet Foxes - "Fleet Foxes"
  7. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis - "Vs."
  8. Soundgarden - "Live on I-5"
  9. Cave Singers - "Welcome Joy"
  10. My Goodness - "My Goodness"

SCARECROW ON SEATTLE
Scarecrow
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.

Crimes of the Past (2009)
David Rasche is a welcome face in any film and Crimes of the Past offers the hard working actor a rare leading role in this melancholy spy drama. He plays a CIA agent named Thomas Sparrow who had to abandon his family due to "company business." Years later he returns to Seattle and is tempted to reunite with his grown daughter Josephine (Elisabeth Rohm) but is hesitant due to his espionage-filled past. Josephine is a severe alcoholic in denial who catches up with reality after she backs her car (sporting a KEXP bumper sticker!) into an electrical transformer and knocks out the city's power supply. She ends up having to go to court and hires a lawyer named Kidd Bangs (!!!??) that sends her to a psychologist (portrayed by Eric Roberts) who, remarkably, happens to be old friends with her mysterious father. The film emphasizes the familial elements of the plot as well as Josephine's rehab experiences and is pretty light on intrigue of the secret agent variety. The filmmakers use a lot of quality local landmarks without having the estranged father and daughter stroll through the Pike Place Market. The Seattle cityscape is prominently displayed on the DVD box art as well as in the opening credits. When the vodka guzzling Josephine smacks into the power pole, she's at the corner of Warren Avenue and Ward Street up on Queen Anne with a lovely nighttime view of the city in the background. Also featured in Crimes of the Past is The Seattle Asian Art Museum (called The Seattle Metropolitan Art Museum in the film), Grant Goodeve (most recently of Northwest Backroads fame), the auditorium of the Harvard Exit, The W Hotel, The Halo hair salon, Von's Roast House, Occidental Park, King Street Station, Mount Pleasant Cemetery, The Seattle Municipal Courthouse, and The First Church of Christ Scientist on 16th Avenue (which is currently being converted into fancy condominiums). The film's finale unfolds at the Pioneer Square Station bus tunnel.
--Spenser Hoyt

MEDIA DIGEST

2011 SASQUATCH! MUSIC FESTIVAL RECAP
Sasquatch! Music Festival
The 2011 Sasquatch! Music Festival, with its added day, was so colossally amazing that some are still recovering from the four full days of music, dancing, hot weather worship and Gorge homage. It couldn't have been a better 10th birthday for Sasquatch! with the best of Seattle and international musical talent. Even though the headdresses have been hung up and the neon face paint has faded, it's not too late to enjoy the best of the fest. NPR teamed up with KEXP to record and archive various standout live performances from Sasquatch! artists, available to stream on NPR's website. Our local reporters and photographers who locked down one of the best assignments of the year did an amazing job documenting the joy and cacophony of the festival. Check out the daily reviews from The Seattle Times and Seattle Weekly and some amazing photos from local photographer Kyle Johnson, including a special feature on Sasquatch! fashion and style. Kudos to all the Seattle bands, big and small, that played Sasquatch! and help make it one of the most diverse and exciting festivals in the world.

INTERVIEW WITH SIFF DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING BETH BARRETT
Seattle Examiner
The Capitol Hill Block Party has announced the full line-up for the urban music festival. Even before They divulged the full list of bands playing, MTV Hive added CHBP to their top five "Under the Radar Summer Music Fests, noting its tradition of awesomeness. MTV Hive writes, "Seattle's mid-summer Capitol Hill Block Party reigns in a consistent lineup of indie starts that tends to rival the best afternoons at Coachella."

CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY INCLUDED IN MTV'S TOP 5 "UNDER THE RADAR SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS"
Capitol Hill Block Party
The Capitol Hill Block Party has announced the full line-up for the urban music festival. Even before They divulged the full list of bands playing, MTV Hive added CHBP to their top five "Under the Radar Summer Music Fests," noting its tradition of awesomeness. MTV Hive writes, "Seattle's mid-summer Capitol Hill Block Party reigns in a consistent lineup of indie starts that tends to rival the best afternoons at Coachella."

BEACON HILL FESTIVAL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
Beacon Hill Blog
The 19th annual Beacon Hill Festival is fast approaching. Next Saturday, June 4, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, the festival will bring music, dancing, acrobatic performances, local food, carnival games, a silent auction, and more to the Jefferson Community Center. This year the event will have two performance stages and sixteen free performances to enjoy. The second stage will highlight local singers and songwriters including Nelson Wright, Stefanie Robbins, Jack Lenoir, Jim Marcotte, Leaf Color, Hank Davis and Jean Mann. As always, the event is open to everyone and will be a fun-filled showcasing of local talent.

Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel White, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Jonathan Hughes, Intern
Tiffany Wan, Intern

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