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June 6, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS
2012 MAYOR'S ARTS AWARDS ANNOUNCED 

OFFICE OF ARTS & CULTURAL AFFAIRS 
To mark the 10th anniversary of the Mayor's Arts Awards, 10 recipients will be honored this year. The Seattle Arts Commission recommended the recipients from a pool of more than 500 public nominations. The Mayor's Arts Awards recognize the contributions made by artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members who make a difference through arts and cultural activities. This year's honerees include KEXP 90.3, Three Dollar Cinema, The Vera Project, and more.  

REGISTER NOW FOR NIGHTLIFE EMPLOYEE SECURITY TRAINING 

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC  

Registration is now open for the Seattle Police Department's "Security Training for Nightlife Professionals" (for $50). Training takes place on Sunday, June 17 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. Fee for the class is $50 per person. (More information and instructions to register are found here.)

THIS WEEK ON ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY  

SEATTLE CHANNEL  

This week's Art Zone is a re-run of the 5/25 episode and features the Sasquatch Music Festival, which turned 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, June 8 at 8:00 pm on Seattle Channel 21, and endlessly online. 

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

SEATTLE'S MUSIC COMMUNITY RALLIES FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY

MME 

As marriage equality opponents submit enough signatures to put Referendum 74 on the November ballot, an impressive group of opinion leaders in Seattle's music industry are attempting to stop the national trend of gay marriage opponents preventing this equality, citing that marriage equality has been put to public vote in 32 states, and has lost every time. They join King County Executive Dow Constantine and other state political leadership in support of marriage equality tonight on Capitol Hill to make their bold initiative public.

ENTER YOUR BAND TO WIN GIGS AT BUMBERSHOOT AND FAMILY FOURTH 

FAMILY FOURTH 

So you're a young band with talent and tunes, but you're waiting for a time to shine? If you're 24 years old or younger, here's your shot! Enter to win Opportunity Rocks, and your band could add some incredible summer gigs to your resume. The winning band will receive a paid performance as part of the Wooden Boats Festival on July 4, and another paid performance at the Bumbershoot Music Festival. Semi-finalists will be notified by June 15. Opportunity Rocks is presented by Microsoft with support from One Reel and Starbucks.

JACK STRAW PRODUCTIONS CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH LIVE MUSIC

JACK STRAW 

In celebration of their 50th birthday, Jack Straw Productions will present 25 straight hours of music, film, and other performances from alumni of their artist residency program. Performances and readings will occur concurrently in Jack Straw's studio and gallery spaces, resulting in 50 total hours of performances. This event will be free and open to the public at all hours. Hollow Earth Radio will broadcast continuously from Jack Straw for the duration of the event as well. The event begins Friday, June 15 at 7 pm, and ends Saturday, June 16 at 8 pm.  

GLAZER'S PHOTOFEST OFFERS FREE WORKSHOPS, LIVE DEMOS

GLAZER'S CAMERA 

Glazer's Camera brings the Third Annual PhotoFest to South Lake Union for one weekend - June 8 and 9. The festival features free seminars, classes, live demos, speakers, product demonstrations and hands-on shooting opportunities. It all takes place this weekend, from 10 am - 5 pm, and is open to participants of all ages.  

WHAT'S YOUR STYLE: HIGH SCHOOL FILMMAKERS SCENE WORKSHOP

SIFF 

Ever wonder why some films have a style all their own? In this workshop young actors and directors will review different filmmaking styles and learn how to ensure a scene captures your distinctive vision. This interactive workshop will give high school participants a scene to shoot within creative constraints while working with local filmmakers and actors. Email futurewave@siff.net to reserve your spot.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: SLIDELUCK POTSHOW SEATTLE AT VODA STUDIOS 

SLIDELUCK POTSHOW 

Slideluck Potshow is a non-profit arts organization that provides an opportunity for artists, foodies, and those that love them, to gather together for an unforgettable night. They are encouraging submissions of all types of media  for the event including, still photography, motion or digital video, painting, sculpture, and installation art.  

SUBMIT YOUR STORY TO THE GREAT AMERICAN SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 

THE FILMSCHOOL 

TheFilmSchool attracts students from all over the world with its exceptional experience, Seattle's thriving creative culture, and booming indie film community. Enter your script for a chance to win a prize scholarship to the summer session of The FilmSchool's 3-week pillar course, The Screenwriting Intensive. The course is renowned around the world as "life changing" and has championed many independent filmmakers by encouraging a crafted process with a focus on original and deeply personal storytelling. 

FILMMAKERS: THE 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT RETURNS TO SEATTLE THIS SUMMER 

48 HOUR FILM PROJECT 

The 48 Hour Film Project comes to Seattle on the weekend of July 13 - 15, 2012. Filmmakers from all over the Seattle area will fire up their masochistic filmmaking impulses and compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning short will go up against films from around the world. This year, teams will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Join the 48 Hour Film Project's Facebook page for invites to networking and informational events.  

LAST CHANCE TO SEE SIFF FLY FILMS 

SEATTLE FILM + MUSIC 

Each year, SIFF tests the skills of Seattle's up and coming cinematic talent in an intense race to the big screen with the Fly Filmmaking Challenge.  This year, SIFF and presenting partner KCTS 9's Reel NW offered a dozen pitches focused on the Seattle Center's "Next 50" celebration for the 50th Anniversary of the Seattle World's Fair. The filmmakers shot for three days on the Seattle Center campus, leaving only five days to edit. Catch the films at 9 pm tonight, June 6, at the Harvard Exit.   
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.

 

Notion Free LP Vinyl Record by Motorbikes - June 7 (2 days)

 

J Minus Album Release: Memories - June 13 (7 days)

 

Can Ordinary People Become "Citizen Heroes"? - June 15 (8 days)

 

Fat Kid Rules the World - June 16 (9 days) 

 

Stacy Unck Album "Through the Cracks" - June 21 (15 days)

  

HENRYK - June 22 (16 days)    

 

Writer / Waitress - June 23 (17 days)  

 

Us on Roofs (Debut LP) - July 5 (29 days) 

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 5/28 - 6/3            

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. Thee Satisfaction - "Awe Naturale"  

3. Pickwick - "Myths + 2"  

4. Hey Marseilles - "To Travels & Trunks"  

5. Shabazz Palaces - "Black Up"   

6. Caspar Babypants - "Hot Dog!"  

7. Fresh Espresso - "Bossalona"

8. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis - "Vs. [Redux]"  

9. Absolute Monarchs - "1" 

10. Mount Eerie - "Clear Moon"

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:

UNDER ARMOUR "COLD GEAR"  

 

Last week a creative team working with Under Armour - ­ the original athletic brand of performance footwear and apparel - ­ wrapped production on a still photo shoot that showcased UA's moisture wicking footwear and apparel. The project filmed in various locations around Seattle, including Cal Anderson Park, Gas Works Park, and the Jose Rizal Bridge. Even with the cooperation of the overcast May weather, the production brought in water trucks and special effects gear to simulate rainy, stormy Seattle weather.

"Shooting in Seattle for our Under Armour Cold Gear imagery was the best possible location to fit our needs," said Under Armour's Producer Steve Nardone.  "We had a very dedicated and knowledgeable local crew, allowing our creative team to really excel and push for the best possible imagery and film we could capture.  Gas Works Park and Jose Rizal Bridge played important roles as our primary locations and will be seen nationally. Thanks to everyone who was involved with our team in this shoot. And thanks to the City of Seattle for its hospitality."
 

 

The internal creative team at Under Armour has written, shot and produced the Brand's landmark creative over the years including "Protect This House," "Click Clack," and most recently, "Cam Newton's Night Out." The UA production hired 10 Washington-based cast and crew and worked with 4 local vendors during 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.
 

Eden
(1996)

There is a lot of buzz about Megan Griffiths' latest film Eden, but did you know there was another local indie called Eden shot hereabouts way back in 1996? Probably not. I don't think many people saw the other Eden, and even if you did you may not recognize the location since there are no shots that really scream "Seattle." The film is set at a private New England men's college during the mid-1960s. Mount Eden graduate Bill Kunen (Dylan Walsh) and his wife Helen (Joanna Going) return to their old stomping grounds after Bill gets a teaching job at his alma mater. To help make ends meet the young couple rent out part of their house to a pair of college students. One of the tenants, an idealistic rebel named Dave (Sean Patrick Young Indiana Jones Flanery), has a serious crush on Mrs. Kunen and a volatile student/teacher relationship with Mr. Kunen. Dig this, it's 1965 and Dave is going hippie. When we first meet the disaffected Mount Eden student, he is singing "The Times They Are A-Changin'" accompanied by his acoustic guitar, and later he sports a "See Canada Now" button affixed to his jacket. Dave's increasingly radical activity aggravates the straight-laced teacher as the young upstart is one of the Bill's favorite students. Oddly, he doesn't seem to care too much about Dave's infatuation with his wife. Speaking of Helen (who is also the movie's narrator), the young housewife suffers from multiple sclerosis and as the film progresses, her health gets increasingly worse. During this time she simultaneously has numerous out of body experiences and these journeys outside Helen's physical form are conveyed through bright lights and simple optical effects. Eden possesses a typical independent drama vibe and is generally a little too low-key for its own good. While the movie explores some interesting themes (like astral projection and student rebellion), it remains a very mild and subdued viewing experience that is more at home on cable television than the big screen.  

I wonder if the location scouts for Eden watched The Chocolate War for reference, as the two films utilize the Pacific Northwest as a surrogate Atlantic Northeast. Both productions make extensive use of the former seminary in Kenmore's beautiful Saint Edward State Park and the current home of Bastyr University makes for a very convincing East Coast private school. The Mount Eden campus is fleshed out with a handful of locations around the University of Washington campus (most prominently Denny Hall), and the quaint Madrona-Sally Goldmark Library. Those with highly trained actor eyes will spy numerous local thespians in supporting roles including R. Hamilton Wright, Sean Christensen, Edward O'Blenis, Marjorie Nelson and John Aylward, plus Anna Faris in one of her first movie roles

-Spenser Hoyt  

MEDIA DIGEST

VARIETY MUSICIANS SEEK SOLACE TOGETHER AFTER CAFE RACER SHOOTINGS 

SEATTLE TIMES    

The underground arts milieu from which last week's shooting victims Drew Keriakedes and Joe "Vito" Albanese sprang encompasses performers of circus arts, burlesque, music and more. You might have glimpsed Seattle's growing variety community at the Northwest Folklife Festival - where Keriakedes and Albanese performed last weekend - or at Bumbershoot. If you've delved more deeply, you've encountered these artists at the Moisture Festival, Teatro ZinZanni, Honk Fest, and at Cafe Racer itself. This week, musicians in Seattle's variety community turned to each other for comfort. 

SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED IS THE CRITICS' DARLING  

HUFFINGTON POST  

Seattle made film, Safety Not Guaranteed, is blowing up in the press this week with acclaimed reviews from NPR, Huffington Post, NYT, People Magazine, and many others. Coming from first-timers Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, Safety Not Guaranteed celebrates the idea of taking a chance and accepting the unexpected, in ways that are quietly funny. The film is built on that hoariest of devices - a lie that turns real. It's one told by Darius Britt (Aubrey Plaza), an intern at a Seattle magazine who isn't really sure what she wants to do with her life. As potentially outlandish as Safety Not Guaranteed might seem, it's a film with heart that never insults your intelligence while finding ways to make a familiar-seeming story surprise you.

MATTHEW LILLARD TALKS CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN SECRETS 

TURNSTYLE  

One of the first things you notice about Matthew Lillard is that he's got a seemingly endless supply of energy and enthusiasm, so the self-distribution of his film Fat Kid Rules the World on Kickstarter does not come as a surprise.  After receiving a couple of bad offers, he knew Kickstarter was the way to go, and he has put in the work to make a great campaign out of it. Not only does the film have over 1,200 backers and 4,200 Facebook "likes" , but Lillard has also  just sealed a deal with tugg.com to release the film via their innovative platform.

SEVENTH SUPERFLY FILM WORKSHOP WRAPS IN SEATTLE 

INDIAN COUNTRY 
For young Native filmmakers interested in cinematography, there's nothing comparable to the guidance offered by the SuperFly Filmmaking Experience. At the workshop, filmmakers work in teams with a script written by a prominent writer - students then have only 36 hours to storyboard, shoot, and edit their films.  

NEW MICROSOFT MUSIC SERVICE WILL FEATURE OVER 30 MILLION TRACKS

HYPEBOT  

At this year's E3, Microsoft announced the launch of a new music service that will feature over 30 million tracks. Xbox Music will be available on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Xbox initially, though the company seemed to hint that other platforms would also get a client for listening to music. That is a lot of devices that will have access and could lead to Microsoft coming out of nowhere to be a competitor in the music space.

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