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Seattle Film + Music Newsletter

6/06/2007

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INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

THE NORTHWEST PRODUCTION MARKET AT SIFF
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A successful commercial film project needs to be well packaged with a plan in place for selling it to a financier, getting it to the industry and reaching an audience. In the Northwest Production Market series of forums, successful film producers, financiers and distributors will share wisdom and insights on how to get a movie sold. The topics of Saturday's forums are Reaching an Audience and Getting a Film to the Industry. On Sunday, the topics will cover Selling to the Producer as well as the panel, co-sponsored by our office, Selling to the Financier. This panel discussion will feature Hal "Corky" Kessler, Lance Rosen and Tom Gorai of ShadowCatcher Entertainment, who produced "Smoke Signals" and most recently, SIFF selection "Outsourced." They will discuss what it takes to find financing locally and nationally and how to close the deal.

LOCAL FILM "THE OFF HOURS" IS AWARDED PANAVISION NEW FILMMAKER GRANT!
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Panavision, the country's most respected motion picture camera design and manufacturing company, has awarded their New Filmmaker Grant to local filmmaker Megan Griffiths for her upcoming feature "The Off Hours". The grant will allow Griffiths and her production team to use a 35mm Panavision camera package for the duration of the production free of charge. This grant is awarded on a rotating basis year-round and is merit-based. "The Off Hours" is slated to be shot in the fall of 2007 in the Seattle area. Please visit the website for more information about the film.

THE OFFICE OF ARTS & CULTURAL AFFAIRS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2008 YOUTH ARTS PROGRAM
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The 2008 Youth Arts Program, an annual funding program that supports arts training for Seattle's middle and high school youth outside of school hours and provides project-based support in all artistic disciplines. Individual artists, groups of individual artists, arts and cultural organizations, and/or community-based youth programs with nonprofit status or sponsorship are invited to apply. Priority is placed on serving youth or communities with limited access to arts and culture. Funding awards range up to $10,000 for projects led by experienced teaching artists.

THE RECORDING ACADEMY WELCOMES NEW CHAPTER ASSISTANT
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Meaghan Massoth is the new Chapter Assistant for the Pacific NW Chapter of The Recording Academy. After spending the past few years working with One Reel on Bumbershoot and volunteering with The Vera Project, Meaghan is ecstatic about her new role with this important conduit for the Seattle music industry. If you're a Recording Academy member, you'll be getting some mail from her - so keep an eye out!

FACE THE MUSIC ROCK PARTY AT SIFF
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The centerpiece for SIFF's Face the Music program, this special concert celebrates the Northwest's diverse community and range of renowned artists. Viva Voce, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter and Siberian will perform during the party, co-sponsored by our office, at Neumo's on June 14th at 8 PM. SIFF's Face the Music program also includes ten music documentaries, Sub Pop's Kinski performing a new score during a live showing of "Berlin: Symphony of a City," a panel on the evolution of music in film as well as many other events.

SOUTH LAKE UNION CINEMA ON THE LAWN
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South Lake Union Cinema on the Lawn will feature present through the summer on the lawn behind the South Lake Union Discovery center at Denny and Westlake. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" will be shown on June 29th, a pick from a KEXP DJ on July 13th, "Election" on July 27th and "Little Miss Sunshine" on August 10th. There will also be music, a beer garden and food from Whole Foods. There is a $5 suggested donation that will benefit KEXP, KUOW, and SIFF.

CROSSFADER.COM IS LOOKING FOR STORIES ON HOW ARTISTS USE TECHNOLOGY
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Crossfader.com, a web based magazine that focuses on how artists use technology is looking for video and written stories on how you use technology in your work. The 3 main focuses of the site are video, sound, and imaging. Crossfader is looking to inspire up and coming artists to explore a range of tools and systems to express themselves in the digital domain. We are hoping your story will motivate the consumers in the world to become producers. Please visit Crossfader.com, take a look around and if you have a story to share send it to v-darekm@microsoft.com.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 10TH ANNUAL LOCAL SIGHTINGS FILM FESTIVAL
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Local Sightings is Northwest Film Forum's annual showcase of current narrative, documentary and experimental film by Northwest artists. The week long festival also features panel discussions, historic NW films, a filmmaker lounge, a stellar opening night party, and juried cash awards for a winning short and feature film! This fall, the festival will take place October 5-10. Submit your work by downloading the submission form from NWFF's website and send us your screener copy on VHS or DVD. The deadline for submission is July 16.

THE NEW SEATTLE ORCHESTRA AT THE LANGSTON HUGHES PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
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The New Seattle Orchestra, a 20+ piece orchestra consisting of some of the most innovative performers in Seattle including Paul Rucker, Izaak Mills, Owour Arunga, Dylan Rieck, D'Vonne Lewis, Jacques Willis, Eric Peters, Beth Fleenor and many others will be performing the works of Evan Flory-Barnes and Ahamefule J. Oluo with special guests of RA Scion of Common Market and Gabriel Teodros. Comedian Hari Kondabolu and Sabzi (Blue Scholars, Common Market) will be hosting this event. The shows will be June 15th and 16th at 8 PM at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center.

"BRAND UPON THE BRAIN!" OPENING AROUND THE COUNTRY
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Guy Maddin's locally filmed "Brand Upon the Brain!" has just finished up a week long run of live shows in New York City. The run featured narration from notable actors such as Crispin Glover and Isabella Rossellini with performances from Lou Reed and Tunde Adebimpe from TV on the Radio. The film opens this week and next in many major cities across the country and will open in Seattle on July 20th. Congratulations to the Film Company and everyone involved for their tremendous success!

SEATTLE SOUND'S BENEFIT SHOW FOR THE LASHES' ERIC HOWK
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Eric Howk, guitarist for the Lashes, was seriously injured in a construction-site accident and rushed to Harborview last month. Seattle Sound's benefit show to help pay Eric's hospital bills and fund any future physical therapy he will need takes place Friday, June 16th at the High Dive in Fremont.

MEDIA DIGEST

"OUTSOURCED" FILMMAKER BRINGS THE BUZZ HOME
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Seattle filmmaker John Jeffcoat first learned that his comedy "Outsourced" had buzz last fall, at the Toronto International Film Festival. For Jeffcoat, a 35-year-old New York native who's lived in Seattle since 1994, it's the end of a three-and-a-half-year journey that's taken him to India and back.

FROM CANNES, A CINEMATIC AFTER-ACTION REPORT
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The 60th Cannes Film Festival drew more than 4,000 journalists, so it's possible you've heard a little something about the hits and misses there. Michael Moore screened a damning documentary about the U.S. health-care system, while singer Norah Jones made her acting debut in a film from Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-Wai. Critic-at-large John Powers reports on other high- and low-lights.

A SUMMER FULL OF MOVIES
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Hollywood's pop culture icons are returning to the big screen this summer. We'll also take a look at the Seattle International Film Festival. Blockbuster movies, independent films and everything in between today on Weekday.

THE LONELY H GRADUATE, TOUR
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The Lonely H are celebrating high school graduation with what seems to be the best summer vacation yet-a US tour. The young'uns will go from accepting their diplomas to gearing up to spread their soundtrack-to-summer sound across the nation within hours of each other. The swing comes in support of their sophmore album, (The Control Group), out July 24. Talk about overachievers.

COUNCIL MEMBERS' CLUB PLAN WINS INITIAL NODS
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Some neighborhood leaders and club owners were optimistic upon hearing the broad outlines of a proposal released Thursday by City Councilmembers Sally Clark and Jan Drago to regulate Seattle nightlife.

FENIX UNDERGROUND FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY
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The Fenix Underground, a mainstay on the Seattle nightclub scene for more than a decade, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

NIGHTLIFE UPDATE
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Sally Clark's proposed nightlife regulations aren't official yet (and won't be until sometime next week; more on that in a minute), but bars and clubs are already expressing concern that the proposal, as described in a "briefing paper" issued by Clark's office yesterday, is even more restrictive and punitive than the mayor's proposed nightlife license scheme.

GEORGETOWN MUSIC FESTIVAL SIZZLES
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Last Saturday, the Georgetown Music Festival was pure local fire as sun rays and sound waves bounced off the concrete of a closed-off city block for nine straight hours. Under a cloudless sky (and on two more stages inside Jules Maes Saloon), GMF succeeded in showcasing some of Seattle's brightest independent rock bands.

GORGEOUS GLASS AND MUSIC AT SEATTLE SYMPHONY PERFORMANCE
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It isn't often that I review a Seattle Symphony concert with the words, "See it if you can." But the orchestra's current semistaged production of the one-act Bartk opera, "Bluebeard's Castle," offers more than great music: six huge, gorgeous glass works by glassmeister Dale Chihuly lie behind the doors Bluebeard's wife opens during the course of the show.

FILM ACTIVIST REVEALS THE REALITY OF MODERN INDIA
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Shyam Benegal has the commanding voice of someone who knows adulation will surely follow what he is saying. The prolific ad-maker-turned-guru of the art-cinema movement in India is a distinguished visitor at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

COBAIN DOC'S SOUNDTRACK READY FOR RELEASE
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Barsuk Records has confirmed a September 11 release date for the soundtrack to the forthcoming motion picture, Kurt Cobain About A Son, which is expected to hit screens late 2007. Based on 25 hours of previously unheard audio interviews compiled from journalist Michael Azerrad's book Come As You Are: The Story Of Nirvana, the film is a deeply personal account of the rise and fall of Cobain, told entirely in the late musicians own voice.

SIFF DOC OFFERS RARE GLIMPSE OF KURT COBAIN IN HAPPIER TIMES
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For his new film, About a Son, Azerrad teamed with director AJ Schnack, whose credits include Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns. Their movie is a meditative, impressionistic look at how our region helped shape such a unique individual. It's less standard documentary than biography of a place and time.

GLORIOUS DISSOLUTION: MUSICIANS ON FILM
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The line between fact and clich has always been rather tenuous when it comes to movies about famous musicians, considering that so many have tread the same self-destructive path. While their event-filled, often tragic stories entice filmmakers, they also complicate the task of transcending material that can seem old hat or veer into parody.

PLAN FOR NEW NIGHTLIFE RULES PACKS HEARING AT CITY HALL
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Dozens of Seattle bar owners and nightclub neighbors testified about proposed nightlife regulations during an emotionally charged, standing-room-only public hearing at City Hall Monday.

MUSIC FEST HELPS KIDS AND TEENS AFFECTED BY HIV/AIDS
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For six nights beginning Tuesday, Noise for the Needy's music festival will bring together more than 50 bands to eight venues throughout the city to raise money and awareness for Rise n' Shine, an organization that provides support for children and teens affected by HIV and AIDS.

JOSHUA ROMAN - A PRINCIPAL WHO'S DRAWING PLENTY OF INTEREST
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When lines form outside the sold-out concert hall to hear a solo cello recital, you know the artist is someone special. Joshua Roman, the 23-year-old principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony, has rapidly become the rock star of Seattle's classical-music scene with his charisma and his passion for music.

CHRIS ESTEY ON BETTY DAVIS
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Before Betty Davis faded from the public eye, she was a sensational 1970s DJ, singer, songwriter, and fashion diva. Today, Light in the Attic Records' Chris Estey explains how the Seattle label is restoring a forgotten goddess of soul to her rightful place in the funk firmament.

ARTS HAVE BIG ECONOMIC IMPACT IN SEATTLE, STUDY SAYS
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The arts are big business in Seattle - generating $330 million in economic activity annually, according to a recent study of the city's nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.

FBI RAIDS LIFT OFFICES AS PART OF TAX CREDIT PROBE
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FBI agents conducted a surprise search Friday evening of the offices of New Orleans' most prominent film production company in an intensifying investigation of possible abuse of the state's tax incentive program to lure movie business to Louisiana.

BANDS TAKE UP THE CAUSE, GOING GREEN FOR THEIR TOURS
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Concert promoters, venues and artists are increasingly going green, teaming up to reduce or eliminate the environmental impact of their industry and raising awareness about green products, technologies and issues by utilizing the strong connection between artists and their fan bases.




NEWSLETTER CONTENTS INCLUDE:

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

MEDIA DIGEST

LINKS

FILM + MUSIC OFFICE

THE LOCAL MUSIC SHOW

KEXP LIVE AT THE TRIPLE DOOR

CINEMA 21

REEL SHORT MOVIES

SEATTLE ONHOLD

SEATTLE PRESENTS

SEATTLE FILM MAP

SEATTLE MUSIC MAP

SEATTLE MUSIC INDUSTRY'S $650 MILLION ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT

SEATTLE FILM INDUSTRY'S $207 MILLION ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT

NEWSLETTER SUBMISSION GUIDELINES