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News from the Office of Film + Music 6/8/2011


OFFICE NEWS

ARTIST HOUSING LEADERS AT TOMORROW'S CITY BUSINESS CASUAL
Office of Economic Development
City Business Casual gives the public an opportunity to mix and mingle with leadership representing Mayor Mike McGinn, the City Council, and other City departments. The special guests at tomorrow's event will be Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs Director Vicent E. Kitch and Office of Housing Director Rick Hooper. Kitch took his currently position in April of this year and originally hails from Austin, Texas, where he worked extensively to expand the arts in that city. His academic background focused on the performance and business aspects of music. Hooper also began his position in April, having previously been the director of policy and program development for the Office of Housing.

GROOVES GALORE ON THIS WEEK'S "ARTZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY"
Seattle Channel
This week's Artzone will feature music from two polar opposite, but nevertheless venerable acts. Nancy will feature an in-depth profile on Seattle-loving local hip hop artist Macklemore, perhaps discussing the Capitol Hill rapper's recent Sasquatch! set. You can watch a sneak peak at the profile here. Also, local steel drum musicians The Toucans, renowned for both their amazing performances, and for teaching steel drum lessons in the community, will be on this week's Artzone. The Toucans will share some tropical tunes on the show, so be sure to catch all the positive vibrations and art in this special episode. Art Zone with Nancy Guppy airs Friday at 8:00 PM on Seattle Channel 21 and Sunday night at 11:00 PM on KCTS 9, and is also streaming and podcasting online.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

UW PROFESSIONAL & CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAMS HOST FIRST ANNUAL PORTFOLIO SHOW FOR ARTS, WRITING AND FILM
UW Professional & Continuing Education
Students in the arts like nothing better than to show off their creations to the world. More than 45 students of the UW Professional & Continuing Education's arts programs will display collected artwork and year-end projects at the first annual Student Portfolio Show. UW Professional & Continuing Education is a resource for professionals seeking career change, advancement, or simply a means for developing personal interests. Among the participating programs in the show are Independent Filmmaking, Audio Production and Screenwriting. The event gives students the chance to display the caliber of their work, connect the public with artists and instructors, and to demonstrate how a UW certificate program could help your career.

CALL FOR MUSICIANS: CONCERTS AT THE COLUMNS
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Musicians of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to apply to be part of the first-ever Concerts at the Columns series. The performances are scheduled to take place every Friday throughout July and August at the corner of Pike Street and Boren Ave. Acoustic musicians are preferred, as there will be no power supply available for bands to perform. Buskers and other solo performers are ideal candidates. Don't miss this chance to provide musical entertainment to Seattleites during the most beautiful time of the year.

SEATTLE'S EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATORS DISPLAY THEIR WORK AT INTER-ACTION
Northwest Film Forum
The Seattle Experimental Animation Team (SEAT) is made up of 12 creative-minded individuals with a knack for realizing narratives in unusual and jarring ways. Their work will be shown next week at the Northwest Film Forum as a part of "Inter-Action," an exploration of short animations that explore the action between each frame of motion as well as between each subject on screen. Animator Tess Martin, whose short film Plain Face debuted at SIFF last month (and will play again at "Inter-Action), presents the works of her SEAT cohorts like Britta Johnson (Two Dots), Drew Christie (The Man Who Shot the Man Who Shot Lincoln), Amanda Moore (Bridging Wounds) and Bruce Bickford (The Comic That Frenches Your Mind). Animation does not always mean a film is cute and cuddly; each short in the program addresses such topics as love, insanity, faith and murder. So think twice about bringing underage individuals to the screening.

TEENY AWARDS 2011 FOCUS ON THE BEST IN ARTS FOR TEENS
Teen Tix Blog
Seattle youth are encouraged to voice their opinions about this past year's arts offerings as part of Teen Tix's Teeny Awards 2011. Teen Tix provides affordable access to film, dance, theater, and other performances for teens ages 13-19. The Teeny Awards categories are both straight forward and irreverent, ranging from Best Art Exhibit to Best Bathrooms to Best Date Venue. Among the nominees are some fantastic film organizations (National Film Festival for Talented Youth, SIFF, NWFF, and more) and excellent musical performances (Sound Off! 2011 at EMP, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue at Seattle Symphony, and more). Voting is open to Teen Tix members only, so those qualified to participate should head on over to the Teen Tix blog and check out the full list of nominees.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL
Tacoma Film Festival
There is only a week left to get your film submissions in for the Sixth Annual Tacoma Film Festival. Primarily sponsored by the non-profit art house Grand Cinema in the heart of Tacoma's downtown theater district , the 2011 Tacoma Film Festival is striving to highlight and celebrate local Pacific Northwest filmmakers and their work. The festival also receives a number of international submissions from around the globe. After five enormously successful years, the film festival is looking forward to presenting dynamic and high-quality films to the Puget Sound Region this October. Keep an eye out for the Tacoma Film Festival poster design contest and the film festival sneak peak event this month. For questions about the festival or film submissions, contact Emily Alm at tacomafilmfestival@gmail.com.

BIZ KID$ SEEKS WRITING DEPARTMENT COORDINATOR
Writing Department Coordinator Description
If you have a great eye for detail, experience copy editing, excellent computer skills, and have previously worked in the film/television/web field, you could be the new Writing Department Coordinator for the Emmy Award-winning show Biz Kid$. Geared toward a preteen audience, Biz Kid$ teaches viewers about financial literacy and explains basic economic concepts with clever sketch comedy. The show is filmed in Seattle and produced in New York. Applicants should be available to start work immediately.

LOCALLY-MADE ANIMATED "MOCKUMENTARY" PLAYS AT STIFF
STIFF
Taking a cue from the informative yet serious style of a Ken Burns documentary, A Jazzman's Jazzman: The Gerry Carruthers Story is a vivid "mockumentary" that tells the torrid history of the titular (and fabricated) musician known for his raging temper and unbridled genius. Directors Ben Harris and Paul Maupoux mix footage of Carruthers performing (created with stop-motion animation by blues musician Eric "Two Scoops" Moore) with candid interviews of friends, family members and nemeses. The film also features an original score by local musicians Birch Pereira and Tim Kennedy. A Jazzman's Jazzman has received awards for animation from the 2011 Canada International Film Festival and the 2010 Somewhat North of Boston (SNOB) Film Festival. The film will screen at the Northwest Film Forum this week.

CALL FOR 2012 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FUTUREWAVE YOUTH JURORS
SIFF Futurewave
SIFF is looking for youthful film lovers across King County who have a passion for watching movies and with great ideas for film events and programming they want to see put into action. The SIFF Youth Film Committee is intended for young adults ages 15-20 with an interest in the Seattle film community. As a member of the Committee, you will help to organize (programming, event planning, and marketing) interesting and exciting film events for teens and young adults with SIFF 2012, SIFF Cinema, and the upcoming SIFF Film Center beginning Fall 2011. Applications for the SIFF FutureWave Committee are due June 13. Find more information about Committee benefits and time expectations at the application link above.

HELP "KICKSTART" A RECESSION-ERA ROMANTIC COMEDY
100% OFF - A Recession-Era Romance Kickstarter
Local filmmakers Andrew Schwartz and Shaun Scott (Seat of Empire, Waste of Time) are teaming up on a modernity-infused romantic-comedy that sets its characters into a time and economic situation not so different from our own. The film 100% OFF: A Recession-Era Romance follows the passion and the pitfalls of two mirrored relationships in the age of the Great Recession. On the film's Kickstarter page producer Schwartz notes, "The film is intended to portray a generation of young people, in love and inspired, at a time of diminished expectations - a generation that started high school with the destruction of the Twin Towers, enrolled into college during two unpopular wars, and entered young adulthood confined to the pernicious parameters of a collapsed global economy." This is Schwartz's first feature-length film and the story is saturated with personal poignancy from the recent graduate's frustration with the current job market. Click the "Seattle Kickstarter" buttons for information on how you can support this and other local Kickstarter projects.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 6/1 - 6/7
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).

  1. Death Cab for Cutie - "Codes & Keys"
  2. Eddie Vedder - "Ukelele Songs"
  3. Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart"
  4. Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"
  5. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis - "Vs."
  6. Brandi Carlile - "Live at Benaroya Hall"
  7. David Bazan - "Strange Negotiations"
  8. Black Mountain - "Wilderness Heart"
  9. Seapony - "Go With Me"
  10. Wheedle's Groove - "Seattle's Finest"

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.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
The Twin Peaks television series was an instant cult hit when it first aired in 1990. Mostly shot around North Bend and Snoqualmie, the producers didn't do much of anything in the Seattle metro area, but it successfully captured the beauty and mystery of Western Washington. The show ended up being cancelled at the end of the second season after which director David Lynch choose to make a feature film that serves as both a prologue and an epilogue, as it deals with the events leading up to the TV show as well as tying up some loose ends. If you aren't familiar with the show, it was set in a fictional logging town called Twin Peaks whose residents conceal numerous dark secrets. Many of these secrets are exposed after a popular high school girl is found dead and "wrapped in plastic." Like most David Lynch projects, a lot of weird and unexplained things happen in both the series and the film. The fictional town of Twin Peaks mostly consists of parts of North Bend, Snohomish and Fall City including various cafes, a trailer park, Snohomish High School, and numerous exterior scenes with the beautiful and imposing Cascade foothills in the background. Other locations used are an upscale neighborhood in Everett, Olallie State Park, and Snoqualmie Falls. Unfortunately Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me wasn't particularly well received and plans for other films were dropped. Regardless of the perceived failure, the film and series made a lasting impact on popular culture and people from all over the world still come to North Bend for an annual summer festival that celebrates all things Twin Peaks.
--Spenser Hoyt

MEDIA DIGEST

KPLU PROFILES DIE-HARD SIFF FANS
KPLU
As SIFF coasts into its final week, it's worth revisiting KPLU's wonderful feature on serial SIFF-goers who sacrifice precious spring/early summer Seattle sunlight to see as many movies as humanly possible. Writer Florangela Davila profiled a handful of ardent movie lovers, making sure to include some helpful tips about surviving SIFF for festival novices. Retired Seattleite Diane Bisset says it's totally normal for her to view at least 100 films at SIFF each year. Honolulu resident Doug Ing leaves the balmy climate of his home city to attend the festival, also consuming upwards of 100 films with his SIFF Platinum Pass. What's ultimately important to remember about SIFF, says the festival's artistic director Carl Spence, is that watching films is a communal experience. "There's energy you get from being around people," says Spence. "If it's a comedy you may laugh more. You may find it more funny than if you see it by yourself. If it's something that's moving or powerful, that has something meaningful, you may share in that cathartic experience together."

SEATTLE PHOTOGRAPHER CHASE JARVIS DEBUTS EXPERIMENTAL EXHIBIT IN NEW YORK
FlavorPill
As part of an artist residency at New York City's Ace Hotel, photographer Chase Jarvis is conducting an artistic experiment: Can people tell the difference between the work of a professional artist and that of an amateur? Titled "Dasein: Invitation to Hang," the exhibit is based on the German word for "being there" (Dasein) and examines the ephemeral everyday-ness of life that can be revealed by a single snapshot, encouraging us to consciously revel in the moment. Launched in May, the exhibit showcases hundreds of photos curated by Jarvis that change on a daily basis. His 10 favorite photos of the day have their own space against one wall. People from all over the world have submitted photos to website built "Dasein: Invitation to Hang," where Jarvis pulled and printed the photos for his exhibit.

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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