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Seattle Film + Music Newsletter

6/13/2007

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INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

THE RECORDING ACADEMY NEEDS AN INTERN!
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The Pacific Northwest Chapter of The Recording Academy is looking for a summer intern to start mid-June. Candidates should be energetic, hard working and have aspirations of a career in the music industry or music education. Journalism students whose goal is to write for music publications are also encouraged to apply. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and computer (Microsoft Word & Excel, and database) experience is important. Candidates must be enrolled in school and receive college credit for the internship. Please pass this along to any students that are interested in the music industry -- it's a great opportunity!

FACE THE MUSIC ROCK PARTY AT SIFF TOMORROW NIGHT
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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 tomorrow, 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.

THE CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY "BLOCK STAR CONTEST" FINALS
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This year, the Capitol Bill Block Party is holding the first annual "Block Star Contest," in which eight local bands will compete for a chance to play on the block party's main stage and have their song featured in an Esurance commercial. The bands competing on Friday June 15th at the Vera Project are: Grynch, Lonely Forest, Neezie Pleaze, Optimus Rhyme, PWRFL Power, Skullbot, Speaker Speaker, and the Sutures.

OPTICLASH 2 VJ BATTLE AT CAPITOL HILL ARTS CENTER TONIGHT
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Opticlash 2 is the second annual VJ Battle in Seattle. Like a DJ battle, the local contestants pit their live performance prowess against one another: instead of scratching records and mixing music, they mix video images on two huge screens. A live DJ plays music to which the VJs sculpt their video art, all in real-time. The event is free and takes place tonight at the Capitol Hill Arts Center at 6 PM as part of the Seattle International Film Festival.

OTHELLO PARK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
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Othello Park in Southeast Seattle will be hosting free concerts throughout the summer spotlighting local Southeast Seattle musicians and performers and variety of musical styles. The remaining concerts are scheduled for July 15th, August 12th and September 9th from 2 to 6 PM.

PANDORA MEDIA FOUNDER TIM WESTERGREN TO SPEAK AT CENTRAL LIBRARY
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Tim Westergren, founder of the online music analysis service Pandora, will be speaking in the Microsoft Auditorium at the Central Seattle Public Library on Tuesday, June 19th at 7 PM. Westergren will be speaking about the history of the Music Genome Project and Pandora and will discuss the future of the website and its services. The event is free and open to the public.

SEATTLEMUSIC RECORDING AND SCORING MAJOR MOTION PICTURES
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Seattlemusic recently recorded the main theme and underscore to the Steven Spielberg/Mark Burnett series On the Lot after previously recording the themes for Mark Burnett's series Survivor and the Contender. They have also recently scored major motion pictures Ghostrider, Premonition and Georgia Rule. They have also started recording rock concerts, including Coachella festival, for streaming for ATT and MSN. Seattlemusic contracts the services of musicians of the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet for recording film scores at St. Thomas Chapel at Bastyr University. Keep up the good work!

MEDIA DIGEST

SOUND MAGAZINE'S JUNE ISSUE FEATURING JOSHUA ROMAN OUT NOW
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Seattle Sound Magazine's latest issue features cello prodigy Joshua Roman in its cover story, discussing how 22 year old Roman is making classical music "popular again" and attracting young people to the Seattle Symphony. You can read the article in the June issue of Sound, available at newsstands in and around Seattle. And check out Joshua's performances July 8th and 9th at Town Hall.

CAN CLASSIC MOVIES IMPROVE U.S. IMAGE?
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Can Lassie, Judy Garland and a young Elizabeth Taylor rescue America's image abroad? Rep. Diane Watson, D-Calif., thinks so. She wants to ship DVDs of classic Hollywood movies overseas, hoping they will reshape an image she believes has been tarnished by the Iraq war.

BUMBERSHOOT MUSIC FESTIVAL LINEUP RELEASE
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The 37th Annual Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music and Arts Festival has announced its temporary music lineup, with more additions in the weeks to come. Bumbershoot is a three-day festival taking place September 1st through the 3rd in the heart of downtown Seattle.

SOUND REFLECTIONS: BILLY JOE HUELS
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Seattle entertainers are a rare breed. Billy Joe Huels, best known as the frontman of the Dusty 45's, has been performing in Seattle since 1992. While few musicians manage to make a living by staying in town, for Billy Joe, performance is a full-time job. Today, Billy Joe shares how he came to find success as a local entertainer.

A SMALL STRATEGY FOR SELLING CONCERTS
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The music industry may seem like a broken record of bad news these days, with plunging album sales and confusion over the digital future. But in the concert business at least one corner is booming: clubs.

SIFF NEWS: LOCAL FILMMAKERS TRY TO CRACK HOLLYWOOD
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Most of us locals merely attend SIFF to watch movies. A few actually get to see their own efforts-like this year's Outsourced-projected before friends, family, and investors. And then there are those in the middle who go to the panels and workshops and networking cocktail parties in the hopes of learning how they might one day make a movie in the Northwest and eventually debut it at SIFF.

NOISE COMPLAINTS HAVE THE HOLLAND PROJECT SEARCHING FOR A NEW HOME
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Complaints from a nearby neighbor became a catalyst for changes at the Holland Project, the recently opened all-ages youth arts space, which operates out of a warehouse in Reno, NV. The Holland Project, based on Seattle's Vera Project, has had their venue shut down due to noise complaints after being open for only a few months. Please help support the Holland Project while they search for a new home and meet with city officials to resolve problems with neighbors by sending an e-mail to Mayor Robert Cashell at cashellr@cityofreno.com stressing the importance of supporting all-ages venues.

SIFF ROLLS OUT 160-PLUS FILM PROGRAMS IN ITS FINAL FULL WEEK
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The 33rd Seattle International Film Festival enters its last full week Friday. During the next seven days, it plans to showcase more than 160 film programs in its seven venues: SIFF Cinema, Egyptian, Harvard Exit, Neptune, Pacific Place, Lincoln Square and Northwest Film Forum.

GARFIELD CENTER MAY HONOR QUINCY JONES
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Garfield High School's performance center would again be named after noted alumnus and music producer Quincy Jones under a proposal being considered by the Seattle School Board.

SUNDANCE SUPPORTS DOCUMENTARIES - JAMES LONGLEY RECEIVES GRANT
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Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's "Howl," Sandhya Suri's "Devi" and James Longley's untitled Iran project are among the 25 issue-oriented feature docus that will receive financial grants from the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund. Recipient projects were selected from more than 300 applications from 20 countries and will receive a combined total of $607,500.

CONCERT-FILM SERIES STARTS ON JUST THE RIGHT NOTE
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Northwest Film Forum this week begins a three-week concert-film series with a 20th-anniversary engagement of "Sign O' the Times," the 1987 film starring (and directed by) the artist who was then still known as Prince.

SEATTLE SYMPHONY'S CENTRAL EUROPE FESTIVAL CLOSING ON A VIGOROUS NOTE
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A lot of territory has been covered in the Seattle Symphony Orchestra's "Central Europe Music Festival: Bridging the 48th Parallel." The two most important works acted as bookends: Bartok's one-act opera, "Bluebeard's Castle," which opened the festival May 31, and Janacek's "Glagolitic Mass," which closes it this weekend. The first of two performances was Thursday night at Benaroya Hall.

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 Bartók 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.

HISTORIC FILMS ABOUT SEATTLE
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Seattle grew up in the age of motion pictures, and some of the most historic films from the City of Seattle Municipal Archives, Seattle's Museum of History & Industry and local documentary filmmakers have found a home this summer on the Seattle Channel. We'll talk to the Seattle Channel's Feliks Banel about some of the documentaries, archival films and vintage video from the 1920s to the 1990s that will be presented every Monday night at 8:00 p.m. beginning this evening.

VISIONS FOR A NEW SEATTLE CENTER BEING MADE PUBLIC
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Big changes could be in the future for the Seattle Center -- from flattening Memorial Stadium and bulldozing some of the Northwest Rooms to remodeling the Center House with glass walls and a glass roof. The idea is to make the 74-acre campus more visible and accessible, to create open space to serve increasingly dense downtown neighborhoods, and to bring sophistication, light and excitement into some of the Center's more dreary corners.

LISTEN UP: BLUE SCHOLARS' 'BAYANI'
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Blue Scholars opens its new album with the moving "Baha'i Healing Prayer," heralding the arrival of one of the most powerful, complex and socially conscious hip-hop albums ever recorded in the Northwest.

KINSKI: BACK FROM OPENING FOR TOOL, NOW THEY'RE SCORING A FILM
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Sup Pop instrumentalists extraordinaire Kinski are back home after spending time opening for Tool. To mark their return to the Emerald City, the band is scoring a silent film for SIFF, titled "Berlin: Symphony of a City." The band will be performing the score live twice while the film plays at the Triple Door on Friday.

BIG RADIO MAKES A GRAB FOR INTERNET LISTENERS
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After ceding ground (and potential advertising dollars) for years to an army of autonomous Internet radio stations, some of which are run from basements and spare bedrooms, the nation's biggest broadcasters are now marching online, determined to corral the next generation of listeners. The result may be a showdown to define the future of the medium.

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS IN VIDEO TALKS WITH APPLE
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Apple is in advanced talks with Hollywood's largest movie studios about launching an online film rental service to challenge cable and satellite TV operators. A film would cost $2.99 for a 30-day rental. Its digital rights-management software would allow films to be moved from a computer to at least one other device such as the video iPod or iPhone.

ATTENTION, WEB SURFERS: THE FOLLOWING FILM TRAILER MAY BE RACY OR GRAPHIC
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Hollywood has been circulating movie trailers on the Web for years, but only now is the film industry retrofitting its rating system to give the studios a chance to showcase their racier material online.




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