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June 13, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS
TALK TOURISM TOMORROW AT CITY BUSINESS CASUAL em>

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The City of Seattle's Office of Economic Development cordially invites you to attend City Business Casual, tomorrow, June 14, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the W Seattle in their renovated lounge area. Special guests for this month's theme, Tourism / Hospitality / Restaurants, include:
Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, Seattle City Council
Port Commissioner John Creighton, Port of Seattle
Steven Ariel, Chef De Cuisine, W Seattle
Jeff Blosser, President and CEO, Washington State Convention Center
Louise Chernin, President and CEO, Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA)
Robert Nellams, Director, Seattle Center/ Next 50
Tom Norwalk, President and CEO, Seattle's Convention and Visitor's Bureau
Brian Tracey, Owner and CEO, Ride the Ducks of Seattle
They will join business-savvy city staff, business owners, and advocates for a night of introductions and idea-sharing.

SEATTLE PUBLIC UTILITIES TO HOST YOUTH MEDIA SHOWCASE AT CITY HALL 

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Over the past year, thirty students from all over Seattle met weekly as part of the Environmental Justice Network In Action Multimedia Project (EJNA). Through video production training provided by Reel Grrls and Tanya Westby with Aki Kurose Middle School, the students used their new knowledge and skills to create sixteen short videos about environmental justice.  These same students will share their work at the EJNA Multi Media Presentation on Wednesday, June 27, from 9 am - 12 pm in Seattle City Hall's Bertha Landes Room.  

REGISTER NOW FOR NIGHTLIFE EMPLOYEE SECURITY TRAINING 

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Registration is now open for the Seattle Police Department's "Security Training for Nightlife Professionals." 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. 

THIS WEEK ON ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY  

SEATTLE CHANNEL  

Art Zone kicks off the summer season this week from The Comet Tavern on Capitol Hill - with a tour of the club courtesy of Comet insiders Brian Faker and Carl Sanders. Tune in to hear real life stories from past Comet regulars like Jason Finn - former bartender and current drummer for The Presidents of the United States of America. Also on this week's episode of Art Zone, go behind the scenes of the locally produced web series "Evergreen TV," and enjoy live music from pop/punk trio The Piniellas. Art Zone premiers Friday, June 15, on Seattle Channel 21 at 8:00 pm.     

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

EMP SEEKS NEW YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS 

EMP seeks new members for the 2012-2013 Youth Advisory Board (YAB). YAB connects teenagers to the Northwest's all ages arts and music scene by giving them an opportunity to be a driving force in EMP's teen programming. YAB members also get an inside peek at museum exhibits and special events. You must be high school-aged to apply. 

FILMMAKERS: DON'T MISS THE TOTALLY STACKED VIDEO CONTEST 

CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY 

Local filmmakers and amateur directors are invited to submit a video between 30 seconds and two minutes in length, incorporating the idea of Seattle Culture (bonus for any use of the Space Needle) for the Totally Stacked! Video Contest. Entries may include all types of videos, but must be submitted by July 2 to be considered. The contest is organized by The Stranger, Capitol Hill Block Party, and SIFF - and participants will be eligible for a number of prizes, including SIFF passes, Capitol Hill Block Party tickets, and more.  

GRANT OPPORTUNITY FOR NW DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS 

The Northwest Film Fund supports documentary film projects in the Northwest at any stage of completion. The Fund offers support to emerging filmmakers, helping promising films transition more rapidly from the planning stage to production, and providing a platform to introduce excellent new documentaries into the world. Awards are competitive and are decided by a panel of industry professionals.  

TOP SELLERS ON ITUNES WERE RECORDED AT BEAR CREEK 

Monday's iTunes top 10 list included the Lumineers' self-titled album, and Brandi Carlile's new release Bear Creek - both of which were recorded at Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville. Other famous artists that have recorded at Bear Creek: Fleet Foxes, Modest Mouse, Soundgarden, Built to Spill, The Gossip, Bill Frisell, and more.   

ART INSTITUTE OF SEATTLE TO HOST OPEN HOUSE THIS SATURDAY 

Interested in enrolling at the Art Institute of Seattle? There will be an open house this Saturday, June 16, at the campus at 2323 Elliott Ave, Seattle. At the open house, visitors will get the chance to tour the facilities and get a feel for the school; chat with students, faculty, and staff; learn about scholarships and student services; ask questions about a specific program; and find out about the application process. Check-in for the open house begins at 9:30 am.   

SEATTLE COMPOSERS ALLIANCE TO HOST SUMMER SOCIAL TONIGHT 

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If you are a Seattle Composers Alliance (SCA) member, or if you a interested in becoming a member, you should swing by Blue Star Cafe in Wallingford tonight for the "First Libation of the Summer SCA Social." All members of the local film and music scenes are invited, so bring business cards, and don't miss this opportunity to get to know Seattle's community of talented composers. Space is limited, so take the time to RSVP. 

DID YOU MISS SOMETHING? BEST OF SIFF BEGINS JUNE 15 

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The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) wrapped up this past weekend, but if you missed one of the hot ticket features at this year's Festival, don't despair, you might be getting a second chance.
This year's "Best of SIFF 2012" screenings will take place at the SIFF Cinema Uptown and the SIFF Film Center, beginning June 15, and will include Northwest films Eden, Fat Kid Rules the World, and Welcome to Doe Bay, as well as other Festival hits.  
CRYBABY STUDIOS TO RELEASE LOCAL MUSIC COMPILATION

Crybaby Studios will be releasing a twelve-song compilation over the next three Saturdays at the Comet Tavern on Capitol Hill - June 16, 23, and 30.  Crybaby is a 24-hour access, month-to-month rehearsal facility and recording studio. The facility has been serving Seattle's music community for the past twelve years. Swing by these one of these showcases to pick up a CD, and hear some incredible local music. After June 16, the compilation will be available in local record stores.  

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.

 

Can Ordinary People Become "Citizen Heroes"? - June 15 (2 days)

 

Fat Kid Rules the World - June 16 (3 days) 

 

Stacy Unck Album "Through the Cracks" - June 21 (8 days)

  

HENRYK - June 22 (9 days)    

 

Writer / Waitress - June 23 (10 days)      

 

Being Isadora (Web Series) - June 27 (14 days)    

 

Wyatt Steps Out Even Further - July 2 (19 days) 

   

Us on Roofs (Debut LP) - July 5 (22 days)   

  

TransJourney - July 8 (24 days)

  

Heart: Flatline to Finish Line - July 20 (37 days) 

 

K2: Siren of the Himalayas - July 25 (41 days)   

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 6/4 - 6/10             

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Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).     

 

1. Brandi Carlile - "Bear Creek"   

2. Fresh Espresso - "Bossalona"

3. Caspar Babypants - "Hot Dog!"  

4. Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart" 

5. Brandi Carlile - "Live at Easy Street"   

6. Pickwick - "Myths + 2"    

7. Thee Satisfaction - "Awe Naturale"

8. Absolute Monarchs - "1"

9. Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues" 

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

SHORT FILM FRIDAYS  

We believe criticism is a hallmark of a successful film community.  It gives us great pleasure to partner with The Stranger to bring you Short Film Fridays, local film reviews to expand the public appeal of our local movie making talent, continually advance the artistic quality of our work, and inspire more film critics to evaluate local film.  

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 15

THE STRANGER

The short for this Friday, Jun 15, will be "Eros," a pure piece of cinema by Megan Griffiths, the director of Eden (a film that rightly received a bunch of awards at SIFF 2012) and also one of the three nominees for the Stranger's Genius Award in film (check out the issue of A&P). "Eros" stars Sean Nelson, was photographed Ben Kasulke, and edited by Lynn Shelton.   

 

- Charles Mudede 

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.
 

Witness to Revolution: The Story of Anna Louise Strong
(1984)

Recently, Scarecrow on Seattle reviewed local filmmaker Lucy Ostrander's documentary Finding Thea about Puget Sound shipyard and tugboat pioneer Thea Foss. This week, we'll look at Ostrander's first short film, a fascinating portrait of another brave and adventurous woman of the Northwest, Anna Louise Strong. Strong was a journalist and activist - yet just those two words don't even begin to tell her amazing story. Through interviews with local historians (including Cinema Books proprietor Stephanie Ogle, who did her PhD. thesis on Strong), readings from Strong's impassioned newspaper pieces, and accounts from friends and fellow activists, we learn about a woman who witnessed and documented the rise of activism as well as Communism in the 20th century. Strong came to Seattle as a young college graduate in 1914, when Seattle was on the forefront of the labor movement. The Industrial Workers of the World were headquartered here, and in 1916, when their attempt to land a pair of boats on the docks at Everett was met with gunfire, a day now referred to as the Everett Massacre, Strong reported on it and never looked back. One of the film's highlights is an eyewitness account from massacre survivor Jack Miller, who in 1984 was still an eloquent spokesman for the Wobblies. Strong went on to cover the Seattle General Strike of 1919 (the first general strike in U.S. history) for the national papers and, while writing for Seattle's only labor-owned paper, The Seattle Union Record, wrote a famous editorial which captured the excitement and summarized the pioneering changes in Seattle's labor movement. To wit, "We are undertaking the most tremendous move ever made by labor in this country, a move which will lead - NO ONE KNOWS WHERE!" Strong took a lot of heat from both conservatives and progressives during this time, but continued to forge ahead. She was the second woman elected to the Seattle School Board until she was recalled for opposing World War I. She then joined John Reed and other ex-pats in Russia during the Russian Revolution and ended up staying there for 30 years, editing a Moscow newspaper and teaching English to Leon Trotsky. After getting kicked out of Russia on espionage charges, she moved to China where she didn't miss a step, publishing the internationally read "Letters From China" and gaining the confidence of Mao Zedong. One of the interviewees in the film, Sidney Rittenberg, was Strong's translator in China and is the subject of Ostrander's new feature The Revolutionary, which played at SIFF this year. We hope to someday have that film at Scarecrow, but in the meantime, we are fortunate Witness to Revolution is a part of our collection. It's a great link to the rich history of our city's labor movement, as well as a warm, eye-opening portrait of a brave woman whose years in Seattle planted a seed of activism she remained rooted in for the rest of her life.

- Mark Steiner  

MEDIA DIGEST

LYNN SHELTON IS THE NEXT GREAT AMERICAN DIRECTOR 

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In a weekly film column, Gawker-owned site Deadspin pegged Lynn Shelton as "the next great American director" because of her work on Your Sister's Sister, which was the opening night film of this year's Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). Shelton was the recipient of the 2009 Mayor's Film Award, and she recently wrapped filming for her next movie, Touchy Feely, which was shot in Seattle earlier this year.  

CROWDFUNDING 201: ANATOMY OF FAILURE 

TURNSTYLE  

For his article "Crowdfunding 201," Turnstyle's Lucas McNelly looks at "the anatomy of failure" as it pertains to Kickstarter campaigns. In particular, he uses a Boston web series called 617 the Series as an example, which set out with the goal of raising $12,000, but fell far short. The article features analysis of the campaign, right alongside an interview with the creators of 617 the Series.     

INTERVIEW WITH MAYOR'S FILM AWARD RECIPIENT BEN KASULKE  

SEATTLE TIMES    

Seattle Times has a recent interview with Ben Kasulke, one of "10 cinematographers to watch," according to Variety, and the recepient of the 2012 Mayor's Film Award. Kasulke is helping to put important Northwest filmmakers, such as Lynn Shelton and Megan Griffiths, on the movie map. Notably, he worked on two of the Northwestiest movies at this year's SIFF - Your Sister's Sister and Safety Not Guaranteed.  

EDEN TAKES TOP PRIZES AT SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 

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Megan Griffiths' Eden took home three awards at the 38th Seattle International Film Festival, which held its ceremony this past Sunday morning at the bottom of the Seattle Space Needle. Eden star Jamie Chung won the Best Actress Golden Space Needle Award, while the film also received the Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision presented by Women in Film/Seattle, as well as the Reel NW Award presented by KCTS 9. You can view the full list of award winners on SIFF's website.  

COME HAVE A DRINK FOR THE KIDS 

THE STRANGER  

Prepare thy livers! The Vera Project's annual A Drink for the Kids fundraiser is just a couple weeks away. The event starts Sunday, June 24 and goes through Saturday, June 30. It's your chance to drink while also benefiting the Seattle's youth musicians and all ages concert goers. Bars participating in A Drink for the Kids include: Linda's Tavern on Capitol Hill, the Tin Hat in Ballard, Solo Bar in Lower Queen Anne, and more! 

AUSTRALIAN TRIBUTE CONCERT TO BENEFIT JIMI HENDRIX PARK IN SEATTLE 

MAY THE ROCK BE WITH YOU 

Australia's hottest guitarists will gather together on June 23 at Melbourne's Forum Theatre to honor Seattle's favorite native son, Jimi Hendrix for a one-night only tribute show produced by Sydney's Empire Touring. At the concert, Janie Hendrix - Jimi's sister - will announce a special global effort to raise funds for the official Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle, WA. Inspired by the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix, the park will beautify Seattle, motivate youth to achieve in music and art, and strengthen the cultural pulse of the Jimi's hometown.  

NICOLE BRODEUR SALUTES LOCAL MUSIC LEADERS FIGHTING GOOD FIGHT 

SEATTLE TIMES   

In her recent column, Seattle Times writer Nicole Brodeur mentions last weeks's Music for Marriage Equality event at Havana on Capitol Hill - where music industry professionals like Megan Jasper of Sub Pop gathered together to speak out in support of marriage equality - along with coverage of a recent fundraiser for symphony outreach programs, which took place at Club Ludo last Saturday and featured music from Brandi Carlile. Carlile, who performed a sold-out show with the Seattle Symphony in 2008, will perform with them again a little later this year.