|News from the Office of Film + Music
THIS WEEK'S "ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY" IS THE SEASON FINALE
School is out (or it should be by now), the weather is finally here and Seattle parks are packed to the gills with shorts and sandals clad citizens which means Nancy and the Art Zone crew will soon be taking their annual summer break. In the season finale Art Zone will be coming to you from the glass-filled indoor swimming pool at Dale Chihuly's boat house. This week's episode will feature a true story from Seattle-based actor John Aylward (ER, West Wing, North Country). Art Zone will also feature the Americana-tinged pop of singer-songwriter Gabriel Mintz and musician Lizzie Huffman's sultry vocals. To get ready for the summer of art, there will also be a "summer art action plan" curated by Seattle Magazine's Arts & Culture Editor, Brangien Davis. 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
CHECK OUT GREAT LOCAL MUSIC DURING SEATTLE'S FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Out to Lunch
Summer in the City in cooperation with the Downtown Seattle Association is curating a the 2011 "Out to Lunch" free concert series this summer. The program consists of free concerts on Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 1:30. The hootenannies will go down at various open-air locations about the city including the Bank of America Plaza, the Federal Courthouse, the Harbor Steps, Park Place, Occidental Square, Two Union Square, Waterfront Park and Westlake Park. This is your chance to check out some of Seattle most amazing musical talent, scot free and under the summer sun. Artists such as The Moondoggies, Hey Marseilles, Choklate, The Maldives, Kris Orlowski and the Passenger String Quartet, Show Brazil, The Dusty 45's and Seattle's favorite funk band Wheedle's Groove! Take a nice long lunch break and enjoy the positive vibrations in the sun with Summer in the City (of Music).
FOOD WORKER CARDS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
King County Public Health
Those working in the nightlife, bar and food service industry can now conveniently apply for and receive a food worker card online. Previously, people had to attend in-person classes held during weekdays at different locations around the city; now the test can be taken at any time. The entire process takes about one hour and includes a short course about food handling. The training is available in eight languages and also a closed caption option for those hard of hearing. Once the test is successfully completed, individuals can print out the food worker card themselves. The cost of the training course and test is $10. The food worker card is a requirement for anyone working in the nightlife, bar and food service industry.
SEATTLE SYMPHONY'S GERARD SCHWARZ TO BE HONORED WITH A STREET NAMING CEREMONY
Seattle City Council
To commemorate the retirement of Seattle Symphony Music Director Gerard Schwarz, the Seattle City Council will adopt a resolution to give University Street from Second Avenue to Third Avenue the honorary name of "Gerard Schwarz Place." A ceremony hosted by Councilmember Tom Rassmussen will take place outside Benaroya Hall Thursday afternoon. A longtime fixture of the classical music community, Schwarz dedicated 26 years to the Seattle Symphony and was integral in the creation of Benaroya Hall, which opened in 1998. Under his leadership, the Seattle Symphony received 12 Grammy nominations and won two Emmy Awards for two self-produced television specials, Seattle Symphony From Benaroya Hall in 2007 and Seattle Symphony From Benaroya Hall: Brahms, Kernis and Kodaly in 2008. Schwarz also worked closely with the Seattle Opera and the Mostly Mozart Festival over many years. Following his retirement, Schwarz will assume the title Conductor Laureate and will continue to conduct the Seattle Symphony for several weeks each season.
LOCAL DIRECTOR TAKES HOME EMMY AWARD FOR NEW DOCUMENTARY ON CHINA
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter
You may know local director Jason Reid for his first documentary piece "Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team" about the seizure of Seattle's basketball team and history. His second feature-length documentary captures the filmmakers' bike tour of post-Olympics China in an in-depth examination of the cultural, social, economic and environmental factors affecting this rapidly changing nation. Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai follows Jason Reid and three American friends along with their Chinese guide as they bicycle more than 1,000 miles between China's two largest cities and film their experience. Seattle's KCTS 9 aired Man Zou in December 2010 and March 2011 as part of its Reel NW series, which qualified the 86-minute film for the regional Emmy Awards. To learn more about the film and the filmmakers who pedaled the documentary film into fruition click here.
FREE SCRIPT READING SERIES "CAUGHT IN THE ACT" IS NEXT MONDAY
Caught in the ACT
You're invited to the latest installment of "Caught in the ACT," a collaborative script reading series wherein local actors and directors stage renditions of works from TheFilmSchool alumni at ACT Theatre. Monday's, June 20, event will tackle TheFilmSchool grad Jenni Prange Boran's piece THE FALLS. The script will be read and directed by some of Seattle and ACT's best professional actors and directors and is free for you, the classy and sophisticated public.
SEATTLE THEATRE GROUP OFFERS SONGWRITING LAB FOR LOCAL YOUTH
STG is now accepting applications for the annual Young Songwriter's Lab for musicians interested in honing their songwriting and lyricism skills. The five day July workshop for youth ages 14 - 22 at The Moore Theatre will incorporate lyrical tips and tools from leading Seattle songwriters, musicians, and hip-hop artists including Jill Wangsgard, Draze, Sue Ennis and more. The kids will be bestowed with creative approaches to lyric writing, music composition, music arrangement, melody, harmony, and music production and essential knowhow about the music industry. Songwriting students will receive tickets to selected shows at The Paramount and Moore Theatres to expand creative perspectives and experience the final product of the writing process. At the end of the summer training program there will be an informal performance at The Moore for friends and family. Financial scholarships to the lab are available so hop to it and get your application in soon. Check out the video of last year's Young Songwriter's Lab performance here.
CREATIVELIVE OFFERS CHANCE TO ATTEND FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR FREE
Gale Tattersall is a director of photography known for his work on projects like the hit TV series House, among others. Local filmmakers interested in learning from this veteran of the industry can do so at an HDDDSLR filmmaking workshop hosted by creativeLIVE. The South Lake Union-based educational company is seeking an in-studio audience for Tattersall's workshop. To be eligible, post a minute-long video about why you want to take part in the course to YouTube, Vimeo or a similar video sharing website. Then tweet the video link on Twitter with mention to @creativeLIVE and tag #GaleTattersall in the message. The lucky six students who are chosen will get to attend a live filming of the three-day workshop and will receive a free course download of the class. Deadline to participate is Friday, June 17.
SEATTLE CENTRAL FILM & VIDEO STUDENTS SHOWCASE WORKS AT SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
Seattle Central Community College
Graduating students of the Film & Video program at Seattle Central Community College will have a public viewing of their culminating projects at the Seattle Art Museum tomorrow night. An industry screening committee selected 8-12 films to be featured in the showcase. The works range from narrative shorts to documentaries to public service announcements. Pieces were filmed on a variety of formats including 16mm, Super 8mm film, HD video and standard definition video. Following the show, there will be a reception for attendees to meet the filmmakers and instructors.
EMP HOSTS ALL-AGES AFTER HOURS HIP-HOP SHOW
Curated by EMP's Youth Advisory Board, After Hours brings together premiere musical talents from around the Seattle area to perform in front of an all-ages crowd; it's a program designed by teens for teens. This year marks the first hip-hop lineup for the quarterly event. Attendees can expect energetic sets by notable local hip-hop artists like Sol and Grynch, plus newcomers Kung Foo Grip and DJ Nphared. EMP's main gallery space will also be open during the performances, allowing people to browse the recently-opened exhibit Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses. Adding to the evening's event will be youth-made music videos by the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), dance showcases from the UW Hip-Hop Student Association B-Boys, and much more.
NORTHWEST ASSOCIATED ARTS SEEKS ARTISITIC DIRECTOR
Northwest Associated Arts
The Northwest Associated Arts (NWAA) is seeking an artistic director for ChoralSounds Northwest (CSN) for the 2011-2012 season. CSN is a volunteer adult SATB chorus in Burien, Washington, which rehearses every Tuesday evening. Major responsibilities include: conceive and program Christmas and Spring Concerts with a possible mid-winter special event, prepare and conduct chorus for above performances, attend monthly board meetings. To apply, email letter of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SIFF ANNOUNCES 2011 GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD WINNERS
The 2011 Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) ended last weekend with a full day of films and a closing night party at the Pan Pacific Hotel. At special ceremony on Sunday, the winners of the 2011 Golden Space Needle Awards were announced. Among the many local films that played at SIFF this year, the short film Howard From Ohio by SJ Chiro won a Special Jury Prize for Narrative Short. For those who missed any of the award-winning films and other standouts at the festival, there will be a Best of SIFF recap June 17-19 at SIFF Cinema.
CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE NEXT FIFTY
The Next Fifty
Next year, the Seattle Center will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The iconic public space made its debut during 1962 World's Fair, drawing attention for the futuristic-looking Science Center and Monorail. Seattle Center is gearing up for seven months of anniversary-centric programming called The Next Fifty. Beginning in April 2012, each month will be dedicated to a different focus, ranging from science and technology to global health to commerce and the innovation economy. The theme of art, culture and design will last from April to October and include a wide spectrum of temporary art displays. The Next Fifty will award a total of $500,000 ($75,000 set aside for youth artists 24 years old and younter) to artists whose vision matches the criteria of the art, culture and design committee. Projects can be from a variety of mediums, from screenings to concerts to multi-disciplinary events. The deadline to apply is July 22.
SEATTLE PIANIST COLLECTIVE PERFORMS WORKS BY WASHINGTON STATE COMPOSERS
Seattle Pianist Collective
Members of the Seattle Pianist Collective (SPC) are connoisseurs of classical, modern and experimental compositions. Next weekend, this group of seasoned musicians will play selected works from Washington State composers culled from a collection of pieces from SPC's call for artists. Featured composers include Cornish College of the Arts instructor Denney Goodhew, vocalist Jessika Kinney, and composer/pianist Peter Vukmirovic Stevens.
SEATTLE CHANNEL WINS FOUR NORTHWEST EMMY AWARDS
On Saturday, June 11, the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) held an awards ceremony for the regional Emmy awards. Many Seattle-based stations swept the competition, and the Seattle Channel scooped up four statuettes at the event. Three of Seattle Channel's programs-Community Stories, CityStream and Seattle Speaks-were honored, as well as writer Ralph Bevins for the Community Stories segment "Hat n' Boots." Gary Gibson, director of the Office of Electronic Communications said, "Seattle Channel's entire staff shares in these awards. They are dedicated professionals who work very hard to preserve the quality of our programming." Each award-winning segment can be viewed on the Seattle Channel website.
HELP "KICKSTART" A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT A HARROWING SEATTLE INCIDENT
On March 25, 2006, 28-year-old Kyle Huff attended a rave afterparty at a house on Capitol Hill. Without warning he opened fire on partygoers, killing six and wounding two. When confronted by police on the front porch of the house, Huff turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. Five years later, the incident now dubbed the "Capitol Hill Masacre" is a haunting reminder of what happens when deteriorating emotional and psychological health goes unchecked. With Wallflower, local filmmaker Jagger Gravning (Jagger Gravning Syndrome: The Greatest Documentary of Our Time) hopes that his documentary about the Capitol Hill Massacre will open a dialog about mental health and dispel the mystery of Huff as an impenetrable, mysterious character as portrayed in the news. Although the project has received some intense scrutiny by local media outlets, Graving has also received support from some survivors and friends of those who were killed in the shooting. All the money raised by this fundraising campaign will go toward the creation of Wallflower. 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 6/8 - 6/14
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Eddie Vedder - "Ukelele Songs"
- Death Cab for Cutie - "Codes & Keys"
- Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart"
- Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"
- Grand Hallway - "Winter Creatures"
- Seapony - "Go With Me"
- Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs."
- Brandi Carlile - "Live at Benaroya Hall"
- David Bazan - "Strange Negotiations"
- My Goodness - "My Goodness"
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.
Police Beat (2005)
Based on a long running column in local weekly The Stranger, Police Beat is an idiosyncratic and ambitious independent film produced by local arts organization Northwest Film Forum. The movie follows a Senegalese immigrant called Z (Pape Sidy Niang) who is working in Seattle as a bike cop. The film strings together several recreated "criminal" events from the newspaper column intermixed with Z's personal struggles. Many scenes unfold near water (especially Lake Union), extensive use is made of Capitol Hill, but nobody goes to the Pike Place Market. There are too many locations to detail here as Police Beat was shot at over 100 different spots around the city in lush, 35mm cinemascope by ace local camera guy Sean Kirby. The filmmakers also used lots of Seattle actors, non-actors and technicians. If you've been around town very long you'll undoubtedly recognize some familiar faces and scenic views. Hell, I'm even in the movie for about 20 seconds but I've got a black stocking mask over my head so you won't be able to recognize me. Police Beat is not for every taste but it has the power and ability to make a real connection with some viewers and rarely has Seattle been so beautifully captured on film.
INDIEWIRE SPOTLIGHTS SIFF'S FLY FILMMAKING CHALLENGE
Each year, SIFF selects three filmmakers to participate in the Fly Filmmaking Challenge. Participants get three days to plan, shoot and edit a short film, with all equipment and monetary support provided. The challenge? A series of constraints called "flies in the ointment" are put on the filmmaker, from location requirements (two of three days were required to take place in a Tukwila studio) to product placement (this year it was Burlington Coat Factory) to crew size limitations (no more than 12 members). indiWIRE published a lengthy feature about the film challenged, pointing out the support from SIFF, Washington Filmworks and many local film organizations bolster the quality of work by filmmakers. "We want to give local filmmakers a space to create something that's not disposable," said Dustin Kaspar, SIFF's educational programs coordinator. "The filmmakers chosen are filmmakers we want to put into a pressure cooker, and just let instinct drive them." The participants also chimed in about the risks taken and thought processes that went into their films.
TED TALKS AIRS PERFORMANCE BY CELLIST JOSHUA ROMAN
TED (which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design) has made a name for itself by broadcasting hundreds of free lectures and performances by the most innovative minds in the arts, sciences, humanities and beyond. Former Seattle Symphony principal cellist Joshua Roman was recently chosen as a 2011 TED Fellow. In March he performed a duet with LA Philharmonic violinist Robert Gupta (a TED senior fellow) of "Passacaglia," a piece by Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen. The video is a testament to successful musical collaborations and the powerful beauty of classical music.
LOCAL DIRECTORS FEATURED IN FILMMAKER MAGAZINE
Filmmaker Magazine Blog
Lucas McNelly is an angel of sorts to independent filmmakers across the country. As part of his "A Year Without Rent," project, the filmmaker is spending an entire year traversing the U.S. and volunteering on indie film sets. In a recent article for Filmmaker, McNelly traveled to Seattle to visit with hard-working folk in the film community. He hooked up with Phil Seneker (a previous participant of "A Year Without Rent") to help judge a regional high school film contest and assisted Seneker in shooting some footage for SIFF. He also visited with Kris and Lindy Boustedt (Perfect 10), who were regrouping after plans for their recent film project fell through. They focused their energies instead on a short film currently in production titled The Summer Home.
Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
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