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Seattle Film + Music Newsletter

6/20/2007

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INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

SEATTLE CENTER SEEKING MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
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The Marketing & Communications Team is responsible for directing the marketing of Seattle Center. This includes developing and executing comprehensive programs to market the Nation's Best Gathering Place to attract visitors and patrons to Seattle Center, and to position Seattle Center as the Cultural Heart of the community we serve. To apply for this opening, visit the Seattle Center website.

SIFF CONCLUDES ANOTHER RECORD-BREAKING YEAR
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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.

MAJOR GIFT OF SUPPORT TO THE VERA PROJECT
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The Vera Project has announced that the Murdock Charitable Trust has committed $100,000 to the Viva Vera Capital Campaign. With $50,000 to be paid immediately, and an additional $50,000 to be paid as a match to all new donations to the campaign, this grant is a major step towards the $1,769,000 campaign goal. The grant leaves Vera with $93,000 left to raise to cover all expenses associated with creating its now-open Seattle Center venue. Congratulations Vera!

INSIDER DEAL FOR $25 BUMBERSHOOT TICKETS
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Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival is the biggest contemporary music & arts festival in North America. The 37th annual festival, taking place at the Seattle Center September 1st - 3rd will feature bands such as the Shins, Wu-Tang Clan, and Magnolia Electric Company as well as art, film and comedy. If you'd like to purchase tickets for the festival, full passes as well as single day tickets are now on sale through Bumbershoot's website. Additionally, you can use the Mayor's Office of Film and Music insider code, MOOFAM07, to purchase $25 single day tickets.

MEDIA DIGEST

DOWNBEAT AWARDS FOR LOCAL MUSICIANS
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Several young musicians from Seattle and the surrounding area and a Seattle middle-school band director have been recognized in the 30th Annual DownBeat Student Music Awards.

SIFF: RAT CITY ROLLERGIRLS ON FILM!
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"I'd been in Seattle for one week and, literally, Rat City Rollergirls came up three times. In one week! I was like, 'What is this?'" That's how Lacey Leavitt, co-director of Blood on the Flat Track: The Rise of the Rat City Rollergirls, recalls her first encounter with the now-ubiquitous local group.

SAG GETS TOUGH ON QUITTERS
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SAG's launching its get-tough policy today on thesps who quit the union. Guild's asserting that members who file for "financial core" status won't be let back in except under narrow conditions, which now include filing a petition for reinstatement, listing all non-union work performed since the resignation and appearing before a disciplinary panel.

ACADEMY TWEAKS OSCAR RULES
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wednesday announced a few tweaks in its Oscar rules, including a change to allow more than three producers to pick up statuettes for a best picture win in a "rare and extraordinary circumstance." The change follows a situation in which five producers of Oscar best picture nominee "Little Miss Sunshine" were narrowed to just three during the most recent Academy Awards, even though all five received Producers Guild Awards for their work on the indie comedy.

BLUE SCHOLARS
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There is a distance between home and where we live. That's a line from the new album from Seattle's celebrated hip-hop group, Blue Scholars. It's called Bayani and on it the duo of MC Geologic and DJ Sabzi look back on the journeys their parents, their community and the country have taken. They join us is the Performance Studio to share it means for them to call the Northwest home.

SEATTLE FESTIVAL HONORS 'OUTSOURCED'
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The top audience nod at the Seattle Film Festival went to local boy John Jeffcoat for "Outsourced," a comedy about jobs moving to India. The Golden Space Needle Awards, plus juried prizes, were handed out Sunday morning at the end of the Seattle Film Festival's 25-day run at their namesake landmark.

SEATTLE SYMPHONY FEATURES LOCAL SOLOISTS
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The Seattle Symphony's next subscription program will showcase some local talent in the upcoming trio of concerts in Benaroya Hall, starting Thursday.

FOR FEMALE DIRECTORS, INDEPENDENT IS BEAUTIFUL
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From the mid-'90s onward, as independent film took its turn at the table, it seemed like a new generation of female directors was about to finally explode the old boys' network of Hollywood gender disparity. Enabled by female and female-friendly producers like Christine Vachon, Ted Hope, James Schamus, Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa plus a host of others, directors as diverse as Kimberly Peirce, Nicole Holofcener, Mary Harron, Sofia Coppola, Kasi Lemmons, Lisa Cholodenko, Lynne Ramsay, Antonia Bird, Adrienne Shelley and Sarah Polley seemed to finally promise an end to the dominant patriarchy.

MPA STUDY: BRIGHTER PICTURE FOR MOVIE INDUSTRY
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The motion picture industry is back on course. After a disappointing 2005, the six major companies have received official confirmation from the MPA that their all-media revenue from filmed entertainment -- comprising money from home video, television, theatrical and pay TV -- expanded by 8% in 2006 to reach $42.6 billion.

THE 25-DAY SIFF DELIVERED THE SUBLIME, THE DELIGHTFUL AND THE ANNOYING
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The projectors are still, the lobbies are quiet, and the popcorn no longer flows: Yes, the Seattle International Film Festival has come to an end. Screening at six primary venues in Seattle and Bellevue, this year's edition included 405 films: 211 narrative features, 61 feature-length documentaries, 12 archival films, four "secret festival" offerings and 117 short films. And, as always, it brought a variety of experiences: some sublime, some delightful, and a few ... well, we'll get to that.

FROM LIFE AS REFUGEES, SONGS OF TRUE INSPIRATION
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Tuesday at the Triple Door, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars play two shows honoring International World Refugee Day. The show is presented by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, a legal services organization.

THE GO! TEAM SIGN TO SUB POP, NAME ALBUM
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In a match made in indie rock heaven, British pep squad the Go! Team have signed to Sub Pop, who will release their forthcoming sophomore album in America. That album, now titled Proof of Youth, comes out here September 11, and a day before in the UK courtesy of Memphis Industries.

CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY BLOCK STAR WINNER
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Friday June 15 was the first annual Capitol Hill Block Party "Block Star" band contest. 8 judges listened to 8 bands perform 2 songs each. Close to 300 people came through Seattle's Vera Project to support their favorite bands. One performer really stood out - PWRFL Power, and he is the 2007 Block Star winner.

ZOOTUNES KICKS OFF ON A ROUSING NOTE WITH INDIGO GIRLS, CARLILE
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The skies were gloomy Sunday and the headliner, the female-friendly Indigo Girls, didn't seem an obvious Father's Day booking. Nonetheless, the 24th season of ZooTunes got off to a rousing start, an intermittent light rain only slightly dampening the enthusiasm of a crowd that long ago had sold out the Woodland Park Zoo meadow.

SEATTLE PRO MUSICA HOSTS AMERICAN MASTERPIECES CHORAL FESTIVAL
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American choral music is alive and flourishing, and the past century has seen a flowering of fine composition in all sorts of styles: sacred music, jazzy music, atonal and tonal music, gospel music, cheeky, funny or solemn music. Many were on display Sunday night at Benaroya Hall, when Seattle Pro Musica hosted an American Masterpieces Choral Festival.

JASON KIRK ON DAVE BAZAN
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Seattle Sound Magazine executive editor Jason Kirk shares tracks from Edmonds, Washington singer-songwriter David Bazan.

PEARL DJANGO
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Dave Beck talks with legendary local jazz band, Pearl Django, and they perform songs from their new CD Modern Times live in The Beat's performance studio.

LISTEN UP: ROCKY VOTOLATO'S 'THE BRAG & CUSS'
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What makes "The Brag & Cuss" new and exciting is that it's more of a band record than last year's collection of minimalist folk tunes on his breathtaking, breakthrough album, "Makers." The new album also leans markedly in the direction of pure country, which is nice since most of today's country music doesn't sound like country music at all; it sounds like polished turds with a twang.

LIVE FROM SEATTLE: KEXP VOLUME THREE
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KEXP is set to release the third installment of their Live At KEXP series this August. The 17-track compilation features exclusive live recordings from the radio station's Seattle studio and from remote broadcasts across the country, including the Shins and Hot Chip cuts, which were taken from their Manhattan-based broadcast at the 2006 CMJ Music Marathon.

GETTY IMAGES TO ACQUIRE PUMP AUDIO
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Getty Images is getting into the commercial music licensing game through a $42 million acquisition of online service Pump Audio. Pump Audio is an online repository of pre-cleared, pre-priced music featuring a variety of independent and unsigned artists. Anyone from individuals to ad agencies can browse through the 700,000 tracks and license the desired song through a totally automated system.




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