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June 20, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS

HAPPY HOUR NEXT WEEK FEATURES FILM AND FASHION 

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The Needle and Thread: How the Film and Fashion Industries will Succeed in Seattle.  Seattle seems torn between fostering a spirit of collaboration or simply being a set of independent artists operating on their own terms. It could also be argued that we're cultivating talent only to export it to Los Angeles and New York, rather than creating a sustainable infrastructure that fosters both artistic growth and economic advancement. This presentation by guest speakers Line Sandsmark and Sarah Butler will bring to light the challenges and opportunities the region offers professionals and students in the film and fashion industries, to encourage investment, collaboration, and education in both sectors. Join us June 27 from 5 pm - 7 pm at Spitfire in Belltown

MAYOR MCGINN PROCLAIMS JUNE 22 "GRASSROOTS DAY"

SEATTLE FILM + MUSIC   

Honoring the tradition of grassroots campaigns in Seattle and celebrating the new Seattle-inspired film Grassroots, Mayor McGinn proclaims June 22 "Grassroots Day."  Directed by Stephen Gyllenhall, the film Grassroots is based on the book Zioncheck for President, a true account of the quirky 2001 Seattle City Council race between Grant Cogswell and Richard McIver. The film, which was filmed in Seattle and featured as a Film Production of the Week, played recently at the SIFF closing night gala and opens at the Harvard Exit Friday, June 22, with Gyllenhall planning to attend all showings through Sunday. Also take the time to tweet @BeartoBelieve what little thing you did on "Grassroots Day" to make your community better #FurABetterTomorrow. (Get a friend to register to vote! Pick up a piece of trash!) 

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS TO LAUNCH INNOVATION LAB

The Filmworks Innovation Lab is designed to offer financial assistance and professional development opportunities for accepted applicants. The Lab will provide funding for Washington resident filmmakers who create projects with budgets in the $50-thousand to $499-thousand window.  The Lab will also address digital distribution changes in the industry by fostering projects that utilize new forms of production and emerging technologies. Watch for the launch of the Filmworks Innovation Lab in early July.

STUDENTS: GRAMMY U SEEKS CAMPUS REP FOR THE 2012/2013 SCHOOL YEAR

Looking to get a foot in the door of the music industry? The Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter is looking for a brand new GRAMMY U Student Representative to help develop marketing strategies and create new programming in the upcoming school year for GRAMMY U. Projects may include planning, organizing and leading campus meetings/events, campus visits and presentations, event management, PR, and more.  

CHAMBER SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT APPOINTED TO SEATTLE MUSIC COMMISSION 

Emmy Jordan, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber's senior vice president of membership and business development, has been appointed by the Seattle City Council as one of the newest members of Seattle Music Commission. SMC is a 21-person comission that advises city officials on Seattle's growing music industry, which generates $2.2 billion in sales annually in King County and supports thousands of jobs in the Puget Sound region.

SUBMIT YOUR FILM TO THE 2013 SCIENCE FICTION + FANTASY SHORT FESTIVAL

EMP/SFM Museum is now accepting entries for the eighth annual 2013 Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival (SFFSFF). A hand-selected jury comprised of science fiction professionals in film, television, and literature will select 20 films to be screened in Seattle in early 2013. The festival is a partnership between EMP Museum and the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). Entries must be submitted by September 15.   

NEXT 50 DIGITAL GAMING ARCADE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The public is invited to take a digital (and analog) journey through the history of video gaming at the Next 50 Video Arcade: A Hands-On Gaming Exhibit, 10 am - 7 pm, daily through June 30. The Next 50 Video Arcade, presented by Seattle Interactive Media Museum (SIMM), offers a highly entertaining and interactive way to learn about the video gaming industry. Admission is free and the exhibit takes place on the main floor of Seattle Center Center House.  

________ ALONG WITH ________ FILM CHALLENGE  

This summer, Northwest Film Forum invites local filmmakers to join the "sing a long" and "quote a long" screening craze.  Northwest Film Forum is accepting original five-minute film submissions, constructed with the idea that audiences can participate in the experience. All submissions will be accepted for screening, but must be no longer than five minutes. The deadline for the challenge is June 29.

"ABUNDANT STORY PLAYGROUND" OFFERS COLLABORATIVE OPPORTUNITIES 

ABUNDANT PRODUCTIONS 

Abundant Story Playground will be hosting collaborative events throughout the summer to bring local writers and actors together. "Your Script Ideas + Top Local Actors + A Place to Play = Compelling Stories" offers a meeting place to collaborate through script reading, script writing, or concept development using actors to read, improv, perform, or develop characters. Writers and actors are encouraged to attend each Sunday of the month at moving locations. The events are free with snacks/drinks provided.  

SFI ANNOUNCES "ACTING FOR FILM" PROGRAM, INFORMATIONAL MEETING 

SFI 

Join the Seattle Film Institute (SFI) on June 23 for an informational meeting about the school's Professional Certificate Programs, Undergraduate Degree Programs, and Graduate Degree Programs, including their new "Acting for Film" program.  SFI offers professional certificates, undergraduate degrees, and graduate degrees in all aspects of filmmaking. The event takes place this Saturday, June 23, at 11:00 am at the SFI campus on Capitol Hill.   

FLYING HOUSE PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 

After a four month search, Flying House Productions (FHP) recently announced the appointment of Frank Stilwagner as its new Executive Director. Flying House Productions (FHP) is the organization that oversees Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus, as well as the ensemble singing groups Captain Smartypants and Sensible Shoes. Mr. Stilwagner has worked as FHP's Director of Marketing since 2007.  

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.

 

Stacy Unck Album "Through the Cracks" - June 21 (1 day)

  

HENRYK - June 22 (2 days)    

 

Writer / Waitress - June 23 (3 days)      

 

Being Isadora (Web Series) - June 27 (7 days)    

 

Wyatt Steps Out Even Further - July 2 (11 days) 

   

Us on Roofs (Debut LP) - July 5 (15 days)   

  

TransJourney - July 8 (17 days)

 

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton - July 15 (25 days)

   

Heart: Flatline to Finish Line - July 20 (30 days) 

 

K2: Siren of the Himalayas - July 25 (34 days)   

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 6/11 - 6/17              

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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. Caspar Babypants - "Hot Dog" 

3. Fresh Espresso - "Bossalona"  

4. Brandi Carlile - "Live at Easy Street"

5. Pickwick - "Myths + 2"    

6. Thee Satisfaction - "Awe Naturale"

7. Jeff Ament - "While My Heart Beats" 

8. Blue Scholars - "Cinemetropolis" 

9. Various Artists - "Jazz at the Philharmonic Seattle 1956"  

10. Japandroids - "Celebration Rock" 

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.
 

Visioneers
(2008)

Just a year before his breakout role in The Hangover, Zack Galifianakis gives a charming, low-key performance in this quirky independent comedy shot in and around the town of Snoqualmie. Visioneers is set in a near-future dystopia where people have generally become dumber and more obsessed with television, which seems like a fair prediction. Galifianakis portrays a character named George Washington Winsterhammerman, an office manager for a sinister corporation called the Jeffers Company that uses Orwellian double speak and has a logo and official corporate greeting resembling "the bird." George shares a sterile gray office with a couple of near-zombified worker drones and then goes home to an equally bland life and a distant, self-help obsessed wife. By some accounts George would be regarded as a success, he has a well-paying job, a lovely wife, and a big McMansion, but he is understandably dissatisfied with his life. George has regularly occurring visions involving that other George Washington and fears that, like some of his coworkers, he may spontaneously combust at work. His only happiness is found with a recently fired employee of the Jeffers Company who ends up as a waitress at a charming local café. Though much of the film is reminiscent of movies like Brazil, Idiocracy, and the 2001 adaptation of Bartleby, Visioneers has its own unique vibe.  

The cast is packed with a strong collection of offbeat/indie actor favorites like Judy Greer, James LeGros, Missi Pyle, Aubrey Morris, and Mia Maestro. Almost Live! veterans John Keister and Pat Cashman also show up in supporting roles. The sibling filmmaking team of Jared and Brandon Drake make the most of their hometown, including Isadora's Books and Café (now sadly out of business) and other locations like Mount Si High School and their parents' house in Fall City. Other familiar Northwest sights are Lake Washington, Mill Pond Road (used in the opening credits for Twin Peaks), and a Sahara Pizza box. 

 - Spenser Hoyt 
MEDIA DIGEST

FREE MUSIC: CONCERTS AT THE MURAL SUMMER 2012 SCHEDULE 

MATSON ON MUSIC    

Local radio station KEXP is teaming up with Seattle Center again for the fourth annual "Concerts at the Mural," a free, outdoor, picnic-friendly concert series at the Mural Amphitheatre on the Seattle Center Campus. It happens on four Fridays in August. The concerts include headlining performances by Shovels & Rope, Brad, Love Battery, and Fresh Espresso, plus plenty more local talent courtesy of Absolute Monarchs, Young Evils, Posse, BOAT, and more. Get out and enjoy the sunshine!  

GRASSROOTS DIRECTOR STEPHEN GYLLENHAAL VISITS KUOW 

THE CONVERSATION    

NPR's David Hyde talks with director Stephen Gyllenhaal and actor Jason Biggs about their latest project about a Seattle man running for City Council. The film, Grassroots, is based on a true story, and was shot on-location in Seattle. The production of the film was made possible by the Washington State Film Incentives program. 

LOCAL MUSICIANS SOUND OFF IN SUPPORT OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

THE STRANGER 
The Stranger has the story of the role Seattle's music scene is playing in the statewide campaign for marriage equality. In recent weeks, countless Seattle musicians have joined together in support of the group Music for Marriage Equality, including Ben Gibbard, Mike McCready, Ishmael Butler, Brandi Carlile, P Smoov, Sera Cahoone, the Cave Singers, Mudhoney, Hey Marseilles, John Roderick, and more.  

SEATTLE'S CHAD ANDERSON AT EPICENTER OF ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)

SEATTLE TIMES    

The hottest musical trend in the country, EDM is an umbrella term encompassing such digital-music styles as dubstep, house, drum & bass, trance and techno. Seattle embraced EDM long before it became trendy and currently boasts more than a dozen electronic dance clubs.  Chad Anderson's growing, Seattle-based company, United State of Consciousness, or USC Events, is one of the leading EDM concert promoters in the country.  

RECENT BLOG POSTS STIR UP FUTURE OF MUSIC DEBATE

SEATTLE WEEKLY 
This week, NPR "All Songs Considered" intern and college radio DJ Emily White published a blog post about piracy and the importance of convenience to the younger generation of music listeners. The post received a lengthy response from The Trichordist: Artists for an Ethical Internet, as well as a personal commentary from Dismemberment Plan lead singer Travis Morrison on the Huffington Post. Today, Seattle Weekly writer - and former college radio DJ - Andrew Gospe published his take on the issue.  

LYNN SHELTON ON TELLING UNBELIEVABLE STORIES

A.V. CLUB  

For six years, Seattle-based director Lynn Shelton has been creating intimate movies that take honest looks at the lives of friends and lovers. Shelton recently sat down with The A.V. Club to discuss her interest in bizarre storylines, casting, and character development, as well as future projects. Her latest film, Your Sister's Sister, opened at The Egyptian Theater on Capitol Hill last week. Shelton recently wrapped filming for her next movie, Touchy Feely, which was shot in Seattle earlier this year. 

EXCLAIM LLC. NAMED BEST SMALL COMPANY IN WASHINGTON TO WORK FOR

SEATTLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE  

Exclaim LLC., a Seattle-based communications shop, has been featured on Seattle Business Magazine's lists before. The firm, which offers full-spectrum advertising, design, new media and PR services, finished fourth in the small companies category in 2010. When it comes to rewarding its employees, Exclaim provides an industry-leading suite of perks and benefits.  

Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel Sawyer, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Dominika Marczak, Intern
Sam Mouser, Intern
Ken Strocsher, Intern