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June 27, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS

HAPPY HOUR RETURNS TONIGHT AT SPITFIRE 

OFM   

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 tonight from 5 pm - 7 pm at Spitfire in Belltown

FREE LUNCHTIME CONCERTS ON CITY HALL PLAZA THIS SUMMER 

CITY OF SEATTLE   

Beginning in July, Seattle Presents free concerts are back for the summer. Grab your lunch, enjoy some sun and hear great music on the plaza at City Hall every Thursday, noon to 1:30 pm, July 12 through August 30. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in City Hall's lobby. The concerts kick-off July 12 with veteran, all-star soul band Wheedle's Groove. 

IN GOOD COMPANY, MAYOR MCGINN RECOGNIZES DICK'S DRIVE-IN FOR LONGTIME BUSINESS LEADERSHIP

SEATTLE CHANNEL   

Yesterday Mayor Mike McGinn recognized Dick's Drive-In for their longtime business leadership and investment in the Seattle community, while embodying Seattle's pioneering spirit and reflecting Seattle at its best. A part of the Seattle Jobs Plan, the In Good Company program is an ongoing showcase of businesses that spotlights one locally-owned business every month for being unconventional, transformative, and exemplary. Seattle Channel filmed a profile of Dick's Drive-In as part of the recognition program.  

LEARN MORE ABOUT SEATTLE'S "WATERFRONT INTO FOCUS" PROJECT 

WATERFRONT SEATTLE   

Join the City of Seattle's Waterfront Seattle project and their community partners on July 12 as they celebrate a new milestone in Seattle's waterfront history. Thanks to the efforts of many people, the waterfront's conceptual design has come into focus. Bring friends and family to see what's next for Seattle's amazing waterfront and how local our community will make it happen. The event takes place from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Seattle Center's Exhibition Hall. Free and open to the public.  

ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY GOES ON SUMMER VACATION 

SEATTLE CHANNEL   

Art Zone with Nancy Guppy is taking a break for the summer but will be back in the fall with a brand new season of programs showcasing the outstanding local artists, filmmakers, and musicians in our community. The premiere episode hits Seattle Channel on Friday, September 14, 2012.  Mark your calendar!  

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS SEEKS ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT 

Washington Filmworks currently seeks an administrative assistant to help provide a full range of support services for the office and the Executive Director. The ideal candidate must be resourceful, have excellent communication skills, and be able to prioritize tasks and agenda items.

REEL GRRLS SEEKS COMMUNICATION AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER  

Reel Grrls empowers young women from diverse communities to realize their power, talent, and influence through media production.  The organization seeks a skilled and creative Communications and Development Manager with excellent writing and communication skills to develop and manage the organization's communications platforms and promote awareness of Reel Grrls mission, initiatives, values, and programs. Send letter of interest, resume, and references to info@reelgrrls.org.  

FIN RECORDS JOINS THE NEXT 50 TO HOST FREE MUSIC PANEL 

The third of four events developed by Fin Records and Next 50, Post-Post-Post Rock is a night of live music, panel discussion, and drinks. The group discussion taking place on July 9 at the Intiman Playhouse will focus on the question "rock & roll isn't dead, so how weird can it get?" The event will include live performances from local musicians Seacats, Land of Pines, and more, as well as a bar for those who are 21-plus.  

FILMMAKERS: SEATTLE ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS 

The Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF), formerly the Northwest Asian American Film Festival, is back and accepting submissions. SAAFF accepts films and videos that are made by or about Asian Americans and Asians of any nationality. All lengths and genres will be considered. There is no entry fee.  

LOCAL MUSIC SHOWCASE: THE NEXT 50 PLAYS THE FIRST 50 

On July 7, celebrate the first 50 years of the Seattle Center and the future of the Northwest scene with an afternoon of memorable music by emerging local talent. This free outdoor concert will spotlight up-and-coming artists such as Fly Moon Royalty and Grand Hallway, while celebrating the Pacific Northwest's musical history. Each band will play their original material, along with covers of songs by legendary local acts that performed live at Seattle Center between 1962 and 2012, including Jimi Hendrix, Modest Mouse, and more.  

EXPLORE FESTIVAL SUNDIATA AT SEATTLE CENTER THIS WEEKEND 

Festival Sundiata takes place June 30 through July 1 in the Armory/Center House and Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center. The event explores the cultural roots and contemporary influences of African-Americans in our region through live performances, cultural displays, activities, food, and fashion. The celebration at Festival Sundiata will also include a Jimi Hendix exhibit, featuring photographs, memorabilia, live footage, and more.  

SEATTLE WEB SERIES WANTS FANS TO STAR IN NEW PARODY VIDEO 

LOCAL BREW  

Do you have what it takes to star in a parody video of Tyga's "Rack City"? Local Brew thinks you do. Local Brew is a Seattle-based web comedy - the first six episodes of which can be viewed online. This week, the creators of Local Brew are calling upon Seattleites to submit the footage needed for a crowd-sourced "Rain City" video.  

"MUSIC MATTERS" RECEIVES PROCEEDS FROM LICENSE PLATE PROGRAM 

MUSIC AID NW 

Music Aid Northwest is pleased to announce it has received its first proceeds check in the amount of $12,549.60, from the sales of nearly 500 Music Matters specialty license plates to fund music programs around the state. Music Aid Northwest hopes to be able to generate at least $200,000 per year through the license plate program, and at least $400,000 in additional funding per year through matching funds. The ongoing mission of Music Aid Northwest is to fund music programs in Washington schools. 

SPACE AVAILABLE IN REEL QUEER YOUTH SUMMER PROGRAM  

THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA 

Three Dollar Bill Cinema is now currently taking applications from youth who are interested in building community and promoting queer visibility through video production. The program is entitled Reel Queer Youth, and runs from July 16 - 20, with a screening for friends and family on July 21. Participants will use professional camera and editing equipment to express themselves in a safe, open, and fun environment. Admission fees are administered on a "pay what you can" basis.  

MUSICIANS: SUBMIT TO BALL OF WAX QUARTERLY

Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly was founded in 2005 by local musician Levi Fuller with the idea of shedding light on and creating a document of some of the wonderful music that was being made all around him, much of which without any fanfare, press, or radio play. The theme of the upcoming Ball of Wax 29 will be "no guitars," which means exactly what you think it means: nothing called a guitar will be featured on the compilation. Ball of Wax is now accepting submissions.  

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.

 

Wyatt Steps Out Even Further - July 2 (5 days) 

   

Us on Roofs (Debut LP) - July 5 (8 days)   

  

TransJourney - July 8 (10 days)

 

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton - July 15 (18 days)

 

The Breach - July 18 (20 days) 

   

Heart: Flatline to Finish Line - July 20 (23 days) 

 

K2: Siren of the Himalayas - July 25 (27 days)    

 

Clearwater - July 30 (32 days) 

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 6/18 - 6/24               

OFM 

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. Thee Satisfaction - "Awe Naturale"

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

5. Pickwick - "Myths + 2"    

6. Allen Stone - "Allen Stone"

7. Caspar Babypants - "Hot Dog" 

8. Jeff Ament - "While My Heart Beats"

9. Japandroids - "Celebration Rock"  

10. Black Nite Crash - "Draw Out Days" 

FILM PRODUCTION OF THE WEEK           

This column highlights the amazing artistic efforts of our local filmmaking community and the broad positive economic impact it has on our region. This week we profile:

 

JIMMY ZHANG "FIND YOUR LOVE" 

JIMMY ZHANG

Local filmmaker Jimmy Zhang is a graduate of the UW Computer Science and Engineering program, has had his work screened at the 2012 NFFTY Film Festival, and is the winner of the 2012 Best Animated Short at the Asians on Film Fest. This month, Jimmy assembled a team to produce a short film for competition in NFFTY's Expedia Film contest.  "Find Your Love" follows the story of two high school sweethearts separated by college who maintain a long distance relationship through Expedia.

 

"I could not have done this without my amazing cast and crew," says Zhang.  "It was a lot of work but definitely fun to put together. Seattle is a great place to shoot, with great locations and places that can be made to look completely different from what it actually is."

 

The production filmed scenes representing both the east and west coasts, including shots at Gas Works Park, the University District, and several West Seattle parks.  The production team included a dozen crew, two principal talent, and over 15 extras.    

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 29: MATTHEW BROWN'S "LOOK UP AT THE STARS, PORTUGAL!" 

THE STRANGER 

The short for this Friday, June 29th, will be "Look Up at the Stars, Portugal!," a stunning and packed epic by Matthew Brown, a local filmmaker. In just 4 minutes, Brown's short (the soaring music, the brilliant colors, the gorgeous city) says more about life and the human condition than The Tree of Life said in three or so long (indeed interminable) hours.   

 

- 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.  

In the Shadows
aka Under Heaven (1998)

Cynthia (Molly Parker) and Buck (Aden Young) are two slackers in love who spend most of their days stealing, getting high on cough syrup, and arguing about the rent. One day Cynthia decides she's had enough and bucks Buck for a job as live-in companion to Eleanor (Joely Richardson), a wealthy woman dying of cancer. When Buck comes whining back to Cynthia, she decides Buck should seduce Eleanor to get her money, and an awkward love triangle is born. Writer/director Meg Richman's film, based on Henry James' novel The Wings of the Dove, didn't engage me enough to believe the characters were actually in love or even liked each other. Buck has no reason to actually fall for Eleanor but somehow he just does and then moves back and forth between his lovers with no discernable emotional conflict. Cynthia vacillates between pushing Eleanor and Buck together and wildly claiming abandonment with similar randomness. Eleanor lingers delicately in the balance, looking frail in her pastel clothes. The film was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, so my experience is apparently not typical.

Thankfully, there are some nice bits of Seattle to appease my uncultured self. Cynthia and Buck start out at the Brewster Apartments in the Denny Triangle. Buck plays pool and existentially dribbles Redhook on the bar at what a trusted expert (Scarecrow on Seattle contributor Spenser Hoyt) believes is a pre-remodel Comet Tavern. Eleanor buys Buck a truck at Westlund Buick on Aurora and immediately demands he drive her out to the mountains. They cross the south fork of the Skykomish River on Highway 2 before stopping for an outdoor tryst. Hammering Man keeps time as Cynthia and her troubadour friend sing on the steps alongside Seattle Art Museum. Buck and Eleanor take in the cityscape and the Fourth of July fireworks on the hill at Gasworks Park. There are also a few more subtle nods to our region: the film opens with Buck stealing fruit pies from a Gai's Bakery truck (Did Gai's even make fruit pies?); Cynthia mocks Buck for being from White "Trash" Center; and a vendor wearing a MacPherson's Fruit and Produce apron sells Cynthia some dill from a cart in Pioneer Square. The soundtrack features original songs by local musician Marc Olsen, and Buck uses the song "Pendulum" from Screaming Trees' singer Mark Lanegan's solo album Whiskey For The Holy Ghost to introduce Eleanor to both the concept of rock music and his warm embrace. As a nice finishing touch, Scarecrow Video is among the local businesses thanked in the credits.

 - Jen Koogler 
MEDIA DIGEST

LOUIS C.K. HAS SERIOUS LESSONS FOR THE MUSIC INDUSTRY 

WIRED    

A few months ago, Louis C.K. sold a $5 comedy video directly to fans on his website. Normally, a comedian might shop something like that to HBO as a televised special. Instead, Louis C.K. sold it online without DRM, leading to $1 million in sales in less than two weeks. This week, the comedian announced that he would sell tickets to an entire tour on his website at the flat rate, regardless of which seat, or which city. That price includes all taxes, fees, and so on. Wired has a few takeaways from Louis C.K.'s recent business-savvy moves.  

DECIBEL FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES COMPLETE LINEUP 

CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND 
Seattle's Decibel Festival has filled out its 2012 lineup in a big way, today adding Orbital, Erykah Badu, Shpongle, and others to the fold. They join previously-confirmed acts like Carl Craig, Fennesz, Matthew Dear, Actress, John Talabot, Dixon, Dragonette, Kimbra, Juliana Barwick, CFCF, and Baths. Decibel, which takes place in Seattle at the end of September, highlights local electronic musicians right alongside international stars.  

NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR SEATTLE MAGAZINE'S "MOST INFLUENTIAL" FEATURE  

SEATTLE MAG    

Seattle Mag is now accepting nominations for our annual "Most Influential People of the Year" feature story. Last year's winner, Dan Savage, was recognized for his work on the It Gets Better project. The nomination process is open to the public. Take the time to recognize someone in the local community - be it someone from film, music, technology, or elsewhere. 

LYNN SHELTON TALKS ARTISTIC VISION THIS WEEK ON "THE HIGH BAR" 

THE HIGH BAR  

Seattle's Lynn Shelton is the next great American director, according to Gawker.  Shelton's latest, Your Sister's Sister, builds upon her semi-improvisational ethos with a cast that includes Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt, and indie stalwart Mark Duplass. Yesterday she sat down at The High Bar to raise a toast to and raise the bar for the quality that sets her apart from the rest: artistic vision. 

NW LOVEFEST HIGHLIGHTS LOCAL MUSICIANS 

SMI    

In less than a week, artists from genres all across the board will take the stage at Magnuson Park as part of Northwest Lovefest 2012. There will be over 45 acts from the Northwest performing this weekend at Magnuson, including the Young Evils, Star Anna, Caspar Babypants, and more. The kick-off event for the festival takes place this Friday.
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