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"SEATTLE MUSIC FOR CLIMATE PROTECTION" EVENT AT SPITFIRE
In support of Friends of Live Earth, the Mayor's Office of Film + Music presents Seattle Music for Climate Protection, a daylong screening of the Live Earth concerts. The screening takes place on Saturday, July 7th and will run from 10 AM - Midnight at Belltown's Spitfire Restaurant and Bar (2219 4th Ave). Live Earth is a 24-hour, 7-continent concert series taking place on July 7th that will bring together more than 100 music artists and 2 billion people to trigger a global movement to solve the climate crisis.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
WHERE GOD LEFT HIS SHOES WINS HUMANITAS AWARD
Vulcan Productions' Where God Left His Shoes, a moving film about a family looking for a home, was recently one of the winners for the 2007 Humanitas Prize. The Prize was founded in 1974 for "Excellence in film and television writing, stories that affirm the human person, probe the meaning of life, and enlighten the use of human freedom." Past Humanitas winners include Hotel Rwanda (Keir Pearson and Terry George) and Good Will Hunting (Ben Affleck and Matt Damon). The award comes with a $10,000 prize. Congratulations to everyone involved with the film!
CENTER CITY CINEMA: OUTDOOR MOVIES IN THE PARK
This summer Parks offers exciting, fun activities in downtown Seattle that reflect Mayor Greg Nickels' initiative to revitalize and bring new life to our downtown parks. Bring the family for events ranging from movies and music to classes and competitions, and help celebrate our diverse downtown neighborhoods. Outdoor movie showings will take place at Hing Hay Park and Occidental Square through the end of September.
SEATTLE CHANNEL'S LOCAL MUSIC SHOW
The June episode of the Local Music Show is currently available online at the Seattle Channel's website. The episode features an interview with Carrie Akre (Hammerbox, Goodness) at the Tractor Tavern and music videos from Sleater Kinney and Visqueen. The July episode of the show premieres on Thursday, July 5th at 8:30 PM. The episode will feature an interview with Burke Thomas of Vendetta Red at Bop Street Records and music videos from Iceage Cobra and Brandi Carlile.
SEATTLE MAGAZINE FEATURES THEIR 2007 LOCAL MUSIC PORTFOLIO
The current issue of Seattle Magazine features a great local music piece, highlighting a diverse group of over 20 local musicians. The article profiles Dyme Def, Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, Seattle Chamber players, Sera Cahoone and Dita Vox of Thee Emergency among others. Seattle Magazine's July issue is currently available at Seattle area newsstands.
SPOTLIGHT ON WASHINGTON PRODUCTION IN LATEST ISSUE OF MEDIA INC.
The latest issue of Media Inc. is currently available and includes the latest installment of Suzy Kellett's Spotlight on Washington Production feature for the magazine. Suzy highlights post productions work being done by Bad Animals, Alpha Cine and Spokane's Cue 11and provides updates on the Warren Report's new television series, "Film Rap." Make sure to pick up Media Inc. for more information on recent Washington productions.
WASHINGTON BASED FILM "TRUE ADOLESCENTS" NOW CASTING
Independent film "True Adolescents," which will shoot in Washington in August, is currently looking for two 13 to 15 year old male leads. The film, written and directed by Craig Johnson, stars Mark Duplass as Sam Bryant, an aging Seattle rocker who is forced to move in with his suburban aunt and agrees to take her troubled teenage son and the boy's best friend on a hiking trip to the ocean. When the boys become desperately lost in the woods, Sam must take every possible measure to ensure the trio arrives home in one piece. To be considered for casting, email your name, a short description of yourself and your interests, along with any recent photo of yourself from the shoulders up to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEATTLE OPERA NEWS FROM SEATTLE SOUND'S "DIRT" SECTION
From the July issue of Seattle Sound Magazine: "Seattle Opera now offers a $25 ticket for the upcoming 2007/2008 season. The tickets are limited to 52 second-tier seats per show and will be available the same day single tickets go on sale to the general public."
STARBUCKS BREWS UP 'ARCTIC' FILM
Hollywood was ecstatic last year when Starbucks said it would start promoting movies through its retail outlets. But execs around town scratched their heads when Starbucks' support for Lionsgate drama "Akeelah and the Bee" did little to help the pic at the box office. The Seattle-based coffee giant is now giving pic promotions another try and using lessons it learned from "Akeelah" to push "Arctic Tale," a Paramount Classics and National Geographic Films documentary that rolls out July 25 and heads into a wide release Aug. 17.
ATLAS CLOTHING'S COVERT CONCERTS
He's an employee at Atlas Clothing, a vintage clothing store on Capitol Hill that's been hosting covert all-ages shows in its back warehouse. But the operation is still somewhat underground, unlicensed, possibly not up to fire code, and Fuller is worried that any press will prematurely expose and destroy the labor he's been pouring himself into for months just as the would-be venue is on the cusp of becoming legit.
WALKING TO WERNER: LOCAL DIRECTOR BECOMES LONG-DISTANCE HERZOG STALKER
Given a choice between importance and obsession, I'll always bet on the latter as a good documentary subject. In his first film, which premiered at SIFF last year, Seattle-based director/walker Linas Phillips essentially makes the same calculation: Rather than argue on film that his favorite director, Werner Herzog, is a genius, he shoots his own foot-powered pilgrimage from Seattle to L.A. (where Herzog resides), camera usually held at arm's length framing his own face, trucks whizzing past on Highway 101, braving sunburn and blisters for 1,200 miles to meet a man who might well dismiss him as "a stalker," as Phillips himself admits.
O SAY, YOU CAN SEE WILLIE'S PICNIC SHOW THIS YEAR; IT'S AT THE GORGE, NOT IN TEXAS
Two of this year's biggest Fourth of July options -- Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic at The Gorge and the WaMu Family 4th at Gas Works Park -- involve either hitting the highway or heading for the hills (or someone's high-priced downtown condo) for a good view of the fireworks.
THIS TIME, BRANDI CARLILE DOES ZOOTUNES CONCERT SERIES HER WAY
Just off a national tour opening for the Indigo Girls, with whom she played a special set when they opened the Zootunes series last month, Brandi Carlile returned to the Zoo Wednesday for a sold-out show of her own.
MAYOR'S OFFICE GRANTS
It's not secret that I am sometimes put out with the choices funders and residencies make when doling out awards. So it's only fair that I praise the Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs for announcing their awards to what sound like some promising projects.
WOMAN SHOT OUTSIDE BELLTOWN NIGHTCLUB
Seattle police have arrested one man and recovered a gun after a shooting outside a Belltown nightclub early Monday that left one woman injured. The shooting happened about 1:15 a.m. near the Tabella Lounge & Bar, 2333 Western Ave.
APPLE FACES REBELLION OVER ITUNES: UNIVERSAL WON'T RENEW CONTRACT
The Universal Music Group of Vivendi, the world's biggest music corporation, last week notified Apple that it will not renew its annual contract to sell music through iTunes, according to executives briefed on the issue.
PRESERVING "VOICES" OF WORLD'S FINEST VIOLINS
The Fulton Collection, called the world's greatest collection of violins by Money magazine before he recently trimmed it down to these ultra-choice 15, is made up of irreplaceable instruments, created by Antonio Stradivari, Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù and a handful of other 18th-century Italian masters in and around Cremona. They represent the crème de la crème of the world of strings.
SEATTLE SYMPHONY DOES MAHLER PROUD
The Seattle Symphony Orchestra often likes to end its subscription season with a program of something it considers important from the standard repertory, as it did Thursday night in the first of four performances.
PIEBALD: IT'S EASY TOURING GREEN
Thanks to An Inconvenient Truth and the constant influx of horrific news statistics, the global warming "debate" has turned into a social imperative. And the world of rock is no different. Bigwigs like Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt and Perry Farrell have been trying to "green" their tours by practicing recycling, using alternative fuels, donating proceeds and setting up eco-info booths at their shows. But what of the smaller, ecologically aware, but usually broke, indie bands who are trying to extend those eco-friendly habits to their own club tours?
BAND OF HORSES TO FOLLOW 'EVERYTHING'
Seattle's Band Of Horses has completed the as-yet-untitled follow up to their 2006 debut, Everything All The Time (Sub Pop), set to be released some time in October. The band has undergone some changes since the last record after co-founder Matt Brooke left the band, leaving Ben Bridwell as the only original member.
HIRED BUSKERS STRUMMING NEW LIFE INTO THE CITY
Officials for Seattle's 37th Annual Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival have revealed details for the event's visual arts component, citing exhibits curated by performing artist and K Records musician Miranda July as well as by the estate of somber singer/songwriter Nick Drake as highlights of his year's festival, set to hit the city's center Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 1-3).
BUMBERSHOOT READIES NICK DRAKE, MIRANDA JULY ART EXHIBITS
Yet another private equity fund is being set up to invest in modestly budgeted Hollywood movies. Midwestern real estate financier Tony Reynolds is putting together Select Film Fund, which plans to invest $1 billion in slates of up to 10 movies from each of about 10 different producers over the next four years, focusing on movies costing about $10 million.
ATLAS CLOTHING GETS A VISIT FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT
Atlas Clothing, the budding all ages music venue on Capitol Hill, got a visit from the Fire Department this evening, shutting down tonight's show. The Valley, the Ruby Doe, Victory Smokes and Police Teeth were set to play. The visit was in direct relation to the article Eric Grandy wrote this week about their semi-legal goings on.
MICROSOFT-AMAZON TEAM UP IN INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER DEAL
Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are teaming up in a deal that will allow filmmakers a better opportunity to get their films to the public. The deal is called the "1,000 HD DVD Indies Project," and will utilize Seattle-based Amazon's CustomFlix subsidiary. CustomFlix's DVD on Demand technology produces and ships DVDs only when they're ordered.
VIOLENCE NEAR BELLTOWN CLUBS TAKES A TOLL ON NEIGHBORS
The bullet that shattered Henry Lo's first-floor window early Monday and nearly struck his girlfriend also shattered his faith in urban living. They're leaving Belltown. "It astounds me with the police presence that the fights continue," said Lo, whose studio faces Western Avenue. "The police are just a Band-Aid. The source is these clubs."
SEATTLE'S CRIME-FIGHTING SONG AND DANCE
Last week, Seattle parks began paying street performers - mostly musicians, but also a few visual artists and some vaudevillians - to entertain in five downtown parks in hopes that with more people around, a park will be less hospitable to illegal activity.
THE RECORD INDUSTRY'S DECLINE
Overall CD sales have plummeted sixteen percent for the year so far -- and that's after seven years of near-constant erosion. In the face of widespread piracy, consumers' growing preference for low-profit-margin digital singles over albums, and other woes, the record business has plunged into a historic decline.