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News from the Office of Film + Music 7/6/2011


CITY NEWS

SIFF MOVES INTO NEW FILM CENTER
SIFF
SIFF recently announced its official move from South Lake Union to the brand new SIFF Film Center at Seattle Center. The new location inhabits what used to be the Northwest rooms at Seattle Center, situated at the corner of Republican and Warren Avenue North. In addition to housing the administrative arm of SIFF, the SIFF Film Center also has 100-seat theater showing year-round film programming, a venue for lectures and education programs, a classroom, and a reference library for archival materials.

KEXP PRESENTS FREE CONCERTS AT SEATTLE CENTER THROUGHOUT AUGUST
Seattle Center
Adding to the plethora of free concerts gracing the City of Music this summer, KEXP recently announced the lineup for its annual August concert series at Seattle Center's Mural Stage. "Concerts at the Mural" takes place every Friday in August and will feature local bands like The Maldives, Hey Marseilles, Black Whales, Ravenna Woods, Pickwick, Drew Grow & the Pastors' Wives, Seapony, Gold Leaves, Math and Physics Club, Black Mountain, My Goodness and Whalebones. Saturday August 6 is the annual KEXP BBQ (also free!), which will feature the sounds of Fool's Gold, Rainbow Arabia, Capsula, Virgin Islands and Mad Rad, as well as grilled grub and guaranteed fun in the sun.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

4CULTURE AWARDS $229,000 IN ARTS EQUIPMENT FUNDING
4Culture
For the past couple of years, 4Culture has helped arts organizations improve outreach to audiences and better serve their communities by helping to purchase or update specialized equipment. The Arts Cultural Facilities Equipment program has helped improve the quality of stage lights, built computer labs, outfit cinemas with digital projectors, and revamp audio recording equipment. Organizations receiving grants include Seattle Symphony ($2,500 for sheet music and score archive preservation and accessibility), Hollow Earth Radio ($2,500 for a computer lab), Jack Straw Productions ($8,000 for a new recording studio piano), Music Works Northwest ($3,000 for music and technology classes equipment), Seattle Chamber Music Society ($5,000 for a new office phone system), and Three Dollar Bill Cinema ($2,250 for digital projection equipment).

CALL FOR DOCUMENTARY FILM SUBMISSIONS: STORYVILLE VANCOUVER
Vancouver International Film Festival
Do you have a great idea for a creative documentary project? KCTS 9 is calling on Washington State filmmakers to apply to be a part of Storyville Vancouver, a day-long event taking place at the Vancouver international Film Festival's Film & TV Forum. Selected filmmakers will be invited to pitch their documentary projects to a panel of international broadcast executives from the BBC, PBS, ARTE TV, Knowledge Network, SVT Documentaries, DRTV, and our very own KCTS 9. The VIFF's Film & TV Forum runs from September 27-30.

SSG MUSIC TELLS DIY MUSICIANS HOW TO GET MORE PRESS
SSG Music
For burgeoning bands and musical artists, it can be hard to get a fair shake in the media. As more diverse music blogs pop up and coverage becomes broadly focused, how can an unknown artist get written up in the press? SSG Music's Nikki Benson gives fledgling and Do It Yourself (DIY) bands some pointed advice on how to get noticed by the media. The takeaway? Be thoughtful, persistent and clear with your message. And it probably helps to send a few music samples, too.

CALL FOR ENTRIES AND HOSTS: COUCH FEST 2011
NWFF Hot Splice Blog
If you haven't heard of Couch Fest, it is an ingeniously simple, communal/international film festival that utilizes the living rooms and furniture of volunteers who host satellite screenings of selected Couch Fest short films. Attendees are encouraged to bring snacks, drinks and positive vibes to their host's domiciles and vote for their favorite films. Participants will have the opportunity to interact, share and discover new films and fellow lovers of film. Taking place in September, Couch Fest is now accepting film submissions for films 8 minutes or shorter made after January 2010, with over $1750 available in prizes.

EMP SEEKING 2011-2012 YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
EMP
The Experience Music Project is on the hunt for local high school students to be a part of its Youth Advisory Board (YAB) for 2011-2012. The board members will help create and promote teen programs, work with local musicians and artists, meet other creative types in the community, participate in EMP's online community devoted to the NW's all-ages music/arts scene, and help curate Sound Off!, EMP's annual battle of the bands. This is a great opportunity to get involved with Seattle's vibrant all-ages film and music scene that includes organizations such as NFFTY, The Vera Project and more.

SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM INTRODUCES OUTDOOR BOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL
The Sun Break
Next week marks the debut of the Bollywood Panorama Outdoor Film Series, which is sponsored by the Seattle Asian Art Museum. The free screenings will take place Friday nights at the Volunteer Park amphitheatre and feature four popular Indian films, including 2007's The Namesake (starring Kal Penn, Tabu and Irffan Khan) and 1991s' Taal (starring Aishwarya Rai).

FREE ARTIST HEALTH CARE WORKSHOP AT SEATTLE CENTER
The Actors Fund
Dan Kitowski, Director of Health Services for The Actors Fund, will be presenting a free seminar on health care for artists at Theatre4 in the Seattle Center House next week on Wednesday, July 20. The workshop will focus on health care and health insurance options in Washington, as well as understanding how the new health care reform law affects artists of all mediums now and in the future. Other topics covered include government-subsidized health care programs and options for those without insurance coverage. The workshop takes place from 7- 8:30 PM and is free to everyone in the performing arts and entertainment industry. RSVP at dkitowski@actorsfund.org to 'insure' a spot.

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.


In Between the Raindrops: A Jazz Documentary - 7/6 (1 Hour Left)
Fox and the Law Debut Record - 7/9 (3 Days Left)
Ode to Kali - 7/9 (3 Days Left)
Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits - 7/11 (4 Days Left)
The Signs of Hope Project - 7/13 (6 Days Left)
Two Musicians, One Dream - 7/16 (9 Days Left)
Sk8 the St8: Dad's and Son's X-Country Skateboard Road Trip - 7/16 (9 Days Left)
The Waif - 7/17 (11 Days Left)
While You Weren't Looking-A Film by Jeremy Mackie - 7/18 (11 Days Left)
Seattle Teen Music-Volume 1 Compilation CD - 7/19 (12 Days Left)

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 6/29 - 7/5
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).

  1. Shabazz Palaces - "Black Up"
  2. Eddie Vedder - "Ukelele Songs"
  3. Death Cab for Cutie - "Codes and Keys"
  4. Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"
  5. Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart"
  6. Queensryche - "Dedicated to Chaos"
  7. Blue Scholars - "Cinemetropolis"
  8. Brandi Carlile - "Live at Benaroya Hall"
  9. Seapony - "Go With Me"
  10. David Bazan - "Strange Negotiations"

MEDIA DIGEST

THE HEAD AND THE HEART LAND ON COVER OF BILLBOARD MAGAZINE
Billboard
Momentum continues to build for local band The Head and the Heart, who re-released their self-titled debut album on Sub Pop Records in April. The band was featured on the cover of the latest issue of Billboard Magazine, a leading source of weekly news regarding record sales as well as trends and innovations in the music industry. As part of a larger feature about 15 standout artists from the independent music world, Billboard talked to members of The Head and the Heart and others entrenched in Seattle's music community about how and why the band had such success even before landing a deal with Sub Pop. The article is a reminder of the power word-of-mouth recommendations among music fans and the virtues of a tireless work ethic.

LOCAL ARTISTS FEATURED ON NPR MUSIC'S SONG OF THE DAY
David Bazan on NPR Music's Song of the Day
The Lonely Forest on NPR Music's Song of the Day
Yesterday, NPR Music's Song of the Day was local bard David Bazan's "Wolves at the Door," which comes off his freshly released album Strange Negotiations. Bazan has been involved in many Seattle-based acts, including Pedro the Lion and Headphones. He has also toured and collaborated with the likes of Damian Jurado, Ben Gibbard, Jonathan Rice and many others. Last Thursday's Song of the Day also featured a local artist, this time spotlighting the Anacortes-based band The Lonely Forest with the tune "Turn Off This Song and Go Outside". Their most recent album, titled Arrows, was produced by Death Cab For Cutie's Chris Walla and has been garnering widespread acclaim. Both of these catchy tunes are available to stream on NPR Music's website.

Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel White, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Jonathan Hughes, Intern
Tiffany Wan, Intern

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