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Seattle Film + Music Newsletter

7/11/2007

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OFFICE NEWS

FILM + MUSIC OFFICE SEEKING INTERN TO START LATE AUGUST
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The Film + Music Office will be accepting applications until August 7th for an internship position that will start in late August. The position is a six month commitment and 20 hours a week. Prior background in film or music is not required. Candidates must have strong communication and organizational/research skills, as well as being self-motivated. As an intern you will become a member of Film and Music team and be responsible for a host of ongoing duties as well as special projects. For more information about the position, visit our website or contact Emily Finkel at Emily.finkel@seattle.gov or 206.233.2051.

OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SEEKING BUSINESS RELATIONS MANAGER
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The Office of Economic Development in the City of Seattle is currently seeking a Business Relations Manager, who will serve as a key member of the OED's Business Development Team and will lead OED's effort to develop and implement strategies to support the growth of Seattle's leading businesses and key industry sectors, which include manufacturing and maritime, life sciences, information technology, healthcare, and sustainable technology. Applications will be accepted through July 29, 2007. Visit the above link for more information and to apply.

TALKING WITH JAMES KEBLAS, DIRECTOR OF THE SEATTLE MAYOR'S OFFICE OF FILM AND MUSIC
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As director of the city of Seattle Mayor's Office of Film and Music, James Keblas juggles nightlife and movie premieres with early morning government meetings. Having helped push a state film tax incentive bill through the Legislature earlier this year, Keblas is now looking at the possibility of city incentives as well. He talked with the Puget Sound Business Journal about Seattle's place in the world's film and music scene and his own favorite local talent.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

MAYOR'S SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS
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As in past years, the 2007 Awards will honor the diversity and excellence of small businesses in Seattle, and their contribution to the city's economic vitality and quality of life. Ten winners will be selected by the panel of judges, who are nine members of the Seattle community who are a mix of past winners of the Mayor's Small Business Awards and owners of small businesses of different types and in different neighborhoods, and professionals who work with small businesses in non-profit business support organizations. The deadline for nominations is July 18th. For more information and to download a nomination form, visit the Office of Economic Development website.

SUPERNANNY SEEKING FAMILIES IN SEATTLE
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ABC television show Supernanny is currently seeking families in the Seattle area for their fourth season. If you are interested in applying, contact Cevin Middleton at cmiddleton@ricochettelevision.com for more information.

SIFF 2007 AUDIENCE FEEDBACK SURVEY
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SIFF is conducting an audience feedback survey regarding this year's festival. Responses to the survey help determine the festival's demographic makeup and will help in securing future grants and planning programming for next year's festival. Visit the link above to take the five to ten minute survey.

48 HOUR FILM PROJECT SCREENING AT HARVARD EXIT
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The 48 Hour Film Project's mission is to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers. Through its festival/competition, the Project encourages filmmakers and would-be filmmakers to get out there and make movies. Filmmakers are given 48 hours to create a film from start to finish - Seattle's teams will begin making their films on July 13th and finish on July 15th. Seattle is in its third year of competition and has expanded to 42 competing teams from 24 last year. The Harvard Exit Theater will host the screenings of the films on July 17th, 18th and 19th at 6:30pm and 9:00pm. Top winners from each city go on to compete nationally and screen their films at festivals such as SXSW, Cannes and Cinequest.

MAYOR'S ARTS AWARDS ANNOUNCED
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Mayor Greg Nickels has announced the recipients of the fifth annual 2007 Mayor's Arts Awards. The award recipients are Clarence Acox Jr., musician and director of Garfield High School's jazz program and its renowned jazz ensemble; Earshot Jazz and its Executive Director John Gilbreath; Jean Griffith, founding member and retired longtime director of Pottery Northwest; Longhouse Media's Native Lens Program; Massive Monkees, a b-boy (breakdance) crew; literary arts center Richard Hugo House; and Seattle Art Museum and Director Mimi Gardner Gates. Congratulations!

STATES OF THE ART FILM FESTIVAL SEEKING WASHINGTON SUBMISSION
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Selecting only one film from each State, States of the Art will give the audience a unique film-going experience that will allow them to view life in all fifty states during the three-day festival, August 17-19. States of the Art is put on by IMAX of Indianapolis, the Indiana State Museum and The Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University. The submission deadline is July 15th and the festival is actively seeking entries from Washington. Visit the States of the Art Festival website for details and submission guidelines.

Job and Internship Positions available at the CD Forum
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The Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas is currently seeking a Box Office Manager for their 2007-2008 season. They also have paid internship openings available in the following areas: Administration, Development, Marketing and Programming. The CD Forum is an award winning organization that presents and produces African-American cultural programs that encourage thought and debate for the greater Seattle area. For more info and to apply, Jude at judeh@cdforum.org or call 206-323-4032.

MEDIA DIGEST

HOLLYWOOD'S BIG SUMMER TURNS HO-HUM AS MOVIE ATTENDANCE DRAGS
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Summertime in Hollywood is not as hot as it looked at the beginning. In fact, attendance is running behind last summer's and has even fallen below that of summer 2005, a year of box-office duds that had some analysts predicting audiences were abandoning movie houses in favor of home theaters and other entertainment options.

TRIPLE-DOG DARE
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Joshua Roman has the bearing of a boy king, the at-attention curly hair of the young Jerry Lee Lewis in action, and a concert coming up. In this concert, he plans to play what for a rock band would be the exhausting equivalent of three albums, but with the added heart-pounding component that each of these three works is technically challenging.

COLIN JOHNSON FINDS COMMON GROUND FOR HIPPIES AND HIPSTERS
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Talent buyer Colin Johnson isn't afraid to say the R-word-after all, raves are what got him his start in music, down in the smoggy reaches of Los Angeles. The Seattle transplant has been hustlin' for the past 10 years, as a promoter, DJ, and band member, working his way up the food chain to talent buyer. Recently, he found himself unexpectedly ousted from his post at Capitol Hill venue Chop Suey.

EDDIE VEDDER VENTURES "INTO THE WILD" WITH PENN
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Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder is close to finishing some new music for the upcoming Sean Penn-directed film "Into the Wild," according to the movie's distributor, Paramount Vantage. This film was partly shot in Seattle and outlying areas of Washington.

SIFF BEGINS FILM-NOIR FEST
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The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), after a brief hiatus, kicks off its post-festival programming with "Noir City," a weeklong celebration of film noir.

PLAN TO REIN IN CLUBS HAS AN AIR OF URGENCY
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A proposal unveiled Thursday by Councilmember Sally Clark would expand the city's power to monitor and cite nightclubs that threaten public safety and make the lives of nearby residents miserable.

BOAT DRAG "DRAG OUR FEET" OUT ON TOUR
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Sloppy, poppy Seattle act BOAT will spend their summer trolling on a tour in celebration of the release of latest album, Let's Drag Our Feet, out July 10 on Magic Marker.

JOSHUA ROMAN, CLASSICAL ROCKSTAR
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Old institutions need fresh ideas for survival. In classical music the old ways of doing business are being aggressively challenged. 23-year-old Joshua Roman is the Seattle Symphony's youngest member and first chair cellist. Joshua is with us to share how he's committed to re-energizing Seattle's music scene in Benaroya Hall and beyond.

BIG-NAME ACTS ADDED TO BUMBERSHOOT ROSTER
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Fergie, John Legend, and the rock band +44 top a list of artists newly added to the 2007 Bumbershoot roster. Which goes to show that while the 37-year-old music and arts festival keeps getting older, the lineup skews ever younger.

IT'S CLOSING TIME, AND MAYOR, POLICE CHIEF HIT THE NIGHTCLUBS
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Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and police Chief Gil Kerlikowske took a closing-time walk through Pioneer Square early Sunday -- part tour, part publicity stunt. Nickels and his entourage stood witness to a handful of sidewalk fistfights as revelers poured from bars and clubs in the neighborhood, which is often packed with late-night crowds, Nickels' spokeswoman Marianne Bichsel said.

SEATTLE GETS SERIOUS ABOUT HIP-HOP
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Every so often, fans recognize RA Scion of Common Market, one of this city's most popular rappers, at his day job as a custodian. He has no trouble interpreting their bewildered expressions: "What are you doing taking out the trash?!"

PAY FOR WRITERS DROPS IN '06
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Hollywood scribes saw Guild-covered earnings slide 1.5% last year to $905.8 million in the first decline in five years, due to a 3.2% decrease in compensation for feature writing. Feature writers also saw a 6% slide in residuals last year to $121.3 million -- mostly from a 13% fall in video/DVD residuals to $43.5 million. Pay TV residuals declined 6% to $38.9 million.

WATCH IT: 'IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS'
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Seattle-based director James Longley profiles three lives -- a fatherless boy in Baghdad who cuts school to take a job and support his family, a patriarch baking bricks in Saddam-devastated Kurdistan and a cleric in the Shiite fundamentalist movement in Najaf (a truly impressive feat for a community suspicious of the West) -- in his impressionistic portrait of Iraq's Sunni, Shiite and Kurd communities.

QUINCY JONES TO RECEIVE GRAMMY FOUNDATION'S LEADERSHIP AWARD
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Seattle native and 27-time Grammy Award winner Quincy Jones will receive the Grammy Foundation's Leadership Award July 28 in Los Angeles in recognition of his lifetime commitment to social, cultural, economic and educational issues.

WRITERS SEEK PIECE OF DIGITAL PIE IN NEW CONTRACT
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In Hollywood, the hot topic is the contract with film and TV writers, which expires in October. Negotiations between the Writers Guild and the studios get underway this month. At the center of the contract talks: how writers will be paid when their shows are on iPods, cell phones, or computers.

SIDEWALK CINEMA, IN FOURTH YEAR, IS 'VERY WEST SEATTLE'
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Bring the family, order pizza - even set up a couch - at West Seattle's outdoor cinema, now in its fourth year. "It's a neat little event," said Lora Vickrey, who chairs the cinema committee for the West Seattle Junction Association. "It's very West Seattle - eclectic and small town."

MUSIC FESTIVAL SCORES A HIT WITH JANACEK'S QUARTET
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There is little question the big success story of Monday's night Seattle Chamber Music Festival concert at Lakeside School was Janacek's First String Quartet. One can be fairly sure not many in the house knew the work at all or, if they did, it was only a dim memory.

WOULD YOU LIKE SOME NEW MUSIC WITH YOUR LATTE?
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Today, music distribution venues include the Internet, television ads, video games, and even Starbucks. Guests discuss how musicians are marketing their music, and where consumers are discovering new tunes.

MELODEO SIGNS PACT TO POWER DIGITAL MUSIC ACCESS IN CHINESE MARKET
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A joint venture that includes Seattle startup Melodeo Inc. has inked a deal to power digital music downloads for China's second-largest wireless carrier, China Unicom Ltd. Under a deal signed late last month, Melodeo's technology will be used to allow China Unicom customers to download full- length songs from some of the world's biggest music labels -- Universal, Sony BMG, Warner and EMI -- directly to their mobile phones.




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