Vol. 6, No. 7                                    View our photos on flickr Like us on Facebook Visit our blog Follow us on Twitter
July 11, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS

FILMMAKERS: NEXT 50 ANNOUNCES A STORY RUNS THROUGH IT FILM PROJECT 

Seattle's neighborhoods are rich with stories. A Story Runs Through It is a celebration of Seattle's diverse communities through video storytelling. Local residents are invited to submit short videos that tell a tale from their own neighborhoods and communities. This Seattle Center Next Fifty project aims to capture stories about Seattle's civic fabric, engage and train communities in the art of filmmaking as a means to develop their own future narratives.  

FREE LUNCHTIME SOUL CONCERT ON CITY HALL PLAZA TOMORROW 

Beginning tomorrow, 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.  

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR TEEN ARTIST WORKSHOPS AT EMP MUSEUM 

Throughout the summer, EMP Museum will be putting on a number of dynamic Teen Artist Workshops led by professional teaching musicians and artists, designed as a great educational tool for youth in Seattle. Workshops include Rock Photography, DJing and Beatmaking, Film Acting,  Advanced Rock Band is offered. Scholarships are available.  

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SEEKS FILM ARCHIVE SPECIALIST 

UW 

The University of Washington library has an opportunity for a Film Archive Specialist.  Under the general direction of the Visual Materials Curator, Specialists hold primary responsibility for the film and video materials in Special Collections including technical processing of materials in all film and video formats, management of materials and supplies. The Film Archive Specialist will also work to supervise student employees.   

JAZZ NIGHT SCHOOL TO HOST SUMMERTIME JAZZATHON 

Columbia City will be swinging to the sounds of a summer Jazzathon from 11 am to 7 pm on Saturday, July 21st, at six locations along Rainier Avenue South. The Jazzathon is a fundraising event of the Seattle-based nonprofit organization Jazz Night School, but will be free of charge to attend. More than forty participating musicians have obtained pledges on a per-songs-played basis, and will be attempting to reach personal goals of playing fifty songs or more in this all-day gig. 

MUSIC FEST RAISES MORE THAN $24,000 FOR SEATTLE COMMUNITY LAW CENTER 

NOISE FOR THE NEEDY   

This year's Noise for the Needy festival raised $24,008.24 for the Seattle Community Law Center, a legal aid organization that helps the city's disabled homeless people. Since 2004, Noise for the Needy has raised in total $150,000 for local charities, including Teen Feed, Urban Rest Stop, Transitional Resources, Roots Youth Shelter and others. Last year's festival raised more than $23,000 for the Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project. 

JOURNEYQUEST TO PREMIERE SECOND SEASON ON JULY 12 

JOURNEYQUEST   

Heads up! Local production company Zombie Orpheus Entertainment is about ready to release the 2nd Season of their hit web series JourneyQuest. The first episode lands on July 12, and new episodes will be released every Tuesday until all 10 are released. All episodes in the series will be made available to be watched for free online.   

HUTCH RIDE SEEKS MARKETING, EVENT, AND OUTREACH MANAGERS

FRED HUTCHINSON    

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) is seeking event, marketing, and outreach  managers to support the creation and execution of a multi-million dollar fundraising bike ride in the Northwest benefiting its research efforts. These positions will help design the inaugural route, promote the ride, work with local agencies to operationalize this large-scale event, and create an experience that becomes iconic.   

DEADLINE FOR 2012 ARTS CRUSH PARTICIPATION APPROACHING 

Arts Crush is a month-long festival organized by Theatre Puget Sound featuring opportunities to participate in music, film, and other arts. Arts Crush extends an open invitation to sample the abundance film, music, and culture in our region by adopting creative pay-what-you-will or discounted fee structures for traditional arts experiences. Submission deadline for this year's program is this Sunday, July 15.  

TEACHING MUSICIANS, ARTISTS: SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE  

SEATTLE REP    

The deadline for applying for the 2012-2013 Teaching Artist Training Lab is July 16. The 2012 - 2013 Teaching Artist Training Lab is an eight-month professional development program for teaching artists from various artistic disciplines and regions across the state.  This program is being presented by the Washington State Arts Commission and Seattle Repertory Theatre. 

SEATTLE FAIR TRADE MUSIC GENERAL MEETING OPEN TO ALL MUSICIANS 

Fair Trade Music is a grassroots campaign of NW musicians, supported by the Musicians' Association of Seattle. Through advocacy,
education, and recognition, Fair Trade Music is working to build a sustainable music scene, extend musicians' rights, and forge partnerships. Join Fair Trade Music and the Musicians' Association of Seattle for their General Meeting on Monday, August 13, 7 pm, at the Seattle Labor Temple (2800 First Avenue, Seattle).  
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.

 

 

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton - July 15 (4 days)   

 

The Snapping Point: The Movie - July 16 (4 days)     

 

The Breach - July 18 (6 days) 

  

Heart: Flatline to Finish Line - July 20 (9 days) 

 

K2: Siren of the Himalayas - July 25 (13 days)       

 

Because Every Mother Matters - July 29 (18 days)   

   

Clearwater - July 30 (18 days)    

 

Swingset Showdown's Debut Album - August 2 (21 days)      

 

Jen Wood's New Album - August 5 (24 days) 

 

Secrets in a Black Deaf Family - September 7 (58 days) 

 

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 7/2 - 7/8                

OFM 

Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).     

 

1. Brandi Carlile - "Bear Creek"   

2. Lemolo - "Kaleidoscope" 

3. Donnie and Joe Emerson  - "Dreamin Wild"

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

5. Caspar Babypants - "Hot Dog"

6. Pickwick - "Myths + 2" 

7. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis - "Vs. [Redux]"

8. Allen Stone - "Allen Stone"

9. Pearl Jam - "Broadcasts 1992"

10. Japandroids - "Celebration Rock" 

FILM PRODUCTION OF THE WEEK: "T-MOBILE MONTHLY 4G BREAKUP"

ALARMING PICTURES 

With Seattle's temperature now finally settling into a steady upper-70s, it's hard to imagine that June 2012 was one of the rainiest Junes in Seattle history.  Not alarmingly, outdoor film production did not stop even with the inclement weather, most evident during Alarming Pictures' "T-Mobile Monthly 4G Breakup" commercial shoot.  Alarming Pictures, a brother/sister directing/creative team founded in 2001 by Jack and Carol Hodge, enticed agency Publicis and client T-Mobile to Seattle with promises of the bluest skies you've ever seen, only to be met with torrential and decidedly un-Seattle-like rainfall.

 

"We always push to shoot here, the crews are smart, incredibly hard working, and pitch in where needed," says Jack Hodge.  "A perfect example of this was the grips sandwiching dozens of paper coffee cups between two 20x20 silks suspended over the actors, resulting in amazingly clean audio as we experienced an exceptionally rare deluge during the shoot. The agency and client expressed some trepidation during the shoot but were delighted by the footage and the confidence of the Alarming team."

 

Producer Mark Campbell reports that the production hired over 30 local cast and crew during the one-day shoot in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood.

SHORT FILM FRIDAY: "LOVE, SEATTLE"           

THE STRANGER 

The short for this Friday, July 13th, will be the marvelous "Love, Seattle." Written and directed by Paul Edlund, and concerning the loss of the Sonics, the short pictures Seattle as Woody Allen's Manhattan. And it works surprisingly well. Rachel Klein, the short's cinematographer, should now be a beep on our film community's radar.

SCARECROW ON SEATTLE: INHERITANCE (2004) Abbey Nielsen (Jen Taylor) works as a caretaker for an elderly woman named Lillian Baker (Marjorie Eden Nelson) with a big, beautiful house. Even though Lillian is kind of a grump and does her best to sabotage Abbey's impending marriage, Abbey feels a strong sense of loyalty towards her eccentric boss. Soon the sandman comes knocking at Lillian's door and the dearly departed unexpectedly leaves her home and belongings to her helpful employee. Abbey is pretty excited about her new digs, but almost immediately she begins behaving strangely. She drastically alters her hair, sleeps around on her fiance, and has conversations with disembodied spirits like a ghost kid at Lakeview Cemetery. Abbey is confused-she is not in control of her actions and, much of the time, isn't even aware of what is happening. Eventually she videotapes herself and discovers that, yep, she is doing all sorts of weird stuff and, like those of us who read the movie's tagline on the DVD box, she realizes that, "When old Mrs. Baker died, Abbey inherited more than just her house."

Video game nerds will be excited to learn that Jen Taylor is also the voice of Cortana in the Halo franchise. Seattle location nerds may be excited about the large amounts of local eye candy on display. I'm not sure where Mrs. Baker's house is located but if I had to guess a neighborhood I'd say Madrona. Abbey hangs out at the Victrola Coffee on 15th Avenue and in one scene she goes down the street to Jamjuree with her fiance for some dinner. The restaurant is closed even though it's only 8:30 in the evening, causing Abbey to quip, "That's Seattle for you." At one point Abbey has a little freakout on a Metro bus. Seattle public transit purists may wonder why her bus is clearly labeled Route 301 but she exits at a Route 12 stop. Look carefully when Abbey visits the doctor and you'll spot local playwright and Scarecrow Video regular Mark Handley in a brief bit as an "unkempt man" in the waiting room. When I spend more time wondering about the accuracy of bus routes, spotting Scarecrow customers, and enjoying a picture of the Food Giant hung in someone's kitchen, I know I am not particularly engaged in a movie. This modest, low-budget ghost story makes an attempt at a moody horror film that relies on mysterious events, empty houses, and strange behavior rather than offering up much in the way of genuine scares. While it is an admirable undertaking, the proceedings are too low key to generate any noteworthy suspense or frights. The filmmakers previously worked on an acclaimed short mockumentary called White Face that is supposed to be pretty good and is available for rent in Scarecrow's Local Filmmaker section. I think I'll check it out and see what else Brian McDonald and Kris Kristensen (co-founder of the 20/20 Awards) have to offer because, heck, these guys were nice enough to thank Scarecrow Video in the credits for Inheritance. I feel like I owe them one.

- Spenser Hoyt 
MEDIA DIGEST
WASHINGTON DAD BUILDS RECORDING STUDIO, SONS RECORD (LOST) CLASSIC

NPR    

Like many American dreamers in the 1970s, the Emerson brothers - Donnie and Joe, from tiny Fruitland, Washington - thought they had what it took to start up a band and record an album. Unlike many however, the Emersons' father, Don Sr., was willing to plunk down $100,000 earned in the lumber industry to build his sons a home studio where they recorded their only album, Dreamin' Wild, in 1979. Very few copies made it out into the wild, until recently, when Seattle-affiliated label Light in the Attic re-released the album for mass consumption.   

SEATTLE COMPOSER NAMED AS SUNDANCE INSTITUTE FELLOW 

INDIEWIRE   

The Sundance Institute has named six fellows to participate in their 2012 Feature Film Composers Lab at the Sundance Resort in Utah. Fellows attend workshops and participate in creative exercises with leading composers and film music pros while gaining first-hand experience collaborating with filmmakers from the Sundance Feature Film Program. One of the Fellows, Jason Staczek, is a Seattle-based composer, producer and Hammond organ player.  

HOW I SOLD THIS MOVIE (DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME) 

FILM COURAGE 
Josh Folan, a filmmaker and actor, guides individuals through the process of creating and selling a movie. With a 9 step breakdown, Folan goes into detail about pitching to an acquisitions executive, formulating a press kit, and identifying the possible buyers of your film. With only $30,000 and no previous buzz surrounding notable releases, Folan was able to produce a feature length romantic thriller and then have it distributed.

LOCAL FILMMAKER'S 'HENRI LE CHAT NOIR' REVIEWED IN HUFFINGTON POST 

HUFFINGTON POST    

Henri le Chat Noir is a popular cat on YouTube who suffers from ennui and boredom. He doesn't even care he is famous on the Internet. Created by Seattle filmmaker Will Braden, a "frequent award winner" of the Seattle 48 Hour Film Project, Henri has become an international Youtube sensation. The Huffington Post jumped into the existential conversation with a review of Henri's latest episode "Henri 3, Le Vet."  

ORBITAL, ERYKAH BADU TO HIT DECIBEL FESTIVAL 

VIBE 
Catch electronic mega-starts Orbital performing music from their latest release as they hit Seattle's Decibel Festival as headliners. The festival drops in Seattle from September 26 to 30 and will also feature music from Erykah Badu, Carl Craig, and more. Tickets for are on sale now, and the entire lineup is available on Decibel's website.  

ARTS FUND ANNOUNCES NEARLY $2.4 MILLION IN LOCAL GRANTS 

PSBJ    

On Monday, local organization ArtsFund announced that it would be granting $2.36 million to 60 King and Pierce County art organizations, with the Seattle Opera and Seattle Symphony receiving some of the biggest allotments. Elsewhere in Seattle film and music, The Vera Project, Three Dollar Bill Cinema, Northwest Film Forum, and many more will receive assistance thanks to ArtsFund. A complete list of recipients can be found here.  

SEATTLE: THE FUTURE CAPITAL OF TRANSMEDIA STORYTELLING 

DILLETANTE D    

Transmedia storytelling is the term for content that tells a single story or story experience across multiple platforms and formats using current digital technologies. Transmedia is often used in advertising campaigns. So much so that one can be excused for thinking that transmedia equals marketing. With our local talent pool of filmmakers, content creators, and techies, Seattle just might be the future capital of transmedia storytelling.  

HOW THIS WRITER IS BUILDING HIS CAREER AS A MUSICIAN 

MUSIC THINK TANK  

It would have been phenomenal to have written commercial jingles between the 1940s and 1980s. Writing, recording, and then hearing the songs on the radio, collecting big royalty checks. But, alas, that era was short-lived. So what is there to be done today? Music Think Tank's David J. Hahn runs through the steps he's taking to make a living as a musician - including sync licensing, social media, writing for musical theater, and more. 

QUICK LINKS
Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel Sawyer, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Romir Chaudhuri, Intern
Dominika Marczak, Intern
Sam Mouser, Intern
Ken Strocsher, Intern
This email was sent to samtmou@gmail.com by filmandmusicoffice@seattle.gov |  
Film + Music Office | 700 Fifth Ave. Suite 5752 | PO Box 94708 | Seattle | WA | 98124