|News from the Office of Film + Music
MAYOR, CITY ATTORNEY AND COUNCILMEMBER TO MAKE NIGHTLIFE INITIATIVE ANNOUNCEMENT
Seattle Nightlife Initiative
Please join Mayor Mike McGinn, City Attorney Pete Holmes and Councilmember Tim Burgess for an important announcement regarding the mayor's Nightlife Initiative.
WHERE: City Hall
WHEN: 11:15 a.m., Thursday, July 14
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: WASHINGTON FILMWORKS INTERNSHIP
Washington Filmworks is a non-profit organization that offers production assistance to commercials, television and feature films shooting in Washington, as well as managing the state's production incentive program. Filmworks is currently seeking a part-time intern with a minimum 3-month commitment of 20 hours per week. Prior background in film not required, but individuals must be self-motivated with strong communication, computer, writing, organizational and research skills. Applicants must be enrolled in a post-secondary educational program leading to an undergraduate or graduate degree and in good standing at their college or university and retain their student status until the end of the internship. To apply for the Washington Filmworks internship position, send a brief letter of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEATTLE UNIVERSITY SEEKS DIGITAL FILMMAKING PROFESSORS
Seattle University Film Studies Department
Seattle University is seeking accomplished digital filmmakers with teaching experience for their undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies program. Inaugurated in 2009, SU's Film Studies program has grown exponentially and currently needs professors to teach part-time critical studies courses and digital production. Critical studies courses in film or media studies include courses in genres, film history, great directors, international cinemas, and special topics. Digital production courses range from 300-level introductory and intermediate courses, to 400-level courses in narrative and documentary filmmaking. Film classes meet either once a week for four hours, or twice each week for two hours. For further information about the teaching opportunity or to submit your resume contact Seattle University's Film Studies Director Edwin Weihe at email@example.com.
EMP'S "TAKING PUNK TO THE MASSES" BOOK TOUR KICKS OFF THIS SUNDAY
This summer, Jacob McMurray, Senior Curator of EMP and the NIRVANA: Taking Punk to the Masses exhibition, will be travelling around the Northwest to discuss the behind-the-scenes work of putting together the world's first Nirvana exhibit and authoring the companion book, Taking Punk to the Masses: From Nowhere to Nevermind - A Visual History from the Permanent Collection of EMP. Each signing event will include a presentation and Q&A with McMurray. The first stop of the tour will be at Elliott Bay Book Company on Sunday, July 17 at 5:00pm.
FACING THE FUTURE'S "MAKE A SOUND IMPACT" YOUTH VIDEO CONTEST
Facing the Future
By July 2009, the Washington Department of Ecology completed cleanup of 732 contaminated sites within half a mile of the Puget Sound and is now in the process of cleaning up 423 more. Facing the Future, a local non-profit that provides classrooms and community programs with educational resources of the ecological variety, are hosting a video contest that asks the question: How can you "Make a Sound Impact?" Interested teachers, filmmakers and videographers who work with youth ages 13 to 19 will be provided with educational resources and fun learning activities that will inform and inspire young people to positively impact the Puget Sound region. The videos should present at least one issue and one environmentally progressive action that impacts Puget Sound. Contest prizes for the top three youth video submissions are a FlipUltraHD video camera and $300.
NEW ONLINE TOOL FOR ARTISTS LAUNCHES
Onesheet is vying to become a premiere online space for artists to aggregate their music and social media presence in one place. Laid out as a basic website, it features a singular template musicians can use to upload music (a variety of streaming choices are available) and a bar at the top where they can link to social networks (Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, etc.) or other online resources. The services is currently free and in the early stages of development. Founder Brenden Mulligan (who also started ArtistData) says future revenue for Onesheet may come later when premium levels of service are offered to artists for a fee.
HOW CAN INDIE MUSICIANS CREATE INNOVATIVE REVENUE STREAMS?
Sometimes, you have to treat yourself and your skills like a company. Writer Clyde Smith reshaped his Hypebot article about revenue innovation for the music industry
to fit independent musicians. He encourages artists to employ the three basic forms of revenue innovation typically applied to businesses to their own projects: pricing innovation, payer innovation, and package innovation. Band and musicians can leverage fan bases, sponsors and technology to feasibly create a steady income.
EMP TO OPEN HORROR EXHIBIT IN OCTOBER
Can't Look Away: The Lure of Horror Films will examine why we love films that give us the creeps. Some of the premiere modern horror directors like John Landis, Roger Corman, and Eli Roth were tapped to curate some of their favorite films that represent the creative power of the genre. The exhibit will feature movie screenings (cult favorites, classics, domestic and foreign), iconic horror artifacts, and several interactive installations like a Scream Booth (where visitors are encouraged to scream on cue while watching a scary film clip) and a Monster Timeline (showing the evolution of popular monster archetypes).
SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE HOSTS FREE INFORMATIONAL MEETING ABOUT DEGREE PROGRAMS
This Saturday, aspiring filmmakers can learn more about the degree programs at the Seattle Film Institute. The film school offers professional certificate programs in fields like 3-D animation, filmmaking, sound design, producing and more. SFI also offers graduate degree programs in producing for film and filmmaking. Come view student works, meet faculty members, and mingle with other prospective students.
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.
Area of Defect "QWER" - 7/15 (2 Days Left)
Two Musicians, One Dream - 7/16 (3 Days Left)
"Sk8 the St8"- 7/17 (4 Days Left)
"The Waif" - 7/18 (5 Days Left)
"While You Weren't Looking" - 7/19 (6 Days Left)
Seattle Teen Music-Volume 1 Compilation CD - 7/19 (12 Days Left)
"The Summer Home" - 7/20 (7 Days Left)
"Darkest Hour" - 7/27 (14 Days Left)
Marcus D "Melancholy Hopeful" - 7/18 (11 Days Left)
"Single in Seattle" - 7/31 (18 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).
- Shabazz Palaces - "Black Up"
- Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart"
- Eddie Vedder - "Ukelele Songs"
- Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"
- Death Cab for Cutie - "Codes and Keys"
- Grand Hallway - "Winter Creature"
- Blue Scholars - "Cinemetropolis"
- Macklemore /Ryan Lewis - "Vs."
- Seapony - "Go With Me"
- Young Evils - "Enchanted Chapel"
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.
Streetwise is an engrossing and heartbreaking documentary about a group of homeless kids living on the streets of downtown Seattle near Pike Place Market back when this part of town was at its sleaziest and most depressed. The filmmakers focus on the lives of nine different teenagers, all of whom have found a way to get by despite having little if no support from their families or society in general. The camera unflinchingly captures the day-to-day existence of these surprisingly strong and resourceful children. The teens get by with their wits and have resorted to prostitution, hustling and dumpster diving in order to survive. Most of the location footage is concentrated around 1st and Pike with glimpses of landmarks like The Space Needle and The Public Market sign. There are also sprinkles of downtown at its seedy pinnacle with blocks full of adult movie theaters, shady characters and deserted storefronts. One of the youths even squats in an abandoned hotel. Other forgotten businesses that the kids frequent are a video arcade and a donut shop. Most of these places are long gone and have been converted into upscale boutiques and exclusive apartment buildings. Local musical treasure Baby Gramps performs "The Teddy Bears' Picnic" and Tom Waits contributes a song to the closing credits. Director Martin Bell later made the shot-in-Seattle Jeff Bridges drama American Heart, which is a fictionalized account of the relationship between one of the street kids and his father. Despite being a singular example of American Cinema Verite and earning a nomination for an Academy Award, Streetwise is not available on DVD or streaming video but your trusted pals at Scarecrow Video have multiple copies of the film available for rent on VHS.
WHEEDLE'S GROOVE MOVIE NOMINATED FOR MOJO VISION AWARD
MOJO is a magazine known in the UK for its in-depth focus on classic, cult and popular acts in music. Since 2004 it has honored artists with the MOJO Awards, and this year Seattle soul pioneers Wheedle's Groove is among those spotlighted. The film Wheedle's Groove: Seattle's Forgotten Soul of the '60s and '70s has been nominated for a MOJO Vision Award, which focuses on stellar music documentaries. The film has distinguished company alongside other nominated flicks about Motorhead frontman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister and celebrated ska band The Specials.
BRANDI CARLILE FEATURED IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL'S GUIDE TO SEATTLE
Wall Street Journal
Summertime is when Seattleites remember why they love living in the Emerald City. Outsiders have also been catching on to the wonders of our homestead lately. The Wall Street Journal recently featured Seattle prominently in its travel section, interviewing notable residents about their favorite local haunts. Musician Brandi Carlile, who recently recorded a live album at Benaroya Hall, recounts her love of Pike Place Market (where she got her start busking), The Brooklyn and The Walrus and the Carpenter (her favorite oyster bars), Dusty Strings (the Fremont shop where she bought her first guitar after landing a record deal), and much more.
JIMI HENDRIX AND KURT COBAIN MEMORABILIA AUCTIONED ONLINE
Wall Street Journal
The Gotta Have It! Rock & Roll Auction is auctioning off a collection of rare items from some of music's most celebrated artists. Seattle-based rock legends Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain both have a slew of memorabilia up for sale. Hendrix's guitar strap from the guitar he burned onstage at the 1967 Monteray Pop Festival is currently going for $50,000; there are also authentic arrest documents from a visit to Sweden, signed photographs and ticket stubs, handbills and photo sets up for auction. One of Cobain's smashed guitars from 1993 is on the block as well (for a cool $50,000), in addition to a Nirvana set list hand-annotated by the tragic frontman and original photos of the band.
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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