Vol. 7, No. 7
July 17, 2013                                                                                       View our photos on flickr Like us on Facebook Visit our blog Follow us on Twitter
CITY NEWS

JULY HAPPY HOUR: HOW A FILM DIRECTOR MAKES A LIVING WORKING IN SEATTLE

From directing corporate videos to collaborating on narrative projects, Seattle's film directors need to be a resourceful bunch to make a living. At July's Happy Hour, James Keblas will once again walk the audience through a soon to be published infographic, this time illustrating how one Seattle film director has found success in a versatile and creative approach to filmmaking.

NIGHTLIFE BUSINESS OWNERS: TAKE THIS TAXI SURVEY

The City of Seattle and King County is running a survey in partnership with the Tennessee Transportation & Logistics Foundation (TTLF)/Taxi Research Partners to conduct a demand study regarding Taxi, For Hire Vehicle, and Limousine service in the Seattle area. As part of the study, they are seeking input for several types of businesses and institutions whose clientele rely on private door-to-door transportation services. They have developed this survey specifically for restaurants, bars, and night clubs. This survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Whether you are completely satisfied with the service you are receiving at your establishment or if you believe that there is a need for improvement, they want to hear from you. The goal of the study is to get as complete a picture of the service provided to the hospitality community. Your responses in the survey will help inform future decision-making.

ELECTED OFFICIALS ON SET OF 'LAGGIES'

The producers of the Washington Filmworks incentive feature film, Laggies, invited Washington State Senators and Representatives for a set visit in July. The legislators were on hand for the filming of key scenes in the movie at Chihuly Garden and Glass in the Seattle Center, and watched first-hand the economic impact of film production. The Lynn Shelton film wrapped principal photography in Seattle this month and will be released out next year. 

SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFERS NIGHTLIFE SECURITY TRAINING 

The Seattle Police Department is offering a Security Training Program on Sunday, July 21, beginning at noon, at the Seattle Police Department headquarters. The class is not just for security personnel. Security training is imperative for individuals who work physical security or screen patrons at the door. It is also extremely beneficial to any employee who regularly interacts with clientele. Maintaining a highly-trained staff, ready to deal with difficult situations, is vital to the safety of both the patrons and the employees. Topics of instruction will include screening patrons, handling problem situations, and tips on shutting down and dispersing patrons.  
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

NFFTY SEEKING MANAGING DIRECTOR

NFFTY

NFFTY, the world's largest youth film festival, is accepting applications for its Managing Director position. The Managing Director works in tandem with the Artistic Director to help shape the vision of the organization, based on its mission and long-term goals. The managing director implements the organization's operational policies, procedures, strategic objectives, and initiatives. This position plays a critical role in shaping and maintaining the culture and identity of the organization, among other responsibilities. The submission deadline is July 31 or until position is filled.  

EVIL-SLAVE LLC IS LOOKING FOR SCREENPLAYS TO PRODUCE

EVIL-SLAVE

Puget Sound-based production company, Evil-Slave is looking for production ready screenplays by Washington-based authors. Submissions must represent a completed screenplay of 85 or more pages, presented in Hollywood Standard format and can be of any genre.  Evil-Slave is looking for the best unproduced screenplay that can be shot IN Washington. Production will have a commitment of a full six figure budget, include name talent, and will be slated for late 2013/early 2014. Deadline for submissions is Monday, July 22, 2013.

LOCAL FILM ON UFO SIGHTING UNFOLDS ON MURAY ISLAND

VASHON BEACH COMBER

On June 29, a film crew and ensemble of actors sailed the waters just off Maury and then came ashore on the beach - all part of a long day's shoot for "The Maury Island Incident," a short film about a UFO sighting that took place there in 1947. The film's director, Scott Schaefer said he has high hopes for the film. Local screenwriter and producer, Steve Edmiston wrote the script based on FBI investigative documents. The film has already garnered coverage on KOMO News, and the production also picked up one of five highly coveted Washington Filmworks Innovation Lab awards. The prizes consist of funding assistance and other support for films helmed by Washington resident directors.  

SEATTLE DEAF FILM FESTIVAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

SEATTLE DEAF FILM FESTIVAL

Arts organization Deaf Spotlight has an open call out for submissions to the 2nd annual Seattle Deaf Film Festival, which will take place next spring on Capitol Hill. In order to be considered for inclusion, a film must be made by a member of the deaf community. Organizers are accepting submissions in the genres of Documentary, Drama, Animation, Thriller/Action, and Musical/Comedy. Submissions received before July 31 will receive a lower price for entry.  

SUBSTRATA 1.3 HOLDING FREE LECTURE OF EXPERIMENTAL MUSICAL TECHNIQUES

SUBSTRATA 1.3

The third edition of the Substrata sound & visual art festival weekend is holding a free lecture on the implementation of musical techniques on July 20. The festival, held at the Good Shepard Center, features live performances, workshops, and field recording trips. The goal of the festival is to create an immersive weekend experience that engages audience in a dialogue that goes beyond the constraints of traditional performer/listener interactions.

ARE YOU ON THE BLACK LIST?

THE BLACK LIST

Every December, The Black List surveys over 600 production company and film financier executives about their most liked screenplays and aggregate the responses for the industry and the public. Since the launch of the annual Black List in 2005 as a survey of Hollywood executives' most liked screenplays, more than 250 of the screenplays selected have been produced as feature films for theatrical distribution. The Black List helps writers find people who will love their screenplays and then puts those people in touch with you or your representatives. Once you've added your script to the database, you'll be able to monitor, in real time, the volume of interest it's receiving and the response of those who have read it.

SEATTLE SCREENWRITER WINS AWARD AT INDIE GATHERING COMPETITION

THE INDIE GATHERING

Screenplay writer Kevin Howard has been garnering some recognition for his screenplay "Closed Cell" this summer on the Film Festival circuit. "Closed Cell" is set in downtown Seattle, and is about the Archangel Michael, who poses as a psychic, and works with the Seattle police to solve a series of gruesome murders. The screenplay won first place at the 17th Indie Gathering International Film Festival, and is a finalist at a few other festivals including the Fright Night Film Festival.

KCTS 9 PREMIRES 'THE ALL-STAR ORACHESTRA' THIS FRIDAY

ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA

KCTS 9 is premiering The All-Star Orchestra on Friday, July 19. This WNET/American Public Television series gives Pacific Northwest viewers a free, front row seat to the world's greatest classical music, performed by top orchestral musicians in the country and led by Music Director Gerard Schwarz, who served for 26acclaimed seasons as music director of the Seattle Symphony. Each one hour program, designed to appeal to classical music neophytes and connoisseurs alike, combines a popular symphonic masterpiece with an exciting, short new work by a leading American composer. The dynamic performances-recorded with nineteen high-definition cameras-are prefaced by lively commentary and storytelling, with behind the scenes shots offering a first-hand look at how music-makers bring music to life. 

SHORT FILM FRIDAY: "FAMADIHANA"

THE STRANGER

This week's short will be "Famadihana," a spooky little film by Devin McDermott and Ethan Folk--McDermott created and performed the dance, and Folk photographed and edited the performance (The Antlers provided the music). McDermott is a dancer who has worked with Alice Gosti's Spaghetti Co. (Gosti currently has a show at Hedreen Gallery--"Yellow Fish // Epic Durational Performance Festival"), and Folk is a filmmaker who very interested the "procedural aspects of rituals pertaining to death." The elements of the short: The dancing dead woman, the cigarettes as incense, the flashes of color, that menacing axe in the back. Enjoy!

 

-Charles Mudede

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 7/8 -7/12 

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC 

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

 

1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist

2. Rose Windows - Sun Dogs

3. Sadistik - Flowers For My Father

4. Pickwick - Can't Talk Medicine

5. Stone Gossard - Moonlander

6. Alice in Chains - The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here

7. The Head and the Heart - The Head and the Heart

8. Mad Season - Above

9. The Postal Service - Give Up

10. Blackheart Honeymoon - Nothing and Everything Else

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, in order of imminence, from soonest-ending project to furthest out. Click on the Kickstarter buttons to check out these local projects and discover even more happening around Seattle.

  

BEDTIME STORIES - July 18 (1 day)

(Short Film) A creepy, suspenseful short centered around a young girl who is being haunted.

  

KEEP CENTRAL CINEMA FUN WITH A DIGITAL UPGRADE - July 19 (2 days)

(Project) Central Cinema wants to convert their theater to Digital Cinema Package.

  

MYSTERY AND WONDER - July 21 (4 days left)

(Music) Ben Black is recording his new jazz album. 

  

NIGHT DIVE MAKES A MAGICAL MEDIA MASTERPIECE - July 22 (5 days)

(Music) Night Dive is a band consisting of members from a plethora of Seattle-based groups and are making an audio/visual experience.

  

DISTRIBUTION OF 'BIG JOY' - July 24 (7 days)

(Film) Award winning documentary Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton is raising funds to help cover distribution costs.

  

FOR THE WORLD IS HOLLOW AND I HAVE TOUCHED THE SKY - July 29 (13 days)

(Film) The film adaptation of a transcendental rock musical, set in the Hoh Rainforest.

 

SALVAGE TRADER: A 2D SPACE ADVENTURE - July 30 (14 days)

(Interactive) Explore the galaxy, complete missions, build your ship, fight pirates and do some trade in a 2D space adventure.

 

REAL ADULT FEELINGS: SEASON 2 - August 1 (16 days) 

(Webseries) "Real Adutl Feelings" is raising money to shoot the second season of their mildly beloved comedy series.

 

BLOODGOOD'S FIRST ALBUM - August 7 (21 days)

(Music) Christian Metal Band BLOODGOOD is recording their first album in 22 years. 

 

ROCKETMEN THE WEBSERIES - August 10 (23 days)

(Webseries) A deranged serial adventure following several blue collar workers who happen to be rocketmen.

 

MEDIA DIGEST

MACKLEMORE NOMINATED FOR 6 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS

SEATTLE PI

The man in the suit and tie and the duo who buys clothes at thrift shops are the leaders at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. MTV announced Wednesday that Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have six nominations each. Timberlake's "Mirrors," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" and Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven" will battle Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" for video of the year. 

THREE SEATTLE ALBUMS THAT WERE MADE TO SOUND LIKE A MILLION BUCKS

THE STRANGER

Listening to Seattle's Tacos on Broadway EP, Romaro Franceswa, and Self-Portrait albums you would think they were made with the support of a big corporation that has a major studio with a million channels, booming microphones, and enough space to fit an orchestra. But all of this is just an illusion; the albums were instead made in small studios, one of which was in someone's house. With clean sound, clear raps, and crisp details, these albums are of noteworthy quality and show that there are no more excuses in this day and age for recording albums that sound anything less than a million bucks.

SEATTLE'S OUTDOOR MOVIE LINEUPS

SEATTLE MET

As the weather warms up, spending nights out on the town become the norm. If seeing a movie is your idea of a night out, Seattle's outdoor movie series might just be the right fit. Fremont, West Seattle, Magnuson Park, and Capitol Hill are all hosting outdoor movie nights with screenings of classics, blockbusters, and cult favorites. You can find family favorites like Finding Nemo, and The Sandlot, to introspective indies such as Moonrise Kingdom. If you want some time away from the children, there are also cult classic 21+ screenings like The Big Lebowski, and Anchorman.

SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE NEW HOME IN INTERBAY

QUEEN ANNE NEWS

Seattle Film Institute's long standing home in Capitol Hill has become too small for the growing organization. Since its inception in 1994, SFI has grown into a full service educational destination for budding film makers and content producers. The new facility has classrooms, a screening theater, a soundstage with a green screen, a sound-mixing room, an editing room and an equipment room. "We were just so fixated on finding the right-size building, but it didn't really hit us on how great the neighborhood is until we got here," communications director Chris Blanchett said. The program has expanded and now includes certificate programs in filmmaking, 3D animation, motion graphics, acting for film and sound design and recording arts. They also have a bachelor's degree in filmmaking, a master's in filmmaking, a Masters of Fine Arts in producing and filmmaking and a Masters of Music in film composition.

WALK WITH SIR MIX-A-LOT'S 'POSSE ON BROADWAY' MAP OF SEATTLE

KOMO NEWS

As a Seattleite, it can be difficult to get off the beaten path to discover the gems hidden across the city. This summer, take advantage of the sun and get outside with this list of seven exciting, and unconventional maps that KOMO has compiled including a "Posse on Broadway" map that features every location rapped about in Sir Mix-A-Lot's legendary Seattle Anthem. While the insider info may interest tourists, they are definitely geared more toward locals who want to know more about their own City of Music. 

SUB POP SILVER JUBILEE DRAWS THOUSANDS TO GEORGETOWN NEIGHBORHOOD

SEATTLE TIMES

Thousands gathered in the streets in Georgetown this past weekend to celebrate 25 years of Sub Pop Records. There was food, fun, and dozens of the label's bands performing across three stages along Airport Way. The lineup reflected not only the longevity of the Seattle musical institution's output, but also the changing face of its roster. Newly signed acts like Pissed Jeans and Father John Misty played alongside heritage acts like J Mascis and Mudhoney. Built to Spill closed the night, packing the middle of the street as the sun went down over the stage. 

SUNDANCE CINEMAS SEATTLE GRAND OPENING

SUNDANCE CINEMAS

The renovation of the old Metro 10 movie theater is complete, and Sundance Cinemas is kicking off their grand opening throughout this week with VIP preview parties, in advance of their public grand opening on July 19.  The events will be hosted by a different group each night, and will include free beer and wine, refreshments, movies, and tours of the newly renovated theater.  President and CEO of Sundance Cinemas Paul Richardson will be in attendance, as well as surprise guests. To RSVP for this week's festivities contact nancy.gribler@sundancecinemas.net 

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