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Film + Music Newsletter 7/18/2007


OFFICE NEWS
INSURANCE WAIVERS FOR FILMMAKERS
As part of our new initiatives to help grow the local independent film industry, our office is now providing an insurance waiver for permitted productions that meet the following criteria:
  • You are a low budget production ($10,000 or less)
  • Up to 5 people including cast & crew.
  • 1 camera only, handheld or w/tripod.
  • No light set-up, no generators, no wires or cables.
  • No traffic or pedestrian control.
For more information about insurance requirements, please consult the 2007 Film Permit Manual on our website.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
TWO JOB OPENINGS AT THE VERA PROJECT
The Vera Project is hiring for two office/program positions - Front Desk Manager and Operations Manager. The Front Desk Manager provides the primary source of information to the public and supports administrative functions on a daily basis. The position of Operations Manager requires an organized and efficient person who has the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and is flexible in performing a wide variety of duties. Ensuring the smooth operation of the office and programming is the ultimate role of this position. For more information about the positions, visit the Vera Project's website. Resumes will be accepted through August 7th.
ARTIST TRUST SUPPORTS 77 ARTISTS WITH GAP AWARDS
This June, Artist Trust distributed 77 GAP grants to Washington State artists, a 45% increase in the number of awards given from 2006. Over 18% more recipients were from outside of King County than in 2006. A record 795 applications were received from artists across Washington State, including over 10% more applications received from outside of King County than in 2006. The maximum amount awarded per grant also increased from $1,400 to $1,500 this year, for a total of $112,214 awarded, the most distributed in the history of the GAP Program.
2007 DECIBEL FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED
The 4th Annual Decibel International Festival of Electronic Music Performance, Visual Art and New Media will be happening September 20th through the 23rd in Seattle. This year's program will be featuring artists from 9 countries in 14 showcases across 7 venues, each of which will be outfitted with custom sound and video. Visit the Decibel Festival website for details on the 2007 lineup.
JACKSON STREET MUSIC PROGRAM HOSTS MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS ACADEMY
The Jackson Street Music Program will be hosting a free Music and Entertainment Business Academy. The workshops, designed to teach high school students about professions in the music and entertainment industries, will take place August 27-31 on the Seattle University campus. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit the Jackson Street Music Program website.
OUT TO LUNCH CONCERTS AT NOON
As part of the Downtown Summer program, the Downtown Seattle Association hosts the 28th season of the Out to Lunch concert series. These free concerts will take place in various locations including Westlake Park, Occidental Park and the Harbor Steps from noon to 1:30 through the summer.
MEDIA DIGEST
NEW SEATTLE SYMPHONY ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR IS AIMING FOR THE TOP
It was only last year when Marin Alsop was named music director of the Baltimore Symphony that she became the first woman to lead a major American orchestra. However, for Carolyn Kuan, women on the podium is a non-issue. "It's not a subject I bring up," said Kuan, who recently was promoted, a year ahead of schedule, to associate conductor of the Seattle Symphony. "There are so many other things to discuss." But, she added, "I think I have been very fortunate."



PARAMOUNT PASSES $1 BILLION MARK
Thanks to "Transformers," Paramount has crossed the $1 billion mark at the domestic box office earlier in the calendar year than any studio in history, according to the studio.
PHINNEY RIDGE COUPLE SHUNS SLEEP FOR DIY RADIO WITH HOLLOW EARTH
Hollow Earth is Amber Kai Morgan and Garrett Kelly's DIY, Internet-only radio station. Here, in the basement of their house on the west slope of Phinney Ridge, they and a handful of friends broadcast every day from noon until at least midnight. Tune in, and you're liable to hear Northwest punks Dead Moon, British shoegaze legends Slowdive, a demo song from local Japanese exchange student/songwriter PWRFL POWER, or a live-in-studio performance from the Webelos.
DVD - GENIUS IN A BOX
We gave Seattle documentarian James Longley the 2006 Genius Award largely on the merits of this extraordinary film, which went on to be nominated for an Academy Award (and then lose to the Al Gore juggernaut). It's not often that a prize from The Stranger presages such high-profile recognition, but the bragging rights are all Longley's. Iraq in Fragments is a nearly flawless film, a still-timely documentary shot in a war zone with cinematography of a caliber rarely seen even in a controlled studio product.
TALKING WITH DAVID DEDERER, SENIOR DIRECTOR, MEDIA CONTENT OF MELODEO INC.
David Dederer, a founding member of the 1990s hit band The Presidents of the United States of America, became an executive at Seattle technology startup Melodeo Inc. in January. He spoke to the Puget Sound Business Journal about his rock star past, his transition to the tech industry, and his company's new digital music service, nuTsie.


MICROSOFT SETS SIGHTS ON ENDING ILLEGAL DOWNLOADS
A patent-pending application from Microsoft was recently exposed that could, in theory, markedly curb the amount of illegally traded online music, while providing owners of Microsoft's Zune MP3 player a chance to earn money for sharing tunes with other users.
NET RADIO WINS PARTIAL REPRIEVE AS ROYALTIES LOOM
A coalition of webcasters have worked out a deal with the recording industry that could temporarily stave off a portion of crippling net radio royalties set to take effect Sunday, according to people familiar with the negotiations.
IT'S HARD TO BEAT THESE DEALS: OUTDOOR CONCERTS FOR FREE
http://seattlepi.com/323455_nightlife13.html As a music lover, you can't beat the price: free. The Seattle area is awash in free outdoor summer concerts. You might even catch someone famous, such as Minnie Driver, or perhaps soon-to-be-famous Tacoma singer-songwriter Vicci Martinez, who recently signed a deal with renowned Los Angeles talent manager Bill Leopold, who has managed Melissa Etheridge.
DOM ZOOK OF GADZOOK FILMS http://seattlest.com/2007/07/13/seattlest_inter_2.php If you see several weary-looking film crews around town this weekend, you're probably noticing some of the participants in the Seattle version of the 48 Hour Film Project. On the eve of the big event, Seattlest talked with Dom Zook, a producer for one of the local teams. Dom's team won the Best in City prize two years ago for "Hook Her" (pictured above); this is his third team participating.
SEATTLE BAND AIDEN NEAR TOP OF MTV2 COMPETITION http://seattletimes.com/entertainment/2881aiden.html Seattle band Aiden is near the top of MTV2's "Book the Band" competition - the winner of which gets a slot in the prestigious Virgin Festival (Aug. 4-5 in Baltimore, headlined by the Police and Smashing Pumpkins).
ROCK LOTTERY: 12 HOURS TO CREATE SOMETHING NEW http://seattletimes.com/entertainment/rocklottery.html In this annual experiment (now in its third year in Seattle), musicians' names are drawn from an old hat at 10 a.m. and randomly arranged into five bands. By 10 p.m. they must be back at Neumo's on Capitol Hill to play three to five brand new compositions. Each band has a drummer; the rest is left up to fate.
NICKELS GOES AFTER LIQUOR LICENSE OF BELLTOWN CLUB http://seattlepi.com/323674_club.html
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels has asked the state to yank the liquor license of a Belltown club where a woman was recently wounded by a stray bullet during a parking lot altercation, city officials said.
BANDS, LABELS TRY TO BEAT THE CD LEAKERS
Here's a conundrum for record labels: you want to promote your new releases so you send out promo CD's to radio stations, record stores, and distributors - usually several months before the store date - to get the buzz going. But these days, almost as soon as those discs land on those desks, they wind up on the internet.
MAKING A MOVIE IN 48 HOURS
If you see teams of people with cameras and scripts scrambling around Seattle this weekend, don't be alarmed. The 48 Hour Film Project is back!
A SONY WEB SITE TO OFFER VIDEOS BY ASPIRING FILMMAKERS
Sony is trying to edge into Internet videos with a Web site to be introduced today called Crackle that will feature short segments by aspiring filmmakers, many of whom Sony paid for their productions.
DOCUMENTING THE BUSINESS OF POLLUTION
Al Gore recently endorsed Jennifer Baichwal's provocative new Canadian documentary, "Manufactured Landscapes," which plays like a companion piece to Gore's Oscar-winning global-warming warning, "An Inconvenient Truth."


'RATATOUILLE' SQUEEZES OUT BEST-REVIEWED HONOR
Fox Interactive Media's leading destination for both casual movie-goers and film aficionados, Rotten Tomatoes, Tuesday announced the release of its latest compilation list of best and worst reviewed movies from the first six months of 2007. Rotten Tomatoes' "Mid-Year Report" highlights the top 25 best-reviewed films and the 10 worst-reviewed films thus far this year.
STARS OF THEIR OWN 'THAT 70S SHOW'
Port Angeles, Wash., is 80 miles from downtown Seattle. But given the winding shore of the Puget Sound, a drive can take two and a half hours. Mark Fredson and his band, The Lonely H, just graduated high school there. Their new album, "Hair," comes out July 24. The influences seem to be Badfinger, Sweet, Queen, Bad Company and a whole lot of other '70s album rock.
MINUS THE BEAR: INTRICATE BUT HEARTFELT
Minus the Bear's brightly appealing indie-pop may be dispensed with remarkable technical prowess - complete with precise guitar work and complex time changes - but it also benefits from the band's sweetly personal lyrics and flair for writing power-pop hooks.
RECORDING AND PRODUCTION STUDIOS FIND ACTION IN REMOTE REGIONS
The July 13th issue of the Puget Sound Business Journal features a great article about rural production and recording studios in our area. These companies, such as Bear Creek Studios and Kostov Productions, have become destination spots outside the city for both bands and filmmakers.
NIGHTCLUB FRUSTRATION HITS A BOILING POINT
After a shooting July 2 near his Belltown nightclub, Tabella Restaurant & Lounge owner Kauser Pasha said he was poised to take a drastic step: abandon the club's hip-hop music format and replace it with Top 40 hits. But his attempt to mollify his critics was too little, too late.
NICKELS NAMES PROBLEM CLUBS
Hoping to build support for his proposal to impose new rules on Seattle clubs and bars, Mayor Greg Nickels released a list Tuesday of some venues most often connected with criminal and liquor problems.
'ONCE' UPON A TIME
A year to the day after "Once" premiered at Ireland's Galway Film Fleadh, writer-director John Carney was trying to explain how he pulled it off. How did he turn E130,000 (approximately $160,000 at the time) into a film that has earned more than $5 million in U.S. release? How did he parlay an average filmmaker's tip money into a contender for Oscar recognition and what looks to be an Independent Film Awards player in several categories?
MATT VAUGHAN'S EASY STREET IS LITTERED WITH LOANS, COFFEE, AND IN-STORES
Most people navigate through life safely within the lines. Then there are the few who are crazy enough to do something like drop out of school to open their own record store. In 1988, Matt Vaughan did just that, and it was taking the hard road, littered with stumbling blocks like debt and ever-changing technology, that led him to Easy Street, now one of the city's premier independent sources for records.
STRIKES CAST SHADOW ON SHOWBIZ JOBS OUTLOOK
A regional economic forecast update boosts previous projections for job declines from potential Hollywood labor strike. Even without a strike by writers, actors or directors, entertainment industry employment will decline 1.9% next year to 161,300 jobs, according to Wednesday report from the L.A. County Economic Development Corp. The midyear forecast also said that accelerated film and TV activity at the start of Hollywood contract talks will produce a modest 0.9% increase in entertainment employment this year, for a total 164,500 industry jobs.
WASHINGTON MOVES UP ON 'BEST STATE FOR BUSINESS' LIST
Washington is the fifth-best state in the country for business, according to the latest ranking by Forbes magazine. Washington moved up seven places on this year's list, tying with Tennessee for the biggest leap of all states. Virginia topped the magazine's rankings, followed by Utah, North Carolina and Texas.