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    July 18, 2012
                                          
CITY NEWS

HAPPY HOUR RETURNS NEXT WEDNESDAY WITH SEAN POWER 

The Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour returns next Wednesday, July 25, at Spitfire in Belltown from 5 - 7 pm featuring data scientist and startup advisor Sean Power. Sean will explain why now is a good time for musicians and entrepreneurs to be creative and take risks. From developing ideas to finding funding, this presentation will walk the audience step-by-step through the intersection of music and technology, and down the road to success.  Sean Power is currently Data Scientist in Residence at Cheezburger and Director of Marketing and Conference Co-Chair for the Decibel International Electronic Music Festival in Seattle.  

LAUNCHING THE 2012 ONLY IN SEATTLE CAMPAIGN  

In a continued effort to encourage discovery and exploration of new neighborhoods and businesses in Seattle, Mayor Mike McGinn announced both the addition of three new neighborhoods to be featured in the 2012 Only in Seattle campaign, and the launch of Only in Seattle Sundays - a special once-a-month neighborhood discount day. For the past two years Only in Seattle has captured the essence of Seattle's neighborhoods and shared the unique stories behind each of the featured businesses. With Only in Seattle Sundays the campaign's "buy local" mission is brought to life beyond the Only in Seattle website, by inspiring people to take one day a month to discover and explore a new neighborhood or business. Stay tuned to the Only in Seattle Facebook and Twitter accounts in the coming weeks for exciting contests, giveaways, and deals.  

SHELBY EARL TO PERFORM ON CITY HALL PLAZA TOMORROW  

As part of the Seattle Presents, free summer lunchtime concert series at City Hall, soak up the sumptuous voice of singer-songwriter Shelby Earl. Her debut album, Burn the Boats, was named "#1 Outstanding 2011 Album You Might Have Missed" by Amazon.com. Earl is often compared to alt-country crooner Neko Case, but music critic Ann Powers says, "...if Neko is bourbon, Shelby is honey wine. Sweeter at first taste, her music is subtly intoxicating."

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

VERA WELCOMES BETH WARSHAW-DUNCAN AS NEW PROGRAM DIRECTOR 

After a nationwide search, The Vera Project is pleased to announce Beth Warshaw-Duncan as its new Program Director. Former Program Director Josh Powell stepped into the role of Managing Director in July of 2011 and this appointment restores The Vera Project to its full tri-directorship model. Vera is a volunteer fueled music and arts venue - its programs are always all ages, with a focus on young people ages 14 to 24. 

"PUT THE NEEDLE ON THE RECORD" INSTALLATION JOINS THE NEXT 50 

"Put the Needle on the Record" is a recording studio installation that will fill a time capsule with one-of-a-kind documents of regional, contemporary culture: songs, folklore, interviews, and speculations about the future. All of the recordings will be cut on the spot inside a modified shipping container using a custom built record cutting machine. The project is open to the public on a rotating weekly schedule of open-microphone events, radio broadcasts, listening hours, and private recording sessions.

LAST CALL FOR NORTHWEST FILM FUND APPLICATIONS 

The Northwest Film Fund supports documentary film projects in the Northwest at any stage of completion. The Fund offers vital support to emerging filmmakers, helping promising films transition more rapidly from the planning stage to production, and providing a platform to introduce new documentaries into the world. The submission deadline for 2012 NW Film Fund applications is July 27. NW Film Forum will award at least one grant of $10,000 in cash, as well as a package of artist services including legal consultation, post-production services with leading Seattle post houses, and meetings with KCTS 9 and SIFF.

INTERNSHIP AND JOB OPENINGS AT KCTS 9 PUBLIC TELEVISION  

KCTS 9 is the largest public television station in the Pacific Northwest, reaching over 2 million viewers weekly in Washington and British Columbia. Located in the heart of Seattle at Seattle Center, KCTS 9 improves the quality of life in the communities we serve by providing meaningful programming on air, online and in the community that informs, involves and inspires. There are a number of available positions at the station, ranging from unpaid internships to paid employment.  

CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY BRINGS SHOPPERS TO PIKE/PINE CORRIDOR  

CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY     

The Capitol Hill Block Party draws hundreds of people from across the Pacific Northwest, as well as the country, to Capitol Hill. The Block Party helps contribute to Capitol Hill's national reputation as the unique and vibrant community. This year the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, the Capitol Hill Block Party, and area retailers have been working together to draw attention to the area's shopping opportunities over CHBP weekend. Members of the Chamber have created a created a shopping map to distribute to Block Party attendees, and the CHBP also added a "neighborhood" section to their website.  

THREE DOLLAR BILL (OUTDOOR SUMMER) CINEMA 

THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA     

Three Dollar Bill Cinema will be hosting free screenings at Cal Anderson Park of some of the most iconic films, starting at the end of July. The film series, "Road Trip," will include Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Viva Las Vegas, The Wizard of Oz, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Three Dollar Bill Cinema provides access to films by, for, and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their families, and a forum for LGBT filmmakers to share and discuss their work with audiences.

SEATTLE ARTISTS PERFORMING AT THIS YEAR'S CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY 

OFM   

One of the premier music festivals in the country returns to the Pike/Pine corridor this weekend, featuring performances from national acts as diverse as Major Lazer, Diplo, Grimes, Cloud Nothings, and more. What makes the festival special for many Seattleites, however, is the local talent on display - more than 50 acts performing at this year's festival hail from the Emerald City. Local acts include Absolute Monarchs, Lemolo, Fresh Espresso, Feet, Dude York, and many, many more. The 3-day event happens this weekend, from Friday, July 20, to Sunday, July 22. 

NW FILM FORUM TO HOST "SEATTLE MOVES" PANEL DISCUSSION 

NW FILM FORUM     

On Monday July 23, Seattle designers/directors from Seattle creative houses World Famous, Oh Hello, and Superfad will show recent projects and discuss their inspirations, creative processes and the behind-the-scenes techniques involved in creating title sequences, visual effects, commercials and short films. The panel is part of the larger "ByDesign" series organized by NW Film Forum.  

MOVIEHATCH INTRODUCES CROWDFUNDING PLATFORM 

MOVIEHATCH.COM   

MovieHatch.com, a company prides itself on breaking down barriers to Hollywood for creative artists, announced the addition of crowdfunding to its services for filmmakers, with a distinctive feature: access to Hollywood. This funding platform is designed to provide both an avenue for funding as well as an introduction to influential industry insiders. Participants receive funds, regardless of reaching goals, and projects raising $10,000 or more can "opt-in" to fan voting. The top three fan favorites each month are introduced to the MovieHatch judges/partners for collaboration consideration.
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.

 

Heart: Flatline to Finish Line - July 20 (2 days) 

A documentary following eight athletes with one goal - making it to the finish line of an Ironman, a 140.6 mile endurance race

 

K2: Siren of the Himalayas - July 25 (7 days)       

A documentary film following a team of climbers' attempts to summit the world's second highest peak, K2.

 

Because Every Mother Matters - July 29 (11 days)

A documentary with footage in some very remote places in Ethiopoia, capturing real stories of both unfortunate situations and stories of great blessing and success of mothers in the region.

   

Clearwater - July 30 (12 days)    

A documentary from Tracy Rector and Lou Karsen, revealing the story of the unique relationship between tribal peoples and the waters of the Puget Sound.

 

Swingset Showdown's Debut Album - August 2 (15 days)      

A high-energy piano-punk variety band that puts heavy emphasis on turning even the most mundane evenings into dance-parties is releasing their first album.

 

Jen Wood's New Album - August 5 (17 days)

Help support the release of guitar/piano artist Jen Wood's new album.

 

Locally Grown - August 11 (24 days)

A comedy web series that celebrates quirky characters and their entertaining situations at a local farmers market. 

 

THE PHYSICS: TOMORROW PEOPLE - August 17 (30 days)

Tomorrow People is pretty much about raps, beats, and hooks.

 

THE 3RDi KIT - August 18 (31 days)

The 3RDi (Third-Eye) is the world's first complete high end camera kit for an iPhone 4/4S.

 

DECIMATION - August 25 (38 days)

Set in 1942, Decimation finds 10 Russian soldiers who have been accused of cowardice on the Eastern Front and are being temporarily imprisoned.

 

Secrets in a Black Deaf Family - September 7 (51 days)

A psychodrama and surreal story about a hard-of-hearing teenager who juggles with family, peers and culture conflicts, while in search of her own sexual and identity freedom, and self-realization.

 

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 7/9 - 7/15               

OFM 

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

 

1. Brandi Carlile - "Bear Creek"   

2. Young Evils - "Foreign Spells EP" 

3. Lemolo - "Kaleidoscope"  

4. Donnie and Joe Emerson  - "Dreamin Wild"

5. Caspar Babypants - "Hot Dog"

6. Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart" 

7. Allen Stone - "Allen Stone" 

8. Fresh Espresso - "Bossalona"

9. Eddie Vedder - "Ukelele Songs"

10. Japandroids - "Celebration Rock" 

FILM PRODUCTION OF THE WEEK: "PREMERA BLUE CROSS"

THE NEW BLANK
The New Blank is a production company located in Seattle that concentrates on conceptual design and production. They specialize in collaborative projects, working with clients to transform that mythical napkin sketch into beautifully realized pictures for film, television and commercial productions as well as interactive projects and environmental executions.  This week, director Bobby Hougham and executive producer Kelly Green, working with producer John Gomez, assembled a local cast and crew to film a campaign for Premera Blue Cross.  The production filmed scenes in Seattle's Cal Anderson and Magnuson Parks.

 

"We are exceedingly lucky to be able to shoot this in our own backyard," said Hougham. "The flexibility of our environment as a metropolitan city park or even a New England mountain meadow all within Seattle city limits is truly extraordinary. Our crew is top notch, many with extensive experience on blockbuster Hollywood VFX laden movies, so as I wave hands and describe the VFX transitions and 3D elements we are building in post they are right there in lock step with me."
 
The production hired over 30 local cast and crew.

SHORT FILM FRIDAY: "SEATTLE BY RIZ"           

THE STRANGER 

The short for this Friday, July 20th, will be "Seattle by Riz," a light and funny short about our city from the view/perspective of a great soul, a great human being, Riz Rollins (he is originally from Chicago). The film is by Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell.

SCARECROW ON SEATTLE: CLAWED: THE LEGEND OF SASQUATCH AKA THE UNKNOWN (2005) Like any good Pacific Northwesterner, I've got a soft spot in my heart for Bigfoot. Consequently I've become a bit of a Sasquatch cinema masochist. Most movies starring our mysterious hairy cryptid friend are pretty bad but, for some reason, I keep watching them. Clawed is no exception to the mediocrity it's a typical by-the-numbers nature gone amuck romp with the requisite horny campers, angry rednecks, confused townspeople, and forest-bound gore one has come to expect from the genre. The film starts out with a promising bigfoot assault on some deserving skuzzball poachers. Ed, the lone survivor of the attack (portrayed by one-time Tarzan Miles O'Keeffe), blames the gruesome event on a grizzly bear, but a local Native American forest ranger named Eagleheart believes that it is the work of Taku-He (or Bigfoot). I don't claim to be an expert on the subject but I must point out that Taku-He is actually the Lakota term for a bigfoot, and the local Salish word is the more familiar Sasquatch. The film gives us a glimpse of small town life in the fictional hamlet of Pine Creek, whose mayor does his clich├ęd best to suppress the news of any tourist-deterring bigfoot or grizzly bear rumors. Meanwhile, at the local high school, a nerd and a jock are forcibly united to deliver a report on the purported bear attack. The reluctant duo decides to do some "research" in the woods with a six pack of Olympia Beer and a couple of female friends. Ed also returns to the wilderness with a fresh bunch of hard-drinking buddies (aka bigfoot bait) to ostensibly hunt the alleged grizzly, but the deranged hunter has another target in mind. It all leads to a final showdown between Ed, the high school kids, Eagleheart, and Bigfoot.

Clawed's bigfoot incidents are supposed to take place on Echo Mountain, which is a bit confusing since our state  really does have a mountain with that name it's located over on the east side near Colville. The actual location for the film's forest-bound action is the Western Cascade foothills with an emphasis on familiar sights like Franklin Falls and Mount Si. The town of Pine Creek is portrayed by a combination of Buckley, North Bend, and Roslyn. Buckley's White River High School and Beams Firehouse Pub are prominently featured, and Roslyn's quaint downtown graces the screen with the landmark Brick Tavern visible in the background of several scenes. Unlike other appearances, like in the film Joyride and the TV show Northern Exposure, Roslyn represents an actual town in Washington rather than impersonating an Alaskan burg. Along with Harry and the Hendersons this is one of the few Bigfoot flicks shot in the Pacific Northwest and, for that reason alone, Clawed is a notable entry in the Sasquatch filmography.

 - Spenser Hoyt
MEDIA DIGEST
JASON "BLOCK PARTY" LAJEUNESSE: "I'M EXHAUSTED AND HAPPY"

SEATTLE TIMES    

Capitol Hill is a neighborhood that never gets old because it keeps changing - and Jason Lajeunesse is a large part of the energy that threads through the area. This summer, Lejeunesse has taken over the Capitol Hill Block Party. The event, which starts this upcoming weekend, is a music festival mainstay that has continued to evolve not so much in numbers of attendees (it's up to 9,000 a day), but in scope. Under Lajeunesse, Block Party will do more in collaboration with the community that contains it.
LINEUP FOR REVERB FEST 2012 ANNOUNCED

SEATTLE WEEKLY    

Here in Seattle, festival season ends not at the end of summer but at the beginning of October, after Seattle Weekly's REVERB Local Music Festival - which goes down on Saturday, October 6 this year - has wrapped up.  All the acts performing at this year's festival are local, and, in an effort to keep things fresh, none of them performed at last year's event.  
EMILY NOKES IS THE NEW MUSIC EDITOR AT THE STRANGER

THE STRANGER    

There's a new sheriff in town, and her name is Emily Nokes.
She's previously written for The Stranger about how to go on tour without killing your bandmates, about her obsession with weird rock bios (like Dave Mustaine's!), and about Sasquatch this year. She's a graduate of the Art Institute of Seattle, a member of the band Tacocat, and a former designer at Seattle creative agency Wexley School for Girls.  

MACKLEMORE RELEASES NEW SONG IN SUPPORT OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY 

Following their recent announcement this past Monday morning of their new album, The Heist (due October 9), and their upcoming tour, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis today have released a new song. Written this past April, "Same Love" is a response to the events going on not just in Seattle, but around the country. The song will be available Tuesday, July 24, through iTunes and as a limited edition 7'' the following Tuesday, July 31, via Sub Pop Records  

GRAB COFFEE FROM WILL FERRELL AND ZACH GALIFIANAKIS 

SEATTLE MET     

The stars of the new comedy The Campaign will be serving java in Pike Place Market this Thursday. Will and Zach will be taking orders and serving drinks at Local Color Cafe in Pike Place Market this Thursday at 1:45. The powerhouse comedy duo will almost assuredly end up delivering more punchlines than cappuccinos. 

HOMETOWN HOLLYWOOD: IS HYPE! THE BEST MOVIE SHOT IN SEATTLE? 

TODAY 
Kurt Schlosser has called Seattle home for 16 years, and he is able to say that in large part because of the music that lured him out West in 1996. Nothing captures what was going on during that time better than the documentary Hype!. The film examines the Seattle scene that grew into the movement behind heavyweights like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Mudhoney, to name a few. Classic music performances are layered with interviews with those who were witnessing the cultural phenomenon firsthand.  

AUDIOSOCKET INKS DEAL TO PROVIDE INDIE MUSIC TO AP SUBSCRIBERS

GEEKWIRE    

Editors and Web producers who subscribe to the Associated Press will now be able to add original music clips to their content through a partnership announced today with Audiosocket. The company offers more than 38,000 tracks, mainly from up-and-coming artists in a number of different genres. The company inked a similar partnership with Vimeo last fall, and is currently in process of signing deals with other media companies. Founded in Seattle, Audiosocket now has dual headquarters split between Seattle's Fremont neighborhood and New Orleans. 

PERSPECTIVE: MILLENNIALS SEEM TO HAVE LITTLE USE FOR OLD MOVIES 

LA TIMES      

A lot of folks have wondered whether it is too soon, just 10 years after the release of the original film and five years after the third installment, to relaunch Spider-Man. Young people, so-called millennials, don't seem to think of movies as art the way so many boomers did. They think of them as fashion, and like fashion, movies have to be new and cool to warrant attention.
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