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July 25, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS

HAPPY HOUR RETURNS TONIGHT WITH SEAN POWER 

The Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour returns tonight at Spitfire in Belltown from 5 pm - 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 co-founder of GoodConf and Director of Marketing and Conference Co-Chair for the Decibel International Electronic Music Festival in Seattle.

SEATTLE CELEBRATES SISTER CITY KOBE, JAPAN WITH JAZZ EVENT: MON, JULY 30 

Seattle is celebrating its 55th sister city anniversary with its oldest sister city of Kobe, Japan with a series of events this week. One spotlight event is the 13th annual KOBE Sister City Jazz Day with vocal queen Yuko Ishida at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley. The Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association (SKSCA) is a volunteer-based non-profit association founded in 1957 that helps promote and facilitate friendly relations between Seattle and our sister city of Kobe, Japan.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
WASHINGTON FILMWORKS LAUNCHES INNOVATION LAB FOR LOCAL FILMMAKERS

The Washington Filmworks Innovation Lab program is designed to commit funding assistance to Washington resident filmmakers and to projects utilizing new forms of production or emerging technologies. As part of the program, Washington Filmworks may commit up to $350,000 annually and funds will be administered in two cycles - Film Cycle (opens August 2012) and Innovation Cycle (opens January 2013). Visit Washington Filmworks' website for more information on guidelines and how to apply.  

ARTIST TRUST CELEBRATES WASHINGTON STATE ARTISTS IN THREE SPECIAL EVENTS
ARTIST TRUST  
Artist Trust celebrates 25 years of supporting Washington State artists of all disciplines with three very special events featuring the art of graduates of its EDGE Professional Development Program. Artist Trust has supported emerging and mid-career artists through the EDGE Program since 2003, providing the
relevant and necessary entrepreneurial skills for achieving career goals and building community through peer support and exchange. 

LITTLE BIG SHOW #3 FEATURES DUM DUM GIRLS, BENEFITS NFFTY  

Four times a year KEXP, STG, and Starbucks present bands at The Neptune, and donate all of the proceeds to a local non-profit. The first Little Big Show raised over $13,000 for local non-profit Arts Corp. This month's event - which takes place Saturday, July 29 at the Neptune Theater - will feature indie rising stars Dum Dum Girls and Seattle band Craft Spells, raising money for The National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY). NFFTY is the largest youth film festival in the world. 
CREATIVE LIVE SEEKS EXPERIENCED MARKETING MANAGER

CREATIVE LIVE      

CreativeLIVE is seeking an experienced Marketing Manager to help build strategic new market opportunities for the cL platform. The successful candidate must have strong experience developing and managing marketing programs in a fast paced Internet or online marketing company. He or she must thrive with cross-functional teams and exhibit excellent analytical and product positioning skills. 

BEACON ROCKS! RETURNS WITH LIVE MUSIC THIS WEEKEND

ROCKIT SPACE 

Hop on the light rail and make your way to Beacon Hill for a family-friendly afternoon of music, haiku, street food, artisan vendors, and more fun in the sun. Performers at the July 29 event include Ian McFeron Band, More of Everything, The Colour Project, Rat City Brass, Stefanie and the Straight Shooters, and others. ROCKiT Community Arts is the producer of the Beacon Rocks! performance series.
CITY ARTS FEST 2012 INITIAL LINEUP ANNOUNCED

CITY ARTS    

The initial lineup for the 2012 City Arts Fest has been announced, and it's packed with a diverse range of acts that will be sure to fill up the numerous venues taking part in this year's activities. Zion I, Fly Moon Royalty, Brother Ali, A Fine Frenzy, and more have been added to the festival, alongside the previously announced David Byrne and St. Vincent collaboration at the 5th Avenue Theater. In addition to the diverse music lineup, City Arts Fest 2012 will also feature a crowd-sourced film competition; more details to be announced. 

NFFTY SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

NFFTY     

NFFTY seeks to hire an Executive Director to continue their path of growth and bring new ideas and entrepreneurial spirit to elevate the festival, as well as the organization's year round programming, to the next level.  In less than 6 short years, NFFTY has grown into the largest and most influential youth film festival in the world.  You can read NFFTY founder and former Executive Director Jesse Harris' letter here. Application deadline is August 15.

SEAFAIR 2012 LIVE SUPPORTING WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT

SEAFAIR LIVE    

Seattle hip-hop artist, Nautilus MC, is set to headline this year's Seafair weekend with a special performance dedicated to our armed forces. After a social media campaign driven by his fan base that impressed the Seafair committee and landed him the opportunity, Nautilus MC plans to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior Project's purpose is to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members. The performance will take place at the Seafair Mainstage, August 5, at 5 pm. 
GUIDE TO THE 'OUT TO LUNCH' DOWNTOWN CONCERT SERIES
OUT TO LUNCH   
Still looking for a way to spend your summer in Seattle? Check out the Downtown Seattle Association's (DSA) summer event guide, including a preview of this summer's Out to Lunch Concert Series, which began July 11 and continues throughout the summer. The series will be holding free concerts every Wednesday and Friday from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm in various locations around Downtown, showcasing artists as diverse as Wheedle's Groove, Vintage Trouble, Hey Marseilles, and The Dudley Manlove Quartet. Don't miss this great opportunity to get out and support Seattle musicians.  

PAX IS FAST APPROACHING, LINEUP FEATURES PLENTY OF LIVE MUSIC  

When the first PAX arrived in 2004, live music was one of the core pillars to the show. Initial performances included Minibosses and MC Frontalot, and from there, the lineup continued to evolve. At the time, having that many people in a room listening to nerdcore music wasn't "a thing." In fact, nerdcore music was barely "a thing." Fast forward a decade later and the genre has grown along with the sizes of the main theatre crowd, always filled to capacity with thousands of fans. A big part of PAX is connection, and the event hosts are proud to say PAX is a niche show with fans that treat these niche acts like the rockstars they are.
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.

 

Because Every Mother Matters - July 29 (4 days) 
A documentary with footage in some very remote places in Ethiopia, capturing real stories of both unfortunate situations and stories of great blessing and success of mothers in the region.

Clearwater - July 30 (5 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 (7 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 (10 days) 
Help support the release of guitar/piano artist Jen Wood's new album. 
 
Locally Grown - August 11 (17 days) 
A comedy web series that celebrates quirky characters and their entertaining situations at a local farmers market.  
 
THE PHYSICS: TOMORROW PEOPLE - August 17 (23 days) 
Tomorrow People is pretty much about raps, beats, and hooks. 
 
THE 3RDi KIT - August 18 (24 days) 
The 3RDi (Third-Eye) is the world's first complete high end camera kit for an iPhone 4/4S. 
 
Dressing Up - August 19 (25 days) 
Dressing Up is a short comedy shot in spectacular Seattle with local actors, crew members, artists, vendors and locations. 
 
DECIMATION - August 25 (30 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 (44 days) 
A psychodrama and surreal story about a hard-of-hearing teenager who juggles 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 7/16 - 7/22               

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

6. Japandroids - "Celebration Rock" 

7. Fresh Espresso - "Bossalona"

8. J. Pinder - "Careless"

9. Allen Stone - "Allen Stone"

10. Caspar Babypants - "Hot Dog!" 

FILM PRODUCTION OF THE WEEK: "GLAD PEAK"

MOTION THEORY 

Motion Theory is a creative home for directors with a sharp visual and narrative focus based in Los Angeles. The company's roster of directors ranges from award-winning veterans to emerging filmmakers, all sharing extraordinary visual style and the storytelling ability to transform creative potential into compelling viewer experiences across advertising and entertainment.  This week, director Mark Kudsi and producer Joel Todaro assembled a local cast and crew to film a national television commercial for "Glad" products.  

 

"Motion Theory and Glad were drawn to Washington's superb natural landscape as a backdrop and an integral part of the story they wanted to tell," said Production Manager Mark Campbell. "But what they were pleasantly surprised with was the creativity, professionalism and efficiency of the local crew."

 

Motion Theory hired over 35 local cast and crew for the two shoot-day production, which filmed scenes in Seattle's Seward Park and at a private residence in Mercer Island.

SHORT FILM FRIDAY: "DUCK DODGE" 

THE STRANGER 

The short for this Friday, July 27, will be "Duck Dodge," a pretty and watery short that completes my little Seattle trilogy - Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell's "Seattle by Riz" and Peter Edlund's "Love, Seattle" being the first two films. "Duck Dodge" is directed and edited by Andrew Franks.  

SCARECROW ON SEATTLE: TOAST WITH THE GODS (1995) I have a theory about the inspiration for this bizarre stoner comedy and here it is: the film's screenwriter, Eric Magun, was overindulging himself at the 1994 Hempfest and had to take a nap on Gas Works Park's grassy knoll. He shielded himself from the sun by placing a copy of Homer's The Odyssey on his face, then fell into a marijuana-induced slumber with dreams accompanied by some of the bands, most notably 7 Year Bitch and El Steiner, that performed that year. After his siesta, Magun awoke with a revelation-an update of the Greek epic poem with a mid-nineties, peak-grunge Seattle bent that incorporates drugs, rock and roll, modern primitives, fetish wear, strip clubs, gangsters, and lots of local color. The plot of The Odyssey is used as a rough framework with some significant changes. The story's protagonist, Odysseus, is no longer a weary soldier making his journey home. Now he is a groovy pot dealer named Toast who, nevertheless, still encounters beings like The Sirens and a Cyclops, but they are all given a funky modern twist. For example, the Cyclops is now a disco-loving weirdie with an eye-patch. Homer purists will be upset, and everyone may be tested by the film's more tedious moments. But Toast also offers a vivid snapshot of the twilight of "weird" Seattle as it balanced precariously on the dotcom bubble.

Whether or not you care for the movie's structure, acting, or directing, there is no denying the plethora of Seattle delights. The film begins with a neon font that offers viewers a "Welcome to The Emerald City" and the story quickly unfolds as a hazy travelogue of the era. Along his journey, our hero Toast rides the monorail, is chased all over town by a bunch of vintage VW Beetles (during this pursuit one can spot the Jell-O Mold Building, one of my favorite things that aren't here anymore), and is almost captured near the Fremont Troll. A group of zombies devour Taco Del Mar burritos in the back of the old Crocodile Café, and several events take place in The East Lake Café and the now defunct music club The Weathered Wall. Artis the Spoonman pulls espresso shots at the Café D'art and, just like at the '94 Hempfest, 7 Year Bitch and Larry Steiner (the lead singer for El Steiner) play supporting roles. Believe it or not, that's just a small sampling of the sights, sounds and smells on display. The film provided enough local charm and welcomed sights that I was able to overlook the picture's more inept qualities, and the filmmakers thank Scarecrow Video in the end credits so these dudes must be all right. In many ways, Toast With The Gods serves as a companion piece to another forgotten local product called Shredder Orpheus that also combined classic mythology with a unique Seattle performance art vibe. Do I smell a double feature in the air?

- Spenser Hoyt 
MEDIA DIGEST

CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY 2012 IN PHOTOS

KEXP BLOG     

This year's Captiol Hill Block Party was a colorful, exciting weekend for all of those who were able to make it, and for those of you weren't able to attend, the KEXP Blog has exhaustive coverage of the event so that you can experience this year's festivities. To get a glimpse of the weekend, we've compiled a set of photos documenting Block Party below, and for more Block Party coverage (including more photos and write-ups of all three days), click here.

JAMES EHNES IS SUBTLY CHANGING THE SEATTLE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

CROSSCUT  
With the conclusion of its 31st Summer Festival this coming Sunday (July 29), the Seattle Chamber Music Society (SCMS) is rounding off its first complete season under new artistic director, James Ehnes. If the transition seems unusually smooth and seamless, that's because from the start Ehnes made it clear that his plan is to emphasize continuity over abrupt change. Although one encouraging development is the addition of a chamber music in the park event: a free public concert on Wednesday evening (July 25) at Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill, featuring sextets by Dvorák and Tchaikovsky, with Ehnes among the performers.

BEN GIBBARD'S ICHIRO SONG, AND OTHER MEMORIES  

MATSON ON MUSIC    

Ben Gibbard, leader of Seattle band Death Cab for Cutie, wrote "Ichiro's Theme" in honor of the Seattle Mariners' all-star outfielder Ichiro Suzuki - who was traded to the New York Yankees on Monday. Gibbard said via Twitter that he wrote the song years ago but only just decided to share it now. The song is available to be streamed via Soundcloud. 

RECORDING MEMORIES AT SEATTLE CENTER

KUOW  
Seattle Center's 50th anniversary celebration continues this summer. You can attend lectures and performances and watch the Center's redesign unfold. But no anniversary is complete without a time capsule. Potts, the mastermind behind a project he calls "Put the Needle on the Record" is recording people's stories and memories onto what look like old LP records. They're actually recycled laser discs, and Potts uses his record lathe to etch the audio signals onto them. 

CASUAL-GAMING INDUSTRY: $8 BILLION AND COUNTING 

TECHFLASH    

This week, over 5,500 people gathered in Seattle to discuss the future of the young but potentially lucrative business of casual games, which are mass-market, simple games typically played over social networks or on mobile devices. The seventh annual Casual Connect - one of the largest casual gaming conferences in the world - was held at Benaroya Hall in Downtown this week. Companies came from all over the world, including Iran, India, Europe, and Silicon Valley, in addition to cities around Puget Sound.

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