|News from the Office of Film + Music
THE FILM, MUSIC + DIGITAL MEDIA HAPPY HOUR IS TONIGHT
Seattle Office of Film + Music
Seattle has been a growing hub for film, music and digital media over the past several years, and it is vital for these three communities to interact for our city to continue to thrive. The monthly Happy Hour offers just such an environment for people from these industries to socialize, network and build a unified community. Join us at tonight's Happy Hour from 5:00 - 7:00 at Spitfire in Belltown.
ANOTHER EXTRAORDINARY OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC INTERN TAKES HIS LEAVE
The Office of Film + Music unleached yet another fantastic intern onto the world! Jonathan Hughes wrapped up his stint a week ago taking with him some crab caught straight from the Puget Sound, his trusty composition notebook, and his seemingly boundless knowledge of Scandinavian music. As the reigning intern of the Office of Film + Music, Jonathan took charge of curating the office's weekly newsletter, championed a citywide busking program (yet to be implemented), lavished the office blog with his witty writing, and juggled freelance audio work for films, commercials and music videos in the process. As Jonathan sets off to make a name for himself in the real world, we are reminded how short and bittersweet six months can be. We miss you already, Jono!
ONLY IN SEATTLE MARKETING CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES THIS WEEK FEATURING "PHINNEYWOOD"
Only in Seattle
Today the City of Seattle's Office of Economic Development launched the 2011 Only in Seattle marketing campaign, which is a celebration of Seattle's locally-owned "hidden gem" retail shops and restaurants that help shape Seattle's unique neighborhoods. This year's campaign features 36 new businesses, ranging from from wine shops to butchers to the home of one of the largest video collections in the world, in eight Seattle neighborhoods from Belltown to Capitol Hill, Chinatown to Phinney Ridge. As Mayor Mike McGinn put it, "by shopping and dining at local businesses, we can keep dollars within the community and help forge a sense of pride and ownership among Seattleites about where we live." Watch Only in Seattle grow to highlight over two dozen more businesses in the coming weeks, and support these companies by visiting OnlyinSeattle.org.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
CITY ARTS ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR HEINEKEN CITY ARTS FEST
City Arts Fest
City Arts Magazine is bringing back the Heineken City Arts Fest in October, which debuted last year with a fantastic lineup of national and local acts. This year promises to be equally as big and will spotlight music prominently alongside interdisciplinary art showcases, dance performances, and film screenings. Headlining City Arts Fest are Ryan Adams, Robyn, Built to Spill, Crystal Castles, and Ozomatli. Local luminaries also sweetening the lineup include The Long Winters, Mudhoney, the Fastbacks, Campfire OK, Allen Stone, USF, Seattle's School of Rock, and much more. All shows will take place at 20 iconic venues throughout the city.
LOCALLY MADE SHORT FILM TO PLAY AT SUMMER FILM FESTIVALS
Three Actresses Walk Into A Bathroom...
Three Actresses Walk Into A Bathroom... is a comical look at rivalry, cattiness and the female drive to achieve a coveted role three actresses vie for. The short comedy was an official selection at the Bare Bones Film Festival, Park City Film Music Festival, and Riverside International Film Festival. This summer it's also an official selection at the Action On Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival, and DC Shorts Film Festival. Much of the short was filmed in Seattle's very own City Hall, and the talent and crew are locally based as well.
DOCFOREST OFFERS CREATIVE RETREAT FOR FILMMAKERS
Seattle Documentary Association
Does your creative spirit need a little boost? The DocForest retreat, held by the Seattle Documentary Association, is a weekend-long professional development event at the end of August that also aims to build camaraderie among filmmakers. The setting for DocForest is the scenic Kitsap Forest Theater. Participants can look forward to peer-to-peer workshops on film distribution, pitching projects, the ethics of documentary filmmaking, and the elements of storytelling. There will also be film screenings, work-in-progress showcases, catered meals, and plenty of time in the great outdoors.
WASHINGTON FILMWORKS HOSTS PULLING FOCUS NEXT WEEK
Filmmaking is somewhat like baking a cake with a long list of ingredients. From producing to directing, acting to music, there are countless components that go into the successful completion of the final product, and each must be carefully calculated and understood before mixing with other parts. "Pulling Focus," an event moderated by the dynamic Warren Etheredge of The Warren Report, is a four-part panel designed to provide a discussion platform for the diverse patrons in the business of film. The upcoming "Pulling Focus" welcomes special guest Rick Rosenthal, who has directed films such as Halloween II and worked on TV shows like Smallville and The Practice. He currently runs White Water Films, which is producing actor Matthew Lillard's directorial debut Fat Kid Rules the World, currently filming in Seattle. Following the conversation, dialogue is encouraged to continue with a cocktail party hosted by Washington Wine Commission.
LOCAL PRODUCER RECEIVES SUNDANCE INSTITUTE FELLOWSHIP
If you've seen Seattle-bred films like The Off Hours or The Catechism Cataclysm, then you've experienced the production work of Lacey Leavitt. The Sundance Institute recently chose Leavitt to participate in its annual Creative Producing Labs and Creative Producing Summit, which took place July 18-24. As one of five individuals chosen for the Feature Film Creative Producing Lab, Leavitt worked with a group of advisors to develop creative instincts, communication, and problem-solving in various stages of film production. Leavitt is producing an upcoming film written and directed by local filmmaker Megan Griffiths called Sadie.
SEATTLE WEEKLY'S REVERB 2011 LINEUP ANNOUNCED
With festivals such as Bumbershoot, Capitol Hill Block Party and Folklife, Seattle is famed for its glowing panorama of music. Seattle Weekly's annual contribution to the plethora of picks, Reverb, steals the limelight in the Fall. For the indecisive out there, Reverb offers a colorful palette. Seattle-based hip-hop, charming indie-pop , punk, and experimental music will all emanate from the stage speakers in Ballard. Grynch, Witch Gardens, Grand Hallway, and The Pharmacy, and 60 other musicians are set to make up one of the most eclectic music festivals of the season.
THEFILMSCHOOL HOSTS FREE SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP
All Writing & No Whining
TheFilmSchool's Sonya Lea hosts "All Writing & No Whining: The Writing Group of Your Dreams," a free workshop and conversation next week at Roy Street Coffee. To hone your writing skills and get some quality tips on how to inspire a meaningful group of writing peers, sip coffee with Lea and guest writers Priscilla Long, Waverly Fitzgerald, and David Margolis. The discussion will be immediately followed by a presentation, Q & A, book signing, prizes and more!
TOWN HALL ANNOUNCES NEW DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR AND PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Town Hall Seattle
Seattle's Town Hall is a cultural mecca, offering programs from music and humanities to civic discourse and world culture events. This week, the venue's Executive Director Wier Harman proudly welcomed two new staff members: Laura Hopkins in the position of Development Director, and Bob Redmond in the newly created position of Program Director. In her previous position on Seattle Art Museum's development team, Hopkins helped shape the Seattle art backdrop with campaigns for projects such as Olympic Sculpture Park and the expansion of the SAM. With 15 years of public art and social service under his belt, Redmond has been an instrumental force at places like One Reel, Capitol Hill Arts Center, and Experience Music Project.
ATTEND WOMEN IN FILM'S FIRST TUESDAY MINGLE
Women in Film
As the old adage goes, great minds think alike. Women in Film invites you out to its monthly First Tuesday event at Solo in Lower Queen Anne for an evening to rendezvous with other women drawn together by a common denominator: film. This is a fantastic opportunity to connect with other females involved in the film industry, network, and hear the vibrant stories and projects that currently flow through this amazing sea of creativity.
THE CROCODILE HOSTS WEEKLY INDUSTRY HAPPY HOURS
The Office - An Industry Happy Hour Series
Seattle's legendary venue, The Crocodile, provides the perfect setting for The Office Industry Happy Hour Series. Each event is a prime opportunity to schmooze with staff from The Stranger, City Arts Magazine, The Billions Corporation, and more. The next happy hour takes place August 1 and showcases One Reel, one of the northwest's oldest arts organizations and producer of Bumbershoot. With 2 for 1 pizzas, lively company, and the occasion to hang out in a space once shared by the likes of music prodigies Nirvana, R.E.M., and Pearl Jam, there is really no excuse for skipping out.
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.
One Minute Comic: The Story Of Rob Sampson - 7/27 (4 Hours Left)
Marcus D "Melancholy Hopeful" - 8/1 (3 Days Left)
"Single In Seattle"- 8/1 (4 Days Left)
Dad and I - 8/1 (5 Days Left)
Southside Album: "Science Diction" - 8/2 (5 Days Left)
Glacial Balance - a documentary film - 8/2 (6 Days Left)
The Tempers - Vol. 2 EP - 8/3 (6 Days Left)
i am not a hipster - a film by future USC film students! - 8/6 (10 Days Left)
Law Dogs - 8/7 (10 Days Left)
The Solomon Douglas Quintet "Live at Sonny Newman's" - 8/8 (11 Days Left)
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 7/13 - 7/19
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"
- Eddie Vedder - "Ukelele Songs"
- Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart"
- Star Anna - "Alone In This Together"
- Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"
- Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs."
- Grand Hallway - "Winter Creature"
- Blue Scholars - "Cinemetropolis"
- Grieves - "Together/Apart"
- Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers - "Starlight Hotel"
FILM PRODUCTION OF THE WEEK
This column highlights the amazing artistic efforts of our local filmmaking community and the broad positive economic impact it has on our region. This week we profile:
FutureSite Films "Citizen Heroes"
Superheroes do exist, especially in the Northwest. Citizen Heroes follows the exploits of average citizens who dress up in costume at night and do extraordinary things. Phoenix Jones and the Rain City superheroes patrol into the depths of Seattle's notorious open air drug markets. In Vancouver, B.C., Thanatos protects the helpless on Hastings street and in Portland, KnightOwl uses his EMT training to assist those who need it the most. The core film crew is largely from the Seattle area and members have worked on such locally-made films as Junk, Marrow, The Catechism Cataclysm, and Photo Booth. Citizen Heroes is shooting through September 2011, and will be submitting to international festivals shortly there-after.
"We originally began researching Phoenix Jones and other local superheroes for this project, when we discovered the real life superhero phenomenon existed in almost every major city in the United States," said director Matthew Harrison. "Because of the uniqueness of the Rain City Superhero Movement and the sheer number of heroes that could be found in the Northwest, we decided to narrow our focus to our own backyard."
"What we love about our all-star 'citizen' crew is that although we come from many different backgrounds, we share an affinity for the unique ways these heroes serve their community. Look forward to a Kickstarter campaign filled with unique and awesome perks as well as an upcoming superhero-filled fundraiser."
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.
Trouble in Mind (1985)
"Trouble in mind, I'm blue, but I won't be blue always..." When I heard Marianne Faithfull's crackly, soulful voice first warble out those lyrics over the opening credits of Trouble in Mind, I was sitting in a beautiful Art Deco theater in downtown Detroit, miles and years away from my life in Seattle. Those words, and just about every other lovely second of that film haunted me in the very best way until, in 1989, someone asked, "What are you going to do after college?" Without hesitation, my response was, "Move to Seattle." Aside from maybe a Tom Robbins book here or there, I had no reference point except for Trouble in Mind. And here I sit, 21 years later, with no regrets. The film conjures up a romantic world, full of hardened private eyes, star-crossed lovers, exotic criminals, and weary souls who keep a longing eye on the past while searching for a better life, and love, in the present. Why wouldn't somebody want to move to Rain City? That's the moniker director Alan Rudolph gave Seattle for his romantic neo-neon-noir. He also cast (perfectly) Kris Kristofferson as ex-cop/ex-con Hawk, Lori Singer and Keith Carradine as idealistic lovers Georgia and Coop, Genevieve Bujold as wise and caring diner owner Wanda, Joe Morton as hip, crazy thug Solo, and Divine as a vicious mobster named Hilly Blue. But perhaps the most amazing casting feat was that of our city and its environs. Rudolph uses it in ways that no other film set in Seattle does. There is clearly a sense of location here, and the nonsensical car rides and geographical leaps that happen in Singles and Say Anything are non-existent. You feel as though you can actually inhale the mist coating the streets and greenery around town. When Georgia and Coop ride into the downtown ferry dock with hopes and dreams at the beginning of the film, we get the feeling we are entering a fresh, new exciting world. When Coop and Solo follow a wealthy man from the Space Needle restaurant to his tawny Queen Anne home to mug him, you know exactly where you, and they are. When Hawk drives the wet, downtown streets, or Georgia runs through the alley below Pike Place Market, they don't come out on the other side of town. They are here, in Seattle, haunted and enchanted by the beauty and mystery of the city. When the final, glorious set-piece/shootout is staged at Hilly Blue's mansion, you recognize your Seattle Art Museum (circa '85, Volunteer Park version.) And lastly, if you go stand on First and Blanchard, where Wanda's diner, Georgia and Coop's camper, and Hawk's apartment all were, not much has changed. The diner is gone, but it's all still the same lovely view and atmosphere that Rudolph and company inhabited 26 years ago.
PEARL JAM DOCUMENTARY SET TO DEBUT AT TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
If you've seen any of Cameron Crowe's films, it's clear that the celebrated director and former music journalist finds great inspiration in music. It's seems fitting then that Crowe's most anticipated project is a music documentary about one of grunge's seminal bands. Titled Pearl Jam Twenty, the film takes viewers from the band's formative years through its rise to megastardom, eventual pull-back from the spotlight, and Pearl Jam's creation of a dynamic work culture that sustains them to this day. Over 1,200 hours of footage was combed through for Pearl Jam Twenty, which also includes some rare interviews with Neil Young, Chris Cornell and Kurt Cobain.
SPIN CELEBRATES THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF NIRVANA'S NEVERMIND
It's hard to believe that it's been 20 years since Nirvana's seminal album Nevermind was released, forever changing our musical landscape. The August issue of SPIN is a big love letter to Nevermind and gives a lengthy retrospective of how the album and the band affected both musicians and popular culture alike. It even explains Nirvana's influence on the rap scene. Included online is a free download of a Nirvana tribute album curated by SPIN titled Newermind. It features covers from some of Kurt Cobains personal heroes like the Meat Puppets and the Vaselines, along with newer artists such as Titus Andronicus, Surfer Blood, Amanda Palmer, Seattle's own Telekinesis, and many more.
Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel White, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Tiffany Wan, Intern
Sorayya Aminian, Intern
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