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Film + Music Newsletter 8/1/2007
OFFICE NEWS
FILM + MUSIC OFFICE SEEKING INTERN TO START LATE AUGUST
The Film + Music Office will be accepting applications until August 7th for an internship position that will start in late August. The position is a six month commitment and 20 hours a week. Prior background in film or music is not required.  Candidates must have strong communication and organizational/research skills, as well as being self-motivated. As an intern you will become a member of Film and Music team and be responsible for a host of ongoing duties as well as special projects. For more information about the position, visit our website or contact Emily Finkel at Emily.finkel@seattle.gov or 206.233.2051.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
NORTHWEST FILM FORUM'S AUGUST WORKSHOPS
NWFF will be offering many filmmaker workshops and workshops for kids during the month of August. The Introduction to Flash workshop for filmmakers begins August 7th and takes place every Tuesday throughout August. Upcoming kids workshops include the popular Loopgirls songwriting and music video workshop with Anna Oxygen, and the Experiments in Animation workshop. Visit the NWFF website for more details.
TWO LOCAL FILMMAKERS FEATURED IN FILMMAKER MAGAZINE
Former Seattle residents Sean Kirby and Calvin Reeder have been named by Filmmaker Magazine as two of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Cinematographer Sean Kirby shot "Police Beat" and "Zoo" and Calvin Reeder is the director of short films "Piledriver," "Little Farm," and most recently "the Rambler." Congratulations to Sean and Calvin!
WORLD PREMIERE OF THE NEW MEL BROOKS MUSICAL YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN AT THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE
Following the record-breaking run of The Producers, Tony award-winner Mel Brooks returns with his latest work, "Young Frankenstein." He will be joined again by fellow Tony-winning director/choreographer Susan Stroman. The all-star cast includes Megan Mullally from Will & Grace, Roger Bart from Desperate Housewives and The Producers, stage star Sutton Foster, and Shuler Hensley as The Monster. The world premiere pre-Broadway run is set for August 7th - September 1st at The Paramount Theatre.
SEVEN SEAS PRODUCTIONS WORKING ON "TANK'D" FOR PBS
Seattle based Seven Seas Productions is currently working on a series for PBS entitled "Tank'd." The series is an underwater adventure travel show featuring two SCUBA instructors exploring the waters of locations such as Hawaii, the Sea of Cortez, French Polynesia, Fiji and others. Look for "Tank'd" in the near future on PBS.
SEAFAIROCKS THIS WEEKEND AT GENESEE PARK ON LAKE WASHINGTON
In addition to the Blue Angels shows and hydro racing, Seafair will host SeafaiRocks, featuring live performances by Northwest bands August 3rd, 4th and 5th. The event will feature Mudhoney, the Blakes, the Hands, Head Like a Kite and Patient Patient among others. Visit the Seafair website for schedule details.
MEDIA DIGEST
INTERNET RADIO RATES FACE NEW ROADBLOCK
Webcasters have been given temporary reprieve, but a new issue has risen: stream ripping.
LICENSE RENEWED
Mayor Nickels's nightclub license is the bad idea that refused to die. The licensing proposal, which went through several iterations before apparently dying in council member Sally Clark's neighborhoods committee last month, has been resurrected in kinder, gentler form by Clark's colleagues Richard Conlin and Nick Licata, both of whom had been staunch opponents of any mandatory licensing scheme.
UTAH GIVES FILMMAKERS A REASON TO VISIT
With state tax incentive competition for filmmakers at a fever pitch, the Utah Film Commission has announced it is increasing its postperformance tax rebate from 10% to 15%. The Utah Motion Picture Incentive Fund program change was approved by the Board of the Governors Office of Economic Development to give a boost to the state's film industry. The cap on the fund remains at $500,000, and the budget for each film must be at least $1 million.
CANADA STOCKPILING FILMS FOR FEAR OF STRIKE
Despite a soaring Canadian dollar, now at a 30-year high against the American greenback, Canadian studio operators are reporting brisk business here as the major studios stockpile product ahead of possible labor strife back home.
WAMU PARTNERS WITH VENUES NATIONWIDE
Seattle-based banking company WaMu (formerly Washington Mutual) is expanding its presence in the live music business with WaMu Live!, a new program that gives customers exclusive benefits to concerts at venues in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York and San Francisco.
SANJAYA, BLAKE BRING IT HOME
Sanjaya Malakar and Blake Lewis, the two Seattle-based runners-up on "American Idol," are coming home tonight. "American Idols Live," the three-month, 56-stop tour, featuring the top 10 contestants from last season's show, will be at the Tacoma Dome tonight and back on the road Saturday morning.
HIP-HOP SCENE IN THE HEADLINES
Just when it was heating up, in a good way, with a few artists trying to push through on the national level, Seattle hip-hop started heating up in a bad way ... The Seattle hip-hop scene's most notorious: Tabella Lounge & Bar: On the mayor's hit list. Fatal Lucciauno: Behind bars.
"KURT COBAIN: ABOUT A SON" FILM EXCERPT
As previously reported, music journalist Michael Azerrad is releasing a film about Kurt Cobain tiled "Kurt Cobain: About a Son." The film has no footage of Nirvana or Cobain (except for one shot of Kurt at the end) and features only images of Seattle, Olympia and Aberdeen being shown while snippets of interviews Azerrad did with Cobain are played over them. It is scheduled to be released in October.
HIGH-QUALITY BLOCK PARTY SETS BAR FOR BUMBERSHOOT
It should be no surprise that the Capitol Hill Block Party was the best party of 2007 - setting a pretty high bar for Bumbershoot to try to better. This 10th CHBP was the largest ever. David Meinert, the two-day festival's co-producer, said Friday's attendance neared 7,000, bettering the 6,000 mark of last year (featuring a Murder City Devils reunion show).
PASSION FOR ARTS AND SCIENCE DRIVES PAUL ALLEN'S ECLECTIC APPROACH
Richard Hutton was sitting in his office near Disneyland when he got a call that would change his destiny and influence the science curriculum of many U.S. high schools. A documentary on evolution, which he had sought to make for years, had found a major funder. The man behind the check was Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Fourteen films and almost 10 years later, Allen is embarking on two new documentary film projects, one about human nature and another about climate change.
TACOMA TRIES CLASSICAL MUSIC TO CHASE GANGS FROM BUS STOPS
Believing gangs and Mozart don't mix, city police and Pierce Transit officials are mounting a classical attack on a growing problem of street gangs at bus stops. This week speakers are being installed to transmit classical music from KING FM radio of Seattle at the Tacoma Mall Transit Center, a tactic designed to reduce the number of young hooligans who deal or buy drugs at the bus stop or use public transportation as an easy way to circulate between the mall and other trouble-prone places.
MINUS THE BEAR'S NEW ICEBREAKER
Seattle's infectious indie rockers Minus The Bear will release their third studio effort, Planet Of Ice (Suicide Squeeze), August 21, with the first leg of an upcoming world tour to follow. But first...it seems the Bears are about to become beacons of light: On August 21, Seattle's Pacific Science Center will put on a laser show set to tracks from Minus the Bear's forthcoming Planet of Ice. Minus the Bear laser light show! Just like Pink Floyd!
FILMMAKER INGMAR BERGMAN DIES AT 89
Master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, one of the greatest artists in cinema history, died yesterday at his home on an island off the coast of Sweden. He was 89.
FILM DIRECTOR MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI DIES AT 94
Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni, whose depiction of alienation made him a symbol of art-house cinema with movies such as "Blow-Up" and "L'Avventura," has died, officials and news reports said today. He was 94.
U.S. AND BRITISH FILMS HEAD STRONG LINEUP FOR VENICE FEST
American and British films dominate this year's Venice film festival, including Brian De Palma's "Redacted" and Wes Anderson's "The Darjeeling Limited." Of the 22 movies vying for the Golden Lion, about half are either American or British. All are world premieres.
APPLE ITUNES: OVER 3 BILLION SERVED http://blog.wired.com/apple-itunes-3-.html
Apple has become the third largest music retailer in the US behind Wal-Mart and Best Buy, having bested Amazon's and Target's sales numbers last month.  Apple posted more McDonalds-sized numbers today.  The iTunes store now has sold over 3 billion songs since its Mac-only launch in April 2003.
Not that there was any doubt, but the latest statistics for filming in L.A. confirm what everybody already knows: The studios and networks have revved up production, stockpiling projects as strike fever engulfs Los Angeles.
STARBUCKS ANNOUNCES NEW MUSIC VENTURE http://www.bizjournals.com/daily11.html
In its latest music venture, Starbucks Corp. announced Monday that the Dave Matthews Band "Live Trax" CD will be exclusively available at its company-operated locations.
A Seattle restaurant is among more than two dozen venues swept up in a music-licensing crackdown for allegedly failing to pay royalties to play copyrighted music in public. Without a special license, owners of bars, clubs and restaurants could be sued for playing any one of 8 million recorded songs, even from their own CDs.
POWER CHORD ACADEMY LETS TEENS TAKE A STRUM AT BEING ROCK STARS
This "Rock 'n' Roll Summer Camp," as it's called by kids and counselors alike, hosts about 60 kids a week, ages 12 to 18, at a handful of major cities around the country. This is the first year PCA has come to Seattle, for two weeklong sessions.
REALNETWORKS CLAIMS PATENT SUIT WIN
RealNetworks Inc. said it's triumphed in a $70 million patent infringement lawsuit brought by a San Francisco technology licensing company.
When you're a traveling musician, there's no such thing as the road not taken. But the freedom of the open road can create tension for a young family man like Rocky Votolato. The Seattle-based singer-songwriter grapples with the woes of wanderlust on his new CD, The Brag and Cuss. Today, Rocky Votolato joins us live in the performance studio. He'll tell us how Jack Kerouac, Herman Hesse, and his own wandering path have shaped his songs.
AMAZON TO SELL NATIONAL ARCHIVES FILMS
The public will be able to purchase copies of thousands of historic films and videotapes via the Internet under an agreement the National Archives has reached with Amazon.com Inc. and one of its subsidiaries. The Archives will initially make its collection of Universal Newsreels, dating from 1920 to 1967, available for purchase. Thousands of other public domain and government films will be made available later, officials said.