|News from the Office of Film + Music
JAMES KEBLAS TALKS ABOUT SEATTLE FILM AND MUSIC ON KUOW
KUOW's The Conversation
James Keblas, Director of the Office of Film + Music, discussed the state of film and music in the Northwest on KUOW's The Conversation this afternoon. Hear him talk with host Ross Reynolds about state film incentive, his inspiration for co-founding the Vera Project, his current must-have albums, and more.
REGISTER NOW FOR NIGHTLIFE EMPLOYEE SECURITY TRAINING
Registration is now open for the Seattle Police Department's "Security Training for Nightlife Professionals." The next eight-hour comprehensive course is filling up fast, so register early! Training takes place on August 21st and will offer instruction in topics such as risk prevention procedures, appropriate use of force, fire safety, report writing, checking for fake IDs, emergency response tactics and more. This is an important opportunity for nightlife employees to glean the skills they will need to safely interact with clientele and to deal with difficult situations.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL RETURNS THIS FALL
Earshot Jazz Festival
Lauded by The Seattle Times as "one of the best festivals in America," the Earshot Jazz Festival returns this October, ringing in its 23rd birthday. The festival will host world-renowned jazz musicians as well as some of Seattle's finest. Out-of-towners like Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette Trio, Brad Mehldau, and The Bad Plus grace Seattle with their presence; Evan Flory-Barnes, the Roosevelt and MountlakeTerrace High School Jazz Bands, and many more draw attention to the amazing stock of talent we contain locally. Various venues across the city will house these gifted performers.
SEATTLE WEEKLY ANNOUNCES NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE
Looking for a more substantial review of album releases, concert guides and music in general? Seattle Weekly aims to create a sizeable resource of information on all things music with the new publication of Reverb Magazine, which is slated to hit stands at the end of the month. The magazine will bolster the music section that already exist on Seattle Weekly's website and within the pages of the newspaper, providing a robust source for music aficionados. Favorite writers like Duff McKagan and John Roderick will be your fountain of music knowledge, filling pages with top-notch music examination, celebration, information and more.
DECIBEL FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP
Seattle's own Decibel Festival, which takes place at the end of September, has grown over the last several years to become one of the biggest electronic music events in the world. With performances, workshops, multimedia art, and parties galore, it's a prime opportunity for music industry folk and fans alike to mix and mingle. The Decibel folks have even partnered with Bumbershoot this year to curate an electronic stage. Decibel celebrates its 8th anniversary with headlining appearances by Moby, Amon Tobin (who is bringing his visually stunning ISAM multimedia installation), plus various showcases rife with local talent. Shows will take place at seven different venues around the city, including an outdoor event at Volunteer Park. Seattle artists and DJs performing at Decibel are:
Jon McMillion 214 Kid Hops Grym Demo John Glist DJAO Truckasaurus Introcut Ctr_Alt_Dlt CyanWave Beat Connection Eddie Hanssen Suntzu Sound Ill Cosby Sean Majors Flat Black Brian Lyons
KOLLABORATION SEATTLE TO HOST FILM FESTIVAL
Kollaboration Seattle, a movement produced by young Asian and Pacific Islanders, is calling all filmmakers! Kollaboration is seeking ambitious individuals of all skill levels interested in producing a short film featuring Asian American talents on screen. Comparable to the "48 Hour Film Project," Kollaboration Seattle Film Festival participants will be given a set of guidelines to follow and an allotted amount of time (3 weeks) to produce a short film (maximum 7 minutes). The goal is to provide filmmakers, novices and veterans alike, with a fun and creative experience
UMOJA FEST BRINGS MUSIC, ART, FOOD TO CENTRAL SEATTLE THIS WEEKEND
The Umoja Family Fest African Heritage Festival & Parade is Seattle's African-American heritage celebration that aims to entertain, educate and unite our community. "Umoja" is a Swahili word which means "unity". Judkins Park in Central Seattle will be booming with live performances this weekend. Headliners include Phoenix-based soul artist Nik West and Seattle native RyanChristian. The Soul of The City Stage features two days of live R&B, soul, jazz, blues, poetry and spoken word, fashion, dance and more. Join in on one of the most unifying celebrations in the community!
FUZED MUSIC AND ONTO ENTERTAINMENT SEEKING INTERN
If you are a student with a passion for music, check out this internship opportunity for Fall and/or Spring semester. The model candidate has a strong interest in pursuing the music business (particularly on the label, publicity/promotional or management side), as well as possesses a strong work ethic. Experience with social networking, online marketing, and a love for music is encouraged. Candidates will ideally own a personal computer. If interested, e-mail your resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
INDIEFLIX INTRODUCES NEW CONCEPT FOR WATCHING FILMS
IndieFlix, a library filled with thousands of independent movies, introduces Film Festival in a Box. This is a new interactive movie game that allows the viewer to be the jury and award Best Picture to a film of his/her choice. Different boxes with corresponding themes (including Dark Comedy, Love, and "Potty Mouth Comedies") can be ordered, watched and judged. The idea is to spark conversation amongst spectators and engage independent film audiences in a unique way.
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.
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Annabel Lee's Full Length Album - 8/17 (13 Days Left)
Sirens (a narrative short) - 8/18 (14 Days Left)
Primal Chef Continuation - 8/20 (16 Days Left)
The Truth Cabin: A gonzo journalism meditation on a NFL - 8/21 (17 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).
- Eddie Vedder - "Ukelele Songs"
- Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart"
- Shabazz Palaces - "Black Up"
- Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"
- Star Anna - "Alone In This Together"
- Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs."
- Malfunkshun - "Malfunkshun: The Andrew Wood Story"
- Fences - "Fences"
- Caspar Babypants - "More Please!"
- Blue Scholars - "Cinemetropolis"
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:
Eden on Facebook
Directed by local filmmaker Megan Griffiths (The Off Hours), Eden is a feature film inspired by the powerful true-story of a Korean-American teenager forced into prostitution by domestic human traffickers who joins forces with her captors in a desperate plea to survive. Actress Jamie Chung (The Hangover II, Sucker Punch) has been cast in the lead role, along with Matt O'Leary (Fat Kid Rules The World, Brick) and Beau Bridges (The Fabulous Baker Boys). Local Producers Colin Harper Plank (The Human Beeing) and Jacob Mosler (Mean Creek) chose to film in Washington because of the Washington Filmworks funding assistance program, and the dedicated film crew community.
"I have been living and working in Seattle for over a decade," says director Megan Griffiths. "My love for this film community grows each year. I am incredibly excited and honored to make another film with this immensely talented group of friends."
About 75 local cast and crew members were hired for this production which will be filming in various locations around the city and state.
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.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
During an interview on the 10 Things Blu-ray, director Gil Junger notes that in order to stave off comparisons to Clueless he wanted the film to take place somewhere other than L.A. The crew was only going to film establishing shots here, but then his eyes fell upon the grand spires of Tacoma's Stadium High School and he knew it was the perfect setting for a romantic teen comedy based on Shakespeare's Taming Of The Shrew. Stadium became Padua High School (cleverly named after the Italian town in which the play takes place) and it's there we meet our players: the anti-establishment, notoriously combative Kat (Julia Stiles), her popularity-driven sister Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), awkward-but-nice guy Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), his more-awkward friend Michael (David Krumholtz) and pretty boy model Joey (Andrew Keegan). Cameron is new to school and falls for Bianca instantly but she's forbidden to date anyone by their father (the great Larry Miller), who is convinced she and Kat will get pregnant the minute they are alone with a boy. He proposes that Bianca can date if her sister does as well, setting off a flurry of scheming amongst the interested parties to find Kat a suitable suitor. Enter Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger), a loner with a reputation full of urban legend. (Did he once eat an entire live duck?) 10 Things has all the elements of a great high school movie: a clever but realistic script by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kristen Smith, fine performances by both its younger actors and the adult supporting cast, (including Allison Janney as guidance counselor Ms. Perky), and a solid balance between its comic and genuinely heartfelt moments. You can tell the film was shot in summer because every shot of the Seattle-Tacoma area is drenched in sunshine. Queen Anne's Kerry Park conveniently moves right across the street from the school as the film begins with the iconic postcard shot of the city from its ledge and pans over to show students pulling in to Padua's parking lot. The Fremont Troll makes its first appearance in our Scarecrow on Seattle reviews, looming over Cameron and Bianca during an important strategy meeting. State laws are thrown out the window when Cameron and Michael track down Patrick playing pool and drinking beer at The Buckaroo Tavern ("So this is what a bar looks like," Cameron says as they pass the bikers and head inside). Kat and Patrick verbally spar between the shelves at the sadly now closed Fremont Place Books. The all-important prom begins in the lobby of the Paramount Theater and then moves to Capitol Hill's Century Ballroom for the interior. There are a few mentions of local bands but most of the soundtrack is firmly rooted in late 90s power pop, including an end credit performance by Letters to Cleo, who sing "I Want You To Want Me" from atop the school while we're treated to a sunny panoramic view of Tacoma's Commencement Bay. --Jen Koogler
BALLARD NEWS TRIBUNE PROFILES SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE
Ballard News Tribune
Aspiring filmmakers take note: Seattle is a flourishing and perhaps unexpected movie capital. Leading film locations like L.A. are sizing up Seattle and looking amorously at the Seattle Film Institute (SFI), which is the largest film school in the Northwest. In an interview with SFI director David Shulman, The Ballard Tribune discusses the possibility that top-tier filmmaking cities may need to relinquish their exclusive status and make room for Seattle. SFI offers a 40-week total immersion program that prepares students for every aspect of filmmaking, among other degree and certificate programs.
CITY ARTS EXPLORES THE GROWTH OF SEATTLE'S ALL AGES MUSIC SCENE
It's easy to forget that Seattle used to make all-ages shows nearly impossible to organize. Thanks to the infamous Teen Dance Ordinance, the only place people under the age of 21 could see a show was the Old Fire House in Redmond. The law was finally repealed in 2002, and since then the teen music scene has found solid footing in the creation of all-ages venues and organizations that support the development of young musicians. City Arts profiles Seattle's rock-centric music schools (School of Rock, Rock School, and Rain City Rock Camp for Girls), the parents who send their kids there, and music industry insiders to understand what makes our city a hotbed for all-ages music.
PSBJ HIGHLIGHTS SIFF'S CAPITAL CAMPAIGN FOR NEW SEATTLE CENTER HOME
Puget Sound Business Journal
With the increased development of the South Lake Union neighborhood, SIFF found itself in need of a permanent new home. The non-profit film organization, which established SIFF Cinema in 2007 at Seattle Center, easily picked the center grounds as its next destination. Paying for this move prompted SIFF to launch its first capital fundraising campaign in 40 years. In addition to SIFF's membership program, "Friends of SIFF" was created for those who pledge $15,000 over three years. These donors are eligible for special events like a dinner with Edward Norton. SIFF's new home takes over the Alki Room at Seattle Center and includes office space, classrooms, a 100-seat theater, and space for TheFilmSchool, a nonprofit run by Tom Skerritt and Stewart Stern. A grand opening event is set to take place in October.
FORMER KEXP DJ JON KURTZER LANDS GIG IN CANADA
Former KEXP radio host Jonathan Kertzer recently bid Seattle farewell, leaving behind a legacy of impressive musical knowledge. He migrated to Alberta, Canada after accepting a position as director of the University of Alberta's Folkways Alive! music project, which includes a collection of more than 2,000 recordings. In this candid conversation with Kertzer, he discusses his ethnomusicologist background, rabbi father, recently-established recording label, and his perpetual fascination with music in all its forms.
SEATTLE MET MAGAZINE SPOTLIGHTS KINDIE ROCK
In the August edition of Seattle Met magazine, the next big music scene spotlighted may not be quite what you expected: Kindie rock. While many record companies have experienced the blighted state of the economy, kindie rock is a booming industry, especially in Seattle because of a rock collective called Kindiependent. Lyrics about bullies, flying and goats fill the airwaves. Believe it or not, these musicians claim they are not as concerned with teaching kids lessons as they are with upholding a strong sense of indie rock.
SOUND ON THE SOUND DEBUTS VIDEO SERIES SPOTLIGHTING LOCAL ARTISTS
Sound on the Sound
It's not often that music fans get the chance to learn about how an artist created the concept of an album or where he/she found inspiration for a song. Sound On the Sound seeks to shed light on this topic with a new video series called "Written Here," where artists and bands will be interviewed in locations or spaces that inspired the creation of their music. The first subject of "Written Here" is singer/songwriter Bryan John Appleby, who recently released his debut album titled Fire On the Vine. Appleby was filmed in his then-living quarters (a "quirky basement apartment") and discussed the unexpected muses that inspired the songs for Fire On the Vine.
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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