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Film + Music Newsletter 8/8/2007


INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
THE UW EXTENSION SCREENWRITING PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
The UW Extension Screenwriting certificate program is now accepting applications for the 2007-08 program that begins this October. The co-instructors for the program are Mark Handley and Mary Elder -- both professional screenwriters who will share with students practical information about the craft and business of writing for the screen. Visit the program's website for more information and to apply online.
THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WINNERS
The International Student Film Festival, now in their 5th year, has announced the winners for the 2007 competition. Winners were chosen is the categories of drama, comedy, documentary and music videos among others with entries from over 50 high schools and colleges around the world. Local winners include Jacob Shroades from North Bend for best animation, and Jeremy Marrow and Matthew Fairbanks from Bellevue in the music video category. Congratulations!
SEATTLE FILM "THE OFF HOURS" BEGINS CASTING WITH LINA TODD
New York casting director Lina Todd has begun work on casting The Off Hours, a Seattle independent film written and directed by Megan Griffiths. Lina's previous work includes You Can Count on Me (Mark Ruffalo, Laura Linney and Matthew Broderick), the upcoming Jennifer Lynch film Surveillance (Bill Pullman, Julia Ormond and Cheri Oteri) and Jodie Foster's directorial debut Little Man Tate (Jodie Foster, Harry Connick Jr., David Hyde Pierce and Dianne Wiest). Lina and the production team are currently working together and are committed to assembling an outstanding cast for the film.
LIVE MUSIC THIS SATURDAY AT LAKEFEST
LakeFest, the Lake Union Community Music & Arts Festival, will be taking place this Saturday, August 11th at TOPS Seward School/Rogers Playfield. The free event will feature live music from local musicians Carrie Akre, From The North, Optimus Rhyme, Macklemore, The Lights, Shake Some Action, Root Beer Barrels, Marmalade, and Soul Kata. Other LakeFest events will include kickball, a pet parade, beer garden, great food, family activities, local artists, spoken word performers, and a RockPaperScissors tournament.
"WEBCAST" FEATURE FILM SOUNDTRACK RELEASE FOR AUGUST 10TH
Seattle band, Out From Underneath, having finished filming their first music video for their song, "Happy" will have their CD Release Party on August 10th for the feature film, "Webcast" at the Columbia City Theater and will World Premiere that video during the evening's celebration. "Webcast", slated to begin lensing in early 2008, is written and will be directed by local filmmaker and long time Kirkland resident, David DeLay of Grandpa's R.V. Productions.
MEDIA DIGEST
SEATTLE SOUND MAGAZINE FEATURES BUMBERSHOOT
The August issue of Sound Magazine features a complete guide to this year's Bumbershoot Festival, with festival picks from Das Llamas, Andy Harms, the Trucks, and DJ B-Mello. The issue also includes a brand new interview with Eric Howk and the Lashes as well as a profile of Tacoma's rock scene. The August issue of the magazine is now available at Seattle area newsstands.
FREE MOVIE NIGHTS BEGIN AT SEATTLE CENTER
Beginning this Friday, and continuing on Friday and Saturday nights through Aug. 25, Seattle Center will host free movie nights at dusk on a giant, state-of-the-art outdoor screen at the Mural Amphitheatre lawn.
COPYRIGHT WARNING NOT FAIR, CCIA SAYS
A computer industry trade group has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission claiming that the familiar copyright warning shown before movies and during sports broadcasts misleads consumers by misrepresenting their rights under the nation's copyright laws.
SHOOTING IN IRAQ
I first visited Kurdistan a year and a half ago, to film a documentary called Thank You for My Eyes about the Iraqi constitutional referendum. Then, in May, a Kurdish filmmaker named Jano Rosebiani sent me an e-mail asking if I wanted to teach a filmmaking workshop in Iraqi Kurdistan. I said yes.
DIRECTING IS STILL A MAN'S WORLD
http://seattlepi.com/femaledirectors02.html
Female directors are flooding today's theaters more than ever, with movies as diverse as the women themselves. Yet the struggle for equality, recognition and respect continues.
BEST RECORD-STORE TAG TEAM: SONIC BOOM RECORDS
"I always say it's KISS vs. Bob Dylan," Nabil Ayers says, encapsulating how he and Sonic Boom Records partner Jason Hughes differ when it comes to music. The two, who became friends while working at Easy Street Records in the mid-'90s, may not have an identical taste in music. But they've shared a common vision since 1997, when they opened the doors of their first Sonic Boom records in a tiny Fremont storefront.
CLUB PLAN NOT AS TOUGH AS NICKELS'
A Seattle City Council committee approved new rules for clubs and bars Thursday, but has yet to act on Mayor Greg Nickels' request that he be granted authority to close clubs he deems troublemakers.
INDIE LABELS ASK 'WHAT IS NEXT?'
Following the hugely successful reign of the Now That's What I Call Music! series, indie labels have responded with the inaugural release of This Is NEXT, the first of which will be released by Vice on August 21. All acts from future volumes, which are planned for two each year, are chosen from ADA Distribution labels, such as Bloc Party, Cat Power and Sonic Youth (who are included in Volume 1).
I WON A GENIUS AWARD? SWEET!
The cake that comes with a $5,000 check and a compliment written in frosting -- "You Are A Genius" -- is a sugar high worth talking about. The arts staff of the Stranger announces Genius Award winners via QFC flat cakes. This year's winners are filmmaker Linas Phillips, visual artist Alex Schweder, poet Heather McHugh, actor Amy Thone and the Strawberry Theatre Workshop.


TWO THUMBS UP FOR FILM FANS: WEB SITE OFFERS 5,000 REVIEWS
Thanks to the Web, the balcony will never close. Clips of movie reviews from the TV show that made the thumb the most prestigious of digits are being posted online. More than 20 years of televised reviews by newspaper film critics Roger Ebert and the late Gene Siskel and columnist Richard Roeper will be available at the Web site www.AtTheMoviesTV.com.
ARTIST OF THE DAY - THE LONELY H
These Seattle throwback rockers booted out their first album, Kickin' Upstairs, in 2006. Taut live shows swirled with swank three-part vocal harmonies and earned the band a 'don't miss this' reputation in the region.
ACADEMY TO PRESERVE DIGITAL CONTENT
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Science and Technology Council announced Friday that it has entered a three-year partnership with the Library of Congress to preserve digital content, including movies, for future generations.
NYC MAYOR'S OFFICE RETHINKS FLM RULES
After widespread outrage over proposed rules for film permits that would make low-budget productions prohibitively expensive, the Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting is headed back to the drawing board. The broadly worded amendment to Gotham's existing lensing rules would have required formal permits and liability insurance of $1 million for any production using "vehicles or equipment" on city property, and for any two or more people filming for more than 30 minutes.
WEBCAST ROYALTY BILL, NEGOTIATIONS HIT IMPASSE
A federal bill that would reset music royalties at a more affordable rate for thousands of internet radio stations is losing steam in the House of Representatives, raising new fears for the future of webcasting.
WEBCAST ROYALTY BILL, NEGOTIATIONS HIT IMPASSE
A federal bill that would reset music royalties at a more affordable rate for thousands of internet radio stations is losing steam in the House of Representatives, raising new fears for the future of webcasting.
MUSICIANS' VILLAGE IS A NEW ORLEANS HAVEN
It's the new Musicians' Village, the inspiration of two New Orleans-born luminaries - singer-pianist Harry Connick Jr. and saxophonist Branford Marsalis - who decided in the post-Katrina ferment that something was needed to help musicians stay and play in the city.
BEFORE THEM, FILMS WERE JUST MOVIES
By an awful and uncanny coincidence - the kind of occurrence that, in a movie, would have to be taken as symbolic lest it seem altogether preposterous - Michelangelo Antonioni and Ingmar Bergman died on the same day. Since Mr. Bergman was 89 and Mr. Antonioni 94, neither man's death came as much of a shock, but the simultaneity was startling. Not only because they were both great filmmakers, but more because, in their prime, Mr. Antonioni and Mr. Bergman were seen as the twin embodiments of the idea that a filmmaker could be, without qualification or compromise, a great artist.
THE KATRINA EFFECT, MEASURED IN GIGS
Since late 2005, just a few months after Hurricane Katrina tore through this city, more than 1,000 New Orleans musicians have become members of Tipitina's three cooperative music offices.
HOW OTHER CITIES HANDLE CLASH OF CLUBS AND CONDOS http://seattletimes.com/2003824896_nightlife07m.html
A big-city mayor who welcomes downtown condo developments calls for a crackdown on noxious nightclubs, vowing to keep the city both vibrant and safe at night. Sound familiar? Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently declared New York the safest big city in America and is pushing to keep it livable in other ways as well, in part with a tougher noise code enforced by dozens of civilian agents.
TIME TO TRY LONGER HOURS FOR CLUBS?
Is closing time contributing to our nightclub crisis? What if we just let the clubs stay open? It's not crazy. After forcing pubs to close at 11 p.m. for decades, England in 2005 decided pubs could serve booze 24 hours a day.
WHO HAS TO PAY IF MUSIC PLAYS?
Last week, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) sued a Seattle restaurant owner and 25 others across the country for allegedly failing to pay royalties to play music inside their venues.
PAUL ALLEN TO SELL A BIG CHUNK OF DREAMWORKS ANIMATION SHARES
Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen will sell a large portion of his stake in DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. and resign from the board, the company said Monday.
WOMEN IN FILM, GM OFFER GRANTS
The Women in Film organization and General Motors have announced the second annual Acceleration Grant for Emerging Filmmakers. The grant will be presented to five up-and-coming female filmmakers chosen by a WIF committee of professional filmmakers and entertainment industry executives.