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August 8, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS

OFFICE OF FILM & MUSIC AND OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIP 

The Seattle Offices of Film + Music and Economic Development are accepting applications through August 17 for a combined communications internship. Interns participate in a variety of activities for OFM & OED, including marketing, communication, and outreach tasks supporting the City's economic development mission. The program runs for six months, from September 3 - March 1. Most successful participants have a background in economics/political science, communications, and film/music/interactive media. Visit our site for all the details.

STARTUP CITY THEME AT THIS WEEK'S CITY BUSINESS CASUAL

City Business Casual is back Thursday, August 9 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Alexis Hotel's Library Bistro (1007 First Avenue Seattle). Special guests for this month's theme, Startup City, include Marcelo Calbucci, Co-Founder & CTO of Every Move; Erin Devoto, Acting CTO, for City of Seattle; Rebecca Lovell, Chief Business Officer at GeekWire; Kevin Merritt, Founder & CEO of Socrata; Red Russak, Founder/ Startup Concierge at Startup Seattle; and Sabra Schneider, Director of Electronic Communications for City of Seattle. They will join business-savvy city staff, business owners, and advocates for a night of introductions and idea-sharing. Please check out our website for more information! 

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

SEATTLE RANKS 5TH IN NATION AS A MUSIC BUSINESS CENTER  

THE ATLANTIC CITIES        

This week, Seattle was propelled to nearly the top of the charts in a study to better understand the geography of music in America.  The study measured the concentration of musicians and music-related businesses.  The best part of the study shows a correlation between cities that have good music scenes and overall prosperity saying, "Cities with flourishing music scenes often have underlying creative economic systems that are also supportive of technology and entrepreneurialism. Music clustering can provide a powerful lens not only into popular culture, but into the mechanisms that power our increasingly idea-based and talent-driven economy. "

GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES MAKE STATEMENTS ON WA'S FILM INDUSTRY
WASHINGTON FILMWORKS         

Both candidates campaigning to be WA's next governor made statements this week on developing and growing our state's film industry. Washington Filmworks is following the film conversation closely and has created informative posts regarding the statements. Click on the link above and follow their blog to stay up on all the action. Photo credit: A. Richard Allen

FILMMAKERS: ENTER THE WHY MARRIAGE MATTERS FILM CONTEST
WASHINGTON UNITED     
Washington United for Marriage (WUM), the statewide coalition working to approve Referendum 74, has announced a video contest calling on people to submit 30-second videos answering the core question of "Why Marriage Matters to Me." The contest, open to contestants anywhere, but with a particular focus on the special creativity and talent that makes Washington state unique, will be open until August 15. The winner(s) will receive two, 3-day passes for Bumbershoot, one of America's largest music festivals, Sept. 1-3; and a grab bag of releases and other merchandise from Sub Pop Records. 
WASHINGTON FILMWORKS ANNOUNCES CROWDSOURCING BLOG 
WASHINGTON FILMWORKS         

Washington Filmworks (WF) has launched a page dedicated to sharing information to help promote Washington state Kickstarter campaigns. Campaigns are listed in order of end date. Visit WF's blog for instructions for how to list projects on the page. WF's mission is to encourage growth in the film and video production industry for the economic benefit of Washington State.

ARTIST TRUST NAMES NEW ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

ARTIST TRUST    

Artist Trust is pleased to announce that Lila Hurwitz has been promoted to Associate Director, a newly-created position. Hurwitz will be responsible for many of the day-to-day operations of the non-profit organization, as well as public relations and outreach. Hurwitz has worked in non-profit arts administration since 1987. She is a founding Board member of Dance Art Group, an internationally-recognized non-profit arts organization, as well a professional dancer, and graphic designer.
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. This week the Portland Cello Project will be performing on Wednesday and the Dusty 45s will be playing on Friday. 

COPACINO+FUJIKADO NOW HIRING FOR TWO POSITIONS  

COPACINO+FUJIKADO          

Copacino+Fujikado is actively searching for an Assistant Account Executive and an Executive Assistant. The firm is an award-winning advertising agency based in Seattle, Washington. Their work includes brand consulting, consumer research, strategic planning, digital experience design, media planning, and print/broadcast/digital production.

ZINO SOCIETY TO HOST ANNUAL ZILLIONAIRE INVESTMENT FORUM

ZINO SOCIETY     

ZINO Society is hosting the 7th Annual ZINO Zillionaire Investment Forum (ZZIF) on Thursday, September 20 at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center. ZINO is currently accepting applications from companies seeking funding. If your company presents an idea, you will be eligible for ZZIF Investment Funds (two $50 thousand funds up for grabs), as well as the ZINO Zenith Awards. You will also gain annual membership to the ZINO Society, and more.  

STUDENTS: GRAMMY U SEEKS CAMPUS REP FOR 2012/2013 SCHOOL YEAR

GRAMMY 365

Looking to get a foot in the door of the music industry? The Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter is looking for a brand new GRAMMY U Student Representative to help develop marketing strategies and create new programming in the upcoming school year for GRAMMY U. Projects may include planning, organizing and leading campus meetings/events, campus visits and presentations, event management, PR, and more. Apply by August 15. 

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS: REALITY RADIO FOR ENTREPRENEURS

MY B MEDIA

One of the few on-air resources focused on the needs of small business, Minding Your Business airs every Saturday from 1-2 pm PST on 1300AM KKOL in Seattle. Tune in to hear how films get financed, created and distributed by the people producing them in Seattle. This week, Robbin Block, the host, will be interviewing  Scilla Andreen, CEO and Co-Founder of IndieFlix, along with several other local film industry leaders.

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.

 

Locally Grown - August 11 (3 days) 
A comedy web series that celebrates quirky characters and their entertaining situations at a local farmers market.  

 

THE PHYSICS: TOMORROW PEOPLE - August 17 (9 days) 
Tomorrow People is pretty much about raps, beats, and hooks. 

 

THE 3RDi KIT - August 18 (10 days) 
The 3RDi (Third-Eye) is the world's first complete high end camera kit for an iPhone 4/4S. 

 

Dressing Up - August 19 (11 days) 
Dressing Up is a short comedy shot in spectacular Seattle with local actors, crew members, artists, vendors and locations. 

 

The Raven - August 24 (16 days) 

A short film adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's famous poem "The Raven" taken to the world of steampunk.

 

DECIMATION - August 25 (17 days) 
Set in 1942, Decimation finds 10 Russian soldiers who have been accused of cowardice on the Eastern Front and are being temporarily imprisoned. 

 

The Wireless Generation - August 28 (20 days) 
A documentary about a new generation of people who are taking their careers online in order to travel the world. 

 

Secrets in a Black Deaf Family - September 7 (36 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 7/30 - 8/7                

OFM 

Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).     

 

1. Allen Stone - "Allen Stone"
2. Brandi Carlile - "Bear Creek"   
3. Lemolo - "Kaleidoscope"
4. Pickwick - "Myths +2"
5. Donnie and Joe Emerson - "Dreamin"
6. Young Evils - "Foreign Spells"
7. Fresh Espresso - "Bossalona"
8. Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers - "Old Gold"
9. Japandroids - "Celebration Rock"
10.  Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart"  

SHORT FILM FRIDAY: "HONOR THE TREATIES"

The film for this Friday, August 10, will be "Honor the Treaties." Directed by Eric Becker, an accomplished local filmmaker, the short is about  "Aaron Huey's work on the Pine Ridge Reservation." THE STRANGER  

SCARECROW ON SEATTLE: THE HANGING TREE (1959) 

Warner Archive's newly restored and released DVD of The Hanging Tree will hopefully go a long way in restoring the reputation and renown of the largest (and possibly only) Hollywood production to set up camp in our neighbors 150 miles to the east: Yakima, Washington. Specifically, the Oak Creek Wildlife Area 15 miles north of Yakima (where you can still camp at a place called the Hanging Tree Campground!) stands in for the gold fields of 1860s Montana. The film itself is a pitch-perfect mix of westerns, melodrama, and historical adventure, with a stellar cast, terrific direction, and breathtaking locations. In fact, it has so many things going for it that it's a wonder it's not better known. Robert Altman was surely inspired by it and referenced it many times in his own contribution to the Northwest western genre, McCabe & Mrs. Miller. To begin with, literally and figuratively, it has a kick-ass, Oscar-nominated title song written by Jay Livingston and Mack David and crooned by Marty Robbins. Gary Cooper, in the twilight of his career, wears the seasoned mantle of a western hero whose internal struggle between redemption and deep-seated hostility form the crux of the story. He's a doctor with a secret who sets up shop in the newly formed gold mining camp of Skull Creek. Maria Schell is luminous as a frontierswoman whose beauty becomes a deadly temptation for the lusty miners, especially Karl Malden's Frenchy. George C. Scott, in his film debut, is also very memorable as a crazed faith healer who is challenged by Cooper's scientific ways. The direction, as it should be, is what really brings all these fine elements together. Delmer Daves, (whose reputation would almost immediately sink post-Hanging Tree with a series of Troy Donahue soapers) repeatedly sweeps a camera crane across the stellar, wide-open, pine-covered locations of the Yakima Valley in the outdoor adventure scenes, then contrasts them with intimate, wide-angle-lensed indoor scenes where all the melodrama occurs. By constantly playing with space, Daves creates a dynamism that works the viewer into a frenzy of emotions. By the powerful, climactic final scene, you're absorbed completely as though nothing else matters.

 

- Mark Steiner 
MEDIA DIGEST

2012 DECIBEL AFTERHOURS EVENTS ANNOUNCED

SSG MUSIC  

Seattle's annual electronic music smörgåsbord Decibel Festival has just published details about the first round of after hours performances. These exclusive events are not part of the regular Decibel passes - tickets must be purchased separately. Highlights include Appleblim and MLZ at Melrose Market Studios on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 2:30 am; xxxy, Ghosts on Tape, Shawn Renaldo and Rollie Finger at the Electric Tea Garden on Friday, Sept. 28 at 2:00 am and Bruno Pronsato and Matt Tolfrey at Re-Bar starting at 2:30 am on Saturday, Sept. 29. 

CELEBRATE NATIONAL VINYL DAY AT THE HENRY

THREE IMAGINARY GIRLS  

As part of their exhibition, The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, the folks over at the Henry Art Gallery have put together a weekend of activities celebrating the record. The exhibit takes a look at the artwork, history, and breadth of vinyl culture, and on Sunday, August 12 the Henry will be celebrating National Vinyl Record Day with a panel discussion featuring local labels, as well as a record sale. The Record runs through October 7, and will feature many more special events.

DOE BAY ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: LEMOLO 

HERALD NET

This summer, Doe Bay Resort and Artist Home are proud to present the fifth annual Doe Bay Festival at The Doe Bay Resort and Retreat on Orcas Island, WA. This weekend festival features an extensive line-up of musicians, local cuisine, camping and activities in one of the most picturesque venues the Northwest has to offer. The Herald previewed one of the most anticipated acts performing at this year's festival, Seattle via Poulsbo duo Lemolo.  

VIBRATIONS FEST 2012 ANNOUNCES LINEUP

MATSON ON MUSIC   

Capitol Hill arts space Cairo is back with its second "Vibrations" music fest at Volunteer Park, a daylong dive into local garage rock, noir-ish folk, hip-hop-esque dance music and ambient styles - all for free, August 25. The festival features a number of one-time-only collaborations, as well as video installations and other multi-media events. Bring a blanket, lounge on the Volunteer Park lawn, and enjoy local music.  

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