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Film + Music Newsletter 8/15/2007


INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
ONE REEL SEEKING PR DIRECTOR
One Reel is currently seeking a PR Director to oversee all Festival Division communications activities including: external communications, internal communications and public relations efforts. For more information on the position and to apply, visit the One Reel website.
DOCFARM 2007 HOSTED BY THE NORTHWEST DOCUMENTARY ASSOCIATION
Join the Northwest Documentary Association August 25 & 26 for the second annual rustic summer retreat, DocFarm 2007! Once again, Docfarm will take place in the pastoral setting of Smoke Farm in scenic Arlington, Washington, just one hour north of Seattle. DocFarm 2007 will feature informal workshops focusing on the latest technical and artistic trends in documentary filmmaking. Screenings of Works in Progress will also be featured (bring your ten minute clip), along with delicious meals, swimming, hiking and an unforgettable Saturday evening bonfire. Visit the NDA website for more information.
PIKE PLACE MARKET CELEBRATION IN STEINBRUECK PARK
The Pike Place Market's six-month long Centennial celebration is coming to a close with a finale concert in Victor Steinbrueck Park on Friday, August 17. The concert will feature the Iconics, Chris Ballew, Mike McCready, and Sean Nelson among others. The event is free and begins at 6:30 PM.
THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA SCREENING "THE GANG'S ALL HERE"
On Saturday August 18th, Three Dollar Bill Cinema will continue their summer film series with a screening of the 1943 Busby Berkeley musical, "The Gang's All Here" in Cal Anderson Park. The free event begins at 8:30. Visit Three Dollar Bill Cinema's website for more information on the series.
THE REEL YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The Reel Youth Film Festival is currently accepting submissions for the fall 2007 youth juried competition. Youth under the age of 19 are invited to submit their short films to win prizes in several categories, including Best Comedy, Best Editing, Best Claymation and Best Soundtrack. The festival will tour the US and Canada this fall, stopping in Seattle on November 30th.
THE IFC FREE FILM FEST IN VOLUNTEER PARK
The IFC Free Film Fest tour will be stopping in Seattle August 21st, 22nd and 23rd, screening "Raising Arizona," "The Princess Bride" and "Napolean Dynamite" in Volunteer Park. The free screenings will also feature the Media Lab Lounge, showcasing short films by Seattle filmmakers.
POPULAR TEEN BOOK "TWILIGHT" LOOKING TO FILM IN FORKS
Stephenie Meyer's hugely popular teen novel, "Twilight," has been optioned for a movie with Summit Entertainment. The book, as well as the others in the series, is set in Forks, WA, which is being considered as a possible filming location for the film. We are excited about the possibility of Forks as a filming location and the tremendous opportunities it would provide for Seattle area crew. For more information on the books, visit the Peninsula Daily News article above.
PIKE PLACE MARKET CENTENNIAL LIVE ON THE SEATTLE CHANNEL
This Friday's centennial celebration at the Pike Place Market will be presented in a special Live TV and web broadcast by the Seattle Channel. The program, which gets underway at 12:00 noon, will be carried on cable channel 21 in Seattle, and will stream live everywhere else on the Seattle Channel's website. Hosts C.R. Douglas and Nancy Guppy will preside over a live broadcast from First & Pike from 12:00 noon until 4:00 pm. Live coverage will resume at 6:30 pm from nearby Victor Steinbrueck Park, for an all-star concert featuring some of the best known and most beloved Northwest performers.
MEDIA DIGEST
SEATTLE'S CONSCIOUS HIP HOP RENAISSANCE
Seattle hip hop is getting more attention than it has since the days of Sir Mix-a-Lot. Many local artists are trying to do something difficult: Entertain audiences and make them think at the same time. Some artists aren't satisfied with trying to get their politics across in music. They're spending their days teaching and mentoring youth.
EARSHOT SERIES OPENS AS GROUPS EXPLORE FUTURE OF JAZZ
Though no musician on Earshot's August concert series would likely wish to bear the weight of its lofty title - "Jazz: The Second Century" - Wednesday's well-attended opener at the Chapel Performance Space proved a satisfying, if not earth-shattering, start to a welcome, overdue undertaking.
AT&T CALLS PEARL JAM WEBCAST CENSORSHIP A MISTAKE
Pearl Jam fans and Internet watchdogs are up in arms after it was revealed that AT&T censored portions of the band's live Lollapalooza concert cybercast on Sunday. While performing "Daughter," the band segued into part of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall," and frontman Eddie Vedder sang, "George Bush, leave this world alone" and "George Bush, find yourself another home." Those lyrics were missing from the broadcast.
RHAPSODY TEAMS WITH UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP FOR DRM-FREE MUSIC TEST
RealNetworks, Inc. today announced that its award-winning Rhapsody(R) digital music service will soon begin offering for sale thousands of DRM-free albums and tracks from artists on Universal Music Group as part of a six-month test with UMG, the world's leading music company.
FILM COMMISSIONERS MEET FOR CONFAB
The Assn. of Film Commissioners Intl. is launching the next phase of its Global Initiatives in Professional Development in conjunction with its 32nd annual AFCI Cineposium Intl. Conference.
DOCUMENTARIES: HOW MUCH OF IT IS THE TRUTH?
Before Michael Moore, before reality TV, documentary was a high-minded genre that aimed to educate, not entertain. But today, when a quiet little film about Antarctic birds can pull in more than $125 million worldwide, documentaries have proved they can appeal to the masses, competing for box-office dollars right alongside Hollywood blockbusters.
HE'S THE "KING OF KONG," AND A REAL-LIFE MOVIE STAR
"The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters," a documentary opening at the Varsity on Friday, has at its center a most unlikely showdown. On paper, it sounds like the thinnest possible idea for a film: two guys competing for bragging rights over the Donkey Kong world record. On celluloid, it's terrific fun, an initiation into a world of kill screens (which aren't quite as sinister as they sound), battered arcade machines, egos and obsessions.
SEATTLE-AREA NATIVES PICKED FOR VH1 TOUR
A pair of Seattle-area natives have been selected for this year's VH1 "You Oughta Know" tour. The hot-and-getting-hotter Brandi Carlile is the headliner, with emerging star Alison Sudol - her performance name is A Fine Frenzy - as the opening act.
PRODUCERS HOWL OVER SOUND CUT OUT BY MP3 COMPRESSION
With the CD on its way out and computer files taking over as the primary means of hearing recorded music, the artificial audio of MP3s is quickly becoming the primary way people listen to music. But the music contained in these computer files represents less than 10 percent of the original music on the CDs.
FILM FUND TO BOOST ASIAN CINEMA IN U.S.
The Weinstein Company's $285 million Asian film fund is officially open for business. New York Asian Film Festival director Grady Hendrix talks to Rebecca Roberts about his skepticism about its efficacy in raising U.S. audiences' awareness about Asian cinema.
CITY COUNCIL CALLS FOR FUNDS FOR NIGHTLIFE REGULATOR
The Seattle City Council put bars and nightclubs on notice Monday that the city will be more aggressive in enforcing rules on occupancy, litter and noise. By unanimous vote, the council called on Mayor Greg Nickels to include funding in his next budget for a nightlife regulator and at least two field agents who would enforce the noise code five nights a week.
FENIX CLOSES; SHOWBOX SODO WILL TAKE OVER CLUB
The Fenix Underground, a longtime anchor of the Seattle club scene, really is going underground - as in "nice knowing you, rest in peace." The death of the Fenix means an expansion for the Showbox, as the big downtown club will take over the 22,000 square feet of bar and concert space currently occupied by the Fenix.
TATTOO CONVENTION DRAWS LEGIONS -- AND A TV SHOW
For three days, the Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion teemed with bodies laid bare before the needle in the sixth annual Seattle Tattoo Convention. "It's the most vibrant art form," said Hugh "The Chopper" King, the executive producer of a series debuting on The Learning Channel in October, "Tattoo Wars." It was a first for the convention, being the site of a TV series.
ASC ISSUES CALL FOR ENTRIES
The American Society of Cinematographers has issued a call for entries in two TV categories for the lensers' annual awards competition. The two categories, for which the submissions deadline is Nov. 1, are episodic and movie/miniseries/pilot. Five nominees will be chosen in each category by ASC member peer groups.
MELISSA QUAYLE ON SEATTLE MC'S
MC battles weed out the timid, and bring glory to the quick-witted. Today we hear three local hip hop artists who started off battling for the mic at The Vera Project. That's an all ages venue in Seattle where young people (literally) run the show. Melissa Quayle coordinates programs at Vera and she joins us with tracks and stories from Dyme Def, D. Black and Grynch.
'BONNIE AND CLYDE,' STILL BOLD 40 YEARS LATER
The movie Bonnie and Clyde was released 40 years ago today. The film made history sizzle; it also divided critics, thrilled audiences and opened creative doors.
DON'T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB
One of the great things about being a famous actor is that you can do pretty much whatever you want - like, say, start a band - and one of the unfortunate things about being a famous actor is that you can simply start a band.
THEY'VE JUST GOT TO GET A MESSAGE TO YOU
The modern mobile phone - equipped with camera, Internet access and more - has proved to be a liability for some performers, like Akon and Beyonc, whose regrettable moments were captured by fans and then immortalized on YouTube and similar sites. But for the fans themselves, mobile phones are becoming as important an accessory as an all-access wristband. Beyond using them to record a short souvenir, they are becoming a ticket to everything from free ringtones to V.I.P. treatment.
THE STRANGER'S BUMBERSHOOT GUIDE
The Stranger's complete Bumbershoot guide is now available online.
ZOMBIES INVADE AUBURN: CITY MAKES WAY FOR MOVIE'S SHOOTING
Local filmmakers have turned the heart of Auburn into the land of the living dead, with Zombie hordes boozing, singing karaoke and mauling churchgoers.The 45-minute independent horror film titled, "The Book of Zombie," is the brainchild of directors Paul Cranefield and Scott Kragelund and writer Erik Van Sant, who work together in television.
VEDDER, SONIC YOUTH, TWEEDY DO DYLAN FOR SOUNDTRACK
A host of rock notables have banded together for the soundtrack to Todd Haynes' Bob Dylan-themed film "I'm Not There," due Oct. 30 via Columbia. More than 30 tracks have been recorded for what is intended to be a double-disc set, including songs from Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Stephen Malkmus, Cat Power, Yo La Tengo, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and X's John Doe.



REUNITED GRUNGE BAND CANDLEBOX IGNITES NEW FANS
When Candlebox decided to come out of retirement last year, the Seattle band was surprised not only by the size of its audiences but by the fans themselves. Candlebox knew its core demographic would be 25- to 40-year-olds looking to reminisce about grunge-era radio of the early '90s. But who were all these teenage kids popping up at shows?
An Irish Farewell to Seattle
After 17 years of making music in Seattle, musician Finn MacGinty is returning home to Ireland. Finn played a major role in the resurgence of Irish music in Seattle during the 1990s with regular appearances at Murphy's Pub and other venues. From our performance studio: A farewell appearance from Finn and the band Crumac and a look at Finn's role in the blossoming of the Irish music scene in Seattle.