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August 15, 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.

PAID SICK AND SAFE TIME: WHAT EMPLOYERS NEED TO KNOW

Beginning September 1, 2012, Seattle employers will be required to provide a minimum level of paid sick and safe time (PSST) to their employees who work within Seattle city limits. The Seattle Office for Civil Rights is working to support businesses so they are ready to implement the new rules. Free informational workshops for employers are scheduled for Tuesday, August 21 and Wednesday, August 29. For more information click here. 

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, Vicci Martinez will be performing on Wednesday and The Paperboys will be playing on Friday. 

COUNCILMEMBER LICATA ON FUNDING FILMMAKERS

Councilmember Nick Licata recently published a long blog post on new funding opportunities for filmmakers by Washington Filmworks.  He writes, "I'm getting the word out on this program because I've always had a love for film. In 2003 I wanted to encourage the production of smaller films in Seattle, so I added a provision allowing so-called 'low-impact productions' filming in Seattle to pay a flat $25 permit fee for up to 14 days of filming." Washington Filmworks has initiated a new program aimed at funding films too small to qualify for their standard funding program.  

SEATTLE JAPANESE GARDEN PRESENTS MOON VIEWING

Enjoy the Seattle Japanese Garden after hours at a Moon Viewing from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, September 1. The evening includes performances by Lunar Hare, a dance by Joan Laage and Consuelo Gonzalez (Kogut Butoh), classical and contemporary koto music by Silk Strings, a selection of traditional Japanese dances by the Fujima Dance Ensemble, and Okinawan folk and traditional music by Mako and Munjuru. 

FREE MUSIC IN RANIER VALLEY

Tell your neighbors, tell your friends! Saturday, August 18 is a party along Rainier! This free event opens the city's largest public space - its streets - so people can walk, bike, roll, run, skip and shop - without having to watch out for cars! Special hip-hop workshops will go over the culture surrounding this urban genre. Events include the art of beatboxing, the history of hip-hop graffiti, the art of hip-hop dance, and others. Hollow Earth Radio DJs will also be playing music throughout the event. Live performances will be held at the The Royal Room and Columbia City Theater.

FILMMAKERS: SUBMIT YOUR WORK FOR SEATTLE'S NEXT 50 CONTEST

Every neighborhood has many stories to tell. A Story Runs Through It is a celebration of Seattle's diverse communities through video storytelling. Residents of all ages from the greater Seattle area, including suburbs, are invited to submit short videos that tell a tale from their own neighborhoods and communities. The focus is on sharing stories more than technique: This Next Fifty project aims to curate stories about Seattle's civic fabric, engage and train communities in the art of filmmaking as a means to develop their own future narratives, and to establish closer ties between Seattle neighborhoods. 

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

JOIN KEXP AT BUMBERSHOOT STARTING SEPTEMBER 1

KEXP

The Bumbershoot Music Lounge returns for its 7th year with a series of intimate performances by some of the Festival's brightest stars, all of which will be broadcast live on 90.3FM KEXP and KEXP.ORG during Bumbershoot weekend, Sept. 1, 2 and 3. This year, KEXP is rolling out registration to these special performances one artist at a time, beginning August 9. Tune in weekdays Aug 9 through Aug 29 to find out which session KEXP will be opening for sign-ups, and at what time. 

AWARD WINNING COMEDY OLD GOATS OPENS AUGUST 17

OLD GOATS

Old Goats is the often hilarious and always heartfelt story of three older men who refuse to go quietly into the night of retirement and old age. Cantankerous and set in their ways, each man must come to terms with the sunset years in his own unique fashion. Taylor Guterson, the director, grew up in the Pacific Northwest on Bainbridge Island, WA. He graduated from the University of Washington in 2004 with a bachelor degree in arts and cinema studies. Taylor started his career with a difficult stretch of landscaping and production assistant gigs, before landing a full time position with an internal corporate studio in Seattle. 

TEN YEARS OF TEENS DANCING IN SEATTLE
DANCING ON YOUR POLITICS         

August 12, 2012 marked the 10 year anniversary of the historic repeal of Seattle's Teen Dance Ordinance. After 17 years and a massive community groundswell, all-ages music and dancing was celebrated legally. Join in the celebration on Thursday August 16 at the Ver[A]rt Gallery at 7 p.m. for a the opening of the Dancing on Your Politics Gallery Show, as Seattle celebrates 10 years of all-ages music.

SEATTLE REPERTORY JAZZ ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES 2012 - 13 SEASON
SRJO     
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO) celebrates its 18th season with four main-stage concerts in Seattle and Kirkland, opening the season with a special tribute to the music of New Orleans with special guest Branford Marsalis. The four concerts are:  "New Orleans Night Out," "Thad Jones: from Count Basie to the Village Vanguard," "Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance III: Ellington's Reminiscing in Tempo," and "The Great American Songbook V."
THE ANNUAL PONY BOY RECORDS JAZZ PICNIC RETURNS SEPTEMBER 9
PONY BOY RECORDS         

The annual Pony Boy Records Jazz Picnic will be returning to Seattle's Sand Point Magnuson Park on Sunday afternoon, September 9. The label is bringing another great line-up for this years' Jazz Picnic. Featuring some of the Northwest's finest jazz from the Pony Boy Records stable of artists. There will be CDs for sale and goodies from sponsors. Pack A Picnic: Stop at one the food vendors - or grab a gourmet dog onsite, and groove to casual performances by some of the Northwest's top jazz artists in the lovely setting of the Garden Amphiteatre. 

7TH ANNUAL SEATTLE BIKE-IN WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 25 

NORTHWEST FILM FORUM          

Northwest Film Forum's 7th annual Bike-In is a free, outdoor celebration of sustainable transportation, community and the arts, co-presented with the Vera Project.  Held in Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill, the event includes live music and DJs, film, and a fair from local cycling organizations and merchants. Summer nights never felt so right to be on two wheels! 

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.

 

THE PHYSICS: TOMORROW PEOPLE - August 17 (2 days) 
Tomorrow People is pretty much about raps, beats, and hooks. 

 

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

 

DRESSING UP - August 19 (4 days) 
Dressing Up is a short comedy shot in spectacular Seattle with local actors, crew members, artists, vendors and locations. 

 

THE RAVEN - August 24 (9 days) 

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

 

DECIMATION - August 25 (10 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 (13 days) 
A documentary about a new generation of people who are taking their careers online in order to travel the world. 
 

THE PINTADOS PROJECT - September 7 (23 days)

This film is a journey into the convergence of ancient Filipino traditions and modern expressions of a nation reclaiming its cultural identity. 

 

SECRETS IN A BLACK DEAF FAMILY - September 7 (23 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 8/6 - 8/12                

OFM 

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

 

1. Allen Stone - "Allen Stone" 

2. Lemolo - "Kaleidoscope" 

3. Brandi Carlile - "Bear Creek" 

4. Various Artists - "Live at KEXP (Vol. 8)" 

5. Donnie and Joe Emerson - "Dreamin" 

6. The Blakes - "Art of Losses" 

7. Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart" 

8. Young Evils  - "Foreign Spells" 

9. Eddie Vedder - "Ukulele Songs" 

10.  Fresh Espresso - "Bossalona"  

FILM PRODUCTION OF THE WEEK: "GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY"

REMEDY PICTURES

Remedy Pictures is a Seattle-based company that blurs the lines between production company, post house and creative boutique. This week, for the fourth consecutive summer, Director Steve Utaski and Executive Producer Patti McCreary are producing a series of national commercials for Good Samaritan Society (GSS), a South Dakota based company. GSS is non-profit company that provides home care, assisted living, rehab and memory care. Their agency, Matale Line, is based in Seattle and specializes in advertising for non-profits. "Good Samaritan loves coming back to Seattle every year for the great crews they have found here, as well as the broad variety in landscape, architecture and talent," says McCreary. " In addition, Seattle temperatures are almost always more comfortable than what one might find in the midwest summer." Remedy is filming for three days in the Seattle area, including in Madison Park on Lake Washington, the Windermere neighborhood and Shoreline. Production Manager Mark Campbell said Remedy hired over 60 local crew and cast for the project.  

SHORT FILM FRIDAY: "TWILIGHT OF THE GOOD TIMES"

THE STRANGER

The film for this Friday, August 17, will be "Twilight of the Good Times" a short/footage remix directed by me, researched by Roxanne Emadi, edited by Jonathan Baab, and scored by DJ Shingi. The film was made for Manifesta, a "European pan-regional contemporary cultural biennale" that happened in Spain in 2010. Two reasons for posting the short at this particular time: one, it was inspired by Shaun Scott's 2009 Seat of Empire (Scott is one of the nominees for this year's Genius Award in film); and, two, the current redevelopment of "Seattle's oldest and most central public housing project, Yesler Terrace."  

SCARECROW ON SEATTLE: 10.5 (2004) 

So we all know how often a movie that is set in Seattle is actually shot in Vancouver, but here's a case when our neighbors to the north impersonate the entire west coast of the U.S.A. With a plot assembled from bits and pieces of other movies and populated with a checklist of clich├ęd characters, the predictable narrative deals with a series of massive earthquakes, medium sized tremors and a tidal wave. The initial quake originates in Washington State and causes mayhem all the way south to California--eventually threatening to break off part of the Golden State and create a new island, just like in John Carpenter's Escape From LA. The film regularly employs split-screen effects to jump between the various plotlines unfolding up and down the "coast." The quake-bait cast consists of an assortment of forgettable TV actors combined with a few bigger names who needed a paycheck. Some of the more familiar faces are Kim Delaney (who returned in a sequel called 10.5 Apocalypse), Fred Ward, John "Bo Duke" Schneider, and Beau (Fabulous Baker Boys) Bridges as the president.

 

The alleged Seattle footage is contained in the first 20 minutes. The opening credits follow an "extreme" urban bicyclist as he enthusiastically pedals around downtown "Seattle" to a generic pop-punk tune by a fake band called Bosshouse. In the fantasy world of 10.5, our famous landmark is actually spelled "Spaceneedle" and located in the middle of a downtown street. The cyclist rides along seemingly alone; though it's morning in the city there is exactly one car seen driving and absolutely no pedestrians on the sidewalks. Suddenly...EARTHQUAKE! Does the rattling and rumbling slow down our hardcore biking friend? Hell no! Things get even more extreme when a cartoony, computer-generated Space Needle starts wobbling, the foundation breaks, and it begins to collapse. (I think it would have been much more suspenseful if the Spaceneedle [sic] was in its actual location and could have potentially fallen on the Fun Forest [R.I.P.] but the hacks that cranked out this script didn't ask me). Instead of taking a sharp perpendicular turn from the falling structure's path of destruction, the bicyclist rides parallel to the fall and attempts to outpace all 604 feet of the toppling Space Needle. This is one dumb bike rider. After the initial disaster a newscaster declares, "Everything from Shoreline to Pacific is cut-off due to flooding and hikers are stranded at Point Defiance Park." So they get some names right, but the details don't quite add up.

 

Most of the rest of the film takes place in "California," where we get to see CGI versions of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Hollywood sign get destroyed as the result of other earthquakes. 10.5 is good for some cheap laughs, but the film relentlessly pushes the bounds of believability (even for a crappy disaster movie), and, at 165 minutes, is just too mind-numbingly long. Even if it was more authentic with its location usage, 10.5 would still be a third rate made for TV disaster flick. Ultimately, it really doesn't matter where this turkey was shot. 

 

- Spenser Hoyt

MEDIA DIGEST

FILM + MUSIC + INTERACTIVE HAPPY HOUR FEATURED ON KUOW

KUOW

In the days of online applications, is an Internet-only hunt enough to get you the job? Or is the boots-on-the-ground, face-to-face interaction still the best way to get the job? We hear from job search experts and listeners about how people use in-person networking in the job hunt. Guests airing on the show include, Mark Arnold, a business liaison with WorkSource; Arden Clise, the owner of Clise Etiquette, a leading business etiquette consulting firm in Seattle; and James Keblas, the director of the Seattle Office of Film + Music. 

YOU TOO COULD BE IN MACKLEMORE'S 'SAME LOVE' VIDEO

ANOTHER RAINY SATURDAY

According to an ad on Craig's List, Team Macklemore is looking for several Seattlites to be in the video to Same Love, a song that makes a powerful statement about marriage equality. The Macklemore team is looking for actors in specific age groups. The music video will be shot between August 21 and August 30 in Seattle.

ANTIQUES ROAD SHOW ANNOUNCED IN SEATTLE

PBS   

KCTS 9 is pleased to announce that Antiques Roadshow will be visiting Seattle this week to produce three episodes for the upcoming seventeenth season of the hit series. More than 6,000 people are expected to attend the August 18 appraisal event at the Washington Convention Center. (Please note - admission to the event is by ticket only, tickets were distributed by mail last spring and will not be available at the door.) In addition to the main event at the Convention Center, Antiques Roadshow will be taping on location at Seattle Center's Space Needle, EMP, and other sites in and around Seattle. The program will air in 2013.
SLIDELUCK POTSHOW RETURNS TO SEATTLE

SEATTLE WEEKLY        

The big weekend is almost here - Slideluck Seattle will be held on Saturday evening, August 18. It's going to be an amazing night with great food, great friends and great art- really, how often do you get to enjoy all of those at once? Seattle multi-instrumentalist and producer Erik Blood will 'sound-track' the 2nd half portion of the slideshows with his own original compositions, then proceed to shake the house with a full-on DJ set from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Don't forget, the thing that makes this evening extra special is that it's a potluck. So bring your favorite dish and some beverages to share.

SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES, AUGUST 15 TO SEPTEMBER 8

SEATTLE PI  

Here they are: your last chances to see an outdoor movie in or near Seattle. This summer has has a record number of them - more than 120 from Everett to Gig Harbor. There is an outdoor movie showing somewhere in or around Seattle every night for the rest of the month, excluding Mondays. There are classics like Top Gun, Caddyshack, the original Footloose, and The Princess Bride. You can see parts of Seattle at the MOHAI screenings of Sleepless in Seattle and Elvis Presley's It Happened at the World's Fair.
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