Vol. 6, No. 13                                    View our photos on flickr Like us on Facebook Visit our blog Follow us on Twitter
August 22, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS

CITY OF MUSIC CAREER DAY REGISTRATION NOW OPEN 

What does your future look like? One Reel and the Seattle Music Commission are seeking students and aspiring professionals age 16-24 who are interested in pursuing a career in the music industry. City of Music Career Day is a free, one-day educational event designed to educate and connect. This is a perfect opportunity for young artists, aspiring industry pros or those who just want to know more about working in this exciting field.

 

Featuring artists and music professionals from Microsoft, AEG Live, Sub Pop, EMP, PlayNetwork, KEXP, Starbucks, The Recording Academy, Seattle Theatre Group, E Media Music, Neumos, The Crocodile CafĂ©, Musicians Association, 107.7 The End, One Reel and more! Space is limited so visit the website and reserve your spot today. 

 

Hey music businesses; want to get involved? One Reel is currently seeking sponsors on a variety of levels to take part in the City of Music Career Day. For more information and a complete list of sponsorship opportunities contact One Reel Sponsorship Manager, Kayla DeMonte at kdemonte@onereel.org. 

HAPPY HOUR IS NEXT WEEK: INCREASING MUSIC EDUCATION IN SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

FMI HAPPY HOUR

The Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour returns next Wednesday, August 29 at Spitfire in Belltown from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Fueled by a $1 million Wallace planning grant, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) will be pursuing music as one of two disciplines in developing a comprehensive Arts Plan. Join SPS Visual and Performing Arts Manager Carri Campbell and Planning Project Manager Audrey Querns to learn how SPS will be implementing their new musical approach to ensure that ALL of Seattle's students can participate fully in Seattle's music-rich culture.

ONCE IN A FUTURE, PART IV: THE HIP-HOP TRAJECTORY

The fourth and final installment in the Once in a Future series will be The Hip-Hop Trajectory. The event will be curated by Fin Records and sponsored by the Next 50. The Hip Hop Trajectory will focus on the future of Hip Hop music and culture in the Pacific Northwest. The panel will be moderated by Tristan Carosina - talent buyer and events coordinator for the Vera Project. Panelists include Meli, Mer. Supreme, DeVon Manier, Khazm (206-Zulu), and Hollis Wong-Wear. There will be musical performances by J. Pinder, Nu Era, and Kung Foo Grip! 

CITY OF MUSIC COMMUNITY EXPO AT BUMBERSHOOT

The City of Music Community Expo will be at the Bumbershoot Music Festival all weekend, shining the spotlight on some incredible local music organizations that are using the power of music to make a difference in our community. Stop by the Expo located inside the Armory (formerly the Center House) between 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. each day to connect with featured organizations including Noise for the Needy, Jack Straw Productions, Blues in the Schools, The Vera Project, Totem Star Records, Music Aid Northwest, and UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center. Also, find out how you can enter to win an amazing prize package featuring an electric guitar and instruction software courtesy of E Media Music, plus tickets to Bumbershoot 2013! 

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 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in various locations around Downtown. This week, Pearl Django will be performing at Two Union on Wednesday and The Dunwells will be playing on Friday at Harbor Steps. 

VERA PROJECT RECEIVES MAYOR'S ARTS AWARD

It's been a decade since the Vera Project was embraced by the City's Music and Youth Task Force as a fitting organization to develop a safe all-ages music space. Since that time, and continuing today, the Vera Project  has run programs that focus on young people ages 14 to 24 which include audio engineering training, youth-driven governance, visual art exhibits, live and studio recording, leadership training, silkscreen printing/classes, event production training and weekly concerts. Mayor Mike McGinn will present the awards at a ceremony at Seattle Center in partnership with Bumbershoot. 

ONLY IN SEATTLE SUNDAYS WILL BE IN BELLTOWN ON AUGUST 26 

After a successful inaugural launch in Fremont, Belltown will host the next Only in Seattle Sunday on Sunday, August 26 with discounts offered at neighborhood favorites, including all-day happy hour pricing at Spitfire, two-for-one bicycles rentals at Bicycle Pull Apart, and $1 house-made seasonal sangria from Black Bottle. Grab a bite to eat at the  Old Spaghetti Factory with free Sicilian garlic cheese bread with the purchase of an entree, and enjoy 10% off in-stock items at Fancy, among other discounts throughout the neighborhood. Stay connected with Only in Seattle Facebook and  Twitter for great giveaways leading up to the event!  

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

EMP'S SCIENCE FICTION + FANTASY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL ACCEPTING ENTRIES

CULTURE MOB          

Calling all sci-fi and fantasy filmmakers. Submissions are now open for the 2013 Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival. Now entering its eighth year, SFFSFF will screen 20 short films at the iconic Cinerama Theater in downtown Seattle. Films can be live action or animated, but must fall within one of two categories. First is science fiction, defined as futuristic stories, space adventure, technological speculation, social experiments, utopia and dystopia. Second is fantasy-sword and sorcery, folklore, urban fantasy, magic, and mythic adventure. 

ARTISTS: PERFORM AT THE ARTS CRUSH KICK-OFF FAIR

ARTS CRUSH                 

Arts Crush is looking for talented artists like you to entertain the masses at our annual Arts Crush Kick-Off Fair (September 23rd at Fisher Pavilion in Seattle Center campus)! Get a chance to promote your Arts Crush event, yourself and/or the wonderful work that you do! Arts Crush is looking for a wide array of artists - musicians, dancers, acrobats, theatre ensembles, visual artists, poets, and improvisers! What do you have to do? Just email Courtney@tpsonline.org with what you, or your group would like to do, and the needs you would have. Links to work samples, preferred.

HOLLYWOOD LIGHTS SEEKING LIGHTING DEPARTMENT MANAGER

HOLLYWOOD LIGHTS

Hollywood Lights, Inc. is a premier northwest design-based, full-service event lighting and theatrical supply company. Established in 1948, Hollywood Lights has grown consistently since then with an expansion into the Seattle market in 1995. The company's Production Lighting Department in Seattle is seeking candidates for a Production Lighting Department Manager. Qualities desired in candidates include responsibility, ambition, and team management capabilities. 

MTV'S TRUE LIFE HEADING TO SEATTLE IN SEARCH OF WILD PETS

Does your pet have complete control over your life? Is it hard to tell who's supposed to be at the end of the leash? Perhaps your perfect pet was an angel until another animal was introduced into the mix. If you appear to be between the ages of 15 and 28 and have an unruly animal, email MTV's True Life casting crew at truelifepetcasting@gmail.com.

APPLICATIONS FOR 2013 JACK STRAW ARTIST RESIDENCIES AVAILABLE NOW
JACK STRAW PRODUCTIONS     
Jack Straw Productions is a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to the creation, production and presentation of all forms of audio art. Currently, the organization is open to applications for three residency programs - The Writer's Program, The Artist Support Program, and The New Media Gallery Program. These residency programs offer established and emerging artists in diverse disciplines an opportunity to explore the creative use of sound in a professional atmosphere through residencies in our recording studios and participation in our various presentation programs. 

IVAN & ALYOSHA SIGN WITH DUALTONE RECORDS

DUALTONE

The Seattle combo Ivan and Alyosha announced they have signed with Nashville's Dualtone Records. The duo, who borrow their name from a pair of characters from Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, deliver their songs of struggle, perseverance and spirituality with a resilient, upbeat attitude that's reflected in their bubbly brew of stirringly strummed folk-rock guitars, surging instrumental interaction and a bright, buoyant blend of voices that reflects the band members' family-style camaraderie, evoking a timeless pop ideal that's as affecting emotionally as it is pleasing to the ear.

COUCHFEST ACCEPTING HOST APPLICATIONS AND FILM SUBMISSIONS
COUCHFEST                 

Couch Fest, founded in Seattle and now worldwide, is embarking on it's 5th annual year of showing short films in people's homes all over the world. Film submissions are now being accepted. One of the simple requirements are that films cannot be longer than eight minutes. Couch Fest Films is now also accepting applications for hosts around the globe who are willing to open their space to the public to host a short film program.

FILMMAKERS: SUBMIT YOUR HORROR FILMS TO BLEEDINGHAM FESTIVAL
BELLINGHAM FILM FESTIVAL         

Bellingham Film Festivals has organized a horror-themed film festival just in time for the Halloween season. Bleedingham Film Festival wants your gore and your dirty little secrets. Dredge up your sickest nightmares - Bleedingham Film Festival is the first and only festival that caters to your bloodlust. Films may up to 15 minutes in length but there's no limit to how horrifying they may be.  Submission deadline is October 22.

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 RAVEN - August 24 (2 days) 

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

 

DECIMATION - August 25 (3 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 (6 days) 
A documentary about a new generation of people who are taking their careers online in order to travel the world. 

LEVEL UP: PIXEL PUB & GAMING LOUNGE - September 2 (11 days)
A specialized gaming lounge and night club designed with the gamer in mind - video games, food & drink, cosplay, special events, & more! 

THE PINTADOS PROJECT - September 7 (16 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 (16 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.

METROPOLIS: A FILM - September 12 (21 days)
An anti-commercial, a negative production, a showcase of the shadow that exists underneath the green grid of the metropolis of Seattle.

CHOP SOCKY BOOM: EPISODES V - VIII - September 20 (29 days)
A misfortunate web comedy about misfit actors cast in an action kung fu show.

PEOPLETANK'S FIRST STUDIO ALBUM - October 12 (51 days)
People Tank are recording their first album with legendary producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, BlackBeatBlue, Dead Language).

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 8/13 - 8/20                

OFM 

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

 

1. Various Artists - "Live at KEXP (Vol. 8)"
2. Lemolo - "Kaleidoscope"
3. Allen Stone - "Allen Stone"
4. Blakes - "Art Of Losses"
5. Brandi Carlile - "Bear Creek"
6. Theesatisfaction - "Awe Naturale"
7. Pickwick - "Myths"
8. Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart"
9. Donnie and Joe Emerson - "Dreamin Wild"
10.  Young Evils - "Foreign Spells" 

SHORT FILM FRIDAY: "A TOURIST'S POINT OF VIEW"

THE STRANGER

The film for this Friday, August 24, will not be a short but a preview of feature film Pacific Aggression by Shaun Scott, the director of Seat of Empire and one of the nominees for this year's Genius Award. Scott writes: "A Tourist's Point of View contains material from my forthcoming narrative film Pacific Aggression. It's a character study of a travel writer named Whitman Applegate (Ahamefule Oluo) who reconstructs the American West with his unique brand of social e-commentary. By the time he's done with his travels in LA, The Bay Area, Portland, rural Oregon, Seattle, and The Olympic Peninsula, we bare witness to a portrait of the strange ways in which we maintain relationships across distances while alienating ourselves from the people closest to us."

SCARECROW ON SEATTLE: TUGBOAT ANNIE (1933) 
The first thing you see in Mervyn LeRoy's film, behind the superimposed credits, is a sweeping shot of Lake Union and its surroundings, taken from the southeast corner of the lake. Queen Anne Hill and the then year-old Aurora Bridge (then and still technically known as the George Washington Memorial Bridge) are immediately recognizable. That those initial images do not come from stock footage is significant, because Tugboat Annie was the first major Hollywood production to be filmed in Seattle, where LeRoy and company made extensive use of the locale. In addition to the lovely opening shot, numerous scenes were filmed on the waterfront and there's a very brief view of Pike Place Market. The climax of the film, a do-or-die sea rescue set on the Puget Sound, may well have been filmed on a Hollywood soundstage (or sound "pool") but perfectly captures the raging storms and naval hardships that early settlers had to content with. The film's ties to Seattle go deeper, too. Based on a series of short stories written for The Saturday Evening Post, the film and its titular character were said to have been based on Thea Foss, one of the pioneers of the Puget Sound tugboat industry. In fact, the main set of the film is a Foss tugboat; the Arthur Foss, which was renamed the Narcissus for the film and still exists today, shining and well preserved at the south end of Lake Union, probably not too far from where the first shot was filmed.  


As a film, Tugboat Annie is mainly an episodic vehicle for two huge stars of the time, Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery. If there is an antagonist at all, it's Wallace Beery's alcoholism, which is played alternately for comedic and dramatic effect, and that wears thin after about 50 minutes. Which is fine because the last half hour is where the film really shines. I noticed Gregg Toland, one of the greatest cinematographers of all time, in the credits, and, for the first hour or so I kept asking, so where's Gregg Toland and all of his dreamy, shiny blacks and whites and grays? My questions were answered when the aforementioned magnificent set piece really got going. In the midst of a raging storm, Wallace Beery has to heroically crawl into a ship's furnace in order to save the Narcissus, his wife, his son, and a massive ocean liner. Both the direction and the cinematography in this sequence had me on the edge of my seat, squirming and panting and marveling at what a glorious thing cinema can be.

-Mark Steiner

MEDIA DIGEST
MUST-SEE ACTS FOR BUMBERSHOOT 2012

THREE IMAGINARY GIRLS        

There's plenty to dig into at this year's Bumbershoot Music Festival outside of the big-draw acts that make the daily ticket price well worth your hard-earned dollar, including comedy, local music, and the KEXP Music Lounge. Local music blog Three Imaginary Girls, in an effort to help you cope with multi-stage exhaustion, compiled a list of their must-see performances of the weekend. The list includes THEEsatisfaction, Posse, Star Anna, and many, many more. Create your own schedule before Bumbershoot takes over Seattle Center for Labor Day Weekend.

HIGH VOLTAGE READY TO ROCK CAPITOL HILL

CAPITOL HILL

High Voltage Music is a new music store opening up in the heart of Seattle (Pike & Broadway) this weekend! The store's goal is to be a positive and convenient resource for Seattle's music community. High Voltage will be stocking gear and accessories made by friends and local musicians, as well as instruments that have been used, loved and relied on. The new venture in the former home of art space Square Room.

SEATTLE-PRODUCED CURIOSITY VIDEO SPOOFS 'NASA AND WE KNOW IT'

PSBJ

A Seattle-produced video that's a tribute to the Curiosity Mars landing is rocketing to viral status. The video, a take on electropop duo LMFAO's hit "Sexy and I Know It," changes the lyrics to "We're NASA and we know it." The catchy send-up includes shout-outs to Carl Sagan, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bobak Ferdowsi. Check out the video on youtube. 

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