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News from the Office of Film + Music 8/24/2011


CITY NEWS

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS ON RENEWING STATE FILM INCENTIVE
Washington Filmworks
The Washington State Legislature failed to renew the state film incentive earlier this year. Washington Filmworks Chair Becky Bogard recently issued a response letter, assuring supporters that funding has been secured through June of 2012. She also laid out the future budget activities of Washington Filmworks and plans to resubmit the incentive program for renewal next year. Click the link above to read the whole letter and find out how you can get involved .

JOB SECTOR SURVEY SEEKS INPUT FROM ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
Seattle Chamber
Every business in the Seattle region is encouraged to participate in the Greater Seattle Chamber's Job Sector Survey. This is currently the only comprehensive assessment of conditions for employers in Seattle and the Puget Sound region. The 10-minute survey, which will help the Chamber of Commerce collect the information they need to guide elected officials, policymakers and community leaders when making decisions that impact the local economy, is an opportunity for your voice to be heard. This is a great chance for those in the entertainment and music industries to speak up, so act fast. The deadline has been extended to this Friday, August 26.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

LOCALLY MADE DOCUMENTARY HIGHLIGHTS PERSONAL STORIES OF SEATTLE MUSICIANS
West Seattle Herald
Brothers Paul and Brian Michaels recently accomplished a longtime dream: to make a film about the grunge-era music scene. Their film, titled The Hash After the Bash: The Untold Story of Seattle Rock'N'Roll, features interviews with Seattle-based musicians of the time such as Carrie Akre (Hammerbox, Goodness), Duff McKagan (Guns 'N' Roses), Adam Czeisler (Sweet Water), Kim Vivrant, and many more. Other knowledgeable sources who make an appearance in the film include Hype! director Doug Pray and former Seattle mayor Norm Rice. The film will have a premiere screening in December before being submitted to SIFF 2012.

WESTERN ARTS ALLIANCE SHOWCASE FEATURES LOCAL HIP HOP PERFORMERS
Hard Rock Caf
The Western Arts Alliance (WAA) is a membership association for touring and performing arts professionals who organize performances throughout the West Coast. Based out of Portland, WAA has more than 700 active members. Next week the organization will host an event at Seattle's Hard Rock Caf highlighting local hip hop, funk and soul performers. Acts scheduled to perform are world music-infused group Global Heat, dance collective Soul Shifters, rising emcee Suntonio Bandanaz, and avant-garde hip hop trio Black Stax.

CALL FOR EXHIBITORS: NFFTY 2012
NFFTY
NFFTY 2012 takes place next April over four days and will partner with Seattle Center's Next 50 celebration of Seattle's World's Fair. Exhibitors interested in reaching young filmmakers, film industry executives, production companies, schools, press, and film aficionados can apply to showcase at NFFTY 2012. Through September 30, applicants can get a discounted rate. Typical exhibitors include film schools, equipment companies, film commissions, publications, and brands. Participating organizations are welcome to submit ideas for workshops, panels and guest speakers.

RECORDING ACADEMY SEEKS NEW PRODUCTION MANAGER
The Recording Academy
The Recording Academy, whose mission is to recognize musical excellence, advocate for the well-being of music makers and ensure music remains an indelible part of our culture, is hiring a Production Manager for their PNW Chapter. The Academy is a professional membership organization of musicians, producers, engineers, and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. The Production Manager will produce high quality professional education, advocacy, and networking events from concept to completion, with the goal of retaining and increasing voting/associate and student membership in the PNW region.

LOCALLY MADE DOCUMENTARY FOCUSES ON 619 WESTERN BUILDING
Vimeo
Two local independent filmmakers have come together to document the artist residents of the 619 building, a piece of Seattle soon to be only a memory. In December 2010, the residents of the oldest and largest arts building on the west coast were asked to move out by March 2012 due to the state's plan to build a tunnel in lieu of the controversial viaduct. This eviction date has since been sped up and revised to this coming October. John Backstrom and Brian Nunes seek to preserve the building and the stories of the artist that populated its interior for over 3 decades, with the film 619 Western: A Documentary.

SEATTLE BAND MONOGAMY PARTY SIGN TO LOCAL LABEL
The Stranger
Local heavy rock group Monogamy Party has big news for their fans: they have signed with Good to Die Records, a Seattle label that is also home to acts like Absolute Monarchs and Sandrider. Good to Die Records was founded by music writer Nik Christofferson, who runs the blog Seattle Rock Guy. This new union will mean much more Monogamy in the months to come. The band's debut EP, Pus City, is slated to be released this November on 10" vinyl.

SEATTLE SYMPHONY HOSTS DAY OF MUSIC COMMUNITY EVENT
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
On September 18, be a part of the free Day of Music celebration at Benaroya Hall. From 10am to 4pm, nearly 50 local music groups (including the Seattle Symphony) will perform on six stages inside and outside of Benaroya Hall. Enjoy diverse performances from drum circles, Irish sing-alongs, Russian folk for kids, songwriting workshops, and much more. A number of music and arts organizations will also set up shop at Benaroya Hall to be educational resources for the nearly 10,000 attendees expected at the event.

WEBSITE SHOWCASES WORK OF REGIONAL FILMMAKERS
Seattle Area Filmmakers
Seattle Area Filmmakers, a website that features the work of ambitious filmmakers from all over Washington State, brings together the rich work of talented locals. On the site, you will find trailers for short films, feature films and documentaries. The site's credo is one that accentuates community collaboration, respectful networking, and the general idea that there is "much more to be gained by working together, by supporting one another, [and] by celebrating each individual success because it [brings] greater glory to the community." The site also includes links to resources for filming in Washington, information on film incentives, and open forums that spark conversation amongst those in the industry.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: SOUND OFF! 2012
EMP
Sound Off! is the Northwest's foremost underage battle of the bands event. Each year EMP is electrified by this annual musical event that provides a stage and spotlight for promising young bands in the Seattle area. Those interested in participating can submit an application starting September 2. Sound Off! has been the initiator of various artists and bands including The Lonely Forest, Dyme Def, Sol, New Faces, The Lonely H, Schoolyard Heroes and Brite Futures (Formerly Natalie Portman's Shaved Head). Last year's winner was pop-centric group Tomten. Participants must be 21 or under, and live in Washington, Oregon or British Columbia.

SEATTLE HOSTS FOLK EVENT TIED TO FAR WEST CONFERENCE
FAR-West
As a precursor to FAR-West, the West Coast regional arm of Folk Alliance International, Seattle will host an event in advance of this year's conference in the Fall. On Saturday, September 10 at Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, there will be a free day filled with workshops and panels during the day followed by an evening concert. The night will bring together numerous local music organizations and venues from around Seattle, mostly with the undertone of folk and Americana music.

CALL FOR BUSKERS: AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING

The American Fisheries Society is looking for a couple of buskers to play at different points between the Washington State Convention Center and Westlake Mall on September 7th from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. Not only do you get to perform and eat a free salmon dinner, you will receive $100 cash, and can even set out your own money-making method of choice such as a hat or guitar case. The event is expected to bring in over 3,000 attendees. Send your application of interest to Caroline Mercado at cmercado@HTIsonar.com or call at 206-484-0802.

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.


PUT Bakelite 78-What The Moon Has Done ON vinyl!! - 8/31 (7 Days Left)
Send Brent Amaker and the Rodeo to Europe - 9/2 (8 Days Left)
Christa Says Yay ~ Be a part of making Monster Love Machine! -9/4 (10 Days Left)
Wanitani: Songs for the Women of Gerwani- 9/4(10 Days Left)
"OK.luv" - The improvised internet musical dating show! - 9/5 (8 Days Left)
Zeroland Productions introduces The Spyders! - 9/5 (11 Days Left)
Silver Bells short film - 9/6 (12 Days Left)
The Impossible Tour - 9/6 (12 Days Left)
Bobby Ellis is Gonna Kick Your Ass - 9/6 (13 Days Left)
The Road To Tequila - 9/7 (14 Days Left)

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 8/22 - 8/26
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).

  1. Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart"
  2. Jesse Sykes - "Marble Son"
  3. Gold Leaves - "Ornament"
  4. Eddie Vedder - "Ukelele Songs"
  5. Shabazz Palaces - "Black Up"
  6. Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs."
  7. Whalebones - "Whalebones"
  8. Blue Scholars - "Cinemetropolis"
  9. Star Anna - "Alone In This Together"
  10. Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"

FILM PRODUCTION OF THE WEEK
This column highlights the amazing artistic efforts of our local filmmaking community and the broad positive economic impact it has on our region. This week we profile:

Seattle Film Institute student productions "American Reaper" and "Delayed Reaction Syndrome"
Seattle Film Institute

Each year Seattle Film Institute students are charged with producing films from start to finish. All SFI programs feature a hands-on education and practical experience that provide the groundwork for professional careers. Students receive a real world education from a faculty anchored by film industry professionals, and SFI offers professional certificates, undergraduate degree options, and graduate degrees in all aspects of filmmaking. Filming this month are two SFI productions:

American Reaper: The Grim Reaper is an ominous, mysterious figure. But who is the man behind the infamous name? The Seattle Film Institute's student film American Reaper is a mockumentary that attempts to get to the heart of this very question. The premise is like a "Day in the Life of Death" as a camera crew interviews the Grim Reaper and follows him as he goes through his daily routine. American Reaper will be partially filmed in Volunteer Park.

Delayed Reaction Syndrome: The challenges and travails of those afflicted with this increasingly common (and wholly fictional) malady are examined in a second SFI mockumentary, Delayed Reaction Syndrome. Ten local actors will play in this project, with upcoming sequences filming in the Madrona neighborhood and nearby parks.

"Both directors commented on how impressed they are with the quality and professionalism of the local acting talent pool," says Chris Blanchett of SFI. Nineteen cast and crew were are involved with the two projects.

SCARECROW ON SEATTLE
Scarecrow
In appreciation and recognition of Seattle's long and illustrious film history, we are proud to partner with Scarecrow Video to bring you weekly reviews of historical Seattle films. Each week we will showcase a new movie, with special emphasis on how these films show Seattle's most filmable locations.

World's Greatest Dad (2009)

Robin Williams stars as a meek, Bruce Hornsby-loving, single father named Larry who aspires to become a novelist even though his manuscripts have been rejected numerous times. He makes a living teaching English at a Seattle high school and has a disrespectful, porn-addicted son (played by Spy Kid Daryl Sabara) who attends the same school. Larry is also dating the school's art teacher, who doesn't want to publicly admit their relationship. After a sudden, unexpected tragedy Larry's put-upon life sees a sudden change and he finds rapid success as a writer, a lover and a dad. But these triumphs are all predicated on a series of lies and fabrications that our protagonist must eventually confront. Written and directed by stand-up comic turned filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait, World's Greatest Dad is a very dark comedy somewhat similar to the films of Todd Solondz, especially Welcome to the Dollhouse, but not quite as grim. The movie is anchored by a sympathetic and vulnerable performance by Williams in his most restrained mode. This unsentimental film avoids typical sentimental Seattle locations, as there are no father/son trips to the Space Needle or romantic strolls through Pike Place Market. Instead, most of the movie's action transpires at the F.A. McDonald School in Wallingford, which was mostly unused when this film was shot but is actually re-opening this year as a K-8 public school. Many scenes take place inside the classrooms and there is also some action in the parking lot, and basketball court. Other locations used are an exterior shot of the Guild 45th Cinema (with Freaks and His Girl Friday on the marquee), a restaurant that I think might be the Matlby Caf, and The Wallingford Center. When father and son drive to school together I believe the exteriors were filmed in either the Magnolia or the Sunset Hill neighborhood and, during the drive, there is a roundabout joke that could have been shot at numerous Seattle intersections. There are a few other locations, including a TV station and a golf course, that I don't recognize but there is one scene that is 100% unmistakable Seattle filmmaking. A distraught Williams breaks down in tears in front of a porno magazine stand located on Spring Street between 3rd and 4th Avenue and he is consoled by none other than Krist Novoselic in a brief cameo appearance.
--Spenser Hoyt

MEDIA DIGEST

SEATTLE MUSIC SCENE'S TIES TO WEST MEMPHIS THREE
Billboard
Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, local record label owner Danny Bland, and other Seattle musicians were among the most fervent supporters of freeing the West Memphis Three, who were released from prison last week. The trio was the subject of countless articles and two documentary films, which caught the attention of both Vedder and Bland. Along with Seattle band the Supersuckers, Vedder recorded a song titled "Poor Girl" for a 2000 West Memphis Three benefit CD put together by Bland called Free The West Memphis Three: A Benefit for Truth & Justice.

COLUMBIA BASIN HERALD HIGHLIGHTS FEATURE FILM SHOT IN ELLENSBURG
Columbia Basin Herald
Eden is a feature film directed by local filmmaker Megan Griffiths (The Off Hours) based on the true story of Chong Kim, a Korean-American girl who survived domestic human trafficking and sex slavery. Earlier this month, Eden filmed a series of scenes in Ellensburg while trying to capture the feel of New Mexico and Nevada. Producer Colin Plank noted in the article that Washington was chosen as the filming location because of the state's film incentive program, which gave a 30 percent rebate on crew expenses. The program was not renewed during the 2011 legislative session, but Washington Filmworks executive director Amy Lillard said film incentive program will return to the legislature early next year for another try at renewal.

Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel White, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Tiffany Wan, Intern
Sorayya Aminian, Intern

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