Vol. 7, No. 13
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August 2013
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

ARTIST TRUST OFFERS CAREER TRAINING 

ARTIST TRUST

Through their Creative Career Center, the Artist Trust is offering a host of classes that span across all creative disciplines such as writing, photography, and music. Through a comprehensive suite of career-training workshops and resources, artists are provided the relevant and necessary skills to achieve their career goals. Artists learn best practices in the business of being an artist, increasing their confidence and entrepreneurialism. While facilitating peer support and exchange among artists, the Center trains artists to be self-reliant and proactive in developing their arts career.

CLINTON FEARON AND BASKERY HEADLINE 'OUT TO LUNCH'  

DOWNTOWN SEATTLE

The Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series provides an eclectic soundtrack to lunch-goers downtown, featured in various parks and venues throughout downtown and open to the public. The series is an effort put on by the Metropolitan Improvement District in cooperation with the Downtown Seattle Association, taking place every Wednesday and Friday from noon until 1:30 p.m.  This Friday raggae artist Clinton Fearon plays at Occidental Square and next Wednesday alternative country band Bakery  plays at Waterfront Park.

CALIFORNIA DECLARES FILM & TV 'STATE OF EMERGENCY'

DEFAMER

Newly elected Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garceitti, decalred a "state of emergency" for film and television. Thanks to recent deep budget cuts, California's incentive program lags far behind other states. California's $100 million incentive pool is further burdened by a cumbersome lottery program. California's share of national production wages has fallen almost 10 percent from 2004 to 2011, and the 89 percent of television drams shot in-state in 2005 has been reduced to just 37 percent in 2012. While Washington State's Film Competitiveness Program is capped annually at $3.5 million, it is a cash-back program that has resulted in a 110% increase in film and commercial production since 2007. 

CINERAMA TO INSTALL WORLD'S FIRST LASER PROJECTOR

Are you a big movie buff?  Or are you just interested in experiencing one of the most clear and vibrant screens in the world?  Seattle's Cinerama Theater, owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, is on track to install a new digital laser projector in early 2014, with the capability of projecting up to 60,000 lumens of light output.  This new addition to the theater will accommodate the community with the highest quality movie viewing experience, especially when it will be projected on the enormous 90 by 30 foot screen. 

HOW TYPOGRAPHY AFFECTS IDENTITY IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

MUSIC THINK TANK

Typographic selections matter in an industry where your brand, musical style and messaging is perceived visually. According to the Social Science Research Network 65 percent of the population learn visually. Though pictures speak volumes, people also spend enormous amounts of time reading texts. Fonts such as handmade typography and decorative typographies invoke a sense of intimacy and provide a more personal touch while fonts such as sans serif draw a cleaner image with its utilization of white background space and simplistic styling formats.

SHORT FILM FRIDAY: VANITY CODE

SHORT FILM FRIDAY

The short film for this Friday will be "Vanity Code: How to Get into an Impossible-to-Get-into Restaurant" by local filmmaker/animator Drew Christie.  The short is the second episode of a series, Vanity Code, Christie is producing for the media giant Vanity Fair. The first episode, which was posted on July, concerns the codes for a swingers party. The second is very short and concerns, of course, "How to Get into an Impossible-to-Get-into Restaurant." Christie also does shorts for the New York Times. Christie is really on the up-and-up.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 8/19

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC 

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

1.  Moondoggies - Adios I'm a Ghost

2.  Pickwick - Can't Talk Medicine

3.  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist 

4.  Widower - Full Moon

5.  Sadistik - Flowers For My Father

6.  Telekinesis - Telekinesis

7.  Caspar Babypants - This is Fun

8.   Rose Windows - Sun Dogs

9.  Father John Misty - Fear Fun 

10. Walking Paper - Walking Papers

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, in order of imminence, from soonest-ending project to furthest out. Click on the Kickstarter buttons to check out these local projects and discover even more happening around Seattle.  

  

GABE MUCH RECORDS GOSPEL FOLK ALBUM - August 30 (2 days)

(Album) Seattle Pacific student and performer Gabe Much is set to study in Europe, and he needs help bringing gospel music with him. Gabe plans to sell his CD out of his guitar case while he busks. 

  

NEW STUDIO ALBUM FROM ARTHUR MIGLIAZZA: LAYIN IT DOWN - August 30 (2 Days)

(Music) Arthur Migliazza is looking to pay for studio time for his new album Layin It Down, to include solo piano numbers, some piano-guitar duets, and more.

 

JEAN MANN: BETWEEN THE ROCKS AND STARS - September 1 (3 days)

(Music) Jean Mann's 5th album is recorded, she need help for mastering and distribution.

  

DIANA: A SHORT FILM - September 3 (5 days)

(Film) Two travellers search the world for their missing friend and invoke powerful magic to bring her back to life.

 

POLLY O'KEARY AND THE RHYTHM METHOD NEW ALBUM - September 5 (8 days)

(Music) After a four-year hiatus, the multi award-winning Seattle blues band is back and ready to record.

 

SANPOMICHI: STOP-MOTION FILM - September 9 (11 days)

(Film) Sanpomichi tells of the story of two mice living their lives in a Tokyo apartment.

  

SLOW BIRD'S DEBUT ALBUM - September 12 (14 days)

(Album) Slow Bird needs help paying for mixing and mastering, and production and packaging for their upcoming album.

 

ROUGH PEOPLE DEBUT ALBUM - September 12 (15 days) 

(Music) After extensive local touring, Rough People is recording their first album.   

 

JOURNEY TO HOW SWEET THE SOUND IN DETROIT - September 21 (23 days)

(Music) The Greater Works Choir, the premier gospel choir from the Pacific Northwest needs help getting to Detroit for the "How Sweet The Sound" choir competition. 

 

JANE AUSTEN'S SENSE AND SENSIBILITY- September 23 (25 days)

(Film) This modern adaptation of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" has just one more scene that needs to be shot for completion.

 

WHY KICKSTARTER AND NOT INDIEGOGO?

MEDIA DIGEST

SPOTIFY VERSUS MUSICIANS, WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THIS CONTENTIOUS DEBATE

THE GUARDIAN

Upon musician Thom Yorke's voluntary removal of their Atoms for Peace's from Spotify, a heated debate over the value of music streaming services for musicians and the music industry began to stir. It's an emotional debate in a post-Napster era as artists, industry insiders and the public alike sound off on the issue. With a variety of perspectives such as those likening Spotify to manifestations of THE MAN and corporate greed; others provide expert objective knowledge on income distribution; and still others debating the profitability of streaming sites and its ability to work cohesively with older income generating music models.

10 MUSICAL ACTS NOT TO MISS AT BUMBERSHOOT

It's that time again, Seattle's biggest music festival is set to wow thousands of art, music, and entertainment lovers in the Seattle center. The Seattle times provides a list of their top acts to catch while attending the weekend festivities. For Saturday, they recommend catching "god-level" rapper Kendrick Lamar, on Sunday they suggest catching The Zombies player their 1968 pop sensation album "Odessy and Oracle" and on Monday, Folktronica hit Alt-J.  

LYNN SHELTON ON TOUCHY FEELY AND OVERCOMING CASTING HICCUPS

Lynn Shelton sheds light on her new film Touchy Feely, a movie starring Rosemarie DeWitt who plays the role of a masseuse who becomes uncomfortable touching people. It is only when DeWitt finds herself taking ecstasy that she is able to overcome her problem. Shelton discusses her thought process and reason for including ecstasy, an illicit drug, to be the solution for DeWitt's problem. Shelton also goes more in depth about her next film, Laggies and the experience behind her first multimillion dollar production.  

WEST SEATTLE, BALLARD ARTISTS PREPARE FOR BUMBERSHOOT       

WEST SEATTLE HERALD

Bumbershoot, happening over Labor Day weekend, has West Seattle and Ballard artists gearing up to perform a wide range of entertainment genres including fire-eating, belting out gospel tunes worthy of a national recognition and blowing glass art. Hollis Wong-wear and Dan Niven are two well-known performers expected to knock your socks off.

THE GAMERS 3, NW PREMIRE AT PAX PRIME THIS WEEKEND

Seattle-based production company, Zombie Orpheus Entertainment (ZOE) is premiering the third installation of their popular web series at PAX Prime this weekend. In The Gamers: Hands of Fate, the cast of internationally acclaimed The Gamers: Dorkness Rising returns for another dice-hurling, waffle-devouring, GM-infuriating romp through worlds of sword, sorcery, and surrealism. The cast and crew will on a Q&A panel after the screening. ZOE is also streaming the series for free on their website until August 31.

BUMBERSHOOT WATCH: IVAN AND ALYOSHA

Ivan and Alyosha's sweet, folk-pop tunes have garnered plenty of national attention since the band was founded -- NPR paid special attention to the group in 2010 in a preview of Austin's South by Southwest on the influential "All Songs Considered." Like most Seattle musicians, band member Tim Wilson cites the city itself and its support  for some of their success. "We love being a band from Seattle, and I think that means something, especially to people not from Seattle," says Wilson. "When we're on the road and we say 'Hey, we're Ivan and Alyosha, and we're from Seattle, Washington,' that alone gets people excited." The band is scheduled to play their first Bumbershoot festival at the Plaza Stage on Monday. "When we started this band, like as a local Seattle band, that's the goal," says Wilson of playing the three-day festival. And it's a goal that was a long time coming, and has occurred with a lot of support.

COMMUNITY BACKED FILM TO SHOWCASE SEATTLE TO THE WORLD

Siblings Ruthie and Thomas Zug along with their father, Bryan Zug and three friends came together to create a short "We Make Seattle" to show the world what Seattleites already know and love about the city. Beyond the rainy weather, plethora of Starbucks on every corner and little coffee shops on every other corner, Seattle has a story that needs telling and something that's worth sharing. What began as a Kickstarter project speared by Zug, principle at Bootstrapper Studios and Scott Berkun, Seattle-based author and speaker, has evolved into a determination to "do something to raise Seattle's profile and tell our story." 

DOCUMENTARY ABOUT FREEMONT TROLL SET TO BE RELEASED

Michael Falcone, director behind "The Hall of Giants: The Story of the Fremont Troll" has announced that their film 3-years in the making documenting the build of the Fremont Troll will be screened in Seattle on September 12. The documentary focuses on the creation and endurance of said troll and includes frank interviews, archival footage and rare trollish photography. Included in the film is an exploration of the lives of those involved in its construction. 

MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS RACK UP AWARDS AT MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS

Seattle based Hip Hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won big at the MTV Video Music Awards in Brooklyn, New York this weekend.  The group's single "Same Love" won the award for "Best Video with a Social Message." The song promotes marriage equality, and was originally released to sway voters to support the recent Gay Rights measure on the Washington State ballot. They also took home the Best Hip Hop Video Award for their other hit single "Can't Hold Us."

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