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August 29, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS

HAPPY HOUR RETURNS TONIGHT WITH FOCUS ON MUSIC EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS

FMI HAPPY HOUR

The Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour returns tonight 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.

SCHEDULED CITY MAINTENANCE TO DISRUPT PERMITTING PROCESS 

The City of Seattle is performing scheduled maintenance over the Labor Day weekend.  From Friday 8/29 through Tuesday 9/4, no film permit applications can be processed, and you may not be able to download any documents from the Office of Film + Music website. Because of this maintenance, any application submitted during that timeframe may not be reviewed until maintenance work is finished on 9/4. For more information on permits from the Office of Film + Music, please click here.

SEATTLE CENTER BIG BIRTHDAY BASH 

Join the fun on Saturday, September 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Seattle Center Big Birthday Bash sponsored by Bartell Drugs. This community-wide party is a centerpiece of The Next Fifty celebration, with entertainment, events, activities and special offers across our campus. Admission is free! Highlights from the bash include a vintage car show, photo opportunities with local sports and entertainment VIPs, retro merchandising booths, an awesome lineup of musicians on five different stages, and many more attractions! 

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 until September 21. 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, Vintage Trouble will be playing at Occidental Square for a special after work show starting at 5:30 p.m.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

FILMMAKERS: FIRST ANNUAL SEATTLE FILM SUMMIT

SEATTLE FILM SUMMIT

Join other industry professionals at the first annual Seattle Film Summit on Saturday, September 29. This inaugural conference is for those in Washington who have a stake in the production or distribution of media content. Featured panelists include Office of Film + Music Director James Keblas and Film Coordinator Chris Swenson, Jennifer Roth (Black Swan, World's Greatest Dad), Beth Barrett (SIFF), Amy Lillard (Washington Filmworks), Mark Lipsky (IFC, Miramax), Matt Hooper (One Square Mile), and John Sinno (Zombies of Mass Destruction). The summit invites professionals, amateurs and aficionados, alike, and will take place in association with the 14th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival at the Northwest Film Forum from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m on September 29.  The Seattle Film Summit is designed as a place for the community to come together, learn, and address industry concerns.  Come explore various topics including improving the business of film in Washington and the future of production in our state.

TOYOTA PARTNERS WITH KEXP AND THE VERA PROJECT AT BUMBERSHOOT

FREE YR RADIO        

This Labor Day weekend, Toyota Free Yr Radio returns to the Emerald City for its fourth year supporting independent radio at Bumbershoot. In cooperation with KEXP 90.3 and The Vera Project, Free Yr Radio will be bringing festival goers three days of exclusive performances and interviews with local bands including Deep Sea Diver, Dude York, The Young Evils, and other touring artists. Recordings of the performances and interviews will also be available via podcast at www.theveraproject.org and www.kexp.org

PREVIEW THE KING 98.1 FM 2012 FALL ARTS SEASON

KING FM          

Classical KING FM 98.1 is devoting the entire month of September to previewing the 2012-2013 classical music performance season, featuring over 30 Northwest music groups ranging from concerts and operas to ballet and theatre. "There is such a wealth of music here in the Pacific Northwest, with literally hundreds of concerts this season. The choices can be overwhelming," said KING FM Program Director Bryan Lowe.  "New Season Showcase gives our community a one-stop place to preview concerts before you go hear it live." 

'EDEN' INKS DEAL FOR NORTH AMERICAN DISTRIBUTION

INDIEWIRE          

Berry Meyerowitz, President and CEO of Phase 4 Films, announced today that the company has acquired all North American rights to director Megan Griffiths' drama Eden. "I'm beyond thrilled that Phase 4 will be releasing Eden," said Griffiths. "We've experienced such an incredibly powerful response to the film on the festival circuit and I'm very excited for it to reach a wider audience." The deal for Eden was negotiated by Phase 4's Larry Greenberg and Katharyn Howe with Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers. Eden was filmed in Washington State in 2011 and was featured as a Film Production of the Week.

ROCKSTAR MOTEL AND CMJ SEEKING TO FILL OPEN SLOTS FOR MUSIC MARATHON

SEATTLE MUSIC INSIDER                 

Seattle-based RockStar Motel and CMJ are currently taking submissions from emerging performers for the 2012 Music Marathon and Film Festival at Rockstar Motel. The types of acts that RSM and CMJ are looking for are not genre-specific, but they should not currently have a record deal. Two selected acts will be invited to participate in the showcase and receive $1,000.00 for travel expenses.

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.

 

LEVEL UP: PIXEL PUB & GAMING LOUNGE - September 2 (4 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 (9 days)

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

 

THE GAMERS: HANDS OF FATE - September 7 (9 days)

A dice-hurling, waffle-devouring, GM-infuriating romp through worlds of sword, sorcery, and surrealism. 

 

SECRETS IN A BLACK DEAF FAMILY - September 7 (9 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.

NEW ALBUM BY STEVE TRESELER GROUP FEATURING INGRID JENSEN - September 8 (10 days)
An album of original jazz from the Seattle-based saxophonist featuring world-renowned trumpet player Ingrid Jensen.

METROPOLIS: A FILM - September 12 (14 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 (22 days)
A misfortunate web comedy about misfit actors cast in an action kung fu show.

EMPIRE WAY'S DEBUT ALBUM - September 23 (25 days)
Leslie Dietz, Rudy Yuly, 2 acoustics, and legendary Seattle producer Conrad Uno need help funding their first album.

Help bring Seattle punk group Sick Secret's gslorious, ear blistering jams to the masses.

PEOPLETANK'S FIRST STUDIO ALBUM - October 12 (44 days)
People Tank are recording their first album with legendary producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, BlackBeatBlue, Dead Language).
 
THE NEWYORKER @PARIS - October 18 (50 days)
A short film about chance, serendipity and magic involving an American woman in Paris as she is pursued by an eccentric French man who has fallen madly in love with her upon seeing her profile on an online social site.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 8/20 - 8/26                

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. Allen Stone - "Allen Stone"
3. Brandi Carlile - "Bear Creek" 
4. Lemolo - "Kaleidoscope"
5. Lowmen Markos - "Flames" 
6. Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart" 
7. Mt. Eeerie - "Ocean Roar"
8. Caspar Babypants - "Hot Dog"
9. Donnie and Joe Emerson - "Dreamin Wild"
10.  Metal Chocolates - "Metal Chocolates"

SCARECROW ON SEATTLE: HOUSE OF GAMES (1987) 
By coincidence or not, two of my three favorite made-in-Seattle movies, Trouble In Mind and House Of Games, were made only two years apart at a distance of five blocks from each other. The amazing thing about this is that for two films that rely so heavily on mood and setting, and both are beautiful to look at, they present two completely different views of Seattle. Trouble In Mind inhabits the city with a living, breathing, chaotic and sardonic sense of romance and hope. David Mamet's House Of Games, however, is cold, quiet, and cynical. It's a story about confidence men and card players and, much like the Mamet's very personal, idiosyncratic dialogue, has a rhythm all its own. But the rhythms here are not limited to what comes out of the characters mouths. There is a lovely score, haunting and cool. There are smoke-filled bars and neon-lit rooms where the people who play these games size each other up for the next round, always watching, listening and trying to figure out what their opponent is going to do next. The audience, too, is part of this game, which is why even a basic plot summary would reveal more than is fair. All that said, you should know that Joe Mantegna, Lindsay Crouse, Ricky Jay, J.T. Walsh, and the other lesser-known denizens of Mamet's world are magnetic. They watch and observe each other, and you can't take your eyes off of them.

The title's namesake was a real, actual house of games called the 211 Club, a legendary poolroom on Union between Second and Third Avenue. In the commentary on the Criterion DVD, Mamet laments the loss of the 211 Club, bluntly stating that Seattle was a poor city at the time and that we tore it down because now we're a rich city. While that may be overstating the point, the block that once held the 211 Club is now the south end of Benaroya Hall, a functional concrete slab of greys and tans. The only break from that slab is corrugated metal garage door at almost exactly the spot where the 211 used to sit. Charlie's Tavern (also featured in Trouble In Mind) at Sixth and Pike, a location in the film and a real bar at the time, is gone too, but numerous other locations still exist. There's a check cashing place at 1206 First Avenue that still looks the same, as does the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel, the underbelly of the Hotel Vintage Park, a parking lot on Harbor Island, the PacMed building, and a lonely corner where Pine, Madison, and Sixteenth Avenue converge. Unlike Trouble In Mind or The Parallax View (my third choice for best Seattle movies,) Mamet didn't use the Space Needle or other recognizable Seattle locations to any great advantage. But in using the quiet, forgotten corners of the city, he got exactly what he was looking for.

-Mark Steiner  
MEDIA DIGEST
THE STRANGER'S 2012 BUMBERSHOOT GUIDE

THE STRANGER              

Exhausted by the mere thought of planning your Bumbershoot experience? Relax! The Stranger has come to your rescue. Offering brief descriptions of all the performing artists as well as the timing of the shows, The Stranger has put together a guide that will help you stay on top of all the great music Bumbershoot has to offer! Also, be sure to check out the sections on comedy, performing arts, and the non performance events grouped in the words and ideas category! 

PAX PRIMED FOR THIS WEEKEND

EXAMINER        

On August 31, the doors of the Seattle Convention Center will once again open to thousands of gamers eager to play the latest demos, listen and discuss panels presented by those in the gaming industry, and run off of virtually no sleep for 3-4 days. That's right! PAX is upon us! The Penny Arcade Expo is one of the most well known expos for gamers in the United States. Some of the exciting panels and events you will find at PAX this year include the Assassin's Creed III panel, Gaming Grows Up: The Evolution of Modern Gaming, Build an RPG in an hour, and a Magic: The Gathering tournament.

BEN KASULKE: LENS CRAFTER

SEATTLE MAG

If you have seen any recent indie films set in Seattle, you have likely watched them through Ben Kasulke's eyes. The cinematographer, who won the 2012 Mayor's Award For Outstanding Achievement In Film, has been behind the camera on an astonishing number of local movies of note, including major success stories such as Lynn Shelton's Your Sister's Sister, Colin Trevorrow's Safety Not Guaranteed, and Megan Griffiths' The Off Hours. Skilled at capturing everything from the murky interior world of an all-night diner to the gray-green natural expanses of the rural Northwest to the fever-dream horrors of dysfunctional childhood memories, Kasulke, 35, "is a sort of visual translation machine, using light, shadow and hue to immerse viewers in a script's intended world."

MIKE JAWORSKI IS LEAVING THE SUNSET

THE STRANGER

Mike Jaworski has been booking shows at the Sunset for almost six years. However on on August 23, he announced that he will be stepping down. "It's been a great run and I feel blessed to have worked with so many wonderful people and to have accomplished so many amazing things," said Jawoski. "I have an immense amount of gratitude for my time at The Sunset and I'm excited to take the rich experience it's given me on to my next adventure in life."

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