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INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
APPLY NOW FOR THE JACK STRAW ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM
Jack Straw Productions
The Jack Straw Residency Programs offer established and emerging artists in various disciplines an opportunity to explore the creative use of sound in a professional atmosphere through residencies in their recording studios and participation in their various presentation programs. The programs offered include writing, artist support, and new media gallery, all of which were established to provide a strong audio arts foundation for residents. The deadline for applications is Monday, October 31, 2011.
STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR THE GIG HARBOR 72 HOUR FILM COMPETITION
Gig Harbor Film Festival
Calling all filmmakers! The Gig Harbor 72 Hour Competition still has room for individual short film-makers. Participants in this exhilarating, time-sensitive project have three days to blow judges away with a movie under five minutes in length. All elements of the film must be crafted within the 72 hour window. The submission deadline is September 16th-18th., and winning flicks will appear on the big screen.
SEATTLE SHINES AT TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Two members of Seattle's film community will make their mark at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Canadian director Guy Maddin's Keyhole will premiere at TIFF in September. The film follows the surreal indoor odyssey of Ulysses Pick (Jason Patric), who is struggling to reach his wife (Isabella Rossellini) in her bedroom upstairs. The score was written by Seattle composer Jason Staczek. Seattle cinematographer Ben Kasulke (Humpday, The Off Hours) shot the film on location in Winnipeg. Staczek and Kasulke began working with Maddin at the Northwest Film Forum, which produced Maddin's 2006 film, Brand Upon The Brain!, and Lynn Shelton's first feature, We Go Way Back. Shelton's latest, Your Sister's Sister, was also shot by Kasulke and will premiere at TIFF as well.
MIFFF 2011 FULL LINEUP ANNOUNCED
It is the Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival's (MIFFF) third year in action, and organizers are thrilled to announce the lineup for this year. This three day international showcase of genre films will take place September 16th-18th, debuting five new feature films and playing over 40 short picks. Cinema fanatics are in for a treat as they absorb films about a mysterious tunnel, haunted houses and flying robots that will be screened at Seattle's McCaw Hall.
THE VERA PROJECT HOSTS ARTISTS FROM DUTCH COUNTERPART
The Vera Project
The Vera Project will be hosting silk screeners from its Dutch doppelganger. Holland's Vera Groningen, the original inspiration from which our local adaptation sprouted, is sending artists to exhibit posters from Sonic Youth, Beat Happening, Pearl Jam, Pavement, Nirvana, and more. This exhibit will open in Vera Seattle's art gallery tonight and is open to the general public. The show will continue throughout Labor Day Weekend. Artists Dijkema and Van der Ploeg will share some insight into their artwork and how Vera Groningen fosters community involvement in the arts. Prints by talented Vera Groningen artists will also be displayed in the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center as part of the American Poster Institute's 31st annual Flatstock exhibit at Bumbershoot.
SEATTLE REPERTORY JAZZ ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES 2011-12 SEASON
The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra has announced its 17th season schedule. Four mainstage concerts will bring glorious sounds to both Seattle and Kirkland. Listeners will hear programs such as "An Evening with Ol' Blue Eyes: The Music of Frank Sinatra," "Benny Carter's Peaceful Warrior: A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.," "North by Northwest: Music of Seattle's Jazz Composers" and "Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance II: All Acoustic Jazz." There will be discounted tickets for all jazz fans ages 25 and younger.
HBO TO HOST SNEAK PEEK OF BOARDWALK EMPIRE FOR SEATTLE FANS
The popular HBO series Boardwalk Empire, an Emmy-nominated, Golden Globe-winning drama entering its second season, will be specially screened during a speakeasy pub crawl on Friday, September 16th. Seattle was chosen to host this unique event because it has the 3rd highest concentration of Boardwalk Empire fans on Facebook. Fans attending the event, who should bring with them non-perishable food donations, will also have the opportunity to meet one of the show's stars, Shea Whigham. For a chance to attend the event taking place September 16th, fans should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOMEN IN FILM HOSTS A WEALTH OF FILM EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER
Women in Film
September 6th marks the relocation of the Women in Film (WIF) "First Tuesday" gathering to the iconic Rendezvous Lounge in Belltown. To celebrate the new space, WIF will help to kick off the web launch of SmartGirls' Way, an organization dedicated to encouraging, enabling and empowering women entrepreneurs. The First Tuesday will also include a talk by WIF staff about their upcoming 6-week Adobe After Effects workshop, launching September 12th. Finally, on September 24th, the Manhattan Short Film Festival settles into West Seattle's Admiral Theater, co-hosted by WIF. Ten short films were chosen by professional producers, directors, and actors. The screening audience at the Admiral Theater will choose the ultimate winner.
LOCAL BAND CHOSEN TO PERFORM AT GLOBAL PEACE EVENT
Bombay-influenced rock band Manooghi Hi has been invited to perform at an event in Vancouver, Canada highlighting East Africa. Called "HumanKind: An Evening of help & hope for East Africa," the free gathering will also remember the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and bring together individuals from the Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Muslim faiths. Representatives from Vancouver's African First Nations communities will also attend. The event will include performances by Manooghi Hi and other international musicians, ending with a candlelight vigil.
APPLICATIONS FOR GRAMMY IN THE SCHOOLS PROGRAM AVAILABLE
GRAMMY In the Schools
High school musicians can apply now for three lucrative GRAMMY In the Schools programs. GRAMMY Jazz Sessions and GRAMMY Camp cater to those looking for individual development. The former gathers 30 of the best high school jazz musicians in LA during February 2012 to play with GRAMMY nominees and winners, culminating in the recording of an album and the chance to attend the GRAMMY awards. The latter offers students the choice to go to LA or New York during the summer to meet recording artists, write and record music, visit cool music-related sites, and perform in a professional venue. The third program, GRAMMY Signature Schools, is a grant for school music programs that work to thrive despite budget cuts and other hardships.
NFFTY WELCOMES NEW PROGRAMMING AND OUTREACH MANAGER
NFFTY is thrilled to welcome Sam Kelly, Jr as its new Programming & Outreach Manager! "Sam is a perfect addition to our team bringing enthusiasm as well as a film and outreach background," says NFFTY Executive Director Jesse Harris. Sam is a native Washingtonian who is an award-winning film producer and music video director. Having previously worked as a college recruiter for Western Washington University and as a media producer for Seattle's Experience Music Project (EMP), his experience giving educational presentations across the country, connecting with film industry professionals, and being a hands-on indie filmmaker shows his unwavering passion for film, music, and pop-culture.
REGISTRATION BEGINS TOMORROW FOR RENTON FILMFRENZY
Filmmakers, do you have what it takes to compete in the Fourth-Annual Renton FilmFrenzy? From October 7-9, competitors will have 50 hours to write, shoot, edit, and submit a short film that is up to four minutes long. A "CurveBall" challenge will be sent to participants at the beginning of the competition. These range from incorporating a line of dialogue to shooting at a specific Renton location. All submitted films will be screened October 24 at the Renton Civic Theatre. Judges hail from organizations like SIFF, TheFilmSchool, Reel Grrls, KING TV, MagicHour Films, and the Renton Municipal Arts Commission. Registration for Renton FilmFrenzy begins Thursday, September 1.
TOYOTA'S FREE YR RADIO SPOTLIGHTS LOCAL MUSIC AT BUMBERSHOOT
Toyota Free Yr Radio
Many local bands playing Bumbershoot are getting some extra attention thanks to Toyota's Free Yr Radio, which is partnering with KEXP and The Vera Project to host a special stage near the International Fountain at Seattle Center. The performances scheduled include three bands that won't be playing anywhere else during Bumbershoot (Seapony, The Pharmacy, and a special guest to be determined on Monday). To bolster its mission to keep independent radio thriving, Free Yr Radio will also be donating funds to KEXP and The Vera Project. Performers include The Lonely Forest, Grand Hallway, Pickwick, Yuni in Taxco, Allen Stone, Campfire OK, Lemolo, Ravenna Woods, and more.
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 Hours Left)
Send Brent Amaker and the Rodeo to Europe - 9/2 (46 Hours Left)
Christa Says Yay ~ Be a part of making Monster Love Machine! -9/4 (3 Days Left)
Wanitani: Songs for the Women of Gerwani- 9/4(3 Days Left)
"OK.luv" - The improvised internet musical dating show! - 9/5 (4 Days Left)
Zeroland Productions introduces The Spyders! - 9/5 (4 Days Left)
Silver Bells short film - 9/6 (5 Days Left)
The Impossible Tour - 9/6 (12 Days Left)
Bobby Ellis is Gonna Kick Your Ass - 9/6 (5 Days Left)
"Soul Resonance" - Zimbabwean Music Spreading in America - 9/7 (6 Days Left)
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 8/24 - 8/30
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart"
- Jesse Sykes - "Marble Son"
- Gold Leaves - "Ornament"
- Eddie Vedder - "Ukelele Songs"
- Shabazz Palaces - "Black Up"
- Star Anna - "Alone In This Together"
- Caspar Babypants - "Sing Along!"
- Blue Scholars - "Cinemetropolis"
- Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"
- Whalebones - "Whalebones"
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:
Kontent Partner's "Alone In This Together"
Seattle based creative production house, Kontent Partners, recently collaborated with Rachel Flotard/Local 638 Records, Pearl Jam and their distribution network Monkey Wrench, to produce the music video for “Alone in This Together,” the title track off the new album by Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs.
Directed by Craig Brooks and Lindsay Daniels, the video was shot over a single day in an abandoned, turn of the century home in Seward Park. The video supports the band’s performance at the Pearl Jam 20 Destination Weekend on September 3/4, and the September 8 kick off of their West Coast tour.
"Shooting in Seattle not only helped logistically, but retained the soul and authenticity of the Northwest-rooted band," said Brooks.
Kontent Partners assembled over 18 of some of the best Seattle film crew to execute an incredibly ambitious production schedule.
SCARECROW ON SEATTLE
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.
In The Shadows aka Under Heaven (1998)
Cynthia (Molly Parker) and Buck (Aden Young) are two slackers in love who spend most of their days stealing, getting high on cough syrup, and arguing about the rent. One day Cynthia decides she's had enough and bucks Buck for a job as live-in companion to Eleanor (Joely Richardson), a wealthy woman dying of cancer. Once Buck comes whining back to Cynthia, she introduces him to Eleanor under the guise that Buck is her half-brother and capable of creating the perfect garden her employer has dreamed of. Then Cynthia decides Buck should seduce Eleanor to get her money, and an awkward love triangle is born. Writer/director Meg Richman's film is based on Henry James' novel The Wings of the Dove. Having never read it or seen any of its other film adaptations, I can't speak to how well the film reflects the source material. But given the book is considered a classic I can only surmise that the script lacks the nuances of late Victorian era courtship. I never really believed the characters were actually in love or even liked each other. Buck shows no reason to actually fall for Eleanor but somehow does, just as mysteriously as he learns to garden. He moves back and forth between his lovers with no discernable conflict. Cynthia vacillates between pushing Eleanor and Buck together and wildly claiming abandonment with similar randomness. Eleanor lingers delicately in the emotional balance looking frail in her pastel clothes. The film was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, so my reaction is apparently not typical. Thankfully there are some nice bits of Seattle to appease my uncultured self. Cynthia and Buck start out living at the Brewster Apartments in the Denny Triangle. Eleanor's stately home is likely in Magnolia judging from the view from her rambling backyard. Buck plays pool and existentially dribbles Red Hook on the bar at what a trusted expert (Scarecrow on Seattle contributor Spenser Hoyt) believes is a pre-remodeled Comet Tavern. Eleanor buys Buck a truck at Westlund Buick on Aurora and immediately demands he drive her out to the mountains. They cross the south fork of the Skykomish River on Highway 2 before stopping for an outdoor tryst. Hammering Man keeps time as Cynthia and her troubadour friend sing on the steps alongside Seattle Art Museum. Buck and Eleanor take in the cityscape and the Fourth of July fireworks at Gasworks. There are also a few more subtle nods to our region. The film opens with Buck stealing fruit pies from a Gai's Bakery truck. Cynthia mocks Buck for being from White "Trash" Center. A vendor wearing a MacPherson's Fruit and Produce apron sells Cynthia some dill from a cart in Pioneer Square. Eleanor gives Cynthia a beautiful silk dress from Darbury Stenderu in Belltown. The soundtrack features original songs by local musician Marc Olsen, and Buck uses "Pendulum" from Screaming Trees' singer Mark Lanegan's solo album Whiskey For The Holy Ghost to introduce Eleanor to both the concept of rock music and his warm embrace. As a nice finishing touch, Scarecrow Video is thanked in the credits.
MEGAN GRIFFITHS RECEIVES SEATTLE MAGAZINE'S SPOTLIGHT AWARD
Seattle Magazine has honored local indie filmmaker Megan Griffiths with the Spotlight Award. Griffiths has been the central driving force for films like We Go Way Back and Zoo. She made her directorial debut last year with the film The Off Hours. Seattle Magazine features a conversation with Griffiths about her character-driven storylines that elicit a deep human emotional response among viewers. In the chat, she reminisces her beginning days at the Alpha Cine photo lab and muses over having Sundance adopt one of her works.
LATEST FEATURE FILM IN SEATTLE COULD BE LAST
21 and Over, a large-scale feature film to stealthily take over Seattle streets, may sadly be the city's last. During a stunt scene where parking meters flew across the University District streets, the KING 5 News crew talked with producer Tony Grazia, who said that the now non-operational state incentive plan is "gonna hurt." "You need the incentives to bring film makers here," said Grazia. The incentive needs to be passed during the 2012 legislative session in order to continue on in the future.
KIRKLAND REPORTER SPOTLIGHTS THE WOMAN WHO INSPIRED LOCAL FEATURE FILM
In 1995, Chong Kim was forced into sexual slavery in a brutal case of domestic human trafficking. Her story is the inspiration behind the film Eden, a local film directed by homegrown filmmaker Megan Griffiths. The script was written by Seattle native Rick Philips and is being produced by Colin Plank and Jacob Mosler, both of whom are also from the Seattle area. Kim visited the set of Eden while the cast and crew were filming in a Kirkland neighborhood. Now living in Texas with her husband and son, it was Kim's first time meeting the producers of the film and seeing her own story come to life before her eyes.
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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