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News from the Office of Film + Music 9/7/2011


CITY NEWS

ARTZONE RETURNS TO SEATTLE CHANNEL ON SEPTEMBER 16
Seattle Channel
After a summer hiatus, Nancy Guppy and the Art Zone crew are back with an exciting new season spotlighting Seattle's vibrant arts scene. Local based art collective SuttonBeresCuller will talk about their newest show, titled "To Be Determined," coming to On the Boards this month. Also on the theater side is the 20th anniversary celebration of Freehold Theatre, plus a chat with Velocity Dance Center executive director Tonya Locker about the studio's upcoming season. Psychedelic-influenced rockers Yuni in Taxco will play two tracks live on Art Zone, and the show will conclude with a visit from the Seattle Symphony's new conductor, Ludovic Morlot. You can catch Art Zone on Friday, September 16 at 8 pm, or stream the episode online.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

SIFF WANTS TO HEAR YOUR MEMORIES ABOUT THE UPTOWN CINEMA
SIFF
SIFF recently cemented a deal to revive the Queen Anne's 85-year-old Uptown Cinema, making it the new headquarters for SIFF Cinema. As they settle in to their new home, SIFF wants to hear about your cherished recollections of the Uptown. Whether a certain candy eaten there has your memory jogging, a poignant flick had an effect on you, or you had the first date that would become your last, SIFF wants to know. The responses will assist in the curation of a five-day feature film screening following a grand opening on October 23. Email your memories by September 26 to uptownhistory@siff.net.

NEW RECORD LABEL SEASTAR DIGITAL NETWORK DEBUTS FEATURE ARTIST
Chelle
Local fledgling label Seastar Digital Entertainment recently signed a talented young singer named Chelle. A graduate of Garfield High School, she's been championed by people like influential hip hop personality Nasty Nes (known for managing Sir Mix A Lot). She was recently invited to participate in the Core DJs Conference, a popular music industry networking event for DJs and record labels taking place in New Orleans. Since the summer, Chelle's music has been played on college radio and has reached as far as Malaysia. She was also interviewed by the Northwest Highlite Show, a local radio show that brings to light underground hip hop from the Puget Sound area.

TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL REVEALS LINEUP
Tacoma Film Festival
The sixth annual Tacoma Film Festival will roll out its red carpet one month from today. The festival, which is "local in focus, yet international in scope," will bring more than two dozen filmmakers to various big screens around Tacoma. The SXSW hit, Natural Selection, will kick off the fest on October 6th, with a special guest in attendance. Over 100 independent films, many from the Pacific Northwest, will be shown at this celebration of filmmaking.

HISTORY IS ______ YOUTH FILM MEET-UP IS NEXT MONTH
MOHAI
Are you a young filmmaker interested in making a connection with other talented youth? The Northwest Film Forum (NWFF), SIFF and the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) will host a History Is ____Youth Film Meet-Up, an event aimed at connecting creative minds 22 years and younger. Young film-lovers will gather and network, eat food and discover remarkable talent within their community at this free event on October 22. Professionals from the film industry will be in attendance and films will be screened all afternoon. The fun takes place at NWFF in Capitol Hill.

WOMEN IN FILM KICKS OFF SMARTGIRL'S WAY VIDEO SERIES
SmartGirls Way
Last night marked the relocation of the Women in Film (WIF) "First Tuesday" gathering to the iconic Jewel Box Theater at the Rendezvous Lounge in Belltown. To celebrate the new space, WIF helped to kick off the web launch of SmartGirls' Way, an organization dedicated to encouraging, enabling and empowering women entrepreneurs. Their brand new project, 100100, will feature video vignettes of 100 women entrepreneurs from over 40 industries across the United States telling their start-up stories. The videos will live on the web and can be viewed over the next 20 weeks.

SEATTLE WEEKLY'S REVERB FESTIVAL LINEUP TEEMING WITH LOCAL MUSICIANS
Seattle Weekly
On October 8th, Ballard will be packed with over 70 local musicians and bands for Seattle Weekly's REVERB Local Music Festival. Not only will Ballard Ave be vibrant with various performers, REVERB has recently announced the addition of a poster exhibition, which showcases talented local artists. Proceeds from REVERB will benefit Seattle Music Partners, an organization that matches kids with a high school or college student to mentor them while they learn how to play music. Music starts at 2pm and continues until about 2 am.

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 Road To Tequila - 9/7 (7 Hours Left)
"I Love Death" - It's a Film, not a Fetish - 9/10 (70 Hours Left)
Make a Record with Graig Markel! -9/11 (4 Days Left)
Late Night Transit's Full Length Debut Album - 9/11(4 Days Left)
Music Video - "Make It Feel" by Pine Cone Wars - 9/14 (7 Days Left)
UNTOLD TALES OF THE COMIC INDUSTRY - 9/15 (7 Days Left)
1960's Style Spaghetti Western - 9/15 (7 Days Left)
Jessica Lynne's Debut EP: Spiritual Cowgirl - 9/17 (10 Days Left)
Re-Kick Terri Tarantula! - 9/19 (11 Days Left)
$14 dollars in the bank CD pre-sale - 9/18 (11 Days Left)

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 8/31 - 9/6
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).

  1. Various Artists - "Live at KEXP, Volume 7"
  2. Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart"
  3. Eddie Vedder - "Ukelele Songs"
  4. Shabazz Palaces - "Black Up"
  5. Caspar Babypants - "Sing Along!"
  6. Gold Leaves - "Ornament"
  7. Brandi Carlile - "Live at Easy Street"
  8. Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"
  9. Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs"
  10. Jesse Sykes & Sweet Hereafter - "Marble Son"

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:

First Sight Productions "This Is Ours"
"This Is Ours" on Facebook

Directed by local filmmakers Lindy and Kris Boustedt (Perfect 10, The Summer Home), This Is Ours is a feature-length dramatic exploration of the American Dream. Seattle actors Ernie Joseph (Perfect 10, Eden, Catechism Cataclysm, What Light), Karie Gonia (Perfect 10, 4:44, Film Haze), Wonder Russell (Perfect 10, The Summer Home, Connect To), and Mark Carr (A Musing, Bobby Ellis Is Gonna Kick Your Ass, Photo Booth) make up the ensemble cast of characters taking a trip to their summer home which is in foreclosure.

"There is no greater joy than working with this cast and crew," say the Boustedts. "They may be small in number, but this production is filled with such passionate, talented, hard-working people. Honestly, every day they blow us away."

This Is Ours was shot on location in Plain, WA, with an all-Seattle cast and crew of 15, and is slated for film festivals this and next year.

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.

No Retreat No Surrender (1986)

NRNS, as I call it, is widely regarded as the Plan 9 From Outer Space of Karate Kid rip-offs. This film is so singularly awful in nearly every respect that it accidentally nails the funny bone and has consequently endeared itself to countless trash movie fans. It is also one of those films that professes to have been made in Seattle and, additionally, pretends to star Jean-Claude Van Damme, but both the Emerald City and the "muscles from Brussels" get about 10 minutes of screen time. Kurt McKinney stars as a vaguely snotty karate kid (or, more accurately, a Jeet Kune Do kid) named Jason whose dad runs a karate studio (or dojo) in Los Angeles. For inexplicable reasons some gangsters want to take over all of the dojos in LA but Jason's dad refuses the offer, only to have his leg snapped by Van Damme, who plays a henchman named Ivan the Russian. Fearing more broken bones, Dad decides to move to Seattle. The city is redundantly established with a shot of I-5 from the Yesler Way overpass looking south towards Beacon Hill, which fades to a view of the Seattle Center from Kerry Park that cuts to a shot of an "Entering Seattle" road sign. We are shown the Space Needle in a close up and then, just to make sure even the slowest witted viewer understands where they are, a superimposed graphic spells out "Seattle, Washington" over a shot of the family roadster tooling along Aurora Avenue near Denny Way. When they arrive at their new home it sure seems like we're back in the suburbs of LA with all sorts of palm trees, flat horizons, straight streets and nary a conifer or hill in sight. Partway though the film we suddenly discover that Jason has a girlfriend and they soon participate in a romantic Seattle montage during which the young lovers stroll beneath the Pacific Science Center arches, peer through a telescope from the observation deck of the Space Needle, wander along the Central Waterfront (with a stop for some fish and chips), take a monorail ride, and gaze longingly at each other while sitting in the Changing Form sculpture at Kerry Park. Another scene is, undoubtedly, the reason the filmmakers set NRNS in Seattle. After losing a few fights and feeling dissatisfied with his martial arts skills, Jason travels to Lakeview Cemetery to visit Bruce Lee's grave. Jason makes a graveside plea for guidance, help and inspiration to his idol. His wishes do not go unheeded and shortly thereafter he's visited by Lee's spirit who becomes the young man's personal trainer. As you could expect if you ever saw The Karate Kid (or any one of a hundred other martial arts revenge films) those nasty LA gangsters show up in "Seattle" and Jason must face Ivan the Russian in the ring. NRNS has never been released domestically on disc in the States. Scarecrow Video has both a videotape and an import DVD that, in a different cut of the film, omits the "young love" montage, so Seattle fans should be sure to rent the VHS for maximum Jet City footage. Don't retreat but be sure to surrender to this ludicrous film's unintentional pleasures.
--Spenser Hoyt

MEDIA DIGEST

LYNN SHELTON'S LATEST FILM DEBUTS AT TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL
Los Angeles Times
Local director Lynn Shelton (Humpday), will have her newest film, Your Sister's Sister, debut at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Shelton, whose aesthetic characteristically follows a modern-day, character-driven narrative of life and relationships, filmed yet again in the damp and overcast heart of the Pacific Northwest. The film follows Jack (Humpday's Mark Duplass) as he struggles with the death of his brother, entwining himself with sisters Iris (Emily Blunt) and Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt) in the process. The Los Angeles Times published an in-depth feature about Shelton and the actors involved in the highly-anticipated new film. Your Sister's Sister will premiere at TIFF this Sunday, September 11th.

NEPTUNE THEATER HOSTS GRAND OPENING THIS MONTH
The Seattle Times
The Neptune Theater in Seattle's University District has undergone the slow transition from showcasing films to live performers. The 90-year-old theater will hold an official grand opening on September 25. Free festivities will take place over five days and include a performance by the Total Experience Gospel Choir, a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a comedy show filled with local talents like John Keister and Luke Burbank, plus much more. Theater-goers will also see for themselves the careful renovations that its operator, Seattle Theatre Group, has completed successfully.

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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