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September 12, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS
CITY BUSINESS CASUAL RETURNS TOMORROW WITH INTERNATIONAL TRADE FOCUS

OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT      

 City Business Casual returns tomorrow, September 13 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel's Lobby Court (515 Madison Street, Seattle) with happy hour pricing and a special parking rate of $8. Special guests include:

Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith, City of Seattle

Marco Lowe, Director, Office of Intergovernmental Relations

Neepaporn "A" Boungjaktha, Deputy Director, Trade Alliance of Greater Seattle

Teresa Indelak Davis, President, Polish American Chamber of Commerce PNW 

Recep Demir, Commercial Attaché of Turkey 

William A. GlassfordThe Commerce Bank; Chairman, Trade Development Alliance

Masao Kakiuchi, Director, Kobe Trade Information Office 

They will join business-savvy city staff, business owners, and advocates for a night of introductions and idea-sharing. Please check out our website for more information! 

PROGRESS REPORT ON SEATTLE SCHOOLS K-12 ARTS PLAN

CITY OF SEATTLE

The Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs is partnering with Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and local education and cultural partners to host a mid-point meeting at City Hall on September 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the Seattle K-12 Arts Learning Collaborative, a comprehensive, district-wide K-12 arts plan. The Collaborative focuses on the role that learning arts play in developing innovation within communities as well as ensuring that students have access to the opportunities the city has to offer. Free supervised arts activities for school-aged children will be provided. RSVP is required to Jenny Crooks at (206) 684-7084 or jenny.crooks@seattle.gov.

CITY OF MUSIC CAREER DAY REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

CAREER DAY

What's your future look like? If performance, concerts, venues, journalism, non-profits, record labels, retail, licensing, broadcasting or music come to mind, then we know just where you should go. The City of Music Career Day is a one-day program taking place on September 27 and is jam packed with information about what you need to do to propel yourself into a career in music and the music industry. Looking for tips from some of the area's industry leaders? We got 'em. Looking to learn just what it takes to be successful and actually earn a living in this field? We'll tell you all about it. Plus, get the chance to mix and mingle with organizations who may open your eyes (and ears, of course) to career paths you never even knew existed. High school juniors and seniors register for free.

ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY SEASON 5 PREMIERES FRIDAY

SEATTLE CHANNEL      

The fifth season of Art Zone with Nancy Guppy begins this Friday with an action packed episode. Features include rock photographer Lance Mercer teaming up with Nordstrom to create a clothing exhibit that embraces Northwest rock and roll royalty. A preview of what not to miss in the Fall art scene will be provided by Nancy and Seattle Mag's Brangien Davis while riding the Great Wheel. Also included in the show are actor and writer Trieu Tran talking about his new one-man show, "From Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam", and Rocky Votolato playing a few tunes from his newest record, Television of Saints. Art Zone premieres Friday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m. on Seattle Channel 21.

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 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 Friday, Hey Marseille performs at Occidental Square.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
DORKNESS RISING SEQUEL BREAKS KICKSTARTER RECORD

KICKSTARTER

With more than $405,000 in funding, The Gamers: Hands of Fate has broken the record for "most funded Kickstarter film." The Seattle-based teams behind the movie, Zombie Orpheus Entertainment and Dead Gentlemen Productions, have previously released films such as Wranglers of Death, JourneyQuest, Demon Hunters, and The Gamers. Dorkness Rising: Hands of Fate serves as a direct sequel to Dorkness Rising in another dice-hurling and waffle-devouring romp through worlds of sword, sorcery, and surrealism.

ANNUAL SOUND OFF! BATTLE OF THE BANDS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

EMP MUSEUM

Sound Off! is the Northwest's premier 21 and under battle of the bands. Since 2001, Sound Off! has supported the all-ages scene by giving artists an opportunity to showcase their original music, connect with the artistic community, and launch their professional music career. Now in its 12th year, Sound Off! has paved the way for some amazing bands and artists including The Lonely Forest, Dyme Def, and Sol. A panel of music-industry professionals will review the applications and select 12 bands to perform live at EMP.

2012 EARSHOT FESTIVAL WELCOMES JAZZ LOVERS

EARSHOT          

Known for "adventurous, spot-on programming" (Jazz Times) and praised as "one of the best festivals in America" (Seattle Times), the Earshot Jazz Festival brings jazz greats from around the world into creative collaboration with local artists and audiences. Earshot also celebrates Seattle's place in the world of jazz, with concerts by Seattle's award-winning high-school jazz programs and local, renowned artists. Earshot has established an international reputation for the quality of its programming and services while becoming an integral part of Seattle's vibrant cultural scene.

SEAFAIR HIRING DIRECTOR OF SPONSORSHIP
Seafair is currently looking for a Director of Sponsorship to take responsibility for $2.2 million in sales and account management. Qualified individuals should have experience in sponsorship sales, cultivating sponsor leads, developing customized sponsorship packages, creative promotions, and executing sponsor activation. Applicants should send a cover letter and résumé to Beth Knox at knox@seafair.com. Please note, this is strictly a sales position and not marketing.
FILMMAKERS: POST ALLEY FILM FESTIVAL ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

POST ALLEY FILM FESTIVAL

Sponsored by Women in Film Seattle and KUOW, the Post Alley Film Festival is now accepting submissions for their festival at the Seattle International Film Center on February 16. Films at Post Alley Film Festival range from drama to documentary - experimental, archival, narrative, and animation. The festival welcomes submissions from outside Washington, even internationally. Post Alley Film Festival is a small festival, therefore judging is very selective. Some films are solicited by the curator, others are recommended by a review panel of film industry professionals.  

NORTHWEST FILM FUND SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

NW FILM FORUM  

Next month, during the Local Sightings Film Festival, Northwest Film Fund will announce the recipients of the second annual Northwest Film Fund award. Forty-six applications were submitted in July, and the fund's panel has selected eleven films that will advance to the final round. The films up for this year's award are remarkably diverse; fascinating characters abound in films like Bezango, WA (cartoonists), The Winding Stream (American roots musicians), and In Country (Vietnam War re-enactors).

2012 DECIBEL CONFERENCE ANNOUNCED

DB FESTIVAL

Packed full with cutting edge content and world-class speakers, the 2012 Decibel Conference will be holding six to eight panels per day with interviews led by Todd Burns to workshops on various industry tools. On the business side, discussions on law, marketing, crowd-funding, and the changing music industry will be led by veterans such as Decibel's Sean Horton. Additionally, there will be an exhibit hall showcasing the newest gear and content for electronic musicians. 

CALLING ALL BANDS AND FILMMAKERS: MAKE A MUSIC VIDEO IN 48 HOURS

48HOURFILM

The 48 Hour Music Video Project is a creative contest where bands and songwriters team with filmmakers to create a music video in only 48 hours. Artists will be required to provide an original song which they wrote and recorded. At the kickoff, the Film Teams will draw two bands and choose one to work with. The new partners then have 48 hours to design, shoot and edit a music video. All completed Music Videos (both on time and late) will be shown on the big screen.

MUSICIANS: PROVIDE AURAL AMBIENCE FOR SEATTLE PLAYS THE CONSTITUTION

MY DAILY CONSTITUTION

Seattle Plays the Constitution is seeking musicians to play for 30 to 60 minutes as the Constitution of the United States is read aloud. Artists may perform as soloists or with a band. Both improvised and rehearsed pieces are welcomed, and complimentary Constitutions will be provided. This live event will take place Monday, September 17 from 6:00 p.m. to midnight at the Rendezvous JewelBox Theater in Belltown, and is supported by suggestedd onation; artists will split at the door. Please contact Linda Pollack at lindajpollack@gmail.com if interested!

WORLD'S FIRST CROWDSOURCED FEATURE FILM COMPETITION

50KISSESFILM

The London Screenwriter's Festival is holding a competition ,"50 Kisses," which aims to create the world's first crowdsourced feature film. 50 high-quality scripts have been sourced from emerging writers. Filmmakers can view these scripts at 50 Kisses Film. The best 50 films, one from each of the scripts, will be stitched together into a feature film set to premiere in London on February 14, 2013. One of these scripts, "Love," was written by Rob Burke who lives in Seattle. 

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 RED CAPE - September 13 (1 day)

An untold piece of Civil Rights History, buried for generations - now on film for the first time. 
 
GOONS: A STORY OF METAL VS PUNK - September 14 (2 days)
A short film on the secret war between the punks and metal-heads. 

GRL Talk is an inspiring collection of ROCKRGRL's timeless quotes.

CHOP SOCKY BOOM: EPISODES V - VIII - September 20 (8 days)
A misfortunate web comedy about misfit actors cast in an action kung fu show.

EMPIRE WAY'S DEBUT ALBUM - September 23 (11 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 glorious, ear blistering jams to the masses.

DARK DARKNESS: THE PREQUELS - September 30 (19 days)
An adventure-comedy-fantasy web series featuring cross-genre characters in a magical, fantastical realm.

A one hour broadcast documentary on Initiative 502.

PEOPLETANK'S FIRST STUDIO ALBUM - October 12 (30 days)
People Tank are recording their first album with legendary producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, BlackBeatBlue, Dead Language).
 
THE NEWYORKER @PARIS - October 18 (36 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 9/3 - 9/10                

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. Lemolo - "Kaleidoscope" 

3. Brandi Carlile - "Bear Creek" 

4. Allen Stone - "Allen Stone"

5. THEESatisfaction - "Awe Naturale"

6. Minus the Bear - "Infinity Overhead"

7. Head & the Heart - "Head & the Heart" 

8. Poor Moon - "Poor Moon" 

9. Tokyoidaho - "Tokyoidaho"

10. The Shins - "Port of Morrow"

SHORT FILM FRIDAY: "HUSKY LOYAL"           

THE STRANGER 

The short film for this Friday, September 14, will be the trailer for "Husky Loyal," a documentary directed by Stephan Gray and scored by OC Notes, Ryan Lewis, and  Blue Sky Death. Huskies forever.

SCARECROW ON SEATTLE: WHEEDLE'S GROOVE (2011)

SCARECROW 

Up until the grunge rock explosion, most of the world didn't realize that Seattle had any sort of noteworthy music scene. Even those who should know better are, for the most part, unaware of the dynamic soul and funk environment that thrived in Jet City during the late sixties and early seventies. Fortunately a local record collector/DJ named Mr. Supreme stumbled upon a 45 of an obscure Seattle band called Black On White Affair. He was immediately hooked on the song's instant groove and proceeded to seek out more music from this neglected era of sound. Soon he'd uncovered a stack of sweet, soulful wax and tracked down many of the participating musicians. Mr. Supreme approached Seattle based Light in the Attic Records and a compilation called Wheedle's Groove was released. It was a wonderful moment for both soul fans and local music aficionados as a whole chapter of our musical legacy was reopened for all to enjoy. Jennifer Maas' documentary expands on the phenomena with extensive interviews and a lot of great music.

 

Wheedle's Groove recounts a social scene that, quite frequently, has been overlooked by Anglo-centric Seattle historians. The film offers an overview of the Central District, an analysis of Seattle's socio-economic developments, and the city's passive (and often not-so passive) segregation policies that forced most of the city's people of color into a relatively small portion of town. The city's two musician's unions were split into black and white, and the majority of Seattle music clubs tried to avoid booking black bands because they didn't want to attract racially mixed audiences. Outside of the C.D. the unofficial policy was to limit bands to only two black members. As a consequence there was a high concentration of clubs and bars in the C.D. that housed a thriving jazz scene that became a little heavier and funkier by the mid-sixties with lots of hot bands performing for appreciative audiences. While there was an enthusiastic local black-owned radio station (KYAC), there was virtually no radio support elsewhere and Seattle never had a record label along the lines of Motown or Stax to offer any sort of significant distribution. Understandably, several musicians left town to pursue their careers elsewhere and then an extremely unfortunate thing called disco happened. Soon even the limited gigs dried up and most of the bands ended up folding.  

 

With the successful release of the Wheedle's Groove LP and CD a whole new generation of fans have been turned onto this great stuff. Several concerts have reunited many of the musicians who can now lay down their jams for a racially mixed audience. If you read this in time, you can catch a live Wheedle's Groove show at the Neptune Theatre on September 22. Whether you love Seattle or good music (or both) you'll find a lot to dig in Wheedle's Groove. As a local bonus there is a discussion of what exactly is a "wheedle" that unfolds during the film's end credits

  

- Spenser Hoyt

MEDIA DIGEST
BEAT GENERATION: UNPRECEDENTED SOUNDS FROM DECIBEL FEST

CITY ARTS              

The Decibel Festival is a thinker's festival as much as a dancer's. The five-day electronic music adventure brings more than 100 artists to Seattle, displaying sounds of a more nuanced, considered type and tone than the sonic shock and awe of an EDM arena event. An essential component of the Decibel experience is hearing the music of tomorrow's stars in small, intimate venues. Nightly showcases zoom in on subsets of genres and sounds, corralling anywhere from two to eight complementary artists. This is where Decibel's smarts really shine, where new sounds emerge, and where new musical movements are born. 

THE HEADLINERS AND THE HEART

SEATTLE WEEKLY              

It was October 2011, more than a year into the promotion of the band's self-titled debut, and the Head and the Heart was working harder than Scott Perlewitz, Sub Pop Records' head of commercial radio, had ever seen a band work. The Head and the Heart decided their talents lay in writing and performing, and wanted to give the tasks of marketing and planning to people who knew better. Sub Pop was the right fit because the label seemed big enough and competent enough, as demonstrated through their recent work with Fleet Foxes, Iron & Wine, and Band of Horses, to see the potential in The Head and The Heart's debut album.

A.V. CLUB HIGHLIGHTS SEATTLE-BASED 'SINGLES' ON 90S POP CULTURE LIST

A.V. CLUB  

The A.V. Club has compiled 24 snapshots in time from 1991 and 1992 that deeply influenced American pop culture. The first snapshot centers on Nirvana's Nevermind and Cameron Crowe's Singles. While Nevermind's ascendance signaled the rise of grunge to national recognition, no movie captured-or attempted to capture, at least-the Seattle grunge scene's romantic foibles like Cameron Crowe's Singles. Though the movie itself was not a smash hit, the soundtrack became a bestseller, helping to rocket acts like Smashing Pumpkins, Mother Love Bone, and Screaming Trees into the collective consciousness. 

CHEF NICK STELLINO TAPING NEW COOKING SHOW AT KCTS 9

NICK STELLINO        

If you see chef Nick Stellino around town this week, don't be surprised. He's been at KCTS 9 studios the past couple of weeks taping his new cooking show, and this week they are shooting on location in places like Central Market and Caffe Ladro. In his new series, Nick Stellino Cooking with Friends, Nick and his guests share their recipes for simple yet elegant dishes with an emphasis on professional-style plating, teaching viewers how to turn their homes into their favorite restaurants. In each episode, Nick emphasizes fresh, seasonal, and easy-to-prepare dishes that any home cook can master with ingredients found in their local supermarket.  

SEATTLE WEEKLY'S 10 BEST CONCERTS OF SUMMER 2012

SEATTLE WEEKLY

With labor day behind us, Seattle Weekly has taken to highlighting their top ten picks for the best concerts of summer. From festival headliners to supporting acts, there's a wide array of talent throughout the list.

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
Ryan Styrk, Intern
Rebecca Pirwitz, Intern