|News from the Office of Film + Music
HAPPY HOUR RETURNS THIS MONTH WITH A NEW LOOK AND STRUCTURE
Miss us? We know you did. Happy Hour returns this month with a new look and format. Now the Film, Music and Interactive Happy Hour, we will continue to host our event at Spitfire in Belltown on the last Wednesday of the month from 5-7 pm. At 6:30 pm, a special guest speaker will give a presentation in the private black box theater in the back of the venue. This month, we welcome University of Washington Associate Professor Margaret O'Mara, who wrote the tech-focused book Cities of Knowledge: Cold War Science and the Search for the Next Silicon Valley. For those who want to continue mingling at the bar, we'll broadcast the presentation on the monitors located throughout Spitfire. Join us on Wednesday, September 28 for the exciting re-launch of Happy Hour! Presenting partners of this event are Washington Filmworks, The Pacific Northwest Chapter of The Recording Academy, Geekwire, Art of Institute of Seattle, and Spitfire.
BRIAN CALLANAN TO HOST SEATTLE CHANNEL'S PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMS
Former Q13 FOX anchor Brian Callanan has been chosen as Seattle Channel's new Public Affairs Host and Producer. A 16-year veteran of broadcast journalism, Callanan has won an Emmy, been nominated three other times, garnered awards from the Society for Professional Journalists and the National Press Photographer's Association, and has extensive experience covering local politics. Callanan will host and co-produce three programs for Seattle Channel: City Inside/Out (a weekly public affairs program), Ask the Mayor (a monthly call-in show), and City Inside/Out: Council Edition (a monthly program with the City Council). "I will continue Seattle Channel's tradition of fair, independent and in-depth coverage of the issues and public officials that matter to the people of Seattle," said Callanan of his new position.
CITYARTIST PROJECTS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS THIS MONTH
OFFICE OF ARTS & CULTURAL AFFAIRS
The CityArtist Projects offers funding for artists working in a variety of mediums. This year, those producing visual, literary and media arts will be eligible for financial awards of $2,000 to $4,000 to complete a project of their choice. Finished works will be presented betweenMay and December 2012 and can be in the form of an exhibit, installation, lecture, performance, publication, reading, recording or screening. CityArtist awarded $200,000 to 44 individual artists last year.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
EMP CELEBRATES NEVERMIND'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH SPECIAL EVENTS
Regarded as one of rock's defining albums, EMP is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana's Nevermind with a series of events taking place September 20-25. The centerpiece is a sold-out benefit concert of every song from Nevermind performed by former Nirvana member Krist Novoselic and a slew of local bands like the Fastbacks, Vaporland, The Long Winters, Visqueen, Cobirds Unite, Valis, Campfire OK, and many more. Other events involved in the celebration are a panel discussion about Nevermind, a world premiere screening of Nirvana: Live at the Paramount (recorded in 1991), and a screening of the documentary Classic Albums: Nirvana - Nevermind.
PIKE PLACE MARKET CELEBRATES TEN YEARS OF STREET PERFORMERS
When visiting Pike Place Market, it is an almost unavoidable fact that you will be entertained by at least one beloved street-performing fixture who has graced the market for years. Buskers seem to be inextricably linked to the fresh, farm-picked apples and hand-crafted local art. This year, the Market celebrates the annual Pike Place Market Busker Festival for the tenth year. The festival is a one-day celebration of the street performers who have provided entertainment for market-goers rain or shine. Come out this Sunday, September 18th for performances from familiar faces and beaming novices alike.
REGISTER NOW FOR LAST NIGHTLIFE EMPLOYEE SECURITY TRAINING CLASS OF 2011
Registration is now open for the Seattle Police Department's "Security Training for Nightlife Professionals." The next eight-hour comprehensive course is filling up fast, so register early! Training takes place on October 16th and will offer instruction in topics such as risk prevention procedures, appropriate use of force, fire safety, report writing, checking for fake IDs, emergency response tactics and more. This is an important opportunity for nightlife employees to glean the skills they will need to safely interact with clientele and to deal with difficult situations.
REEL GRRLS ANNOUNCES NEW POSITION OPENING
Reel Grrls is a Seattle-based company that strives to empower young women to realize their talent in the world of media by providing hands-on workshops related to every aspect of filmmaking. Reel Grrls is seeking an inspirational and visionary leader with a passion for film, digital media and the empowerment of young women to fill The Executive Director position. The Executive Director provides strategic leadership, direction, and guidance to Reel Grrls, oversees all organizational functions and programs and forges strategic partnerships with funding sources, governmental agencies, partner organizations and all stakeholder constituencies.
MUSICIANS ASSOCIATION HOSTS FREE COPYRIGHT LAW SEMINAR
The Musicians Association of Seattle invites you to a free seminar focused on copyright and trademark law. Intellectual property attorney Ted Roe will moderate this free event. Roe has worked regularly with the entertainment industry in Seattle and Portland, and has valuable knowledge and experience to share on this subject.
SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES INTERNSHIP
SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE
Seattle Film Institute is accepting applications for their internship program. SFI is seeking an intern who will gain experience on a film crew, in post-production facilities, as line producers, in film labs, production companies, commercial and public TV stations, and on documentary productions.
PULLING FOCUS HOSTS THREE TALENTED HOLLYWOOD SCREENWRITERS
Fans of comedies both classic and modern will not want to miss Washington Filmworks' Pulling Focus Sunday, September 25. Join Oscar-nominated screenwriter Buck Henry (The Graduate, Heaven Can Wait, Get Smart) and smash comedic duo Scott Moore & Jonathan Lucas (The Hangover, the upcoming 21 and Over) at the Sorrento Hotel for a night of stimulating conversation and good company. A panel discussion will be led by Warren Etheredge (The Warren Report) and will be followed by an informal reception hosted by the Washington Wine Commssion.
DONATE TO THE HIGHLINE MUSIC4LIFE INSTRUMENT DRIVE
THE HIGHLINE TIMES
This Saturday, September 17, Highline Music4Life will be holding a special instrument drive at the Des Moines Marina. From 10 am to 2 pm, people can bring gently used instruments, from strings to woodwinds to brass, to be given to music students in the Highline School District. Donations will also be taken at year-round stations, which include any Kennelly Keys Music store in the Des Moines area. Instruments can be donated at any time of the year to support Highline Music4Life.
BE AN EXTRA IN THE FEATURE FILM 21 AND OVER
BE THE CROWD
21 and Over is a feature film written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover) that is currently filming in Seattle. The movie follows a straight-laced student who is persuaded by his high school buddies into having one birthday drink the night before his big interview for medical school. Inevitably, chaos and mayhem ensue. The crew will be filming a pep rally scene on the University of Washington campus and need extras to show some school spirit. Click the link above to register for the shoot, which will take place September 21 and 22.
FREE SCREENPLAY READING NEXT MONDAY WITH THEFILMSCHOOL
Caught in the ACT gives screenwriting alumni from TheFilmSchool a chance to test their scripts in a public forum. Before showcasing their work at the spacious ACT Theater, the screenplay will be read before a smaller audience at ODD Duck Theater on Capitol Hill. Next Monday, Ginger's Tale by Kent Jameson will be read live by SAG actors and receive real-time feedback from screenwriting and directing professionals.
DECIBEL FESTIVAL RELEASES CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Decibel Festival is primarily known as a celebration of electronic music, but it's also an educational and professional opportunity for performing artists, industry folks, students, and technologists. After the success of 2010's inaugural conference, this year will provide another platform to showcase emerging technologies, new products, collaborations and ideas. Panels range from discussions on the history of electronic music in Seattle to the future of record labels to throwing successful events in a digitized world. Workshops will cover such topics as advanced remix techniques and how to use Ableton Live.
COMMERCIAL BY LOCAL DIRECTOR PREMIERES ON NATIONAL TELEVISION
JESSE HARRIS FILMS
Jesse Harris, known for founding the National Film Festival for Talented Youth, recently directed a commercial for Microsoft Bing. Spotlighting the nonprofit company Krochet Kids, the commercial makes its debut on national television during the finale of NBC's America's Got Talent. Shot in both Seattle and Los Angeles by Harris' production company, the spot will continue to air nationally on other TV networks over the next several weeks.
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.
Music Video - "Make It Feel" by Pine Cone Wars - 9/14 (3 Hours Left)
UNTOLD TALES OF THE COMIC INDUSTRY - 9/15 (21 Hours Left)
Jessica Lynne's Debut EP: Spiritual Cowgirl -9/17 (4 Days Left)
$14 dollars in the bank CD pre-sale- 9/18(4 Days Left)
Re-Kick Terri Tarantula! - 9/19 (4 Days Left)
Lux Debut Album! You Bring The Love, We'll Bring The Noise! - 9/19 (5 Days Left)
Creating a professional quality industry standard music C/D - 9/21 (7 Days Left)
"It Could Happen" - Debut Album from Diana Page - 9/22 (8 Days Left)
Barcelona's New Album - 9/23 (8 Days Left)
The Unveiling is making a worship album, you can be apart! - 9/24 (9 Days Left)
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 9/5 - 9/11
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Various Artists - "Live at KEXP, Volume 7"
- Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart"
- Eddie Vedder - "Ukelele Songs"
- Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs"
- Caspar Babypants - "Sing Along!"
- Jesse Sykes & Sweet Hereafter - "Marble Son"
- Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"
- Star Anna "Alone In This Together"
- Brandi Carlile - "Live at Easy Street"
- Shabazz Palaces - "Black Up"
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:
Woody Creek Pictures "Something in the Water"
WOODY CREEK PICTURES
Seattle based Woody Creek Pictures (The Heart of the Game) recently wrapped the filming of a mini-documentary for KCTS 9 on the Seattle music scene called "Seattle Music: Something in the Water." Written and directed by Ward Serrill, the 13 minute show will air on PBS's new Arts Festival October 21 following American Masters' "Pearl Jam Twenty," directed by Cameron Crowe.
The film, shot over a ten day period with locations at Gasworks Park, the Pike Market and elsewhere, explores why the Seattle area continues to originate so much great music. It focuses on radio station KEXP and independent label Sub Pop Records and includes performances by local bands Pickwick, Shabazz Palaces, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, The Total Experience Gospel Choir, The Tripwires and The Head and the Heart. The show was edited by Eric Frith. Pete Droge composed original music.
"This was a great local collaboration," said Serrill. "The number of people who came out to be involved and did so for the passion and joy of it was incredible. I wanted to not just show the beautiful side of Seattle but the grungier and rain swept moods as well. Shooting sometimes at 4:30 in the morning and in the rain tested us all but proved worth the effort."
Photographers Charles Peterson and Lance Mercer, and staff at The Seattle Office of Film and Music, Pike Place Market, KEXP, Sub Pop, EMP and Peal Jam were instrumental in helping the production succeed.
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.
Deadly Justice (1985)
Veteran character actor Richard Crenna won an Emmy for his performance as a police officer named Richard Beck in this shot-in-Seattle, based-on-a-true-story, made for television movie that aired on ABC back in 1985. Originally it was called The Rape of Richard Beck but the home video powers that be gave the picture a more generic action-y title and utilized typical cop movie images and graphics for the DVD artwork thus doing their best to conceal the more socially serious nature of the film. Early on in the movie we see a shot of the Public Market sign that pans over to a juggler entertaining tourists. Beck and a few other cops walk along the produce stands as they break in a rookie detective who brags about being a former octopus wrestler at the Seattle Aquarium. Beck continues trying to impress the new recruit with his macho talk as the two head down to the shipping container yards on the Seattle waterfront where Beck meets up with one of his informants. The guy is a total creep but he gives the cops some good information and, through the entire scene, we get a view of the Seattle cityscape and the working waterfront in the background. Later, Beck consoles a rape victim who is curled up in a phone booth next to the Tlingit totem pole in Pioneer Square and, afterwards, the insensitive cop makes some crass comments about the woman with some of his police buddies. That night a restless Beck cruises around aimlessly in the hopes of finding some criminals in action. He drives through the Battery Street tunnel and ends up in the alleys of Pioneer Square where he confronts a couple of hooligans. As you can guess from the original "spoiler alert" title, Richard Beck does get raped and this horrific crime is perpetrated after he is overpowered by the pair and dragged into the Seattle Underground. The once cocky cop now finds himself violated, humbled and humiliated. His dad, who lives in a boat moored in Salmon Bay (you can see the train trestle in the background), offers no sympathy and chastises his son for not fighting back. Beck finds little emotional support from his fellow officers and tries to ignore his feelings by engaging in activities like a jog though Gasworks Park and shooting pool at Merchants Café. He eventually revisits the Underground Tour but is still unable to cope with his post-traumatic stress issues. Some of his fellow cops pursue the perpetrators in a car chase that takes place under the viaduct near the ferry terminal but, even then, Beck has a difficult time confronting his rapists. Ultimately he finds some solace when he accosts that guy who lives by the storage containers. The creep has kidnapped a woman and Beck rescues the victim. He throws the guy on the ground and almost lets the criminal get run over by one of those gigantic container cranes. Having learned a hard lesson the worst imaginable way possible, Beck has come full circle and the film ends with the police officer delivering a victim sensitivity speech to a classroom full of rookie cops. -Spenser Hoyt
SEATTLE MUSIC COMMUNITY RALLIES TO SUPPORT BEHIND-THE-SCENES FIGURE SUSIE TENNANT
Twenty years ago, a woman named Susie Tennant was working regional radio PR for the David Geffen Company, and hosted a party for a pop band fronting as punk rockers and their new record, Nevermind. Roundly respected, loved, and admired, Tennant has left a trail of appreciators during her time at DGC, Sub Pop, EMP, and her current gig with Town Hall Seattle. Three benefit concerts and a silent auction have been put together with proceeds going to the Susie Tennant Fund, set up to help Tennant and her family financially as she goes through chemotherapy to battle ovarian cancer: On September 20 Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic hosts a concert and companion silent auction at EMP/SFM to commemorate Nevermind's 20th anniversary; On October 11 Dave Alvin and Christy McWilson will be performing acoustic sets at the Tractor Tavern; and on November 25 musicians will perform cover versions of artists from DGC's heyday.
LOCAL FILM EDEN SHOOTS AROUND WASHINGTON STATE AND OFFERS PERSPECTIVE OF FILM INCENTIVE
WEST SEATTLE HERALD
Local independent feature film Eden, directed by Seattlite Megan Griffiths (The Off Hours), wrapped filming last week. The film is set in New Mexico but was shot in numerous locations across Washington State. Eden hired over 75 Washington State cast and crew, and is another in a growing list of productions that would have filmed in another state if the Washington Film Incentive Fund did not exist.
SLACKER RADIO RELEASES NEW STATION HONORING NIRVANA'S NEVERMIND
It has been twenty years since the release of Nirvana's Nevermind, and the world seems to be undergoing a frenzy of remembrance. In celebration of the anniversary, Slacker, Inc. has launched Grunge: 20 Years Later in honor of the 20th anniversary. Influential Seattle grunge DJ Marco Collins, best known for his personality on 107.7 The End during their prime grunge era, hosts this new radio program, and Grunge: 20 Years Later is now available for free in the Slacker Spotlight section on smartphones, home entertainment devices and on the web.
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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