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September 19, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS
HAPPY HOUR RETURNS OCTOBER 3 WITH PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND CANDIDATES

FMI HAPPY HOUR

 October 3 at Spitfire in Belltown from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. The monthly

 Happy Hour is a meet up for leaders in film, music and interactive industries to share, learn and make meaningful business connections. The Happy Hour averages an attendance of over 150 people each month. In addition to bringing people together, each month we host a 30 minute presentation from guest speakers who give unique insight into the creative and technological innovations directly affecting your industry. For October, our special guests include a range of candidates for public office and those who hold positions in Seattle, King County, and Washington. 

CITY OF MUSIC CAREER DAY (SEPTEMBER 27) REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

CAREER DAY

What's the perfect gift for the high school students and aspiring young professionals in your life? A registration for City of Music Career Day, of course! This one-day program is jam packed with information about how to propel yourself into a career in music and the music industry. Attendees will get tips from some of the area's industry leaders and learn just what it takes to be successful and actually earn a living in the music industry. On top of that, there are opportunities to mix and mingle with organizations who may open your eyes (and ears, of course) to career paths you never even knew existed in the fields of music. And here's the best part: this magical day is totally free! An excused absence permission slip is also available for Seattle Public School juniors and seniors, via the website. Space is limited, so get registered soon for the most exciting new music conference for young people this town has to offer.

ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY ON SEPTEMBER 21

SEATTLE CHANNEL      

The second episode for this season's Art Zone with Nancy Guppy airs Friday September 21 at 8 p.m. on Seattle Channel 21! This week's show includes a showcase of the band, Poor Moon, featuring several members of Fleet Foxes as they play in Studio AZ. Also included are a song performed in memory of 18-year old Nap Ishikawa Cantwell by her close friends, and a highlight of Jennifer Jaspes' new one-woman comedy, "I Can Hear You... But I'm Not Listening."

GUIDE TO THE 'OUT TO LUNCH' DOWNTOWN CONCERT SERIES

OUT TO LUNCH      

Still looking for a way to spend your last few days of 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 Wednesday, Clinton Fearon & Boogie Brown Band perform at Kenny Triangle, and The Dudley Manlove Quarter play at Waterfront Park on Friday.

ONLY IN SEATTLE SUNDAYS COMING TO WALLINGFORD SEPTEMBER 30

ONLY IN SEATTLE

Wallingford will host the next Only in Seattle Sunday on September 30 with discounts offered at seventeen favorite neighborhood businesses, including buy-one-get-one-free cupcakes at Trophy, 10% off purchases at Wide World Books & Maps, $50 off a pair of glasses from 4 Your Eyes Only Optical, and 25% off all used items at Kids On 45th! Stay connected with Only in Seattle's Facebook and  Twitter for great giveaways leading up to the event! 

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
10TH ANNUAL GENIUS AWARDS GALA TO BE HELD SEPTEMBER 22

THE STRANGER

The 10th annual Genius Awards Gala will be held this Saturday, September 22 at the Moore Theatre, where The Stranger announces the 2012 award winners. This year's film finalists are Shaun Scott, Drew Christie, and Megan Griffiths. The music finalists are THEESatisfaction, Master Musicians of Bukkake, and Lori Goldston. The Stranger editor Christopher Frizzelle will host, with award presentations by past Genius Award winners. Seattle Rock Orchestra will perform orchestrations of works by this year's music finalists.

SEATTLE FILM SUMMIT ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PANELIST

SEATTLE FILM SUMMIT

Seattle Film Summit organizers have announced the addition of writer/director/producer Sue Corcoran (Ira Finkelstein's Christmas) as a featured panelist at the September 29 event. Corcoran joins panelists drawn from Washington's film community leaders, including 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 Seattle Film Summit consists of two group sessions and six smaller panel discussions. Featured panelists are on hand to help answer questions about the future of Washington's film industry. The Seattle Film Summit is an official program of the 15th annual Local Sightings Film Festival, held at Northwest Film Forum.

WINTER BREAK ANIMATING CARTOON DAYCAMP IN WEST SEATTLE

UNIFIED OUTREACH

The Unified Outreach non-profit Arts program in West Seattle is bringing something unique to youth in the West Seattle area again in 2012: industry level cartoon and animation training using Adobe Flash, the same program used to create such hit shows as Power Puff Girls, Mucha Lucha, Happy Tree Friends, and more. An average afternoon of Winter Break Day-Camp will again include educational exercises embedded in fun games designed to encourage personal growth, positive self-esteem and team building skills, but the highlight of each day will be working on the creation of a personal cartoon-animation using the kids' ideas, stories, drawings and voices. Download an application here.

PREMIERE OF CUSTOMER SERVICE DARK COMEDY "PLEASE HOLD"

PLEASE HOLD 

A dark comedy about customer service, Please Hold tells the story of one customer's battle against the system. Will the protagonist get his question answered, his problem solved, find a human voice at the other end of the line full of compassion and decency? Or will he have to take extreme measures to get what he wants? Please Hold can now be viewed on Vimeo and more information and upcoming projects from the creators can be found on pleaseholdfilm.com.

4TH SEATTLE LATINO FILM FESTIVAL EXPANDS TO 10 DAYS AND 8 LOCATIONS

SLFF          

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, the Seattle Latino Film Festival will take place from Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 14. This year's edition of the festival pays a special homage to contemporary Brazilian cinema while keeping a global feel. 31 titles from 22 countries including Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Cuba, Israel, France, Venezuela, Chile, USA, Spain, Guatemala, Ecuador, and Colombia will be shown covering more than 15 cinematographic genres spanning drama, human rights, children's stories, comedy, terror, LGBT and musicals among others in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Qechua, Basque, English, and Italian. 

STG HIRING COMMUNITY PROGRAMS MANAGER
STG 
The Seattle Theatre Group is currently looking for a full time Community Programs Manager in their Education and Community Programs department. The position includes providing programmatic and organizational support to STG for community and student programs. Applicants should be creative leaders with at least two years project management experience and a passion for the arts.
2012 DECIBEL FESTIVAL CONFERENCE SESSION AND PANEL SCHEDULE REVEALED

DB CONFERENCE

The Decibel Conference, part of the broader Decibel Festival program, will take place at the Broadway Performance Hall (near the corner of Broadway & Pine) Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, September 26 - 28, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Hosts will include Dubspot, Resident Advisor, Native Instruments, Propellerhead Software, and Rane. Speakers will include Orbital, The Sight Below, Starkey, DJ Shiftee, Robert Henke, Tarik Barri, Adam Hummell and more! The conference is free and open to all-ages.  

2012 GEEKWIRE STARTUP DAY

GEEKWIRE  

Don't miss GeekWire's Startup Day! For those of you who care about building successful businesses in the digital era....get inspired, get connected and get the inside scoop from CEOs and founders, this Saturday, September 22.  Our friends at GeekWire have put together a great line-up of speakers from Box CEO Aaron Levie to Dwellable CEO Brenda Spoonemore as well as opportunities to get expert 1:1 advice on your idea (the Elevator Pitch) and answers to your burning business questions (the Startup Resource Center). Register online through Geekwire's website. 

NFFTY 2013 CALL FOR ENTRIES NOW OPEN

NFFTY 

Directors 22 & younger:  Submit your film to the largest youth film festival in the world, NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth). Submissions are now open for the 2013 festival, which will be held April 25-28, 2013 in Seattle.  Filmmakers can see their work on the big screen, walk the red carpet, network with industry big wigs, participate in the Future of Film Expo, and meet other youth filmmakers from around the world. During the 2012 festival 222 films from 40 states and 20 countries were shown to an audience of 10,000.  Submission prices go up as time goes on, so do not delay. 

MATT'S CHANCE OFFICIAL TRAILER

YOUTUBE 

The official trailer for Matt's Chance, a dark comedic tale of love, revenge, and the fickle nature of human morality, has been posted to Youtube. Filmed in Seattle earlier this year, the film stars Edward Furlong, Lee Majors, Margot Kidder, and Gary Busey. The story follows protagonist, Matt, a dark and brooding mid 20s cowboy, who has just witnessed the ultimate betrayal and begins spiraling downward into a quest for revenge that pits him face to face with the mafia, corrupt bankers, a trash talking priest, and even God himself.

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.

 

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

CHOP SOCKY BOOM: EPISODES V - VIII - September 20 (1 day)
A misfortunate web comedy about misfit actors cast in an action kung fu show.

EMPIRE WAY'S DEBUT ALBUM - September 23 (4 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.

BROKEN BOW ENSEMBLE PERFORMS MURMUR - September 27 (8 days)
A26-piece chamber orchestra explores the subtleties of human consciousness, awareness and experience through sound.

DARK DARKNESS: THE PREQUELS - September 30 (12 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 (23 days)
People Tank are recording their first album with legendary producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, BlackBeatBlue, Dead Language).
 
THE NEWYORKER @PARIS - October 18 (29 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 9/10 - 9/17                

OFM 

Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne). 

 

1. Young Evils - "Foreign Spells" 

2. Seapony - "Falling" 

3. Live at KEXP - "Live at KEXP Vol. 8"

4. THEESatisfaction - "Awe Naturale" 

5. Allen Stone - "Allen Stone" 

6. Brandie Carlile - "Bear Creek"

7. Physics - "Tomorrow People" 

8. Caspar Babypants - "Hot Dog!"

9. Head and the Heart- "Head and the Heart"

10. Helio Sequence - "Negotions" 

SHORT FILM FRIDAY: "THE CITY THAT SLEEPS"           

VIMEO   

The short film for this Friday, September 21 is The City that Sleeps, a lovely and simply summery film by Brian O'Rourke and Sorayya Aminian. The best thing about The City that Sleeps is how it ends. Enjoy! 

SCARECROW ON SEATTLE: BRAND UPON THE BRAIN (2006)

SCARECROW   

In 2005, after shooting his first seven features in his native Canada, Guy Maddin came to Seattle and collaborated with a great many talented individuals to produce a film experience unlike any other-including his previous features, which is saying something. Maddin has always pushed the boundaries of what we have come to expect from narrative filmmaking, combining the look of silent and early sound film with an experimental style found in silent Russian cinema & German Expressionist horror. But with Brand Upon The Brain!, he took the experiment one step farther, touring the finished silent film all over the world with live foley artists, orchestral accompaniment, and guest narrators. (Taking Maddin's multiple narrator lead, the Criterion DVD release includes eight different audio tracks from which to choose. Among the options are Louis Negin, Isabella Rossellini, John Ashbery, Laurie Anderson, Crispin Glover, and Eli Wallach, and Maddin himself. Since the film is told in 12 chapters, you can, as I did, bounce around between narrators with each chapter. I saved Eli Wallach for Chapter 12, and stayed with Crispin Glover for the longest). 

 

In the words of the pressbook, the film is a "grand silent movie event custom conceived for the pomp and ceremony of a grand movie-palace. Shot in Seattle, this exhilarating exercise in stretching film vocabulary to its limits represents Guy Maddin's work at its paradoxically most sophisticated and incautious!" One has to wonder if extricating himself from his native, insular Winnipeg and coming here to collaborate helped facilitate this boundary-stretching. In the middle of this phantasmagoria, there is definitely a story. Guy Maddin (portrayed by Erik Maahs) is called back to his native home (portrayed by the Point Wilson Lighthouse at Fort Worden State Park) by his mother to give the old place one last coat of paint before she dies. Upon returning, his memories of youth come flooding back. There, he and his sister lived with their parents who ran an orphanage until a teen-detective duo exposed the orphanage and the horrible experiments his parents were doing on the children. The story itself recalls an early 1930s Universal haunted house movie and a Hardy Boys adventure, but it's told in a fever dream-set partly inside the lighthouse in an incredibly claustrophobic, repressive atmosphere, and partly outside on the beach where young Guy and his companions breathe the air of temporary freedom. The beach, incidentally, is one of the few recognizable locations in the film apart from the famous Fort Worden lighthouse. Shot mostly at Golden Gardens, the long, curved coastline and small outjuttings of grass are where cinematographer Ben Kasulke's work really shines, capturing the grays and silvers of twilight and early dawn as our adventurers bounce around Maddin's merry, maddening world of dreams and memories.

 

-Mark Steiner 

MEDIA DIGEST
A TIME CAPSULE SET TO SONG

NEW YORK TIMES              

"Dreamin' Wild," the 1979 album by Don and Joe Emerson, was initially recorded and released in a cabin set among the ponderosa pines on the Emerson family's farm. The album was rescued from obscurity by a music blogger named Jack Fleischer who paid $5 for a copy in Spokane. By highlighting the album on his blog, Out of the Bubbling Dusk, Mr. Fleischer assisted in the sudden rise to underground fame for the Emerson brothers. The underground buzz went above ground this summer when Light in the Attic, a Seattle-based independent label, reissued the original album. Matt Sullivan, the label's co-owner, said the music had a genuineness that caught him off guard. 

FALL ARTS: HOW THE GRAND ILLUSION CINEMA SURVIVES

SEATTLE WEEKLY              

When Brian Alter opens The Grand Illusion Cinema, the little U-District theater on the corner of 50th and University Way, for its Saturday screenings, the first thing to do is flip on the popcorn machine.  What is unusual for the Grand Illusion is that there are no paid staff - not even Alter, currently the general director, manager, and lead programmer. Like everyone who pitches in to keep the theater running, from bookkeeper to projectionists to the programming team, he does so for free. While that makes it a challenge to sustain a seven-day-a-week theater, it's also one of the reasons it still survives in a turbulent time for cinemas and nonprofit arts organizations alike.

SEATTLE PROMINENT IN LATEST MACKLEMORE, BLUE SCHOLARS VIDEOS

KPLU              

Local Hip-Hop artists Macklemore and Blue Scholars tout some hometown pride with the release of two music videos shot around Seattle. The rap duo, Blue Scholars' newest music video "Slick Watts," features producer Sabzi cruising the streets of Seattle touring local eateries. The song consists of lyrics spitting the names of Seattle neighborhoods and local celebrities. Macklemore released yet another gem of a music video with his new single "Thrift Shop" off of The Heist, Macklemore's forthcoming LP due to hit stores October 9. While glorifying the "come ups" of obtaining second-hand clothing, a local Goodwill was among one of the location "Thrift Shop" was filmed.

PSBJ TALKS WITH JENNIFER ROTH, MOVIE PRODUCER

PSBJ     

Seattle-based film producer Jennifer Roth has been making an effort to bring her work home for years. She often has to travel for her projects, including The Wrestler and Black Swan. But Roth also seeks Seattle opportunities like Your Sister's Sister, the low-budget, locally filmed, locally directed production that opened this year's Seattle International Film Festival. Roth recently sat down with the Puget Sound Business Journal to talk about the triumphs and challenges for Seattle's film industry. 

SUNBREAK 2012-13 PREVIEW: THE YEAR AHEAD IN SEATTLE CLASSICAL MUSIC

CAPITOL HILL BLOG                      

Fall has arrived. Summer vacations are coming to an end, and it is time to head back to school and work. For classical musicians, Fall initiates the return to the concert hall for the start of a new season. Now that autumn's here, Seattle's classical music ensembles have been announcing their performance schedules for the upcoming year. The Capitol Hill Seattle Blog has compiled a few highlights from major local ensembles, a list of notable events, and tips on groups to watch in the coming year! 

SEATTLE MUSIC PROJECT EXHIBIT OPENS AT DOWNTOWN NORDSTROM

SEATTLE WEEKLY

Seattle and music have a long-standing history and fashion, like music, is a reflection of what's currently happening in society. Nordstrom taps into the triad of fashion, music and the Northwest with the Seattle Music Project. To celebrate the history of Seattle's music scene, Nordstrom will unveil an in-store photo exhibit showcasing iconic Seattle musicians. Noted music photographer Lance Mercer and a team of Nordstrom stylists will curate the exhibit on display at Nordstrom Downtown Seattle from September 21-30.

MOUNTAINS BY KRIS ORLOWSKI & ANDREW JOSLYN IS SONG OF THE WEEK

HERALD NET 

Kris Orlowski and Andrew Joslyn are about to release their new "Pieces We Are." For the release, Kris and Andrew got some help from a 17 piece orchestra and from some other friends in the Seattle music community. "Pieces We Are" will be released on October 16 with a pair of release shows taking place at The Triple Door on October 13. The duo's new single, 'Mountains,' has been selected for Herald Net's song of the week.

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
Rebecca Pirwitz, Intern 
Ryan Styrk, Intern