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News from the Office of Film + Music 9/21/2011


CITY NEWS

MARGARET O'MARA AT NEXT WEEK'S HAPPY HOUR
HAPPY HOUR
Happy Hour returns next week 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.

OFFICE OF ARTS & CULTURAL AFFAIRS SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR RELOCATION PLANS
OFFICE OF ARTS & CULTURAL AFFAIRS
In an effort to provide affordable living space for artists, the Artist Space Assistance Pilot Program (ASAPP) was established as a way to keep artists in Pioneer Square. The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is seeking proposals from individuals, groups or organizations to launch a pilot program in Pioneer Square and the Chinatown-International District to provide relocation and placement services for artists seeking affordable studio or live/work space. The deadline for submitting a proposal is 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30. Proposal budgets should not exceed $10,000.

SEATTLE CHANNEL'S ART ZONE FEATURES ACTION-PACKED WEEK
SEATTLE CHANNEL
Art Zone has a lot in store for viewers this week. Discover new local music with R&B sensation, Jus Moni, preview the upcoming Lesbian & Gay film festival, and see the newly renovated Neptune Theatre. It all happens this Friday September 23rd @ 8:00 pm on Seattle Channel 21 and @ 11:00 pm on KCTS Channel 9.

FUNDING FOR 2012 NEIGHBORHOOD & COMMUNITY ARTS EVENTS NOW AVAILABLE
OFFICE OF ARTS & CULTURAL AFFAIRS
If your community is planning a neighborhood festival or cultural event, you may be eligible for funding through the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. This funding program helps Seattle's neighborhood art councils and community-based groups produce annual festivals and events that enhance the visibility of neighborhoods, celebrate diversity and build community through arts and culture. Chosen organizations will receive $1,200 to support project expenses including artist fees, marketing and promotional fees, venu and equipment rentals, or other production related expenses. Deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 26.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

WOMEN ARTISTS TAKE ON LEAD ROLE AT FALL'S EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL
EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL
The 23rd edition of the Earshot Jazz Festival will run for three weeks this fall. The festival, which is organized by a non-profit organization that supports jazz in the community, will have more than 60 distinctive events in venues all around the city and will bring female musicians to the forefront of this year's festival. Women artists will lead post-concert discussions, educational workshops, and perform original music through the festival's duration. Artists present will be an eclectic mix, ranging from Latin-inspired jazz-pop quintet Elspeth Savani & Correo Aereo to Kyoto-born, Seattle-raised pianist and vocalist Emi Meyer's Japan Trio, to the close-to-home Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra.

MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND
WEST SEATTLE HERALD
This Saturday, Seattle will host the Manhattan Short Film Festival. The festival will take place at hundreds of various venues all over the world, and thousands of people on nearly every continent will take part in this day that celebrates short films. After watching the film, theater-goers will hand in vote cards with their favorite flick, and on October 2, the audience-favorite will be announced. The action will take place at Admiral Theater in West Seattle.

HIGH DIVE WELCOMES NEW TALENT BUYER KYLE KAUZLARICH
HIGH DIVE
The High Dive, a beloved music venue and bar in Fremont, announced the hiring of new talent buyer Kyle "KOZ" Kauzlarich. Over the past 10 years, he's held a number of music-related jobs like managing bands, working in commercial radio, event managing for large-capacity music venues, and booking shows under his company Village Bicycle Presents for venues like the Mars Bar and the Crocodile. The High Dive will host a networking event on Tuesday, September 27 from 6-10pm for media and industry professionals, where you can meet Kauzlarich and the rest of the High Dive staff.

SEATTLE BAND MAP SHOWCASED AT CONFERENCE IN UK
SEATTLE BAND MAP
"Seattle Band Map," a rendering of the connections between various artists in Seattle, has taken on Europe. The creators of this "crowd-sourced" map of artistic relationships, took a trip to Newcastle, UK to share their findings with an enthusiastic audience. The presenters of this project (Joanna Berry of Newcastle University and Rachel Ratner of KEXP) explained the impetus, process, and ultimate goals for the map. They hope the innovative concept will provide insight into the geographical connections that exist in Seattle, and in other creative locales across the world. The presentation considered how "Seattle Band Map," might expand to cover other forms of individual and collaborative artistic and cultural expressions.

ENCORE MEDIA SEEKING MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
ENCORE MEDIA GROUP
Encore Media successfully distributes art programs for events from Seattle to San Francisco. The company is seeking a marketing and communications manager who establishes annual departmental goals and objectives, develops strategies and tactics to maximize earned income potential specifically for Encore Arts Programs (EAP), Encore Media Group and its various projects and affiliated businesses. The position is full time and the ideal candidate demonstrates positivity, creativity, technical know-how and an overall appreciation for art and knowledge of the arts organizations Encore Media serves.

SEATTLE THEATER GROUP SHARES NEPTUNE GRAND OPENING DANCE PARTY
NEPTUNE THEATER
Seattle Theater Group (STG) has espoused ownership of the 90 year old Neptune Theater in Seattle's University District. The grand opening, which takes place this coming weekend, will offer a week full of free events. In celebration and preparation for the big day, STG released an exciting new video that takes viewers on a virtual dance party through the renovated theater. Witness how, in its 90th year of operation, the historic Neptune Theatre was transformed from a single screen cinema into Seattle's newest live performance, multi-use venue.

SCARECROW VIDEO WANTS YOUR HELP CELEBRATING INDEPENDENT VIDEO STORE DAY
SCARECROW
Following in the footsteps of Record Store Day, independent video stores around the globe are uniting to kick off the first Independent Video Store Day on Saturday, October 15. Scarecrow Video will celebrate this inaugural event with special sales, giveaways, limited-edition Scarecrow merchandise, and much more. The store will also put together a special rental section for this occasion, and they want your input. Select a movie, TV show or random video for recommendation to customers that you discovered at a local video store, felt inspired by, opened your eyes to a new way of storytelling, or that you feel is underappreciated. Those feeling ambitious can add a 50-100 word write-up explaining the choice. The deadline for participating is Friday, October 7. A portion of the day's proceeds will benefit Reel Grrls, a nonprofit that empowers young women in film.

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 - Creating a professional quality industry standard music C/D - 9/21 (7 Hours Left)
"It Could Happen" - Debut Album from Diana Page - 9/22 (23 Hours Left)
The Unveiling is making a worship album, you can be apart! -9/24 (58 Hours Left)
The Starving Artist Tour- 9/24(3 Days Left)
Two Spirit Project - 9/24 (3 Days Left)
Let's finish Jill Cohn's next CD Together! - 9/27 (5 Days Left)
DEAD BY SUNDAY - Horror Feature Film - Seattle, WA - 9/26 (4 Days Left)
Support Little By Little! - 9/28 (7 Days Left)
Rog's 60th - A Life Journey Of Music & Brotherhood - 9/30 (9 Days Left)
Jekyll and Hyde: The Music Video - 10/1 (9 Days Left)

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 9/12 - 9/18
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. Star Anna "Alone In This Together"
  4. Eddie Vedder - "Ukelele Songs"
  5. Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"
  6. Caspar Babypants - "Sing Along!"
  7. Shabazz Palaces - "Black Up"
  8. Jesse Sykes & Sweet Hereafter - "Marble Son"
  9. Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs"
  10. Jimi Hendrix - "Hendrix in the West"

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:

Beyond Home Productions "The Stare of Death"
BEYOND HOME PRODUCTIONS

Local band True Dream's debut music video for "The Stare of Death" was shot last weekend in Seattle, directed by Ben Medina, produced by Beyond Home Productions and the brainchild of lifelong Seattle musician Danny VanHollebeke. The plot follows an anti-hero character on a mission through a post apocalyptic setting, and illustrates such ideas as facing your fears, strength through adversity and the power of the human spirit. The Stare of Death shot on a 'RED - EPIC' camera at a closed street in Magnuson Park over an all night 12 hour shoot. 'The Stare of Death' is the first single off of the first album- 'The Night Again' by True Dream.

"Words can't express the immense gratitude I have for our cast and crew, and Beyond Home Productions." says Danny VanHollebeke. "It was a huge project with a complicated shooting schedule and very specific art direction, and everything worked like it was meant to be. Shooting this video fulfilled a long awaited dream, and I loved every minute of it."

The Stare of Death hired 20 crew and assembled over 50 extras for the video shoot.

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.

Highway (2002)

This typical road movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Jared Leto (sporting a fugly mullet/Mohawk combo) as Pilot and Jack, a couple of tight bros from way back. Based out of Las Vegas, the pals find themselves on an unexpected road trip after Jack gets caught in a compromising situation with a mob goon's wife. The two hit the highway...destination: Seattle. The DVD artwork makes this objective clear with an image of a desert road headed, dead center, to the Space Needle. Along the way they smoke some joints, visit a whorehouse, take ecstasy at a rave, meet a stoner named Johnny the Fox (played by John C. McGinley donned in an absolutely putrid white-guy cornrow fright wig), cut the roof off their car with a power saw, check out an alligator boy who lives in a barn in Oregon (these scenes were actually shot on Whidbey Island), and, to establish the requisite love triangle, meet a skinny hooker named Cassie (Selma Blair) who looks like she could use a sandwich. The trio goes through the predicable motions accompanied by lots of flashy editing, "amusing" antics and modern rock songs. I forgot to mention it but Highway is supposed to take place in 1994 and the guys want to attend Kurt Cobain's Seattle Center wake that took place on April 11 of that year. Highway was originally titled A Leonard Cohen Afterworld, which is a line from a Nirvana song, but no actual music by Nirvana is used in the film and, actually, all of the soundtrack tunes are post-grunge/early 21st century jams, a detail that doesn't do much to reinforce the film's credibility. Eventually the trio ends up, somewhat shattered, in Seattle. Pilot has abandoned the others and reunites with Johnny the Fox, who is traveling with a group of long hairs in a psychedelic step van en route to the Cobain memorial. The "revealing Seattle" shot does not really make much geographical sense, unless those hippies got really lost, as Pilot and The Fox first glimpse The Jet City from the Magnolia Bridge. There is a quick cut to a helicopter shot of the Space Needle and then the gang of merry pranksters arrive at the Seattle Center just in time for Pilot to drop some acid and get a spider painted on his face. Pilot stumbles to Emerald City Guitars, which, in the film, seems to be located just across from the street but most locals realize that the excellent music store is actually located down in Pioneer Square. Pilot takes his trip back to the flag pavilion where he stumbles through the flannel-attired crowd and the filmmakers intersperse some actual footage of the real candlelight vigil with their own recreation of the event. Pilot also visits the Fun Forest Amusement Park and is reminded of his childhood friendship with Jack as he careens through crowds of actual children. He reconciles with his old friend at the International Fountain but the Vegas goons are hot on their trail. Jack and Cassie get chased out of the park and are immediately seen across town running through Pioneer Square where they narrowly doge the old Waterfront Streetcar (R.I.P.), sprint past the J&M Caf and have a showdown with the thugs in an alley. Jack gets his feet stomped on but, ultimately, everything works out okay and the film ends with our young adventurers gazing out at a nighttime view of the skyline from Kerry Park. Cue Jack Kerouac quote. -Spenser Hoyt

MEDIA DIGEST

LYNN SHELTON IMPRESSES AT TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL
THE GUARDIAN
In Seattle-based filmmaker Lynn Shelton's newest movie, Your Sister's Sister, she offers audiences an honest, bareboned rendering of relationships that can be experienced on a multitude of levels. Its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last weekend has film buffs intrigued and raving. Emily Blunt, Rosemary DeWitt and Mark Duplass star in the film, which took advantage of the Pacific Northwest's San Juan Islands and where the cast and crew spent 12 consecutive days filming and housing together aside the beautiful Pacific. England's The Guardian reviewed the film, calling it "a captivating examination of criss-crossing relationships permeated by incisive performances."

NEW YORK TIMES DISCUSSES HOW POST-NIRVANA SEATTLE STILL ROCKS ON
NEW YORK TIMES
Twenty years after Nirvana took to the music venues of Seattle, the New York Times suggests the post-grunge rock era in Seattle still sways, maybe in a slightly more humble manner. The music scene that once, two decades ago, surfaced our dreary corner of the country as a place defined by Kurt Cobain, flannel and espresso, has evolved into an epoch delineated by "high technology, global commerce and well-educated newcomers making waterproof peace with the weather." The decidedly changing landscape has made room for new music as well; Fleet Foxes, the Head and the Heart, Macklemore and Shabazz Palaces uphold Seattle's reputation as a city of music, and offer an eclectically fresh mix of genres and quality tunes.

EXAMINER INTERVIEWS STAR OF FEATURE FILM SET IN SEATTLE MUSIC INDUSTRY
THE EXAMINER
The Examiner sat down with the star (Seth Rogan) and screenwriter (Will Reiser) of the soon-to-be released feature film 50/50. The movie, which alluringly hangs up a backdrop of the Seattle music scene, is an examination of life, friendship and what we deem invaluable components of living. Cancer is the protagonist in this bona fide depiction of the whole experience, largely based on Rogan's own bout with the disease. The film's frame (Seattle music) is far from demure in flaunting its Seattle-based soundtrack. Pearl Jam closes out the movie with "Yellow Ledbetter," and the crew went to great measures to "track Eddie Vedder down while on his honeymoon" to get his approval.

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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