|News from the Office of Film + Music
TONIGHT'S FILM + MUSIC + INTERACTIVE HAPPY HOUR SPEAKER IS MARGARET O'MARA
Happy Hour returns tonight with a new look and format. The Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour will continue to be hosted 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, author of 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 TONIGHT 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 Institute of Seattle, and Spitfire.
ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY HIGHLIGHTS THE NEW NEPTUNE THEATRE AND MUCH MORE
This week's Art Zone gives Seattleites a sneak peek at some exciting happenings in the city's arts scene. Host Nancy Guppy takes viewers inside the newly remodeled Neptune Theatre, which continues to host a week of free programming to celebrate its grand re-opening. Also profiled are jazz musician Jose Gonzales and R&B singer Jus Moni, who gives an electrifying performance in the Art Zone studios. Nancy also previews filmmaker Sue Corcoran's new project, Ira Finkelstein's Christmas.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
VERA HOSTS GRAMMY U KICK OFF POWER MIXER
The Vera Project and Grammy U start the school year off on the right foot with Power Mixer, a free networking event open to all college students. The event is next Thursday, and attendees will have the chance to speak with professionals in the music industry in all different capacities. Students can expect to meet with peers and mingle with an eclectic mix of industry professionals, from talent buyers to songwriters to well-known musicians, all are invited to stay afterwards for free burritos and a live performance by SPORTS.
DECIBEL FESTIVAL AND dB CONFERENCE BEGINS TODAY
The dB Conference, held in conjunction with the 2011 Decibel Festival program, seeks to provide a space where artists, professionals and the public can exchange knowledge and create a supportive community that fosters networking, collaboration and promote creativity through technology. The dB Conference is a free, all-ages event that has been an integral part of Decibel Festival's educational outreach over the years. Sessions will occur every hour from 12pm - 6pm, September 28th - 30th, and all sessions will be held at the Fred Wildlife Refuge on Capitol Hill at 127 E. Boylston.
LOCAL TV PILOT MAKES FINALS OF NATIONAL COMPETITION
Local television pilot The Divine Marigolds has caught the attention of a national entertainment competition. The local comedy, about an Irish-American family living in Seattle, is currently standing in second place in the NexTV finals. The show was produced by filmmakers Will Chase, Lisa Coronado, Jeremiah Kaynor and Alder Sherwood, along with Lorraine Montez and Ben Andrews of Abundant Productions and is currently being pitched in LA to the Networks by show runners. Chase, one of the producers, declares that "Seattle is the perfect city for a TV show. We have all the creative, talented people right here to produce a heartfelt drama with comedic edge that viewers are craving."
LOCAL SIGHTINGS FILM FESTIVAL STARTS FRIDAY
The very best in Northwest filmmaking will be showcased at the 14th annual Local Sightings Film Festival, taking place September 30-October 6 at the Northwest Film Forum (NWFF). The festivities begin Friday with a screening of the Sundance-praised film The Oregonian, directed by Calvin Lee Reeder, followed by the fun-filled Opening Party at the NWFF with DJs, dancing, performances, and film and video projections. Alongside a selection of documentaries, narrative features, and shorts screening at Local Sightings is a special program panels to address new questions in filmmaking and production. Topics include securing distribution, funding projects with the advent of Kickstarter, a meet-up for young filmmakers, and the future of the state film incentive program.
HISTORY IS ______ YOUTH FILM MEET-UP IS THIS SUNDAY
Join the Northwest Film Forum, SIFF and the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) for a film networking event exclusively for young film enthusiasts (22 years and younger). The event is 2:00pm-4:00pm, October 2nd at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Connect with professionals in the local film industry, view film screenings, and enjoy good food & drink. This event is free.
SHOWTIME'S WEEDS FEATURES LOCAL BAND'S MUSIC
Earlier this week, Seattle musical group Brent Amaker and the Rodeo's song "Doomed" was featured on the season finale of the hit Showtime show Weeds. The song was taken from last year's Please Stand By album released on the Seattle-based Spark & Shine record label. Amaker and his band are hard at work on the anticipated follow-up to Please Stand By, which should be ready for release by mid-2012.
OCTOBER BRINGS SEATTLE SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL TO LOCAL THEATERS
The Seattle-based grassroots community organization, Tasveer, is bringing independent and progressive South Asian films and artists to the Pacific Northwest during their 7th annual Seattle South Asian Film Festival.The film festival, runs October 7-9 and will provide an atmosphere where attendees will discover, experience, and enjoy through a range of South Asian films, workshops, forums and open conversations.
CORNISH COLLEGE OF THE ARTS HOSTS A WEEKEND OF EVENTS TO CELEBRATE NEW PRESIDENT
CORNISH COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
Cornish College of the Arts is welcoming the school's new president, Dr. Nancy J. Uscher, with a three-day celebration of events from October 14-16. The festivities will begin Friday, October 14 with a free inaugural ceremony and reception for Dr. Uscher at Benaroya Hall. The following day, Cornish will host a day of free programming at the main campus center on Lenora Street with workshops, discussions, and a closing luncheon with alumni and faculty. A Sunday night gala at the Sheraton Hotel will end the weekend of events, with a seated dinner, cocktails, and an auction to support the Cornish Scholarship Fund.
SEATTLE COMPOSERS ALLIANCE INVITES FILMMAKERS TO EVENT AT NORTHWEST FILM FORUM
SEATTLE COMPOSERES ALLIANCE
Film and music will marry this weekend when the Seattle Composers Alliance hosts "The Perfect Score," an event bringing composers and filmmakers to the same place at the same time. The night will be framed by an open discussion, as both parties delve into what ingredients go into their respective creative processes, and how best to maneuver the industry. The panel will include composers Eric Goetz (Connect To) and Jason Staczek (My Winnipeg) with filmmakers Kris and Lindy Boustedt (Perfect 10), Timothy Watkins (Photo Booth), and SJ Chiro (Howard from Ohio), and will be moderated by composer and producer Catherine Grealish (A Musing).
SEATTLE EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATION ENTERS INTERNATIONAL SCENE
Animator and curator Tess Martin is bringing Seattle animations to Europe by accompanying this program of short films by SEAT, Seattle Experimental Animation Team. SEAT is a collective of animator/filmmakers who use a wide range of techniques to make films frame by frame. Inter-Action played at the the Northwest Film Forum, New York City at 92YTribeca, and at Anthology Film Archives (NewFilmmakers series), all this past summer. This European tour marks the first time most of these films have been seen overseas. The films will be screening throughout the month of October, from Amsterdam to Paris, Vienna to London.
SEATTLE LESBIAN AND GAY FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS IN OCTOBER
THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA
The Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (SLGFF) celebrates its "Sweet" 16th year by continuing to showcase films centered on the LGBT community. The festival, which will run from October 14-23, kicks off with the road trip comedy Dirty Girl, and features the centerpiece films Leave It On the Floor (a high-energy dance film) and Wish Me Away (a gripping documentary on the coming out of country singer Chely Wright). The festival closes with a screening of Vito, which pays tribute to author Vito Russo (The Celluloid Closet) and his work in the gay liberation movement and AIDS activism. The topic of AIDS is also the subject of the SLGFF's new Spotlight feature. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the first AIDS diagnosis, the documentary We Were Here will screen at the festival.
SEATTLE PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS COLLEGE FAIR THIS FALL
Are you on the heels of college or graduate studies and passionate about music, dance, theater, visual arts, graphic design, or other creative disciplines? The National Association for College Admission Counseling's (NACAC) Seattle Performing and Visual Arts College Fair is a free, must attend event for creative college-bound students. These fairs provide an environment for high school students interested in the arts to meet one-on-one with admission representatives from colleges, universities, conservatories, studios, festivals, and other educational institutions with specialized programs in the visual and performing arts. The event will be held October 24th at Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
FREE SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE FALL WORKSHOPS
SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE
Seattle Film Institute's Fall Open House is open to students, prospective students and the general public interested in film and programs offered by the school this Saturday from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Two free workshops will precede the Open House - a production workshop: Green Screen on a Budget, and a screenwriting workshop: Building Dramatic Scenes; both starting at 9:30 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.
Support Little By Little! - 9/28 (2 Hours Left)
Rog's 60th - A Life Journey Of Music & Brotherhood - 9/29 (48 Hours Left)
Beautiful Lies records next album with Steve Fisk -10/1 (65 Hours)
Jekyll and Hyde: The Music Video- 10/1(68 Hours Left)
Blvd Park is recording their second album! - 10/1 (70 Hours Left)
Jello Wrestling : The Movie - 10/2 (3 Days Left)
Underground Music Webseries (Mixhap & Found) - 10/2 (5 Days Left)
Nicole Walters Is Making Her Solo Debut CD! - 10/5 (6 Days Left)
Leo's Album "Across The Years" in 2011! - 10/7 (9 Days Left)
Adventures in Killing the Radio Star - (Tour Fundraiser) - 10/9 (10 Days Left)
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 9/19 - 9/25
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Pearl Jam - "20"
- Various Artists - "Live at KEXP, Volume 7"
- Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart"
- Eddie Vedder - "Ukelele Songs"
- Gold Leaves "Ornament"
- Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs"
- Star Anna "Alone In This Together"
- Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"
- Blue Scholars - Cinemetropolis
- Jesse Sykes & Sweet Hereafter - "Marble Son"
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.
Expiration Date (2006)
Director/producer/writer/TheFilmSchool co-founder Rick Stevenson's charming comedy opens with a Native elder and a Native teen sitting at a rural bus stop. The kid's about to head off to the city, but the elder wants him to stick around and hear a story. He proceeds with the tale of Charlie Silvercloud III (Robert A. Guthrie), a young man whose grandfather and father were both hit and killed by milk trucks on their respective 25th birthdays. We meet Charlie testing out cemetery plots a week before his own alleged doomsday, calmly going through his list of THINGS TO DO BEFORE I DIE. While picking out a coffin he meets eccentric free spirit Bessie (Sascha Knopf) and her aptly named mutt Roadkill. Neither Charlie or Bessie is entirely honest about why they are out death shopping, and that, of course, leads to assumptions and comical misunderstandings that draw the couple together. Stevenson and company clearly have an eye for the city, filling the film with more locations and nods to the Northwest than I can name here. Charlie lives on Queen Anne's south slope, allowing the occasional glimpse of the Space Needle. His mother Lucille (Dee Wallace, the mom from E.T.) takes him to a Native celebration at Daybreak Cultural Center in Discovery Park. Bessie teaches dance at the historic Phinney Neighborhood Center. Seattle-area resident Richard Sanders (WKRP's Les Nessman) appears as the administrator at Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery on Aurora. Lucille runs a flower shop called Indian Paintbrush, located next to the now-closed Bark Natural Pet Care on Ballard Avenue. The stretch of cobblestone street between the also sadly now-closed Guitar Emporium and The Sunset Tavern gets a lot of quality screen time as Charlie, Bessie, and Roadkill walk and talk. A Smith Brothers truck chases Charlie through Gasworks Park and the film's adventurous conclusion takes place at their dairy in the Kent valley. But the best Seattle location is the Post Alley bar Alibi Room, brilliantly recast as the coffee shop at which Charlie works as a master barista (Confidential to the Alibi Room: Where can I get one of those mugs?). Since most of us only see it under cover of dark and cocktails, it's nice to see its wooden interior gleaming in the sunlight. Look closely in the background during its scenes and you may spot Tom Skerritt sipping at one of the tables. Expiration Date's whimsy doesn't always work but it eventually won me over, and Seattle has rarely looked better on screen. Scarecrow Video is one of the many Northwest businesses thanked in the credits. -Jen Koogler
LUDOVIC MORLOT DRAWS NATIONAL MEDIA ATTENTION TO SEATTLE SYMPHONY
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Ludovic Morlot took the reins of the Seattle Symphony last weekend, heralding the beginning of a new era for the city's classical music institution. His bold efforts to make classical music accessible to everyone and to engage the community have not gone unnoticed. The Wall Street Journal recently reviewed Morlot's first appearances as conductor of the Seattle Symphony, noting his unique choice in programming for the 2012 season and his insistence on making concerts free for youth under the age of 18. Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker, blogged about Morlot's appointment as head of the Seattle Symphony and noted the potential for adventurous classical music programming. On the local front, The Stranger, which has traditionally been nonplussed by the Seattle Symphony's role in Seattle music, had nothing but nice things to say about Morlot, at one point saying, "He's started to win us over."
LOCAL DUO FLY MOON ROYALTY TO HEADLINE MUSIC SHOWCASE IN MICHIGAN
GRAND RAPIDS PRESS
Fly Moon Royalty, local label Sportn' Life Record's newest dynamic duo, is set to perform their original blend of electro-soul for the masses at ArtPrize's Prospecto Musical Showcase Preview in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The October 1 show will be a homecoming of sorts for DJ/Producer Action Jackson, who left West Michigan for Seattle two years ago. The performance will be a part of the 18-day celebration of art that culminates in awards for the top ten entries into the competition. Winners are voted upon by the public, with the aim of making art a community experience.
DUFF MCKAGAN'S "LOADED" WRAPS FILMING
WEST SEATTLE HERALD
Duff McKagan and his band Loaded, loaded into a Kenmore Air seaplane for one of the final scenes in their film, "The Loaded Project". The film, which took 387 days to shoot due to a busy touring schedule, follows a fictional story line and is scored by songs from the band's album, The Taking. In one scene of the movie, band members are being chased by a crazed taxi driver, portrayed by White Center musician Joe Dredd of the band Gunn and the Damage Done, a West Seattle band. The movie's mostly improvised script emerged organically, and West Seattle filmmaker Jamie Chamberlin decided to not be bashful with flaunting Seattle's landscape, hence incorporating the stunning areal footage of West Seattle and Downtown. McKagan said that the idea was born one day in the recording studio with copious amounts of caffeine feeding the creative fire that has become a reality.
KRIST NOVOSELIC, DUFF MCKAGAN AND MORE PAY TRIBUTE TO 'NEVERMIND'
In late September of 1991, Geffen Records publicist Susie Tennant put together the record release party for Nirvana's Nevermind. The celebration took place at a small, downtown Seattle venue called the Rebar - but was cut unceremoniously short when Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl collectively instigated a food fight that got them ejected from the bar. The celebration and tribute to Nevermind that took place last Tuesday night at EMP was more than a nostalgic nod to that album's culture-quaking success; it was a fundraising effort for Tennant, who has been battling ovarian cancer. EMP Programs Producer and Presidents of the U.S.A. guitarist Andrew McKeag and other music community leaders were just putting the show together when Tennant was diagnosed. "She's such a vital part of this music community," McKeag said that morning. "And when one of the mighty is stricken, we always feel this compulsion to do something." Seattle responded in kind; the event had been sold out for weeks ahead of time.
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
Newsletter submission guidelines