|News from the Film + Music Office
SEATTLE FILM + MUSIC OFFICE WELCOMES NEW INTERN
The Seattle Film + Music Office is proud to welcome intern Victoria Solomon to the team. Hailing from Atlanta, Victoria moved to Seattle in May after graduating from Emory University with a bachelor's degree in American studies. She is excited to join the office and learn even more about this beautiful city. Victoria has already proven herself a valuable asset and we at the Film + Music Office are happy to have her aboard!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
ONE REEL JOB OPENING: PROGRAM COORDINATOR
One Reel currently has an opening for a Secondary Program Coordinator for the One Reel Festivals Division Programming department. This position will coordinate most aspects of Bumbershoot's arts programming as well as booking and coordinating Kid's programming for both Bumbershoot and the Family 4th. Ideal candidate has ties to the arts community in Seattle and the interest and ability to strengthen those. This job requires someone who is energetic, curious, creative, and has the ability to follow timelines in an organized and fast paced manner.
MOVIEMAKER FEATURES WASHINGTON STATE FILMAKING
Be sure to check out MovieMaker Magazine's profile of Washington filmmaking in this month's issue. In addition to Washington's unique urban and natural landscapes, most films qualify for significant financial assistance from both government and nonprofit sources. With a thriving festival scene, film schools, and high quality production services, Washington State is the perfect location for your next film.
CASTING CALL: SCRIPT READING AT SGLFF
Actors needed for live script reading of "Directed by Dorothy Arzner," at the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. This is an excellent opportunity for local Seattle actors to be seen in front of an audience, work with established industry professionals, and learn about the early, but crucial, process in making a film. This movie is the story of Hollywood's most accomplished, groundbreaking, and forgotten female director. Arzner was a star-making director of more studio features than any female in history and also inventor of the boom microphone. The link above is to the Festival Program and the first casting session will be on October 23rd. For specific information about roles, email Lindsay Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OPENING NIGHT PARTY FOR LOCAL SIGHTINGS FILM FESTIVAL
Seattle filmmakers, movie buffs and party-goers will walk the red carpet at Northwest Film Forum's annual opening night bash. With music blaring, performances tickling the eyes and imaginations going wild, the 11th Annual Local Sightings Festival begins in stylish debauchery. Join local filmmakers on October 3rd at 9pm for a party that will ignite Seattle's film scene.
THE SEATTLE CHANNEL WINS NATIONAL AWARD
The Seattle Channel was honored this week with the prestigious Excellence in Government Programming Award from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA). This is the second year in a row that the Seattle Channel has received this award. The channel also won first place honors for Best Government Access Website. In addition to these honors, the Seattle Channel received 17 other NATOA awards and honorable mentions for its variety of news, arts and community programs. Winners included City Inside/Out with CR Douglas, Art Zone In Studio with Nancy Guppy, CityStream, Seattle News Now with Megan Erb, and Community Stories. Congratulations!
SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE OPEN HOUSE FOR FALL CLASSES
The Seattle Film Institute offers full and part-time classes in Filmmaking, Screenwriting, Film History, Documentary Filmmaking, and Digital Video. Fall classes start in October. An Open House for will be held Saturday, October 4th, from 11am - 1pm at the Seattle Film Institute. For more information and/or directions, contact SFI at 206.568.4387 or visit their website.
THE LOCAL MUSIC SHOW AT NEW YORK'S BOWERY BALLROOM
The Local Music Show travels to NYC! Join host John Richards as he meets up with touring Seattle musician Sera Cahoone at New York's Bowery Ballroom and plays videos from Sera and Throw Me the Statue. Watch this episode on the Seattle Channel website.
ARTIST REGISTRY VOLUME VI APPLICATION WORKSHOP
Public Art 4Culture is accepting applications through October 20th for the new volume of the Artist Registry which is organized into three categories: Parts, Sites and Plans. Artists selected for inclusion in this online resource are pre-qualified for a variety of public and private art commissions. If interested in applying, or if you have questions about your eligibility, or the application process, attend the workshop on Thursday, October 9th. 4Culture staff will be available to answer questions and provide personal assistance. Download a comprehensive Call for Artists from the 4Culture website and apply online.
ALL ACCESS NIGHT AT EMP|SFM
EMP|SFM offers free admission and live music at "All Access Night" from 5pm to 8pm on the first Thursday of every month. October's All Access Night features performances by local singer/songwriter Ali Marcus in Sky Church. Marcus is an urban folkster, bringing the best of the woods to town and the best of town to the woods. She has been featured on NPR, in CMJ, the Bluebird Cafe and festivals throughout the Northwest. HeadCount, a not-for-profit organization devoted to voter registration and participation in democracy, will be registering people to vote at October's All Access Night; "A Call to Action," a Headcount documentary, will be screening in JBL Theater throughout the evening.
TAOS TO SCREEN AT NEW MEXICO FILM EXPO IN SANTA FE
TAOS, a new American independent feature film directed by Seattle native Brandon Schmid, will screen at the Santa Fe Film Festival's New Mexico Film Expo, a program for showcasing films made in or about New Mexico to be held this October 3rd through the 7th. TAOS tells the story of a young professional who recovers a lost sense of place and purpose when faced with the unexpected loss of his father and an accidental breakdown in the northern New Mexican desert. Filmed on location in Taos, New Mexico and Seattle, the story for the film takes place primarily in Taos and the scenes shot on-location highlight the natural beauty of the region.
FIRST FRIDAY IS DJ NIGHT AT SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
SAM REMIX resident DJs SunTzu Sound are kicking off the first Friday of October. Mingle with friends, immerse yourself in great art, and enjoy cocktails from TASTE Bar. Co-hosts of the SAM REMIX DJ Night include Pulp Lab, The NW Network, and the University of Washington. The happening takes place on Friday October 3rd from 6-9pm.
EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL 2008
Held by Seattle based nonprofit Earshot Jazz, the festival comprises over 50 concerts and events held at numerous venues around town. Programming starts on October 18th and runs through November 9th.
GPS THE MOVIE TO SCREEN AT NWFF LOCAL SIGHTINGS
A fun and suspenseful thriller, GPS features a group of college friends as they embark on a GPS treasure hunt in the Northwest backwoods. Expecting cash booties and reawakened flirtations, the line between the game and harsh reality quickly becomes blurred when they find a buried coffin with what appears to be photos of a kidnapped woman and clues to her location. The film will show during the Saturday October 4th screening at NWFF.
JIM BALL AT THE NWFF
In the mid 1970s, photojournalist and artist Jim Ball converted his Post Alley studio into a make-shift theater and began screening independent and experimental films. Over the next couple of years, Ball brought to town such filmmakers as Stan Vanderbeek, the Kuchar brothers and Christo to present their work. Join the Northwest Film Forum and Local Sightings for this special event in which Ball will share stories about this nearly forgotten yet influential local micro-cinema, as well as his experiences shooting photos of and hanging with a range of notable figures including William Burroughs, Eldridge Cleaver, Richard Serra and Andy Warhol. This free event will take place on October 5th at 5pm. Reserve your spot online.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 9/22 - 9/28
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Common Market - Tobacco Road
- Blitzen Trapper - Furr
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- Various Artists - Live at KEXP: Volume 4
- The Dutchess & the Duke - She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke
- Moondoggies - Don't Be A Stranger
- Damien Jurado - Caught in the Trees
- Jeff Ament - Tone
- Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
- Saturday Knights - Mingle
NEW MUSIC VENUE IN WEST SEATTLE
The Admiral Theatre will open in October as a 400-seat venue in West Seattle. One of the building's two theatres has been renovated for music with lighting, a sound system, and an extended stage. The first show is Saturday, October 11th with Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, the Hands, and Panda and Angel. Animals at Night will DJ between sets and KEXP's Troy Nelson will host. Dinah Brein is in charge of Admiral's booking. If you want to play there, send a message to her here.
TOO EARLY TO KNOW HOW ARTS WILL BE AFFECTED BY WAMU'S FAILURE
The new out-of-state owners of the failed bank will no doubt provide some support, but it remains unclear if it will rival WaMu's commitment in its headquarters city. "WaMu has been a major supporter of the arts over the years," said Jim Tune, president and chief executive officer of ArtsFund, formerly the Corporate Council for the Arts. "WaMu has played a large part in ArtsFund, but also in terms of direct support of Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Symphony." Tune and others in the local arts community emphasize that it is too soon to know what impact JPMorgan Chase & Co., may have here.
POPULAR NIGHTCLUB ON CAPITOL HILL FILES SUIT TO KEEP THE MUSIC GOING
Neighbours nightclub, an institution in Capitol Hill and Seattle's gay community, has filed a lawsuit to keep the music going at the club. In a suit filed in King County Superior Court on September 23rd, the club's attorney said the owner of the building where Neighbours operates is trying to terminate its lease. On August 12th, Tim Giacometti, representing the building's owners, wrote the club that the owners were terminating the lease, alleging a number of violations. However, Neighbours attorney Mark Kimball on Tuesday denied the club violated the lease. He noted that the club has been a dance club since it opened in 1983. Neighbours, he said, is the longest continually operating dance club in Seattle.
HOLLYWOOD AIMS TO BLOCK REALNETWORKS' DVD SOFTWARE
Hollywood's six major movie studios plan to sue Seattle-based RealNetworks Inc. to prevent it from distributing DVD copying software. A person close to the matter, who requested anonymity because the suit had not yet been filed, says the studios will ask for a temporary restraining order in federal court. RealNetworks on Tuesday launched a $30 program called RealDVD that copies DVDs to computers or portable hard drives. The studios say the software illegally bypasses the copyright protection built into DVDs. The plaintiffs are expected to include Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, Walt Disney, and Warner Bros.
THE TRIPLE DOOR CELEBRATES ITS 5TH ANNIVERSARY
The Triple Door, one of Seattle's premier music venues, celebrates its fifth anniversary October 2nd - 3rd with a concert by blues legend Robert Cray. With gilded colonnades and sconces left over from its 1920s vaudevillian heyday, plush half-moon booth-seating illuminated by individual electric candles, and a stage backdrop lit by a field of stars, the Triple Door retains a sophisticated ambience. Add some of the best acoustics and sightlines in the city and you have a venue approaching world-class. Tickets available at www.tripledoor.net.
FOR RECORD COMPANIES, OPTIMISM ISN'T IRRATIONAL
As the economy suffers, the music industry is hoping an old truism will hold: that as a relatively low-cost commodity with sentimental attachments, music will prove recession-proof. "In a bad economy people retreat to cheaper forms of entertainment," said Richard Greenfield, a media analyst at Pali Research in New York. "CDs have held up a lot better than I had expected this year."
FORBIDDEN FRUIT TO START PRODUCTION
Jeff Madsen Productions announced today that filming of his next feature film, "Forbidden Fruit" commences October 6th, 2008 in Snohomish County and will continue through the 26th of the same month. Madsen wrapped "The Cost of Living" earlier in September. The film will star former Snohomish resident Azmyth Kaminski. Joining Kaminiski is fellow thespian Barry J. Ratcliffe. "Forbidden Fruit" is directed by Josh Hodgins and is executive produced by Jeff Madsen, Nancy Kaminski and Larry McGee.
(SOUND) FEATURES MP3: LAKE
New in the Sound streaming media player this week is a track from Olympia group LAKE. LAKE will release its K Records debut, Oh, The Places We'll Go, on October 21st, but that doesn't mean you have to wait to hear some of its captivatingly-complex, lo-fi pop. "Bad Dream" has a bouncy bass line complemented by a chorus of melodies-sweet female vocals, guitar, synth, and a great horn section. It's sweet, charming, and irresistible. Follow the link to listen to it.
MUXTAPE REBORN AS LAUNCHING PAD FOR UNKNOWN BANDS
One month after the RIAA shuttered mixtape-generator Website Muxtape, its founder, Justin Ouellette, has come forward - announcing the site will turn into "a service exclusively for bands" on Muxtape.com. After the RIAA ordered Muxtape to shut down, "It was extremely frustrating," Ouellette tells Rolling Stone. "It's been really tough, very emotional. The popularity of the site totally freaked me out." So Muxtape will be reborn in several weeks as a place for unknown bands to launch extensive profile pages (downloads, tour calendars, photos, etc.) and take advantage of a new player that will be embeddable anywhere on the Web. "I realize this is a somewhat radical shift in functionality, but Muxtape's core goals haven't changed," Ouellette writes on Muxtape. He tells us that he hopes to break new talent and expose acts to tech savvy fans.
FESTIVAL CIRCUIT BLITZ SHOWS WAY FOR SEATTLE FILMMAKERS
Seattle filmmakers Terisa Greenan, Scott Campbell and Larry Golding are packing their bags for the Oakland International Film Festival after their feature length film "Miss Shellagh's Miniskirt" was selected to show there. Asked if there was some secret formula to getting accepted on the festival circuit, she told Prost America, "The Oakland Film Festival came about just by us entering lots of film festivals. That's how it is with indie films, you just put it out there and see who likes it!" "Miss Shellagh" used Seattle actors and crew and premiered at Seattle's True Independent Film Festival this past June. It will screen October 20th at the Oakland International Film Festival.
UW PICKS STUDENT'S LYRICS FOR NEW SONG
The Huskies have a new song. Part hymn, part anthem, "Rise Up With Pride for Washington" is the winner in the UW's "Song of Washington" lyrics contest. UW senior Catherine Henderson, a humanities major, wrote the words, beating out nearly 400 submissions. Bill Conti, the film composer known for his themes for "The Right Stuff" and "Rocky," wrote the music. The song won't replace the 1915-era fight song, "Bow Down to Washington," or any other song, for that matter, said Sue Brockmann, director of marketing for the UW Alumni Association, but it will be a long-overdue update to the school's repertoire. "It's a heartfelt theme, and I think it reflects the experiences of the students," she said.
DEATH CAB'S SOMETHING ABOUT AIRPLANES TO RE-RELEASE NEXT MONTH
Barsuk Records will be re-issuing Death Cab for Cutie's classic 1998 debut album, Something About Airplanes, on November 25th. This limited deluxe 10-year anniversary CD edition will include a bonus disc featuring a recently-unearthed recording of the band's first-ever Seattle show, a February 1998 set at the legendary venue The Crocodile Cafe. The reissue will also feature beautifully redesigned artwork, including extensive liner notes by noted musician and writer Sean Nelson (whose band Harvey Danger was the headliner of the bonus disc show, and who sings lead vocals on the DCfC set's never-before-heard cover of The Smiths' "Sweet and Tender Hooligan").
ED REED ON JUNK, JAIL AND JAZZ
In the low-lit confines of Jazz Alley, vocalist Ed Reed crooned his "Love Stories" to an enraptured audience last Wednesday evening, covering tunes from Judy Garland to Duke Ellington. The Peck Allmond Quintet was the perfect compliment, with Allmond's trumpet and flute solos interspersed in each song, and the quartet's drum/base/piano combo was surprisingly versatile, gracefully weaving together big-band swinging melodies with melancholy blues.
SCHWARZ'S MAHLER DOES THE ORCHESTRA PROUD
Thanks in part to its colossal requirements on both the instrumental and vocal fronts, performances of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8 (which was given its premiere in 1910) remain an anticipated special occasion. This glorious behemoth tends to be trotted out in festival settings or to observe a significant event - such as the tenth-anniversary season of Benaroya Hall in the case of the Seattle Symphony's performances this weekend. Thursday night's concert marked Gerard Schwarz's first time conducting the work here - the only symphony hitherto missing from the maestro's own traversal of the Mahler cycle with the SSO. And to heighten the stakes further, this weekend's concerts are being recorded for a forthcoming commercial release.
CROCODILE HIRES ELI ANDERSON AS TALENT BUYER, ROY ATIZADO AS DIRECTOR OF LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Eli Anderson has been hired as the Talent Buyer for the Crocodile, and Roy Atizado has been hired as Director of Live Entertainment. In addition to the fine local team of Eli and Roy, the Croc has also hooked up with the Doug Fir in Portland to help out with some of the booking. The Doug Fir will assist with national touring bands, and ensure that the Crocodile receives the same fine quality of booking that takes place in one of our all-time favorite Rose City rooms. Bands should send their demos, press kits, and pretty pictures to the dynamic duo. If everything goes according to schedule, look for the grand opening to take place sometime in late January or early February, 2009.
R.I.P. STEVE VEREWOLF/SWADD OF LOCAL BAND TEN MINUTE WARNING
Steve Verewolf (a.k.a. Steve Swadd), former singer of Seattle's Ten Minute Warning, recently passed away. There will be a memorial service for Verewolf on October 19th from 11:30am to 2:45pm at the Century Ballroom. Condolences to those in the Seattle music community who have lost their friend, family member, and bandmate.