|News from the Office of Film + Music
OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC WELCOMES NEW INTERN, SAM VEATCH
Sam recently graduated from High school on Vashon Island, and soon thereafter moved to Seattle to pursue work in the film and video industry of the big city. Currently, he works predominantly as a freelance photographer and production assistant, working with local production houses for companies like Microsoft and Starbucks, and has spent some time working on the PBS show Biz Kids. In addition, Sam is an avid musician. Specializing in drums and percussion, he is active in several Vashon Island and Seattle based bands, playing everything from Folk to Blues to Progressive Rock. He hopes to continue working and building his business as a photographer, videographer and editor after his work with the Office of Film + Music.
ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY HIGHLIGHTS CITY ARTS FESTIVAL
This week's Art Zone exclusively features performances by artists
in the upcoming City Arts Festival. The in-studio lineup includes local musicians such as Allen Stone, Shelby Earl, The Ecstasy of Influence, and OC Notes & emcee Rik Rude of Metal Chocolates. The show premieres on Friday at 8:00.
SEATTLE CHANNEL WINS 27 AWARDS AT NATIONAL COMPETITION
In a national competition sponsored by the National Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, Seattle Channel walked away with an astounding 27 awards and honorable mentions, standing out among the 1000+ entries from across the country. They were honored in several categories, including Sports Programming, News Series, Election Coverage, and many more. "We are very pleased to be recognized for providing Seattle's residents with first-rate coverage of city government, Seattle's diverse communities and the Emerald City's vibrant art scene," said John Giamberso, Seattle Channel General Manager.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
APPLE VS. AMAZON. WHICH COMPANY IS BETTER FOR MUSIC?
With the recent launch of Amazon's new "Kindle Fire", the company adds yet another hot contender to the already raging tablet war. Amazon and Apple have been fighting for the consumer's preference since Amazon began selling music online in 2007. The two companies' strategies for selling downloadable content differ substantially, and Hyperbot.com poses the question: "Which company is better for the music business?"
ICICLE CREEK OFFERS CREATIVE RESIDENCIES
From the heart of the Cascades, Icicle Creek is a beautiful campus in Leavenworth, WA, focused on perpetuating performance and creative arts. They're currently offering partially subsidized theatre, music and literature "Creative Residencies". These retreats offer valuable housing, practice and performance spaces for artists and ensembles looking for an inspiring stay in a nature-filled environment.
AUDITIONS FOR MORE MUSIC @ THE MOORE TAKE PLACE NEXT MONTH
Auditions open on November 13th & 14th for More Music @ the Moore, a performance celebrating diverse genres of music and young, talented musicians. Exceptional musicians ages 14-21 are encouraged to try out. Those selected will be given the opportunity to work with professional artists, industry leaders and nationally acclaimed music directors. Students will learn to play together and will perform two shows at the Moore Theatre in March.
LOCAL SIGHTINGS FILM FESTIVAL STARTS FRIDAY
Several Washington Filmworks board members will speak about the film incentive program and its future at tonight's Local Sightings Film Incentive Panel at the Northwest Film Forum (NWFF). Also happening at the NWFF this evening is Demystifying Distribution, a panel discussion where independent filmmakers and business professionals will share insights and realistic solutions to the distribution quandaries that inevitably come up during production. Both events are at 5 pm.
EMP MUSEUM PRESENTS DEF JAM25: THE FIRST 25 YEARS OF THE LAST GREAT RECORD LABEL
On October 26th, EMP is celebrating the 25-year anniversary of Def Jam Records withDefJam25, a lecture and book release event in recognition of hip-hop's premier label. The event will feature two of Def Jam Recordings founding staff members, journalist/biographer Bill Adler and creative director Cey Adams, who are also the co-authors of DEFinition: the Art and Design of Hip-Hop. The release of the new book, Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label will also be celebrated.
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.
LOCAL MEDIA RECAPS OF DECIBEL FESTIVAL 2011
Monday was the final day of Decibel Festival, a 5-day extravaganza of electronic music hailing from around the globe. Since its inception in 2003, Decibel has grown to be one of the leading festivals celebrating the most popular genres of electronic music. In addition to bringing headlining acts like Brazilian artist Amon Tobin and New York-based DJ/Producer Moby, Decibel is know for strongly championing local talent. Festival planners also introduced discussion panels and workshops into its programming, seeking to be a resource to both industry professionals and fans of electronic music alike. The reviews are streaming in from a number of local outlets, including Seattle Weekly, The Stranger, The Seattle Times, and SSG Music.
NEPTUNE THEATRE HOSTS TWO FREE MUSIC LESSONS
As part of the Neptune's Grand Opening, STG is hosting two free music lessons over the next two months. On Saturday, October 8th, Sue Ennis will conduct a free songwriting class at 11:00-12:30. All you need to bring is a pen and paper. Sue is a widely respected songwriter, known for her compositions for the local band Heart. She also teaches at Shoreline Community College and is a National Trustee for the GRAMMYs. On Saturday November 12th, Michael Powers will offer a free guitar lesson. All that is requited is an acoustic guitar. Michael is well known nationally and regionally as a guitarist, composer and teacher. No reservation is required for either event. Both are ages 12+.
PACIFIC NORTHWEST SYNTHFEST 2011 HAPPENS THIS MONTH
Sound makers of all types: Come one come all! Synthfest 2011 takes over three rooms at Shoreline Community college on October 29th. Meet like minded people, check out their gear, attend demos given by manufacturers, and take a close look at some special products.
SEATTLE MUSIC SCENE IS THE FOCUS OF NEW PBS DOCUMENTARY
On October 21st, PBS will air a new documentary about Seattle's music scene titled Seattle Music... something in the water? The short highlights KEXP and DJ John Richards, along with local record label Sub Pop. It also features Seattle artists such as Pickwick, Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir, The Tripwires, Shabazz Palaces, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and The Head and the Heart. It will air as part of the PBS program American Masters.
RECIPIENTS OF ARTIST TRUST ART INNOVATOR AWARDS CHOSEN
THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA
The winners of this year's Artist Trust Art Innovator Awards have been chosen. Choreographer Pat Graney and composer/musician and Eyvind Kangwere selected for the Arts Innovator Award. Visual artist Gary Hill and provocative artist collective SuttonBeresCuller (formed by John Sutton, Ben Beres and Zac Culler) were awarded the Arts Innovator Special Recognition Award. A total of $55,000 was granted to the recepients. The four award winners will appear together at On The Boards next month for a discussion about arts innovation in Washington State.
CITY ARTS FESTIVAL SEEKS VOLUNTEERS
City Arts Festival is seeking volunteers with production experience to add to their crew. The festival takes place October 20-22, which is when the bulk of the volunteering will be needed. Volunteers gain access to performances in over 20 venues, and qualify for perks and prizes available only to City Arts Fest volunteers. Headliners for this year's festival include Ryan Adams, Robyn, Crystal Castles, and Ozomatli. Local musicians, dancers, visual artists and theater performers are also prominently featured in the City Arts Festival lineup.
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.
Anderson Troutman's Animal Life - 10/11 (5 Days Left)
Cor Leonis- Rai Kamishiro wants you to see stars - 10/18 (13 Days Left)
Help release the new iji album on LP -10/19 (14 Days Left)
Tam Katzin's new CD "If We Believe"- 10/22(16 Days Left)
Mystic Sisters - 10/23 (17 Days Left)
The Little Black Bottles "Let Them Eat Red Velvet Cake" CD - 10/28 (22 Days Left)
The Juliettes! Debut CD - "Clutch the Pearls" - 10/28 (22 Days Left)
Where Has All The Rock n Roll Gone? - 10/31 (25 Days Left)
Bring Bean: The Musical Fruit to LIFE! - 10/31 (26 Days Left)
Gig McKell 10 song album project - 11/3 (28 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).
- Various Artists - "Live at KEXP, Volume 7"
- Pearl Jam "20" (Columbia)
- Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart"
- Nirvana - "Nevermind" (Monkeywrench)
- Eddie Vedder - "Ukelele Songs"
- Gold Leaves "Ornament"
- Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs"
- Bill Frisell - "All We Are Saying"
- Caspar Babypants - "Sing Along!"
- Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"
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.
Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009)
Though Zombies of Mass Destruction was not shot in Seattle, the "political zomedie" has a lot of ties to the Emerald City. John Sinno, the film's producer, is best known as the head honcho of Arab Film Distribution/Typecast Films. Typecast is a Seattle based film distribution company probably best known for the Oscar nominated documentary Iraq in Fragments but they have been responsible for distributing all sorts of films including a collection of short films called Seattle Women in Film. You wouldn't expect a company like Typecast to be producing gory zombie comedies but there I go typecasting. ZMD's director, Kevin Hamedani, is a long time Scarecrow Video customer who did much of his cinematic research for his film in Scarecrow's Psychotronic room. Zombie films are often used for political allegories, particularly the works of George A. Romero, and Hamedani (also the screenwriter) wisely uses the genre as a means to explore several modern sociological issues including xenophobia, homophobia, religious hypocrisy and post-9/11 politics. Hamedani is an Iranian American and much of his script was based on his own experiences after 9/11 when he suddenly found himself suspect and treated differently by neighbors and fair weather friends. While there is a lot of subtext to process in Zombies of Mass Destruction, the director never forgets that this is, fundamentally, a zombie flick so there is also plenty of blood, guts, violence, splatter and gore to go along with the social commentary. Janette Armand stars as Frida, a young Iranian American woman who has returned to her hometown after dropping out of Princeton and she must deal with some small town racist ignorance as well as her stern father. In a parallel story Tom (Doug Fal) is visiting with his boyfriend Lance (Cooper Hopkins) with plans of coming out to his mother. As you could predict, things get infinitely more complicated (and bloodier) with a zombie outbreak caused by Middle Eastern bio-terrorists and soon Frida, Tom and Lance find themselves fighting for their lives as their friends, family and neighbors become infected and transform into the living dead. Zombies of Mass Destruction was shot in Port Gamble and the town basically plays itself except that in the film it is presented as an island community (a common situation in the zombie oeuvre) even though it is actually a peninsula community. With its unique Late Victorian architecture and well-manicured lawns it is believable as a typical All-American small town yet also has a vaguely creepy gothic vibe as well. The citizens and politicians of Port Gamble seem to be highly cooperative and really good sports as many locals appear as undead extras, streets get filled with burning cars and much of the film pokes fun at small town politics. While preparing for this year's Halloween monster movie marathon be sure to consider this zombirrific local production. -Spenser Hoyt
GEEKWIRE DEMYSTIFIES THE LINK BETWEEN COFFEE SHOP CULTURE AND SEATTLE'S SUCCESS
Many things define Seattle, but few can do it like our love for coffee. Entrepreneur Michael "Luni" Libes contributed an article to Geekwire that explains just how that love for coffee makes for a great work environment in our city. Although it's the caffeine that keeps us Northwesterners awake and tolerable, it's the coffee shop culture that really makes Seattle's work environment one of a kind.
KUOW EXAMINES HOW SEATTLE CHANGED FROM A BLUE COLLAR TOWN TO AN ARTISTIC MECCA
Seattle was undoubtedly changed by Nirvana's acclaimed album, Nevermind, in 1991, marking the beginning of an economic shift from logging and airplane manufacturing to booming music and technology industries. Did Grunge and coffee change the Northwest? Listen as KUOW and three special guests discuss the change and their speculation on what drove it, as well as the shift of Seattle's perception at home and abroad.
SEATTLE COMPOSERS ALLIANCE PRESENTS WORKSHOP WITH EMMY-WINNING COMPOSER
FILM MUSIC MAGAZINE
A fantastic opportunity to get exposure to a professional composer is available at Seattle Pacific University this weekend. Emmy Award winning composer Ron Jones, known for his works in Family Guy and Star Trek: The Next Generation, will present a workshop in detail about composition, arrangement, marketing, life as a composer and several other aspects involving the world of composition. The cost is $95 for the public, and there are special discounts for students, associate members and professional members.
Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel White, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Sorayya Aminian, Intern
Tiffany Wan, Intern
Sam Veatch, Intern
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