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News from the Office of Film + Music 10/6/2010


OFFICE NEWS

CITY OF MUSIC FESTIVAL BEGINS THIS WEEK

The City of Music Festival will serve as a new multi-year platform that will annually connect hundreds of events, thousands of artists, and millions of fans to celebrate Seattle's diverse and thriving music community throughout the month of October. This year's festival, which brings together under one banner a wide range of musical programs and events already taking place in October, is laying a foundation for a decade of growth that will firmly establish the month of October as a local, national and international month to celebrate music in Seattle. The City of Music Festival will grow to become a centerpiece of the City of Music Initiative. This years' events include:

  • The GRAMMY MusicTech Summit October 7-8
  • Seattle Weekly's REVERB Local Music Festival October 9
  • Seattle Hip-Hop Career & Business Expo October 9
  • Run Vera Run 10K Run and 4K Walk/Run October 10
  • Arts Crush Music Week October 10-16
  • Earshot Jazz Festival October 15-November 7
  • City Arts Festival October 20-23
  • Sister City Showcase: Reykjavik Calling November 5
  • SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC AWARDS IS TONIGHT AT THE SHOWBOX
    The Seattle City of Music Awards is tonight at Showbox Market and we are very excited about this event. You must be too, since tickets sold out in less than two days! This annual event celebrates Seattle 's vibrant and vital music scene. This year we are honoring Brandi Carlile for the Breakthrough Award, Clarence Acox & Scott Brown for the Imapct Award and Gerard Schwarz with the Achievement Award. This year's Awards event is generously supported by Wells Fargo, AEG, Icelandair and 206, Inc. and serves as the kickoff for the inaugural City of Music Festival. For more information about the Awards, the recipients, the City of Music Festival and the Music Commission, check out the website.

    INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

    JESSE BERNSTEIN DOCUMENTARY "I AM SECRETLY AN IMPORTANT MAN"
    Real Change
    Jesse Bernstein is often called the voice of grunge. His poetry inspired Kurt Cobain, he counted William S. Burroughs among his close friends and his words helped launch Sub Pop Records' international acclaim. Now, 19 years after Bernstein's suicide, filmmaker Peter Sillen is capturing that voice in a documentary called I am Secretly an Important Man. The fascinating film about a fascinating character is premiering on October 6 at 8 pm at the Moore Theatre, followed by a run at Northwest Film Forum from October 22-28. Be sure to follow the link above to read the full article about Bernstein.

    15TH ANNUAL SEATTLE LESBIAN AND GAY FILM FESTIVAL NEXT WEEK
    Three Dollar Bill Cinema
    The 15th annual Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival is this month from October 15-24. Local organizers Three Dollar Bill Cinema are bringing some of the finest in lesbian and gay films to the big screen for the 10 day event. The Festival will feature such highlights as Le Tigre: On Tour, The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, Rufus Wainwright: Prima Donna and Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance. You can get your tickets, register to volunteer or explore the list of films now at the link above.

    SUBMIT YOUR HOUSE OR FILM TO COUCHFEST 2010
    Couchfest
    Couchfest is an annual event that celebrates local films, Seattle cinema lovers and awkward encounters with strangers. Here's how it works: the city's finest filmmakers and amateur cinestas submit films under 6 minutes, generous citizens throughout Seattle open their homes to complete strangers and festival goers move from home to home catching some fabulous shorts. The festival, which is in its third year, is currently accepting short films as well as hosts for the screenings. It all takes place on November 7, but the deadline to apply is October 10. So hurry up and participate! Follow the link for all the details.

    SEND YOUR FAVE REBERB BAND TO ICELAND
    Seattle Weekly
    KEXP, Iceland Air and Seattle Weekly are asking you to vote for your favorite local band from the REVERB Local Music Festival Battle of the Bands. Your vote could send that band to the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival from October 14-18 (plus airfare and hotels!). REVERB Festival is taking place in Ballard on October 9 and over 60 local bands will be hitting the clubs and streets of the neighborhood all night long. Highlights include Young Evils, Shelby Earl, Victor Shade and Helladope. Be sure to cast your vote at the link above and go here for more info about the REVERB Music Festival.

    SIFF IS HIRING A PROGRAMMING COORDINATOR
    SIFF
    SIFF is seeking a Programming Coordinator to manage the day-to-day administrative tasks in the Programming department. SIFF is a year-round non-profit film arts organization with programs including the Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema, and FutureWave. SIFF is breaking ground on a new permanent home and film center with an additional cinema, classroom and library/archive space this fall. The film center will begin operation in mid-2011. The successful candidate will be highly motivated and organized, able to multi-task, proficient in basic office and communications software, and have an interest in independent and international film. The candidate will ideally have strong writing skills, be comfortable with public speaking, and must be able to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends. For job qualifications and to apply, follow the link.

    SEATTLE JAZZ COMPOSERS ENSEMBLE ADVOCATES FOR LOCAL JAZZ
    Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble
    The Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble (SJCE), an organization dedicated to creating and performing new works by Pacific Northwest composers and arrangers, has existed since 2007, led by founders Michael Owcharuk and Nate Omdal. This year the organization announced its intentions to grow into a sustainable arts support system, as an associated program of the non-profit fiscal sponsorship and consultation company Shunpike. As a kick-off event, marking the efforts of this developing jazz advocacy group and a new season of unparalleled productions, the ensemble will perform original arrangements of Ennio Moricone's music and compositions by local composers Jim Knodle, Samantha Boshnack, Beth Fleenor, Josh Rawlings, Ethan Thomas, Nelson Bell, Michael Owcharuk and Nate Omdal, among others. All proceeds from the event go to the SCJE's efforts to become a non-profit organization dedicated to propagating the work of local jazz composers. Follow the link for more details.

    "CONTINUITY OF PARKS" IMMERSES YOU AT OCCIDENTAL PARK
    DXARTS
    As the closing event for this summer's ARTSPARKS (site-specific art in center city parks) programming and in collaboration with DXARTS (The Center for the Digital Arts and Experimental Media, University of Washington), Michael McCrea, Tivon Rice and Nicolás Varchausky present A Continuity of Parks, a two-hour live performance at dusk integrating sounds, echoes and images of Occidental Park with real-time audio and video. As in Cortázar's short story, the audience is led from the perspective of a peripheral observer to becoming enmeshed in a process of perpetual observation, self-reflection and re-interpretation. Passersby become performers and the city becomes the stage of an evolving memory system with traces of its peripatetic imagination gathered and re-presented throughout the course evening. Learn more at the link above.

    WOODY ALLEN LECTURE HITS MERCER ISLAND
    Stroum Jewish Community Center
    Woody Allen fans listen up! This Sunday, October 10, you can catch a discussion of the auteur's particularly Jewish genius at a lecture entitled "Woody Allen: Love, Death, Sex and the Meaning of Life" at the Stroum Jewish Community Center. The lecture will be guided by Professor Foster Hirsch from Brooklyn College and will highlight what is especially "Jewish" about Allen's humor, philosophy and worldview. It takes place at 4 pm this weekend. Follow the link above to make reservations.

    SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE OPEN SCREENING THIS SUNDAY
    Open Screening
    Open Screening is held the second Sunday of every month at 7:00 PM at Seattle Film Institute, hosted by Greg Gould. Open Screening is an "open mic night" for video and digital media arts; an open forum for filmmakers and digital media artists ranging from amateur to professional. Discussion follows each screening. Bring your DVD or VHS, disc/tape. Make sure it's cued and no longer than ten minutes in length. First come, first screened. This month's event takes place on Sunday, October 10 at 7pm.

    WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE SCREAM AT NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE
    Northwest Folklife
    Join Northwest Folklife at Full Tilt Ice Cream in White Center for the official release of "Clusters of Folk" ice cream (horchata ice cream with chunks of cinnamon and granola), featuring family-friendly performances by The Not-Its! and Caulfield and his Magical Violin. And make sure to try the new flavor; a portion of the Clusters of Folk ice cream sales will go to benefit Northwest Folklife. It's all happening on Saturday, October 9 from 12-2 pm. Admission is free.

    SEND YOUR FAVE REVERB BAND TO ICELAND
    Seattle Weekly
    KEXP, Iceland Air and Seattle Weekly are asking you to vote for your favorite local band from the REVERB Local Music Festival Battle of the Bands. Your vote could send that band to the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival from October 14-18 (plus airfare and hotels!). REVERB Festival is taking place in Ballard on October 9 and over 60 local bands will be hitting the clubs and streets of the neighborhood all night long. Highlights include Young Evils, Shelby Earl, Victor Shade and Helladope. Be sure to cast your vote at the link above and go here for more info about the REVERB Music Festival.

    BEL CANTO'S ANNUAL FALL CONCERT
    Bel Canto
    For this year's fall concert, Bel Canto Singers of Franklin High School will be joined by Van Asselt Children's Choir for a night of vocal music from varying genres. The Bel Cantos will sing some familiar favorites that will include American Western tunes such as "Colorado Trail" and "I'm A Poor Lonesome Cowboy" with harmonica and guitar accompaniment. One of the musical features will be "Shall We Gather at the River," which will showcase the glorious organ in Daniels Recital Hall. The more formidable selections include Randall Thompson's "Alleluia," Lloyd Pfautsch's "Reconciliation," and Noble Cain's "O Sing Your Songs." All proceeds will benefit the Bel Canto Performing Arts Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for musical learning, performance and enrichment to people of all ages, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds.

    TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 9/30 - 10/5
    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, Vol. 6"
    2. The Head and the Heart "Self Titled"
    3. Soundgarden "Telephantasm"
    4. Posies "Blood Candy"
    5. Fences "Fences"
    6. Brandi Carlile "Live At Easy Street"
    7. Young Evils "Enchanted Chapel"
    8. Black Mountain "Wilderness Heart"
    9. Moondoggies "You'll Find No Answers Here"
    10. Shabazz Palaces "Shabazz Palaces"

    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 our Seattle's most filmable locations.
    You Came Along (1945)
    You Came Along, from 1945 is a strange film indeed. With a script by Ayn Rand and a story that starts out as light comedy and ends as a tearjerker, it is by turns delightful and dark. The film tells the story of war hero Bob Collins (Bob Cummings) and his two war buddies as they participate in a tour selling war bonds. Ivy Hotchkiss, a shapely blond from the treasury department (Lizabeth Scott) is sent along to make sure the tour runs smoothly, and boy does she has her work cut out for her! The three soldiers love to drink and cause trouble. Ivy does her best to keep these devil may care men in line, until ultimately the come to respect and care for her. As the tour progresses, she and Collins fall deeply in love. Throughout the film we are given hints that all is not right with Bob Collins. His buddies are close mouthed about his history, and avoid the subject as much as possible. It is only when a well intentioned medical officer accidentally drops the news that Collins is dying of Leukemia that the puzzle comes together. The brave pilot has known all along that this tour is his last hurrah. Choosing to stay at his side, without revealing what she knows, Ivy becomes a tragic heroine. Coming, as it did at the end of WWII, the intent of this film may have been to give returning servicemen hope for the future. It seems to say that good women, and good lives, awaited even the most hopeless cases. It is an interesting film, but like far too many movies of its generation, has never been released on VHS, DVD, or even LaserDisc. Even the most diligent efforts of the Scarecrow Video staff have failed to unearth a copy. However, with the recent print-on-demand services such as Warner Archives, you may see it on our shelves sometime.
    -Rhias Hall

    MEDIA DIGEST

    LOCAL CLASSICAL MUSIC FEATURED ON KING FM
    KING FM
    The Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra's Marrowstone Music Festival took place this past July and August at Western Washington University. The Festival brought together talented youth and renowned classical artist faculty members to learn about and create symphonic music. Now you can catch some of the results of the two week-long Festival on 98.1 KING FM. As part of its three week devotion to Northwest music, the radio station will broadcast 12 performances from Marrowstone. Highlights from the performances include Britten's "Double Concerto," Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite (1919)" and Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun." Follow the link above for a full listing of the broadcasts.

    YOUR LOCAL COLLEGE BANDS
    The Stranger
    College is the time to drink too much beer, pull all-nighters, write papers about Existentialism and become obsessed with one of your school's band of heartthrobs. Luckily for all of us who've completed those golden years, we can still reap the benefits of local college music acts. Seattle has a particularly burgeoning electronica ("dormwave") scene, and fans can access their tunes via downloads, file sharing and all the networks in place within college campuses. The Stranger highlights five local acts to keep your eyes and ears on: Beat Connection (University of Washington), Kid Presentable (University of Washington), Chocolate Chuck (University of Washington), Cedaa (Western Washington University) and Leftist Nautical Antiques (Whitworth University). Read the full article above, and be sure to check out some of these fabulous acts.

    PROFILE OF THE MAN BEHIND "GRASSROOTS," GRANT COGSWELL
    Seattle Met
    Shooting wrapped in August for the feature film Grassroots, which was directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal and starred Jason Biggs and Joel David Moore. The story of the film is based on the life and political campaign of Grant Cogswell, a "poet-turned-activist-turned-politician-turned-filmmaker." Cogswell, though not originally from Seattle, embraced the city with both arms as his true home, even tattooing Seattle's symbol on his arm. His biography is fascinating, and reading it enhances one's experience of the light-hearted film. This month's issue of Seattle Met features a lengthy attempt at capturing the man behind Grassroots, Grant Cogswell. To read the full article, follow the link.

    Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
    James Keblas, Director
    Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
    Rachel White, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
    Laura Brewer, Intern
    Alex Hudson, Intern

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