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News from the Office of Film + Music 10/07/2009


TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THIS NEWSLETTER!
Office of Film + Music
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LOOKING FOR DAILY MEDIA BRIEFINGS? CHECK OUT OUR BLOG!
Seattle Film and Music Blog
The Office of Film + Music presents the Seattle Film and Music Blog, your new source for Seattle entertainment news and updates. Our blog covers the latest in local, national, and international news and videos about Seattle filmmakers, musicians, and digital media makers. Check it out!

OFFICE NEWS

SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC AWARDS CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Seattle City of Music
On October 14th at the Showbox Market, the Seattle community honors Quincy Jones, The Fleet Foxes and KEXP for their impact on Seattle's music culture. We need your help to throw this event! We're looking for volunteers to help work the will call box, main door and to help run the floor. Volunteers must be available from 6:00-11:00PM on the day of the event. If you're interested please e-mail filmandmusicoffice@seattle.gov before 5:00PM on October 12.

NIGHT CLUBS, THE FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS INSTALLATION DEADLINE IS APPROACHING!
Office of Film + Music
Night Club owners, the December 1st deadline for installing fire sprinkler systems under Washington State Law is approaching fast. Seattle Public Utilities needs to receive your application for fire service connection well in advance of December 1st, so read the information below and contact SPU to get started now!

The 2007 Washington State Legislature changed the definition of nightclubs requiring retroactive installation of fire sprinklers, and extended the deadline for compliance to December 1, 2009. Under the new law, the requirement to install fire sprinklers will apply to nightclubs, restaurants, taverns and bars in which 'the aggregate area of concentrated use space that is specifically designated and primarily used for dancing or viewing performers exceeds three hundred fifty square feet (350 Sq Ft), excluding adjacent lobby areas.' This can be a major cost to your business if it is required and not already in place, so be certain you consult with the Fire Department to determine the status of your location.

To find out whether your business is subject to the nightclub sprinkler requirement, contact the Seattle Fire Marshal's Office at 206-386-1450 or visit their website

If your establishment does require installation, for guidance through the process and cost estimates for SPU fire service connection, contact SPU Customer Service at (206) 684-5806.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

MUSIC INDUSTRY MAKES SEATTLE THE WALL STREET JOURNAL'S TOP YOUTH MAGNET CITY
Wall Street Journal
Predicting cities that will emerge as post-recession meccas for the young is easy to argue about, but impossible to forecast empirically. The Wall Street Journals' panelists-demographers, economists, geographers and authors on urban issues-picked their cities based on the criteria they deem most important, from economic diversity to lifestyle. The result: a first place tie between Washington, D.C. and Seattle. Panelists singled out Seattle's strong tech and music industries noting that "Seattle has tens of thousands of jobs in music and interactive media."

JOIN DRUMMERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR THE WOODSTICK BIG BEAT DRUM EVENT
Bennett Drums
On Sunday, November 1 at the Juanita Field House in Kirkland, hundreds of Northwest drummers will join drummers in 11 cities across North America for the largest gathering of drummers ever assembled. Join the Donn Bennett Drum Studio for the seventh annual Woodstick Big Beat Drum Event to set two new world records for drummers playing simultaneously. The Studio and event participants will raise money for Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation to assist underfunded school music programs and Camp Korey camp for children batting serious and life threatening illnesses. Doors open at 10:00 am at the Juanita Field House in Kirkland for the event taking place from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. To register online and read more about it, click the above link.

FILMMAKERS, CREATE AN AWARD-WINNING FILM IN 72 HOURS FOR MICROSOFT CONTEST
Windows Lounge Film Festival
Microsoft is sponsoring a 72-hour film contest to promote their new Windows 7 product. Contestants will be assigned a genre, line of dialog and prop, then have 72 hours to create a video between 30 seconds and 2 minutes in length. There are $8,000 of cash prizes to be awarded winners and the results will be shown at the Harvard Exit the following week. Genres, characters and other required elements will be announced at a kickoff meeting at Central Cinema on Thursday, October 15. For more information, contact Jack Timmons at v-jackt@microsoft.com

SIFF NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES FOR 2010 FESTIVAL
SIFF
The Seattle International Film Festival is seeking features, documentaries, short films and animation for the 36th annual festival. With more than 550 screenings of 250 features and 125 shorts over 25 days, SIFF is the largest film festival in the United States. Attracting audiences exceeding 140,000, SIFF is a great way for filmmakers to get their film noticed. In 2009, SIFF was recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an official Oscar qualifying Festival for short film. SIFF brings in more than 200 film industry guests and press during the festival, and values having filmmakers in attendance for their screenings. More than 70% of the films shown at SIFF 2009 were without US distribution, making the festival a great launch pad for fresh independent voices. Deadlines are November 2 for Early Bird Submission, December 1 for Regular Submission and January 4 for Final Submission.

SPEND AN EVENING WITH WORLD RENOWNED CLIMBERS AND AWARD WINNING FILMS
Outdoors for All
On October 9 and 10 the Outdoors for All Foundation, Mountainfilm on Tour & First Ascent/ Eddie Bauer are teaming up to bring world renowned climbers and award winning films to the Magnuson Park Community Theater in Seattle. Indulge in pulse pounding, thought provoking and captivating films while also getting a chance to hear Jim and Peter Whittaker speak at this year's festival. Mountainfilm on Tour is a mix of some of the best films from the Mountainfilm in Telluride Film Festival and features short films by conservationists, mountaineers and explorers from around the world.

SHOWBOX AT THE MARKET SEEKS INTERN
Showbox at the Market
Showbox at the Market is looking for a Booking Assistant Intern! The intern would be hanging out in the box office selling tickets, hanging posters, and assisting with office work. The intern would also have a project in which they would book one show in the Green Room, and one show in the SoDo lounge. The internship is unpaid, but would provide free access to tons of shows. College credit is available and no experience is necessary. Preferably, the intern would be 21+, but exceptions can be made. Intern must be available at least 20 hours a week between the hours of 11:00 - 6:00 Monday through Friday. If interested, shoot an email with a resume to brandon@showboxonline.com

DEAR LEMON LIMA WINS AUDIENCE AWARD AT WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
Dear Lemon Lima
Suzi Yoonessi's Dear Lemon Lima made its East Coast Premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival last weekend and took away the Audience Award prize for Narrative Feature. In it, 13-year-old Vanessa navigates her way through first heartbreak and the perils of prep school in Fairbanks, Alaska, learning the meanings of love, friendship, community and embracing her heritage. Yoonessi's colorful and sweet debut film, starring Savanah Wiltfont and Oscar nominee Melissa Leo, was shot in Seattle last year.

NFFTY 2010 CALL FOR ENTRIES NOW OPEN
National Film Festival for Talented Youth
NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth) is now accepting films from any filmmaker 22 years old and younger from around the world in the categories of narrative, documentary, animation, experimental and music video. Films that have environmental awareness, peace, and social justice themes will receive special recognition as part of the festival's NFFTY Earth program. Early Deadline is October 31; Final deadline is January 15. To submit your film, please visit the above link.

REGISTER NOW FOR RENTON FILMFRENZY
Renton Film Frenzy
For aspiring, ahead of the curve filmmakers, Renton will be the place to be this month for the epic 50-hour Second Annual Renton FilmFrenzy. Competing filmmakers will have from 5:00 pm on Friday, October 16 through 7:00 pm on Sunday, October 18 to write, shoot, edit and submit a short film. At the beginning of the competition, participating filmmaking will be provided "CurveBall" Challenges, which may include incorporating a line of dialogue, a task and/or filming at a specific location in Renton. This year's Renton FilmFrenzy is scheduled for October 16-18. Registration is now open, with an application deadline this Friday, October 9. All the details can be found at the above link.

SEATTLE OPERA KICKS OFF 2009/10 YOUNG ARTISTS PROGRAM
Seattle Opera
Seattle Opera's 2009/10 Young Artists arrived in Seattle today to begin their season. The singers will promptly start preparing for their fall touring production of Mozart's Cos fan tutte, which they will present in venues across Washington state. This year's ten Young Artists are Erik Anstine, Jenni Bank, Megan Hart, Michael Krzankowski, Maya Lahyani, Alex Mansoori, Eric Neuville, Vira Slywotzky, Marcy Stonikas, and Bray Wilkins. Former Young Artist Sarah Heltzel will perform with the singers in Cos. For more information on the Young Artists program, including cast lists, artist biographies, and details about their fully staged April production of Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos at Bellevue's Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, visit the above link.

EMP|SFM EXPERIENCES HIGHEST SUMMER ATTENDANCE SINCE OPENING
EMP|SFM
Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum (EMP|SFM) announced it has seen a 13 percent increase in admissions, year-to-date over last year, making summer 2009 the highest summer attendance since the museum opened in June 2000. In the last three and a half years, the museum has seen a steady increase in attendance, with 2009 (as of Oct. 2) being the second highest year-to-date attendance since the museum's first year of operation. EMP|SFM hopes to continue the trend and is proud to present two exhibitions in the coming months, Gelatine Lux and Taking Aim: Unforgettable Rock 'n' Roll Photographs Selected by Graham Nash, organized by Experience Music Project.

IRISH HERITAGE CLUB PRESENTS SPECIAL FILM SCREENING
Irish Heritage Club of Greater Seattle
The Irish Heritage Club, a nonprofit organization that organizes and promotes Irish cultural activities in the Greater Seattle area, will screen Butte, America, a new documentary narrated by Gabriel Byrne that tells the remarkable history of Butte, Montana - its miners, their families and the working class neighborhoods. The screening, sponsored by Seattle's Irish Heritage Club, will be introduced by former Montana Congressman Pat Williams and the film's co-writer Edwin Dobb. Join them on October 10 at 7:00 at Seattle University's Pigott Auditorium.

LEARN ABOUT THE INCREASED HOLLYWOOD PRESENCE IN SEATTLE
Seattle Channel
Thursday night, Citystream will broadcast a segment on the growing Hollywood presence in Seattle. Citystream will analyze what's changed to make Seattle an increasingly popular destination for filmmakers and ask what these new bright lights and celebrity sightings mean to the Emerald City. The program airs tomorrow at 7PM on Channel 21.

UNDERAGE BANDS, ENTER THE SCHOOL JAM USA BATTLE OF THE BANDS
School Jam USA
School Jam USA is a one of a kind battle of the bands competition where you can compete for great prizes for your band-and your school music program! Any high school student (age 13-18) with a band can apply. Ten finalists will be received prizes and the top band will get to perform in Germany for the 2010 School Jam finals. To apply or for more information, please follow the above link.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 9/28 - 10/4
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).

  1. Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
  2. Alice in Chains "Black Gives Way to Blue"
  3. Visqueen "Message to Garcia"
  4. Cave Singers "Welcome Joy"
  5. Grand Archives "Keep in Mind Frankenstein"
  6. David Bazan "Curse Your Branches"
  7. Maldives "Listen to the Thunder"
  8. Various Artists "Live at KEXP, Vol. 5"
  9. The Blakes "Souvenirs"
  10. Modest Mouse "No One's First and You're Next"

MEDIA DIGEST

GET READY FOR THE RUN VERA RUN 5K
Seattle Times
Get ready to rock and run at the Run Vera Run 5k. It will feature rockers the Maldives, food and an '80s-style dance-routine warm-up, and will benefit the Vera Project, a nonprofit music and arts space. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Seward Park, 5895 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle. Register at www.runverarun.org.

STORY OF WHEEDLE'S GROOVE SPANS DECADES
Seattle Times
This story is about Wheedle's Groove. It's decades old and a little complicated, but very inspiring. And if you like music, appreciate history, live in the Seattle area or seek a deeper understanding of the human condition, you should know it. It begins on Feb. 25, 1970, with the Black on White Affair recording three hard-hitting funk tunes at Kearney Barton's Audio Recording studio in Belltown. Local soul, funk and R&B plays on the radio nonstop, thanks to KYAC 1250 AM on East Madison Street. Seattle is having its heyday of soul music. The outside world is oblivious. Jump to Aug. 21, 2004. Light in the Attic Records has been operating for two years, reissuing vintage funk, punk and pop records out of a two-bedroom apartment in Fremont. Label chiefs Matt Sullivan and Josh Wright unearth a slew of old Seattle soul 45s from back in the day. The music - part of a lost musical history - demands a larger audience. It's reborn as "Wheedle's Groove," a compilation of 18 tracks by 12 old-school Seattle soul outfits, including the ones mentioned above. To celebrate the record release, members of these long-dormant groups, now in their 50s and 60s, come together for a concert at Chop Suey, just down the street from the old KYAC studio. By the end of the year, Wheedle's Groove, a documentary directed by Jen Maas, producer of the local indie hit Humpday, will enter the film festival circuit.

FERRY SYSTEM OFFERS LIVE MUSIC FOR BAINBRIDGE PASSENGERS
Seattle PI
How about some live blues guitar as you enjoy the panoramic view from a state ferry aboard the Puget Sound? The performances will be acoustic, with no drums or brass, and held every Saturday on either the Wenatchee or Tacoma, which both serve the Bainbridge run. The ferry system teamed up with a booking agent at the The Triple Door, which has helped by booking musicians and groups to perform. There is no cost to the ferry system and no plans yet to expand to other routes. Saturday's performance starts at 11:25 a.m. aboard the ferry leaving Seattle. It will end during the return trip at 12:20 p.m. Future acts will be scheduled between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. or 3:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. aboard either of the two ferries on the Bainbridge route. Performances will last for one or two round trips.