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October 10, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS
SEATTLE CHANNEL NAMED BEST GOVERNMENT TV STATION IN NATION

CITY OF SEATTLE

The Seattle Channel was awarded the prestigious Excellence in Government Programming award from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA). Additionally, the channel won 34 programming awards and honorable mentions for a variety of news, arts and community coverage and swept three categories: sports programming, ethnic experience, and arts and entertainment. "The Seattle Channel does a great job supporting Seattle's values of public engagement and government transparency," said Mayor Mike McGinn. This is Seattle Channel's fourth NATOA win in six years for station excellence. The station was recognized with the top government programming award in 2007, 2008, and 2010.
ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY HIGHLIGHTS 2012 CITY ARTS FEST

ART ZONE  

This week's Art Zone episode is all about the 2012 Heineken City Arts Festival with four of the festival's performers playing live in Studio AZ. The artists who will perform on the show include Larry Hawkins, Daniel Blue of Motopony, My Goodness, Jose Bold with Jennifer Zwick, and Montana von Fliss. Plus, festival curator Sara Edwards highlights all of the great non-music events. Art Zone airs Friday, October 12 at 8:00 p.m. on Seattle Channel 21 and online at www.seattlechannel.org/artzone. 

SEE WINNING NEIGHBORHOOD FILMS ON OCTOBER 17

SEATTLE CENTER  

Celebrate great neighborhood stories with The Next Fifty! The culminating event of The Next Fifty's Civic Action Month celebrates projects that capture stories about Seattle's civic fabric through short films from Seattle area residents of all ages. The celebration and awards features winning films in the categories of Youth Filmmaker, Adult Filmmaker, and Civic Relevance, as well as other selected videos.  Audience and filmmakers are also invited to engage in a dialogue about community. Admission is free. 

CITY BUSINESS CASUAL RETURNS THIS THURSDAY WITH FOCUS ON DEVELOPMENT
City Business Casual returns this Thursday, October 11 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel's Lobby Court (515 Madison Street, Seattle) with happy hour pricing and a special parking rate of $8. Attendees will join business-savvy city staff, business owners, and advocates for a night of introductions and idea-sharing. Please check out our website for more information!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
NORTHWEST FILM FUND 2012 WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Northwest Film Forum has announced $15,000 in cash grants, plus a package of artist services valued at $40,000 in-kind, in the second year of its Northwest Film Fund grant program. The Film Forum will award $10,000 to the film Aurora Stories, a documentary about three Seattle-based women fighting against the twin snares of street prostitution and heroin. The Film Forum will also give a second award of $5,000 to the film project Open Road, a documentary about landscapes in urban space designed around motor vehicles. The director of Aurora Stories, Elisa Haradon, exclaims, "Northwest Film Forum is the lifeblood of the Seattle film community and we are thrilled and grateful to be receiving the Film Fund grant and package of services this year."
FILMMAKERS: SUBMIT YOUR WORK TO THE 2013 POST ALLEY FILM FESTIVAL

The Post Alley Film Festival (PAFF) is now accepting submissions for their 2013 festival. PAFF celebrates the female voice in film, showcasing established and emerging filmmakers with strong, creative voices. The festival is co-sponsored by Women in Film Seattle (WIF Seattle), a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to advancing opportunities for all women in the film, television, video, digital, and screen-based industries. Applications are due October 15 and more information can be at PAFF's website.

SEATTLE FILMMAKER IS FINALIST FOR NICHOLL FELLOWSHIP IN SCREENWRITING
Local screenwriter and filmmaker Laurel Minter is a finalist for the 2012 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting for her screenplay When Thunder Sleeps.  There were a record 7,197 entries from sixty-six countries for the competition sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Ten finalists have been selected for the Fellowships. A reading of Minter's script was held in Seattle last May, featuring local actors, including Sharva Maynard, Roy Stanton, John Patrcik Lowrie and Charles Leggett.  Laurel previously taught in the respected film and video department at Seattle Central Community College. She currently teaches acting and film making for Bellevue College and the Seattle Film Institute.
SEATTLE INTERACTIVE CONFERENCE COMING UP OCTOBER 29 - 30
The 2012 Seattle Interactive Conference (SIC) explores the theme of disruptive change as it relates to each and every part of world-entertainment, online commerce, advertising, gaming, social media and more. SIC is an opportunity to interface with the people and companies of today and the entrepreneurs that will define tomorrow. Notable entertainers ranging from actor Tom Skerritt to seminal rock musician Wayne Kramer will join Seattle's own John Roderick and comedian John Hodgman at the second annual event. Check out the full lineup here.
RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP FOR SEATTLE MUSIC COMMUNITY
MUSICARES         
MusiCares is proud to announce the start of weekly addiction recovery support group meetings in Seattle for musicians and others who make their living in music. If you are active in your recovery and interested in participating, please join in. Meetings will be held every Tuesday, beginning October 16 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Meetings will take place at 3209 Eastlake Avenue East. Free parking is available at the rear of the Local 76 Musicians Association building.
RECORDING ACADEMY'S PACIFIC NORTHWEST CHAPTER STUDIO SUMMIT 
The Pacific Northwest Studio Summit, held this year on November 3, will bring together the top producers and recording engineers from the Northwest region. The audience is extremely engaged and invested in the creative and technical recording community. Continuing a long tradition, The Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter in conjunction with The Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing will host the summit bringing music professionals, producers and sound engineers together for a day of education and networking. Admission is complimentary for Academy members.
KPLU SCHOOL OF JAZZ IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR NEXT YEAR

KPLU is now accepting applications for 2012/2013 (Volume 9) from schools that are new to the School of Jazz program. The goal is to work with diverse schools and jazz programs. Such schools include those with award-winning jazz bands, those who crave mentoring, and/or those who want the experience of recording a CD. KPLU's award-winning School of Jazz program supports the next generation of jazz musicians by providing mentorship to schools in Western Washington and Southern British Columbia.

REYKJAVIK CALLING BRINGS TOGETHER MUSCIANS FROM SEATTLE AND ICELAND
Reykjavik Calling returns to Seattle for a third year of exciting performances by some of the best musicians and bands emerging from Seattle and Iceland. This event of cross-cultural musical exploration has struck a chord with Seattleites over the past few years as music fans have filled the venue at Neumos to capacity. Previous performances have included Iceland's Mugison, Lay Low, and Ólöf Arnalds, as well as John Roderick, Rachel Flotard, and Sean Nelson from Seattle. In an effort to explore new ways for these two distinct cultures to collaborate, each headlining band has been paired with a notable author to write lyrics for a song to debut at Reykjavik Calling. 
LOCALLY PRODUCED FILM, ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS, WILL BE ON DEMAND

VIMEO                    

All I Want For Christmas is a heart-warming holiday movie starring David DeLuise and Elliott Gould. The protagonist of the film, Ira J. Finkelstein, is obsessed with Christmas. He's seen every Christmas movie ever made and his dreams are filled with reindeer, sleigh rides and snow.  The problem?  Ira is Jewish and is only 11 years old. The feature was shot on location in Seattle, Tacoma and Leavenworth, WA. Sue Corcoran is the director of the movie. All I Want for Christmas debuts November 1 on Comcast, Cox, Amazon, Time Warner, and iTunes as an on demand purchase. More information on the film can be found here.

TRUE BORN AFRICAN: THE STORY OF WINSTON 'FLAMES' JARRETT NOW SCREENING

A special preview for the locally produced documentary True Born African: The Story of Winston 'Flames' Jarrett will take place on October 18 at Outlander Brewery and Pub. Winston 'Flames' Jarrett is a reggae veteran and ska legend who recently moved to Seattle. The filmmakers have been collaborating on this project for two years and received a boost after a successful Kickstarter campaign in March of this year. The October 18 special preview is to honor Kickstarter backers and to give people a sneak peek of the film ahead of the theatrical premier, festival submissions, and DVD distribution planned for this winter.

SEATTLE POLISH FILM FESTIVAL 2012 BRINGS A SLICE OF POLAND TO SEATTLE
KIRO 
Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association is proud to present the 20th Annual Seattle Polish Film Festival on Friday, October 12, 2012 at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown in Lower Queen Anne (511 Queen Anne Ave N). The festival will feature the best picks from new releases, independent films, animated movies, and documentaries. All Polish language films are subtitled in English. This year's grand opening will include the screening of Letters to Santa, a romantic comedy set on a Christmas Eve in Warsaw, directed by Mitja Okorn. The guests of honor will be director Mitja Okorn, actresses Roma Gasiorowska (Letters to Santa, My Name is Ki and Suicide Room) and Alexandra Hamkalo (Big Love, Suicide Room).
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.

 

PEOPLETANK'S FIRST STUDIO ALBUM - October 12 (2 days)
People Tank are recording their first album with legendary producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, BlackBeatBlue, Dead Language).
 
The true story of legendary Northwest band Girl Trouble. 
 
(Dis)Order is a play about mental disorders and humanity collaboratively created by young theatre artists in Seattle. 
 
This project is a satirical film inspired by slasher movies of the 70s and 80s (specifically the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series). 
 
THE NEWYORKER @PARIS - October 18 (8 days)
A short film about chance, serendipity, and magic that involves the pursuit of an American woman in Paris by an eccentric French man who has fallen madly in love with her.
 
Suzie & Ben Bradford, full-time local musicians are funding their fourth album.
 
A new full-length album of celestial pop by Cristina Orbe and Jahon Mikal needs funding. 
 
A three piece organ driven Indie group is seeking to fund their first release.

NOREY'S 2012 WEST COAST TOUR - October 31 (21 days)
NoRey will be touring the west coast this Autumn in support of their new E.P. (NoRey) and forthcoming studio album.

DOWN NORTH ALBUM RELEASE - October 31 (21 days)
An alternative soul/rock band needs funding to release their upcoming album, "No Retreat".
 
IN COUNTRY: A DOCUMENTARY FILM - November 1 (22 days)
A feature documentary that follows a platoon of hardcore war re-enactors striving to make an authentic recreation of the Vietnam War.

AMILIAH'S E.P. - November 7 (28 days)
A Seattle singer and songwriter with a folk/pop influence is releasing her first E.P.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 10/1 - 10/8                

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC 

Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne). 

 

1. Daughters of the Dead Sea - "The Killroom Sessions EP"

2. Band of Horses - "Mirage Rock" 

3. Sera Cahoone - "Deer Creek Canyon"

4. Various Artists - "Live at KEXP, Vol. 8"

5. Blue Scholars - "Blue Scholars"

6. Brandi Carlile - "Bear Creek"

7. Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart" 

8. Hobosexual- "Hobosexual"

9. Heart - "Essential Heart"

10. Corin Tucker Band - "Kill My Blues"

SCARECROW ON SEATTLE: WARGAMES (1983)

SCARECROW   

Like any good 80s teenager, David (Matthew Broderick) Lightman would rather spend time at a video arcade setting new high scores on Galaga than be at school. Even though his biology teacher threatens him with an F, David has a sneaky nerd trick up his sleeve that guarantees a passing grade. You see, David is a computer hacker, which was a fairly new concept in 1983. Heck, back then most people had barely heard of the Internet let alone hacking. David is clever enough to break into the school's database and greedily boost his F up to an A. He even shows off his skills to a perky new female friend/love interest named Jennifer (Ally Sheedy). Eager to play some new video games, he attempts to break into yet another computer database by finding a backdoor in the system's firewall. Little does David know that he is actually connecting to a newly installed NORAD computer called WOPR, and while he thinks he is playing a game called Global Thermonuclear War his antics nearly cause a real global thermonuclear war. David and Jennifer soon find themselves on the run from government agents while simultaneously trying to stop WOPR from completing the game and unleashing World War III.

 

Oddly enough, even though the film is set in Seattle and much of it was made in Washington State, there are only a few shots of Jet City. Most notable are a couple of quick establishing skyline views from West Seattle. While seeking information from some nerd pals, David and Jennifer traverse the University of Washington campus past the Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theatre to Kincaid Hall. The most recognizable non-Seattle footage occurs while David is on the run from the feds when the resourceful lad hotwires a payphone at a gas station just out of Darrington (with Whitehorse Mountain looming in the background). Local transportation locations include Boeing Field and the Steilacoom Ferry Terminal (also used in last week's film Adventures in Spying), where David and Jennifer catch a boat to the fictional Goose Island, Oregon (in reality, Anderson Island). There are several Washington scenes that were impersonated by California, including David's video arcade hangout and a 7-11 where he gets nabbed by some FBI agents. In the film's most confusing scenario, at least from a location standpoint, David's high school is clearly labeled Snohomish High School and parked in front is a bus with "Seattle School District" stenciled on its side. But Snohomish definitely isn't in the Seattle School District and, even weirder, it isn't even Snohomish High School! The actual building is an imposter school located in El Segundo, California. Even though its technology seems quaint by modern standards, Wargames was way ahead of its time. Amongst other technological foresights, it celebrated hacking, the importance of the Internet, and contains the first cinematic reference to a firewall. Most notably for us locals, it predicted Seattle's important position in the world's dot-com future. 

 

- Spenser Hoyt

MEDIA DIGEST
MACKLEMORE'S INDEPENDENT ALBUM, "THE HEIST", HITS NO. 1 ON iTUNES

KING 5                    

Seattle-based rapper Macklemore is topping the charts nationally. On Tuesday, his new album produced by Ryan Lewis, "The Heist," reached the number one spot on iTunes. The duo celebrated the release with a surprise rooftop concert atop Queen Anne's Easy Street Records, which was part of a previously planned album signing. Just last week, Macklemore was in the news for his song with Lewis called "Same Love," which supports marriage equality. The video for the song has over three million views on YouTube. The duo begins a national tour this week, which includes a sold out show at Seattle's WaMu Theater on Friday. 

THE SEATTLE BAND MAP KEEPS GETTING MORE (AWESOMELY) COMPLICATED

ATLANTIC CITIES              

If you're a Seattle music nerd who has not yet experienced the sonic joys of Beer Sandwich, Slomo Rabbit Kick or Dub Narcotic Soundsystem, do not worry. They will not be slipping into oblivion thanks to the intense curating work of musical historian Rachel Ratner. The "Seattle Band Map," which Ratner spawned with help from Keith Whiteman, allows musical completists to slowly work their way through the entire band scene of Jet City since the 1960s. Ratner explains "The Seattle Band Map explores how bands from the Pacific Northwest are interconnected through personal relationships and collaborations."

LOCAL HOST WARREN ETHEREDGE RAISES THE BAR FOR CONVERSATION

SEATTLE TIMES              

Warren Etheredge doesn't get his guests to open up by staying closed; when asked the first question during his interview by The Seattle Times - what he raises the bar to - his answer was one that interviewer Monica Guzman already knew was coming: conversation. That's not to be trendy or trite. When Etheredge says it, the word has weight. Conversation, to him, is not quick quips on social media or predictable so-what-do-you-do at cocktail parties. It's not the affirmation of converts or the careful comments of the polite. Etheredge - who in the past few years has broadened his focus from film to all cool culture - hosts, teaches, curates, and speaks. In all of it, he pays tribute to real conversation - the deep, curious, revealing mind meld that on any issue ensures that we, as the show's tagline puts it, "think responsibly." 

PROTOSONG.COM GIVES MUSIC TO GIVE BACK

SEATTLE MUSIC INSIDER              

Protosong.com is an organization that asks the million dollar questions, "What is the value of a song? How can that value be used for good?" One possible answer is a special online fundraising event that they launched at midnight on October 3. As part of the event, Protosong brings music fans an exclusive playlist of unreleased songs from stellar independent Seattle artists over a two week period. Fans then choose what amount to pay for the music. The playlist is only available for purchase October 3 to 17, and everyone who gives a minimum of one dollar can download the whole thing on Thursday, October 18. Seventy percent of what fans purchase will go towards helping provide clean water to people in developing nations. The rest of the funds  will go to the artists who donated music for the project.

FIRST LOOK AT DARK COMEDY, THE DETAILS, WHICH PREMIERES NOVEMBER 2

FILM EQUALS               

Jacob Aaron Estes' upcoming film, The Details, stars Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks. Estes presents a very dark and very, very funny story that makes for a quirky viewing experience. Set in Seattle, the narrator tells us right away that everything is his fault. The "him" in this story is Jeff (Maguire) who is a genuinely nice guy that has a set of extraordinary things go completely awry. There are initially cracks in his relationship with his wife (Banks), but that all changes when he meets his bizarre neighbor (Laura Linney). When one decision leads to the next, he surely doesn't realize the extent of the chain reaction.

QUICK LINKS
Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel Sawyer, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Romir Chaudhuri, Intern
Rebecca Pirwitz, Intern 
Ryan Styrk, Intern