|News from the Office of Film + Music
JOIN US AT THE NEXT FILM + MUSIC + INTERACTIVE HAPPY HOUR OCTOBER 26 FEATURING GUEST SPEAKER KRAIG BAKER
FMI HAPPY HOUR
Happy Hour returns in two weeks! Join us at Spitfire in Belltown from 5-7 pm and mingle with leaders in the film, music and interactive industries. From 6:30-7:00pm, guest speaker Kraig Baker will present an inside look at different types of distributions deals with "Get Out There: Digital Distribution and the Benefits of Multi-Platform Storytelling." Baker, a partner at Davis Wright Tremane, has a background in the growing field of digital media law. Attendees will get an inside look at different types of distribution deals and can learn from his success stories to gain insight into reaching target audiences.
WASHINGTON STATE LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD CONSIDERES LATER BAR HOURS
Mayor Mike McGinn and the Seattle City Council filed a request with the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) in July that would affect bar hours. The current state law mandates that liquor is not to be sold between the hours of 2-6 a.m. The request would make it possible for local governments to petition the WSLCB for extended alcohol service hours. The WSLCB must take input from the rest of the state before moving forward with any changes. A response to the request is expected from the WSLCB by October 24.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
FILMMAKER PANEL AND HAPPY HOUR: SELLING WITHOUT SELLING OUT
As part of City Arts Festival, "Culture Club: Selling Without Selling Out," is a discussion on whether or not commerce and art are really as separate as they appear. Four local filmmaking professionals will present their ideas and reveal a practical step-by-step guide about how to make a living as a film director in Seattle, covering how to thrive in the local film industry and how to take advantage of commercial opportunities without compromising artistic integrity. This free event will be hosted by FRED Wildlife Refuge and is 21 and over.
NEW STARTUP PUTS MUSIC FANS AT THE PROMOTER'S DESK
RockStar Motel is a Seattle-based startup that puts fans in control of promoting their favorite bands and artists. The goal is to make music promotion social, so that fans can earn recognition and credibility by using social media tools to promote their artists. Along with the promoter creds that can be earned, this site has the potential to be a platform on which bands are discovered and launched by the RockStar Motel community. The site is currently in its beta phase.
THE CROCODILE SEEKS MARKETING/BOOKING ASSISTANT
The Crocodile, a live music venue located in the heart of Belltown, is advertising a new job opening for a marketing/booking assistant. Candidates should be interested in the local music scene and booking local talent, have experience in event marketing and/or production, be ambitious, outgoing and involved in the community, and be over 21 years of age. Send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEATTLE'S RHAPSODY ACQUIRES NAPSTER FROM BEST BUY
Seattle company Rhapsody announced earlier this month its plan to purchase Napster from Best Buy. Napster has changed hands several times in the past decade, and still holds a substantial subscriber rate. Rhapsody reportedly plans to dissolve the Napster brand and will retain the subscribers and all intellectual property. The buy is a move that is expected to challenge other leading subscription based music services.
ARTIST TRUST ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS FOR 2011 GRANT ARTIST PROJECTS
The Grant Artist Projects program has provided support for artist-generated projects for many years, which can include an array of different artistic disciplines. The awards, which have a $1,500 maximum, were awarded to 62 artists totaling $91,000. Through these grants and Artist Trust's several other programs, they support and encourage individual artists' projects working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State.
NORTHWEST FILM FORUM AWARDS FIRST FILM FUND GRANT
NORTHWEST FILM FORUM
The first-ever Northwest Film Fund has been awarded this year, going to the film Off Label by northwest directors Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher. In addition to the $11k prize money, they are also awarded a package of post-production services from Seattle companies such as Bad Animals and Modern Digital. The film was picked from a batch of nearly 40 contenders. The Northwest Film Forum, which has been around for over 15 years and has supported over 700 Northwest projects, says that this film represents the best of Northwest filmmaking.
GET READY FOR CITY ARTS FESTIVAL NEXT WEEKEND
City Arts Festival plans to take over Seattle later this month, packing the city full of great music and art. The Festival features headlining acts Ryan Adams, Robyn, Built to Spill, Crystal Castles and Ozomatli. Also showcased are tons of local bands, as well as theater, dance, visual art and many other events. Check out the link above for an all-inclusive guide to the three-day festival.
FILM PRODUCTION COMPANY EXPANDS INTO SEATTLE
Handcrank Films, an award-winning production company based inBellingham, is opening a new studio in SoDo's historic Tully's/Rainier Beer building. The company decided to expand to accommodate the growing number of Seattle clients, which includes advertising agencies and non-profit organizations. The addition was made possible in part by enterpriseSeattle, an organization dedicated to helping grow companies in the Seattle area.
SEATTLE SYMPHONY PAYS HOMAGE TO SEATTLE'S MUSICAL LEGACY
Sonic Evolution is a new and ambitious undertaking by the Seattle Symphony. The 6-year-long project features composers from around the world creating new symphonic music based on the work of legendary Seattle artists, with the results performed by the Seattle Symphony. Those being honored include Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix, and Nirvana, among many others. By presenting the project, the Seattle Symphony hopes to bring popular music of major historic significance to symphonic audiences, and attract a new audience to the concert hall. Up-and-coming Seattle artists will be given the chance to work alongside the Symphony, performing their new work during the series as well. The first pieces commissioned for this season will debut on October 18th with a guest performance by Hey Marseilles.
FILM ENTHUSIASTS INVITED TO HAPPY HOUR AT NORTHWEST FILM FORUM
NORTHWEST FILM FORUM
Join rich conversations and creative minds at the Northwest Film Forum's monthly Third Thursday Happy Hour Saloon. The gathering, which kicks off October 20th, occurs on the third Thursday of every month and brings filmmakers and film lovers together in one space.
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.
Cor Leonis- Rai Kamishiro wants you to see stars - 10/18 (6 Days Left)
Help release the new iji album on LP - 10/18 (7 Days Left)
Tam Katzin's new CD "If We Believe" -10/22 (10 Days Left)
Mystic Sisters- 10/23(10 Days Left)
The Little Black Bottles "Let Them Eat Red Velvet Cake" CD - 10/28 (15 Days Left)
The Juliettes! Debut CD - "Clutch the Pearls" - 10/28 (15 Days Left)
Where Has All The Rock n Roll Gone? - 10/31 (19 Days Left)
Asher Deaver & Horsefinger (self-titled album) - 10/28 (22 Days Left)
Gig McKell 10 song album project - 11/3 (21 Days Left)
Alchymeia Album - 11/5 (23 Days Left)
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 10/3 - 10/10
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"
- Nirvana - "Nevermind
- Head & The Heart - "Head & The Heart"
- Pearl Jam - Pearl Jam Twenty
- Bill Frissel - All We Are Saying
- Blue Scholars - Cinametropolis
- Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"
- Shabazz Palaces - Black
- Caspar Babypants - "Sing Along!"
- Eddie Vedder - Ukulele Songs
FILM PRODUCTION OF THE WEEK
This column highlights the amazing artistic efforts of our local filmmaking community and the broad positive economic impact it has on our region. This week we profile:
21 and Over
21 AND OVER
The feature film 21 and Over wrapped filming last week in Seattle. Produced by David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Tony Grazia, and Pat Peach, 21 and Over filmed in Seattle and the region from August through early October. Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (the writing team behind the Hangover series), the story follows a straight-laced college student as he celebrates his 21st birthday with his two best friends the night before his big medical school exam.
21 and Over filmed extensively on the University of Washington campus and several Seattle neighborhoods, hiring over 100 Washington State cast and crew and numerous local vendors. 21 and Over was incentivized by Washington Filmworks through the Washington State Film Incentive Fund.
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.
Bloody Mary (2006)
For this week's Scarecrow on Seattle column we take a drive up north for a low budget horror film based on the Bloody Mary tale (but not the cocktail). If you aren't familiar with the myth, supposedly a ghost named Bloody Mary can be summoned if you say her name three times (or sometimes 13 times) in front of a mirror. This urban legend has inspired a couple other Bloody Mary films as well as the Candyman series. Probably the best part of this particular version is that it was shot in Bellingham and Sedro-Woolley, and the filmmakers make good use of their locations. Bloody Mary lives in a cracked mirror located in a tunnel beneath a mental hospital and she can be summoned by saying, "I believe in Bloody Mary." For the sake of the director's vision this command is best issued by topless dames, thus providing some gratuitous nudity. In the opening scene two women are sent down into the catacombs on a dare by some of their co-workers from the hospital. They take their shirts off, talk to the mirror, are attacked by a ghostly apparition, and then one of the girls apparently vanishes. It seems that the spirit of Bloody Mary has been freed from the mirror and soon some people start dying in bloody ways while others get possessed by Mary. Natalie (Kim Tyler) is the sister of the missing nurse. She's also a semi-famous reporter/crime writer and gets busy investigating her sister's fate. Natalie's research leads her to the mental hospital and, eventually, the mirror in the basement. The hospital portions of the film were shot at the creepy Northern State Hospital located near Sedro-Woolley. The hospital was closed in 1973 and is supposedly haunted. It was even highlighted in an episode of the Ghost Hunters TV show. I haven't seen the episode but, rumor has it, they talk to Richard Valentine, the director of Bloody Mary. The Bellingham footage consists of a few exterior shots in the Fairhaven neighborhood and the main mean nurse gets a nosebleed while walking in downtown proper. The coolest place they shot was in the underground tunnels located beneath the Fairhaven district. In the film the location is used for Bloody Mary's spooky mirror lair. This area is not open to the public but, evidently, it is open to topless female actresses. While not a completely awful movie, the sum of Bloody Mary's parts don't really add up due to significant plot holes, fuzzy characters, tentative performances and an unsatisfying conclusion. Still, if you're like me, it is always fun to see movies made in places you used to live and I spent almost five years in Bellingham. I am still trying to figure out how to get into the Fairhaven underground and would go topless if that helps.
TEN GREAT FILM CAMEOS BY SEATTLE ROCKERS
WORD AND FILM
You may not have guessed, but a number of well-known Seattle musicians have done time on the silver screen. It seems some of your favorite rockers moonlight in the art of Hollywood cameo. From Dave Grohl as the devil in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, to Pearl Jam and Soundgarden in Singles, to Krist Novoselic in World's Greatest Dad, they've got a knack for they've got a knack for injecting some humor (and music) into these roles.
ICELANDIC MUSICIANS JOIN FORCES WITH SEATTLEITES FOR REYKJAVIK CALLING
THE SACRAMENTO BEE
It is more than the comparable dimly lit landscapes, overcast skies and scarf-appropriate weather during the majority of the year that ties Seattle and Iceland together. Reykjavik, Iceland's lush capital, will come to Seattle at the end of the month to merge with talented local musicians. What will be produced is far more than a concert; the foreign forces will leap over language barriers and bridge the two cultures through an explosive weekend of free music at Neumos. Hlynur Gudjonsson, Consul and Iceland's Trade Commissioner for North America enthusiastically said, "Last year was an amazing opportunity to experience what happens when two cities so steeped in music collide." Reykjavik Calling is a collaboration between KEXP, City of Reykjavik, Icelandair, and Iceland Naturally.
SEATTLE SITCOM COMPETES FOR NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
A sitcom filmed in West Seattle is currently in the thick of an online competition for theattention of Hollywood executives. The new pilot, a throwback to 80's family sitcoms, is called The Divine Marigolds and is about adult children moving back in with their parents. Although they're vying for Hollywood's attention, the show's producers and cast have no intentions to move the show from Seattle.
HOLLYWOOD STAR TOM SKERRIT DISCUSSES SUCCESS OF HIS WORK
Tom Skerritt, star of acclaimed movies such as Top Gun, MASH, Redemption Road and A River Runs Through It, has a repository replete with highly praised films. In a recent interview with The Huffington Post, the Emmy-award winning actor divulged his recipe for success, and how he spots a masterpiece-in-the-making. Skerritt, who splits him time between his Seattle and San Juan residences, suggests the most engaging pictures leave the audience yearning to re-watch them.
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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