|News from the Office of Film + Music
OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC WELCOMES NEW INTERN, ERICA NWOSU
Erica's parents tell her that she threw quite the fit when her family moved from her birthplace in Oregon to suburban Seattle circa 1992. But the Emerald City won her over in no time and she has been enamored with it ever since. She -very reluctantly-left home to attend Arizona State University, where she studied broadcast journalism, film and multimedia production. When she wasn't on the verge of heatstroke, Erica worked on student films and also co-produced a short-form social documentary that went on to receive a nomination in the Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards. Upon graduation, Erica was thrilled to return back to the city she loves, and is even more thrilled to join the OF+M team! In her spare time, Erica plays soccer, dances Salsa, and shamelessly indulges in her addiction to TV/film.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
CHASE JARVIS RELEASES "SEATTLE 100"
Renowned Seattle photographer Chase Jarvis has released a beautiful book entitled Seattle 100. It profiles all the movers and shakers in the local culture world, featuring over 20 filmmakers and music industry figures. From Lynn Shelton, the esteemed filmmaker of Humpday and a recent "Mad Men" episode, to Deborah Person and Carl Spence, the directors of SIFF, to Charles Mudede, the Stranger writer and director of Zoo and Police Beat, the film industry garners its well-deserved representation. From the Seattle music universe, such prominent figures as Megan Jasper of Sub Pop Records, The Blue Scholars, Vitamin D and Riz Rollins are profiled. The book is a must-have for anyone interested in Seattle culture and/or stunning photography. For more information, visit the link above.
NORTHWEST FILM FORUM SEEKING INTERNS
Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum is seeking two interns this fall: a Development Intern to work with the Executive Director and Development Associate. Applicants must have a strong interest in learning about nonprofit fundraising and sponsorship development. Prior experience working with an arts nonprofit a plus. Interest in pursuing sponsorship and relationships in support of our annual Children's Film Festival Seattle also a plus. This position requires 12-20 hours a week. The Children's Film Festival is also seeking an intern. Duties include organizing special programs, welcoming festival guests, coordinating the children's jury and compiling touring programs. Final cut pro experience a plus. Follow the link above for more information about the internships and how to apply.
SNEAK PEEK AT THE LESBIAN AND GAY FILM FESTIVAL
The Lesbian and Gay Film Festival will be sweeping across Seattle for the next 10 days, and there are tons of chances to catch some fabulous films in independent cinemas around the city. But if you just can't wait until Friday's opening night, click on the link above for an opportunity to participate from home. Indieflix is previewing five short films from the festival online. You can watch them from home, vote on your favorite, and the winner will receive a cash prize of $500. Watch some great shorts and help out a fledgling filmmaker. It's a win-win.
SEATTLE FANDANGO PROJECT FOR FREE AT CITY HALL
This week's free fall concert at City Hall, which brings traditional global music from such regions as West Africa, Mexico and Persia to downtowners, features The Seattle Fandango Project. "Get swept up in the interactive fandango (folk and flamenco dance) traditions of Veracruz, Mexico. Dancing on box drums, festive melodies and bright flowing dresses immerse the audience in convivencia (the spirit of living and being in community)," explains the Fandango Project's site. The concert will take place this Thursday, October 14 at City Hall at 1 pm. For more information about the free fall concerts or about Seattle Fandango Project, follow the link above.
TOWNIE RECORDS SEEKS PERSONAL ASSISTANT
The owner of start-up, independent record label Townie Records is seeking a part time personal assistant. Required skills include strong computer and organizational aptitude, proficiency in all MS Office Apps, ability to update/administrate web and social media pages and office management. The ideal candidate must possess a friendly, business oriented demeanor, strong communication skills, attention to detail and multi-tasking abilities. Some knowledge of the music business is a plus. Love of music is a must. Responsibilities will include invoicing, travel booking, phone answering, web page upkeep/admin and other office work as needed. This paid position will require about 15-20 hours a week and is located in Queen Anne. Please email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
"OFFICIAL BEST OF FEST" PREMIERS THIS SATURDAY
Official Best of Fest
This Saturday night is the premiere of Seattle's own PBS television series "Official Best of Fest Presents: The Best Films You've Never Seen," written and directed by Seattleite Rick Stevenson and co-produced by Stevenson, Kevin Sabourin and Brandon Whitehead. Featuring some of the world's finest shorts, the 30 part series will be broadcast on KCTS (Channel 9) starting October 16 at 7 pm for a one hour special and then continuing every Saturday at 7:30 pm thereafter. Be sure to check out this week's episode!
"COMPOSERS AND FILMMAKERS: MEET AND MINGLE NEXT WEEK
Join Seattle Composer's Alliance and Seattle Area Filmmakers for their networking event next Wednesday, October 20. This is a chance for local musicians and filmmakers to meet, collaborate, mingle and discuss opportunities in a relaxed and encouraging environment. Everyone will be given a chance to speak in front of the group to talk about upcoming projects, needed work or opportunities for employment. The event takes place at The Mix. More information after the link.
SUBMIT YOUR FILM TO NFFTY
The National Film Festival for Talented Youth is the largest and most influential film festival for young filmmakers that just so happens to be based here in Seattle. Highlights the filmmaking skills of people less than 22 years of age, the festival screens approximately 200 films during their festival, as well as hosting filmmaking panels, film contests, parties, and opportunities for young filmmakers to network with industry professionals and each other. NFFTY is currently accepting submissions of films in seven categories including features, shorts and documentaries. Film directors must have been 22 years old or younger upon completion of filming and must have obtained permission to use any copyrighted material included in their films. The first submission deadline is November 30, 2010 and the late deadline is January 11, 2011. For more information or to apply, check the link above.
THE PICK OF THE EARSHOT JAZZ FEST
The Earshot Jazz Festival begins this weekend (October 15-November 7). With a festival lasting that long, it's easy to get lost in the many possibilities. But fear not! Seattle Weekly has released its list of top picks for the fest (including free samples of their tunes!). From Bill Frisell' s "Beautiful Dreamer" of the album of the same name to The Kora Band's "Ngoni System" off their new album Cascades, the list represents the variations of jazz music and the local scene. Check out the full listing at the link above.
APPLY FOR THE 2010/2011 SIFF YOUTH FILM COMMITTEE
SIFF is seeking young adults with a love of film and great ideas for film events and programming. The SIFF Youth Film Committee will be comprised of 15 young adults (ages 15-20) who have interest in expanding access to SIFF and the Seattle film community for their peers. Youth Film Committee Members should expect approximately 8-10 hours a month of work (November through June). Monthly meeting dates can be found on the application. Members of the Committee will receive a SIFF FutureWave Membership (one year) and a Full Series Pass to SIFF 2011. The application may be completed online. If you have any questions or would like a PDF of the application, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206.315.0663.
SUBMIT YOUR WORK TO THE ANIMATED POETRY CONTEST
The Big Joy Project is a multimedia venture focused on the life and work of James Broughton, who pioneered the marriage of film and poetry in the 1950s, long before music and poetry videos. And now in his honor, The Big Joy Project is holding its very first poetry video competition. Find a James Broughton poem you love and turn it into a short video (under 4:00) using animation, montage, film, photographs, music, spoken word, special effects or whatever. The best Big Joy poetry videos will be featured on the James Broughton YouTube channel, and they may even find their way into the Big Joy feature film now in production. Prizes also include Adobe Creative Suite 5: Master Collection, signed James Broughton books or "This is It" broadsides, hand-calligraphed by William Stewart. To find out more information about the competition and how to apply, follow the link above.
ENTER TO WIN THE SCRIPTAPALOOZA
Screenwriters listen up! Now is your chance to win big money, software and recognition for your hard work. Scriptapalooza is now accepting scripts for its 13th annual screenwriting competition. Scripts from all genres will be considered and they should be 80-140 pages. The first prize winner will receive $10,000, Writer's Studio suite and consideration by established production companies and literary representatives. If you are a finalist, Scriptapalooza will continue to push your script for entire year. For more information about how to submit your work or about the sweet prizes that come with winning, click the link above.
FREE TEEN MUSIC SHOWCASE AT SALMON BAY EAGLES CLUB
Salmon Bay Eagles'Club
Salmon Bay Eagle's Club in Ballard is hosting a free night of teen music this weekend to showcase some young, local talent. The two bands featured are Empathy and Sound Explosion. Give an enthusiastic welcome to new-to-Seattle Empathy as they show the city their grunge roots. Special Explosion, a local School of Rock spin-off group with an experimental edge will also play a set. The event takes place this Friday, October 15 from 8-11 pm. It is free and all-ages.
HELP CRITIQUE AND LEARN ABOUT SHORT FILM MARKETING
Women in Film
Local director Staci Bernstein has just completed her short film "A Face for All Occasions." She's proud of her work but is unsure about where to take the work from here. That's where you and a team of expert panelists come in. Bernstein is a hosting an event on October 18 at the Montlake Library Conference room to help herself and others learn about marketing short films. The event, titled "Oh My Gosh! My Short Rocks! What Now?" will bring together professionals and aspiring filmmakers and marketers to help develop a marketing plan for the short, all with the comfort of light snacks and beverages. So stop by next Monday from 1:30-2:30 pm to educate yourself and help another filmmaker.
STORYTELLING FOR INTERACTIVE MEDIA WORKSHOP
Crafting stories for the burgeoning world of screen-based interactive media - including videogames, webisodes and various types of mobile apps - can not only be enormously creative, but it can also open the door to new professional opportunities. Nevertheless, despite certain similarities between traditional screen-based storytelling and screen-based interactive works, there are also significant differences between them. Understanding these differences and knowing how to harness them in a narrative is critical to being able to work successfully in this new arena. During this workshop, Carolyn Handler Miller will investigate the unique characteristics of interactive narratives, discuss how they can be employed, and explore what makes such narratives so compelling. She will also offer a comprehensive overview of the many forms of New Media narratives, including mind-bending genres you might never have imagined. Join screenwriter Carolyn Handler Miller this Friday, October 15 from 7-9 pm for a workshop about writing for digital media. The event at Seattle Pacific University is free for NWSG members and open to the public.
INDIE FEST IS CALLING FOR ENTRIES
The Indie Fest is an independent, top-tier international film awards competition. Its goal is to help independent filmmakers gain publicity and, when appropriate, exposure to distributors. This is an opportunity for $1000 cash prize and in-kind $4500 production studio. The Indie Fest is unique; it's an awards competition. Winners receive publicity as they broadcast the list of winners via press releases and to their email database of more than 24,000 filmmakers and industry insiders. The Indie Fest has been very successful in introducing winners to distributors who can sell licensing rights around the world. For more information, follow the link.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 10/6 - 10/12
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Corin Tucker "1,000 Years"
- The Head and the Heart "Self Titled"
- Various Artists "Live At KEXP Vol 6"
- Fences "Fences"
- Soundgarden "Telephantasm"
- Posies "Blood Candy"
- Black Mountain "Wilderness Heart"
- Brandi Carlile "Live At Easy Street"
- Kristen Ward "Drive Away"
- Caspar Babypants "More Please"
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:
BLUE GOOSE "Ben Bridge 2010 Holiday TV" commercial shoot
Blue Goose Productions
Blue Goose Productions is powered by the Producer/Director team of Bill Hoare and Ron Gross and has been producing award-winning TV spots in Seattle for nearly 20 years, including all 16 years of the Seattle Mariners ads and the last 15 years of Ben Bridge ads. "Ben Bridge 2010 Holiday" was filmed at several Seattle locations including the Pioneer Square neighborhood, as well as on a local soundstage and employed over 35 local cast and crew. "We've always promoted Seattle as a dynamic production community," says Executive Producer Bill Hoare. "Having filmed all over the world, I can honestly say the quality of filmmaking talent here is second to none. This was a complex project and we can all be proud to know it was produced entirely in Seattle. Thanks to our partners at Jones Advertising, Ron and I were given the opportunity to once again show that anything can be done in this city."
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 our Seattle's most filmable locations.
Reflections of Murder (1974)
This adaptation on the famous French film Diabolique which was, in turn, based on a novel by the prolific author Pierre Boileau is an above average TV movie but, considering its familiar source material, is still a predictable production. Joan Hackett stars as a teacher at an all-boy private school who conspires to murder her cruel lover who happens to be the school's headmaster. Tuesday Weld portrays her partner in crime and Sam Waterston is the jerk headmaster. These days it is hard to buy Waterston as anything but a benevolent District Attorney but in this film he is a real bastard. Hackett and Weld murder Waterston and, eventually, hide his corpse in the school's swimming pool but soon the corpse seems to have vanished. If you have seen the original Diabolique (which is highly recommended) or the crappy but funny 90's remake or the other TV movie version (House of Secrets) than you are well aware of the film's climax. Even if you haven't seen any of the other variations of Boileau's novel you will probably guess the final surprise. Still, this is a pretty entertaining flick and it features some solid acting and enjoyable Seattle area footage. I'm not sure where the remote private school is supposed to be located but it is a boat ride from downtown Seattle so there is a lot of ferry terminal footage. Also seen are a few establishing shots of the city that prominently display The Smith Tower and, naturally, The Space Needle. There is also a tense scene on the Alaska Way Viaduct involving a flat tire, a corpse in the trunk and an inquisitive but ultimately helpful motorcycle cop. This film is only available on VHS but, of course, you can find it at Scarecrow Video.
SONIC BOOM RECORDS PROFILED ON NPR
Sonic Boom Records has long been one of Seattle's favorite spots for procuring new albums, exploring latest music trends and flipping through the newest releases. We've known it's awesome for a while, and the rest of the country is catching on too. Today's NPR features a story on the venerable store and an interview with owner Jason Hughes. In it, he explains, "The music community in Seattle influences what we sell greatly. Actually, if we weren't in Seattle I don't know if we'd still be around. The one thing that Seattle has that many other cities lack is the music infrastructure. Radio stations like KEXP that play music, clubs, and healthy array of bands that are playing in those clubs regularly. There are four major record stores that are still in this city. I don't know of another city where that's the case." Catch the full interview above, and congrats to Sonic Boom!
FREE THINGS FROM STATE OF THE ARTIST, CHAMPAGNE CHAMPAGNE AND MAD RAD
Seattle favorite State of the Artist has a new track out featuring another local fave, Champagne Champagne. And guess what? You can check out the song for free by clicking here. It's called "What You Asked For," and it's off the hit album Seattlecalifragilisticextrahelladopeness. Parker Reddington says of the track, "It is really about what it takes to put out and create what is expected of you as an artist, the toll it takes on your personal life and also how it makes you feel to do that, and be successful at it." Another bit of stellar news: State of the Artist is playing a free show at Chop Suey this Thursday at 8 pm with Mad Rad. That's right. Tons of State of the Artist and other fabulous local acts all for free.
IN DEFENSE OF RECORD LABELS
Last week's Grammy Music Tech Summit presented attendees with seminars about the music industry, its future, its possibilities and its failings. One particularly interesting segment dealt with the industry's response to illegal downloading and peer to peer file sharing. While these actions have become rampant and undeniably easier for listeners, artists and record labels continue to be cheated out of their hard earned money. Many excuses are made, but one prominently used excuse is that record labels are somehow evil corporations out to steal funds from artists. Seattle Weekly writer Chris Kornelis explains the opposite: "While there have been bad contracts signed, if labels were so malicious, so one-sided in their intent, why would bands continue to go into business with them? Why would a popular indie act like Iron & Wine leave their indie-label home and flee to the majors like they did this week, defecting from Sub Pop to Warner Bros.? Why would the Lonely Forest sign a deal with Atlantic?" Read the full article above for the complete argument, information about last week's summit and arguments about how things should go about changing.
LOCAL FILM SCREENED AT OTHER VENICE FILM FESTIVAL
Maria in the Kitchen
Maria in the Kitchen, a local production directed by Nik Perleros and Laurel Minter is an official selection at the Other Venice Film Festival in Venice, California, and it is one of four shorts in the Competition Program. Maria in the Kitchen, written by award-winning writer Laurel Minter, stars Seattle actors Shawn Belyea, Pamela Turpen, Tim Hyland and Gordon Carpenter and premiered at the Park City Film Music Festival 2010 where it received an award for original score composed by Nan Avant. Congrats to the film!
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
Erica Nwosu, Intern
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