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CITY OF MUSIC AWARDS AND CELEBRATION TONIGHT!
Seattle City of Music
Tonight Seattle City of Music, Seattle's effort to celebrate and enhance the city's renowned music culture, will honor Quincy Jones, Fleet Foxes and radio and online music hub KEXP at the inaugural Seattle City of Music Awards. It will be a spectacular evening of entertainment at the Showbox at the Market, including performances by alt-country band The Maldives; indie folk outfit Pearly Gate Music, led by Zach Tillman; and a one-of-a-kind big band tribute to Quincy Jones the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. Hope to see you there!
MUSICTECH THIS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
Grammy Pacific Northwest
MusicTech is an annual two day summit dedicated to the intersection of music and technology. This years' panels cover how to build the perfect band website, how to use social networking tools to promote artists and advice from successful indie labels such as Sub Pop and Kill Rock Stars. The event will take place from 9:30 to 8:00 at the Experience Music Project on October 15 and 16.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
SEATTLE & AUSTIN - NEW INDIE FILM CENTERS
Former backwaters such as Seattle and Austin have become hotbeds of new talent. Both have film cultures that have benefited from burgeoning music scenes, one artistic medium feeding another, and they're both towns with a strong sense of community, where leading lights such as Austin's Richard Linklater continue to host monthly movie nights at local theatres and make themselves available to help upcoming talents. Take Seattle's Lynn Shelton. Her new film, Humpday, was the talk of SXSW, the yearly film and music festival in Texas, and Shelton agrees that she and her fellow independent film-makers rely heavily on festivals for their work to reach audiences. "More films than ever are being made and I'm running around telling everyone: 'Just pick up a camera and do it!' But really the only time they're going to get in front of audiences is at festivals; distribution is becoming more and more difficult. So it's never been easier in some ways but it's also never been harder."
SEE THE LIGHT (OF THE NEW PARAMOUNT REPLICA SIGN)
Seattle Theatre Group
Join the Seattle Theatre Group as they make history at a sign lighting party for their brand new Paramount replica sign. The iconic blue and gold vertical sign outlined in neon has been in place since 1930 and is weathered and decayed beyond repair. Identical in appearance, the replica was engineered with environmentally responsible materials and energy efficient lighting systems. The new sign will be lit at 6:00 pm on October 21 and Seattle Theatre Group invites everyone to the lobby and bar from 5:00 - 7:00 pm to celebrate. The sign lighting party is free and open to the public.
CELEBRATE REEL GRRLS WITH LYNN SHELTON
On October 17th, Reel Grrls, a unique after school media & technology training program for girls, will present their annual fundraising Fall Gala and Auction at the FareStart restaurant in downtown Seattle. Join special guest Lynn Shelton for a night of fine dining, live and silent auctions, and clips from award-winning films by Reel Grrls filmmakers. Seattle native Lynn Shelton won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance for her film Humpday (currently in distribution by Magnolia Pictures). She won a 2009 Acura Someone to Watch Award at this year's Independent Spirit Awards. She just wrapped filming on her newest project, $5 Cover, on location around Seattle.
INDIE MEMPHIS FILM FESTIVAL FEATURES SEATTLE FILMS
Now entering its 12th year, Indie Memphis utilizes Memphis' rich cultural history to serve as a connecting point for regional filmmakers from all corners of the country. The festival is famous for breaking legendary indie filmmakers, such as Jim Jarmusch, and this year features three Seattle films: Dear Lemon Lima, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle and the Seattle soul documentary Wheedle's Groove. Also featured is The Mountain, the River and The Road which was shot primarily in the Northwest.
FERRY SYSTEM OFFERS LIVE MUSIC FOR BAINBRIDGE PASSENGERS
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 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 am aboard the ferry leaving Seattle. It will end during the return trip at 12:20 pm. Future acts will be scheduled between 11 am and 3:30 pm or 3:45 pm and 7:45 pm aboard either of the two ferries on the Bainbridge route. Performances will last for one or two round trips.
THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA AND THE NORTHWEST FILM FORUM PRESENT THE 2009 LESBIAN AND GAY FILM FESTIVAL
Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festiavl
The Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival has been a part of the greater Seattle queer community and beyond since 1996 and has become the largest festival of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. The festival has garnered national recognition for showcasing extraordinary and award-winning work including the Northwest premiere of Transamerica and the Seattle premiere of Shortbus. The film festival is also an important venue for the local Seattle film scene and inspires members of our community to express creativity through film and video. This year, The Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival boasts a number of Northwest premiers and features work by a bevy of local filmmakers and artists. The festival runs October 16-25 and a full schedule of screenings can be found at the above link.
MAYOR ANNOUNCES NEW FINANCING FOR SEATTLE BUSINESSES
Seattle Mayor's Office
In response to the tight credit market for businesses, Mayor Greg Nickels and City of Seattle lending partners announced yesterday the launch of three new city financing programs to help provide access to much-needed capital for a range of Seattle businesses, from small to large. $1.4 million in stimulus funds will enhance some local lending organizations' capacity for loans; the new $8 million 'Grow Seattle Fund' will provide loans for small to medium sized businesses; and the City now has the capacity to issue $19 million in tax exempt bonds for larger private business projects.
WOMEN MAKE MOVIES OFFERS "THE SECRETS OF SUCCESSFUL PROPOSALS"
Women Make Movies
WMM's Fall Workshop Series kicks off with The Secrets of Successful Proposals. As film funding becomes increasingly scarce and competition grows equally fierce, how will you make your proposal and film stand out in the crowd? Join WWM on October 21 for an essential evening of grant-writing how-to's. Topics will include identifying a proposal's 13 elements, writing an effective synopsis, approaching the best funders, and avoiding common mistakes. Successful proposals will be passed out and discussed. Don't miss this opportunity to improve your skills and take the intimidation out of grant writing! The workshop will be presented by Michelle Materre, fundraising and grant writing consultant. For more information, check out the above link.
THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON PRESENTS ASIAN MUSICAL CROSSROADS: CHINA AND INNER ASIA/CHINA AND SOUTHEAST ASIA
University of Washington
This concert explores the cross-cultural exchange between China and its neighbors in Inner and Southeast Asia through the medium of music. The concert's performers will demonstrate the fruits of such cross-fertilization as China's borderlands resume their role as a crossroads of Asian cultures. It's being held in conjunction with the Crossroads of Asian Music and Poetry conference which is being held at the Brechemin Auditorium in the University of Washington. The event is free and takes place October 30-31.
LOCAL DOCUMENTARY SHOWN ON PBS
Local documentarians, Tod and Jan Sutcliffe, are slated to have their new film aired on PBS. The film, The Principal Story, took them almost three years to shoot and edit. It follows two public school principals for an entire year and shows the herculean task they, and other dedicated individuals in the public schools system, face in our schools today. It also shows the heartbreaking barriers that poverty, bureaucracy, and poor parenting can create between our nation's children and a good education. The program has already aired nationally on PBS and aired again last night on KTCS. To watch the full program, check out the above link.
REEL TO REAL FILM SERIES PRESENTS: SEATTLE IN THE AGE OF AIDS
Reel to Real films invites you to a free screening of Seattle in the Age of AIDS and panel discussion. This film looks back to the early '80's during the onset of the AIDS epidemic in Seattle. The stories are told through the words of a handful of people who lived and worked on the front lines in the community. The screening takes place at noon on Monday, October 19 in City Hall.
TERISA GREENAN'S FAMILY WEBSERIES SEEKS AN OFFICE LOCATION
3 Dog Pictures
Terisa Greenan's web series, Family, is in need of an office location for its finale. The office should be upscale, in the Seattle area and be able to accommodate filming on Sunday, October 18th from noon to 6:00 pm. Family is a comedy centered on a polyamorous triad relationship and has been profiled in the Seattle Times, Seattle PI and KOMO news. If you have any leads, please contact Terisa at firstname.lastname@example.org
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 10/5 - 10/12
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Alice in Chains "Black Gives Way to Blue"
- Brandi Carlile "Give Up The Ghost"
- The Dutchess & the Duke "Sunset/Sunrise"
- Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
- Visqueen - "Message to Garcia"
- Various Artists "Live at KEXP, Vol. 5"
- Cave Singers "Welcome Joy"
- Built To Spill "There Is No Enemy"
- Grand Archives "Keep In Mind Frankenstein"
- Maldives "Listen to the Thunder"
HOLLYWOOD HEADS TO SEATTLE
Seattle is once again camera-ready. The most recent episode from Seattle Channel's CityStream's episode reports on what Washington state has been doing in the past several years to attract more film productions to the state. The video features interviews with James Keblas, Director of the Office of Film + Music and Becky Bogard of WashingtonFilmWorks. Producers from The Details and World's Greatest Dad discuss the ease of filming in Washington and how the geographic and cultural variety of the state, as well as the tax incentives offered by the Seattle Film Office.
SEATTLE'S EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL LOOKS BEYOND TRADITION
The 2009 Earshot Jazz Festival, one of the nation's most eclectic and protracted festivals of its kind, begins and ends its three-week run with reminders of what qualifies Seattle as a great jazz city. Assiduously engineered by Earshot director John Gilbreath, the event, which is more of concentrated series than a festival, aims to challenge and educate as much as entertain. It brings in musicians American audiences (let alone Seattle audiences) seldom get to see - somewhat unfamiliar names who are doing much of the work of innovating and redefining of jazz. Earshot features more than 50 concerts and also makes generous use of local talent. It opens Friday night at the Triple Door with the Garfield High School Jazz Band, which won this year's prestigious Essentially Ellington competition in New York.
D. BLACK FEATURED ON KING 5 NEWS
King 5 News
Local Hip hop artist D. Black has had a big year. He released his sophomore album Ali'yah and was added to the CMJ music festival. KING5 TV's Eric Wilkinson came by The Pharmacy to visit D.Black and talk about Ali'Yah and what D.Black hopes this record will do to help community.
SEATTLE MAGAZINE PROFILES SEATTLE'S UP AND COMING FILM SCENE
Seattle is brimming with film making talent, but has yet to have a break out star like Portland's Gus Van Sant or Austin's Richard Linklater, says Seattle Magazine. The challenge, of course, is that there's no silver bullet for becoming a breakout indie filmmaker. It's more organic, as local indie producer Peggy Case notes: "I think individual filmmakers just spring up like blades of grass through concrete. The infrastructure exists here, but it takes timing, opportunity and talent intersecting at the right moment." Many local filmmakers are interviewed in this Seattle Magazine profile on the state of the local film community, follow the above link to read the full article.
LOCAL SINGER-SONGWRITER, DAVID BAZAN, FEATURED ON NPR
National Public Radio has this to say about David Bazan's latest record, "Until 2005, David Bazan led the indie-pop band Pedro the Lion, which had spent the previous 10 years making smart, crushingly bleak records with Christian themes. Bazan himself has always sung outspokenly about his faith, but his work is invariably shot through with disappointment and doubt, with an emphasis on the sordid underbelly of human nature. For someone working in Christian music, he's spent his entire career dwelling on religion's many gray areas. Still, it's something of a surprise that Bazan's new album (Curse Your Branches) is about the singer's conversion to agnosticism - in some ways, it plays like a breakup letter to God - which has accompanied his forays into parenthood and sobriety." For the full review, check out the above link.