|News from the Film + Music Office
MUSICTECH SUMMIT 08
The Film + Music Office proudly supports The Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter to bring you the 3rd annual GRAMMY MusicTech Summit, hosted at McCaw Hall November 6th and 7th, 2008. This summit will examine how the changing technological landscape can empower artists and further their careers. Meet many of the most important players in this emerging industry, attend informative panels, network with industry leaders and jumpstart your career. The keynote address will be presented by Ian Rogers, CEO of TopSpin Media. Last year was a big success, and this year promises to be even better!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
250 ELEMENTARY STUDENTS NEED INSTRUMENTS THIS MONTH OR ELSE...
RotaryMusic4Life is urgently seeking donations by the end of October to buy musical instruments for needy students in Seattle Public Schools. 250 elementary students will not be able to start instrumental music this year unless instruments can be found for them this month. Because time is of the essence, financial donations are needed so that instruments can be purchased immediately. However RotaryMusic4Life will also gladly accept donations of gently used instruments, which will be reconditioned for future use. Please help by October 30th.
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA
You are invited to join in the creation of artist Perry Bard's Man with a Movie Camera: The Global Remake. This is a participatory video project being shot by people from around the world who are recording images, which interpret the original script of the 1929 film Man with a Movie Camera. Selected portions of Man with a Movie Camera: The Global Remake will be featured on e4c, 4Culture's store-front media gallery.
"THE DARK HORSE" SCREENS ACROSS COUNTRY, WINS ACCLAIM
Cornelia Duryée Moore's local feature film "The Dark Horse" has screened at six festivals with many more coming up and won the "Best of the Northwest" prize at Bendfilm and the "Redemptive Storyteller Award" at the Redemptive Film Festival. Moore and the Kairos Productions team are hard at work on their second feature.
826 SEATTLE WITH MUSIC + MUSTACHES
826 Seattle is seeking participation from local musicians, men with a talent for growing mustaches, men with stunning full-grown mustaches, and enthusiastic mustache supporters in its third and final Mustache-a-thon fundraiser. The six-week fundraiser started October 9th and concludes November 21st with a Mustache Rocks! Music showcase and soiree at the Sunset Tavern is open to the public.
RAWSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
The Central Heating Lab at ACT hosts the final Rawstock film and music festival of 2008, Rawstock Attacks! on October 17 at 8:45 p.m. Rawstock Attacks! closes the 2008 season with a fantastic lineup of darkly themed entertainment chock full of grindhouse, horror and black comedy.
UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FILM SERIES
This month, the Underground Railroad Film Series explores the legacy of stone carvers as companion to the opening of Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center fall play, Bobbie and Jerome. Spirits in Stone traces the 1,000 year old culture of stone carving in Africa through the work of the legendary Shona stone carvers whose homeland is Zimbabwe and southeastern Africa. Through these artists, the spirit of the stone is revealed to the artist and expressed through its carving. Come and share in the spirit and beauty of this fine art form and meet local stone carver Sabah Al-Dhaher for a post screening discussion on the art and legacy of stone carving. Screening is tonight at 7pm.
INDIECLUB ANNOUNCES NEW FILM SERIES
IndieClub is proud to announce a new series, which will be spotlighting one great independent filmmaker and one great independent film by that filmmaker each week. The spotlight will include an interview with the filmmaker(s), review of the film, preview of their upcoming projects and a contest for special prizes each week. The series kicks off by focusing on Tray White and his outstanding documentary "Impaler."
ERNESTINE ANDERSON'S 80TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Join Nancy McKernon and friends in celebrating Ernestine Anderson's 80th Birthday on November 10th. After decades of charming jazz and blues audiences around the world, the incomparable Ernestine Anderson still has it all. From her R&B roots with Russell Jacquet, Johnny Otis and others through her stint with Lionel Hampton, Ernestine has established herself as one of the great vocal stylists in jazz. Musical guests include Clarence Acox and the Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble along with Greg Williamson, John Hansen, Jon Hamar, Karen Shivers, and Charles Key.
SEATTLE FILMMAKERS FINDING ALTERNATIVE DISTRIBUTION SUCCESS
Director Garrett Bennett, writer/producer Steve Edmiston and producer Victor Kepler have tapped into the rapidly evolving alternative film distribution models with their feature film, A Relative Thing. The film was featured for September 2008 distributed through Gaiam's Spiritual Cinema Circle and was also one of ten hand-picked feature films to launch "film viewing into the 21st century" through 545 Productions 24/7 online film festival and distribution company, FilmGo.net. A Relative Thing tells the story of five brothers and sisters reunited for the first time in sixteen years when they are called home to visit their dying grandmother. Featuring an all-Seattle cast, the film received numerous awards at film festivals around the country, including a Best Film Audience Award at the Sedona International Film Festival, Best Ensemble at the Phoenix Film Festival, and was a finalist in the Seattle International Film Festival's New American Cinema competition.
SPOTLIGHT AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
IFP/Seattle is pleased to announce the five finalists for the 2008 Spotlight Award, a production grant for a short film featuring thousands of dollars of in-kind goods and services from leading NW production companies. "Bardroom" from Andy McCone, "Dishonesty" from Timothy Watkins, "In The Trunk" from Ben Andrews, "Night Blind" from Robert Parks, "No More for the Road" from Brooke Swaney. Each finalist and his/her production team will be interviewed by a panel of industry experts. The winner will be announced at a public event at the Rendezvous/Jewelbox Theatre on November 12th from 7-9pm.
Critically acclaimed writer/director Matt Wilkins heads into post production with "Yonder." Shot in 26 days over a two month period by local cinematographer Ryan Purcell, "Yonder," is the first Seattle feature film to be shot on the revolutionary new 4k Red One camera.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 10/6 - 10/12
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Jake One - White Van Music
- These Arms Are Snakes - Tail Swallower & Dove
- Moondoggies - Don't be a Stranger
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- Various Artists - Live at KEXP: Volume 4
- Blitzen Trapper - Furr
- Dutchess & The Duke - She's the Dutchess He's the Duke
- Jeff Ament - Tone
- Pica Beats - Beating Back the Claws of Winter
- Common Market - Tobacco Road
EARSHOT JAZZ FILMS
Each year Northwest Film Forum presents the film component of the Earshot Jazz Festival, illuminating the lives, music and creative collaborations of great jazz artists. This year's program features the Seattle area premieres of new documentaries Electric Heart and Martino Unstrung as well as archival presentations of the classic documentary Mingus (1968), the rarely seen feature film A Man Called Adam (1966), and animated jazz shorts by John and Faith Hubley (1957-75).
JOSH RAWLINGS TRIO CD RELEASE
Seattle Jazz group, the Josh Rawlings Trio, will release their debut CD this Friday at Bake's Place in Issaquah, WA. This CD features all original music composed by Josh Rawlings ranging from South African inspired grooves to nostalgic waltzes and cinematic like pieces. The show promises to be an intimate and inspired night with The Trio as they celebrate 6 years of playing together.
TOM MORELLO, MIKE MCCREADY AND STONE GOSSARD TO PLAY THE SHOWBOX ON ELECTION'S EVE
Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine/The Nightwatchman, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and his band Shadow '86, Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard with the Hank Khoir, Boots Riley of the Coup and special guests are set to perform Monday, November 3rd, 2008 at the Showbox at The Market. In an effort to encourage voter participation, this group of notable artists is joining forces for an Election Day-eve get out the vote rally and musical celebration. With the help of local and national voter education organizations, concertgoers will be encouraged to not only get to the polls the following day, but to spread the word to their social networks on the importance of voting.
BE A PART OF DRUMMING HISTORY!
The 6th annual Woodstick Big Beat world record drumming event will be held on November 2nd at the Juanita Field House in Kirkland, WA. If you own a drum set, this event is for you! Woodstick currently holds the Guinness World record of 533 drummers playing drumsets simultaneously. This year drummers in Big Beat events in 9 cities across North America will attempt to break the record. Also featured at the event will be a performance by Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron and you can enter to win a Ringo Starr autographed drumhead.
LOCAL SIGHTINGS 2008 WINNERS
A panel of jurors watched all the films in competition at this year's Local Sightings Film Festival and have picked one feature and one short film to win the 2008 prizes. Congratulations to Grant Aaker and Josh Wallaert, directors of Arid Lands, winners of the $4000 feature film prize. Arid Lands will also get a full week's run at Northwest Film Forum. And congratulations to Portland's Kristian McKay, director of Orbito del Verano, winner of the $1700 short film prize. This year our jurors also decided to award a Special Jury Mention to Web Crowell's animated short film Parasol.
CHARLES PETERSON AND THE PHOTOGRAPHIC FREEZE FRAME
As a photographer, Charles Peterson isn't interested in character and doesn't care about relationships. Whether his subject is musicians or street dancers, he's always tuned into their motion, the way the crowd looks when the music hits it and the way artists fold their bodies around a sound to push it out into the world. Peterson's "Touch Me I'm Sick" is the best visual record of the Seattle music scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
REI LAUNCHES REIGOPLAYLIST.COM TO PUT MUSIC INTO THE EARS OF SNOW SPORTS AND MUSIC ENTHUSIASTS
As winter approaches, outdoor enthusiasts everywhere are gearing up for the coming season. REI has launched REIGoPlaylist.com, a website offering the complimentary download of a 10-song playlist not found anywhere else, to inspire snow sports and music lovers alike. The national outdoor gear and apparel retailer partnered with nine of the most recognized winter sports brands to create new music by some of today's up-and-coming and hottest artists.
BELLEVUE WILL FEEL THE BEAT OF A NEW LIVE-MUSIC VENUE
Bellevue's late-night crowd will have a new live-music venue beginning December 1st. Parlor Live will host comedians, bands and DJs in both public and private events. The club joins the existing and adjacent sister clubs - Parlor Billiards and Spirits and Ultralounge at the Parlor - on the third floor of Lincoln Square.
THE PITCHFORK 500
Pitchfork is making the leap from pixels to the page: On November 11th, Simon & Schuster imprint Fireside Books will publish The Pitchfork 500: Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to the Present. This handy paperback chronologically explores Pitchfork's 500 favorite songs from 1977-2006, constructing an alternate history of the past three decades of popular music - one that extends beyond the typical Baby Boomer-approved canon of the Clash, Prince, Public Enemy, Nirvana, Radiohead, and Outkast.
LOCAL RECORDING STUDIO FLOODS
Local recording studio the Seattle Boiler Room flooded last week, thanks to a faulty sprinkling system. That means, according to recording engineer Czar's post on 206Proof, the loss of "15-20k in recording/production equipment, thousands of records, and all Dimmak/Boiler Room merchandise." The studio has worked with many of the Northwest's finest hip hop artists, including Grayskul, Oldominion, Toni Hill, and Gabriel Teodros.
ABC FAMILY BRINGS "10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU" TO TV
ABC Family has picked the half-hour pilot of "10 Things I Hate About You," based on the 1999 film set in Seattle. Gil Junger, who directed the feature, is on board to direct the single-camera pilot as well as the untitled movie. "10 Things," written and produced by Carter Covington (ABC Family's "Greek"), revolves around two sisters -- a strong-willed feminist and a social butterfly -- facing the challenges of starting out in a new high school. The series is from Prodco Inc.
THE BLAKES VIDEO SHOOT: SEATTLE BANDS UNITE
The Blakes are in the midst of making a new video. A mega video, written and produced by Chase Jarvis and co-directed by Jarvis and Will Hyde. It was a two-day shoot at multiple locations around Seattle with thirty to fifty-five people on set. They're in the editing, post production process now and aren't sure exactly when it will come out. Chase shot with multiple high-end cameras and booms and dollies. Several Seattle bands make cameos in the video. Saturday Knights, Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, Natalie Portman's Shaved Head, Head Like a Kite, Disjointed Isotopes, and Voltage Periscope to name a few. Jarvis said, "It's really cool to see all these bands come together. Seattle bands unite instead of divide."
FALL ARTS GUIDE: 5 QUESTIONS FOR MUSIC PROMOTOR/AUTHOR JEFF GILBERT
Heavy-metal-loving Jeff Gilbert has done some hard time on Seattle's rock scene. His resume includes record-store clerk, radio DJ, record producer, rehearsal studio operator, music critic, author and collector of guitars and memorabilia. This fall, he'll add bar and restaurant owner to his list of accomplishments.
SEATTLE BAND A GUN THAT SHOOTS KNIVES TAKES FUN SERIOUSLY
The band is called A Gun That Shoots Knives. The cover of "Future of Love," the album they release with a party at Chop Suey on Saturday, depicts the four band members as intergalactic barbarian superheroes, and was painted by an Olympia couple who illustrate sci-fi book jackets. The singer's name is Yurri Stubby Abbot. "That's one main point of our band - you can write a song about anything," Abbot continues. That the music is so cohesive, passionate and entertaining is astounding. It must be engaged with a certain Zen understanding that it's all meant to be taken very lightly. Big-picturing the costumes and inanity and profanity adds up to a surprising truth: AGTSK is a message band. The message? Fun wins. "We take having fun very seriously," LaRue says. "We seriously wanna have fun," Sorbel says.
LOCAL MUSICIANS' NEW CD TO BENEFIT HURRICANE RELIEF
Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron joined Pastor Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir and Kirkland musicians Joe, Jon and Jake Bergevin at a local celebration last Sunday for the release of the Bergevins' hurricane-relief CD, "Seven Songs for America and One for the World." Music from the album is featured in a new documentary titled "Barack Obama: Who Is This Man?" available at Blockbuster stores.
YOUTUBE OFFERS MUSIC DOWNLOADS THROUGH IN-VIDEO ICONS
YouTube is joining the army of sites offering music downloads. "If you like the song, you don't need to leave Google or leave the site to buy it," a rep from YouTube says of the new plan that will link music videos and songs played on YouTube with purchasing options via iTunes and Amazon's MP3 store. Icons will appear during the uploaded video prompting users to where to purchase the song they're listening to. Thus far, only videos for music from Universal and EMI will feature the purchase icons. YouTube also plans to add a similar feature linking users to concert ticket purchase options.
SEATTLE BASED GETTY IMAGES BREAKS INTO MUSIC
Content purveyor Getty Images, has announced that it's breaking into the commercial music business with the launch of a music licensing operation and the acquisition of Pump Audio for $42 million. Through their web-based platform, Getty Images can offer pre-cleared music to license for broadcast, film, video, advertising and other digital media projects. The service has partnered Getty with some major players such as Warner/Chappell, Nettwerk Music Group and Lionsgate and offers music both from established artists and up-and-comers.
NEW CHIPS POISED TO REVOLUTIONIZE PHOTOGRAPHY, FILM
For the first time, professional-grade single-lens reflex cameras are gaining the ability to record high-definition video. That capability, photographers say, has the potential to transform both still photography and moviemaking -- and it's largely thanks to advances in the semiconductor technology used to make the image sensors inside these cameras.
CROCODILE SHOW ARCHIVE WILL EXIST IN UW LIBRARY
Live recordings from the Crocodile are going to be archived in the University of Washington Library. In 2001, Croc engineer Jim Anderson began recording bands as they played. Now, in conjunction with the UW Ethnomusicology Department and the head of the UW media department John Vallier, some 3000 hours of shows from the Crocodile are set to be preserved forever. There will be something like a dedicated Mac Mini sealed with a mouse and a pair of headphones. People will be able to go Odegaard Undergrad Library, search up a band or a date, and listen to the show. Just short two terabytes of data, it's roughly 3000 hours worth of recordings. If you listened for eight hours a day, it would take about a year to get all the way through.
THE NEW BULGARIA IN JEOPARDY?
The US is the new Bulgaria. Or at least that is what US film commissioners and consultants like to say when they pitch their territory to cost-conscious producers. The line appears to be working on US producers, who are choosing to shoot in the US after years of favoring alternative production centers such as Canada, the UK, Germany and, among other Eastern European hotspots, Bulgaria. Incentive programs alone have gone some of the way towards making the US as attractive as Bulgaria and its rivals. The 40 or so US states that now offer incentives to film and TV producers include Louisiana and New Mexico, whose well-tested programs are among the most used in the country. Washington State offers a 20% cash incentive on feature films costing more than $500,000.
SONY, MICROSOFT VIRTUAL COMMUNITIES TO START
Video game rivals Sony and Microsoft are going head-to-head in virtual worlds for their home consoles later this year. Both companies announced their services, which use graphic images that represent players called "avatars," Thursday at the Tokyo Game Show. Sony Corp.'s twice delayed online "Home" virtual world for the PlayStation 3 console will be available sometime later this year, while U.S. software maker Microsoft Corp., which competes with its Xbox 360, is starting "New Xbox Experience" worldwide November 19th. Microsoft's service will be adapted to various nations, but people will be able to communicate with other Xbox 360 users around the world, according to the Redmond, Washington-based company.
UNICORN MEDIA UNVEILS NEW WAY TO OFFER ELECTRONIC CONTENT
Unicorn Media unveiled a new content delivery system for filmmakers and musicians that combines front-end appeal for users with a technology that can be branched out to a variety of other content providers. The idea is to present artists and their work in a format based on the Web but operated as if the application is hosted on a personal computer. In most instances, Web-based programs offer a lag while video or audio is loading, and connections can be interrupted, causing breaks in the media. Unicorn has developed a system that either minimizes or eliminates the delays as well as offers a much higher broadband path so the media can be accessed up to three times higher than what is available from other streaming sites.
AMPAS REVERSES MUSIC OSCAR CAMPAIGNING RULE
Reversing a year-old regulation, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has okayed the use of CDs of songs and scores in campaigns for the music Oscars. Last year, in its annual tweaking of campaign rules, the Academy banned campaigners from sending specially-produced CDs, as well as sheet music and music videos, to its members as part of an effort to force voters to focus on how music is used within a film rather than how it sounds in isolation. But that triggered an outcry from many members of the music branch, and so this year the Academy has revised that revision.
Last weekend the final concert of Rajan Krishnaswami's Simple Measure's autumn concert proved that contemporary music actually can work in Seattle and it also proved live classical music can be interesting, accessible, and instructive. Rajan Krishnaswami is a self described guerilla musician who started Simple Measures because, as he says, "I was looking for a 21st century paradigm for classical music presentation, in which the formality and need to know stuff before you listen is gone; a way to bring today's audiences, which generally have scant musical knowledge, up to speed so they really understand what they are listening to, and have some context for the music." The performance at the Mount Baker Community Club last Sunday was the fourth in a series called String Theory, linking classical music, politics, and the upcoming election.
BUSH SIGNS CONTROVERSIAL ANTI-PIRACY LAW
U.S. President George W. Bush signed into law on Monday a controversial bill that would stiffen penalties for movie and music piracy at the federal level. The law creates an intellectual property czar who will report directly to the president on how to better protect copyrights both domestically and internationally. The Justice Department had argued that the creation of this position would undermine its authority. The law also toughens criminal laws against piracy and counterfeiting, although critics have argued that the measure goes too far and risks punishing people who have not infringed. The Recording Industry Association of America and Motion Picture Association of America backed the bill, as did the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.