|News from the Office of Film + Music
FILMMAKER PANEL AND HAPPY HOUR: SELLING WITHOUT SELLING OUT
This Thursday night the City Arts Festival presents "Culture Club: Selling Without Selling Out," 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.
ANOTHER EXTRAORDINARY OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC INTERN TAKES HER LEAVE
With several tears in our eyes, the Office of Film + Music has sent intern Tiffany Wan on her way to the next step of a very sunny future. Tiffany enveloped the office with her lighting-speed social media skills, eloquent journalistic talent, and contagious panache that energized and inspired everyone around her. As the overlord intern, Tiffany took on the ambitious project of reformatting the monthly happy hour - an undertaking that required countless hours of planning, meticulous organization and foresight, and a creative mind. She worked full time at OF+M while maintaining a benevolent schedule of volunteering at movie theaters and tutoring English to youngins. Bon voyage Tiffany - you have forever left your mark with us, but please, remember us when you are famous!
LOCAL MUSIC SPOTLIGHTED ON THIS WEEK'S ART ZONE
Nancy Guppy hosts a show full of music this week on Art Zone. Profiled first is local bandleader Rachel Flotard from Visqueen, followed by a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Seattle Opera's newest production, Carmen. We'll also get a chance to hear some fresh country music from Seattle favorite Zoe Muth and The Lost High Rollers. The show airs on October 21st.
JOIN US AT NEXT WEEK'S FILM + MUSIC + INTERACTIVE HAPPY HOUR FEATURING GUEST SPEAKER KRAIG BAKER
FMI HAPPY HOUR
Happy Hour returns next week! 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.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
CITY ARTS FESTIVAL KICKS OFF TOMORROW AROUND SEATTLE
City Arts Festival will take Seattle by siege tomorrow, 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 over 100 other local bands, as well as theater, dance, visual art and many other events.
END OF AN ERA: MOVIE FILM CAMERAS NO LONGER MANUFACTURED
Full-bodied, classic film - the kind that truly creates a permanent imprint on its medium and remains an enigma until further processing takes place - can now only be paired with past tense words. Three major manufacturers of motion picture film cameras - Aaton, ARRI and Panavision - have each decided that they will only make digital movie cameras from now on. For the traditionalist cinematographer, this means harder-to-find film, more expensive pricing, and a general movement toward a world of filmmaking dominated by pixels and digital technology.
NECTAR LOUNGE SEEKS MARKETING INTERN
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.
FILMMAKERS: SUBMIT YOUR WORK FOR THE THIRD ANNUAL SNOHOMISH CARNEGIE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Washington State filmmakers are invited to submit their work for the Third Annual Carnegie International Film Festival (SCIFF), taking place in December. A panel of judges will award prizes for winning entries in numerous categories. Films of any genre, length, and language, can be submitted. Filmmakers need not attend the festival in person, but are welcome to do so and conduct Q&A with the audience. All films selected for entry in the festival will receive an official recognition certificate. Submission deadline is October 28th, there is no entry fee. Contact Gina Lockhart for entry information: email@example.com
STG ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER
Seattle Theatre Group (STG) is accepting applications for Public Relations Manager. Qualifying factors include Public or Media Relations experience, exemplary communication and presentation skills, proficiency in planning, and good knowledge of technology. The position requires full-time hours.
SIFF CELEBRATES RE-OPENING OF UPTOWN THEATER THIS WEEKEND
SIFF is presenting three days of Sing Alongs in conjunction with City Arts Festival for this weekend's grand reopening of the Uptown Theater in lower Queen Anne. Celebration will continue into the week with five more days of classic cinema, including Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Citizen Kane, The Godfather and other classics chosen by the Seattle community and submitted to SIFF as part of the call for Uptown Memories.
BEACON HILL HARVEST FAIR FEATURES FREE MUSIC THIS SATURDAY
Along with plenty of local food and exciting activities, free music will rumble the ground all day at this year's Beacon Hill Harvest Fair. Kicking off the day of free music is Hamanah Don, who will perform West African Malinke harvest rhythms. After that, the Mercer Middle School Eighth Grade Orchestra will perform, followed by a barn dance led by the Small Time String Band. The harvest-inspired festivities begin after noon.
YOUTH FILMMAKERS: NFFTY OPENS SUBMISSIONS FOR 2012 FESTIVAL
Directors and filmmakers 22 years or younger, read on! The National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) just opened its doors for submissions for the 2012 festival, which will be held in Seattle. As the largest youth film festival in the world, this will be prime territory for all filmmakers looking for the chance to network with industry professionals, walk the red carpet and see your film on the silver screen. The film festival will be held April 26-29 in Seattle and attendees can also participate in the first annual Future of Film Expo and meet other youth filmmakers from around the world.
FREE YOUTH TICKETS FOR UW WORLD SERIES PERFORMANCES
UW WORLD SERIES
The UW World Series presents diverse and dynamic live musical performances and educational experiences that fuel artistic discovery and cultural exchange. For the performances by Cuarteto Casals and pianist Nikolai Lugansky, the UW World Series is offering up to 2 free youth tickets with the purchase of every full-price ticket. This incentive was created to engage young audiences in classical music and to encourage families to share great music together. This offer is only available by mentioning the promotional code "PRELUDE" while ordering.
CALL FOR ENTRIES: SOUND OFF! 2012
Sound Off! is the Northwest's foremost underage battle of the bands event. Each year EMP is electrified by this annual musical event that provides a stage and spotlight for promising young bands in the Seattle area. Those interested in participating can submit an application starting September 2. Sound Off! has been the initiator of various artists and bands including The Lonely Forest, Dyme Def, Sol, New Faces, The Lonely H, Schoolyard Heroes and Brite Futures (Formerly Natalie Portman's Shaved Head). Last year's winner was pop-centric group Tomten. Participants must be 21 or under, and live in Washington, Oregon, or British Columbia. The deadline for entries is November 7. After three semifinal rounds, the event culminates with a finals show in EMP's Sky Church in March.
NFFTY ACCEPTING INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS
The National Film Festival for Talented Youth announced the opening of two internships at its Seattle office. One focuses on Public Relations and Social media, and the other is a Video Editing and Filmmaker Relations position. Both of these positions will provide interns with on the ground experience as well as comprehensive insight to the inner-workings of a film festival.
SIFF HIRING DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE
Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is accepting applications for a new Development Associate position. The new employee will work closely with the SIFF Corporate Sponsorship Manager and Development Director, but ultimately will be responsible for overseeing and growing the SIFF Community Partners Program. SIFF is seeking to fill the position immediately, and will be accepting applications on a rolling basis.
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.
The Juliettes! Debut CD - October 28th (8 days)
Where Has All The Rock n Roll Gone? - October 31 (12 days)
Gig McKell 10 song album project - November 3rd (14 days)
Alchymeia Album- November 5th (16 days)
Mystic Sisters - November 7th (18 days)
Liberation the Musical (a feature film) - November 9th (20 days)
Legion of Sparrows Debut Album - November 11th (22 days)
Janelle Burris is Recording an EP - November 11th (22 days)
Natalie Live Music Project - November 15th (26 days)
OUTscene NW coverage of SLGFF 2011 - November 17th (28 days)
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).
- Nirvana - "Nevermind"
- Head & The Heart - "Head & The Heart"
- Various Artists - "Live at KEXP, Volume 7"
- Pearl Jam - "Pearl Jam Twenty"
- Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"
- Pickwick - "Myths"
- Bill Frissel - "All We Are Saying"
- Blue Scholars - "Cinametropolis"
- Shabazz Palaces - "Black Up"
- Caspar Babypants - "Sing Along!"
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:
NBC TODAY SHOW
The popular fourth hour of NBC's TODAY, hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, is filming two shows in Seattle this week. A live program will shoot in the Pike Place Market on Thursday, October 20, and a second, taped show will air on Friday, October 21. Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Pike Place Market, and the Office of Film + Music worked with TODAY show producers during the past two months to coordinate the two programs and taped segments around town that will air during both broadcasts.
"The TODAY show is thrilled to be able to experience Seattle and show it off to our viewers at home," says TODAY's Megan Kopf. "Not only is Seattle one of America's most beautiful cities, but the people have proved to be both gracious and welcoming. We are excited for our two special broadcasts, and we also encourage fans and viewers to check out Kathie Lee's musical, Saving Amiee, which is currently running at the 5th Avenue Theater."
The production is hiring over 40 crew for the live broadcast, which is open for the public to watch on a first-come, first-served basis.
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.
This locally produced artsy H.P. Lovecraft adaptation, mostly based on the novella The Shadow Over Insmouth, transports the famous horror writer's typical New England setting to the foggy shores of the Pacific Northwest. Jason Cottle stars as a Seattle-based history professor named Russ who lives in a lovely apartment located on Western Avenue with a view of the backside of the Public Market sign. After his mother dies, Russ must make a trip back to his hometown of Riversmouth to visit his estranged family. After a substantial absence from the silver screen, Astoria makes a triumphant return in the role of Riversmouth. From the mid-eighties through the early nineties Astoria was home to several high level Hollywood projects including stuff like The Goonies and Kindergarten Cop, but since then the picture business has slowed down quite a bit for the small costal town. With its unique architecture, wild coastal views, old/semi-abandoned piers and an abundance of fog, Astoria makes a perfect location for a film like Cthulhu. Aside from the numerous locales used around Astoria, Cthulhu was also filmed at Del Rey Beach in Oregon, 9 Lb. Hammer in Georgetown, The Sea Lion Caves off Highway 101 on the Oregon coast, a retirement home in Des Moines, the Seattle Underground, a house in the Rainier Beach neighborhood located next to Lake Washington, Consolidated Works (which used to exist in Seattle's South Lake Union area) and a gruesome car accident occurs near Cougar Mountain. Sean Kirby's evocative cinematography captures the mysterious beaches, deep blue seas, creepy shadows and rocky coves with a graceful yet off-kilter vision. When Russ gets to Riversmouth he is reunited with his family and finds his hometown seems weirder than usual. His father heads a bizarre religious cult that worships an unseen sea creature, strange hooded people roam the streets at night, and he is sexually pursued (and eventually raped) by an old schoolmate played by Tori Spelling(!).The plot is very dreamlike and mysterious and likely to frustrate impatient people. The horror is subtle and restrained. Most scares are conveyed through spooky images and eerie sound effects rather than splattering gore which, again, may disappoint some viewers. Lovecraft film adaptations are usually confusing to novices and controversial with hardcore devotees of the Cthulhu Mythos. Cthulhu is no exception to this trend, and it's certainly not a film for everyone. As a casual Lovecraft fan I think this movie does a respectable job of catching much of the mood and vibe of the author's work while updating some of the themes and settings to reflect a modern approach to his stories. I thought it all worked very well, especially considering the film's meager budget and major ambitions. -Spenser Hoyt
HOW MUSIC HAS CHANGED SEATTLE TOURISM
With the 20-year anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind and the release of Cameron Crowe's Pearl Jam Twenty, the world now is reflecting on music's role in Seattle's transformation from a town in the northwest corner of the United States to an international destination City. MSNBC points to the birth of Nirvana and a punk-pop culture that emerged as a pivotal point for the region. England's The Sun makes ties between Nirvana and our rich Native American influence in a recent article published that focuses on Seattle's vibrancy. Daily Mail hails Seattle as a one-of-a-kind locale that brought one-of-a-kind music to the rest of the world.
SEATTLE-BASED SITCOM WINS NATIONAL COMPETITION
WEST SEATTLE HEARLD
A sitcom based out of West Seattle called The Divine Marigolds landed in first place for viewer's choice in the NexTV Competition. The competition was designed to gain attention for talented video producers and show makers and bring them into real production. The West Seattle sitcom, along with other category-winning entries, is to be pitched to a panel of established producers and industry leaders. The show's producers continue to earn national recognition for the well-received dramedy.
LOCAL DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHTED
Seattle filmmaker Sam Nuttmann and his prdouction company Session 7 Media were highlighted this week in Reno's NewsReview.com. Nuttmann answers questions about his past work, his personal ties to the issue of domestic violence, and the therapeutic zone he entered while creating his most recent film, Shout. Shout will be shown in Reno at the end of the month under the sponsorship of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
SEATTLE MAGAZINE PICKS MOST INFLUENTIAL LOCALS OF 2011
In its November issue, Seattle Magazine publishes their annual list of the most influential people of the year. Players from the film, music and interactive industry are represented by film producer Jennifer Roth (recipient of the 2011 Mayor's Film Award), FMI Happy Hour partner Geekwire creators John Cook and Todd Bishop, and wizards behind the Sasquatch music festival, Adam Zacks, Chad Clibborn, Kevin Sur and Joe
FILMMAKER MAGAZINE TALKS ABOUT THE WORLD OF MICROBUDGETING
How do you get the funding for a film project without having the connections to big money to fund it? Zac Forsman, Director of Down and Dangerous, explains his tactics on tackling microbudget financing and how he used Kickstarter to find the capital to make his project come to life.
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