|News from the Office of Film + Music
FAREWELL, OH OVERLORD
Community Attributes International
It is with much sadness that we say goodbye to our exiting Intern Overlord, Alex Hudson. Ms. Hudson always keeps it crackin,' and her propensity for caffeine overdoses, surprise craft projects and taxidermy will be sorely missed in the Office of Film + Music. Though we know that someday she'll probably be the boss of all of us, her first step toward citywide overlord status is at Community Attributes International. There she will make use of her impeccable #tweeting, #writing and #social media skills as their new Communications and Business Manager. Congratulations from the Office of Film + Music staff (and Quincy too!) on the new position. Sky's the limit!
CITY OF MUSIC FESTIVAL CONTINUES THIS WEEKEarshot Jazz Festival October 15-November 7
City Arts Festival October 20-23
Sister City Showcase: Reykjavik CallingNovember 5
City of Music Festival
The City of Music Festival will serve as a new multi-year platform that will annually connect hundreds of events, thousands of artists, and millions of fans to celebrate Seattle's diverse and thriving music community throughout the month of October. This year's festival, which brings together under one banner a wide range of musical programs and events already taking place in October, is laying a foundation for a decade of growth that will firmly establish the month of October as a local, national and international month to celebrate music in Seattle. The City of Music Festival will grow to become a centerpiece of the City of Music Initiative. Upcoming events include:
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
GEAR UP FOR CITY ARTS FEST THIS WEEK
City Arts Festival
The inaugural City Arts Fest, which is part of the City of Music Festival, is happening this week. Beginning today, October 20 and continuing on through Saturday, October 23, the festival includes concerts (by both local and nationally-known bands), readings, dance events, drama performances and more. City Arts Festival will be playing at several venues throughout the city, including SIFF Cinema, the Triple Door, Northwest Film Forum, Seattle Art Museum and many more. Look for Seattle favorites Blue Scholars, Fresh Espresso, Macklemore, The Maldives, People Eating People, The Head and the Heart and photographer Chase Jarvis, all of whom will contribute to this exciting event. Follow the link above for more information about the festival and how to purchase tickets.
SISTER CITY SHOWCASE: REYKJAVIK CALLING
Sister Cities Seattle and Reykjavik are coming together for one night at The Crocodile to provide an amazing night of music while showcasing Seattle and Iceland's most celebrated artists including Mugison, Lay Low, Rachel Flotard, and John Roderick. This 21+ event is free to the public until capacity is reached. The Sister City Showcase: Reykjavik Calling is presented by KEXP in partnership with the City of Reykjavik, Seattle City of Music Festival, Icelandair and Iceland Naturally and is part of an ongoing effort to bridge the distance between these like-minded cities as well as to introduce fans and musicians to new music. For more information on the Sister City Showcase: Reykjavik Calling and the artists participating, visit the link above or the Seattle City of Music Festival website.
15TH ANNUAL SEATTLE LESBIAN AND GAY FILM FESTIVAL THIS WEEK
Three Dollar Bill Cinema
The 15th annual Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival continues this week through Sunday, October 24. Local organizers Three Dollar Bill Cinema are bringing some of the finest in lesbian and gay films to the big screen for the 10 day event. The Festival will feature such highlights as Le Tigre: On Tour, The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, Rufus Wainwright: Prima Donna and Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance. You can get your tickets, register to volunteer or explore the list of films now at the link above.
"SEATTLE 100" ON DISPLAY AT CITY ARTS FEST
Author and renowned Seattle photographer Chase Jarvis is showcasing his newly-released book project, Seattle 100: Portrait of a City, as part of the highly-anticipated City Arts Fest. The book features 24 local filmmakers and musicians including Blue Scholars, Lynn Shelton, Vitamin D, Riz Rollins, Nasir Rasheed and Megan Jasper, and 100% of the proceeds from the book sales go toward benefiting 4 Culture. Seattle 100 will be transformed into a fine art exhibition this Friday and Saturday, October 22 and 23. From the looks of Blog4Culture's interview session with Jarvis, the show will indeed paint a stunning portrait of our city. To check it out and to learn more about the exhibit, follow the link.
NON-PROFIT CHILDREN'S CHOIR SEEKS DIRECTOR
The Endolyne Children's Choir, a non-audition community choir serving greater West Seattle, is looking to hire a part-time director for their winter session. Founded in 2003, the 50-member choir's stated vision is to teach "the joy of singing in a community setting that fosters self confidence, teamwork and a lifelong appreciation for music." Applicants must have a degree in music performance and/or music education (or commensurate professional experience) and a passion for working with young people ages K-5th grade. The preliminary application deadline is Sunday, October 31. Follow the link for more details.
CALL FOR ENTRY: NEXT DANCE CINEMA NORTHWEST
Next Dance Cinema Northwest
Artists are invited to submit innovative examples of film and video that reflect the body in motion or dance-based performance for entry in Next Dance Cinema Northwest, Velocity's new video and film series curated by Nortwhest Film forum Program Director Adam Sekuler. Next Dance Cinema Northwest is part of Next Fest NW, the annual new works series celebrating what's happening in contemporary dance and movement in our region. Selected works will be screened at 7 pm on December 6 at the Northwest Film Forum. Single channel video will be accepted in the following categories: staged work remade for the camera (not documentation), choreography created specifically for the camera, as well as the moving body articulated through animation and new media. All work must be no longer than 30 minutes in length. Follow the link for more details.
"JAZZ NOW! SEATTLE" PREVIEWS THE EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Jazz Now! Seattle
Jazz Now! Seattle is a new podcast dedicated to shining the spotlight on the thriving Seattle jazz scene. Hosted by local musicians Jason Parker and David Marriott, Jr., Jazz Now! Seattle hopes to bring much-deserved attention to the world-class jazz musicians and bands in our area. Currently they are previewing all the Seattle artists featured at the Earshot Jazz Festival, going on now. This week's episode includes Matt Jorgensen, Mark Taylor, The Teaching, Valerie Joyce, Roosevelt Jazz Band, Wellstone Conspiracy, Jay Clayton and Dawn Clement. Subscribe to the podcast at the link above and friend them on Facebook.
ARTIST TRUST ANNOUNCES "I AM AN ARTIST" DEVELOPMENT WEEKEND
Along with its community partners, Artist Trust invites local filmmakers to spend the weekend jumpstarting or refreshing their film career. The I Am An Artist Professional Development Workshop reveals successful fundraising strategies plus business and legal best practices to elevate your filmmaking career to the next level. This two-day interactive workshop taught by film professionals includes: finding funding and exhibition opportunities, business and legal topics for filmmakers, guest speakers from the local film community and a networking event for workshop participants and interested filmmakers. Check the link for details about how to register.
"GIANTS" WINS AUDIENCE AWARD
Seattle directors Mimi Gan and Jim Dever were presented the audience favorite award by Hal Linden and Oscar-nominated actress Karen Black (Five Easy Pieces) for their quirky, off-beat documentary, Giants, at the 3rd Annual Gig Harbor Film Festival over the weekend. The 3-day festival screened 70 features, documentaries and shorts. Giants, narrated by Seattle's Tom Skerritt with original music by Mercer Island's Hummie Mann, will also screen at the San Francisco Documentary Film Festival this month. Gan and Dever's award-winning short documentary With Honors Denied has been accepted to the 1st Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival in November where Clint Eastwood will be honored for encouraging tolerance, justice and human rights through film.
FREE FALL CONCERTS AT CITY HALL
Hear a world of music this fall at City Hall. Eight globe-trotting free concerts will showcase Seattle artists whose music is inspired by everything from Cajun tunes to Persian poetry, vocal folk to the roaring '20s, West African to Eastern European traditions and more. This week's performance comes from The Starlings, a sweet folk and country band packed with storied songwriting, tender vocal harmonies and acoustic sounds. The free noontime shows take place both inside City Hall's lobby and on the outdoor plaza and are part of the year-round Seattle Presents concert series hosted by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. For more information, follow the link.
TEAM DEVOR-MUDEDE KEEP ON WINNING
Local filmmakers Robert Devor and Charles Mudede are having a great year. They recently won The Stranger's Genius Award for filmmaking, and now they have been honored with the prestigious Cinereach Grant for their film Untitled Sarah Jane Moore Project. The film is about former radical leftist and FBI agent Sarah Jane Moore, who attempted an assassination of Gerald Ford in 1975. She is the only woman to take a shot at an active president and served 32 years in prison for her attempts. The filmmakers have collaborated on such award winning films as Zoo and Police Beat. Follow the link above for more information about the film as well as Devor and Mudede's work.
CELEBRATE CONNECTIONS WITH INTERNATIONAL ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Join Seattle Public Schools International Arts programs in fostering necessary and vibrant arts education for children around the city. SPS International Arts is hosting its first ever Celebrating Connections fundraising event at the Fisher Pavilion to help raise funds for arts programs at International Schools such as Denny International Middle School, Hamilton International Middle School, Beacon Hill International Elementary School, Concord International Elementary School and John Stanford International Elementary School. The event will feature dance, musical and artistic performances from members of these 5 schools. To learn more about the benefit show and auction, follow the link above.
ACADEMY OF MUSIC NORTHWEST PRESENTS FACULTY SHOWCASE SERIES
Academy of Music Northwest
The Academy of Music Northwest is a pre-college music program aimed at helping youth develop their classical musicianship, theory and technique through classes with renowned faculty. The Academy is having an event for children in third grade or older to help expose them to the classical music world. The 90 minute program is called "Mad, Bad Sheep: Six Composers on an Adventure" and features music from German composers with elements of fable or sickness. Frederic Rzewski's piece is inspired by an ancient French fable from the writer Rabelais; it features maximum chaos within a musical framework; and the well-known excerpt from George Frederic Handel's "Messiah" is being presented in a modern arrangement that highlights its stylistic adventurousness. The event takes place on November 16 at 7:30 pm at Good Shepherd Chapel.
LOCAL PRODUCTION WINS THE ACCOLADE COMPETITION
The directing, writing and producing members of Lolitamoon Productions and Korry Productions have recently been honored by the Accolade Competition for their short film Of Yesterday and Tomorrow. The Accolade recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Of the award, director Michael Korolenko says, "We are ecstatic. In our time of war, natural disasters and political unrest, the film brings the ideals of the 60's into the 21st Century and makes them new. It shows the importance of family values in both a traditional and non-traditional sense. The film also shows the importance, particularly, of diversity within our modern society." Congratulations to the entire cast and crew of the film!
LOCAL SIGHTINGS ANNOUNCES WINNERS
Local Sightings Film Festival
The 13th annual Local Sightings Film Festival has announced its winners. Each year a jury of film industry professionals chooses one feature film and one short film to win the Festival, and awards winners some fabulous prizes. This year's recipients are Bummer Summer, directed by Zach Weintraub and The Man Who Shot the Man Who Shot Lincoln by Drew Christie. Bummer Summer will return to Northwest Film Forum for a full week's run, and Mr. Weintraub will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Drew Christie will receive a $500 cash prize as well as $500 of studio time and equipment rental. Congratulations to both films for their success.
HAVE A GOOD TREE STORY?
Award-winning local filmmaker Ward Serrill, whose 2005 film The Heart of the Game was shot in Seattle, is launching into his next feature documentary, TreeStory. Serrill and his experienced team will travel the world exploring trees from every conceivable angle: the biological, cultural, artistic, spiritual and beyond. As part of the project, the TreeStory-Seattle website has been launched to gather stories of the people and trees in the Seattle area. Top submissions will be featured in a free showcase December 1 and possibly the film. For more information about the film and how to submit your story, follow the link above.
CELEBRATE REEL GRRLS
Join Reel Grrls, Seattle's award-winning after-school filmmaking program for teen girls, for the annual Reel Grrls Gala and Auction at FareStart Restaurant on October 23. This year's special guest is Anne Rossellini, writer and producer of the 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Winter's Bone. Tickets include dinner, an auction and a screening of Winter's Bone. For more information about the fabulous work of Reel Grrls as well as details about the benefit event, follow the link above.
SUBMIT YOUR FEMALE-FOCUSED FILM TO THE POST ALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
Post Alley Film Festival
The 6th annual Post Alley Film Festival, which focuses on women in the film and new media industries, takes place this December 4 at Central Cinema, but they need your film submissions now. Submit your short films, videos, new media or television episodes 3-18 minutes in length. Though all subjects are welcome to submit, those films focusing on women's issues and/or created by a largely female production team will be warmly welcomed. Submissions are due by November 12. Email email@example.com with any questions or for an application.
SEE YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL BANDS IN DISGUISE
Head out to Skylark's 4th annual "Come As You Aren't" Halloween Battle of the Bands. This is your chance to see some local favorites doing their best impressions of such famed artists as Elliott Smith (performed by M. Bison), The Doors (by Watch It Sparkle) and The B-52s (by Noddy). 12 acts have three songs each to wow the crowd as they out-rock and glam each other for possession of the coveted Golden Cowbell. The free event is 21+ and takes place the day before Halloween, October 30. Check the link for the full lineup.
FILM FESTIVAL IN A BOX
IndieFlix is bringing the film festival experience to Madison Park. Come play IndieFlix's new interactive movie game, Film Festival in a Box, at the Madison Park Starbucks next week. Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and watch four critically acclaimed short films about love. Then, discuss with your friends and text in your vote for Best Picture. The winning filmmaker will be announced at the end of the night. The game begins at 6 pm on Wednesday, October 27 and ends at 8 pm.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 10/13 - 10/19
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Moondoggies "Tidelands"
- Corin Tucker "1,000 Years"
- Head & the Heart "Self Titled"
- Soundgarden "Telephantasm"
- Various Artists "Live at KEXP, Vol. 6"
- Shabazz Palaces "Self Titled"
- Black Mountain "Wilderness Heart"
- Fences "Fences"
- Young Evils "Enchanted Chapel"
- Posies "Blood/Candy"
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:
SQUARE PLANET "Green Squirrel Running Footage" car commercial shoot
Square Media Planet
Square Planet Media's Tim Damon returned to the Seattle area this week to film running footage for one of their automobile clients, continuing the industry's attraction to the region as a primary filming location. Square Planet filmed in the Magnolia neighborhood plus multiple locations outside Seattle, employing over 35 local crew. The footage will be used for regional and national ad campaigns. "We love filming in Seattle," says Producer Kendra Wester. "The crew is absolutely top notch and the locations can play for any location in the country. We keep coming back year after year and plan on coming back again!"
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.
Bustin' Loose (1981)
There is no denying Richard Pryor is one of the funniest guys ever but, unfortunately, most of his movies are half-baked and moderately entertaining at best. Bustin' Loose is a typical Pryor vehicle. He plays an ex-con named Joe Braxton who violates his probation and, consequently, has to drive a busload of troubled children across county from Philadelphia to Seattle. The comedy mixes with some drama as Pryor and the gang triumph over adversity and learn a thing or two along the way. I'm not sure who the intended audience was for this movie as it is essentially a kid-power film but it is rated R so, for the most part, only adult Pryor fans would have seen it in the cinemas. Then again maybe the target demographic was kids who sneak into R rated movies. While not a particularly Seattle heavy movie, Bustin' Loose was shot entirely in Washington with our home state representing for the whole USA! Washington State does a pretty good job but there is one scene that is supposed to take place in flat Illinois however the hilly locale is very recognizable as being somewhere off Highway 2 near the Cascade foothills. Seattle stands in for Philadelphia in the film's beginning and does a fairly convincing job until you spot the old Nordic Cold Storage sign by Pioneer Square. Downtown Ellensburg impersonates a couple of different small towns and lots of nice location footage can be seen throughout the film. Bustin' Loose was shot in 1979 but the theatrical release got delayed because of Pryor's notorious freebasing accident.
NIRVANA TO BE ON DISPLAY AT EMP
This just in: EMP will be showing a major exhibition of all things Nirvana this coming spring! The show will be called "Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses" and will premiere on April 16, 2011. The show will run for two years and includes previously unexhibited artwork by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, handwritten lyrics for the band's songs and the first guitar Cobain ever destroyed onstage. Numerous photographs and all sorts of memorabilia and oddities - even Cobain's potted-meat collection - will be on display. More than 100 oral histories about Cobain, Nirvana and the wildly popular late 1980s to early '90s grunge scene (considered a subset of punk) have been assembled for the show. For more information about this exciting display, follow the link.
HEY MARSEILLES PLAYS NPR'S TINY DESK CONCERT
Locals Hey Marseilles played NPR's venerable Tiny Desk Concert yesterday to rave reviews. Writes NPR, "Thanks to KEXP in Seattle, the seven-piece chamber-pop band Hey Marseilles has been floating around on our radar screen for a couple years now - most notably for its marvelous single "Rio," which opens the group's Tiny Desk Concert debut. Driven by hand-claps, strings and propulsive percussion, the song is a sweet, appropriately transporting tribute to the power of travel." Check out the performance at the link above.
CHAMPAGNE CHAMPAGNE IN TOP 30 OF CMJ BY SPIN MAGAZINE
This year's CMJ Fest in New York City is going on now, and SPIN magazine has added their two cents about who is the best of the fest. Seattle's own Champagne Champagne made the cut in their list of the top 30 bands performing at the festival. They describe the music as "Experimental hip-hop that balances smart-ass party anthems with poetic soliloquies. With the mission of making 'feel good music,' this trio--Pearl Dragon, Sir Thomas Gray, and Mark Gajadhar, aka DJ Gajamagic-- pair the electronic flourishes of Portishead and the attitude of Bad Brains with drum-machine beats, tambourine, keyboards and melodica."
Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
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