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News from the Office of Film + Music 10/21/2009


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Seattle Film and Music Blog
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OFFICE NEWS

THANKS FOR A WONDERFUL NIGHT AT THE CITY OF MUSIC AWARDS
Seattle City of Music
The Office of Film + Music would like to thank everyone that was involved in creating a night to remember at the first inaugural Seattle City of Music Awards last week. It was great to have so many members of the music community in one room to celebrate this past year in the local music scene and to look forward together. Special thanks for fantastic performances by More Music @ the Moore, The Maldives, Pearly Gate Music, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and the Tea Cozies. It was truly a night to remember for the City of Music and we can't wait to do it again next year!

HAPPY HOUR IS NEXT WEEK!
Office of Film + Music
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

"WHY MUSIC" CONCERT TO KICK OFF NEW NATIONAL MUSICIANS-IN-SERVICE PROGRAM
Musician Corp Seattle
On Sunday, October 25, "Why Music" will present a diverse lineup of Seattle's extraordinary musical talent. In the spirit of service, these musicians have come together to demonstrate the power of music and support a bold new national initiative happening right here in Seattle. Often referred to as a musical Peace Corps, MusicianCorps is a new musicians-in-service program created by Music National Service and launched locally in partnership with Seattle's own Arts Corps. This initiative is building a national model for the Artist and Musician Corps championed by President Obama. Purchase tickets now at www.stgpresents.org for this groundbreaking benefit concert and launch celebration for MusicianCorps Seattle. The event begins at 7:00 pm and features performances from Massive Monkees, Big World Break, Felicia Loud and the EriAm Sisters. For more information, visit the above link.

JOIN WASHINGTONFILMWORKS, W SEATTLE AND WARREN REPORT FOR SIP + SCREEN
Brown Paper Tickets
WashingtonFilmWorks, W Seattle and The Warren Report invite you to join them for a screening and an unsettling discussion of how best to chill spines, raise hairs and race hearts with Daniel Myrick, the co-creator of the Blair Witch Project who sits down with cultural commentator Warren Etheredge of The Warren Report. Entry price includes tantalizing treats and no-host cocktails. The event will take place at W Seattle on Wednesday, October 28 at 6:30 pm. Ticket information can be found at the above link.

HELP SONIC BOOM RECORDS MOVE WITH SALE
Sonic Boom Records
Sonic Boom Records' Capitol Hill store is moving from their current location on 15th to a new home on Melrose Ave. between Pike and Pine. The new location is scheduled to open mid-November. Their moving sale began last Wednesday and continues through this Sunday night, October 25. All non-sale items are 20% off so help them out by picking up some new music at the sale now!

JOIN IFP/SEATTLE FOR SPOTLIGHT AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT PARTY
IFP/Seattle
IFP/Seattle is proud to announce the finalists for IFP/Seattle's Spotlight Award. On November 11, there will be a party at Central Cinema to announce the winner of the 2009/10 award. A unique program, the IFP/Seattle Spotlight Award grants one filmmaker with significant in-kind goods and services to produce a short film on 35mm or 16mm. The finalists are Justin McGowan for Going Home, Jeremy Mackie for While You Weren't Looking, David Miller for Love in the Year 2000, Shawn Telford for The Last Virgin and Timothy Watkins for Photo Booth. The event begins at 7:00 pm (doors at 6:30) and is free to the public.

WHEEDLE'S GROOVE WINS AUDIENCE AWARD AT INDIE MEMPHIS FILM FESTIVAL
Indie Memphis
Seattle filmmaker Jennifer Maas's Wheedle's Groove has just been awarded the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Indie Memphis Film Festival. The film is a thoughtful, celebratory trip into the largely undocumented soul scene of the 1960s Pacific Northwest. "Wheedle's Groove resists becoming a sentimental pastiche of bittersweet Old School reminisces by deftly illustrating how music shapes community, breaks barriers and forges new paths," said Indie Memphis' John Hubbel. Congratulations to Maas and crew for another Seattle-made indie hit!

NETWORK WITH WASHINGTON LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS AND ARTIST TRUST
Artist Trust
As part of Artist Trust's Artists' Networking Events series, Shannon Whitemore of the Washington Lawyers for the Arts will present information on and answer questions about WLA programs including: Arts Legal Clinics, Brown Bag Seminars, Speakers Bureau and Lawyer Referral service. She will also talk about what artists could do themselves versus what needs to be done by a lawyer, pointing out low-cost programs and legal clinics other than WLA's, and explaining how to find an attorney. Come meet the folks from Washington Lawyers for the Arts at the event on Tuesday, October 27 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Artist Trust's Resource Room. For more information, click the above link.

ESCAPE TO THE CARIBBEAN WITH SIFF
SIFF
Escape to the Caribbean this November with SIFF! Join them as they transform Pravda Studios into a tropical paradise. Enjoy Caribbean-themed food and specialty rum cocktails all night, a live steel drum band, and a late night DJ spinning Caribbean and Island dance music. This special evening will also include a raffle with many fabulous items including a trip to Cancun courtesy of Alaska Air, an iPod, a luxury shopping spree, SIFF 2010 tickets and passes, and many other great prizes. All proceeds benefit SIFF. To purchase tickets, click the above link.

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR POSITION OPEN AT NORTHWEST FILM FORUM
Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum seeks an outgoing, responsible and detail-oriented Volunteer Coordinator to serve as liaison between the intern and volunteer corps at the organization and the staff. The coordinator will work with the administrative and events staff to fill volunteer positions. The position is 6-8 hours per week and is unpaid. Some hours can be worked from home but a regular shift in the NWFF office is flexible but required. NWFF requests a commitment to the position of at least one year. Job perks include unlimited free movie screenings at NWFF and hours can be used toward workshops and equipment rentals. Applicants should send resume to ryan@nwfilmforum.org.

206, INC. RANKS AS #9 FASTEST-GROWING PRIVATE COMPANY IN PUGET SOUND
206inc
206, Inc. has been recently ranked #9 in the Puget Sound Business Journal's list of 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies. 206, Inc. is a branding and marketing company that has been a tireless supporter of the Seattle City of Music initiative. The Office of Film + Music warmly congratulates 206, Inc. and thanks them on behalf of the local music community for their hard work, creativity and support!

CELEBRATE SEATTLE'S MUSIC SCENE IN FREMONT
AudioSocket
Celebrate Seattle's indie music scene this Thursday, October 22 at the second annual Audiosocket Artist Showcase. Local production company Von Piglet Productions will film the event as part of the B-Side videos for MTV's upcoming series, $5 Cover: Seattle. Directed by Lynn Shelton (Humpday), $5 Cover: Seattle will give music fans an intimate look at the real-life experiences of Seattle's biggest up-and-coming bands. Starting at 7:30 pm at Nectar Lounge, the line-up includes Romance, New Faces, Andrea Wittgens and Star Anna.

ARTIST TRUST AWARDS $135,000 TO WASHINGTON ARTISTS
Artist Trust
In a time of economic uncertainty and diminishing support for the arts, Artist Trust is thrilled to announce the 2009 recipients of the Artist Trust Fellowship, the Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement and the Claire Short Ireland Residency. A total of $135,000 will be distributed to 18 artists throughout Washington state. Congratulations to all of the awards recipients! Click the above link to view the list of recipients.

UNITED JUSTICE FILM FESTIVAL TO RAISE FUNDS FOR JUSTICE WORKS! NEXT MONTH
Justice Works!
The United Justice Film Festival will be held at the Columbia City Cinema next month as a fundraiser for Justice Works!, a grassroots criminal justice reform organization. Screenings will take place every day for two weeks starting November 28th. Ticket prices are very low to make it affordable for all. The festival is being organized by Miles Stanberry, a 16-year-old Justice Works! volunteer as a fundraiser for the organization's 3-Strikes campaign. The 3-Strikes short film can be viewed at the above link.

KCTS DEBUTS FIRST FILM EVER ON ALASKA-PACIFIC-YUKON EXPOSITION
KCTS 9
KCTS 9 is proud to present the premier of Seattle filmmaker John Forsen's latest documentary, Seattle's Forgotten World's Fair: The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. Thought Seattle's 1962 World's Fair was the first? Step back 100 years and experience a piece of Seattle's forgotten past. The film is told through thousands of historical images, rare archival footage and contemporary interviews. Narrated by Tom Skeritt, the film debuted on KCTS 9 on October 17 and will air again this Friday, October 25 at 5:00 pm. An informative review of the film can be found here.

KCTS DEBUTS FIRST FILM EVER ON ALASKA-PACIFIC-YUKON EXPOSITION
KCTS 9
KCTS 9 is proud to present the premier of Seattle filmmaker John Forsen's latest documentary, Seattle's Forgotten World's Fair: The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. Thought Seattle's 1962 World's Fair was the first? Step back 100 years and experience a piece of Seattle's forgotten past. The film is told through thousands of historical images, rare archival footage and contemporary interviews. Narrated by Tom Skeritt, the film debuted on KCTS 9 on October 17 and will air again this Friday, October 25 at 5:00 pm. An informative review of the film can be found here.

APPLY FOR ARTIST TRUST EDGE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR WRITERS
Artist Trust
Literary artists who reside in Washington State are encouraged to apply to participate in the 2010 EDGE Professional Development Program for Writers. The EDGE Program provides artists with a comprehensive survey of professional practices through a hands-on, interactive curriculum that includes instruction by professionals in the field, as well as specialized presentations, panel discussions and assignments. The EDGE Program focuses on supplying artists with the relevant and necessary entrepreneurial skills to achieve their personal career goals and with the opportunity to develop peer support and exchange. The EDGE Program for Writers is open to emerging or mid-career writers of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction who are residents of Washington State but not enrolled in a graduate- or undergraduate-degree program. The 50-hour program will run from February 12 to March 26, 2010. The deadline to apply is December 7, 2009. Applications and guidelines are available online at the above link or at the Artist Trust office.

COUCH FEST FILMS IS COMING SOON
Counch Fest Films
Celebrating its second annual year, Couch Fest Films is a cozy shorts film festival hosted in people's houses. During Couch Fest Films, lovers of film can sit shoulder to shoulder watching short films while stuffing their faces with the snacks they thought they had to sneak in. Starting every hour, each inviting house will have its own unique 30 minute program of short films. Attendees may visit the houses, located near each other, with themes that interest them. Because "watching short films in strangers' houses = awkwardly awesome," Couch Fest Films will be hosted in houses all over Seattle on Saturday, November 7. Ultimately, the hope is that participants might interact, share and discover fellow lovers and film. Host houses are still needed, so sign-up at the above link to host, submit or attend.

FILM/VIDEO PRODUCTION WORKSHOP COMING TO SEATTLE
Tom Kane's Film and Video Production Workshops
Calling all future producers, directors, writers, production managers, assistant directors and actors! Tom Kane will be teaching a Film/TV Production Workshop at Victory Studios on November 6-8. The three-day workshop will teach attendees how to plan, organize and manage a major feature, independent film or video project from breaking down the script to the last day of shooting. Participants will work directly with Kane on examining the procedures, attitudes, techniques and paperwork needed to plan and run a large or small film production. Other included topics will be scouting locations, breaking down a feature film script and creating a production board and film budget. Click the above link to register.

LOCAL RELEASE DEBUTS AT #1 ON ITUNES
Sarathan Records
Released on Seattle label Sarathan Records, Peter Bradley Adams' much anticipated sophomore album, Traces, recently debuted at #1 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts on October 13th, above James Taylor and Simon & Garfunkel. The physical album dropped yesterday, October 20. The label includes other artists such as Abra Moore, Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players and Seattle indie rockers The Purrs and has been based out of Seattle since 2000.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTISTS OFFERED BY CITY OF SEATTLE
City of Seattle Office of Housing
The City of Seattle recognizes that artists need the same thing other working people need: an affordable home. Working-class artists are a vital part of Seattle's past, present and future. Towards that end, the Office of Housing has partnered with Artspace Projects, Inc. and Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, to build nearly 150 units of housing designed to meet the needs of artists. The Seattle Housing Levy has funded three apartment buildings with units affordable to and designed for working artists: Tashiro Kaplan Artists Lofts and Hiawathta Artists Lofts, owned by Artspace Projects, Inc., and Cooper School/Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, owned by Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association. Visit the above link for more information.

NORTHWEST FILM FORUM SEEKS WEBSITE DESIGNER
Northwest Film Forum
NWFF seeks a volunteer web designer to revamp and brighten up its Children's Film Festival website and make it easier to browse, search and update during and after the festival. NWFF is open to new ideas or for someone to use the existing site as a building block for enhancement. The job is unpaid, but hours can be used toward free workshops and movies. Web-savvy applicants should email ryan@nwfilmforum.org for more information.

SEATTLE CHANNEL WINS 29 AWARDS IN NATIONAL COMPETITION
Seattle Channel
Seattle Channel recently received 29 awards and honorable mentions in the national competition sponsored by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA). Seattle Channel's programs that won first place awards include City Inside/Out with C.R. Douglas, Art Zone with Nancy Guppy, CityStream, and Community Stories. The channel's website also won first place honors for Best Government Access Website for the second year in a row. For access to Seattle Channel's live stream and all programs and podcasts, please visit the above link.

BENEFIT JACKSON STREET MUSIC PROGRAM AT "FOREVER GROVER" CONCERT
Jazz in the City Concert Series
The Jazz In The City Concert Series presents "Forever Grover," the 5th Annual Benefit Concert for the Jackson Street Music Program. The concert will take place on Friday, November 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Benaroya Hall in the Taper Auditorium and will feature Grammy nominated saxophonist Boney James with special guest saxophonists Marion Meadows, Michael Lington and Paul Taylor. The Jackson Street Music Program, in partnership with the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, provides 12-18 year olds with musical programming that enhances their cultural, social and personal development. Visit the above link to purchase tickets and for more information.

TEEN MUSICIANS, AUDITION FOR STG'S MORE MUSIC @ THE MOORE
Seattle Theatre Group
The Seattle Theatre Group seeks teen musicians to perform in More Music @ The Moore 2010. Musicians between 14-21 years, interested in a career in music, are encouraged to audition. All styles of music are welcome, especially original works. Selected musicians will perform in two shows at the Moore Theatre on March 12; learn from leading music industry professionals; and work with Boston-based Music Director, Daniel Bernard Roumain. Auditions will be held on November 17 from 4:00 - 9:00 pm at the Moore Theatre. To sign up for an audition, email moremusic@stgpresents.org no later than November 10. To learn more about the program, visit the above link.

JAZZ AND CINEMA CELEBRATED IN EARSHOT JAZZ FILM FESTIVAL
Earshot Jazz Festival
Earshot Jazz Festival and Northwest Film Forum present their 8th annual selection celebrating the intersections of jazz and cinema. As always, curator Peter Lucas has found some gems, including the Seattle-made documentary Icons Among Us, the acclaimed Guy And Madeline On A Park Bench (featuring musician Jason Palmer), and bassist Mark Dresser's live accompaniment of jazz animations by Seattle's Sarah Jane Lapp. Visit the above link for the entire Earshot Jazz Festival schedule including the Earshot Jazz Film Festival screenings.

CANADA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES FOR 2010
Cananda International Film Festival
The Canada International Film Festival is now accepting entries for its 2010 festival. Held each year in Vancouver, CIFF brings the best of world cinema to Canada from over 90 countries around the world. The 2010 festival will run from February 19-21. Domestic and international films and screenplays of any type and genre are accepted. Click the above link for film submission guidelines and the official entry form.

EMP|SFM SEEKING PUBLIC PROGRAMS PRODUCER
EMP|SFM
The EMP is seeking a Public Programs Producer in the Marketing and Audience Development Department. The Public Programs Producer leads the development and implementation of high-quality programs and events to support EMP's mission. The ideal candidate would come from a museum industry or museum background with experience planning events, concerts and festivals. The candidate should also understand what the museum's audience wants in terms of programming and plan to that while keeping within budget and under deadline. The position is full-time, but temporary. Visit the above link for a complete listing of duties and position requirements as well as application instructions.

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).

  1. Brandi Carlile "Give Up the Ghost"
  2. Dutchess & the Duke "Sunset/Sunrise"
  3. Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
  4. Built to Spill "There is No Enemy"
  5. Alice in Chains "Black Gives Way to Blue"
  6. Cave Singers "Welcome Joy"
  7. Visqueen "Message to Garcia"
  8. Thao & the Get Down Stay Down "Know Better Learn Faster"
  9. Gossip "Music for Men"
  10. David Bazan "Curse Your Branches"

MEDIA DIGEST

SEATTLE MAYORAL CANDIDATES SPEAK TO SUPPORT OF FILM, MUSIC AND ARTS
Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs Arts Beat
Seattle Channel's C.R. Douglas sat down this week with the mayoral candidates to talk film, music, arts and culture. Learn more about their personal tastes and hear what the candidates have to say about arts education, affordable cultural space, dedicated funding for the arts, the City of Music initiative and more. Click the above link to read the candidates' response to an arts and cultural questionnaire issued by the Washington State Arts Alliance and to watch the video. Watch the video interview with Mallahan here and the interview with McGinn here.

SEATTLE HIP-HOP IN NYC
Publicola
There's no shortage of local talent headed to New York this week to perform at CMJ, the longtime proving ground for breakout bands. The Maldives, the Whore Moans, Black Whales, the Moondoggies, and the Dutchess and the Duke are just a few of the local rock outfits scheduled to play. Seattle rap gets overlooked time and time again at CMJ, but with Seattle's hip-hop scene having one of its best runs in recent memory, it's not being ignored this year. Seattle has four hip-hop acts on the CMJ bill, which runs from October 20 - 24. Jonathan Cunningham recently caught up with all four of the rap acts that are playing their first CJ showcase and picked their brain on how they plan to standout. Click the above link to read the interviews with D. Black, Grynch, Champagne Champagne, and THEESatisfaction.

WARREN ETHEREDGE INTERVIEWS LITTLE DIZZLE'S DAVID RUSSO
Publicola
In the inaugural edition of "The Warren Taste Test," Warren Etheredge interviews David Russo, director of The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle. The film was well-received at Sundance and various other festivals around the country, but it has yet to receive theatrical distribution in the States. Russo's next project is a collaboration with the Blue Man Group. He is set to shoot at 40-minute exploration of the human brain in the IMAX 3-D format. The $10 million production will shoot in Seattle and may enjoy its world premiere at the Boeing Imax Dome at the Pacific Science Center. Watch the video interview at the above link.