|News from the Film + Music Office
MAYOR NICKELS LEADS SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC ANNOUNCEMENT AND CELEBRATION
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and dozens of music-related entities - both private and public - are coming together to celebrate and honor Seattle's rich music history and its ongoing importance in our city's economy and culture. On Wednesday, October 29, from 5pm - 7pm at The Paramount Theatre, Mayor Greg Nickels will host a celebration of music and announce a strategy to make Seattle a destination for musicians and music-related business in the coming decade. The night, which replaces our typical monthly Happy Hour event, will include performances by a variety of Seattle musicians young and old, from Pike Place Market to Benaroya Hall, including a spectacular finale! The event is free to the public, but an RSVP is required.
CLOSE BUT ELEMENTARY STUDENTS STILL NEED INSTRUMENTS THIS MONTH
Thanks to your contribution, RotaryMusic4Life has been able to purchase 32 flutes, clarinets, violins and trumpets averaging about $335 each but the end of the month is approaching and the organization is still seeking donations. Deserving elementary school students will not be able to start instrumental music this year unless instruments can be found for them soon. 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. With one week left, please help by October 30th!
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!
SEATTLE LANDS LEADING ROLES
When it comes to visiting filmmakers, the city of Seattle, its neighborhoods and the state of Washington have this to say: "Please, In My Back Yard." The new PIMBYism is bringing lights, cameras, action and money to the city. Industry professionals say that even in a volatile economy, the relatively "recession-proof" film industry may offer relief. "We have seen a tremendous growth in film production. This year has been our best in decades," said James Keblas, director of the Mayor's Office of Film and Music in Seattle. The difference: city and state financial incentives, including discounts, lower fees, streamlined permitting and use of city property and facilities. In the past few months, Seattle and its neighborhoods have served as locations for "World's Greatest Dad" starring Robin Williams, and "Traveling" starring Jennifer Aniston, Aaron Eckhart and Martin Sheen. Local writer and producer Colleen Patrick's "The Whole Truth," dubbed "a screwball comedy with a twist," is expected to wrap this week after shooting in Pioneer Square, West Seattle and Tacoma.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
MUSICTECH SUMMIT 08 LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS
The MusicTech Summit '08 is looking for 30 reliable, enthusiastic volunteers to work shifts at the event on November 6 - 7, 2008 at McCaw Hall. Seeking volunteers who want to commit to MusicTech by working a four-hour shift on one or both days (9am - 1pm or 1pm - 5pm). These volunteers will be assigned different roles; helping registrants check in, ushering panelists, answering questions about MusicTech and Seattle, in general. Volunteers are welcome to attend any panels the day they volunteer before or after their shift. All volunteers will need to participate in a brief conference call on Monday, November 3rd. This will be a forum to go over expectations and roles and for volunteers to ask any questions. Please contact Court Scott with interest via the email link above, or at 206.834.1000.
"THE WHOLE TRUTH" PRODUCTION BLOG
Check out writer/director Colleen Patrick's blog for a behind-the-scenes look at "The Whole Truth," the new feature film shot on the streets of Seattle! Colleen, a Seattle resident, is an accomplished writer and first-time director. "The Whole Truth" stars Eric Roberts, Elisabeth Röhm and Sean Patrick Flanery.
THE WESTERN STATE PUBLIC RADIO FALL CONFERENCE 2008
This year's Western State Public Radio Fall Conference is happening in Seattle. Come and discuss the future of NPR and public radio with industry leaders and innovators. Topics include fundraising, building new audiences, legal issues, and politics. The November 5th reception at the EMP features KEXP and the Office of Film + Music's own James Keblas.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - 4th ANNUAL WIFTV WOMEN IN FILM FESTIVAL
Women In Film & Television Vancouver (WIFTV) is pleased to announce WIFFBC 2009 - the 4th Annual Women In Film Festival - will be presented March 5 - 7, 2009 at the state-of-the-art Vancity Theatre in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The festival is produced by WIFTV, an internationally affiliated non-profit society committed to advancing and celebrating women in screen-based media. The annual festival coincides with International Women's Day (March 8th) and is presented in association with the international organization, WIFTI, who will present a short film showcase.
CALL FOR ENTRIES - ACCOLADE COMPETITION
Now in its sixth year, top-tier, international awards competition, The Accolade, announces its Call for Entries for filmmakers, television producers and videographers. The Accolade is a non-traditional, virtual venue. Awards go to those filmmakers, television producers and videographers who produce fresh, standout entertainment, animation and compelling documentaries. It is a showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices. Most importantly, The Accolade team works passionately to help worthy productions gain the publicity and distribution they deserve.
2009 WISCONSIN FILM FESTIVAL WELCOMES FILMS OR VIDEOS
The Wisconsin Film Festival welcomes narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated films or videos of any length. The Festival is open to films from around the world. The largest number of films are submitted in the Open Reel category which includes general submissions of any length, open worldwide. The Festival presents quality work that may not otherwise be seen in commercial theaters, and projects outside the mainstream film industry. The organizers are looking for competence in the filmmaking craft; work that has vision and spirit; original subjects and well-told stories; and diverse voices.
COOSH CRASH TEST, 2 ON 2 B-BOY BATTLE
The Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs will be co-sponsoring the international B-Boy Championship on November 1st. The 2 on 2 Battle will feature performances by Massive Monkees, B.o.B., Salah of Paris, and Pacific Division. The show will be hosted by Tilson of the Saturday Knights with special guest speaker, Mayor Greg Nickels.
ARTIST TRUST INCREASES STATE ARTS COMMISSION FELLOWSHIPS AWARD AMOUNT FOR 2008
Artist Trust proudly announces the 21 recipients of the distinguished Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowships for 2008. Each recipient receives an unrestricted cash award of $7,500, for a total of $157,500 distributed. The Fellowships recognize Washington State artist's exceptional talent and demonstrated ability, professional achievement and continuing dedication to an artistic discipline. This year the Fellowship Program received a total of 450 applications from artists working in Emerging & Cross-Disciplinary, Performing, Traditional & Folk and Visual Arts. Recipients were selected by peer-review panels comprised of artists and arts professionals from across Washington State, as well as from Oregon.
WIN PRESENTS GAME INDUSTRY START UP 101 SERIES
EnterpriseSeattle's Washington Interactive Network brings you Game Industry Start Up 101 - a series of panel discussions throughout the year to help give guidance and advice to those that are in the midst of starting their game business, or just about to start their own company. From legal, accounting, marketing, HR, to publishing, distribution, and exit strategies - learn from experts and industry veterans who have been there before.
Tom McIntire's Shriekfest 2008 sci-fi screenplay contest semi-finalist, Greenspoke starts shooting in Seattle in early December. Greenspoke has an impressive cast and production team from Seattle stage and film actors Mikano Fukaya and Tim Gouran, to Ryan Purcell shooting on the Red camera, and Smiling Zombie Productions supporting the movie. Fully funded through the initial phases of post-production and currently seeking donations for completion of project.
THE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ON TOUR
The Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle is sponsoring the first-ever Seattle appearance by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents 'Portrait of Rachmaninov' on Wednesday November 5th at Benaroya Hall. The artists are pianists Gilles Vonsattel, Inon Barnatan and Gilbert Kalish, violinist Ida Kavafian, and cellist Gary Hoffman. The all-Rachmaninov program includes Suite No. 2 in C minor for Two Pianos, Op.17, Symphonic Dances for Two Pianos, Op. 45, and Trio Elegiaque in D minor for Piano Trio, Op. 9.
A WINK AND A SMILE MAKES ITS NYC PREMIERE
"A Wink and a Smile" by local director, Deirdre Timmons, follows the lives of ten ordinary women doing something extraordinary - learning the artful striptease. The students of Seattle's Academy of Burlesque have six weeks to peel and reveal their way into audiences' hearts with little more than a tassel and a twirl. Burlesque professionals present entertaining, satirical and beautiful performances to illustrate lectures by the Academy's founder and headmistress, Miss Indigo Blue. Modern chamber music, romantic crooning and romping circus tunes round out the lively 90-minute musical documentary now touring the U.S. to sold-out houses, great reviews, and smiling audiences. "A Wink and a Smile" will be making its East Coast debut at CMJ's Music Marathon and Film Festival in New York City.
FILM/VIDEO PRODUCTION WORKSHOP COMING TO SEATTLE
On November 6th through 9th, Tom Kane will bring a four day intensive film and video workshop to Seattle. Tom has had a long and distinguished career in the Film and Television industry. Since 1984, Tom has taught Film and Video production to hundreds of students from around the world. He created "The Assistant Director & Unit Production Manager Workshop" for The International Film & Television Workshops in Rockport, Maine, where he instructed for 12 years. The workshop will teach students how to successfully plan, organize and manage a film or video production. This workshop is ideal for aspiring producers, production managers, assistant directors, screenwriters, actors, and anyone wishing to explore a career in film and video production.
SMAC SOUNDINGS SOUND ART SERIES
911 Seattle Media Arts Center is proud to present SMAC Soundings, a series of sound art exhibitions running concurrently with our regular gallery program. SMAC Soundings is curated by Salvatore Panatteri out of Sydney, Australia. The November installment will feature work by Aernoudt Jacobs and Roel Meelkop.
WORK OPPORTUNITY FOR FILMMAKERS
Production Assistant (PA) work is a great way to get into the film & video industry. It's a well-paying entry-level position and can open doors into other departments such as: art, accounting, camera, casting, catering, directing, electric, grip, locations & management. As new opportunities present themselves for seasoned PAs, replacement openings arise on a regular basis. The busy summer season also creates possibilities for seasonal PA jobs. Enroll in a 2 day Seminar where you can learn about the production side of filmmaking.
THE ROADHOUSE PRESENTS: PSYCHO! 1960s NORTHWEST GARAGE ROCK!
KEXP 90.3 presents a special program in The Roadhouse: "Psycho! 1960s Northwest Garage Rock" is specially devoted to the history-quaking, moneymaker-shaking distorted sounds that came out of Pacific NW garages, basements, greasy clubs, and teen dances of the 1960s. The entire three hour program will delve deeply into regional one-hit wonder and subterranean rock history with long blasts of local music, cool and mind-expanding sound bites, rare vintage audio -- and an exclusive interview with Tacoma's punk pioneers, The Sonics! Listen closely for your chance to win a pair of tickets for The Sonics' Halloween show at the Paramount on October 31. This will be the band's first local appearance since 1972.
ELVIRA TO CLOSE THE SEATTLE LESBIAN & GAY FILM FESTIVAL
Kick off the Halloween season and wrap up the festival's 13th year with Elvira, the spookiest gay icon of them all, appearing in person to celebrate the 20th anniversary of "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark." Featuring lighthearted jabs at conservative fundamentalism, "Elvira" is a hilarious horror parody that's not afraid to poke fun at just about everything, including itself. Before the movie, underground drag phenomenon Peaches Christ joins Elvira for a fun and revealing onstage interview. When these two over-the-top, underdressed gals get to gossiping, nothing's too shocking and everything goes.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 10/13 - 10/19
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- Blitzen Trapper - Furr
- These Arms Are Snakes - Tail Swallower & Dove
- Moondoggies - Don't Be A Stranger
- Various Artists - Live at KEXP: Volume 4
- Pica Beats - Beating Back the Claws of Winter
- Jake One - White Van Music
- Common Market - Tobacco Road
- Damien Jurado - Caught in the Trees
- Grails - Doomsdayers Holiday
BLUE SCHOLARS SHOW OFF SEATTLE ON CURRENT TV
Seattle's most prominent hip-hop group, the Blue Scholars, give VC2 producer Zia Mohajerasbi a fascinating tour around their favorite spots in their home town, touching on the group's history, their highly political content and their roots in the Northwest. Highly recommended for a great look at Seattle's music culture today!
NO DEPRESSION UPROOTS, MOVES TO WEB
No Depression, the premiere journal of American roots music, based in Seattle, has relaunched as a Web site, NoDrepression.com, and a twice-a-year "bookazine"; the publication has a launch party October 18th at Tractor Tavern. When No Depression debuted in 1995, CD sales were peaking around the world and music journalism was entrenched and authoritative. Based out of Seattle, it was the only magazine of its kind, renowned for lengthy, in-depth profiles of the icons and up-and-comers of the flourishing alt-country scene. One Internet boom later, CDs are an anachronism and music journalism has lost its voice. Yet alt-country - a musical landscape that spans bluegrass, country, blues, jazz, rock, folk and more - continues to flourish.
SEATTLENOISE: AT THE SPINE
Singer-songwriter and world traveler Mike Toschi is the principal force behind this exercise in intelligent and exuberant indie rock. Joining him are drummer Chris Croft, guitarist Richie Parish and bassist Garland Hooker. Their sound is post-grunge that looks both forward and back into the rock 'n' roll playbook. The guitar-driven song structures are shapely and vivacious in such a way that ATS frequently garners comparisons to Pixies, Fugazi, Husker Du and other iconic indie-rock bands.
BROOKLYN'S TUNECORE TEAMS WITH SEATTLE'S iLIKE TO HELP INDIE ARTISTS SELL MUSIC
Seattle's iLike, the "social music" service with a popular Facebook application, has partnered with Brooklyn-based TuneCore, a music distribution start-up, to help musicians promote and sell their music. iLike's free Facebook application lets users put a little sidebar on their page to play clips of music, display upcoming concerts they are attending and play a music trivia quiz. TuneCore helps artists distribute their work through online music stores including Rhapsody, Amazon MP3, and iTunes. Bands and musicians pay a flat fee, with prices varying based on the number of stores they want to get into and how much they want to sell (a single or a whole album). But once they pay the fee, they can keep 100 percent of the revenue. Not bad!
TICKET WINDOW, HALF-PRICE TICKET/TICKET SHUT DOWN
Ticket Window, a local ticketing agency, and its sister company, half-price ticket vendor Ticket/Ticket, have gone out of business. Alan Goldwasser, who owned both companies, confirmed Tuesday that Ticket Window and Ticket/Ticket have closed. He said he has no plans to reopen Ticket Window. "We loved doing our work for 20 years," Goldwasser said, but the businesses closed because he's "moving on."
FIXED GEAR + SEATTLE = FAST FRIDAY
The film is named for the monthly event, "Fast Friday", which was started by clothing designer Dustin Klein (Cadence clothing) as a way to bring together Seattle's fixed gear riding community. In 2006, the year Fast Fridays got started, director David Rowe started showing up and participating, camera in tow. A year and 30 hours of footage later, he had the material for his documentary about the emergence of Seattle's fixed gear community. Not to mention footage showing off some of today's most talented riders. The film is traveling to 17 cities worldwide with this year's Bicycle Film Festival, and is also available for sale on the website. Earlier this week was the release party at Sole Repair for the DVD release of the film and a companion book of photography documenting Fast Fridays.
SEATTLE SYMPHONY GOES BASICALLY BAROQUE
Seattle Symphony launches its Basically Baroque series with a sampling of J.S. Bach, Handel and Respighi, plus two Vivaldi violin concertos. Featured in the latter will be Elisa Barston, the orchestra's second principal violinist.
"COBAIN UNSEEN": RARE PHOTOS, ARTWORK AND JOURNAL ENTRIES
To research the rare photos, artwork and journal entries that make up the new book Cobain Unseen, journalist Charles R. Cross was granted unprecedented access to Kurt Cobain's archives. "It was like a James Bond movie," Cross says of the high-tech Seattle bunker. "But once you got past security, all his possessions were just in boxes." With these artifacts, put into storage following Cobain's 1994 suicide, Cross pieced together a remarkably revealing visual history of Cobain's private life - from his childhood drawings to snapshots (taken by Courtney Love) of Cobain and daughter Frances Bean. "Kurt created work that has such mystery that we still can't capture its essence," Cross says. "It's that intangible thing that made him a star."
NEW DIGITAL MUSIC SURVEY OFFERS SIGNS OF HOPE
A new UK consumer survey suggests that the music industry has three reasons for optimism: First, the population of illegal downloaders has declined by 10% since '07 deterred by the threat of ISP and legal action against them and the broad availability of free legal music in the form of streams, downloads and webcasts. Second, the growing maturity of the digital model and exciting new revenue opportunities. Third, YouTube has overtaken MySpace as the preferred social network for music and in doing so has reaffirmed the value of music videos.
LALA: HOW DOES 10 CENTS A SONG STRIKE YOU?
On Tuesday, LaLa launched a new pricing plan that lets music fans buy songs from all four major labels plus 170,000 indie labels for a mere 10 cents a song. The catch? For that 10-cent investment, you only get to stream songs from the LaLa website, or through their online player with an iTunes-like interface and fast response time over a broadband connection. After creating a free account, you can listen to any song on the entire site - once - for free. (If you stop within 30 seconds it doesn't count as a listen.) If you want to hear the same song again on LaLa, you have two options: pay 10 cents to stream that song as many times as you want from the site in the future or pay 89 cents for a downloadable MP3 that can be played on any digital audio player that also comes with the streaming option.
CBS TO MASH UP WEB COUCH POTATOES
CBS Interactive is launching an online feature that allows groups of viewers to collectively watch and interact with streaming TV content. Dubbed "social viewing rooms," the service combines elements of a chat room, video conferencing and standard live streaming to give fans a more communal experience when watching the network's content online. "In the past when you watch videos online and it's a very isolating experience," said Anthony Soohoo, senior VP and GM of CBS Interactive. "This takes people 3,000 miles away and makes them feel like they're sitting on the couch next to each other. The social viewing room is a next-generation social media platform that lets users engage with each other and the content they are watching in a fun new way." On CBS.com, a group of friends will be able to join a virtual room to watch a synchronized playback of popular programs while chatting, taking polls, quizzes and even throwing such animated objects as tomatoes and kisses at the screen.
PAUL ALLEN TO RECEIVE AWARD FROM THELONIOUS MONK INSTITUTE
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz will present Grammy-winning bluesman B.B. King with its Founder's Award and Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen with the Herbie Hancock Humanitarian Award at a gala benefit in association with The Recording Academy on October 26 at Los Angeles' Kodak Theatre. Allen will be the first recipient of the Hancock award. "I have admired Paul and his work for many years and am thrilled to have the opportunity to salute him for his visionary achievements," Hancock said in a statement.
EMI JOINS NOKIA'S 'COMES WITH MUSIC'
EMI Group PLC, the world's fourth-largest record label, has joined Nokia Corp.'s "Comes With Music" mobile phone service, and the handset maker has set pricing for its U.K. launch. With this announcement by Nokia, EMI joins the other major record labels - Universal Music Group, Sony BMG and Warner Music Group Corp. - as well as a host of independent groups. Buyers of select Nokia phones that have the service will receive a year of free music downloads to their phone or computer and can keep the tracks after the year is up.
HENDRIX ESTATE CLAIMS COURT WIN AGAINST VODKA MAKER
The estate of Jimi Hendrix is claiming a court victory against the maker of a brand of vodka that featured the late Seattle rock guitarist's image on the bottle. In March 2006, Electric Hendrix LLC introduced Hendrix Electric Vodka, a 100 percent grain vodka made from corn and rye from Utah and Idaho. At that time, Electric Hendrix CEO Craig Dieffenbach said, "Everything we produce has the stamp of approval from Jimi's closest blood relatives, band mates, friends, and people who mattered most in his life." But apparently that wasn't the case, according to Janie Hendrix, CEO of Experience Hendrix. In March 2007, she said her company filed a lawsuit against Dieffenbach for the "unauthorized, tasteless" brand of Hendrix vodka. She said U.S. District Court (in Seattle) Judge Thomas Zilly's permanent injunction against the vodka proves her point.