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October 24, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS
HAPPY HOUR RETURNS NOVEMBER 7 WITH FOCUS ON ENTERTAINMENT LAW

FMI HAPPY HOUR 

The Office of Film + Music's November 7 Happy Hour at Spitfire is designed to help members of the local film, music, and interactive industries meet, discuss, and learn about how law affects the business of entertainment. The guest speaker for November's Happy Hour is lawyer Aric Bomsztyk who will be presenting on why it is important to set up an LLC when doing business and how to do it successfully.
ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY AIRS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26

ART ZONE  

Art Zone with Nancy Guppy is back this Friday at 8:00 p.m. on Seattle Channel 21. This week features a performance by Seapony in the Art Zone Studio. Also included is coverage on the Fretboard Journal, every guitar geek's favorite magazine, as they celebrate their seven year anniversary at a highly secret Fremont location. Later on in the show, film critic Robert Horton & film freak Fred Hopkins share their scary movie tips, and renowned artist Jeffry Mitchell gets a career retrospective at the Henry Art Gallery.

31 INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS FUNDED THROUGH SEATTLE CITYARTIST PROGRAM 

OFFICE OF ARTS & CULTURAL AFFAIRS 

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs has announced $160,000 in awards to 31 individual artists working in dance, music theatre through the CityArtist Project. The project assists individual artists based in Seattle to develop and present their work, and thirty percent of the awards will go to first-time recipients. The 2013 program received 100 applicants. A peer-review panel evaluated proposals based on criteria such as artistic merit, public access, impact, and innovation. "Individual artists are the foundation of a creative community," said Randy Engstrom, Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs director.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
SHAWN KEMP AND MICHAEL SHRIEVE TO DEBUT JET CITY STREAM RADIO SHOWS

JET CITY STREAM  

Jet City Stream has announced the addition of former Seattle SuperSonics star Shawn Kemp and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer Michael Shrieve to their on-air staff. Kemp's sports and hip-hop show, "Off The Record," makes an official launch on October 24. Michael Shrieve's weekly show "Notes From The Field" debuts Sunday at 10 a.m. and will include interviews with musicians, authors, chefs, and filmmakers and other individuals doing interesting things in the Seattle community. 

SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED & YOUR SISTER'S SISTER NOMINATED FOR GOTHAM AWARDS

INDIEWIRE  

The Gotham Award nominations have been announced with two locally made films getting nods.  Colin Trevorrow's Safety Not Guaranteed and Lynn Shelton's Your Sister's Sister, both filmed in Washington State in 2011, received a nomination for best ensemble performance. The Gotham Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, November 26 in New York City. Congratulations and good luck to the cast and crew of both films! 

THE PEOPLE NOW ANNOUNCE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO BENEFIT MUSICARES

PEOPLE NOW  

Seattle-based cause-rock band and nonprofit organization, The People Now, have announced the proceeds from their newly-released single "One by One" will go to benefit MusiCares through the end of the year. MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need, and their services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies. The organization also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.  

FILMMAKERS: DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR SILENT FILM PROJECT

SIFF  

The Seattle Composers Alliance (SCA), in conjunction with the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble (SJCE), has announced the submission deadline for The Silent Film Project has been extended to Friday, November 16. Last year's pilot event was a unique and successful evening of film, music and live performances from the Moisture Festival. This year the SCA, SIFF and SJCE have set out to increase the scope of the event, and provide an even more rewarding experience for composers, musicians and filmmakers alike.

WASHINGTON-MADE I AM ZOZO STREAMING ONLINE FOR FREE OCTOBER 30 THROUGH NOVEMBER 1
Psychological horror feature, I Am ZoZo, the most recent film from award-winning filmmakers Scott Di Lalla and Zack Coffman of One World Studios, will stream for free from 7:30 p.m. EST on October 30 until November 1. Shot entirely on San Juan Island and in Seattle with local talent and crew, I Am ZoZo is the first feature film to be shot exclusively with Kodak's new Vision 3 200T Super8mm film stock. Using two vintage Canon Super 8 cameras crystal-synced for sound, Di Lalla and Coffman hope to prove that their innovative production model will allow other indie auteurs a chance to enjoy the challenge and excitement of shooting on film.
SEATTLE'S INDEPENDENT GAME COMPETITION NOW OPEN

GAME STARTUP  

The Washington Interactive Network has opened submissions for the 2nd Annual Seattle Independent Game Competition.  Submissions will be accepted now through December 31. A panel of industry experts will review all submissions and select five finalists to move to the final round of the competition. Finalists will be notified by January 11 and will present to a panel of judges in-person at the annual Power of Play event Thursday, January 31, 2013 in Bellevue.  Last year's judges included executives from Valve, Big Fish Games, Xbox, Her Interactive and Novel Inc. The 2011 winners created a game called Bridge, which is a 2-D logic-based puzzle game that forces the player to reevaluate their preconceptions of physics and perspective.

VERA PROJECT ACCEPTING BOARD MEMBER APPLICATIONS

THE VERA PROJECT  

The Vera Project is currently seeking candidates to join the board of directors. Vera is particularly looking for candidates with an understanding and commitment to Vera's vision for a truly participatory all-ages music and arts community; strong local reputation and political capital, especially within the music industry and visual arts community; and connections to our region's philanthropic community, with an ability to connect Vera to new donors and a capacity to give. Nominees will be rated according to how closely they match Vera's organizational needs, and according to feedback from the board and membership.

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SEEKING APPLICATIONS FOR MANAGING DIRECTOR POSITION

NAMAC  

The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is seeking candidates for the position of Managing Director, one of the two leadership positions in the organization. In essence, the Managing Director serves as SIFF's Chief Operating Officer and oversees a portfolio of operating businesses which includes the Seattle International Film Festival, the SIFF Cinema, and SIFF Education. The Managing Director is responsible for the sound financial management of the organization and oversight of all of SIFF's fundraising, development, operations, human resources, marketing and public relations activities. The position is open with current Managing Director Deborah Person leaving the organization following the 2013 festival.

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.

 

A new full-length album of celestial pop by Cristina Orbe and Jahon Mikal needs funding. 
 
ROUTE 99 WEB TV SERIES - October 30 (6 days)
Two competing car buying agents explore one of the oldest roads in American history in search of lost stories.

A three piece organ driven Indie group is seeking to fund their first release.

NOREY'S 2012 WEST COAST TOUR - October 31 (7 days)
NoRey will be touring the west coast this Autumn in support of their new E.P. (NoRey) and forthcoming studio album.

DOWN NORTH ALBUM RELEASE - October 31 (7 days)
An alternative soul/rock band needs funding to release their upcoming album, "No Retreat".
 
IN COUNTRY: A DOCUMENTARY FILM - November 1 (8 days)
A feature documentary that follows a platoon of hardcore war re-enactors striving to make an authentic recreation of the Vietnam War.

AMILIAH'S E.P. - November 7 (14 days)
A Seattle singer and songwriter with a folk/pop influence is releasing her first E.P.
 
An in-depth look at the international movement to gain meaningful protection for animals 
 
EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN - November 16 (23 days)
Seattle-based singer songwriter Dave Ellis comes full circle with his new CD - a choice collection of brave and soulful songs. 
 
PRETTY BROKEN THINGS DEBUT ALBUM - November 16 (23 days)
Pretty Broken Things is recording their first full length album at B50 studio in Ballard. 
 
FIVE LETTERS FROM FAR AWAY - November 20 (27 days)
Help support a radio campaign to have this local album of cosmic-folk-rock spread around the nation. 
 
WRECKED SEASON TWO - November 26 (33 days)
A smart, sex-positive, independent sitcom looking for a chance to shoot its second season. 
 
Performing the works of jazz great Jim Knapp, musician-led Scrape creates a new genre where chamber music meets improvisation.

Why Kickstarter and not IndieGoGo?

The overwhelming basis for promoting Kickstarter as a project fund-raiser stems from the tool's clear and complete structure.  It is a system that ensures artists approach each and every venture with a comprehensive business plan.  The debatable result, where artists may or may not keep the funds they raise based on whether or not their project is funded fully, interests us because it protects project-backers. Indiegogo, although a great money-generating platform, does not provide the same level of investor protection when projects go by the wayside. At least for the time being, our office has decided to continue supporting Kickstarter.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 10/17 - 10/24               

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC 

Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne). 

 

1. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis - "The Heist"

2. Benjamin Gibbard - "Former Lives"

3. Maldives - "Muscle for the Wing"

4. Band of Horses - "Mirage Rock" 

5. Daughters of the Dead Sea - "The Killroom Sessions EP" 

6. Sera Cahoone - "Deer Creek Canyon"

7. Heart - "Fanatic"

8. Blue Scholars - "Cinemetropolis"

9. Caspar Babypants - "Hotdog!"

10. Various Artists - "Live at KEXP Vol. 8"

SHORT FILM FRIDAY: "HECTOMETER"           

THE STRANGER 

The film for this Friday, October 26, will be "Hectometer," a beautiful, poetic, and moody short by Matty Brown, a local filmmaker. Shot in the Bahamas, the short is about William Trubridge's "world record freedive to 100 meters in order to bring light to the plight of the world's smallest cetacean, the Hector's Dolphin of New Zealand."

SCARECROW ON SEATTLE: THE STEPFATHER (1987)

SCARECROW   

Death Wish author Brian Garfield wrote the first treatment for The Stepfather in the mid-seventies, inspired by the real-life story of John List, a New Jersey man who in 1971 lost his job, murdered his family, and disappeared. Though the world didn't know at the time, List had fled to Colorado and married in to another family. He was captured in 1989 with the help of America's Most Wanted. Understandably at the time, no major studio wanted to touch the material. They said there was no point; there wasn't a likeable protagonist, and nobody for the audience to really identify with. Flash-forward ten years later. It's the mid-eighties and the conservative ideals of family and family values are being forced down America's throats. Garfield brings in friend, master satirist, and crime fiction author Donald Westlake to pen another draft of the screenplay. Westlake immediately realized an opportunity to skew contemporary mores and create a monster that might grow out of that suffocating ideology. 

 
Terry O'Quinn (known to many as John Locke from Lost) nails the title role as a sociopath who, after dispatching his current family, slips effortlessly into the lives of a newly-widowed mother (Shelley Hack) and her teenage daughter (Jill "Adventures In Spying" Schoelen.) They say "kids know" and from the get-go it's clear to the daughter that her new stepdad is not all that he seems. As the story unfolds, we start to see the method behind the stepfather's madness. He's so hell bent on creating the Reagan-era view of the contemporary family - harmonious, religious, and chaste - that the slightest crack in that façade begins to drive him insane. To Westlake and director Joseph Ruben's credit, we see the cracks slowly, as they happen, and O'Quinn masterfully underplays his simmering rage so that when the shocks come, they are actually shocking. Unlike the two sequels and the remake, this isn't just a slasher film. It's smarter, more subtle, and much more satisfying. 
 
As far as the local connection goes, it's kind of a funny thing. The film is set in the central Puget Sound region. The first family of victims live in Bellevue, the current family (with Hack & Schoelen) resides somewhere near Seattle, and the family-to-be, where the stepfather aims to set up shop after killing his current family, resides in a fictional, Kirkland-esque Seattle suburb called Oakridge. We pay a visit to the Bellevue Public Library, at least according to the lettering on the wall outside, and a fictional newspaper, the
Seattle Examiner, plays a part in unraveling the mystery of who the stepfather really is. The stepfather even travels from town to town by what appears to be the Washington State Ferry system. That said, by all accounts (the end credits, cast/crew interviews on the DVD,) this movie was filmed entirely in Vancouver, B.C. But, unlike many of the studios behind large budget, not-filmed-but-set-in-Seattle movies, the makers of this little, low-budget indie should be forgiven for trying to save some money while giving us a terrific thriller that still resonates today.
 

- Mark Steiner

MEDIA DIGEST
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BLUE SCHOLARS, ALICE IN CHAINS INSPIRE COMPOSERS FOR 'SONIC EVOLUTION'
Following last year's tribute to Quincy Jones, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra's "Sonic Evolution" is feting more Seattle music legends in its second round. The Friday night event will find SSO music director Ludovic Morlot again exploring the legacies of popular artists with deep roots in the Emerald City. This time, grunge pioneers Alice In Chains and hip-hop duo Blue Scholars serve as inspirations for world-premiere compositions written for the symphony orchestra. Ellensburg native Star Anna and her band, the Laughing Dogs, will be guest performers at "Sonic Evolution" on October 26. 
SEATTLE INTERACTIVE CONFERENCE BRINGS IN THE GAMECHANGERS

KING 5  

Next Monday and Tuesday, October 29 and 30, is the second annual Seattle Interactive Conference. This year's theme is "Gamechangers". The conference aims to connect the local interactive tech, creative, and marketing communities with entrepreneurs, businesses, and thinkers working on ideas that will change how we think about and interact with concepts such as subscription business models, content distribution, and the digital living room experience. Highlighted speakers at the event include television personality and filmmaker Jason Silva, transmedia guru Elan Lee, and legendary media entrepreneur David Bunell.

DOES THE HIP-HOP INDUSTRY FEED OFF NEGATIVE CONTENT?
The notion that hip hop consumers have an insatiable thirst for negativity is widely accepted and regularly circulated. In today's society where the bottom line reigns supreme, generation of revenue is seen less as an excuse, and more as a reasonable explanation for immoral and socially irresponsible behavior. Homeboy Sandman disagrees with this argument and reveals why he believes the industry should rise above the proliferation of negative content. He states that, "What's really at the root of the negativity sells better misconception is people supporting negative hip hop because it's all they know."
SEATTLE-BASED creativeLIVE EXPANDING RAPIDLY
Marrying the quality of cable TV quality with convenience and access of online education, Seattle-based CreativeLIVE has announced that it has closed a $7.5 million Series A financing round led by Greylock Partners. The company also announced that Mika Salmi, former President of Viacom Digital, has been appointed CEO. For most of its two-year history, the company, founded by photographer Chase Jarvis and entrepreneur Craig Swanson, has focused on the creative arts, such as photography, filmmaking and video. But in the past nine months, it has stretched into software development, business, productivity and other subjects interesting to entrepreneurs and it plans to expand into more.
SEATTLE FILMMAKER WINS AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL SCREENWRITING AWARD
Local screenwriter and former Nicholl Fellowship Finalist Michael Raymond won the Dark Hero Studios Sci-fi Award at the 2012 Austin Film Festival for his screenplay, The Domain. The 19th annual Austin Film Festival jury chose its 2012 Screenplay and Teleplay Competition winners from a record-number of 6,500 submissions. Michael's script was also a previous winner of the ScreamFest LA Horror Film Festival. He has also participated in the Seattle International Film Festival Fly Filmmaking Challenge. Michael currently works as a Writer for the Seattle-based Disney Interactive Media Group.
FOCUS ON LOCAL MUSIC HELPS BOLSTER SEA-TAC'S FAMILY FRIENDLY RANKING
Seattle's Sea-Tac Airport, which has a stellar 91 percent on-time departure rate and features a 1,400-square-foot padded play area, has also become a haven for Seattle visitors to discover local artists. The airport's music initiative, Experience the City of Music, showcases the region's music culture on video screens and through the airport's free Wi-Fi network. Aside from local bands getting airplay through the airport, tourists may be surprised to hear band members from Seattle groups voicing over security and information announcements.
A STORY OF HEART & ROCK AND ROLL WITH MUSIC BIOGRAPHER CHARLES CROSS
The two women behind the Seattle rock band Heart, Nancy and Ann Wilson, have a new biography out titled Kicking And Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, And Rock and Roll. It's written with the help of veteran Seattle music biographer Charles R. Cross. Cross' other work includes Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix as well as Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain. Ann and Nancy's story is on bookshelves now.
RENAISSANCE HOTEL CONTINUES GREAT LIVE MUSIC PROGRAMMING
One of Seattle's best kept secrets, R Life LIVE, is Renaissance Hotel's global entertainment program dedicated to providing hotel guests and local patrons with an intimate, up-close-and-personal look into music, culinary arts, film and more. Jennifer Newberry, a Swedish-American singer/songwriter/actress, will be performing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Thursday, October 25. Newberry relocated to Seattle from New York in 2006. Since then, she's been featured on numerous radio stations and at local events.
SEATTLE MAN GETS BILLY IDOL TO PLAY HIS BIRTHDAY PARTY
After a two-year campaign that was part résumé stunt, part charity drive and part heartfelt effort to get his far-flung friends together for a great time, Michael Henrichsen of Seattle has actually persuaded Billy Idol to play his birthday party Friday night. In October 2010, he had just turned 24 and was having an early life crisis. After a whim of a comment, Henrichsen began to think of the feasibility of the project and decided to give it a shot. After being turned down in 2011, Henrichsen decided to give it one more year. After The Showbox agreed to host the potential concert, Henrichsen received a call from Billy Idol's crew to let him know Idol was in. The show is sold out at The Showbox SoDo this Friday, October 26 and features Henrichsen's 80s cover band, Nite Wave, as the opener.

COLUMBIA CITY CINEMA RE-OPENS AS ARK LODGE CINEMAS

The former Columbia City Cinema, which closed its doors in May 2011, is rising again. David McRae, who grew up in the local movie business (his parents owned the Cine-Mond theater in Redmond in the '70s) has taken over the theatre's lease and will be its new operator. McRae says the for-profit three-screen theatre, which will be called Ark Lodge Cinemas in honor of the historic building's original name, will feature first-run mainstream and arthouse programming, and will also be available for community events.

MALDIVES DEBUT VIDEO SHOT IN SEATTLE FOR "BLOOD ON THE HIGHWAY"
"Blood on the Highway," the debut video for The Maldives and taken from the northwest band's new album "Muscle For the Wing (Spark & Shine)", depicts the story of a man who struggles with thoughts of exacting revenge on his father's killer after having witnessed the murder as a young boy. Set in the dark edges of memory and reality, this short film is a collaboration from Seattle's s thriving film and music communities. It was directed and written by Sandy Wilson (Undefeated, Your Sister's Sister, Wheedle's Groove) and stars The Maldives, Julian Gavilaines (Fat Kid Rules the World), Davidson Hart Kingsbery, Carollani Sandberg, and Richie Zapata.  It was filmed by Nathan Miller (Humpday, Your Sister's Sister) in Magnuson Park and other locations in Seattle.
QUICK LINKS
Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel Sawyer, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Romir Chaudhuri, Intern
Rebecca Pirwitz, Intern 
Ryan Styrk, Intern