|News from the Office of Film + Music
JOIN US AT TONIGHT'S FILM + MUSIC + INTERACTIVE HAPPY HOUR FEATURING GUEST SPEAKER KRAIG BAKER
FMI HAPPY HOUR
Happy Hour returns tonight! Join us at Spitfire in Belltown from 5:00-7:00pm 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.
SHUNPIKE SELECTED FOR PILOT ARTIST SPACE PROGRAM
OFFICE OF ARTS & CULTURAL AFFAIRS
Artist Space Assistant Program (ASAP), a pilot program that grew out of the need for more artist space in Pioneer Square, has selected the arts organization Shunpike to assist the large concentration of working artists in the area. After artists in residence at the 619 Western Building were evicted, it became apparent that there is a need for relocation and placement services for artists and arts organizations in need of affordable studio, live/work, exhibition, performance and/or rehearsal space. "The goal of ASAP is to keep artists in the neighborhood and to develop a cultural space model for other neighborhoods," said Vincent Kitch, director of the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. "Shunpike is well positioned to do this work. Last year, Shunpike launched Storefronts Seattle in Pioneer Square. The successful program activates empty storefronts with art and creative enterprise. Also, Shunpike's Arts Business Clinic provides a strong model for matching artists and arts groups with space."
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
WASHINGTON FILMWORKS SEEKS TO RENEW FILM PRODUCTION INCENTIVE WITH YOUR HELP
A call to action has been issued by Washington Filmworks. To ensure that legislators know the importance of attracting and retaining film business, they have asked that all in the film community confirm their legislative district. With that information, Washington Filmworks can more accurately target the elected officials that represent filmmakers and their livelihoods. The summer of 2011 turned out to be one of the busiest seasons in the program's history, and they're looking to keep the number of projects, as well as the number of jobs in the industry, rising. They are aiming to renew the Film Incentive Program, which has proved to be the best tool for attracting motion picture business, and for creating a sustainable industry in Washington State.
LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD LIFTS BAN OF ON-STAGE ALCOHOL
LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD
The Washington State Liquor Control Board has unanimously adopted the change to WAC 314-11-015, regarding entertainers drinking while performing, at this week's board meeting. The new rule will go into effect 31 days from today on November 26th.
SEATTLE'S TRUE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FILM SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM
Filmmaking includes more than the cost of production fees; getting a film out in the world entails numerous submission costs that are an obstacle for many filmmakers. STIFF, Seattle's True Independent Film Festival, has launched a new program aimed at finding filmmakers sponsorship. Sponsors will pick a film of their choice, foot the submission bill, and will then be invited to be a VIP at the opening night party and screening of the flick.
JACK STRAW ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAMS NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS
Jack Straw Productions, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to the creation, production and presentation of all forms of audio art, introduces new artist residency programs. The programs offer established and emerging artists in diverse disciplines an opportunity to explore the creative use of sound in a professional atmosphere through residencies in our recording studios and participation in our various presentation programs. Programs include New Media Gallery, Artist Support Program, and Writers Program. The deadline is at the end of October.
JOHN ONDRANSAK PERFORMS SPECIAL CONCERT AT BENAROYA
The Symphony Guild today announced that John Ondransak of Five for Fighting and South Africa's Civil Twilight will headline its 2011 musical experience, "The Last Wonder of the World," at Benaroya Hall, Friday, November 4. The fourteenth annual world-premiere symphony by Grammy-award winning Hollywood composer Mateo Messina benefits uncompensated care at Seattle Children's Hospital. Ondransak, for the first time ever, will perform platinum hits with a symphony orchestra.
"OFF HOURS" WINS BIG IN SPAIN
The Off Hours continues its successfull film festival run by taking home a Special Jury Prize and the Carlos Velo Award for Best Director for Megan Griffiths at Spain's 2011 Ourense Film Festival (OUFF). The Off Hours, written and directed by Griffiths and filmed in Seattle, was partially funded by a Kickstarter campaign, and was featured as the first Film Production of the Week.
LUCID JAZZ LOUNGE PRESENTS U-DISTRICT JAZZ FESTIVAL
U-DISTRICT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Next weekend, the UW Neighborhood will be enveloped in the smooth melodies of the U-District Jazz Festival. Showcasing some of the area's best talent in the U-District's favorite venues, the Jazz Festival is three days packed full of some great sounds. A portion of the proceeds from the festival will go to programs that promote music education to youth.
2012 CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL EMBRACES NEXT GENERATION OF MUSIC LOVERS
SEATTLE CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL
Seattle will host a special film festival aimed at the younger movie goers this winter. The 7th edition of Children's Film Festival Seattle, the largest international film festival specifically for children, is a 10-day spectacular at the end of January. Featuring over 150 films, shorts, a few live performances and hands-on workshops, there's bound something there for kids of all ages.
RECORDING ACADEMY DISCUSSES HOW TO MAKE A LIVING AS A MUSICIAN
Join the Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter on November 9th for its latest installment in the ongoing Masters Series program. Cash In Without Selling Out: How to Make a Living as a Musician features a panel discussion by popular local artists from a variety of genres, focused on how to make a living exclusively as a musician. Panelists include Ian Moore, D Black, Paul Hansen, and Dave Pezzner, as well as moderator Rachel Flotard.
EVENING OF THE ARTS RAISES $390,000 FOR STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS
Overwhelmed with the generosity of the many donors, Cornish College of the Arts celebrates bringing in $390,000 during their annual gala fundraiser. Over 300 people gathered to enjoy performances by students and staff from the Cornish Theatre, Music, and Dance Departments. The money raised will go entirely to scholarships for future students that want to study fine arts, but may not have the funds to do so.
SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR LIFETIME ARTISTIC ACHEIVEMENT AWARD
The Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement is an annual award of $10,000 given to a woman dedicated to creating art. The Artist Trust is currently accepting nominations for individuals that meet the criteria available on their website. The award recognizes a female visual artist, age 60 & up, for creative excellence, professional accomplishment and a lifetime's worth of dedication to the creative arts. A one-hour webinar will be held on November 4 at 1 PM, providing background on the award, information on the application and review process, and a Q&A.
LOCAL FILMMAKERS RESPOND IN FILM TO FILM ABOUT FILM
The Project Room has invited filmmakers Charles Mudede and SJ Chiro to respond to a 2003 Danish documentary called The Five Obstructions. In The Five Obstructions, filmmakers revisit a 1967 film, the Perfect Human, each time with a different set of obstructions on the filmmaking process, such as location or style. This free event at The Project Room will take place in two parts. First, there will be a screening of The Five Obstructions tonight, and then on November 2nd, Mudede and Chiro will present their response in film.
BOB FORREST AND THELONIOUS MONSTER PERFORM AT SIFF AFTER SCREENING
Following this Thursday's Uptown Theatre screening of screening of Bob and The Monster, a documentary chronicling the life of singer/songwriter Bob Forrest and his transition from crippling addiction to one of the most influential addiction counselors in the US. SIFF is presenting a special Q&A session with director Keirda Bahruth and Bob Forrest, and a special live performance by Thelonious Monster. This will be their first Seattle performance in over 20 years. Several local donors, including Barsuk Records, have bought blocks of tickets to be donated to various recovery groups, and SIFF has worked with the UW to identify the several non-profit organizations to receive complimentary tickets.
FREE HALLOWEEN SCREENING OF LOCAL GHOST STORY AT NORTHWEST FILM FORUM
A PENNY EARNED
Northwest Film Forum is hosting a free showing of locally-produced short A Penny Earned. The film, written, directed and produced by TJ Mino, tells the tale of a frightening honeymooning couple investigating a haunted inn. The movie is now bound for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and has already received acclaim from other festivals. The cast and crew will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening.
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 (2 days)
Where Has All The Rock n Roll Gone? - October 31 (5 days)
Gig McKell 10 song album project - November 3rd (7 days)
Alchymeia Album- November 5th (9 days)
Liberation the Musical (a feature film) - November 9th (13 days)
Legion of Sparrows Debut Album - November 11th (15 days)
Natalie Live Music Project - November 15th (26 days)
OUTscene NW coverage of SLGFF 2011 - November 17th (21 days)
Help Alabaster Release Their New EP: Unraveled!! - November 30th (35 days)
Welcome To Doe Bay - December 10th (45 days)
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 10/17- 10/23
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Pickwick -"Myths"
- Various Artists - "Live at KEXP, Volume 7"
- Head & The Heart - "Head & the Heart"
- Screaming Trees - "Last Words: The Final Recordings"
- Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"
- Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs"
- Nirvana - "Nevermind"
- Pearl Jam - "Pearl Jam Twenty"
- Caspar Babypants - "Sing Along!"
- Eddie Vedder - "Ukulele Songs"
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:
Local film company Sleepwalk Productions is shooting the short comedy You're Here in Seattle this week. The story, co-written by producer Meredith Binder and director Ian Stone, follows a hapless bible study leader, played by Phillip Mitchell, who dies and goes to heaven only to meet the project manager of heaven whose only concern is keeping everyone on schedule. Director of Photography Daniel Mimura describes the film as "an ambitious project with an intensive shooting schedule," with much of the story told through the art design of production designer Kristina Hestenes Stimson and graphic artist Tiffany Laine DeMott.
"I love everything about making films in Seattle," says Binder. "The amazing talent and the scenic locations are the best!"
Over 30 other local Seattle cast and crew have come together for the project. The production is filming at numerous locations in Seattle including two parks, a bowling alley and a service station.
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.
The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle (2009)
In an interview on the DVD, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle writer/director David Russo says his film, "asks to be misunderstood." That was only true for me before I watched the film. I thought I was sitting down to another fair-to-moderately enjoyable indie comedy. What I discovered was a visually innovative, richly detailed, and surprisingly emotional indie comedy. Mild-mannered Dory (Marshall Allman) loses his cool and his cushy data analyst job. He ends up as a part of the Spiffy Jiffy janitorial crew with dreadlocked Ethyl and her druggy boyfriend Methyl, tortured artist/philosopher O.C., and their boss/Desert Storm vet Weird William. One of their clients is a company that's testing a cookie baked with a chemical they believe makes each bite taste like it's fresh out of the oven. But, of course, the chemical does a bit more than that. After participating in a taste test, Dory and the staff are hooked. Corporate tester Tracy (Natasha Lyonne) takes advantage of their addiction and starts planting cookies in the garbage-they gobble them up; she surveys the results. The men grow irritable, crave salt, suffer intense stomach cramps, and have strange visions. The reason for the suspicious symptoms becomes apparent when Dory gives "birth" on the office's bathroom floor. Russo and cinematographer Neil Holcomb create a beautiful look throughout the film, from the opening sequence following a message in a bottle to Dory's electric hallucination of a blue fish swimming out of a painting. I don't want to give too much away about the animation and effects and montages; you'll just have to watch it. On to locations: The film opens with Dory sitting on the rocks near the fishing pier at Myrtle Edwards Park. He storms out of his old job and on to Eastlake Ave. in front of Pazzo's. Spiffy Jiffy's offices are in Georgetown (624 Lander St., says their business card), and O.C. tries desperately to woo Tracy at the wonderful Georgetown Liquor Company. I'm unfamiliar with the interiors of most downtown skyscrapers but I think the cookie company's offices are either in the Columbia Tower or somewhere in the vicinity. The crew enjoys herbal refreshment and watches the Fourth of July fireworks from the roof of a building that appears to be between Westlake and I-5. Dory rides his motorcycle over the viaduct a few times (as seen from Victor Steinbrueck Park), and there are a few obligatory ferry-on-the-water shots as well. Local people wise, among the players you'll find writer/actor/musician Sean Nelson as a fellow data analyst and future Stranger Genius Award winner John Osebold as OC's theremin-playing bandmate (his comedy/performance art/band "Awesome" provided much of the music, too). And Office of Film + Music folks, correct me if I'm wrong, but did I spot your offices and a few of your staffers in a cameo? Dizzle was produced in association with Northwest Film Forum's Start-to-Finish grant program, which also helped fund films such as the previously Scarecrow on Seattle reviewed Police Beat. -Jen Koogler
PBS AIRS DOCUMENTARY ABOUT SEATTLE MUSIC SCENE
Last week PBS aired a short documentary that features current popular artists in Seattle's music scene. The film, Something in the Water directed by Ward Serrill, features interviews from KEXP, Sub Pop Records, and EMP, as well as performances by Macklemore, Shabazz Palaces, and the Head and the Heart. The piece aired on KCTS9 on October 21st, but is now online and available to watch if you missed it.
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