|News from the Office of Film + Music
HAPPY HOUR IS TONIGHT AT SPITFIRE
Seattle Office of Film + Music
Join us at Spitfire tonight Wednesday, October 27 for the monthly Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour networking event. Spitfire will be open exclusively for the event from 5:00 - 7:00 pm and is located at 2219 4th Avenue in Belltown (between Blanchard and Bell). We hope to see you at Spitfire for food, drink and networking!
CITY OF MUSIC FESTIVAL CONTINUES THIS WEEKEarshot Jazz Festival October 15-November 7
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:
"FILMMAKING RESOURCES IN OUR COMMUNITY" PANEL DISCUSSION
Come show off your best networking and listening skills at the "Filmmaking Resources in our Community" panel discussion and networking event on November 6 from 4 to 6 pm. Representatives from Northwest Film Forum, Washington Film Works and Seattle Office of Film + Music will be there to discuss information about essential resources and opportunities within Seattle for filmmakers. This event is free and made possible by Artist Trust as part of the I Am An Artist Professional Development Weekend. More information can be found at the link above.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
ANDY KOTOWICZ - REST IN PEACE
This past weekend Andy Kotowicz passed away after he and his daughter were involved in a terrible car accident. Andy was the Vice President of Sales and Direct Marketing at Sub Pop Records, but more importantly, Andy was a kind, fun-loving member of our community who will be forever missed by the people who knew him and the thousands of people who benefitted from his work. I first met Andy in the early days of The Vera Project. He was always supportive of our work through putting Sub Pop bands on our unworthy little stage and directing donations our way. He always greeted people with a smile and genuine curiosity. He also was quick witted and remarked on life in a manner that would make the writers at The Onion proud. He was at the core of what makes Sub Pop a great company and the Seattle music scene special. My sincerest prayers go out to his family to find the strength to make it through their most intense loss.
In memory, honor and celebration of the life of Andy Kotowicz, there will be a memorial service held at Seattle's Town Hall on Monday, November 1st, beginning at 1:00 pm.
SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE LAUNCHES GRADUATE PROGRAMS
Seattle Film Institute
Amazing news for local film students: The Seattle Film Institute has just been approved to offer a Master of Arts Degree in Producing for Film and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Filmmaking. The Institute says they have shaped these new programs to address the current realities of filmmaking and to take advantage of Seattle's unique identity as a hub for technology, independent filmmaking and the creative arts. Taught by working professionals, the programs will also feature innovative and flexible curricula designed to be responsive to the ever-evolving filmmaking landscape. Says SFI director David Shulman, "The time is right for a new model in film education, and Seattle is the ideal location." Both degree programs make their debut February 2011, but SFI is hosting an informational meeting Saturday, November 20. Follow the link for more details.
INTERN WITH THE VERA PROJECT
The Vera Project
The Vera Project, Seattle's all-ages music space, is looking for a new intern. The Booking and Promotions Intern assists The Vera Project's Booking Manager with all aspects of booking and promotions. This position provides an excellent opportunity to become familiar with an integral part of Vera's programming operations. The booking and promotions assistant will distribute posters for upcoming shows once a week for upcoming shows. He/she will also work on new and interesting ways of promoting and while staying on top of current promotions that keep Vera in the public's eye. Promoting shows is very important to Vera and will be an integral part of this position. Priority for this internship will go to those 16 to 24 years of age. For more information, follow the link.
ARTS EDUCATION FORUM WITH MAYOR MCGINN
The sixth annual Arts in Education Forum is a student-directed community forum about creative learning and student success. A panel of Seattle students will lead a discussion with Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle Public Schools' Susan Enfield about how the arts engage, challenge and motivate young people. Bring your own questions for the panel of students and policymakers and learn more about how the city and Seattle Public Schools are partnering to help ensure arts learning can be a part of a basic education for all students. Continue the conversation over light refreshments at a post-forum reception. The panel will take place on Monday, November 8 from 6:30-7:30 pm at Seattle University.
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR INTERNSHIP AT NWFF
Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum seeks an outgoing, responsible and detail-oriented Volunteer Coordination Intern. This position will act as the liaison between the volunteer corps and staff of the organization and will work with the administrative and events staff to fill volunteer positions (including admin support, box office/concessionaires, projectionists, other interns, street team and special events). Interns will help design an effective structure for hiring new volunteers and managing existing ones. Volunteer coordination is an essential skill for anyone interested in nonprofit management. This position is hands-on and will provide many opportunities for leadership. Candidates should be able to work independently, be personable and enjoy meeting new people, be comfortable and organized answering email and be an excellent communicator. This unpaid internship requires 10-20 hours a week, and the deadline to apply is November 1.
JIMI HENDRIX FOR KIDS
Though his life and death are wrought with controversy, Jimi Hendrix's journey began in Seattle with an earnest and creative take on the world. Colorful in personality, dress and guitar licks, Hendrix's contributions to rock and roll changed music forever. And it was because of his unique vision and talent that he was able to overcome poverty and gain international success. Now children can learn important life lessons from Hendrix's story in a new children's book, Jimi Sounds Like A Rainbow by Gary Golio. Golio, who is also a child therapist, explains, "Many of the kids I see if I say to them, 'what do you want to be when you grow up?' A lot of them say 'I don't know'... If you don't have a goal as a young person, you're really adrift. Jimi had nothing materially, he was quite poor, but in his imagination, inside of himself, he lived a very rich inner life." Follow the link for the full story and to see excerpts from the book.
CITY SEEKS DIRECTOR FOR THE OFFICE OF ARTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS
The city of Seattle is seeking a director to lead the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. The department director reports to the Mayor and the position appointment must be confirmed by the Seattle City Council. The director manages specific programs and services that provide funding, technical assistance and advocacy for artists, organizations, neighborhood groups, educators and students, as well as the commission of the city's artworks through the 1% for Art program. Applicants must have at least five years experience directing and managing professional level staff in business, governmental or non-profit arts organizations and at least four years of executive management experience. The application deadline is 4 pm, Tuesday, November 9. Learn more about the position and how to apply at the link above.
SEATTLE SUPPORTS 44 ARTISTS WITH $200,000 IN AWARDS
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs has announced $200,000 in awards to 44 individual artists working in the performing arts, including dance, music, theater and multi-disciplinary projects. Seattle's CityArtist Projects annual funding program helps individual artists based in Seattle develop and present their work. The 2011 program received 125 applications. Seventeen of the 44 artists funded are first-time recipients, representing 39 percent of applicants. The awards range from $1,500 to $10,000, with an average award of $4,545. Recipients include orchestral composer Jherek Bischoff, salsa and jazz artist Alexander Chadsey, interactive media artist Lori Dillon and glass artist/musician/videographer Etsuko Ichikawa. To see a full listing of award recipients, follow the link.
LIGHT IN THE ATTIC RECORDS SEEKING INTERN
Light In The Attic
Light In The Attic Records is currently looking for some music lovers to come in and intern, helping out around the office and on special occasions. A great opportunity for anyone who has ever been curious about the independent side of the music industry, this internship would help you get an insider's look at all that goes on behind the scenes. You should be available one day during the work week, and usually no more than 5 hours at a time is needed. If interested, please send a little information about yourself and a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE FIRST THURSDAYS AT EMP|SFM
Free First Thursdays at EMP|SFM offers free admission and music from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on the first Thursday of the month during winter hours. November's Free First Thursday features one of Seattle's most exciting emerging rock bands, The Courage. After several years of what was becoming a successful solo career, Noah Gundersen and his backup band gradually transformed into The Courage. With orchestral anthems, ambient guitar rock and thoughtful lyrics, Fearful Bones is a tremendous debut album for a band that has been together for less than a year. In this short time, they have crafted innovative new material with soaring melodies, stunning violin lines and a tight rhythm section, making this four piece one of Seattle's most exciting emerging bands. This month's free Thursday is on November 4.
LOCAL FILM "THE DAY MY PARENTS BECAME COOL" SIGNS INDIEFLIX DISTRIBUTION DEAL
The Day My Parents Became Cool
It's always exciting to see a local film have lots of success at festivals across the country. It helps promote our city's industry, represents Seattle to the rest of the US and encourages other local filmmakers to keep making their art. Steve Edmiston's short film The Day My Parents Became Cool is one such success story. The film recently returned from New York (Brooklyn's WilliFest) and continued its run around the regional film festival circuit this past month, including the Snohomish Carnegie International Film Festival (Best Film Grand Prize), Gig Harbor Film Festival (Best Short Film First Runner Up) and the Northwest Film Forum Local Sightings Festival. The 16-minute film has also been picked up for distribution as part of the new IndieFlix Film Festival in a Box program. Congratulations to the film!
SPOOKY SHORTS IN MADISON PARK TONIGHT
Play the new IndieFlix movie game, Film Festival in a Box tonight in Madison Park. Kick off your Halloween by watching four short, spooky movies. The Best Picture will be chosen by the group as part of the interactive movie experience. Enjoy complimentary wine, light hors d'oeurves and other goodies. Festivities begin at 6:00 with movies from 7:00 to 7:30 pm. Appropriate for ages 10 and older. Check out the link above for more information.
SEATTLE TO TEAM UP WITH NEW ORLEANS FOR "BILOCAL" ARTS PROJECT
Local non-profit Essential Arts is launching an innovative new arts program that unites musicians, filmmakers and artists from Seattle and New Orleans in a collaborative effort to create works about the nature of community. The project, entitled "Bilocal: Seattle/New Orleans," kicks off this November here in Seattle with a series of exhibitions before reconvening next April in New Orleans to bring everything full-circle. After April, a new "Bilocal" program will be announced, pairing Seattle with another city, another community. Filmmaker Ben Kasulke and songwriter/pianist Robin Holcomb are slated to represent Seattle in the project, joining a diverse group of six writers, six graphic designers and a NOLA filmmaking ensemble. In line with the project's theme, proceeds for "Bilocal" will benefit investigative journalism in the Gulf. For more details, follow the link.
"ART ZONE" OPEN STUDIO
Last week's "Art Zone with Nancy Guppy" was the show's "all-performance" episode. The Open Studio featured Jim Bartz and his StringStation, Darragh Kennan performing "Hamlet," jazz flautist Bernie Jacobs Jr., Steve Fisk on the new film, I Am Secretly An Important Man and hip-hop artists Fresh Espresso. You can watch the show online at the link above, and be sure to stay tuned for upcoming episodes of "Art Zone" on Seattle Channel 21. This Friday's show will feature filmmaker Dale Goodson, Mayor's Arts Award recipient Velocity Dance Center, highlights from the 2010 Gregory Awards and groovy tunes from Mt St Helens Vietnam Band.
FIRST TUESDAY WITH THEFILMSCHOOL
This month's First Tuesday with TheFilmSchool is all about pitching your ideas successfully. Filmmakers have the chance to bring their best film ideas and pitch it to the group, which features John Jacobsen (MogaJacobsen, TheFilmSchool) as judge/coach. Suggestions for improvement will be made in order to help your films become a reality. The event takes place at Roy St. Coffee on November 2 from 6:30-8:30 pm.
NFFTY LAUNCHES YOUTH FILM WORKSHOPS
This fall, the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) will provide professional level training in all aspects of filmmaking to middle and high school age students. NFFTY will be presenting Youth Filmmaking Excellence: Professional-Level Training for Young Filmmakers, and "How To Tell YOUR Story" is the first in the series. This event is a screenwriting workshop instructed by Rick Stevenson of TheFilmSchool on November 13, 2010 at the Maxwell Hotel. For more information and to sign up, visit the link above.
SARATHAN RECORDS LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE MARKETING DIVISION
Sarathan Online Services
Sarathan Records is unveiling its new online marketing division, Sarathan Online Services (SOS). SOS is a music marketing and PR service that connects artists and independent labels with online media outlets and prospective fans. The new SOS Division is managed by Amy Bauer, the brains behind our partner event: the annual (and hugely successful) SxSeattle Music Showcase at the South by Southwest Music Conference. Using podcasts, blogs, social media, webzines and other online outlets, SOS will help fuel a relationship between musicians, their managers and the individuals interested in supporting the music. For more information about the new services, follow the link above.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 10/14 - 10/26
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Moondoggies "Tidelands"
- Head and the Heart "Self Titled"
- Various Artists "Live at KEXP, Vol. 6"
- Corin Tucker "1,000 Years"
- Soundgarden "Telephantasm"
- Black Mountain "Wilderness Heart"
- Young Evils "Enchanted Chapel"
- Caspar Babypants "This Is Fun!"
- Moondoggies "Don't Be a Stranger"
- Fences "Fences"
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:
HK COMEDY'S "Junk"
Junk is an independent comedy written and directed by northwest native Kevin Hamedani and produced by Eugene Gershman and Eugene Luskin. The film follows a writer and director team as they visit the Outsider Film Festival to pitch their new project to legendary B-movie producer Yukio Tai (James Hong). The film includes cameo appearances by directors Lynn Shelton, Scott Sanders, and Nick Jasenovic and Troll 2 star George Hardy. The production filmed in Seattle this September and October, utilizing many neighborhoods and locations, and employing over 50 local cast and crew. "Though I now live and work in LA," writes Hamedani, "I knew Seattle was the perfect place to make this film about passionate young independent filmmakers."
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.
The Changeling (1980)
Seattle has always struck me a great place for a horror film. We've got creepy underground tunnels, shadowy Victorian mansions, dark forests, frightening native legends, and even a haunted fish market! Over the years a few really exciting horror films (and a couple not-so exciting ones) have been shot here. My favorite is The Changeling, starring George C. Scott as a recently widowed composer who purchases a Seattle area mansion in hopes of putting his past behind him. The mansion, with its darkened hallways and large empty rooms becomes a sort of metaphor for the character's life, and like himself, it too is haunted. What makes this movie work is its subtlety. It is a big movie, with a big star - and yet is filmed with a sense of intimacy. We feel badly for Scott because he isn't the typical horror movie victim. He is a strong, intelligent, man with a very human fragility, and a strong faith which is sorely tested. Truly one of the great overlooked horror films of the 1980's.
CITY ARTS FEST ROUNDUP
City Arts Blog
After an amazing first run, the inaugural City Arts Fest has come to a close. But thanks to the almighty blogosphere, you can still relive some of the magic from last weekend. Of course the City Arts Blog is abuzz with festival reviews as well as a live photo slideshow and day-by-day recaps. Seattle Met posted highlights from the Seattle 100 event as well as a slideshow from the festival's Hip-Hop showcase, which featured local artists Macklemore and the Blue Scholars. Seattlest also has concert galleries, including this one from the Gogol Bordello show at Showbox and plenty of reviewer commentary. If you missed any of the past week's excitement, make sure to check everything out!
YOUNG EVILS ARE NPR'S SONG OF THE DAY
"Get Over It" by the Young Evils is NPR's Song of the Day today. The Seattle-based duo has been topping the charts lately with their catchy pop tunes reminiscent of the 1950s. Writes NPR, "Sounding for all the world like jaded juvenile delinquents on a sugar-fueled joyride, [Troy] Nelson and fellow singer Mackenzie Mercer cruise through their debut album with a mix of snotty indie-rock and vulnerable '50s doo-wop, with head-turning results." You can catch these up-and-comers on November 26 at the Crocodile.
GHOST VIEWING WITH BRANDI CARLILE
The New Yorker
In a recent issue of The New Yorker, the recipient of the 2010 City of Music Breakthrough Award, Brandi Carlile, speaks about ghosts. In a very Halloween appropriate article, the singer-songwriter visits a haunted house with her band mates, Phil and Tim Hanseroth aka "The Twins." After touring for years together, the three are like family, a bond that shows in their music. This dynamic that has developed amongst the musicians has helped fuel the band's interest in the supernatural (hence haunted house visits while on tour) as well as their latest album title, Give Up the Ghost. The article states, "the band has been trying to unravel the mystery of its live performances: what is it that makes a show good, and how can it be captured on a record?" To read more about Carlile's music and her spooky pastimes, follow the link above.
SCHOOL OF ROCK ALL-STARS ON "DANCING WITH THE STARS"
School of Rock
Last night's episode of "Dancing with the Stars" featured performances from Seattle's own Heart as well as members of the School of Rock All-Stars. School of Rock gives kids an opportunity to learn about and participate in rock music, a genre not often offered by school music programs. These young performers write their own music and perform at events around the city and country. The School of Rock will also be performing Heart's "Crazy On You" on the show's Best of the Northwest episode in January. For more information about School of Rock, follow the link.
Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel White, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
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