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HAPPY HOUR IS TONIGHT!
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The monthly Happy Hour networking event is more popular than ever, and if you haven't made it to our new location at the Barca Lounge, tonight is the perfect opportunity! Happy Hour is tonight, Wednesday, October 28, so we hope you can make it! Barca will be open exclusively for this event from 5:00 - 7:00pm, and will provide happy hour food and drink specials. Barca is located at 1510 11th Ave between Pike Street and Pine Street on Capitol Hill. Hope to see you there!
WASHINGTONFILMWORKS SEEKS ACCOUNTING MANAGER
Do you have strong analytical, bookkeeping and administrative skills and also have a passion for working in the film industry? WashingtonFilmWorks is seeking an Accounting Manager to be responsible for day-to-day fiscal operations and to oversee the organization's audit and review process for all qualified motion picture productions. WFW is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (6) organization that offers funding assistance to commercials, television and feature films shooting in Washington State. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2009. For more information on the position, WashingtonFilmWorks, and how to apply please visit the above link.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
SWAP IT, SPIN IT, BRING IT, SCREEN IT AT DIY HOLIDAY FAIR
Hollow Earth Radio
Hollow Earth Radio and The Vera Project seeks vendors for its DIY Holiday Fair on December 12. Vendors sought are Northwest record labels, print artists, crafters, zinemakers and record dealers. The event is being created to support the local music and art communities in the Northwest and to provide a way for the community to buy locally for the holidays as well as raise funds to support both Hollow Earth Radio and The Vera Project. Table fees and door donations will go to support both organizations. The fair will be held on December 12 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at The Vera Project. To be a vendor at the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org for the vendor form which is due on November 16.
"MUSICIANS AND LANDSCAPES" PHOTO EXHIBITION AT EASY STREET WEST SEATTLE
Easy Street Records
On Thursday, November 5, Easy Street West Seattle presents the first public exhibition of musicians by local photographer David Belisle. The show, "Musicians and Landscapes," will feature many of Belisle's photos of prominent musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, R.E.M., Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Band of Horses, Patti Smith, Eddie Vedder, Fleet Foxes and more. And, as the title implies, there will also be a generous number of Belisle's landscapes from his travels with these bands. The exhibition opens at 7:00 pm and as a special treat, Tiny Vipers will perform at 9:00 pm. West Seattle resident David Belisle was tour photographer and personal assistant to R.E.M. from 2001-2008 and is currently touring as photographer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. For more information on the exhibit and Belisle, visit the above link.
"BIZ KID$" SERIES WINS ENVIRONMENTAL MEDIA AWARD
Environmental Media Association
The locally-filmed educational TV series "Biz Kid$" won the Environmental Media Award this past weekend in Los Angeles. The episode The Green Economy won in the category for Children's Live Action, beating out Disney's "iCarly" and "Suite Life on Deck." The series teaches kids about money and business using sketch comedy and young actors. The EMAs honor film and television productions and individuals that increase public awareness of environmental issues and inspire personal action on these issues. Congratulations to the "Biz Kid$" team!
FILM FESTIVAL SUBMISSION DIRECTOR WANTED
Seattle's True Independent Film Festival (STIFF) is looking for an eager and energetic volunteer that is looking for a great opportunity to get some exposure and experience in the film and festival industry. The primary responsibilities will include being the point of contact for filmmakers and managing submissions. This person will be working directly with the Program Director and will play an integral part in the success of STIFF's 6th year. This can be a great entry level volunteer position that will give someone a foot in the door with the festival and with filmmakers locally and from around the world. Interested parties should contact email@example.com for more information.
EMP|SFM PRESENTS ROCK SYMPOSIUM AT ACT
The Central Heating Lab at ACT Theatre, along with EMP|SFM, present the Rock Symposium, two nights of fascinating discussion exploring how rock 'n' roll was a rallying cry for a cultural revolution and how the ACT's own Allen Theatre affected the Seattle cultural landscape in the '60s and '70s. On October 26, "Rock n' Roll and Revolution" explored the cultural and political influences of rock music, both locally and around the world. On Monday, November 2, "Seattle Rock, 1960s to the Present" will celebrate the great legacy of local music over the past fifty years Rock 'n' Roll. Rock Symposium is curated by Paul Dorpat and Kurt Beattie. Click the above link to purchase tickets and to view the list of featured guests.
JOIN INDIEFLIX AND LOCAL FILMMAKERS AT "FILMMAKING FOR ART'S SAKE" PANEL
Indieflix will host a panel conversation, "Filmmaking for Art's Sake" on November 3 at Central Cinema to discuss modern-day filmmaking and production on a budget. Local filmmaker Meredith Binder will be on hand for the Q&A. Binder recently produced and wrote the short Alistair MacLean: Y'did Nefesh (directed by the also local Andy Spletzer) which was awarded a 2009 STIFFY and is being distributed by Indieflix. After the Q&A, writer/director Ryan Gielen will screen his film The Graduates, an award-winning comedy about four friends who head to the beach without a care in the world. Join Binder, Gielen and other local filmmakers in the conversation beginning at 5:30 pm at Central Cinema.
DISCOVER NEW ITALIAN CINEMA AT INAUGURAL FESTIVAL
The inaugural New Italian Cinema Festival will run from November 17-21 at SIFF Cinema next month. A prestigious jury has selected the best Italian entries from the year's major European film festivals to make their US debuts and compete for the City of Florence Award. Attendees will enjoy not only a vibrant cinema showcase, but an immersion into Italy's rich and storied culture with directors present to illuminate their work in lively question-and-answer sessions. The festival is co-presented with SIFF and the New Italian Cinema Events, the Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association and sponsored by Pagliacci. Visit the above link for a full listing of films.
WHEEDLE'S GROOVE MAKES ITS WEST COAST PREMIERE AT OLYMPIA FILM FESTIVAL
Olympia Film Festival
After winning the Audience Award for Documentary at the Indie Memphis Film Festival, Wheedle's Groove will have its West Coast premiere at the 2009 Olympia Film Festival next month. It will screen at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 10 at the Historic Capitol Theatre. The film tells the story of Seattle's forgotten soul and funk music scene of the 1960s and 1970s. The director Jennifer Maas and several musicians from the film will be in attendance.
SEATTLE LESBIAN AND GAY FILM FESTIVAL WRAPS UP BEST EVER ATTENDED FESTIVAL
The Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (SLGFF) wrapped up its 14th year on October 25 after a stellar run featuring unique and edgy stories told on eleven screens throughout Seattle. SLGFF, produced by local nonprofit Three Dollar Bill Cinema, is well-known for offering the best in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film and video. The festival's juried and audience awards have been announced with Best Feature Film going to The Man Who Loved Yngve.
INTERN FOR SEATTLE JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Seattle Jewish Film Festival
The American Jewish Committee's Seattle Jewish Film Festival is seeking to fill two intern positions. The Festival Intern position requires a four-month commitment at 20 hours a week. Prior background in film, festival and event planning, grant writing, PR/communications, non-profit or Jewish organizations is not required, but encouraged. The Media & Communications Intern position should be filled by a media savvy high school or college student to help develop, administer and update the festival's social media, PR, outreach and communications efforts and will work part-time at a minimum of 10 hours a week. Click the above link for more information on both positions.
EXPLORE JAZZ IN THE PRESENT TENSE AT EARSHOT'S SCREENING OF ICONS AMONG US
Northwest Film Forum
John Comerford's locally produced documentary Icons Among Us will screen this weekend at Northwest Film Forum as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival. Catch a screening for a look into jazz today, as told by the musicians themselves. Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense is a look at jazz as it moves into the 21st century and features the talents of Bill Frisell, Ravi Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, local sax-man Skerik and many more. Members of the production team will be on hand for post-film discussions. Click the above link for tickets and more information.
WATCH PREMIERE OF GOOD FOOD ON KCTS 9
Tune in to the first TV broadcast of locally produced and acclaimed documentary, Good Food. The film visits the Pacific Northwest's innovative farmers, farmers' markets, stores, restaurants and public officials who are developing a more sustainable food system for all. The first TV broadcast follows screenings in many festivals, some theaters, university classes, and many food and farming activist settings. Tune in on November 12 at 10:00 pm on KYVE/47 Yakima and KCTS/9 Seattle.
SILENT MOVIE MONDAYS RETURN TO STG'S PARAMOUNT THEATRE
Seattle Theatre Group presents Silent Movie Mondays this November at The Paramount Theatre on Mondays at 7:00 pm. This all-classic silent film series will be accompanied by live music featuring the historic Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, one of the last three remaining organs of its kind to reside in its original environment, played by critically acclaimed organist Jim Riggs. The November series explores the early works of visionaries who created a science fiction film world from such malleable objects as cardboard cut outs, clay, and cedars. An Arabian prince, an evil sorcerer, underwater adventures, and baby brontosaurus populate the dreamland uncovered in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Adventures of Prince Achmed and The Lost World, easily some of the era's most innovative forays into science fiction and fantasy filmmaking. Individual film tickets are available online at the above link.
NEW ALICE IN CHAINS INTERACTIVE iPHONE APP JUST RELEASED
Alice In Chains released an iPhone app yesterday for its latest album Black Gives Way To Blue. The app features full songs, videos, news, photos and social networking; and includes as an impressive level of interactivity. Custom-built functionality allows fans to interact with each of the album's 11 tracks via a touch, drag and hold feature that reveals hidden visual elements. Check out a video at the above link to view the features.
WATCH LOCALLY-PRODUCED SERIES ON SEATTLE-NEPAL CONNECTIONS
The Seattle-based Pangeality Productions recently shot a series highlighting a variety of connections between Seattle and Nepal for Seattle Channel's CityStream program. Two of the three videos have already aired with the third to debut in the coming weeks. One story is about a local NGO who works on challenging the stigma of disability and takes local Rotarians to Nepal every year; another is about a local Tibetan family who sent their son there to be raised as a future spiritual leader and the third is about Bhutanese refugees being relocated to the Rainier Valley. To view the series on CityStream, click the above link.
NETWORK WITH SEATTLE MEDIA PEOPLE
Seattle Media People
Seattle Media People, a Seattle-based group for media professionals, is launching its first networking event. The event will let members of Seattle's media community network, share accomplishments and discuss industry trends. It all takes place Tuesday, November 3, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at The Lookout. To RSVP please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 10/19 - 10/25
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Brandi Carlile "Give Up the Ghost"
- Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
- Dutchess & The Duke "Sunset/Sunrise"
- Visqueen "Message to Garcia"
- Gossip "Music for Men"
- Alice in Chains "Black Gives Way to Blue"
- Cave Singers "Welcome Joy"
- Various Artists "Live at KEXP, Vol. 5"
- Brandi Carlile "Live at Easy Street"
- Blakes "Souvenir"
SEATTLE'S iLIKE'S ALI PARTOVI: MYSPACE & MUSIC'S BRIGHT FUTURE
On the occasion of the recent iLike/imeem/Google announcement, this interview done a few weeks ago by Digital Media Wire's Jay Baage with Ali Partovi, CEO & Co-Founder, iLike seems particularly worth sharing. Partovi talks about a new golden age for music, iLike's purchase by MySpace and where he thinks the partnership is headed. Click the above link to watch the interview.
KEXP'S NEW METAL SHOW, SEEK AND DESTROY, STARTS SATURDAY
Hannah Levin writes, "From the first day I was brought on board at KEXP just over two years ago, I've been a vocal (read: periodically obnoxious) advocate for an increase in our programming of hard rock and metal. KEXP has a de facto emphasis on independent artists, while hard rock and metal are historically perceived as the major label fodder of repetitive, mainstream radio programming. Because of those dovetailing factors, it can initially be difficult to see why it's so important that we begin pulling harder stuff into the mix." Levin and co-host Tanner Ellison will scour the globe for unearthed gemes in all of metal's subgenres, from thrash and grindcore to death and black metal as well as re-examining the classics. Seek and Destroy will launch, fittingly, on Halloween from midnight until 2:00 am and continue every Saturday thereafter.
CORNISH COLLEGE CELEBRATES 30 YEARS AS CONCERT PRESENTER
Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle's longtime leader in experimental classical-music presentation, is busting at the seams this year with new activity. The occasion: the school's 30th anniversary as a concert presenter. Cornish Music Department Chair Kent Devereaux, who came onboard in 2008, wants to remind Seattleites of the stellar lineup of musical stars who've appeared here in the past: John Adams, Philip Glass, Toru Takemitsu, Joshua Bell, John Cage, Lou Harrison. "It just goes on and on and on." To view what's coming up next in the line-up, click the above link.
SEATTLE HIP HOP GETTING NATIONAL RECOGNITION
More proof that Seattle's hiphop scene is in its moment, the CMJ's hiphop chart holds three works that were produced by locals artists: The Blue Scholar's Oof, which is at number 3; D.Black's Ali'yah, which is at 4; and the Physics' High Society, which is at 16. Last week, CMJ's music festival had no less than four acts from the Seattle area: THEESatisfaction, D. Black, Grynch, and Champagne Champagne.