|Film + Music Newsletter
Happy Halloween from your Film + Music team!
FILM + MUSIC OFFICE SEEKING INTERN TO START BEGINNING OF JANUARY
The Film + Music Office will be accepting applications until November 30th for an internship position that will start in January . The position is a six month commitment and 20 hours a week. Prior background in film or music is not required. Candidates must have strong communication and organizational/research skills, as well as being self-motivated. As an intern you will become a member of Film and Music team and be responsible for a host of ongoing duties as well as special projects. For more information about the position, visit our website or contact Jill Bletz at Jill.Bletz@Seattle.gov or 206.233.2051.
2007 MUSICTECH SUMMIT IS NOW SOLD OUT!
The Film + Music Office is proud to support the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy to bring you the 2nd annual MusicTech Summit, hosted at the Experience Music Project Nov. 2nd and 3rd. 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 Terry McBride, CEO of Nettwerk Music Group.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
THE VERA PROJECT RECORDING STUDIO OPENS NOVEMBER 15TH!
For years Vera has dreamed of complementing our innovative Live Sound Education Program with Studio Recording. This dream has finally become a reality. The studio will provide community access to quality recording facilities and ongoing recording education programming. Thanks to generous donations from Mackie/Loud, Lucid, Symetrix, Guitar Center, Bear Creek Studio, 4Culture and many others, the studio features top-notch acoustic design and professional equipment that will help produce great recordings while giving participants firsthand experience with industry-standard gear.
BANISHED: AMERICAN ETHNIC CLEANSINGS
The Underground Railroad Film Series welcomes filmmaker Marco Williams (The Two Towns of Jasper) for Seattle premiere of his acclaimed work, Banished: American Ethnic Cleansings. Between the Civil War and the Great Depression, dozens of Southern Counties banished thriving African-American communities. Today, these counties remain virtually all white and their victims' descendants remain uncompensated. African-American filmmaker Marco Williams interviews both groups, traveling to Forsyth County (Georgia), Pierce City (Missouri) and Harrison (Arkansas). He takes an incendiary subject and through force of personality weaves a thoughtful investigation of racism, responsibility and real estate. Williams will be on hand to discuss the film on Friday, November 2, at a free 1pm matinee screening at the Seattle Art Museum and the 7pm community screening at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center.
SEATTLE SCREENWRITERS WIN AWARDS IN AUSTIN
Winners of the Austin Film Festival 2007 Screenplay/Teleplay Competition have been announced. Seattle scribes, Geof Miller and Troy Hunter took the top prize for sci-fi screenplay for "Keys to the Kingdom." Last year, Brian MacDonald nabbed the honor. Can Seattle make it a three-peat in 2008
UPCOMING ARTIST TRUST WORKSHOPS: "HOW TO BUILD A STRONG GRANT APPLICATION"
Artist Trust's Director of Programs, Heather Joy Helbach-Olds, will present information about how to successfully apply for grants, with tips on preparing a strong grant application, including work sample "do's and don't's," artist résumés and project proposals. Expect detailed information on how to best prepare all the materials necessary for a professional grant application. The workshops are free for artists working in all disciplines, but pre-registration is required.
AUDIOSOCKET: A NEW ONLINE MUSIC LICENSING AGENCY
Adiosocket, Inc., a new online music licensing agency, has begun taking musician submission for licensing and promotional placement. After 2 years of development Audiosocket is selecting submissions for quality independent music of all genres as it prepares to make its service available to the world of music supervisors. Audiosocket is an innovative online music licensing agency that represents music for placement in Film, TV, Advertising, Video Games and Web Media.
ECLECTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL THIS SATURDAY
This year's lineup includes performances from GoodyBagg, Paula Maya, Cherie Seymore & Soul Moving, Buddy Wakefield, and many more. The Eclectic Music Festival is designed to highlight local up and coming musical talent, as well as musicians who are known from different genres of music --- more specifically World Music. A percentage of the proceeds will be given to VH1's Save the Music Foundation. EM-Fest's goal is to raise $5,000 for VH1 Save the Music Foundation. Tickets available are now on sale.
ALICE IN CHAINS AND ANN & NANCY WILSON TO HEADLINE 10TH ANNIVERSARY SYMPHONY GUILD BENEFIT CONCERT
Matt Messina and the Symphony Guild present their 10th anniversary benefit concert, Symphony Legacy. Special guest performers Alice in Chains and Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart will perform some of their favorite songs while backed by over 200 musicians, including the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, the Northwest Girlchoir, an Australian Didgeridoo performer, dancers, and a patient musician from the hospital, in a unique performance at Benaroya Hall! The benefit is happening on November 2, tickets are now on sale.
SARATHAN RECORDS ANNOUNCES VIDEO CONTEST FOR TWO LOONS FOR TEA'S SONG
Win a $2500 Amazon.com gift certificate for your creativity! All you have to do is make an original video for the song "Monkey" by our band Two Loons for Tea ALL submissions from US residents older than 18 are welcome. Two winners- One chosen by public voting on YouTube and one chosen by Sarathan Records - will receive gift certificates. For complete rules and details please visit Sarathan's website
WASHINGTON LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS ADMIT ONE: A BENEFIT FOR ARTISTS NEEDING LEGAL ASSISTANCE
Washington Lawyers for the Arts (WLA) presents Admit One, a benefit for artists needing legal assistance, Thursday, November 8 at 6:00 pm, at Central Cinema in Seattle. This entertaining variety show will feature an evening of locally made short films, including a film by writer-producer Wes Kim, improvisational theater by Seattle's WingIt Productions, live music from local artists Roberto Sanchez and Euclides Apari cio and a silent auction.
2008 LA FILM FESTIVAL CALLS FOR ENTRIES
Held annually in June, Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival showcases the best of American and international cinema over the course of ten days. Film Independent will be accepting film submissions for the 2008 Festival starting November 1st. The final entry deadline for short films and music videos is February 18, while the final deadline for feature-length (50 minutes or more) narrative and documentary films is March 3. Discounted entry fees are available for submission received by the early deadline of November 30; the regular deadline is January 11.
FIRST THURSDAY ART WALK AT THE GIBSON SHOWROOM IN PIONEER SQUAREEVENT
Thursday November 1st Gibson Guitar is hosting musical performance by Camille Bloom and original artwork by Brad Klausen. This event will be held in the Gibson Showroom and is open to the public.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 10/22-10/28
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard, Fremont, and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
1 - Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild
2 - The Blakes - The Blakes
3 - Various Artists - Live at KEXP Vol. 3
4 - Cave Singers - Invitaion Song
5 - Brandi Carlile - Live at Easy Street
6 - Siberian - With Me
7 - Peral Jam - Live at Easy Street
8 - New Pornographers - Challengers
9 - Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
10 - Minus the Bear - Planet of Ice
FOR BELLEVUE TEENAGERS, FILM IS THE ART OF AMBITION
Now, Jeff Prahl, 18; Zach Wittman, 17; and Devin Greger, 16, will debut their nearly two-hour-long feature film this weekend at the Lincoln Square Cinemas in downtown Bellevue. They wrote, produced and directed the film all on their own. The three have been making movies together since they were kids in their Vuecrest neighborhood. It started when Prahl's family bought a camcorder when he was 13. Inspired by "James Bond," the boys concocted their own fake blood and filmed an hourlong action movie in seven months.
LIVE FROM THE MET: OPERA ON THE BIG SCREEN
It's here: the Metropolitan Opera's schedule of live high-definition broadcasts in movie theaters, with tickets to go on sale to the general public Nov. 9. After a successful inaugural season of these broadcasts last season, the Met is upping the number of broadcasts from six to eight, and adding "encore performances" of each production on the day after the initial broadcast.
SEATTLENOISE: THE CAVE SINGERS
True folk music is born from people needing to find a shared experience. Fudesco and Quirk began writing songs together in 2006 in the basement of their shared house, knowing only that they wanted to focus on writing and playing without amps. Surprising even themselves, they emerged with rolling, acoustic guitar-driven folk songs spiked by Quirk's burnished vocals. All three members are veterans of Seattle's post-punk scene -- Quirk sang for Hint Hint, Fudesco played bass for Murder City Devils and Pretty Girls Make Graves, and Lund drummed with Cobra High -- and that makes the band's subdued and seated live performance all the more interesting.
A DEAD MAN, BURIED TREASURE, AND THE GHOST THAT HAUNTS ROBERT LANG STUDIO
From the outside, the house doesn't look haunted. Robert Lang's whitewashed, concrete and brick villa seems more suited for the Spanish coast than the Seattle suburb of Richmond Beach. Lang's home is also one of the Northwest's premier recording studios, and inside is the proof of a successful music career: walls hung with framed gold records by Nirvana, Dave Matthews Band, Death Cab for Cutie, Damian Marley, and Candlebox. It isn't on public display, but Lang has evidence of less corporeal visitations as well: a photo of a ghostlike apparition, stories of inexplicable gear failure, and colleagues willing to offer testimony. The legend of Robert Lang Studio goes beyond the historic recording sessions that have happened here (the last for Nirvana, the first for the Foo Fighters) and into the realm of the supernatural.
DESPITE NOTABLE YEAR, MAINSTREAM SUCCESS ELUDES SHORT FILMS
The short has enjoyed a year of mainstream attention. As a prelude to "The Darjeeling Limited," Wes Anderson created the 13-minute "Hotel Chevalier." Earlier this year "Paris, Je T'Aime" assembled 18 well-known directors to each make a short film set in a Paris arrondissement. And Pixar again released a highly anticipated animated feature ("Ratatouille") with a memorable short played beforehand ("Lifted"). Yet widespread popularity has proved elusive for the short film. While the short story remains a great tradition in literature, the cinematic equivalent is largely marginalized.
FLASH AND SUBSTANCE MEET AT THE KEYBOARD OF AWADAGIN PRATT
With his dreadlocks and his penchant for bright-hued Versace shirts on the concert stage, pianist Awadagin Pratt can safely be called one-of-a-kind among his concert-artist colleagues. Fortunately, all this flash is backed up by the solid excellence of Pratt's technical and interpretive skills at the keyboard: substance as well as style.
JIMI HENDRIX COMES ALIVE THROUGH POPA CHUBBY'S GUITAR
New York bluesman Popa Chubby describes Jimi Hendrix as "a big moment in my life." Popa Chubby brings his Hendrix-inspired show to the Highway 99 Blues Club Thursday night at 8:30, playing songs from his new two-CD album, "Electric Chubbyland," a twist on Hendrix's famous New York recording studio, Electric Ladyland. The album includes powerful versions of "Foxy Lady," "Red House," "Purple Haze" and other Hendrix classics. He'll also do songs from "Stealing the Devil's Guitar" (2006) and other albums.
JOANNA NEWSOM LEAPS TO BENAROYA -- AND BRINGS AN ORCHESTRA
It's not every day an indie-rock darling makes the jump from The Showbox to Benaroya Hall's posh S. Mark Taper Auditorium. Of course, it's not every indie-rock darling who plays the harp and brings a 29-piece orchestra.
STUDIOS OFFER NEW PROPOSALS TO AVERT WRITERS STRIKE
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The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on Thursday offered a modified package of proposals in a bid to keep fractious negotiations alive six days before the expiration of the writers contract. The writers and producers have made little progress in negotiating a new contract to replace one that expires Oct. 31, leading many studios to prepare for the first writers strike in nearly two decades.
'AMERICAN SABOR' AT EMP
One of the Northwest's iconic songs owes its roots to the cha cha. And The Kingsmen's Spanish tinge in Louie Louie is just one example of Latino influence in American music. Experience Music Project's Jasen Emmons helped chart this influence in the museum's latest exhibit, American Sabor. He says the collection highlights an important chapter in our multicultural songbook. Dave Beck visits the Experience Music Project to talk with Jasen Emmons about the new exhibit.
CLEAR CHANNEL FACES CLASS ACTION ALLEGING INFLATED TICKET PRICES
A federal judge has granted class action status in a lawsuit alleging that Clear Channel Communications, the nation's largest radio broadcaster, used its market dominance to illegally inflate concert ticket prices. The suit, which combines five existing actions in different regions, states that radio is by far the most effective marketing tool for artists to promote concerts, and that Clear Channel's clout in that market "obligates artists who would otherwise turn to other concert promoters to use Clear Channel's promotion services."
WHAT STOCKPILING L.A. PRODUCTION LULLS
L.A.'s latest report on location activity draws a surprising conclusion: The studios' rush to accelerate film and TV production because of strike fears was largely over by the third quarter. FilmL.A., which offers film-permitting and other location services, said there were 6.5% fewer on-location production days recorded in the July-September quarter compared with the same period a year ago.
VID GAME COMPOSERS GOING FOR HIGH SCORES
The video game is the new radio. Or is it the new CD Or the new score soundtrack Maybe it's all of the above. Like radio, video games now serve as a way for artists to be discovered, and many acts are breaking thanks to song placements. Sales of games by far outshine CDs -- Halo 3, for example, made $170 million in sales its first day on the market. And as far as scoring goes, some of the most innovative orchestral music is being produced for video games. Many such scores are now even being performed live by full orchestras to eager fans.
CATCH A FLICK WITH THE FISHES IN WEST SEATTLE
For those who've lived in West Seattle in the past 60 or so years, the Admiral is faded, but still cherished, even as sprouting condominiums change the flavor of the neighborhood around the theater at California Avenue Southwest and Southwest Admiral Way. But as the rest of the neighborhood marches forward, the theater is trying to return to its roots. The manager of the theater, Steve Garrett, wants to bring it back to its old glory and quirkiness. He plans to apply for grants and raise money to pay for the renovations, which will cost about $3 million. He's planning to give the Admiral new life by renovating it, so the theater will light up for comedy and music acts, not just darken for movies.
DISC JOCKEY FOUND GUILTY IN ASSAULT OF OFFICER AT MEMORIAL STADIUM
A well-known Seattle disc jockey was convicted Friday of assaulting a police officer outside a high school football game last fall. Toby Campbell, known in area clubs as DV One, faces a one- to three-month jail term under the state's sentencing guidelines, said Lisa Daugaard, his court-appointed attorney. A sentencing date has not yet been set. Campbell was convicted on one count of third-degree assault after a weeklong trial in King County Superior Court. Jurors took 2 1/2 days to reach a verdict.
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE, GUESTS CAP SHOW WITH INDIE SINGALONG
The old-world majesty of The Moore's sit-down theater is an unlikely venue for the stand-up-and-shout indie rock of Broken Social Scene -- and when the band took the stage Friday night, they let the crowd know they were uncomfortable with the whole sit-down thing. "Let's pretend there are 1,800 people here," Drew said, commenting on the small audience in a large theater. "Tonight, everyone has to be three people."
BAND OF HORSES: LOVELINESS FOR ITS OWN SAKE
Band of Horses didn't waste time carving out an instantly recognizable sound: Between the majestically churning guitars and Ben Bridwell's soaring, high-pitched vocals, each song functions as a dreamy, instantly recognizable mini-anthem, epic in sound but still restrained in the right places.
VINYL MAY BE FINAL NAIL IN CD'S COFFIN
As counterintuitive as it may seem in this age of iPods and digital downloads, vinyl -- the favorite physical format of indie music collectors and audiophiles -- is poised to re-enter the mainstream, or at least become a major tributary. Talk to almost anyone in the music business' vital indie and DJ scenes and you'll encounter a uniformly optimistic picture of the vinyl market. "I'm hearing from labels and distributors that vinyl is way up," said Ian Connelly, client relations manager of independent distributor alliance IODA, in an e-mail interview. "And not just the boutique, limited-edition colored vinyl that Jesu/Isis-style fans are hot for right now."
RISE OF THE MUSICAL MIDDLE CLASS
The digital music revolution has fractured media consumption into niches, shifted creation and distribution from the few to the many and nearly leveled the playing field between the powerful labels and the committed individual.
GARFIELD KIDS AND PERSON SWING, AND CUONG VU TRIO CHALLENGES
The young disciples of the Garfield High School jazz band amply backed up old master Houston Person Saturday night for two sets at the Triple Door. While experience carried the night, it was youth that stole the show. Person, known for his breathy, bluesy style and his longtime partnership with the late vocalist Etta Jones, fronted the big band for renditions of the Louis Prima ballad "A Sunday Kind of Love," the swing classic "Sentimental Journey" and Illinois Jacquet's "Black Velvet."
A HEAD-TO-HEAD HIP-HOP HOMECOMING
The brainchild of Seattle hip-hop artists, club owners and managers, the first Red Bull Big Tune tour finishes Thursday at Neumos on Capitol Hill. "Seattle is where the program originated," back when it was a Seattle-only event in 2004, said co-creator and media liaison Jonathan Moore. Since then, Big Tune has gone national. "Bringing it back here for the finals is like a homecoming," Moore said.
STARBUCKS TO RELEASE CD BY HILARY MCRAE
After releasing albums by Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell, Starbucks' new record label is putting out a disc by newcomer Hilary McRae. Hear Music, launched earlier this year by coffee retailer Starbucks Corp. and Concord Music Group, said the 21-year-old singer-songwriter's CD will be released next spring.
SAMUEL STEPHENS, BEHIND REGION'S HIP-HOP, DIES AT 48
The public may know Samuel Stephens best as a co-founder of Ezell's Famous Chicken, but others knew him best as Sam Stephens, who helped give birth to Seattle's hip-hop community. From a basement studio he built in his Central Area home, he gave national and local artists their starts. When gangsta rap was just fledgling, Mr. Stephens served as a neutral figure as he invited talented musicians in opposing gangs to lay down tracks. What he cared about was that young people got a chance at self-expression. Mr. Stephens, who most recently lived in Lynnwood, died Oct. 21 at the University of Washington Medical Center.
UNIONS BACK WRITERS AS TALKS RESUME
Major Hollywood unions were lining up behind TV and film writers on Tuesday as last-minute contract talks resumed amid fears of a possible strike. A powerful branch of the Teamsters union told its 4,500 members they can honor picket lines if TV and film writers strike after their contract expires at midnight Wednesday. Teamsters Local 399 said in a Web posting that as a union it has a legal obligation to honor its contracts with producers. But the local, which represents truck drivers, casting directors and location managers, said the clause does not apply to individuals, who are protected by federal law from employer retribution if they honor picket lines.
THE ART OF THE HORROR FILM SOUNDTRACK
Horror film scores and soundtracks generally only enter pop-culture dialogue when a notable name is at the helm (Trent Reznor seems to supplement his dwindling income via soundtrack-production gigs), and even then it's often via a mediocre nu-metal single "inspired" by the movie that plays as the credits roll. The Seattle Weekly has compiled a small slice of the most effective accompaniments, with an inherent bias toward the late '70s.
LIVE NATION'S LOSS IS SEATTLE THEATER GROUP'S GAIN
This week, Seattle Theater Company announced the hiring of Adam Zacks, founder of Sasquatch! Festival and former Senior Talent Buyer for the Seattle office of Live Nation. Zacks is now Senior Talent Buyer for Seattle Theater Group, a brand-new position created for Zacks with the intent of ramping up STG's concerts division. Zacks will book shows at the Paramount and STG's other venue, the Moore Theater, and will continue to book concerts at other venues around the city under the auspices of STG. Zacks will also negotiating with Live Nation so he can continue to work on Sasquatch! as an outside consultant. Also brought on board by STG is Vera Project veteran Kate Becker, who will be Director of Development.
GENRE FILMS KEEP SHORELINE SAILING
Few companies can go the distance on the foreign sales circuit, but Shoreline Entertainment, now 15 years old, is among that elite group. CEO Morris Ruskin makes no secret of a key reason behind Shoreline's longevity -- acquiring and producing good old-fashioned genre films: "You come to these markets and what you hear is, 'Do you have any action movies, any thrillers, any horror movies' And man, shame on us if we don't." Today, Shoreline's best known for film sales, but it didn't start that way.
ANNALS OF GARAGE ROCK: THE SONICS RETURN TO BLOW OUT EARDRUMS
True garage rockers know that one of the illest songs on the Nuggets box is "The Witch," a proto-punk blast from Northwestern garage warriors the Sonics. After a hard slog, the band has reformed to play some New York dates - their first ever.
MYSPACE USERS TURN MOVIE MOGULS
A British film project has turned MySpace users into movie moguls, giving them a say in choosing the director, cast, soundtrack and marketing model. While online interaction between fans and film makers is not new, the backers of "Faintheart" say they take the phenomenon further, and believe the Internet will become increasingly important to Hollywood and the movie world in general.
FACEBOOK MUSIC MAY LAUNCH NEXT WEEK
Co-ed Magazine claims to have label sources stating that Facebook is set to announce phase 1 of a major expansion into music at next week's ad:tech conference in NYC. The move would confirm rumors we reported three weeks ago and coincide with public moves that Facebook has made recently.