Vol. 6, No. 24                                    View our photos on flickr Like us on Facebook Visit our blog Follow us on Twitter
October 31, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS
HAPPY HOUR RETURNS NOVEMBER 7 WITH FOCUS ON ENTERTAINMENT LAW

FMI HAPPY HOUR 

Whether you are just starting your business or have been operating as a sole proprietorship or general partnership, you may be wondering about incorporating your business activity.  This month's guest speaker, attorney Aric Bomsztyk will be talking about the benefits of incorporating your business as a limited liability company (LLC) and how to do it successfully. Join us November 7 at Belltown's Spitfire.

UPCOMING ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY

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 local band Afraid of Figs in the Art Zone studio. Filmmaker Linas Phillips will also be revealing his comic alter ego "Shawnsey." Additionally, there will be segments on the upcoming production of "Antony & Cleopatra" at the Seattle Shakespeare Company, as well as a discussion with graphic novelist and cartoonist Ellen Forney on her new memoir, "Marbles."

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

NFFTY SEEKING DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

The newly created Development Coordinator position at NFFTY will primarily be responsible for meeting sales goals for exhibitor booths at the festival's April 2013 Future of Film Expo. The Development Coordinator will also develop relationships for additional sponsorships and fundraising opportunities as needed. NFFTY is the largest youth film festival in the world, supporting young filmmakers 22 and under and providing year-round resources, education and entertainment for tens of thousands of filmmakers and film fans. 

ANNUAL JOB SECTOR SURVEY: MAKE YOUR BUSINESS VOICE HEARD

JOB SECTOR SURVEY 

The Job Sector Survey is a cooperative project led by economic development organizations in King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties, including the Office of Economic Development. It is an annual, one-of-a-kind tool that provides a comprehensive, on-the-ground assessment of conditions, challenges, needs, and opportunities for regional employers of all types and sizes. Results are shared with elected officials and policymakers at the local, state and federal levels to help them understand business needs and how policy decisions impact your business. Please take ten minutes to fill out this brief but important survey about your business. It is important that Seattle's film, music, and interactive businesses are represented. Those who complete the survey will have their names entered into a drawing for two round-trip tickets from Southwest Airlines!

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS SEEKS PROGRAM & COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS 

As a first point of contact for filmmakers and press, the candidate Washington Filmworks is looking for has excellent written and verbal communication skills and also has the ability to multi-task in a quickly evolving work environment. The primary responsibility is to administer the annual programming initiatives for the organization and to manage various aspects of marketing and communications. The ideal applicant will be able to work collaboratively, is comfortable handling responsibility, and is an effective problem solver. Submit résumé and cover letter by Wednesday, November 28.

NEW FILM DIRECTING COURSE WITH JOHN JACOBSEN AND ROBIN LYNN SMITH

FREEHOLD THEATER 

Freehold Theater is accepting applications for their new film directing course with John Jacobsen and Robin Lynn Smith. This course is designed for directors seeking practical experience working with actors, cameras and editing. Class sizes are limited to eight directors in order to give each participant hands-on experience and lots of one-on-one work with the instructors. Experienced actors will join the class and students will work with both extant text and their own original text. You will learn how to break down text to work with actors; how to cast and rehearse; how to create a shot list, how to storyboard and use your new found language of film. At the end of the class, each director will have an original five minute short which will be shared with the public in a gala screening. The application will be available beginning November 1 and will close December 3.

NORTHWEST MUSIC EXPERIENCE CONFERENCE ANNOUNCED

NORTHWEST MUSIC EXPERIENCE 

Songwriters in Seattle is proud to announce an exciting partnership with Benaroya Hall that will bring the inaugural Northwest Music Experience (NWME) conference and expo into their beautiful downtown venue. Benaroya Hall is the place to be August 16 - 18, 2013 for this multi-genre music education, expo, and performance event. Highlights include: a keynote address, expo floor, VIP party in the Grand Lobby, closing ceremonies, and featured performances in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium. 

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.

 

IN COUNTRY: A DOCUMENTARY FILM - November 1 (1 day)
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 (7 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 (16 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 (16 days)
Pretty Broken Things is recording their first full length album at B50 studio in Ballard. 
 
FIVE LETTERS FROM FAR AWAY - November 20 (20 days)
Help support a radio campaign to have this local album of cosmic-folk-rock spread around the nation. 
 
WRECKED SEASON TWO - November 26 (26 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.

BENZAGO, WA - December 4 (33 Days)
A documentary chronicling the art, history and lives of prominent Northwest cartoonists and comic artists.

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 10/24 - 10/31               

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC 

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

 

1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - "The Heist"
2. Ben Gibbard - "Former Lives"
3. Maldives - "Muscle for Wing"
4. Various Artists - "Live at KEXP Vol. 8"
5. Sera Cahoone - "Deer Creek Canyon"
6. Brandi Carlile - "Bear Creek"
7. Band of Horses - "Mirage Rock"
8. Daughters of the Dead Sea - "The Killroom Sessions EP"

9. Helio Sequence - "Negotiations"
10. Menomena - "Moms"

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:          

 

SERA CAHOON'S "NAKED" VIDEO 

VIMEO

For the last five years, World Famous has created clever, engaging content for a variety of clients including Nordstrom, Nike, Xbox, Alaska Airlines, Sony Pictures, MTV and The Washington State Lottery. Last week, the production team released a video for Seattle singer/songwriter Sera Cahoone's song "Naked," taken from her recent album Deer Creek Canyon, which was released on Sub Pop Records in late-September. 

 

"I love Sera. I've been a fan of her music for years. Working with Sera and Sub Pop records was easy, breezy," said Director Tony Fulgham. "As a musician I always feel guilty and a little nervous about making a singer lip sync during filming. It just feels weird and fake. Every singer I know feels that way.  We solved it by hiding her face behind flowers for the first 80 or so takes. By the time we got rid of the flowers I don't think Sera really cared about lip syncing anymore. She's a champ and I'd work with her any time, any place." 

 

The video, directed by Tony Fulgham, was shot in Volunteer Park, Cal Anderson Park, and numerous other locations throughout Seattle, including the back of a Metro Bus. Producer Bobby McHugh reports that the production hired over seven local crewmembers, and used flowers from florists all across the city, including Pike Place Market.

SHORT FILM FRIDAY: "THE SWIMMER"  

We believe criticism is a hallmark of a successful film community.  It gives us great pleasure to partner with The Stranger to bring you Short Film Fridays, local film reviews to expand the public appeal of our local movie making talent, continually advance the artistic quality of our work, and inspire more film critics to evaluate local film.   

          

VIMEO

The film for this Friday, Nov 2, will be "The Swimmer," a short by Salise Hughes, a local artist who, among other practices, recycles and remixes forgotten scenes/moments/sequences in Hollywood movies of the classical period. In "The Swimmer," a moment in an old film starring Burt Lancaster, is appropriated or, to use the language of the Situationist International, détourned.  

MEDIA DIGEST

A LENS ON LIFE IN THE ART DEPARTMENT

ART DEPARTMENTAL   

Monica Sotto, a new contributor to Art DepartMENTAL, is currently working on a television program for TNT / Warner Brothers at the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood. Sotto states, "Everyone in entertainment seems to possess many tiers of activity - a personal project, a project with or for a friend/business contact, a day job, a filler job or temporary job and probably another incarnation or creative endeavor on top of all of this activity." As for daily tribulations in the industry, Sotto reveals, "We all comply with the hard work that production life demands: long hours, time away from family, friends and lovers, erratic work schedules, variance in pay rates, camp-like daily life in diet and work spaces. As for advice to those falling on hard times in the film industry, Sotto explains, "Film life is a marathon. You just have to keep running."

SOUNDERS STEVE ZAKUANI STAGES MUSIC BENEFIT

SEATTLE MUSIC INSIDER 

Although Zakuani loves soccer, it's more than just a game to him. It's a vehicle to help others in the community reach their goals, too. That's why Zakuani formed the non-profit organization, Kingdom of Hope. This Thursday, November 1st at 8pm, Zakuani and his Kingdom of Hope will stage a free music event at The Triple Door Musiquarium. DJ Sketch will spin top 40 songs, as well as tracks from the Sounders midfielder's debut album and J. Pinder will put on a special performance. 

SEATTLEITE WOWS ON "THE VOICE"

SEATTLE MET  

A self-proclaimed shy guy from Seattle has emerged as a stealth frontrunner in this season of NBC's "The Voice." Forty-year-old Mycle Wastman didn't just survive the blind auditions with a cover of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together"- he made Cee Lo Green do a little shimmy in his chair. Prior to appearing on the show, Wastman was an Army private; he later worked construction jobs in Seattle, but by the time he turned 30, he decided to return to his first love. Mycle Wastman has released two albums, writes his own music, and plays guitar, bass and drums.

SEATTLE'S I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER DEBUTS TV SHOW "LOLWORK"

"LOLwork" is a new show that peeks inside the Seattle offices of the folks behind cat-meme generating phenomenon I Can Has Cheezburger. The Cheezburger Network's CEO Ben Huh, his wife and Cheezburger editor-in-chief Emily, and content supervisor Will Sharick are attempting to sell an entirely new audience on their viral hits machine, which currently drives 2 million pageviews a day and is most famous for slapping grammatically incorrect aphorisms on pictures of cute cats. The show airs on Bravo Wednesday nights at 11:00 p.m. 
WHERE ARE THE WOMEN IN FILM?

NFFTY  

As the saying goes, "Behind every successful man, there is a woman." However in the world of film, it appears that behind 2011's 250 top-grossing films, only a shocking 5% are women directors. This issue sheds light on the much-debated topic about the presence (or rather, lack of) women in film.  However, some might argue that women do have a place in Hollywood by citing Kathryn Bigelow's big win at the Oscars. During the 2009 Oscars, Kathryn Bigelow shook the film industry by winning the award for Best Director, making her the first woman in history to achieve the top honor. Although her win paved the way for women filmmakers around the world, female film creators are still struggling to keep this glimmering flame of hope ablaze especially with the numbers proving otherwise. Yet, setting an example for Hollywood as the future of film, NFFTY is currently made up of 30% female directors.

MATT'S CHANCE PREMIERES IN SEATTLE
The Seattle-born director and co-writer of Matt's ChanceNicholas Gyeney, held the world premier showing of the dark, dramatic comedy starring Edward Furlong, Margo Kidder, Gary Busey, Lee Majors and a cameo by Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. Lynch and the film's villain Bill Sorice attended the premier. Seattle comedian Edi Zanidache co-wrote the screenplay. The event was held last Friday at the Egyptian theater in Capitol Hill with other openings planned in Los Angeles and New York.
MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS PERFORM "SAME LOVE" ON ELLEN
Last week, Ellen Degeneres got wind of Seattle rapper Macklemore's supportive LGBT track "Same Love," and a week later - he found himself performing on Ellen's talk show for millions to witness. After his performance, Ellen embraced Macklemore, thanking him for taking a stance against homophobia and supporting the gay community. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' debut album, The Heist, landed at number two on the Billboard charts with a solid 78,000 copies sold.
TOP CHEF'S PADMA LAKSHMI TALKS SEATTLE ON JIMMY FALLON
Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi is out on the talk show circuit promoting the debut of the Seattle season next week. "I'd never been to Seattle before, and I knew it was really famous for the seafood," Lakshmi told Fallon. The host in turn offered up the trinity of Seattle stereotypes, "coffee, rain, and grunge music". When discussing the show's new judge Wolfgang Puck, Padma describes him as if "Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger had a baby, except that it's really well-mannered and cultured."
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