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CITY ARTS' TOP 50 SEATTLE CULTUREMAKERS
City Arts Magazine
City Arts Magazine has published a list of Seattle's top 50 Culture Makers, highlighting the people behind-the-scenes that "use their time and talents to lift [the region's] artists up." The list names eighteen local film and music stalwarts including Shannon Roach from the Vera Project, NFFTY's Jesse Harris and Sub Pop's Megan Jasper. Number one on their list? "You," Seattle's consumer of art. Congrats to everyone! We look forward to helping shape the City's culture with you in the future!
OFFICIAL SEATTLE SONG FINALLY PUT TO MUSIC
Seattle the Peerless City
Did you know Seattle has an official song? It does, and it's called "Seattle the Peerless City." Though written by Arthur O. Dillon and originally adopted by City Council in 1909 as the official Seattle song, the lyrics had not been set to music until this year. At the link above, you can watch City Attorney Pete Holmes' son, Paul, performing this newly musical version of the song with his choir, The Duke's Men of Yale at City Hall. Like what you see? The men's a-cappella group will also be performing this Friday at Town Hall. Be sure to give it a watch at the link above
THE NORDIC LIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL BEGINS THIS WEEK
A veritable smorgasbord of renowned films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway will screen at SIFF Cinema this weekend January 7 - 9, for the second annual Nordic Lights Film Festival. Presented by the Nordic Heritage Museum, this cutting-edge cinematic festival offers an immersion into the world of hot Nordic films during the chilly winter film season, focusing on contemporary, award-winning films from all across Scandinavia. Featured films include Troubled Water (Norway), Country Wedding (Iceland), When a Man Comes Home (Denmark), Millenium:The Story--a portrait of the Swedish author Steig Larsson and his internationally best-selling Millenium Trilogy, a collection of humorous Nordic shorts and much more. For more information, including ticket sales, follow the link.
NEW FEDERAL TAX BILL EXTENDS FILM AND TV INCENTIVE
The recently-passed $858 billion Compromise Tax Bill reinstates a significant federal incentive for film and TV producers. The newly restored tax law (Section 181 of the IRS Code) contains a provision that will allow producers to immediately deduct the cost of qualifying expenses in the year they are incurred, instead of having to spread these costs over a period of years after their productions hit the market. This could possibly amount to some big savings that could be an even bigger boon to the American film industry. Legal entertainment analyst Thomas Selz notes how film incentives attract filmmaking: "Given the aggressive efforts by other countries to attract film productions with tax incentives, the extension of Section 181 should help keep production jobs in America." For more on this story, check out the link.
WHITE STRIPES HONOR ANDY KOTOWICZ
In 2000, before the White Stripes were a household name, siblings Jack and Meg White were achieving cult status with the release of their album, De Stijl. Rather than follow with another full-length album, the duo chose to release a 7-inch single of three Captain Beefheart covers. Party of Special Things to Do was released by Sub Pop Records as part of the label's Singles Club -- it was a limited edition record, with only 1300 copies pressed, half red and half white in the band's signature colors. Now, 11 years later, Jack White's Third Man Records is re-releasing the single to honor both Don Van Vliet (AKA Captain Beefheart) and the late Andy Kotowicz, whose work with Sub Pop was instrumental to album and band's success. Read more about the White Stripes' respect for Andy Kotowicz and the details about the album's reissue at the link above.
LANGSTON HUGHES AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
Langston Hughes African-American Film Festival
Filmmakers are invited to submit works exploring the African-American experience to the Langston Hughes African-American Film Festival, an annual event presented by Seattle's Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. The festival seeks entries in a variety of film formats--including narrative, documentary, youth-made, animated and experimental works--as long as the focus of the content significantly involves people and/or characters of African descent. The festival is also a juried competition, and winning films will be awarded cash prizes in three separate categories. The entry deadline is January 31. For more on how to enter the fest, check out the link.
BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL FILMMAKERS WIN BIG AT NATIONAL FESTIVAL
Ballard High School Video Production Program
Congratulations to the Ballard High School Video Production Program! Seven of their student-created works took home prizes at the 15th Annual Derek Freese High School Film Festival in Philadelphia on December 11. Hosted by Temple University, the festival attracts entries from across the country and is judged by acclaimed filmmakers and professors from TU's School of Film & Media Arts. Ballard High School filmmakers swept the Documentary category, winning First Prize for their film Bar Ink, Second Prize for Henry, and Third Prize for Seattle Street Musicians. Spilt Mind, was also awarded Best Documentary Screenplay. In the Fiction category, Ballard High School won First Prize for Buy, Sell, Trade and Second Prize for Real World, while their work Signs won for Best Fiction Screenplay. For more information on the festival and these award-winning youngsters, check out the link.
EMP|SFM SEEKS CREATIVE SERVICES AND PRODUCTION MANAGER
EMP|SFM is looking for a Creative Services and Production Manager to oversee all print collateral and creative projects and to lead the creative process by art-directing graphic designers and advising on production techniques and materials. This full time position also entails compiling and distributing all pertinent project information; controlling and tracking invoices; and managing workflow, vendors, and deadlines. Qualified applicants will have a Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Graphic Design or a related field (or commensurate working experience), strong communication and editing skills as well as proven ability to multitask, work in a collaborative team environment and produce high-quality design. Be sure to follow the link above for the complete job listing and application instructions.
DON'T MISS THE PREMIERE OF "THE ARTIST TOOLBOX" THIS FRIDAY
The Artist Toolbox
The Artist Toolbox, a locally-produced weekly show featuring one-on-one interviews with some of the world's greatest artists, makes its television debut this Friday, January 7. Hosted by renowned Seattle film impresario, John Jacobsen, the half-hour program dedicates itself to exploring the process of creation and making great art through anecdotes and intimate discussions with one focal artist per episode. For its first season, The Artist Toolbox will interview an array of artists--from R&B chart-topper John Legend, to seasoned Emmy Award-winning actor Tom Skerritt, to virtuoso abstract painter Sam Gilliam and more--many of whom have overcome great odds and emerged as masters of their crafts. Check your local TV listings for airtimes and station information.
NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR POSITION AT NFFTY
NFFTY seeks a skilled and experienced non-profit manager to fill the organization's newly-formed Managing Director post. The Managing Director will work closely with the Executive Director to oversee operations, fundraising and continued growth and financial stability of NFFTY, with responsibilities that range from administrative work, financial oversight, editorial tasks as well as management of NFFTY film festival development and operations. Applicants should have one to two years experience in a related position in addition to exceptional organizational, communication and interpersonal skills. This position is full-time and requires expanded flexible hours, especially throughout the coordination process of NFFTY's annual Film Festival, February-April. To view the full job listing, check out the link.
LOCAL DJ MARCO COLLINS HEADING TO ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
Renowned radio personality Marco Collins, who deejayed at 107.7 The End during the grunge explosion of the early nineties, will represent Seattle in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's updated interactive radio exhibit next year. During his time at The End circa 1991-1998, Collins became for many in our region the "voice of Alternative Rock," and was known for bringing the Seattle sound to the masses. "He was definitely a visionary in embracing local music," says Susie Tennant, Geffen's Northwest Rep in the '90s. "He lived and breathed it. That was his culture." Collins, who resides in Seattle and subs regularly at KEXP, joins legendary KJR jock Pat O'Day as our city's two representatives in the exhibit. Congrats! For more details, be sure to check out the link.
BELLEVUE FILM PROFESSOR SHARES SUCCESS WITH STUDENTS
City Arts Magazine
Director Michael Korolenko received an Oscar in 1978 for his documentary film, Since '45, which allowed him to work extensively in the film industry for 30 years. He has now settled in Bellevue to become the director of film studies at Bellevue College. It is here that Korolenko has completed his most recent project, a thirty-minute short called Of Yesterday and Tomorrow, with the help of his film students. This collaboration between mentor and mentee was recently awarded the Accolade Award of Merit, a prestigious international honor voted on by film professionals in the LA area. Korolenko was pleased to share his success with his students: "There were probably fifteen to twenty students working on it, full-time, doing location scouting, everything. You name it, they did it," he says. Read more at the link.
DUFF MCKAGAN'S BAND LOADED FILMS IN SEATTLE
The Loaded Project, featuring Guns N' Roses' bass player Duff McKagan's new band, Loaded, has begun filming in the Seattle area. Part music video and live performance, part narrative, the film is Hard Days Night meets Planes, Trains and Automobiles. After the incarceration of one of the group's members, McKagan and his bandmates must wrestle up some cash to get him out of jail for their upcoming gig. The film will feature locations in Georgetown, West Seattle and other Seattle clubs and hot spots. It also includes cameos from such local performers as Chris Ballew from the Presidents of the United States of America. Read more about the production and check out some fabulous photos at the link.
UWTV SEEKS FILMS AND PANELISTS FOR NEW INDEPENDENT FILM TELEVISION SERIES
UWTV and the Seattle International Film Festival are joining forces to create a new independent film series and are inviting the local filmmaking community to take part. The new program will feature discussions on filmmaking with University of Washington affiliated directors, actors and production crew members, followed by on-air broadcasts of their feature-length or short films. To qualify for the program, submitted films must have been completed with the participation of a University of Washington student, alumni or employee, and this connection must be detailed in application documents. If selected, UWTV will provide exposure and promotion of the film and crewmember(s) to its statewide and international audiences. Get on it quick: the deadline for submission is Monday, January 10. For more details visit the link above.
SEATTLE OPERA TO HOST "BARBER OF SEATTLE" CONTESTS
In anticipation of Seattle Opera's upcoming production of Rossini's comic masterpiece The Barber of Seville, the company presents "The Barber of Seattle," a free event this Saturday, January 8, featuring live music, opportunities to explore McCaw Hall, and a trio of competitions pitting stylists, barbers, and hairy Seattleites against each other in a battle for some amazing prizes. The search is still on for competitors for this hair-raising contest: Five talented stylists, five barbers skilled in close shaving, five bearded beauties and 10 adventurous hair models are needed to take part. All selected participants will receive a pair of passes to the final dress rehearsal of The Barber of Seville at McCaw Hall on the evening of January 14, with the winner in each category earning a pair of tickets to a performance of the opera as well as other special gifts. Be sure to follow the link for more details about the event, and don't miss The Barber of Seville, which runs January 15-29.
FREE FIRST THURSDAYS AT EMP
EMP|SFM will offer free admission and live music tomorrow, January 6, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, as part of its monthly "Free First Thursdays" program. This month's event features a performance by Seattle-based rock trio Us on Roofs. With song titles like "Dreams of Trees" and "Stones in the River" it's no wonder that Us on Roofs cite poet Robert Frost as an influence. Combining melodic guitar riffs, superior songwriting, and sincere vocals, this band skillfully translates naturalist themes into catchy indie rock that is both refreshing and quintessentially Northwest. To boot, EMP|SFM's featured exhibition Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition will also be open during the event. For more information, follow the link.
SCHOOL OF ROCK PRESENTS "BEST OF NORTHWEST" ROCK BENEFIT FOR TEEN FEED
Rock out to some legendary homegrown tunes and support a wonderful cause this Thurdsay, January 6, at the second annual "Best of Northwest" benefit for Teen Feed. The School of Rock, a performance-based music school for young local artists, will cover songs from some of the Northwest's most celebrated rockers, including Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Death Cab, The Thermals, David Bazan, The Ventures and more. Proceeds for the concert will go to Teen Feed, a stellar community-based organization devoted to supporting and advocating for Seattle's homeless youth. Neumo's is hosting the show and doors will open at 7:00 pm. Be sure to follow the link for all the details.
INTERNSHIP OPENING AT SARATHAN RECORDS
Sarathan Records seeks a part-time Online PR/Marketing Music Intern to work closely within the DIY label's online marketing services department. Responsibilities for this position include: drafting press releases, media alerts and creative content for email newsletters; online research; working with podcasters, internet radio stations, media targets and bloggers from around the globe; and developing innovative fan recruitment, retention and rewards programs. Ideal applicants should be creative thinkers with strong written and verbal communication skills as well as a passion for music and public relations. This unpaid internship requires a three-month commitment of 10-20 hours per week and can be used for school credit. To apply, send a resume, cover letter explaining why you want to work in PR and writing samples to Amy Bauer at firstname.lastname@example.org, with subject line "Online PR/Marketing Intern."
CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2011 NORTHWEST PROJECTIONS FILM FESTIVAL
Northwest Projections Film Festival
Northwest Projections Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its 11th annual competition, which takes place April 15-17. Selected films will be screened at the new state-of-the-art Pickford Film Center, a non-profit theater based out of Bellingham, committed to providing a community platform for quality independent films. The festival lineup will also include an exciting panel of film professionals who will share their filmmaking experiences as guest speakers and workshop leaders. To be eligible to compete in the festival, filmmakers must be from the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia) or must have shot their films in Pacific NW locations. The festival is seeking both feature-length entries as well as short works in a variety of categories: narrative, documentary, or T.H.E.E.M.S.S (Trailers, Horror, Experimental, Episodic, Music, Social or Sports). All works should have been completed no earlier than January 1, 2009. For more details, visit the link.
TEAM UP AND ROCK OUT FOR CLIMATE SOLUTIONS
Team Up for Nonprofits
Team Up for Nonprofits' mission is to build capacity for nonprofit organizations by cultivating a new generation of engaged supporters through the power of music and social media. Their Gigs4Good benefit shows raise funds and awareness for their partner nonprofits and provide an entertaining and accessible opportunity for people to support organizations making a difference. The upcoming Gigs4Good features local singer-songwriter Kris Orlowski along with Passenger String Quartet. This new musical collaboration is raising funds for Climate Solutions, whose aim is to accelerate practical and profitable solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment and bridging divides. This event is at the Triple Door on Thursday, January 13 at 7:30 pm. Read more at the link above.
UW PROFESSOR DISCUSSES MEDIA, TECHNOLOGY AND SILICON VALLEY
University of Washington
As part of University of Washington's Masters Program of Communications in Digital Media, a unique television program has developed. "Media Space" is available on YouTube, and each episode discusses the intersection between media and technology. It asks, "How is communication changing our lives now, and what is coming next?" UW History Professor Margaret O'Mara visits the show's third episode to discuss the ingredients needed to become the next Silicon Valley. She highlights three necessary aspects, all of which apply to the Puget Sound area: a wealth of money with few strings attached, a good university with the capacity to collaborate with surrounding businesses and a culturally vibrant scene that attracts young people. Watch the full, fascinating interview at the link above.
CITY HALL HOSTS THE SEATTLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA FOR A FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Join the Seattle Symphony Orchestra this Friday, January 7, for a free community performance and meet-and-greet! Assistant Conductor Eric Garcia will lead the Orchestra and guest bassoon soloist Andrew Brady in a program featuring Mozart's Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major, K. 191; Honegger's Pastorale d'été; and Haydn's Symphony No. 47 in G major. After the concert, audience members are invited to mingle with symphony members at a post-performance reception in City Hall's Bertha Knight Landes Room. This special performance is part of Seattle Symphony's ACCESS Project (Artistic and Cultural Community Engagement with Seattle Symphony), which is dedicated to bringing classical music to local communities, particularly under-served areas. The concert takes place noon to 1:00 pm in the Seattle City Hall lobby. For more details, check out the link.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 12/30 - 1/4
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Various Artists "Live at KEXP, Vol. 6"
- Moondoggies "Tidelands"
- The Head and the Heart "Self Titled"
- Shabazz Palaces "Self Titled"
- Jimi Hendrix "Valleys of Neptune"
- Caspar Babypants "Here I Am!"
- Hey Marseilles "To Travels & Trunks"
- Young Evils "Enchanted Chapel"
- Caspar Babypants "This Is Fun!"
- Mad Rad "Youth Die Young"
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 production house Glass Forest Entertainment is proud to present Jenny, a new short film project written and directed by local filmmaker Sam Graydon and starring Oscar nominee Gary Busey. The film is a short character piece, following the story of a girl who befriends the local nudist (played by Busey) in the small former logging town of Enumclaw, Washington. From the film's official press release: "While the friendship may seem odd from the outside, it's proof that the bonds that define our lives can come in the strangest and most unexpected places." Jenny is the first of five short films being produced for The Splinters Collection, a series of works from Pacific Northwest 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.
Often dismissed as a misguided Dirty Harry rip-off, this John Wayne cop movie is much more enjoyable than its mixed reputation. Sure, the story of a tough, "plays by his own rules" cop with a big gun has been told before. Yep, some of the car chases recreate moments from better-known flicks like Bullitt and The French Connection. And, supposedly, the lead role in McQ was originally offered to Bullitt's Steve McQueen. But none of those movies take place in Seattle and certainly none of them feature a scene where John Wayne beats up a guy in the bathroom at the J&M Café. The Duke plays an aging Seattle cop named McQ who drives a Firebird Trans Am and lives in a boat moored under the Aurora Bridge in Fremont. His best buddy on the force is murdered and McQ blames organized crime. McQ's investigation takes him around to several Seattle landmarks including the Pacific Medical Center on Beacon Hill, Pioneer Square, The Harborview Medical Center and a visit to the Key Arena to briefly catch a Sonics/Lakers basketball game. It turns out that his pal was one of several corrupt cops involved with drug smugglers, which leads to lots of butt kicking and automobile pursuits. The main car chase starts in the Central District, then through the International District with a final showdown on Beacon Hill. The film's finale occurs on the coast near Moclips/Pacific Beach where McQ and the bad guys engage in a good old-fashioned beachside shoot-out.
PICTURE PERFECT: 2010 MUSIC WRAP-UP
With the arrival of 2011, now is the time to reflect back upon 2010's busy and exciting music scene. The Crosscut article above discusses highlights from all arenas of Seattle's music community; bands, record labels, festivals, the Music Commission and Nightlife Initiative and theaters are all covered. Looking back at City Arts' inaugural music festival, Shabazz Palaces' contract with Sub Pop and the Hard Rock Café's arrival in Seattle, we remember that 2010 was a fantastic year in local music. Other publications offer their insights of the year's musical successes and failures: see an "Incomplete History of Seattle Music in 2010" here, listen to music experts Josh Powell, Dana Bos and Larry Mizell Jr. discuss 2010's tunes here and download Seattle Times' Andrew Matson's Seattle pop music mixtape, A Very Good Year, 2010 here. Here's to hoping 2011 is just as amazing!
"MAKE WAY FOR SEATTLE": MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE PROFILES SFI'S NEW GRADUATE PROGRAMS
Though launched only two months ago, Seattle Film Institute's new graduate programs are already making waves within the filmmaking community. Case in point: a recent Moviemaker Magazine feature wherein author Rebecca Pahle spotlights SFI's new master degree programs, all while extolling the virtues of the Emerald City as a creative and technological Mecca. Quoting local SFI faculty member Bill Weir, the article explains, "Silicon Valley has its technological hub, but no indie filmmaking. L.A. has the mainstream studios but no centralized, high-tech industry. Seattle has it all." Adds Pahle, "It's nice to know that a quality education in moviemaking does not have to have a Sunset Boulevard or Broadway address."
$5 COVER" DIRECTOR LYNN SHELTON FEATURED IN ELLE MAGAZINE
In a new Elle Magazine online feature, award-winning local filmmaker Lynn Shelton talks about the release of her latest brainchild, "$5 Cover: Seattle." In the interview, Shelton reveals her close connection to "$5 Cover: Seatte"--which debuted December 15 on its official MTV website -- and practically gushes over the series' innovative cyber-launch: "The cool thing is it's on the web, so you can screen it in an interactive way," says Shelton. "Links will come up on the side--if you're watching an episode with a particular band, there's a link and a map to where [they're playing] in Seattle. If you go to all those links, you'll find out all these things about the bands, about Seattle, about the venues, on and on. It allows you to experience it above and beyond what's on screen." To read the entire article, be sure to check out the above link.
FENCES MAKES "SPIN MAGAZINE'S" LIST OF THE TEN BEST ALBUMS YOU MIGHT'VE MISSED
Elle Magazine Online
Congrats to Fences aka Seattle songster Christopher Mansfield! His self-titled debut has made SPIN Magazine's list of the "Ten Best Albums You Might've Missed" in 2010. An offshoot of the magazine's annual compilation of the year's best songs and albums, this list focuses on albums that have shimmered brightly outside of the spotlight. Quoting Sara Quin (of Tegan and Sara), who signed on to produce Fences' album after becoming a fan, SPIN explains: "Everything [....]Chris writes, melodically and lyrically, has that rare balance of patience and urgency that [we] love in honest, haunting pop songs." To read the article or view the entire list, follow the link.
SEATTLE TOP TEN HIP-HOP VIDEOS
Seattle Weekly posted the article above to highlight Seattle's Top 10 Hip-Hop Videos of 2010. The list includes everything from Sol's "Dear Friends" and Dyme Def's "Do Something" to "ExtraHellaDope" by State of the Artist and "Soothsayer" by Victor Shade. Topping the list is the video for Grynch's "My Volvo," directed by Stephan Gray. Gray says the video almost never happened; "'We were planning on shooting a different song for most of the pre-production, and then after two months of planning I get a late-night call from Grynch and he goes, 'Yo, we've gotta do My Volvo,' said Gray." To check out the full listing and to watch some of the videos, follow the link.
SHABAZZ PALACES FEATURED IN "L.A. TIMES" LIST OF 2011 FACES TO WATCH IN MUSIC
The L.A. Times
Shabazz Palaces is featured along with nine other buzzworthy artists in the The L.A. Times' 2011 list of "Faces to Watch" in music. Citing the sharp, poetic rhymes of Palaces frontman, Ishmael Butler, the Times has this to say about the Seattle-bred experimental rappers: "Two self-released albums introduced the mysterious collective's sound, an unexpected blend of heady club rhythms, smoky psychedelia and world-fusion curveballs [....] Now signed to indie powerhouse Sub Pop, Shabazz Palaces promises to return Butler to a strong position within the scene he charmed in his youth." Congrats!
HARVEY DANGER IS NPR'S SONG OF THE DAY
Harvey Danger's "The Show Must Not Go On" was NPR's Song of the Day on December 30. Though the band has recently parted ways, lead singer Sean Nelson's aforementioned breakup track is catchy and honest, as well as "an appropriate soundtrack to the end of a hard year and a frequently brilliant career-- a remarkable feat for a band that deserved more credit." The article adds, "There's a lot of what sounds like hard-earned wisdom in those lines, not to mention more maturity than most breakup songs can muster. It's easy to locate the nobility in persistence, sure, but there's also wisdom in knowing when to pack it in and pursue happiness in other ways. Nelson clearly knows that, bypassing self-pity for a celebratory victory lap." Read the full article and listen to the track at the link above.
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