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News from the Office of Film + Music 1/06/2010


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OFFICE NEWS

CITY OF MUSIC THRIVES WITH MAYOR MCGINN'S INAUGURAL MUSIC FESTIVAL THIS SATURDAY AT SHOWBOX SODO
Seattle Mayor's Office
Seattle City of Music is proud to partner with Mayor Mike McGinn's Inaugural Music Festival, a free, all-ages event featuring Wheedle's Groove, The Maldives, Hey Marseilles and Gabriel Teodros. The event will be held at the Showbox SODO, 1700 1st Avenue South, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, January 9. In addition, popular local food vendors will be parked outside the venue. Scheduled mobile food vendors include Marination Mobile, Kao Samai Thai, Gert's BBQ and others. We hope to see you there!

SEATTLE FILM AND MUSIC - REDESIGN SEATTLE CENTER
Seattle Center
The City of Seattle, through its Seattle Center Department, invites proposals to temporarily activate all or some portion of 68,000 square feet of flat, paved outdoor space to be vacated by the Fun Forest, north of the Seattle Center Monorail station, for all or some portion of the time period between May 2010 and December 31, 2011. Attractions, activities and events that will enliven the space are envisioned as ranging from single day to seasonal or even longer duration activities/events. It is essential that the activation furthers Seattle Center's mission to delight and inspire the spirit in each individual and bring together our rich and varied community. Therefore it is particularly important to get creative solutions from Seattle's vibrant music and film communities. Applications must be submitted by 5 pm on January 18, 2010 to: Neal Erickson, Seattle Center Redevelopment, 305 Harrison St., Room 109, Seattle, WA 98109 by 5:00 PM on January 18, 2010. For Application details, please follow the above link.

CITY'S NEW SMALL BUSINESS LOAN FUND
Office of Film + Music
Seattle film and music, take advantage of the Office of Economic Development's new small business loan program that will provide low-cost capital for a broad range of needs including working capital, equipment purchase, real estate purchase, tenant improvements and debt refinancing. If you're a small, local business who operates in the fields of film and music, the Office of Film + Music urges you to check out the following criteria and apply. The fund is targeted to profitable businesses with at least two years of operating history and borrowing needs of $100,000 to $2 million. Loan applications will be evaluated under more flexible underwriting standards than a typical bank and loans will have lower interest than a typical bank (floating rate currently at 4.75%). If interested, please contact Ken Takahashi, Business Development Finance Manager of OED at (206) 684-8378 or ken.takahashi@seattle.gov

THANKS FOR MAKING OUR HOLIDAY PARTY A SUCCESS
Office of Film + Music Flickr
It was great to see so many new and familiar faces at our year- end holiday party. We had over 300 attendees packed into the Spitfire Lounge and it was fantastic to end 2009 with a bang! All future Happy Hours will be at Spitfire Lounge. This month's Happy Hour will be January 27 at 5pm. And mark your calendars because Happy Hour is scheduled for the last Wednesday of every month. Check out the above link for photos from the Spitfire.

THE FILM + MUSIC OFFICE WELCOMES OUR NEW INTERN!
Office of Film + Music
The Film + Music Office is happy to welcome our new intern Gina Corsiglia. Gina has recently worked with The Vera Project as the volunteer coordinator and in the past has also worked with Artist Trust as a programs intern. Gina hails from the San Francisco Bay Area and has recently completed two Bachelor's degrees from Seattle University in art history and French. She is a Pisces who enjoys long walks on the beach, reading Harry Potter and large bowls of Pho.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

FEMALE DIRECTORS SUBMIT YOUR WORK TO THE 2010 WOMEN IN FILM AND TELEVISION SHORT FILM SHOWCASE
Minnesota Women in Film and Television
The Minnesota Chapter of Women in Film & TV is accepting submissions for screening in part to the 2010 Short Film Showcase screening March 2010. This is an open submission for all women filmmakers. The deadline for submissions is January 15 2010. For complete application details, please follow the above link.

LOCAL INDIE FILM, BASS ACKWARDS, PARTNERS WITH ZIPLINE ENTERTAINMENT FOR NATIONAL DISTRIBUTION
BASS ACKWARDS
BASS ACKWARDS, a local film which will be screened at Sundance, has just partnered with Zipline Entertainment to distribute the film nationally on February 1st. They hope their unusual partnership will produce a successful distribution model for independent films in the future. Also be sure to check out BASS ACKWARDS' partnership with Christine Aylward and Natalie Portman, who will be telling the BASS ACKWARDS "making of" story all the way through Sundance, its release, and beyond.

LOCAL SEATTLE FILM CREW IN THE TOP 3 TO WIN NIKON FILM FESTIVAL
Nikon Festival
An all local Seattle film production crew, Team Awesome, entered their short film, A Day In My Shoes, to the international Nikon Festival. The one-take film includes all local cast from break dancers, a rock band (Kill Cupid), a fire troupe (Ignition), ninjas, aerialists and other talent. Of the 1,238 submissions from around the world, A Day In My Shoes has moved on to be one of the top 50 by judges vote. Currently the film is ranked #3 by audience vote which is open until January 13th. To watch the film, please follow the above link.

WORLD PREMIERE OF 'PENITENT MAN' TOMORROW
Mirror Images Ltd
Penitent Man, an independent production filmed in Seattle, premieres tomorrow, January 7th, at the Egyptian Theater at 7 PM. The film, directed by Seattle-born Nicholas Gyeney, tells the story of psychologist Dr. Jason Pyatt, a man at a crossroads with the life he has chosen and the life he could have, who he embarks on a personal mission to change the course of his future, and possibly the world, forever. For more information on the film and screening, please follow the above link.

SEATTLE AREA FILMMAKERS - GET INVOLVED!
Seattle Area Filmmakers
Seattle Area Filmmakers (SAF), a group created and designed for film community collaborating, networking and building the Washington film industry, has revamped its website and are hosting monthly meetings in 2010. Meetings are intimate and casual, and will be held at locations in and around the Seattle region. Previous SAF meetings have created many business and personal relationships and project collaborations. Create a profile with a professional bio/picture at the SAF website above and get involved with the Seattle filmmaking community!

MUSIC TECH INVESTMENTS UP IN '09
Hypebot
Indie Music Tech blog has completed its annual review of investments in music technology companies. They found that there were almost $4 billion in transactions, which is up from 2008. They also found that the second half of the year was stronger, with the third quarter being the strongest. The second half also led in terms of acquisitions, with most taking place in the fourth quarter and perhaps an indicator of more acquisitions to come in 2010. Please follow the above link to read the report summary.

FILMMAKERS, CHECK OUT WIRED MAGAZINE'S PROFILE ON ALTERNATIVE DISTRIBUTION METHODS
Wired Magazine
Wired Magazine recently covered new and creative methods that indie filmmakers are using to distribute their films without big contracts. Tactics include dubbing your film in Portuguese, Russian, Hindi, and Chinese for an international blockbuster; offering your film as a free download and asking fans to donate; and selling downloads of your feature-length film as short, separate segments. For all their tips and tricks, follow the above link.

THE SEATTLE SYMPHONY YEAR END REVIEW
Seattle Symphony
In their annual year end review, the Seattle Symphony looks back on their successes in 2009 and prepares for 2010. The organization reports that it produced more than 145 concerts. 2009's year of performance success has set the stage for the Seattle Symphony to undertake the final celebratory year of Gerard Schwarz' 26 year tenure and at the same time, trumpet the arrival of its new maestro. To read their entire year end report, please follow the above link.

LAST CHANCE EXTENDED DEADLINE LATE DEADLINE FOR STIFF APPROACHING
Seattle's True Independent Film Festival
February 1st is the last chance to submit films for the 6th annual Seattle's True Independent Film Festival. STIFF is the premiere showcase for regional directors and highlights all local shorts and features. Last year's festival included 130 films that fit the festival's dedication to promoting films that fall outside the boundaries of the major festival circuit. For entry details, please follow the above link.

DOCUMENTARY TO FILM SEATTLE JAZZ LEGENDS IN CONCERT
Brown Paper Tickets
Join Buddy Catlett, Ernestine Anderson, and other Seattle Jazz luminaries for "Seattle Jazz Legends in Concert," a special one-night-only event starting at 8 p.m. on Jan. 31. The concert will be filmed as part of the feature-length documentary project, "In Between the Raindrops," which will showcase the above artists' performances and interviews, in addition to interviews with such greats as musical impresario Quincy Jones and notable trumpeter/flugelhorn player Clark Terry, a mentor to jazz great Miles Davis. The film, co-produced by Jessica Davis and Joe Andolina, pays tribute to these historical jazz figures and highlights Seattle's rich jazz history. For tickets, please follow the above link.

THEFILMSCHOOL HOSTS SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
TheFilmSchool
Taught by Warren Etheredge and John Jacobsen, this workshop focuses on two essential questions: how can I improve my script to get it to a level judged professional by professionals, and how can I develop the business skills to market myself and my material? The workshop will also include guest speakers Pilar Alessandra, the director of the Los Angeles writing program 'On the Page', and Liz Glotzer, who joined Castle Rock Entertainment at its inception, and was promoted to President of Castle Rock Entertainment in 1999. The workshops take place from Feburary 26th to the 28th, follow the above link for application information.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 12/30 - 1/6
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).

  1. 1. Various Artists "Live at KEXP, Vol. 5"
  2. 2. Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
  3. 3. Brandi Carlile "Give Up The Ghost"
  4. 4. Pink Martini "Splendor In The Grass"
  5. 5. Various Artists "GIVE Seattle 2009"
  6. 6. The Cave Singers "Welcome Joy"
  7. 7. Neko Case "Middle Cyclone"
  8. 8. David Bazan "Curse Your Branches"
  9. 9. Visqueen "Message to Garcia"
  10. 10. The Dutchess and the Duke "Sunset/Sunrise"

MEDIA DIGEST

SEATTLE TIMES REVIEWS THE YEAR IN SEATTLE MUSIC
Seattle Times
The Seattle Times' Jonathan Zwickel runs through Seattle's 2009 musical landscape. He highlights the momentous leap forward for 206 Hip Hop, the revival of Americana powerhouse No Depression, the re-opening of the Crocodile, the amazing reunion of Seattle's soul community on the Wheedles' Groove compilation and more. Also highlighted was our office's City of Music Initiative which passed an admissions-tax exemption that helped certain venues retain more profits from shows and opened the Artist Clinic, providing low-cost health care to artists and musicians via the Country Doctor on Capitol Hill.

SEATTLE WEEKLY HAS GREAT EXPECTATIONS FOR 206 HIP HOP IN 2010
Seattle Weekly
After a year of positive local press and sold out shows, Seattle hip hop looks to be on the verge of breaking out of the Northwest. The Seattle Weekly tackles what might happen next, "If you were at the Go! Machine shows and saw Macklemore's impassioned delivery or Fatal Lucciauno convert pacifistic hipsters with his street sounds, then you're probably wondering: What will it take for this scene to earn a country-wide audience on a par with those of, say, Atlanta or St. Louis? After all, we've got the producers, the recording studios, the MCs, the venues, an endless supply of traveling acts, and a solid local and regional fan base on which to build." To read the rest of the profile please follow the above link.

NPR FEATURES THE MALDIVES' "TIME IS RIGHT NOW" AS SONG OF THE DAY
NPR
Local folk darlings The Maldives were recently featured on NPR's Song of the Day. Reviewer Barbara Mitchell praised the band saying, "It's a rare nine-piece band that excels at creating breathing space and break-neck rock in the same song. Like the most graceful and acrobatic of dancers, The Maldives' members know just how to balance the visceral and the delicate."

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