|Happy New Year from the Seattle Office of Film + Music
CHRIS SWENSON IS THE NEW FILM PROGRAM COORDINATOR
I am proud to announce Chris Swenson as the new Film Program Coordinator for the Office of Film + Music. Chris has worked on many Northwest commercial and feature film productions since 1994, most recently as Production Designer for Outsourced and The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle. I am very excited to bring his extensive hands-on experience and real-world production knowledge to the Office and know he is going to be a tremendous asset as we grow Seattle's Film Industry. Be sure to welcome him aboard when you call for your next film permit.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
CALL FOR ARTISTS: 2008-2009 GALLERY4CULTURE
Applications are now available online for the 2008-2009 Gallery4Culture schedule of exhibitions, with an open call to independent artists or curators residing in King County. Dedicated to presenting solo exhibitions, small group, and curated exhibitions by artists living in King County and who are not currently represented by a commercial gallery, Gallery4Culture provides artists with exhibition space in the Tashiro Building, (located on the corner of Prefontaine Place and Third Avenue S in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood), as well as curatorial direction. Artists working in all media and genres are encouraged to apply.
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: SUPPORT FOR ARTS FACILITIES
The Arts Cultural Facilities program funds the purchase, design, construction, and remodeling of arts facilities, and the purchase of equipment intended to be used by the recipient cultural organization for at least 10 years. In 2007, 50 arts facility and equipment projects received awards ranging from $2,500 to $110,000.
SEATTLE LAWYER PRODUCES MOVIE
Corporate attorney by profession and filmmaker by passion, Brandon Scott Schmid has just completed Taos, his first cinematic feature. Taos tells the story of a young professional who recovers a lost sense of place and purpose when faced with the unexpected loss of his father and an accidental breakdown in the northern New Mexican desert. Taos was filmed on location in Taos, New Mexico and Seattle, Washington.
ON SCREEN MAGAZINE RELEASES THE WINTER 2008 "WOMEN IN FILM" ISSUE
Women are at the heart of film and media art in Seattle like no other city. Women directors, producers, set designers, virtual reality artists, choreographer/filmmakers, and animators fill the pages of this winter's On Screen the magazine of Seattle independent film and media arts. On Screen Winter 2008 Guest Editor Virginia Bogert, president of Women in Film Seattle, says: "Men are brought up with a sense of entitlement; women are not. Women get a bad rap, and we always have to better than everybody. We are also really hard on ourselves and hard on each other as well." Find out what else Virginia Bogert thinks in the winter 2008 "Women in Film" issue of On Screen, available in print and online.
SEATTLE CHANNEL TO ANNOUNCE THE BEST NW MUSIC VIDEOS OF ALL TIME
The Seattle Channel is collecting your nominations and assembling top ten lists from a panel of music experts for a special episode of The Local Music Show with John Richards that will air in 2008. Send in your ideas right now and check out the top ten lists at the link above from Peter Blecha, John Richards and the Seattle Office of Film + Music.
2008 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL CALL FOR ENTRIES
General submissions for this year's Los Angeles Film Festival are being accepted until January 11th, February 8th for short films and music videos and March 3rd for feature length narrative and documentary films. The LA Film Festival will run June 19-29, 2008. For submission guidelines, fees, and other details view the link above.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 12/24-12/30
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard, Fremont, and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Various Artists - Live at KEXP Vol. 3
- Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild
- Brandi Carlile - Live at Easy Street
- Blue Scholars - Bayani
- Brandi Carlile - Story
- Cops - Free Electricity
- Shins - Wincing the Night Away
- Siberian - With Me
- Pearl Jam - Live at Easy Street
- Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
PIANO CD GETS ARLINGTON GRAD GRAMMY NOMINATION
Kenneth Boulton, a 1980 graduate of Arlington High School, has been nominated for a Grammy award for his piano performance on a two-CD anthology titled "Louisiana - A Pianist's Journey." Boulton received news of the nomination Dec. 6. "I was at a loss for words for a minute or two," he said. "I was ecstatic and humbled at the same time, having received such an honor by my peers. The repertoire is very special; it promotes the strong classical-music traditions Louisiana and New Orleans were known for before the onset of jazz."
SEATTLE TIMES' FILM CRITIC'S TOP TEN FILMS OF 2007
Moira Macdonald writes, "And here we are ... at Top 10 time once again. (Wasn't I just doing this a couple of months ago?) It's a strange ritual, but one that movie critics and movie lovers know to be an unbreakable tradition: going over the year's many movies, choosing the 10 most memorable. As I peruse my list of movies seen in 2007, many titles inspire a smile; others, a puzzled frown. As with all works of art, some movies are instantly forgotten, while others stay with us and become a part of us." The list, plus honorable mentions and a short list of 2007's worst, can be found at the link above.
APPLE, FOX TO ANNOUNCE ONLINE MOVIE-RENTAL DEAL
Apple is preparing to announce next month the long-rumored launch of a movie-rental service through its online iTunes Store, as well as a groundbreaking licensing deal of its anti-piracy technology - moves that could dramatically boost the appeal of digital-movie distribution. News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox is one of the first studios that has agreed to make its films available for rent digitally through iTunes, according to a Financial Times report Thursday that cited unnamed sources. The deal could be announced Jan. 14 at the Macworld trade show, the Financial Times reported.
REALITY ROYALTY: LOCAL HEROES GO FROM WHO(?) TO HOT (!)
As 2007 winds down, so does the clock on the 15 Minutes of Fame-O-Meter. By this time next year, Sanjaya's pony-hawk will be a distant memory (we hope). Washington state had a decent showing on reality TV this year, from the speedskater with all the right moves on "Dancing with the Stars" to breakout performers on "American Idol" to the guy who came this close to hearing The Donald say, "You're hired." With awards season just a hop, skip and a red carpet away, we want to take a moment to recognize the achievement of our own fleeting celebrities: The Reality-TV All Stars of 2007.
SCHOOL OF ROCK WILL SOON BE IN SESSION IN SEATTLE
On Jan. 8, the Paul Green School of Rock opens its latest outpost in North Seattle, offering kids an education in Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and Metallica, with a heavy bass line of Northwest rock provided by Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Sleater-Kinney and ex-Chop Suey Production Manager, Kris K. This will not be an education for "American Idol" wannabes. Instead, children will receive private lessons on grittier rock 'n' roll during afternoon sessions, with weekly three-hour group rehearsals and a final concert at clubs such as Seattle's Chop Suey.
YOU'RE NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO WANTS EARLIER SHOWS AND THE SUNSET UNDERSTANDS THAT
Inspired by the matinee shows that CBGB's had in its heyday, Bendel's shows feature local and touring punk, metal, and hard-rock acts bashing it out from 4ish until 8ish, with Bendel both booking the shows and pouring red beers during them. "4 O'Clock Rock is kind of like my guilty pleasure-every week I get to be a 15-year-old again," enthuses Bendel, a Seattle native who did hard time in the early-'80s L.A. music scene, writing for RIP magazine and doing publicity for a huge cross section of big names, including Radiohead, New Bomb Turks, Ice T's Body Count, and Pantera, before returning to the Northwest in the late '90s.
ALL MY LOVE: LOCAL DIRECTOR TRIPS THROUGH MONGOLIA
Probably the most ambitious film at October's Local Sightings Film Festival (where it won top prize), Brian Short's documentary All My Love has no narration, no plot, and little more structure than its three themed movements. It's very much a landscape/trance film in the tradition of Baraka and Koyaanisqatsi. That said, if you program your iPod for a screening of Lawrence of Arabia at the Cinerama, it's also a landscape/trance film-but one with the power to compel your visual surrender, as it were.
THE 10 BEST (OVERLOOKED) FILMS OF 2007
How tough is it for a movie to find its audience, above the din of blockbuster marketing and beyond the clogged distribution pipeline? Tsai Ming-liang, the Taiwanese/Malaysian director regarded as one of the world's greats, had two films in U.S. theaters this year, The Wayward Cloud and I Don't Want to Sleep Alone. The latter did play SIFF Cinema in July, but few cities were as lucky. From minor hits to complete obscurities, the Seattle Weekly has compiled a list of 10 films from 2007-and others- that deserved more attention than they got, either from audiences, distributors, or critics.
PARAMOUNT IS TRANSFORMED IN '07
Paramount will cop the 2007 boxoffice laurels, offering tangible evidence of how much its DreamWorks acquisition has paid off for the once-struggling studio. The five-day New Year's weekend will further pad distributor and industry boxoffice tallies, but it's already apparent that Par will be at the top of the distributor rankings. The studio rang up $1.47 billion through Christmas, safely north of the $1.34 billion registered by Warner Bros.' films. Warners' executives expect a big third session for the Will Smith smash "I Am Legend," and grosses for Paramount's DreamWorks-produced "Sweeney Todd" likely are to be confined to the single-digit millions.
A FILM YEAR FULL OF ESCAPISM, FLAT IN ATTENDANCE
Despite a modest increase in 2007 box office receipts, moviedom is trudging into January with a droop in its shoulders. Ticket sales at North American movie theaters totaled $9.7 billion, a 4 percent increase over the previous year, according to Media by Numbers, a box office tracking company. But attendance was flat, after a narrow increase in 2006 and three previous years of sharp declines. Movie fans bought about 1.42 billion tickets last year, according to Media by Numbers. The high watermark of the last 10 years came in 2002, when moviegoers bought about 1.61 billion tickets.
WAL-MART PULLS PLUG ON MOVIES VIA THE WEB
Nearly a year ago, Wal-Mart Stores grandly announced plans to enter the movie download business. It has exited with much less fanfare. Wal-Mart posted a short message on the Web site of its movie download service saying that operation had closed as of Dec. 21. The move went largely unnoticed for a week, an unmistakable sign that the service had not caught on with consumers.