|News from the Office of Film + Music
JAMES KEBLAS TO SERVE AS INTERIM DIRECTOR OF OFFICE OF ARTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS
Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs
Yesterday Mayor Mike McGinn appointed a search committee to recommend candidates for the position of Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs director, left vacant by the resignation of Michael Killoren in early October. Killoren left Seattle to serve as the director of Local Arts Agencies and Challenge America Fast Track for the National Endowment for the Arts. His resignation was effective October 5. James Keblas, director of the city's Office of Film + Music and a former Seattle Arts Commissioner, will serve as interim director of the office until a permanent replacement is confirmed. Keblas will remain in his position with the Office of Film + Music throughout the search process.
INTERN WITH THE OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC
Office of Film + Music
Office of Film + Music
The Office of Film + Music is seeking an Intern for Winter 2011. Film + Music Interns primarily serve a marketing/communications role, becoming a member of the Film + Music team, and provide administrative support for the Office. The internship requires a six-month commitment and 40 hours of work per week. Prior background in film or music is not required, but candidates should have strong communication, writing and organizational/research skills. A small monthly stipend is provided. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 3 by 5:00 pm. For more information about the position, visit the above link or contact the current interns at email@example.com
"FILMMAKING RESOURCES IN OUR COMMUNITY" PANEL DISCUSSION
Come show off your best networking and listening skills at the "Filmmaking Resources in our Community" panel discussion and networking event on November 6 from 4 to 6 pm. Representatives from Northwest Film Forum, Washington Film Works and Seattle Office of Film + Music will be there to discuss information about essential resources and opportunities within Seattle for filmmakers. This event is free and made possible by Artist Trust as part of the I Am An Artist Professional Development Weekend. More information can be found at the link above.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
SISTER CITY SHOWCASE: REYKJAVIK CALLING
Sister City Showcase: Reykjavik Calling
Sister Cities Seattle and Reykjavik are coming together for one night at The Crocodile to provide an amazing night of music while showcasing some of Seattle and Iceland's most celebrated artists including Mugison, Lay Low, Rachel Flotard, and John Roderick. This 21+ event is free to the public until capacity is reached. The Sister City Showcase: Reykjavik Calling is presented by KEXP in partnership with the City of Reykjavik, Seattle City of Music Festival, Icelandair and Iceland Naturally and is part of an ongoing effort to bridge the distance between these like-minded cities and introduce fans and musicians to new music. For more information on the Sister City Showcase: Reykjavik Calling and the artists participating visit the link above or the Seattle City of Music Festival website.
LEARN ABOUT AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FOR ARTISTS
Artists Health Insurance Resource Center
It's an unfortunate fact that many artists go without health insurance. The task of finding affordable care can seem daunting and confusing. But the Artists Health Insurance Resource Center is providing you with a free evening of information about getting and keeping health insurance as an artist. Daniel Kitowski, Manager of Artists Health Insurance Resource Center of The Actors Fund, is leading a discussion at the Gibson Guitar Showroom on Monday, November 8 from 6:30-8:00 pm. Topics include finding affordable health insurance; getting health care when you're uninsured; government-subsidized programs; and understanding health care reform. This event is free and open to the public.
IFP WORKSHOP: SHOOTING FILM ON A LOW BUDGET
In a world of rapidly changing technologies, where budgets are tighter than ever, filmmakers have a difficult decision to make when thinking about an acquisition format to shoot their beloved project on. What is the best look to tell your story? What format will help your project stand out? What post workflow makes the most sense? Join IFP/Seattle, The Northwest Film Forum, Kodak, local filmmakers and industry experts in a discussion about the affordability and flexibility of shooting film on your low budget projects and see a demo of the new Kodak film stocks. Panelists include local cinematographers Lars Larson and Paul Mailman, plus Alpha Cine's Marc Brown. It's all happening November 8 at 7 pm at Northwest Film Forum.
SECOND ANNUAL U-DISTRICT JAZZ WALK
U-District Jazz Walk
In partnership with the continuing Earshot Jazz Festival, the 2nd annual U-District Jazz Walk takes place this Saturday, November 6 beginning at 6:00 pm. The Walk spans to venues across the U-District including Cafe Racer, Knarr Tavern, Tempero do Brasil, The Rat and Raven, Wayward Vegan Cafe and more. Acts will go late into the night, and you have plenty of opportunities to see some fabulous local jazz. Performers include Dave Anderson Quartet, Nilza Lessa Trio, Katrina Kope Duo, Young Person's Composers Orchestra, Katy Bourne Trio and more. Check the link for more details.
"OFFICIAL BEST OF FEST" TV SHOW
Official Best of Fest
Seattle's own PBS television series "Official Best of Fest Presents: The Best Films You've Never Seen" is written and directed by Rick Stevenson and co-produced by Stevenson, Kevin Sabourin and Brandon Whitehead. The 30-part series is in full swing this week, airing the show's sixth episode. Tune in to PBS (KCTS 9) on Saturday at 7:30 pm to catch the episode, which features Seattle writer/director Virginia Bogert's multi-award winning The Delivery. Check the website above for more information about "Official Best of Fest."
CELEBRATE FREMONT ABBEY'S 5TH BIRTHDAY
Fremont Abbey, the nonprofit arts center located in North Seattle, is celebrating 5 years of arts education, performances and community. The Abbey is hosting an exciting birthday bash, featuring live music, local chefs, catered appetizers, regional beer and wine, a photo booth, face painting, a mini-auction, a raffle, a City Arts trivia contest and much more. It's going to be a fun event, with opportunities for kids and adults alike to participate and appreciate the arts center's mission of creating a vibrant arts community. The birthday bash is on November 17; Young Artist hour begins at 5 pm, with events continuing throughout the night. Check the link above for more information.
ARTIST TRUST SEEKS AUCTION VIDEO
Artist Trust is seeking a new fundraising film/video that tells the Artist Trust story with passion and creativity. It will premiere to a rapt audience at their February 19, 2011 Benefit Art Auction and then go viral. Show off what you can do in 3-5 minutes with a $1,000 budget and send a short proposal of what you would create. All genres and formats will be considered. All clearances and rights must be honored. To see last year's video, check the link above. The deadline is November 15, and you can submit films for consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ILLUMNI MEN'S CHORALE IS HOLDING AUDITIONS
Illumni Men's Chorale
The Illumni Men's Chorale, one of the Northwest's newest choral organizations, is holding auditions for their upcoming 2010-2011 Season. Hot off a series of debut concerts, the Chorale is now focusing that kindling energy into developing an exciting fall/winter session in addition to embarking on their first-ever recording project. All voice parts are encouraged to audition, Bass through Counter Tenor but solo-level Baritones are especially needed. Female soloists are also free to audition for Guest Soloist positions. For more details on how to apply, follow the link.
FREE FALL CONCERTS BRING GLOBAL TRADITIONS TO CITY HALL
Hear a world of music this fall at City Hall. Eight globe-trotting free concerts will showcase Seattle artists whose music is inspired by everything from Cajun tunes to Persian poetry, vocal folk to the roaring '20s, West African to Eastern European traditions and more. This week's performance comes from Whozyamama, who serves up Cajun French vocals, rub-board rhythms, fancy fiddlin', squeeze box harmony and Southern charm that begs listeners to loosen their knees and move as they please. The free noontime shows take place both inside City Hall's lobby and on the outdoor plaza and are part of the year-round Seattle Presents concert series hosted by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. For more information, follow the link.
LOCAL DOCUMENTARY WINS THE ACCOLADE AWARD
Seattle filmmakers Koi Walker and Terrence Dai of Atlas Productions have received the Accolade Award, which honors exceptional achievement in film, television, videography and new media, for their feature documentary Citizen Mayor. For their production, the first- time filmmakers teamed up with local talent as they followed the stories of political underdogs on the campaign trail. Featuring Seattle radio celebrities such as Ron and Don, John Fisher and Dave Ross and music by local rock legends The Presidents of the U.S.A., Citizen Mayor seeks to fill a void in mainstream political media coverage with a behind-the-scenes look at the struggles of citizen politicians. After a successful world premiere at NWFF this summer, Citizen Mayor has gone global, with an official selection by the Heart of England International Film Festival. Congrats!
WOMEN IN FILM SEATTLE HOSTS ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
Women In Film
Join Women in Film-Seattle this Thursday, November 4 for their annual membership drive at Spitfire Lounge. Women in Film-Seattle is an internationally-connected professional organization of women working in film, television, video and new media, dedicated to supporting and building not only the careers of its members, but the industry at large. Anyone interested in joining or learning about this organization is encouraged to come to the drive, which is also a celebration of WIF's accomplishments over the past year. There will be music, videos, free food and an overview of what WIF has in store for 2011. For more information about the event, follow the link.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 10/27 - 11/2
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Moondoggies "Tidelands"
- Head and the Heart "Self Titled"
- Various Artists "Live at KEXP, Vol. 6"
- Soundgarden "Telephantasm"
- Telekinesis "Telekinesis"
- Corin Tucker "1000 Years"
- Young Evils "Enchanted Chapel"
- Fences "Fences"
- Caspar Babypants "This is Fun!"
- Film School "Fission"
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:
LITTLEMAN AND BIGGS' "The Catechism Cataclysm"
The Catechism Cataclysm is a dark comedy by award-winning director Todd Rohal (The Guatemalan Handshake), produced by Lacey Leavitt (Blood on the Flat Track) and Megan Griffiths (The Off Hours), shot by Ben Kasulke (Humpday), and featuring Steve Little (HBO's "Eastbound and Down") and Robert Longstreet (Great Wall of Sound) in the lead roles. The production filmed this September and October in several Seattle and Central Washington locations and is expected to screen in the 2011 film festival circuit.
"The decision to shoot in Seattle increased the production's value 100-fold," says director Todd Rohal. "We were forced to make this film with some very limited means, and the crew that Megan and Lacey brought together got behind the film in a way that was invaluable. It felt as if the community had a built-in intuition about what we needed to get the film made."
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.
Class of 1999 (1990)
The sequel to the punk classic Class of 1984 is the semi-fictionalized account of a gang infested Seattle school and the drastic measures the principal is forced to employ in order to control the student body. Borrowing elements from Escape From New York and The Terminator movies, Class of 1999 is a fun yet derivative B-movie chocked full of run down Seattle footage. In the far off future of 1999 many US cities have designated urban areas as "free fire zones" where gangs and hoodlums can do their thing. In the heart of Seattle's free fire zone is Kennedy High School whose latest attempt to curb the violence is hiring some military androids as the school's teaching staff. They are tough and homicidal and, eventually, rival gangs team up to fight off the robot teachers. In the film Kennedy High is portrayed by Wallingford's own Lincoln High School, which was vacant at the time. I'm surprised at how much Seattle footage appears in the movie, as the picture does not present a particularly positive view of the area or school district. While most of the action takes place at Kennedy High, there's some footage shot in a car on I-5 that provides a panoramic view of the city from the interstate. Also, a fancy dinner takes place at the Four Seasons Hotel, a building blows up on Harbor Island and there's a whole condemned neighborhood--that I'm guessing is maybe in White Center or South Park--that serves as the location of the free fire zone's primary residential area. Probably the best nostalgic highlight is a chase up Western Avenue, past many familiar landmarks, to Lenora Street where the car full of androids jumps off the long-gone "overpass to nowhere" right into Elliott Bay. The waterproof robots emerge across the bay, on the beach in West Seattle. Who needs the Water Taxi?
- Spenser Hoyt
PEARL JAM DONTATES SIGNED GUITAR TO ANDY KOTOWICZ FOUNDATION
Pearl Jam is auctioning off an autographed guitar to benefit the family of Andy Kotowicz, the late Vice President of Sales at Subpop who tragically passed away in a car accident October 21. "This is just incredibly nice and generous and we are all very grateful," says the Subpop blog and website. "Thanks so much, Pearl Jam and Ten Club." Proceeds from the auction will go to the Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation, which is accepting donations via a Sound Community Bank account. Andy is survived by his wife of 10 years and their young daughter as well as a large extended family. For more information about the Foundation or to make a donation, be sure to click on the links above.
NO DEPRESSION PUBLISHER DISCUSSES INTERACTIVE MEDIA AND ARTISTS
Kyla Fairchild is the publisher of NoDepression.com, the Seattle-based site about roots and Americana music, which survived the popular No Depression music magazine. In an interview with TechFlash, Fairchild discusses the site and its evolving involvement in the relationship between artists, those in the music industry and fans. Of NoDepression's readers, Fairchild writes, "Now they have this knowledgeable, trustworthy group of their peers to get information from. They used the magazine for that, too, but now they might have a particular blogger, or commenter that they relate to, and really like, so they'll check out an artist based on that person's recommendation. It's also a lot broader, and there is great coverage about lots of artists that never would have showed up in the magazine." Read the full interview at the link above.
REPRESENTING SEATTLE AT SXSW
South By Southwest is the largest film/music festival and conference in the U.S. Taking place in March in Austin, TX, the conference brings together industry folks and fans alike to showcase the best of the best. This year's SXSW will feature Seattle bands The Head and the Heart as well as Telekinesis. This is just one of several exciting opportunities for Head and the Heart, whose sweet tunes have been skyrocketing the charts and gracing festivals and gigs around town all year. Congrats to the bands!
Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel White, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Laura Brewer, Intern
Erica Nwosu, Intern
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