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News from the Office of Film + Music 11/4/2009


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Seattle Film and Music Blog
The Office of Film + Music presents the Seattle Film and Music Blog, your new source for Seattle entertainment news and updates. Our blog covers the latest in local, national, and international news and videos about Seattle filmmakers, musicians, and digital media makers. Check it out!

OFFICE NEWS

PHOTOS FROM SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC AWARDS ARE UP!
Office of Film + Music Flickr
See dynamic photos of The Maldives' epic set, Jonathan Poneman reading his love letter to KEXP, folks fancying it up on the red carpet, and more.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

CELEBRATE STRANGER GENIUS AWARDS AT THE MOORE
The Stranger
The Stranger's 2009 Stranger Genius Awards issue, with profiles of this year's winners, hits the streets November 12. Congratulations especially to Zia Mohajerjasbi, this year's Stranger Genius in Film. "In his latest video for Blue Scholars, 'Loyalty,' director Zia Mohajerjasbi contrasts the rural with hiphop's multicultural solidarity," Charles Mudede writes of Mohajerjasbi. He continues, "Though we do not see a single building, we never feel that we are anywhere else but in the middle of Seattle." The Stranger will award $5,000 to each Genius at a party at the Moore Theatre on November 13. Doors open at 9:00 pm. and performances will include Throw Me the Statue, They Live!, USF (Universal Studios Florida) and Emerald City Soul Club. For more information, check out the above link.

ENTER SHORT VIDEO FOR EAT LOCAL FOR THANKSGIVING CONTEST
Eat Local for Thanksgiving Contest
Cascade Harvest Coalitions' Eat Local for Thanksgiving campaign has created a film contest in which participants are asked to create a short video about a commitment to local food during the holidays. Prizes include six month of farmers' market seafood, cooking classes at Sur La Table, a two-year subscription to Edible Seattle and autographed cookbooks. Entries must be submitted by November 20 to be eligible. Click the above link for instructions.

RECEIVE TIPS ON WRITING SUCCESSFUL GRANT APPLICATIONS
Artist Trust
Starting next week, Monica Miller, Artist Trust's Director of Programs, will present information on how to apply for grants successfully at a series of free workshops around the state. The workshop will give tips on preparing a strong grant application, including "dos and don'ts" for work samples, artist rsums, project proposals, and more. Along with receiving detailed information on how to prepare all grant-application materials, participants will learn how to access the vast array of grant possibilities available to Washington State artists. The Seattle workshop is on December 8 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Youngstown Arts Center. For more information and a listing of the other workshops, click the above link.

SEE CUT CHEMIST PERFORM "SYMPHONY OF THE SUPERHERO" WITH THE NW SYMPHONY FOR MASSIVE-SCALE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL BENEFIT CONCERT
The Symphony Guild
This Friday, Cut Chemist will perform with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra for Symphony of the Superhero, a benefit concert for Seattle Children's Hospital. With over 280 performers, this concert of massive scale will enchant and intrigue the audience with a full orchestra, four choirs, a Brazilian band, a bell choir and guest musicians including DJ Cut Chemist, Lili Haydn, Natalie Dungey, and Mateo Messina (native Seattleite and Grammy-winning symphony composer, Juno). The spectacular event happens this Friday, November 6th at Benaroya Hall and is produced by The Symphony Guild in association with Maven Productions, The Stranger, Wake up and 90.3 KEXP. Click the above link for more information and for tickets.

AUDIOASIS BENEFIT SHOWS AT SUNSET TAVERN AT ACT
KEXP
This year KEXP's longest running local music show is out in the community more than ever. Every month Audioasis will broadcast live from The Sunset Tavern in Ballard and all proceeds benefit a local non-profit. This month's proceeds benefit PROVAIL, a group that provides community employment, community living, and therapeutic and assistive technology services for people with severe disabilities. The broadcast will include live performances from Seattle bands including Vs (Maklemore and Ryan Lewis), and Black Whales and will take place November 7th.

ATTEND BLUE NOVEMBER MICROFILMFEST
Blue November
The Blue November MicroFilmFest returns next week for its seventh year. The film and arts festival is free and supports the artist, with a dedication to vision and artistic integrity in cinema, music and the arts. The opening night gala on Thursday, November 12 will celebrate the memory of Green Bean Coffeehouse and screen the film produced live at last year's festival, The Marriage of Luna and Sol. The gala will also include a performance from Essence Dance Company, the sounds of local music, and a collection of work from Reel Grrls. Click the above link for more information.

UNDERAGE MUSICIANS, ENTER THE SOUND OFF! BATTLE OF THE BANDS
EMP|SFM
For the ninth year EMP|SFM hosts Sound Off!, the Northwest's largest underage battle of the bands. A launching pad for musical careers, Sound Off! has enjoyed hosting many young up-and-coming bands over the years including Schoolyard Heroes, New Faces, The Lonely Forest, Dyme Def, The Lonely H, Sol and Natalie Portman's Shaved Head. If you're age 21 or under and play rock, hip-hop, electronic, pop or any other kind of music, this is your chance to join the ranks of these luminary groups and perform at EMP|SFM. Applications are due by this coming Monday November 9, 2009. For more information and to apply for Sound Off!, follow the above link.

REALNETWORKS OVERCOMES RECESSION, REPORTS PROFIT
Hypebot
Seattle based online music retailer, RealNetworks, has reported a $1.5 million Third Quarter profit or less than 1 cent per share. It marks the first time that Real has turned a profit in more than a year. The company said that a recently released iPhone app will be primarily used by existing Rhapsody subscribers, rather than attracting new ones. Another recent bright spot for the company is its inclusion in Google's new enhanced music search.

FILM/VIDEO PRODUCTION WORKSHOP THIS WEEKEND
Tom Kane Film Production Workshop
This weekend, Tom Kane is bringing a three day intensive Film/Video Workshop to Seattle. Tom's long and distinguished career in the Film and Television industry includes Producer, Production Manager, and Assistant Director, and his clients have included Twentieth Century Fox, Miramax Films, Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros., ABC Motion Pictures, Universal Pictures, Turner Network Television, CBS, NBC, ABC, and Hallmark Entertainment. The workshop will teach you how to successfully plan, organize and manage a film or video production. You will break down a feature script, create a shooting schedule, production board, and go on a location scout to learn the professional approach to detail for each location. This workshop is ideal for aspiring producers, production managers, assistant directors, screenwriters, actors, and anyone wishing to explore a career in film and video production. The workshop is on November 6, 7, and 8.

SEATTLE CELEBRATES LEONARD BERNSTEIN
Seattle Celebrates Bernstein
An unprecedented consortium of the Puget Sound's arts organizations announce the formation of Seattle Celebrates Bernstein, a regional Arts Festival to be held from April through June of 2010. Participating groups range in size from major to small, from established to fledgling, and include musical ensembles, dance companies, film presenters, theater companies and educational institutions. The festival will focus on the multi-faceted genius of Leonard Bernstein - composer, writer, conductor, thinker, media personality, and educator. During three months of concerts, theatre, performances, lectures, classes, film screenings and other events, Seattle Celebrates Bernstein will bring together Northwest arts organizations to spotlight this uniquely American artist's legacy as well as showcase the wealth and wonder of Seattle's world class arts scene. Click the above link for more information.

JOIN DIRECTOR OF FINDING PLAYLAND AT FREE SCREENING
Finding Playland
Join the director and crew of local documentary Finding Playland for a free screening of the film at Shoreline Community College next month. From 1930 to 1960, children enjoyed the great Playland Amusement Park on 65 acres on Bitter Lake, seven miles from the center of Seattle. The film transports viewers back to that free and easy time with archival video and photos joined with firsthand accounts of Seattle's million dollar playground. The screening is at 7:00 pm on December 1.

BACK TO THE GARDEN WINS BEST OF WASHINGTON PRIZE
Olympia Film Festival
Following its world premiere at SIFF in June, Back to the Garden: Flower Power Comes Full Circle, received the Best of Washington award at the recent Ellensburg Film Festival and was runner-up for Audience Award at the Bend Film Festival last month. The film tells the moving store of six, back-to-the-land hippies who Tomlinson first met and interviewed in 1988 at a healing gathering in Eastern Washington. In 2006, he reconnected with his original subjects to follow up. Following international screenings at SIFF, Berlin, Maui, Tel Aviv and Santa Fe, the Seattle produced documentary screens this weekend at the 26th annual Olympia Film Festival with director Kevin Tomlinson and special guests from the film in attendance.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 10/26 - 11/1
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).

  1. Pink Martini "Splendor in the Grass"
  2. Dutchess & the Duke "Sunset/Sunrise"
  3. Visqueen "Message to Garcia"
  4. Brandi Carlile "Give Up the Ghost"
  5. Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
  6. Alice in Chains "Black Gives Way to Blue"
  7. Built to Spill "There is No Enemy"
  8. S "Sadstyle 10th Anniv. Reissue"
  9. Levi Fuller "Colossal"
  10. Cave Singers "Welcome Joy"

MEDIA DIGEST

SUB POP TO LAUNCH NEXT AMBIANCE IMPRINT WITH KEXP'S JON KERTZER
The Stranger
Sub Pop Records and KEXP's Jon Kertzer (host of The Best Ambiance, which airs music from Africa and the Caribbean islands on Mondays 6 pm-9 pm) are partnering to form Next Ambiance, a world-music-oriented imprint. Its first release, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba's I Speak Fula, will be available digitally Dec. 1; the CD comes out Feb. 2, 2010. You can catch the band opening for Bla Fleck at Triple Door March 16.

VARIETY WRITES ABOUT NFFTY
Variety
Variety reports that young filmmakers are blooming with new cinema tools and event, such as a special youth festival circuit popping up to showcase the best of the bunch. Chicago Children's Film Festival founder Nicole Dreiske has noted the quality of independently made youth pics has improved in recent years. Other festivals, from Los Angeles to Tribeca, feature sidebars for student-created work, but young filmmakers chafe at the idea of being stuck at the kids' table. "Every big festival wants to have a youth section to seem like they're supporting young filmmakers, but they separate it out so much from the rest of the festival," says 23-year-old Jesse Harris, who persuaded his parents to let him skip college and spend the money it would have cost making his feature debut, "Living Life." In 2007, Harris co-founded Seattle's own National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) for work created by helmers 22 and under. This year, the event screened 113 films for more than 4,000 people over the course of three days, dividing entries (nearly all shorts) by category, rather than by age.

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT NIRVANA'S DEBUT, BLEACH, FROM THE PEOPLE WHO WERE THERE
Seattle Weekly
To celebrate Sub Pop's rerelease of Nirvana's debut album the Seattle Weekly has gathered interviews and first-hand accounts of Grunge's baby steps. This includes pieces from Nirvana bassist, Krist Novoselic, the producer who recorded the album, Jack Endino and much more. For the full series, follow the above link.