|News from the Film + Music Office
SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC A SUCCESS!
Thank you to all our friends who joined the Film + Music Office at the Paramount Theatre on October 29th for an exciting kickoff of our first annual Seattle City of Music event. The event included inspirational speeches from Mayor Nickels, civic leaders and influential figures in the local music industry and featured show stopping performances from local musicians and public school musicians and performers. With positive local and national press coverage and over 800 guests attending, we are thrilled about the future of music in Seattle. Look for more updates to Seattle City of Music coming next month!
MUSICTECH SUMMIT 08
The Film + Music Office proudly partners with The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy to bring you the 3rd annual GRAMMY MusicTech Summit, hosted at McCaw Hall November 6th and 7th, 2008. This summit will examine how the changing technological landscape can empower artists and further their careers. Meet many of the most important players in this emerging industry, attend informative panels, network with industry leaders and jumpstart your career. Mayor Greg Nickels will introduce the keynote address, which will be given by Ian Rogers, CEO of TopSpin Media. Last year was a complete success, and this year promises to be even better.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
REQUEST FOR ENVIRONMENTAL FILM SUBMISSIONS
Organizers of the 2009 Puget Sound Georgia Basin Ecosystem Conference are seeking submissions of short films or narratives focused environmental issues affecting the transboundary Puget Sound Georgia Basin region. Selected films will be shown during the conference on the evening of Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 in Seattle. The theme of the 2009 Puget Sound Georgia Basin Ecosystem Conference is "The Future of the Salish Sea...A Call to Action!" Entries must be received by November 21st, 2008.
CD FORUM SEARCHES FOR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas (CD Forum) is a unique multi-disciplinary organization that presents and produces programs about Black culture that encourage thought and debate for the greater Seattle area. The Board of Directors is seeking a dynamic and visionary new leader to guide the organization toward becoming an established institution with a permanent base of operations and a strong, growing core of supporters. The ED works with the Program Director and the Board of Directors to ensure that the mission and values of the CD Forum are fulfilled by the presentation of an annual season of multi-disciplinary programs.
REMARKABLE PEOPLE: JEAN WALKINSHAW
For over 40 years across the airwaves of KING, KCTS, PBS and elsewhere, television producer Jean Walkinshaw has been telling human stories, mostly rooted right here in the Northwest. Her subjects reflect the landscapes that inspire them to write, paint, live and work passionately. Now its Walkinshaw's turn in front of the camera, as this remarkable woman becomes the subject of a fascinating documentary. After years of focusing the camera on Puget Sound area icons, Walkinshaw has agreed to being the subject of the television series Remarkable People. The profile of the longtime local, Emmy Award-winning producer, her life and professional career will air on Seattle Channel, SCCtv, and KCTS in early November.
FREE SCREENING OF "MARCH POINT"
Don't miss a free preview screening of the locally produced film, "March Point," on Saturday, November 15th. "March Point" follows three boys' journey on their path from childhood to adulthood as they come to understand themselves, their tribe and the environmental threat to their people. Travis, Nick and Cody have been friends almost all their lives, growing up on the Swinomish Reservation near Anacortes, Washington. When they find themselves in trouble with drugs and alcohol, the teens are offered an opportunity to participate in Native Lens, a local filmmaking program of Longhouse Media. Figuring it's better than spending afternoons in drug court; they envision a film with car crashes and rap music. Instead, they are asked to make a documentary about the impact of two oil refineries on their tribal community. The filmmakers and other local youth arts organizations will be present at the event and will welcome questions from the audience.
PRESENTING HARDCORE - A NEW WORKSHOP SERIES AT NORTHWEST FILM FORUM!
HARDCORE is a new quarterly program that introduces or reacquaints moviegoers to particular genres of film through a lecture followed by an all out screening marathon of that genre. First up: The Screwball Comedy. This nine-hour (including screenings), one-day class will present the key themes that unite these Hollywood classics together - particularly feminism, liberty and marriage - and then show four films in a marathon screening session worthy of the name HARDCORE.
NW ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FEST CALLS FOR ENTRIES
If you're an aspiring director, here's your chance. The Northwest Asian American Film Festival is looking for entries on the Asian Pacific American experience. Submissions are due by November 21 for the festival, the largest showcase in Washington for Asian-American films and videos, set for February 26 - March 1, 2009.
EMP|SFM AND NFFTY PRESENT AFTER HOURS
After Hours is an exciting, new all-ages event at EMP|SFM designed by teens for teens. The evening features a dance party with a local DJ in Sky Church and can include access to gallery spaces, live music by local bands and film previews from student filmmakers. The event highlights themes from popular culture and takes place several times throughout the year. The first After Hours will be on November 14th with performances by Man Down Medic and Shotty, and a dance party with DJ Electro Wolf.
"WALKING TO WERNER" SCREENING AND Q&A
Inspired by the winter 1974 march that Werner Herzog made from Munich to Paris to see ailing film critic Lotte Eisner, Linas Phillips sets out on a pilgrimage of his own to visit his hero - 1,200 miles from Seattle to Los Angeles! Phillips's trip begins as an attention-grabbing show of devotion but transforms into a many-sided experiment in empathy. Tramping down the coast, unsure if Herzog will be waiting for him in Los Angeles, Phillips not only hears the same call of the wild that gripped Aguirre and Timothy Treadwell, he lovingly bears witness to random folk whose heart-tugging experiences put life into eye-opening perspective for both him and the audience. Check out "Walking to Werner" and a Q&A with Phillips on November 7th at SIFF Cinema.
2008 INSOMNIA FILM FESTIVAL
On November 15 at 9:00 a.m. EST, the clock starts ticking for high school and college student filmmakers across the country. Apple will post the list of required elements for entries in the 2008 Insomnia Film Festival. Then you and your team will have the next 24 hours to make and upload your 3-minute movie. Once your movie is up, you will need to get everyone you know-and then some-to watch and rate it online. If your movie makes the top 25, you can host a showing at the Apple Retail Store. Your adoring fans can download it from the iTunes Store, and it will be screened by some big-time industry players. Earn the #1 rating from either the public or the professionals, and you will land one of two grand prizes. Not a bad trade for one night's sleep.
GRASS: JAZZ VIOLIST EYVIND KANG
The Cornish Music Series, in partnership with Earshot Jazz, presents Grass on November 14th, featuring Jazz Violist Eyvind Kang. Kang is a prolific composer whose sounds and compositions can be found in a multitude of styles, genres, and performances. Kang's Cornish Music Series performance will feature a nine-piece ensemble, and will explore musical structures or "monadologies" of improvisation "guided from within the sounds, with respect to the sounds as conscious entities, and informed by new discoveries in acoustics and psychoacoustics."
SEATTLE COMPOSERS ALLIANCE PRESENTS A DAY WITH FILM MUSIC AGENT MIKE ROSEN
Join film composer representative Mike Rosen as he discusses the various aspects of making your way in the film and television music industry. Gain insight into the Hollywood film and television scene, learn how to create more effective demos, and get feedback on your music in the demo review session. A must attend event for all aspiring film, video and multi-media composers!
NEW DAVID BAZAN TRACK AVAILABLE
Barsuk Records is excited to announce that David Bazan will be releasing a single to celebrate the upcoming Presidential Election. "American Flags", with a b-side demo of "Please, Baby, Please" (of which a studio version will appear on his upcoming 2009 full length on Barsuk) will be available digitally on November 4th via Barsuk Records. A 7-inch single version for you wax heads will be available early in January 2009.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 10/27 - 11/2
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Blitzen Trapper - Furr
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- Various Artists - Live at KEXP: Volume 4
- The Moondoggies - Don't Be A Stranger
- Common Market - Tobacco Road
- Jake One - White Van Music
- Jeff Ament - Tone
- Joshua Morrison - Home
- Pearl Jam - Live From Easy Street
- Pica Beats - Beating Back the Claws of the Cold
THE BOY IN BLACK: SEATTLE TEEN CHANNELS JOHNNY CASH
Vince Mira, recent performer at Seattle City of Music, started out as a street musician who serenaded tourists at Pike Place Market. Two years later, he's recording with Johnny Cash's son, toured with Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard, played Washington festivals like Sasquatch and Bumbershoot, and opening up for the Presidents of the United States of America on New Year's Eve. And Vince Mira is only 16.
FLEET FOXES' PERFECT HARMONY
Rolling Stone profiles rising Seattle band Fleet Foxes, with an in-depth look at 22 year-old front man Robin Pecknold. Since releasing the pastoral, folky EP Sun Giant in February, and their debut album in June, Fleet Foxes have scored a gig on The Late Show With David Letterman and an opening stint with Wilco - during which the Foxes shared the stage for a nightly encore of "I Shall Be Released." "It was amazing," Pecknold recalls. "Just last Christmas I was harmonizing 'I Shall Be Released' with my family."
"WASHINGTON FILM IN THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
A myriad of productions are heading north to Washington these days to take advantage of practically every type of landscape imaginable, as well as its liberal, proactive tax incentive programs. "This year is proving to be one of the best in several years," says Washington State Film Office managing director Mary Trimarco. "A number of films have been shooting here throughout the year. Our summer was really busy." Trimarco credits a strong production infrastructure featuring 40 liaisons statewide, including the Seattle Mayor's Office of Film + Music, the Spokane Film Office and Washington Film Works, a private nonprofit that offers funding assistance to commercials, television and features that shoot in the state.
STEVEN SEVERIN, FLEET FOXES, DEBORAH SEMER MAKE LIST OF SEATTLE'S MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE
Steven Severin, co-owner of Neumos and Moe Bar; Fleet Foxes, the upcoming Sub Pop band; and Deborah Semer, educational chair and vice chair of the Seattle Arts Commission, have all earned spots on Seattle Magazine's list of 25 Most Influential People in Seattle. These honorees have contributed to Seattle's music scene through performance, venue, and music education in public schools. Congratulations!
GO EAST, YOUNG MUSIC FANS!
Being a young music fan in the Eastside suburbs can seem an isolated drag. There is classical music and jazz, but those concerts can be too staid to engage youth. For music that brings young people together, aren't Redmond, Kirkland and Bellevue musical dead zones? Completely untrue. Music lives on the Eastside. Practically all of it lives at the Old Fire House in Redmond, Kirkland Teen Union Building (K-Tub) in Kirkland and Ground Zero in Bellevue. It's pop - mostly rock, but sometimes not - and in an Eastside full of classic arts venues like the Meydenbauer Center Theatre, Village Theatre and the Bellevue Arts Museum, teen centers are the only places that throw those types of concerts.
ENTER A YOUTUBE CONTEST FOR WASHINGTON STATE BAR ASSOCIATION AND WIN $1,000
The Washington State Bar Association is offering two $1,000 prizes to the winners of a YouTube video contest: Create a three-minute-or-less video that captures your vision of justice for all as citizens of Washington State, and win one of two $1,000 prizes!
MYSPACE TOP SITE FOR YOUNG FILMGOERS
Hollywood's majors need to update their MySpace pages if they want to reach younger moviegoers. MySpace is the top online destination for 15 to 24-year-olds looking for information about new film releases, according to a study by Nielsen NRG. In that prime movie-going demo, the News Corp. owned social networking site beat out rivals, with 29% of those surveyed saying they use MySpace first to search for movie info. Yahoo and Google were a close second with 23%, while AOL trailed with 14%.
NORTHWEST FILM FORUM LAUNCHES WINTER PROGRAM
The NWFF has announced its schedule for the winter of 2008/9. It starts with Caroline Suh's "Frontrunners" on November 29th followed by Seattle's own Linas Phillips "Great Speeches from a Dying World" on December 5th.
MICROSOFT'S BAUDBOYS ENTERTAIN WITH MUSIC, COMEDY
The Baudboys, a singing group made up of eight guys who work at Microsoft, have been performing together for about four years. The Baudboys offer beat boxing, great harmonies and unique music, including a song with hilarious lyrics - a geek talking with his lover, asking her to wait just a few moments for intimacy until he racked up more points in his video game. "I think this Xbox is the greatest present I've every gotten ... for you," they crooned, accompanied by the laughter of the cheering crowd. This group has performed at major sporting events, the legendary Microsoft company picnic, and on the Microsoft campus. They've won some major singing competitions. Somehow, they have not yet performed for Bill.
MYSPACE AND MTV MONETIZE PIRATED CONTENT WITH AUDITUDE
Television networks, film and music studios have long fought a losing battle to tear down copyrighted material from the Internet. MySpace is launching an ad platform called Auditude that automatically identifies content from MTV Networks (content like "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "Punk'd") and will display an overlay that shows where the clip originally came from, its original air-date, and links to online stores where users can purchase the entire episode.
2008 BIG BREAK WINNERS ANNOUNCED, SEATTLE FILMMAKER SCOOPS SECOND PLACE
The top-3 winners of the Big Break contest have been selected, and Seattle was well represented. Lynnwood's own 32 year-old Jordan Thomas came in second with "Arctic Air". The plot of the film concerns an Alaskan bush pilot who turns bootlegger to save the airplane which he believes houses his best friend's disembodied spirit. The top three winners were flown to Hollywood for the awards ceremony that featured Hall of Fame recipient Stephen J. Cannell (Rockford Files, A-Team, 21 Jump Street), who spoke of the importance of a writer's work ethic. The winners were then taken to the small mountain town of Idyllwild for an intensive three-day Cinestory workshop with various industry mentors.
FCC WIRELESS MICROPHONE BAN?
It's a decision that may end up affecting everyone from Broadway actors to pastors of large churches to karaoke DJs. The Federal Communications Commission is proposing a ban on certain types of wireless microphones. At the center of the controversy are wireless mikes that operate on radio frequencies that are also used by broadcast TV stations.
SEATTLE'S TUBA MAN DIES FROM BEATING INJURIES
To sports fans across Seattle, Ed McMichael was an icon - a gentle giant whose tuba sounds outside area ball parks rang consistent, regardless of the action inside. McMichael, 53, died Monday, nine days after police say he was kicked and beaten by a group of juveniles near a bus stop in the 500 block of Mercer Street. Police have arrested two 15-year-olds in connection with the assault. The Tuba Man's death has led to an outpouring of sadness and anger from those whose encounters with him left a lasting impression.