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News from the Office of Film + Music 11/10/2010


Seattle City of Music
The City of Music Awards event last month was a huge success. The city honored Scott Brown and Clarence Acox with the Impact Award, Brandi Carlile with the Breakthrough Award and Gerard Schwarz with the Achievement Award. Members from the Music Commission attended the event at Showbox at the Market as did Seattleites who support the city's music community. Now you can see three videos featured at the ceremony as well as a "trailer" of the entire event. These 3-5 minute documentaries were made by local filmmakers, highlighting the careers of those honored by the City of Music. Check out the updated page linked above to watch them! The City of Music Awards was made possible by Wells Fargo, AEG Live, Iceland Air and 206 Inc.

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


History Is Competition
Join Northwest Film Forum (NWFF), the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) and the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) Saturday, December 5, for a networking event exclusively for you! Enjoy complimentary food, drinks and music as you mingle with other youth filmmakers and learn about upcoming projects you can take part in, including MOHAI's History Is____ film competition. A number of seasoned film professionals will also be in attendance, offering expert advice about launching a career in film. For more information about the upcoming event, be sure to check out the link.

This week's Questionland topic is "Noise:" how to make it, record it and play it. The panel of experts in the field include Geoff Ott, engineer, producer and owner of London Bridge Studio; Vance Galloway, audio engineer; Graig Market, local musician, engineer and producer who has worked with Head Like a Kite, Nada Surf, Band of Horses and more; and James Burns, Line Out contributor and musician for local band Police Teeth and Cold Lake. Post your burning questions at the link above, and learn more about the business and play of making noise.

Sound on the Sound
The Seattle music scene has been mourning the loss of Sub Pop's Andy Kotowicz. Blogs, newsletters and supporters have been pouring out love for Andy in their publications. Pearl Jam has donated an autographed guitar for auction to help with the Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation, and now musicians across the city are coming together for a couple benefit concerts. The first is happening on November 19 at The Sunset and will feature music from The Intelligence, Unnatural Helpers and Partman Parthorse. The second is on December 4 at Showbox at the Market, where bands including A-Frames/AFCGT, Fruit Bats, Mudhoney, Michael Yonkers, Pissed Jeans, Shabazz Palaces, Vetiver and Wolf Eyes will perform to honor Andy and to raise money for his wife and young daughter. The first show is 21+, the Showbox concert is an all ages event. For more information, follow the link.

IFP/Seattle has announced the five finalists for this year's Spotlight Award, a grant which supplies winners with thousands of dollars in in-kind goods and services from leading Northwest production companies. "This unique grant program allows filmmakers the opportunity to build on a solid script by getting access to top-notch equipment and resources," says IFP/Seattle Programming Director Caroline Colon. "The result is a professional short film that showcases the talent of the Northwest." In the running for the 2010 award are: Joe Jacobs (Forced Entry), Justin Burris McGowan (Going Home), Laura Jean Cronin (It's For You), Ilona Rossman Ho (Outside Experts) and Sam Graydon (Pretty Face and Green My Eyes). Each finalist and principal members of his/her production team will be interviewed by a panel of industry experts and the winner is to be revealed at a public event November 10. For more information, check out the link. Congrats to all!

Seattle Symphony
The Seattle Symphony is recruiting a Director of Communications to lead the public relations activities of the Seattle Symphony, Benaroya Hall and Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center. This position works with the Executive Director, Board and Staff to achieve the long-term goals and objectives of Seattle Symphony, supporting marketing, fundraising and education initiatives. Ideal candidates must have a minimum of 7-10 years of senior-level work in public relations or community relations with a major non-profit arts organization. Follow the link for more details.

Seattle Times
The historic movie theater, Cinerama, has been closed for renovations since last summer. Now the theater is re-opening on November 19 with a midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I. Changes were primarily technical, and Cinerama now features a new projector (with 3D capacity), new screen, updated sound system as well as new artwork and carpet in the lobby. The concession stand has also been redesigned to house low-priced popcorn and local treats from Theo Chocolate, Cupcake Royale and Caf Vita. For more information about the renovations or Cinerama, follow the link.

Seattle Channel
"Ask the Mayor," which happens once a month, gives Seattle residents a chance to speak directly to Mayor Mike McGinn live on Seattle Channel 21. The next show is today, November 10, at 7 pm. This is a great opportunity to ask the mayor questions of interest to musicians and filmmakers. For more information or to submit your questions ahead of time, follow the link.

Every year local radio station 103.7 The Mountain releases a compilation album of live performances recorded at the Carter Subaru Mountain Music Lounge in Seattle. The mix features 19 artists, both heritage and emerging. All proceeds from the album sales go toward protecting the wildlands of Washington State through the station's partnership with The Wilderness Society. This year's album, entitled Live from the Mountain Music Lounge, Volume 16 is available online and at REI stores. It features Northwest acts Brandi Carlile and Anya Marina. Check out the link for more information.

Post Alley Film Festival
Women in Film-Seattle is presenting the annual Post Alley Film Festival on December 4. This is a festival about women, by women and for women. All short films center on female themes and are often made exclusively by women in the industry. Experience of the filmmakers ranges from novice to pro, award-winners to first timers. All proceeds from the event go toward Women in Film-Seattle, a non-profit organization providing connection, education, support; advancing the goals of women in the film, video, TV and new media industries. Screenings, filmmaker Q & A's and receptions will take place on December 4 from noon to 6 pm at Central Cinema. More information is available at the link above.

Reel NW
"Reel NW" aims to champion the work of a talented local independent filmmaking community by bringing the best features, documentaries and shorts to film-loving public television audiences in Seattle and beyond. All twelve films featured in the first season of "Reel NW" are made by Northwest filmmakers, shot in the Northwest or feature a Northwest subject. Beyond the Thursday night TV broadcast, the series includes public screening events and an interactive online environment to reach the widest possible audience for Northwest independent film. The first event takes place on November 30, when KCTS 9, the Washington State China Relations Council and the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas host a screening and discussion of Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai with director Jason Reid (Sonicsgate) at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. For more information about the new TV series, follow the link.

Seattle Times

The Seattle Symphony has named its new executive director. Simon Woods, chief executive of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, has accepted the post. Woods is taking over for interim executive director Mark McCampbell, who stepped in when Thomas Philion left in February. Some tasks will begin immediately, and Woods will take over the position full-time beginning in May 2011. Previous US experience for Woods has been with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Welcome to Seattle, Mr. Woods!

Meet Up

911 Media Arts Center welcomes local documentarians to its documentary community group DocuTalk@911. Every fourth Sunday of every month from 7-10 pm at Seattle Film Institute, 911 provides an opportunity for documentarians to network, share knowledge, find feedback and mentoring opportunities and gain support in the pursuit of their work. It's a potluck so bring a dish and come prepared to be inspired and make connections with regional documentary filmmakers and all others who love the documentary format. Documentarians are welcome to present their work (finished or in-progress) and to gather supportive feedback. Details are available after the link.

The Artist Toolbox

Started in Seattle by director John Jacobsen and executive producer Greg Moga, "The Artist Toolbox: The Secrets of Creative Genius" has been picked up to run on PBS across the country, including on Seattle's KCTS 9. Each half- hour episode in the 13 part season has host John Jacobsen interviewing some of the greatest artists in the United States, all of whom are masters of the craft, leaders in their fields. Artists are from all media and include singer John Legend, actor Jason Alexander, author Isabel Allende, jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis, chef Daniel Boulud and Seattle's own Tom Skerritt. Check out what's coming up, watch clips from the show and find about more information about "The Artist Toolbox" at the link above.

Capitol Hill Housing

Use your love of great music to show your support for a worthy cause this Friday night. Neumos has teamed up with Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) for this Friday's show to raise funds to continue their work providing affordable housing in our community, helping everyone from working artists to seniors and the recently homeless. Based in Capitol Hill, they have properties in nine Seattle neighborhoods. Music for the event will be provided by Delorean, Lemonade and Noddy. More information about the show can be found on Neumo's website.

Polish Film Festival

Since the early 1990's, the annual Seattle Polish Film Festival (SPFF) has showcased the best in Polish cinema right here in the Emerald City. Produced and presented by the Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association, SPFF also aims to act as a cultural bridge, bringing to Seattle a very special part of Polish culture. Now in its 18th year, SPFF hopes to reach new heights in terms of film quality, diversity and sophistication. This year's line-up includes a showcase of rare shorts from acclaimed-and controversial-Polish director Roman Polanski. The screening, which takes place Thursday, November 11, will also be accompanied by live music from Polish group SzaZa. For more details on the event and SPFF in general, be sure to check out the link.

Sound on the Sound

Taking a play from bands of another era, The Moondoggies announced an open bootlegging/taping policy for their upcoming tour. Taping will be allowed at all shows (with rules, of course) and if you share your bootleg (in a non-commercial fashion) the band will show their gratitude by sending you a silk-screen printed Moondoggies poster. Encouraging taping is a perfect fit for a band that is at their best live and who'd rather have their performances speak for them than social media. Best of all, from a fan's perspective, you won't have to wait for album releases to hear new Moondoggies music. The promise of tapers in the audience should also encourage the band to experiment, grow and change up their live shows. Sounds like a win-win for everyone involved. Visit the Moondoggies' website for the rules and regulations.

Northwest Folklife

Interning at Northwest Folklife can be the experience you need to gain a career in event planning, festival production, the music industry, nonprofit management, marketing, fundraising and a host of other fields. The programming intern at Northwest Folklife will take on a significant role in producing the largest free community arts festival in the nation. Responsibilities include scheduling performances, answering performer inquiries and troubleshooting during the Festival. Interested applicants should visit the Northwest Folklife website for more information.


Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum (EMP|SFM) has announced its 2010 holiday program schedule, which will include free film screenings and other festive events fun for the whole family. Give your holiday portraits some rock-n-roll edge with a music-themed backdrop at the museum's "Rockin' Holiday Photo" shoot, a free event which will take place November 26-27. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, the 1964 cult-classic widely renowned as one of the worst films ever made, will also be screening for free November 26-27 at the JBL theatre. The film features a mob of angry Martians on a plot to kidnap jolly ol' St. Nick because their children have become obsessed with holiday TV shows. For more details about EMP|SFM's post-Thanksgiving lineup, follow the link.


As part of their Fall Session Speaker Series, TheFilmSchool is welcoming screenwriter Pamela Gray (Conviction, Music of the Heart) for a screening of her film A Walk on the Moon and a post-screening Q and A with Warren Etheredge on Saturday, November 13 at the Cornish Notions Building. The film begins at 10 am with the interview following at 1 pm. You must RSVP to as seating is very limited. The event is free and open to the public. Check the link above for more information.


Kindiependent is a nationally recognized collective of like-minded people who are passionate about cultivating a vibrant kids' and family music scene in the Pacific Northwest. Kindiependent's second free "Share the Music" concert, featuring Caspar Babypants, The Not-Its!, The Board of Education, Recess Monkey, and Harmonica Pocket rocked the stacks on Sunday, November 7. Amy Twito from the Seattle Central Library says, "The event was attended by 1,500 people -- it was the largest crowd for an event we've had at the Central Library since our grand opening festivities in May 2004!" Upcoming Kindiependent events include two new concert series in the Seattle area. Beginning December 4 and continuing every other Saturday morning, local audiences can enjoy performances by Kindiependent musicians at the Mt. Baker Community Center and at Top Pot Doughnuts in Bellevue and Mill Creek.


In the latest installment of its "Between the Grooves" series, PopMatters offers a fascinating, in-depth examination of "Teeth Like God's Shoeshine," a hidden gem of a song from those illustrious indie rockers from the Eastside, Modest Mouse. The feature analyzes the track, off of the 1997 album The Lonesome Crowded West, line-by-line, offering telling insight into the band's formative days. The verdict: "Teeth Like God's Shoeshine" is "a seven-minute trip of singular revelation, [that] introduces Modest Mouse as a force impossible to ignore." To read the full article, check out 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).

  1. Moondoggies "Tidelands"
  2. Head and the Heart "Self Titled"
  3. Various Artists "Live at KEXP, Vol. 6"
  4. Young Evils "Enchanted Chapel"
  5. Black Mountain "Wilderness Heart"
  6. Caspar Babypants "This Is Fun!"
  7. Corin Tucker Band "1000 Years"
  8. Dandy Warhols "Capitol Years"
  9. Macklemore/Ryan Lewis "Vs."
  10. Shabazz Palaces "Shabazz Palaces"

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:

Break is a feature film by filmmaker Pete Anderson, following eight relationship-based stories intertwining and concluding with events that bring everything full circle. Break is an entirely Seattle-based project, using actors (33 speaking roles) and crew from the Northwest, with all location shooting around the Seattle/Tacoma area. The film's crew are all graduates or currently enrolled in one of the local Seattle film schools. The film and soundtrack feature ten northwest musicians, including Megan Larson, Stephen Nielsen, Kissing Girls, Brian Cronrath and the IFS. Kaycee Cole, who also plays the role of broken hearted musician Mika, wrote the song "Effigy" specifically for the film and character.
Break is Pete Anderson's seventh micro/low budget feature. "One goal of the film was to give more experience to local film crew/talent so when major productions come to town we can provide more than just extras/PAs on those films," says Anderson. "This production had less drama then any other film I have been involved with. The talent, dedication and spirit of the people involved prove film production in the Northwest is not only possible but positioned to explode into a National film scene. The resources available here, and their willingness to assist even though we were making a low budget film, are unbelievable. The film has over 30 locations, and the permitting and location scouting process couldn't have gone smoother."

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.

Bombs Away (1985)
Bombs Away is a painful comedy from a guy who worked on Scorchy. While Scorchy was a sub-par action flick, it was actually pretty funny. On the other hand, Bombs Away is supposed to be funny and, friends, funny it ain't. As a matter of fact it is one of the more agonizingly laughless movies I've laid my eyeballs upon. But there is a plethora of Seattle location footage on display and it was shot by local camera wizard Marty Oppenheimer so it is still worth a look. The plot centers on a misplaced atomic bomb that ends up at an army surplus store in Seattle. Irritating madcap mayhem ensues when various parties chase each other around town in pursuit of the bomb. The politically active staff from the surplus store wants to use the bomb to make a social statement, some government goons want to cover up their mistakes. There are also some dolts from Texas who are up to something fishy and a guy named Uncle Ted wants the bomb for some inane reason or other. Caught in the middle of the clamor is a mute employee of "The Space Needle Cab Company" who, nevertheless, narrates the movie. Early on a scene takes place in the Eastern Washington countryside and another is filmed at The Enchanted Village before it got its Wild Waves makeover. The rest of Bombs Away takes place in Seattle proper. The headquarters of the surplus store revolutionaries is on the roof of some Eastlake apartments so a view of the Space Needle can almost always be seen in the background at this location. There is some decent footage filmed around the Denny Regrade, lower Queen Anne and I-5 looking at downtown Seattle. We are also treated to a vintage early '80s cityscape from the perspective of a ferry in Elliott Bay. Also enjoyable are some scenes that take place around Interbay and Sodo. Actually the scenes themselves are not enjoyable but the location footage is nifty. The headache-inducing finale takes place at The Seattle Center where the various parties endlessly run around (usually with the Space Needle in the background) and the bomb ends up in the middle of the International Fountain. Understandably Bombs Away has never been released on DVD, but you can find the VHS in the comedy room at Scarecrow Video.
-Spenser Hoyt


Seattle Times
Kate Becker is one of Seattle's coolest figures. Hopefully, as someone who cares about music and the arts in Seattle, you're already familiar with Becker. If not, Andrew Matson of The Seattle Times is happy to share what he's learned about the venerable music lover, venue founder and educator. The article above focuses mostly on Becker's work between 1992 and 2002, when she opened and managed the Old Fire House Teen Center in Redmond. The center was a place for "nontraditional kids" to play music, learn lessons of tolerance, safely party and escape the confines of suburbia. Members of Modest Mouse, Fleet Foxes, Gossip, Sunny Day Real Estate and Flexions are just a few of the hundreds of young musicians supported and nurtured by Kate Becker and the Fire House. The triumphof the Fire House led directly to the founding of the Vera Project, an all-ages venue whose success continues today. To read more about Redmond in the '90s, all-age venues and Kate Becker, click the link above.

Local indie sensation Death Cab for Cutie is making headlines with a soon-to-be-released album as well as a photo book by photographer Autumn de Wilde. The album is the first record to be put out by the band since 2008's Narrow Stairs and features new sounds for the guitar-based group. Frontman Ben Gibbard states about the forthcoming album, "We're not adding guitars because people will be expecting them... I'm so proud of this ablum at this point I don't care if people don't like it." The book, released with Chronicle Books and titled simply Death Cab for Cutie, will be in stores on November 17. It collects more than 200 images of Death Cab, both on and off stage, over the past several years.

New York Times
Last weekend, The New York Times sat down with Seattleite and man behind the music of Starbucks, Timothy Jones. He is the former manager of Seattle's Urban Renewal Records and moved to Starbucks in 1987 when there were only 7 locations in the world. Jones and his team are essentially the DJs for the millions of Starbucks, creating varied playlists to suit the needs of the coffeehouses' customers. Implementing what he calls a "coffeehouse filter," Jones picks songs and artists that match the vibe of each location. From blues to jazz to reggae and new artists, Starbucks playlists feature thousands of atmosphere-enhancing tunes. To prove his ability to cater to time of day and season, Jones offers his soundtrack for an autumn Sunday, which includes the Fleet Foxes' "White Winter Hymnal." To read the full article, follow the link above.

Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone just came out with a book called The '90s: The Inside Stories from the Decade that Rocked, and you can find excerpts from the book on the website. Included in the book is an interview with Kurt Cobain shortly following a Nirvana show in Chicago. Interviewer David Fricke speaks to the rocker about drugs, music and suicide in a disturbingly poignant interview, which took place a mere 3 months before Cobain's own suicide. To read the piece, follow the link above. You can also read Rolling Stone's take on EMP's forthcoming Nirvana exhibition here.

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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