| Vol. 7, No. 23 |
November 13, 2013
FILM AND MUSIC HAPPY HOUR RETURNS DECEMBER 4 TO CELEBRATE YOU!
2013 has gone by fast and it's already time for the Annual Industry Update for film. Celebrate the achievements of the statewide film industry and get a first peek at how Washington Filmworks will be working on your behalf in the new year. The first 100 people through the door are guaranteed a drink ticket and snacks will be provided. Join us in raising our glasses to the achievements that we have made this year. There will not be a Happy Hour on November 27.
|INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES|
HOW ENTREPRENEURSHIP IS BINDING TECH AND MUSIC TOGETHER IN SEATTLE
In the on-going series ID8 Nation, the Kauffman Foundation has published an in-depth look at what makes Seattle one of the nation's most exciting entrepreneurial environments. One aspect that is focused on is Seattle's music scene. The Kauffman Foundation examines the relationship between "Tech and Music," covering music startups like Lively and Ziibra, what Rhapsody and KEXP are doing to stay on the cutting edge of technology, and how Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have created a blueprint for other local musicians to follow.
WASHINGTON AND CHINA SIGN MOU TO STRENGTHEN FILM BUSINESS
Washington Filmworks is part of Governor Jay Inslee's trade mission to China this week. The purpose of the mission is to help Washington State businesses identify new overseas partners and establish business relationships. Yesterday, Washington Filmworks signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China's premiere production and distribution company DMG Entertainment at a film and technology reception in Beijing, China. The partnership between Washington Filmworks and DMG is designed to further international business development opportunities, support intercultural understanding, promote Washington State as a destination for Chinese motion picture production, and establish relationships with government and business entities on both sides of the Pacific.
KCTS 9 PRESENTS PORTRAIT OF A CITY OF MUSIC
Portrait of a City explores the profound impact music has had on shaping the character and culture of Seattle. Through intimate direct-to-camera interviews, we hear from the innovators who are shaping this city's music scene. They share their reflections, ideas, and passion for this unique force within the community. Interviewees include: KEXP music curator John Richards, cellist Joshua Roman, actor Sarah Rudinoff, DJ Riz Rollins, music impresario David Meinert, SubPop Records' Megan Jasper, James Keblas of the Office of Film + Music, and musician John Roderick among others.
LOCAL 76 IS HIRING AN ORGANIZER
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS
The American Federation of Musician's Local 76 is hiring an organizer. Responsibilities of this position include: the internal and external organizing of campaigns, including mobilizing support among musicians, community partners, labor, and media; designing and implementing organizing goals, including leadership identification and development; and recruiting and retaining organizing committee members and volunteer organizers.
JAZZ SERIES ICONS AMONG US FILMS IN SEATTLE TOMORROW NIGHT
New age jazz pianist Gerald Clayton and bassist Ben Williams will perform in a trio setting with drummer Kendrick Scott, tomorrow night, November 14 at the Experience Music Project (EMP). A combo of Seattle High School Jazz All-Stars will open the concert. The event, which is hosted by Earshot Jazz Festival and EMP, will be filmed as part of the Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense film series. The annual showcase, supported by the Argus Fund, helps audiences connect to the expanding modern jazz movement.
SEASONED FILM CRITICS COME TOGETHER TO LAUNCH CINEPHILED.COM
After a stealth launch in October, the brand-new film and pop-culture site Cinephiled.com formally announced its arrival. Cinephiled.com is a mixture of commentary, community, creativity, and conversation for people who love film and pop culture. Cinephiled features a staff of writers who have previously contributed to publications as diverse and distinguished as The Village Voice, Salon, L.A. Weekly, The New York Times, The Guardian UK, Premiere, MSN Movies, RogerEbert.com, Film Comment, and many more. Cinephiled's staff includes noted reviewers like James Rocchi, Glenn Kenny, and Kathleen Murphy. Interviewers including Bryan Reesman and Danny Miller. And features pop-culture authorities such as Martha Brokenbrough, Gwen Elliot, and Myriam Gabriel-Pollock.
LOCAL FILMMAKER SUE CORCORAN'S SWITCHMAS NOW ON DVD
Switchmas, formally known as Ira Finkelstein's Christmas, is now available on DVD. The film won Best of Fest at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2012 and Best Comedy Feature at the International Family Film Fest LA in 2012. The film was a product of two local filmmakers: director Sue Corcoran and writer Douglas Horn.
SHORT FILM FRIDAY: "HEART BEATS"
Short film friday this week will be the video for Hey Marseilles' lovely tune "Heart Beats." My reason for featuring the music video? Not only is its director of photography one of the most important figures in Seattle's film industry, Benjamin Kasulke, but also, it's the first significant cinematic use of the expanding light rail system, Link. We have seen the ferry system and I-5 in many, many films, and videos, but never this new mode of moving around our emerald-colored town.
In support of Commercialize Seattle, the new business development campaign designed to drive local film production and advertising business, we will feature a commercial shot in Seattle and around Washington every week. This week's feature is from Digital Kitchen, an advertising agency that utilizes different forms of digital media to create and enhance campaigns for their clients. Their portfolio includes Whole Foods Market, Internet Explorer, and Levi's. In their work for Sierra Nevada, they provided gorgeous effects to shots that speak to the beer company's organic growth and entrepreneurial spirit.
KICKSTART SEATTLE FILM + MUSIC PROJECTS
This week, a newly added project is Torey Pines, a stop-motion animated film that chronicles a young boy's unforgettable journey across the United States with his schizophrenic mother. Also, be sure to check out the soon-to-be expired campaign for Wayfarer's next EP Pacific Gold, a melodic record that promises to sound strikingly similar to the Fleet Foxes.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 11/4
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom Records (Ballard) and Easy Street Records (West Seattle).
1. Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt
2. Head & The Heart - Let's Be Still
3. Temple of the Dog - Temple of the Dog
4. Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism
5. Jimi Hendrix Experience - Miami Pop Festival
6. La Luz - It's Alive
7. Hobosexual - II
8. Caspar Babypants - Baby Beatles
9. Ayron Jones & the Way - Dream
10. Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The More I love You
HOW BARSUK BEGAN, AN ORAL HISTORY BY THE PEOPLE WHO MADE THE LABEL
Josh Rosenfeld and Christopher Possanza started Barsuk Records to put out their band's 7-inch singles. Then things got serious. The label grew, launched one of indie rock's most successful bands, and survived the most tumultuous decade the record industry has ever seen. This week Seattle is celebrating Barsuk's 15th Anniversary. Josh Rosenfeld and the many people and musicians that have made Barsuk special sit down with Seattle Weekly to give the influential Seattle label an oral history.
THE COMET IS BACK IN BUSINESS
The beloved, but recently shutdown Comet, has a new owner. Lost Lake's ownership is taking over the space and will reopen the bar early next year. Although there will still be music, its days as a dedicated live music venue are over. The space will be managed as a separate entity from Lost Lake and won't get a diner-style overhaul. Jason Lajeunesse, the new owner, said, "We will revive much of the Comet's lost charms, from pool tables, to pinball games, to a karaoke night, while introducing a small food menu for the first time in the Comet's history."
HOW SELLING OUT SAVED INDIE ROCK
Not long ago, the idea of selling a song for a commercial would have been seen as career suicide. Now, thanks to the music industry's implosion and a rise of a new generation of artist-friendly ad execs, bands can barely survive without doing so. Commercial placement is now regarded as a crucial cornerstone of success, and desperate bands have flooded the market. During the '90s, the music industry was still a high-functioning behemoth pulling $38 billion a year. But with the rise of the digital revolution, utilizing commercial placement has proven necessary for indie bands to succeed. 30 seconds of original music pays the same as months of intensive touring.
SLEEPING WITH SIRI RACKS UP ANOTHER AWARD
WEST SEATTLE HERALD
Sleeping with Siri a digital gorge and detox documentary produced by West Seattle's Michael A. Stusser and Marty Riemer has won another honor, The Audience Choice Award at the Seattle Shorts Film Festival. The film follows Stusser through an experiment in which he first gorges himself on all things digital, demonstrating the negative effects it has on his health. The gorge is then followed by a detox period without electronics, putting him in a more reflective frame of mind. The documentary was inspired by the digital detox efforts at local Chief Sealth high School. The film has won numerous honors since its release in the Spring.
DID YOU RECEIVE A SUB POP REJECTION LETTER?
Throughout the '90s there was no cooler record label other than
Seattle-based Sub Pop Records, home to Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Mudhoney. Their popularity led them to coming up with a subtle way of letting bands know their music didn't make the cut. These bands received a letter with the greeting "Hey, Loser," that later emphasized that the band in question was indeed receiving a "rejection letter."
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE'S CHRIS WALLA SIGNS UP FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," has possibly its first celebrity enrollee: Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla. The 38-year-old indie rock guitarist says he signed up on Washington Healthplanfinder.com almost as soon as it went live. He says his took advantage of the comparison shopping feature, which works something like Expedia.com, showing at a glance the attributes of multiple plans. Now, he and his family are paying far less for insurance than they ever have before. For a musician's guide to the Affordable Care Act, click here.
MACKLEMORE REPS THE ACLU
In a comic spot for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Macklemore shills out for the advocacy organization, saying that he has "no time for oppression," while holding the ACLU membership card. He also drops the memorable line, "It's the card that says, 'Hey girl. It's your vagina. And you should be able to do what you want with it.'" The ad was produced by the Seattle agency Wexley School for Girls.
BEHIND MC SOL'S NEW EP EYES OPEN
Upon his graduation from the University of Washington in 2011, North Seattle-born MC Sol was granted the Bonderman Travel Fellowship, which gives recipients $20,000 to travel. In January of 2012, his album Yours Truly shot to #1 on iTunes and charted on Billboard; he sold out Showbox at the Market, and then he left. After ten months of travel, Sol returned home and recorded the Eyes Open EP. In this exclusive video, Sol discusses the travels that informed his latest release, the unique circumstances under which it was recorded and more.