Vol. 6, No. 26
November 14, 2012                                                                                    View our photos on flickr Like us on Facebook Visit our blog Follow us on Twitter
CITY NEWS
SEATTLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LAUNCHES MAJOR LOCAL MUSIC INITIATIVE

SEATTLE CHAMBER  

To raise awareness of the economic impact of music, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is announcing its plan tonight at the Triple Door to propel Seattle's music community and industry to the forefront of a rapidly expanding creative economy.  The Chamber has formed a joint taskforce of business leaders and Music Commissioners that will advance industry promotion strategies, professional development opportunities and music industry related issues in the Chamber's advocacy agenda.  The first feature product of the partnership is a City of Music app. Produced by local app developer, FrontRunner, this new app brings to one place curated streaming local music, concert calendars, mini doc videos and information about local music at the Sea-Tac Airport.  The content for the app is provided by local partners KEXPPlayNetwork, Jet City StreamSSG MusicRainy Dawg RadioSeattle WeeklySeattle Times107.7 The END, Sound on the SoundThe Stranger and Sport'n Life Records.


The Chamber's music initiative underscores the community's desire to champion Seattle as the City of Music through significant investment that goes above and beyond the scope of everyday business.  Community-driven efforts will continue to grow the City of Music Initiative, enhance the climate for our music industry, and push Seattle's leadership role in music throughout the nation and the world.

ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY AIRS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16

ART ZONE  

It's an all interview episode on this week's Art Zone. Nancy digs deep with three local guests: the hilarious father-and-son writing, acting, producing, and everything-in-between team of Pat & Chris Cashman; theatre Director and University Professor Valerie Curtis-Newton; and the Grand Dame of the Seattle dance scene, Pat Graney. Art Zone airs Friday, November 16 at 8:00 p.m. on Seattle Channel 21 and is available online at www.seattlechannel.org/artzone

OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT/FILM + MUSIC HIRING ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST

CITY OF SEATTLE  

The Office of Economic Development's Film, Music and Special Events team is currently seeking a work-passionate, dedicated and detail-oriented new member. We are looking for an administrative specialist who is comfortable supporting a team and being responsible for a variety of office functions and activities. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: coordinating and scheduling meetings, maintaining databases that track financing, administering film and special event permit activity and calendars; maintaining departmental files, taking meeting minutes, overseeing record keeping systems and ordering supplies. We are looking for someone who is both excited about Seattle's creative economy and comfortable with their administrative support role in helping to develop it. General working hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, but flexibility is required. Applicants must have administrative experience and be technologically proficient. Closing date for applications is November 27.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
ROBERT HORTON SPEAKS ON THE SEATTLE FILM MOVEMENT

FRYE ART MUSEUM  

Is Seattle experiencing a breakthrough in its homegrown movie scene?  According to film critic Robert Horton, it feels like a threshold has already been reached.  On November 11, Horton looked at some of the people and movies that are creating the noise, including directors Lynn Shelton (Humpday, Your Sister's Sister) and Megan Griffiths (Off Hours, Eden).  Curated and hosted by Horton, Frye Art Museum's Magic Lantern is an ongoing series of screenings and talks (with accompanying film clips) that uses the Frye's exhibitions and collections as the impetus for discussion of film-related topics. 

PRESIDENTS OF SEATTLE SOCCER: JASON FINN'S LOVE OF THE BEAUTIFUL GAME

BEYOND THE 90  

Back in the days of the Kingdome, Presidents of the United States drummer Jason Finn sat with his father near the corner flag watching the Seattle Sounders of the North American Soccer League.  He was there supporting the teams that won the West in 1980 and 1982 and, like many other fans, was crushed when the league folded in 1983. This Sunday, Jason and the band will join thousands of others on the "March to the Match" and in the hope for some magic at the Seattle's Western Conference Championship match.  The Presidents will also be a part of the halftime festivities.

CELEBRATE SUSTAINABLE STYLE FOUNDATION'S 10TH YEAR

SUSTAINABLE STYLE FOUNDATION  

When Sustainable Style Foundation (SSF) was founded in 2002, there wasn't much going on in the sustainable style scene in film, fashion, and music. With SSF's international events and cooperatives, SSF has helped drive change. On November 14, SSF invites you to help celebrate its tenth year at TASTE SAM, a happy hour event which will kick off a year of upcoming national celebrations in New Orleans, New York, and Los Angeles. 

PRODUCTION INTERNSHIP AT KCTS 9 NOW OPEN

KCTS9  

Reaching over 2 million viewers weekly in Washington and British Columbia, KCTS 9 is the largest public television station in the Pacific Northwest. The station is currently seeking a production intern to work approximately 15 hours per week. The intern will provide support to a team of producers in story conception, development, research, and production. Applicants must currently be enrolled in a course of study at an institution of higher learning. Minimum time commitment for the position is three months. 

SEATTLE FILMMAKERS PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY AT BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FEST

BANFF CENTRE  

Previously featured in the Film + Music Newsletter's Kickstarter section, K2: Siren of the Himalayas has successfully screened at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Director Dave Ohlson approached the Sonicsgate production team with the footage he brought back from his 2009 K2 expedition. The licensing of rare historical still photos and video footage from the landmark 1909 Duke of Abruzzi expedition is a showcase for the documentary.

HELP "KICKSTART" SEATTLE FILM AND MUSIC PROJECTS

Kickstarter is an online "crowd-funding" resource that helps musicians, filmmakers and producers of artistic projects reach out to friends and fans for financial support. Kickstarter allows artists the opportunity to give back to funders with special rewards, such as an exclusive album pre-release, a producer credit in a film, or even getting to meet the artist in person. Seattle is a hotbed for film and music projects, and you can be a pivotal part of the production process by backing a project and spreading the word. Current Seattle-based Kickstarter projects are listed below, ordered by time remaining. Click on the Kickstarter buttons to check out these local projects and discover even more happening around Seattle.
 
EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN - November 16 (2 days)
Seattle-based singer songwriter Dave Ellis comes full circle with his new CD - a choice collection of brave and soulful songs. 
 
PRETTY BROKEN THINGS DEBUT ALBUM - November 16 (2 days)
Pretty Broken Things is recording their first full length album at B50 studio in Ballard. 
 
FIVE LETTERS FROM FAR AWAY - November 20 (4 days)
Help support a radio campaign to have this local album of cosmic-folk-rock spread around the nation. 
 
WRECKED SEASON TWO - November 26 (12 days)
A smart, sex-positive, independent sitcom looking for a chance to shoot its second season. 

Performing the works of jazz great Jim Knapp, musician-led Scrape creates a new genre where chamber music meets improvisation.

PULP! - November 30 (16 Days)
A 3D science fantasy airship combat game complete with customizable ships.

BENZAGO, WA - December 4 (20 Days)
A documentary chronicling the art, history and lives of prominent Northwest cartoonists and comic artists.

RAINFALL: THE SOJOURN - December 5 (21 Days)
A 2D Action-RPG inspired by the SNES era and world culture!

PROSPECT: A HANDMADE SCI-FI SHORT - December 7 (23 Days)
An unusual coming-of-age story following a teenage girl and her father on a foreign planet as they hunt for resin, the valuable byproduct of rare insects.

Why Kickstarter and not IndieGoGo?

The overwhelming basis for promoting Kickstarter as a project fund-raiser stems from the tool's clear and complete structure.  It is a system that ensures artists approach each and every venture with a comprehensive business plan.  The debatable result, where artists may or may not keep the funds they raise based on whether or not their project is funded fully, interests us because it protects project-backers. Indiegogo, although a great money-generating platform, does not provide the same level of investor protection when projects go by the wayside. At least for the time being, our office has decided to continue supporting Kickstarter.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 11/5 - 11/11            

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC 

Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).

 

1. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis - "The Heist"

2. Benjamin Gibbard - "Former Lives"

3. Rndm - "Acts" 

4. Various Artists - "Live at KEXP Vol. 8"

5. Head & The Heart - "Head & The Heart"

6. Daughters of the Dead Sea - "The Killroom Sessions EP" 

7. Sera Cahoone - "Deer Creek Canyon"

8. Heart - "Essential Heart"

9. Caspar Babypants - "Hot Dog!"

10. Corin Tucker Band - "Kill My Blues"

SHORT FILM FRIDAY: "PLACEMAKING AND SEATTLE"        

THE STRANGER

The film for this Friday, November 14, will be "Placemaking and Seattle," a short documentary directed and lovingly photographed by Eric Becker. He writes: "I believe that the fundamental question that America faces is how do we redesign these places in a way that becomes therapeutic to the maladies of isolation. We've just gone through an election that has proven that the divisions are deep. I can't help but wonder the role that the layouts of our lives, our daily paths, the rooms where we work and sleep, and the streets where we drive or walk or play in all of this. This film is about Seattle, because that is where I do all those things. We are an innovative place, a confluence of social values, entrepreneurship, and the understanding that community is an important element to creating a society where we can all take part. My hope is that because of that unique milieu, we can be an example on how America, and all of us, can move forward."

SCARECROW ON SEATTLE: "THE VIGIL (FOR KURT COBAIN)" (1998)          

SCARECROW  

Direct-to-home video film studio The Asylum is best known for their "mockbusters" where they produce low-budget knockoffs of major Hollywood releases. For example, their Transmorphers was a thinly veiled variation on Michael Bay's Transformers. At first glance The Vigil (For Kurt Cobain) appears to be The Asylum's take on  Highway as both films deal with a group of losers embarking on a transcontinental road trip to Seattle for Kurt Cobain's memorial on April 11, 1994. The weird thing is, in this case, the scenario seems to be the other way around, as The Vigil was made in 1998 and Highway didn't hit the cinemas until 2002. But it all makes a little more sense when one realizes that The Vigil, an independently produced Canadian film, was picked up for home video distribution by The Asylum. The DVD wasn't released until December of 2001, just a couple of months before their higher-profile American counterpart hit the cinemas, so things don't seem so bizzaro-world after all.

            

While Highway presented a Hollywood-style coked-up, spazzed-out music video type approach to its material, The Vigil is a much more laid back, low-budget affair. A group of twenty-something slackers in Lethbridge, Alberta spend their time at a local diner smoking cigarettes and talking about music. The gang laments Kurt Cobain's recent suicide and discusses the dramatic impact grunge rock had on popular music. Somebody whips out a Billboard top seller list from 1991 and notes all the "bad" music that soon got wiped off the charts in the wake of Nirvana's Nevermind album. They list a few other "good" acts, including groups like The Replacements and R.E.M. This being a Canadian film, The Tragically Hip is also on the "good" list. The gang decides to embark on a road trip to the Seattle Center for the Cobain memorial. Along the way they encounter some eccentric fellow travelers, talk about music, argue about stuff, and smoke lots of cigarettes. Most of The Vigil is shot in Canada but after about an hour and twenty minutes they enter the USA at the Peace Arch Border Crossing and soon end up in Seattle, which is conveyed by a shot of the Space Needle. The crew is a little behind schedule and they miss the vigil by a day. Undaunted, they stroll around a trashed Seattle Center that is littered with paper and garbage and engage in a heated argument by the fountain.

 

Like Highway, The Vigil (a "Come As You Arts" production) purports to be an homage to Kurt Cobain and the grunge movement, yet there are absolutely zero Nirvana songs on the soundtrack. The Vigil mostly uses two Vancouver bands, The Bughouse 5 and the Saddlesores, that aren't particularly "grungy" but were probably cheap to use. I also wonder if the decision to have the gang miss the Cobain memorial was a financial one as a recreation of the event would probably cost the film's entire budget.

 

- Spenser Hoyt

MEDIA DIGEST

BURIEN FILMMAKER'S "CODEBREAKER" SCREENING THURSDAY IN SEATTLE

Patrick Sammon, who attended Burien's Kennedy Catholic High School, has been travelling around the country screening his very first film - "Codebreaker" - based on the life of Alan Turing, a gay man who is considered to be the Godfather of computing. "Patrick left his job to pursue his passion of filming a documentary," said his friend Aimee Lloyd. The film is screening Thursday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the AMC Pacific Place theater in downtown Seattle, and Sammon will be present for Q&A after the film. 

EXPERIENCING NIRVANA: SUB POP CO-FOUNDER PUBLISHES NEW EBOOK

While most of the narratives associated with legendary Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain are steeped in tragedy, Sub Pop Records co-founder Bruce Pavitt's new eBook recounts an eight-day European tour that happened before Nirvana became the biggest band in the world following the overwhelming success of 1991's Nevermind. Released on November 13, Experiencing Nirvana features photos and recollections, spotlighting tour mate Tad Doyle who, according to Pavitt was the unwritten hero of the era. "It's sad that so few people actually know of (Doyle's) history," says Pavitt. "I'm hoping this book recalibrates history a bit." 

SEATTLE-FILMED "21 AND OVER" POSTER GETS A LITTLE OUT OF CONTROL

We've all made some mistakes, especially when it comes to celebrating a 21st birthday, but one mistake you should absolutely avoid is not taking a look at this exclusive poster from the upcoming comedy 21 and Over, filmed in Seattle in 2011. The movie comes from the writers of The Hangover, Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, and features a night of insanity worthy of the wolfpack. 21 and Over is scheduled to hit theaters in March.

TEASER TRAILER FOR "NOTHING AGAINST LIFE" ANNOUNCED

NAL Movie LLC & Paradigma Productions, a collective of independent artists and filmmakers, has annoucned the release of the teaser trailer for Nothing Against Life. The film was written and directed by Seattle-based filmmaker Julio Ramírez, and produced by Julio Ramírez and cinematographer Carl Adelson. The drama peers into the lives of four disparate characters who dance the razor's edge between death and life, in the heart of an eclectic urban area with one of the highest suicide rates in the United States. Unaware of their shared struggles, the subjects' lives intertwine as they subconsciously search for human connection. Nothing Against Life is expected to have its world premiere in 2013. 

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT IS COMING TO SEATTLE ON NOVEMBER 29

Are you talented or you think you're talented? Are you dying to do your thing in front of Howie Mandel, Howard Stern, Nick Cannon, and maybe Carmen Electra? NBC's America's Got Talent is coming to Seattle to hold auditions for the eighth season of the show, to air in 2013. The auditions will be held Thursday, November 29 at the Washington State Convention Center downtown at 800 Convention Place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pre-registration is necessary to audition. 

360|INTERSECT 2013 SET FOR APRIL 27 - 28 IN SEATTLE

TUAW 

The latest in the line of 360|conferences has been announced, and it's an interesting mix of technology and inspiration. 360|intersect is a small event focused on energizing creators to come up with the next innovative game or app by spending time with each other listening to inspirational speeches. The schedule is an interesting mix of how one speaker has learned to stop overworking, how rescue dogs helped another speaker learn to improve her personal and business life, a talk on robotics and more. 

FASTBACK LULU GARGIULO WEARS HER FILMMAKING (COWBOY) HAT

You may know Lulu Gargiulo as the guitarist of Seattle band The Fastbacks, but did you know she's also a veteran filmmaker of over 20 years? Gargiulo's most recent film, documentary Howdy Pardner: Tales of the Cowboy Hat, is a labor of love and a family project to boot. Shot by Gargiulo and directed by her husband, veteran filmmaker David Wild, the film is "about the rise and fall of hats in general." Gargiulo's film work spans commercials, feature films, and documentaries, with a style that looks like "nobody went in there and lit it." Wild's filmmaking career spans 30 years as a fixture in the 80s and 90s on MTV and countless national television commercials. 

QUICK LINKS
Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film + Special Events Program Manager 
Rachel Sawyer, Creative Industries Business Development Manager
Sam Mouser, Permit Specialist 
Romir Chaudhuri, Intern
Rebecca Pirwitz, Intern 
Kaleigh Ward, Intern