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Vol. 5, No. 24
November 16-22, 2011    

CITY NEWS

KEXP LIVE FROM SEATTLE CENTER 

CITY OF SEATTLE 

The City's Mayor Mike McGinn, Coucilmember Bagshaw and Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams joined KEXP's Tom Mara today to sign a lease for a new studio space in Seattle Center where KEXP is planning to relocate. This is part of an ongoing collaboration between the City and KEXP to build Seattle's reputation as a music destination for fans and artists alike. The meeting is public, and will be broadcast live on Seattle Channel's website.

MUSIC AND RECORD LABELS EXPLORED ON THIS WEEK'S ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY 

SEATTLE CHANNEL 

In an all-performance "Open Studio" episode of Art Zone with Nancy Guppy this week, bands chosen by local independent record labels will be featured. Artist offer insights on labels such as Barsuk, Local 365 Records, Origin, and Sportin' Life Record, as well as commentary from a few label owners willing to share why they love the job they do. Tune in on Friday, November 18 at 8:00 on Seattle Channel 21.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

MAJOR LABELS TO STOP MANUFACTURING CD'S IN 2012  

SIDELINE     

Major music labels have announced the end of the CD-era, as they will stop production on the format in the coming year. The once-popular format will be replaced with download/stream only music, to be released by iTunes and related music services. When production stops, Amazon is expected to be the primary retailer for CD releases.

911 MEDIA HOSTS FREE WORKSHOP TONIGHT 

911 MEDIA 

We live in a digitally-focused world, and Seattle's 911 Media would like to help you navigate and excel in it. If you are considering starting an online artisan business but aren't sure how to proceed, a free workshop at 911 Media may help. Stop by tonight at 6:30pm for a one night class on the Business of Art in the Digital Era. Space is limited - call 911 Media now to reserve your seat. 

SIFF SEEKS PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MARKETING MANAGERS

SIFF 

SIFF has announced two new openings: Marketing Manager and Public Relations Manager. Both positions will work closely with the Marketing and Communications Department as well as other departments within SIFF. Applications are now being accepted.

NFFTY PRESENTS ADVANCED VISUAL STORYTELLING WORKSHOP

NFFTY

As part of their Youth Filmmaking Excellence Program, NFFTY is presenting a two-day Visual Storytelling Through the Modern Lens advanced filmmaking workshop for aspiring storytellers.  The workshop is December 10-11 and will feature several short lectures about different technical aspects of filmmaking, hands-on exercises with instructor and student collaboration, and ability to work with RED Epic-X, Canon DSLRs, Steadicam, plus dolly & jib setups.  Participants must be 18 or younger.  Scholarships are available, registration deadline is November 30. 

THE STRANGER BEGINS 'SHORT FILM FRIDAYS' COLUMN 

THE STRANGER 

The Stranger columnist and screenplay writer Charles Mudede (Zoo, Police Beat) started a weekly series spotlighting locally made short films, posted on their blog every Friday. This week's featured short film, Playfish, was crafted by graduated students of Seattle Central Community College's film program, and is the second in The Stranger's series. 

ASIAN HALL OF FAME HONORS ACCLAIMED PRODUCER TEDDY ZEE 

ASIAN HALL OF FAME   

Teddy Zee, known for his role as producer on such films as The Pursuit of Happyness and Hitch, is being honored by the Asian Hall of Fame at the Asian Resource Center in Seattle on November 19th. Teddy's inspiring journey to becoming a successful Hollywood producer puts him in the honoree seat along with two other influential Asian-American figures. The proceeds from the event will go towards the Asian Resource Center, providing affordable facilities for the Asian community as well as community activities.
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.

THIS IS OURS: Post Production (feature film shot on the RED) - November 18th (2 days)

The Cinemascope EPs - November 30th (14 days)

TEA CAKE - December 2nd (15 days)

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 11/7- 11/13

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC

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

 

 1  Pickwick -"Myths"

 2  Various Artists - "Live at KEXP, Volume 7"

 3  Head & The Heart - "s/t"
 4  Eddie Vedder - "Ukulele Songs"

 5  Brite Futures - "Dark Past"

 6  Screaming Trees - "Last Words: The Final Recordings" 

 7  Pearl Jam - "Pearl Jam Twenty"

 8  Nirvana - "Nevermind" 

 Caspar Babypants - "Sing Along!"
 10 
Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"

FILM PRODUCTION OF THE WEEK
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: 

 

Desert Cathedral

DESERT CATHEDRAL

 

Desert Cathedral, a feature film by local writer/director Travis Senger and producer Michael J. Mouncer (White Lines and the Fever:  The Death of DJ Junebug), is filming this month in Washington State.  The story, based on true northwest events, follows a private investigator on the trail of a real estate agent who mysteriously leaves his family and business.  Various locations throughout Seattle and Eastern Washington state were utilized to depict the west and southwestern United States.  Over 40 Washington cast and crew are being hired during the production    

 

"We have filmed many projects in the Washington State area, always with great support from the community," says Mouncer.  "Working with a Seattle crew and many local actors on Desert Cathedral has been a very positive experience.  We look forward to working with this cast and crew in the future and would certainly recommend these talented individuals for upcoming productions in the area."  

SCARECROW ON SEATTLE
SCARECROW 
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 Seattle's most filmable locations.

Edge of Honor (1991) 


The one and only Corey Feldman stars in this mostly forgotten amalgamation of First Blood, Southern Comfort and Red Dawn that chronicles a battle between gunrunners and pseudo-Boy Scouts on the Olympic Peninsula. Edge of Honor was made entirely in Washington State so you have to give the filmmakers props for not sneaking over the Canadian border for some of the action. The film is set on the Olympic Peninsula but, aside from a few establishing shots of some beaches, Hurricane Ridge, and a brief scene at the Admiralty Head Lighthouse on Whidbey Island, it was mostly filmed in the woods near Sultan. A prologue explains that the Pacific Northwest fishing and logging industries have fallen on hard times leading to desperate choices on the "remote Olympic Peninsula" with its "miles of empty shorelines" and "impenetrable rain forests." In other words, it's a great place for making a living as a gun smuggler. The Feldster stars as a member of The Northwest Wilderness Explorers. Most people would mistake them for Boy Scouts and there are several references to the real Scouts, but the film's producers wisely realized that the actual Boy Scouts of America would sue them shirtless, so they chose a different moniker. Feldman and a couple of pals stumble across a cache of heavy-duty weapons that are hidden in the woods. Corey quips, "Be prepared" when he unsheathes his Leatherman to cut into one of the boxes. The gang decides to hide the guns elsewhere and then return to camp. Little do the Explorers know that they have stumbled into the crosshairs of some brutal illegal arms dealers who soon show up in the camp with their guns a blazing. They mow down Scoutmasters and most of the kids but five of the boys (including Feldman) escape. Earlier in the film the bad guys ambush some other gunrunners with plans on taking over the peninsula's entire gun biz. The leader is a Rainier Beer-swilling redneck named Bo Dubs (played by veteran actor Ken Jenkins, perhaps best known for being on Scrubs). Also in the gang is Patrick Swayze's brother Don, oozing sleazy Swayze-ness. Besides exterminating their rivals, they massacre most of a family but Alex, the daughter (portrayed by Meredith Salenger from The Journey of Natty Gann), escapes. Feldman fans will remember that Meredith and Corey had previously worked together in Dream a Little Dream (which also featured that other Corey-Corey Haim).  Eventually Alex and the surviving Explorers team up and use a variety of ingenious booby traps and lethal weapons to maim, injure and kill Bo and his gang of vicious gunrunners. If you ever wanted to see Natty Gann shoot a Swayze brother in the forehead, this is flick is for you. There is one scene filmed in Seattle that takes place on Harbor Island where Bo and a sidekick enjoy the view of the cityscape and meet up with their gun connection who is named Mister Sweet. Sweet is a very condescending and insults the "inbred peninsula" folks and their bad grammar. His Shakespeare-quoting henchman is named Blade (Christopher Neame) because he has a retractable knife hooked to his wrist. To prove he means business, Blade stabs Bo's pal and throws the corpse into Puget Sound. Leaving a dead guy floating around Harbor Island seems like sloppy henchman work to me but practical logic does not have much place in a movie like this. Edge of Honor is only available on VHS and you can find it in Scarecrow's "Bang" section. Evidently there is a "making-of" film called Edge of Budget that will, hopefully, be part of the film's eventual deluxe DVD release but I'm not holding my breath.

-Spenser Hoyt 
MEDIA DIGEST

SEATTLE BAND AMONG FIVE FINALISTS AT SXSW CONFERENCE

SEATTLE PI

Local band "Ramona the Band" has a chance at winning the 2012 South by Southwest music, film, and interactive conference in Austin. The self-coined "ghetto tech" band is among five finalist bands from Seattle, San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago competing at the annual March conference in a "Pop Up Live" competition.   

LOCAL MUSICIANS MAKING CAMEO APPREANCES ON PORTLANDIA

SEATTLE TIMES

Luminaries of the musical world take on the set of Portlandia for its second season, kicking off at the start of next year. The comedy-hit nails the vibe of the Northwest and its residents, from the locavore mentality and raising the bar on living "green," to independent bookshops and the impulse to "put a bird" on everything. The show has rallied locals Eddie Vedder (Peal Jam) and Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse) for roles on the show. Other musicians appearing this season include Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Johnny Marr (The Smiths), singer/songwriter Joanna Newsom, and Annie Clark (St. Vincent). 

NORTHWEST MUSICIANS MAKE ROLLING STONE'S LIST OF BEST GUITAR PLAYERS EVER

ROLLING STONE  

Two Seattle musicians have made Rolling Stone Magazine's list of top 100 Greatest Guitar Players of All Time: Jimi Hendrix holds the #1 spot for best guitarist of all time, and Kurt Cobain is listed at #12.
Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff 
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