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GIVE THE GIFT OF SEATTLE MUSIC
Seattle City of Music is proud to partner with GIVE Seattle, the music and video compilation that benefits Arts Corps and local area food banks. The compilation is now available online as well as in Caffe Vita shops, Easy Street Records, Sonic Boom Records, University Book Store, The Crocodile, EMP, Neumos and Sorrento Hotel. These outlets carry GIVE packages, including physical cards with a redemption code for the download, as ready-to-give presents. A companion benefit concert featuring Grand Archives, D. Black and others will be held at the Crocodile on December 3. Tickets are on sale now. Click the above link to read more about the project and purchase the compilation, truly a city-wide community campaign.
HAPPY HOUR - SPECIAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION DECEMBER 16
Seattle Office of Film + Music
Join the Seattle Office of Film + Music, Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter, Washington FilmWorks and Washington Interactive Network to celebrate the holiday season with complimentary desserts and incredible entertainment from local filmmakers, local DJs from KEXP and Easy Street Records and Wii games! You must be 21 or older to attend and RSVP by calling 206.834.1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This networking holiday event will be held on December 16 from 5:00 - 7:30 pm at Spitfire. PLEASE NOTE: There will be no monthly happy hour at Barca this month, so we'll see you at the Spitfire!
SEATTLE CHANNEL PARTNERS WITH SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC
Seattle Channel has teamed up with the Seattle City of Music! The station has devoted a section of their website to videos that highlight local music and music initiatives. Check out the above link for their most recent segments which include performances by Seattle band The Femurs and Chris Ballew of the Presidents of the United States of America.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
SHARE FILM AND MUSIC IDEAS WITH MAYOR-ELECT MCGINN
Mayor-elect Mike McGinn is looking for your input on how to develop Seattle's future. This is a great opportunity for you to offer your ideas on how you would like Seattle's film and music industries treated by the City. And if you would like to share your thoughts with him in person, or just say hello, go to the Paramount Theatre this Monday, November 23 to welcome McGinn and incoming King County Executive Dow Constantine. Seattle Theatre Group (STG) is putting on the party from 5:00 - 7:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public, featuring a no-host bar and complimentary appetizers. Visit the above link to offer your input for the McGinn transition.
GET THE FILM SCOOP AT WASHINGTON FILMWORKS' INDUSTRY UPDATE
Mark your calendars for Washington FilmWorks' Industry Update on Tuesday, December 1 at Northwest Film Forum. Join them to celebrate the success of 2009 and talk about what's in store for 2010. A cocktail reception will kick off the evening at 5:00 pm with a presentation beginning at 6:30 pm.
SEE LOCAL FILM AND MUSIC AT EXPO 87
Join the Cairo Gallery and the Anne Bonny for EXPO 87! The festival will feature over 25 bands including local favorites Mt. Eerie, Flexions, Spencer Moody and Alaskas. There will also be two film series, and Rachel Ratner's eight-foot tall "Seattle Band Map -- A cartographic study of musical incest." EXPO 87 kicks off at Cairo at 7:00pm tomorrow night and continues through Saturday. For the full line-up, follow the above link.
ENTER FILM FOR WORKBOOK PROJECT DISCOVERY AND DISTRIBUTION AWARD
The WorkBook Project and Seattle-based IndieFlix have come together to present the WorkBook Project Discovery and Distribution Award, an opportunity for emerging filmmakers to exhibit their work to a large audience. The winner of the WorkBook Project Distribution Award receives a one week theatrical run in LA, complete with PR, street team marketing, gala and online social media support. The winner also receives a one-on-one mentoring session with an established director and/or producer. IndieFlix is also offering the top 20 films the opportunity for a digital access package with Hulu, iTunes and Netflix and DVD and streaming distribution through IndieFlix.com. The final films will be reviewed by a panel of industry professionals, including well-established film directors, producers, actors and film critics. To read the guidelines and enter, visit the above link.
SUPPORT REEL GRRLS AT CLOTHING SWAP-O-RAMA
Recession cutting into your fashion budget? Fret no more! Bring your unwanted clothing in good condition for a swap with friends old and new. All proceeds for the Reel Grrls Swap-o-Rama will benefit the organization. The swap is on Thursday, November 19 at Reel Grrls headquarters (next to Central Cinema) from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.
SEATTLE INVESTS IN 48 ARTIST PROJECTS THROUGH CITYARTISTS PROGRAM
Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs announced today $234,000 in awards to 48 individual artists working in the visual, literary and media arts. The City's 2010 CityArtist Projects annual funding program supports the development and presentation of original work by individual artists based in Seattle. 2010 awards include funding to Kevin Heutink to produce a documentary film about Seattle's "Squirrelman," a homeless man who lived in an Eastlake tree house; Fiona Otway to complete and screen a 90-minute documentary exploring how economic issues play out across varying cultures, age groups and class groups; and Whiting Tennis to create an outdoor sculpture of a 1970 AMC Matador sedan made from salvaged wood. Click the above link to see the full list of recipients. Congratulations to all!
CHECK OUT NEW ALPHA CINE LABS AT OPEN HOUSE PARTY
All are invited to check out the new Alpha Cine Labs at an open house party on Thursday, November 19. The new space is ten minutes south of downtown Seattle via I-5, near Pacific Grip and Lighting. Drop by any time between 4:00 - 7:00 pm for a tour, food and drink. Please note that Google Maps does not know how to correctly find the new Alpha Cine, so click the above link for directions.
SHOP LOCAL / WIN LOCAL IN BALLARD, AND IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Sonic Boom Records
For the second year in a row, Sonic Boom Records co-owner Jason Hughes has put together a Shop Local campaign focused on educating consumers about the power of their spending habits. Shop Local is a reminder to everyone about what neighborhood businesses bring with them from Ballard to Capitol Hill to West Seattle to Fremont to Wallingford or to your neighborhood. This time around, merchants will be pooling prizes (gift certificates and goods) to be given to eight lucky winners on December 10. Thirty-five merchants in the core Ballard shopping district are participating, including Sonic Boom Records and Bop Street Records. Enter to win a package of gifts from these merchants at any of the 35 businesses and feel good about spending your hard earned money at locally-owned independent businesses! Visit the above link to see a list of the participating businesses.
PEARLY GATE MUSIC JOINS THE BARSUK RECORDS FAMILY
Barsuk Records is pleased to announce that Seattle's Pearly Gate Music has joined the Barsuk family. Pearly Gate Music is Zach Tillman, though he records and often plays shows with a full band. He is sometimes seen around town playing in other groups, contributing guitars and extraordinary vocals as required. Pearly Gate Music's debut full length will be out in 2010 and Seattleites can catch a show at the Crocodile on December 11.
LOCAL FILMMAKERS RECEIVE GRANT TO FINISH DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL: RWANDA
Congratulations to local filmmakers Leah Warshawski, Chris Towey, and Mike Morrisroe from Inflatable Film on receiving their first grant from the Pacific Pioneer Fund. They will use this grant and matching funds to return to Rwanda in January to complete filming for their feature-length documentary, Film Festival: Rwanda. The film, which has gained national attention, follows Rwandan filmmakers producing their own films and screening them in remote villages for thousands of people. For more information on the film and how to get involved, visit the above link.
BEYOND GAY, LYNN SHELTON'S "SEQUEL" TO HUMPDAY, AVAILABLE ONLINE
In celebration of the DVD release of Humpday, you can watch Lynn Shelton's "sequel" online at indieWire which Dan Savage challenged her to create. The made-in-Seattle comedy Humpday centers on two former college buddies (Mark Duplass and Joshua Leonard) who, on a dare, decide to make a porn-as-art film. It was released on DVD this Tuesday.
CITY ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL FINANCING TO HELP LOCAL BUSINESSES
Office of Economic Development
City Council president Richard Conlin signed legislation yesterday authorizing the City's Office of Economic Development to accept an allocation of $40 million in federal New Markets Tax Credits (NMTCs). The NMTCs allocation is an important resource to help businesses and real estate projects access capital. These tax credits will help five to ten business and real estate projects attract outside investors to obtain financing which would otherwise not be available. Investors will be encouraged to invest because they will receive a credit against federal income taxes for making equity investments in low-income areas. Click the above link for more information.
HONOR THE MEMORY OF BENNY HILLS THIS WEEKEND WITH BENEFIT CONCERT
Sound on the Sound
In honor of Benny Hills' memory and in support of his family and roommate (who survived the fire that killed Hills but left him homeless), there are two memorial concerts this weekend. The Comet will hold a celebration of Hills' life on Sunday, November 22 featuring live music by Champagne Champagne, The Absolute Monarchs, Shiny Beast, Tiny Light, Wildildlife, Hotels, The Greatest Hits, Broken Nobles, Tosten from See Me River and DJ Darryl. The Central Saloon will celebrate on Saturday, November 21(participating bands to be determined). Hills was the drummer of The Shy Ones and The Knast, Comet Tavern door guy and dear friend of many in the Seattle music community.
ENJOY BOSNIAN MUSIC AT EVENING OF SEVDAH CONCERT
Evening of Sevdah
This weekend, artists will share their common love for Sevdah, the traditional Bosnian love songs often compared with American Blues, Spanish Flamenco, Portugese Fado and Greek Rembetika at the third annual Evening of Sevdah event. Emotive vocalists will perform songs from the repertoire of legendary artists of sevdah with instrumental textures ranging from the traditional saz to tamburica orchestra to the more modern sound of accordion. Over 5,000 people from Bosnia and Herzegovina now live in the Puget Sound Region. This multigenerational community event presented by Sevdah North America takes place this Saturday, November 21 at Foster High School Performing Arts Center in Tukwila. Click the above link for tickets and more information on the genre and the evening's performances.
JOIN THE ROUND FOR HOLIDAY BENEFIT PARTY AT TRIPLE DOOR
Join The Round for its holiday party on December 1 featuring Damien Jurado, Hey Marseilles, Kate Tucker and many others, including two big headliners that will be announced on November 29. The Round invites artists every month to share their craft in a unique and intimate setting; past rounds have featured everyone from David Bazan and Robin Pecknold to slam poet champs like Danny Sherrard and Tara Hardy. Doors for this event open at 5:30 pm with the show beginning at 7:30 pm. The event is all ages with dinner and drinks available. Visit the above link for tickets and more information. Proceeds support the Fremont Abbey Arts Center.
PARTICIPATE IN SURVEY ON INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING IN WASHINGTON AND OREGON
A doctoral candidate at the University of Oregon is working on her dissertation which examines the current state of the film industry in Portland and Seattle. She is interested in understanding the reality of independent filmmaking in these locations by looking at how filmmakers in locations outside of Hollywood are able to make films and how film communities like Portland and Seattle are able to survive and flourish. The survey is open to anyone working in the Washington or Oregon film industry in any capacity and should take about 20-25 minutes to fill out. Follow the link above to complete survey and if you have any questions, email her at email@example.com.
TOUR POUND STUDIOS AT "POUND SYMPHONY: AN OPEN STUDIOS EVENT"
This Friday, November 20, Pound Pictures will host the annual Pound Open Studios. Screenings will include Super 8 Challenge by Three Dollar Bill Cinema, Women in Film and Pound Pictures. The Pound Arts Building is located at 1216 10th Avenue (one block south of Neumos) and is home to the Photocloset, Pink Robot, Parlor F Tattoo and Pound Pictures, local writer/director/editor/producer Laura Jean Cronin's production company. There will be music, food and drinks and of course a lot of art at this free event from 6:00 - 10:00 pm.
FIRST ANNUAL BALLARD FILM FESTIVAL THIS FRIDAY!
Ballard News Tribune
Behind the residential doors of Ballard lurk hidden filmmaking talents. Filmmaker John Helde (whose documentary Made in China is currently showing on the Documentary Channel) has been helping to flush out fellow artists for the Ballard Filmmakers Night. Come meet the filmmakers on Friday, November 20 and see a selection of their short films, including S.J. Chiro's A Water Tale (set at Golden Gardens), Shawn Telford's Safe Passage, Helde's Hello, and a clip from Jennifer Maas' upcoming documentary Wheedle's Groove. This free event will be held at the Sunset Hill Community Association, 3003 NW 66th St., with the screening starting at 7:30 p.m. Popcorn will be included!
JOIN WOMEN IN FILM SEATTLE FOR HOLIDAY PARTY
Women in Film Seattle
Women in Film Seattle will host their holiday party and membership drive on Tuesday, December 2 at Spitfire. At the event, hear holiday music, drink and eat treats, have your picture taken with Santa, buy a raffle ticket and win a great prize, and chat with friends old and new. Click the above link for more information.
CATCH A FREE SCRIPT READING AT ACT THEATRE
The Film School
TheFilmSchool, in partnership with the Central Heating Lab at ACT Theatre presents Caught in the Act, a free script reading series featuring work from alumni of TheFilmSchool, directed and performed by some of Seattle's best professional directors and actors. The next reading is "Being Seen," written by Sonya Lea and directed by Warren Etheredge. "Being Seen" was first published as an easy in The Southern Review, for which Lea received an Artist Trust Award. Lea took this story to workshop with Etheredge at TheFilmSchool in Seattle. This reading will take place on December 14 at 7:00 pm at ACT Theatre. To attend, email jenni@thefilmschool.
SEE SEATTLE'S FILM COMMUNITY ROCK OUT
Three bands with members in the local film community are finally playing together. The bands are Kuli Loach featuring Mick Lane (co-owner of Seattle Grip & Lighting) on guitar and vocals, Bandylegs Johnson featuring Jason Puccinelli (Art Director) on guitar and vocals and Paul Breslin (Producer) on guitar and vocals and Ryan Purcell and the Last Round featuring front man Ryan Purcell (Director of Photography) on guitar and vocals. The event takes place at the Mars Bar on Saturday, November 21 at 9:00 pm.
HEAR AWARD-WINNING JAZZ GROUPS AT ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL
Roosevelt High School
Come listen to three award-winning groups at a Vocal Jazz Concert on Monday, November 23 in the Roosevelt High School Performing Arts Theater. This is a terrific opportunity to listen to the Roosevelt Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Genesis (not the band, but the college group from Mt. Hood) and Seattle Jazz Singers. Donations will be accepted at the door. The theater is located at 1410 NE 66th Street in Seattle and the concert begins at 7:30 pm. Festival seating applies so arrive early. Visit the above link for more information.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTISTS OFFERED BY CITY OF SEATTLE
Office of Housing
The City of Seattle recognizes that artists need the same thing other working people need: an affordable home. Working-class artists are a vital part of Seattle's past, present and future. Towards that end, the Office of Housing has partnered with Artspace Projects, Inc. and Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, to build nearly 150 units of housing designed to meet the needs of artists. The Seattle Housing Levy has funded three apartment buildings with units affordable to and designed for working artists: Tashiro Kaplan Artists Lofts and Hiawathta Artists Lofts, owned by Artspace Projects, Inc., and Cooper School/Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, owned by Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association. Visit the above link for more information.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 11/9 - 15
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Nirvana "Live at Reading"
- Nirvana "Bleach" (Deluxe Reissue)
- Brandi Carlile "Give Up the Ghost"
- Visqueen "Message to Garcia"
- Pink Martini "Splendor in the Grass"
- Dutchess & the Duke "Sunset/Sunrise"
- Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
- David Bazan "Curse Your Branches"
- Built to Spill "There is No Enemy"
- U.S.E. "Loveworld"
PITCHFORK SHINES NATIONAL ATTENTION ON SEATTLE'S GIVE COMPILATION
The Seattle music community's GIVE compilation is receiving national attention. Pitchfork, the web's leading indie music site, highlighted the downloadable music and video compilation today, which will surely place it second only to skinny jeans on every kid's holiday wish list. The compilation benefits local hunger relief and arts education nonprofit Arts Corps. Go team!
WE ARE ALL CONNECTED: RACHEL RATNER'S 8 FOOT TALL CARTOGRAPHIC STUDY OF MUSICAL INCEST
KEXP's Rachel Ratner has meticulously created what she calls a "cartographic study of musical incest" that maps out the interconnectedness of the Seattle Music Scene, connecting everyone from Fleet Foxes to Botch to Nirvana and The Intelligence to the Fastbacks. She says, "[It] started out as a personal (and let me add, super nerdy) project of mine. I was trying to map out how the bands I'm in (Disclaimer: I'm in a few bands around town, including Partman Parthorse and Butts), and my friends bands, were interconnected." She has also put together a KEXP podcast. She hopes that "in listening to this podcast, and looking at the map, you'll get a sense not only of Seattle's vibrant music scene, but how even when folks don't realize it, we're a lot closer to each other than we may think." Click the above link to see images of the map, read more about the project and listen to the podcast. The map will be on view this Friday, November 20 at Cairo Art gallery as part of their Expo 87 music festival.
COMING OF AGE IN MIDDLE-AGE: INTERVIEW WITH BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT
Bobcat Goldthwait is most widely known for his irreverent stand-up character: the awkward fellow with the self-described "Grover voice," which he reluctantly carried over into several film roles. The indie film fan may also know him from cult film favorite Shakes the Clown, which he wrote, directed and starred in. But these days, Bobcat has shed the Andy Kaufman-esque persona completely and resides behind the camera, directing his own scripts, such as 2006's Sleeping Dogs Lie, which he followed up with the similarly themed World's Greatest Dad. In this recent interview, director Bobcat Goldwaith answers why he chose to shoot his recent film, World's Greatest Dad, in Seattle.