|Film + Music Newsletter
HAPPY HOUR TWO WEEKS AWAY
The Mayor's Office of Film + Music if proud to present the final Happy Hour of the year at Moe Bar (925 E. Pike St.) from 5 to 7 pm on Wednesday, December 5th. Come down and celebrate the holidays, meet new people in our music and film industries and discuss current issues spanning film and music in Seattle. We have received a lot of great feedback regarding new business opportunities that have come from these events, so don't miss out.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
JOHN FORSEN FILMS PRIVATE SWELL SEASON CONCERT
Swell Season did a special private concert for 200 hundred at Seattle's Good Shepard Center and local director / producer John Forsen was on hand with 5 HD cameras. Swell Season is the Band with Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, stars of the movie Once winner of last years Sundance Audience best of Fest. Glen is the lead singer in the Irish band the Frames and was the lead in Alan Parker's movie The Commitments. The footage will be part of The Artists Den 2008 1 hour TV series airing on Ovation Network, and will be created into a full length DVD with 5.1 sound.
NAMM FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW GRANT INITIATIVES FOR MUSIC MAKERS AND RESEARCHERS
The NAMM Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing active participation in music by people of all ages, has announced its 2008 Request for Proposals initiative. For more information, click the link above.
SEATTLE JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL SEEKS INTERN
The AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival - the largest and most highly anticipated Jewish event in the Pacific Northwest and mainstay of our region's arts and entertainment calendar - seeks a part-time intern in preparation for our 13th annual (Bar Mitzvah) festival, taking place April 3-13, 2008. This position requires a minimum four-month commitment at 20 hours a week (schedule negotiable), starting in January 2008.
TANK'D ON EVENING MAGAZINE
Co-Hosts and Creators of Tank'd are featured on Evening Magazine. As part of Evening Magazine's big Hawaii show, reporter Kim Griffis interviewed Seattle's own Chris Malone and Shalynn Flavell about filming the pilot episode of their Scuba Travel Adventure show "Tank'd" on the Big Island of Hawaii. The segment will air on NBC - KING 5 Friday November 16th at 7pm and then re-airs on NWCN and KONG on following days. Tank'd is being produced by the Seattle company Seven Seas Productions which is set to start filming the series in January and will premiere on PBS fall '08.
CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR THE 6TH ANNUAL IOWA CITY INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL
The Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival (ICDOCS) is an annual festival committed to engaging our Iowa audience with the world at large through films that explore the boundaries of documentary and non-fiction filmmaking. The festival showcases independent, high-quality short (under 30 minutes) nonfiction film and video from around the world. Submissions are now being accepted for the 2008 festival that will be held April 3rd -5th.
NWFF has launched a new Callboard for local film and video productions. The Callboard is intended for use by filmmakers, grips, gaffers, screenwriters, editors, actors, graphic designers, sound recordists, composers, musicians, set builders, volunteers, enthusiasts -- in short, anyone who's interested in helping films get made in Seattle. Read more about it at the Northwest Film Forum's website.
NWFF AND SEATTLE SCHOOL PRESENT: A CLOCKWORK REDUCTION
Seattle School and NWFF are doing a live action remake of Andy Warhol's "Vinyl", an adaptation of Anthony Burgess's "A Clockwork Orange", six years before Kubrick's version. The process by which this extremely creative project will incorporate everyone within the walls of NWFF is ambitious and unique. Read about it at the link above.
NEW MEDIA INC MAGAZINE FEATURES NORTHWEST TALENT
The latest issue of Media Inc. has a special focus on Northwest talent featuring a large spread of NW actors and models. Other Topics include, Do-it-yourself advertising, different angles of marketing within the media industry, and how different businesses are adapting to the digital world. It can be read online at the link above.
"UNCOMMON COURAGE" FILM SCREENING AT WHITE RIVER VALLEY MUSEUM
The White River Valley Museum is among the first to share the previously untold story of Japanese-American soldiers who served in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Service (MIS) during World War II with a film screening of "Uncommon Courage: Patriotism and Civil Liberties" on Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. and the exhibit "Courage Untold" that runs until Jan. 21. "Uncommon Courage: Patriotism and Civil Liberties" is a dramatic and moving personal account of Japanese-American soldiers who served in the U.S. Army MIS during World War II and the occupation of Japan.
HOLIDAY CONCERTS AT CITY HALL & MUNICIPAL TOWER
From medieval choral music to Latin Jazz, the Seattle Presents concerts series will bring good tidings and great music to City Hall and the Seattle Municipal Tower with six holiday-themed performances, noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 4 to 20. Tuesday concerts will take place at Seattle Municipal Tower. Thursday performances will take place at City Hall.
KEXP IS RECRUITING FOR 2008 INTERNSHIPS
KEXP, 90.3 FM is seeking music lovers interested in learning about radio, participating in Seattle's vibrant music scene, and getting their foot in the door of the music industry. KEXP currently has some amazing new internship openings in Business & Admin, Non Profit Fundraising, Web Development, Programming, Marketing, Underwriting/Sales, and more. They are looking for applicants who are self starters, good communicators and like loud music playing constantly in the workplace.
SEATTLE MUSIC RECEIVES MAJOR RECOGNITION BY 2008 PLUG AWARDS
Seattle is recognized in several categories such as Record Label of the Year, Venue of the Year, Song of the Year, Online Radio Station of the Year and many others. Some examples include Sub Pop (Iron & Wine, Band of Horses, Pissed Jeans, Shins), Barsuk (Jesse Sykes, Menomena, John Vanderslice), Cave Singers, Big Business, Sasquatch!, Bumbershoot, Neumo's, KEXP, Easy St., Sonic Boom, Amazon and more. To see the complete list of nominees and to vote please visit PLUG's website. The PLUG Cartel is an advisory board that gathers yearly to recognize the musicians who live and flourish in the margins of mainstream culture. Congrats!
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 11/12-11/18
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard, Fremont, and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Various Artist - Live at KEXP
- Maktub - Start it Over
- The Cops - Free Electricity
- Valley - Valley EP
- Cave Singers - Invitation Songs
- Eddie Vedder - Into The Wild
- Brandi Carlile - Live At Easy Street
- Siberian - With Me
- Blakes - Blakes
- Brandi Carlile - Story
- Blue Scholars - Bayani
SPREADING THE GRAYSKUL WORD TO THE WORLD
While others are maximizing attention on the local level, Grayskul - Jeffrey "JFK" Bautista and Michael "Onry Ozzborn" Martinez - has long been looking beyond the Seattle scene to get national play. This duo has paid its dues over the last five years, touring extensively and slowly building a national audience, one show at a time.
MOVIE RENTALS ARE MOVING INCREASINGLY TO TV, INTERNET
By the end of this year, Netflix, the startup company that took on video-rental giant Blockbuster and changed the way Americans rent movies, will have at least 7.3 million subscribers. Netflix's competitors are struggling to resuscitate dying business models -- Blockbuster is losing money and the second-largest chain, Movie Gallery Inc., has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Movie Gallery owns Hollywood Video.
BAND OF THE WEEK: SERA CAHOONE
Her self-titled, self-released debut album reflects her love of both old-school country music and modern low fi, and has been dubbed "the love child of Cat Power and Buck Owens." After its release in February of 2006, Sera's album was met with wide-spread critical acclaim, including being named one of the top ten albums of 2006 by NPR's Stephen Thompson, and "one of my favorite albums of the year local or not" by KEXP DJ John Richards. Sera has currently set her drum sticks aside, is touring in support of her album, and working on a follow-up album to be released on Subpop sometime in the near-future.
UNDERAGE: TALBOT TAGORA
Talbot Tagora's sound is a refreshed version of the best parts of the grunge to punk transition: When melody was as necessary as gritty distortion. Talbot Tagora string together disjointed guitar riffs with a maze of bass and drums; they use vocals almost like another instrument rather than the focus of their songs. Everything they do sounds slightly discordant, on the verge of falling apart, which only adds to their youthful dissonance.
TRIBUTE AND LESSON IN POWWOW
The pounding drumbeats, vivid regalia and elaborate dance routines of a powwow are familiar to many Native Americans. But for about 80 percent of the Native American students in the Bellevue, Lake Washington and Northshore school districts, Monday was the first time they've experienced dancing, singing and socializing in the name of their culture. The Eastside Native American Education Program will host its first powwow in honor of U.S. military veterans, both Native American and not, while celebrating Native American Month - November, as declared by President George H.W. Bush in 1990.
OUR MUSIC IN PICTURES, FROM BRASS BANDS TO GRUNGE
Author and historian Peter Blecha's new photo-essay book, "Music in Washington: Seattle and Beyond", begins with obscure brass and string bands entertaining mill workers and prospectors in the early days of statehood. There was neither chance nor expectation of the music reaching beyond their local communities. The arc ends with grunge, which similarly existed to create music for a community - in this case, an underground rock scene - with no goal toward recognition or reward.
WEB TRAILERS ARE SEXIER, MORE VIOLENT
Increasingly, more uncensored versions, referred to as "red-band" trailers, are popping up on the Internet, with studios using them as a marketing tool to reach older audiences not as likely to be offended by extreme violence, sex or profanity. "It is the only way to give the target audience a true sampling of what the film is all about," said Adam Fogelson, president of marketing and distribution at Universal Pictures. He noted that with red-band trailers, audiences can judge more accurately for themselves the content of adult-oriented, R-rated comedies such as producer-director Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," which became big hits.
"TONYA & NANCY" | THE ROCK OPERA?
A musical version of the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan scandal is set to open Feb. 21 in Portland, Harding's hometown. "Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera" features 20 freshly crafted rock 'n' roll songs bearing such titles as "Whip Her Butt," "Watch Your Back" and "When You Wake Up Sleeping in Your Car in Estacada."
AT JUST 15, 'JUANNY CASH' TOUTED AS THE REAL DEAL
A sidewalk singer from the city's Pike Place Market has made it big and he's not yet old enough to drive. Vinny Miranda is but a teenager, but if you close your eyes and listen to his voice, you might think you're listening to a performance by the music legend Johnny Cash. That's how young Miranda became known as "Juanny Cash." And as Juanny, he performs every Tuesday at the Can Can Kitchen and Caberet Club, singing ballads that were written before he was even born.
FILMS HALTED DUE TO STRIKE
While television has been feeling the immediate effects of the writers' strike, the film industry has now posted two high-profile casualties, as production starts were canceled Friday on Sony's Ron Howard-directed "Angels & Demons" and United Artists' Oliver tone-directed drama "Pinkville." Other studio films also could be in jeopardy, as production start dates loom on several pics with scripts that have not yet been given the thumbs-up by stars who have script approval.
BLUE SCHOLARS' MTVU VIDEO TAKES A RIDE THROUGH SEATTLE
Seattle icons such as the Space Needle and Pike Place Market are as familiar to national TV viewers as David Letterman and Oprah. Leave it to the against-the-mainstream Blue Scholars to take viewers on a journey through the underside of Seattle. "Joe Metro," a video that made its debut on MTVU on Monday, is a trip through Rainier Beach, Columbia City and the University District.The gritty video follows lyricist/rapper Geologic's No. 48 bus ride - with DJ/producer Sabzi making a cameo as the bus driver.
SEATTLE FILM EVENTS
The Seattle PI has compiled an extensive list of film related events and limited screenings in Seattle, including Fritz Lang's "Metropolis", Terrance Malik's "The New World", and "Surf II: The End of the Trilogy", where a mad scientist seeks revenge on the surfers who were mean to him in high school and invents a soda that turns all surfers into zombies.
A MOMENT WITH TODD HAYNES, NORTHWEST FILMMAKER
The films of Todd Haynes revel in the intersection of style and substance, of carefully constructed surfaces that hide, even suppress, feelings and identities. From his controversial feature debut "Poison" through his most recent films -- the flamboyant glam-rock drama "Velvet Goldmine" and "Far From Heaven," his reinterpretation of the '50s melodrama -- he has played with the conventions of familiar American genres.
ALL-AGES ADVOCATE IS AFTER YOUR PARENTS' MONEY
Kate Becker might as well be heralded as the mother of Seattle's burgeoning all-ages music scene. She helped both the Old Fire House, in Redmond, and the Vera Project become the under-21 powerhouses they are today. But now, after spending more than 15 years doing it for the kids, she's bringing her talents to an older crowd, from the rock clubs to the historic theaters.
STUDIOS SEEING SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SPOTS
The Sundance Film Festival won't announce its full program until next week and won't screen its first film for nearly two months. But barely halfway through November, the buzz is starting over an unusually large number of high-profile titles that could command an ever higher set of prices.