Vol. 6, No. 27
November 21, 2012                                                                                    View our photos on flickr Like us on Facebook Visit our blog Follow us on Twitter
CITY NEWS
SEATTLE SOUND DELIVERED FRESH VIA NEW CITY OF MUSIC APP

SEATTLE CHANNEL  

Seattle music fans and visitors have a new conduit for discovering local music: Listen to playlists, find upcoming live shows, and view documentary videos about the Northwest music scene. The "City of Music" app launched last week as part of a partnership between the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the City of Seattle to raise awareness of music as an economic engine and a cultural asset. The app is created by local app developer FrontRunner, with content powered by local media and music industry resources.  It expands on a music discovery tool launched last January as part of SeaTac Airport's "Experience the City of Music" initiative. 

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
CORNISH CELEBRATES AN EVENING OF THE ARTS, RAISES $500K FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

BROADWAY WORLD  

Following a gala evening that featured performances by Bill Irwin and Cornish students, alumni and faculty, President Nancy J. Uscher is pleased to announce the annual event raised more than $500,000 for the Cornish Scholarship Fund. The total includes $105,000 for the Sherry Raisbeck Endowed Scholarship, an endowment created last year by James Raisbeck in honor of his wife, a Cornish graduate and member of the Board of Trustees. Virginia Anderson, Board Chair, announced a $25,000 gift to the College's endowment in honor of Jane Ewing, former Vice President of Institutional Advancement who retired last spring. "We are thrilled by the generosity of our supporters in making this critical investment in our students' education," said President Uscher, "helping each student to make a meaningful contribution to the world as artist, innovator, and citizen."

THE BENEFITS OF THE MOTION PICTURE INITIATIVE ON WASHINGTON'S ECONOMY 
Seattle has overwhelmingly demonstrated a desire for the significant number of jobs (and limelight) affiliated with in-house film projects to continue. When a major motion picture or television show is set in Seattle, tourism sees huge spikes. But much is lost when the production takes place elsewhere. By allotting a 30 percent tax deduction for those involved with projects filmed in Washington, the Motion Picture Incentive program (signed back into law by Christine Gregoire earlier this year) promotes the use of local crews, hotel and car rentals, and thus drives tourism. More importantly, it ensures that our own talented filmmakers don't seek production elsewhere, as local production is integral to the film industry's continued growth in Seattle.
COPACINO + FUJIKADO HIRING ACCOUNT SUPERVISOR

COPACINO + FUJIKADO     

Copacino + Fujikado is looking for an Account Supervisor to lead some of the agency's largest clients. Assignments are to be determined but the agency works with major regional brands such as the Seattle Convention & Visitors Bureau, Seattle Mariners, Seattle Children's Hospital, and Premera Blue Cross. Primary responsibilities include managing assigned accounts, leading teams in strategic marketing planning, financial management of forecasting and client billing and budgeting, and identifying opportunities to organically grow the business. A sense of humor and grace under pressure are a must.

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL NOW HIRING INTERNS
Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is looking for organized, efficient and resourceful interns. Open positions include Development, Marketing, Community Outreach, Publicity, Graphic Design, and Individual Giving. These are unpaid internships with a 10 to 20 hour a week commitment. To apply for internships, please email your resume with letter of interest to interns@siff.net.
KEXP SEEKS MARKETING DIRECTOR
KEXP is currently seeking applicants to lead KEXP's marketing program! The KEXP Marketing Director is a full-time position primarily focused on growing the KEXP audience and building the KEXP brand within the community. KEXP is committed to helping music lovers discover their next favorite artist, and we need your help to enrich more peoples' lives through music and discovery.

BREAKING INTO THE FILM INDUSTRY, BY MEGAN GRIFFITHS 

THOUGHTS ON FILM BLOG           

Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffiths (The Off Hours, Eden) recently took a moment on her blog to reflect on breaking into the film industry. Through earning her MFA in film production, to working on others' films, to finally creating her own films, Griffiths writes about the many lessons she learned, which made her a better filmmaker through waiting, watching, and learning. In order to break into the film industry, she suggests to listen more than you speak, live frugally, prove yourself indispensable, help create the community you want to live in, treat everyone well all of the time, always have a creative outlet, and trust your instincts.

FREELANCERS UNION

EVENTBRITE  

On Tuesday, November 27, join Sara Horowitz from the Freelancers Union for a discussion about her book, The Freelancer's Bible. The Freelancer's Bible is a collection of freelance wisdom for the growing independent workforce collected over the last two decades. Sections from the book include: being introduced to the freelance life, becoming part of the growing community, and working to create an infrastructure to unite freelancers and empower a movement. The event is free to the public.

LUNAFEST FILM FESTIVAL TO TAKE PLACE DECEMBER 4 AT SEATTLE ART MUSEUM    

LUNAFEST 

Girl Power Hour invites you to help celebrate women locally this season at LUNAFEST. LUNAFEST is a traveling flim festival for women that will showcase films and feature a cocktail party taking place on December 4 at the Seattle Art Museum with proceeds going to Reel Grrls. There are nine inspiring short films by women filmmakers that will tug at your heartstrings and inspire you to make a difference in your community. LUNAFEST takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4.

FILM FORUM ANNOUNCES WINTER CLASSES    

NWFF

Northwest Film Forum has posted its winter 2012-2013 class schedule, featuring film education and skills training for filmmakers and the general public. All classes are taught by local artists and educators. Highlights this season include a historical overview of women's achievements behind the camera and a do-it-yourself DSLR lens craft class combining elements of filmmaking and hacking.

SEATTLE AREA FILMMAKERS: ENROLL EARLY FOR FREE CAMERA ACTING

WORKSHOP    

SEATTLE AREA FILMMAKERS

Colleen Patrick will be conducting a free camera acting workshop for all Seattle Area Filmmakers (SAF) members on Saturday, February 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Actors, directors, script supervisors, writers, and anyone interested in becoming a director or working with good actors will benefit from the seminar. Patrick will cover the keys to successful camera acting: subtext, framing and emoting with your eyes, plus a Q&A covering whatever questions you bring. Be prepared to participate, work hard, and have fun.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 11/19 - 11/26            

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC 

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

 

1. Soundgarden - "King Animal"

2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - "The Heist"

3. Ben Gibbard - "Former Lives"

4. RNDM - "Acts"

5. Brandi Carlile - "Bear Creek"

6. Head & The Heart - "Head & The Heart"

7. Sera Cahoone - "Deer Creek Canyon"

8. Live at KEXP "Live at KEXP Volume 8"

9. Heart - "Essential Heart"

10. Caspar Babypants - "Hot Dog!"

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, in order of imminence, from soonest-ending project to furthest out. Click on the Kickstarter buttons to check out these local projects and discover even more happening around Seattle.
  
WRECKED SEASON TWO - November 26 (5 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 (9 Days)
A 3-D science fantasy airship combat game, complete with customizable ships.

BENZAGO, WA - December 4 (13 Days)
A documentary chronicling the art, history and lives of prominent Northwest cartoonists and comic artists.

RAINFALL: THE SOJOURN - December 5 (14 Days)
A 2-D Action-RPG inspired by the SNES era and world culture!

PROSPECT: A HANDMADE SCI-FI SHORT - December 7 (16 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 fundraiser 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, wherein 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.

SHORT FILM FRIDAY: "A THANKSGIVING EEL"        

The film for this Friday, November 23 is A Thanksgiving Eel, a new New York Times documentary made by local animator and filmmaker Drew Christie. (His other Op-Docs are Hi! I'm a Nutria and Allergy to Originality.) Why make eel a part of your Thanksgiving dinner? Because, as Christie says, "[h]istorians agree that eel was likely present at the first Thanksgiving dinner." That, as you can see, is a very valid reason.

MEDIA DIGEST
NEW SMARTPHONE APP CONNECTS MUSIC FANS TO "SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC"

GENE STOUT    

As part of a new partnership between the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Seattle's City of Music Initiative - announced by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Councilmember Nick Licata Nov. 14 at the Triple Door - a handy new smartphone app has been created to connect music fans to local music playlists, upcoming shows and documentary videos on the Northwest music scene. Content is provided by such local outlets as KEXP-FM, 107.7 The End, PlayNetwork, Jet City Stream, The Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, Rainy Dawg Radio, Sound on the Sound, The Stranger, and Sportn' Life Records. Produced by local add developer FrontRunner, the nifty new app expands on a "music discovery tool" launched last winter as part of SeaTac Airport's Experience the City of Music Initiative. 

SIX LOCAL MOVIE THEATERS NOW SERVING BOOZE

SEATTLE MET  

In order to compete with the coziness of your home theater where the drinks are free and you can eat pad thai without getting dirty looks, several area cinemas are offering a high-end movie-going experience, including full meals, seat-side service, and craft cocktails. Three of these theaters reside within Seattle's city limits: Central Cinema in the Central District, Big Picture in Belltown, and Northwest Film Forum on Capitol Hill. One of the the first in the area to add drinking and dining to movie-going, Central Cinema does "dinner theater" properly with tables at your seat and waitstaff taking your order. Big Picture features plush armchairs, sofas, and dim lighting, giving it a lounge feel. Big Picture can also now serve beer and wine with the best of them. A heady brew complements the heady selection of foreign, arthouse, and indie films.

MACKLEMORE'S STORY ILLUSTRATES THE POWER OF FAN-BASED COMMUNITIES     

HYPEBOT 

There aren't many stories quite like Macklemore's. The Seattle-born rapper has been making music for 12 years, but it was earlier in 2012, upon his debut release "Heist" (with Ryan Lewis), when he shot to mainstream fame. Every single artist starting out wants a large and widespread audience, to be able to roll up to a venue and play to a packed crowd, but where exactly to start is the million-dollar question. Fan communities sprout in the hometown of an artist whereby it is sustained as the artist grows, acting as a hub for an artist's most active and loyal fans, aka: the backbone of your career. Servicing this local community well involves a combination of delivering content to speak to them with grassroots PR. This is where Macklemore got it so right. He branded himself as the poster-boy for Seattle Hip-Hop and leveraged that fiery Northwest pride.

RNDM (JEFF AMENT, JOSEPH ARTHUR, RICHARD STUVERUD) RELEASE 'ACTS' LP

RNDM    

The chance encounters of everyday life shape us in more ways than we can imagine. From them spring unexpected opportunities, burgeoning friendships, and, quite often, great music. Such as is the case with "Acts" the debut album from RNDM, featuring Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, songwriter Joseph Arthur, and drummer Richard Stuverud. Ament and Arthur met randomly in 1999 and a continued friendship eventually led to musical collaboration. In April of this year, Arthur finally joined Ament and Stuverud in Montana thinking he'd just be singing over the top of instrumental tracks that had already been completed. However, things clicked so well that a new collaboration and group was formed. RNDM's debut LP "Acts" is out now. Check out their promo video. RNDM plays at The Showbox on November 27. 

SIFF RECEIVES MULTIYEAR GRANT FROM AFRICAN PICTURES PROGRAM GRANT     

INDIEWIRE 

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is the 2012 recipient of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences multiyear grant for its "African Pictures" program, to be presented during the annual Seattle International Film Festival. SIFF will receive a total of $150,000 over a three-year period to showcase the diverse and burgeoning hotbed of filmmaking activity emerging across the continent of Africa.  This grant will give SIFF an unprecedented opportunity as a major international film festival to showcase a substantive program of indigenous films from Africa.

HOW LOUIS C.K. SHAPED BEN GIBBARD'S 'FORMER LIVES'

SEATTLE MET   

Arguably the Northwest's most publically adored songwriter, Ben Gibbard could have indulged grandiose fantasies on his first full-length solo album, or even gone all Brian Wilson. Luckily, the Death Cab for Cutie frontman keeps things simple on Former Lives, released in October on Barsuk Records. When asked about pop culture and how Louis C.K. has affected Gibbard, the frontman for Death Cab for Cutie responded, "I think [Louis C.K.] is the best thing that's ever been on television. It's like seeing somebody fly." After spending the past few weeks on tour, Gibbard returns to Seattle for sold-out shows at Showbox at the Market and Washington Hall.

THIRD ANNUAL TEN CLUB POSTER CONVENTION SET FOR DECEMBER 2

PEARL JAM

Pearl Jam's Ten Club  announces the third annual Ten Club Poster

 Convention, returning this year to the Showbox Market on December 2 with free entry. Following last year's event at the sold-out PJ20 Festival, the Ten Club Poster Convention will feature the debut of the Pearl Jam Pop Up Shop, stocked with rare posters and merchandise items. These items have never been available outside the online Ten Club store. A number of artists from around the country will be on hand to sell and sign their work and meet their fans. All artists attending this year's event have created posters for Pearl Jam shows, like Amesbros, Frank Kozik, and Chuck Sperry.

GRUNGE 101: AMERICAN HISTORY TEACHER SCHOOLS A NEW GENERATION

THE NERVOUS BREAKDOWN           

Grunge did not begin in 1991 with Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Rather, the genre's actual opening salvo occurred in 1987 with the formation of Mudhoney. While accompanying the band on a Japanese tour, Short quickly found his angle as he experienced the group's infectious enthusiasm and powerful kinship. "The Mudhoney theme is friendship," Short told me. "We had a story of survival and friendship. That's the story there." I'm Now, directed by Adam Pease and Ryan Short, richly documents Mudhoney's storied and mercurial career, beginning with its backstory. You can now rent or purchase a pre-order of the DVD, which ships December 11.

GET A HOLLYWOOD STUDIO TO GREEN LIGHT YOUR PICTURE, IN 29 EASY STEPS

NPR           

Independent filmmaker Joshua Marston diagrams 29 easy steps for filmmakers to get their pictures green lighted. After beginning with a tip to hire unpaid interns to read scripts and books to help uncover hidden story gems, Marston subsequently breaks down how to navigate routes for a variety of scenarios. For instance, one step instructs filmmakers to wait to hear back from studios, and the following step is broken down according to the response from studios. Marston's advice is both humorous and easy-to-follow for those seeking advice in the production process.

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