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Vol. 5, No. 25
November 23-29, 2011    

CITY NEWS

JOIN US AT NEXT WEEK'S FILM + MUSIC + INTERACTIVE HAPPY HOUR FEATURING GUEST SPEAKER TONY FULGHAM 

FMI HAPPY HOUR

Happy Hour returns next week! Join us at Spitfire in Belltown from 5:00-7:00 pm and mingle with leaders in the film, music and interactive industries. From 6:30-7:00pm, guest speaker Tony Fulgham will present "How to Build a Successful (and Creative) World Famous Company." Fulgham, one of a team of masterminds behind World Famous, will offer insight into the world of film production, animation, editing and more. He will also spill his recently discovered recipe to happiness in the workplace.    

CULTURAL SPACE SEATTLE FORUM HELPS SHAPE ART SPACE POLICY

OFFICE OF ARTS & CULTURAL AFFAIRS    

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Arts Commission present "Cultural Space Seattle," a two-day event to help shape policies to keep and create affordable space for artists and arts organizations to work, rehearse and perform in Seattle. Theaster Gates, an artist and cultural planner from Chicago, will give a keynote address at a public forum on Tuesday, December 6 at Town Hall Seattle. The forum focuses on the importance of cultivating space for the arts as a means of connecting people and ideas. This will be followed by a morning working session on Wednesday, December 7.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

WASHINGTON FILMWORK'S HOSTS ANNUAL INDUSTRY UPDATE  

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS

Please save the date for  the 6th Annual Washington Filmworks' Annual Industry Update, December 6 at the SIFF Film Center in Seattle Center. Join other film industry professionals to talk in detail about how you can help renew the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program during the upcoming legislative session. 

NORTHWEST FILM FORUM PRESENTS FREE CONVERSATION WITH FILMAKER LYNN SHELTON

NWFF     

Local writer/director Lynn Shelton (You're Sister's Sister, Humpday, $5 Cover Seattle), will be at Northwest Film Forum Monday, November 28, presenting clips from her previous works and discussing her creative process. During this free conversation, Shelton will discuss her most recent film, Your Sister's Sister, which recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and is scheduled for theatrical debut next year.

ARTIST TRUST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MOVES TO SEATTLE FOUNDATION  

ARTIST TRUST 

Artist Trust Executive Director Fidelma McGinn announced that she will resign after six years at the helm, and move to her new position at The Seattle Foundation as Vice President of Philanthropic Services. McGinn has contributed to much of Artist Trust's success in recent years, leading an expansion of professional development services for artists of all disciplines, and brought the organization to a healthy financial standing.   

FILMMAKERS: SUBMIT YOUR WORK TO "COMEDY OF HORRORS" FILM FEST

BONEBAT 

The Bonebat "Comedy of Horrors" Film Festival is seeking compelling independent Comedy, Horror, and Horror-Comedy flicks to headline its second evening of movies, shorts and live music. Films ranging from feature films to shorts to animation are all welcome.  Submissions (all free) are now being taken, with a final deadline of March 1st, 2012.  

LOOKING TO GET THAT BIG DRUM SOUND?

RECORDING ACADEMY 

You're in luck. The Recording Academy is presenting Big Drum Sounds, a discussion all about different techniques and tricks to the mixing and miking of drums to get a powerful sound. Learn from the professionals, including professional players, recording engineers, producers and drum techs, November 29 at Shoreline's London Bridge Studios. The event is free for members. 

FOLKLIFE PERFORMER APPLICATION DEADLINE APPROACHES

NW FOLKLIFE

The annual Folklife Festival at Seattle Center is accepting applications for those interested in performing. As the largest free cultural arts festival in the country, Folklife Festival aims to represent Seattle with the best local talent available. They can't, however, do it without applications, and submission time is dwindling. Get your application mailed or submitted online by December 1 to be eligible to perform at the 2012 Northwest Folklife Festival. 

FILMMAKERS: SUBMIT YOUR WORK TO THE MAELSTROM INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL

MIFFF 

The Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival (MIFFF) is seeking features, documentaries, short films and animation for the 4th annual festival. Filmmakers can now officially submit their projects for one of the most diverse festivals in the area-anything from action to animation, fantasy to horror are included.  The 2012 festival will be held October 5th - 7th at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

HELP "KICKSTART" SEATTLE FILM AND MUSIC PROJECTS

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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.

The Cinemascope EPs - November 30th (7 days)

TEA CAKE - December 2nd (8 days)

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 11/14- 11/20

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC

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

 

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

 2  Pickwick -"Myths"

 3  Head & The Heart - "s/t"
 4  Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs" 

 5  Star Anna - "Alone in This Together" 

 6  Shelby Earl - "Burn the Boats"

 7  Nirvana - "Nevermind" 

 8  Blue Scholars - "Cinemetropolis"

 My Goodness - "s/t"
 10
Caspar Babypants - "Sing Along!" 

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: 

 

ALL MY PRESIDENTS

CORWOOD PRODUCTIONS

 

All My Presidents is a 12-minute short film by local production company Corwood Productions.  Co-Producers Alder Sherwood, Lisa Coronado, Lorraine Montez, and Jeremiah Kaynor assembled a team led by Director Connor Hair, Director of Photography Ryan Purcell, and 1st AD Rick Walters.  The story, set in 1954 through 1992, follows a young boy coming of age and finding own voice in a politically driven world.    

 

"The film community here really supports and encourages each other like a family," says Kaynor.  Adds Coronado, "We hired a local dream team of crew and talent for this production, and felt the tremendous energy of a team dedicated to bringing high production value to local film making."   

All My Presidents filmed in the West Seattle and Eastlake neighborhoods last weekend, hiring over 30 Washington cast and crew. 
    

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.

Rose Red (2002)   


During a "making-of" featurette on the DVD of Rose Red, Thomas Brodek, one of the producers of this made-for-TV film, gazes down towards the Space Needle from Kerry Park. As he reclines in the "Changing Form" sculpture he praises the city of Seattle, "Isn't it gorgeous?" And then utters a warning: "Little do they know that 800 people are going to descend on the city to make a six-hour mini series called: Stephen King's Rose Red!" When all is said and done, this three-part movie is one of the more ambitious projects connected to the Seattle area. King's screenplay is partially based on the real (and bizarre) Winchester Mystery House in San Jose combined with a riff on Shirley Jackson's classic novel The Haunting of Hill House. The script also incorporates a few story elements from the famed horror novelist's own canon (especially The Shining and Carrie). The story follows a troop of psychics (including celebrity Scarecrow customer Kevin Tighe) led by paranormal psychology professor Joyce Reardon (Nancy Travis) investigating an abandoned, cursed, and haunted mansion called Rose Red. According to Brodek, the filmmakers scouted all over the US and Canada before they found Thornewood Castle in South Tacoma and realized the advantages of setting their spooky movie in Seattle. At the time Thornewood Castle was in bad shape, so the producers actually restored the building (both inside and out) to recapture its gothic charms. These days the building is a bed and breakfast so, for the right price, you too can spend the night inside Rose Red! Some of the movie was shot inside the "castle" but there were also a bunch of enormous sets built in the hangers at Magnuson Park to help flesh out the sprawling mansion. In the actual film Rose Red is located on Spring Street near the base of Capitol Hill. A mock, vine-engorged gate was built on 8th Avenue, and there are several shots of parked cars and people standing around with the genuine west-bound Spring Street view (capturing the I-5 bridge and downtown) in the background making for a very believable illusion. On the other hand, there is a crazy alterno-Seattle matte shot used for aerial shots of the overgrown mansion. The view looks northwest from Capitol Hill with Rose Red planted in front of Virginia Mason roughly where Town Hall is located. The confusing image sticks Mount Rainier on the northern skyline and mostly obliterates Fremont, Ballard, and the Aurora Bridge. During the opening credits, the camera lovingly ogles a ferry making its way across Elliott Bay as a sailboat elegantly scoots by. The shot transitions to a pan of the cityscape viewed from Seattle's cinematic go-to vista, the aforementioned Kerry Park on Queen Anne. A character works at Ivar's Acres of Clams and even wears her uniform while using a payphone with Pier 55 in the background. The team of psychics first bond and reveal their special powers over a couple of pitchers at The Ram brewpub while a Huskies game is on TV. Some of the coolest local stuff takes place as the haunted history of Rose Red is revealed. Several scenes mix older-looking parts of Pioneer Square with special effects to create a believable historic version of the city. For example, one flashback is set in 1906 and shows the old South Jackson waterfront streetcar with an antique Bartell Drugs sign in the background and people drinking in the historic Merchants Café. Despite this TV movie's derivative story, it is still a fun ghost flick that mostly stays true to its location. The imaginative and resourceful use of the Emerald City makes Rose Red a worthy addition to the Scarecrow on Seattle archives.

-Spenser Hoyt 
MEDIA DIGEST

FORBES RANKS SEATTLE TOP FOR TECH JOBS

GEEKWIRE  

Leaving the rest of the country in the dust, Seattle and its blossoming technology industry hold the #1 spot for best city for tech jobs. The reason Seattle takes the cake? Seattle is home to a large amount of good engineers, which makes it easier for local companies to expand, and attracts businesses from Silicon Valley. When looking at the statistics, it does make sense; Seattle's tech job growth jumped nearly 15% in the past ten years, and shows no signs of slowing down.  

SO YOU WANT TO BE A FILM LOCATION MANAGER

SEATTLE PI

A location scout for films scans the streets for various suitable settings. In this article, the everyday trials and tribulations are exposed in an honest interview with one location scout, Nick Carr. He discusses topics like how to appease neighbors while filming, his feelings of the green screen as the film set, and how to look critically at a city. Carr delves into the reality of scouting: the good, the bad, and the ugly.  

DOE BAY FESTIVAL NOW ACCEPTING ARTIST SUBMISSIONS

SSG MUSIC

The Festival dates have been released for the 5th annual Doe Bay Festival, one of the most anticipated Festivals in the Northwest this year. Applications for the small three-day festival are now open as well, and the instructions are available on their website. If you want to be a part of this awesome event, now's your chance! 

SASQUATCH! 2012 ADVANCE PASSES ON SALE 11/25 

SSG MUSIC  

The always-anticipated Sasquatch Music Festival in George, Washington will announce its 2012 line-up of musicians. The 4-day bash, held in a picturesque locale outside of Seattle, will offer a limited number of discounted passes starting this Friday, November 25. The gathering celebrates music on four different stages, and never fails to bring beloved indie-bands, singer-songwriters and other genres to the stage.

SEATTLE BAND VIRGIN ISLANDS MAKES NPR SONG OF THE DAY

NPR

Members of Seattle post-punk group Virgin Islands touch on the American healthcare system with their political testimonial "No Doctor." NPR got a hold of the statement piece and recently featured it as the NPR Song of the Day.  

FLEET FOXES RELEASE NEW ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEO 

CLASH MUSIC   

Fleet Foxes released their newest music video this week for their song "The Shrine/An Argument." Directed by frontman Robin Pecknold's brother, Sean Pecknold, the video was created for an eight-minute piece that was included on the band's album Helplessness Blues, released earlier this year.
Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff 
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel Sawyer, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Sorayya Aminian
, Intern
Sam Veatch, Intern


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