|News from the Office of Film + Music
SAVE THE DATE: HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR IS COMING SOON!
Join us Wednesday, December 8, for the special Holiday edition of our monthly Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour! We are merging our November and December sessions into one festive networking extravaganza, complete with some special holiday-themed goodies in addition to our typical fare. The event will be held at Spitfire in Belltown (located at 2219 4th Avenue in between Blanchard and Bell) from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. We hope to see there!
INTERN WITH THE OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC
Office of Film + Music
The Office of Film + Music is seeking an Intern for Winter 2011. Film + Music Interns primarily serve a marketing/communications role, becoming a member of the Film + Music team, and provide administrative support for the Office. The internship requires a six-month commitment and 40 hours of work per week. Prior background in film or music is not required, but candidates should have strong communication, writing and organizational/research skills. A small monthly stipend is provided. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 3 by 5:00 pm. For more information about the position, visit the above link or contact the current interns at email@example.com
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
IFP WANTS YOU TO INVEST IN THESE LOCAL FILM PROJECTS
IFP/Seattle, which is dedicated to assisting member filmmakers who are expanding the artistic landscape of cinema, has created a list of films currently seeking sponsorship. As a certified 501(c)3, IFP/Seattle is in a unique position to offer members and qualified productions the benefits of its non-profit status - enabling tax deductible donations to your film. The list includes 2009 Spotlight Award Winner Photo Booth, directed by Timothy Watkins, Blvd St. Germain des Pres, directed by Ileana D. Vasquez, While You Weren't Looking, directed by Jeremy Mackie, Night Blind, directed by Robert Parks, My Time With Betty, directed by Heather Ayres & Ixaac Paul Ackley and Airlock, directed by Gerrin Tramis. To learn more about this sponsorship program or about how to apply, follow the link.
4TH ANNUAL "POWER OF PLAY: STATE OF THE STATE OF INTERACTIVE MEDIA"
Power of Play
Every year, the Washington Interactive Network brings industry executives together to talk about the new trends and innovations coming our way and the opportunities they create for business. With the recent launch of Kinect and the strong growth of social and mobile content, this discussion will be lively. The program begins with a feature presentation by Nick Berry, President of Data Genetics and noted expert on data mining and privacy. This is a must-see topic for anyone serious about monetizing digital content. Then the panel of industry executives will explore the state of our region's $4.2 billion Interactive Media Industry. The event wraps up with a party - great food and drink just in time for the holidays. It all takes place on December 9 at the Marriott Redmond Town Center. More information is available at the link.
JOIN THREE IMAGINARY GIRLS IN BENEFITING TEEN FEED
Three Imaginary Girls
Indie rock blog Three Imaginary Girls is hosting their annual holiday party on December 16 at Columbia City Theater. The benefit event's proceeds will go toward helping Teen Feed, a Seattle non-profit that helps homeless youth as they meet their future off the streets. It will feature music from local acts such as The Tripwire, The Young Evils, Jose Bold and John Vanderslice. So bring your holiday cheer to this joyful event, celebrating local music and one of Seattle's finest charities. More information is available at the link above.
THE HEAD AND THE HEART IS STARBUCKS' ITUNES PICK OF THE WEEK
Local favorites The Head and the Heart will soon be heard by caffeine fanatics all over the United States. The up-and-coming band's song "Down in the Valley" is featured as a Starbucks iTunes Pick of the Week. The free download card is now available in over 8,000 Starbucks locations in the U.S. The Head and the Heart has been making waves in the local and now national music scene since last spring. This is another indication that the band is really moving up in the music world. Be sure to grab your free download at participating Starbucks locations.
SEATTLE JAZZ ED REACHES MORE KIDS
Everyone knows that Roosevelt and Garfield High Schools have some of the best high school jazz bands in the country. But what about the young Seattle musicians who don't live in those neighborhoods? Enter the newly established Seattle Jazz Ed, under the direction of Clarence Acox, Laurie de Koch and Robert Knatt. The group, which meets once a week at Cornish College, pulls children from all over the city to form three jazz bands: beginning, intermediate and advanced. Though tuition is $750, scholarships are available for families in need. You can catch the Seattle Jazz Ed bands performing on December 9 at the Northwest African American Museum. For more information about the group, click the link above.
CITY OF MUSIC INITIATIVE GAINS NATIONAL RECOGNITION
National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts has recently announced the Mayors' Institute on City Design's (MICD) most recent publication, Creative Placemaking. The publication is a resource for mayors, arts organizations, the philanthropic sector and others interested in understanding strategies for leveraging the arts to help shape and revitalize the physical, social, and economic character of neighborhoods, cities and towns. Seattle's own City of Music Initiative is included in the short list of exemplary case studies for its efforts to rejuvenate the community through music and the arts. To read more about it, follow the link.
STEP INTO QUINCY JONES' OFFICE
Quincy Jones, a Garfield High School alum, has worked with all the pop and jazz music greats. From Aretha Franklin to Michael Jackson, John Coltrane to Miles Davis, Jones has collaborated and learned from all of our musical heroes and role models. Now Jones is teaching us a thing or two in his new book, Q on Producing. Jones explains that when he was learning his craft, older, wiser musicians would say, "Step into my office," signifying they were going to pass on some of their musical knowledge. Q on Producing is, essentially, Jones' office. To read more about the book and Quincy Jones, follow the link above.
LEGENDARY PHOTOGRAPHER JINI DELLACCIO CAPTURES THE MOONDOGGIES
Legendary fashion and music photographer Jini Dellaccio is 93 years old. She's worked with everyone from the Wailers to Neil Young, The Who and the Rolling Stones, capturing their playful spirits and rising fame. She's been on a hiatus from band photography since the 1970s, and her recent re-emergence, accompanied by her trusty Hasselblad camera, was to work with Seattle's own Moondoggies. Though she has switched to digital for much of her career, Dellaccio's expressed passion for shooting with Hasselblad led to the camera company's proposed shoot with their new model (H4D-40) and the Moondoggies. To read more about the photographer and to see photos from Dellaccio's shoot, follow the link above.
FIRST ANNUAL SEATTLE FOLK FESTIVAL
In celebration of the breadth, diversity and joyfulness of roots music, the first annual Seattle Folk Festival will present the finest regional, national and Canadian folk artists in two concert venues at Town Hall. A gala evening concert in Great Hall features the indie folk sensation Alela Diane with her band Wild Divine, joined on the bill by French Canadian super-group, Le Temps Antan. Earlier in the day, a line-up of artists will perform six different sets of music in the intimate Downstairs at Town Hall space from noon-6 pm. They include Boston's hip-hop maestro Mr. Lif performing for the first time with San Francisco's Brass Menazeri; the re-united Hurricane Ridge Runners string band; Juan Barco and Paul Anastasio with accordionist Bobby Medina; The Nils Olof Soderback Band featuring Peter Michaelson and Bart Brashers; Jim Page and The Spokes; and Cahalen Morrison and Eli West with fiddler Mary Maas. The Seattle Folk Festival is a co-presentation of Town Hall's Global Rhythms series and Hearth Music. For more information, follow the link above.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: THE YOUTH FILM HAPPY HOUR IS COMING SOON
Attention young filmmakers: Join Northwest Film Forum (NWFF), the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) and the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) Saturday, December 5, for a networking event exclusively for you. Enjoy complimentary food, drinks and music as you mingle with other youth filmmakers and learn about upcoming projects you can take part in, including MOHAI's History Is____ film competition. A number of seasoned film professionals will also be in attendance, offering expert advice about launching a career in film. For more information about the upcoming event, be sure to check out the link.
JIMI HENDRIX DOCUMENTARY TO BE RELEASED
A new film documenting Jimi Hendrix's concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall in February 1969 will be released next year. According to Jimi's half-sister, Janie, the film is "a day in the life of Jimi... It's not an actor playing Jimi; it's Jimi, and he really does forget the cameras are rolling and you see those sides of him, the stage and the sweetness with different girlfriends - there's several that are in the film - and how he was around friends and how he was really into listening to the [recording of] the night before's performance." This film will be released theatrically, on pay-per-view and DVD. For more information, follow the link.
SEATTLE BEST CITY TO SEE ROCK CONCERT?
Songkick, a live music database, has released a study that reveals the top ten US cities for seeing a rock show. The top ranking is based on the number of shows per capita in 2010. In this study, their working definition of "rock" includes everything from emo to indie. They have also calculated the average ticket prices in these cities. Some of the results are obvious, while others are quite surprising. While Seattle wasn't number one (as it should have been), we did make the list at number eight. To see the full list, click the link above.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 11/17 - 11/23
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Moondoggies "Tidelands"
- Pink Martini "Joy to the World"
- Various Artists "Live at KEXP Vol. 6"
- Jimi Hendrix "West Coast Seattle Boy"
- The Head and the Heart "Self Titled"
- Macklemore "Vs Redux"
- Soundgarden "Telephantasm"
- Elliott Smith "An Introduction to..."
- Young Evils "Enchanted Chapel"
- Jimi Hendrix "Live at Woodstock"
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:
"I Am ZoZo"
I Am Zozo Movie
Award-winning filmmakers Scott Di Lalla and Zack Coffman of One World Studios are wrapping psychological horror feature I Am ZoZo this month. Shot entirely on San Juan Island and in Seattle with local talent and crew, I Am ZoZo is the first feature film to be shot exclusively with Kodak's new Vision 3 200T Super8mm film stock. Using two vintage Canon Super 8 cameras crystal-synced for sound, Di Lalla and Coffman hope to prove that their innovative production model will allow other indie auteurs a chance to enjoy the challenge and excitement of shooting on film. I Am ZoZo is based on true events surrounding Ouija board experiences gone wrong and the consistent involvement of an entity known widely on the Internet as ZoZo. I Am ZoZo is One World Studios' sixth feature but first narrative.
"We wanted to shoot in Seattle and the San Juans to give the film a different palette than the standard Hollywood fare," says Scott Di Lalla, the film's writer/director. "The contrast of such a fast-changing climate really serves both the horror genre as well as the Super 8mm format." Producer Zack Coffman adds, "We were blown away by the experienced crew and talent we were able to find here. It's a close-knit family in the PNW and everyone really banded together for the success of the project, we can't thank everyone enough for making our first narrative such a great experience!"
SCARECROW ON SEATTLE
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 our Seattle's most filmable locations.
Joyride is a meandering, rebellious road trip drama notable for its gimmicky casting, gratuitous car chases and excessive use of Electric Light Orchestra songs. The four main leads are all the offspring of famous parents (Desi Arnez Jr., Melanie Griffith, Robert Carradine, Anne Lockhart) and Washington State portrays most of the west coast of North America (including California, British Colombia, Alaska and itself). Desi, Melanie and Robert play a love triangle of disenfranchised Los Angeles youth who decide to head north to Alaska, buy a boat and enter into the lucrative salmon fishing business. Things don't work out so well thanks to lousy jobs and mean locals. The trio soon finds themselves broke, homeless, unemployed and eating dog food. They end up robbing a pipeline company's payroll office and kidnapping one of their employees (Anne Lockhart). She is a very co-operative "victim" and convinces the gang to demand a ransom payment from the pipeline company. Soon the group find themselves loaded with cash and on the run. Joyride can be looked at as Roslyn's audition for "Northern Exposure," as it portrays a run-down Alaskan company town. Frequent Rainier Beer product placement and the clearly labeled Roslyn Drug Store betray the actual locale. A small portion of the film does take place in Seattle where the gang is seen awkwardly skipping through Pioneer Square with a mid-seventies Seattle skyline in the background. The filmmakers do their best with numerous lovely locations but if you have spent much time in Western Washington you can clearly recognize the mountains, rivers and roads of the Evergreen State. Seattle TV personality Cliff Lenz (host of KING's old "Seattle Today" show) appears in a small acting role.
THE VERA PROJECT NAMED ONE OF THE 21ST CENTURY'S GREATEST NEW MUSIC VENUES
Flavorwire has recognized The Vera Project, Seattle's groundbreaking all-ages rock hall/community center, as one of the greatest new rock venues to have opened since the turn of the 21st century. Coming on the heels of Gibson's Guitar's inventory of the best rock venues of all time-a list which included legendary Seattle club, The Crocodile-Flavorwire compiled the list based upon reader and staff suggestions in an effort to shine a light on new music and the up-and-coming venues that support it. "Like many great all-ages venues conceived out of the DIY punk ethos, The Vera Project isn't just a place to see bands play," Flavorwire comments, citing the non-profit's mission to foster a participatory creative culture through music, arts programs and volunteering. "The Vera Project offers [...] many opportunities for teens to get involved in its community [...]but the place still takes its bookings very seriously: Dan Deacon, Titus Andronicus and Deerhoof are just a few of the great bands that have performed there." To read the full article, be sure to check out the link.
JOHN RODERICK TAKES YOU AROUND SEATTLE
If you love Seattle and you love music, then you should really watch the video linked above. Musician John Roderick of the Long Winters and Harvey Danger takes viewers on a "Rock Star Guide to the Galaxy Seattle." The rock star stops at such city gems as Odd Fellows, Pretty Parlor, The Crocodile (including a chat with photographer great Charles Peterson), Earthwise Salvage, The Showbox (the night of the Telekinesis show), Shelby Earl recording with Eric Corson and Le Pichet. Be sure to give it a watch.
FENCES IS NPR'S SONG OF THE DAY
Fences, led by songwriter Christopher Mansfield, is known for its brevity as well as its melancholic melodies. The band has garnered lots of positive attention in the Seattle area, and now NPR is taking note; Fences' song "My Girl the Horse" was NPR's song of the day last week. Writes NPR, "the song begins with a slow fade straight into the familiar guitar strums that form the bedrock of the song. A sparse piano melody wanders in, too - an optimistic tune offering hope that Mansfield's characters might just 'make it down this hill alive.' Still, the rest of the words, few as they may be, convey more defeat than triumph. ('Every day, we fuss and fight,' he sings.)" To listen to the track and read more about Fences, follow the link.
KEXP DOCUMENTARY SERIES PROFILES LOCAL JAZZ "SIREN" ERNESTINE ANDERSON
Renowned Seattle vocalist Ernestine Anderson is profiled in the latest installment of KEXP's "Sirens of Jazz," a 10-part documentary series that features the station's favorite female jazz voices. KEXP says Anderson was chosen for her signature bluesy style that still somehow fits into the realm of jazz, and for a "special twist of talent" that has garnered the singer, now 72, international acclaim throughout her long and storied career. KEXP interviewed Anderson in her Central District home, which she almost lost due to lack of income a few years back until Quincy Jones himself intervened. Says Anderson, "I can be down in spirit and I put on a record and I'm up again. Music changes your attitude." To hear the entire documentary, follow the link.
Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel White, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Laura Brewer, Intern
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