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HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL
Office of Film + Music
Have a very happy, relaxing and delicious Thanksgiving! We are especially thankful for the Seattle music and film communities' abundant talent and generosity.
SPECIAL HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR CELEBRATION - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15
Seattle Office of Film + Music
Please note the change in date to Tuesday, December 15 for our Holiday Happy Hour. 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 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 email@example.com. This networking holiday event will be held on December 15 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!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
NEW ISSUE OF SEATTLE METROPOLITAN COVERS 75 YEARS OF SEATTLE MOVIES
The December issue of Seattle Metropolitan Magazine will hit the stands this weekend and it's all about Seattle movies! "The world knows we're a movie-loving city," Steve Wieckling writes, "but Seattle has a criminally unheralded history as a movie making city, too." In the issue, the editors' curated celluloid history tells the tale of how Seattle grew up on-screen and they choose 11 films that defined Seattle's cinematic persona from Tugboat Annie to Humpday. The issue also features "the movie Seattle saved." Click the above link to find out more and be sure to pick up a copy this weekend when it hits newsstands!
Also, tune into Q13 tonight for a video segment on the Seattle film industry: what it's been through over the years, what's happening now, the challenges it currently faces as well as the milestones the Washington State and Seattle film industries have reached. The segment will air again on Thursday morning and features an interview with Seattle Office of Film + Music Director James Keblas.
WASHINGTON FILMWORKS SEEKS INTERN
Washington FilmWorks is seeking a part-time Intern with a minimum 3-month commitment of 20 hours per week. Prior background in film is not required, but individuals must be self-motivated with strong communication, computer, writing, and organizational/research skills. Interns will be responsible for a host of administrative duties (as well as some special projects) with job duties including general office administration, drafting newsletters and legislative letters, managing Social Media websites and in-house database, maintaining office website, conducting internet research and assisting at events. Applicants must be enrolled in a post-secondary educational program leading to an undergraduate or graduate degree and in good standing at their college or university. Students must retain their status until the end of the internship. Send a brief letter of interest, and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. WFW will accept applications through December 20, 2009 for a start date early to mid-January.
WATCH THE NEW ART ZONE "OPEN STUDIO" EPISODE FEATURING LOCAL MUSICIANS
Watch the new back-by-popular-demand "Open Studio" episode on the Seattle Channel's "Art Zone with Nancy Guppy." The episode features a terrific slate of local performers. The multi-talented Angie Louise, lead singer of The Love Markets sings an original tune; artist Christian Swenson performs what he calls 'Human Jazz'; long-time Seattleite Jim Basnight and his trio rock the house; guitarist Angelo Pizarro plays in a unique style he describes as 'Nylon String Fusion'; and the EriAm Sisters bring on their R&B groove (performing the song they sang at the 2009 Seattle City of Music Awards!). Art Zone airs every Friday night at 8:00 pm on Cable 21 and posts a list of local live music show suggestions for each week on the Seattle City of Music website. Click the above link to watch this great "Open Studio" episode.
TOAST THE NEWEST CRYBABY! RECORDING STUDIO, THAT IS - AT HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
CryBaby Productions is proud to announce the completion of a new 1000 sq/ft recording studio on Capitol Hill. Please join in the celebration at the Open House on Friday, December 12, and bring a non-perishable food item for donation. Thanks to the efforts of all those who work to keep Seattle's Music alive, CryBaby Studios will continue to kick out the jams for another 10 years. Come lay down a track in the ISO booth to your favorite karaoke and toast to creative spaces! Festivities start at 8:00 pm.
LOCAL FILMMAKERS NOMINATED FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD FOR DAMIEN JURADO MUSIC VIDEO
Damien Jurado on Vimeo
Local filmmakers Matt Daniels and Michael Ragen of Thinklab, Inc. have been nominated for Best Music Video and Best Cinematography in a Music Video at the Plus Camerimage in Poland. The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography Camerimage is the most recognized festival dedicated to the art of cinematography and its creators. The video for local musician Damien Jurado's "Caskets" features the band and stars Damien's younger brother, Drake. It was shot in beautiful Eastern Washington and can be viewed at the above link.
PARTICIPATE IN TEAM AWESOME SEATTLE VIDEO SHOOT
Team Awesome is seeking dancers, jugglers, scuba divers, ninjas, pirates, zombies and more for its Mission Statement Video Shoot at Magnuson Park on December 13. Team Awesome is a social hub for individuals of various professional backgrounds to experience the filmmaking journey from conception to completion and everything in between. Through competitive and experimental film projects, members share their experiences, learn new skills, connect with others in the industry, and learn all aspects of video production, one project at a time. The Mission Statement Video will illustrate this diversity through this video, having hundreds of people join them in an empty aircraft hanger for an elaborate one-shot take. If you can donate time and/or talent to this project, RSVP to TeamAwesomeSeattle@gmail.com. Title the email "Team Awesome RSVP" and include your name, age, contact info and how you can contribute (talent, crew or behind the scenes).
CELEBRATE WITH DUSTY STRINGS FOR 24TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Celebrate the holidays with Dusty Strings with a free, festive Saturday gathering, featuring a full day of performances by outstanding Northwest musicians. Aside from hearing great music, hot cider and other treats will be available at the shop's way of saying thanks for all the support. Performers include Laurie Riley on the rare double-strung harp; Sasson, blending the klezmer/gypsy timbres of eastern Europe with Mediterranea fluidity and Braisilian rhythm; Triplets of Belltown with classical musette-waltzes and swinging originals; and more. Stop by anytime between 10:00 am and 9:00 pm to share some holiday cheer. Check out the full line-up at the above link.
SEATTLE SEEKS ARTIST TO CREATE NEW MEDIA WORK FOR URBAN TRAIL
Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs
Seattle's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), seeks an artist or artist team to create a new media artwork for the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop. The selected artist or artist team will create a new media project drawing on the history and/or context of the site. Possible media include podcast- or cell-phone based audio work, audio and/or video tours using mobile media and GPS, and walking tours or interactive events using the Web. The call is open to professional artists living in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California or British Columbia. The $18,000 budget includes design, fabrication and installation costs. The application deadline is Tuesday, January 12, 2010. The online application and guidelines are available at the above link.
MT. FUJI RECORDS SEEKS TWO INTERNS
Mt Fuji Recprds
Mt. Fuji Records seeks two interns to assist in various activities at the label including radio promotion, new media and retail marketing, tour promotion and other fun things that come up in the crazy life of a small record label. The internships are unpaid, but benefits will include free music from Mt. Fuji, access to shows by the label's artists, and an opportunity to work for an expanding label. College credit is available and, while no experience is necessary, a strong love for independent music and a familiarity with the label's roster is helpful. Interns must be available to work at least 15 hours per week. If interested, email your resume include a list of the last five records you purchased and the last five concerts/shows you attended to: email@example.com.
LEARN MORE ABOUT FILM HISTORY WITH A NWFF CLASS
Northwest Film Forum
The Northwest Film Forum has announced new classes on film history for Winter 2010. Their inaugural season of classes has been designed by Dennis West and Joan West, who both have more than twenty years of experience in the classroom. Enroll in the New Hollywood Cinema class to explore the emerging American talents of the '60s and '70s. Or, sign up for French Cinema in the '90s to learn about the iconic French filmmakers of the past decade. Classes will be held at the NWFF. Click the above link to enroll and find out more.
KCTS 9 MARKS 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF WTO PROTESTS WITH LOCALLY-MADE DOCUMENTARY
KCTS 9 marks the 10th anniversary of Seattle's WTO protests with an in-depth documentary examining the legacy of the tumultuous week. Drawing from a collection of archival footage, the visual retrospective features exclusive interviews with former Mayor Paul Schell, former Police Chief Norm Stamper, Port Commissioner Pat Davis and Seattle Times reporters Michelle Matassa-Flores and David Postman, as well as conference attendees and protestors. The Whole World Was Watching was written and produced for KCTS 9 by veteran independent producer John de Graaf. The program was edited by Greg Davis and narrated by Enrique Cerna. It airs this Monday, November 30 at 8:00 pm. Click the above link to watch a five-minute preview online.
SIFF SEEKS EVENTS INTERN
The Seattle International Film Festival is seeking an Events Intern. This support position is crucial to the success of more than 30 festival events. The Intern's primary responsibilities are to assist the SIFF Events Manager with all aspects of event planning and implementation as well as securing in-kind event services and catering. Applicants must be over 21 and have a valid driver's license. Special event experience is preferred. A full-time schedule is preferred, but negotiable; full-time commitment is required April to June. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to events@SIFF.net. This is an unpaid position. Click the above link to see more of the specific responsibilities.
JOIN COMMUNITY CINEMA SEATTLE AND KCTS 9 FOR A FREE SCREENING OF YOUNG@HEART
Join KCTS 9 and Community Cinema Seattle for a sneak preview of Young@Heart, a film from the upcoming season of Independent Lens airing on KCTS 9 in January. Get ready to rock with the most entertaining golden oldies you will ever meet in the senior citizen's choir Young@Heart. Their inspiring story celebrates the unbreakable bonds of friendship and the life-affirming power of music. The free screening will also include a live performance by the Raging Grannies Chorus with an audience Q&A session. Check it out at SIFF Cinema on Saturday, December 5 at 4:00 pm.
SEE ARTISTS' FINAL PRESENTATIONS BY ARTIST TRUST EDGE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS
ArtistTrust invites all to attend the final presentations of 14 Washington State filmmakers who are completing the EDGE Professional Development Program. Join arts enthusiasts and Artist Trust supporters to learn about these artists' film projects and careers, and help celebrate their graduation from the EDGE Program. The presentation will take place at the Northwest Film Forum on Friday, December 11 from 7:00 - 9:30 pm. RSVP to Nirmala Singh-Brinkman, EDGE Project Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ONE REEL SEEKS PR MANAGER
One Reel, the non-profit arts, cultural and special events producer responsible for Bumbershoot, is seeking a PR Manager. The PR manager will be responsible for overseeing all Festival Division communications activities including external communications, internal communications, and greening initiatives. They must also manage interns and volunteers, develop press relations and assist marketing and promotion efforts. For a full list of job duties and requirements, please follow the above link.
SEATTLE YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS KICK OFF THEIR 2009/2010 SEASON
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras
On December 6 at 3:00 p.m., the Seattle Symphonette Orchestra, Debut Symphony Orchestra, and Junior Symphony Orchestra will perform their first concert of the 2009-2010 season in Meany Hall at the University of Washington. These three orchestras serve as the foundation of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras program and include over 400 young musicians ranging in age from 7 to 18. Founded in 1942, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras serves more than 1,100 youth, ages 7 to 21, through its four orchestras, three summer music festivals, and its SYSO-in-the-Schools program.
MAKE A FILM WITH SINGLE ROLL OF SUPER 8 FOR NWFF FILM CHALLENGE
Northwest Film Forum
This winter the Northwest Film Forum's quarterly film challenge asks local filmmakers to pull out their super 8 cameras and make a film with a single roll of film. Films must be edited in camera, which means the film must be shot in sequential order. No editing allowed! Films are due by February 12. The project is open to all levels of skills and experience. Films will screen on Wednesday, February 24. For more information on how to submit your film, click the above link.
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.
WOMEN IN FILM SEATTLE HOLIDAY PARTY DATE CHANGE
Women in Film Seattle
Women in Film Seattle will host their holiday party and membership drive on Tuesday, December 8 at Spitfire. This is a change from the previously announced date of Dec. 1. 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. The party starts at 7:00 pm. Click the above link for more information.
JOIN LOCAL FILMMAKER FOR SCREENING OF MINOR DIFFERENCES TRAILER AND DISCUSSION
Join filmmaker Heather Dew Oaksen and youth from Southwest Interagency Academy for a free screening of the trailer for her new documentary film Minor Differences. The film chronicles the 15-year, post-prison journeys of six former juvenile offenders. Their frank, first-person interviews reveal the many ways that prison sticks to kids who grow up behind bars. Oaksen met the subjects of the film fifteen years ago when she was teaching a video skills class at Green Hill, a maximum security prison for juveniles in Chehalis, WA. The screening will take place at noon on Tuesday, December 15 at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle. Open discussion will follow.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 11/16 - 22
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"
- Brandi Carlile "Give Up the Ghost"
- Pink Martini "Splendor in the Grass"
- Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
- Built to Spill "There is No Enemy"
- Various Artists "GIVE Seattle 2009"
- Brandi Carlile "Live at Easy Street"
- Visqueen "Message to Garcia"
- Nirvana "Bleach"
- Pearl Jam "Live at Easy Street"
NEW STATE LAW REQUIRES SPRINKLERS AT DANCE CLUBS, MUSIC VENUES
Under a new state law, fire sprinklers must be installed at dance or music venues larger than 350 square feet by December 1. And its Assistant Fire Chief John Nelson's job to make sure the 70 Seattle clubs that are affected will comply. "We are trying to be as flexible as we can," he said.
WEST SEATTLE MUSICIANS GIVE BACK, TOO
West Seattle Blog
West Seattle musicians/bands have contributed to "We Are the Junction," a Christmas album compilation made by West Seattle musicians for West Seattle. Conceived by Jeff Gilbert, Steve Adams and Dave Blackburn, the compilation features all original holiday songs from performers such as Kirk Dubb, The Pleasure Elite and Earth, Wind & Steve. The album will be for sale at Easy Street Records, West 5, Shadowland and the Feedback Lounge; all proceeds benefit the West Seattle Food Bank. Additionally, there will be a CD Release Party on Saturday, December 5 at 8:00 pm at the Feedback Lounge, right after the West Seattle Tree Lighting Ceremony.
THE RISING FORCE OF MT. FUJI RECORDS
Travis Hay at Crosscut writes, "There's no denying 2009 has been a great year for Seattle music. It's the year The Crocodile was resurrected, Pearl Jam pushed itself its back way rock relevance, and hip hop hit hard. But when the local music history books are written, the final year of this decade might be remembered best for Michael Jaworski and his record label Mt. Fuji Records.... Mt. Fuji's roster of local talent rivals that of just about any Northwest indie label and all of its releases seem to spotlight the depth and diversity of the city's rock scene." Read the full feature on this local record label at the above link.
NORTHWEST LANDMARK LANDS A STARRING ROLE IN THE ROAD
With a few cosmetic tweaks, Mount St. Helens provided the right devastation to serve as a backdrop for scenes in John Hillcoat's film The Road. Production crews spent a day in July 2008 filming scenes from the post-apocalypse movie on the east side of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The process began in 2007, when location scouts first visited the monument, said Rod Ludvigsen, recreation special use specialist for the monument. "The (Washington) Film Bureau took them on their first show-me trip in the fall 2007, on a really cloudy, rainy day," Ludvigsen said. "They liked what they saw." The crew spent a good portion of the day in that location, filming stars Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee. In this adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel, Mortensen plays a father leading his young son through a landscape torn apart by some unnamed cataclysm that destroyed civilization and most life on Earth.