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Vol. 5, No. 26
November 30 - December 6, 2011    

CITY NEWS

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

FMI HAPPY HOUR 

Join us at Spitfire in Belltown tonight 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 the 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.    

SEATTLE NIGHTLIFE INITIATIVE: FIVE NEW LATE NIGHT TAXI STANDS TO OPEN 

SEATTLE NIGHTLIFE INITIATIVE  

Mayor Mike McGinn has announced the approval of five new late night taxi stands in Seattle. The new stands are the most recent step in creating a safer and more vibrant Seattle nighlife. These additional taxi stands, opening in the Fremont, Belltown, Pioneer Square and Capitol Hill neighborhoods, will help combat the late night bottle neck that occurs at bar-closing time. The hubs operate nightly from 10pm to 6am, peak hours for the city's entertainment industry. 

TV, JAZZ, AND PHOTOGRAPHY ON THIS WEEK'S ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY

ART ZONE

On a new episode of Art Zone this week, Nancy sits down with Northwest television favorite from NBC's "The Office," Rainn Wilson. Listen as Seattle jazz great Greta Matassa stops by the Art Zone Studio for an in-house performance, and see Photographer Isaac Layman's new show at the Frye. The show will air at 8 p.m. Friday December 2nd. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT ARTIST SPACE ASSISTANCE AT FIRST THURSDAY 

OFFICE OF ARTS & CULTURAL AFFAIRS

Are you an artist or artist group? Are you concerned about losing the space you are currently in, or don't have enough space? The Artist Space Assistance Program (ASAP) is a pilot program of the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. To learn more about ASAP, this Thursday, December 1 from 6-9pm, LeDouxville in Pioneer Square will host an informational reception. Mingle with Shunpike staff, folks from City of Seattle, and councilmember Nick Licata.  

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

LOCALLY-MADE "SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED" IN COMPETITION AT SUNDANCE 2012

LA TIMES

Sundance Film Festival announced today that Safety Not Guaranteed will be one of the 16 films in its US Dramatic Competition.  Filmed in Washington State this spring and highlighted as a Film Production of the Week in May, the story follows a trio of magazine employees who investigate a classified ad seeking a partner for time travel. Director Colin Trevorrow and Producer Stephanie Langhoff worked with local producer Lacey Leavitt (The Off Hours, Blood On The Tracks) to assemble an all-local production team for the five-week filming schedule.  Safety Not Guaranteed was incentivized by the Washington State Film Competitiveness Program. Congratulations SNG team! 

YOUTH FILMMAKERS: MOHAI'S HISTORY IS __ YOUTH MEET-UP IS NEXT FRIDAY

HISTORY IS

Join the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) for a film networking event exclusively for young film enthusiasts (17 and younger). Connect with professionals and organizations from the local film industry, view film screenings, attend panels that include film school graduates and film scorers, and enjoy good food & drink. This free event is Friday, December 9 at the Old Fire Teen Center in Redmond.   

SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE OFFERS INFORMATIONAL MEETING THIS SATURDAY

SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE     

Seattle Film Institute is hosting a free informational meeting Saturday, December 3 at 11:00am.  Attendees can learn about SFI's Professional Certificate Programs, Undergraduate Degree Options and Graduate Degree Programs.  RSVP by Friday to reserve your space.  To reserve your spot, RSVP by phone (206.568.4387) or e-mail chris@seattlefilminstitute.com.

FILMMAKERS: 48 HOUR FINALCUTKING FILM CHALLENGE IS NEXT WEEKEND 

48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE

FinalCutKing is hosting an international 48 hour film challenge on December 9th. The contest, which is completely free and open to everyone, will require participants to include three special items, props, and styles in their three-minute film. Winning entries receive  cash and an opportunity to collaborate with the contest hosts.  

SIFF 2012 SUBMISSION DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY 

SIFF 

The regular submission deadline for Seattle International Film Festival is this Friday, December 2. SIFF is seeking features, documentaries, short films, and animation for the 38th annual film festival. The event has grown to be one of the biggest film festivals in the country, showcasing over 375 feature-length and short films, and attracting film enthusiasts from all over the world. The Festival is May 17 - June 10, 2012. 

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 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 (8 hours)

"Suspect" - a film noir from Shoreline Community College  - Dec 1st (9 hours)

The Barefoot Bandit Documentary - December 9th (8days)

Welcome to Doe Bay - December 10th (9 days) 

THE JEFFERSON ROSE BAND'S FIRST ALBUM - December 14th (14 days)

Mary Lambert's Debut EP: [Petal] - December 12th (11 days)

The Shootout- A Western Short Film - December 12th (11 days)

Chris Staples full-length record! - December 12th (12 days)

 TELEVISION OF SAINTS - a new album from ROCKY VOTOLATO  - December 15th (15 days)

Esther Lydia's First Album! - December 16th (15 days) 

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 11/21- 11/26

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC

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

 

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

 2  Pickwick -"Myths"

 3  Head & The Heart - "s/t"
 4  Chris Cornell - "Songbook"

 5  Death Cab for Cutie - "Keys & Codes Remix EP" 

 6  Caspar Babypants - "Here I am!"

 7  Blue Scholars - "Cinemetropolis"

 8  Screaming Trees - "Last Words" 

 Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs"
 10
Star Anna - "Alone in This Together" 

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: 

 

US POSTAL SERVICE "HACKED" AND "FACE TO FACE" TV COMMERCIALS

SUPPLY AND DEMAND INTEGRATED

HACKED TV SPOT 

FACE TO FACE TV SPOT 

 

While regional feature film and television series work has fluctuated over the decades, Seattle's commercial and corporate production work remains a mainstay, accounting for over 30% of all permitted film production work in Seattle since 2009.  This September, Supply & Demand Integrated chose Seattle to film the US Postal Service's "Hacked" and "Face to Face" national television commercials.  The varied neighborhoods and topography of the Seattle region allowed the production to visually represent a nation-wide variety of locations.

Describing the decision to film in Seattle, producer Buzzy Cancilla says, "Supply & Demand Integrated" represents local director Josh Taft.  Josh rarely gets the opportunity to shoot in his home town, so he tries whenever possible to lure commercials to his back yard.  Detroit-based ad agency Campbell Ewald had shot several spots over the years in the Los Angeles area, but shooting in Seattle gave them a whole new variety and they were thrilled with the results.

"I work quite a bit in LA and would pit our local crews against the LA crews any day," continues Cancilla.  "Since there are plenty of national spots shot here with top notch director's and DP's, the local crew has had terrific training and great experience. They also happen to be fantastic working within budget constraints, which is a huge advantage in this economy."

The project hired over 50 high-wage Washington State cast and crew, worked with 20 local vendors, and filmed three days in the Capitol Hill, Madrona, Pioneer Square, downtown and Madison neighborhoods.
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.

Seattle Chronicle (1992)   


One of the largest and most fascinating parts of Scarecrow Video is the Documentary Room. Amongst the many interesting sub-sections contained therein is "Seattle Interest," a collection of tasty tidbits ranging from pop-culture gems like episodes of J.P. Patches and Almost Live, documentaries about natural wonders like Mount Saint Helens and Mount Rainier, plus a whole bunch of historical items like Seattle Chronicle. This particular film is a documentary about Seattle's first 90 years made by Paul Dorpat, an extremely knowledgeable local historian who is perhaps best known for his long running "Now and Then" column in The Seattle Times. During his introduction Dorpat explains that the video is essentially an expanded version of his slide presentation that incorporates thousands of pictures and postcards into a thorough history of the city's formative years from 1851 to 1941 with a few jumps ahead to "modern" times. Included are a bunch of famous characters-politicians, businessmen, and hookers-many of whom have streets, structures, and parks named after them. Also spotlighted are numerous buildings whose fate, decay, destiny, and occasional integration into the modern Seattle cityscape are followed up to the early nineties when the skyline had become dominated by buildings like the Columbia Center. Public transportation is another subject, as Seattle has a fascinating past filled with a wide variety of trains, boats and cable cars, not to mention monorails and gondolas. Ok, I made up that gondola part, but wouldn't it be cool to ride a gondola to the top of Queen Anne? The city has also had its fair share of natural disasters, and Dorpat focuses on how the devastating Great Seattle Fire of 1889 drastically reshaped the downtown business district. Another highlight is a variation on Dorpat's newspaper column where he compares specific locations in "old" and "new" Seattle. My favorite contrasts a settler's cabin with the spot's then current resident, the old IHOP at the base of Queen Anne Hill. Ironically, many of the landmarks highlighted in the "now" footage are no longer around today. But the most surreal images in the entire program are of the Denny Regrade project, where entire mansions were carefully moved between enormous pinnacles of dirt. The overabundant wealth of information contained in Seattle Chronicle can be a little exhausting and, at the same time, it still left me wanting more. This is the type of program that could be expanded into a lengthy, multi-episode documentary series along the lines of a Ken Burns production. I am also surprised that Seattle's rich history hasn't inspired some sort of semi-fictional film or TV show. And finally, Mr. Dorpat, when are you going to tackle the Jet City's next 70 years?

-Spenser Hoyt 
MEDIA DIGEST

MAYOR MCGINN DISCUSSES NIGHTLIFE INITIATIVE ON KING 5

KING 5 

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn discussed the next steps of the Nightlife  on King 5 news this morning. Seattle's diverse lifestyle and economy create demand for nightlife that extends beyond existing entertainment hours, and the outpour of bar patrons at 2 a.m. stretches the Seattle police force thin. Seattle's proposal to petition for later bar hours is currently being considered by the state.  

VISQUEEN CALLS IT QUITS, BUT THERE'S MORE AHEAD

SEATTLE TIMES

Visqueen, a local music group that has risen to the spotlight in recent years, has decided to disband. The band played its final concert at the Neptune Theatre last Saturday, expressing gratitude to the fans that kept the band playing and writing for ten years. While this may be the end of a substantial era in these musician's careers, they're definitely not finished with music. Frontwoman Rachel Flowtard plans to stay especially active, managing up-and-coming band Star Anna and working with a new band of her own.  

LOCAL DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY NOMINATED FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

INDIEWIRE

Local director of photography Ben Kasulke (Humpday, $5 Cover: Seattle, Treatment) has been nominated for "Best Cinematography" for Megan Griffith's The Off Hours in the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Meet Ben at an upcoming event hosted by SIFF, where he will guide the audience through the visually complex and rich landscape of Michael Winterbottom's Code 46. Congratulations Ben! 

WORLD FAMOUS FEATURED IN HUFFINGTON POST

HUFFINGTON POST

Earlier this week, The Huffington Post visited the headquarters of local media production company World Famous. In the article, co-founders Tony Fulgham and Alan Nay discuss what sets them apart from other creative companies. The two touch on their concept of monthly artistic "assignments" that emphasize creating  "art for the sake of art" because they believe it  "makes us all better at what we do." 

LOCAL AUTHOR INKS FILM DEAL FOR STEAMPUNK NOVEL SET IN SEATTLE 

DEADLINE

London production company Hammer Films just announced their acquisition of rights to adapt Boneshaker, a novel by Cherie Priest, into a feature film. Boneshaker is a Steampunk-style story set in an alternate version of 1880's Seattle in which a toxic gas has turned many of the walled-in citizens into zombies. Priest, an acclaimed novelist, published the book after moving to Seattle to work with a video game company. 

Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff 
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Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel Sawyer, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
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