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News from the Office of Film + Music 1/13/2010


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Seattle Film and Music Blog
The Office of Film + Music presents the Seattle Film and Music Blog, your new source for Seattle entertainment news and updates. Our blog covers the latest in local, national, and international news and videos about Seattle filmmakers, musicians, and digital media makers. Check it out!

OFFICE NEWS

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC DIRECTOR JAMES KEBLAS REAPPOINTED BY MAYOR MCGINN
Office of Film + Music
Mayor Mike McGinn announced on December 30, 2009 that James Keblas will continue to serve as Director of the Office of Film + Music. Cheers to Keblas! Click the above link to read the official press release from the Mayor's Office.

FILMMAKERS: SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO REELS!
Seattle Film office
The Seattle Film Office is still accepting clips of local filmmakers' work to feature in promotional video reels. We are seeking 30 or 60 second clips from local filmmakers' work that was primarily filmed in Seattle and are looking to highlight a variety of film projects to compile into a reel to promote Seattle filmmakers, Seattle film locations and the overall spirit of the Seattle film community. Our office will use this reel in marketing materials, online and for looped display at public events (including Happy Hour events). Click the above link to read the project overview and submission instructions for this ongoing project.

BUSINESS OWNERS: JOIN OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR FIRST CITY BUSINESS CASUAL
Office of Economic Development
The Office of Economic Development and the City of Seattle are launching the City Business Casual series as a way to connect directly with the business community. This new program is designed to provide the Seattle business community with direct access to city officials who can facilitate strategic business growth through funding, permitting, site selection, workforce, and other direct assistance. City Business Casual will also serve as an important access point to influential city leaders, business-focused city officials, and key department heads. Mayor Mike McGinn will make remarks and mingle with the crowd at this inaugural event. The first of these monthly, informal gatherings will be on Thursday, January 28 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Polar Bar, in the Arctic Club Hotel, 700 3rd Avenue. For more information, please follow the link above.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

CHECK OUT NEW WASHINGTON FILMWORKS EXPANDED WEBSITE AND LOGO
Washington Filmworks
Washington Filmworks has a new website with expanded sections that designed to be useful to both local filmmakers and national filmmakers. The revamped website includes a filmmaker section with information on incentive applications; a locations section with an interactive map and tips on how to get a location package; a resources section with government contacts and permit and location information; and an FAQ section. Washington Filmworks' mission is to promote economic vitality in Washington State by encouraging growth in the film and video production industry. To visit the new website, follow the above link.

ATTEND PUBLICQ+A WITH CITY ATTORNEY PETE HOLMES
Town Hall
Nightlife was a hot topic during the run-up to the election, and City Attorney Pete Holmes says it's still "on the front burner" in his office. Town Hall Seattle is proud to announce first-ever PublicQ+A series with Josh Feit and Erica Barnett set to interview Holmes, this Thursday, January 14th. The event is free, with beer/wine and light snacks available for purchase. The event will be held in Town Hall's new south lobby caf and doors open at 8:45 pm.

MORE NORTHWEST REPRESENTATION AT SUNDANCE & SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVALS
Sundance Film Festival<
Both the Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals get underway in Park City, Utah next week and once again, cinematic talent from the Northwest is well represented. Along with Linas Phillips' Bass Ackwards and the Ben Kasulke shot The Freebie, Sundance offerings will also feature The Violent Kind, a bloody psychological thriller in which a night at a secluded farmhouse goes terribly wrong, scored by local composer Joshua Myers. This is Myers' second film with the directing duo The Butcher Brothers. Also at Sundance, Lynn Shelton will present a panel on the creative process behind $5 Cover: Seattle. Over at the Slamdance Film Festival, That Go's (Noel Paul and Stefan Moore) music video for Apes & Androids "Golden Prize" will have its world premiere. "Apes & Androids do a drive by on your grandmomma with plenty of retro-futuristic style in this explosive music video," the description reads. Congrats to all of these local, talented filmmakers!

ARTIST TRUST SEEKS PROGRAMS INTERN
Artist Trust
Artist Trust's Programs Department is seeking an intern. The intern will get a peek into the organization and the artists and resources of Washington State and receive a one-year Artist Trust membership. Interns will assist in administering grants and the EDGE program and assist in distributing published materials and collecting and distributing information about funding opportunity. For more information on duties and how to apply, please visit the above link.

SUBMIT ART PROPOSALS FOR PIONEER SQUARE PARK SPACE
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Artists are invited to submit proposals to ARTSPARKS - a program designed to enliven Pioneer Square this summer by bringing art in all its forms to Occidental Park to create a public space where art and life entwine and art serves as a vehicle for positive and social change. ARTSPARKS is a collaboration between the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4Culture and Seattle Parks and Recreation and is part of the Downtown Parks Renaissance Initiative, an effort to make downtown Seattle parks lively, safe and welcoming public spaces. Creative proposals include, but are not limited to, street theater, dance, temporary sculpture, environmental installations, music and visual art. Application deadline is Friday, March 12. Click the above link for more information.

HARD ROCK CAF SEATTLE'S JOB FAIR HAPPENING NOW
Hard Rock Cafe
Hard Rock Caf Seattle, opening next month downtown, is looking for hosts, servers, bussers, retail associates, cooks and bartenders. They are hosting a job fair at 415 Westlake Ave N. from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm everyday this week through Saturday, January 16. Interested candidates ages 19 and older must bring valid government issued ID and any other documentation pertaining to their applied position. Applicants should come prepared for a final interview on the day of the job fair. For more information, follow the above link.

MARK PICKEREL OPENS NEW MUSIC STORE IN BELLTOWN
Belltown Messenger
Northwest native Mark Pickerel has announced the opening of his new store, Damaged Goods, in Belltown. This isn't your typical record store: Damaged Goods will feature several of Mark's interests including vintage clothes, pop art, posters, antiques, books, records and CDs. There will also be an emphasis on box sets and limited "added value" releases. The store will feature live music and art openings to correspond with its neighbors Roq La Rue on every second Friday of the month (starting on Feburary 12). Mark has deep musical roots having owned a record store, Rodeo Records in Ellensburg, fronting the band Praying Hands and drumming in Screaming Trees, Nirvana, Brandi Carlile, Neko Case, The Dusty 45s, Jim Carroll, Beat Happening, Mark Lanegan and Carrie Akre. Damaged Goods opens January 15 and is located at 2316 2nd Ave.

SONIC BOOM CELEBRATES NEW CAPITOL HILL STORE WITH GRAND OPENING EVENTS
Sonic Boom Records
Sonic Boom Records' new Capitol Hill location on 1525 Melrose Ave. is now up and running and will celebrate its grand opening with several events this month. This Saturday, January 16, both Sonic Boom locations will host a listening party for Yeasayer's new record Odd Blood at 3:00 pm. Soft Pack (formerly the Muslims) will give a free, all-ages, in-store performance at the Capitol Hill store on Saturday, January 23 at 1:00 pm. And, on Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00 pm, Past Lives will also perform in-store (free, all ages, Capitol Hill). Check out their new space by attending these events!

"ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY" TO BEGIN AIRING ON KCTS 9 NEXT MONTH
Seattle Channel
Starting February 3, Art Zone with Nancy Guppy will begin airing on KCTS 9 at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, in addition to its Friday timeslot on Seattle Channel. This Friday evening's episode of Art Zone with Nancy Guppy on Seattle Channel will feature Choklate's soulful grooves and Robert Horton's discussion of the local movie scene. As always, Art Zone airs on Seattle Channel at 8:00 pm Friday.

SUBMIT A PROPOSAL TO PROGRAM SEATTLE CENTER'S FUN FOREST
Seattle Center
Seattle Center is seeking proposals for "fun, imaginative and family-friendly" attractions to enliven the outdoor space once occupied by amusement rides, the Fun Forest. Selected proposals will be for temporary attractions and seasonal events and activities between May 2010 and December 2011. The opportunity is open to a full spectrum of commercial and/or not-for-profit options. In January 2012, Seattle Center will start preparing its facilities and grounds for a six-month celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. The deadline to submit proposals is Monday, January 18. Click the above link to download the Request for Proposals.

LOCAL FILMMAKERS REACH TOP 10 IN NATIONAL NIKON FILM FESTIVAL
Nikon Film Festival
A short film by Seattle area filmmakers Alexis Eggertsen and Cody Groom has charmed the views of the Nikon Film Festival so much that they've made it into the top 10 of over 1200 films. Hello World was filmed entirely in a one bedroom apartment with a whopping $30 budget. The Nikon Film Festival (judged by Rainn Wilson, Justine Ezarik and Seattle-based Chase Jarvis) concludes on January 13; the theme of the festival is to capture a day in 140 seconds or less. Click the above link to view and rate Hello World.

APPLY FOR FUNDING FOR YOUTH ARTS PROJECTS
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is now accepting applications for its Youth Arts funding program that supports arts training for Seattle's middle and high school youth beyond the regular school day. Individual artists, artist teams, arts and cultural organizations, and/or youth and community service agencies are eligible to apply. Funding awards range from $1,500 to $10,000 for projects in all artistic disciplines that take place between September 2010 and September 2011. The application deadline is February 23. Click the above link for more information and to access the online application.

VOTE D.BLACK'S "YESTERDAY" VIDEO FOR MTVU'S BEST FRESHMAN VIDEO
mtvU
Sportn' Life Records' own D. Black has his video (for the single from his album Ali'Yah) in the running for "Best Freshman Video" this week on mtvU. The winning video will be aired on MTV. There is no limit to the number of times one can vote and the deadline is this Friday afternoon. Follow the above link to vote.

NEW GRANTS CALENDAR FOR WASHINGTON STATE ARTISTS COMPILED BY ARTIST TRUST
Artist Trust
Artist Trust has compiled a new list of awards that Washington state artists "must" apply for. The list is by no means comprehensive, but serves as a good starting point for Washington state artists and arts organizations seeking funding. Grants are listed in order of posted deadline, so bookmark the above link and add them to your calendar.

ONE REEL ANNOUNCES NEW FESTIVALS DIVISION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
One Reel
Toni Aspin, CEO of One Reel, one of the Northwest's largest non-profit arts and cultural organizations, announced yesterday that Michele Scoleri will transition out of her roles as Executive Director and Artistic Director for the organization's Festivals Division. Aspin also announced One Reel's current Director of Production, Jon Stone, will succeed Scoleri as Executive Director, effective February 1, 2010. Scoleri will stay on as a part-time consultant for the transitional year. Click the above link to read the full PDF press release.

CYSO SEEKS PART-TIME OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR
Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestras
The Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestras is seeking a disciplined and well-motivated individual to manage many of the day-to-day operations of CYSO. The Operations Supervisor manages details required for rehearsals, concerts, auditions, student registrations, tuition, and related activities, as well as various business details that are part of any non-profit organization. The Operations Supervisor reports to the CYSO Executive Director and the CYSO Music Director, and will operate in close collaboration with the CYSO Treasurer, Librarian, Summer Sounds (summer music camp) Director and Tour Manager. Supervision of the CYSO Stage Manager and financial accounting responsibilities are included. Applications and all other qualifying information must be or postmarked no later than January 29 at 5:00 p.m. For more information about this opportunity or to submit your cover letter and resume, contact David Endicott at DavidEn@cyso.us.

CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL SEATTLE STARTS NEXT WEEK
Children's Film Festival Seattle The Northwest Film Forum will usher in the new year with the largest children's film festival in the Pacific Northwest, the 5th annual Children's Film Festival Seattle. The festival runs from January 22-31 and celebrates the best and brightest in international children's cinema, showcasing films from more than 25 countries. The blend of programs includes live performances, animation, features, shorts, historical films and hands-on workshops for the filmmakers of tomorrow. Click the above link for tickets and to check out all of the festival's offerings.

APPLY FOR 911 MEDIA ARTS CENTER'S 2010 ARTISTS RESIDENCY
911 Media Arts Center
911 Media Arts Center has placed a formal call to artists for 2010 Artists Residency at the center. Applicants should be legal residents of the U.S and not matriculated students. Artists-in-residence will have access to the center's edit capabilities and video & audio equipment. Applications are due March 15 at 5:00 pm. For more information or to apply, please follow the above link.

FILMMAKERS: SIFF 2010 CALL FOR ENTRIES EXTENDED DEADLINE
Withoutabox
The Seattle International Film Festival has extended its deadline for SIFF 2010 submissions to this Friday, January 15. This is an Online Only Deadline. SIFF is accepting submissions for the 36th Seattle International Film Festival which will run May 20-June 13, 2010. Screening more than 550 films from 60 countries over 25 days, SIFF is a great way to get your film noticed. This year, in addition to the Golden Space Needle Audience Awards, SIFF is proud to offer $8,000 in cash prizes in the following juried categories: New Directors Competition (International 1st and 2nd time directors), Documentary Competition, Short Film: Live Action, Short Film: Animation, and Short Film: Documentary. These internationally juried awards are given for excellence in filmmaking, form, and content. Additional prizes of goods and services will also be awarded. SIFF is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a Qualifying Festival for Short Film.

WATCH NEW ANIMATION BY LOCAL FILMMAKERS SEAN PECKNOLD, BRITTA JOHNSON, AND MATT LIFSON
Nikon Film Festival
A short film by Seattle area filmmakers Alexis Eggertsen and Cody Groom has charmed the views of the Nikon Film Festival so much that they've made it into the top 10 of over 1200 films. Hello World was filmed entirely in a one bedroom apartment with a whopping $30 budget. The Nikon Film Festival (judged by Rainn Wilson, Justine Ezarik and Seattle-based Chase Jarvis) concludes on January 13; the theme of the festival is to capture a day in 140 seconds or less. Click the above link to view and rate Hello World.

LOCAL FILMMAKERS REACH TOP 10 IN NATIONAL NIKON FILM FESTIVAL
Hello: Grandchildren
Local filmmakers Sean Pecknold, Britta Johnson and Matt Lifson have recently completed an animation for the BBC Knowledge network. The film was made in Pecknold's Capitol Hill studio. Click the above link to view it.

ARTS ORGANIZATIONS, COMPLETE ALLIANCE FOR EDUCATION SURVEY ON SERVICES PROVIDED TO STUDENTS
SurveyMonkey
Seattle organization Alliance for Education has issued a survey requesting information on services provided to students in local schools. The goal of the survey is to access information which supports the efforts to build a coordinated structure of student services in which students are connected to resources and the organization is better able to respond to the needs of the student population. The survey takes approximately 15-25 minutes to complete and is to be completed by end of day, Wednesday, January 20. Click the above link to access the survey.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 1/4 - 1/10
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).

  1. Visqueen "Message to Garcia"
  2. Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
  3. Cave Singers "Welcome Joy"
  4. Dutchess & the Duke "Sunset/Sunrise"
  5. Brandi Carlile "Give Up the Ghost"
  6. Nirvana "Live at Reading"
  7. Pink Martini "Splendor in the Grass"
  8. Built to Spill "There is No Enemy"
  9. Hey Marseilles "To Travels and Trunks"
  10. Shabazz Palaces "Shabazz Palaces"

MEDIA DIGEST

WATCH THE TRAILER FOR $5 COVER: SEATTLE
Vimeo
Check out the trailer for the upcoming MTV web series $5 Cover: Seattle directed by Seattle's own Lynn Shelton and featuring thirteen of Seattle's own bands including Thee Satisfaction, Thee Emergency, Tea Cozies, The Moondoggies and more. Click the above link to see the trailer!

"BASS ACKWARDS" DIRECTOR LINAS PHILLIPS ON HIS NON-ROAD MOVIE ROAD MOVIE
indieWIRE
Director Linas Phillips is back with a new Seattle-based feature, Bass Ackwards, screening in Sundance's new NEXT section. He previously directed and starred in the documentary Walking to Werner, which screened at HotDocs and the Austin Film Festival, and he also has a few acting credits under his belt. His latest follows a man, played by Phillips, driving a '76 VW van across America. When humble Linas, kicked off of his friend's couch and spurned by his lover, finds a forgotten van on a llama farm outside Seattle, he begins lurching east with nothing to lose. Sundance beams that "his utterly original, lyrical, and visually exciting adventure has such a light touch that it quietly sneaks up and tugs you into an overpowering appreciation of being human." Click the above link to read IndieWIRE's interview with Phillips.

"ZOO" FILMMAKERS BEGIN SHOOTING NEW DOCUMENTARYY
Northwest Film Forum
The filmmaking team of Zoo and Police Beat - writer/director Robinson Devor, writer Charles Mudede and cinematographer Sean Kirby, in association with producer Zach Sebastian's Pamphlet & Parable - have begun filming a new documentary on Sara Jane Moore, a suburban, middle-aged wife and mother who attempted to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford on September 22, 1975 outside the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. Despite the San Francisco locale, Devor is keeping things local to Seattle. He brought crew down from Seattle, rented gear from Oppenheimer Camera, and is using Modern Digital for transferring and post. For more information about this project, follow the above link.

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