|News from the Film + Music Office
TAKE THE FILM + MUSIC BUSINESS SURVEY!
The Seattle Office of Film + Music has developed an online survey intended to gauge the current state of the film and music business in Seattle. It is annonymous, takes around five minutes and is invaluable to our office and to the future of our industry. Please take the time. Thank you!
HAPPY HOUR TWO WEEKS AWAY
The Mayor's Office of Film + Music if proud to present Happy Hour at Moe Bar (925 E. Pike St.) from 5 to 7 pm on Wednesday, January 30th. Come down, meet new people in our music and film industries and discuss current issues spanning film and music in Seattle. We have received a lot of great feedback regarding new business opportunities that have come from these events, so don't miss out. The Happy Hour schedule for 2008 can be found on the website.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
THEFILMSCHOOL IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
TheFilmSchool is currently accepting applications for the upcoming spring semester. Located in Seattle, TheFilmSchool provides high level courses taught by Hollywood insiders who want to bring your story to life by elevating the art of cinematic storytelling through intensive training in screenwriting and directing. Application deadline for spring semester (March 8-29, 2008) is February 8th.
SOUND OFF! RETURNS FOR ITS SEVENTH YEAR TO EMP|SFM
Next month, Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum (EMP|SFM) hosts Sound Off!, the Pacific Northwest's largest annual under-age battle of the bands competition. Twelve semi-finalist performers and bands will be narrowed down to three for a finale blow-out performance under the lights and giant-screen in EMP|SFM's Sky Church on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 8 p.m.
NEW ISSUE OF WASHINGTON FILM MAGAZINE OUT NOW!
The latest issue of Washington Film magazine has been released. It features articles about Seattle's ambition to become the independent film capitol, the evolution of the film industry and Washington state infrastructure.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
The International Student Film Festival is accepting submissions for the 2008 competition. Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2008. ISFF is celebrating its 6th year as being the global authority for student filmmakers. Filmmakers can be any age to participate but they have to have been a student when the film/video was produced. Grand prizes include; Sony HD camera, round trip tickets to Colorado for the collegiate nationals Final Cut Pro Studio, Apple Software, and much more.
NFFTY SUSHI CINEMA
Watch fantastic youth made films from across the country, while you enjoy dinner at one of Seattle's most unique Japanese restaurants. Free to enter. Buy a wonderful, yet affordable meal. Proceeds benefit: National Film Festival for Talented Youth. It all goes down tonight, January 16th at Blue C Sushi in Fremont. (3411 Fremont Ave. North) | 5:00pm-10:00pm.
DEVOR & MUDEDE ANNOUNCE THREE PROJECTS FOR '08
Robinson Devor and Charles Mudede, the filmmaking team behind the critically acclaimed features "Zoo" and "Police Beat", announced a slate of new feature films for their new company "Hard Living Pictures." The company's first film, "Dynasty", is a comic fairy tale about a middle aged couple who kill a black bear and attempt to sell its gallbladder on the black market for $10,000. It is being co-produced by Scott Macaulay's New York-based Forensic Films ("Gummo") The company's second film, "The Cloud Room", is an ensemble mystery that explores the social and psychological reverberations of cattle mutilations in a small Montana town. It is being co-produced by NY-based Lodge Films ("The Hawk Is Dying") and Touchy Feely Films ("Pretty Bird"). Devor and Mudede are also signed on to make "You Can't Win", the autobiography of career criminal and opium addict Jack Black, adapted for the screen by Barry Gifford ("Wild At Heart," "Lost Highway").
CHUKUNDI "DJ KUN LUV" SALISBURY TO BE KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL'S MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION
Popular Local DJ and Multi-Media publisher, Chukundi Salisbury, has agreed to deliver the address for the Cleveland High School Martin Luther King Celebration Assembly on Friday, January 18th, 2008. Salisbury, known to many youth in the community through his popular website Seaspot.com and/or through his work as a mobile and nightclub Disc Jockey, will be speaking to the student body regarding alternatives to a violent lifestyle. "As a successful "Urban" entrepreneur, Salisbury is perfect to reach out to our young people!" said Wayne Floyd, Cleveland High School Principal.
CLASSICAL KING FM AND SEATTLE OPERA ANNOUNCE NEW OPERA WEB CHANNEL
98.1 Classical KING FM and Seattle Opera today announced the launch of the KING FM Seattle Opera Channel, which will be available on-line, 24 hrs a day. This new channel is designed to serve the needs of a worldwide opera audience, with a special emphasis on serving the needs of a Northwest opera audience. The KING FM Seattle Opera channel is a joint collaboration between 98.1 Classical KING FM and Seattle Opera.
NORTHWEST ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL SOCIAL MIXER
Party with the NWAAFF staff, welcome the new film fest director Nhien Nguyen, and a thank you to outgoing director Wes Kim for his work and dedication on Wednesday, January 30th. The Northwest Asian American Film Festival showcases the works of Asian Pacific American artists living or working in the Northwest and brings Asian Pacific American works from across North America to the Seattle film-going audience.
NORTHWEST FILM FORUM DIGEST: WAR MADE EASY
This weekend, NWFF is proud to host journalist and activist Norman Solomon, who will be here Friday & Saturday to present the documentary War Made Easy, based on his book of the same title. This is a great opportunity to discuss a controversial film with the man who inspired it, and to share opinions and viewpoints with an important media critic at a decisive time in US history.
THE AMAZON EFFECT - LESSONS WORTH LEARNING
Not since Apple has a single company changed the music industry like Amazon did in the last quarter of 2007 and will continue to as we enter 2008. Amazon's simple strategy was to apply the same consumer driven model that made it the net's top retailer to the music industry. Will Amazon stop file sharing or save the record industry? Certainly not. But Amazon does offer lessons and present opportunities for all of Music 2.0.
WHAT WMG MP3'S ON AMAZON REALLY MEANS
With the addition of Warner Music Group product to its 2.9 million track DRM free mp3 catalog, Amazon is poised to take on the mighty iTunes. The final piece of the product puzzle, Sony BMG, will inevitably be forced to join the other three major labels in freeing their downloads of unpopular and restrictive "copy protection."
HAPPY ALMOST-BIRTHDAY, CHAPEL!
Steve Peters quietly came to Seattle in 2004, after running the non-profit performance organization Nonsequitur out of Albuquerque for 15 years. After a stint at Jackstraw he was finally ready to get back to what he does best (besides making his own wonderful music/sound-art): creating an inviting and flexible space and then filling it up with vital performances. Very soon after its inaugaration this year, the Chapel became probably the premiere initmate space in Seattle for catching new music.
INTERNS WANTED AT FUZED MUSIC
Interns wanted to help with filing, mailing, data entry, internet marketing and other support tasks. Our interns receive experience in the daily operations of a music management company with multiple clients, as well as a record label, and back end tour travel booking and coordination. Perks include free music, tickets to shows, school credit etc. Interns must be dependable, detail orientated, and organized. Many of our interns have gone on to paying jobs within the music industry. For further information, click the link above.
DAVE DAY, REST IN PEACE
Light in the Attic records writes "It's a sad evening for all of us here at Light In The Attic as our good friend and music god Dave Havlicek ("Dave Day"), legendary guitarist for The Monks, has passed away. We became close with Dave in 2007 and in truth, he was the sweetest guy in any room. His presence at our shows was an honor we will not soon forget. As guitarist, as a friend, as a person to any and all who met him, Dave was the real deal. In the words of Matt Sullivan, he was, "the definition of rock and roll". We'll miss you Dave."
SEATTLE SYMPHONY AT CITY HALL
City Hall will ring with the sounds of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in a free performance, noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25. The symphony performance is a bonus concert of Seattle Presents, a year-round, free lunchtime concert series presented by the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. City Hall is located at 600 Fourth Ave.
911 MEDIA ARTS CENTER'S SEATTLE WOMEN IN FILM DVD RELEASE PARTY
On Screen magazine and 911 media arts are celebrating the release of a new DVD anthology of 21 short films by local women directors by giving people a chance to meet the directors, get signed copies, see previews of the films on 3 screens, get a special price on copies of the DVD, plus great schwag like t-shirts and posters and generous food and drink. For more information click the link above.
DECIBEL PRESENTS GUI BORATTO AT NECTAR
Brazilian electronic composer Gui Boratto is making his Seattle debut at Fremont's Nectar on January 23rd thanks to Decibel. Boratto will be touring for his 2007 full length release "Chromophobia", which has gone on to be one of the best reviewed albums of the year as well as making it onto countless "Best of 2007" charts.
GRAMMY CAREER DAY 2007: SEATTLE
On January 18th, high school students from all over the Western Washington region will gather together to learn more about potential careers in the music industry, through workshops taught by industry professionals. This year's GRAMMY Career Day will take place on Jan. 18 at the Seattle Center, and will feature the return of such popular workshops as film scoring, turntablism, jazz instrumental improv, music photography, album packaging design, music journalism, songwriting and radio DJing.
12 MINUTES MAX AUDITION AND PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
12MM is an informal showcase of contemporary and experimental performance in dance, theater, music and multi-media, presented by On the Boards 7 times a year. Performances are curated by different members of the arts community and feature 5-7 artists, each with 12 minutes or less to try out new material and works-in-progress in OtB's Studio Theater.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 1/7-1/13
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard, Fremont, and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- The Lashes - Thank You
- Brandi Carlile - Live at Easy Street
- Eddie Vedder - Music for the Motion Into the Wild
- Cops - Free Electricity
- Menonena - Friend and Foe
- Cave Singers - Invitation Songs
- Cancer Rising - Cancer Rising
- Pearl Jam - Live at Easy Street
- Tiny Vipers - Tiny Vipers
- The Blakes - The Blakes
ENCOURAGING SIGNS OF LIFE IN SEATTLE'S CLUB SCENE
Neumo's also has some fresh legs: relatively new co-owners Jason Lajeunesse, Steven Severin and Mike Meckling. Owner, Jerry Everard credits them with the success of the Capitol Hill club. "Neumo's has done well because my partners really care about music and about the musical experience at the venue." The scene on Pike Street between Broadway and 12th is buzzing. The Comet Tavern, right across the street from Neumo's, has a new owner who says he will continue the bar's busy live-music schedule. Next door to it, the former Sugar nightclub (which closed after a multiple shooting) will soon be King Cobra, another place for Seattle rock bands. Add in the recently relocated Cha Cha, relative newcomer Havana and old standby Wild Rose, and you have quite a brewing scene.
NORTHWEST HAS MOVIES AT SUNDANCE
The Sundance Film Festival will showcase three movies from directors with Northwest connections. They are: Former Seattleite Sara St. Onge's short film "The Funeral," about a young woman in her 30s confronting her own mortality; Northwest native Calvin Reeder's filmed-in-Washington short "The Rambler," about a traveling guitarist; and Carlos Brooks' feature-length "Quid Pro Quo," about a paraplegic reporter. "Quid Pro Quo" was partially shot in the La Conner tulip fields; it will be screened as part of Sundance's Spectrum series - a noncompetitive category designed to introduce new and creative voices in film.
SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES POPULAR CULTURE SERIES
The Seattle Symphony's 2008 Popular Culture Series will bring three major performers to Benaroya Hall: bluegrass stars Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Feb. 27; Tex-Mex rockers Los Lobos, April 30; and jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, June 18.
SONIC BOOM FREMONT LOCATIONS TO CLOSE
Sonic Boom's second and longest running location along with the recently opened Sonic Boom General Store will close its doors on February 19th. The upside is that now employees will be offered better wages and more security, continued health insurance benefits and 401K plan as well as a partial stake in the company. Health insurance! Imagine. The full press release is below from co-owner, Nabil Ayers can be found at the link above.
AFTER 15 YEARS OF THE OLD FIRE HOUSE, THE EASTSIDE IS STILL IMPORTANT PROVING GROUND
The Old Fire House and Bellevue's Ground Zero have proved the importance of all-ages venues. Their success was in many ways responsible for the founding of Seattle all-ages venues the Paradox and Vera Project. But once several all-ages options were available around the greater Seattle area, the number of big shows at the Old Fire House dropped.
RIP MICHAEL GRIFFIN
From Behead the Prophet N. L. S. L's myspace page: "Early this morning Michael Griffin died. He was the violinist in Behead the Prophet No Lord Shall Live and played in the noise duo Noggin and many other projects along the way. His contribution to music was very significant as a huge proponent of Improvised Noise. Michael encouraged anyone curious about music regardless of talent and got a lot of people started on a path to true creative expression."
AS "PAGLIACCI" TURNS: ETERNAL, UNIVERSAL (SOAP) OPERA
Conductor Dean Williamson, a longtime Seattle Opera stalwart who's back in town for these performances, says the show is "incredibly exciting in rehearsal. The cast is so Italian, so experienced, and the opera has what I'd call lots of spaghetti sauce and Parmesan cheese." It's Williamson's first "Pagliacci," and the experience is so draining that during the Christmas break in rehearsals, he slept for 11 hours a night.
SEATTLE BLUES WOMAN ITCHING TO GET BACK ON ROAD
Alice Stuart, Seattle's dynamic blues granny in tennis shoes, is ready to take the next leap. On Jan. 31, the 65-year-old singer-guitarist competes in Memphis, Tenn., at the Blues Foundation's 24th-annual talent search, the International Blues Challenge. Stuart made the semifinals (solo/duo category) by winning a contest sponsored by Portland's Cascade Blues Association.
AN OBOE BLOSSOMS IN THE WOODWIND GARDEN
One of the best things about watching an orchestra is seeing a hidden star emerge, as oboist Ben Hausmann has this season. Hausmann, who stepped up to the Seattle Symphony's acting principal spot from the second-oboe chair, played a short solo of arresting beauty in last week's Beethoven's Fifth. This weekend he steps forward to play the Alessandro Marcello Oboe Concerto tonight and Saturday.
ROCK'S QUIET REVOLUTION TO TURN DOWN THE VOLUME
To Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla, fighting on the front line of music's "loudness wars" can feel like a lonely battle. Walla, who produces albums for indie rock groups in addition to his own, doesn't want to follow the trend of recording albums as loud as possible simply because other bands are doing so. The music loses something when pushed to extreme volumes, Walla said, sacrificing its nuances and emotion for attention-grabbing sound.
SEATTLE FILM EVENTS
The Seattle PI has compiled a list of film related events in the Seattle area happening in the next week. Highlights include, Central Cinema screening The Iron Giant: A Computer-animated film about a boy who befriends an alien robot that the government wants to destroy. And "IT IS FINE! EVERYTHING IS FINE": Actor Crispin Hellion Glover's directs the second film in his trilogy that started with "What Is It?" about a man living with cerebral palsy who shifts in an out of a dream world filled with sexual conquests and evil deeds, at NWFF.
WEINSTEIN CO. EXPECTS DEAL WITH WRITERS
The Weinstein Co., one of Hollywood's largest independent filmmakers, says it expects to reach a deal with striking Hollywood writers that would allow the company to resume production. The company was anticipating that an interim agreement with the Writers Guild of America would be signed by Thursday or Friday, company spokesman Matthew Frankel said.
SEATTLE NIGHTCLUB EMPLOYEES SAY PLEA DEALS IN STING AREN'T FAIR
At least eight workers at Seattle nightspots who were arrested in a controversial sting operation intend to take their cases to trial because, their attorneys say, the plea deals they were offered amount to no deal at all. For months, defense attorneys in the sting cases have complained that City Attorney Tom Carr's office has been inflexible and unreasonable in plea negotiations. Some of the bouncers who are first-time offenders were offered initial plea deals of 20 days in jail and a year's probation, while the two charged with letting a patron bring a gun into a tavern were offered a year in jail, defense attorneys say.
NEW OWNERS FOR THE CROCODILE?
A deal to sell the Crocodile Cafe, the legendary nightclub that closed last month, may be in its final stages. Groupee Venues today applied to take over the Crocodile's liquor license, according to the Washington state Liquor Control Board. Stephanie Dorgan, who ran the Crocodile from 1991 to last December, could not be reached for comment. Listed on the liquor application as partners are Edward H. O'Neill, Rose Mary H. O'Neill, Lori L. Hope and Robert N. Hope. All except the latter are listed as Groupee employees on the company's Web site.
FCC SIGNS OFF ON CLEAR CHANNEL BUYOUT
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has signed off on a $19.5 billion deal that will take Clear Channel private, according to the Associated Press. After a 386-day wait for the FCC to approve, the broadcaster was taken private by a group led by Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital Partners for reportedly $39.20 a share. The 5-0 vote was taken in private by members of the agency yesterday, but a formal announcement isn't expected until next week, due to a sign-off still needed by the Justice Department.
FROM MAJOR TO MINOR: LAST YEAR WAS TERRIBLE FOR THE RECORDED-MUSIC MAJORS. THE NEXT FEW YEARS ARE LIKELY TO BE EVEN WORSE
In 2006 EMI, the world's fourth-biggest recorded-music company invited some teenagers into its headquarters in London to talk to its top managers about their listening habits. At the end of the session the EMI bosses thanked them for their comments and told them to help themselves to a big pile of CDs sitting on a table. But none of the teens took any of the CDs, even though they were free. "That was the moment we realized the game was completely up," says a person who was there.
GOLDEN GLOBES GO 'WILD' FOR VEDDER
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder took home the best original song honor at the Golden Globe awards last night (Jan. 13) for "Guaranteed," his contribution to Sean Penn's film "Into the Wild." It was Vedder's first career Golden Globe win; a Vedder-penned Pearl Jam song from the Tim Burton film "Big Fish" was nominated for the 2003 awards but lost to Annie Lennox's "Into the West."
FROM PARK CITY IT CAME: 10 SUNDANCE SENSATIONS THAT CHANGED FILMMAKING
The Onion's AV club has compiled a list of ten groundbreaking films that have been screened at Sundance. Highlights include Crumb, Slacker and Strangers in Paradise. For the complete list, see the link above.
A HOPEFUL OUTLOOK FOR JAZZ
"Jazz has been evolving, it's just that most cats are looking in the wrong places for it," says 23-year-old bass sensation Esperanza Spalding. Recently signed to the Telarc label, with a new album due in May, Spalding performs at 7 p.m. Friday on Jazz in January at Experience Music Project. (Find full schedule information on page D2.) Spalding - whose first name, significantly, means "hope" - grew up in Portland. She's a feisty original who does, indeed, offer hope for the future of jazz.
ARTS VET STEPS IN AT LANGSTON HUGHES
Veteran Seattle arts and communications specialist Vivian Phillips has been hired by the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department as a temporary manager of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. A communications director during former mayor Paul Schell's administration and co-director of ACT Theatre's Hansberry Project, Phillips has taken the yearlong appointment at Langston Hughes and will work alongside continuing managing director Manuel Cawaling.
MUSICA FESTIVAL TO HONOR EZELL'S FOUNDER FOR HIS WORK IN MUSIC
P-I reporter Casey McNerthney in November wrote a touching obituary about Samuel Stephens, best known in the Seattle area as the Ezell's Famous Chicken founder. Stephens, also a hip-hop mogul, this week will be honored during the opening ceremonies of the fourth-annual MUSICA Festival, which pays tribute to the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The event is scheduled for Thursday at the Paragon Restaurant on Queen Anne.
PRODUCERS GUILD NOMS STICK WITH INDIE TREND
The year of the indie continues, with the PGA Awards nominating four films from studio specialty divisions and Warner Bros.' modestly budgeted "Michael Clayton." Joining the George Clooney starrer are Miramax drama "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," Fox Searchlight's quirky comedy "Juno" and a pair of Miramax/Paramount Vantage co-productions -- the Coen brothers-helmed thriller "No Country for Old Men" and the Daniel Day-Lewis starrer "There Will Be Blood." In a practice begun last year, the PGA withheld naming any of the producers on the nominated films until the guild completes its arbitration process on producer credits. That's expected to take a week to 10 days, a spokesman said.
CASTING THE KURT COBAIN BIOPIC: FINDING FITTING ACTORS TO PLAY AXL ROSE, DAVE GROHL
Pre-production is underway for Heavier Than Heaven, a biopic about Kurt Cobain based on the Charles Cross biography of the same name. Courtney Love reportedly wants Ryan Gosling to play Cobain and Scarlett Johansson to play her.
CLUB STING: CITY DRUNK WITH POWER
Some of the police work in "Operation Sobering Thought" was so sloppy, and the city attorney's office so overzealous, that it seems some people who are no threat to the public were locked up for things they probably didn't do. "It was a waste of law-enforcement resources," contends Zachary Fleet, an attorney for three bar workers. "But the waste isn't the worst part. They booked these guys into jail not to protect public safety. It was for political reasons. And that just stinks."
CHOP SUEY INTRODUCES SEATTLE TO THE RESIDENCY CONCEPT
Everyone else is doing it, so why shouldn't we? That was essentially the impetus for launching Apt. #1325, Chop Suey's new residency program in which a single band is booked each month to play a string of Monday nights. In January (the inaugural month), local band Throw Me the Statue were invited to perform and curate three nights of music, the last of which will occur this coming Monday.