|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! As is the Holiday tradition, 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
A LETTER FROM THE CHAIR OF SEATTLE'S MUSIC COMMISSION, BEN LONDON
Seattle City of Music
As Chair of the inaugural Seattle Music Commission, it is an honor to continue Seattle's great musical tradition through concrete and impactful interactions with local government, communities and individuals. I feel a responsibility to the legacy left by such talents as Quincy Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Heart, Ernestine Anderson and many others who have enhanced our community with their music.
This Commission was established in June 2010 and is comprised of 21 members from our diverse and expansive music industry. After thoughtfully working to define ourselves as an advisory body to the City of Seattle, we are pleased to announce our 2010-2011 Workplan. Our three subcommittees (Youth and Community, Policy and Planning, Branding and Communications) are passionate and inspired, and have begun carrying out their individual workplans. While working to uphold the City of Music Initiative's mission to make this a City of Musicians, City of Live Music and a City of Music Business, the Commission wants to hear from you about what you and your community are doing to make Seattle the City of Music. We encourage you to contact us via email at SeattleMusicCommission@seattle.gov.
In addition to reviewing our workplan, I invite you to browse the City of Music website, get engaged with your local community, share your ideas, and observe our monthly meetings. We are proud to be serving you, the people who help make Seattle the City of Music.
ATTEND WASHINGTON FILMWORKS' ANNUAL INDUSTRY UPDATE
Mark your calendars for the Washington Filmworks Annual Industry Update, which is happening on December 13 at SIFF Cinema. A presentation at 6 pm will provide insights into the year's news and updates as well as offer information about what to expect in the film industry in 2011. Following the presentation, members from Washington Filmworks staff, board and community supporters will head over to Solo Bar for light appetizers and happy hour priced drinks. We hope to see you there!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
BIDDING FOR ANDY KOTOWICZ FAMILY FOUNDATION AUCTION NOW OPEN
A CharityBuzz.com auction to benefit the family of Sub Pop's late Andy Kotowicz is now open for bidding. Launched in support of Kotowicz's wife and young daughter, the auction features a diverse array of goodies from the likes of Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Muse, The Rolling Stones, Band of Horses and even Conan O'Brien. Thus far the fundraiser has generated more than $15,000 for newly-launched Andy Kotowicz Family foundation, and bidding will remain open until December 14. Says Sub Pop, "[This is a]testament to the very full life lived by our friend. On behalf of Andy's family and as part of it, we at Sub Pop Records are deeply grateful." Don't forget: A benefit concert with performances from some of the Sub Pop's brightest stars-Shabazz Palaces, Mudhoney, Wolf Eyes, Vetiver and more-will also be held this Saturday, December 4th at Showbox at the Market. For more information about the auction and concert, be sure to check out the links above
THE STATE OF SEATTLE'S INDEPENDENT MOVIE THEATERS
The Uptown Theater is closing and the Neptune is being taken over by STG in 2011, and now statements about the Columbia City Cinema's financial woes are being released. Columbia City Cinema is offering the community a chance to invest in its business by offering 480,000 shares of common stock at $1 a share (minimum purchase is 100 shares). The owners say they need to sell 50,000 shares by January 1 or they will close. Read more about the specifics of this investment here to find out about helping keep this old theater alive.
SEATTLE THEATER GROUP SAVES THE NEPTUNE THEATRE
Recent fears about the U-District's Neptune Theatre closing have subsided now that local non-profit STG (who also owns the Paramount and Moore Theatres) has announced their plans to take over the Neptune. Explains the press release, "'The core of STG's mission is to make diverse dance, music, film, theatre and arts education an integral part of our rich cultural identity; by expanding The Neptune's capacity for increased artistic diversity, STG will not only preserve the historic theatre but also increase options for the community to engage with the arts,' said Josh LaBelle, STG's Executive Director." To read more about how STG will operate Neptune, follow the link.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR NEXT WEEK'S WOMEN IN FILM HOLIDAY PARTY
Women in Film-Seattle
Women in Film is a non-profit organization of professional women in the film, video and new media industries dedicated to helping its members with support, mentorship, networking and skill-building opportunities. Now is your chance to party with some of Seattle's most talented ladies. The Women in Film Seattle Holiday Party is taking place next week at Spitfire in Belltown. The event will feature karaoke to your favorite holiday songs, dance from Va Gina Velvet, free food, prizes and a chance to sit on Santa's lap. It all takes place on December 7 beginning at 7 pm.
"LITTLE DIZZLE" IS THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT
Northwest Film Forum
The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, the Seattle-to-Sundance sensation that wowed critics and festival audiences around the world, is finally coming to DVD - just in time to make a unique holiday stocking stuffer. Seattle filmmaker David Russo (Blue Man Group: Mind Blast) delivers a wildly funny and darkly stylish meditation on the meaning of garbage in our throwaway society. Produced by Peggy Case (Grassroots, Zoo, We Go Way Back) and edited by Billy McMillin (the Academy AwardŽ-nominated Iraq in Fragments), Little Dizzle is a hilarious, bittersweet, 21st century fable - a Tale from the New Normal. The cast includes Marshall Allman, Natasha Lyonne, Tania Raymonde, Tygh Runyan, Matt Smith and Vince Vieluf. The single disc comes with a quirky collection of deleted scenes, interviews and commentaries. You can order your copy now from Tribeca Film / New Video.
THEFILMSCHOOL'S NETWORKING AND WHITE ELEPHANT PARTY
TheFilmSchool invites you to attend a White Elephant DVD and Networking Party, the closing event of the 2010 First Tuesdays with TheFilmSchool at Roy Street Coffee series. Gift wrap a no longer cherished DVD from your home collection--everyone who brings one will receive someone else's cast-off. Bring your business cards as this is going to be a great opportunity to make new contacts, meet local filmmakers, talk about your projects and find out what is going on in Seattle's film community. Door prizes include a full scholarship to TheFilmSchool Substance and Sale Seminar this coming February. This networking and holiday event takes place on Tuesday, December 7 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Roy Street Coffee, 700 Broadway Ave East, free parking at the North end of the building.
IFC NAMES 50TH & ROOSEVELT THE FILM CORNER OF AMERICA
Uplifting news for Seattle cinephiles: IFC.com, the Independent Film Channel's site, has named the corner of Seattle's NE 50th and Roosevelt Way NE as the Best Film Corner in America. Explains the article, "within 500 feet of each other, Scarecrow Video, the Seven Gables Theater and Cinema Books exist in perfect harmony, balancing out each other as a place to rent movies, see them on the big screen and read about them." The blurb goes into depth about each of these fine institutions, especially praising Scarecrow Video; "If there was a heavy in this relationship, it would have to be Scarecrow, a legendary video store that houses over 100,000 tapes and DVDs under its roof and is the biggest such store I've ever seen in the U.S., if not the world." We encourage you to read the article in full at the link above.
SEATTLE ACTORS: ATTEND FILMWORKS' NETWORKING EVENT
Calling all actors! Washington Filmworks is inviting you to participate in a discussion about how local performers can keep Washington's film and media industry a vibrant and vital part of our artistic culture. Cocktails and conversation will take place on Monday, December 6 at Solo Bar from 8-10 pm. Find more information about this event at the link above.
BENEFIT CONCERT FOR TEEN FEED
Four local teen bands are raising awareness of teen homelessness by playing a free night of rock music at the Salmon Bay Eagles club in Seattle on Friday, December 17, from 8 pm until midnight. The "Hot Rock on a Cold Night" concert is an all- ages event, and the community is encouraged to bring a new, warm article of clothing (such as a coat, hand warmers or socks) to donate to Teen Feed. The "Hot Rock on a Cold Night" concert will feature Pave the Earth, Empathy, No Excuses and Fate Descends. For more information about Teen Feed and how you can help contribute to its worthy cause, follow the link above.
SEE FEMALE-FOCUSED FILM AT THE POST ALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
Post Alley Film Festival
The 6th annual Post Alley Film Festival, which focuses on women in the film and new media industries, takes place this December 4 at Central Cinema. The Festival describes itself as both "female centric and eccentric" and explains it's a festival of "uniquely stimulating short films from emerging and established filmmakers." The films of the festival are divided into several categories: Mums the Word, Cycle Of Life, Tough Babes, Endurance & Discovery and Ah, Romance. Films come from around the world, but Seattle is represented by the documentary I Saw U, directed by Maile Martinez and Lane Stroud and produced by Ruth Gregory and Stacia Beer about the classified ads in The Stranger. For more information about the festival, follow the link above.
SIFF CINEMA BREAKS GROUND AT SEATTLE CENTER
Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and its year-long entity, SIFF Cinema, are officially beginning renovations on its film center. SIFF is hosting a groundbreaking event on December 9 at 11 am. The event will be attended by SIFF staff and board members, elected officials, dignitaries and other community leaders. Members of the media will also be invited to cover the groundbreaking ceremony. During the ceremony, updates will be given on the progress of the campaign as well as plans for the new Film Center. For more information about the ceremony, follow the link.
NFFTY SEEKS EDITORIAL INTERNS
The Seattle-based National Film Festival for Talented Youth-or NFFTY as you probably know already- has issued another call for Editorial Interns. The position entails working with NFFTY staff to coordinate, create and edit all content on the new NFFTY website, a premier hub for youth filmmaking news, interviews, films resources and more. The responsibilities of NFFTY's Editorial Intern include: site maintenance, blogging, researching news stories, organizing content schedules, editing videos, general administrative assistance and more. The position is unpaid and requires a four month commitment for 15 hours per week. Academic course credit may be available for those who qualify. For the full scoop on the internship, including information on where to submit application materials, be sure to check out the link above.
LOCAL ANIMATORS HOST FREE SCREENING OF NEW WORKS
Blog 4 Culture
Join Seattle animators Tess Martin and Stefan Gruber 2 pm next Saturday, December 11, at the Northwest Film Forum for a free screening of their new works. Martin will showcase Plain Face, her 10-minute stop-frame animated film about a stranger who arrives in a fantastical land only to be met with prejudice, violence and love in a journey through memory. Gruber will perform Psychic Portraiture, a live animation show in which he paints portraits of audience members with animated light on a stage arranged with a large canvas. While bantering with both the model and audience, Gruber will intuit psychic details and symbols from the life of his subject to shape the portrait. Both animators will be asking for feedback about their works from the audience, so come with a discerning eye and an open mind. For more details about the free screening, follow the link.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 11/24 - 11/30
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Various Artists "Live at Kexp Vol. 6"
- Pink Martini "Joy to the World"
- Moondoggies "Tidelands"
- The Head and the Heart "Self Titled"
- Jimi Hendrix "West Coast Seattle Boy"
- Macklemore/Ryan Lewis "Vs."
- Black Mountain "Wilderness Heart"
- Soundgarden "Telphantasm/Gun 7"
- Elliott Smith "An Introduction To"
- David Bazan "Wish My Kids Were Here"
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:
MTV's "$5 Cover: Seattle"
"$5 Cover: Seattle," making its world-wide premier December 15th, was filmed in Seattle last summer by director Lynn Shelton (Humpday) and producers Jane Charles and Steven Schardt. The series follows 13 up-and-coming Seattle bands as they make their way through the city's clubs and venues, and will be edited for a 12-part series (aired on MTV), webisodes and a feature length film. THEE Satisfaction, The Long Winters, The Moondoggies, Champagne Champagne, Harvey Danger are among the featured local bands. The film was shot from August-September 2009 in over 20 locations in and around Seattle. The production employed 30 local crew and 60 cast members, including the bands.
"Seattle absolutely breathes music and art and of course is home to my amazing fellow filmmaker Lynn Shelton," says "$5 Cover" series creator, Craig Brewer. "What I love about the whole '$5 Cover' project is that we're able to tap into some of the best local talent around the country and introduce them to the world."
"This isn't grand cinema," adds Shelton. "Really what this is is a love letter to Seattle and the Seattle music scene."
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.
Seven Hours to Judgment (1988)
There are a few reasons why Beau Bridges is best known as an actor and not a director. This movie is one of them. Bridges not only directs but also stars in Seven Hours to Judgment as a smug judge named John Eden whose wife is kidnapped by a TV salesman named David Reardon (Ron Leibman). You see, Ravin' Reardon (as he is known in his commercials) blames Judge Eden for not prosecuting the gang who murdered his wife due to lack of evidence. David grants the judge seven hours to find the proof needed or Reardon will murder Mrs. Eden. Bridges' directorial style never builds much tension and his character seems to spend most of the film aimlessly running around the wino filled streets of Seattle with a panicked look on his face. The picture seems to be set in an alternative reality version of the city. Bizarro World Seattle has an underground mass transit system! Also the downtown streets are given alphabetical names so Pine Street becomes C Street. There are no ferry rides or Kingdome drive-bys, and the ubiquitous Space Needle can be barely glimpsed during a car chase. Still, lots of familiar landmarks are spottable for the trained Seattleite's eye: A "Joe" ice cream truck; several views of downtown from the perspective of Doctor Jose Rizal Park; a political rally at the Sorrento Hotel and a pointless chase unfolds near the Pike Place Market. What's more, the finale is set in a warehouse next to present day Qwest Stadium, the judge's house is one of those mansions on Prospect Avenue next to Volunteer Park, there's a senseless chase through "underground" Seattle and a cop car accidentally jumps off the old Lenora Street bridge to nowhere for a splash landing into Elliott Bay. Bridges returned to Seattle the next year for the much more satisfying The Fabulous Baker Boys.
SHABAZZ PALACES EARNING INTERNATIONAL FAME
The Seattle Times
Seattle's favorite avant-garde rappers Shabazz Palaces were recently featured in the UK's experimental music magazine The Wire. Explains the magazine, "Purposeful and probing, the EPs exhibit a level of maturity and sophistication not only in their stark rhymes, but also the production. Although tagged as 'experimental,' they never actually pull away from recognisable [sic] forms of hiphop. Yet, for hiphop, the music is full of unusual sonic details, such as multitracked vocals and mostly self-recorded samples, and reflects a healthy interest in a wider culture embracing dubstep, ragga and Techno. These tracks ride the instinctual pleasure of rhythm and pique the mind's desire for something new." To read the full article, follow the link above.
@FILMMAKERS USING #TWITTER AND BLOGS TO CONNECT WITH FANS
The New York Times
The internet has taken over. Obviously, it's infiltrated all aspects of our lives, and filmmaking is no exception. In a recent New York Times article, various methods for online interaction with film fans are explored. Hollywood and avant-garde directors like Kevin Smith, Pat O'Neill, Jonas Mekas, Ken Jacobs, David Lynch and others are taking advantage of personalized sites and blogs as well as Twitter to connect with fans of their work. Offering the directors' own insights as well as opportunities to watch clips, make comments and purchase movie swag, these sites allow movie goers another dimension of enjoyment to the theater or home viewing experience. To read the full article, follow the link.
WATCH LAST WEEK'S ARTS AND EDUCATION PANEL
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Last month, Mayor McGinn, Seattle Public Schools' Susan Enfield and three students from various public schools in Seattle held the 6th annual Arts and Education forum. The students were each allowed to ask one question of the Mayor and Enfield, and then the evening opened up for questions from the audience. Much of the conversation revolved around inequity in the quality of education offered to students across the city. While no concrete solutions were offered, the Mayor and Seattle Public Schools expressed their support for making changes. If you weren't able to attend, you can watch highlights from the event at the link above.
DAVE MATTHEWS TEACHES YOU HOW TO GIVE
The Seattle Times
Seattle resident and musician Dave Matthews is well-known for his generosity. He has played benefit shows for Hurricane Katrina, Haiti relief, small farmers and Tibet. And now he is partnering with the website JustGive, a database of 1.5 million charities around the world, in an experiment in generosity. With each ticket purchased for Matthews' two Seattle shows, a credit of $150 will be given back to the purchaser. This money can be donated to any one of JustGive's charities. Matthews is testing the experiment here in Seattle before making it a national phenomenon. For more information about this benefit concert, JustGive or Dave Matthews, follow the link.
Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel Sawyer, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Laura Brewer, Intern
Erica Nwosu, Intern
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