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HAPPY HOUR IS NEXT WEEK AT SPITFIRE!
Office of Film + Music
Join us at Spitfire next Wednesday, January 27 for the monthly Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour networking event. Spitfire will be open exclusively for the event from 5:00 - 7:00 pm and is located at 2219 4th Avenue in Belltown (between Blanchard and Bell). Please note the event's new location and we hope to see you there for food, drink and networking!
CATCH UP WITH THE OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC AND SEATTLE FILMMAKERS AT SUNDANCE
Office of Film + Music
The Sundance Film Festival gets underway tomorrow in Park City, Utah, and three films with Seattle ties will have their world premieres (Bass Ackwards, The Freebie and The Violent Kind). The Office of Film + Music, in collaboration with Washington Filmworks and the W Hotel, will host two dinners in Park City connecting independent filmmakers with Washington state resources and incentives, intended to bring future film projects to the region. We will also host the 8th annual Seattle Party with partners MTV, Sub Pop and Washington Filmworks, with performances by Beach House and the Moondoggies. Office of Film + Music Director James Keblas, Film Program Coordinator Chris Swenson and Intern Clare Canzoneri will head down to Park City bright and early tomorrow morning. The festival runs January 21-31, 2010.
SPECIAL THANKS TO FORMER INTERN ANAND BALASUBRAHMANYAN
Office of Film + Music
With the Office of Film + Music's internship program in its third year with roughly 15 alums, we want to make sure to highlight the impact they have on our work. Anand Balasubramanyan's internship in the office concluded this month, after beginning work here last June. Anand worked tirelessly in helping launch the Seattle City of Music website, aided in hosting events like the Northwest Production Summit and Seattle City of Music Awards and contributed his graphic design and writing skills to improving our newsletter and blog. You can follow Anand's 'musicnerd' column over at Publicola, where he blogs about local music. Anand also writes and draws a super-sweet webcomic, which he may just share with you if you ask nicely. Want to steal Anand away for your own company? Catch him at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us so we can gush on about great he is.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
SEATTLE MUSIC COMMUNITY SUPPORTS HAITI RELIEF EFFORTS WITH BENEFITS
Seattle Film + Music Blog
Seattle's strong music community has organized several events to support relief efforts in Haiti in response to the devastation caused by the January 12 earthquake. We updated you with several of these events last Friday, but many more have been added. Please click the above link for a listing of these benefit events in the City of Music and if you know of others, leave us a comment.
WORK, INTERN OR VOLUNTEER FOR SIFF 2010
Job descriptions have just been posted for Seattle International Film Festival 2010 seasonal positions. Be a part of this year's Festival by working or volunteering your time in one of the departments that best fits your interests. SIFF 2010 positions are seasonal, with approximate dates of the contract listed on each position description. The Festival runs May 20-June 13, 2010. Visit the above link for more information about positions in Marketing and Communications, Guest Relations, Festival Operations, Venue Management, Administration and Finance and more.
IS THAT JAZZ? 2ND ANNUAL FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND AT CHAPEL
Is This Jazz?
The Seattle Composers' Salon will kick off the second annual Is That Jazz?, Seattle's avant-jazz music festival, this weekend. The festival runs January 22-23 and 29-30 with all events at Chapel Performance Space. The festival is dedicated to daring and exploratory artists who are redrawing the boundaries of jazz and infusing the genre with new forms, new sounds, and a renewed sense of immediacy. Seattle trumpeter and bandleader Cuong Vu will headline the festival. Other performers include Sunship, Sun Ra Tribute Band, Bill Smith Trio, Evan Flory-Barnes' Threat of Beauty, Bad Luck, Jesse Canterbury's Vertigo and Tom Baker Quartet. Click the above link for more information on the festival.
FILMMAKERS AND MUSICIANS, LEARN MORE ABOUT USING THE INTERNET AS A PROMOTIONAL TOOL AT FREE WORKSHOP
Join Artist Trust's Artist Resources Manager Miguel Guillen for a discussion of how artists can develop a comprehensive plan for using the internet as a promotional tool in their professional lives as artists. Guillen will present this workshop as a part of Gage Academy's Artist's Tool Kit Series. The series runs on the third Thursdays of each month from 12:30 - 2:00 pm at the Gage Academy. The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, click the above link.
JOIN FILM CRITIC ROBERT HORTON FOR FREE FILM LECTURE
Some movies are faithful to their literary origins, while others dismantle their source and discover something completely news. Robert Horton selects a few examples of literary transformation, including Greenaway's Prospero's Books (based on The Tempest); Godard's Contempt, the Reisz-Pinter French Lieutenant's Woman; the Coens' O Brother, Where Art Thou? (based on The Odyssey); and the Jonze-Kaufman Adaptation. Join Horton for this lecture, "The Movie Mashup: Wild Literary Adaptations" (part of the Magic Lantern: Talks on Film and Art series) at the Frye Museum in the Frye Auditorium on Sunday, January 24 starting at 2:00 pm.
SASQUATCH FOUNDER ADAM ZACKS TO LEAD PROGRAMMING AT SEATTLE THEATRE GROUP
Seattle Theatre Group
Seattle Theatre Group (STG), non-profit performing arts organization, announced yesterday the promotion of Adam Zacks to Senior Director of Programming. In addition to joining STG's Executive Team, Zacks will lead the programming department whose responsibilities include programming fine arts and booking special events and rentals. He will continue to oversee STG's overall concert business. Prior to joining STG in 2008, Zacks booked artists and bands for House of Blues and Live Nation, and is the founder and producer of Sasquatch! Music Festival.
FILMMAKERS 22 AND UNDER: SUBMIT YOUR WORK TO NFFTY BY FINAL DEADLINE JANUARY 31
NFFTY (National Film Festival For Talented Youth) is seeking submission entries from filmmakers age 22 and under. NFFTY showcases work by young filmmakers from across the U.S. and the world and it is the largest multi-day youth film festival in the United States, featuring 100+ films, filmmaking panels and workshops, and opportunities for young filmmakers to network with industry professionals and each other. The final extended deadline is January 31, 2010. To submit your work or get more information, follow the above link.
APPLY NOW FOR THE 2010 ONE REEL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
One Reel's Festivals' division (Bumbershoot, Family 4th, etc.) is now accepting internship applications. Interns can gain exposure to the exciting world of large-scale arts events, nonprofit management and every aspect inherent in producing some of the greatest events in the country. Each internship is designed to provide a window into a particular field such as Programming, Production, Sponsorship and PR and Marketing to name a few. Applications can be emailed to email@example.com or submitted online at the above link.
CORRECT THE ACADEMY AWARDS WITH 20 YEARS OF HINDSIGHT WITH 20/20 AWARDS, NEW ANNUAL EVENT
The 20/20 Awards aims to correct the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with 20 years of hindsight. The new annual event will look back 20 years and correct the short-sightedness of the Academy Awards. This first 20/20 event will be given out to correct the Academy Awards honored in the year 1990: therefore, all films released and distributed in the year 1989 will be under review. Films are voted on by the Voting Syndicate, comprised of individuals in Seattle's filmmaking community such as Lynn Shelton, John Jeffcoat, Sandy Cioffi, Rick Stevenson and others. The event will take place on March 15 at the Central Cinema. Awards nominees will be announced on February 9, so stay tuned and find out more at the above link.
STOP AND WATCH SOME STOP-MOTION FILMS AT JACK STRAW NEXT MONTH
Jack Straw Productions
Jack Straw Productions will host the Stop & Go stop-motion film screening next month. The line-up of videos includes national and international artists and is curated by San Francisco Bay artist and animator Sarah Klein, who uses hand-drawn images and stop-motion animation in her own work. Klein has chosen pieces that explore the possibilities of stop-motion processes. The event is free and takes places on February 5 starting at 7:00 pm. Click the above link for more information, including the complete list of artists.
FILMEES COALITION SEEKS FILMS
The FilmEES Coalition is looking for films to screen in North Seattle and beyond. The Coalition is seeking shorts, music videos and features (documentary and narrative) to show starting in Seattle and screening across the country as part of a grassroots effort to bypass the traditional theater models and get independent films seen by more audiences. They are also making a Short Film & Music Video DVD Series. Check the above website for information on how to submit films.
SUBMIT FILMS TO SIFF BY NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE OF FEBRUARY 1
The Seattle International Film Festival has extended its deadline for SIFF 2010 submissions to February 1, 2010. SIFF is accepting submissions for its 36th festival, which will run from May 20-June 13, 2010. Screening more than 550 films from 60 countries over 25 days, SIFF is proud to offer $8,000 in cash prizes in the following juried categories: New Directors Competition, Documentary Competition, Short Film: Live Action, Short Film: Animation and Short Film: Documentary. SIFF is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a Qualifying Festival for Short Film. This is a special extended online-only deadline via Withoutabox. To submit films, please visit the above link.
TWENTY20 PRODUCTION COMPANY SEEKING VIDEOGRAPHER
Twenty20, the maker of VholdR, is looking for a full-time videographer in charge of producing, filming, and editing video content, to be used for the company's marketing efforts. This candidate should have relevant experience producing, filming, and/or editing action sports or outdoor sports videos. The role is part of the company's marketing team and will be responsible for all video content used with its retailers, marketing partners and on the vholdr.com community. The company is looking for someone with a minimum of two years experience filming, producing and/or editing videos used for product marketing. For more information about VholdR and Twenty20, please visit the above link.
JOIN COMMUNITY CINEMA SEATTLE AND KCTS 9 FOR FREE SCREENING OF GARBAGE DREAMS
KCTS 9 and Community Cinema Seattle will present a screening of the acclaimed documentary Garbage Dreams this Saturday, January 23. The film reveals the world's largest garbage village located on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. The Zaballeen (Arabic for "garbage people") recycle 80 percent of the trash they collect - far more than other recycling initiatives. But now a multinational corporation threatens their livelihood. The film screened in Documentary Competition at SIFF 2009 and has won 17 awards at festivals internationally. The screening will take place at noon on January 23 at SIFF Cinema and will be followed by a discussion.
AGE OF MAYHEM SEEKING CREW MEMBERS
Age of Mayhem
Age of Mayhem, the longest running music television show in the Puget Sound, is looking for long-term crew members to join a team of hard-working individuals. Editors, camera operators, gaffers, hosts/hostesses and other positions are needed. Rock and metal bands are welcome to join the site with a free membership, write blogs and can use the forums as well. Now presented by Philosophia Studios, Age of Mayhem's mission is to bring the best quality videos and productions to the air for bands, labels, musicians, fans and the production staff. For more information, click the above link.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 1/11-17
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Laura Veirs "July Flame"
- Dutchess & the Duke "Sunset/Sunrise"
- Shabazz Palaces "Of Light"
- Cave Singers "Welcome Joy"
- Shabazz Palaces "Shabazz Palaces"
- Brandi Carlile "Give Up the Ghost"
- Visqueen "Message to Garcia"
- Grand Hallway "Promenade"
- Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
- Various Artists "Give Seattle"
FILMMAKERS LYNN SHELTON AND LINAS PHILLIPS HAVE A CHANCE TO SHINE AT SUNDANCE
The Seattle Times covers the journey of local filmmakers Lynn Shelton and Linas Phillips from Seattle to Sundance Film Festival. Lynn Shelton, who was very successful at last year's film festival with her feature film, Humpday, is back again this year with $5 Cover: Seattle. A project with MTV Films, $5 Cover: Seattle focuses 13 local bands in the web series. Shelton will show a sample of this series on Saturday at Sundance and the program will air in its entirety on MTV this spring. A Volkswagen van gave Linas Shelton the idea for his project, Bass Ackwards, in which he captures his 10-day cross-country move from Seattle to New York. The film will be screening in the festival's new Next category and Phillips has already set up an on-demand DVD distribution plan to sell his movie to the public immediately after the festival. To read the full article, follow the above link.
DECLARATION OF INDIES: JUST SELL IT YOURSELF!
New York Times
"Independent filmmaking has never been for the faint of heart," writes Manohla Dargis in The New York Times. "But the consensus is that the past few years have been especially brutal. Sales have slowed, deal prices have dropped, and most of the major studios have retreated from the independent scene, closing or scaling back divisions like Warner Independent Pictures and Paramount Vantage, which released the kinds of movies that win critical hearts and awards. And good films are going unsold. For consultants like Peter Broderick and filmmakers like Jon Reiss (the documentary Bomb It) the answer lies in self-distribution, in filmmakers doing it themselves or, more accurately, doing it themselves with a little or a lot of help from other people, including consultants." Other factors that have lead to the "D.I.Y. drumbeat" growing louder is major studios backing away from the independent sector and the inexpensive cost of editing software and digital cameras. Read more at the above link.
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