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SEATTLE FILM OFFICE SEEKING CLIPS FROM LOCAL FILMMAKERS' WORK FOR PROMOTIONAL VIDEO REEL
Seattle Film Office
The Seattle Film Office is seeking 30 or 60 second clips from local filmmakers' work that was primarily filmed in Seattle. We 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. We cannot guarantee all submissions will be used. To be considered for inclusion in our Holiday Happy Hour reel, clips must be received by 5:00 p.m. this Monday, December 7. Click the above link to read the project overview and submission instructions.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
WASHINGTONFILMWORKS' INDUSTRY UPDATE WRAP-UP
Washington Film Works
WashingtonFilmWorks presented its Annual Industry Update to a packed house last night at the Northwest Film Forum. In focus were: WFW's milestone of incentivizing 36 film projects that spent more than $42M in Washington State since the program's inception in 2007; the unveiling of WFW's new website (going live by 2010); premiers of the four 2009 Viral Video winning entries; and WFW's partnership with Media Inc. on the upcoming free-enrollment online crew database. During the hour-long presentation, Executive Director Amy Dee reached out to the film community, asking them to partner with WFW in communicating the importance of the renewal of the 30% cash-back incentive fund, which sunsets in 2011. "Introduce yourself to legislators now," Dee said, "educate them on how vital the incentive is to the success of Washington's film industry."
"GIVE SEATTLE" MUSICIANS PERFORM TOMORROW
Seattle City of Music is proud to partner with GIVE Seattle, the music and video compilation that benefits Arts Corps and local area food banks. See a few of the artists featured on the compilation perform tomorrow night, December 3, at the Crocodile. The line-up includes Grand Archives, D. Black, Grant Olsen, Kinski, Gabriel Mintz, Tea Cozies and MC:Tilson of The Saturday Knights. The compilation is available online as well as in Caffe Vita shops, Easy Street Records, Sonic Boom Records, University Book Store, The Crocodile, EMP, Neumos and Sorrento Hotel. To purchase tickets for the show or read more, click the above link.
RESTAURANT MUSICIANS AND PERFORMERS: AUDITION FOR SEATTLE SOUNDBITE!
Restaurant musicians and performers are invited to perform at the third annual pairing of music and street style bites, Seattle SoundBite. This delectable event, presented by the Washington Restaurant Association Seattle Chapter and Caffe Vita, will take place on Thursday, April 8, 2010 at Showbox Sodo. Seattle SoundBite is a City of Music event, unique in that only Seattle musical groups with at least one member working in the food service industry are eligible to perform. If you or a member of your band are a restaurant or food service employee interested in performing, submit an MP3 or CD for consideration via email or mail by Friday, January 15, 2010. Visit the above link for more information.
WATCH FINAL KITES OVER WASHINGTON PROJECT ONLINE
Discover Credit Union-Kites Over Washington
Women in Film Seattle recently collaborated with Team Soapbox on September 9, as Gasworks Park was canvassed with a stunning art installation called Kites Over Washington. WIF received a grant from the Credit Unions of Washington to create the film. Filmmakers Shannon-Hart Reed and Illona Rossman Ho placed cameras on bridges, inside archways, along the water and other angles to capture the work of art and reaction to it. The film captures the spirit of the day and can be viewed at the above link.
CATCH A FREE SCRIPT READING AT ACT THEATRE
On Monday, December 14th at 7:00 pm, TheFilmSchool, in partnership with the Central Heating Lab at ACT Theatre, presents the second in the Caught in the ACT! free script-reading series. Being Seen, written by TheFilmSchool alum Sonya Lea and directed by Warren Etheredge, focuses on the loss of intimacy in a marriage that occurs when the husband experiences a brain injury. Caught in the ACT! is a series of script-readings that showcases outstanding scripts written by alumni of TheFilmSchool, held at ACT Theatre, directed and read by some of Seattle's most professional directors and actors. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for this free event.
TOAST THE NEWEST CRYBABY! RECORDING STUDIO, THAT IS - AT HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
CryBaby Productions is proud to announce the completion of a new 1000 sq/ft recording studio on Capitol Hill. Please join in the celebration at the Open House on Friday, December 12, and bring a non-perishable food item for donation. Thanks to the efforts of all those who work to keep Seattle's Music alive, CryBaby Studios will continue to kick out the jams for another 10 years. Come lay down a track in the ISO booth to your favorite karaoke and toast to creative spaces! Festivities start at 8:00 pm.
JOIN KEXP'S GREG VANDY FOR FREE TRIBUTE TO AN "OLD, WEIRD" RECORD COLLECTION
Join KEXP's Greg Vandy, host of The Roadhouse, for an evening of talk, music, and film at the Frye Museum tomorrow night, December 3. He will pay tribute to Harry Smith and the songs he saved. In post-World War II America, Pacific Northwest eccentric Smith sold part of his old, odd record collection. In 1952, Folkways Records released his collection as The Anthology of American Folk Music. The folk themes and forgotten histories heard on Harry's anthology inspired a new generation of listeners and artists. Prior to the program, musician Levi Fuller will play the banjo in the Frye Auditorium at 6:30 pm. Free tickets may be picked up at the Information Desk one hour prior to the start of the program. Visit the above link for more information.
SEE "THE BEST FILMS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN" WITH OFFICIAL BEST OF FEST HOLIDAY GIFT SET
Official Best of Fest
Seattle-based Official Best of Fest has launched a holiday gift set series of "The Best Films You've Never Seen." These compilation DVDs are in response to those millions of film fans who ask, "Where have all of the good movies gone?" Official Best of Fest's answer is, "they're still being made, you just need to know where to find them". Official Best of Fest's founder Rick Stevenson says, "99% of Hollywood Films are already made available to the public while 99% of Indie films get ignored. There are still about 300 wonderful Indie films that do the festival circuit every year that never make it to the public... We have a posse of over 100 curators at film festivals around the world helping you find them." Click the above link to find out more about the set.
LOCAL SHORT FILM SAFE PASSAGE TAKES AWARD AT LAKEDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
Lakedance Film Festival
Local filmmaker Shawn Telford's short film Safe Passage was recently awarded the 2009 Lakedance Film Festival Eagle Award for Grizzly Glass Centers Best Horror or Terror Short Film. Safe Passage was made as part of the Seattle International Film Festival's Fly Filmmaking Challenge. Congratulations to Shawn!
CELEBRATE ALL THINGS FOUND WITH FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL AT CENTRAL CINEMA
Found Footage Festival
The Found Footage Festival, the popular touring showcase of odd and hilarious clips from found videotapes, is coming to Central Cinema. The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that compiles over an hour's worth of footage from videotapes that were found at garage sales and thrift stores, and in warehouses and trash bins throughout the country. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively 90-minute celebration of all things found, hosted by festival curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher who will offer their observations and commentary. There are three screenings on Thursday, December 3 at 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00 pm at Central Cinema. Click the above link for more information and tickets.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 11/23 - 29
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Various Artists "GIVE Seattle 2009"
- Pink Martini "Splendor in the Grass"
- Brandi Carlile "Give Up the Ghost"
- Nirvana "Live at Reading"
- Built to Spill "There Is No Enemy"
- Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
- Various Artists "Live at KEXP Vol. 5"
- Dutchess & the Duke "Sunset/Sunrise"
- Visqueen "Message to Garcia"
- Alice in Chains "Black Gives Way to Blue"
WATCH Q13 REPORT ON WASHINGTON AND SEATTLE FILM INDUSTRY
As a companion piece to this month's film-focused Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Q13 reports on the Washington and Seattle film industry. Click the above link to take a closer look at what has happened to this market and what needs to happen now to make it come alive again.
BEHIND SEATTLE PRO MUSICA IS ONE ENERGETIC DIRECTOR
To watch Karen P. Thomas lead Seattle Pro Musica in rehearsal is like witnessing the eruption of some fizzy new form of alternative energy. First comes the warm-up exercise: whistlings, hissings, deep breaths in and out, trills and ululations like something out of the Luciano Berio songbook. Then Thomas leads her crew through the opening item on her agenda: a piece from Indonesia that's part of SPM's next program, "Eastern Lights: Music of Asia and the Pacific." Click the above link to read the full profile on Thomas. You can catch Seattle Pro Musica performing "Eastern Lights" tomorrow, December 3 from noon to 1:00 pm for a free lunchtime concert at City Hall.
SEATTLE'S MOST MEMORABLE LIVE TV
It was Thanksgiving Day 61 years ago that Seattle broadcast its first TV program. Since then the airwaves have captivated locals with live news, sports and entertainment. While television has changed a lot in 61 years and taken one critical beating after another, it's still good for at least one thing, and that's live broadcasting. Click the above link for a tour of the Top 25 Live Seattle TV Moments.
KUOW PROFILES HIP-HOP IN WASHINGTON'S NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES
During Thanksgiving, families all over gather in their houses to share a meal. At the Duwamish Longhouse south of Seattle, tribal members gathered last week to celebrate a different form of Thanksgiving. Traditional Native storytellers came to hear Indian youth tell tales in their own language. Language that embraced new forms from rap and hip-hop to spoken word poetry. The forms varied. But as the storytellers discovered, the stories came from the same place - a deep sense of community. Generation gaps are universal across time and cultures. And like families of all nations, the Native American community fears it's losing touch with its young members. To read the full profile, follow the above link.