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Film + Music Newsletter 12/5/2007


OFFICE NEWS

SEATTLE OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC SEEKS FILM PERMIT ADMINISTRATOR
http://wald1.seattle.gov/personnel/employment
Duties include coordinating all aspects of the film permitting process, assisting applicants, handling financial transactions, and many more administrative duties. Applicants should have the equivalent of two years of administrative or program support experience. Strong communication skills. Financial management, good judgment and organizational, problem-solving and customer service skills are essential. The pay range is $17.90 - $20.80 an hour DOE and applications are due by December 11th.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

NWFF ANNOUCES NEW START-TO-FINISH FILM
http://www.nwfilmforum.org/rainbow.php
Scheduled to begin development in late spring 2008, Rainbow is the first feature film by Seattle artist Dayna Hanson. A modern-day musical, Rainbow centers on a gifted 16-year-old whose naivete is her only defense against the demise of her fractured family. Rainbow is being commissioned by NWFF through the Start-to-Finish program, which funds the film, provides in-kind services, and aids in every aspect of the production. As with previous projects, Hanson will create Rainbow through an improvisational process with a tight group of collaborators.

BARSUK RECORDS' NEW RELEASES, HOLIDAY SPECIALS AND UPDATES
http://www.barsuk.com/
In the next two months, the relentless Barsuk is releasing the debut solo record from Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie) and a brand new Nada Surf album. The Seattle label is also offering special holiday priced packages of all their releases.

LOCAL PRODUCTION, THE OFF HOURS, NABS ALICIA SILVERSTONE, GRACES COVER OF MAGAZINE
http://www.theoffhoursfilm.com/
Great news for a great local production! Batman and Robin starlet Alicia Silverstone has signed on to play Francine, a diner waitress trying to escape from the confines of her small town life. Not only that, The Off Hours is on the cover of this month's Seattle Woman magazine, with a fantastic article and a two page photo spread of the four producers. With the promise of a fantastic cast, a great soundtrack and beautiful 35mm cinematography, The Off Hours is poised to achieve artistic and commercial success.

GRANTS FOR ARTIST PROJECTS (GAP) APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE
http://www.artisttrust.org/grants/GAP
Individual artists who reside in Washington State are encouraged to apply to the 2008 Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) Program. Artist Trust's GAP Program provides support for individual artist projects by awarding up to $1,500 for projects including (but not limited to) the development, completion or presentation of new work.

"UNCOMMON COURAGE" FILM SCREENING AT WHITE RIVER VALLEY MUSEUM

STG PRESENTS THE MOORE 100 OPEN HOUSE
http://www.themoore.com
In honor of The Moore Theatre's 100th Birthday, on December 10th, audience members can get close to over 25 vaudeville-inspired performers who will be presenting their acts around the lobby, stage and house areas. Free food and drink, including a giant cake in the shape of The Moore, will be shared. From 7:30, the public can "ROCK OUT" on stage as the house band commemorates over 40 years of music from hippies to grunge. Free raffles will take place throughout the evening, hosted by Randy Hoffmeyer as Jack Benny. Historic photos, guided tours and spot lighting on architectural details allow the public unprecedented insight into what this theatre has hosted over the decades and why The Moore is to be celebrated and cherished. Even the customary practice of buying a ticket is waived for one night; this event is free to all!

JACK STRAW PRODUCTIONS AND WASHINGTON COMPOSERS FORUM PRESENT COMPOSER SPOTLIGHT: KEVIN PATTON
http://www.jackstraw.org
Kevin Patton is a composer, guitarist, and experimental sound performer interested in exploring the increasingly nebulous borderlands between humans and machines in performance. In this Composer Spotlight, he will present parts of his piece Cracked Across the Brow with saxophonist Greg Sinibaldi. The integration of interactive electronic music and machine improvisation into traditional performance contexts is at the center of his practice. He will perform Wednesday, December 12th.

DECEMBER UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FILM SERIES
http://www.langstonblackfilmfest.org
The December Safe House screening of the Underground Railroad Film Series presents two films about aspects of contemporary Muslim-American life: Covered Girls and Islam Behind Bars beginning Thursday, December 13th at Central Cinema. As the Underground Railroad continues its journey through February 2008, LHAAFF offers more provocative films and lively discussion highlighting the intersection between Blacks and other cultures from around the world and in our own backyard. And while the subject matter is about the Black Dispora, we welcome audiences from every culture to join in this exploration of filmmaking gems

SEATTLE FILMMAKERS WIN NATIONAL FILM COMPETITION
http://www.48hourfilm.com
Seattle Film Team, Team Juicebox, won this year's 48 Hour Film Project Fall Shootout with their film, "Lethal Cotillion." The 3rd Annual Fall Shootout, took place Nov. 3 -5, 2007, where the winning teams from 26 participating cities across the United States competed for a chance to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 and an automatic entry as one of the five teams in the next round 48HFP competition. Congratulations to Team Juicebox!

NEW LOCAL VIDEOS FROM THE SEATTLE CHANNEL
http://www.seattlechannel.org
This week, the Seattle Channel offers an interview with Gary Locke, a local jazz performance by the Bill Anschell trio, Tacoma's approach to panhandling (on City Inside/Out), a new episode of CityStream, and much more. Also, this weekend we will feature several new episodes of local arts programs in the Art Zone (Thursday-Saturday from 8 pm to 12 midnight). As always, all material will post to the Seattle Channel website shortly after.

MARY BETH FELKER NAMED TO INTERNATIONAL VOICE COUNCIL
http://www.thevoiceproject.com
Selected as one of only 16 instructors throughout North America and Europe, Mary Beth Felker, owner of The Voice Project - vocal and artist development studios in Portland and Seattle - will provide professional training through the International Voice Council website. The TC-Helicon Voice Council website is an industry-first partnership with the most innovative instructors on modern vocal technique. The website benefits singers of any level desiring to improve their craft by bridging contemporary vocal instruction and the creative use of voice technology tools.

'DIGGERS' NOMINATED AT NOW FILM FESTIVAL
http://www.nowfilmfestival.com
Local short-film Diggers, (now in 35mm print!) has been bopping about the festival circuit, from L.A. to Canada, and will soon be seen in India, Wisconsin, and on the web. The short has been announced as a semi-finalist for the online-only Now film festival. Diggers will also be available online at Myspace-film and Myspace-TV. Congrats!

CROSSFADER MAGAZINE MONITORS THE CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY REVOLUTION
http://www.crossfader.com
Crossfader, an online educational magazine for professional and next generation digital artists, features video interviews with innovators as part of a mission to share the story of how the PC transforms artistic creative expression. Recent interviews feature musician Jake One, Sabzi of Seattle's famed Blue Scholars, Brian Camelio of revolutionary music label ArtistShare, and LUX Media's Steve Mack. Taken together, Crossfader interviews monitor the technological metamorphosis of creative expression.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 11/26-12/2
http://www.seattle.gov/filmandmusic
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard, Fremont, and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).

  1. Various Artist - Live at KEXP Vol. 3
  2. The Cops - Free Electricity
  3. Eddie Vedder - Into The Wild
  4. Cave Singers - Invitaion Song
  5. Maktub - Start it Over
  6. Blue Scholars - Bayani
  7. The Blakes - Blakes & Brandi Carlile - Live A East Street (tie)
  8. Brandi Carlile - Story
  9. Pearl Jam - Live At Easy Street
  10. Aviation Records Compilation - 2021: Aviation Record

MEDIA DIGEST

BRILLIANT COREA IS RELAXED AND SPLENID
http://seattletimes.com/2004041598_jazz30.html
Chick CoreaAmanda Wilde's series on Northwest producers continues with a conversation with Terry Date. The mood in the packed house at Jazz Alley Tuesday was celebratory and nostalgic but also contrary, loose and mischievous, as the brilliant pianist, band leader and composer Chick Corea reunited with some old friends.

SEATTLE SYMPHONY GETS HAMLISCH
http://seattletimes.com/thearts/hamlisch29.html
Marvin Hamlisch, one of the country's most respected figures in orchestral pops, is the Seattle Symphony's new principal pops conductor. The appointment, beginning in September 2008, is for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons; he will conduct three of the five weeks of pops programming each season. Hamlisch, 63, has won most of the entertainment industry's top honors, including Grammy, Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe awards and a Pulitzer Prize. He wrote the classic Broadway show "A Chorus Line" and has scored such films as "The Sting," "The Way We Were," "Sophie's Choice," "The Spy Who Loved Me," "Take the Money and Run" and "Ordinary People."

JAZZ LABEL MARKS A SWINGING DECADE
http://seattlepi.com/341483_ballard29.html
By February of next year, Ballard's Origin Records will have released 200 jazz recordings, More than half of them from local artists. Friday night, to celebrate the label's 10th anniversary, Ballard will swing with the sounds of 16 groups pouring out of 11 different venues. With acts ranging from the Seattle Arts Trio -- a new group coming out of the University of Washington Jazz Studies program -- to a quintet led by retired Cornish College of the Arts Professor Hadley Caliman, the Ballard Jazz Walk offers a diverse array of musicians with one thing in common: They all have releases out on the Origin label.

BUG IN THE BASSBIN 2007 LAPTOP BATTLE CHAMPIONSHIPS
http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/
When it comes to laptop battle champions, there can only be one. Over the course of the year, a half-dozen regional champions have been found in their respective home cities. Now it's time for them to come together in Seattle to determine which of them will earn definitive bragging rights as the 2007 Laptop Battle Champion.

SOUND REFLECTIONS: TERRY DATE
http://kuow.org/programs/sound_focus.asp
Amanda Wilde's series on Northwest producers continues with a conversation with Terry Date. Terry Date's name is recognized world wide. He's produced hard rocking records for over 25 years for Northwest and national bands such as Soundgarden, Pantera, The Deftones, and Smashing Pumpkins. Working in such a high profile role, Terry Date explains why it's his job to be invisible.

BERLIN FESTIVAL BOOSTS SHORT FILMS SHORTS SECTION LIMITED TO WORLD PREMIERES
http://www.variety.com/index
Short films will be gaining increased significance at the upcoming Berlin Intl. Film Festival. Organizers said Thursday that as of 2008, all screeners in the Berlinale Shorts section will be presented as world premieres. "In this way, current international trends in filmmaking can be witnessed on the big screen," said Maike Mia Hoehne, Berlinale Shorts curator. "More than 1,500 submissions from 64 countries is evidence enough that this type of film production continues to thrive."

"MAKEOVER" LOCAL EPISODE TO RAISE CASH FOR HOPELINK
http://seattletimes.com/html/makeovershow30e.html
To benefit Hopelink, an Eastside social-services agency, Kirkland Performance Center next month will present a benefit viewing of ABC Television's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" - the episode showing the house built for Connie Chapin of Kirkland and her family. Chapin is a former Hopelink client. A single mother of four, she was surprised by a television camera crew knocking on her door in late September. She and her family were sent on a Florida vacation while her 1928 house near Interstate 405 was demolished and replaced with a 3,500-square-foot Craftsman-style home built by volunteers and the Building Industry Association of Washington.

PAYING WHAT YOU CAN FOR THE ARTS
http://seattletimes.com/sasquatch30.html
An audience-award-winner at this year's Slamdance film festival, "The Sasquatch Gang" is a charmingly goofy slice of alternative entertainment, just outr enough to make Hollywood bean-counters skittish. "The Sasquatch Gang" capitalizes on hilariously off-kilter dialogue and the geek-appeal of its fresh young cast, led by Jeremy Sumpter (from 2003's underrated "Peter Pan") and including Addie Land, a graduate of Seattle's Nova High School who earned praise for her debut in 2004's indie drama "Evergreen."

NERDS, BIGFOOT AND A LOCAL GAL: WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE?
http://seattletimes.com/sasquatch30.html
The Sasquatch GangAn audience-award-winner at this year's Slamdance film festival, "The Sasquatch Gang" is a charmingly goofy slice of alternative entertainment, just outr enough to make Hollywood bean-counters skittish. "The Sasquatch Gang" capitalizes on hilariously off-kilter dialogue and the geek-appeal of its fresh young cast, led by Jeremy Sumpter (from 2003's underrated "Peter Pan") and including Addie Land, a graduate of Seattle's Nova High School who earned praise for her debut in 2004's indie drama "Evergreen."

GRAND ILLUSION CLOSED THIS WEEK
http://seattletimes.com/2004050555_illusion04.html
The Grand Illusion Cinema in the University District is closed for previously scheduled roof repairs this week, canceling what remains of the theater's planned week of Katharine Hepburn movies. Weather permitting; it may reopen Friday for a scheduled week's run of "Honey & Clover."

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON WON'T COOPERATE IN MUSIC-PIRACY PROBE
http://seattletimes.com/2004musicprobe30.html
The U.S. recording industry may be using illegal investigative techniques to gather information about alleged online music pirates, according to a court filing by the University of Oregon in a suit against 17 of its students. The students were sued by a coalition of recording companies including Arista Records and Universal Music Group. In court papers filed Wednesday, the university claimed the plaintiff companies are using an investigation firm that is unlicensed in Oregon as part of their campaign against the sharing of copyrighted music.

PINCH US: A MARLENE DIETRICH, KATHARINE HEPBURN WEEKEND
http://seattletimes.com/html/movies/screen.html
A Marlene Dietrich, Katharine Hepburn Weekend!"30 Years of Kino" has its final week at SIFF Cinema, with a classic double feature: 1930's "The Blue Angel" in its restored German version (with Marlene Dietrich warbling "Falling in Love Again"), and Peter Lorre as a psychopath child killer in Fritz Lang's "M." Saturday brings the 1964 Soviet film "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors" paired with Luis Buuel's surrealist 1930 film "L'Age d'Or" (showing with Buuel and Salvador Dali's eye-slicing 1929 short, "Un Chien Andalou"). Pascale Ferran's elegantly flowery "Lady Chatterley" screens Sunday; Akira Kurosawa's Siberian adventure "Dersu Uzala" screens Monday.

UW AND MET OPERA'S GUARRERA DIES AT 83
http://seattletimes.com/20040musicbriefs30.html
Frank Guarrera, 83, died last week in Philadelphia of complications from diabetes after a long career that included a 10-year stint on the University of Washington voice faculty in the 1980s. The noted baritone was long affiliated with the Metropolitan Opera; his 35 roles included 85 appearances in his signature role of Escamillo, the toreador in "Carmen."

SUGAR NIGHTCLUB SHOOTER ARRESTED
http://seattlepi.com/341652_sugarshooting30.html
A 21-year-old man suspected of shooting three people inside Sugar Nightclub has been arrested, Seattle police reported. The victims were shot early Nov. 19 inside the club at 916 E. Pike Street during an 18-and-up event. The most seriously wounded was a 22-year-old man struck in the abdomen. No one was killed. The suspect was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of attempted murder and assault, and on warrants for theft and driving with a suspended license. Facing sanctions for the violence and previous liquor violations, the club's owner shut it down the following the day.

'WHAT WOULD JESUS BUY?' IS AN ENTERTAINING REALITY CHECK
http://seattlepi.com/341606_jesus30q.html
Joining the flurry of Christmas-themed movies already in the theaters this week ("Fred Claus," "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, "This Christmas") is the entertaining and eye-opening Christmas documentary "What Would Jesus Buy?" The movie is out to persuade anyone who still needs persuading that the holiday season has become overcommercialized to the point of absurdity: a sinister tool of big corporations that have programmed us into charging $100 billion on Christmas gifts each year.

A SHOW OF LOVE IN MEMORY OF LATE COWBOYS SINGER
http://seattletimes.com/cowboy30.html
Blue ScholarsIt's going to be a rock 'n' roll tribute to Ian Fisher, the iconic Seattle singer for the 1980s rock group the Cowboys. He died of a heart attack at age 51 on Oct. 23 on Samui Island in Thailand. Members of the band, which broke up in 1986, will play Sunday at the Tractor Tavern. Few individuals represented the spirit of the local rock scene of that era as well as Fisher. The Cowboys played British-inspired power pop. They were among the bar bands at the time that insisted on playing their own songs, breaking the lock that club owners had on bands to play cover songs.

THE TRASHIES ARE DEAD!
http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/id=449541
And like that, it's done. The Trashies are over. The metal trash can upon which they place their keyboard and take their name is completely flattened by crowd feet, a tradition that happens at every good Trashies show. As the crowd empties onto the sidewalk, the feeling is one of postcoital happiness-the Trashies might be through, but there will still be plenty of stupid fun, for everyone, forever.

HEAR IT HERE: NEW, LIMITED EDITION MUDHONEY
http://blog.seattlepi.com/earcandy/126898.asp
Mudhoney has posted two new tracks to their MySpace page. The songs are live versions of "Hate The Police" and "Suck You Dry" from the band's limited edition live record "Live Mud. The album is currently on sale at the Sub Pop online store. There were only 500 made, so Mudhoney fans, act fast to pick this one up while it's still around.

WRITERS GUILD TO COUNTER WITH A NEW PLAN
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/
The WGA will respond to studio reps' latest contract proposal on new-media pay by advancing its own new proposals. Today marks the 29th day of the WGA strike, with labor and management again retreating to separate corners until the next negotiating session. And with a recently implemented press blackout on the contract talks now lifted, the parties have returned to trading verbal broadsides.

LOCAL MUSICIAN KIMYA DAWSON HAND-PICKED FOR JUNO SOUNDTRACK
http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/
As an indie-friendly comedy, Juno has a soundtrack comprised of tunes by the Kinks, Belle & Sebastian, Sonic Youth, Cat Power, Mott the Hoople, and Olympia's Kimya Dawson in various guises (solo and as part of the Moldy Peaches and Antsy Pants). Up and coming actress, Ellen Page had a hand in selecting Dawson's music for a good chunk of the movie's soundtrack, which Rhino will release digitally on December 11 and physically on January 15. Juno itself will hit theatres December 5th.

WRITERS, STUDIOS TO RETURN TO TALKS
http://seattlepi.com/hollywoodlabor.html
A relatively scant $21 million separates contract proposals disclosed by studios and striking Hollywood writers. But the difference that matters the most is the one between the $20,000-plus that writers now earn for a single network rerun of a TV episode and the $250 the studios are offering for a year's online use of an hour long show.

UNIVERSAL BANS SONG STREAMS, CUTS NOKIA FREE MUSIC DEAL. WILL THE REAL DOUG MORRIS PLEASE STAND UP?
http://hypebot.typepad.com/universal-bans.html
Anyone who read Universal CEO Doug Morris' recent Wired interview knows just how conflicted he and his fellow execs are about this whole digital revolution Music 2.0 thing. But even the closest observer couldn't have been prepared for the company's recent schizophrenic behavior.

OPERA TO LEASE MERCER ARENA; "COUP" FOR CITY, SEATTLE CENTER
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/
Seattle Opera would take over the empty city-owned Mercer Arena as offices and production shops under a deal Mayor Greg Nickels is scheduled to announce today. The proposed long-term lease would allow the Opera - which performs next door at McCaw Hall - to consolidate its offices and costume and scene shops at Seattle Center, instead of being scattered among three sites in Renton and Seattle. The deal also would put the arena, dark for almost five years, back into use while earning the city some money.

FOR LOVE OF THE CROCODILE
http://www.seattleweekly.com/music/blogs/reverb/
Personality conflicts between Dorgan and Greenberg and competion from thriving venues like Neumo's aside, things just haven't felt quite right since long-time booking agent Christine Wood stepped down last year. Greenberg did an admirable job filling her shoes, and freshly promoted assistant booker Eli Anderson is a sweet-natured and talented fellow, but when paychecks start bouncing and food service is discontinued (dinner service stopped quite a while back, and the kitchen closed entirely last month), things are heading into undeniably trecherous territory.

ON TOUR IN A LAND OF NOISE: HEAD LIKE A KITE TOUR JAPAN
http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Content?oid=449538/
Trent Moorman writes, "Because we're from Seattle, Head Like a Kite is grunge to the Japanese. Three different people ask if we played with Nirvana. I tell a guy that Kurt Cobain's death was a lie and he's alive and working at Scarecrow Video. Our hometown legacy is a big deal to people here, adding unexpected pressure to the gig. Before, I was only worried about impressing Inagaki; now, I don't want grunge to die by my hand."

U.S. FILMS REMAIN A HOT TICKET ABROAD
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/
American motion pictures continue to attract foreign audiences even as the image of the U.S. is tarnished by unpopular polices pushed by the government, according to the head of the studios' trade organization. MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman told the UBS Global Media & Communications Conference in New York on Tuesday that "there is no appreciable diminution" of the overseas appetite for U.S. films "even with the marginalization" of the American culture worldwide. "People are able to separate our product from the politics in this country," he said. Overseas sales of American motion pictures account for more than half of the overall sales the studios make every year, Glickman said, making the those markets more important than ever.