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Vol. 5, No. 27
December 7 - 13, 2011    

CITY NEWS
NEW COLUMN: SHORT FILM FRIDAYS 
We here at the Office of Film + Music believe criticism is a hallmark of a successful film community.  So, it gave us great joy to hear Charles Mudede at The Stranger has started a new local film review column called Short Film Fridays.  We are partnering with The Stranger by promoting these film reviews with the belief that it will expand the public appeal of our local movie making talent, continually advance the artistic quality of our work, and inspire more film critics to evaluate local film. The first in the series is below.

FRIDAY, DEC. 9:  BRENDAN O'NEILL KOHL'S "DAY LABOR"
THE STRANGER
Completed in 2010, and shot entirely in Seattle, the film is essentially about the nature and mode of post-industrial American labor. And as we all well know, labor is at the center of our minds in this moment -- the Occupy moment.  The film and Charles Mudede's review will appear in the Slog this Friday, December 9.

CINEMATOGRAPHER AND GROOVEMEISTERS ON ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY

ART ZONE

This week on Art Zone, Nancy gets down with the laid back groove of local band Dub Lounge International, and profiles renowned local Cinematographer Ben Kasulke. Catch the show as it airs on Seattle Channel this Friday at 9:00pm. 

APPLICANTS WANTED FOR FAMILIES AND EDUCATION LEVY COMMITTEE

CITY OF SEATTLE

The City of Seattle is looking for 8 candidates for the Families and Education Levy Oversight Committee.  The $232 million Levy will be effective from 2012 through 2018, and will funding for increasing successful learning in our schooling system. For those who are strong advocates of keeping, and bolstering, the arts in public schools, the committee will have a strong voice in what direction our school system takes.

SEATTLE HONORS HENDRIX WITH GUITAR PARK

FLAVORWIRE

The Seattle Parks Department announced this week the official makeover for Jimi Hendrix Park. The 2.5 acre green space will be remade in the shape of a guitar and is slated to open next year, coinciding with what would have been the guitarist's 70th birthday. The park will feature a fretboard bridge, rain drums, a butterfly garden, a sound garden and a performance space.  

NEW DOWNTOWN HISTORIC THEATRE DISTRICT RESOLUTION SIGNED

CITY OF SEATTLE  

The governing boards of the Moore Theatre, The Paramount Theatre, ACT - A contemporary Theatre, Town Hall Seattle, and the 5th Avenue Theatre have joined forces with the City of Seattle to develop a Downtown Historic Theatre District. Recognizing the importance that these venues have in Seattle, the district was created to help reserve and maintain these treasured cultural assets and major downtown attractions. Mayor Mike McGinn and Councilmember Licata signed a resolution yesterday at a press conference at the 5th Avenue Theatre.  

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

WHAT STANDS OUT ABOUT PACIFIC NORTHWEST FILM?

KCTS  

The Northwest has its own flavor, that's for sure. It has a particular sound, as its music scene has defined itself time and time again as a unique music capitol. Its art scene has even been pinpointed as a specific style. Seattle is home to a unique blend of filmmakers, but there's a sense that Seattle filmmakers haven't broken through in a way they ought to have quite yet. Are we anticipating the defining moment in Northwest film? 

AMAZON ADVERTISING LOTS OF LOCAL FILM AND MUSIC JOBS  

AMAZON 

Seattle is a city replete with unique jobs in the music and film industry. When scanning any jobs-posting engine for Seattle, an eclectic mix of music-related jobs are discovered all around the city. From Music Content & Community Developer, to Senior Product Manager of digital music, unique opportunities seem to exist everywhere. 

NW FILM FORUM PRESENTS FRAMING PICTURES

NWFF 

Join the Northwest Film Forum and three longtime Seattle film critics for Framing Pictures, for a free discussion of film this Friday, December 9. Topics this month will include a revival of The Last Picture Show, trilogies, The Interview, and the movies of the moment. Listen as Film Comment Editor Richard T. Jameson, MSN critic Kathleen Murphy, and Everett Herald/KUOW critic Robert Horton share their thoughts on cinema past, present, and future.  

YOUTH FILMMAKERS: MOHAI'S HISTORY IS __ YOUTH MEET-UP IS THIS FRIDAY

HISTORY IS

Join the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) for a film networking event exclusively for young film enthusiasts (17 and younger). Connect with professionals and organizations from the local film industry, view film screenings, attend panels that include film school graduates and film scorers, and enjoy good food & drink. This free event is from 7-9pm this Friday, December 9 at the Old Fire Teen Center in Redmond.   

INTERNATIONAL CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS SEEKS SUBMISSIONS

ICP     

Submissions are now open for the 2012 International Conservation Photography Awards. The program, founded by local legend Art Wolfe in 1997, invites photographers from around the globe to submit their conservation-themed photographs in a variety of categories, including regional-specific "Puget Sound at Risk." Selected pieces from the competition will be shown at the Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture, followed by a travelling exhibit.

HOLIDAY NETWORKING EVENT FOR FILMMAKERS AND COMPOSERS

SEATTLE COMPOSERS ALLIANCE     

Seattle Composers Alliance and Seattle Area Filmmakers are teaming up to sponsor a holiday networking event next Thursday, December 15th at the BalMar lounge in Ballard. Meet fellow filmmakers and composers, make new connections and celebrate the season.

SEATTLE DIRECTOR'S DOCUMENTARY MAKES OSCAR SHORTLIST

OSCARS 

The documentary Undefeated, co-directed by Seattle native T.J. McKay Martin has made the Oscar short list for Best Feature Documentary. The music supervisor for the film, Sandy Wilson of Light in the Attic Records, is also a Seattleite. The top five finalists will be announced on January 24th.   

HELP "KICKSTART" SEATTLE FILM AND MUSIC PROJECTS

Kickstarter is an online "crowd-funding" resource that helps musicians, filmmakers and  producers of artistic projects reach out to friends and fans for financial support. Kickstarter allows artists the opportunity to give back to funders with special rewards, such as an exclusive album pre-release, a producer credit in a film, or even getting to meet the  artist in person. Seattle is a hotbed for film and music projects, and you can be a pivotal part of the production process by backing a project and spreading the word. Current Seattle-based Kickstarter projects are listed below ordered by time remaining. Click on the Kickstarter buttons to check out these local projects and discover even more happening around Seattle.

 Fuel the Finish of Ben Union's "This Blessed Union" Vol 2 - December 10th (4 days)

Welcome to Doe Bay  - December 10th (4 days)

Mary Lambert's Debut EP: [Petal] - December 12th (4 days)

The Shootout- A Western Short Film - December 12th (4 days) 

THE JEFFERSON ROSE BAND'S FIRST ALBUM - December 14th (7 days)

Esther Lydia's First Album! - December 16th (8 days)

V+The Noise needs your help to record their inaugural album! - January 1st (24 days)

Pokémon Reorchestrated's Kanto Symphony - January 2nd (25 days)

 Sol - The Road to Yours Truly  - January 6th (29 days)

Kenbe La ~ Hold On - January 6th (30 days) 

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 11/28- 12/4

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC

Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).   

 

 1  Various Artists - "Live at KEXP, Volume 7"

 2  Pickwick -"Myths"

 3  Head & The Heart - "Head & The Heart"
 4  Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs" 

 5  Chris Cornell - "Songbook"

 6  Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues" 

 7  Pearl Jam - "PJ20"  

 8  Caspar Babypants - "Sing Along!" 

 Caspar Babypants - "More Please!"
 10 Star Anna - "Alone in This Together" 

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: 

 

MICROSOFT OEM FEATURED PCs 

THE RADISCHO

 

Seattle based The Radisch Co just wrapped a two day shoot, an original work created for Microsoft Corporation.  The three videos were produced by Lisa Farnham; John Jeffcoat served as director/DP and editor.  The project was filmed throughout Seattle at locations including SAM's Sculpture Park, Flying Fish Restaurant, GGLO Architects, private homes, and the South Lake Union Trolley, focusing on real life scenarios such as people in the work place, people on the go, people in their homes, and people at play.  The videos were produced to engage the viewer and weave in the use and features of the personal computers developed by companies that partner with Microsoft Corporation.  

The cast and crew, all locally based, were "consummate professionals," said Farnham.  "We shoot a lot in the Seattle area. Locations, cast and crew are always dependable, professional and friendly."

The Radisch Co hired 22 local cast and crew and worked with five local vendors during production.  All three videos are scored with original music by Matt Hutchinson and motion graphic design by David Llama.
SCARECROW ON SEATTLE
SCARECROW 
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 Seattle's most filmable locations.


Massacre
(1985)   


Making an action movie based on the notorious Wah Mee Massacre is undeniably in
questionable taste, but perhaps the worst offense committed by the guys who made Massacre (aka The Border of Tong) is that it is such a crappy loaf of cinematic crud. Even though the filmmakers claim that this is a purely fictitious creation with the standard "no similarity to persons living or dead is intended" type disclaimer, the movie stays pretty close to the actual events of the horrific incident that occurred back in 1983. Three Chinese American men robbed and killed the patrons of an underground gambling club called Wah Mee that was in the International District. One of the victims actually survived and was able to identify the thieves, one of whom had escaped to Canada. The screenwriters throw in a missing "little black book" with politically compromising information, a city council candidate desperate to retrieve it, a hit-man hired by said candidate, and a Canadian hooker with a heart of gold. The biggest addition to this cinematic atrocity is a Dirty Harry-type police officer named Randy Walker who looks like he gets his mullet trimmed by the same barber that took care of Mel Gibson's locks circa Lethal Weapon 2. The cop has one small lead in the mass-murder investigation (an origami grasshopper), and the plot eventually becomes a race between the hit-man and the detective to find the fugitive shooter. Detective Walker is portrayed by David Heavener in his cinematic debut. You may not be aware of Heavener unless you watch a lot of straight to video action flicks or work in a video store (or both), but he has starred in a plethora of sub-par, low-budget potboilers. He is a marginally skilled martial artist, but none of his fighting talents are utilized in Massacre. As a matter of fact, the director seems to have no idea of how to stage a fight or car chase and little understanding of how crucial these elements are for making a satisfying cop actioneer. The amateurish nature of the production is also reflected in the screenplay. Even though the film is closely based on a true story, they still manage to muddle things up with too many pointless details, bad "confused white guy in a Chinese restaurant" jokes, and not enough attention to simple things like plot and character. Most of the first third of Massacre takes place in Seattle. There are quite a few helicopter shots showcasing different parts of the city, including requisite shots of the Space Needle, the Kingdome, the waterfront, King Street Station, SODO, the International District, and a ferry in Elliott Bay. The Alaskan Way Viaduct, SeaTac Airport, the Greyhound Bus Station are also shown, along with a residential Central District block and numerous glimpses of the ID's streets and alleys. Some of the film is set in Vancouver B.C., so you would assume (especially with a low budget film like this) that they'd just grab a few establishing shots in the Emerald City and then do everything else up north. Refreshingly, the Seattle portions of Massacre seem to actually have been done right here. If you want to learn more about the Wah Mee Massacre, I suggest you look elsewhere. But if you're a sucker for bad action movies, there are a lot of laughs and Seattle scenery to be found in Massacre.

 -Spenser Hoyt 
MEDIA DIGEST

FOUR NORTHWEST ARTISTS NOMINATED FOR GRAMMY AWARDS 

SEATTLE TIMES 

The 54th Grammy Awards have announced their nominees, and Seattle artists are well accounted for. Death Cab For Cutie (Best Alternative Music for Codes and Keys), Eddie Vedder (Best Folk Album for Ukulele Songs), the Fleet Foxes (Best Folk Album for Helplessness Blues), and The Decemberists (Best Rock Song for "Down by the Water"), all received nods, amidst the likes of Adele and Kanye West. The 54th Grammys will be held Feb. 12 in Los Angeles.  

SEATTLE FILMMAKER JAMES LONGLEY RECEIVES "USA" GRANT
SEATTLE TIMES

Seattle documentary filmmaker James Longley (and 2007 Mayor's Film Award recipient) was among the 2011 USA Fellows announced by a United States Artists, a foundation that awards 50 grants to artists in the visual, media, performing, and literary arts every year. Longley was one of three local artists selected by the national organization.  

SEATTLE MAGAZINE PROFILES THE BUSINESS OF MAKING A LOCAL LOW BUDGET FEATURE FILM 

SEATTLE MAG 

Ira Finklestein's Christmas, written and directed by Susan Corcoran, is an independent film shot in Seattle and Leavenworth. Although she doesn't consider herself to be "super indie," Corcoran was still able to make Seattle look like Florida on a low budget. The film had its share of funding issues. Susan made it work, though, ultimately finding funding for the movie, which is now seeking distribution.  

"LATE AUTUMN" LEAD RECEIVES THIRD BEST ACTRESS AWARD 

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER  

Tang Wei, the Chinese actress that starred in the 2010 film Late Autumn, has received her third international Best Actress Award for her portrayal as a female prisoner who falls in love with a man on the run while on parole. Late Autumn was shot entirely in Washington State in February 2010, using the Northwest's grey winter weather as a moody backdrop to the film.  Late Autumn was incentivized through the Washington State Film Competitiveness Program. 

CELL PHONES WELCOME IN THIS THEATRE

MEDIA CODER 

A theater in Bellevue is planning on making waves in the technology world. The planned 2,000 seat hall is being designed to embrace cell phone use, rather than shun it. A hope behind this "hands-off" approach to cell use is to attract a new, younger audience to the concert hall and enabling them to update their Facebook and Twitter accounts to their heart's content. Executive Director John Haynes says he didn't want to build the last great concert hall of the 20th century, but perhaps the first one of the 21st century. 

SEATTLE BAND RAVENNA WOODS SIGNS TO NEW RECORD LABEL
SSG MUSIC
Ravenna Woods has recently announced a new partnership with Red Ryder Entertainment. This exciting news comes at a time when the band announced their 2012 tour dates all along the West Coast. The "hardcore acoustic" band is among other popular artists signed to the agency, such as Sharon Van Etten and War on Drugs.
 

Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff 
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel Sawyer, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Sorayya Aminian
, Intern
Sam Veatch, Intern


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