|News from the Office of Film + Music
HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR IS TONIGHT!
Join us TONIGHT for the special Holiday edition of our monthly Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour! 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!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
FOUR SEATTLE FILMS TO SHOW AT SUNDANCE
The Sundance Institute has just announced the lineup of films selected to screen in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections, and four Seattle-made films made the list! Congratulations to the filmmakers of The Off Hours (written and directed by Megan Griffiths), The Catechism Cataclysm (written and directed by Todd Rohal), The Details (starring Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney and Tobey McGuire) and The Oregonian (written and directed by Lee Reeder). The Off Hours will make its world's premiere at the festival as part of the "Next" series, which highlights visionary, innovative and original work in low- and no-budget filmmaking, while The Catechism Cataclysm and The Oregonian will feature in "Park City at Midnight," which is home to horror films and extreme comedies. The Details is playing in the high-profile "Premieres" category. "The Sundance Film Festival is uniquely a festival of discovery and we are once again privileged to showcase the work of talented new artists," says Director of Programming, Trevor Groth. "All of this speaks to the vibrancy of independent film." Sundance 2011 will run January 20-30. For more information about these featured films and the festival lineup, be sure to follow the link. Congrats again!
THESE LOCAL ARTISTS ARE 2010 GRAMMY NOMINEES
The Recording Academy announced its nominations for this year's Grammy's. While acts like Eminem, Lady Gaga and Jay-Z lead with the most nominations, several Northwest bands are represented in the listings. In the best hard-rock category, Seattle's Alice and Chains and Soundgarden as well as former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl were recognized. Pearl Jam's Backspacer was nominated for best rock album and Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds' Kundalini Bonfire earned a nod in the best rock instrumental performance category. Kenny G's Heart and Soul and Portland's Band of Horses' Infinite Arms were also nominated. In the classical world, Seattle music engineers David Sabee and Kory Kruckenberg were nominated for their work with the Northwest Sinfonia. Congrats to all those nominated! For a full listing of the nominations, follow the link.
LOCAL "REEL GRRL" WINS PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD IN PBS VIDEO COMPETITION
Congratulations to Reel Grrls progeny Naomi Nelson! The local youth filmmaker has just been awarded the People's Choice Award from POV's "This is My Family" competition for her documentary short, Why Not. The competition is part of PBS' "Adoption Stories" public awareness campaign, launched to examine the issues adoptees and families who choose to adopt face. Naomi's film, described by POV as "personal story about one young woman's experience in foster care and how she beat the odds to end up at a four year university," garnered the most online votes in the short video competition. "This is the real thing, not polished," said one juror of Naomi's work. "She is a great character in the midst of transformation and you can't ask for anything more." See for yourself at the link above.
SIFF SEEKS EVENTS AND SPONSORSHIP INTERN
SIFF seeks an outgoing, professional individual for a unique internship opportunity. This support position is crucial to the success of more than 50 special events. Leading up to the Festival (May 19 - June 13), primary responsibilities will include procurement of in-kind sponsorship, restaurant trade and gift bag items. Additionally, this position will assist the SIFF Events Manager with all aspects of event planning and implementation during the Festival. This is an unpaid internship opportunity with a six-month commitment (January - June, 2011). If you are interested and meet the criteria outlined in the job description, please send your cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Visit the link above for more information and additional internship opportunities.
FREE FLEET FOXES HOLIDAY DOWNLOAD ON AMAZON
As part of its "25 Days of Free" Holiday promotion, Amazon MP3 is unveiling a free download of a festive song every day through Christmas. Launching the program in style, Fleet Foxes' "White Winter Hymnal" is the first release of the month. While the "Hymnal" isn't exactly "Jingle Bells," its wintry-rich, evocative melodies, have helped the track rocket to the top of Amazon MP3's free download charts. The track will only be available for a limited time, so be sure to follow the link and get your copy now!
PARTY WITH NORTHWEST FILM FORUM DECEMBER 20
Northwest Film Forum
The Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) is hosting its annual holiday party, and it promises a very good time. Featuring "Your favorite film luminary as Santa...The annual Nog-Off egg-nog championship...Back alley dreidel games...Dancing...Good cheer," the festivities have become a staple in the Seattle film community. Friends, families and food are welcome for this free event, which is happening at NWFF on Monday, December 20 at 7pm. Check out the link above for more details.
"TROUBLE IN MIND" RELEASED ON DVD
Trouble in Mind
Alan Rudolph's Trouble in Mind, which was shot in Seattle in 1985, has recently been released on DVD. The Good vs. Evil film features actors Genevieve Bujold, Lori Singer, Kris Kristofferson and Keith Carradine. Writes The New York Times, "Set in a retro future, created on a low budget by using selected perspectives on the then cinematically underexposed city of Seattle, Trouble in Mind pushes stylization about as far as American moviegoers will accept in a dramatic film, and perhaps a little bit further. At times, with its keening, Eastern-influenced score by Mark Isham and bluesy vocals by Marianne Faithful, it seems about to mutate into a musical." To read the full article and learn about how to purchase Trouble in Mind, follow the link.
ONLY A FEW WEEKS LEFT FOR SIFF 2011 ENTRIES
Hurry, hurry! Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is seeking features, documentaries, short films and animation for the 37th annual festival, and the deadline is January 3. With over 550 screenings of 250 features and 125 shorts in 25 days, SIFF is the largest film festival in the United States. Attracting audiences over 155,000, SIFF is a great way to get your film noticed. SIFF is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a Qualifying Festival in the Short Film category. If you think your film has got what it takes, follow the link above for submission details.
WINTER WEEK OF MUSIC AT EMP OFFERS FREE EVENTS
Beginning December 27, EMP is offering several free events to celebrate its Winter Week of Music. Guitar lessons for beginners or advanced students will be offered on December 27-30 from 1-2 pm. Total Experience Gospel Choir is performing a free event on December 27, English Handbell ensemble Emerald City Carillon will present a concert on December 28, Jason Parker Quartet will play jazz standards on December 29 and professional Japanese drum ensemble One World Taiko is drumming and dancing on December 30. All performance events take place at 2 pm at EMP Sky Church.
BECOME A REEL GRRLS MENTOR
Reel Grrls, the award-winning after school media production training program for teen girls, is seeking committed mentors for after-school and school-break programs in early 2011. Reel Grrls relies on the support and commitment of phenomenal adult women volunteers who mentor, train and learn alongside participants. They are seeking mentors with a variety of backgrounds and skills to share, but the main requirement is a commitment to empowering young women through media production. In exchange for their hard work and time commitment, mentors gain access to Reel Grrls video equipment and the opportunity to network with other Seattle-based filmmakers, artists, activists and educators. Learn more at the link above.
CALL FOR ENTRIES: TUMBLEWEED FILM FESTIVAL
The Tumbleweed Festival, which takes place in early August in Oroville, WA, is now accepting film submissions. Short and feature films in any genre will be considered, and you can apply any time between now and June 28, 2011. Every filmmaker receives a review of his or her film, regardless if it is accepted into the festival. The festival also offers incentives such as cash rewards for top films, complimentary shuttle service from Seattle to Oroville, free campsites, a special wine tasting social and hosted hikes, river floats and winery tours. For more information, follow the link.
MUSIC-THEMED CALENDAR TO BENEFIT VERA PROJECT
The "VAIN Loves Vera" 2011 wall calendar is a 12-month glimpse at the history and hairstyles of music, produced by VAIN hair salon. Musical genres represented include hip hop, punk rock, classical and hair metal, with photographs by famed NW music photographer Charles Peterson and others. All proceeds from calendar sales will benefit The Vera Project, Seattle's groundbreaking all-ages music and arts venue. The "VAIN Loves Vera" 2011 calendar is now available at VAIN, The Vera Project, Sonic Boom Records, Easy Street Records, Smarty Pants and Pretty Parlor. It is also available for purchase online at the link above.
ALL ACCESS SHOWCASES YOUNG TALENT AT YOUNGSTOWN CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
Each quarter ALL ACCESS classes end with a showcase, where youth have an opportunity to demonstrate their hard work on stage in the Youngstown theatre, with their families and the community in attendance. Enjoy a host of culminating projects and performances including breakdance, hip hop dance, improv/Theater of the Oppressed, songwriting, a Rock School Showcase, FEEST organic food +knowledge, a hip hop emcee/music showcase and more! These showcases have been a highlight of all the heart poured into the program, where families and community members are able to glimpse and appreciate (and hopefully support) the brimming talent and potential of neighborhood youth. It's all happening on Thursday, December 9 from 6-8:30 pm at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. More information is available at the link above.
'TIS THE SEASON AT SEATTLE CENTER'S WINTERFEST
Seattle Center's annual Winterfest continues throughout December with festive outdoor lighting , the return of the Center's ice rink,music, cultural celebrations and much more! Don't miss free performances from the Garfield High School Jazz Band (led by 2010 City of Music Award recipient Clarence Acox), the Microsoft Orchestra and comedian David Crowe of Unexpected Productions. There's also the Winter Train and Village, an exhibit representing a turn-of-the-century village and train, ice sculpting, fireside sing-alongs and a show from SANCA Acrobatics and Circus Arts. For more information and the complete performance schedule, follow the link.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 12/1 - 12/7
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Moondoggies "Tidelands"
- Various Artists "Live at Kexp Vol 6"
- Mad Rad "Youth Die Young"
- Pink Martini "Joy To The World"
- The Head and the Heart "Self Titled"
- Jimi Hendrix "West Coast Seattle Boy"
- Caspar Babypants "This Is Fun!"
- Young Evils "Enchanted Chapel"
- Black Mountain "Wilderness Heart"
- Corin Tucker "1,000 Years"
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:
LITTLE SNOWGIRL PRODUCTIONS' "Spinning"
Spinning is a dramatic short film directed by John Jacobsen (Arthur, Around The Fire), produced by Chris Oliver (Arthur), written by Ramona Guentzel and featuring Bhama Roget, Hans Altwies, Amy Thone, and Sarah-Eve Gazitt on the cast. The production was filming this week in various Seattle locations, and plans to complete the project for submission to film festivals in early 2011. Little SnowGirl Productions is hiring over 30 local cast and crew.
"Seattle is one of the best places to shoot high quality film projects," says producer Chris Oliver. "The amazing talent and family atmosphere between cast and crew, and the attention John Jacobsen and others bring to the importance of story in filmmaking, provides the opportunity to create films that really shine and stand above the crowd."
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.
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
The Fabulous Baker Boys opens with a just-before-sunset wide shot of the circa 1988 Seattle skyline and settles on Jeff Bridges slinking out of a one night stand from a building with a neon sign that says Captain's Vine Street Landing (where the Black Bottle is now) out in Belltown. From there he zigzags down First Avenue to Post Alley, cuts through the Market down to the Ivars on the waterfront, where he makes a dramatic leap to what looks like the steps of the Fairmont Olympic hotel up on 4th and University. That's about as much of Seattle as you see in this excellent drama written and directed by Steve Kloves (who would go on write Wonder Boys and adapt most of the Harry Potter movies). Bridges and his real-life sibling Beau play Frank & Jack Baker, middle-aged brothers who are veterans of the regional piano/cocktail/hotel bar circuit (there's no doubt that if this movie made in modern day Seattle, they'd be singing at Chopstix). They've been at it for so long that their relationship is starting to fray and familiar tunes are starting to sour. The more business and family minded Frank (Beau) decides they could use a singer to mix things up. Enter Susie (Michelle Pfeiffer), a somewhat scattered ex-escort with a voice of gold (Pfeiffer did all her own singing), and the new trio enjoy a brief stretch of success before the inevitable attraction sets in. Jack and Susie don't fall for each other so much as they just fall into each other. Their awkward relationship and her insistence that he's worth more than the small time lounges they've been playing--and that he knows it--sets off a chain reaction of events that threatens to sever the brothers' last remaining ties. Much of the film was shot in and around L.A., but there are a few more peeks of the city throughout, including a scene on top of Jack's Pioneer Square loft with a sun-drenched Smith Tower in the background.
NPR PICS TWO SEATTLE BANDS FOR "FIVE ARTISTS YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN IN 2010"
NPR enlisted the help of Seattle's KEXP to make a short list of "5 Artists You Should Have Known in 2010." Of the five, two of them are Seattle bands. The first should be no surprise; they have been earning local and national acclaim at an incredible speed this year. The Head and the Heart's self-titled album has been featured on all the major music blogs, including NPR. "You're likely to love this Seattle band's debut collection of well-crafted acoustic indie-pop. Its imaginative, piano-based arrangements are highlighted by tight, soulful harmonies, heartfelt lyrics and sing-along choruses," explains the article. The other local album on the list is Macklemore/Ryan Lewis' Vs. NPR explains its pick: "The Vs. is the first album of innovative hip-hop from Seattle's Macklemore and DJ/producer Ryan Lewis. Macklemore embraces a wide range of personal themes (including his recent struggle with drug addiction) in the powerful "Otherside." Lewis samples from Arcade Fire, Caribou, Beirut and Antony and the Johnsons, turning them all into cinematic bangers. Call it postmodern indie alterna-hip-hop crossover if you must, but it works." See the full list at the link above.
ARTS PATRONS: EXERCISE YOUR MANNERS
Seattle offers a wide variety of artistic and cultural activities throughout the year, and the holidays are probably the time when most citizens participate in these events. Whether you're going to PNB's "The Nutcracker" or your child's band concert, it's important to remember to exercise proper arts event etiquette. Seattlest recently featured an article about the dos and don'ts of arts manners. From proper attire to putting that cell away, the article offers helpful reminders for amateur and experienced patrons alike. Be sure to give it a read at the link above!
THE MOONDOGGIES ARE NPR'S SONG OF THE DAY
Congrats to The Moondoggies for being today's "Song of the Day" on NPR. The song is "What Took So Long" off their new album, Tidelands. Writes NPR, "The Moondoggies' music sounds exactly like the band's drizzly Seattle home: The heavy fog and rain of the Pacific Northwest is perfectly evoked in the group's dreamy, hazy melodies. Amid pretty harmonies, singer Kevin Murphy's gravelly voice is tempered with occasional falsettos that slide into a deep, soothing croon. In a manner atypical of the style, the guitar gets buried a bit, allowing the bass and drums to push The Moondoggies' songs forward." Read the full article at the link above.
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
Newsletter submission guidelines