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SPECIAL HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR NEXT WEEK
Wednesday December 17th, 5-7pm at Sole Repair on Capitol Hill
Join us on December 17th for a special holiday Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour honoring our nationally recognized filmmakers and musicians! Film, music, and digital media in Seattle have grown by leaps and bounds in 2008, and we are proud to have three locally produced films premiering in Sundance this year and Seattle Grammy nominations in all genres of music. Come join a toast and celebrate our successful year with food, drinks, and Chinese astrology! The event is sponsored by the Seattle Mayor's Office of Film + Music, WashingtonFilmWorks, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy, and Washington Interactive Network. Attendance at this event is limited to industry representatives and not open to the general public. You must be 21 + to attend. We hope to see you there!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
THREE SEATTLE FILMS WORLD PREMIERING AT SUNDANCE
Wrapping up a perfect end to a trend-changing year in Seattle film, a historic three Seattle-produced films are included in the 2009 Sundance Film Festival lineup announced last week. All of the films were shot locally. Lynn Shelton's third feature Humpday, David Russo's comedy The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, and Bobcat Goldthwait's World's Greatest Dad will all premiere at Sundance in January. Shelton and Russo are also both Seattle-based filmmakers. Congratulations to all!
ARTIST TRUST GRANTS AVAILABLE
Artist Trust is putting both its Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) and Fellowship applications online. Individual artists who reside in Washington State are encouraged to apply to the 2009 GAP Program. Artist Trust's GAP Program provides support for individual artist projects by awarding up to $1,500 for projects. The GAP Program is open to artists working in all creative disciplines including visual, performing, literary, media, emerging and cross-disciplinary arts.
MICHAEL SEIWERATH WINS GEORGE BAILEY AWARD
The Grand Illusion Cinema is proud to announce that this year's George Bailey Award will be presented to Michael Seiwerath, former director of Northwest Film Forum. NWFF grew from the roots laid down by the 1996 purchase and renovation of the beloved art-house movie theater, The Grand Illusion Cinema. The organizations now operate as separate entities and Michael has moved on from the NWFF but both film arts organizations continue to be influenced by Michael's contributions. The award will be presented at the It's A Wonderful Grand Illusion Holiday Party on December 16th.
CITY FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR INDIVIDUAL SEATTLE ARTISTS
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is accepting applications for the 2009 CityArtist Projects program that supports Seattle-based individual artists working in dance, music and theater. Artists working in traditional/ethnic and multidisciplinary projects that incorporate one of these primary performing arts disciplines may also apply. Funding awards range up to $10,000. CityArtist Projects is an annual funding program that provides support to individual Seattle artists to conceive, develop and present new, in-progress or finished original works. Projects must include a public presentation in the city. The program encourages a broad range of artistic and cultural expression that reflects Seattle's diversity.
SEATTLE FILMMAKER'S WORK ADDED TO THE KINSEY INSTITUTE'S LIBRARY
Seattle filmmaker Terisa Greenan has received word from the world famous Kinsey Institute that they wish to include her new web series, "Family" in their permanent library. Terisa conceived a web series of short episodes loosely based on her own life in the polyamory community of Seattle. She calls it "an episodic tale of alternative love." Terisa will produce two episodes per month for a full year, and longer if the series continues to be popular enough with fans. Episodes 1 and 2 have gotten large viewership on both youtube.com and facebook.com, and Terisa is now fielding interview requests from podcasts and other web series all across the country.
CHOP SUEY FILM NIGHT
Attention local filmmakers! Chop Suey is currently seeking entertaining short films (under 15 minutes) for an evening of film goodness. The first Chop Suey Film Night will take place mid-January. Please send a DVD screener to: Chop Suey Attn: Pete 1325 E. Madison, Seattle, WA 98122. Or email a link of the film to email@example.com.
VOLUNTEER/JOB OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT NWFF
It's no secret that Northwest Film Forum runs on the industry and creativity of their volunteer corps. All it takes is a commitment to come in at least two days or nights a month and an understanding that working here isn't at all like working for a conventional movie theatre, on a conventional production team, or in a conventional office environment. NWFF is also looking for a dynamic, well-organized volunteer coordinator. The ideal candidate for this position needs superior, empathetic people skills along with a pragmatic yet disciplined management style. NWFF is also offering a limited number of office, production, and exhibition internships. Interns work very independently on specialized projects. Check out the opportunities and get involved!
COLUMBIA CITY HOLIDAY KID'S FAIR
MUSICA Entertainment presents the Columbia City Holiday Kids Festival on December 13th. The festival celebrates the holidays by increasing awareness about early learning. This festive event includes performances from guitarist Michael Powers, Northwest Tap Connection, The EriAm sisters and Breaking Point Dance Company.
ANNUAL POUND OPEN STUDIOS & HOLIDAY SALE
Check out the Annual Pound Open Studios & Holiday Sale on December 12th. The night will feature a screening of Super 8 Superstitions, a compilation of Super-8 shorts created by local filmmakers all depicting a superstition each filmmaker pulled out of a hat. Don't miss plenty of other paintings, photography, film and videos, fashion, music, and live tattoos created by Seattle artists, and, of course, food and drink.
JOSHUA MORRISON'S HOME ON TV
Joshua Morrison grew up in Monroe, WA, on a steady diet of the talented singer/songwriters featured on KEXP. The sounds of David Bazan, Rocky Votolato and Death Cab for Cutie helped forge his passion for honest, heart-felt music. He bought his first guitar for $50 at the age of fifteen and quickly began to craft his own distinct sound. His first album, "Home" was released by the local Seattle label Expanding Brooklyn and features ten outstanding tracks. Being bestowed upon Josh are a number of humbling mentions in a few year-end lists, as well as a special on Seattle's CW11 featuring Josh. Before Josh leaves our land for a while, he'll play a show on December 27th at The Triple Door as well as an acoustic set at Easy Street on December 16th.
SETH GORDON - LOCAL SEATTLE FILMMAKER BREAKS THROUGH TO HOLLYWOOD!
Fidelma McGinn, Executive Director at Seattle's Artist Trust, shares a fascinating story about Seth Gordon. "...Seth Gordon started out as an eager intern at 911 Media Arts Center back in '98-2000. He was always diligent about his internship tasks (as mundane as they were) while he worked on a short film about a local school recycling old computers to send to a sister school in Russia. Seth was totally dedicated and persistent in pursuing a career in filmmaking and he took full advantage of all the resources 911, and the Seattle film community had to offer. He then moved to NY to make his way. From New York Doll, toTheKing of Kong: a Fistful of Quarters, he has hit a filmmaker's one-in-a-million jack-pot! Earlier, Gordon's feature film directorial debut of a big-budget Hollywood holiday flick was released - Four Christmases - starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon!Congratulations to our home-grown talent!" Thanks Fidelma and Seattle's amazing arts supporting organization, Artist Trust!
DIMITRIOU'S JAZZ ALLEY CELEBRATED ON SEATTLE CHANNEL
For almost three decades, Dimitrou's Jazz Alley has been a West Coast "must" for all the towering figures in the world of jazz. Join local jazz singer Kabibi Monie for a trip behind the scenes at Jazz Alley to meet the man behind the club, John Dimitriou, and learn what has made this Seattle icon such a success. Seattle Channel's tribute features terrific footage of club performances, great anecdotes, and interviews with stellar musicians as well as notable jazz experts. Don't miss this Seattle Channel Art Zone exclusive, airing December 11th - 12th.
NFFTY PARTNERS WITH TOMS SHOES
National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) and TOMS Shoes, a hip socially responsible shoe maker, are joining forces to support NFFTY Earth, the festival's environmental and social justice project. In support of NFFTY Earth, TOMS has created a special offer for NFFTY fans to support multiple causes. Redeem the code "nfftyearth" at checkout and receive $5 off your shoe purchase. NFFTY will get $8 to support the NFFTY Earth project, and a second pair of shoes will be donated to a child in need.
HOLIDAY JAZZ ON KPLU
Holiday Jazz sung and played by musicians from Seattle, Portland and Vancouver for a Northwest Jazz Christmas will be featured this Sunday afternoon on Jazz Northwest from KPLU. Thomas Marriott, Don Lanphere, the Roosevelt Jazz Band, David Friesen, Greta Matassa, The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and the B3 Kings are among the Northwest jazz artists who will be featured Sunday afternoon at 1 pm on Jazz Northwest from 88-5 KPLU and kplu.org. The program is produced and hosted by Jim Wilke for KPLU.
PAID CREW OPPORTUNITIES
On Friday, December 26, 2008, a televised network is looking for crew to help out at a sports broadcast of martial arts/boxing/kick boxing event. Positions needed are hand-held camera operators who have experience with network sports broadcast shoots and two cable pullers. If interested, available and qualified please contact Denise Gibbs with a resume.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 12/1 - 12/7
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- Various Artists - Live at KEXP, Vol. 4
- Death Cab for Cutie - Something About Airplanes Deluxe Edition
- Moondoggies - Don't Be a Stranger
- Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
- Blitzen Trapper - Furr
- Supersuckers - Get It Together
- Whore Moans - Hello From Radioland
- Love Tan - Miscellaneous Young
- Sex Vid - Communal Living
GRAMMY NOMINATIONS INCLUDE MANY WITH SEATTLE-AREA CONNECTIONS
The Grammy nominations were announced last Wednesday, and there were some familiar acts among the 110 categories. Some with ties to the Puget Sound area: Death Cab for Cutie, Origin Records, Bill Frisell, Eddie Vedder and "Young Frankenstein: The Musical." The Seattle Symphony's production of "The Shoe Bird was also nominated for Best Musical Album for Children.
ARE YOU ON CATNIP CAMERA?
Seattle filmmakers Michael and Deirdre Cross weren't expecting the smallest member of their family to take after them, but he did. For one day a week over the span of a year, Cooper carried a camera around to document his travels around his Greenwood neighborhood. The pictures he brought back range from the mundane to the sublime: neighbors' yards, busy streets, plastic flamingos on the Cross' front lawn and one spot where he spent a lot of time bird-watching. The Crosses, who operate their own film production company, Cross Films, appreciate how their vocation has rubbed off on their cat. Curiosity about Cooper's goings-on did not kill them or Cooper. "We wanted to see what the cat was up to while we were gone during the day," said Michael Cooper, a graduate of USC's film school who makes feature narratives and commercials.
BRANDI CARLILE WITH SEATTLE SYMPHONY
The cellos start with dissonant chords in rhythms akin to mosquitoes buzzing. The whole orchestra builds then cuts out to let the harp take the intro. Focus turns to Brandi Carlile, who takes a slow stroll to the mic, cups it between both hands, closes her eyes and-exercising her skillful balance of power and restraint-sings the first verse of Elton John's "60 Years On." There must have been a moment in the imagination of a tween-aged Carlile when she envisioned her big voice one day dropping her in front of an orchestra. Now at the age of 27, here she is center stage at Benaroya hall, backed by the Seattle Symphony-under the direction of composer Sean O'Loughlin-who are playing the original Buckmaster score for her favorite Elton John song.
QUINCY JONES TO DELIVER SXSW 2009 KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Seattle's own Quincy Jones has been announced as the keynote speaker at the 2009 South by Southwest Music Conference in March. A legendary producer, composer and arranger, Jones was behind Michael Jackson's 'Off The Wall', 'Bad' and 'Thriller' albums, the latter being the biggest-selling album of all time. Jones was also responsible for producing and conducting 'We Are the World' for Ethiopian famine relief. At the keynote speech on March 19, Jones is expected to discuss the power of music to influence and create positive change in the world.
PEARL JAM RAIDS VAULTS FOR 'TEN' REISSUE
Pearl Jam has unearthed a host of unreleased tracks and special surprises from its vaults for a deluxe reissue of its fabled 1991 debut album, "Ten." Four different editions will be available March 24 from Epic; pre-orders begin December 10th at PearlJam.com. Each version includes a digitally remastered version of the original album as well as a completely new remix of the set by longtime producer Brendan O'Brien, who did not work on "Ten" but produced Pearl Jam's subsequent four albums. Bassist Jeff Ament and designer Andy Fischer teamed to revamp the artwork. In addition, fans will receive Pearl Jam's previously unreleased 1992, concert at Seattle's Magnuson Park on two vinyl LPs and a replica of Vedder's composition notebook packed with notes, photos and memorabilia from the "Ten" era. Meanwhile, Pearl Jam is recording its ninth studio album, which is expected for release next year.
SEATTLE CENTER WINTERFEST
Visit Seattle Center Winterfest 2008 for five weeks of delightful, free, and low cost entertainment and activities from November 28 - December 31 at Seattle Center. Activities include free concerts, dance performances, ice skating and sculptures, and more!
JOHN SPALDING BENEFIT CONCERT WITH MINUS THE BEAR, ROCKY VOTOLATO, AND MORE
Local musician John Spalding passed away last month from cancer and in his memory, friends have rallied together and organized a benefit show which will celebrate his life and help his family pay the remaining medical bills. On the bill: Minus the Bear, Rocky Votolato, Past Lives, Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive to Death, and other guests. The show is on January 9th. All ticket proceeds will benefit the John D. Spalding Medical Fund. Before he died, John also finished a solo record called The Beautiful Truth, which he recorded under the name Loveland. Friends hope to officially release it soon. You can hear songs and get release updates via Loveland's MySpace page.
"GREAT SPEECHES FROM A DYING WORLD": FILMMAKER BRINGS DIGNITY TO THE HOMELESS
Director Linas Phillips' documentary features homeless Seattleites. But "Great Speeches From a Dying World" is not a treatise on the state of homelessness, its filmmaker says. He followed people who are usually ignored to help shed light on their lives and struggles - including addiction and love. The documentary is the 32-year-old director's second, and was inspired by his first, "Walking to Werner." In that film, Phillips walked from Seattle to L.A. to meet his idol, director Werner Herzog. Phillips met several transients during the trip, and it piqued his curiosity.
NW SINFONIETTA RETURNS TO BENAROYA HALL
With the Northwest Sinfonietta back in Benaroya Hall, Seattle's signature classical music venue now has two resident orchestras. The move will no doubt elevate the profile of the orchestra and help build on the growing audience. If the Twin Cities can have the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra, then Seattle should be able to accommodate the Northwest Sinfonietta and the Seattle Symphony.
WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL MUSICMAKERS GET A SURPRISE GIFT
West Seattle High School has got a lot more rhythm today, thanks to a surprise gift from the West Seattle High School Foundation. On Tuesday, WSHS music director Cathy "Coach" Rutherford stumbled across a surprise on the school's auditorium stage - a stack of boxes containing brand new musical instruments. An hour later, she had opened and inventoried four Yamaha snare drums, with cases; two Yamaha Field Corps marching bass drums, with hardware and cases; and two sets of Zildjian marching cymbals. "The drums and cymbals are the most recent gift from the West Seattle High School Foundation, which has dedicated many tens of thousands of dollars in musical instruments and visual arts equipment to our school," said WSHS principal Bruce Bivins. The West Seattle High School Foundation raises money to purchase necessary items left unfunded by the school and district. Donations are accepted throughout the year.
KIMYA DAWSON'S UPBEAT STYLE IS IN THE LYRICS
Washington local, singer-songwriter Kimya Dawson isn't a household name, but her music was a big hit on the soundtrack of the movie "Juno," the irreverent romantic comedy about a pregnant teenager. Despite her reluctant success, the former New York state resident lives a simple life in Olympia with her husband and daughter, and she continues to record for indie label K Records. Dawson's deeply personal, sometimes childlike "anti-folk" songs also have been included in the films "Glue" and "The Guatemalan Handshake"; and her 9/11 song, "Anthrax," was featured on the soundtrack for the documentary "Body of War: Songs That Inspired an Iraq War Veteran."
SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS TO "STOMP THE HALLS"
"There's more depth to this concert than in the last few years," says Dennis Coleman, artistic director of the Seattle Men's Chorus. "This show as a whole is slightly more serious." A holiday show by the ever-popular, 30-year-old chorus with less mischief than usual? Hardly. Known for balancing comedy and poignancy, SMC's December concert - its 10th at Benaroya Hall and a perennial favorite - is certainly not without its sillier edge this year.
KEXP ANNOUNCES TOP 90.3 COUNTDOWN FOR 2008
KEXP is proud to announce the 2008 Top 90.3 Countdown on New Year's Eve Day, Wednesday December 31st. They are making a list of the best releases of 2008 as voted on by listeners and then counting down the Top 90.3 albums of the year. Starting Monday, December 8th listeners can go to KEXP.org and enter their picks for the best record releases this year. Voting closes Friday, December 19th. Tune in for the countdown at 10am on Wednesday, December 31st.
SEATTLE FILM CURATOR WRITES DAVID LYNCH BIO
This weighty, worshipful critical biography of film director David Lynch has been many years in the making. Olson, the film curator at the Seattle Art Museum, seems to have read every article on and interview with Lynch from the past four decades, and he's conducted a number of interviews of his own as well, including personal talks with Lynch himself. Along with biographical data, the book provides detailed plot synopses of each Lynch film and analyses of how the films work and scoops on the production deals and challenges behind them.
WHAT WILL THE MUSIC INDUSTRY LOOK LIKE IN FIVE YEARS?
In a new study by Forrester Research, "U.S. Music Forecast 2008 to 2013," industry analysts attempt to cook up some numbers. No huge surprises here: The U.S. music market is expected to shrink over the next five years from $10.2 billion to $9.8 billion. Digital music sales are expected to grow from 18 percent to 41 percent of the total (as physical product shrinks from 64 percent to 40 percent of the market). Sonal Gandhi, the lead analyst on the study, spoke with Rolling Stone about her findings.
BLOOD AND GUTS AND THE DUTCHESS AND THE DUKE
Who says heart-melty duos who sing with the wisdom of Bob Dylan and the striking magnetism of Leonard Cohen can't be gross too? Stripped-down melody makers The Dutchess and the Duke just made a new video with Seattle filmmaker Carlos Lopez for their song "Mary," gleaned from their Hardly Art debut She's The Dutchess, He's The Duke.
BEYOND THE CATERWAUL
Opening for Deerhunter and Times New Viking at Neumos in November, Seattle band Past Lives looked skinny, hungry, and confident. They didn't appear at all to be ex-members of a highly successful band-the Blood Brothers-that had spent a decade touring the world, performing at huge festivals, recording for large corporations like V2, and gaining hundreds of thousands of fans. On the contrary, Past Lives - singer Jordan Blilie, drummer Mark Gajadhar, bassist/keyboardist Morgan Henderson, and guitarist Devin Welch - are the opposite of prima donnas, even though they've made appearances on high-profile TV programs like Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Henry Rollins Show.
"HOLIDAY BIZARRE: A JEWISH CHRISTMAS!" BACK AT TRACTOR TAVERN
A revisionist Christmas story, from a cast of nice Jewish boys? Yep, the irreverent holiday musical "Holiday Bizarre: A Jewish Christmas!" is back at Tractor Tavern, with cameos by the Pope, a gangsta rapper Easter Bunny and an anti-Semitic Santa. "Jewish Christmas" - conceived by and starring local boys David Bestock, Quinn Redman, Eli Rosenblatt and Ben Rosenblatt - will play four times in the next week.
THE COPS TAKING A HIATUS
After 4 1/2 years, 2 records, an EP, several tours and over 230 shows played, Seattle band The Cops are taking a break for an undetermined amount of time. Before they exit, however, the band will be headlining a three night Rock 'n Roll Circus at the Sunset featuring nine local Seattle bands.