Vol. 7, No. 27  
December 11, 2013                                                                                 View our photos on flickrLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter
CITY NEWS

INTRODUCING: SEATTLE MUSIC COMMISSIONER KAREN P. THOMAS 

Artistic and Executive Director of Seattle Pro Musica choral ensemble, Karen P. Thomas, was recently appointed to the 21-member Seattle Music Commission. Karen is a composer and conductor with Seattle Pro Musica, and earlier this year she collaborated with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra to co-host the 2013 Chorus America National Conference. The Seattle Music Commission consists of various business leaders in the local music scene who work to expand and protect Seattle's musical legacy.  

JAMES KEBLAS BREAKS DOWN FILM ON CIVIC COCKTAIL 

SEATTLE CHANNEL

Every month, Seattle Channel hosts Civic Cocktail, a panel discussion that focuses on Seattle's hottest topics with some of Seattle's most influential tastemakers. This month, Office of Film + Music director James Keblas and Office of Arts and Culture director Randy Engstrom discussed Seattle life and culture at Civic Cocktail with Seattle Times sketcher Gabriel Campanario. Their discussion was moderated by Joe Connelly of Seattle PI and Deborah Wang of KUOW. If you didn't get the opportunity to watch it live, you can now watch it online! 

FILM AND MUSIC ON "ART ZONE" WITH NANCY GUPPY

SEATTLE CHANNEL

This week Seattle Channel's "Art Zone" with Nancy Guppy includes: a chat with Jerick Hoffer about winning RuPaul's Drag Race and teaching Neil Patrick Harris how to "tuck it in;" a performance by Hannalee; and a profile on Lelavision, a locally-based duo that mixes music, dance, and kinetic sculpture into a highly stylized and original performance that they call "Physical Music." 

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

NOISE FOR THE NEEDY GIVES BIG TO THE VERA PROJECT 

Noise for the Needy, Seattle's benefit music festival, announced it is directing a donation of $19,000 to the Vera Project. The contribution was a surprise gift from an anonymous supporter, who requested Noise for the Needy distribute it to a worthy organization. The donation comes at moment of strategic growth for the Vera Project. In 2013, the organization launched summer camp programs in silkscreen design and audio production, and continued to build the audience and membership of its Seattle Center facility.  

AMERICAN ADVERTISING FEDERATION SILVER MEDAL CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

The American Advertising Federation (AAF) Silver Medal honors a member of Seattle's advertising community whose career grew bigger than their work. The AFF is looking for someone who has significantly impacted the local community, pushed the creative bar, shown leadership in the field, and raised the stature and standards of the advertising industry. The deadline for nominations is January 10. 

SEATTLE UNIVERSITY FILM FELLOWS ILLUMINATE LIVES OF VULNERABLE FAMILIES 

SEATTLE UNIVERSITY

Seattle University has selected six acclaimed Seattle area filmmakers to participate in its new Film & Family Homelessness Project.  The filmmakers will collaborate to create four different animated films that will tell the stories of the thousands of Washington families who are homeless or living in poverty. The new Film Fellows are Heather Ayres, Drew Christie, Laura Cronin, Amy Enser, Neely Goniodsky, and Sihanouk Mariona. The filmmakers will employ a variety of animation styles including: stop motion, erasure animation, digital cut-outs, compositing, and traditional animation techniques to create an all-animated collection of short films. 

LOCAL FILMMAKER JOHN HELDE RELEASES FIELD WORK 

FIELD WORK

Field Work is a documentary from local producer and director John Helde. The film, which was an official selection at the NW Filmmakers Festival, as well as the Twin Cities Film Festival and Landlocked Film Festival, follows a family of Iowa farmers and neighbors through the recession years as they struggle to live their dream of farming together as one extended family. 

BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL FILMMAKER WINS NATIONAL AWARD

The National YoungArts Foundation has awarded Lucy Harstrick of the Ballard High School Video Production Program the Merit Award in Cinematic Arts in recognition of the "exceptional artistic achievement" evident in her work. Lucy's production was selected for honors from more than 11,000 submissions nationwide by a renowned panel of judges, master teachers, and artists. Lucy pitched her idea for the winning project in Ballard High School's Advanced Video Production class last spring.  She worked with classmates Isaiah Hoban-Halvorsen, Josh Vredevoogd, and Kiana Wyld to realize her concept. 

KICKSTART SEATTLE FILM + MUSIC PROJECTS

KICKSTARTER                                                                                                             

This week, a newly added project is "Hangin Tough," a new music variety show based in Seattle and shot on South Lake Union in hot tub boats. Also, be sure to check out the soon-to-be expired campaign for Footsies, a romantic comedy with no hands, no faces, just feet! 
MEDIA DIGEST
LAGGIES TO PREMIERE AT SUNDANCE 2014

Earlier this week, the Sundance Festival unveiled the highly-anticipated Premieres lineup which will include, Lynn Shelton's Keira Knightley-fronted coming-of-age story Laggies. The comedy, filmed in Seattle in 2013, follows Knightley as a woman stuck in permanent adolescence, who, in reaction to her boyfriend's proposal, lies to him about going on a business retreat and spends the time hanging out with her friends instead. Ben Kasulke, Laggies Director of Photography and recipient of the 2012 Mayor's Film Award, also lensed two other films premiering at Sundance this year:  Todd Rohal's RAT PACK RAT and Aaron Katz/Martha Stephens' LAND HO!

SEATTLE FILMMAKERS TELL THE STORY OF HOME ALIVE

Mia Zapata's story is well-known, but the stories of those who used her tragedy to create positive change out of her rape and murder are not. Her friends, some of who experienced sexual assault themselves, decided to create Home Alive, a nonprofit organization that promotes alternative methods for women to protect themselves within their communities. University of Washington students Rozz Therrien and Leah Michaels were inspired by how Home Alive made an impact in Seattle and were determined to give this unique organization exposure. They came together and produced Rock, Rage & Self Defense: An Oral History of Seattle's Home Alive. Bitch Magazine sits down with the two to talk about their filmmaking process, Mia Zapata and the organization dedicated to her life, and how they financed their first ever film project. 

HOW DOES A ROCKSTAR RETIRE? HE DOESN'T

KUOW

What happens when you become a rockstar and then you're not anymore? Seattle guitarist Dave Dederer was a member of The Presidents of the United States of America. In the '90s they had three top-40 hits, two Grammy nominations, and a platinum album. Dederer's star has faded but his career hasn't. Now he's at Amazon as the head of music programming. Bill Radke asked Dederer what made him switch careers and what is appealing about living a "normal" life. 

THE VOICE BEHIND SEATTLE PARKS AND REC'S EXPLORE MORE CAMPAIGN

PARKS AND RECREATION

Have you heard the Seattle Parks and Recreation "Explore More" campaign on CBS radio? If you haven't, you should check it out. Not only is it a new partnership program with CBS Radio about great park activities, the Department's own Lakema Bell is the voice of the campaign. Lakema is a dedicated Parks and Recreation employee who works tirelessly on behalf of Seattle, but she also possesses a unique spoken word ability. 
XBOX MUSIC ADDS GRACENOTE MUSIC RECOGNITION

Gracenote and Microsoft have come to an agreement to provide their music recognition technology to Xbox Music Pass subscribers. Among other features, MusicID will be used to identify music owned by subscribers and make those songs available at no additional charge for streaming across devices. It's a strong reminder that Xbox Music extends beyond the Xbox console. Gracenote also powers iTunes Match and Amazon Cloud Player. 

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