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LOCAL FILMS STAR AT SUNDANCE
The Mayor's Office of Film + Music congratulates the four locally made films that premiered at Sundance and Slamdance this week in Park City, Utah. Humpday, directed by Lynn Shelton, debuted in competition on Friday and received a distribution deal with Magnolia. Beyond Films has already purchased Australian and New Zealand rights to David Russo's The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, and Visit Films will commence international sales of the film at the upcoming European Film Market. Bobcat Goldwaith's World's Greatest Dad and Julie Davis's Finding Bliss also premiered with terrific buzz so be sure to pay attention to what happens with them over the next couple days. While at Sundance, our office in collaboration with WashingtonFilmWorks and the W Hotel, hosted two dinners connecting independent filmmakers with Washington state resources and incentives, which should lead to some exciting projects being made locally this year. We also hosted the 7th annual Seattle Party with our partners from Sub Pop and the Washington State Film Industry. We had hundreds of attendees and lots of interest in what is happening in film here in Seattle. All in all, the diversity and quality of Seattle's presence at Sundance is a testament to the amazing people and resources behind our local film industry. Congratulations again to all! Check out the roundup of Seattle's film scene, first published in the 2009 Washington Film Magazine, at the link above.
HAPPY HOUR NEXT WEEK
Wednesday January 28th, 5-7pm at Sole Repair on Capitol Hill
You are invited to the Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour sponsored by the Seattle Mayor's Office of Film + Music, WashingtonFilmWorks, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy, and Washington Interactive Network. Seattle has been a growing hub for film, music, and digital media over the past several years, and it is vital for these three communities to interact for our city to continue to thrive. This Happy Hour offers just such an environment for people from these industries to socialize, network, and build a unified community. 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
FILM + MAJOR FESTIVALS: HOW TO GET IN AND WHAT TO DO ONCE YOU'RE THERE
Getting into festivals, both big and small, is the dream of most indie filmmakers. IFP and Northwest Film Forum bring together filmmakers Lynn Shelton (Humpday), John Jeffcoat (Outsourced) and other guests who have played at major festivals to share their tips for what they did and what they wish they would have done now that they've gone through the process. Attendees will also hear from festival and publicity experts to get the scoop from their side of the process. Be sure to join IFP Seattle at the Northwest Film Forum directly after the Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour on January 28th!
SEATTLE'S HUMPDAY MAKES A DEAL AT SUNDANCE
Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton's third feature, "Humpday," was one of the first movies to ink a distribution deal at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, over the weekend. Magnolia Pictures bought worldwide rights to the film, for a dollar amount described by Variety as "mid-six figures," and plans to release it theatrically in August following a video-on-demand campaign. At the festival, Shelton said, "This is beyond my wildest dreams."
VISIT FILMS TAKES GLOBAL RIGHTS TO THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF LITTLE DIZZLE
Worldwide rights to Sundance Spectrum title, "The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle" have been a picked up by Visit Films, the company announced Saturday. Visit will commence international sales of the film at the upcoming European Film Market. David Russo's "The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle" focuses on Dory who loses his job at a data-management company and can only find work as a janitor. It looks like his life is going down the drain. But as a strange new life takes shape inside him, Dory learns that sometimes you don't find meaning, meaning finds you. Visit Films is an independent film production and sales company based in New York whose mission is to create, produce, and sell unique and interesting independent American and international films.
CALL FOR ENTRIES: THE SEATTLE TRANSGENDER FILM FESTIVAL
Now in its 4th year, Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival provides the Pacific Northwest with a venue for the transgender community to see films relating to trans experiences and identities. The films will express both traditional and nontraditional gender presentations. The festival, presented by Three Dollar Bill Cinema and Gender Odyssey, accepts narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated films of any length. All work should be primarily created by, for, or about transgender people. The deadline for entry is March 6th and films will screen at Transgender from May 7th to 10th.
BE A PR DIRECTOR AT STIFF
STIFF, Seattle's True Independent Film Festival, is currently looking for someone to handle press contacts for 2009. Some experience with PR would be helpful but not necessarily required. Candidates must be organized, articulate, and good at building relationships with bloggers and legit members of the press. Must not be turned off by indie film nerds or get easily distracted by shiny objects. As with all STIFF positions, this is not a paying gig, but you will get all the fish heads you can eat. Interested parties please respond by email to email@example.com.
MUDHONEY DOCUMENTARY FUNDRAISER
King of Hearts owner Ryan Short's production company has started working on a Mudhoney documentary film (as yet untitled). He and his crew recently returned from shooting the renowned Seattle grunge icons' Japan tour and plan to continue filming throughout the summer. Short hopes to have the doc ready for next year's film festivals. Toward fulfilling that endeavor, Short and co. are hosting a fundraiser Saturday, January 24 at the Rendezvous. On the agenda: a screening of KOH's TAD film Busted Circuits and Ringing Ears, DJ Sammi Curr, a raffle, and free cocktails and food.
SEATTLE FILMMAKERS REACH GRAND PRIX FILM RACING FINALS
Director Zach Paul's short film "Thr33" is a finalist in the 2009 National Diesel Filmmaking Grand Prix. Teams from all over the world were provide a prompt (evil), an action (counting money), and given 100 hours to write, shoot, and edit their films. Shot with the new Red One camera, "Thr33" tells the story of how two very ordinary men pass the time as they wait to perform an act of extraordinary cruelty.
FANCIFUL FAMILY CONCERT AT BENAROYA HALL
The Seattle Chamber Music Society will celebrate its 11th annual Winter Festival with new music by local composer Kara McGraw on Saturday, Jan 24. Marta Zekan of KING FM will deliver the story of a princess who wanders into an enchanted forest and finds she must rescue Tam Lin, an elfin knight forced to serve an evil fairy queen. As in Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, the characters of this Celtic tale are represented by different instruments, in this case, flute, cello, piano, and percussion. Great for kids!
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 1/12 - 1/18
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- The Moondoggies - Don't Be a Stranger
- Blizten Trapper - Furr
- Death Cab for Cutie - Something About Airplanes Deluxe Edition
- The Dutchess and the Duke - She's the Dutchess and He's the Duke
- Jeff Ament - Tone
- Common Market - Tobacco Road
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant EP
- Star Anna - Crooked Path
SEATTLE'S BIGGEST YEAR FOR HOMEGROWN CINEMA
Check out the PI's take on Seattle's representation at Sundance this year! The article details the careers of Lynn Shelton and David Russo and includes a timeline of Seattle's history at the Sundance Film Festival.
EASY STREET RECORDS CELEBRATES 20 YEARS
For any West Seattle resident who has even a slight interest in music, Easy Street records stirs up feelings of nostalgia. It has become a cultural center for the neighborhood, where you can wander through an eclectic mix of new releases or go treasuring hunting in the used section upstairs. On any given day the shop is brimming with customers searching for an old Neil Young album, warming up with a cup of "Mudhoney" espresso or chatting over a "Green Day" salad. As the shop on the corner celebrates 20 years of business, owner Matt Vaughan, as well as employees, customers, and local music aficionados look back on Easy Street records history.
AMAZON'S FREE DOWNLOADS PAY OFF
Free music downloads were very good to Amazon.com's music business in 2008. The company recently released its list of best-selling music, and the number-one seller was something that started out as a free download: Ghost I-IV by Nine Inch Nails.
SUNSET TAVERN THE 'HEART OF SEATTLE MUSIC'
The Seattle Weekly's Hannah Levin has bestowed a great honor upon the Ballard music institution Sunset Tavern. "While anticipation for the Crocodile's re-opening (currently projected for late February) builds, it's becoming more evident to me all the time that they'll have a great deal of work to do if they want to regain the space's previous status as the heart of Seattle's music community," she writes. "It's obvious to me that the Sunset has taken on their hallowed mantle rather seamlessly over the past year."
MURDER CITY DEVILS TO RELEASE LIMITED-EDITION VINYL BOX SET
As a special commemoration of the February tour and the re-release of the vinyl on Sub Pop, Murder City Devils put together a super limited edition Box Set called "Feather Bed Whiskey Blanket." Three studio albums, The Murder City Devils, Empty Bottles Broken Hearts, In Name and Blood and the Thelema EP all will all be pressed on pristine 12" white vinyl in a limited quantity of 275 sets that will be for sale exclusively on this tour. Unlike the black and white marbled represses, the white vinyl is only available in the box set.
THE MAJESTIC RETURN OF MASTER MUSICIANS OF BUKKAKE
Freaky Seattle ethnodelic ensemble Master Musicians of Bukkake will be releasing the follow-up to 2005's The Visible Signs of the Invisible Order in February on Conspiracy Records. Titled Totem One, this album-the first part of a trilogy-is a potent, American-outsider interpretation of Far East Asian ritual music and third-eye-dilating psychedelia.
SPRING SHOWS HEADED TO THE CROCODILE CAFÉ
The Crocodile Cafe may be weeks away from its much-anticipated reopening, but already a couple of shows -- Heartless Bastards and the Ting Tings -- have been announced by sources other than the club. According to Pollstar.com, which tracks the concert industry, Heartless Bastards will play April 11, followed by the Ting Tings April 12. The historic nightclub could reopen in February or March. Regardless of who performs at the Crocodile, clubgoers can look forward to a wider stage, unobstructed sightlines, a mezzanine level, two bars, and an adjoining Via Tribunali restaurant.