|Film + Music Newsletter
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
JOIN WASHINGTONFILMWORKS FOR A FILM INDUSTRY RECEPTION
Join WashingtonFilmWorks -- the production tax incentive program --for a HOLIDAY RECEPTION on Tuesday, December 18th at 6:30 pm at Nothwest Film Forum. WashingtonFilmWorks has approved 20 applications to date and eight projects have completed production. Come hear a full report of our 2007 activity. They have also set their legislative agenda for 2008. Come find out how you can make a difference. Beer, wine and appetizers will be served. RSVP requested by Friday, December 14th you can RSVP by going to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BIG, BIG NEWS ABOUT THE SHOWBOX: IT'S SOLD!
Alex Kochan, Vice President of AEG Live's regional operations in the Northwest, announced today that AEG Live is purchasing the Showbox concert clubs and hiring longtime venue operators Jeff Steichen and Chad Queirolo as General Manager and Talent Buyer/Manager, respectively. The Showbox at the Market and Showbox SoDo are among Seattle 's leading destinations for live music, comedy and game day hospitality.
SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL MAKES VARIETY'S LIST OF THE 50 UNMISSABLE FILM FESTIVALS
Few film fests are as integral to their home communities as Seattle. The numbers alone tell an impressive story: more than 400 films (with some 200 of them features) screening across 25 days. While not a major industry outing, the Northwest regional film fan base provides enough of a draw to pull in more than 200 filmmakers and industry professionals. Is it the coffee? The region's abundance of high-tech coin? The sidetrips to clubs in search of new bands? Whatever the reason, SIFF has become in its 33 years one of America's most important city festivals, and locals can't get enough of this event's nearly entire month of edgy, smart film programming.
KRISTINA SOUTHARD BONE MARROW BASH
On December 19th the Tractor Tavern will be holding a benefit concert in support Kristina Southard, who is undergoing a bone marrow transplant for her fight against MDS/Lukemia. All proceeds will be directed to a charitable account, to help with her medical expenses for the long year of recovery. The concert's line up includes Michael Sheivev's Spellbinders, Thomas Starks Band, Memebers of Left Hand Smoke, Jazzukha & Bashful.
PERFORMING AND COMPOSING INTERACTIVE MUSIC
Kevin Patton is a composer, guitarist, and experimental sound performer interested in exploring the increasingly nebulous borderlands between humans and machines in performance. In this Composer Spotlight, he will present parts of his piece Cracked Across the Brow with saxophonist Greg Sinibaldi. The integration of interactive electronic music and machine improvisation into traditional performance contexts is at the center of his practice. The Wire magazine described Kevin as genre bending: "Guitar based free playing morphs into feedback avalanches, or vice versa and labels like jazz, noise, or rock become meaningless." Jack Straw Productios is hosting this free performance today December 12th at 7:30.
EARSHOT JAZZ PRESENTS A CONCERT OF DUKE ELLINGTON'S SACRED MUSIC
The Holiday concert of "Sacred Music by Duke Ellington," will be presented at 7:30pm on Saturday, December 29th, 2007 in the First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue. This very special event, now in it's 19th year, features the all-star Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra with guest vocalists and Roosevelt High School tap dancer Alex Dugdale. Many of Seattle's favorite jazz artists are featured on this special concert, including saxophonist Hadley Caliman, trumpeters Jay Thomas and Thomas Marriott, pianist Randy Halberstadt, bassist Phil Sparks and more.
LAST CALL FOR PARK CITY FILM MUSIC FESTIVAL SUBMISSIONS
The 5th Annual Park City Film Music Festival (PCFMF5) will be running January 17-27, 2008 in Park City (the same time as Sundance). The final remaining deadline is December 20, 2007. The Park City Film Music Festival is a film festival and competition specifically for film composers, directors, and producers, celebrating the art of music for film. It is the first film festival in the Americas centered on recognizing the art of film music. Competition categories are: Best Use of Music in a Feature Film, Best Use of Music in a Short Film, Best Use of Music in a Documentary Film and Best Film on a Music Subject. For submission guidelines or more information on the festival please visit The Park City Film Music Festival's website.
"MY TIME WITH BETTY" AWARDED 2007 IFP/SEATTLE SPOTLIGHT AWARD
Seattle-based filmmaker Heather Ayres and her short film project "My Time With Betty" has been awarded the 5th Annual Spotlight Award, a production grant featuring in-kind goods and services from leading Northwest production vendors. The Film was co-written by Ixaac Paul Ackley, will be produced by Annie Flocco (Acts of Worship, Super Troopers) and the cinematographer will be Sean Porter (Sweet Crude). "My Time With Betty" is an intense, character-driven exploration of captivity, the chase for freedom, and truth versus illusion. Congratulations to Heather and Ixaac for all of their hard work!
NORTHWEST FILM FORUM PRESENTS WORLD THEATRICAL PREMIERE OF "ALL MY LOVE"
Seattle filmmaker/composer Brian Short has created a bold, original first feature that weaves skies, landforms, structures and textures into "visual music." Following in the footsteps of such experimental documentary films as KOYAANISQUATSI and BARAKA, ALL MY LOVE features impressionistic photography from three distinctive parts of the globe: the deserts of the American Southwest, the Mongolian Gobi, and the urban landscape of modern Berlin with an evocative ambient/electronic score. The result is a hypnotic journey through light, movement and form that is at once global in its scope and deeply personal in its vision. This unique Seattle creation won the prize for best feature at the 2007 Local Sightings Film Festival.
VOYAGER ONE RETURNS TO LOVELESS RECORDS
Seattle's Voyager One has rejoined Loveless Records to release their anticipated new album, Afterhours in the Afterlife, out on February 26, 2008. Afterhours comes on the heels of the band self-released gem, Dissolver (TokyoIdaho 2005) which received critical acclaim, "9/10 stars" Under the Radar, and got the band touring nationally with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Voyager One was Loveless' first signed act when the label began in 1999, releasing their previous albums From the New Nation of Long Shadows and Monster Zero.
NEW LOCAL VIDEOS FROM THE SEATTLE CHANNEL
This week, the Seattle Channel offers an interview with Gary Locke, a local jazz performance by the Bill Anschell trio, Tacoma's approach to panhandling (on City Inside/Out), a new episode of CityStream, and much more. Also, this weekend we will feature several new episodes of local arts programs in the Art Zone (Thursday-Saturday from 8 pm to 12 midnight). As always, all material will post to the Seattle Channel website shortly after.
FRENCH HOLIDAY FILM EVENT
The Seattle-Nantes Sister City Association proudly presents a festive holiday film night. Come enjoy Yves Robert's highly acclaimed film "My Mother's Castle" and French pastries from some of Seattle's best bakeries! The event starts at 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 20 at West Seattle High School (3000 California Avenue SW, Free parking). The evening is free, thanks to a generous grant from Humanities Washington. However, freewill donations will be appreciated if you would like to help provide more events like this or help the Seattle-Nantes scholarship and French exchange programs. Come and bring your friends to this holiday treat!
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 12/3-12/9
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard, Fremont, and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Various Artist - Live at KEXP Vol. 3
- Blue Scholars - Bayani
- The Cops - Free Electricity
- The Blakes - Blakes EP
- Eddie Vedder - Into The Wild
- The Cave Singers - Invitation Songs
- Brandie Carlile - Live At Easy Street
- Various Artists - 2010 Avation Records Sampler
- Brandi Carlile - Story
- Maktub - Start It Over
MOTION-CAPTURE GIVES FILMMAKERS NEW TOOL
Imagine you're a Hollywood director. You want a certain actor to be your action hero, but the part requires him to look decades younger and pounds thinner. It can be done through the magic of motion-capture technology. That process allowed 'Beowulf' director Robert Zemeckis to cast Ray Winstone as Beowulf, a character who is taller, younger and more muscular on screen than the actor is in real life. Motion-capture is the latest advancement in the filmmaker's quest to trick the eye. It can be used in an entire movie, such as 'Beowulf' and 'The Polar Express,' or for one character in a live-action movie, such as Gollum in 'Lord of the Rings.'
Formed in Seattle in 1999, Lushy have released a slew of festival, seasonal albums with intrumentation ranging from bongos, to flutes, to pianorgani. As for why they channeled their energy into a their latest holiday album, vocalist Annabella Kirby says, 'It's the season -- look at the weather! We wanted something to help people get through the dreary winter months ... something new and fresh. That and the fact that the prison work song album didn't come together.'
NIRVANA SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT IS THE GRESTEST SONG OF THE 90'S
The fans have spoken and VH1 is celebrating the music of the 90s like it never has before. In an online poll, VH1.com users have voted Nirvana Like Teen Spirit as the greatest song from the 90s. 5 other Seattle groups also made the Top 100, including The Presidents of the United States of America, Sir Mix A Lot, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains. The Greatest Songs of the 90's countdown premieres Monday - Friday, December 17 - 21 at 10PM each night only on VH1. With more than 600,000votes cast, the countdown list was determined by an online poll where viewers had the opportunity to pick their favorite songs from all genres -- rock, pop, rap or R& B. This five-night event of beats will not only count down your favorite 90s jams, it will also reveal the story behind each tune and bring you up to date on what the decade greatest stars are doing today with all new and exclusive interviews.
SEATTLE FILM EVENTS
The Seattle PI has once again compiled a list of film related events and screenings in the Seattle area. This week's listing includes the noir classic The Big Sleep, a free screening of Edward Scissorhands and a six film series of films by Pedro Costa at NWFF. Check the link above for further information and showtimes.
THE PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA COVER THE SONG OF YOUR CHOICE
This is a once-in-a-lifetime gift! The winner of this auction will get to choose which song the Presidents of the USA cover. It can be "Achey Breaky Heart," it can be "Macarena," it can be "Baba O'Riley." It can be any song you choose! The band will learn it, record it, and give you a copy to enjoy for all eternity. Bidding ends Dec 14 at 5 pm.
CELLIST AND ALL-AROUND ARTIST SEEKS BEAUTY IN IMPROV
When Paul Rucker calls himself a cellist, bassist, composer, band leader and visual artist who plays pop, rock, jazz and classical music, he's not padding his résumé. He's just being honest. In July, this brilliant polymath added yet another tag to his name: community arts liaison for the Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.
RADIO-STATION BASH ROCKS HARD
If Santa wants to up his teen cred, here's hoping he was somewhere in the Deck the Hall Ball mosh pit Thursday night, earplugs in. Thursday night's six-hour, six-band rock show traversed a variety of styles but remained consistent in volume: loud. Representing every genre with a power chord - from progressive metal to gothy synth to poppy post-punk - the testosterone-fueled bands championed sponsoring radio station 107.7 The End's penchant for the harder side of alternative rock.
CLINTON, OBAMA TO BATTLE IN GRAMMY CATEGORY
The race for president isn't the only one featuring a member of the Clinton family and Barack Obama. Indeed, the just-announced 2008 Grammy nominations pit Bill Clinton against Obama in the best spoken word album category. Clinton's "Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World" is up against Obama's "The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream." Former President and previous Grammy winner Jimmy Carter's "Sunday Mornings in Plains: Bringing Peace to a Changing World" is also up for the award.
CELEBRATING A CENTURY OF THE MOORE
Seattle's oldest operating theater opened almost 100 years ago, Dec. 28, 1907. Legends trod the Moore's stage, including Harry Houdini, Shirley Temple, The Marx Brothers, Al Jolson, Jack Benny, Bert Williams, Marian Anderson, Sarah Bernhardt, Paul Robeson, Anna Pavlova, Martha Graham, Katherine Dunham, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, George M. Cohan, Ethel Barrymore, Helen Hayes, Helen Keller, Henry Fonda, Marcel Marceau, Milton Berle, Frances X. Bushman and Billie Burke before she played the good witch in "The Wizard of Oz."
THE WHISKY RIVER WAS FLOWING AT NEUMO'S FOR 'REPEAL OF PROHIBITION' PARTY
In front of Neumo's, before the free "Party To Celebrate the Repeal of Prohibition" began, a small congregation of drunkards screamed at passing cars. They wore jazz-age costumes and wielded signs reading "Stay Wet" and "Repeal Day." Inside the club, American flags hung from keyboards and mike stands. People paraded in suspenders, miniature derby hats and feather boas. One man wore nothing more than sequined bikini underwear, black gloves and blue makeup. Not only did the crowd drink up the songs like whisky, but the music somehow gave a deeper history to the night, reminding us of the ways alcohol has molded our nightclub culture, from the roaring '20s to the disco '70s.
GRAND ILLUSION HOPES TO REOPEN FRIDAY
It's hard enough running a non-profit cinema without the roof caving in, but the U District's tiny, venerable Grand Illusion Cinema is used to facing challenges. Usually they're financial, but last week they turned structural. The place had to close on short notice last Saturday owing to a sagging roof, which is now being replaced. As a result, the second week of its Kate Hepburn retrospective had to be interrupted. But the present hope is to reopen Friday for the Japanese film Honey and Clover.
SCREENWRITERS DIG IN FOR AN EXTENDED BRAWL
Eight months ago, in a contemplative moment, Patric M. Verrone, president of the Writers Guild of America West, sketched out what could have been a script for the collision that wrecked talks between Hollywood's producers and striking writers on Friday. During an interview, Mr. Verrone described the looming negotiations with employers as a confrontation much grander than a simple fight over pay formulas. This battle would be about respect. Writers, he said, were looking to restore a sense of leverage and status that had been lost as ever-larger corporations took control of the entertainment business. He described Hollywood as teetering on the brink of a dark age, as far as creative types were concerned. "I think if they could do this business without us, they would, and so making our task as mechanical and simple and low-paying and unartistic as possible," Mr. Verrone said.
SEATTLE PRO MUSICA STILL WORLD-CLASS
Seattle Pro Musica's Christmas concerts are always something to anticipate and appreciate, but none more so than this past weekend at Town Hall, the first in a series of concerts at various venues. Karen Thomas, who has led the vocal ensemble to its high reputation during the two decades of her leadership, is fond of theme programs. For the holiday season she often has a geographical focus, exploring engrossing avenues of music history.
CROSSFADER INTERVIEWS PRODUCER JAKE ONE
Jake One's long history of production began in 1992, when he was inspired to begin creating beats by Sensimilla producer Hussein and Vitamin D (Derrick Brown). After collaborating with underground hip-hop artists Boom Bap Project and Sharpshooters, Jake's production was usurped by the commercial world of rap-artists 50 Cent, Kutfather, Snoop Dogg, G-Unit and E-40 have either directly featured his production on their albums or highlighted his work on full-lengths and compilations. Jake's beats appear on records released by Rhymesayers Entertainment, Quannum, Epitaph Records, EMI Canada, Interscope and Columbia. Crossfader interviewed Jake in his Seattle Capitol Hill studio, where he discussed his vinyl obsession, musical modus operandi, and the stealthy and humble way in which he represents Seattle hip-hop for the United States in totality.
VOTE IN HYPEBOT'S MUSIC BLOG AWARDS
The nominations are over and the voting has begun in Hypebot's First Annual Music Blog Awards. The categories are:
Best Music News Blog
Best Music Discovery Blog
Best Niche Music Blog
PETER BLECHA ON VIC MEYER
In the early 20th Century, Vic Meyers was known as Seattle's "clown prince of politics." He once dressed as Gandhi as a publicity stunt, he declared that the city should put flower boxes around all of the fire hydrants, and he actually won seats as both Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State. He also happened to be one of the most successful band leaders of the speakeasy era. Peter Blecha is the author of Music in Washington: Seattle and Beyond. Peter says Vic Meyers was notable on many levels - including recording the first commercial record in Seattle.
UMG FORGES DEAL WITH IMEEM
Universal Music Group has struck a content pact with music-based social networking site Imeem Inc. to provide free, ad-supported on-demand streaming of its music and videos. The deal, forged on Friday and announced today, sees Imeem sign-up the "full-house" of majors; the Web firm says it becomes the first social networking business to offer full-length, streaming access to the entire music and video catalogs from all four majors, based on an ad-sharing revenue model.
A CHANGE IN DIRECTION FOR NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE
After nine years that began with a dramatic financial rescue, the executive director of one of Seattle's most cherished arts institutions is stepping down. Michael Herschensohn, who took the helm of Northwest Folklife in 1998, is leaving at the end of the year. His replacement, Robert Townsend, begins in January.
RIAA TO MUSIC FANS: YOU ARE ALL GUILTY!
A relatively scant $21 million separates contract proposals disclosed by studios and striking Hollywood writers. But the difference that matters the most is the one between the $20,000-plus that writers now earn for a single network rerun of a TV episode and the $250 the studios are offering for a year's online use of an hour long show.
THE DICKENS CAROLERS AND TRACKING SOFTWARE
The Dickens Carolers sing all around Puget Sound at holiday time. Outfitted in top hats, tail coats and Victorian era fashion, their familiar music brings humor and hope. Today, music and stories from the Dickens Carolers.
'INTO THE WILD' LEADS BROADCAST CRITICS' NOMS
With seven nominations, Sean Penn's Into the Wild, the account of a young man who leaves society behind, led the pack as the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. announced its nominees for its 13th annual Critics' Choice Awards Tuesday morning in New York. Wild figured in the categories of best picture, best actor for Emile Hirsch, best supporting actor for Hal Holbrook, best supporting actress for Catherine Keener and best song for Eddie Vedder's "Guaranteed" and picked up a double nomination for Penn as both writer and director.
THE VERSATILE MUSICALITY OF DAVE PECK
When I first heard Seattle jazz pianist Dave Peck in the 1980s, he was the first-call pianist for almost every internationally known jazz musician who came to town and needed a pick-up band. That being the case, I had the opportunity to hear him a lot - and I loved what I heard. It was amazing to see him adapt his skills to the needs of a wide variety of visiting musicians and still maintain his own strong musical personality.