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Vol. 5, No. 28
December 14 - 20, 2011    

CITY NEWS

HOLIDAY SHOWS AND MUSIC ON ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY

ART ZONE

Ballet Photographer Angela Sterling will be profiled on this Friday's Art Zone with Nancy Guppy. Then follow Nancy as she highlights six hot Holiday Shows, and listen as rising Seattle group Blvd Park performs in the Art Zone studio. Don't miss the show on Friday, December 16th at 8:00. 

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

SEATTLE TOPS THE LIST FOR ASPIRING FILMMAKERS

FILM INDUSTRY NETWORK   

With a landscape that sets it apart from Metropolises like New York and Los Angeles, Seattle maintains a high caliber of desirable traits that make it a great city for aspiring filmmakers. Film Industry Network sites the State's 30% cash back incentive and City discounts for independent productions, plus Seattle's thriving art and nightlife community, as main factors.   

INTERN AT NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE

FOLKLIFE  

An internship is available for a programming position with Northwest Folklife. If you're looking for a way to kickstart your career in the music industry, event planning, nonprofit management, marketing and much more, this could be a step in a great direction. NW Folklife is looking for applicants with a passion for music, arts and culture, and someone that would be able to help pull off the big festival over Memorial Day weekend.

BALLARD JAZZ NIGHT CHANGES VENUES
THE COPPER GATE   

Ballard restaurant Thaiku, home to one of Ballard's long time weekly jazz nights, will close its doors later this month after serving patrons for over 10 years. Reported by Esquire as one of the Seattle jazz scene's best kept secrets, the bar and Thai restaurant has long been a haven for jazz lovers and performers alike. Thanks to sister venue, The Copper Gate, the weekly jazz night will live on. Join them on Thursdays starting January 5th and support some of our fine local jazz musicians.

FILMMAKERS: INTERESTED IN FOOD AND SUSTAINABILITY?
TREE HUGGER   

Calling all filmmaker-environmentalists:  Perennial Plate, a web documentary series on "adventurous and sustainable eating," is holding a contest. You are tasked with filming your own Perennial Plate style video about sustainable eating, farming, and cooking. Winning entries will be posted on high-profile websites and will receive prizes. Submission deadline is the 18th of December.

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS AND MARKETING AT  PLACE MARKET 

PIKE PLACE MARKET
Seattle's Pike Place Market has announced an opening for the Director of Programs and Marketing position. This position will require oversight of all marketing, education, farm and daystall programs, developing the annual marketing budget, and managing all public affairs.

HELP "KICKSTART" SEATTLE FILM AND MUSIC PROJECTS

Kickstarter is an online "crowd-funding" resource that helps musicians, filmmakers and  producers of artistic projects reach out to friends and fans for financial support. Kickstarter allows artists the opportunity to give back to funders with special rewards, such as an exclusive album pre-release, a producer credit in a film, or even getting to meet the  artist in person. Seattle is a hotbed for film and music projects, and you can be a pivotal part of the production process by backing a project and spreading the word. Current Seattle-based Kickstarter projects are listed below ordered by time remaining. Click on the Kickstarter buttons to check out these local projects and discover even more happening around Seattle.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 12/5- 12/11 

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC

Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).   

 

 1  Pickwick -"Myths"

 2  Various Artists - "Live at KEXP, Volume 7"

 3  Head & The Heart - "Head & The Heart"
 4  Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs" 

 5  Eddie Vedder - "Ukulele Songs"

 6  Shabazz Palaces - "Black Up" 

 7  Caspar Babypants - "Sing Along!" 

 8  Death Cab for Cutie - "Keys & Codes"

 Chris Cornell - "Songbook"
 10 Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues" 

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: 

 

SOUTHDOWN CREATIVE "XBOX HOUSE PARTY" VIDEO 

SOUTHDOWN CREATIVE

Since 2005, Seattle-based production company Southdown Creative has been in the business of conceptualizing and producing commercial-quality videos for its clients.  Their services include viral web campaigns, comedic and narrative corporate videos, and TV series and commercial production.  Southdown Creative's client list includes Microsoft, Starbucks, Wizards of the Coast, Seattle Channel, Adult Swim, and many others. 

 

This week, Southdown Creative is shooting at their SODO studio.  The production involves 75 dancing extras as part of a "house party" scene for an Xbox commercial, which will debut at the 2012 CES Convention in Las Vegas.  In addition to the local extras and featured dancers, Southdown Creative is hiring a large local crew (plus a large contingent local security guards!) to capture the fun.  

From camera rentals to grips and electrics, Southdown Creative proudly pays hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to Seattle-based film and video professionals.  "We do a few productions each year in NYC or LA," says founder Fred Northup, "but by far the majority of our productions are based here in Seattle.  I'm proud to support our amazing local crew.  The talent here is top-notch, and the ease of shooting here can't be beat."
SHORT FILM FRIDAYS   
We believe criticism is a hallmark of a successful film community.  It gives us great pleasure to partner with The Stranger to bring you Short Film Fridays, local film reviews to expand the public appeal of our local movie making talent, continually advance the artistic quality of our work, and inspire more film critics to evaluate local film.

FRIDAY, DEC. 16:  CRAIG DOWNING'S "THIS TRUE STORY DAD CLUB"
THE STRANGER
The short film for the Stranger's Short Film Friday this week will be Craig Downing's "This True Story Dad Club."  Shot on 16mm black and white film, the short consists of two elements: a story and its mood. You hear the story and you see its mood. In essence, "This True Story Dad Club" is an experiment that reveals the workings of two of the core components in any body of cinema.  
- Charles Mudede
SCARECROW ON SEATTLE
SCARECROW 
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 Seattle's most filmable locations.


Sprezzatura: Celebrating the Pike Place Market 
(2006)  

     

Inspired by this year's Only in Seattle and Think Local movements, I've been making a point while out holiday shopping to support local brick and mortar businesses that bring character to their neighborhoods and the city as a whole. That sentiment drew me to this title in Scarecrow's Seattle Interest section, a short-but-sweet documentary on the most famous shopping spot in town. Our guide is "Honorary Mayor of The Market" Michael Yeager, who quickly explains the title (a video companion to his book, An Insider's Tour of The Market) means "a genius at being" in Italian. He begins his journey at what I thought was an unconventional staring point: The Aquarium. From there, he travels up the Hillclimb, past El Puerco Lloron, down Post Alley and the Gum Wall, then up in to the heart of the Market. Under the Public Market Center sign, he meets his wife, Sarah Clementson, an artist who does watercolors of the Market and other Northwest vistas. The rest of the video follows him as he strolls around the area providing color commentary. Watching it, you get all the people-watching and produce-browsing you would on a sunny day at the Market without having to cut a path through thickets of tourists and shoppers wielding giant flower bouquets and boxes of ready-to-ship seafood. Yeager passes all the important landmarks: Rachel the Pig, the Sasquatch statue, the first Starbucks, Victor Steinbrueck Park (where he comments on the abundance of seagull droppings at the base of the totem pole), and, of course, "the place where they throw the fish." Famous buskers provide the score, including Paper Horn Man, Jonny Hahn on piano, and a violin player named Annie, who duets with Artis The Spoonman inside an empty Maximilien restaurant. There's shot after shot of vendors, bakers, farmers, balloon-twisters, craftspeople, diners, and random passersby waving for the camera and giving the occasional thumbs-up as Yeager goes along. It might sound boring to a Seattle native, but I found it strangely charming; I started humming the Sesame Street song, "The People in Your Neighborhood" as it went on. I couldn't help but whoo-hoo as Yeager passed my favorite places: Daily Dozen Doughnuts, Golden Age Collectibles, The Creamery, First & Pike News, and Cinnamon Works (try their vegan cinnamon roll). The casual day-in-the-life approach gives a good feel for diverse communities of merchants, performers, customers, and hangers-on who make the Market, "The Casbah of the Pacific." Save a few shout-outs to Market champions like Wing Luke and Victor Steinbrueck and the occasional factoid, Yeager's program is short on history. If you'd prefer some historical context, watch the DVD extra aptly titled Market History first. Among the other extras are Worlds Within Worlds, a profile of a finger puppet vendor who runs a flea circus (A note to the squeamish: Professor Humbug feeds the fleas his own blood) and Karl Krogstad's The Pioneer Kids. It's a short film made sometime during the 80s about a fictional gang of children called "Market Rats" who run around evading cops and angry shopkeepers. The Pioneer Square setting allows glimpses of The Underground Tour, Merchants Café, and some sweet vintage soda cans. Sprezzatura isn't that old, but I imagine as the years go by it will be the perfect time capsule for future Marketgoers to get a sense of what it was like at this point in history. I hope that if I watch it thirty years from now, the Market landscape won't be that different.

-Jen Koogler 
MEDIA DIGEST

FIRST FEATURE LENGTH FILM SHOT ENTIRELY WITH SMARTPHONE

TELEGRAPH 

Believe it or not, a feature-length film has been completed using the camera on a smartphone. Olive, the first movie ever shot on a telephone, will premiere next week in Los Angeles. The Nokia N8 was attached to a 35mm lens on a tripod, and despite its clunky appearance, the combination of the phone's high resolution camera and the quality lens resulted in a quality picture. The article link includes the first five minutes of the film.  

THE MUSIC OF 2011 ON KUOW
KUOW

This morning on "Weekday," a daily program on KUOW, a panel of industry professionals discussed the year in music. What kind of year was it musically? Who shined? Whose career burst into flame? Listen online as they unveil the trends and stories from the music of 2011, and read about the panelists' music recommendations from the last year.  

SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST ANNOUNCES SEATTLE ARTISTS TO PERFORM
SEATTLE TIMES

South by Southwest, informally known as "the annual spring break for the music industry," will make its annual return next March in Austin, Texas. Artists from the Pacific Northwest will be among international sensations like Thee Oh Sees, Balkan Beat Box, and Talib Kweli. Several Seattle bands will be present at the festival, including Night Beats, Brite Futures, Craft Spells, Motopony, Say Hi, and Grave Babies. The list is not final, and music predictions point to many more local bands making the trip down in the spring. 

FLEET FOXES LAND AMONG BEST ALBUMS OF 2011 

ROLLING STONE 

The Northwest band Fleet Foxes continues to make waves on the national music scene, including a GRAMMY nomination for Best Album earlier this year. This month Rolling Stone listed the album at no. 4 in the Top 50 best Albums of 2011. Helplessness Blues was also listed at No. 12 in Uncut magazine's Top 5000 list. 

WESTERN FILM TO SHOOT IN AUBURN 

AUBURN REPORTER

Filmmakers wanting to "bring a Western story to Seattle" have brought the genre to Auburn. The Shootout, a western film based in Missouri, is a story featuring the famous pursuit of Jesse James is set to film later this month. Location Scouts found a period home which matched exactly the location they were looking for. Local filmmaker Craig Muller says he hopes to be finished filming in time for a January screening in Bellevue, as well as international film festival submissions.    

WEST SEATTLE RESIDENT MAKES DEAL FOR DES MOINES THEATER

WEST SEATTLE HERALD 

What used to be a premier venue to see the newest films on the silver screen has in recent years become decrepit and defunct, but Tom Lin from West Seattle, owner of the historic Alki Homestead, has new plans for the old space. Hoping to bring life back to the theater, Lin is considering what retail and entertainment considerations will bring traffic to the icon in the heart of Des Moines.  

VIDEO-ON DEMAND RIDES TO THE RESCUE OF INDEPENDENT FILM
REUTERS
Video-on-demand is likely to be the largest source of revenue for independent films in the future, says Reuters. The video-on-demand technique of distribution is putting films right into the homes of viewers in a way not previously possible for indie films, using a platform that can double box office profits when compared against screenings alone. Independent filmmakers are now in the perfect position to experiment with this developing new industry. 

Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff 
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel Sawyer, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Sorayya Aminian
, Intern
Sam Veatch, Intern


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