|News from the Office of Film + Music
"$5 COVER: SEATTLE" IS NOW STREAMING FOR FREE ONLINE
$5 Cover: Seattle
We're thrilled to help spread the news of the online debut of "$5 Cover: Seattle," Lynn Shelton's 12-part docudrama series that follows thirteen homegrown bands in a musical journey through our great city! The series takes place in one rockin' weekend, using the artists' real-life stories to paint a rich portrait of Seattle's intertwining film, music and nightlife communities. To be sure, "$5 Cover" is truly a community-wrought creation that showcases the best our local arts industries have to offer. Shot in over 20 locations and nightlife hotspots throughout the city, the production employed a local film crew of 30, as well as 60 Seattle-based cast members, including featured bands The Moondoggies, The Maldives, Champagne Champagne, THEESatisfaction, Whiskey Tango and more.
We hope you'll join us in celebrating "$5 Cover," and it's potential to give our Seattle voice national resonance! You can view the series in its entirety here.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
MAYOR MCGINN ANNOUNCES PLAN TO MOVE KEXP TO SEATTLE CENTER
Office of Economic Development
Mayor Mike McGinn announced his proposal for future uses of Seattle Center today, a proposal which would see iconic local radio station KEXP move its broadcasting headquarters to the Center's Northwest Rooms. This proposal marks the end of a long-term re-development forum for considering future uses of Seattle Center. The Northwest Rooms would be transformed into KEXP's musical hub, with glass walls to give visitors and other passerby a close view of DJ's and artists hard at work. "We've listened, and we've worked hard to bring forward a set of proposals to make Seattle Center more vibrant," says Mayor McGinn of the new plan. The re-development proposal, which also features a Dale Chihuly exhibition, a new children's playground, and a fresh strategy for the Memorial Stadium project, now goes to City Council for final approval. For more information, be sure to check out the link.
TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL SEATTLE
Northwest Film Forum
Children's Film Festival Seattle is the largest film fest for kids in the Pacific Northwest, and it's taking place at Northwest Film Forum from January 28 to February 6. The lineup includes 125 films from 29 countries, a blend of live performances, animation, features, shorts, historical films and fantastic hands-on workshops, all crafted with care to appeal to the next generation of movie lovers. You can also catch performances from Caspar Babypants, stuff yourself at the pancake breakfast and discover a rare Mary Pickford film, A Little Princess. Tickets go on sale today. Visit the link above for more information.
JOHN JEFFCOAT TALKS TV'S "OUTSOURCED"
Local filmmaker John Jeffcoat made an indie flick called Outsourced in 2007. It found success at festivals across the country and garnered critical acclaim. And this fall NBC premiered "Outsourced" the television show, which airs during the venerable Thursday night lineup. In a recent Seattle P.I. article, Jeffcoat discusses the unbelievable feeling of having his work now used for the small screen; "'It's surreal,' he clarifies. 'To think that this show is based on our movie--a little indie movie that came out of Seattle ...' He trails off. It's as if his mind still hasn't found the right words to describe this experience because the experience itself is still so new." Read the full article at the link above.
TAKE PART IN SEATTLE SCHOOLS' MUSIC CURRICULUM ADOPTION
Seattle Public Schools
Seattle Public Schools (SPS) Arts is gearing up to adopt the first district-wide music curriculum since 1997, and is looking for three community representatives to join the adoption committee. The goal is to appoint a committee representing a diverse group of individuals with a variety of skills, knowledge, experience, and working styles who will help SPS develop an enhanced K-5 general music instruction program. Parents, arts organization representatives and any community members with knowledge and/or experience in music instruction are encouraged to apply. For more information and the committee application, be sure to visit the link above.
GREEN FILMMAKING WITH MEGAN GRIFFITHS
Northwest Film Forum
Tomorrow night is your chance to learn about environmentally friendly filmmaking with director of The Off Hours, Megan Griffiths. The Off Hours and the Sustainable Style Foundation (SSF) will be co-hosting a Strategy Salon this Wednesday, December 15 from 4 to 6 pm at the Northwest Film Forum. The program will use The Off Hours as a case study and discuss ways in which future productions can run their sets in a more environmentally and socially conscious manner. The Off Hours is the first film to be granted the SSFTag in recognition of their sustainable practices. The production was also awarded a grant from local arts organization 4Culture for their efforts in this area. The film will be premiering at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. This event is free and open to the public.
MASQUERADE MAYHEM FIGHTS HUNGER THIS WEEKEND
Masquerade Mayhem is a unique, all ages, rock-show experience that will include music, magicians, dancers and door prizes. The evening will feature local bands The People Now, ESITU, Lacero and the Purpose Being. But this weekend's Masquerade Mayhem will be about more than just great music. The People Now are teaming up with Northwest Harvest to host a food drive in conjunction with show. The mission of Northwest Harvest is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger. Donation boxes will be available onsite for both food and monetary donations. The mayhem begins on Saturday, December 18 at 8 pm at Studio Seven. To read more about Northwest Harvest, follow the link.
ACADEMY OF INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT OPENS OFFICES IN SEATTLE
Washington Interactive Network
The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE), Australia's leading educator for the Computer Game Development and 3D digital industries, will open their classroom doors to the Seattle market in June 2011 and is planning on bringing 125 jobs to the Seattle area within the next four years. AIE credits its presence in Seattle to the efforts of enterpriseSeattle, the City of Seattle and the State of Washington. Dr. Christopher Erhardt, Head of School-Overseas for the AIE says, "When we were scouting locations their breadth of knowledge about digital media, and the impact that our educational portfolio would have on assisting local entertainment companies to grow even further solidified the logical choice of Seattle as the West Coast location of choice." Welcome to Seattle, AIE!
CHRISTMAS FOR THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Christmas music can be a bit redundant. Radio stations often confine themselves to a few overplayed renditions of "The Christmas Song" and "Jingle Bells," which is enough to turn many music lovers away from the holiday genre entirely. But if you dig a little deeper, you may just find a holiday album to suit any taste. A recent Seattlepi.com provides Christmas album names of Pacific Northwest artists. The iconic Christmas in the Northwest from 1985 is the most well-known, but 1965's Merry Christmas is chock-full of hits by bands like the Sonics and the Wailers. Check the link above for links to downloads and more information about the tracks on these Northwest Christmas albums.
TUNE IN TO THE "OFFICIAL BEST OF FEST" THIS SATURDAY
Official Best of Fest
The latest episode of "Official Best of Fest Presents: The Best Films You've Never Seen," airs this Saturday at 7:30 pm on KCTS 9. Written and directed by Seattleite Rick Stevenson and co-produced by Stevenson, Kevin Sabourin and Brandon Whitehead, the 30-part series showcases some of the world's finest shorts. This new installment is set in Seattle and features Virginia Bogart's love story, The Delivery, among other notable shorts. Follow the link for more information and stay tuned for future episodes!
SEATTLE OPERA WELCOMES LISA BURY AS DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Violinist and music educator Lisa Bury will join the Seattle Opera team in January as their new Director of Development. Lisa's background includes positions with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Florida Grand Opera and Arizona Opera. At Seattle Opera, Bury will supervise a department working toward an annual fund goal of $13 million and creating a funding strategy to support the company's future plans. Welcome to Seattle, Ms. Bury! Read more about the Opera's new hire at the press release link above.
BALL OF WAX AUDIO QUARTERLY OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly
The Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly is now accepting submissions for its Winter 2011 volume. Hailed as the Northwest's finest quarterly music compilation series, Ball of Wax has been showcasing the work of local underground musicians for more than five years via downloadable content and album volumes (available for purchase at Sonic Boom records). Interested artists should submit new, but not necessarily unreleased, recordings in hardcopy or in mp3. For all the submission details, check out the link.
FREE WINTER CONCERTS BRING THE ROARIN' TWENTIES TO CITY HALL
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Hear a world of music this winter at City Hall. Eight globe-trotting free concerts will showcase Seattle artists whose music is inspired by everything from Cajun tunes to Persian poetry, vocal folk to the roaring '20s, West African to Eastern European traditions and more. This week, travel back to the roaring '20s with Miss Rose & Her Rhythm Percolators, a vintage quartet playing tunes fit for flappers dancing in some glitzy underground speakeasy. Singer Sunga Rose croons and strums a ukulele while her Rhythm Percolators keep time and knock out solos. The free noontime shows take place both inside City Hall's lobby and on the outdoor plaza and are part of the year-round Seattle Presents concert series hosted by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. For more information, follow the link.
LOCAL ACTRESS FEATURED ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL
West Seattle Herald
From martial artist to movie star, local West Seattle-based actress/stunt woman Lisa Skvarla was featured in the Discovery Health TV special "The Worst Thing That Ever Happened to Me" last Friday, December 10. Skvarla portrays Debbie Puglisi, a real-life victim and survivor of a violent crime in which she was assaulted and kidnapped. Skvarla's experience in martial arts training (she co-owns Lee's Martial Arts in West Seattle with her husband) was instrumental to the role. Self-defense trainer by day, actress portraying violence victim by night, Skvarla was able to join her two worlds with this one character. You can catch a scene from the show at the link above, or watch the entire episode tonight, tomorrow and Friday night on Discovery Health.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 12/8 - 12/14
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Pink Martini "Joy to the World"
- Mad Rad "Youth Die Young"
- Moondoggies "Tidelands"
- The Head and the Heart "Self Titled"
- Various Artists "Live at KEXP, Vol. 6"
- Macklemore/Ryan Lewis "VS."
- Caspar Babypants "This Is Fun!"
- Jimi Hendrix "West Coast Seattle Boy"
- Young Evils "Enchanted Chapel"
- Elliott Smith "Introduction"
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:
"Biz Kid$" is an internationally broadcast award-winning public television series produced and filmed in Seattle. "Biz Kid$" made its debut in 2008 and has won prestigious national Emmy, Telly, and Environmental Media awards during its three-year run. The show's production team includes EPs Jamie Hammond, Jim Mckenna, Erren Gottlieb and Jeannine Glist; Line-Producer Norma Jean Straw; UPM Laura Jean Cronin; Head Writer John Kiester; Cinematographer Mike Boydstun; Editors Jim Golingo and Alex Corillo. Filming for the 2011 season began earlier this month and will be wrapping in March. The production is hiring over 100 local cast, crew and talent and working with local equipment and post-production companies.
"We have produced 55 episodes of 'Biz Kid$' with an incredible Seattle cast and crew," says Norma Jean Straw. "The close-knit and flexible local professional community delivers a high quality creative product. From writing to acting to lighting to production design to post production this is a full service production city."
SCARECROW ON SEATTLE
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 our Seattle's most filmable locations.
Third Degree Burn (1989)
The very first image of this made for HBO neo-noir is the Space Needle and, aside from a brief stop in Tucson, Arizona, this movie is jam packed with Seattle area location footage. It is a decent but derivative film that stars Treat Williams as a Private Eye who gets hired to find out if a rich man's wife (Virginia Madsen) is having an affair. Sure enough, Treat and Virg end up having an affair themselves and things get even more complicated when Madsen's husband ends up dead. The P.I. is the prime suspect as he finds himself caught up in a series of double crosses that could have been avoided if he'd seen the film Body Heat. Williams' office is located in Pioneer Square with a window right next to the viaduct and quite a lot of the movie unfolds in the neighborhood. There is also a scene that takes place by the Black Hole Sun sculpture in Volunteer Park, Madsen eats at the Il Bistro restaurant and then ends up having a stroll through the Pike Place Market, a car drives on the viaduct with the Kingdome proudly standing in the background, there's a funeral at Lake View Cemetery, a meeting occurs in the King Street Station, a low-key chase takes place in the International District and Treat finds a dead body in Lake Union near Lynn Street Park. For me the film's highlight is a scene that takes place at the Hat and Boots gas station back when it was a functioning service station. Ah...the good ole days.
SEATTLE SELECTED AS HOST CITY IN SUNDANCE FILM TOUR
Our fine city has been chosen as one of nine locales for the Sundance Film Festival USA, an audience-oriented showcase that will run in conjunction with the famed fest's annual Park City event. For those who can't make the snowy trek down to Utah, nine films from the 2011 Sundance lineup --including Seattle-made feature The Details--will be screened simultaneously across the nation, in addition to their regularly-scheduled festival slots. What's more: The screenings will also feature Q & A sessions with the filmmakers. Cedar Rapids, a comedy about a small-town group of insurance salesmen, will be featured in the Seattle leg of the tour, which takes place January 27, 2011, at Capitol Hill's Egyptian Theatre. Other participating cities include Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville and San Francisco as well as Ann Arbor, Michigan, Brookline, Massachusetts, and Madison, Wisconsin. For more information about the Fest, check out the link.
PUTTING THE "M" BACK IN MTV?
BlackBook Magazine Online
BlackBook.com is singing the praises of newly-launched web series, "$5 Cover: Seattle" for getting right to the heart of what "music television" is all about. The 12-part docudrama, now streaming for free online, takes a close look at the current Seattle music scene featuring performances, interviews and backstage footage in a way BlackBook.com thinks is "really cool": "5 Cover is a whole different beast," says article author Adam Wilson," and certainly worth more than $5." To read the full article, follow the link. Also be sure to check out "$5 Cover: Seattle" for yourself here.
KEXP WANTS YOUR TOP ALBUM VOTES
KEXP has opened voting for its annual "Top 90.3 Albums of the Year" poll. This is an all-inclusive list, featuring pop, hip-hop, indie and other major genres of the year. While the options include several national acts, now is your chance to get your favorite local albums on 2010 on the venerable list. Choices include Damien Jurado's Saint Bartlett, The Head and the Heart's self-titled album and Perfume Genius' Learning, among others. Add your two cents here!
"I AM SECRETLY AN IMPORTANT MAN" HITS NEW YORK
The New York Times
Today's New York Times praised Peter Sillen's cinematic portrait of Seattle poet Jesse Bernstein, I Am Secretly An Important Man. Seattleites were privy to the film when it played at Northwest Film Forum last month, but now it's making its way around the country. I Am Secretly An Important Man chronicles Bernstein, "the godfather of grunge," and his wild antics, mental instability, sensational art and the cult of celebrities (including Nirvana and Soundgarden) surrounding him. Explains the article, "His own work, seen and heard throughout the film, is from another time and place, evoking Allen Ginsberg, Tom Waits and, in its calmer moments, Spalding Gray. Although none of them, presumably, performed with live mice in their mouths, as Mr. Bernstein is seen doing in the film." To read the full review, follow the above link.
MEMORIES FROM THE SET OF GRASSROOTS
Box Office Magazine
In a recently posted article, Box Office Magazine takes an intimate and in-depth look at the quintessentially Seattle production of Grassroots. In the article, correspondent Cole Hornaday shares on-the-set anecdotes from the crew of dedicated Seattle artists involved in the film, visiting famed Seattle locations and delving into all the local layers of production. Hornaday's conclusion? Grassroots might just be the "definitve Seattle movie." To read the article in its entirety check out the link above!
Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel Sawyer, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Laura Brewer, Intern
Erica Nwosu, Intern
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