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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC!
Thank you to everyone who came to our Holiday Happy Hour event last night. It was a pleasure seeing so many new and old faces crammed together in the packed Spitfire Lounge. We hope to see you all next year!
With a plump tear welling in our eye, we report that this will be 2009's last newsletter. But don't worry, the newsletter will return in January, reinvigorated from the break and bursting with the latest film and music updates from the most "Seattle" city in the world.
Enjoy the Holidays!
-Seattle Office of Film + Music
HELP REDESIGN SEATTLE CENTER
The City of Seattle, through its Seattle Center Department, invites proposals to temporarily activate all or some portion of 68,000 square feet of flat, paved outdoor space to be vacated by the Fun Forest, north of the Seattle Center Monorail station, for all or some portion of the time period between May 2010 and December 31, 2011. Attractions, activities and events that will enliven the space are envisioned as ranging from single day to seasonal or even longer duration activities/events. It is essential that the activation furthers Seattle Center's mission to delight and inspire the spirit in each individual and bring together our rich and varied community. Applications must be submitted by 5 pm on January 18, 2010 to: Neal Erickson, Seattle Center Redevelopment, 305 Harrison St., Room 109, Seattle, WA 98109 by 5:00 PM on January 18, 2010. For Application details, please follow the above link.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
LOCAL DP BEN KASULKE'S THE FREEBIE TO PREMIERE AT SUNDANCE 2010
Local cinematographer Benjamin Kasulke's (Humpday, Wheedle's Groove) work will be featured at Sundance next month with the world premiere of the film The Freebie. Kasulke shot the film, directed by Katie Aselton. The Freebie is about a young married couple who decide to give each other one night with someone else and stars Dax Shepard, Katie Aselton and Sean Nelson (Harvey Danger, My Effortless Brilliance). Click the above link to read more about the film on the Sundance 2010 Online Film Guide.
5th ANNUAL WIFTV WOMEN IN FILM FESTIVAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Women in Film
Women In Film & Television Vancouver (WIFTV) is pleased to announce that the 5th Annual Women In Film Festival (WIFF) will be presented April 17 &18th, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This year, the Women In Film Festival will accept short film submissions (20 minutes maximum) in the following categories: narrative, documentary, new media, music videos, video poems, or experimental shorts. Submissions featuring strong female characters and stories are encouraged. Eligible films must have three of the following (one woman may serve more than one role): a woman as Writer, a woman as Producer, a woman as Director, a woman as D.O.P., a woman as lead Actor, a woman as lead. Submissions are due January 14, 2010 (thought the early bird deadline is tomorrow, December 17). To submit or for more information, please follow the above link.
VOTE FOR DECIBEL FESTIVAL AS LIVE EVENT OF THE YEAR IN URB POLL
Decibel Festival has been nominated as "Live Event of the Year's in the 2009 URB Readers Poll among other nominees such as Lollapalooza, Coachella and Electric Daisy Carnival. Aside from the four-day festival which showcased over 100 international electronic music, media and visual artists at various venues in Seattle, Decibel presents events year-round and you can also join them on New Year's Eve at Neumos with Apparat, Nosaj Thing and Lusine. Vote for the festival at the above link.
FRIARS CLUB WELCOMES LOCAL FILMMAKER COLLEEN PATRICK
Local writer/director/producer Colleen Patrick was recently made a member of the world famous, 105 year old Friars Club in NYC. Over the years, the historical private club has been home to some of America's most famous performers, filmmakers and composers including Lucille Ball, Irving Berlin and Carol Burnett. Patrick's film The Whole Truth was featured at the Friars Club International Comedy Film Festival in October. One of the Friars who saw and loved it nominated her for membership.
BLOOD ON THE FLAT TRACK: THE RISE OF THE RAT CITY ROLLERGIRLS TO BE RELEASED ON DVD
Blood on the Flat Track: The Rise of the Rat City Rollergirls will be released by Strand Releasing in February. The locally-made documentary about Seattle's first female roller derby league was directed by Lacey Leavitt and Lainy Bagwell. It premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2007 and has gone on to screen at other festivals across the country. Click the above link to pre-order your own copy on Amazon.
LOCAL FILMMAKERS IN COPENHAGEN
Local film company More Dust Than Digital is currently traveling in Copenhagen with Gov. Chris Gregoire, Mayor Greg Nickels and Rep. Jay Inslee, covering Washington States role in the United Nations Climate Change Conference. The video updates produced this week are a part of a larger effort More Dust Than Digital are involved in that promotes Washington State as a leader in the Clean Tech Revolution. For more information, please visit the above link.
ARTZONE FEATURES CHRIS BALLEW
ArtZone is wrapping up their programming for 2009 with original music from Chris Ballew, aka Caspar Babypants (also of the Presidents of the United States of America). Jose Gonzales also profiles Seattle's live music scene.
INTERNATIONAL CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS INVITES PHOTOGRAPHERS
Submissions are now open for the 2010 International Conservation Photography Awards (ICP Awards), a program founded in 1997 by renowned Seattle nature photographer Art Wolfe in 1997. Photographers from around the world are invited to submit conservation-themed photography in a variety of categories including: Landscape, Flora, Wildlife, Underwater and Environment at Risk. A special category, Puget Sound at Risk, seeks work that manifests the particular environmental challenges facing the Northwest's Puget Sound. Selections from the juried competition will be exhibited at the Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture in summer 2010.
FILMMAKERS, SUBMIT YOUR TELEVISION AND WEB PROGRAMS TO THE TELLY AWARDS
he Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web. Since 1978, our mission has been to strengthen the visual arts community by inspiring, promoting, and supporting creativity. The 30th Annual Telly Awards received over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. All work must be submitted by This Friday, December 18th. For more information, please visit the above link.
WATCH THE BACK HOME WITH LISA SMITH-PUTNAM HOLIDAY SPECIAL
Back Home with Lisa Smith-Putnam
The Back Home with Lisa Smith-Putnam Holiday Special premiered over the weekend on KONG 6 and will continue to run at various times throughout the month on both KONG 6 and KING 5. The variety show, which revisits the family-friendly and celebratory feel of the old Andy Williams' specials, features the world's most renowned saxophonist Kenny G, celebrated author Laura Day, dance crew Massive Monkees, comedian Ralph Porter, Miss Seafair 2009 Jacqueline Saarenas and vocal entertainers The Main Attraction, among others. Click the above link to see air dates and times.
OUTSOURCED SOUNDTRACK AVAILABLE ON ITUNES
Outsourced, a comedy by Seattle director John Jeffcoat, has just released its soundtrack on itunes. The songs incorporate the film's warm affection for the music of India and according to Mr. Jeffcoat, "We've expanded several of the songs so that this is not a soundtrack of 30 second music clips but an album that can stand on it's own." For more information, please follow the above link.
GENESIS ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES TO EXHIBIT AWARD-WINNING SPEAKERS AT CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Genesis Loud Speakers
Genesis Advanced Technologies, local manufacturer of high-end luxury loudspeaker and amplifier systems, will be exhibiting at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from January 7-10, 2010. They'll be showing off their award-winning speakers and amplifiers, the Genesis G7.1f and the Genesis Reference Amplifier. CES is the world's largest consumer technology trade show, which recently awarded named the Genesis 7.1f loudspeaker with the Best of Innovations Design and Engineering Award. Read more about the local company at the above link.
CHECK OUT NEW WASHINGTON FILMWORKS YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Washington FilmWorks has launched a YouTube channel which includes videos from their 2009 Viral Video Campaign. The campaign solicited local filmmakers to create :30 and :60 commercials promoting Washington State as a great place for motion picture, commercial and television production. Final videos from Mark O'Connell, Will Chase & Lucien Flynn, Staci Bernstein & Ilona Rossman Ho, and Philip Rezek & Michael Welty are available for viewing. Click the above link to watch them!
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 12/9-16
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Various Artists "GIVE Seattle 2009"
- Various Artists "Live at KEXP, Vol. 5"
- Pink Martini "Splendor In The Grass"
- Nirvana "Live at Reading"
- Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
- The Maldives "Listen to the Thunder"
- Various Artists "We are the Junction"
- Brandi Carlile "Give Up the Ghost"
- Gossip "Music for Men"
- Cave Singers "Welcome Joy"
SEATTLE SOUNDBITE CALLS FOR BANDS
Bands/solo artists have till Jan. 15, 2010 to submit music to be accepted for Seattle Soundbite, an annual event that combines fine street dining and tasty tunes from Seattle-based musicians. The catch: At least one member of your band has to be employed by the food service industry. Hurry, learn how to cook and/or take orders! For all the details, follow the above link.
CAROLS, KLEZMER WIND UP SEATTLE PRESENTS' 2009 FREE LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES
The free lunchtime concert series wraps up this week. This Tuesday, the Medieval Women's Choir sings Spanish and Italian holiday selections from noon to 1 p.m at the Seattle Municipal Tower. On Thursday, the Klez Kats offer "joyous klezmer, lilting waltzes, mysterious gypsy and Middle Eastern music influenced by Jewish tradition and culture," from noon to 1 p.m. at Seattle City Hall. The series resumes with a luau Jan. 7, featuring Hawaiian ukulele star Taimane and local ukeleleist Del Rey.
SUB POP AND BARSUK RECORDS SIGN NEW ARTISTS
Barsuk Records has just signed Seattle indie-pop group the Globes. The group will enter the studio with legendary producer John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Death Cab For Cutie, the Blood Brothers) and release their Barsuk debut in 2010. Sub Pop also added to its roster, with the Milwaukee based Jaill.
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