Vol. 7, No. 28  
December 18, 2013                                                                                 View our photos on flickrLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

 
CITY NEWS

HAPPY HOUR RETURNS JANUARY 29 WITH 'WHAT'S ALL THIS ABOUT GAMES?'

Brian Schmidt is one of the true pioneers of the game audio industry. The 2008 recipient of the Game Audio Network Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award, Brian has been creating game music, sounds, and cutting edge technology since 1987 for companies such as Electronic Arts, Microsoft, and Capcom. He will be covering the ways that working on games is different from film/T.V./music, including "interactive sounds," game music, and the sound business climate. Make sure to join us Wednesday, January 29, at the Spitfire for our January Film + Music Interactive Happy Hour Event.

SEA-TAC GIVES HOLIDAY TRAVELERS SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT

PORT OF SEATTLE

Annually sponsored by the Merchants at Sea-Tac Airport, the Holiday Entertainment Program at Sea-Tac airport provides live musical performances from December 16 until December 24, during the peak passenger traffic hours of 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Check out Sea-Tac's lineup to see if one of your favorite performers is playing at your time of travel.  

NEW GRANTS FOR YOUTH ARTS PROGRAMS

OFFICE OF ARTS AND CULTURE

Youth Arts is an annual funding program that supports arts training for Seattle's middle and high school youth outside of school hours. Youth Arts provides funding for projects in all artistic disciplines, including film and music, and is led by experienced teaching artists. Funding awards range up to $10,000. Priority is given to programs serving youth or communities with limited access to arts and culture. Funding is open to artists, arts/cultural organizations, and youth-service agencies. The deadline for submission is 11 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4, 2014.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
NORTHWEST FILM FORUM HOSTING HOLIDAY BASH

NWFF

Northwest Film Forum's free holiday party is this Friday, December 20. The night starts at 6 p.m. with a "Top 10 Face Off," as local film critics talk about movies they loved and hated in 2013. The after party follows at 7 p.m. with eggnog, dancing, dreidels, Santa, and vintage holiday movies.

BUMBERSHOOT OFFERS YOUNG FILMMAKERS A CHANCE TO SHINE

The 9 Media Lab at KCTS, and One Reel have partnered to create the Bumbershoot Creative Core (BCC), a one-of-a-kind opportunity for the next generation of filmmakers. This year, 70 youth throughout the region became the official filmmakers of the Bumbershoot Festival. Paired with professionals in the field, BCC teams got full access to the festival and interviewed artists, filmed performances, and covered the other arts and events.

FILMMAKER BECKET SCHROEDER SHARES HOW NFFTY CHANGED HIS LIFE FOREVER

Seattle's NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth) is improving the lives of young filmmakers in bigger ways, by giving them a voice, a safe community, and an outlet for their creativity. Becket Schroeder has made a short film telling his story and appreciation for NFFTY. After being depressed and suicidal, unable to look beyond the bullies and disconnect of middle school life, Becket attended the festival and was able to meet other people who shared his love and passion for film. He's now doing great, with a new understanding and appreciation for life, and he's sharing his story through his short film.

BIG ASS BOOMBOX FESTIVAL PREMIERS FOR FIRST TIME IN SEATTLE

Big Ass Boombox is a loud pop festival occurring for the first time in Seattle on January 3 and 4. The festival is free of charge and will feature 40 bands and 10 writers at four different venues (two at the Crocodile and two at the Rendezvous). This festival aims to showcase the great musical and literary talent that this city has to offer, and to remove every possible barrier keeping people from discovering it. The bands include Friends and Family, The Hoot Hoots, and Scarves, among others. The writers include Sierra Nelson, Jane Wong, and Caleb Thompson, to name a few.

NEW COLLABORATIVE PROJECT TRIBE-OLUTION EXPLORES ROOTS OF HIP HOP

REVERB NATION

World Champion break dancers Massive Monkees, Extraordinary Futures, and hip hop soul band Global Heat are collaborating with master African dancer/drummer Manimou Camara, Afro-Brazilian dancer Dora Oliviera Newman, members of Capoeira Malȇs, and MC Draze (aka Dumi Maraire, Jr), in a new project called TRIBE-olution. Through funding from 4Culture and Arts Crush, members have completed choreography and initial video exploring the roots of hip hop dance in African, Brazilian, and Asian cultures. TRIBE-olution grew from a Seattle Next50 sponsored project resulting in a 2012 premiere performance of Roots of Hip Hop in Ancient Cultures at Intiman Theatre.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM DECEMBER'S INDIE FILMMAKERS MEETUP

CLATTER & DIN

The last meetup event at Clatter & Din wrapped up a year's worth of networking and knowledge sharing amongst the indie film community. On hand were three notable speakers: Colorist Ed Shoemaker, who shared his tricks of the trade; CEO of Indieflix Scilla Andreen, who discussed the state of the indie film business as well as Indieflix's contributions to it;  and Brian Wilkerson and Austin Glass from Slackline Productions, who shared the production benefits of gyro-stabilized cameras. Meetups will continue in the new year.

NEW PROJECT 50 FEET OF SONG UTILIZES OLD TECHNIQUES

There is a new innovative and exciting film project here in Seattle called 50 Feet of Song. Inspired by the work of American folklorist Alan Lomax, 50 Feet sets out to create field recordings for the 21st century. 50 Feet will shoot short music sessions on Super 8 film. Each session is around 3 minutes, or 50 feet worth of film. Each session is a completely original rendition of the featured song.

KICKSTART SEATTLE FILM + MUSIC PROJECTS

KICKSTARTER                                                                                                             

This week, a newly added project is The Tightrope, a documentary that examines mental health and the perceptions that surround it. Additionally, Gustavo Alonso Lopez's debut studio album, which is a mix of traditional flamenco and jazz improvisation, is in the midst of his Kickstarter campaign. Also, be sure to check out the soon-to-be expired campaign for St Paul de Vence as they make a new album.

COMMERCIALIZE-IZED IT!

COMMERCIALIZE SEATTLE                                                                                                             

This week's feature is from Jones Advertising, an ad firm that specializes in brand marketing for television and online video-based advertising campaigns. Their clients include Jim Beam, Microsoft, The Washington State Fair, among others. In their work for Ben Bridge, Jones Advertising crafted a beautiful scene using slow motion to capture the lasting moment of marriage, in Westlake Park.

AMERICAN ADVERTISING AWARDS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS TO NEW CATEGORIES

AMERICAN ADVERTISING AWARDS                                                                                                             

Nothing in advertising stays the same for very long, and the American Advertising Awards is keeping up with the different media, technology, and tactics. They have added and updated these categories to recognize individuals, and organizations: Point-Of-Purchase, Digital Advertising, Radio, Television, Cross Platform Integrated Campaigns, Advertising for the Arts and Sciences, Public Service, and Elements of Advertising. Anyone can enter, and the final entry deadline is 5:00 p.m. on January 10, 2014.

SHORT FILM FRIDAY: "NATURALLY, J.J. CALE"

NEW YORK TIMES                                                                                                             

This week's short film will be "Naturally, J.J. Cale," another excellent New York Times Op-Doc by Drew Christie, a local animator and filmmaker. The short, which concerns a forgotten musician from the classic rock period, J.J. Kale, is intelligent, sad, and filled with that humanist sensitivity that Christie's imagination knows how to express effortlessly.  

 

-Charles Mudede

MEDIA DIGEST
NIRVANA INDUCTED INTO ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

Earlier this week Nirvana became the fourth Seattle band to receive the honor of being inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As Sub Pop Records co-founder Bruce Pavitt puts it, "This induction is a validation of indie culture, Sub Pop Records, and the Seattle scene that helped change the course of popular culture in the '90s." Other inductees this year include...

SEATTLE'S SUPPORTING ROLE IN REVIVING THE LATE PETER O'TOOLE

The New York Times' obituary speaks of a "troubled period" in the 1970s when Peter O'Toole's career "sputtered", as the actor faced numerous personal issues. What's not well known is that a Seattle theater chain and local movie-goers played a crucial supporting role in reviving O'Toole's career. The Seven Gables movie chain, under Randy Finley, latched onto a largely ignored 1980 movie called The Stunt Man which starred O'Toole. The film enjoyed a roaring 43-week run at The Guild 45th. As a result, O'Toole would later garner an Oscar nomination for best actor.

AMAZON SLATES 4K MOVIE PRODUCTION

TWICE

Amazon Studios, the film and TV production arm of Amazon, will shoot all of their 2014 full original series, including comedies and dramas, in 4K Ultra HD format. Ultra HD 4K features resolution of 3,840 by 2,160 pixels or 8.3 million pixels, which is four times the number of pixels as standard full HD images. Amazon Studios will debut five new comedy and drama pilots in 2014, and customers will be invited to watch and provide feedback.

CLYDE PETERSON AND HIS CAMERA

SEATTLE A&P

Clyde Petersen, a Seattle filmmaker, sits down to talk music videos, queer teens, and what it's like to watch Terminator 2 with a schizophrenic. Peterson is currently working on his first animated feature film called Torrey Pines, a story of his life growing up with his mom who was a undiagnosed and untreated paranoid schizophrenic. He also discusses how Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special influenced him in his filmmaking with animation and creativity.

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