Happy Holidays from the Office of Film + Music! 2010 saw our office issue a record number of film permits, establish the Seattle City of Music Commission, maintain our excellent social media outlets and help create the Seattle Nightlife Initiative. We'd like to take this year-end opportunity to share some film and music highlights from 2010. All of us sincerely wish you a very happy holiday season and New Year! We can't wait to see what 2011 will bring!
MADE IN SEATTLE: FILM PRODUCTIONS OF THE WEEK
After a very tough 2009 for the local film industry, our office permitted a record number of film productions (366) in 2010. In July, the Film Production Of The Week column was added to our weekly newsletter, highlighting the amazing artistic efforts of our local filmmaking community and the broad positive economic impact it has on our region. Twenty projects, from student films to corporate videos to national commercials to feature films, have been spotlighted. All those productions are now archived online at the link above. Congratulations filmmakers!
SEATTLE MUSIC COMMISSION ESTABLISHED
Seattle Music Commission
The Seattle Music Commission, comprised of 21 members of Seattle's thriving and diverse music industry, was established and began meeting in June of this year. After several months of thoughtful planning and development, the Commission has released its 2010-2011 Workplan. The Commission will focus it's efforts in three Committees: the Youth and Community Committee, The Policy and Planning Committee, and the Branding and Communications Committee. Read more about the Commission, Committees, and Workplan at the link above.
CONNECTING LOCAL ARTISTS AND TECH CREATORS THROUGH CONTENT TECHNOLOGY THINKTANK
To capitalize on Seattle's status as an innovative technological hub and a city continuously on the artistic cutting edge, we helped launch the Content Technology Initiative (CTech). With a goal of connecting content and technology creators together to position our city as a leader in digital media as well as creative thinking, CTech convened three advisory meetings this year. These collaboratives helped us identify key participating sectors, spot potential partnerships, establish a sense of interest and passion for the topic and find financial support, including participation from Living Cities. These meetings culminated in a Final Presentation and Report, which we plan to share with the public next month.
SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC ANNUAL AWARDS AND FESTIVAL
Seattle City of Music Awards
The third annual Seattle City of Music Awards took place this past October. The City charged the Music Commission with selecting award recipients; Clarence Acox and Scott Brown received the Impact Award, Brandi Carlile won the Breakthrough Award and Gerard Schwarz was honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award. The night featured performances by the Garfield Roosevelt All Star Jazz Band, a special video performance from Brandi Carlile and a Big Brass Tribute to Gerard Schwarz. The event also featured mini-documentaries about each of the honorees. This year's Music Awards served as the kick-off event for the City of Music Festival, a month-long event taking place all around the city with partners including City Arts, Umoja, the Recording Academy, Earshot Jazz and others. To watch the mini-documentaries and read more about the City of Music Awards, follow the link above.
FILM, MUSIC + DIGITAL MEDIA HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR EVENTS BROUGHT US ALL TOGETHER
Seattle Office of Film + Music
Held on the last Wednesday of every month, our Happy Hour has become the networking event for the city's creative industries. With an average attendance of 150 people each month, we constantly receive positive feedback on the event and know of numerous business relationships that have started simply by attending the Happy Hour and meeting fellow industry folks. This month's Holiday Happy Hour, which merged the November and December events, had an attendance of 250, and featured a slideshow of film productions, catered food, holiday attire and an industry update from James Keblas and Amy Lillard from Washington Filmworks.
FILM + MUSIC SOCIAL MEDIA SUCCESS
Seattle Film + Music Blog
Our aim is to connect the film, music, and digital media industries to all the information about Seattle music and film we possibly can. How do we do that? Firstly, this newsletter has grown to a readership of over 14,200. Our blog, which is updated every day with all the latest industry happenings, is a steadfast resource for industry and entertainment news and information in Seattle. Facebook and Twitter (@seattlefm) are also daily resources for industry news. With our Twitter account reaching 1,000 followers earlier this year, the number of people and businesses taking advantage of these resources has grown consistently ever since. Our office is very proud of these social media accomplishments, and we look forward to becoming even more innovative in the coming year.
SEATTLE NIGHTLIFE INITIATIVE ENHANCED THE NIGHTTIME ECONOMY - COMMUNITY REPORT COMING DECEMBER 28
Office of the Mayor
Mayor McGinn announced proposals for the Seattle Nightlife Initiative in July. The announcement was a big news-maker, generating buzz amongst local and national papers as well as the blogosphere about how the intiative would positively or negatively affect the city's crime and noise levels, liquor laws and nighttime economy. We were thrilled to be part of the research, drafting and announcement processes of the Initiative. Seven of the eight components of the plan have already been approved, and 2011 will bring further developments for the Nightlife Initiative. Read more about the specifics at the link above.
SEATTLE IN SUNDANCE
Showcasing Seattle as a filmmaking destination, the Office of Film + Music hosted the 8th annual Seattle Party with partners MTV, Sub Pop and Washington Filmworks, at the Sundance Film Festival last January. Some of the highlights from the evening were performances from Beach House and the Moondoggies and a surprise performance by Harvey Danger's Sean Nelson. KEXP DJ Darek Mazzone also provided sets before, between and after the bands' performances. The Seattle Party was just one of three events and many meetings hosted by the Seattle and State film offices. To see photos by Seattle PI's Monica Guzman, follow the above link.
For the fourth year running, the Seattle Party at the 2010 SXSW had over 1200 attendees turn out to the indoor and outdoor stages at the Beauty Bar in Austin, TX. The amazing lineup of Seattle artists who performed at the event included Visqueen, The Dutchess and The Duke, Rocky Votolato, The Moondoggies, The Maldives, Cave Singers, Mash Hall, Grynch, Dyme Def, Dark Time Sunshine, THEESatisfaction, The Lonely Forest, Staxx Brothers, Macklemore and Grand Hallway. Thanks to everyone in attendance and to the sponsors for making The Seattle Party a total success! Check out pictures from the party by Rich Hobby and Blush Photo at the above link.
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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