|News from the Film + Music Office
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE FILM + MUSIC OFFICE!
2008 was nothing less than a groundbreaking year for the film and music industry in Seattle. Despite economic uncertainty, Seattle musicians and filmmakers produced truly amazing work that succeeded both financially and artistically. The Mayor's Office of Film + Music is proud of our city's accomplishments and wanted to share them with you in this special newsletter holiday edition. Have a wonderful holiday, and don't forget to join us in 2009 for more exciting news!
Over 360 productions were permitted to shoot within the City of Seattle in 2008, continuing an upwards trend over the past few years. On average, at least one film crew was shooting every single day of the year. The number of productions permitted to shoot in Seattle has doubled in only three years. Additionally, fifteen feature films shot in Seattle in 2008. Check out the complete list.
GREAT YEAR FOR SEATTLE FILMS AND FESTIVALS
In 2008, Seattle movies were honored at film festivals around the world. Three locally produced films, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, Humpday, and World's Greatest Dad, will premiere at Sundance in 2009. Moviemaker Magazine ranked seventh in its eighth annual countdown of the best places to live, work, and make movies. Seattle itself hosted over twenty film festivals this year, including Seattle International Film Festival, the largest film festival in the United States. Check them out!
SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC
The Mayor's Office of Film + Music was proud to launch City of Music, a vision for the future of music in Seattle. This comprehensive plan incorporates recommendations for musicians, live music, and music businesses. To celebrate the City of Music kickoff, music industry leaders joined Mayor Greg Nickels at the Paramount Theatre on October 29th for a special event open to the public. Over 800 attendees enjoyed performances from Blue Scholars, New Faces, Vince Mira, Seattle public school bands, and Pike Place buskers while celebrating our city's rich musical heritage and exciting future. Publications from Pitchfork Media to NPR covered the event. The Seattle Times described the initiative as "help[ing] a valued piece of the economy help itself." Look for more exciting City of Music events in 2009!
SEATTLE MUSIC NATIONALLY HONORED
Seattle musicians released groundbreaking, nationally recognized work in 2008. The 2009 Grammy nominations included Seattle artists Bill Frisell, Death Cab for Cutie, Eddie Vedder, Kimya Dawson, Stephen Stubbs, and the Seattle Symphony. Seattle bands also rocked "Best of 2008" lists from major media outlets, including Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, and NME. Special mention goes to Seattle natives (and performers at 2008's SXSeattle at SXSW) Fleet Foxes. Their Sub Pop released, self-titled debut topped year end lists around the world. Check out a complete overview of lists featuring Seattle bands on our website.