|News from the Film + Music Office
TAKE THE FILM + MUSIC BUSINESS SURVEY!
The Seattle Office of Film + Music would like to apologize for providing the incorrect link to the online survey in last week's newsletter, it has been fixed. This survey is intended to gauge the current state of the film and music business in Seattle. It is anonymous, takes around five minutes and is invaluable to our office and to the future of our industry. Please take the time. Thank you!
HAPPY HOUR ONE WEEK AWAY
The Mayor's Office of Film + Music if proud to present Happy Hour at Moe Bar (925 E. Pike St.) from 5 to 7 pm on Wednesday, January 30th. Come down, meet new people in our music and film industries and discuss current issues spanning film and music in Seattle. We have received a lot of great feedback regarding new business opportunities that have come from these events, so don't miss out. The Happy Hour schedule for 2008 can be found on the website.
RECRUITMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR NEW NIGHTLIFE ENFORCEMENT STAFF
Seattle City Council has announced two positions available for nightlife enforcement: Nightlife Regulatory Coordinator and License & Standards Inspector. These positions are permanent and full-time. Either position would be ideal for those interested in effecting the current state of Seattle's nightlife.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
WASHINGTON FILM OFFICE EVOLVING
From quirky independents to mainstream commercials and blockbuster features, filmmaking is big business - and states all over the country compete for it. In Washington, a new non-profit organization has been doling out incentives to lure more film crews here. And it may soon expand. For an archive of the radio show, click the link above.
GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR SEATTLE ARTISTS
Funding up to $10,000 is available for Seattle artists in the visual and literary arts, film, media arts and screenwriting through CityArtists Projects. The program, funded by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, encourages development of art and the expression of Seattle's diversity. In 2007, 31 artists were awarded $200,000 in grants. For artists interested in applying, an information session will be from 5:30 to 7: 30 p.m., Feb. 4 at the Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle.
MAYOR SEEK CANDIDATES FOR PIONEER SQUARE PRESERVATION BOARD
Mayor Greg Nickels invites citizens to apply for four open positions on the Pioneer Square Preservation Board. The positions available are: architect, human services professional, historian/architectural historian, and property owner in Pioneer Square. Individuals who have an interest in the historical preservation of the district are encouraged to apply.
J&J MUSIC AND BROKEN TIME RECORDS SHOWCASE
Seattle-based pianists, Eric Vaughn and Michael Owcharuk will perform to celebrate the release of their newest albums on Broken Time Records, Thursday, January 31st at Jazz Alley. The evening begins with Vaughn playing a solo set featuring songs from his CD The Chaotic World We Live In, followed by Owcharuk and his sextet performing highlights from the CD The Michael Owcharuk Sextet.
OFF HOURS UPDATE
Seattle film The Off Hours, helmed by writer/director Megan Griffiths and producers Lacey Leavitt, Mischa Jakupcak and Joy Saez, will be the first "green" production in the Northwest. The production team plans to prioritize environmental responsibility in every department throughout the production through partnerships with companies such as Goodwill Industries and Guayaki Rainforest Products.
THE OLYMPIA FILM SOCIETY IS HIRING!
The Olympia Film Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is seeking to fill two positions managing visual and audio presentations in Olympia's historic Capitol Theater. The full job description for each position is below. Applicants who feel they qualify for both positions are encouraged to apply for both, as our Hiring Committee will consider hiring a single individual to be responsible for the duties of both jobs. Be sure to make note in your cover letter if you are doing so.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 1/14 - 1/20
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Eddie Vedder - Music for the Motion Into the Wild
- Brandi Carlile - Live at Easy Street
- Blue Scholars - Bayani
- The Blakes - The Blakes
- The Lashes - Thank You
- New Pornographers - Challengers
- Siberian - With Me
- Cave Singers - Invitation Songs
- Dyme Def - Space Music
- Cancer Rising - Cancer Rising
AUCTION BLOCK FOR GETTY IMAGES
Getty Images, the world's biggest supplier of pictures and video to media and advertising companies, has put itself on the auction block and could fetch more than $1.5 billion, people briefed on the situation said Sunday. The Seattle company hired Goldman Sachs to advise it, these people said. Getty has attracted interest from several buyers, mostly private equity firms, including Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Bain Capital and others. Final bids are due by the end of the month, but people briefed on the auction cautioned it was unclear which firms would submit a bid.
TAIWAN LOVES SUB POP - AND PLAIN POP
The musical tastes of Taipei are not too different from Seattle. A recent visit to a record shop there revealed that six out of their Top 10 indie rock titles were from Seattle - and many of those albums were from Sub Pop. Listeners in Taipei must love Band of Horses and the Shins just as much as we do.
ARTS TENANTS WORRIED ABOUT RENTS
When the iconic arts building on Capitol Hill known as the Odd Fellows Hall was sold in December, tenants were not sure what to make of the deal. The tenants - mimes, filmmakers, dancers and theaters - were worried but still hopeful. Now that the deal has closed and negotiations have started, they say things are more bleak. "The facts are that rent is raising, and people are leaving because of the raised rent," said Hallie Kuperman, whose Century Ballroom is one of the building's tenants.
VOYAGER ONE RETURNS TO LOVELESS RECORDS
Seattle's Voyager One has rejoined Loveless Records to release their anticipated new album, Afterhours in the Afterlife, out on February 26, 2008. Afterhours comes on the heels of the band self-released gem, Dissolver (TokyoIdaho 2005) which received critical acclaim, "9/10 stars" Under the Radar, and got the band touring nationally with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Voyager One was Loveless' first signed act when the label began in 1999, releasing their previous albums From the New Nation of Long Shadows and Monster Zero.
TINY VIPERS PLAYING IN BURN TO SHINE, SEATTLE
Burn to Shine (produced by Brendan Canty, directed by Christoph Green) came to Seattle last year with Benjamin Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie) curating the event that featured performances by Harvey Danger, Blue Scholars, Eddie Vedder, Minus the Bear, Dave Bazan, Spook the Horse and many more local artists. The DVD will be released on February 19th.
NOTED FILM EDITOR RETURNS FOR Q&AS AND SPECIAL SCREENINGS
Thelma Schoonmaker, the Academy Award-winning film editor ("The Departed," "The Aviator," "Raging Bull"), delighted Seattle audiences last year with her presentation of two rare films directed by her late husband Michael Powell: "Gone to Earth" and "Age of Consent." Now she returns to Seattle Art Museum for two more evenings of film. Wednesday night, Schoonmaker will present the 1988 drama "The Last Temptation of Christ," one of the many Scorsese films she has edited.
HIP-HOP DEBATE TEAM
Students have been honing academic and public speaking skills in school debate clubs for decades. But over the past few years, the style of debate in cities like Seattle and Tacoma has been evolving. As Chana Joffe-Walt shows us, debate is starting to sound and look different.
RIOT LIKE IT'S 1999
We're guessing this one won't play quite like Sleepless in Seattle, Frasier, or Grey's Anatomy, but the Emerald City's about to get the Hollywood treatment again. The subject this time is the infamous (or triumphant depending on your political persuasion) 1999 World Trade Organization conference. Battle in Seattle stars Charlize Theron as a pregnant woman accidentally caught in the crossfire; as the major of Seattle, Ray Liotta and Woody Harrelson. The film opens nationwide in late spring.
BLACK MONK TIME: RIP DAVE DAY
Dave Day was born in Bellingham in 1941. He played banjo in an infamous '60s punk band called the Monks. No one-anywhere, at any time, before or since-has looked or sounded like the Monks. Day passed away Thursday, January 10, from complications of a heart attack and stroke. Everyone who met him called him a sweetheart. As a musician, friend, and husband, he'll be deeply missed.
IT'S OFFICIAL: FLEET FOXES SIGN WITH SUB POP
As of this morning at 11 a.m., Fleet Foxes (proud disclosure: the band fronted my brother, Robin Pecknold) are now signed to Seattle's Sub Pop Records. Says A & R lady Sue Busch, "I feel very proud to welcome Fleet Foxes to the Sub Pop family. It's been so amazing watching them grow as a band and I know they have a lot of exciting times ahead of them. It's been an exciting and busy week for the band, who wrapped up the recording of their EP "Sun Giant" yesterday.
JAGUAR LOVE SIGN TO MATADOR
The new band featuring Johnny and Cody from the Blood Brothers and J. Clark of Pretty Girls Make Graves have just announced that they will join the Matador Records family, home to many remarkable bands. Congratulations boys!
FANTASY, REALITY FROM AROUND THE WORLD AT NWFF
Richer, slicker and somewhat stranger than its title might suggest, the annual Children's Film Festival begins another 10-day engagement Friday at Northwest Film Forum. The lineup includes a sweet German science-fiction fable called "Moonman," a dreamy insect-relationship tale dubbed "The Mantis Parable," a wonderfully goofy six-minute opera called "The Piano Lesson" and such rarely seen classic Oscar nominees as "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Golden Fish." "We have 80 films from 20 countries at this point," said Elizabeth Shepherd, programmer for the festival for the third straight year.
INTERNET MOVIE DATABASE ACQUIRING WITHOUT A BOX
Internet Movie Database, a site on the web with massive amounts of information about movies and actors, is buying Without A Box Inc., a media company targeting the film industry. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Internet Movie Database is owned by Amazon.com Inc. of Seattle. The site has information on more than 1 million movies and TV programs and receives more than 50 million unique visitors per month, according to the company.
FANTASTIC "SONGBIRDS" MIGRATE TO BAKE'S PLACE
Striking Hollywood writers have decided against picketing the upcoming Grammy Awards, but the Writers Guild of America's board of directors has yet to grant the music industry show a waiver that would allow its members to work on the ceremony, the guild said Tuesday. The guild previously said it was unlikely to grant the Recording Academy a waiver for the Feb. 10 show, the music industry's most important event, set to be broadcast live on CBS from Los Angeles.
BORN OF 'JUNO': A HIT SOUNDTRACK WITH AN UNEASY SINGER AT ITS HEART
Her songs are all over a hit indie soundtrack, and new fans are mobbing her concerts. Most musicians would see this as good news. But for Kimya Dawson, the 35-year-old den mother of the tiny anti-folk scene, all the attention for her music in the film "Juno" is a little troubling. "I'm totally scared," she said recently at Southpaw, a small club in Brooklyn where she was playing a sold-out afternoon show open to all ages.
MUSICAL "SHREK" TO DEBUT IN SEATTLE
A green, grumpy, wildly popular ogre will sing and dance on a Seattle stage this summer on his way to Broadway. Shrek, the star of the blockbuster animated movies, will appear in a new musical set to premiere at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre Aug. 14-Sept. 21, before moving to New York in November. The first such venture by DreamWorks, "Shrek the Musical" could set up a new Broadway rivalry, going toe to toe with Disney musicals drawn from that company's animated films.