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HAPPY HOUR IS TONIGHT AT SPITFIRE IN BELLTOWN!
Office of Film + Music
Join us at Spitfire tonight, Wednesday January 27, for the monthly Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour networking event. Spitfire will be opened exclusively for the event from 5:00 - 7:00 pm and is located at 2219 4th Avenue in Belltown (between Blanchard and Bell). Please note the event's new location and we hope to see you there for food, drink and networking!
CHECK OUT PHOTOS OF US HUSTLING FOR FILM WORK AT SUNDANCE
The Office of Film + Music hosted the 8th annual Seattle Party with partners MTV, Sub Pop and Washington Filmworks, at the Sundance Film Festival this past Sunday. 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 band's performances. The Seattle Party was just one of three events and many meetings hosted by your film reps at the City and State. This was a great year and there are some promising opportunities ahead. To see photos by Seattle PI's Monica Guzman, follow the above link.
CITY OF MUSIC PRESENTS AN OPEN HOUSE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF JIMI HENDRIX PARK
Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park
The City of Seattle and the Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park invite you to join them for a special open house. This event will provide an opportunity for those interested in being a part of the development of the park to review the conceptual plan and generate support. Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park intend to submit an application to the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund and the Neighborhood Matching Fund. Refreshments and child care will be provided and there will be a drawing for Jimi Hendrix commemorative merchandise. Join them at the Northwest African American Museum (2300 S. Massachusetts St.) on Thursday, January 27 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in Artists Workroom #1.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
JOIN THE MAYOR AND OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR CITY BUSINESS CASUAL EVENT TOMORROW
Office of Economic Development
As a new year begins and economic recovery continues, Seattle businesses are looking ahead for ways to strengthen and grow. The Office of Economic Development and the City of Seattle are excited to connect directly with the business community via its all-new City Business Casual series, launching tomorrow. Business owners and advocates will have a chance to ask questions, suggest ideas and troubleshoot specific issues in an informal and relaxed setting. Mayor Mike McGinn will make remarks and mingle with the crowd at this inaugural event. The first City Business Casual will take place on Thursday, January 28 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the Polar Bar in the Arctic Club Hotel (700 3rd Avenue). There will be no-host Happy Hour food and drinks. Please click the above link for more information.
SEATTLE NAMED ONE OF THE 10 BEST CITIES TO LIVE, WORK & MAKE MOVIES IN 2010
Seattle has been named one of the top ten best cities in which to be an independent filmmaker in MovieMaker Magazine's 10th annual list. For their list of the "10 Best Cities to Live, Work and Make Movies In," the magazine's editors paid careful attention to location trends, from recent financial incentives to new soundstages. They say, "The barriers that existed for independent moviemakers just a few years ago have all but disappeared, not only in terms of accessibility to reasonably priced production and post-production equipment, but with distribution opportunities, too... Moviemaking can happen anywhere-as long as there are creative artists willing to make a go of it and a community of supporters happy to nurture their talents."
HIDMO SEEKS INTERNS FOR COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT PROJECT
The Hidmo Community Empowerment Project is looking for a few motivated young people. The internship is geared towards middle school and high school students who are interested in community activism, grassroots organizing, marketing and outreach, event planning, or working to support and promote local and/or independent art. They are looking for two outreach & marketing interns to work 10 hours per week from January 2010 until June 2010. Interns will work independently and with staff to help ensure the success of Hidmo entertainment and community engagement programs. Upcoming programs that interns will help to do outreach for include, MLK Weekend hip-hop show featuring Binary Star, Massive Monkees, D.Black, Canary Sing with DJ Mark Sense and host Vitamin D; community forum on the State of Youth in the Central District; Hidmo Central District Media Justice Campaign; and general HCEP & Hidmo meetings and events. All those interested in applying should call 206.328.7088 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a meeting.
SEATTLE FILM AND MUSIC COMMUNITIES CONTINUE TO SUPPORT HAITI RELIEF EFFORTS WITH BENEFITS
Seattle Film + Music Blog
Seattle's strong film and music communities have organized several events to support relief efforts in Haiti in response to the devastation caused by the January 12 earthquake. Please click the above link for an updated listing of these benefit events in the City of Music and if you know of others, leave us a comment.
FILMMAKERS: SUBMIT SHORT FILMS TO THE NEXT TALL BEERS AND SHORT SHORTS SCREENING BY FEBRUARY 6
Tall Beers and Short Shorts
Tall Beers and Short Shorts is a quarterly screening series that is trying to get short films out of movie theaters and into less expected places. Their intention is to find and foster new audiences for short films and to seek new frontiers to engage our audiences besides art house theaters and the internet. The next screening will be on February 26 at the Fremont Abbey. Deadline for submissions for this screening is February 6. For more information or to submit your work, follow the above link.
BANDS: APPLY TO PLAY NOISE FOR THE NEEDY FESTIVAL 2010
Noise for the Needy
Noise for the Needy is an annual music festival that brings musicians, promoters, artists, and volunteers together to support those in need. Noise for the Needy has showcased well over one hundred bands and raised over $150,000 for local charities. Headed into its 19th year, the festival will be held in Seattle in June 2010 and will offer 21+ and all ages shows. The event brings in music from a variety of genres to venues all over the city and features local, regional and national acts. Click the above link for more information or to apply to play the festival.
SEE BEST OF COUCH FEST FILMS FOR FREE AT NWFF
Couch Fest Films
If you missed Couch Fest last November or are simply missing it, join them at Northwest Film Forum for a screening of the best short films of the festival. Couch Fest Films is a cozy shorts film festival hosted in people's houses. The 90 minute screening of some of the best shorts from the festival will take place on Sunday, February 7 at the Northwest Film Forum. The event is free. For more information, click the above link.
THE MUSICIANS' ASSOCIATION OF SEATTLE HOSTS A FREE SEMINAR WITH TOUR:SMART AUTHOR
Musicians' Association of Seattle
Join TOUR:Smart author Martin Atkins for a candid and hilarious discussion of what bands can do to beat the odds and survive on the road. Martin Atkins has three decades of music industry experience as a drummer, touring with Johnny Rotten's band and Nine Inch Nails. Some of the night's talking points will include industry tips, marketing oneself as a musician, getting people to come to your shows, strategies for successful touring in the US and why you must book yourself. For more information or to RSVP, follow the above link.
APPLY FOR 4CULTURE PROJECT FUNDING
Artists, arts groups, heritage organizations/specialists/educators, or persons needing help rehabilitating a landmark are welcome to apply now to 4Culture for project support. The deadline for Arts Projects Individuals grants is March 10 and the deadline for Arts Projects Group is March 17, 2010. Click the above link to see more upcoming opportunities on 4Culture's 2010 Funding Calendar.
SIFF AND EMP|SFM BRING YOU A WEEKEND OF SCIENCE FICTION
Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival
The fifth annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival presented by SIFF and EMP|SFM is this Saturday, January 30 at the Cinerama. Session two includes two local shorts, CC 2010 and Third Days Child. Coinciding with the festival, SIFF Cinema is thrilled to screen five classic Sci-Fi thrillers on Blu-Ray: Planet of the Apes, 12 Monkeys, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Man Who Fell to Earth and Logan's Run. Click the above link for tickets and more information on the Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 1/18-24
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Shabazz Palaces "Shabazz Palaces"
- Shabazz Palaces "Of Light"
- Laura Veirs "July Flame"
- Cave Singers "Welcome Joy"
- Dutchess & the Duke "Sunset/Sunrise"
- Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
- Various Artists "Give Seattle"
- Brandi Carlile "Give Up the Ghost"
- Pearl Jam "Live at Easy Street"
- Visqueen "Message to Garcia"
WATCH LYNN SHELTON'S MTV CLIP ON THE REBIRTH OF THE SEATTLE MUSIC SCENE
Lynn Shelton was at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival this weekend, presenting a panel on the process behind making $5 Cover: Seattle and attending the 8th Annual Seattle Party, hosted by The Office of Film + Music with partners MTV, Sub Pop and Washington Filmworks. "There's just a whole new scene going on now and amazing, vibrant, awesome music happening," she says. Watch this clip where she speaks briefly about her perspective on the Seattle scene and her vision for the web series.
"POLICE BEAT" NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 10 SUNDANCE FICTION FILMS OF THE DECADE
Dennis Lim says of the film, "Robinson Devor's gorgeous reverie pairs the lovelorn interior monologue of a Senegalese Seattle cop with the alternately mundane and surreal happenings of his typical work week. A cop movie unlike any you've ever seen, it casts a sad, dreamy spell that matches its lonely hero's sense of disconnection." To see the full list, follow the above link.
LISTEN TO NPR PODCAST ON MUSICIANS AND HEALTH INSURANCE
According to a recent survey by The Future of Music Coalition, as many as 45 percent of musicians are uninsured. That's got 21-year-old aspiring rapper and Youth Radio reporter Orlando Campbell a tad worried. Listen to a podcast interview with him on NPR's Marketplace Money as he talks about the ways musicians struggle with health insurance, even when they've begun to make it big.
FILMMAKER MAGAZINE NAMES TWO SEATTLE PRODUCTIONS IN TOP 25 INDIE FILMS OF THE DECADE
Filmmaker Magazine selected two Seattle films to be among its Top 25 Indie Films of the Decade. Coming in at 17 is the Iraq war documentary Iraq in Fragments by Seattle native James Longley. And at 24 is Zoo, a shot in Seattle drama directed by Robinson Devor and written by Charles Mudede. To see the full list, follow the above link.
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Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel White, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Clare Canzoneri, Intern
Gina Corsiglia, Intern