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News from the Film + Music Office 1/28/2009


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OFFICE NEWS

HAPPY HOUR NEXT WEEK
http://seattle.gov/filmandmusic/happyhour/

happy hour Wednesday January 28th, 5-7pm at Sole Repair on Capitol Hill


You are invited to the Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour sponsored by the Seattle Mayor's Office of Film + Music, WashingtonFilmWorks, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy, and Washington Interactive Network. Seattle has been a growing hub for film, music, and digital media over the past several years, and it is vital for these three communities to interact for our city to continue to thrive. This Happy Hour offers just such an environment for people from these industries to socialize, network, and build a unified community. Attendance at this event is limited to industry representatives and not open to the general public. You must be 21 + to attend. We hope to see you there!

FILM + MUSIC OFFICE SEEKING SPRING INTERN
http://www.seattle.gov/filmandmusic/internship.html
The Film + Music Office will be accepting applications until February 16th for an internship position that will start in March. The position is a six month commitment and requires at least 20 hours of work per week. Prior background in film or music is not required. Candidates must have strong communication, writing, and organizational/research skills, as well as being self-motivated. As an intern you will become a member of the Film + Music team and be responsible for a host of ongoing duties as well as special projects. For more information about the position, visit the link above or contact our current interns at filmandmusicoffice@seattle.gov

LOOKING FOR MORE MEDIA BRIEFINGS? CHECK OUT OUR BLOG!
http://seattlefilmandmusic.wordpress.com
The Mayor's Office of Film + Music presents the Seattle Film and Music Blog, your new source for Seattle entertainment news and updates. Our blog covers the latest in local, national, and international news and videos about Seattle filmmakers, musicians, and digital media makers. Check it out!

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

EMP|SFM'S SOUND OFF! RETURNS FOR ITS EIGHTH YEAR
http://www.empsfm.org/
For the eighth year EMP|SFM hosts Sound Off!, the Northwest's largest underage battle of the bands competition for musicians 21 and under. The competition supports the local underage music scene by giving young artists from all different backgrounds a once in a lifetime opportunity to come together and play their original music in a great all-ages atmosphere. The 2009 Sound Off! Competition will kick off February 14 in Sky Church with Dearboy, Dyno Jamz, Love Trucker and Schoolboy Gutbuster; Brier Rose, Free City Collective, Makeup Monsters and The Mission Orange will perform February 21; and Cyrus Fell Down, Kids Get Hit by Buses, Razpy & The Vigilantes and SOL will give it all they've got February 28. The finalists will then compete for the Sound Off! 2009 title Saturday, March 7, 2009.

EARSHOT'S SEATTLE JAZZ AWARDS
http://www.earshot.org/
Each year the Golden Ear Awards program provides an opportunity for Seattle jazz fans and performers to celebrate the region's jazz accomplishments of the previous year. Earshot Jazz initiated the Golden Ear Awards in 1990 to recognize the accomplishments of Seattle jazz artists over the previous year, and to induct significant members of the jazz community into the local Jazz Hall of Fame. This year's ceremony on February 2nd features the veteran tenor saxophonist Hadley Caliman and his new quintet. Das Vibenbass will perform a late show, and Jim Wilkee will emcee.

VISIT FILMS TAKES GLOBAL RIGHTS TO THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF LITTLE DIZZLE
http://www.indiewire.com/
Worldwide rights to Sundance Spectrum title, "The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle" have been a picked up by Visit Films, the company announced Saturday. Visit will commence international sales of the film at the upcoming European Film Market. David Russo's "The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle" focuses on Dory who loses his job at a data-management company and can only find work as a janitor. It looks like his life is going down the drain. But as a strange new life takes shape inside him, Dory learns that sometimes you don't find meaning, meaning finds you. Visit Films is an independent film production and sales company based in New York whose mission is to create, produce, and sell unique and interesting independent American and international films.

NEUMOS SEEKING PRODUCTION AND MARKETING INTERN
http://www.neumos.com
Neumos is looking for two interns to assist in production and marketing approximately 10 hours per week. As an intern, you'll be working directly with the venue's Production Manager and Marketing Director in show preparation and day-to-day venue business (it won't be glamorous, but they'll try to make it fun). This is your chance to become familiar with the music industry and become an integral part of the Seattle nightlife community. Given Neumos' status as one of the top music venues in the US, the experience gained from interning would be invaluable to a resume and a solid foundation to a future career in the industry. A love of chocolate and Black Flag will help. Applicants must be 21 or older. For more information and to apply, email meagan@neumos.com

CALLING ALL FEMALE HIGH SCHOOL VOCALISTS FOR KOBE VOCAL AUDITION
http://www.sksca.org/
The Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association (SKSCA) is pleased to announce the 5th Annual Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition. The SKSCA will send one high school-aged female jazz vocalist from the greater Seattle area to Kobe, Japan in May 2008 to be a guest singer at the 10th Annual Kobe Jazz Vocal Queen Contest. Finalists will be selected by late February and will be invited to give a live audition at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley on March 23rd. Family, friends, and community members are encouraged to come and support the finalists.

SUBMISSIONS NOW ACCEPTED FOR KTCS 9'S ABOUT US
http://www.kcts9.org/
KCTS 9 is now seeking submissions for a 5th season of About Us, KCTS 9's Emmy Award-winning showcase for documentaries featuring stories from the Pacific Northwest and produced by independent filmmakers. Ideal submissions will be as close to 25 minutes or 55 minutes as possible, but films of all length will be considered. To be considered for this series, a film's subject matter must relate to KCTS 9's primary service area of Washington state and western Canada. The submission deadline is February 27th.

MEET THE MASTERS LUNCHEON & WORKSHOP
http://www.jazzalley.com/
IFP On Feburary 28th at noon, Grammy-nominated jazz keyboardist Jeff Lorber will host a special free Meet the Masters workshop at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley. The Meet the Masters program is designed to reach youth of all ages who often do not have access to music programs or the financial ability to attend a performance. Lunch is provided at no cost. All kids are welcome whether they play an instrument or simply enjoy listening. Please RSVP to Rachael@jazzalley.com

NFFTY 09
http://www.thefilmschool.com/
National Film Festival for Talented Youth Festival Passes and Tickets to Opening Night Gala presented by Volvo Cars of North America are now on-sale! The Panel will consist of highly-experienced entertainment attorneys and film executives with first-hand knowledge of the business and legal dynamics that impact every filmmaker. Practical and focused, the panel will offer insights and guidance to the young filmmaker on numerous mission-critical areas. NFFTY 09 runs from April 24th to 26th.

THE FILM SCHOOL HOSTS OSCAR PARTY CELEBRATION
http://www.thefilmschool.com/
On February 22nd, TheFilmSchool invites all to celebrate outstanding cinema at their first annual Oscar Party Celebration, held at the hip Pravda Studios. Enjoy drinks, dinner and live and silent auctions while viewing the 81st Academy Awards ceremony. The proceeds will go to helping put TheFilmSchool in its new permanent space with SIFF--a great way to mark TheFilmSchool's fifth year of elevating the art of storytelling!

SPARKS OF GLORY: A VANISHED WORLD
http://www.musicofremembrance.org/
Music of Remembrance presents "A Vanished World," a free Sparks of Glory concert-with-commentary series on Saturday, January 31st at Wallingford's Good Shepherd Center. Lori Laitman's song cycle, The Seed of Dream, is a poetic dispatch from the horrific last moments of the Vilna ghetto, sung for us with power and conviction by baritone Erich Parce. Finally, in the title work, David Stock summons up the sound of life in a shtetl built of music. MOR Artistic Director Mina Miller will introduce the musical works and their composers, and offer social and historical contexts for the pieces.

CHARANGA DANZON AT SUYAMA SPACE
http://www.charangadanzon.com/
Charanga Danzon celebrates its first anniversary with a concert on January 30th at Suyama Space in Seattle, a preeminent contemporary gallery in Belltown. The concert will take place in the gallery in the midst of a new site-specific installation by sculptor Kendall Buster. Charanga Danzon's beautiful repertoire of Cuban music includes classical, traditional charanga, son/danzon/cha-cha-cha, and jazz. Concert will include dance demonstration of traditional Cuban dance forms.

OPERA GOES TO SCHOOL
http://www.seattleopera.org/
Seattle Opera's educational Opera Goes to School program is kicking off the new year with a new children's opera: Siegfried and the Ring of Fire. During three week-long workshops, Seattle Opera Young Artists, teaching artists, and education department staff will work with students at three different elementary schools to present this new adaptation of Wagner's Siegfried for students, teachers, and parents. The Young Artists performing in Siegfried and the Ring of Fire will visit Evergreen Elementary in Shoreline, Washington from January 25 to 30; St. Joseph's School in Seattle from February 2 through 6; and Loyal Heights Elementary in Ballard from February 9 through 13.

CITY HALL CONCERTS CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH
http://www.seattle.gov/arts/
IFP Celebrate Black History Month in February with free concerts at City Hall. The performances are part of Seattle Presents, a lunchtime concert series at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave. On Feb. 5, Northwest Tap Connection will present its fifth-anniversary performance of African American Odyssey, which combines modern dance and tap to tell the story of slavery and the fight for equality. On Feb. 19, African-American jazz composer/bassist Evan Flory-Barnes will team up with a classical harpist and a Latin percussionist. Travels to Portugal and Spain inspired the works, which are explorations of siendo or "being."

FLYING SPOT OPEN HOUSE PARTY
http://www.flyingspot.com/
Perhaps you heard, Flying Spot moved to a brand new studio space 3 blocks south of their previous home of 10 years. The new location is much better suited to creative collaboration and the production laboratory that they dreamed of at the old address. Flying Spot still has their finishing and edit suites, audio mix and record booth but they have added a theater and a small production area. To celebrate, Flying Spot is throwing a party next Thursday after 4:00 at 93 Columbia St. on the 4th floor. The building is called the Daily Journal of Commerce building on the corner of Western and Columbia.

JOHN LONGENBAUGH JOINS 5TH AVENUE THEATRE STAFF AS PR MANAGER
http://www.5thavenue.org/
John Longenbaugh joined the 5th Avenue Theatre's communication team on Monday January 26th as their PR Manager. His duties include developing and implementing the Theatre's public relations campaigns with the goal of expanding the Theatre's visibility locally, nationally and internationally. On February 4th he will end his two-year run of "Longenbaugh on Theater" in the Seattle Weekly, but will continue to occasionally blog for the paper as well as soon begin "Longenblog," a semi-regular arts blog, focusing on arts news, previews, and think pieces about the state of theater in Seattle and elsewhere.

SEATTLE DOCUDRAMAS IN WORKS
http://www.shootminnieshoot.com/
Check out "Shoot Minnie Shoot," executive produced by Barry Caillier and currently in post-production. "Shoot Minnie Shoot" tells the story of the Fort Shaw Indian Girls, the first World Champions of Basketball. Callier is also developing "Catto's Curve," the true story of influential civil rights leader Octavius Valentine Catto.

BARSUK SIGNS THE WOODEN BIRDS
http://www.barsuk.com/
Andrew Kenny is a native Texan who after nearly six years in Brooklyn, NY has returned to beautiful Austin, TX. He's best known as the singer/songwriter behind mellow indie favorites the American Analog Set. His latest project is called The Wooden Birds and is his best effort to date. The Wooden Birds' first album, Magnolia, is due out this spring on Barsuk Records in the US & Canada and on Morr Music in Europe. The Wooden Birds will be touring throughout the year, and will be making an appearance at South By Southwest this March. The American Analog Set will also be performing their 1999 record The Golden Band in its entirety at the InSound.com 10th anniversary party.

WATCH IT NOW: FAKEBABY STUDIOS ROCK
http://www.seattlechannel.org/
IFP Travel out to the wilds of Lake City, descend way down into the lowest reaches of the basement on an ordinary residential street, and get ready to rock-the FakeBaby way. Seventeen-year-old wunderkind recording engineer Ben Heutmaker runs FakeBaby Studios in a friend's basement. "I record bands at cheap prices and I do a good job," says Heutmaker. You'll be amazed by what $10 an hour can buy student bands. FakeBaby can record, mix and master and offers access to guitars, keyboards, amps, mics and drums." And of course, all bands whether Bulgarian accordion music or punk rock get the benefit of Heutmaker's fabulous ears. Check out this ArtZone in Studio episode online or on Seattle Channel on January 27th.

A WINK AND A SMILE PREMIERE DATES
http://www.firstrunfeatures.com/winkandasmile_playdates.html
Golden Echo Films' A Wink and a Smile now has theatrical release dates. The film will premiere May 1st in New York and May 15th in Seattle at the Northwest Film Forum. The Seattle release will be followed by a huge party with live burlesque acts and cocktails. Golden Echo Films has also started production on their next film Pretty Funny Women, directed by Seattle-ite Deirdre Timmons.

911 MOURNS THE PASSING OF IAN HARRISON
http://www.911media.org/
Check out "Shoot Minnie Shoot," executive produced by Barry Caillier and currently in post-production. "Shoot Minnie Shoot" tells the story of the Fort Shaw Indian Girls, the first World Champions of Basketball. Callier is also developing "Catto's Curve," the true story of influential civil rights leader Octavius Valentine Catto.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 1/12 - 1/18
http://www.seattle.gov/filmandmusic
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).

  1. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
  2. The Moondoggies - Don't Be a Stranger
  3. The Dutchess and the Duke - She's the Dutchess and He's the Duke
  4. Death Cab for Cutie - Something About Airplanes Deluxe Edition
  5. Blizten Trapper - Furr
  6. J. Tillman - Vacilando Territory Blues
  7. Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
  8. Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant EP
  9. Sweet Water - Clear the Tarmac
  10. A.C. Newman - Get Guilt

MEDIA DIGEST

SUNDANCE SHINES ITS LIGHT ON SEATTLE FILMS
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/
IFP This year's Sundance Film Festival marked a watershed for Seattle's film industry, with three movies made in the city premiering at the nation's largest venue for independent film. The festival ended this week, prompting the question: What happens next? For Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton, it's basking in the warmth of a festival success beyond her wildest imagination. The movie she wrote and directed, Humpday, premiered in the U.S. Dramatic Competition and became one of the most talked-about movies at the festival. On Monday, David Russo's The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle got a boisterous ovation at its premiere in the Library Theater. "I was very excited to find that the movie functioned very much the way I'd envisioned," Russo said. Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait also shot his latest film, World's Greatest Dad, in Seattle. "I prefer to make movies so they don't look like they're from Los Angeles," Goldthwait said after the Tuesday premiere.

USED CDS: INDIE RETAIL'S SECRET WEAPON
http://www.seattleweekly.com/
The little guys are able to cling to a life raft not accessible to the corporate giants: used CDs. And because a combination of factors has recently led to a spike in the number of people looking to sell off their CD collections, the used market has been a glimmer of sunshine because of the higher markup on previously owned CDs as opposed to new ones. While new CDs may be getting pushed out of the market, owners of all three local indies say there is definitely still a market for the compact disc-so long as it's a used one priced at around $6.99. Though Mike Batt, co-owner of Silver Platters, says the store is relatively new to the used-CD business, that business has grown: Used CDs now make up about 18 percent of Silver Platters' revenue, tremendous growth for something in its infancy. Similarly, Jason Hughes of Sonic Boom says used-CD sales at his stores have gone up and now account for about 10 to 15 percent of their revenue, whereas it used to account for about 8 percent.

MOVIE PRODUCTION INCENTIVES PAY OFF
http://www.nytimes.com/
FA study of New York's tax breaks for movie and television production suggested that a 30 percent credit offered by the state, with an additional 5 percent offered by New York City, could be expected to keep or create about 19,500 jobs while yielding $404 million in tax revenue, at a cost of $215 million in credits. The study, completed last week, was conducted by the accounting firm Ernst & Young for both the Motion Picture Association of America and the film office of New York State. Ernst & Young said it figured about 7,000 jobs were gained or retained in direct film employment, while an additional 12,500 came from related economic activity, not counting any increase in tourism spending.

KEVIN ERICKSON OF THE ALL-AGES MOVEMENT PROJECT
http://www.thestranger.com/
Kevin Erickson recently moved to Seattle from Anacortes, where he was the resident do-it-all for the Department of Safety, to take a job as coordinator and interim co-director of the All-Ages Movement Project, an organization founded by all-ages super-advocate Shannon Stewart of the Vera Project. In his new role, Erickson will help AMP continue to execute its vision of providing an all-inclusive organization for open communication and interaction between successful and fledgling all-ages spaces across the country. AMP's first phase has resulted in The All-Ages Movement Project, a forthcoming publication compiling years of research on successful all-ages spaces across the nation.