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FILM + MUSIC OFFICE SEEKING SPRING INTERN
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
SEATTLE FILM + MUSIC OFFICE WELCOMES NEW INTERN
The Seattle Film + Music Office is proud to welcome intern Harry Spencer to the team. Currently attending Northeastern University in Boston, Harry has come out to Seattle to get some valuable work experience and learn even more about this beautiful city. Harry has already proven himself a valuable asset and we at the Film + Music Office are happy to have him aboard!
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INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
SEATTLE REPRESENTS AT SXSW
Seattle bands, movies, and digital media leaders are well represented at this year's SXSW '09 festival lineup in Austin. SXSW highlights the most innovative in film, music, and interactive media around the world. Over twenty Seattle bands will perform in the music section, including Blue Scholars, the Long Winters, Natalie Portman's Shaved Head, and long time legends The Sonics. Travis Senger's music video for The Saturday Knights' "Count It Off" will show at the festival along with Thunderheist's "Jerk It," directed by Seattle-based directing collaboration That Go. Stay tuned to find out which of these local phenoms will be featured at our second annual SxSeattle Saturday Showcase at SXSW. Fresh off their success at Sundance, local filmmakers Lynn Shelton (Humpday) and David Russo (The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle) will screen their buzzed-about movies, and Seattle director Craig Johnson's True Adolescents will be premiering in the narrative feature competition. The interactive portion of the festival will include speakers from local technology companies including Microsoft, Big Fish Games, Blue Flavor, and Etelos. Keep checking the Office of Film + Music Blog for the latest news on Seattle at SXSW!
CALL FOR DOCUMENTARY & NARRATIVE FEATURES: IFP INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER LABS
Led by experienced producers, the IFP Labs are a five-day mentorship program in NYC that challenges filmmakers to realize the full potential of their footage and stories with ongoing dynamic feedback and advice on technical and creative issues and distribution methods. The Labs are for first-time, narrative and documentary feature directors in the late stages of post-production. The Documentary Lab Submission deadline is February 13th, and the Narrative Lab Submission is April 17th.
VOLUNTEER AT THE NW CHAPTER TELECAST GRAMMY PARTY
Come help host 51st Annual GRAMMY Telecast Viewing Party at Spitfire in downtown Seattle. This party is held by The Pacific Northwest Chapter for members, sponsors and local VIPs. The evening will feature entertainment by local DJs, a raffle, and cocktails and catering provided by Spitfire. The event is Sunday February 8th at Spitfire in Belltown. Must be 21+ to volunteer. For more information, please email email@example.com
CITY INVESTS MORE THAN $1.6 MILLION IN ARTS, HERITAGE AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs announces more than $1.6 million in investments in 2009 to Seattle-based arts, heritage and cultural organizations through the Civic Partners program. The program will provide a two-year funding commitment to 133 organizations with allocations made annually in 2009 and 2010, up from 117 organizations in the 2007-2008 cycle. "Seattle recognizes the importance of arts, culture and heritage in sustaining strong communities," said Michael Killoren, director of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. "Despite a tough budget year, funding for our arts and cultural partners will be steady in 2009 with an increase in the number of funded organizations."
CALL FOR ENTRIES: THE HOT ROD MONSTERS FILM FESTIVAL
The first annual Hot Rod Monsters Film Festival is looking for feature films, shorts, music videos and documentaries with Hot Rod and/or Monster themes. Aliens, Zombies, B-Movie, Campy, Rockabilly, Psychobilly, Punk, Rat Rod, Hot Rod and similar content needed. Festival is July 17th and 18th in Seattle.
TEEN ARTIST WORKSHOP SPRING BREAK ROCK BAND
If rock is your passion, then spend your spring break as part of a killer rock band at Spring Break Rock Band 2009! Students in 7th through 10th grade will rehearse cover songs, create original works and learn what it takes to be in a successful band. Your instructor will help expand your musical repertoire, strengthen your skills on your instrument and encourage you to try out new instruments. The workshop concludes with a live rock concert in EMP|SFM's JBL Theater. At least six months experience on your instrument is recommended. Register now for spring break!
CASTAWAY VACATION: 2008 SCREENPLAY COMPETITION READING
Join Northwest Film Forum for a free reading of Debbie Kellogg's winning script from our 2008 Washington State Screenplay Competition on February 9th. In Castaway Vacation, a bossy sister and her stubborn brother get lost canoeing in the fog while on vacation on the coast of British Columbia. When picked up by imbecile smugglers, they outsmart them, escape with supplies, land on a remote island, and discover that they have mistakenly taken the smugglers drugs and must now plan both their defense and their rescue.
CHOP SUEY SEEKS FILM SUBMISSIONS
Chop Suey is looking for music videos, shorts, films, and oddities for an ongoing Film night series. Please submit your web links or DVDs to Chop Suey 1325 E.Madison Ave Seattle WA 98121 attn: film series for consideration. For more information, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE FILM SCHOOL HOSTS OSCAR PARTY CELEBRATION
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!
WOMEN SEEKING...THEATRE WEST FIRST ANNUAL BENEFIT
Woman Seeking...Theatre West's goal is to provide an arena, free from stereotypes, for actors to practice and hone their craft in quality productions that explore issues relevant to women. The organization, a new West coast branch of an eleven year-old New York theatre company, provides the theatre audience with high quality ensemble productions that showcase women in roles. Women Seeking...Theatre West will hold their first annual benefit on March 9th in the Rotunda of the Seattle Reparatory Theatre. The night will feature raffles, auctions, and entertainment by David Silverman, Lisa Koch, and Kelly Wright.
FALL IN LOVE WITH CUBAN MUSIC: CHARANGA DANZON AT THE RICHARD HUGO HOUSE
Celebrate the month of love on Saturday, February 7, 2009. Enjoy a live Cuban music performance with Seattle's Charanga Danzon, in the intimate setting of the Cabaret at Richard Hugo House, with your love, your friend, your self. Cafe Hugo will be open, serving coffee and tea, beer, wine, cocktails and light snacks.
SCIENCE FICTION + FANTASY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
EMP|SFM in partnership with SIFF will present the fourth annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival at the Seattle Cinerama Theater. The festival brings together industry professionals in filmmaking and the genres of science fiction and fantasy to encourage and support new, creative additions to science fiction and fantasy cinema arts. On February 7th, the festival will screen twenty short films in two separate sessions followed by the awards ceremony.
KPLU DEBUTS "RECORD BIN ROULETTE"
After digging through boxes of old records at a garage sale, KPLU radio hosts John Kessler and John Maynard were inspired to create Record Bin Roulette, a new seven-minute audio showcase of peculiar moments from records, television, and movies. The feature debuts February 6 at 7:30 p.m. and will air on subsequent Fridays. Peppered with vintage movie and TV clips, each show has a particular theme like "Singing Cowboys," "Murder, Suicide and Cannibalism," and "Instructional records". Maynard and Kessler strongly affirm, "with Record Bin Roulette listeners will be entertained, educated and astonished, all in seven hell-rocket minutes."
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 1/27 - 2/2
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- The Moondoggies - Don't Be a Stranger
- Blizten Trapper - Furr
- J. Tillman - Vacilando Territory Blues
- Star Anna - Crooked Path
- Death Cab for Cutie - Something About Airplanes Deluxe Edition
- The Dutchess and the Duke - She's the Dutchess and He's the Duke
- A.C. Newman - Get Guilt
- Pearl Jam - Live at Easy Street
- Band Of Horses - Cease to Begin
SPORTN' LIFE FEATURED IN SOUND MAGAZINE
Don't miss this great profile on Seattle hip hop label Sportn' Life Records in the February 2009 issue of Sound Magazine. The article follows the powerful story of Fatal Lucciauno's arrest and conviction for a 2007 drive-by shooting and his post-release recovery with D. Black and Sportn' Life. Lucciauno says, "Prison tore me down, and the Northwest hip-hop community brought me back up...Although obviously they don't support foolishness, they support me. My anger hasn't gone away. There are some wounds that will never heal. But I focus my energy on family. Sportn' Life is part of my family." Read more about D. Black's powerful community leadership in the Winter 2009 issue of the Seattle Pacific University Magazine.
TRAILERS FOR THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF LITTLE DIZZLE AND HUMPDAY
Check out these two trailers for Seattle films Humpday and The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle. Both premiered at Sundance and will screen again at SXSW Film. Congratulations again to the cast and crew!
JOHN RODERICK MEETS THE NEW CROC
In this article from Seattle Weekly, John Roderick, frontman for The Long Winters, narrates his experience inside Belltown's iconic, soon-to-be-reopened Crocodile Cafe. Roderick writes, "The folks at the New Croc are familiar faces for musicians young and old, so there are no concerns in that department...I had as many bad, or complicated, memories there as I did good ones, and the ones that really mattered couldn't be retold. They were the small moments, the passing faces, and the long conversations leaning against the wall. I remember feeling insecure at the Croc when it first opened-that I was a small fish-but gradually growing comfortable over the years until I felt like I belonged. I grew up there, really."
AMAZON EMBRACES "CASUAL GAMING"
Amazon.com here announces it entry into what's generally called the "casual gaming" market. Its new Amazon Game Downloads store (currently a beta site) allows users to download games for between $6.99 or $9.99 a pop. Casual apparently means smaller, less comprehensive games that don't require a whole Xbox or PlayStation console. They're bigger apps than the ones you might download to your iPhone, perhaps suited to business travelers looking for time-wasters on their laptops, or families whose kids will soon tire of a cheap diversion.