|News from the Film + Music Office
SEATTLE FILM + MUSIC OFFICE WELCOMES NEW INTERN
The Seattle Film + Music Office is proud to welcome intern David Morgan to the team. A native of Philadelphia, David moved to the region last summer after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Cinema Studies and English. He has since become involved with organizations such as the Northwest Film Forum and has worked on a variety of local film productions. David has already proven himself an valuable asset and we at the Film + Music Office are happy to have him aboard!
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO TAKE THE FILM + MUSIC BUSINESS SURVEY!
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. We've received a good amount of strong feedback already, but we want to hear from you so please, take the time. Thank you!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
SIFF ANNOUNCES SEASONAL JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Seasonal jobs for the 34th Seattle International Film Festival have been posted. Positions are open in several departments, including development, communications and marketing, operations, venues, membership, and more!
WASHINGTONFILMWORKS FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
WashingtonFilmWorks has launched our 2008 fundraising campaign with a goal to raise $3.5M to incentivize film production statewide. Washington based businesses that contribute to the fund may receive a business and occupation (B&O) tax credit equal to the cash contribution. To find out more about how to contribute please visit our website or call at 206.264.0667.
VACANCIES ON SPECIAL EVENTS COMMITTEE
The Mayor is responsible for appointing four "citizen advocates" to the city's Special Events Committee. The Special Events Committee coordinates the provision of governmental services for special events occurring in parks and public places that require substantial City resources. They issue and determine the terms, fees, and conditions of permits for these special events including major music and film festivals. The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the city's boards and commissions. Women, young persons, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.
CLASSICAL MUSIC SUMMIT THIS WEEKEND
Seattle Opera presents "Sounds of the Future: Classical Music Summit," on Sunday February 10th in the Piggot Auditorium of Seattle University. The all-day event will feature presentations and panel discussions, as well as musical performances by Joshua Roman and Mariť Rossano. In addition, the Lee Performing Arts Center of Seattle University will be hosting a "Meet the Speakers" reception on the evening of February 9th, featuring musical performances by Seattle Opera Young Artists and Simone Porter.
THEFILMSCHOOL CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Located in Seattle, TheFilmSchool provides high level courses taught by Hollywood insiders who want to bring your story to life by elevating the art of cinematic storytelling through intensive training in screenwriting and directing. Application deadline for spring semester (March 8-29, 2008) is February 29th. Housing discounts, for those from out of town, available on-line as well.
SEATTLE WOMEN IN FILM DVD RELEASE PARTY - A GREAT SUCCESS
Over 200 people gathered at 911 Media to celebrate the launch of the Seattle Women in Film DVD. Most of the contributing directors attended and the event was complemented by burlesque, music and food. There was a general feeling among the filmmakers that great progress has been made in Seattle and it ranks now as one of the best places to be a filmmaker of either gender, but especially for women.
SEATTLE SOUNDBITE ROCKS SHOWBOX SODO
The Seattle Chapter of the Washington Restaurant Association presents Seattle Soundbite - a first-of-its-kind food and music event featuring 15 Seattle restaurants serving sophisticated "street-style" food while 7 talented restaurant employee rock bands perform. This event is unique in that only Seattle rock bands, with at least one member working in the foodservice industry, were eligible to submit CDs for audition. Proceeds benefit The Vera Project, ProStart and the WRA Seattle Chapter.
EXPOSED: INSIDE FILM AT EMP|SFM
EMP|SFM, in partnership with The Warren Report, presents a new film series, "Exposed: Inside Film at EMP|SFM." The series includes new films, cult favorites and classic sci-fi and music films. Each screening is followed by a behind-the-scenes look through an interactive discussion with actors, directors or screenwriters associated with the film. The screenings and discussions are hosted by local film connoisseur Warren Etheredge or an EMP|SFM curator. In collaboration with "Exposed," Revolution Bar & Grill will offer a film-themed happy hour before the screenings.
SEATTLE DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY SEEKS VIDEO SPECIALIST
The City of Seattle's Department of Information Technology (DoIT) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Video Specialist II in the Office of Electronic Communications & Community Technology Division. The Department of Information Technology provides technology leadership for the City enterprise, developing common standards, architectures, and business solutions to deliver City services more efficiently and effectively.
BIG MOUTH: 2007 SCREENPLAY COMPETITION READING
On Monday February 11th, the Northwest Film Forum is hosting a reading of "Big Mouth," a screenplay by their 2007 Screenplay Competition winner, Margaret Friedman. When an undersized 13-year-old kid with a gift for put-downs loses his voice, he must adopt a terrifying new arsenal of "alternative interpersonal skills" (friendship, ingenuity and empathy) to survive 8th grade and win his estranged father's respect.
THE LONELY H CUT YOUR 'HAIR'
Spin Magazine has exclusively premiered the new music video of Seattle-based hard rock outfit The Lonely H. The video is called "Hair," and was directed by Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton, whose latest feature "My Effortless Brilliance" will be screened at this year's South By Southwest Film Festival.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 1/28 - 2/3
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Chris Walla - Field Manual
- Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild
- Black Mountain - In the Future
- Cave Singers - Invitation Songs
- Brandi Carlile - Live at Easy Street
- Blue Scholars - Bayani
- Cancer Rising - Cancer Rising
- Pearl Jam - Live at Easy Street
- Neko Case - Virginian
AFTER EXPIRATION DATE
Rick Stevenson is a Seattle-based filmmaker. His latest movie, Expiration Date is a black comedy about fate that features a Native American main character. Although Rick grew up in Seattle, he knew almost nothing about Native culture when he wrote the film. But, the process of production led him to people and experiences that have transformed his life.
BEN FUNKHOUSER IS 15 YEARS OLD AND BOOKING GREAT SHOWS AT SEATTLE'S WORST VENUE
The Fusion Cafe is actually a conference room located in the downtown YMCA, entered via a lobby that looks like it belongs in a nursing home. There's carpet on the floors and gigantic windows that look out onto Fourth Avenue's office towers-two factors that contribute to the space's muddy sound quality. At one end of the room, there's a fireplace that has probably never held a fire. The place can hold around 300 people. It has no stage. But about twice a month, 15-year-old Ben Funkhouser does his best to make it feel like a real venue, a place kids might actually want to hang out.
LOCAL COMPOSER HITS # 1 ON BILLBOARD CHARTS
The critically acclaimed and commercially successful "Juno" scored another round of applause this week with the movie soundtrack reaching #1 on the Billboard Charts. Mateo Messina, a Seattle native who composed and arranged the music for the film, currently resides in Hollywood, California scoring music to film and television. Messina is also the founder of the Symphony Guild which benefits uncompensated care for Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center in Seattle. Each November, for the past 10 years, Messina composes music and produces a concert at Benaroya Hall which includes various local and international entertainers.
TAD: BUSTED CIRCUITS AND RINGING EARS COMING SOON
King Of Hearts Productions proudly presents TAD "Busted Circuits and Ringing Ears," a feature length documentary film about Seattle's favorite underdog band, chronicling the band's rise from the clubs to the arenas. The film is playing at Seattle's Varsity Theater on February 13th.
SEATTLE FILM EVENTS
The Seattle PI has compiled a list of film related events and screenings in Seattle. Highlights include, "House II", where a man battles cavemen, dinosaurs, a skeleton horse and the undead after returning to the mansion in which his parents were murdered. February 8th at the Grand Illusion. Be there.
7 INCHES OF SUICIDE SQUEEZE
Renowned Seattle indie label Suicide Squeeze-which has released music by Modest Mouse, Minus The Bear, Pedro The Lion, and many others-has announced a new series of limited-edition 7-inch singles for 2008. The first round of bands on the agenda are Health; The Coathangers; Secret Machines spinoff School Of Seven Bells; Black Moth Super Rainbow; and David Bazan of the aforementioned Pedro the Lion.
FESTIVAL OFFERS AN AMBITIOUS RETROSPECTIVE FROM FINLAND'S YOUNG POSTWAR MAVERICKS
We know of the great filmmaking traditions of Sweden and Denmark, and to a lesser extent of Norway. But, with only a few exceptions, Finnish cinema remains clouded in obscurity. In the month of February, however, Seattle will have a rare opportunity to sample the Finnish New Wave in an ambitious retrospective put together over a period of two years by the Northwest Film Forum, in cooperation with the University of Washington and the Finnish Film Archive. The program is called "SISU Cinema: Nine From the Finnish New Wave."
FLEET FOXES ARE NOT HIPPIES
Not that long ago, Fleet Foxes had a change of heart. "We all started getting discouraged by the direction the band was taking, and frustrated with the songs I was writing," Robin Pecknold, 21, the frontman for the group, recently wrote on his MySpace page. Pecknold and crew grew up on their parents' records-Crosby, Stills, and Nash; the Beach Boys; the Zombies; Joni Mitchell; Simon and Garfunkel-and they wanted to make music that was more true to those roots. Fleet Foxes were already doing fairly well for a new local band, consistently booking shows and drawing favorable write-ups from the local press, but they "scrapped every song we had and took a while to simply write new music."
KIRO SIGNS OFF ON 3 LOCAL SHOWS
Three weeks after canceling Frank Shiers' show comes News Talk 710 KIRO's decision to end three more local programs. Gone are liberal talker/blogger David Goldstein; self-dubbed centrist radio newstalker Bryan Styble; and Carl Jeffers, increasingly appearing on national airwaves as a political commentator and the only local radio broadcaster of color with his own show. Jeffers, 48, is African American.
A SWAN SONG FOR SYMPHONY'S YOUNG PRINCIPAL CELLIST
It's official: Seattle Symphony principal cellist Joshua Roman will leave the orchestra at the end of this season, after becoming, at 22, the youngest principal ever hired at the SSO just two years ago. And while the news of his departure is not entirely a surprise - a talent this big can certainly look to a solo career - it's still a big disappointment to the many fans Roman has won here through his acclaimed orchestral, solo and chamber appearances.
RAINY NIGHT MOVIES ARE A COZY TREAT
Throughout February, Kenyon Hall is presenting "Rainy Night Movies", a program brought to you by the same people who do Sidewalk Cinema in the summer. They show old films, often from the 1930s and 40s, usually preceded by a live performance on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ, a vintage cartoon and an educational film.
SEATTLENOISE: BUTTROCK SUITES LIVE!
Finally, Seattle has its own dance/ performance-art company that combines choreography and live music in a salute to "butt rock," the flamboyant, hard-rock genre (also called "hair metal") typified by such bands as The Scorpions, Quiet Riot, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Skid Row and Iron Maiden.
BELLEVUE FESTIVAL LOADED WITH JAZZ STARS OF TOMORROW
The exciting music at BCC's Carlson Theatre made it obvious, yet again, that the Northwest is a breeding ground for top jazz talent, with the emphasis decidedly on "young."Seattle's Eckstein Middle School, directed by Moc Escobedo, took the top prize in its category, with Eckstein's 14-year-old eighth-grade trombonist Bonnie Henwood really sparking the day.
EXPERIMENTS WITH SOUND, EDUCATION - AND SUCCESS
A couple of years ago, the sensational Bellevue-bred trumpeter and composer Cuong Vu played an unlikely double bill with the Edmonds-Woodway High School Jazz Band. It was Vu's trio - abstract, dark, electronic, urgent - that drew the listeners in. But it never hurts to remind folks that hearing something new requires a different sort of attention.
"VICTROLA FAVORITES" AT WALL OF SOUND
Compiled by 78 devotees Rob Millis and Jeffery Taylor (a k a Climax Golden Twins), have taken a subject that is traditionally treated in woefully academic fashion, and rendered it fun and artful. Victrola Favorites is published by Dust-to-Digital, the same crew who brought you the gospel box Goodbye, Babylon and Fonotone Records: 1956 - 1969, both of which earned Grammy Award nominations for their packaging.
SKERIK: PSYCHIC RUSHDIE SAXOPHONE
Seattle-born sax player Skerik talks with Trent Moorman about his active Seattle creations Critters Buggin, Crack Sabbath, Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet, and McTuff as well as his brewing feud with Kenny G.
OLDIES FOR NEWBIES: THAT BABY HAS ALL-AGES APPEAL
Mercer Island's Rob and Lisi Wolf have created a sanity saver for parents who find themselves fantasizing about Raffi meeting a grisly end. That Baby is a CD/DVD collection of renowned rock songs retooled for kids by Portland singer/songwriter Stephanie Schneiderman, who performs the acoustic cover versions.
BEST HIP-HOP OF 2007 CHANGES THE GAME
NPR chose Seattle trio Dyme Def's "Space Music" as the third best hip-hop album of 2007. Dyme Def gets back to basics on its high-energy debut of straight-up hip-hop, with one of Seattle's great beatmasters (Bean One) providing hard-hitting production for brash, street-smart battle raps. The Seattle hip-hop scene was hot in 2007, with excellent albums from Blue Scholars, Grayskul, Cancer Rising, the Physics and Gabriel Teodros.
JAPAN NITE COMES TO SEATTLE
Four bands to be featured in Austin's South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival are coming to Seattle on March 20th. Under the collective banner of "Japan Nite," Japanese acts Petty Booka, The Emeralds, detroit7, and The Beaches and Scandal will perform at 8 p.m. at Seattle's High Dive.
DEER CITY NAMED BAND OF THE WEEK
Deer City, the solo-alias of 16 year old Jeff Stillwell of Issaquah, has been named "Band of the Week" by The Stranger. Often compared to Aqueduct, James Figurine and The Postal Service, Deer City will be playing at EMP Sound Off on February 23rd.
EXCLUSIVE: EDDIE VEDDER CONTRIBUTES LIVE "NO MORE" TO "BODY OF WAR" SOUNDTRACK
Following a successful run providing songs for "Into the Wild," Eddie Vedder will hit a soundtrack again this March on "Body of War: Songs That Inspired an Iraq War Veteran." The double-disc album will accompany the film "Body of War," a documentary that follows the story of paralyzed twenty-six-year-old veteran Tomas Young, who served in Iraq for less than a week before he was shot and severely injured, and his subsequent crusade to question the war (Young curated the soundtrack himself; proceeds from sales will go to Iraq Veterans Against the War).
RANDOM RULES: CHRIS WALLA
Chris Walla, best known as guitarist and frequent producer of Death Cab For Cutie. Walla spun his iPod for The A.V. Club a few days before the release of his ingratiating solo debut, "Field Manual", a meticulously recorded set of political-minded pop songs. It also happened to be the day he began mixing the upcoming Death Cab album, which he described ominously as "different" and "dark."
SEATTLE MUSICIANS ROCK FOR BARACK ON SUPER TUESDAY
With primary voters going to the polls in 22 states on this Super Tuesday (Feb. 5), members of Pearl Jam are rallying support for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready and Matt Cameron have posted "Rock Around Barack" to PearlJam.com. The song, a retooling of the 50's rock classic "Rock Around the Clock," comes days after the site posted a clip of Cameron playing drums on the Obama-inspired track "Fired Up and Ready to Go!" by Seattle's Bergevin Brothers and the Total Experience Gospel Choir.
WGA SCHEDULES SATURDAY MEETING
WGA leaders have scheduled a bicoastal powwow on Saturday, with membership meetings in Gotham and L.A. designed to sell the new contract agreement to the WGA's rank-and-file and end the 3-month-old strike. At both gatherings, WGA leaders will go over the details of the proposed contract, and the reaction and questions from the members will likely signal whether the deal will pass muster in a ratification vote by the WGA's 10,500 members.
R.I.P.: DEAD NIGHTCLUBS OF SEATTLE
Seattle Times staff writer, Tom Scanlon has put together a short, nostalgic tour of deceased Seattle venues. He writes, "You've heard of 'pushing daisies'? You could say the clubs we'll be visiting are 'pushing condos.' While few if any of them were actually taken over by condominiums, many club owners say the higher rents incited by the condo craze forced them out of business."