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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
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INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
CELEBRATE OSCAR NIGHT WITH WASHINGTONFILMWORKS!
Join WashingtonFilmWorks to celebrate Hollywood's biggest night of the year at Spitfire in Belltown! Got a knack for predicting the winners? Join the Oscar pool and show off your skills! Doors open at 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 22nd. Proceeds from the $10 cover charge will be donated to a charity of the Oscar pool winner's choice.
MUSIC MATTERS: A SPECIALTY LICENSE PLATE PROJECT TO FUND MUSIC IN SCHOOLS
Music Aid Northwest has developed a self-perpetuating fundraising proposal to help support school music programs through sales of a distinctive new license plate, available through the Washington State Department of Licensing. These special license plates will be available to purchase by every car owner in Washington State. Before Music Matters is launched, Music Aid Northwest still has two key hurdles to clear. Washington State DOL requires 3,500 signatures and $35,000 for the initial development of the license plate, and the plate must be approved by the Washington State Legislature. Visit the website above to find out how you can help!
SEATTLE RANKED #3 FOR SMALL BUSINESS VITALITY
Bizjournal ranks the top US cities to start a small business, and Seattle comes in at #3. According to Bizjournal, "Seattle enjoys a strong concentration of small businesses, 29.44 for every 1,000 residents. That's 20 percent better than the average for America's 100 largest markets (24.57 per 1,000), a nice cushion against tough times ahead."
THE STAR KIDS FILM INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The Star Kids Film Internship Program (SKIP) is currently accepting applications for Spring 2009 interns. SKIP helps underserved/underrepresented youths aged 14 and up living in or involved in Seattle's Central District area who are interested in learning more about the film industry. As production assistants on the Star Kids film crew the interns will be given an intensive filmmaking course and be coached by professional film mentors. Interested teens or filmmakers who would like to mentor are encouraged to contact Star Kids today.
CALL FOR ENTRIES: NWPROJECTIONS FILM FESTIVAL
After a year of subdued presence, NW Projections Film Festival is back! The festival will be held from April 17th to 19th at Pickford Cinemas, Bellingham's only independent cinema. The festival is accepting submissions in a number of categories, including narrative shorts, mock commercials, and "Pure Schlock." Deadline for entries is February 13th.
4CULTURE SUPPORTS ART PROJECTS FOR KING COUNTY
4Culture's applications and guidelines are available now on their website for arts and heritage projects that incorporate dance, music, theater, media, literary and visual arts. Project funding is available for artists and art groups of all disciplines. Individual Artists and Arts Groups based in King County are eligible. The group projects deadline is March 2nd and the individual artist project deadline is March 9th. Applicants are encouraged to attend a free workshop before applying.
SLAVA! UKRAINIAN CAROLS & NEW CHRISTMAS MUSIC
J&J Music and Michael Owcharuk present "Slava! Ukrainian Carols and New Christmas Music", a free concert featuring seven new arrangements of Ukrainian Christmas Carols and seven newly commissioned Christmas pieces by seven local composers. The original performance was cancelled due to the snowstorm, but due to the uniqueness of the music and the tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm exhibited by the composers and performers, the music must be presented to the public. This free concert will be held on February 27th at The Trinity Church Parish Hall.
SEATTLE PREMIERE OF ARUSI PERSIAN WEDDING
On February 28, join Seattle's Iranian-American community for the Seattle premiere of Arusi Persian Wedding at Community Cinema Seattle presented by the Independent Television Service. Set against the current turbulent relationship between the U.S. and Iran, Iranian-American filmmaker Marjan Tehrani captures the struggle and excitement of her brother Alex and his wife Heather as they plan a Persian Islamic wedding in Iran shortly after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The screening at SIFF Cinema is free and open to the public.
AUDIOSOCKET LAUNCHES NEW PLAYER
Seattle based music licensing agency Audiosocket has released their new music player after thousands of hours designing, developing, testing, and refining. The new player makes finding and licensing quality independent music as easy as buying a single on iTunes. The player gives you access to all of Audiosocket's catalog. It's high quality music from bands and composers that are active in the market place and on the verge of "popping". Search by genre, mood, tempo, vocal types, or instrumentation, and find your new favorite band today!
ANNUAL EVENING TAX WORKSHOP FOR ARTISTS AND THE ATTORNEYS REPRESENTING THEM
Depreciation, capital gains, deductions, W-2's, 1099's! Having trouble keeping track of it all? Neil Sussman's popular tax workshop is back to guide artists and their attorneys through yet another season of gains, losses, formulas and forms. Learn all the basics you need, plus special tips and what's new for your 2008 tax return on February 18th at 911 Media Arts Center.
NIGHT AT THE BEACH FUNDRAISER FOR RAINIER BEACH HIGH SCHOOL
The Friends of Rainier Beach High School are hosting Night at the Beach, a dinner/auction event to raise money for Rainier Beach Arts Programs. Event coordinators are looking for tax-deductible donations of goods or services or cash donations to underwrite their auction expenses. Supporters are also encouraged to attend the event on March 5th. For more information, email Dick Lee at email@example.com.
SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS SERVICE LEARNING SYMPOSIUM
Attend the Service Learning Symposium, presented by Service Learning Seattle and Seattle Public Schools and hear a panel of arts organization leaders from Urban Artworks, The Vera Project, Seattle Public Theatre, Seattle Scenic Studios, and Pacific Northwest Ballet discuss the impact of connecting arts learning to real-world job skills and community service. The symposium will be a great chance to network with teachers, arts organization educators, youth development workers, National Service Members, volunteers and school administrators and learn more about Service Learning opportunities.
WASHINGTON INTERACTIVE NETWORK PRESENTS GAME INDUSTRY START UP 101 SERIES
Starting your own game company? Protecting your IP is crucial to the success of your business. What is your intellectual property and how should you protect it? How can you protect your ideas as your own? In this workshop we'll talk about what you need to know about IP Protection. Our industry veterans will talk about how to protect your work with non-disclosure agreements, patents, copyrights, and trademarks. Join Washington Interactive Network and Enterprise Seattle on February 17th at Bellevue City Hall for this IP Protection panel discussion.
EXPOSED: INSIDE FILM, OUTLANDER WITH WRITER AND DIRECTOR HOWARD MCCAIN
Don't miss February's Exposed: Inside Film featuring the new science-fiction/action adventure film Outlander, followed by an in-depth conversation with writer/director Howard McCain. McCain is making his big-budget directing debut with Outlander, starring Jim Caviezel, John Hurt and Ron Pearlman. The film is being distributed by the Weinstein Company and scheduled for release in early 2009. Warren Etheredge of The Warren Report will host the evening on February 17th and conduct the interview with Mr. McCain following the screening.
KEXP WINTER MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
KEXP will be holding their winter membership drive from February 27th to March 6th. Get the word out! If people donate at the $250+ gift level before the membership drive, they will be recognized in the Live at KEXP Volume Five liner note. What a great way to show the world your love for KEXP!
ARTIST TRUST ANNOUNCES SHORT-TERM SATELLITE OFFICE IN ELLENSBURG
In keeping with its mission to serve artists across the state, Artist Trust will open a short-term satellite office in Ellensburg, WA, February through June 2009. Artist Trust's temporary residence will be housed at Gallery One Visual Arts Center, Mondays and Tuesdays, 9:00am-5:00pm. Artists are invited to stop by and learn about Artist Trust's professional development resources and grants (including the Grants for Artist Projects, a project-based grant open to Washington artists of all disciplines, due February 20).
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 2/3 - 2/9
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- Sleepy Eyes of Death - Dark Signals
- J. Tillman - Vacilando Territory Blues
- Point Juncture, WA - Elk To Heart
- Moondoggies - Don't Be A Stranger
- Widower - Widower
- The Dutchess and the Duke - She's the Dutchess and He's the Duke
- Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
- Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant EP
- Whore Moans - Hello from Radio Wasteland
SXSW'S SEATTLE MUSIC VIDEOS
Snowy days getting you down? Want a little SXSW preview? Check out our blog to view two music videos by Seattle directors that will be screening down in Austin next month. The videos include Fleet Foxes' "White Winter Hymnal" by Sean Pecknold and Thunderheist's "Jerk It," directed by That Go. And don't miss tonight's premiere of "Count It Off," Travis Senger's music video for the Saturday Knights.
NORTHWEST STACKED WITH GRAMMY NOMINEES
Congratulations to Olympia's Kimya Dawson for Sunday's Grammy win! The Juno soundtrack, which heavily featured Dawson's songs, won for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. Check out The News Tribune's Q&A with Dawson for her take on newfound fame. Other Northwest artists nominated for Grammy awards include Death Cab for Cutie, Eddie Vedder, Bill Frisell, Winston Ma, Gerard Schwartz, and artist Don Clark.
STARBUCKS RELEASES VALENTINE'S DAY COMPILATION
Starbucks has released a special Valentine's Day CD entitled Sweetheart: Our Favorite Artists Sing Their Favorite Love Songs. This exclusive 14-track compilation features Seattle artists Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Bridwell, and Kate Tucker covering songs by The Cure, George Harrison, and Bruce Springsteen.
KUOW INTERVIEWS SEATTLE FILMMAKER SABINA ANSARI
In 2006, Time Magazine named Pakistani activist Mukhtaran Mai one of the 100 most Influential People in the World. A few years earlier, Mukhtaran had been gang raped in her village. She later turned that experience into a catalyst for social justice and rose to international prominence as a human rights activist. But when Seattle-based filmmaker Sabina Ansari first met Mukhtaran Mai, Mukhtaran was still in shock and barely able to speak about her experience. Sabina was there as a filmmaker to help tell Mukhtaran's story. This overwhelming task ended up transforming both women. For Sabina, it was the beginning of a long journey toward finding her own voice as a filmmaker and activist. Sabina Ansari speaks with KUOW's Jeremy Richards on Sound Focus.
ONLINE DISTRIBUTION PULLS AHEAD OF FILM
The entertainment biz will remember 2008 as the year when global revenues from digital media exceeded revenue generated by movie theaters and home video combined. In its "Global Media & Entertainment Market Forecast, 2004 - 2012," London research firm Strategy Analytics reported that online and mobile channels accounted for $90 billion in worldwide revenues; the global filmed entertainment market generated $83.1 billion. "We're starting to see now that digital media is becoming a significant part of revenue for a lot of companies," says Strategy Analytics director of digital media research Martin Olausson. "A few years back, everyone was still discussing whether movies would be distributed online. That's not a discussion anymore."