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News from the Film + Music Office 2/20/2008


OFFICE NEWS

HAPPY HOUR ONLY A WEEK AWAY
http://seattle.gov/filmandmusic/
The Mayor's Office of Film + Music if proud to present Happy Hour at Moe Bar (925 E. Pike St.) from 5 to 7 pm on Wednesday, January 30th. Come down, meet new people in our music and film industries and discuss current issues spanning film and music in Seattle. We have received a lot of great feedback regarding new business opportunities that have come from these events, so don't miss out. The Happy Hour schedule for 2008 can be found on the website.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

WOMEN IN FILM/SEATTLE PRESENTS THE FIFTH ANNUAL POST ALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
http://www.postalleyfilmfestival.com/
This year's festival features a collection of female centric and eccentric short films from around the block and around the globe. 26 films will be screened on February 23 at the Market Theatre in Pike Place Market. Proceeds benefit the Pike Market Childcare, Preschool and WIF/Seattle, part of the international, a non-profit professional organization dedicated to advancing opportunities for women in the film, television, video and new media industries.

NORTHWEST AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM GRAND OPENING HONORS QUINCY JONES
http://www.naamnw.org/
The Museum's Grand Opening week will culminate on March 16th with the Quincy Jones Extravaganza event at the historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Seattle. This all-star concert will honor Seattle native and music impresario Quincy Jones with NAAM's first Lifetime Achievement Award. Proceeds from the event will help support the community programs at the Northwest African American Museum.

NO DEPRESSION MAGAZINE TO CEASE PUBLISHING
http://www.seattleweekly.com/music/blogs/reverb/
No Depression, the bimonthly magazine covering a broad range of American roots music since 1995, will bring to an end its print publication with its 75th issue in May-June 2008. Plans to expand the publication's website with additional content will move forward, though it will in no way replace the print edition.

INDEPENDENT BELLEVUE STATION KBCS 91.3 TURNS 35!
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/tv/
KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio turns 35 this month! To celebrate, they're presenting the stories of KBCS listeners, volunteers, and staff who have been a part of KBCS over the last three and a half decades. KBCS is also inviting listeners to share their KBCS experiences by leaving messages at the station.

LIVE MUSIC VENUE SEEKS MARKETING / PR MANAGER
http://www.elcorazonseattle.com/
El Corazon seeks a qualified individual to manage our marketing and PR efforts. We are looking for someone with practical experience in music marketing and PR, a good knowledge of popular music and the local music scene, strong communication skills, computer knowledge and the ability to think outside of the box. Hours will be noon to 5 weekdays. Please email info@elcorazonseattle.com for complete job description and application procedures. Deadline for submissions is Friday February 29.

BLOG4REEL COMPETITION
http://www.blog4reel.com/
Blog4Reel is the first-ever competition giving bloggers the chance to have their blogs turned into actual movies, not to mention the chance at winning $2000. We want the realness here. You are welcome to write specifically for the competition, link your existing blog to our competition, or join just to vote on your favorite blog (could be your own)! It is that easy. Real life to Reel life.

THOMSON TO NAME YOUNG INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AT NFFTY 08
http://www.nffty.org/
International entertainment technology company, Thomson (Technicolor by Thomson) will present a special award during the NFFTY Opening Night Gala, March 28th, to the young filmmaker who has demonstrated the most compelling mix of technological and creative innovation, in the production of their submitted work. World-renowned award-winning master sculptor Andrew DeVries created the hand made award.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 2/11 - 2/17
http://www.seattle.gov/filmandmusic
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).

  1. Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
  2. Chris Walla - Field Manual
  3. Brandi Carlile - Live at Easy Street
  4. Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild
  5. Blue Scholars - Bayani
  6. Pearl Jam - Live at Easy Street
  7. Black Mountain - In the Future
  8. Mono in VCF - Mono in VCF
  9. Cops - Free Electricity
  10. Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

MEDIA DIGEST

PBS SERIES FEATURES LOCAL BUSINESS WHIZ KIDS
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/living/
"Biz Kid$" is produced by the same Seattle-based team behind the Emmy-winning "Bill Nye The Science Guy," the show aims to teach youth financial literacy. The half-hour show (now airing on Seattle's KCTS high-def channel) delves into fundamentals such as saving, budgeting and investing; cash vs. credit; supply and demand; taxes; the myriad ways people "work." From its funky theme song to the wacky sketches, the tone is Nyesque, which is to say: hip, zany and smart.

METRO CLASSICS SERIES CONTINUES
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/movies/
The Metro Classics series continues today with a 35mm print of "An American in Paris," Vincente Minnelli's sparkling 1951 musical starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron (in her film debut). Winner of the Academy Award for best picture, it features a soundtrack of glorious Gershwin songs and the famous 17-minute "American in Paris" (well, really in Hollywood) ballet. 6:45 and 9:15 p.m. Wednesday only; Metro Cinemas in the UD.

HEAVY NOSTALGIA: TAD DOYLE CRUSHES EVERYTHING IN HIS PAST
http://www.seattleweekly.com/2008-02-13/music/
The fascinating new TAD documentary, Busted Circuits and Ringing Ears, hardly disputes the brilliant ugliness created by the band's collision of garage-punk and sludge-metal-it celebrates it, and cements TAD's legacy as one of Seattle's best and most beloved bands ever, but it also punctures a few myths along the way. In one scene, as he recalls the "Wood Goblins" video shoot, music photographer Charles Peterson-who was there to take some promotional photos for Sub Pop-notes with a grin, "I had to show Tad how to start up the chain saw."

FILM-NOIR FEST PACKS NIGHTLY ONE-TWO PUNCH
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/movies/screen.html
"7 Days/14 Films/No Happy Endings!" is the slogan for this week's film-noir fare at SIFF Cinema: Noir City, presided over by the "Czar of Noir" Eddie Muller, returns for a week of hard-boiled entertainment, co-presented with and benefiting the Film Noir Foundation. Each evening brings a double feature, opening tonight with 1951's "The Prowler" (newly restored by the FNF) and 1950's "Gun Crazy," both scripted by blacklisted noir screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.

FRIENDS, FAMILY, LOVERS, AND NEIGHBORS
http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/
Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground celebrate their self-titled, self-released, full-length debut, a four-sided vinyl affair based on the pop cantata (the album has been previously available as a digital download). The album encapsulates a swirling mass of this city's musical lives and inner lives.

VARSITY GIVES MOVIE FANS A CHANCE TO SEE OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORT FILMS
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/movies//
The Academy Awards may be America's ultimate showcase of glamour but, as an entertainment event, it traditionally contains a dead zone of boredom at its center. This is, of course, the segment when they hand out the Oscars in the three short film categories. The problem is that virtually no one in the vast global audience has seen these films), and the winners, seizing what is likely to be their only moment in the Oscar sun, invariably make the longest acceptance speeches. So, at the U District's Varsity Theatre, dedicated Seattle movie fans who want to really be prepared for the big night Feb. 24 can catch the nominees for best live action and animated short films in two separate programs.

ROMANTIC SERENADES, MAKING CHOCOLATE, SCALPELS AND BROKEN HEARTS
http://www.kuow.org/programs/sound_focus.asp
On Valentine's Day, the Q4 quartet keeps an old tradition alive - the art of serenading. The old tunes remain the best tunes for the Seattle women's singing quartet, a group delivering singing Valentines for the past six years. What started out as a fundraiser has created a space for creating unexpected and unforgettable moments.

SEATTLENOISE: STEEL TIGERS OF DEATH
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/pop/
If you prefer punk and hardcore without any hint of self-parody or ironic meta-textual awareness, the Steel Tigers of Death will annoy you like a dull headache. Onstage, the four members wear matching stage outfits and attack their instruments like over-caffeinated schoolboys. But as veterans of the punk scene, The Tigers are old and wise enough to know exactly when to let their blend of complex Rocket From the Crypt rhythms, crunching electric guitars, shifty, sinewy bass lines and rowdy screamed choruses take over as the main focus.

NINTENDO COMPLAINS ABOUT WORLDWIDE PIRACY, SPECIFICALLY CHINA
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/
Nintendo of America Inc. said piracy of its games around the world cost the Redmond company, as well as its game developers and publishers, nearly $1 billion last year. So the company is asking the U.S. Trade Representative office to crack down on offending countries, and pointed out China as the worst offender. Nintendo officials said they've worked with Chinese authorities that seized more than 1 million fake Nintendo products in that country last year, "but not one counterfeiter has been prosecuted."

WHERE THE REAL ACTION IS
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/15/movies/
This year all five nominees for best documentary are politically charged, four are about war, and amazingly, only one feels like homework. Spurred by global conflict and by technology that allows filmmakers to turn out movies in months rather than years, these works carry urgent messages. With their pointed arguments, though, this year's nominees also raise an inescapable question: Can they have any real political impact?

A PUNK-ROCK LEGEND IS BACK FROM SERIOUS INJURY WITH A NEW INTENSITY
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/pop/351540_calvin19.html
In November, Calvin Johnson played at the Vera Project in Seattle Center as part of a short West Coast tour, one of many tours he's been on since a van accident left him hospitalized. With his nylon string guitar slung behind his back and his arms arcing in front of him in a kind of fey tai chi dance, Johnson's voice rang out. Teens with vegan physiques and homemade T-shirts sat around the lip of the stage, staring up at him, and he stared right back, one face at a time.

HI-DEF BATTLE ENDS AS TOSHIBA QUITS HD DVD
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23204819/
Toshiba said Tuesday it will no longer develop, make or market HD DVD players and recorders, handing a victory to rival Blu-ray disc technology in the format battle for next-generation video. The move would make Blu-ray - backed by Sony Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., which makes Panasonic brand products, and five major Hollywood movie studios - the winner in the battle over high-definition DVD formatting that began several years ago.

HOPE WECHKIN - PHYSICIAN, VIOLINIST, SINGER, ACTOR
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/entertainment/
This weekend, Hope Wechkin will premiere her one-woman show "Charisma," in which she composed the music, and will act, sing and play the violin simultaneously. Along the way she also plays the mandolin and several percussion instruments. Her show is about a seriously ill woman whose hospital visitors all bear different kinds of advice (much of it comic) for her recovery. Wechkin knows this scenario well; she is also a full-time physician who is medical director of Evergreen Hospice and Palliative Care and who also teaches fourth-year medical students at the UW.

CONCERTS SUSPENDED AT EVERGREEN FOLLOWING DISTURBANCE
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/
Concerts have been banned at The Evergreen State College pending a campus security review following a disturbance in which a Thurston County sheriff's car was overturned and looted. At a meeting of hundreds of students, faculty and staff in a lecture hall, Vice President of Student Affairs Arthur Costantino said Tuesday the review will be made by a committee headed by Phyllis M. Lane, dean of student and academic support services. "We need to be begin to look at how we do concert planning," Costantino said. The panel will work as quickly as possible with an eye to resuming concerts on campus, Costantino said.

EDDIE VEDDER GOES ON SOLO TOUR
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/pop/351544_tf218.html
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder will embark on his first solo tour, a short West Coast trek that features shows April 2 in Vancouver, B.C., and a swing through California -- April 5 in Santa Cruz, April 7 in Berkeley, April 10 in Santa Barbara, April 12-13 in Los Angeles, and April 15 in San Diego -- but none in Seattle.

"MY NAME IS EARL" CREATOR WORKED FAST FOOD DURING WGA STRIKE
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/
The odds are overwhelming that no other Hollywood writer or producer busied themselves during the WGA strike in quite the same fashion as did "My Name Is Earl" creator/executive producer Greg Garcia. He looked at the involuntary hiatus as an opportunity to "get back in touch" with the TV viewers of America, hanging for a while on the other side of the fence, as it were. Garcia spent the month of January working at an occupation in a world perhaps better suited to his lead character, Earl Hickey (Jason Lee): as a cashier and janitor in a fast-food restaurant that Garcia prefers to keep anonymous.

WEATHERMAN ANDY WAPPLER LEAVING KIRO
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/entertainment/
KIRO-TV chief meteorologist Andy Wappler has left the Seattle station after 14 years to join the public-relations team at Puget Sound Energy. He'll oversee its renewable-energy and conservation projects, the utility company announced today. Wappler, 43, started in 1994 as a weekend forecaster and worked with his father, Harry Wappler, also a weatherman. After his father left KIRO in 2002, Wappler succeeded him as chief meteorologist. Wappler, who left the station on Friday, said that renewable energy is a good fit with his weather background. And, "I was looking to do something new."

SEATTLE'S ONLY FILIPINA HIP-HOP GROUP, AND ONE OF ONLY A HANDFUL ACROSS THE UNITED STATES
http://www.seattleweekly.com/
It was a little over two years ago, as Pinay was finding her footing in the local hip-hop scene, that she met El Dia (real name: Angela Martinez Dy) at an open mike. A Filipina as well, El Dia's upbringing was markedly different from Pinay's. But the two shared a passion for hip-hop as well as for the past and present political struggles of their people. Emulating the activists before them, Pinay and El Dia formed 1st Quarter Storm, named for the '80s youth movement in which Filipino college students protested and overthrew the corrupt regime of the former president of the Philippines. And while Seattle is no stranger to politically aware hip-hop, 1st Quarter Storm is a pioneering duo: they are the only Filipina hip-hop group in Seattle, and one of only a handful spread across the United States.