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HAPPY HOUR IS TONIGHT AT SPITFIRE IN BELLTOWN
Office of Film + Music
Join us at Spitfire tonight, Wednesday February 24, for the monthly Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour networking event. Spitfire will be opened exclusively for the event from 5:00 - 7:00 pm and is located at 2219 4th Avenue in Belltown (between Blanchard and Bell). We hope to see you there for food, drink and networking!
VOTE FOR SEATTLE SOUNDBITE PERFORMERS: ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT TO CAST YOUR SELECTIONS!
City of Music
Voting ends February 28 to determine which bands will perform at the Third Annual Seattle SoundBite on April 8 at the Showbox SoDo. Only musical groups with at least one member working in the food service industry are eligible to perform at Seattle SoundBite, a City of Music event. This annual pairing of great music, street-style bites and rock and roll is now in its third year. Proceeds from Seattle SoundBite benefit ProStart, a youth culinary organization, and The Vera Project, a youth music organization. Previous performers have included Helio Sequence, Sunday Night Black Out, Picoso, and Sue Quigley. Participating restaurants have included Tango, Serafina, Cantinetta, Via Tribunali, Red Door and Ray's Boathouse. Follow the above link to listen to entries and vote for your top three.
SUPPORT SEATTLE BANDS MAKING THEIR WAY TO SXSW 2010 AT LOCAL SEND-OFF PARTIES
Tractor Send-Off, March 4
Neumos Send-Off, March 5
It's time to head down to Austin for SXSW 2010! And to celebrate, The Stranger, Neumos, Tractor Tavern, 3 Imaginary Girls, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/Grammys, Seattle Office of Film + Music, City of Music, EMP, STG and MTV's $5 Cover are throwing two send off bashes for Seattle bands headed to Texas. On Thursday March 4, Dyme Def, Thee Emergency, Grynch, Pearly Gates Music and Thee Satisfaction will perform at Tractor Tavern in Ballard. And on Friday March 5, Visqueen, Hey Marseilles, Mash Hall and Fences will play at Neumos on Capitol Hill. For more information or to purchase tickets, follow the above link.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
MAKE A SHORT CONCERT FILM FOR NWFF'S LATEST FILM CHALLENGE
Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum has a new Film Challenge. To honor Seattle's musical heritage, they are asking local filmmakers to turn their eyes on the music scene and make concert films no longer than five minutes for the Concert Film Challenge. Since they expect the response for this challenge to surpass previous challenges, they reserve the right to curate this program, and possibly host multiple screening dates and times. The project is open to all levels of skill and experience and films are due by May 4. This is a great collision of local film + music! For information on submitting films, visit the above link.
THIS IS THE LAST WEEK TO VOTE FOR LOCAL ALL-AGES MOVEMENT PROJECT TO WIN $50,000
Pepsi Refresh Everything
Local arts organization the All-Ages Movement Project (AMP) is in the running to win $50,000 from Pepsi Refresh Project. AMP is a network of community-based organizations that connect young people through independent music and art by providing people with resources to start all-ages venues and youth music organizations all over the nation. AMP needs to remain in the top 10 in order to receive the grant and right now they are narrowly holding on at number 10. The contest ends Sunday, February 28 and to cast your vote today and every day until then, follow the above link.
ATTEND THE 2ND ANNUAL SEATTLE/NW HIP-HOP LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE THIS WEEKEND
2nd Annual Seattle/NW Hip-Hop Leadership Conference
The NW Hip-Hop Leadership Conference serves as a yearly opportunity to examine and explore issues related to hip-hop like money, power and respect, art and culture, accountability, global citizenship, leadership, ownership, privilege, diversity, social justice, race/racism, gender relations and getting paid in a multicultural 21st century America. This year's keynote speaker is Leila Steinberg, an artist and community organizer who began working with youth twenty years ago in the San Francisco Bay area. Steinberg met Tupac Shakur while conducting poetry workshops in Northern California, where they discovered a shared vision of developing a space where each artist in attendance is encouraged, inspired and motivated to address social change in their work. Steinberg's keynote speech will address the topic of "Hip-Hop, Tupac and the 21st Century." The Seattle/NW Hip-Hop Leadership Conference will take place this Saturday, February 27 from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm at Seattle Vocational Institute, 2120 S. Jackson St. This event is free and open to the public.
REGISTER FOR EMP|SFM'S POP CONFERENCE
The ninth annual Pop Conference (April 15-18) revolves around stories of sounds and the machines that make them. From the player piano to Autotune software (both topics at this year's conference), pop's contraptions have constantly reshaped musical history. Look for sessions on cellphones, recording studios, the black voice remixed, and fandango jarocho, and presentations on everything from vinyl/cassette fetishism and post-punk reverb to Public Enemy's Bomb Squad and Andy Warhol's tape recorder. Conference attendance is free to the public, but space is limited and pre-registration is recommended. For more details about the conference or to register, follow the above link.
WATCH LYNN SHELTON'S COMPLETED "$5 COVER: SEATTLE" AT SIFF CINEMA
Join the $5 Cover: Seattle cast and crew at SIFF Cinema on March 1 for a screening of all episodes of the series, a few B-sides and mini-documentaries. "What local director Lynn Shelton's done with '$5 Cover', her upcoming webisodic series about Seattle music made for MTV.com, is elevate barely-known starving artists to hero status, augmenting reality like a telescope to a star," says Andrew Matson of The Seattle Times. SIFF will be selling a handful of tickets to this cast, crew, guest and press screening. Office of Film + Music director James Keblas will introduce director Lynn Shelton at the screening. The screening will begin at 7:00 pm and will be followed by a special $5 Cover show at the Tractor Tavern at 9:00 pm. Check the above link for more information.
INTERN IN BOOKING AND TICKETING FOR SHOWBOX AT THE MARKET
Showbox at the Market
Showbox at the Market is seeking a booking and ticketing intern. The intern would be working in the box office selling tickets, hanging posters and assisting with office work. The intern would also have a project in which they would be booking shows in the Green Room. The internship is unpaid but includes perks such as tons of free shows. College credit is available. Preferably, candidates should be 21+, but exceptions can be made. Candidates must be available at least 20 hours a week between the hours of 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Monday through Friday for a continuous six-month period. To apply, email a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
APPLY TO BE A YOUTH JUROR FOR SIFF 2010
Youth film lovers are invited to apply to be a youth juror at the 2010 Seattle International Film Festival. There are two juries: Films4Families (grades 3-7) and FutureWave (grades 8-12). Five youth in each film program will be chosen to watch all of the films in selected competition programs (not more than 8) and award the Grand Jury Prize for Best Youth Film at the SIFF 2010 Golden Space Needle Awards on June 13. The deadline to apply is March 25. For more information or to fill out an application, follow the above link.
HOLLOW EARTH RADIO'S 3RD ANNUAL MAGMA FESTIVAL APPROACHES
Hollow Earth Radio
Hollow Earth Radio (HER) is curating its popular 3rd Annual Magma Festival next month, and will feature the online radio station's signature hyper-eclecticism of local earthed and unearthed acts. The festival is spread out over the four weekends of March and across several different locations including The Vera Project, Fremont Abbey, Healthy Times Fun Club, 20/20 Cycle and others. By hosting this festival, Hollow Earth Radio aims to expose more people to the 100% volunteer-run online freeform radio they provide for the community. The kick-off weekend will begin at the Vera Project on March 5 with Thao (from Thao with the Get Down Stay Down), Alaskas, Grr and Deception Pass. Click the above link for the full lineup.
WATCH THE OSCARS AT ONE OF SEVERAL PARTIES HOSTED BY LOCAL FILM ORGANIZATIONS
Seattle Film + Music Blog
Among other local film organizations, Washington Filmworks is hosting a no-frills, just fun 2nd Annual Oscar Party on Sunday, March 7 at Spitfire in Belltown. Doors open at 4:00 pm with a $10 cover charge which will be put toward the Oscar Pool. The winner of the Oscar pool will donate the entire amount to a local nonprofit film organization of their choice. For more information on this event as well as other area Oscar parties hosted by local film groups, check out the above link for an updated listing.
ARTIST TRUST ANNOUNCES NEW ARTS INNOVATOR GRANTS
Artist Trust's 2010 Benefit Art Auction on February 20 raised the highest amount of funds in the organization's 23-year history, which all go to support Artist Trust's grants, resources and career training for artists of all disciplines throughout Washington. At the event, Director Fidelma McGinn announced that, with a gift from The Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation, Artist Trust will administer a major new individual artist award. This $150,000 three-year commitment will allow two generative artists to be selected per year, each receiving a $25,000 Arts Innovator award to support their work. Details of the nomination process and timeline will be announced in March and will be available online at the Artist Trust website.
CONGRATS TO LOCAL FILMMAKERS ON WINNING PEPSI SHORT FILM COMPETITION 2010
Tacoma writer, Christian Jenkins, and Kirkland director, Keith Rivers, teamed up to create a short film for Pepsi's "60 seconds to Refresh Your World" movie competition hosted by Mofilm.com and they won a trip to Barcelona, Spain to meet Jon Landau (Producer of Avatar and Titanic). Their short film, A Dollar Well Spent, beat out over 700 other entries to receive a Gold Prize award in the "Dollar, Euro, Pound" category. Follow the above link to watch the short film and see the other winners.
CHECK OUT WOODSHED STUDIOS' OPEN HOUSE
The Woodshed Studios
The Woodshed Studios would like to invite you an open house on Tuesday March 2 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. The Woodshed Studios is a new state of the art recording studio, rehearsal space and private concert venue in downtown Seattle. At the open house, they hope to introduce themselves to the Seattle music community and answer any questions, while visitors get a tour of the new space. Click the above link for more information.
JOIN COMMUNITY CINEMA SEATTLE AND KCTS 9 FOR FREE SCREENING OF "DIRT! THE MOVIE"
Join KCTS 9 and Community Cinema Seattle for a sneak preview and discussion of Dirt! The Movie, a film for the upcoming season of Independent Lens, airing on KCTS 9 in April 2010. Inspired by William Bryant Logan's acclaimed book "Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth," find out how industrial farming, mining and urban development have led us toward cataclysmic droughts, starvation, floods and climate change. The screening will take place on Saturday, March 6 at noon at SIFF Cinema.
911 MEDIA'S ON SCREEN MAGAZINE SEEKING WRITERS AND VIDEOGRAPHERS
On Screen Magazine
On Screen magazine is looking for writers to help expand the coverage of Seattle's media arts community. For more than 25 years, 911 Media Arts Center's On Screen magazine has been an active source of information, covering events ranging from gallery exhibitions to film festivals and interviews with artists such as director Lynn Shelton and intramedia artist Gary Hill. The magazine staff is seeking writers to provide content for several sections of the magazine: reviews, festivals, cover articles and blogs. In addition to writers, they are looking for video production interns to help provide video content. For more information, email Tajuan LaBee at Tajuan@911media.org
SEE SHORT FILMS BY SEATTLE TEENS AT TEEN CREATED FILM FESTIVAL
Seattle Public Library
See short films created by some of Seattle's finest young talent at the Teen Created Film Festival next week. Films will include submissions from teens involved with the Northwest Film Forum, The Center School, Reel Grrls and 911 Media Arts Center. The program is free and open to the public, with no registration required. The screening will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Friday, March 5 at the Microsoft Auditorium in the Seattle Public Library. A Q&A with featured filmmakers will follow the screening. Click the above link for more information on this event.
LISTEN TO KEXP LIVE IN AUSTIN DURING SXSW
KEXP is taking it on the road to Austin, TX during SXSW 2010. Join them as they broadcast live from Gibson Studios in Austin. KEXP joins ME TV at Gibson Studios in a live broadcast from Austin with KEXP DJ's Cheryl Water and Kevin Cole. The entire broadcast, including live performances, is free and open to the public in Austin. Follow the link for the schedule and a list of KEXP-sponsored SXSW events, including the Seattle Party!
MEET JACK STRAW ARTISTS OF ITS ARTIST SUPPORT PROGRAM NEXT MONTH
Jack Straw Productions
Jack Straw Productions is proud to present another installment of its Meet the Artist night, featuring performances, discussion and recordings from four recent Artist Support Program projects. These four artists exemplify the diversity and depth of the work being created through this program. They include composer Phillip Arnautoff, recording of album of his sixteen Variations for Adapted Cello; composer and string player Ruthie Dornfeld, recording new compositions for the five-string vielle; violinist Shulamit Kleinerman, who recently released a CD of 17th century English country dances for solo violin; and Dale Speicher, recording an album of compositions for solo percussion. This Meet the Artist event will take place on Wednesday, March 24 at 7:00 pm at Jack Straw Productions. Admission is free. Click the above link for more information.
LOCAL SIGHTINGS FILM FESTIVAL CURRENTLY ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
Local Sightings Film Festival
Local Sightings is the Northwest Film Forum's annual showcase of current narrative, documentary and experimental film by Northwest artists. The week-long festival also features panel discussions, historic Northwest films, a filmmaker lounge and juried awards for a winning short and feature film. Entries are now being accepted, with a deadline of July 1. There is no entry fee. Submit work by downloading the submission form from the website above.
SEATTLE FILM AND MUSIC COMMUNITIES CONTINUE TO SUPPORT HAITI RELIEF EFFORTS WITH BENEFITS
Seattle Film + Music Blog
Seattle's strong film and music communities have organized several events to support relief efforts in Haiti in response to the devastation caused by the January 12 earthquake. This week includes an event at Egan's Ballard Jam House tomorrow and one Sunday at Showbox at the Market. Please click the above link for an updated listing of these benefit events in the City of Music and if you know of others, leave us a comment.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 2/15 - 22
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Freeway & Jake One "Stimulus Package"
- Laura Veirs "July Flame"
- Various Artists "Give Seattle"
- Shabazz Palaces "Of Light"
- Cave Singers "Welcome Joy"
- Shabazz Palaces "Shabazz Palaces"
- Brandi Carlile "Live at Easy Street"
- S "Sadstyle"
- Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
- The Maldives "Tequila / Someday"
HALF OF SPIN'S 10 BEST LIVE PICS OF THE WEEK ARE SEATTLE-RELATED
Spin Magazine choose several Seattle-related performance photos for its 10 Best Live Pics of the Week last week, including one of Cat and Stasia of rap duo THEESatisfaction performing some of their spacey sci-fi sounds at KEXP. Click the above link to see the shot and scroll through the others to find out who else was featured!
CROSSCUT PROFILES 206 ZULU AS THEY CELEBRATE THEIR SIXTH ANNIVERSARY
Seattle's 206 Zulu, the local chapter of an international hip-hop organization, celebrates its sixth anniversary with power and style: break-dancing, deejaying, a graffiti-writing expo and more. Universal Zulu Nation was established by hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa in the mid-1970s as a means of bringing together oppressed peoples, particularly of African ancestry. Its outreach today is worldwide and multiethnic, and its mission is to empower youth through a practice of hip-hop and to create positive change in communities through knowledge and education. The Seattle chapter formed in 2004. "The significance of having a Seattle chapter was that it was able to help unify different camps and crews," says deejay and community organizer King Khazm, who leads 206 Zulu. "People started to see the importance of collectivity and being able to support each other on a larger level," says Khazm. "It was just something that was needed, not just for the hip-hop community but for the youth who need something positive to go towards." To read the full article, follow the above link.
KEXP FEATURED ON JIMMY FALLON
Jimmy Fallon references KEXP as his source for finding out about new bands on the February 11 episode of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." In his opening comments, he introduces the band Neon Indian and says, "Cool story...I first heard this band listening to this station called KEXP..." You can hear his shout-out to the beloved Seattle station around minute 5:40 of the episode, viewable online at the above link.
THE LONELY FOREST SIGN TO CHRIS WALLA'S NEW MAJOR LABEL IMPRINT
The Lonely Forest are the first band to sign to Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla's new imprint label, Trans. (which is an imprint on Atlantic.) "I've been lucky enough to make records with tons of phenomenal bands, and I've considered [starting a label] a number of different times," Walla says. "I don't know - is it oversimplified to say it's them and it just makes sense? This wouldn't be happening if it weren't for the Lonely Forest. They're a phenomenal band. I've been following my nose for so many years, doing the things that felt like the right thing to do. And this time the answer was yes." In addition to this very exciting news, The Lonely Forest will also be playing the Seattle Party at SXSW this year. To read more about The Lonely Forest and Chris Walla, follow the above link.
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Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel White, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Clare Canzoneri, Intern
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