HAPPY HOUR TONIGHT!
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 tonight, Wednesday February 27th. 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
MUSICARES OFFERS FREE HEALTH ASSESSMENTS, FREE DENTAL CLINIC FOR MUSICIANS
MusiCares, in partnership with Qliance, a Seattle based monthly-fee primary care clinic, presents a limited opportunity to receive a free basic health assessment. This basic health assessment includes glucose, blood pressure, BMI and cholesterol tests. Hepatitis C+ and HIV screenings will also be provided. In addition, MusiCares, in conjunction with Dr. Christopher Pickel, DDS, North Seattle Dental Group, will be providing comprehensive dental treatment and educational consultations to low-income music professionals in need of those services.
13TH ANNUAL SEATTLE JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
That's right; this will be the festival's bar/bat mitzvah year. The annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival (SJFF) is an 8-day international cinematic exploration and celebration of Jewish life, culture, identity and history. SJFF uses the magical medium of film to both entertain and educate moviegoers about complex issues facing Jewish people and world communities alike, while challenging conventional perspectives. Tickets go on sale next week.
THE CITY OF SEATTLE'S RACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE 2008 SPEAKER SERIES PRESENTS FREDERICK GOODING AND KHALID PETERSON
Frederick Gooding and Khalid Patterson of The Minority Reporter visit Seattle to talk about minority archetypes in mainstream movies. This presentation, "You Mean There's Race in My Movie?" provides a forum for discussing how Hollywood consistently marginalizes minority characters at the expense of consistently glamorizing white characters. You will learn how to identify character patterns of minority and white characters, and explore the reasons behind their creation and perpetuation. After this presentation, you will never see movies the same way again!
MAN DOWN MEDIC WIN THIRD ROUND OF 2008 SOUND OFF! SEMIFINALS
Man Down Medic, an electronic indie-rock band from the Seattle-Tacoma area won the third round of the Sound Off! Semifinals, the Pacific Northwest's largest annual under-age battle of the bands competition. Shotty, a five-piece rock band from Kirkland, Wash. took home the audience response prize. Deer City from Issaquah, Wash. and Kusikia from Tacoma also performed on Saturday. The winners of the three semifinals will compete during a blow-out finale under the lights and giant screen in EMP|SFM's Sky Church on Saturday, March 1 at 8 p.m. Man Down Medic will join New Faces and The Nextdoor Neighbors at the finals.
STIFF AND CENTRAL CINEMA PRESENT: "ROLLING"
This Thursday at Central Cinema, STIFF (Seattle True Independent Film Festival) presents "Rolling," a docudrama that captures the appeal of the drug Ecstasy and follows a diverse group of users as they cross paths in Los Angeles. At its core, "Rolling" is an investigation into a generation's drug of choice. STIFF Nights' screenings are typically shown the last Thursday of each month at Central Cinemas.
SEARCH AND RESCUE: SOUND FOUND
Join the Northwest Film Forum next Tuesday for a rare 16mm screening of a lost sci-fi epic from the dawn of sound film, "The Mysterious Island." Lionel Barrymore and Lloyd Hughes star in this Vitaphone "part-talkie," meant to be a million-dollar answer to "Metropolis." With only a few black and white prints surviving today, this is very rarely shown and unavailable on home video in any format. The feature will be preceded by the first Talkartoon by legendary animators, the Fleischer brothers.
CINEMATIC AND LITERARY TRADITIONS OF LIBERTY WORKSHOP
This year's Cinematic and Literary Traditions of Liberty workshop will be held at Chapman University (outside Los Angeles, CA), June 21-27.This workshop will be a rare chance for aspiring young novelists, filmmakers, artists, musicians and future scholars of the arts to engage with serious, talented peers for an entire week, discussing what they care about most: their work, the work of great authors and filmmakers and the very substance of art, the human struggle to know oneself and be free.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 2/18 - 2/24
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Grand Archives - Grand Archives
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Chris Walla - Field Manual
- Brandi Carlile - Live at Easy Street
- Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild
- Cave Singers - Invitation Songs
- Blue Scholars - Bayani
- Siberian - With Me
- Cancer Rising - Cancer Rising EP
- Shim - Feel Like a King
LOCAL FOLK TAKE HOME OSCARS
Though the locally shot "Into the Wild" was largely disregarded by the Academy, the Northwest was represented by Kirk Francis, of Whidbey Island, a winner for sound mixing for "The Bourne Ultimatum" along with Scott Millan and David Parker. Seattleite James Longley was nominated for directing the short documentary "Sari's Mother," but lost to "Freeheld."
THE NO NONSENSE GUIDE TO SEATTLE AT SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST
Seattle Sound Magazine has compiled a guide to local bands performing at this year's SXSW Music Festival. It includes descriptions and short biographies of Blue Scholars, Fleet Foxes, The Presidents, The Saturday Knights, J. Tillman, and many more.
"GIRLS ROCK!" AT SIFF
"Girls Rock!" is a Portland-based documentary about a rock 'n' roll camp for girls. The film showcases girls who come from all over the U.S. (including several from the Puget Sound area) to escape the negative forces in their lives and find empowerment and self-worth in a place where "it's 100 percent okay to be exactly who you are." With a little encouragement to grab a guitar and make some serious noise, the girls transform from tentative to ferocious. The journey is simultaneously revolutionary, heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud funny.
SASQUATCH! FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2008 LINEUP
The Sasquatch! Music Festival, a three-day celebration of Northwest-flavored music, has released its 2008 lineup. Among the 56 bands scheduled, local heavy hitters include: Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, the Presidents of the United States of America, Blue Scholars, Dyme Def, the Blakes, Grand Archives and the Cops. New Zealand comedic folk duo the Flight of The Conchords, signed onto Seattle's Sub Pop Records, will also be performing. Other big names in the lineup are R.E.M., the Cure, the Flaming Lips, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Ozomatli, the New Pornographers, M.I.A. and the Hives.
ECKSTEIN, ROOSEVELT TAKE JAZZ HONORS
Seattle's Roosevelt High School and Eckstein Middle School stormed the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival competition Saturday, receiving the lion's share of awards. Roosevelt was the adjudicator's choice in an exciting round of performances Saturday at the Nazarene Church, off the University of Idaho campus, where most of the competition takes place.
SEATTLE MOVIE EVENTS
The Seattle PI has compiled a list of film related events happening in the Seattle area. Highlights include: "Eden.": Winner of the Audience Award at the Port Townsend Film Festival. It is the story of a chef in love with a waitress at his restaurant. Feb. 22-28, at SIFF cinema, and "Funny Face," Audrey Hepburn stars as a shopgirl turned fashion model. Feb. 27, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Metro Cinemas.
SEATTLE BAND: THE PHARMACY
This month The Stranger announced the 2008 Young Ones, a list of eight talented artists in Seattle who are making great music and predicted to find success over the course of the next year. The Pharmacy, a three-man punk outfit, is one of those bands. Their next album "Choose Your Own Adventure" is set to come out on February 26th and, in the opinion of The Stranger, will provide the young musicians with their big break.
AMAZON NURSING 'STOLEN CHILD' FILM
Amazon.com is moving forward with plans to produce its first movie, "The Stolen Child," based on the fantasy novel by Keith Donohue. The Seattle-based e-tailer optioned the film rights to the book in late 2006 and has since set up the property at 20th Century Fox, with Marc Platt attached to produce with Amazon. Donohue's debut novel revolves around a man who was kidnapped by hobgoblins as a boy and replaced by a look-alike imposter. Book follows both versions of the character as they struggle through their new lives and environments.
DAVID FINCHER TO DIRECT SEATTLE SUBURBS-SET "BLACK HOLE"
David Fincher ("Se7en", "Fight Club") is attached to direct the horror romance "Black Hole" for Paramount/ MTV Films. Based on a graphic novel by former Seattle resident Charles Burns, the story revolves around a group of high school students living in the Seattle suburbs whose lives are drastically altered when they come in contact with a sexually transmitted disease called the "teen plague" or "the bug." As of yet, no announcements have been made regarding where the film will be shot.
2008-09 SYMPHONY SEASON WILL FEATURE MANY NEW FACES
The Seattle Symphony Orchestra will launch Benaroya Hall's 10th-anniversary season Sept. 13 with an opening-night gala featuring opera stars Frederica von Stade and Samuel Ramey, with Gerard Schwarz conducting. It's the first of more than 220 performances the orchestra will present in 2008-09. Promising multimedia presentations will include the return of glass artist Dale Chihuly - whose dazzling sets for the 2007 "Bluebeard's Castle" presentation contributed to one of that season's most memorable programs.
NW FILM FORUM EVENT: THE COOL SCHOOL
The early days of L.A.'s contemporary art scene are remembered vividly in Morgan Neville's fun, fast-paced, jazz-and-testosterone-fueled new documentary, "The Cool School." Everybody's in there, and there's even a black-and-white, "Broadway Danny Rose"-style reunion of the old guys- Robert Irwin, Craig Kauffman, Ken Price, et al.
ROLLINGSTONE DUBS SLEATER-KINNEY ONE OF THE "TOP 5 FEMALE FRONTED BANDS"
Counted alongside Blondie, X-Ray Spex, the Pretenders, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Washington-based band Sleater-Kinney was listed as one of the top female-fronted rock groups.
COBAIN DOCUMENTARY 'ABOUT A SON' HITS SHELVES
Just in time for the late singer-songwriter's 41st birthday, the Kurt Cobain documentary "About A Son" was released on DVD last week. A limited edition vinyl version of the soundtrack will be released on Barsuk Records next month.
ROCKABILLY MUSICIAN CHARLES RYAN, 92
Charles Ryan, the Spokane man who co-wrote the hit song "Hot Rod Lincoln," has run his last road race. Mr. Ryan died Saturday at age 92 after a long battle with heart disease."He had the kind of spirit and personality that immediately brought a smile to your face and challenged you to live life to the fullest," friend Karl Bingle wrote on Ryan's website. "His amazing contributions to country and rockabilly music will never be forgotten."
GETTY IMAGES AGREES TO $2.1 BILLION BUYOUT
Getty Images Inc., the leading seller of stock photography and video footage, said Monday it has agreed to a $2.1 billion buyout from the private equity group Hellman & Friedman LLC. Ten-year-old Getty, whose nearest competitor is privately held Corbis Corp., put itself up for sale in January after taking a beating on Wall Street for two years.
"SEATTLE, YOU LOVE YOUR MAINSTREAM COUNTRY MUSIC
Though some find it easy to believe that each person in Seattle is cut from the same New Yorker-subscribing, NPR-listening, liberal-leaning cloth, it's bewildering to learn that mainstream country music ranks at or near the top of the city's most popular genres. So popular that Kenny Chesney broke local records for concert ticket sales-more than 44,000 people went to see him two years in a row at Qwest Field. In fact, for five of the past seven years, the top local FM radio station has been mainstream country station KMPS. Seattle is also one of the nation's top markets for country music in terms of album sales.
STARS PROMOTING 'BATTLE IN SEATTLE' FILM
Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend have started making appearances to promote their film "Battle in Seattle." It's scheduled for limited release in the U.S. next month, but it premiered at the Toronto Film Fest in September - and most recently, in Ireland. The movie chronicles five days in 1999 when demonstrators took to Seattle's streets to protest the WTO, and it boasts some big-name stars, including Theron and Woody Harrelson. Ray Liotta plays fictional mayor Jim Tobin, a stand-in for Paul Schell, who was mayor at the time.
AT GRAND ILLUSION CINEMA: TOUGH GUYS DON'T DANCE, PHIL KARLSON IN THE '50S
While not nearly as recognizable as someone like Samuel Fuller, Karlson's skills tend to be overlooked and The Grand Illusion Cinema seeks to rectify this situation by showcasing four excellent, ultra-rare films from the 1950s in a thrilling film series entitled "Tough Guys Don't Dance: The No Nonsense Films of Phil Karlson in the 50s." None of the films are on DVD and each demonstrates the director's skill within the constraints of the particular genre-be it crime, caper or western.
HOLLYWOOD WRITERS APPROVE NEW CONTRACT
Members of the Writers Guild of America have overwhelmingly approved a new contract with Hollywood studios that increases payment for shows offered on the Internet, the union said Tuesday. The deal was endorsed by 93.6 percent of the 4,060 votes cast in Los Angeles and New York. The term of the three-year deal runs from this Feb. 13 to May 1, 2011.
SEATTLE'S A GREEDY, JEALOUS, LUSTFUL BUNCH, SAYS FORBES
A new study by Forbes Magazine ranks the top cities in the nation when it comes to the seven deadly sins; lust, gluttony, avarice, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. Forbes lists Seattle as the third greediest city behind San Jose and San Francisco. All three cities are booming in the tech industry. The greediest list is based largely on the Forbes 400 list of richest people and where they live. The Puget Sound region as the home to the richest man on the planet, Bill Gates, as well as Paul Allen and Steve Ballmer of Microsoft and Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos.