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Have you met someone at the monthly Film, Music & Digital Media Happy Hour events that has been helpful to you in your career or that you have since collaborated with? We would love to hear about it. Email us your stories or other feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org. We may feature your stories on the Happy Hour page at the above link.
RSVP NOW FOR THE SEATTLE PARTY AT SXSW! JUST ADDED: VISQUEEN!
Seattle Party 2010
Visqueen has been added to the Seattle Party lineup and there is still time to RSVP! Catch Seattle's latest and greatest in Austin on Saturday, March 20 from noon to 6:00 pm at Beauty Bar. Seattle musicians are all over the news, from the Lonely Forest being the first band to sign to Chris Walla's new Trans label, to the many bands featured in MTV's $5 Cover: Seattle such as THEESatisfaction, The Moondoggies and The Maldives. Also, be sure not to miss the send-off parties this week on Thursday night at the Tractor Tavern and on Friday night at Neumos! Click the above link to RSVP to the party and listen to selections from all of the bands.
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READ COVERAGE FROM THE "$5 COVER: SEATTLE" PREMIERE AT SIFF CINEMA
Seattle Film + Music Blog
All twelve episodes of Lynn Shelton's $5 Cover: Seattle premiered to a sold-out house at SIFF Cinema on Monday night. Many of the series' large crew and 72-member cast including members of the featured 13 different bands were in attendance. On hand to introduce the presentation were director Lynn Shelton; Office of Film + Music Director James Keblas; Washington Filmworks' Amy Dee; producers Jane Charles and Steven Schardt; MTV's Craig Brewer; and the directors of two short documentary series that accompany $5 Cover: Seattle: Sue Corcoran, director of the B-side shorts and John Jeffcoat, director of the Amplified series. Crosscut's Travis Hay called it "A glowing love letter to Seattle's music scene." Andrew Matson of the Seattle Times praised the series as "artful, entertaining and clearly a labor of love." The Stranger's Eric Grandy wrote, "Shelton's and cinematographer Benjamin Kasulke's shots of the city are beautiful, close-cropped, off beat and present a Seattle far removed from its stereotypical representation." The series will be streaming of MTV.com in June. Read more critical response and see photos from the premiere at the Seattle Film + Music Blog at the above link.
SUPPORT SEATTLE MUSIC PROGRAMS AND TREAT YOURSELF TO AN EVENING OF JAZZ
Get a fresh jolt of jazz while supporting music education in Seattle schools by attending the Starbucks Hot Java Cool Jazz concert at the Paramount Theatre on Friday, March 19. Hot Java Cool Jazz is part of Starbucks ongoing commitment to supporting the local youth arts community. The benefit show, now in its 15th year, shines a spotlight on Ellington Festival award-winning jazz bands from five top area high schools: Garfield, Roosevelt, Edmonds-Woodway, Mountlake Terrance and Newport. All proceeds from ticket sales go to the music program of participating schools. Purchase tickets for the big-band extravaganza at select Starbucks stores, the Paramount Theatre box office or online and treat yourself to a night out while giving a boost to music education.
JOIN TEAM FILM + MUSIC FOR SIFF'S 12-HOUR MOVIE MARATHON
What could be better than watching films all day? Watching them with your friends! Join Team Film + Music on its quest to earn Movie Marathon Gold. Team members receive: reserved table at the 9:00 am brunch, reserved seating section at the Marathon, and an official 12-Hour Movie Marathon Badge with your team name. There will be prizes awarded throughout the day for Biggest Team, Best Team Spirit, Most Creative Costume, and most money raised for SIFF (an award given to the individual who raises the most money). To join our team, first purchase a ticket or sign-up to fundraise your entry fee through firstgiving.com. Then send an email to email@example.com requesting to join Team Film + Music. The lineup includes Blood Simple (Joel Coen), The Fourth Man (Paul Verhoeven), The Road Warrior (George Miller), To Die For (Gus Van Sant), Trouble in Mind (with director Alan Ruldoph in attendance to introduce the film), and The Whole Wide World, introduced by director and SIFF co-founder Dan Ireland. Show up on Sunday, March 21 at SIFF Cinema for the marathon! Click the above link for more information about the films and event.
FREE FILM AND MUSIC EVENTS AT THE FRYE THIS MONTH
Frye Art Museum
Culturally inquisitive? On a budget? Looking for something interesting, artistic and creative to do with little or no cash to spend? Visit the Frye Art Museum this month. On Saturday, March 21, film critic Robert Horton will present Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin's Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary in the Frye Auditorium at 2:00 pm. And on Saturday, March 27 at 2:00 pm in the Frye Auditorum, classical Gabriel Bianco will perform. Admission is always free at the Frye and there are several other events to explore, so check the above link for more.
EXPLORE IRISH FILMS AT IRISH REELS FILM FESTIVAL THIS MONTH
Irish Reels Film Festival
Now in its twelfth year, the Irish Reels Film Festival returns to Seattle on March 12 - 14. Screenings will take place at Henry Art Gallery, Seattle Art Museum and free screenings at the Seattle Center. The guest of honor this year will be the Right Honorable Desmond Guinness. The festival kicks off with a lecture and film screening with Mr. Guinness, sharing his preservation efforts with the Irish Georgian Society, at the Henry Art Gallery on Friday, March 12 at 7:00 pm. Other notable mentions are the highly-acclaimed new feature by Conor McPherson, The Eclipse; the Oscar nominated short animated film, Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty, and the IFTA-nominated documentary, The Yellow Bittern, profiling the Clancy Brothers' musical journey. Click the above link for the full festival schedule.
SOAK UP 40 YEARS OF BUMBERSHOOT ART IN CITY HALL GALLERIES THIS YEAR
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs has announced its 2010-2011 lineup of City Hall gallery exhibitions and it includes a Bumbershoot Poster and Art Show. Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Bumbershoot with this retrospective exhibit of posters and original artworks created for the festival. The exhibit will run from July 1 - September 7, 2010. Six other visual art and community exhibitions will be on display at City Hall from April 2010 to June 2011. For the complete exhibition lineup, click the above link.
APPLY FOR IFP'S INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER LABS
IFP Independent Filmmaker Labs
IFP's Independent Filmmaker Labs is the only free program in the U.S. supporting first-time feature directors at the crucial rough cut/post production stage. The Labs play a pivotal role in helping emerging filmmakers to realize the full potential of their stories - and their careers. Drawing from a national candidate pool, 20 projects (10 documentaries and 10 narratives) are selected for this year-long Lab fellowship which, includes the five-day Lab in New York City, one-on-one mentorship with industry innovators and icons, and during IFP's Independent Film Week in September - pre-scheduled meetings with potential buyers, sales agents and festival programmers and inclusion in a Lab "Sneak Preview" Showcase presentation. For more information or to apply, click the above link.
CHECK OUT SHORT FILMS BY LOCAL ANIMATORS
Seattle animators are bucking the computer animation trend, using lo-fi techniques to create lovely little films. See for yourself at the Local Animation Showcase, featuring work by artists Stefan Gruber, Tess Martin, Britta Johnson, Webster Crowell and Clyde Petersen, as well as a few other animators. This is a free event sponsored by Seattle Magazine and will take place at 8:00 pm on Thursday, March 4 at Zeitgeist Coffee in Pioneer Square. For more information, follow the above link.
VOTE FOR MUSICIANCORPS TO WIN $250,000
Pepsi Refresh Project
MusicianCorps is in the running to win $250,000 from Pepsi Refresh Project. Currently in Chicago, New Orleans, Oakland, San Francisco and Seattle, MusicianCorps Fellows receive a living stipend, health care and training for a year of teaching in underserved communities. To sustain and expand, MusicianCorps must provide national standards and support for recruitment, training and evaluation for 30 MusicianCorps Fellows (full time) and up to 200 MusicianCorps Mentors (part time volunteers). With the grant money, MusicanCorps hopes to turn the lessons of a five-city pilot into a sustainable national program that improves thousands of lives by engaging musicians in direct service. To vote for this idea today and everyday in March, follow the above link.
HEAR DAVE PECK TRIO ON THURSDAY AT CITY HALL
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Presented by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Presents features free noontime performances year round at City Hall. From noon to 1:00 on Thursday, March 4, the Dave Peck Trio will fill City Hall with its rich, intuitive and harmonically complex sound. The trio includes pianist Peck, bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer Eric Eagle. Peck's award-winning trio and solo projects are radio and critical favorites. Check out the full spring concert lineup by following the above link.
SEE ARAB FILMS AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Seattle Public Library
The Seattle Public Library will host a two-part film and discussion series as part of Seattle Reads that will feature Arab films. John Sinno from Arab Film Distribution will introduce each film. Firoozeh Papin-Matin, assistant professor and director of Persian and Iranian Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of Washington, will moderate a discussion following the screenings. On March 21 at 2:00 pm, see Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets, a moving portrait of the lives of street kids living in Casablanca's abandoned lots. On April 11 at 2:00 pm, catch the screening of The Closed Doors, which examines the social and political implications of taboos in contemporary Egyptian society during the Gulf Door. Both programs are free and open to the public and will be held in the Microsoft Auditorium at the Central Library. Click the above link for more information on the series.
JOIN OFFICIAL BEST OF FEST FOR AN EVENING OF FILM
Official Best of Fest
Official Best of Fest presents "the best films you've never seen." Join them at the Roy Street Café (North End of Broadway on Harvard) on March 31 where Rick Stevenson will present a one hour selection of award-winning films including Teeth, an Irish crowd pleaser; Full Disclosure, a romantic comedy that won practically every festival it entered; and Two Soldiers, a film based on a William Faulkner short story that won Best Short at the Academy Awards. Douglas Horn, the director/writer of Full Disclosure, will also be in attendance.
NFFTY'S JESSE HARRIS TO BE HONORED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE
Every year since 2006, the Ballard District Council recognizes Ballardites for their community service. This year, Mayor Mike McGinn will be presenting the awards at next week's District Council meeting. The Ballard Community Service Award Committee has selected five recipients, including Jesse Harris, founder of the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) for his phenomenal success as a film producer and role model for other young filmmakers. Celebrate his achievements with the community on Wednesday, March 10 at 8:00 pm at the Ballard Library. Both the meeting and ceremony are open to the public.
WATCH "WATER CALLING" FILMS ON SEATTLE CHANNEL STARTING THIS THURSDAY
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Seattle Channel is broadcasting five local short films that were made as part of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs' Water Calling series. The series is intended to raise public awareness of environmental stewardship and Seattle Public Utilities' (SPU) work and was commissioned by the Office with SPU 1% for Art funds. Water Calling - Part I aired this past weekend and featured Waterway (Britta Johnson), Water Lab (Susan Robb) and Displaced (Rick Stevenson). Water Calling - Part 2 will air at 11:00 pm on March 4, and at 10:00 pm on March 5, and at 9:00 pm on March 6. Part 2 features A Water Tale (SJ Chiro), and Space, the air, the river, the leaf (Luke Sieczek). You can view all the films online now at the above link.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 2/22 - 28
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Rocky Votolato "True Devotion"
- Freeway & Jake One "Stimulus Package"
- Shabazz Palaces "Of Light"
- Quasi "American Gong"
- Shabazz Palaces "Shabazz Palaces"
- Past Lives "Tapestry Of Webs"
- Laura Veirs "July Flame"
- Cave Singers "Welcome Joy"
- Visqueen "Message to Garcia"
- The Dutchess & The Duke "Sunset/Sunrise"
IN STAR-STUDDED 'LATE AUTUMN,' SEATTLE PLAYS STARRING ROLE
Monica Guzman of Seattle PI recently spoke with producer, Joo-Ick Lee, about the South Korean film Late Autumn which is currently finishing production in Seattle. Since filming began in January, Late Autumn has filmed in many of Seattle's central neighborhoods. It's caught the attention of neighborhood news sites and inspired a bit of a citywide mystery. Lee explains that they picked the U.S. because they want the film to have a global reach, and no place is more familiar to the movie-watching world. They settled on Seattle after years of scouting. "The city is unusual, hard to replicate," Lee said. "Beautiful, but not 'too pretty.' Full of character, but not full of itself." The weather closed the deal, Lee said, as a moody climate tells a richer story. "I'm so grateful to the city of Seattle, because they've been so cooperative," Lee said, looking at his office window to Lake Union. To read the full article, follow the above link.
WATCH 5 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT THEESATISFACTION ON MTV.COM
Every week, THEESatisfaction is releasing a new project, playing a key show and getting written about in the Seattle press. "And there's still more to know," Jonathan Cunningham writes on Publicola. "For example, they're huge fans of Shakespeare and Carl Sagan-which I found out by watching [an] interview they did with MTV." The local rap duo performed on Tuesday night at the Tractor Tavern celebrating the premier of $5 Cover: Seattle and are also playing the Seattle Party at SXSW this month. Click the above link for the Cunningham's full write-up and a link to the MTV video interview with Cat and Stasia.
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Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
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