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MAYOR NICKELS FEATURED ON SEATTLE'S LOCAL MUSIC SHOW
This week on Seattle Channel's The Local Music Show, John Richards checks in on the new direction of the Seattle music scene with some of Seattle's top music industry leaders. Mayor Nickels, the Office's James Keblas, David Endicott, Susie Tennant, and Ben London all speak on the Seattle City of Music initiative and issues facing musicians today.
SXSEATTLE SEND OFF PARTY THIS FRIDAY!
TThe Film + Music Office is proud to co-sponsor the Second Annual SxSeattle day party at the 2009 SXSW Music Conference in Austin, Texas on Saturday, March 21st. SxSeattle's 2009 lineup includes Blue Scholars, Common Market, Past Lives, Barcelona, Natalie Portman's Shaved Head, New Faces, Mt. St. Helen's Vietnam Band, Dynah, and Hey Marseilles. Whether or not you'll make it to Austin, come out and support the artists at the 2009 SxSeattle Send-Off Party this Friday, March 6th at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard. All door proceeds from the send-off show will go to the performing bands. Check out all our SXSW coverage at the link above, including a complete schedule of all the Seattle bands, films, and interactive speakers!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
SEATTLE SOUNDBITE FEATURES HELIO SEQUENCE
The Seattle Chapter of the Washington Restaurant Association presents the second annual Seattle Soundbite. This one-of-a-kind food and music event will feature thirteen Seattle restaurants serving up "street-style" versions of their signature food, alongside performances from five of the city's restaurant-employee rock bands. Special guests Helio Sequence will headline the show. The event is Thursday, March 19 at Showbox SoDo.
THE PEACE PROJECT TONIGHT
Sportn' Life Records, Obese Productions, Soul Gorilla, 206 Zulu, One Family Inc and Ozya present The Peace Project, a concert promoting peaceful conflict resolution in the hip hop community. The concert, featuring Big World Breaks, is tonight, March 4th, at the Nectar Lounge. The Peace Project hopes to spread a real message of change, hope, and love through the transformative power of music; and even more directly, to benefit the families of Joseph "29-E" Ryan and Tyrone Love - two members of the close-knit local music community whose lives were taken in recent months.
IRISH REELS FILM FESTIVAL
Now in its twelfth year, the Seattle Irish Reels Film Festival is a forum for features, shorts, and documentaries by independent Irish filmmakers. This year, the festival will present two free screenings at Seattle Center on March 14th and 15th, and a special screening at the Northwest Film Forum on March 17th. These screenings are a featured part of the Irish Week celebrations, presented by the Irish Heritage Club.
CALL FOR MUSIC LICENSING EXPERT AND MUSIC MEMORABILIA
Pond Fort Films
Pond Fort Films is seeking a professional and reliable music licensing expert with experience and fluent with contacts. The ideal candidate values professional working relationships and building their reputation, and must have excellent people and organization skills. References and reliable transportation required. Pond Fort Films is also looking for Seattle music memorabilia from the 1980s onward to be featured in a film. All genres are welcome. Requested items include photos, flyers, stickers, magazines, and video clips. All memorabilia will be handled with respect and returned to you. For more information, email email@example.com.
POSITION: VIDEO PRODUCTION INTERN
The Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority - Sound Transit is seeking an intern to work in the video production office supporting the video needs of the agency on behalf of the Creative Services Division. Please submit a resume, cover letter, a signed and completed Sound Transit Student Intern application, transcript, and proof of current enrollment.
FIRST SEATTLE HIP HOP LEADERSHIP COUNCIL A SUCCESS
Sattle Hip-Hop Youth Summit
Approximately 200 people came out from across the greater Seattle area to participate in the 1st Seattle/NW Hip-Hop Leadership Council on February 28th at Seattle Central Community College. Presented by the Seattle Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, Bush School Diversity Speaker Series, UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center and SCCC Black Student Union, the conference provided a wealth of information beginning with history and socio-cultural analysis related to the hip-hop generation. Workshops like "Getting Your Hip-Hop Biz Tight," "Fashion Biz 101" "From The Hood To The Club: Violence in Hip-Hop & The Black Community," and "Women in Hip Hop" featured packed panels and lively conversation. For more information on follow up events, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CASTING: REAL PEOPLE TALENT
Seattle based production company is casting hip, energetic, creative, happy looking men and women between the ages of 25 - 35 talent for a marketing video. All ethnicities and lifestyles welcome. Must be relatively comfortable speaking on camera and available during the first three weeks of March for potential shoot date (a 2-3 hour commitment). Pay for cast talent is $100.00 flat. Please email your name, age, phone number, and headshot to email@example.com as soon as possible.
VISIT THE SEATTLE GREEN FESTIVAL
Seattle Green Festival
Green Festival is a two day event committed to the movement towards a just and sustainable society co-produced by Global Exchange and Green America. The festival, held March 28th - 29th at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, features over 350 socially and environmentally responsible enterprises, over 150 leading speakers, live music, and delicious organic food and drink. Sign up to register or volunteer now!
SOUND OFF! FINALS CONCERT
For the eighth consecutive year, EMP|SFM is hosting Sound Off!, the Northwest's largest underage battle of the bands. The competition supports the local 21-and-under music scene by giving young artists from different backgrounds a once in-a-lifetime opportunity to come together and play their original music in a great all-ages atmosphere. Come support finalists Dyno Jamz, Makeup Monsters, and SOL this Saturday, March 7th!
FIRST LIL' STIFF
Lil' Stiff is a three day mini film festival held March 5th, 6th and 7th at the Jewel Box Theater at the Rendezvous that will represent some of STIFF's favorite films from previous years. This year's lineup includes Strange Girls, Frank & Cindy, and For Christ's Sake.
NWFF'S BYDESIGN 09 OPENING NIGHT
Northwest Film Forum
ByDesign 09 is an annual program that explores design and the moving image, and celebrates multidisciplinary artists who combine forms and transform our visual culture. The free opening night on Friday, March 6th includes a reception and live event featuring audio-visual performances by digital artists Kamran Sadeghi (Son Of Rose), Scott K. James and others. These live projections set design in motion and explore the synchronization of image and sound.
WTIA INDUSTRY ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Washington Technology Industy Association
Join Washington Technology Industry Association on March 25th at the Paramount Theatre to celebrate both the awards and WTIA's 25th anniversary! The annual Industry Achievement Awards are a time of celebration for Washington's tech industry. They recognize the accomplishments of the best and brightest individuals, companies and students during the past year. Be sure to vote for your favorite innovators before the ceremony.
6TH ANNUAL MOISTURE FESTIVAL PARTNERS WITH SIFF
For the first time ever, the Moisture Festival is collaborating with SIFF to co-present an assortment of Comedy/Varietè/Vaudeville/Burlesque-inspired films. All films in the series will be screened at the state-of-the-art SIFF Cinema and each one is preceded by a live Moisture Festival Varietè performer. The film series runs from March 20th to 25th.
BUMBERSHOOT EXPANDS 2009 GREEN GOALS
Bumbershoot is a leader amongst festivals for its environmental initiatives. The carbon-neutral Festival makes conscious decisions to decrease its environmental impact, while supporting the local culture and community. Bumbershoot is proud to announce new green initiatives including consumer compost stations, more free water fill-up stations, local produce from Pike Place Market and the use of soy inks on 2009 tickets.
HOT JAVA COOL JAZZ AT THE PARAMOUNT
The Paramount Theater
Come experience future jazz legends live! Students from Garfield, Roosevelt, Shorewood, Mountlake Terrace, and Newport jazz programs will perform at the Paramount Theatre on March 27th. Don't miss this extraordinary showcase of the city's finest young jazzoids performing with their bands, quartets, quintets, and other combos.
24 HOUR MOVIE MARATHON
Join SIFF for the 24-Hour SIFF Movie Marathon as they raise funds to build the SIFF Film Center. Instead of a marathon where you'd run or walk, the SIFF 24-Hour Movie Marathon will allow you to do what you love most - sit in the dark and watch movies! Visit www.siff.net to sign up, and then start asking your family, friends, and co-workers to sponsor your efforts today! There are great incentives you can offer your sponsors, including tickets to SIFF Cinema and the Festival. The marathon takes place April 4th - 5th at the King Cat Theater.
THE POUND HOSTS FUNDRAISER FOR ONE NIGHT
One Night, a short film by Seattle's Laura Jean Cronin, is in the final stages of a very expensive post production and needs a little push to get through it. If you'd like to help, come to a fundraiser Friday, March 6th at 8:00 PM at the Pound on 1216 Tenth Avenue. The $5 cover includes an art preview followed by the sounds of DJ Amateur Youth and DJ Julia. Raffle draws all night!
REGISTRATION FOR 2009 POP CONFERENCE NOW OPEN
The EMP|SFM is proud to present the 2009 Pop Conference on April 16th -19th. This year's theme is Dance Music Sex Romance: Pop and the Body Politic. The conference will bring to the forefront the erotic, taboo and sensual issues in many music styles and eras. This year's conference will feature 125 presenters across some 40 sessions and panels. The conference is highlighted by two keynote speakers, Nona Hendryx and Diane Warren. Conference registration is free and open to the public; however, space is limited and pre-registration is strongly recommended.
ENTER THE TELLY AWARDS
The 30th Annual Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions and work created for the Web. This year, the organizers have added a special "Classic Telly" category to honor work produced in the last thirty years. The final deadline for submissions is March 6th.
BECOME A VIDEO JOURNALIST
Are you a budding Video Journalist? Then sign up to SeattleIAM.com's Video Journalism Program. Get the support and resources you need to succeed and get your work shown and seen on our city based network of authentic, editor-vetted news websites. Climb the program's ranks and get your work shown on VJIAM, the current affairs television series for youth which is broadcast to over 100 million households in the US on CBS, NBC, FOX and ABC and DISH Network and DirecTV. Then create environmental and sports themed assignments for new broadcast television shows Green Generation TV and Go for Gold TV. Check out SeattleIAM.com and VJIAM.TV today!
WFW HIRES FINANCE MANAGER
Washington Film Works
WashingtonFilmWorks welcomes new Finance Manager, Elizabeth Heile! After fifteen years in the investment services and non-profit sectors, Elizabeth Heile changed careers and in 2006 began providing finance and operations management services to Seattle film producers. Heile has supported post-production and distribution logistics as Business Manager for the film Inlaws & Outlaws and served as the finance manager for various local productions including The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, and Dear Lemon Lima. She also provided accounting assistance on the feature films Traveling and True Adolescents. Prior to her work with filmmakers, she worked in economic development with Cascadia Revolving Fund, a non-profit CDFI (community development financial institution).
SEATTLE MUSIC VIDEO TO AIR ON ET'S THE INSIDER
Writer/director/producer David DeLay is getting his music video noticed, thanks to Jason Mesnick of "The Bachelor". His ex-wife, Hilary stars in the music video "Happy" that DeLay wrote and produced for Seattle band, Out From Underneath. The music video was selected and screened at the One Reel Film Festival during Bumbershoot in August 2008.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 2/24 - 3/2
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- M Ward - Hold Time
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- Bill Frisell - Vol. 1: Best of Folk Songs
- AC Newman - Get Guilty
- Whore Moans - Hello from Radio Wasteland
- Point Juncture, WA - Elk to Heart
- Death Cab for Cutie - Something About Airplanes
- Pearl Jam - Live from Easy Street
- Jake One - White Van Music
- The Dutchess & the Duke - She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke
GARFIELD JAZZ BANDS EXCEL AT HAMPTON FESTIVAL
For the first time, both Garfield's A band and its B, or second-string band, won their divisions at the prestigious Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, which has combined performance with jazz education for more than 40 years. Garfield's B band and Bellevue's Sammamish High School were both named outstanding among Class 3A bands. Four members of Garfield's A band were also recognized as outstanding soloists: Majeau, pianist Andrew Kennard, bassist Colleen Gilligan and trumpeter Riley Mulherkar. The Hampton festival, which ran four days, featured performances by jazz greats like Bobby McFerrin, Monty Alexander and Jeff Hamilton.
THE PHONE'S PREMIERE IS SET!
Film + Music Blog
"The Phone," a new MTV reality show with an episode shot here in Seattle, is scheduled to air on Tuesday, April 21st at 10:00pm et/pt. Each episode will begin with two hidden cell phones ringing at opposite ends of a major city. Contestants who answer the phones will get to go on a timed mission for a cash prize. While they're racing through the city, a helicopter will track their every move. Check out a clip from the show (featuring Seattle's waterfront and an exploding car) introduced by Justin Timberlake on the first episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
POPCAP BUYS GASTRONAUT STUDIOS
PopCap Games today is announcing the purchase of Gastronaut Studios, the 4-person Seattle game studio known for developing the Xbox Live Arcade game Small Arms. Gastroanuat has partnered with PopCap in the past, assisting in the development of PopCap's Feeding Frenzy and Peggle for Xbox Live. Seattle-based PopCap has acquired the assets and employees of Gastronaut, though the Gastronaut founders will retain exclusive rights to Small Ams and the puzzle game Gel. PopCap said that the Gastronaut developers will work on "several undisclosed projects."