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INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
NWFF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO MOVE ON
Michael Seiwerath, Executive Director of the Northwest Film Forum, announced recently that he would be leaving the organization this summer after 12 years of tireless service. During that time, Michael worked with a talented team to build a film community that has been able to support artists and bring vital films to Seattle audiences. Though he has yet to settle on his future plans, he leaves the Film Forum in a strong state, and we wish him the best of luck.
SxSEATTLE EVENT BRINGS THE NORTHWEST TO THE SOUTHWEST
The Film + Music office is proud to co-sponsor an official event at this year's SXSW Music Conference happening in Austin, TX this coming March 12-16th. An impressive roster of notable businesses from the Seattle community have come together to produce this eclectic music showcase. Party organizers have brought together hot, up and coming artists, local Northwest food, gift bags and raffle items from Seattle businesses. Generously donated raffle items include studio time at Bear Creek, a pair of 3 day passes to Bumbershoot, tickets from The Paramount Theatre, dinner at The Space Needle and much more! Follow the link for more details.
NEW FACES WINS 21-AND-UNDER BATTLE OF THE BANDS AT EMP
New Faces conjures up 2000's Brit pop, but they channel the sound to their own beat. Like a lot of local bands, they sweat and toil for their calling, but then again, they have high school to deal with, too. The Port Townsend trio, lead singer Nico Janssen, bassist Kyle Hove and drummer Conor Sisk, Saturday night became the seventh annual winners of Sound Off!, a 21-and-under battle-of-the-bands competition put on by the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame.
AWARD-WINNING SEATTLE FILMMAKERS TO COMPETE IN INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY CHALLENGE
Husband-wife team Rustin Thompson and Ann Hedreen will make a short
nonfiction film for the International Documentary Challenge in just five days. They intend to shoot in the Seattle area and will edit at their home-based studio. Thompson and Hedreen own White Noise Productions and are known for both long-form and short-form filmmaking. Recent full-length documentary films include "The Church on Dauphine Street," "Quick Brown Fox: An Alzheimer's Story," and "30 Frames a Second: The WTO in Seattle."
REEL YOUTH SHOWCASE & BENEFIT HIGHLIGHTS YOUNG FILMMAKERS
Showcasing the best of youth filmmaking, the Reel Youth Film Festival (March 15th) is a surprisingly insightful and entertaining series of shorts made by youth 19 years and under. The films are selected by a youth jury from this year's collection, featuring innovative new filmmakers from across Canada, the US, and beyond. Full of humor, vitality and creativity, these films are sure to please any audience.
CALL FOR SCORES FOR SAXOPHONE QUARTET AND TRUMPET
Jack Straw Productions and Washington Composers Forum present the Transport series of compelling performances by international and local artists, offering a way out of audio gridlock to music's far horizons. Several of the concerts will present works chosen from calls for scores adjudicated by the performers. The May 29 concert features Quasar quatuor de saxophones. In addition, Judson J. Scott and WCF present a call for scores for solo trumpet, trumpet and piano, or trumpet, soprano, and piano.
11TH ANNUAL IRISH REELS FILM FESTIVAL
The 11th Annual Irish Reels Film Festival will be held in Center House at the Seattle Center on Saturday and Sunday, March 15 & 16, from Noon until 5:30 PM each day, and admission is free. Now in its eleventh year, the Irish Reels Film Festival presents a wonderful collection of refreshing and exciting new works in Irish cinema. These screenings are a featured part of the Irish Week celebrations presented by the Irish Heritage Club.
FLIGHT TO MARS AND GUESTS PERFORM TO BENEFIT NORTHWEST CHAPTER OF CROHN'S AND COLITIS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA
Flight to Mars (featuring Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready) will perform a special benefit concert for the Northwest Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) at Seattle's Showbox at the Market on Saturday, May 3rd. They will be joined by Feral Children and Kristen Ward.
URBAN FILM SERIES: CALL FOR FILMS
The Next Generation Awareness Foundation is seeking notable films and participants for its 2008 Urban Film Series programs. The next deadline is April 1st for the "Urban Film & Discussion Series." Start getting your press packets and submissions ready now.
KATHERINE ANDERSON, CFO OF SEATTLE OPERA, WINS 2008 CFO OF THE YEAR AWARD
Seattle Opera announced today that Chief Financial Officer Katherine Anderson has been named the Puget Sound Business Journal's 2008 Annual CFO of the Year in the Non-Profit category. The award was announced at an event held on February 28, 2008 at the Westin Hotel in Seattle. Anderson's formidable background in financial management and her fiscal leadership have allowed the company to become more proactive and plan for significant issues in the future.
NWSG PRESENTS A WEEKEND WITH CREATIVE EXECUTIVES, KEVIN CHANG OF MISHER FILMS AND MATT SKIENA OF VILLAGE ROADSHOW
On Friday, March 21st, Creative Executives, Kevin Chang (Misher Films) and Matt Skiena (Village Roadshow), will be coming up from Los Angeles to speak the Northwest Screenwriters Guild's monthly meeting about what their companies do, how the production system works, what they're looking for, how best to present yourself and your concepts, and how to pitch.
CALL FOR ENTRIES AT THE INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
If your film is short, your best choice is the 6th International Short Film Festival In the Palace, Balchik, Bulgaria. What started as a small student film festival has gradually become one of the most prestigious and recognized film festivals on the Balkans. The deadline for submitting films is April 15th, 2008.
FOOD, ART, AND FILM AT THE BURKE MUSEUM TONIGHT
Explore two exciting new exhibits that feature the Native arts and culture of the Columbia River Plateau: "Peoples of the Plateau: The Indian Photographs of Lee Moorhouse, 1898-1915" and "This Place Called Home." Watch two films from the UW Native Voices documentary film program: "White Shamans and Plastic Medicine Men" and "American Red and Black." Free hors d'oeuvres and Mighty-O Donuts.
SEATTLE NON-PROFIT BRINGS INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMING IN LIVE, LOCAL MUSIC TO THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN
On Thursday, March 13th, The Pike Pub Museum Room is hosting Spanish Castle Blues Extravaganza featuring Alice Stuart & Nick Vigarino. JD Hobson will open the show on a night complete with magical guests & unusual surprises!
FERAL CHILDREN SIGN TO SARATHAN RECORDS
Sarathan Records is proud to announce the signing of Seattle's Feral Children. This high-energy indie-rock band brings a new dimension and aesthetic to Sarathan's already eclectic roster, with their wild range of experimental explorations and explosive live show. Their debut album, "Second to the Last Frontier," was self-released locally to overwhelming praise. Seattle Sound Magazine went so far as to call it "Perfect, absolutely perfect," (4 ½ stars).
J&J MUSIC LOOKING FOR INTERN
J&J Music is looking for an intern interested in helping establish their promotion company. The intern would be involved in such things as research and development, PR relations and some administrative tasks. The work is flexible and will offer great experience in the music industry.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 2/25 - 3/2
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Chris Walla - Field Manual
- Earth - The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
- Grand Archives - Grand Archives
- Brandi Carlile - Live at Easy Street
- China Forbes - '78
- Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild
- Cops - Free Electricity
- Speaker Speaker - Call it Off
- Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
TWO GUYS FIND STRENGTH IN DOCUMENTING "GIRLS ROCK!"
A raucous tale of female empowerment, "Girls Rock!" became a three-year saga for Johnson and King, whose first collaboration was a Super 8mm movie in seventh grade. They shot about 250 hours of footage, both at the camp and around the country at the homes of the girls. And they worried about whether a couple of guys were the right people to tell a story that centered on the struggles of young girls facing adolescence - issues of self-esteem, body image, pressure to fit in - and on a female community where girls could be themselves. "Girls Rock!" opens for a weeklong run at SIFF Cinema this Friday.
CROCODILE'S LEGACY WILL LIKELY LIVE ON AT UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Long-time Crocodile soundman Jim Anderson has accumulated 10+ years of soundboard recordings on CDs of some of the best live shows to happen in Seattle in the 1990s and 2000s. It's a digital library of thousand and thousands of bands and shows. Anderson has been negotiating with the University of Washington Libraries to find a home for this collection. The project is still in the works, but it looks like the UW's Music Library will acquire the massive soundboard collection with hopes to open it up to the world as streaming online archives. Fantastic! What a great way to remember the legacy of the Croc, Jim, and all the wonderful bands that played there.
FLEET FOXES NAMED BEST NEW MUSIC BY PITCHFORK
Fleet Foxes' new Sun Giant EP, available on tour and digitally via Sub Pop's website, made "Best New Music" on Pitchfork today. We already knew they were a great band long ago, but it's still nice to see the national (and international) validation. Congrats, guys! In addition, The Stranger's music blog Line Out will be posting frequent updates from the band as they travel the US during the next two months.
5 SEATTLE-AREA SCHOOLS SCORE FINALIST SPOTS AT ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON
One-third of the 15 high-school jazz bands selected as finalists for this year's Essentially Ellington competition in New York are from the Seattle area. The five schools are South Whidbey High School, from Langley; Mountlake Terrace High School; Shorewood High School, from Shoreline; and Seattle's Garfield High School and Roosevelt High School. Also, Mountlake Terrace High School's Kelsey Van Dalfsen won first place in the Essentially Ellington student-essay contest. Since the competition was opened to schools west of the Mississippi 10 years ago, greater Seattle bands have dominated Essentially Ellington, but this is the first time five local schools have made the finals.
JOHN FOGERTY TO INTRODUCE THE VENTURES INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
John Fogerty, who once told Ventures co-founder Don Wilson the Ventures were one of his great musical inspirations, will introduce the Ventures when the Seattle-based group goes into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10.
CONTROVERSIAL LEADER RETURNS TO LANGSTON HUGHES CENTER
Jacqueline Moscou has been returned to her job as artistic director of Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, four months after she was abruptly removed and placed on paid administrative leave. The Seattle Park and Recreation Department, which operates Langston Hughes, said Moscou will continue the work she did before she left the Central Area institution, including production of its fall play.
MEGAN BIRDSALL AND THE NOT-SO-LONELY WORLD OF DON'T STOP BELIEVIN' RECORDS
Megan Birdsall still speaks with the same youthful enthusiasm that's helped fuel the label from the beginning-back when she just figured she'd help some old friends put out one record, back when she figured no one outside of Vashon Island or Seattle would ever hear of Don't Stop Believin' Records. "I love doing this," she says. "Of course, if I had known this was going be this serious and go on for this long, I probably wouldn't have named myself something so sue-able."
GLOBAL BOX OFFICE REVENUE TOPS $26.7B
The Motion Picture Association of America says moviegoers around the world pushed box office revenue to a record $26.7 billion last year. A report released Wednesday says box office revenue outside North America climbed 4.9 percent to $17.1 billion, representing nearly two-thirds of all ticket sales. Revenues in the United States and Canada increased 5.4 percent to a record $9.6 billion, with admissions unchanged at 1.4 billion tickets sold but prices 5 percent higher.
QUEENSRYCHE RETURNS HOME IN TRIUMPH
Queensryche has always gone for the grandiose, crafting urgent, dramatic heavy-metal songs that soar on the high-strung vocals of Geoff Tate and the precise, searing guitar of Michael Wilton. Ending another national tour with a triumphant homecoming concert, Saturday night at the Paramount, the 27-year-old Seattle band was more theatrical than ever, delivering a variety of material from throughout its career for an adoring capacity audience filled with family, friends and longtime local followers.
FACEBOOK TO LAUNCH MUSIC SERVICE?
Facebook is reaching out to the major labels and scheduling meetings to discuss the implementation of a music acquisition service with the popular social networking site. Sources at multiple major labels say discussions and meetings regarding the potential service are taking place this week. Though details are scarce, it is believed we can expect something similar to the music service MySpace is currently working on.
PAVEMENT TO REUNITE?
Members of the defunct indie band Pavement are beginning to talk reunion. Pavement's guitarist (and current Seattle resident) Scott Kannberg co-founded Pavement with Stephen Malkmus in 1989 and has hinted that a Pavement reunion could be tied to the 20th anniversary of the band's label, Matador Records, in 2009. "The only hurdle might be getting everyone to drop what they're doing, but I'm sure the excitement of playing again will make it okay." Frontman Malkmus and bassist Mark Ibold have also voiced some interest.
CHOKLATE ADDS A SWEET VIBE TO OUR POST-GRUNGE SOUND
If the Hands, who are trying to "abandon" garage rock, wonder how they will be received by Seattle, imagine Choklate, a marvelous soul singer whose voice is geographically and chronologically adrift. Last week, Choklate (pronounced just like the candy) was all smiles and high fives. The sun was out, her new recording was sounding good, she was planning a tour and - perhaps most telling of all - she was preparing for her biggest Seattle show yet.
WINDS OF CHANGE FOR WEATHER GUY ANDY WAPPLER
Is it going to rain tomorrow? Don't bother asking Andy Wappler, who's now more likely to talk "renewable energy targets" and "compact fluorescent bulbs" instead of sunbreaks and cold fronts. Because Wappler, 43, has shed his TV weathercasting garb and manner - jacket-and-tie; frozen smiles - for jeans and button-downs. After nearly six years as chief meteorologist at KIRO-TV and a total of 14 years at the station delivering the weather, Wappler has left broadcasting for a public-relations job with Puget Sound Energy (PSE).
ITUNES NOW THE NO. 2 MUSIC RETAILER IN THE US
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.