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WELCOME OUR NEW INTERN, ALEX HUDSON
Office of Film + Music
Alex Hudson went to school in Bellingham where she majored in Political Science and got minors in sociology and economics. She worked as a projectionist and assistant fundraiser for a film non-profit after graduating while lingering in small town utopia. She then headed for the bright lights to work for the ACLU but quickly fell into the film and events scene. She worked as a venue manager for SIFF and is now working at Town Hall Seattle as a House Manger. Alex grew up on a farm on the Eastside and can both milk a cow and identify luxury vehicles. In her free time she rides her scooter, shops at thrift stores and watches documentaries.
GIVE YOUR INPUT ON SEATTLE POLICE CHIEF SEARCH
Office of the Mayor
The public is invited to offer feedback and help draft assessment criteria for Seattle's next Police Chief during several upcoming public forums and through other means, including a dedicated telephone line and a new website that launched this past Monday. The second of three public hearings devoted to the Police Chief search is at 5:30 pm tonight, March 10, at Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle's City Hall. On the agenda: discuss and finalize assessment criteria and discuss candidate interview questions. Want to get involved? The meeting is open to all interested parties. The next public meeting will be on Wednesday, April 21 in the same place. After a closed executive session, the public is invited to be on hand for a vote that will select between 5 - 7 candidates from the 10 - 15 profiles presented by the executive search firm responsible for locating qualified candidates.
WHERE TRAVELER MAGAZINE PROFILES THE CITY OF MUSIC
The March 2010 of Where magazine features the City of Music, looking at Seattle's rich music history from Ray Charles to Jimi Hendrix to Nirvana to Pearl Jam. "With Seattle's thriving music scene delivering current favories such as Death Cab for Cutie and Fleet Foxes" Andrea Dashiell writes, "it looks as if there just ain't no stoppin' us now." Where is an international network of magazines distributed in more than 4,000 leading hotels in more than 30 places around the world. Click the above link to access the full article.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
SEE LOCAL TEEN MUSICIANS PERFORM AT 9TH ANNUAL MORE MUSIC @ THE MOORE CONCERT THIS FRIDAY
Seattle Theatre Group
The 9th annual More Music @ the Moore concert, showcasing 30 Northwest teen musicians, will take place this Friday, March 12 at the Moore Theatre starting at 7:30 pm. More Music @ the Moore 2010 brings together these young musicians, representing diverse musical styles, such as Jamaican reggae, bluegrass, Zimbabwean marimba, R&B and hip-hop, with a focus on cross-cultural collaboration and the fusion of musical cultures. The program provides young artists mentorship by professional musicians, production support and the opportunity to perform at The Moore Theatre. The lineup includes bluegrass band Northern Departure; hip-hop artist Critical; Zimbabwean marimba ensemble Shumba Marimba; pop/alternative duo Sky & David Sanoy; ska band Kind of Blind; R&B ensemble Moore Soul; and Jamaican reggae duo Leah Marie. For more information or to purchase tickets, follow the above link.
REGISTER FOR REEL GRRLS' ALL AGES VIDEO BLOGGING WORKSHOP
No previous experience necessary! Learn to write, shoot, edit and upload your own video blog in an all-girl non-competitive environment. Get hands-on experience with state of the art technology and support from adult women mentors. A video blog (also known as a VLOG) is a video essay or video journal that mediamakers post online so that others can hear their thoughts on various issues. Featuring special guest instructor, Anita Sarkeesian of FeministFrequency.com, this workshop will be held on Saturday, March 13 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Reel Grrls New Media Lab. For more information or to register, follow click the above link.
"HUMPDAY" WINS INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD!
Congratulations to Lynn Shelton and the cast and crew of Humpday, which won the John Cassavetes Award- given to the best feature film made for under $500,000-at the Independent Spirit Awards last Friday March 5.
MORE NORTHWEST REPRESENTATION AT SXSW 2010 FILM FESTIVAL
The SXSW Film Conference and Festival gets underway in Austin, TX this week and once again, cinematic talent from the Northwest is well represented. Katie Aselton's feature film The Freebie, shot by Seattleite Ben Kasulke and starring local Sean Nelson, will screen at SXSW after premiering at Sundance in January. Also screening at the festival is the music video for Apes & Android's "Golden Prize," directed by Seattle duo That Go (Noel Paul and Stefan Moore). Seattle director Travis Senger's short documentary White Lines and The Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug, edited by Seattle's Michelle Witten and shot by Sean Porter, chronicles the career of one of hip-hop's greatest DJs working in the Bronx in the early 1980s and his tragic death. Seattleite Ben Kasulke also shot the short Night Mayor about a Canadian inventor who manages to harness the power of Aurora Borealis. Noel Paul's Annie Goes Boating, produced by Seattle-based Joy Saez, is also included. The film was shot in the Washington Park Arboretum and stars Davie-Blue (Bass Ackwards), Alycia Delmore (Humpday) and Alessandra Torresani. Seattle man and sidewalk activitist, Richard Dyskterhuis, is featured in Monteith McCollum's documentary, A Different Path. To see the full film schedule for SXSW 2010, follow the above link.
LANGSTON HUGHES AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL WILL OPEN WITH "NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY"
Langston Hughes African American Film Festival
The 2010 Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (LHAAFF) will take place April 17 - 25, 2010. The LHAAFF will partner with the Northwest Sickle Cell Collaborative to bring Nurse.Fighter.Boy as the 2010 Opening Night Film, recognizing the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Sickle Cell Anemia in the U.S. The Festival hopes promote awareness and participation in Sickle Cell Centennial by dedicating the Opening Night Gala to this worthy cause. Nurse.Fighter.Boy is a film about a mother struggling with Sickle Cell Anemia and its devastating effect on her family and her own life. Tickets for Opening Night screening and Gala will be available March 17. For more information, follow the above link.
MUSICIANCORPS FEATURED ON NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams featured Music National Service and MusicianCorps on a piece last night called "Making music, with a mission." Music National Service (MNS) is a national nonprofit that supports music as a strategy for public good. MNS recently launched a domestic "musical Peace Corps" called MusicianCorps in five cities: Chicago, New Orleans, Oakland, San Francisco and Seattle. Twenty MusicianCorps Fellows serve full-time in public schools, parks and recreation centers, children's and veteran's hospitals, public housing communities and elsewhere in return for a living stipend, health benefits and professional development. Also be sure to watch NBC's web-extra which offers more from students and MusicianCorps Fellows in their own words. To check out the on-air version of the program, follow the above link.
MUSICIANS: PLAY AT "SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA"
West Seattle Blog
Presented for the first time last year, the Admiral Neighborhood Association's Summer Concerts at Hiawatha were an instant hit. Planning for this year's Thursday night outdoor-concert series (July 29 -September 2) is now under way, and ANA President Katy Walum has put out the call for musicians. If you're interested, e-mail Katy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include any special setup or sound requirements in the email.
GREAT WAVES WIN SOUND OFF! 2010
The final round of the four-week, underage battle of the bands, Sound Off!, took place this past Saturday and featured four groups that showed remarkable talent, musicianship, and poise, all delivered with the passion and vigor of youth. DJ Harms, announced the winner after much deliberation from the all star panel, including John Roderick of the Long Winters, radio personality/music writer Megan Seling, Andy Roe from AEG live, and our very own James Keblas. Great Waves, the five-piece band from Sammamish were awarded the top prize, while Hooves and Beak, a self-taught harpist from Seattle, took second place; Candysound, a duo from Bellingham, came in third; and SEACATS from Kelso placed fourth. Not only will Great Waves get a bunch of music gear and industry consultation, but they will be playing at this year's Bumbershoot and will even have a track available for download for Rock Band. To see pictures from the event and to read more about the Sound Off! 2010 Finals.
INTERN AT THE VERA PROJECT
The Vera Project
The Vera Project needs a new Administrative and Archives Intern. This internship works closely with The Vera Project administrative staff in assisting with a broad array of duties. The training and work performed will prepare the intern to undertake a full range of entry-level administrative duties with additional experience in curating archive projects. Additionally, the Administrative and Archive Intern will be gathering documentation of the organization's work. This position requires a high degree of confidentiality. For more information or to apply, follow the above link.
EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW AND DISCUSSION OF "THE BUDDHA" BY DAVID GRUBIN
Join KCTS 9 at the Seattle Asian Art Museum on Tuesday, March 16 at 7:00 pm for an exclusive preview of the documentary, The Buddha, a film by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin. The two-hour documentary explores the story of the enlightened Indian sage using animation and also highlights parts of the Buddha's world in present-day India. Admission is free and a panel discussion featuring David Grubin will follow after the screening. Follow the link above for more information.
MUSICIANS: ENTER HARD ROCK CAFE SEATTLE AND 107.7 THE END'S AMBASSADORS OF ROCK BATTLE OF THE BANDS
Hard Rock Cafe
Last year, over 150 bands entered Hard Rock's Ambassadors Of Rock Battle Of The Bands at Hard Rock Cafes all over North America, but only one band got to go to Hard Rock Calling in London's Hyde Park. This year, one band will get the same chance to rock Hard Rock Calling 2010 with performances from Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam and many more. Hard Rock Cafe Seattle and 107.7 The End are hosting the local qualifying rounds for Seattle's Ambassadors of Rock Battle of the Bands. The winner from the local round will go on to compete with other "Local Winners" for the grand prize. The grand prize winners will get an opening slot playing Hard Rock Calling Festival in Hyde Park, London; round trip airfare and hotel accommodations; and VIP tickets to the three-day Hard Rock Calling Festival. The deadlines for entries is March 19 at 5:00 pm. Click the above link for more information or to enter the contest.
ENTER THE FIRST ANNUAL BIG CHECK FILM FESTIVAL
Big Check Fest
Big Check Film Festival is a newly launched short film festival started by veteran filmmakers and festival screeners which will showcase 10 high-quality shorts that have the potential to make the transition to feature films. In one night, film lovers, filmmakers, industry professionals, investors and media will watch the best in short films of the year from around the world. This competitive festival will award the Golden Leaf to the winner along with a figurative "big check": the grand prize investment in a feature film. Big Check aims to help expose the works of emerging talent to a wider audience, finding and rewarding exceptional talent with the tools and resources needed for success. The inaugural festival will be held in Seattle in November 2010. Shorts films of 35 minutes or less in all genres are eligible. The early deadline for submissions is May 1. For more information or to submit your work, follow the above link.
SEATTLE'S TRUE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL PUB CRAWL
Join Seattle's True Independent Film Festival on Saturday March 20 for their pub crawl celebration to kick-off their 6th year. They will be beginning at 3:00 pm at Linda's Tavern (707 E Pine St) and crawling around Capitol Hill, ending up at Havana (1010 East Pike Street) at 10:00 pm.
COMPOSER SPOTLIGHT PERFORMANCE AND LECTURE WITH SAMANTHA BOSHNACK AND REPTET
Jack Straw Productions
For the past six years Samantha Boshnack has been composing heavily for the modern-jazz sextet Reptet. That band is composed of Boshnack, Izaak Mills, Nelson Bell, Chris Credit, Tim Carey and John Ewing performing on a myriad of instruments. This Wednesday March 10, Boshnack will talk about methods she uses in composing for this unorthodox jazz instrumentation. She will also discuss how the pieces grow and morph, along with the members of Reptet, as the works are rehearsed, toured, and then recorded. Afterwards, Reptet will perform some numbers from their new album. As part of the Composer Spotlight Series, this event with Samantha Boshnack and Reptet is presented by Jack Straw Productions and Washington Composer Forum and is free and open to the public, beginning at 7:30 pm. For more information, click the above link.
SAVE THE DATE FOR NORTHWEST FILM FORUM'S ANNUAL GALA
Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum's Annual Gala is a dinner, a party and a show, and this year we it will be held at the Georgetown Ballroom on May 6. The evening begins with cocktails and goes on to include a hearty dinner, a short live auction, a short film and more. This benefits everything that the Northwest Film Forum presents, offers and teaches, from 200 movies screened annually, 50+ filmmaking classes, cameras, gear, projectors, summer camps for young people. For more information or to RSVP, follow the above link.
MEET WITH SEATTLE AREA FILMMAKERS THIS SATURDAY
Seattle Area Filmmakers
Seattle Area Filmmakers (SAF), a group created and designed for film community collaborating, networking and building the Washington film industry, is holding a meeting this Saturday, March 13, 11:00 am at Kiss the Sky Café on Capitol Hill. Meetings are intimate and casual and have created many business and personal relationships and project collaborations. Visit the SAF website to create profile with a professional bio/picture and get involved with the Seattle filmmaking community.
LOCAL PRODUCTION DESIGNER'S CALL TO WORK IN PALESTINE
Curtis Taylor, a Seattle theatre designer, artist and film art director, is currently in Jerusalem working as part of a production by the El Hakawati Theater (the Palestinian National Theater of East Jerusalem). The group received a grant from the US Consulate in Jerusalem to create an original stage production, as a collaboration between Palestinian and American theater artists. "From Jerusalem with Love" is a musical comedy about a Palestinian man evicted from his family home by the Israeli government. Taylor's design is a fairly open stage, with soft, cartoonish renderings on a painted ground cloth and a painted backdrop that depict the street corner and the contested house in a typical East Jerusalem neighborhood. The show opens this Friday, March 12.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 3/1-7
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"
- Shabazz Palaces "Shabazz Palaces"
- Freeway & Jake One "Stimulus Package"
- Laura Veirs "July Flame"
- Hey Marseilles "To Travels & Trunks"
- Visqueen "Message to Garcia"
- Shabazz Palaces "Of Light"
- Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
- Jaguar Love "Hologram Jams"
- Cave Singers "Welcome Joy"
HOW HOLLYWOOD GETS FED: A LESSON IN CRAFT SERVICE
NPR tackles the enigmatic and perplexing craft service world in this new story. In literal terms, craft service assists not so much the stars, but the crew: "craft" workers such as grips, gaffers, property masters, costumers, electricians, hair and make-up artists. These days, the job is mainly known for providing workers and actors with lavish snacks - all day long. Craig Conover, who used to be in craft service and now works for the local union says, "It's the guys that are hauling around the lights and the cameras that need that sustenance so they can do their job day after day after day - 14-16-hour days - in some reasonable amount of comfort." The main hot meals are catered, but all the snacking between meals is the domain of craft service. On a 250 person set craft service worker, Charles Scott, will spend $1,000 a day on snacks for the crew. Scott worked on the 2005 movie The Longest Yard where there were 5,000 extras in the stands for 30 days in the summer months. And that wasn't even including the crew. "I had a crew just for water," Scott says. "I had another crew just for cleanup. Another crew just for food." To read or listen to the full article, follow the above link.
FLORIDA PONDERS TAX AS TOOL TO AID FAMILY-VALUES FILMS
New York Times
The movie Bait Shop had too much boozing to earn the extra rebate from Florida's "family friendly" program of incentives for film production. Confessions of a Shopaholic was, well, just too violent. "We err on the side of conservative," said Lucia Fishburne, the state's film commissioner. But for Florida's Republication leaders, that is apparently not enough. A bill that aims to expand the state's film incentive program -- an effort to attract jobs, which is likely to pass -- would add language limiting a proposed 5 percent tax credit to productions that do not exhibit or imply "nontraditional family values." The bill's sponsor, Representative Stephen L. Precourt, an Orlando Republican, told The Palm Beach Post that he wanted to encourage filmmaking akin to "The Andy Griffith Show." Read more of the New York Times' article on the new bonus at the above link.
DENNIS NYBACK SHARES MEMORIES OF HIS MISADVENTURES IN THE SEATTLE FILM SCENE
In 1990 Dennis Nyback was running the Belltown Film Festival in the Jewel Box Theater, located in the back of the Rendezvous Tavern. The Jewel Box was, and is, a remnant of the two blocks of Second Avenue between Bell and Wall once known as Film Row. Starting in the 1920s, Film Row had been the hub through which Hollywood films were routed to Washington, Idaho and parts of Montana, and many Hollywood film companies had offices there. Nyback ran films at the Jewel Box Theatre on weeknights for four years and in the above article he recounts his tenure on Film Row including fond memories of Mormonism, Elvis and necrophilia.
NEWLY RELEASED JIMI HENDRIX ALBUM, 'VALLEYS OF NEPTUNE,' SPARKLES
Valleys of Neptune comes out this week on Sony Legacy Recordings, part of a flurry of Hendrix-related goods hitting shelves this year as Sony and Experience Hendrix LLC, the local company run by Hendrix's stepsister that manages his estate, commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Seattle-born guitarist's death. Along with this record, reissues of his major albums, and a DVD documentary, a Hendrix-logoed iPod and Hendrix-themed Rock Band video game are reportedly set for release later in 2010. Valleys of Neptune is less a revelation than reminder: Jimi Hendrix still is and will forever be the coolest rock star of all time. To read the full review by Jonathan Zwickel, follow the above link.
SXSW 2010 FILM FEATURES SEATTLE SIDEWALK ACTIVIST
The feature length film, A Different Path, screening at SXSW '10 features a local Seattle man and his challenges navigating NW Seattle without a car. Originally conceived as a short film project, director Monteith McCollum decided to continue his project after his experience in Seattle. Check out the above link for a full interview with the director.
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