|News from the Film + Music Office
HAPPY HOUR TWO WEEKS AWAY
The Seattle Office of Film + Music if proud to present Happy Hour at Moe Bar (925 E. Pike St.) from 5 to 7 pm on Wednesday, March 26th. 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
NFFTY 08 TICKETS ON SALE - FULL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED!
National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) March 28-30 kicks off in 16 days! 73 youth-made films from across the country, nine filmmaking panels, two concerts and much more! Grab your seat at Opening Night, Friday March 28: Gala Screening, Catered after-party and concert at EMP|SFM Sky Church featuring The Next Door Neighbors. Check out the full schedule and grab your tickets online now.
BEAR CREEK STUDIO TURNS 30
Bear Creek Studio, tucked into the scenic, wooded farmland east of Seattle, is celebrating 30 years of recording history. From greats like James Brown, Eric Clapton and Lionel Richie, through Seattle grunge, to today's indie-rock superstars, Bear Creek has recognized and recorded the best that rock-and-roll has had to offer. The studio is still working with major label and indie artists, and continues a proud tradition of producing commercials, film, and other post-production services for a diverse group of clients.
APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR YOUTH ARTS FUNDING
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is accepting funding applications for its Youth Arts program. The program supports arts training for Seattle's middle and high school youth outside of school hours and provides project-based support in all artistic disciplines from visual arts to theater to dance and film. Priority is placed on serving youth or communities with limited access to arts and culture. Funding awards range up to $10,000 for projects that take place between September 2008 and September 2009.
Rawstock FilmFest,was conceived in 2005 as a showcase for raw, irreverent
local filmmakers. It has now in its fourth year grown to encompass films, music and comedy from coast to coast. Rawstock kicks off on March 14th, 2008 with eye-popping animation, thrill-ride grindhouse action and, as always, raw politically incorrect comedy. The lineup is still heavy with local talent and also features a live performance by LaffHole/People's Republic of Comedy founder Kevin Hyder. Rawstock events are always a great party for filmgoers, and an intimate venue like the beautiful Bullitt Theatre nurtures one-on-one contact with many of the filmmakers in attendance.
BALLARD JAZZ FESTIVAL
The Ballard Jazz Festival, a staple of the Northwest Jazz Scene since 2003, celebrates its fifth season with an expanded 5-day schedule of events, April 23-27, 2008. This year's festival mainstage concert moves to the Nordic Heritage Museum and expands to two evenings with performances by: saxophone legend Lee Konitz, organist Sam Yahel, Northwest legend Hadley Caliman and New York pianist Hal Galper. The perennially-packed Friday night Ballard Jazz Walk features 16 bands in 13 venues along historic Ballard Avenue and is a showcase for many of the Icons of Northwest Jazz.
MEET FANTASTIC FILMMAKERS AT FILM RAP
Film Rap is The Warren Report's ongoing series, at which you hear from the artists responsible for Oscar-winning Best Pictures, indie hits and cult classics. Starting this Saturday, they will welcome another remarkable quartet of writer-directors: Boaz Yakin, Richard Shepherd, Richard Price, and David Gordon Green.
MOVIE PROMOTIONS INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Are you interested in Marketing, Publicity and Promotions for the motion picture industry? Terry Hines & Associates is seeking interns now to assist with publicity and promotions. They currently have internships available that are unpaid but school credit is available. Interns will work closely with a supervisor on local publicity/promotions. One quarter minimum commitment.
REGISTRATION FOR 2008 POP CONFERENCE AT EMP|SFM IS OPEN NOW
Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (EMP|SFM) is proud to present the 2008 Pop Conference on April 10-13, 2008. This year's theme is "Shake, Rattle: Music, Conflict, and Change." The conference will pose the following questions: How does music resist, negate, struggle? Can pop intensify vital confrontations, as well as transform and conceal them? What happens when people are angry and silly love songs aren't enough? The largest Pop Conference to date, this year's event will feature more than 160 presenters across some 40 sessions and panels.
TRIPLE CHOIR GALA AT KIRKLAND PERFORMANCE CENTER
Collaborative Artists EastWest (CAEW) is delighted to announce its Triple Choir Gala featuring the Sun Hak International Youth Choir, The Market Street Singers, and the Rong Rong Chinese Folk Choir. The choirs, totaling over 100 singers, will perform works by favorite composers from across the globe. Pianists Regina Yeh and Nancy Jang will accompany joint choral selections during this powerful evening of music and community building.
HONK! FEST WEST: BRASS BANDS TAKE TO THE STREETS
This Easter weekend, the streets, cafes and pubs of Ballard and Georgetown will ring with the lively sound of horn players and drummers from more than a dozen street bands. The bands are converging on Seattle from five states and Canada for the very first Honk! Fest West. Live performances and a massed band performance will demonstrate the energizing effects of samba, second line, banda, Balkan, batacuda and new styles of street brass music.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 3/3 - 3/9
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant
- Grand Archives - Grand Archives
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild
- Brandi Carlile - Live at Easy Street
- Mark Pickerel & His Praying Hands - Cody's Dream
- Stephen Malkmus - Real Emotional Trash
- Gutter Twins - Saturnalia
- Juno - Original Sound Track
- Earth - The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
MOVIE CREWS TO CLOSE STREETS AROUND PIKE PLACE MARKET TODAY
A taxi is stuck in traffic. The frustrated passenger jumps out and starts walking to his hotel, only to have a sudden rainstorm force him back to the cab. Through it all, the Pike Place Market sign glows in the background. Where but Seattle? Crews are shooting backgrounds and various scenes Wednesday for "Traveling," a movie starring Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart in Seattle this week.
VIPER ROOM SCOUTS SEATTLE, BELLEVUE
With downtown Bellevue trying to build a nightlife, Seattle and Bellevue could be rivals for yet another national chain: The Viper Room. The famed Sunset Strip nightclub, founded 15 years ago by actor Johnny Depp, is under new ownership that plans to build the Viper Room into a national brand. Popular with young Hollywood, the Viper Room helped rock bands from Guns N' Roses to Pearl Jam to The Stone Temple Pilots gain national prominence.
THREE-MINUTE MASTERPIECE CONTEST RULES
The Three-Minute Masterpiece digital film contest is back, better and easier to enter than ever. Make your movie, send it to us, and - if you win - see your film shown at the Seattle International Film Festival. Here's how it works: Use your digital-video camera to make a film on any subject you like, as long as it's suitable for a family-newspaper audience. (No sex, violence or bad language, please.) It must be three minutes or less. Make your movie. Upload it to YouTube.
THE VENTURES FINALLY ARRIVE AT THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
For years, it gnawed at Don Wilson, this thing with The Ventures being ignored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He took it personally, having co-founded the group in Seattle in 1959 with his friend, Bob Bogle. They were two construction guys who bought $15 guitars at a pawnshop, taught themselves to play and evolved into a four-man band. The rest was rock history resulting in an astounding 250 albums, that's right, 250 albums , with sales of 100 million copies. The ceremony will take place in New York City. The Ventures will be introduced by one of their longtime fans, John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival fame.
THE STRANGER PICKS THEIR "EIGHT BANDS TO WATCH IN 2008"
Last year, the Stranger picked eight up-and-coming local bands, dubbed them "The Young Ones," and sat back and watched as many of their predictions of success came true. Now they bring you their list for 2008: The Moondoggies, The Pharmacy, The Physics, PWRFL Power, Sleepy Eyes of Death, Talbot Tagora, Throw Me the Statue, and Truckasauras. We look forward to watching these acts live up to their newly assigned potential.
A MOMENT WITH ... NANCY GUPPY
"Almost Live!" alumnus Nancy Guppy hosts "Art Zone: In Studio With Nancy Guppy," a new half-hour show highlighting Seattle's thriving arts and cultural scene through in-studio interviews and performances by local artists. Relaxed and intimate, the show will span the gamut of arts and entertainment, even veering at times into food and fashion.
UW HAS THE WHOLE WORLD IN ITS PERFORMANCE SERIES
Dances will be danced, ivories will be tinkled and assorted instruments, both familiar and exotic, will be played. Yes, it's that time of year when we get a glimpse of the acts the UW World Series will bring to town in the coming year. Here's what's in store between September 2008 and May 2009.
THE MOONDOGGIES SIGN TO HARDLY ART
Sub Pop spawn Hardly Art has welcomed Seattle quintet the Moondoggies into the fold. The fourth signings for the label this year alone. The Moondoggies will release their debut full-length on the label later this year (tentatively titled "Long Time Comin'"), and they have a handful of hometown and Portland dates scheduled for the next two months.
TRIBECA SLIMS DOWN FOR 7TH EDITION
The 2008 Tribeca Film Festival is cutting its competition features lineup by nearly 25%, responding to criticism that the six-year-old event grew too large and unwieldy from its initial slate. "There's been elephantitis at film festivals worldwide," artistic director Peter Scarlet said, explaining the reduction from 159 features last year to 122 this year, culled from 2,329 submissions.
PLAY DATE WITH THE PRESIDENTS
It is with a silly and retro mind-set that the band created their latest album, "These Are The Good Times People," out in stores today. They hoped the record would sound seamless from their 1995 self-titled debut album that featured the hits "Lump," "Peaches" and "Kitty." As for the future, there are no set plans, except for the immediate tour, which hits Seattle on Saturday at the Paramount.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH SEATTLE CENTER?
Beginning March 17th, The Seattle Times is inviting readers to design the Seattle Center of the next 20 years and beyond. We're providing a map to help you get started. But you can present your ideas on pretty much anything - even a cocktail napkin. You can submit a pen drawing, computer graphic, video, scale model or some simple paragraphs of text. We'll even accept a poem or song, as long as it expresses a vision of Seattle Center. Show us. Tell us. Surprise us. City officials say they will pay close attention to this exercise.
A ROUND AT THE FREMONT ABBEY
The Fremont Abbey Arts Center has been renovated. 4272 Fremont Ave N. The Abbey is a 9000 square foot nonprofit venue that hosts all ages music, visual, and literary arts. There are also dance classes. They are not breakdance classes, but they are enriching just the same. The Fremont Abbey also hosts the Round, curated by Nathan Marion. The Round is a regularly occurring multi-media show that takes musicians and puts them on stage at the same time with painters and spoken word artists.
NOT GUILTY PLEA FOR EVERGREEN COLLEGE CONCERT VIOLENCE
An Olympia man whose arrest sparked violence at The Evergreen State College has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge. The 24-year-old, Kaylen Williams, is not a student. He's accused of hitting a security volunteer at the hip-hop concert on campus Feb. 14 and entered the plea Monday in Olympia.
OREGON'S ANSWER TO SASQUATCH!
Instead of putting together a multi-day Memorial weekend megafest like Adam Zacks and the Live Nation folks did, there's the Wells Fargo concert series in the booming metropolis of Bend, Oregon. The opening weekend of the series, which coincides with Sasquatch! 2008 includes concerts by Michael Franti and Spearhead one night, The Breeders, The National and Modest Mouse another night and Death Cab For Cutie, The Decemberists and Rogue Wave the next night.
ANOTHER CASE TOSSED IN SEATTLE NIGHTCLUB STING
Majid Al Musawi, 38, an employee at the now defunct Tabella Restaurant & Lounge, had been charged in September with allowing two minors into a tavern. The witnesses against him included a Seattle police officer and two women who had posed as minors. The officer and one of the women were no-shows at a Seattle Municipal Court hearing Monday, and the other woman was unable to identify Al Musawi as the person who let them in. Of the 27 defendants charged in the sting, about half have seen their cases dismissed or will have them dismissed if they stay out of trouble.
AN AVANT-METAL ICON MELLOWS, AND THE RESULTS ARE SENSATIONAL
The early '90s Earth albums, Extra-Capsular Extraction, Earth 2, and Phase 3: Thrones and Dominions, are considered to be a holy trinity of sorts for ambient-metal fans. But the aforementioned disciples emerged while Carlson was in hiding, so to speak. As has been documented ad nauseam, Carlson spent the years between 1996 and 2002 flip-flopping between heroin addiction and rehab, but mostly the former. The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull embraces a new aesthetic. Indeed, it is the most melodic, clear-headed record in the Earth catalog.
PLEASEEASAUR CELEBRATES SUCCESS BY LEAVING SEATTLE
John Peter Hasson has steadily built a cult following that is hypnotized by the 'Saur's inane blend of awkward, crowing humor, goofy, homemade costumes, and lo-fi electronic sound collages, as well as Hurley's imaginative, unpredictable projections and props. Tours with equally deranged underground figures like Neil Hamburger and hipper indie acts like Pinback and Black Heart Procession have helped raise his profile over the years. Pleaseeasaur has been one of the best performing artists in Seattle for more than a decade, and now we are losing him to Los Angeles.
SEATTLE LOCAL "TOP CHEF" CONTESTANT SHARPENED HER SKILLS AT DAHLIA LOUNGE
In tonight's season premiere of Bravo's "Top Chef," Seattle native and former Dahlia Lounge cook Zoi Antonitsas dishes the season's first plot twist, one that caused a few jaw-dropping reactions and one snarky remark. At 16, this Franklin High student was a prep cook for Tom Douglas at Dahlia Lounge during the summer, which turned out to be pretty good training ground for her reality competition 14 years later.
I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM ... IDOL FINALIST CHRIS RICHARDSON COMING TO SEATTLE
Seattle American Idol fans -- still recovering from David Archuleta's stumble and Chikezie's notice-me performance? Here's another bit of news: Season Six finalist Chris Richardson will be in Seattle next Wednesday -- promoting ice cream. That's right. If you though Idol mania had invaded every corner of American cultural life, it's now in your grocer's freezer.
3-D SUCCESS SURPRISES STANDARD MAKERS
It's coming up on three years since the Digital Cinema Initiatives consortium announced its specifications for d-cinema systems, and now d-cinema has begun to take off in earnest. Yet for all the benefits that d-cinema was supposed to offer studios and exhibitors, interest in it has been fueled in large measure by a feature that was barely an afterthought for DCI: stereoscopic 3-D. The DCI helped make 3-D more popular, and 3-D in turn has turned out to be a boost for DCI-compliant systems.