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SEATTLE FILM OFFICE SEEKING CLIPS FROM LOCAL FILMMAKERS' WORK FOR PROMOTIONAL VIDEO REEL
Office of Film + Music
The Seattle Film Office is seeking 30 or 60 second clips from local filmmakers' work that was primarily filmed in Seattle. We are looking to highlight a variety of film projects to compile into a reel to promote Seattle filmmakers, Seattle film locations and the overall spirit of the Seattle film community. Our office will use this reel in marketing materials, online and for looped display at public events. We cannot guarantee all submissions will be used. Submissions must be emailed or delivered as a disc to the Seattle Office of Film + Music in Quicktime format. DVDs will not be used. Click the above link to read the project overview and submission instructions.
THE SEATTLE PARTY AT SXSW THIS SATURDAY
The Seattle Party
Seattle musicians, from Visqueen to Macklemore, will rock Austin this Sunday at The Seattle Party. Our own Rachel White, Music & Nightlife Program Coordinator, and intern Gina Corsiglia have headed down to Austin to ensure that everyone at the party has a most excellent time. If in Austin this weekend, don't miss this party at Beauty Bar from noon to 6:00 pm. Click the above link to see the full lineup.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
MUSICIANS: COMPLETE FUTURE OF MUSIC COALITION'S SURVEY ON HEALTH INSURANCE
Future of Music Coalition
The Future of Music Coalition (FMC) is conducting an online survey to assess how many musicians have health insurance. The goal of FMC's research program is to execute statistically sound research that provides musicians, policymakers, the public and the media with a clear analysis of issues at the intersection of music, law, technology, and policy. The Taking the Pulse survey, which will be open from March 1 through April 1, 2010, assesses the level of health insurance among working musicians, asks key questions about artists' access to coverage and their understanding of the current health insurance landscape. To complete the online survey, click the above link.
LOCAL SHORT FILM WINS AWARD AT SXSW FILM FESTIVAL
Travis Senger's short documentary White Lines and the Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug was awarded as a runner-up winner in the Documentary Shorts category at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. The film was shot by Sean Porter and edited by Michelle Witten (who also recently edited and co-produced Wheedle's Groove, the Seattle soul music documentary directed by Jennifer Maas). Additionally, Guy Maddin's Night Mayor, which was shot by local cinematographer Benjamin Kasulke, won the award for best Experimental Short. The awards were announced on Tuesday night after the film conference portion of the SXSW Film Festival came to a close. Read the full list of award winners at the above link.
JOIN TEAM FILM + MUSIC FOR SIFF'S 12-HOUR MOVIE MARATHON
Join Team Film + Music Sunday, March 21 in a 12-hour movie marathon to support SIFF. Team members receive a 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. To join Team Film + Music, first purchase a ticket or sign-up to fundraise your entry fee through firstgiving.com; and then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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. The marathon is this Sunday, March 21 at SIFF Cinema. Click the above link for more information about the films and event. Also, our very own Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator, will be live blogging the event here.
INTERN AT ONE REEL THIS SUMMER
One Reel, a Seattle non-profit arts organization, is currently looking for 2010 PR and Marketing Interns. The company, producer of arts events such as Bumbershoot, the Family Fourth at Lake Union, and Teatro Zinzanni, is a fast-paced, high-energy environment with dedicated staff. Current internship opportunities include Social Media Marketing, Street Marketing, Design, and multiple Public Relations positions. Interns are considered to be an integral part of One Reel and work closely with all staff members for hands-on projects and assignments relating to grassroots marketing, branding, advertising, public relations, press relations and more. Positions are part-time (25-30 hours per week) through the end of the school year and full-time during the summer. Please refer to One Reel's Internship page at the above link for further details and instructions on applying.
JOIN WASHINGTON FILMWORKS FOR "PULLING FOCUS: A CLEAR PICTURE OF TODAY'S FILM INDUSTRY" SERIES
Washington Filmworks in partnership with IFP/Seattle, Northwest Film Forum, Northwest Screenwriters Guild, Seattle Film Institute, Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle Office of Film + Music, and Women in Film/Seattle are pleased to present "Pulling Focus: A Clear Picture of Today's Film Industry." Join them on Tuesday, April 6 for the first of three events about the business of film featuring a candid conversation with veteran producer Jay Stern (Rush Hour 1,2,3, Money Talks, Love Jones) moderated by Warren Etheredge. Doors will open at 6:30 pm on April 6 at the Sorrento Hotel, Top of the Tower Room (900 Madison Avenue). The discussion with Jay Stern will begin at 7:00 pm, followed by a cocktail reception hosted by the Washington Wine Commission. Click the above link to purchase tickets and for complete information on this series.
NFFTY 2010 FILM LIST AND SCHEDULE GOES LIVE
The National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) has announced their 2010 schedule, with over 190 films scheduled. Mark your calendar for four days of Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Music Video, Animation, Experimental, and Action Sports films from young filmmakers from 33 states and 16 countries. NFFTY also includes six film panels and workshops featuring top talents from Hollywood and Seattle. NFFTY is the largest and most influential film festival for young filmmakers (age 22 and under) and occurs each spring in Seattle. The festival includes 100+ film screenings, filmmaking panels, concerts by youth bands, and opportunities for young filmmakers to network with industry professionals and each other. Young filmmakers from around the world submit feature-length and short films in narrative, documentary, animation, music video, experimental, and international categories. Click the above link to see the full schedule.
COMPETE IN THE OLD FIRE HOUSE'S 4TH ANNUAL CLASSIC ROCKATHON
Old Fire House Teen Center
The Old Fire House Teen Center in Redmond is hosting their 4th Annual Classic Rockathon Competition, featuring music written between 1950 and 1995 performed by musicians 13 - 19 years old. Finalists will play their favorite Classic Rock songs live on stage, get the chance to win some great prizes and be heard by local music industry professionals. All proceeds go to benefit The Old Firehouse Teen Center. To qualify to enter, you have to be between the ages of 13 and 19, play in a band from any genre of music and want to keep the classic rock spirit alive. Prizes include recording time in the OFH Media Lab recording studio, gift cards and more. The deadline is Wednesday, March 24 at 5:00 pm. For more information or to enter the competition, follow the above link.
SIFF NAMED ONE OF THE 50 MOST IMPORTANT FILM FESTIVALS IN THE WORLD
IndieWIRE has compiled a list of the 50 most important and influential film festivals on the globe. And our very own Seattle International Film Festival made the list! Check out the wonderful things they have to say about SIFF (including a shout-out to the Secret Festival) and beef up on all the other festivals by following the link above.
SUBMIT YOUR SHORT FILM TO THE AESTHETICA SHORT FILM COMPETITION
The Aesthetica Short Film Competition is open for entries! Leading the search for filmmakers who are driving the genre of short film forward through inspirational and innovative works the competition provides an opportunity for both new and experienced filmmakers to have their work broadcasted to a wider audience. All genres of film are being accepted: drama, documentary, music video, animation, satire, comedy, artists' film and anything else you can think of. This award offers winners and runners-up a fantastic prize package, including screenings of your film, cash prizes, workshops, and more! Films should be no longer than 25 minutes and the deadline is April 30, 2010. Follow the above link for more information.
FILMMAKERS, PHONE IT IN: THE THREE MINUTE MASTERPIECE DIGITAL FILM CONTEST RETURNS
The Three Minute Masterpiece (3MM) digital film contest is back this year with a mobile twist. The Seattle Times and Seattle International Film Festival invite you to shoot a short film on your phone. The best reader-submitted movies (as selected by the panel of judges) will see their entries shown at SIFF in May. Winners will be shown on The Seattle Times Web site and at the Seattle International Film Festival. The grand-prize winner will get one full series pass to this year's festival, which begins May 20. Entries must be e-mailed by 11:59 pm April 26. For more information on how to enter this contest, follow the above link.
FILMMAKERS: APPLY TO MAKE SHORT FILM ABOUT SEATTLE WITH FORD FIESTA
Ford Fiesta Movement Challenge
As part of their social and viral campaign, The Fiesta Movement, "agents" have been selected in 16 US cities to bring the new Fiesta into their lives, complete several missions, engage their local community and share their experiences, both online and offline. One of their upcoming missions will be to partner with one of Ford's "filmakas" and create a three to five minute film about their city. Every "filmaka" chosen to participate will be provided a production budget of $5,000 and all of the finished movies will premiere in the same city which the film was shot starting on or around May 25. You will also have the chance to go to a Hollywood premiere if your team's film wins the grand prize. In addition to the production funding and Hollywood premiere, you also have the chance to win $10,000 if your team's film is chosen as the best of the best. Second Place will receive $5,000 and Third Place $2,500. The deadline to apply is Saturday, March 27. For more information and to apply follow the above link.
VOTE FOR FRESH ESPRESSO'S "BIG OR SMALL" VIDEO ON MTV U'S THE FRESHMAN
Fresh Espresso is featured on MTV's blog for "The Freshmen," which calls for votes on five brand new music videos each week. The winner's video will get into rotation on mtvU. The Seattle hip-hop outfit asked fans to vote on Twitter Monday. Voting ends at 11:00 am on Friday, March 19. There are no voting restrictions, so vote as many times as you like. To vote for Fresh Espresso's video, follow the above link.
NOMINATE LOCAL ARTISTS OR ORGANIZATIONS FOR 2010 MAYOR'S ARTS AWARD
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Know an individual or an organization making a difference in Seattle through arts and culture? Nominate them for a 2010 Mayor's Arts Award. The Seattle Arts Commission will review public nominations and recommend recipients to the mayor. Recipients will be announced in June. Mayor Mike McGinn will honor recipients of the 2010 Mayor's Arts Awards at a public ceremony on the eve of the Labor Day weekend Bumbershoot festival Friday, September 3. "Arts and culture are the soul of our city. They ignite our neighborhoods, engage young minds, offer a common language and boost our economy," said McGinn. "I look forward to honoring the inspiring accomplishments of artists and cultural organizations making a difference in our community." Nomination deadline is 5:00 pm, Wednesday, April 7. Follow the above link for more information.
SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR BALLARD JAZZ FESTIVAL
Ballard Jazz Festival
The Ballard Jazz Festival, a cornerstone of the Northwest Jazz and live music scene since 2003, celebrates its seventh season with a 5-day schedule of events, April 21-25, 2010. The Nordic Heritage Museum will hold Saturday night's mainstage concert featuring performances by the Brazilian trumpet legend Claudio Roditi, with Seattle pianist / composer Jovino Santos-Neto's trio, and saxophonist Hadley Caliman. The Friday night Ballard Jazz Walk features 15 bands in 11 venues along historic Ballard Avenue and will showcase some Northwest talent. Wrapping up the festival is a Sunday morning Swedish Pancake Jazz Brunch at the Nordic Heritage Museum. To see the full schedule or to purchase tickets, follow the above link.
AUDITION TO BE A PART OF THE CAST OR CREW FOR TEAM AWESOME
Team Awesome Seattle is going to hold auditions for both cast and crew for 2010. These are non-paid opportunities, but everyone will get copies of the work and be involved in the excitement. They are seeking actors of all ages to be added to the database of talent for upcoming projects. Team Awesome is a collection of people who are inspired by filmmaking and want to express their creativity through motion picture. If you are looking to expand your filmmaking experience and knowledge base then Team Awesome may be right up your alley. Team Awesome aims to have creative diversity in all its projects. If you are interested in acting roles, please send an email with your headshot and resume and put TALENT in the subject Line. If you are interested in crew positions, please send an email with your resume, and reel to info@TeamAwesomeSeattle.com and put CREW in the subject line.
EDUCATORS: APPLY FOR GRANT TO IMPROVE ARTS EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS
Washington State Arts Commission
The Washington State Arts Commission is now accepting applications for First Step grants to support teaching and learning in the arts in public K-12 schools including: curriculum development and improvement, assessment development and training, professional development for classroom teachers and/or local artists, and workshops for students led by professional teaching artists. The deadline to apply is March 26, 2010. This program, now in its fifth year, is designed to develop strong arts education programming based on the following goals: to engage community members in support of K-12 arts education; to encourage and support newer and/or smaller arts education partnerships that will continue beyond the scope of this grant program, and, in some cases, evolve into larger community consortia; to help these partnerships move toward the development of deeper and longer-term opportunities for learning in and through the arts, and systemic support for comprehensive arts education for all students, and to move beyond arts exposure / arts enrichment programs with lower long-term impact; and to support identification and implementation of the most needed "first steps" towards this vision of high quality, sustainable arts education programming. For more information and to apply follow the above link.
SEE A SPECIAL SCREENING OF "LOVE HAPPENS" WITH WRITER MIKE THOMPSON PRESENTED BY NORTHWEST SCREENWRITERS GUILD
Northwest Screenwriters Guild
The Northwest Screenwriters Guild will feature a screening of Love Happens followed by a discussion with screenwriter Mike Thompson at Northwest Film Forum on Saturday, March 20, starting at 1:00 pm. Mike Thompson has sold over a dozen screenplays and pitches to nearly every Hollywood Studio. His film credits include SXSW selection and AFI award-winning A Lawyer Walks into a Bar, which he executive produced; Universal's Dragonfly, starring Kevin Costner and Kathy Bates, which he co-wrote; and Universal's Love Happens, starring Aaron Eckhart, Jennifer Aniston and filmed in Seattle, which he co-wrote and produced. Most recently, he launched his solo career by adapting Anne Brashares' novel, The Last Summer (of You & Me) for Warner Brothers. To register for this event, follow the above link.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 3/8-14
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Jimi Hendrix "Valleys of Neptune"
- Rocky Votolato "True devotion"
- Jimi Hendrix "Are you Experienced"
- Jimi Hendrix "Electric Ladyland"
- Laura Veirs "July Flame"
- Demon Hunter "The World is a Thorn"
- Shabazz Palaces "Shabazz Palaces"
- Jimi Hendrix "Axis: Bold as Love"
- Visqueen "Message to Garcia"
- Shabazz Palaces "Of Light"
MANY FILMMAKERS START THE JOURNEY TO SELL THEIR PICTURE AT SXSW
Distribution deals were never the point of the SXSW Film Festival, and that's still true at its 17th edition, which began this weekend. But for filmmakers, actors, independent film aficionados and sales executives, it's a laid-back Lone Star love-in. "Audiences are more relaxed here," says Ron Yerxa, who executive produced a film which premiered Saturday in Austin. Wedged between Sundance and Tribeca, SXSW has continued to grow and draw a wider spectrum of North American and world premieres. Though this has contributed to greater attendance, the festival remains a less pressurized destination for film fans and industry folk to get a look at a new crop of films without the pressure of marketing concerns. Many Northwest filmmakers are premiering their work at the festival, including Katie Aselton's feature film The Freebie, shot by Seattleite Ben Kasulke and starring local Sean Nelson; Seattle's Noel Paul's Annie Goes Boating, produced by Seattle-based Joy Saez, starring Davie-Blue (Bass Ackwards), Alycia Delmore (Humpday) and Alessandra Torresani and shot in the Arboretum; and more. To read more about SXSW 2010's Film Festival, follow the above link.
YOUTUBE LAUNCHES PARTNER PROGRAM FOR INDIE BANDS
Independent musicians who are accepted by YouTube "Musicians Wanted" section may be able to quit their day jobs soon if their music videos and live musical performances draw enough views through a new feature of Google's YouTube Partner Program. Artists will also make money when their YouTube videos are embedded on external websites, including music blogs. This could turn into a significant source of revenue for independent bands and labels that make videos people want to see and music they want to hear. Any and all comers are invited to submit their videos to the new section of the Musicians Wanted site. Read more about the program in this article from Wired magazine.
EMUSIC LISTS THE 22 ESSENTIAL SUB POP ALBUMS
Online music store eMusic has written an editorial on the 22 most essential Sub Pop albums. EMusic subscribers can finally, as of very recently, get the likes of the artists on this list and the rest of the Sub Pop class. Douglas Wolk writes, "For the past 20 years, Sub Pop has been digging up strange, impudent, wonderful pop music from across the country and sometimes elsewhere. Here are 22 of the best, most influential and - in a few cases - most underrated Sub Pop albums; some are by stars, some are by near-unknowns, but they're all worth checking out." Click the above link to view the entire list.
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Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel White, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Gina Corsiglia, Intern
Alex Hudson, Intern