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HAPPY HOUR IS NEXT WEEK AT SPITFIRE
Office of Film + Music
Join us at Spitfire next Wednesday, March 31 for the monthly Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour networking event. Spitfire will be open exclusively for the event from 5:00 - 7:00 pm and is located at 2219 4th Avenue in Belltown (between Blanchard and Bell). This Happy Hour will also debut our new Twitter interactive element. Tweet to #sfmhh and watch your comments on various screens in real time at the event. We hope to see you at Spitfire for food, drink and networking!
CONNECT WITH THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AT CITY BUSINESS CASUAL TOMORROW
The Seattle Party
The Office of Economic Development and the City of Seattle's City Business Casual event continues this month on Thursday, March 25. This program is designed to provide the Seattle business community with direct access to city officials who can facilitate strategic business growth through funding, permitting, site selection, workforce, and other direct assistance. City Business Casual also serves as an important access point to influential city leaders, business-focused city officials, and key department heads. Special guest is Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin will be at the event mingling and chatting with the crowd. Catch up with industry professionals from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Polar Bar in the Arctic Club Hotel. For more information, click the above link.
CALL IN TO "ASK THE MAYOR" TO TALK LIVE WITH MAYOR MCGINN
"Ask the Mayor" gives Seattle residents a chance to speak directly to our mayor, Mike McGinn, live on Seattle Channel 21. Host CR Douglas and Mayor McGinn respond to your phone calls and e-mails on Thursday, March 25 at 7:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to ask the mayor questions of interest to musicians and filmmakers. If you would like to submit your questions ahead of time you can do so at the Ask the Mayor website.
CHECK OUT PHOTOS FROM THE SEATTLE PARTY AT SXSW
EMP|SFM Museum Flickr
The Seattle Party had over 1200 attendees crammed into the indoor and outdoor stages at the Beauty Bar, which took place on March 20 at SXSW in Austin, TX. The amazing lineup of Seattle artists included Visqueen, The Dutchess and The Duke, Rocky Votolato, The Moondoggies, The Maldives, Cave Singers, Mash Hall, Grynch, Dyme Def, Dark Time Sunshine, THEESatisfaction, The Lonely Forest, Staxx Brothers, Macklemore, and Grand Hallway. Thanks to everyone in attendance and to the sponsors for making The Seattle Party a total success! Check out pictures from the party by Rich Hobby and Blush Photo at the above links.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
DAVID RUSSO'S LITTLE DIZZLE SIGNS DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH TRIBECA
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle-made The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle will be distributed as one of 12 initial films on Tribeca Film's new distribution company. Tribeca Films' first 12 independent films to which it has acquired the rights to distribute across multiple platforms, beginning with video-on-demand and then into theatres, airlines, and hotels. The films range from award-winning dramas and revealing documentaries to uproarious comedies and sports stories. Five films, including Little Dizzle, are acclaimed titles from the festival circuit, while the remaining seven will premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival at the same time their VOD runs begin. For more information, follow the above link.
SAVE THE DATE FOR SIFF'S ANNUAL VOLUNTEER MEETING
Join SIFF for their annual Volunteer Meeting on Saturday, April 17 at 10:00am at the Egyptian Theatre (801 E Pine Street in Capitol Hill). SIFF's dedicated volunteer team is key to the success of the Seattle International Film Festival. Last year, over 800 volunteers got a glimpse of what it takes to pull off a three-week festival that boasted 392 films from 62 countries and drew 142,420 attendees. The majority of volunteers work as ushers, while others perform tasks in our offices, and at theater venues, galas, and special events. The meeting will serve as an orientation to the Festival; all festival coordinators will introduce their departments and discuss how you can apply your expertise and passion for film. It's also a great time to meet the SIFF staff and mingle with fellow volunteers. For more information follow the link.
OSCAR POOL WINNER ZITA MAZZOLA DONATES MONEY TO WOMEN IN FILM
Washington Filmworks hosted their 2nd Annual Oscar Benefit at Spitfire in Belltown on March 7. The event raised nearly $1,000 and the winner, Zita Mazzola, donated the money to Women in Film/Seattle. Women in Film/Seattle is passionate about its vision to promote, support, and mentor members through a network of valuable programs, contacts, and events. They offer member screenings, motivating workshops and seminars, Networking First Tuesday events, and get-togethers with colleagues and peers. For more information about both organizations follow the above link.
CALL FOR ENTRIES: CINEMA ME SHORT FILM COMPETITION
Each year, hundreds of filmmakers from around the Asian Diaspora submit their short films to Asian American film festivals. They have given us stories of immigration and assimilation, adversity and triumph, motivation and inspiration of all genres: narrative, documentary, experimental, animation, music video. Non-professional, aspiring filmmakers: tell your Asian American Story. Submit a short film completed between the periods of November 9, 2009 and April 30, 2010 for an opportunity to win a Grand Prize of $3,000 sponsored by Toyota. Top ten Finalists will have a chance for screening at the 33rd Asian American International Film Festival, July 15 - 24, 2010. For more information about applying follow the above link. Deadline to apply is April 30.
CREATE YOUR OWN GO DADDY COMMERCIAL & WIN $100,000
Go Daddy is inviting you to produce your own Go Daddy commercial for prizes ranging from the $100,000 cash grand prize to laptops, camcorders and software. Contest commercials don't need to be professionally produced, but ad professionals are eligible. Ads must be between 15 and 30 seconds in length. Deadline to apply is April 23. Follow the above link for more information and to apply.
APPLY FOR EVENTS & MARKETING INTERNSHIP AT THE OFFICE OF ARTS & CULTURAL AFFAIRS
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is seeking an Events & Marketing Intern to work with the Community Outreach & Development team during the summer months. Interns help to promote the Seattle Presents noontime concert series at City Hall, assist with the Mayor's Arts Awards and monthly visual art exhibitions at City Hall and provide support for other office events and projects as needed. Follow the above link for more information.
APPLY TO RECEIVE A SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND A BLUES CAMP
The deadline for applications for the first-ever Generation Blues scholarship program is rapidly approaching. Qualified applicants under the age of 25 are encouraged to complete the application before April 2 in order to get financial assistance to study their instrument of choice at reputable camps, seminars and workshop programs such as (but not limited to) Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, Augusta Heritage Center, Fernando Jones' Columbia College Blues Camp or The Pinetop Perkins Foundation's annual Youth Workshop Series. Camps, seminars and workshops attended by Generation Blues scholarship recipients may take place throughout the year in the recipients' choice of locations. Participation is open to anyone under the age of 25 and interested in the blues. Follow the above link for more information or to apply.
12-HOUR MAY DAY MUSIC MARATHON AT TOWN HALL
Town Hall Seattle
May Day! May Day! is a 12-hour performer-driven celebration of contemporary American music featuring 30 sets by local ensembles and soloists. Performers, and styles, range from Seattle Chamber Players, odeonquartet, Gamelan Pacifica, and the esoterics to elder statesmen like Stuart Dempster and William O. Smith and earlier career artists like Byron au Yong and Garrett Fisher. Music by Seattle composers is encouraged, as are three musically inspirational "themes": politics, pagan rituals, and calls for help in times of distress. Full schedule will be announced in March; presented by Town Hall Seattle in association with Non Sequitur. The event will take place Saturday, May 1. For more information follow the above link.
FILMMAKERS: ENTER THE SEATTLE FILM RACE 2010 AND MAKE A MOVIE IN 24 HOURS
Film Racing Seattle
The 3rd annual Seattle Film Race will be challenging local filmmakers to create an original short film (4 minutes max) in just 24 hours from Friday, May 7th to Saturday, May 8th. All of the completed films will premiere for the public a few days later at the Harvard Exit Theatre and the best films will advance into a nationwide competition. Anyone may register, but space is limited. Get your team together and sign up today. Use the discount code FILMRACER for $10 off the entry fee. To register or learn more, visit the above link.
KPLU'S SCHOOL OF JAZZ PROJECT WINS NATIONAL EDUCATION INNOVATION AWARD
School of Jazz, 88.5 KPLU's annual mentoring project benefiting local high school jazz bands, is in its sixth year. Recently, KPLU received a My Source Education Innovation Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) in Washington, D.C. to help the station advance the project. The My Source Education Innovation Awards recognize and showcase how public broadcasting stations use pioneering approaches and emerging digital technologies to serve the educational needs of their communities on-air, online and in the classroom. "Stations across the country are using technology in creative and innovative ways to deliver educational tools and resources that are making a real difference to teachers, parents and children," said Pat Harrison president and CEO of CPB. "Public media is the definitive education partner for a new generation of learners and CPB congratulates KPLU for its outstanding contribution to the community."
ARTXCHANGE PRESENTS A DOCUMENTARY SCREENING CELEBRATING THE SEATTLE LATINO COMMUNITY
ArtXchange Gallery, in partnership with KCTS9, is hosting a free special documentary screening in conjunction with the Sense Us 2010 art exhibition featuring local Latino artists. They will be screening Students of Change: Los del 68 and Bailadores de Bronce: A Cultural Treasure on Thursday, April 8 from 6:00pm - 8:30 pm. Enjoy drinks and hors d'oerves while learning more about the Latino community in the Pacific Northwest.
BEACON HILL MUSICIANS: AUDITION TO PLAY AT "BEACON ROCKS!" FESTIVAL
"Beacon Rocks!" is a free, outdoor, family-friendly music festival by Beacon Hill musicians, scheduled for this summer. This is event is organized by Beacon Hill Music, a group of Beacon Hill neighbors who want to create opportunities for local musicians and performers and to provide free entertainment for their neighbors. Beacon Hill Music will be hosting three Beacon Idol events for bands to audition to play at "Beacon Rocks!" To qualify at least one band member must live, work or go to school in Beacon Hill. Beacon Idol will take place at ROCKiT Space open mic Saturdays at 7 pm on March 27th, April 24th, and May 29th. Sign up to perform at a Beacon Idol event by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, follow the above link.
KING-FM SWITCHES TO LISTENER-SUPPORTED MODEL
The board that oversees 62-year-old classical music station KING-FM has decided to convert the commercially-operated station to "listener-supported" public radio format. The change will take place July 1 next year, when an ad sales agreement with Fisher Communications expires. At that time, the station will stop airing 60-second commercial "spots" and will switch to 20-second "underwriting announcements" and occasional listener pledge drives, much like those currently heard on local public radio stations KUOW and KPLU (and already heard on KING-FM's web streams and HD channels). In the meantime, the new focus on arts education and promoting local arts groups is key to the switch to non-commercial operations, as the station must demonstrate an educational mission in order to secure and maintain not-for-profit status from the IRS. Ridewood explains: "the decrease in arts education in the schools does not help classical formats in the long run, because we need people to grow and learn to love classical music. So our mission will be restructured to think about how we can support education of new audiences." To read the full article, follow the above link.
BLUE SCHOLARS PRESENTS THE PROCESS SERIES: SHORT FILMS & COFFEE
Whether it's an unreleased film, musical score, a personal stroke of genius, or a bit of professional expertise, The Process Series sessions are a way for artists to reveal their back-story through insightful presentations while sharing and spreading inspiration. For the first installment, "Short Films & Coffee," Blue Scholars invited three filmmakers to present a piece that was created, spawned, or inspired by music. Join Chase Jarvis, Zia Mohajerjasbi, and Kyle Johnson as they present an evening of inspiration and caffeinated discourse, giving audience members a secret look into their process. This event will take place at the Capitol Hill Caffe Vita on Sunday, March 28 starting at 6:45 pm. Space is limited. Please rsvp at email@example.com with your first and last name.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 3/15-21
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"
- Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
- Shabazz Palaces "Shabazz Palaces"
- The Moondoggies "Don't Be A Stranger"
- Laura Veirs "July Flame"
- The Dutchess and the Duke "Sunset/Sunrise"
- Shabazz Palaces "Of Light"
- Modest Mouse "No One's First & You're Next"
- Jimi Hendrix "Axis: Bold As Love"
SEATTLE METROPOLITAN MAGAZINE ASKS WHICH LOCAL ACTS MADE AN IMPRESSION ON NON-SEATTLE JOURNALISTS AT SXSW
Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
With about 37 Seattle acts having played at SXSW last week, Laura Dannen of Seattle Metropolitan Magazine wanted to find out which acts got coverage from national publications. Christopher Weingarten of Rolling Stone tweeted about Shabazz Palaces, saying "Ex-Digable Planet does impossibly funky, dubby avant-rap with shakers, kalimbas, ideas without boundaries. Truly a unique and wonderful mix that deserves to be one of SXSW 2010's breakout stars. Get Googling!" The Dutchess and the Duke and The Moondoggies sat for short interviews with AOL Music blog Spinner.com. Paste magazine announced that Visqueen played the "Best Single-Song Performance by a Band I Really Wanted to See a Whole Set by But Missed It" for the song "Fight For Love," saying, "It was tight and fierce and totally generous in the way most Visqueen songs are." The New York Times ArtsBeat culture blog four-word review called Ben Gibbard's solo set "Alone, narrative bleakness underscored." To read more on Seattle bands at SXSW, follow the above link.
ARTISTS TAKE NOTE: 4CULTURE FACING MAJOR BUDGET CUTS, DIPPING INTO RESERVES
4Culture is the independent agency that oversees distribution of the King County lodging tax funds to arts and heritage groups. Over 400 Seattle-area arts organization and individuals receive funding from 4Culture. The legislation which established that revenue stream is due to expire in 2012. Advocates are lobbying for two bills currently being considered in the extended session of the legislature which would extend the funding. In addition to that, 4Culture has been hit hard by the decline in travelling. According to 4Culture spokesperson Sara Edwards, "Essentially, the recession has impacted the lodging industry, and therefore the amount that is funding our current programs has been down the last 18 months or so. In the winter, the board voted to use a little bit of the interest income from our endowment to help bridge the gap in the 2009 budget, so we could keep our funding programs stable. They felt this was really important in a year when orgs and individuals were seeing a lot of other revenue streams down. But, if legislation is not passed this year, and the lodging tax revenues continue to be down due to the recession, our funding programs in 2011 will be half of what they are in 2010" For more information follow the above link.
MATSON ON MUSIC TALKS THE DUCHESS AND THE DUKE AND THE SEATTLE PARTY
Matson on Music
The SXSeattle party at Beauty Bar was packed to the gills by early afternoon, no small feat considering the space consisted of a front patio, Chop Suey-sized indoor room, and house-sized covered back patio/parking lot. All were swarmed. Jesse Lortz (Duke) and Kimberly Morrisson (Dutchess) played acoustic guitars, as they always do, and were their usual funny selves through songs that rank among the most bitterly depressing in recent Seattle memory. A highlight was "Scorpio," one of many D&D songs about being profoundly out of love. Lortz's voice was more heathery than usual on the song, smoothing over its swaying strums with a lullaby tone. Drama in the set came from Lortz and Morrisson attempting to be heard over an extremely loud pummel-core rock group on the other side of the wall behind them. The disturbance lasted the entire performance, a giant, frantic noise interrupting a group whose style is powerful but stripped down and quiet. The war between the two musics was comically unfair. What could our hometown heroes do? They soldiered on, frequently laughing mid-song, Lortz joking that he expected the Kool-Aid cartoon character to come busting through the wall at any moment. The situation was a mixture of "that's the breaks" and "this is so SXSW."
SEATTLE MUSIC MAP IS FEATURED ON FLYING COMPASS TRAVEL WEBSITE
Flying Compass, a travel website, has recently added the Seattle music map to their list of vacation ideas when visiting our fair city. The music map was created by the Office of Film + Music as an insider's guide to Seattle's music history. The maps includes the location where Nirvana played its first Seattle show, the waterfront hotel where the Beatles fished from their guestroom window during their first American tour in 1964 and the Crocodile Café which was an early Pearl Jam haunt. Check out where to pick up a map by following the above link.
JIMI HENDRIX'S LAST DAYS AND LOST MUSIC ON THE COVER OF THE NEW ISSUE OF ROLLING STONE
In the new issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, David Fricke dives into Hendrix's last days and lost recordings, tracing the epic plans and earthly troubles that marked the guitar god's final months. Speaking with Hendrix's longtime engineer Eddie Kramer, as well as bassist Billy Cox and former assistant engineer Tommy Erdelyi (better known as Tommy Ramone), Fricke explores Hendrix's high hopes for Electric Lady and his anticipated fourth studio album. In an interview just days before his death, the guitarist had said he was thinking "this era of music - sparked off by the Beatles - had come to an end. Something new has got to come, and Jimi Hendrix will be there." To read more, follow the above link.
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Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
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