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News from the Office of Film + Music 3/31/2010


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Seattle Film + Music Blog
The Office of Film + Music presents the Seattle Film + Music Blog, your new source for Seattle entertainment news and updates. Our blog covers the latest in local, national, and international news and videos about Seattle filmmakers, musicians, and digital media makers. Check it out!

OFFICE NEWS

HAPPY HOUR IS TONIGHT AT SPITFIRE
Office of Film + Music
Join us at Spitfire tonight 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 #seattlefm 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!

A NOTE FROM WASHINGTON FILMWORKS' EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AMY LILLARD DEE
Washington Filmworks
As many in the community know, Washington Filmworks and the Seattle Office of Film + Music recently partnered to pitch Fox Television Studios and American Movie Classics on filming a new series in Washington called, "The Killing," a one-hour political and police drama set in Seattle. Despite an amazing and collaborative effort made by the film and business communities, the studio decided to take the production north of the border. The pitch to bring the project to Washington State was a true testament to the dedication and passion of our community. James Keblas and I remain resolved that we put our best foot forward and with the support of the community did everything possible to secure the project. We would like to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts made by the following partners:

Mike McGinn, Mayor of Seattle
John Diaz, Interim Chief of Police for the Seattle Police Department
The Board of Washington Filmworks
Bob Riggs, IASTE
Tom George, Teamster Local 174
Dena Beatty, Screen Actors Guild
Marty Oppenheimer, Washington Entertainment Players Association
Lance Rosen, Rosen Lewis
Argosy
Caff Ladro
Seattle Magazine
Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
Seattle Mariners
Sorrento Hotel
Space Needle
Washington Wine Commission

We would like to emphasize that we were incredibly close to landing this project. Ultimately the studio could not commit to shooting here because our production incentive program has comparatively limited funds and is up for renewal in 2011. This experience is yet another reminder that we will need your support to help us get the program renewed during the next legislative session. In the coming months we will share with you in this newsletter and on our website, ways in which you can support this on going effort.

SPECIAL THANKS TO FORMER INTERN CLARE CANZONERI
Office of Film + Music
With the Office of Film + Music's internship program in its fourth year with roughly 15 alums, we want to make sure to highlight the impact they have on our work. After beginning work here last August, Clare Canzoneri's internship in the office concluded earlier this month. Aside from contributing her writing and editing skills to compiling our weekly newsletter and blog, Clare assisted in planning and hosting several Film + Music events like the 2009 Seattle City of Music Awards, the Seattle Party at Sundance and our monthly happy hours. She also coordinated the first round of submissions for our Video Reel, which was showcased at our Holiday Happy Hour in December. In addition to being a stellar employee, Clare is also a musician. Bet you can't guess what instrument she plays! Check out Clare on LinkedIn to contact her and learn more about the work she's done.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

JOIN WASHINGTON FILMWORKS FOR "PULLING FOCUS: A CLEAR PICTURE OF TODAY'S FILM INDUSTRY" SERIES
Washington Filmworks
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 at the Top of the Tower Room in the Sorrento Hotel. The discussion with Jay Stern will begin at 7:00 pm with a cocktail reception hosted by the Washington Wine Commission. Click the above link for complete information on this series.

RESTAURANTS AND ROCKERS TEAM UP FOR 3RD ANNUAL SEATTLE SOUNDBITE
Seattle SoundBite
The Seattle Chapter of the Washington Restaurant Association and Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Company present the third annual Seattle Soundbite featuring "street-style" bites from 12 local restaurants and the jams of the three winning bands from the first online public vote. The event also has a special headlining performance by Seattle country-rock musicians, The Maldives (whose members work at Fuel Coffee, Conor Byrne and Tango), with Shawn Stewart of 103.7 The Mountain as MC and DJ Darek Mazzone of KEXP keeping the party going between sets. This event will be Thursday, April 8, at the Showbox SoDo with doors at 6:00 pm. Proceeds benefit The Vera Project, ProStart and the WRA Seattle Chapter. This Seattle City of Music event is unique in that only Seattle musical groups with at least one member working in the foodservice industry were eligible to audition. The winning acts slated to perform include (restaurant affiliation noted in parentheses): Amsterdam (The Melting Pot); Velcro Mindset (Glendale Country Club); and Sam Russell and the Harborrats (TASTE Restaurant at SAM).

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL-AGES MOVEMENT PROJECT ON WINNING $50K FROM PEPSI'S REFRESH EVERYTHING
All-Ages Movement Project
With the help of supporters who voted everyday during the month of February, All-Age Movement Project (AMP) successfully won $50,000 in the Refresh Everything contest! This means that they will be able to move ahead with the printing of In Every Town: An All-ages Music Manualfesto and bring it to cities nation-wide in 2010. Also through this campaign, many people were introduced to AMP with 21 new venues and organizations joining their network and over 7,000 views of their pitch video. Congratulations AMP!

SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE'S SPRING OPEN HOUSE AND FREE WORKSHOPS THIS SATURDAY
Seattle Film Institute
Join The Seattle Film Institute Saturday, April 3 for their Spring Open House. This event will be a great opportunity to see the school, meet faculty members and prospective students, view student work and learn about their Forty Week Total Immersion Filmmaking Program and part time classes. The Open House runs 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and is immediately preceded by two free workshops. There will be a production workshop: Hardware Store Movie Lighting, and a Screenwriting Workshop: Creating Suspense; both starting at 9:30 am. For more information, follow the above link.

MICHAEL SEIWERATH JOINS SEATTLE ARTS COMMISSION
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
The Seattle City Council has appointed 2008 Mayor's Film Award winner Michael Seiwerath to a two-year term on the citizen-advisory Seattle Arts Commission. Seiwerath helped build Seattle's filmmaking community at Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) before launching a career in housing and community development at Capitol Hill Housing. Seiwerath is the founding executive director of the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation where he oversees fundraising and outreach and is involved with community efforts to preserve and expand affordable arts space in Seattle. Before joining Capitol Hill Housing in 2008, Seiwerath raised NWFF to a position of national prominence through expanded screenings, film productions and a capital campaign to open a new permanent home for the film arts organization in Capitol Hill. "Michael provides a valuable asset to the Arts Commission," said Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata, chair of the Housing, Human Services, Health & Culture Committee. "His leadership in nonprofit arts and in housing will greatly advance the commission's work toward preserving and creating affordable space for arts and culture throughout Seattle."

THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA IS LOOKING FOR A SPONSORSHIP MANAGER
Three Dollar Bill Cinema
Three Dollar Bill Cinema is looking for a part-time contract Sponsorship Manager. Three Dollar Bill Cinema enriches, strengthens, and connects diverse communities by producing the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival, supporting LGBT filmmakers, and other film events. The main objective of the Sponsorship Manger is to maintain, grow, and manage the sponsorship program of Three Dollar Bill Cinema with an emphasis on securing sponsorship for The 15th Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. Click the above link for more information about this position.

REGISTER FOR EMP|SFM'S POP CONFERENCE
EMP|SFM
Experience Music Project (EMP) is proud to present the 2010 Pop Conference, "The Pop Machine: Music and Technology", April 15-18, 2010 at EMP. The ninth annual Pop Conference revolves around stories of sounds and the machines that make them. From the player piano to Autotune software (both topics at this year's conference), pop's contraptions have constantly reshaped musical history. Look for sessions on cellphones, recording studios, the black voice remixed, and fandango jarocho, presentations on everything from vinyl/cassette fetishism and post-punk reverb to Public Enemy's Bomb Squad and Andy Warhol's tape recorder. Queen's Freddie Mercury will be deconstructed by an all-star cast of critics and academics; an equally notable cohort of veterans will dissect whether the music scene was as jolted by technology in the 2000s as it appeared. Conference attendance is free to the public, but space is limited and pre-registration is recommended. For more details about the conference or to register, click the above link.

FILMMAKERS: REGISTER FOR THE 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT
48 Hour Film Project
The 48 Hour Film Project comes to Seattle on the weekend of May 14th. Filmmakers from all over the Seattle area will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against films from around the world. There will also be a series of networking and boot camp events this year to help people start or get onto teams and to give filmmakers the opportunity to meet award winners from previous years. Registration is now open and space is limited. For more information or to register, check out 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.

HONK! FEST WEST IS COMING TO THE STREETS OF SEATTLE NEXT WEEKEND
Honk! Fest West
Honk! Fest West is a street fair dedicated to bringing marching bands, samba lines, horn players, drum corps, and every manner of rhythmic and melodic noisemaker we could find right to the Seattle streets. HONK! events are a celebration of the emergence of a new type of street band, one that is typically acoustic and mobile, often politically aware and articulate, and always high spirited. The festival has pledged to support and supply stages for all manner of street oriented bands, groups, associations, communities, and performers. This year they are bringing in over 20 bands (250+ musicians) for three days of music in four different neighborhoods. Catch the street music festival April 9 - 11 in Fremont, Capitol Hill, Georgetown and West Seattle. For more details, click the above link.

"COLLABORATING WITH BERNSTEIN" A FREE PANEL DISCUSSION PRESENTED BY SEATTLE OPERA
Seattle Opera
Seattle Celebrates Bernstein is a city-wide arts festival honoring the great composer and conductor running from March to June and is a combined effort by local arts organizations to present Bernstein's works. Seattle Opera is participating in the festival by offering an engaging panel discussion titled "Collaborating with Bernstein." This discussion, which will be moderated by General Director Speight Jenkins, features three Seattle Opera artists who worked with Leonard Bernstein and lived to tell the tale. Daron Aric Hagen, Peter Kazaras, Stephen Wadsworth will discuss their experiences with Bernstein, sharing stories and memories of their collaborations. The event will also include vocal performances from Jennifer Zetlan and Cecelia Hall. This free discussion and concert will takes place on Saturday, April 10 at 2:00 pm at Seattle Town Hall. For more information, follow the above link.

LADY ARTISTS: SUBMIT TO THE 2ND ANNUAL ISIS WOMEN'S FESTIVAL
Artist Trust
The 2nd Annual ISIS: Women Arts Festival, Seattle's only all-female, arts-centered, community-building event, is searching for more grassroots female artists of all mediums and styles to contribute to the event on May 1st, 2010. This festival honors SWAN Day, or Support Women Artists Now Day, an international holiday started by the WomenArts organization. Sponsored by Steel Grace Dance/Jah Breeze Rhythms and the UW Ethnic Cultural Center, the goal of ISIS is to create a network of grassroots female artists and art-lovers of all walks of life to encourage and support one another. They are especially interested in women and female children who are working in spoken word/literary arts, theater/drama, and video/film, but all mediums are welcome. The deadline to apply is April 10. Follow the link for more information.

APPLY FOR WASHINGTON STATE ARTS COMMISSION GRANT
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Applications are now available for Project Support grants intended to support small arts organizations and community service groups through matching grants for specific arts events targeted to a public audience in two rounds every year. On average, more than 70 organizations receive project support funds. This funding supports a diverse array of performances, workshops, and participation opportunities from Anacortes to Wenatchee. The deadline to apply for projects taking place this between July 1 and December 31 is May 3. For more information, follow the above link.

CATCH THE CREATION PROJECT AT CITY HALL THURSDAY AFTERNOON
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
The CREATION Project showcase represents the breadth and excellence of local contemporary performing arts. The showcase is the culmination of a year-long new works and professional development program created by the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas for Black performing artists based in King County. A local panel selected four participants representing a range of artistic performing arts disciplines. This year's CREATION Project artists are writer/performer Amontaine Aurore, performance artist Okanomod (a.k.a. SoulChilde), singer/multimedia artist Cristina Orb, and poet/vocalist Storme Webber. Be sure to check out the CREATION Project artists performing on Thursday, April 1 at City Hall in a free noontime showcase presented CD Forum and Seattle Presents.

FILMMAKERS: TEACH AT SITKA FINE ARTS CAMP
Sitka Fine Arts Camp
The Sitka Fine Arts Camp is currently looking for an experienced artist and filmmaker who enjoys teaching video and working with middle and high school aged kids. The Sitka Fine Arts Camp is a nationally recognized summer arts school for teenagers. Each summer of its 35 year history, the camp has served almost 500 students from Alaska and the rest of the country. Students are taught at the camp in Sitka, Alaska by nationally recognized artist teachers from throughout the country. This summer, camp will take place June 13 - July 11. If interested in teaching this summer, please contact rschmidt@fineartscamp.org for more information.

REGISTER FOR ARTS AND CULTURE SERIES: FROM VACANCY TO VIBRANCY - THE CREATIVE USE OF SPACE
Seattle City Club
The pre-recession construction boom resulted in an overabundance of space. How are the development and business sectors coming together with individual artists and arts organizations to get creative? What can the cultural sector do to benefit the long-term economic picture of our community? Is there a way to bring space to artists and new life and capital to existing space? Moderator Marcie Sillman, of KUOW 94.9 FM, will lead a panel discussion comprised of Kate Joncas, president of the Downtown Seattle Association; Jim Kelly, executive director of 4Culture; Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata; and Kerry L. Nicholson, senior managing director of Legacy Partners Residential, Inc. CityClub's next Arts & Culture Series panel discussion, From Vacancy to Vibrancy-The Creative Use of Space, will take place from noon to 1:30 pm on Monday, April 19 at Rainier Square Atrium. For more information or to register, follow the above link.

REGISTER FOR ARTS AND CULTURE SERIES: FROM VACANCY TO VIBRANCY - THE CREATIVE USE OF SPACE
Seattle City Club
The pre-recession construction boom resulted in an overabundance of space. How are the development and business sectors coming together with individual artists and arts organizations to get creative? What can the cultural sector do to benefit the long-term economic picture of our community? Is there a way to bring space to artists and new life and capital to existing space? Moderator Marcie Sillman, of KUOW 94.9 FM, will lead a panel discussion comprised of Kate Joncas, president of the Downtown Seattle Association; Jim Kelly, executive director of 4Culture; Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata; and Kerry L. Nicholson, senior managing director of Legacy Partners Residential, Inc. CityClub's next Arts & Culture Series panel discussion, From Vacancy to Vibrancy-The Creative Use of Space, will take place from noon to 1:30 pm on Monday, April 19 at Rainier Square Atrium. For more information or to register, follow the above link.

SECOND ANNUAL HOT ROD MONSTERS FILM FESTIVAL IS OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
Hot Rods Monsters Film Festival
The Second Annual Hot Rod Monsters Film Festival is open for submissions. The festival is accepting features, music videos, shorts and documentaries in the Kustom Kulture style. This year's festival will be held October 30-31, 2010 in Edmonds, Washington at FilmEES Underground Film Theater. The early bird deadline is May 1. For more information or to submit work, check out the above link.

JOIN LOCAL FILMMAKERS AT FIRST TUESDAYS WITH THEFILMSCHOOL
TheFilmSchool
Check out the second installment of First Tuesdays with TheFilmSchool at Roy Street Coffee and Tea on April 6 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Join award-winning local filmmaker Sandy Cioffi as she screens segments of her documentary Sweet Crude and talks about her experience shooting in Nigeria, from connecting with local children to ultimately being arrested by Nigerian officials. Stylist, fashion designer and co-founder of Sustainable Style Foundation, Rebecca Luke will also be on hand to speak about her experiences working in the film industry.

SIP AND SCREEN PRESENTS AN EVENING WITH JOHN OTTMAN
Brown Paper Tickets
W Seattle, in partnership with Washington Filmworks and Warren Etheridge of The Warren Report will bring composer John Ottman to town for an evening of dynamic conversation and movie outtakes from Ottman's award-winning contributions both for musical scores and as an accomplished director and editor. Etheridge will lead Ottman in conversation about the craft and commerce of his career, primarily focusing on his work as a composer. Check out the above link for more details about this event.

APPLY TO PERFORM AT CAPITOL HILL PRIDE FESTIVAL
Artist Trust
The Capitol Hill Pride Festival 2010 on Broadway is a five block festival between E. John and Roy St. on Broadway celebrating diversity and community pride featuring three public stages and over 200 booths and Vendors. The festival will take place Saturday June 26 from 10:00 am - 10:00 pm. With live entertainment, doggie drag costume contest, and face and body painting, the festival is expanding three more blocks north on Broadway. They have announced an open call to all artists and entertainers to add to the newly expanded festival layout. The deadline to apply is April 15. Follow the above link for more details.

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).

  1. Jimi Hendrix "Valleys of Neptune"
  2. Rocky Votolato "True Devotion"
  3. Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
  4. Shabazz Palaces "Shabazz Palaces"
  5. Dusty 45s "Fortunate Man"
  6. Brandi Carlile "Live at Easy Street"
  7. Hey Marseilles "To Travels & Trunks"
  8. Postal Service "Give Up"
  9. Laura Veirs "July Flame"
  10. Brandi Carlile "Give Up The Ghost"

MEDIA DIGEST

NEA CHAIRMAN UNDERSCORES LINK BETWEEN THE ARTS AND JOBS
Washigton Post
Rocco Landesman, the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, has been touring the country exploring the state of the arts across the national. Since he announced an "Art Works Tour" in October, Landesman has traveled to 13 cities. His message, whether talking to artists, businessmen or donors, is that "art jobs are real jobs that are part of the real economy." The travels have helped him build a clear picture of the needs of the arts infrastructure which he will take back to Congress, who controls the purse strings of the NEA. The agency is the largest funder of the arts in the country. Its federal appropriation this year is $167.5 million, compared with $155 million last year. The White House is asking Congress for $161.3 million for next year. The whistle-stop tour, he said, has been "hugely helpful for shaping my thinking and widening my reference points." To read the full article, follow the above link.

PEARL JAM MITIGATES CO2 FROM 2009 WORLD TOUR IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CASCADE LAND CONSERVANCY
Cascade Land Conservancy
Pearl Jam is donating $210,000 to the Cascade Land Conservancy to offset carbon emissions from the band's 2009 world tour. The money will be used to plant about 33 acres in the Puget Sound area with native trees and plants. The conservancy estimates the carbon dioxide emissions from the band's 32-date tour at about 6,000 tons, based on travel, hotel rooms, show attendance and other factors. In a news release, Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard said that the band views the offset as a cost of doing business. "Businesses have an opportunity to lead the way in becoming a more conscious economy, one that views the health of our environment as inseparable from our personal and economic well being," said Gossard. "Tracking and mitigating the band's carbon footprint is a big first step that our business is taking in that direction, and we hope other businesses will join us in this effort." Follow the above link to read the full article.

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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