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FILM AND MUSIC SURVEY SUMMARY ONLINE
In January of 2008, the Seattle Film + Music Office posted an online survey intended to gauge the current state of the local film and music industry. We were fortunate to have 113 respondents, who were extremely forthcoming and informative with their responses. Click on the link above to read our full report. Thanks for participating!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
SEATTLE RANKS IN TOP TEN MOVIE CITIES
Seattle has been ranked seventh in MovieMaker Magazine's eighth annual countdown of the best places to live, work, and make movies.
SEATTLE HAS NATION'S MOST ARTS-RELATED BUSINESSES PER CAPITA
Seattle ranks first in the nation in the number of arts-related businesses per capita. The city is home to 4,065 arts-related businesses that employ 21,025 people, according to "Creative Industries 2008: The 50 City Report" released today by Americans for the Arts. Among the nation's 50 most populated cities, Seattle ranked in the top 10 in the three other categories measured by the report: Eighth in the total number of arts businesses, third in arts employees per capita (per 1,000 residents), and tenth for the total number of arts employees. The study found Seattle's arts-related businesses and arts employment increased 13.6 percent from 2007.
WASHINGTONFILMWORKS LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
WashingtonFilmWorks is pleased to announce that the state legislature unanimously passed SSB 6423. The bill goes far to improve upon the legislation passed in March 2006 and makes several changes to the current law. It allows the B&O tax credit to remain at a dollar for dollar amount, eliminates the $1 million per production cap, changes the investment requirement for TV commercials from $250,000 to $150,000, and modifies the governing board to staggered 4-year terms. Governor Gregoire signed the bill in Spokane on Thursday, March 20 and the changes to the program will be implemented this June.
WOMEN IN FILM/SEATTLE AND SIFF PANEL DISCUSSION APRIL 3RD
SIFF FutureWave and Women In Film - Seattle present a unique panel discussion around the feature "Flying: Confessions Of A Free Woman." Director Jennifer Fox will join the panel to explore the question, "What is a free woman?" with other remarkable women from the Seattle community. Using clips from "Flying" as a catalyst for discussion, this promises to be an outstanding interactive event. Event takes place on April 3rd at Antioch University. Admission is free.
SEATTLE'S TEAM JUICEBOX WINS INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY CHALLENGE HONORS
"Ars Magna," a project by the local filmmakers of Team Juicebox, has won the first round of the International Documentary Challenge. Based around a local anagramist and baker in West Seattle, the documentary will be competing in the final round at the Hot Docs Toronto film festival in April.
"LAND THE GIG" CONTEST WANTS YOU TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE BANDS
Radio station 107.7 The End and Virgin America are giving listeners the chance to win tickets to a private party in Seattle by voting on which bands (a number of Seattle bands among them) should make the final cut in the "Land the Gig" contest. The band that gives the best performance will be rewarded by having its music video shown on every Virgin America flight.
JOB OPENING FOR WASHINGTON STATE FILM OFFICE MANAGER
The manager administers all activities and programs of the Washington State Film Office, whose mission is to market Washington State to Hollywood for the production of motion pictures, television, commercial, cable, documentary, and multi-media projects. This position also serves as a focal point for the promotion of the local film and video industry and provides leadership in developing a cohesive, sustainable industry for Washington.
SEATTLE SOUND MAGAZINE IS NOW ONLINE
Sound Magazine, Seattle's premier music source, now has regular online content. Sound covers Seattle's music scene from all angles with in-depth feature stories, exclusive interviews, artist profiles, coverage of local and touring bands, calendar, CD reviews, and regular columns. The April issue is now on the shelves.
NFFTY ENJOYS MAJOR SUCCESS
More than 1,500 film fans trekked to Seattle Center from March 28 through the 30th to attend the enormously successful three-day National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY). Festival-goers experienced 73 films of all genres from talented, breakthrough filmmakers here in the Pacific Northwest, from across the country, and even overseas. In addition to the films, audiences attended great panels, pitch sessions, special events and music.
PACIFIC NORTHWEST FILMS TRAVEL TO MACEDONIA
Northwest Film Forum's Studio Director, Dave Hanagan, is in Skopje, Macedonia to present a cultural exchange among independent filmmakers between the South Balkan region and the Pacific Northwest. While in Skopje, Dave will be presenting two programs of films made by artists from the Northwest. The 16 films (ranging in duration from 2 minutes to 50 minutes) represent some of the unique elements of the Northwest's independent film community.
NW FILM CENTER IN PORTLAND TO SCREEN 911 MEDIA ARTS CENTER'S SEATTLE WOMEN IN FILM
In the first out-of-town screening since its release, 911 Media Arts Center's "Seattle Women in Film" DVD anthology will be the focus of a night at Portland's NW Film Center on April 24th, as part of its "Northwest Tracking" series. The DVD contains 21 short films, each by a different woman filmmaker from Seattle, and is being distributed nationally.
GETTING TO KNOW AMP: A MIXER FOR ALL-AGES MUSIC AND ARTS SUPPORTERS!
Department of Safety, Santa Fe's Warehouse 21, and Oakland's Youth Movement Records for an update on how this network has been promoting cultural space for young people. The event includes a video, readings and a performance by local songwriter Sera Cahoone. Musicians, venues, press and all Pacific Northwest all-ages supporters are welcome with an RSVP.
SUB POP RECORDS CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY
Sub Pop celebrates its anniversary this week by buying all of Seattle a drink at Hattie's Hat. VH1 also honors the company by featuring 50 Sub Pop videos from over the years on the VH1 website.
TRINITY NIGHTCLUB CELEBRATES 3-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Trinity Nightclub will be celebrating three years in business with a three-day event April 10th-12th. Many performers are slated to appear, including Stretch Armstrong, The Olly Girls, and Darude.
JIMI HENDRIX: AN EVOLUTION OF SOUND OPENS APRIL 26 AT EMP|SFM
Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (EMP|SFM) is proud to announce an original exhibition featuring the legendary Jimi Hendrix. "Jimi Hendrix: An Evolution of Sound" will focus on the visitor experience and how Hendrix indelibly affected popular music with his unique talents and innovative sound. The exhibit opens on Saturday, April 26, 2008 and closes on Sunday, April 11, 2010.
C-SPAN'S CAMPAIGN 2008 BUS VISITS DOWNTOWN SEATTLE APRIL 5TH
Seattle residents will join the thousands who have toured C-SPAN's Campaign 2008 Bus as part of the "Road to the White House" tour, when the bus stops near Westlake Center on Saturday, April 5th from 10:00am until 1:00pm. The 45-foot mobile production studio is on the campaign trail to promote and enhance C-SPAN's comprehensive political coverage, traveling to major political events such as candidate debates and speeches in early primary states, touring state capitols, and also conducting educational programs for teachers and students.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 3/24 - 3/30
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Sera Cahoone - Only as the Day is Long
- Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant
- Grand Archives - Grand Archives
- Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Presidents of the United States of America - These Are The Good Times People
- Brandi Carlile - Live at Easy Street
- Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
- Gutter Twins - Saturnalia
- Pearl Jam - Live at Easy Street
SUB POP OFFERS COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS
Seattle's Sub Pop, about to turn 20 and officially in the black, has decided to pull a Bill Gates and indulge in some philanthropy. Sub Pop is offering $13,000 in college scholarship money -- one grant worth $6,000 and two worth $3,500 each -- to eligible high school seniors.
NWSOURCE CREATES A MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE FORUM
They write that, "just like a good local watering hole, this forum is a good spot to meet other Seattleites, share ideas and opinions, recommend or defend your favorites and generally hold forth about whatever's on your mind." All they require is respectful discussion and no posting of ads.
BILLIONS CORPORATION, AERO BOOKING MERGE
Billions Corporation and Seattle-based Aero Booking will merge, effective June 1. The two firms will combine band, vocal artist rosters and operate as one entity with offices in Chicago and Seattle.
AS LABELS DEMAND HIGHER ROYALTIES, RADIO COULD BE CHARGED MORE FOR AIRPLAY
A battle is raging in Washington over requests by labels and artists to charge radio broadcasters more for playing music. Currently only the songwriter gets paid for the airplay. Nothing goes to the performer.
MARK SHEPPARD TAUGHT STUDENTS TO LOVE THE STAGE
Vashon Island resident Mark Sheppard was a seasoned professional actor and director, with a long list of local credits. But he was best known as a dedicated, inspired educator and mentor to the many students he taught at Seattle's Lakeside School and Northwest School for more than two decades, a reputation he kept right until his sudden death last week. He was 57 years old.
SEATTLE'S MOVIEGOING CULTURE AND COMING TO JESUS, COMING OUT OF THE CLOSET
Radio discussions on how Seattle is one of the most moviegoing cities in the U.S. Warren Etheredge, a faculty member of TheFilmSchool in Seattle, reveals the three films that owe at least part of their cult status to local audiences. Also discussed are topics on how coming out gay compares to coming to Jesus.
MUSIC OUTLAWS, THERE'S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN
A controversial plan to bundle a monthly fee into consumers' Internet bills to combat free music distribution and protect copyright laws has been formulated. Consumers will pay a monthly fee, bundled into an internet service bill in exchange for unfettered access to a database of all known music.
KEXP TO BROADCAST PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL
Getting tired of seeing all these announcements for great festivals you can't afford to go see? KEXP has got your back. They're bringing their crew to Chicago this summer to broadcast live from the Pitchfork Music Festival, featuring Mission of Burma, Dinosaur Jr., and Seattle's own Fleet Foxes.
THE SEATTLE JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL HAS A LOT MORE THAN FILMS
The Seattle Jewish Film Festival's 13th-anniversary "Bar Mitzvah Bash" features an expanded 10 days of programming and 31 feature, documentary, and short films. Many of the films involve coming-of-age or bar/bat mitzvah themes.
NOW ON THE ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST: MOVIE CRITICS IN PRINT
Film critics are being laid off at daily and weekly newspapers across the country. Given that movie blogs are strewn about the Web like popcorn on a theater floor, there are those who say that movie criticism is not going away, it's just appearing on a different platform.
YOUNG ARTISTS PROGRAM INTERPRETS OPERAS IN A STUDY OF MUSICAL CONTRASTS
Although each opera deals with violent emotion, with characters who act out in response to what they consider unfair treatment, Ravel's "L'Enfant et les sortileges" ("Enchanted Child") and Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi" couldn't be more different. Their production as a double bill by Seattle Opera's Young Artists Program emphasizes the contrast even more, exercised through its twelve high caliber young singers.
SEEN/SCENE: ENJOY THE "WINE, WOMEN AND SONG"
Julie Mains, co-owner and artistic director of Mainstage Comedy and Music Club in Lower Queen Anne, noticed the great music being created by local women and realized there was no event highlighting the talents of these artists. She decided to create "Wine, Women and Song," combining the music of female singers and songwriters with a sampling of wine crafted by women winemakers from all over Washington. Each gathering is on the third Sunday of the month.
SEATTLE COMEDY WRITER MORT LACHMAN TURNS 90
The former head writer for Bob Hope modestly says he isn't sure what else besides hard work gave him a gig in Hollywood for more than a half-century. Celebrating his 90th birthday this past March, the quiet guy from Seattle traces his roots in the entertainment industry back to 1946, when he moved to Palm Springs after serving time in the Army.