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MAYOR MIKE MCGINN DECLARES APRIL TO BE JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH
On Tuesday, Mayor Mike McGinn proclaimed April to be Jazz Appreciation Month in Seattle and for April 9 to be Jazz Day. In the press release McGinn said, "Jazz has spoken eloquently of freedom for people in the United States and abroad and has become an international language that bridges differences and brings people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds together." McGinn also points out the significance of Jackson Street and the surrounding area in the development of Seattle's jazz community. In celebration of this uniquely American art form, there will be a number of special jazz events happening in the Seattle area. Earshot Jazz will celebrate its 25th birthday with a party at Tula's and the University of Washington Jazz Studies Department celebrates its 20th year with a week of jazz performances. The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra presents a pair of concerts featuring the "Birth of the Cool" music by Miles Davis, followed by The Ballard Jazz Festival and Jazz Walk presenting an assortment of jazz. Check out some of the upcoming events at the above link.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
WASHINGTON FILMWORKS' "PULLING FOCUS" KICK-OFF WRAP-UP
Washington Filmworks kicked off the first of its three-part series "Pulling Focus: A Clear Picture of Today's Film Industry" with veteran producer Jay Stern and moderator Warren Etheredge of The Warren Report last night at the Sorrento Hotel. With over 80 people in attendance, Stern shared stories about his 20+ plus years in the film industry, emphasizing his producing experience and focusing on the business of filmmaking. Jay, Warren and the attendees continued the conversation at a reception in the Sorrento Penthouse with wine provided by the Washington Wine Commission. Washington Filmworks would like to thank partners IFP/Seattle, Northwest Film Forum, Northwest Screenwriters Guild, Seattle Office of Film + Music, Seattle Film Institute, Seattle International Film Festival, Women in Film/Seattle, the Washington Wine Commission, winemakers Jay Soloff from DeLille Cellars and wine representative Elizabeth Tveit, and the Sorrento Hotel. Upcoming Pulling Focus events are scheduled for Tuesday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 11.
HELP SAVE COLUMBIA CITY CINEMA
Columbia City Cinema
Columbia City Cinema is in need of financial assistance to keep their doors open and have posted a cry for help on their website. Due to declining attendance and a "substantial shortfall" the neighborhood cinema is "in endgame unless something happens to turn the game around." There are many ways to help keep the theater afloat listed on their website, including attending a movie and making a donation. In their words, "We're hoping for a scene like the one in It's a Wonderful Life where everyone comes forward to save the Building and Loan. We're hoping to send you another email soon that says 'Thank you. Crisis averted.' In fact, we're counting on it." Check out ways to help at the above link.
NELL SHIPMAN SILENT FILMS WILL SCREEN AT THE ADMIRAL THEATER
Brown Paper Tickets
Women in Film/Seattle and West Seattle's Historic Admiral Theater are partnering to pay homage to two films by Northwest bred cinema pioneer, Nell Shipman. Shipman is one of the first women who wrote, produced, and starred in many of her own productions. She became one of the first female directors in 1914, and by the '20s, she had set up her own production company where she specialized in outdoor adventure films involving an assortment of wild animals including skunks, raccoons, wolves, and bears. Dennis James, revivalist musician of live silent film accompaniment, has specially orchestrated scores for the two films that will screen: Something New and A Bear, a Boy, and a Dog. Nell Shipman was known for her love of animals and it is only fitting that because of her love and advocacy of animals; part of the evening's proceeds will go to the Humane Society. Check out this event on Monday, April 19 starting at 6:30 pm.
APPLY FOR THE SUB POP COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP
Sub Pop Records
Sub Pop Records is offering a grand total of $13,000 worth of college scholarship money to three eligible high school seniors. To apply for these scholarships students must be a resident of Washington or Oregon and a graduating senior on their way to full-time enrollment at an accredited university or college. Sub Pop is looking for applicants who are involved and/or interested in music and/or the creative arts in some way. The deadline for applications is May 15.
ARTISTS: APPLY TO BE ON THE HUMANITIES WASHINGTON SPEAKER'S BUREAU
Humanities Washington is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on its statewide speakers bureau, Inquiring Mind. Of particular interest for the 2010-2011 season are dynamic individuals whose presentations explore the stories, ideas and questions of importance to the people of Washington State. Presentations should offer information that encourages dialogue, and gives audience members an opportunity to learn from past events, better understand the present, or inform the future. Past speakers have included scholars, artists, authors, musicians, and historians. Topics for the 2010-2011 season will be loosely organized in the areas of local/state/national history; the environment; cultures of the region and world (including popular culture); diversity; and healthy communities. Deadline to apply is April 19.
IMPROVISED MUSIC PROJECT PRESENTS THE SECOND ANNUAL IMPFEST
Improvised Music Project
University of Washington's Improvised Music Project (IMP) is presenting its second annual IMPfest in conjunction with "UW Week of Jazz 20 Years Celebration." Concerts will include performances by UW Jazz Students, alumni, and international artists Andrew D'Angelo, Cuong Vu and Bill Frisell. IMP is the manifestation of a community of students who genuinely wish to make Seattle a place that welcomes and embraces creative and improvised music. This year's IMPfest will take place April 14 - 24 at various venues in the University District and surrounding areas. Many concerts will be free. For a complete festival schedule and group biographies, follow the above link.
"COUNT ME IN" CENSUS SONG AND VIDEO SHOWCASE LOCAL TALENT
The census song, "Count Me In," a PSA that will be shown nationally through the United States Census Bureau, features all local talent and was filmed entirely in the Seattle area. This project has drawn national attention and has gained support from former Washington State Governor Gary Locke, who is now the United States Secretary of Commerce and oversees the census. And former King County Executive Ron Sims, who is now Deputy Secretary for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, is also very excited and supportive of increasing the use of this project to aware communities nationally. Check out the video at the above link.
DISTINGUISHED POLISH SPEAKERS SERIES PRESENTS A LECTURE ON POLISH CINEMA AFTER 1989
University of Washington Polish Studies Department
The 34th Polish Film Festival in September of 2009 saw a lot interest in and demand for the films screened at the event. In their reports, journalists were confused by the large amount of quality movies to discuss. Critics celebrated the fact that now they have something to discuss besides what is wrong with the Polish film industry. Some of them even announced the rebirth of "the Polish school." In her presentation, Dr. Elzbieta Durys will discuss why Polish national cinema suffered such a long crisis and what contributed to its revival. This lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 pm in Kane Hall on the UW Campus.
THE STORY OF "RODAS RECORDADA" RETURNS TO SEATTLE IN FREE CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT
Music of Remembrance
The free chamber music outreach series Sparks of Glory, presented by Seattle's Music of Remembrance (MOR), concludes its fifth season at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 17 with a performance at the Seattle Art Museum. At these 90-minute "concerts-with-commentary," MOR Artistic Director Mina Miller introduces the musical works and their composers, and delves into social and historical contexts for the music, contrasting these stories with those of SAM's Burden of History exhibit. For Canadian composer Sid Robinovitch's Rodas Recordada, the historical context, surprisingly, includes Seattle's own Sephardic community. MOR's education and outreach series, created to bring chamber music to Seattle's varied communities, is supported this season, in part, by a grant from Chamber Music America.
APPLY FOR THE PROGRAMS COORDINATOR POSITION WITH SHUNPIKE
The Shunpike Programs Coordinator position is an opportunity to strengthen Seattle's arts community through successful program administration for Shunpike and its more than 100 client arts groups. Shunpike strengthens the Seattle arts community by partnering with small and mid-sized arts groups to develop the business tools they need to succeed. Since its inception, Shunpike has supported work by more than 2,500 artists working in live performance, film, literary arts, visual arts and arts education. Specifically, the organization provides business and administrative consulting services to emerging arts groups to help them be more effective and efficient in their organizational efforts. For more information, including how to apply, follow the above link.
HUMP! 2010 IS OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
The Pacific Northwest's biggest amateur-and-locally-produced porn festival returns this fall. HUMP! will be November 5 - 6 at On the Boards in Seattle. The Stranger and the HUMP! 2010 jury invite local filmmakers, actors, and exhibitionists to get to work on their films. The HUMP! jury looks for hotness, humor, and originality. Films do not have to be professionally produced. The Stranger will return or destroy all copies of the films after the festival. Films are not released on the internet, and all screenings are monitored to prevent bootleg copies of HUMP! films from being made. The deadline for submissions for HUMP! 2010 is 5:00 p.m. on October 15.
ACADEMY ARTISTS PRESENT: A SPECIAL FREE CONCERT FEATURING WORLD-RENOWNED VIOLIST PAUL COLETTI
Academy of Music Northwest
Come hear Paul Coletti's premier of the reconstruction of what he believes is Bach's lost viola concerto played with students from the Academy of Music Northwest and Interlake High School. Nineteen-year-old Justin Almazan, an alumnus of both Academy of Music Northwest and the Interlake High School Orchestra will join him in the Telemann Concerto for Two Violas. Freewill donation at door will benefit Interlake High School Orchestra. This concert will be Wednesday, April 14 at 7:30 pm at Interlake High School in Bellevue.
FILMMAKERS: SUBMIT YOUR WORK TO THE TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL
Tacoma Film Festival
Tacoma Film Festival is an eight-day celebration of current independent film from around the globe that began in 2006. The primary focus of the festival is on art house, foreign language, independent, documentaries and short films. In 2009, TFF screened over 120 films at seven venues around the city. They make every effort to program TFF so that as many filmmakers can attend their screening as possible. The final deadline to enter is June 15. Follow the above link for more information.
CHECK OUT THE VINTAGE GUITAR SHOW AT THE SEATTLE CENTER THIS WEEKEND
Greater Seattle Vintage Guitar Show
For 19 years, the Greater Seattle Vintage Guitar Show has brought vintage, new and used instrument dealers together to create the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Thousands of guitars, basses, amplifiers, drums, keyboards and effects will be on-hand and available to buy, sell and trade at this one-day event. Free clinics will occur all day during the show on the topics of amplification, microphone technique, live sound reinforcement, acoustic guitar building, electric guitar pickup selection and more. Major manufacturers like Mackie, Ampeg, Jet City Amplifiers, Breedlove, Blackheart, Reunion Blues and many others will have reps on hand to answer questions and demo their product lines. Attendees may bring instruments to sell or trade. Catch the trade show this Sunday, April 11 in the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
JOIN MUSICARES AND THE GRAMMY FOUNDATION IN THEIR GIVING 2010 CAMPAIGN
The Recording Academy
Do you know a talented student whose school's music budget has been cut? Do you know a music professional who doesn't have health insurance and is facing eviction? Do you know a music archive in peril of being lost for lack of preservation funds? Giving 2010, the first annual GRAMMY Charities grassroots giving campaign, aims to alleviate some of the obstacles musicians and students of music have to face every day. Join MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation April 1 through May 15 in their campaign to raise money for and awareness of the issues facing the music community. Check out the campaign at the above link.
THE MONK INSTITUTE PRESENTS A FREE SHOW WITH ANTONIO HART AND LISA HENRY
Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley presents a free performance by The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz featuring Antonio Hart and Lisa Henry with selected members of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz brings "Peer-to-Peer" jazz education program to Seattle Public Schools April 26 - 30. Each school visit will include an assembly program featuring a musical performance for all students, followed by jazz workshops for each school's jazz band and choir with the visiting student performers playing alongside and sharing ideas with their Seattle counterparts. The weeklong series of events includes a Jazz Alley performance Monday, April 26, at 7:30 pm. This is a complimentary show, but reservations are required. Reserve a spot at the above link.
INTERN WITH THE TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL
Tacoma Film Festival
Tacoma Film Festival is seeking a festival intern for this summer and fall. The festival intern will assist with nearly every aspect of putting the 2010 Tacoma Film Festival together. Duties will include (but are not limited to): reviewing film submissions; organizing and tracking submissions; writing and building the Festival Guide; grassroots promotions for individual films and the festival as a whole; and general administrative tasks. The deadline to apply is April 30. For more information or to apply, follow the above link.
FILMMAKERS: SUBMIT YOUR WORK TO MAELSTROM INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL
Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival, Seattle's genre film festival, is seeking features, documentaries, short films, and animation for the 2nd annual festival, to be held September 17 - 19. MIFFF showcases action, animation, fantasy, horror, science fiction, and other films from across the globe. The final deadline to submit is August 9. Check out the above link for entry details.
GAMESOUNDCON ANNOUNCES SEATTLE 2010 GAME AUDIO SEMINAR
SoundCon LLC announced the addition of Seattle to its list of 2010 locations for GameSoundCon, conference on videogame music composition and sound design. GameSoundCon 2010 Seattle will be held on May 10 at the Experience Music Project. It is an intensive full-day seminar for composers, sound designers and other audio professionals, teaching the unique creative, technical and business challenges essential to work in the game music and game sound industry. "We're very excited to introduce our concentrated GameSoundCon seminar in Seattle," says Brian Schmidt, executive director of GameSoundCon. "With Seattle's combination of high-tech and videogame industries, plus its vibrant arts community, it was natural for us to add Seattle to our list of 2010 cities."
BRIAN VOGAN WINS KIDVID TOURNAMENT 2010 CHAMPIONSHIP
KidVid Tournament 2010 pitted 16 of 2009's best kids' music videos against each other in a single elimination tournament, with readers of Zooglobble picking the winners in each round. The championship round was a face-off between a couple of Seattle artists for the right to be called KidVid Tournament 2010 Champion - Caspar Babypants and his "Itsy Bitsy Spider" video from "More Please!" versus Brian Vogan and "That's How a Pumpkin Grows" from his "Little Songs" album. Voting ended Tuesday with Brian Vogan's video receiving the most votes to win the title. Check out Vogan's video and all the others at the above link.
OLYMPIA FILM FESTIVAL IS NOW HIRING A PROGRAMMER AND DIRECTOR FOR 2010 FESTIVAL
Olympia Film Society
Olympia Film Society is looking to fill two positions for the upcoming 2010 Olympia Film Festival. The director coordinates and oversees all aspects of the nine-day film festival happening this fall. Duties include: fundraising; budget monitoring; recruiting and supervising volunteers; and marketing. The festival programmer oversees all programming operations for the Olympia Film Festival. Duties include: Booking, scheduling and shipping of films; recruiting and coordinating volunteers; and marketing. For more information or to apply, click the above link.
ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL SCREENS THREE SEATTLE FILMS
Atlanta Film Festival
The Atlanta Film Festival, running from April 15 - 23, is screening three Seattle made films. The documentary feature Wheedle's Groove, directed by Jennifer Maas, explores the Seattle soul music scene of the late 1960s. Tell Me Who is a short film directed by David Lipson that tells the story of a mysterious love letter and a young man who falls in love with a woman he has never met. Dear Lemon Lima, directed by Suzi Yoonessi, is a quirky comedy about social misfits and unrequited teenage love.
"THE OFF HOURS" BEGINS PRODUCTION THIS MONTH
The Off Hours
The Off Hours, written and directed by local filmmaker Megan Griffiths, is going into production this month. The impressive cast list includes some of independent film's finest actors: Amy Seimetz (Tiny Furniture, Alexander the Last), Ross Partridge (Baghead, The Freebie), Tony Doupe (Crimes of the Past, Butterfly Dreaming), Lynn Shelton (Humpday, Moving), Alycia Delmore (Humpday, What the Funny), and Earl Prebezac (Buffalo Bill's Defunct, Urban Scarecrow). The film will be produced by Mischa Jakupcak, Lacey Leavitt and Joy Saez, shot by Ben Kasulke, production designed by Ben Blankenship, and costume designed by Rebecca Luke, with a score by local singer/songwriter Joshua Morrison. To learn more about the film and the project's Kickstarter, visit the website above.
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"
- Black Breath "Heavy Breathing"
- Brandi Carlile "Live at Easy Street"
- Rocky Votolato "True Devotion"
- Brandi Carlile "Give Up The Ghost"
- Visqueen "Message to Garcia"
- Shabazz Palaces "Of Light"
- Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
- Shabazz Palaces "Shabazz Palaces"
- Champagne Champagne "Champagne Champagne"
SOUNDGARDEN SET TO HEADLINE LOLLAPALOOZA 2010
The Lollapalooza 2010 lineup was announced Tuesday and the festival managed to snagged Seattle grunge legends Soundgarden to headline the three-day event, which will take place August 6 - 8 at Chicago's Grant Park. Lollapalooza marks the first gig of any kind Chris Cornell and the Superunknown gang have performed since their 1997 breakup. "It was a very tough catch for us," Perry Farrell told Rolling Stone of adding Soundgarden, who announced their reunion on New Year's Day but have gone silent since. "They were ready then they weren't ready, then they didn't know what they were going to do and then they were going to go out with another group to tour. So we were really kind of on edge to secure them and it came down to the wire." Soundgarden had previously performed on two Lollapalooza circuits when the festival was a roving tour and Farrell was set on booking them again: "We're happy that it all worked out and we have the exclusive first comeback show for them." Follow the above link to read more about Lollapalooza 2010's lineup.
READ INTERVIEW WITH ADAM ZACKS, FOUNDER OF SASQUATCH! MUSIC FESTIVAL
Consequence of Sound
Adam Zacks, founder of Sasquatch! Music Festival and current Senior Director of Programming at the Seattle Theater Group, is interviewed on Consequence of Sound. They cover everything from the founding of the festival, inclement weather, local music, and feeling the love. On not selling out, "My gut instinct was that for a festival to have longevity it would have to reflect the culture of the region and earn credibility by being really attentive to the fans and responsible in our business practices." Read the full article at the above link.
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