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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
2008 POP CONFERENCE AT EMP|SFM
This year's EMP Pop Conference is the largest to date, featuring more than 160 presenters across some forty panels. The overarching theme is "Shake, Rattle: Music, Conflict, and Change." The conference will ask questions about popular music and its role in contemporary social and political issues. Events begin Thursday, April 10, highlighted by a keynote panel inspired by the current EMP|SFM exhibition "American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music," and featuring Louie Perez of Los Lobos and Raul Pacheco of Ozomatli. Other highlights include a performance by Seattle political hip-hop leaders Blue Scholars, a talk about being a "ghostwriter" by the king of the music as-told-to book, David Ritz, and presentations ranging from music and the war in Iraq, youth struggle from Sierra Leone to Colombia, Bob Marley, grunge's anti-nostalgia, to John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change." Register for this great, and free, event at the link above.
SEATTLE THEATRE GROUP SEEKS CONCERTS MARKETING MANAGER
The Seattle Theatre Group (STG) is looking for a new Concerts Marketing Manager. This position involves managing multiple marketing campaigns for concerts, including advertising (buys, traffic, settlement), public relations and promotions. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with a cover letter and resume.
CALL FOR 100 MUSICIANS! (GUITARISTS & BASS PLAYERS)
New York composer Glenn Branca is seeking 80 guitarists and 20 bass players to volunteer for his upcoming monumental performance of "Symphony No.13 (Hallucination City)". This performance will be in Seattle on May 16 for the Seattle Art Museum's Party in the Park, a fundraising event celebrating the museum's 75th Anniversary. There will be two rehearsals on May 14th and 15th each lasting from 11:00am to 9pm. Additionally, there will be a sound check on the afternoon of May 16, prior to the performance at the Olympic Sculpture Park.
JACK STRAW CONTINUES COMPOSER SPOTLIGHT SERIES
Next Wednesday, avant garde vocalist Anna Homler makes a rare Seattle appearance at this month's Composer Spotlight, and Jack Straw Productions is celebrating with cupcakes! Homler will discuss her Jack Straw residency and a recording project featuring a large improvising ensemble.
GEORGE GALLO BRINGS "LOCAL COLOR" TO BAINBRIDGE AND PORT ORCHARD
Noted writer and film director, George Gallo ("Midnight Run"/"Bad Boys") comes to town this week to premiere his latest film, "Local Color" to two Historic Theaters located on Bainbridge Island and Port Orchard. The film, starring Trevor Morgan, Ray Liotta, and Armin Mueller-Stahl, has a limited two-week engagement starting April 11. The films' producer (Jimmy Evangelatos) and executive producer (Alex Kirkwood) have ties to the Seattle area. Kirkwood grew up in Seattle and has relatives on Bainbridge. "Local Color" also recently won top honors at the Sedona Film Festival.
THE SCHOLARSHIP CHAMBER ENSEMBLES CONCERT
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. six outstanding young chamber music ensembles take the stage of the Nordstrom Recital at Benaroya Hall for a performance of classic and contemporary works from the chamber music repertoire. The performance is the culmination of a new chamber music program designed by the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras for its most advanced student members.
THREE DOLLAR BILL PRESENTS: CABARET
Three Dollar Bill Cinema's "I Love The Nightlife!" April Film Series continues Thursday, April 10, with the award-winning crowd pleaser "Cabaret," presented at Northwest Film Forum at 7 P.M. and followed by a post-screening party at Purr Cocktail Lounge. Screening attendees are invited to attend a post-party at Purr Cocktail Lounge, located at 1518 11th Avenue. Drink specials will be offered to ticket holders.
SEATTLE'S LANGSTON HUGHES AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL BEGINS SATURDAY
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center (LHPAC) will host its Fifth Annual African American Film Festival, featuring a powerful lineup of documentaries, narratives, film shorts and animation. The Festival runs nine consecutive nights from April 12th - 20th. The festival includes a record number of entries from emerging and established filmmakers from around the world.
16TH ANNUAL SEATTLE POLISH FILM FESTIVAL
The 16th Annual Seattle Polish Film Festival will be held from April 18th through the 27th at the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at Seattle Center's McCaw Hall. Last year the SPFF featured the screenings of a variety of films, ranging from commercial successes, such as "The Collector," to critically acclaimed films, such as "The Perfect Afternoon," to independent films, such as "The Devil." Accordingly, the SPFF hosted actors and directors associated with these films, including Andrzej Chyra, Przemyslaw Wojcieszek, and Tomasz Szafranski, respectively.
GAVIN BORCHERT - LOCAL COMPOSER/CRITIC AT GOOD SHEPHERD CHAPEL
Nonsequitur and Washington Composers Forum are pleased to present Seattle composer Gavin Borchert and Friends in an afternoon matinee concert on Saturday April 12, 2008 at 4 PM in the historic Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood. Well known as a classical music writer for the Seattle Weekly and radio commentator on KUOW, Borchert is also an accomplished composer whose works are heard all too infrequently. Performing also will be an ace ensemble of local musicians.
BRINGING IT HOME
Puget's Sound second Thursday Concerts at The Pike closes its early-2008 season with a Springtime Cabaret à la Français on Thursday, April 10. The performance will take place at The Pike Pub & Brewery's funky, self-contained "Museum Room"-an all-ages listening environment that proved a stellar scene for last month's Spanish Castle Blues Extravaganza. Don't miss this chance to celebrate the combination of first-rate live, local music and award-winning menu selections/micro-brews.
THEFILMSCHOOL SUMMER SESSION NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
TheFilmSchool will be offering its Summer Session starting July 5, 2008. The 3-Week Intensive is TheFilmSchool's most popular program, teaching the principles and mechanisms of structure and character, as well as the fundamentals of storytelling, through seven distinct courses. Students in this program come from all walks of life and all levels of filmmaking to be a part of this unique program and to prepare for work in the film industry.
SEATTLE FILMMAKER IS HEINZ COMMERCIAL FINALIST
Jesse Harris, Seattle filmmaker and one of the primary organizers of NFFTY, has been named one of ten finalists (out of a pool of 2,500) in the "Top This TV Challenge" hosted by Heinz Ketchup. The grand prize is $57,000 and having the commercial aired on National Television. Follow the link to see Jesse's commercial as well as those of his competitors.
A PARTY AND SCREENING: SENATOR OBAMA GOES TO AFRICA
An event to celebrate Barack Obama has been reinstated at 911Media Arts Center. The two screenings of the film "Senator Obama Goes to Africa," on Friday April 11th, will be accompanied by an all-night party with beer, wine, and plenty of Obama spirit. The screening party is back on, contrary to a previous cancellation.
AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL CALLS FOR ENTRIES
The 15th Annual Austin Film Festival is announcing a call for screenplay/teleplay/film entries. The festival, to take place October 16-23, 2008 in Austin, Texas, screens entries in six competitive categories: Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Narrative Student Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, and Animated Short. The festival is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Oscar Qualifying festival for Short Films. Submit your film with the new online form.
RICHARD FLORIDA: THE IMPORTANCE OF PLACE
The Town Hall Center for Civic Life is holding a presentation on Tuesday, June 3rd, with Richard Florida, a professor of business and creativity at the University of Toronto. Florida is the best-selling author of "The Rise of the Creative Class." His new book, "Who's Your City?", examines the surprising importance of place. According to Florida, where we live determines what jobs and careers we have access to, the people we meet, and the "mating markets" in which we participate.
TWO YEARS IN FM MAKES IMPRESSION ON TOM NICOL
While Tom Nicol only spent two years in Fort Madison after graduating from college in the mid 1980s, he has fond memories of our community, as is expressed through some of his songs. This one-man band's first studio album, "Ramblings from a Troubled Universe" was officially released on Tuesday.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 3/31 - 4/6
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant
- Sera Cahoone - Only as the Day is Long
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Stephen Malkmus - Real Emotional Trash
- Destroyer - Trouble in Dreams
- Grand Archives - Grand Archives
- Sex/Vid - Nest 7"
- Gutter Twins - Saturnalia
- The Cave Singers - Invitation Songs
- Mark Pickerel - Cody's Dream
STRIKE UP THE BAND
In March, local Rotary clubs, the Seattle Youth Music Association and the school system unveiled an effort to provide instruments for grade school children to get them started and then follow them through high school. Rotary Music4Life aims to provide 1,200 musical instruments over the next two years. Already, 36 percent of fourth- and fifth-graders in Seattle Public Schools participate in instrumental programs. But the goal of increasing the rate to 50 percent is reasonable; more than 100 students were unable to participate this year because they couldn't get access to instruments.
AMATEUR FILMS CAPTURE A CHANGING GEORGETOWN
The third annual Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival, will take place on April 19th at the Rainier Cold Storage Building on Airport Way South. Several of this year's entries so far are focusing heavily on the impacts of gentrification on the neighborhood. Like so few other film festival organizers, Laura Wright and Mike Poetcel are actually lending Super 8 cameras to entrants, in order to allow and encourage them to participate.
PAUL ALLEN'S VULCAN PRODUCTIONS TAKES HOME PEABODY
Thirty-five recipients of the 67th annual George Foster Peabody awards for broadcasting excellence were announced by the University of Georgia ahead of a ceremony in New York City on June 16. Among the recipients was one with a Seattle tie, courtesy of Paul Allen's Vulcan Productions: "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial," NOVA/WGBH Educational Foundation and The Big Table Film Co.
BUMBERSHOOT 2008 LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENTS
Beck, Stone Temple Pilots, Lucinda Williams, Neko Case, Ingrid Michaelson, Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Jakob Dylan, !!!, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Saul Williams, Joe Bonamassa, M. Ward, The Walkmen, and many more are already booked for Bumbershoot 2008. This year's festival will be August 30th through September 1st at Seattle Center. Three-day passes are already available and more acts will be announced soon.
SEATTLE JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL: NO POLITICS, PLEASE!
The politics of the Middle East are mostly absent from the documentaries lineup of the 13th edition of the Seattle Jewish Film Festival. Instead, the films SJFF offered up for preview emphasize family, ritual, and the mighty right foot of Bobby Charlton.
MUTE MATH: TALLYING UP SEATTLE'S INSTRUMENTAL BANDS
A growing number of Seattle musicians are taking the frontman-free route, taking cues from national names like Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky. The Stranger names a few to keep an eye on, including Sleepy Eyes of Death, Bird Show of North America, Bronze Fawn, Joy Wants Eternity, Panther Attack, and You.May.Die.In.The.Desert.
ROCK LOTTERY 04: THEY'RE IN THE HAT
Four days separate us from the next iteration of Seattle's Rock Lottery, in which 25 local musicians are sorted into 5 bands at random, and are then given 12 hours to prepare for their first gig at Neumo's. See the (nearly) complete list here.
EVERYDAY MUSIC TO STAY ON BROADWAY!
It looked for a little while like the Seattle branch of Everyday Music would be the latest record store to enter the crowded confines of the music shop morgue. After Sound Transit recently acquired the block that houses the store for transit development, the clock began ticking. Now, the space that Everyday Music might soon call home is the former base of a music licensing business called DMX (located at Pine and Broadway) that has been vacant in the recent past.
TACOMA BAND GOES BACK TO THE FUTURE WITH MODERN AND '60S TECH
The Tacoma-based "Mono In VCF" create a dreamy, orchestral, neo-psychedelic sound that immediately draws you into its sonic slipstream. In addition to lead vocalist Kim Miller, whom the band found through Craigslist, the band includes Jordan Luckman (bass), Hunter Lea (guitar, keyboards) and Jason Falk (drums). The band takes its name from what Luckman describes as "a clash of two different eras."
TV ICON J.P. PATCHES HONORED AT 80; EVEN CANCER CAN'T KEEP HIM DOWN
Beloved local clown J.P. Patches received an early birthday president last month. Supporters who have been working since 2005 to create a statue of J.P. and his sidekick, Gertrude, learned that they had collected the $150,000 to ensure the statue's funding. That was helped by a $50,000 matching grant from a group of Patches Pals headed by Pemco President and CEO Stan McNaughton. Chris Wedes, aka J.P. Patches, and Bob Newman, aka Gertrude, plan to greet Patches Pals at the statue's unveiling Aug. 17 in Fremont.
CALLING ALL WRITERS: THE WASHINGTON STATE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION RETURNS
The Northwest Screenwriters Guild and Northwest Film Forum have launched their 11th annual competition in search of regional talent. Screenplays must be one of the following: written by a Washington resident, 50 percent set in Washington, or filmable in Washington. Prizes include display ads in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter; a staged reading with a cast of Seattle actors; and one-year memberships in NWSG and NWFF.
SEATTLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA IN SEARCH OF TENORS AND BASSES FOR "ODE TO JOY" SEEDS OF COMPASSION CONCERT
How would you like to sing in Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" for His Holiness the Dalai Lama on international TV? The Seattle Symphony Orchestra, which is forming a large community orchestra and chorus to sing the choral finale to Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at an April 15 "Seeds of Compassion" morning event in the UW's Hec Edmundson Pavilion, is looking for professional, amateur and advanced-student tenors and basses to join the choir. To sign up, tenor and bass participants should send an e-mail to email@example.com with their name, voice part and contact phone number.
AT THE CHAPEL, A MARRIAGE OF SPACE AND SOUND
The Chapel, which last month celebrated one year as a hub for esoteric music, sits on the top floor of what was once a "home for wayward girls" in the Good Shepherd Center. Now it has transformed Wallingford into a magnet for experimental musicians of all kinds. The Chapel is a success story for Historic Seattle, a nonprofit dedicated to architectural preservation, which renovated the space but took two years to find the right tenant. That tenant turned out to be the Nonsequitur Foundation, a new music nonprofit with a hefty endowment that insulates it from the usual funding roller-coaster of most arts organizations. For a crowd that reveres artistic innovation as a sort of religion, the sacred overtones of the Chapel feel somehow appropriate.
GRAND ILLUSION THEATER IS CELEBRATING BETTE DAVIS' CENTENNIAL WITH A FILM SERIES
Hollywood legend Bette Davis is the subject of a tribute film series this month at the Grand Illusion: "Fasten Your Seat Belts: Bette Davis Turns 100." Screening daily through May 1 (and late-night on weekends through May 10), the series features seven of her iconic films, from her early years as a Warner Bros. contract player to her late-career revival in the horror genre.
YOUNG NORTHWEST MUSICIANS HONORED NATIONALLY
The Music Teachers National Association Competition, held in Denver late last month, honored six young Northwest musicians. Among them were: Jonathan Hill, a student of Seattle Symphony tubist Christopher Olka, who placed first in the young artist division (for musicians 19-26); and Min Joo Ye, a student of Bellevue piano teacher Michi North, who won second place in the junior division (for musicians 11-14). Other honorees (announced earlier), were: Marié Rossano (first place strings, juniors); Paul Kim (second place strings, senior division, for ages 15-18); Lauren Glass (second place woodwinds, seniors); and Leann Conley (third place voice, young artist division).
SEEN/SCENE: 'UNDERGROUND' WIDENS ITS AUDIENCE
The Ballard band Visqueen will be among those featured on the broadcast premiere of CW11/KSTW's "Underground," a documentary short film series about local artists, musicians, skateboarders, spoken word artists, etc. For a little less than a year, their stories have been available online, but now it's going to air on KSTW/11 at 9 Saturday night and again at 9:30 p.m. April 12. The plan is to broadcast a half hour of "Underground" every three months, but all of it is always available -- free -- online. In the first on-air show, viewers can discover, along with Visqueen, the Spectrum Dance Theater, which asks tough questions about the true cost of war, and PWRFL Power, aka Japanese music student Kazutaka Nomura.
OLYMPIA JAZZ PIANIST JACK PERCIFUL WORKED WITH MUSIC GIANTS
Jack Perciful, a jazz pianist who played and arranged for swing band leader Harry James for 18 years, died March 13 at age 82. Mr. Perciful had lived in Olympia since 1974, where he was highly regarded for his work with the late bassist Red Kelly, among others.
ABE OSHEROFF HAD A LIFE RIGHT OUT OF A MOVIE
Activist, carpenter, and filmmaker Abe Osheroff passed away this week at age 92. As a member of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade he fought fascism in Spain, and in 1974 made a documentary about his experiences called "Dreams and Nightmares." He was also a central figure in 1984's Spanish Civil War documentary "The Good Fight." In 2000, he made another film, "Art in the Struggle for Freedom," about the poetry and poster art of the same conflict.
KMPS-FM MORNING NEWS HOST DON RIGGS WILL RETIRE AFTER FRIDAY'S SHOW
KMPS-FM's Don Riggs, the morning news host, is retiring after 55 years as a broadcaster. Riggs has delivered the news at the country music station for more than 33 years. His final broadcast is Friday. Riggs' career began in 1953 at KLAN radio in Renton. He's also worked at KUOW, KULE, KISW, KIRO and KVI as well as a radio producer for the Voice of United Nations Command when he was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1959.