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News from the Film + Music Office 4/1/2009


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Mayor's Office of Film + Music
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LOOKING FOR DAILY MEDIA BRIEFINGS? CHECK OUT OUR BLOG!
Seattle Film and Music Blog
The Mayor's Office of Film + Music presents the Seattle Film and 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

FILM + MUSIC OFFICE WELCOMES NEW INTERN!
Film + Music Office
The Seattle Film + Music Office is proud to welcome intern Sandra Amolo to the team. Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, Sandra is a sophomore at Seattle University majoring in Marketing with a minor in Global Politics. She is an avid music enthusiast, with a love for all kinds of music and the arts in general. Sandra has already proven herself a valuable asset and we at the Film + Music Office are happy to have her aboard!

HEALTHCARE FOR LOCAL ARTISTS CONTINUES
WAHIP
The new Artist Clinic at Country Doctor Community Clinic offers artist-focused hours every Wednesday from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Appointments can also be made at other times to accommodate varying schedules. Artists of all creative disciplines are encouraged to avail of this service. Make an appointment today by calling 206.299.1600. Be sure mention WAHIP when you call.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

PETER DONNELLY PASSES AWAY AT 70
WashingtonFilmWorks
p donnelly When Peter Donnelly arrived in Seattle in 1964 to work at the then-fledgling Seattle Repertory Theatre, the city had few professional arts organizations. Mr. Donnelly, one of the most important figures in Seattle's arts community over the past 45 years, would play a pivotal role in changing that state of affairs. Mr. Donnelly, who headed ArtsFund from 1989 to 2005, died March 28th after complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 70. "He's absolutely a titan in the arts community," said James Tune, current president and CEO of ArtsFund, which raises money for the arts in Western Washington.

DRY RAIN WINS NW FILM AWARD
Loaded Pictures
Local filmmaker, Matthew J. Clark, just won the Best Northwest Film Award at the Spokane International Film Festival with his film Dry Rain. Clark won the 2006 IFP Spotlight Award along with Producer Brian Homman, Cinematographer Doug Hostetter and writer Pete Fromm. Dry Rain is screening this weekend at the Wisconsin International Film Festival in Madison and will go on to play the prestigious Rochester International Film Festival in late April.

BACH TO BYTE: TECHNOLOGY AND THE PERFORMING ARTS
Bach to Byte
p donnelly The current economic crisis is confronting symphony orchestras, opera companies, chamber music societies and small ensembles with their greatest challenge - and their greatest opportunity in decades: How to survive and prosper in a time when technological advances are redefining how we transmit, buy and market classical music and opera. The conference is being held May 7th at Benaroya Hall and will feature leaders in this area, including YouTube, Microsoft, and the Metropolitan Opera among others.

SEATTLE ART MUSEUM SCREENS NATIVE AMERICAN FILMS
TheFilmSchool
Seattle Art Museum in conjunction with Sundance Institute will celebrate Native American filmmaking with free screenings on April 15th, 2009 of Sikumi, a short film directed by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, followed by Miss Navajo, a full-length film directed by Billy Luther. Highlights of the evening will include a Q&A with filmmaker Billy Luther moderated by Bird Runningwater, Associate Director of the Native American and Indigenous Program for the Sundance Institute. The free screenings will be begin at 7:00 p.m. Advanced reservations can be made to secure seating.

THE RECORDING ACADEMY SEEKS SUMMER INTERN
911 Media
Are you familiar with the Pacific Northwest music scene and the industry at large? Are you proficient with PCs and the Microsoft Office Suite? Do you MySpace, FaceBook, and Twitter? Do you have attention for detail? Are you a creative thinker? Then the Recording Academy wants you as a summer intern! Please email Court.Scott@Grammy.com for an application.

MUSICIANS WANTED FOR ALKI ART FAIR
Alki Arts Fair
The 12th Annual Alki Art Fair will be held this year on July 25th and 26th, 2009. Every year people come to the beach to buy hand made local art, listen to great music, and enjoy the wonderful views from Alki beach. Artists and craftsmen vendors interested in exhibiting are being sought at this time. Local bands interested in playing are welcome to send a CD. Bands should play music that families will enjoy.

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT POSITION OFFERED
The Official Best of Fest
The Official Best of Fest, an entertainment start up, is looking to hire a new executive assistant. They are looking for someone with an understanding of the industry and who has the ability to set up organizational systems. The Position consists of coordinating a world-wide network of film festival curators, setting up systems including the receipt of movies from around the world and the tracking and distribution of inventory. For more information on the company, please visit their site through the link above.

FILMMAKER NEEDED
Seafair
Seafair is looking for a local filmmaker to create a video compilation of interviews with local celebrities and key members of the community telling their favorite Seafair memory. The video will be featured on the Seafair and KIRO websites, and clips may be used during event broadcasts throughout the summer. Seafair is looking for a self-starter that will work closely with a Seafair staff member, go out into the field for the interviews and make this happen.

STAYIN' ALIVE: ROCK BAND FOR ADULTS
EMP|SFM
Have you ever gone to a concert and wished you could be in the limelight? Well, now's your chance! Stayin' Alive: Rock Band for Adults, encourages you to release your inner rocker. Rehearse cover songs, collaborate to create original works and learn what it takes to be a part of a successful band. The program ends with a performance in JBL Theater on May 20th. All rock instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome to sign up. You must be at least 18 years old to participate and have at least one year of experience on your instrument. Space is limited. All instruments are provided. The event will be at the Northwest Film Forum at 7:00pm on April 26th.

MIFFF DEBUTS THE MAELSTROM INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL
MIFFF
The Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival (MIFFF), a three day international showcase of animation, fantasy, horror, and science fiction cinema, is pleased to announce its inaugural launch September 18th-20th, 2009 at the SIFF Cinema at McCaw Hall in Seattle. As a genre film festival in Seattle, MIFFF is a unique entity. The Seattle Metropolitan Area is home to one of the largest film attending populations in the country. MIFFF is a venue that gives a voice to genre film fans through a wide spectrum of films and related programming.

WTIA FAST PITCH FORUM & TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE
WTIA
The application deadline has been extended, so keep those applications coming in! Submit your application by April 14th to be a part of the WTIA's annual investment event. The Fast Pitch Forum generates buzz year after year as one of the most popular and successful Washington state technology events. It's a vehicle for the best Northwest technology companies to pitch and therefore "showcase" their business to the local community, key venture capitalists and technology buyers, and to learn about the state of the investment climate.

SEATTLE FINALISTS PLACE IN INTERNATIONAL FILM CHALLENGE
International Documentary Film Challenge
The Seattle film community produces many independent films helmed by first-time feature directors, both local and out-of-towners. Despite the huge variety in production size, budget and quality, certain problems arise again and again. Attendees will hear from a panel consisting of a producer, 1st AD, cinematographer, gaffer and editor that have worked with first-time feature directors in the NW. Through their stories, the discussion will focus on the key elements commonly missing in multiple Seattle productions and what filmmakers can all do to improve their workflows. It will be held at the NWFF April 21st at 7:00pm.

GROUP DISCUSSION FOR LOCAL FILMMAKERS
IFPNW
The Seattle film community produces many independent films helmed by first-time feature directors, both local and out-of-towners. Despite the huge variety in production size, budget and quality, certain problems arise again and again. Attendees will hear from a panel consisting of a producer, 1st AD, cinematographer, gaffer and editor that have worked with first-time feature directors in the NW. Through their stories, the discussion will focus on the key elements commonly missing in multiple Seattle productions and what filmmakers can all do to improve their workflows. It will be held at the NWFF April 21st at 7:00pm.

THE VERA PROJECT SEEKS PROGRAMMING INTERN
The Vera Project
Seattle Film Institute Offers free workshop on shooting green screen for youtube followed by an open house for spring. The Seattle Film Institute offers full and part-time classes in Filmmaking, Screenwriting, Film History, Documentary Filmmaking, and Digital Video. Spring classes start in April. An Open House for the Seattle Film Institute's Spring classes will be held Saturday, April 4th, at the Seattle Film Institute.

MAKE ME BLUSH
Blush Photos
This Thursday Gibson, Blush, and See Me River have a great evening of art and music planned for you. Make Me Blush is a Blush Photo (Kristen Truax) production including candid, live, and portrait photography from Seattle's music world. This show includes local musicians such as Blue Scholars, These Arms Are Snakes, and Eric Howk. The event is at the Gibson Showroom with doors opening at 6:00pm.

IN CONCERT: THE OVERTON BERRY ENSEMBLE
Overton Berry
Over 17,000 runners have committed to run the inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon and half Marathon on Saturday, June 27th. With local bands every mile along the 13.1 and 26.2 mile route, thousands of runners from all over the country will be treated to Seattle's eclectic and renowned music scene. Register now to experience this musically charged running event before the race sells out!

ROCK 'N' ROLL MARATHON TO SELL OUT
Rock 'N' Roll Marathon
Seattle Film Institute Offers free workshop on shooting green screen for youtube followed by an open house for spring. The Seattle Film Institute offers full and part-time classes in Filmmaking, Screenwriting, Film History, Documentary Filmmaking, and Digital Video. Spring classes start in April. An Open House for the Seattle Film Institute's Spring classes will be held Saturday, April 4th, at the Seattle Film Institute.

QUEENS TO RULE AGAIN ON CAPITOL HILL
Three Dollar Bill Cinema
Three Dollar Bill Cinema, producers of the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, presents "God Save The Queens" as their 2009 Spring Film Series, screening at 7:00pm. on the last four Thursdays in April at Northwest Film Forum. This four-part retrospective of cinematic crown jewels celebrates classic queer movies from Great Britain.

ALL CALL FOR FILM SUBMISSIONS TO SEAFAIR!
Seafair
Seafair is celebrating its 60th anniversary this summer and they want YOUR Seafair memory! They'll be featuring videos throughout the festival in honor of the sixty summers that Seafair has been welcoming summer and sun to Seattle. Send us old footage or create your own original video! Submissions are due by June 1st.

YOUTH ARTS FUNDING DEADLINE, APRIL 14TH
Seattle.Gov
The Office is accepting applications for the Youth Arts program, an annual funding opportunity that supports arts training for Seattle's middle and high school youth outside of school hours. The program provides funding in all artistic disciplines. Funding awards range from $1,500 to $10,000. Projects must take place between September 2009 and September 2010. Application deadline is Tuesday, April 14th.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 3/22 - 3/28
http://www.seattle.gov/filmandmusic
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).

  1. Pearl Jam - Ten (reissue
  2. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
  3. Decemberists - Hazards of Love
  4. Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band - S/T
  5. M. Ward - Hold Time
  6. Say Hi - Oohs and Ahhs
  7. Hey Marseilles - To Travels and Trunks
  8. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
  9. Laura Gibson - Beasts of Seasons
  10. AC Newman - Get Guilty

MEDIA DIGEST

CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY HEADLINERS ANNOUNCED
Seattle PI
One of the bands is an alternative rock icon and it will be interesting to see how their music goes over outdoors in the cramped confines of the main stage area at the Block Party. The other band is a group that was banned from playing shows in Seattle 12 years ago because of its singer's penchant for stage diving.

WII NOTCHES UP 50 MILLION SALES
Variety
The Nintendo Wii console will pass the 50 million worldwide sales mark this month, setting a new game console record. The Wii is set to hit the milestone two years and four months after launch, eight months faster than previous record holder, Sony's PlayStation 2. The Wii console has lured million of gamers of all ages with the Wii Fit, Wii Sports and other software that even beginners with no interest in traditional games can enjoy.

ROLLING STONE FEATURES 'TADGARDEN SHOW'
Rolling Stone
Rock Daily spotted some reports about a near Soundgarden reunion last night in Seattle at one of Tom Morello's Justice Tour stops. RS reader Chris Senn writes in with an eyewitness account of what went down at the Crocodile Café. "Of course, with Tom Morello and Wayne Kramer in the building it's a given the audience is in for some kind of incarnation of 'Kick Out the Jams.' For lead vocals they brought out Mark Arm, lead singer of Mudhoney, while Morello and Kramer faced off in a guitar duel front and center stage. Shortly after this an additional guitarist showed up quietly, playing at the side of the stage. Although it's been over a decade since Soundgarden broke up and his signature beard is now gray, there's no mistaking Kim Thayil!"

BARSUK MOVES TO QUEEN ANNE, SPAWNS TINY HUMAN
Seattle Weekly
Late last week, employees of Barsuk Records quietly packed up their Georgetown headquarters and decamped to the top of Queen Anne.The eclectic alterna-pop label, which launched Death Cab's career and boasts a roster of artists that includes the Long Winters, Mates of State, Ra Ra Riot, and Say Hi now occupies a large, raw space that formerly housed a photo studio near the Galer St. Trader Joe's. That's not the only change that's afoot at Barsuk: The label's longtime in-house publicist, Ever Kipp, has started his own media relations company, Tiny Human, with Barsuk's blessing.