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CALL IN TO ASK THE MAYOR ABOUT FILM AND MUSIC
"Ask the Mayor" gives Seattle residents a chance to speak directly to our mayor, Mike McGinn, live on Seattle Channel 21. Host CR Douglas and Mayor McGinn respond to your phone calls and e-mails on Thursday, April 15 at 7:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to ask the mayor questions of interest to musician and filmmakers. To submit your questions ahead of time, follow the link.
NETWORK WITH SEATTLE BUSINESS LEADERS IN BOSTON
Seattle Chamber of Commerce
For over 20 years, the Seattle Chamber and the City of Seattle have partnered in an annual visit to other cities to examine best practices and learn from the mistakes and successes of our peers. Mayor Mike McGinn and our own James Keblas will be attendance for this year's Intercity Study Mission, happening June 9-11 in Boston, MA. This is a great opportunity for musicians and filmmakers to join a senior-level delegation of regional business, government and civic leaders while representing the interests and concerns of your community and learning how another city is handling these issues. To learn more about this or to register, follow the above link.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
7TH ANNUAL LANGSTON HUGHES AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL STARTS THIS WEEKEND
The nine day African American Film Festival is running April 17-25 and is slated to feature a lineup of thoughtful films that include 19 Seattle premieres, 8 world premieres, local directors, an LGBT focus, talkbacks, workshops, panel chats and family films. This year's films include documentaries, diaspora films that open the near and far world, touching dramas and witty shorts all designed to immerse audiences in the powerful voice of emergent cinema that is by or about Black people. This year, due to the planned seismic and electrical upgrades of the historic Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center facility in Seattle's Central District, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center (LHPAC) will host its 7th Annual African American Film Festival at a variety of new venues; the Cinerama will host the opening night screening. MOHAI will host the closing night screening and reception; all other films will be at The Central Cinema.
SHOW THE LOVE ON RECORD STORE DAY
Record Store Day
The third annual National Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 17 and in celebration of Record Store Day, many bands will be releasing limited edition EPs, seven inches, and other fun musical goodies. Also, independent shops across the nation will be giving out free swag, hosting in-store performances, and offering up some great sales all day long. A list of limited edition Record Store Day releases can be found on their website. Silver Platters in Queen Anne and Northgate will have in-store performances from Amber Pacific, Crème Tangerine, H.I.M., Trampled by Turtles and Blake Lewis. And Sonic Boom in Ballard and Capitol Hill will have performances from Minus the Bear and Danny Barnes. For a list of all participating record stores in Seattle, follow the above link.
SIFF'S ANNUAL VOLUNTEER MEETING IS THIS WEEKEND
Join SIFF for their annual Volunteer Meeting this Saturday, April 17 at 10:00 am at the Egyptian Theatre on Capitol Hill. SIFF's dedicated volunteer team is key to the success of the Seattle International Film Festival. Last year, over 800 volunteers got a glimpse of what it takes to pull off a three-week festival that boasted 392 films from 62 countries and drew 142,420 attendees. The majority of volunteers work as ushers, while others perform tasks in their offices, and at theater venues, galas, and special events. This meeting will serve as an orientation to the Festival; all festival coordinators will introduce their departments and discuss how you can apply your expertise and passion for film. It's also a great time to meet the SIFF staff and mingle with fellow volunteers.
DAVID RUSSO'S "LITTLE DIZZLE" TO PREMIERE ON VOD APRIL 21
Northwest Film Forum
David Russo's dark comedy The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzlehas been selected as one of only 12 films to be distributed by newly created Tribeca Film, supported by founding partner American Express. Little Dizzlewill be released across multiple platforms, including video-on-demand beginning April 21 and a theatrical release at Tribeca Cinemas on May 12-18. According to Tribeca, all 12 titles will be available in up to 40 million homes via cable and satellite systems. Subscribers will be able to access all films in the "Tribeca Film" category of their Movies On Demand channel. Says producer Peggy Case, "I loved the script the first time I read it-I'm so glad we were able to bring it to life-now millions of people will have the opportunity to see this weird, miraculous, great little story."
PLAY AT DECIBEL FESTIVAL
With a focus on live performance, interactive multimedia art, state-of-the-art sound and technology-based education, the 2010 Decibel Festival will be putting together yet another engaging program of leading-edge, international artists, DJs and performers. Festival organizers are now accepting submissions from musicians to perform at this year's festival. In 2009, the festival hosted over 120 performers across 15 venues across Seattle. This year, the event is set to happen September 23-26 and the lineup will feature artists at the forefront of electronic music production, alongside exciting visual art performances and installations. With its seventh anniversary, Decibel will feature surprises and return favorites. Follow the above link for submission guidelines or to submit your work.
SUBMIT SHORT FILMS TO THE NORTHWEST FILM FORUM CONCERT FILM CHALLENGE
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle is a haven for live music, and Northwest Film Forum is the home for many concert films that pass through the city. To honor our musical heritage, this quarter they are asking local filmmakers to turn their eyes on the music scene and make concert films no longer than 5 minutes for the Concert Film Challenge. The project is open to all levels of skills and experience. The deadline is May 4 and the films will be screened May 18 at 8:00 pm. Follow the above link for more information or to submit your film.
DON'T MISS SHORELINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE'S SPECIAL SCREENING OF "$5 COVER: SEATTLE"
Shoreline Community College
Shoreline Community College's film and video program is hosting a special preview screening of Lynn Shelton's $5 Cover: Seattle. "We're very lucky and excited to host this screening," said Ruth Gregory, faculty member in the Digital Filmmaking and Performance Arts program. "Lynn wrote, directed, and acted in 'Humpday,' which won a special jury award at the Sundance Film Festival." In addition to the screening, Shelton will be on hand that night to introduce her work, then conduct a question and answer session with the audience at the end. The event is hosted by Shoreline's Sisterhood of Women in the Film Industry (SWIFI) group. Proceeds from the evening will go toward film scholarships overseen by the Shoreline Community College Foundation. The show is scheduled for 7:30 pm on Friday, April 16, at the Shoreline Community College's Campus Theater.
SAVE THE DATE FOR WASHINGTON HALL HOUSE PARTY
Mark your calendars for May 1 and May 2 as Historic Seattle and 4Culture host the re-opening and public celebration of Washington Hall, a Seattle landmark and performance space located in the Central District. The Washington Hall House Party begins Saturday, May 1, with an evening of food, drinks, vintage jazz, a dance/theater/music showcase, and, for the final act, Hidmo Presents Live @ Washington Hall. Family-friendly activities will continue on May 2. Last year when the news hit that the hall was on the market, many feared it would be acquired as a tear-down. 4Culture and Historic Seattle moved quickly on a successful landmark nomination and eventually partnered to purchase the hall. Now preservation is under way and it is already in use for rehearsals and starting May 1, the hall will be available for public events. After 100 years of continuous community use, the hall houses a truly collective history.
4CULTURE NOW ACCEPTING DIGITAL MEDIA SUBMISSIONS
4Culture is seeking media works for presentation in e4c, their storefront gallery for electronic art, located adjacent to Gallery4Culture facing Prefontaine Place South in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood. Up to sixteen media works or media proposals will be selected for presentation through this public, electronic gallery for a period of up to one year. Due to the transitory nature of the audience, works between 1-5 minutes are desired. Media artists working in all genres are encouraged to apply. For submission guidelines and to apply follow the above link.
CHECK OUT "BIFF! BANG! POW! THE SWINGIN' FLICKS OF THE SIXTIES" FILM FESTIVAL AT THE GRAND ILLUSION CINEMA
Grand Illusion Cinema
The Grand Illusion Cinema presents an eclectic mix of mod-oriented films from 1965-1967. The majority of these films include bands climbing the charts while the plots vary from social commentary to murder mystery to outright hilarious farce. Dapper dandies Roddy MacDowall and Michael Crawford are paired with gorgeous ingénues Tuesday Weld and Carol Lynley. Iconic group The Yardbirds square off with garage cult heroes The Chocolate Watchband. Well-known directors Otto Preminger, Richard Lester, Michaelangelo Antonioni and Mario Bava are featured in this series entitled "Biff! Bang! Pow!: Swingin' Flicks of the Sixties". Each opening weekend also features a live performance in the theater from a local band with a love of all things Sixties. This festival runs April 9 through May 6. Click the above link for a full schedule.
NOMINATE SEATTLE JAZZ MUSICIANS FOR INSIDE/OUT JAZZ AWARDS
J&J Music is partnering with LUCID Jazz Lounge to present the "Inside/Out Awards" to celebrate Seattle's vibrant Jazz community. The awards ceremony will take place at Benaroya Hall on Monday, May 31. Inside/Out is a call for individuals to share their personal authenticity with the life around them. The Inside/Out Jazz Awards is an endeavor in honoring those individuals, groups and organizations in the Seattle jazz community and beyond who exemplify sharing and giving the gifts 'inside' oneself for the pleasure and betterment of those on the 'outside'. During the month of April, individuals can submit nominations for the awards and at the end of the month, nominations will be tabulated and voting will begin on the top candidates during the month of May. Categories are posted at the above website and members of the jazz community and the public are asked to nominate anyone they feel is worthy.
FILMMAKERS: SUBMIT YOUR FILMS TO LOCAL SIGHTINGS
Northwest Film Forum
The Northwest Film Forum is now accepting submission for the 13th annual Local Sightings Film festival. Local Sightings is an annual showcase of current narrative, documentary and experimental film by Northwest artists. The weeklong festival also features panel discussions, historic NW films, a filmmaker lounge, an opening night party, and juried awards for a winning short and feature film. The deadline for submission is July 1. Submit your work at the above link.
THE 8TH ANNUAL CONCERT TO BENEFIT CROHN'S AND COLITIS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA CAMP OASIS AND ADVOCACY FOR PATIENTS
This year's Concert to Benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America Camp Oasis and Advocacy for Patients will feature performances from Flight to Mars (with Pearl Jam's Mike McCready) and Sweet Water. In 2002, McCready made public his 20-year battle with Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis and has since been committed to raising awareness and funding for CCFA. The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) Camp Oasis is a co-ed residential camp program whose mission is to enrich the lives of children with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis by providing a safe and supportive camp community. Advocacy for Patients is the only advocacy organization in the United States that provides free information, advice and advocacy services to patients with chronic illnesses in all areas of need including health and disability insurance, Social Security disability, employment discrimination, school-based accommodations, resource location, and more. The benefit will be held on Friday, April 23 at the Showbox at the Market at 8:00 pm.
CHECK OUT "THE ARTIST'S GUIDE TO SUCCESS IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS" BOOK RELEASE AND SIGNING
Brain Grenade Entertainment
"The Artist's Guide to Success in the Music Business" is a detailed analysis of the subjects that all musicians must understand and apply in order to ensure a successful and sustainable career in music. Full of ideas and practical advice, the book aims to provide comprehensive details on how to optimize success, achieve sustainability and self-empowerment in today's music business. Loren Weisman's advice is meant to be a delivery system of information gathered throughout his career, which has spanned almost two decades of unprecedented change in the music industry. Also, 25% of the book sales will be donated to Seattle's own Youngstown Arts. Join the author on Friday, April 16 at 6:30 pm at the Seattle Public Central Library as he makes an address about his book, and takes questions from the audience.
FILMMAKERS: SUBMIT YOUR FILM TO THE 2011 SPOKANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Spokane Film Festival Festival
The Spokane International Film Festival, now in its 13th year, is a small festival showcasing features, documentaries and shorts that have been made around the world during the past two years but have not yet been commercially released for wide distribution. Filmmakers and stars of the films are typically on hand to meet audiences, share their stories and anecdotes about the making of their films, and answer questions from audience members. Next year's festival will be February 3-13, 2011 and the final deadline to submit work is November 15. Check out the above link for submission guidelines.
MEET THE FILMMAKERS OF "THE SUN BEHIND THE CLOUDS"
Fifty years have passed since the takeover of Tibet by China. The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual and temporal leader, has lived in exile for most of his life, trying to find a peaceful solution. For more than 20 years, he has pursued his Middle Way Approach: giving up the goal of Tibet's independence in return for genuine autonomy. China has consistently rejected his proposals. Now more and more young Tibetans, ready for a more confrontational course, are questioning his strategy. The filmmakers behind The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet's Struggle for Freedomfollowed the Dalai Lama over the course of an eventful year, which included the 2008 protests in Tibet, the long march in India, the Beijing Olympics, and the breakdown of talks with the Chinese government. SIFF Cinema will be screening this new documentary April 16-22. Following the April 16, 17, and 18 screenings, filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam will be around for a question and answer session with the audience. Check out the above link for screening times.
LET NETFLIX KNOW YOU WANT "MEADOWOODS"
When three very warped college kids plot to torture and murder a randomly chosen fellow student, they craft an elaborate, ghoulish killing chamber and keep a video diary to chronicle their bloody exploit. But as the pals proceed with their ghastly plan, the violence they unleash threatens to consume them as well. This indie horror flick, shot in Seattle, from director Scott Phillips stars Michelle Roe, Michael Downey, Connor Thorp and Ila Schactler. Add it to your queue so Netflix will see the demand.
IFP/SEATTLE IS HOSTING A FREE SEMINAR ON PRODUCTION INSURANCE
Kathy England and Scott Taylor will be discussing production insurance and conducting a question and answer session with attendees at IFP/Seattle's upcoming seminar. The goal of the seminar is to make the production community aware of the current pricing for production insurance, some new coverage enhancements that are available, the budget dollar amount on which the production insurance premium should be calculated and what is happening in the errors and omissions insurance world. This is a great opportunity for producers, directors, production managers, production company owners and equipment owners to ask questions and get advice about insurance. Check out this free seminar on Thursday, April 15 starting at 6:30 pm at Oppenheimer Cine Rental.
COMMUNITY CINEMA SEATTLE WRAPS UP THEIR 5TH SEASON WITH "A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES"
Community Cinema Seattle
Community Cinema Seattle will wrap up its 5th season with the Seattle and Washington State premiere of the documentary A Village Called Versaillesdirected by Leo Chiang. A Village Called Versaillesis set in Versailles, New Orleans, home to the densest ethnic Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam. For over 30 years, its residents lived a quiet existence on the edge of New Orleans. But then came Hurricane Katrina, the immense garbage piles and the shocking discovery of a toxic landfill planned in their neighborhood. Watch as they fight back, turning a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change and a chance to build a better future. Local organizations will speak following the film and take questions from the audience. This free screening will take place on Sunday, April 25 at 1:00 pm at SIFF Cinema.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 4/5-4/12
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"
- Rocky Votolato "True Devotion"
- Shabazz Palaces "Of Light"
- S "I'm Not As Good At It As You"
- Brandi Carlile "Live at Easy Street"
- Black Breath "Heavy Breathing"
- Shabazz Palaces "Shabazz Palaces"
- Champagne Champagne "Champagne Champagne"
- Band of Horses "Cease To Begin"
- Quasi "American Gong"
THREE SEATTLE MUSICIANS MAKE BBC RADIO'S LIST OF GREATEST GUITARISTS
BBC Radio's "The Axe Factor" recently asked listeners to vote for the greatest guitarist of the last 30 years, and after 30,000 votes, the results are in. Seattle and the Northwest are proudly represented by Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney. To check out the full list, follow the link.
THE STATE OF THE RECORD STORE
In preparation for Record Store Day, this Saturday April 17, the Seattle Times spoke with local record store owners about the state of the independent brick-and-mortar record store. Since 2004, faced with the popularity of digitally downloaded music, intense price pressure from big-box discounters and economic uncertainty the number of indie-music stores nationwide has declined 40 percent to about 1,930. There has been an uptick in vinyl sales and Matt Vaughan, owner of Easy Street Records, is proud of what a store can offer that digital downloads can't, "Come to a place like this, and you're hearing music, people are talking about music, and it just feels more real." The full article can be found at the above link.
INDIE LABELS MARCH ON WASHINGTON THIS WEEK
The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), as a part of The Recording Academy's "Grammys On The Hill" event, will lead a delegation to Capitol Hill this week to advocate for a slate of issues of crucial importance to the independent music community. A2IM President Rich Bengloff and Vice President Jim Mahoney will be joined by a group including A2IM board member Portia Sabin of Kill Rock Stars and representatives from ADA, Altissimo Recordings, Mack Avenue, Pandora, TAG Strategic, and Tommy Boy. The group's key issues for the lobbying efforts include the proposed Performance Rights Act, continued copyright protection and IP concerns, pending legislation and FCC policy on broadcast spectrum allocation and government support for the arts on the world stage.
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