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HAPPY HOUR MOVING TO BARCA!
The monthly Happy Hour networking event is more popular than ever, and to accommodate our growing crowd we're moving down the street to the beautiful and spacious Barca lounge. We are grateful to the fine folks at Sole Repair and Neumos for giving us our start, and now it's time for our 3rd location. Barca will be open exclusively for this event from 5 - 7pm and will provide happy hour food and drink specials. Barca is located at 1510 11th Ave between Pike Street and Pine Street on Capitol Hill. The next happy hour will be Wednesday April 29th, so be sure to mark it on your calendar!
SIGN UP FOR NIGHTLIFE SECURITY TRAINING
Office of Film + Music
Time is running out! Be sure to take advantage of the Nightlife Security Training classes. These classes are not just for security personnel. Security training is imperative for individuals who work physical security or screen patrons at the door. It is also extremely beneficial to any employee who regularly interacts with your clientele. Maintaining a highly-trained staff, ready to deal with difficult situations, is vital to the safety of both your patrons and your employees.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
WashingtonFilmWorks VIRAL VIDEO CAMPAIGN
Help WashingtonFilmWashington Film Works establish Washington State as the premier West Coast filming location. They are seeking five local filmmakers to create dynamic and entertaining viral videos. These viral videos will promote our state's diverse locations and topography as well as our seasoned local talent and crew. $1000 grants will be given to the five selected filmmakers to put towards production.
CORNISH COLLEGE PARTNERS WITH TheFilmSchool
Cornish College of the Arts is proud to announce a new partnership with TheFilmSchool, a Seattle-based institute focusing on the craft of screenwriting and its intense relationship with filmmaking. This partnership puts both schools in a unique position to expand their creative communities and provide students with a new set of skills and aspirations. Through this partnership, non-Cornish students can earn college credit by participating in TheFilmSchool's three-week intensive course covering various aspects of writing and directing. Cornish students accepted to TheFilmSchool have the opportunity to earn credits towards their degree at Cornish with approval of the Cornish departments.
AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL TO RUN APRIL 18th-26th
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
The African American Film Festival runs nine consecutive nights from April 18th - 26th and all screenings will take place at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. The festival includes a number of thoughtful, inspiring and irreverent entries from emerging and established filmmakers from across the U.S. and around the globe. A wide array of talkbacks, panels and workshops are peppered throughout the festival and provide a much needed bridge for artists and community patrons to engage in meaningful dialogue.
TAKEPART FILM SHOWCASE
Participant Media has established a social action network where people interested in making a difference have the ability to interact with, learn from and inform other like-minded individuals and non-profits from all over the world. Get a sneak peek at upcoming participant film releases and see how they create film that inspires change. This free event is on April 25th at the SIFF Cinema.
BACH TO BYTE: TECHNOLOGY AND THE PERFORMING ARTS
Bach to Byte
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 9th at Benaroya Hall and will feature leaders in this area, including YouTube, Microsoft, and the Metropolitan Opera among others.
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT COMES TO SEATTLE
So, do you have talent? Well here's your chance to show America! Each week, the show features a colorful array of hopeful stars, including singers, dancers, comedians, pets, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and ventriloquists, all vying for their chance to perform on stage in front of a panel of celebrity judges and the viewing audience in the hopes they'll be chosen the winner. Auditions will be in Seattle on April 25th-26th at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. Sign up online!
LOCAL MUSICIAN WINS GIBSON CONTEST
Local singer and former Cornish College of the Arts graduate, KC Collianeli has been selected by Gibson Guitars to perform her rendition of Roy Orbison's, "In Dreams" for a new tribute album. The Roy Orbison Birthday Tribute is an annual event sponsored by Gibson Guitars, AWAL, Itunes, Guitarhero, and Singstar. Selected artists perform their Roy Orbison renditions at Gibson Studios in London on April 23rd.
MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR IN MAGNUSON PARK
Outdoors For All
Mountainfilm on Tour, one of America's premier showcases for independent films dealing with world cultures, adventure and the environment, will take place April 24th-25th at Warren G. Magnuson Park Theater in Seattle, WA. The event will feature two evenings of amazing films, all supporting the efforts of the Outdoors for All Foundation. Each year, Mountainfilm attracts filmmakers, photographers, conservationists, mountaineers and explorers from around the world.
NOISE FOR THE NEEDY FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER
Noise For The Needy
Noise for the Needy cordially invites you to their 2009 Festival Kickoff Party and Fundraiser. This event will take place on April 18th at Woodshed Studios, featuring local bands such as Truckasaurus, Exohxo and many more. The event is 21+ and includes a full bar. All proceeds from this event will benefit Noise for the Needy, a Seattle-based non-profit organization whose goal is to raise money for charitable causes through the production of live music shows.
ARTS & CULTURAL AFFAIRS SEEKS INTERN
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs seeks an intern to work with the Community Outreach & Development team during the summer months to promote the Seattle Presents Noontime concert series at City Hall, assist with the Mayor's Arts Awards and monthly visual art exhibitions at City Hall and provide support for other office events and projects as needed.
FASTBACKS REUNION AT KIM WARNICK'S BIRTHDAY
Kim Warnick of OG Seattle punks the Fastbacks turned 50 last night, celebrating with at a party at the Crocodile. A band composed of various Seattle rock veterans performed covers of the Small Faces and Sweet while a sizable crowd of Seattle music folks from multiple generations drank and mingled. At one point, asked if she would join her old bandmate Kurt Bloch up onstage to do any songs, Warnick replied, "No way." Ten minutes later, she was onstage singing Fastbacks songs. It was sweet.
MORE MUSIC AT THE MOORE
Seattle Theatre Group pesents the 8th annual More Music @ The Moore on May 8th, 2009 at 7:30pm. For one night only more than thirty of this region's finest young musicians and market Buskers will storm the Moore Theatre and "mix it up" with their diverse music styles such as pop, indie rock, Irish fiddle and strings. Teens work directly on individual performance techniques with professional musician mentors, and then collaborate under the direction of composer and conductor Daniel Bernard Roumain to perform a unique evening-length concert including original compositions.
NETWORKING EVENT FOR LOCAL FILMMAKERS
3rd Eye Films, Sonnet Realm Films and Temporal Productions are hosting a networking event for local creative individuals. This networking event is hosted by three upcoming production companies that have united with one goal: elevate the film industry here in Seattle to gain more attention and draw film companies to the Seattle area for filmmaking. The event is on April 23rd at the Balmar Cocktail Lounge. Please email your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORE STAFF CUTS HIT THE EMP
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
As a new director prepares to take the helm of the Experience Music Project the Paul Allen-founded museum announces it will "proactively" jettison 16 of its 159 employees, says spokeswoman Maggie Skinner. EMP foresees declining individual donations and government grants, although the number of visitors are up from this time last year and despite the growing success of youth programs like SoundOff and Experience: The Band. Skinner says the layoffs, which spread across every department, will cause no discernible changes.
FILM RACING SPEEDS TO SEATTLE
The Seattle Film Race is back in 2009 and will be challenging local filmmakers to create an original short film (four minutes max) in just 24 hours from Friday, April 24th to Saturday, April 25th. All of the completed films will premiere for the public a few days later at the Harvard Exit Theatre and the best films will advance into a nationwide competition for thousands in cash and prizes. Anyone may register, but space is limited. Get your team together and sign up today!
GIRLS ROCK! SIFF FILM SCREENING AT CITY HALL
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Come to Seattle City Hall as SIFF dims the lights for Girls Rock! A documentary film by Arne Johnson about rock 'n' roll camp, where girls are taught to sweat like a pig, scream like a banshee and wail on instruments with complete abandon. The young female rockers also learn that "it is 100 percent OK to be exactly who you are." This unrated family-friendly film will screen on April 16th, noon-1:30pm.
NFFTY 2009 GOES CARBON NEUTRAL
For the first time ever, The National Film Festival for Talented Youth (April 24th-26th) will be a carbon neutral film festival. NFFTY accomplishes this by both reducing its carbon emissions as much as possible by implementing strict green practices and then the festival buys carbon credits to offset what can't be eliminated. Carbon credits invest in renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects.
EMPOWERING PARENTS FOR THE ARTS
What moves parents to act on behalf of arts learning? New research reveals the characteristics and beliefs of "Parents for the Arts," and what compels them to advocate for change. Doug Gould, President of Douglas Gould and Company and Ann Duffett, Co-founder of The FDR Group will share the research findings and provide messages for empowering parents to speak out in favor of arts learning. A live chat Q&A session at 3:00pm on April 9th will immediately follow the presentation.
1 REEL FILM FESTIVAL DEADLINE APPROACHING
The submission deadline is fast approaching for the 1 Reel Film Festival at Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival. SIFF Cinema joins forces with Bumbershoot for the '09 1 Reel Film Festival, presented September 5th-7th, 2009. The Film Festival presents outstanding film shorts including live action, animation, narrative, documentary, music videos and more. All shorts thirty minutes or less are eligible for submission and possible inclusion in the Festival. Submission due by May 1st, 2009.
SEATTLE TO CELEBRATE SEEGER'S 90TH
Joining in the national celebration for Pete Seeger's 90th birthday, The Historic Admiral Theater will host an evocative, multimedia, hootenanny to honor the career and influence of this legendary humanitarian often called the "father of folk-music." The May 3rd event takes place at West Seattle's landmark theater on Sunday afternoon and evening and includes a film documentary followed by a hootenanny of Seeger and Seeger-related songs.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 4/1 - 4/8
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Decemberists - Hazards of Love
- Pearl Jam - Ten (Reissue)
- Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- M. Ward - Hold Time
- Queensryche - American Soldier
- Beads - No One Knows
- Mirah - (A)spera
- Alela Delane - To Be Still
- Hey Marseilles - To Travels and Trunks
MODEST MOUSE HEADS BUMBERSHOOT LINEUP
Sheryl Crow, Modest Mouse, Katy Perry and Michael Franti & Spearhead lead a long list of performers on tap for this summer's 39th annual Bumbershoot festival at Seattle Center. Other artists on the lineup announced today by Bumbershoot promoters include De La Soul, Raphael Saadiq, Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan and The Long Winters, with dozens of other acts planned for the Labor Day Weekend event.
LOCAL COMPOSER WINS BIG PRIZE
Seattle Composer Nan Avant has received a silver medal award at the Park City Music Festival in January for her score in Alistair MacLean, a 14.8 minute film. So far the film has screened at the Philadelphia Independent, NYC First Sunday's Comedy, Miami Jewish and World Eye Jewish (Israel) festivals as well as a "work-in-progress" cut at the NWFF Local Sightings.
THE THREE-MINUTE DIGITAL FILM CONTEST IS BACK!
Use your digital-video camera to make a film on any subject you like, as long as it's suitable for a family-newspaper audience. It must be three minutes or less. While the movies may be mini, the payoff is big. The best reader-submitted short films (as selected by a panel of judges) will be shown at the Seattle International Film Festival in May. For submission instructions, visit the Seattle Times website.