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HAPPY HOUR IS NEXT WEEK AT SPITFIRE
Office of Film + Music
Join us at Spitfire next Wednesday, April 28 for the monthly Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour networking event. Spitfire will be open exclusively for the event from 5:00 - 7:00 pm and is located at 2219 4th Avenue in Belltown (between Blanchard and Bell). Don't forget to tweet to #seattlefm and watch your comments appear on various screens in real time at the event. We hope to see you at Spitfire for food, drink and networking!
CONNECT WITH THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AT CITY BUSINESS CASUAL NEXT WEEK
Office of Economic Development
The Office of Economic Development and the City of Seattle's City Business Casual event continues this month on Thursday, April 29. This program is designed to provide the Seattle business community with direct access to city officials who can facilitate strategic business growth through funding, permitting, site selection, workforce, and other direct assistance. City Business Casual also serves as an important access point to influential city leaders, business-focused city officials, and key department heads. City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw will make remarks at this event, which will take place from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Polar Bar in the Arctic Club Hotel. For more information, click the above link.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
REGISTER FOR GAMESOUNDCON 2010 SEATTLE
GameSoundCon Seattle features a full-day of seminars and masterclass sessions for composers, sound designers and other audio professionals. The conference is lead by the industry's foremost experts and focuses on the unique creative, technical and business challenges essential to work in the game music and game sound industry. GameSoundCon 2010 Seattle will be held on May 10 at the Experience Music Project. Find the agenda and registration information at the above link.
CHECK OUT THE MUSIC VIDEOS REEL GRRLS MADE FOR LOCAL BANDS
Last week marked Reel Grrls' first-ever Spring Break Music Video Camp: new and experienced teen media-makers joined them over their spring break to conceive, shoot, edit, and animate music videos for four local bands - in only five days. The videos are now up on their Vimeo Workshop Page for public viewing. The girls produced music videos for local bands Canary Sing, The Young Evils, The Nextdoor Neighbors, and Another Perfect Crime. As part of the workshop local filmmakers Zia Moharerjasbi and Lynn Shelton shared their work and their processes with the group. Follow the above link to check out the videos.
COLUMBIA CITY CINEMA SAVED!
Columbia City Cinema
Columbia City Cinema, a three-screen neighborhood theater that was facing closure if it failed to pay thousands of dollars in back rent, has been saved. They posted a thank you note on their website, saying, "Hooray we did it! Or rather you did it. The world's longest rent party just keeps happening. We paid the rent and we're half way to our goal of $20,000. That's the magic number that will keep us going to live and movify another year. So thank you, thank you, thank you, everyone. We are humbled and deeply grateful for your generosity and your love for the cinema. Money has been pouring in just like that scene in It's A Wonderful Life when the Building and Loan gets saved."
VOTE FOR "SONICSGATE" TO WIN A WEBBY AWARD
Nominees for the 2010 Webby Awards were released this week in more than 100 categories, spanning segments such as online video, interactive advertising and mobile. The independent documentary film Sonicsgate: Requiem For A Team, which tells the story of how decisions by Howard Schultz and others led to the Seattle Supersonics moving to Oklahoma City, received two nominations in the online video category. Director Jason Reid and the rest of the crew behind the film, which was released and distributed over the internet late last year, were nominated in the "Best Editing" and "Sports" categories. Vote for Sonicsgate in these categories for 14th Annual Webby Awards until April 29. And check out the above link to see what other Seattle area companies, filmmakers and entrepreneurs are nominated for a Webby.
VOLUNTEER AT GIRLS ROCK! SEATTLE SUMMER CAMP
Girls Rock! Seattle (GR!S) is now accepting volunteer applications for their music and empowerment summer camp program. GR!S is a day camp for girls ages 8-16 who come for a weeklong crash course in playing an instrument, songwriting, zine making, self-defense, and more. This year, GR!S will take place at Billings Middle School, July 26-30 with a showcase at Neumos on July 31. There are a variety of volunteer positions available, not all requiring musical experience. Applications and more information are available at the above link.
MEET DIRECTOR OF "SEAT OF EMPIRE" SHAUN SCOTT
Meet the director behind Seat of Empire, Shaun Scott, this Friday, April 23 at Scarecrow Video on Roosevelt. From the Duwamish to the domed stadium, Bill Boeing to Bill Gates, the IWW and Philippine laborers to the Post-WWII boom that brought Seattle to unprecedented national prominence, Seat of Empire explores the cross-sections of environmental sacrifice, military development, and municipal struggles over space and resources that have shaped Seattle. Shaun Scott will be at Scarecrow Video at 7:00 pm to sign copies of Seat of Empire and answer questions about the film.
REGISTRATION EXTENDED FOR THE 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT
48 Hour Film Festival
The 48 Hour Film Project comes to Seattle on the weekend of May 14. Filmmakers from all over the Seattle area will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against films from around the world. There will also be a series of networking and boot camp events this year to help people start or get onto teams and to give filmmakers the opportunity to meet award winners from previous years. This year, teams will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Once the initial registration is complete, teams will be put onto a waiting list. If there is enough interest, and they can secure additional theater time, it may be possible to add more teams. Early bird registration ends Monday, April 26. For the schedule of events or to register, visit the above link.
SEATTLE COMPOSERS ALLIANCE IS HOSTING A COMPOSER AND FILMMAKER NETWORKING EVENT
Seattle Composers Alliance with the Seattle Office of Film + Music, Experience Music Project, and 2010 Seattle International Film Festival are hosting "Music Meets Film - A Speed Networking Event" for directors, producers, music supervisors, film and music editors to get connected. This free event is designed to introduce filmmakers to top film composers and musicians in a fast and furious "speed networking" style event where participants will meet in 5-minute one-on-one sessions. Bring business cards, CDs, DVDs, Brochures, etc. This is by reservation only and there is a limit on participants. To register, please email email@example.com. Check out the event Saturday, June 5 from 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm in EMP Lounge.
VISIT TOWN HALL SEATTLE ON THEIR OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND
Town Hall Seattle
On Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2 Town Hall Seattle is hosting an Open House weekend of events including a music marathon and a free day of entertainment. On May 1, check out May Day! May Day! a 12-hour performer-driven celebration of contemporary music featuring thirty sets by local ensembles and soloists. Performers, and styles, range from Seattle Chamber Players, ODEONQUARTET, Gamelan Pacifica, and the Esoterics to elder statesmen like Stuart Dempster and William O. Smith, and earlier career artists like Byron Au Yong and Garrett Fisher. And on May 2 catch a free day of entertainment at their Free For All event. Every hour on the hour, our two stages will host local musicians, writers, thinkers, and civic leaders in programs drawn from across the wide expanse of the Town Hall calendar. Chris Ballew, of the President's of the United States of America, kicks off the fun with alter-ego Caspar Babypants. Caspar is at the forefront of the burgeoning Family Music Movement, and his music is appropriate for humans of all ages. Get more details at the above link.
INTERN FOR THE SEATTLE LESBIAN AND GAY FILM FESTIVAL
Three Dollar Bill Cinema
Three Dollar Bill Cinema is looking for an Outreach Coordinator for the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Volunteer staff positions are unpaid, but are an opportunity to gain valuable job experience that can be added to your resume to better qualify you for a position in the film industry and/or with the LGBT community. Duties include developing relationships with nonprofit or relevant community organizations to encourage their participation as co-presenters; developing a list of interested co-presenters to generate film pairings; ensure co-presenters have the resources they need to get the message out about Three Dollar Bill Cinema and the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival; soliciting information from organizations for festival materials, such as images or mission statements; and more. Applicants should submit resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 7.
LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS: APPLY FOR KEXP'S COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM
KEXP is seeking Puget Sound area organizations to apply for their Community Partnerships program, which provides local non-profits with a month-long radio campaign to promote their mission. When your group is accepted into the Community Partnerships program you will receive one month of promotions of your mission on the KEXP airwaves and on the KEXP website, up to two live interviews on the air and streamed online at kexp.org, a live music benefit show at The Sunset Tavern in Ballard with proceeds benefiting your organization. The current application cycle has been extended to April 30. Application information can be found at the above link.
NATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR TALENTED YOUTH OPENING NEXT WEEK
Mark your calendar for four days of Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Music Video, Animation, Experimental, and Action Sports films from young filmmakers from 33 states and 16 countries. NFFTY also includes 6 film panels and workshops featuring top talents from Hollywood and Seattle. With 190 films from the next generation, NFFTY is one of only a handful of multi-day film festivals dedicated exclusively to celebrating youth filmmaking. NFFTY has no minimum age requirements and brings a diverse grouping of elementary age to college age filmmakers together for cross mentoring. Catch this year's festival April 29 - May 2 at various venues in Seattle including, Seattle Cinerama, SIFF Cinema, EMP|SFM, and Seattle Center House. Find the full schedule at the above link.
NOW OPEN FOR TEEN ARTIST WORKSHOPS AND SUMMER DAY CAMPS AT EMP|SFM
At Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum (EMP|SFM), several unique programs have been designed to accommodate campers' varying ages, skill levels and interests. Campers receive support for their artistic passions and are encouraged to imagine new possibilities for their talents. EMP|SFM is partnering with the Pacific Science Center for its Rock 'n' Science camp and Seattle Children's Theater for its Compose and Create and Rock-Prov camps. Week and two-week long camps and workshops start June 21 and run through August 20. Steve Fisk, John Roderick, Chris Ballew, John Richards, Kim Warnick, Ty Baille and Jason Finn are scheduled to appear as guest artists at the Teen Artist Workshops this summer. Scholarships are available. Find more information at the above link.
INTERN FOR SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL'S ONLINE TV STATION
The Seattle International Film Festival is looking for camera interns and volunteer interviewers for their online TV station, SIFFtv. There is no pay for these positions, but camera operators that commit at least
15 hours per week will receive a SIFF pass. Those who commit less time will earn vouchers for film screenings. SIFFtv interviews guests and documents events that occur throughout the Festival, May 20-June 13, and are broadcast on the SIFF webpage, as well as throughout the online universe. SIFFtv provides filmmakers an environment in which to discuss their films and festival experience, without the constraints of the standard media. For more information or to apply, email email@example.com.
BONEBAT "COMEDY OF HORRORS" FILM FEST IS ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
BoneBat "Comedy of Horrors" Film Fest
The BoneBat "Comedy of Horrors" Film Fest is searching for independent comedy, horror, and horror-comedy feature films, shorts and animation to headline their inaugural evening of movies, shorts and live music. The festival, hosted by Steve Holetz and Gord Caulkins of The BoneBat Show podcast will take place Thursday, September 2 at the Big Picture Theater in Redmond. The festival will include two feature films, two blocks of shorts, and a 30 minute set of live music from the Seattle progressive metal act Barefoot Barnacle. The final submission deadline is July 1.
BELLEVUE WOMEN FILMMAKERS NOMINATED FOR EMMY
Kites Over Washington
Ilona Rossman Ho and Shannon Hart-Reed of Bellevue, Washington have been nominated for an Emmy Award for their film Kites Over Washington by the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). The short film documents an art installation of 131 long-tail kites over Gasworks Park performed by artist Seth Abramson and his crew, who built, launched and flew the kites from sunrise to sundown. "We wanted to show the clamor of the city amid the building of the kites then the peaceful calm that follows as the kites float in the sky," said director Shannon Hart-Reed of HR Creative. "We are thrilled and honored to be nominated" said producer Ilona Rossman Ho of Canine Productions. Nominations were announced Friday, April 16 and the Emmy Awards presentations will take place Saturday, June 5, at Snoqualmie Casino. Check out the short at the above link.
FILMMAKERS: SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT TO IFP'S INDEPENDENT FILM WEEK PROJECT FORUM
Independent Film Week
The Project Forum at Independent Film Week is a meetings-driven forum connecting filmmakers who have new narrative and documentary projects in development, production, or post-production with key industry executives interested in identifying projects with which to become involved at the financing or distribution stage. Participating industry includes broadcasters, distributors, festival programmers, sales and talent agents, producers, funders and financiers. In addition, the Project Forum furthers filmmaker and industry interaction with opportunities for networking at social events throughout the week. Approximately 120 projects are selected for one of the following sections: Emerging Narrative, No Borders International Co Production Market and Spotlight on Documentaries. For submission guidelines or to apply, follow the above link.
FILMMAKERS: SUBMIT 3-D SHORTS TO THE SHORT & SWEET FILM FESTIVAL
Short & Sweet, a weekly short film festival in London, seeks short films in the growing stereoscopic medium. Entries are sought in a wide variety of content including fiction, documentary, music videos, live action, and animation. The deadline to apply is June 1. For additional submission guidelines and to apply follow the above link.
GO SEE A FREE SCREENING OF THE DOCUMENTARY "A TRIP TO NOWHERE"
University of Washington Polish Studies Department
A Trip to Nowhere is 30 minute documentary film written, directed and illustrated by Shannon Hart-Reed and produced by Grazyna Balut Ostrom and Martha Golubiec with the Polish Home Ladies Auxiliary in Seattle. In this animated film, a dynamic group of elderly Seattle women tackle their tragic childhoods by shedding light on the untold stories of the forced deportation of over a million Polish women and children to Siberian labor camps by the Soviet Union during WWII. A fascinating and inspiring tale of survival, the film brings this tragic and secret part of the WWII history to the forefront through the stories of those who were rescued by Gen. Wladyslaw Anders. This free screening and reception will be Thursday, April 29 at 7:30 pm in room 210 of Kane Hall on the University of Washington Campus.
THEFILMSCHOOL PRESENTS "CAUGHT IN THE ACT: A FREE SERIES OF SCREENPLAY READINGS"
TheFilmSchool, in partnership with the Central Heating Lab at ACT, presents "Caught in the ACT" featuring "Sundown," written by Winda Benedetti and Robert Benedetti and directed by Lisa Halpern. This screenplay reading series showcases the work of alumni of TheFilmSchool, performed at ACT Theatre, read and directed by some of Seattle's top talents. Check out the free reading of "Sundown" on April 26, 7:00 pm. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS: APPLY FOR KROLL FUND GRANT
Foundation for Jewish Culture
The Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film supports the completion of original documentaries that explore the Jewish experience in all its complexity. The fund was created with a lead grant from Steven Spielberg's Righteous Persons Foundation and sustained over 10 years with major support from the Charles H. Revson Foundation. The priority of the fund is to support projects that address significant subjects; offer fresh, challenging perspectives; engage audiences across cultural lines; and expand the understanding of Jewish experiences. Deadline to apply is July 29. For qualifying information and to apply follow the above link.
MEET FILMMAKER ALAN RUDOLPH AT A SCREENING OF "REMEMBER MY NAME"
SIFF is paying tribute to one of the pioneers of independent cinema, Alan Rudolph, April 23-25 at SIFF Cinema. The director will engage in conversation and Q&A with the audience at the April 23, 7:30 pm screening of Remember My Name. In the midst of sensationalism-crazed Hollywood, Alan Rudolph has beautifully preserved the originality of his entertaining and character-driven films. SIFF's retrospective of the filmmaker's exquisite work includes Remember My Name, an off-kilter noir tale of a deranged woman who returns home from prison to wreak havoc on her ex-husband. Rudolph also wrote and directed Trouble In Mind which was made in Seattle and will be screened this weekend as well. For a schedule of show times, follow the above link.
STAR TREK: PHOENIX IS LANDING AT LOCAL THEATRES
Star trek: Phoenix
Join the folks of Star Trek: Phoenix for free premiers of Part 1 of its pilot, "Cloak & Dagger," at venues in the Seattle area starting April 21 at various venues in the Seattle area. The Making of Star Trek: Phoenix documentary and a Q&A session with cast and crew follow each of the free premieres. And on Sunday May 2 at join them at Flying Saucer Pizza in Redmond as they celebrate the online launch of their series. Find a complete list of upcoming premier events at the above link.
VIDEOGRAPHERS: VOLUNTEER AT NORTHWEST FILM FORUM
Northwest Film Forum is seeking a special events videographer for the summer/fall quarter. This is a volunteer position. Our special events videographer is vital to helping us document all the important guests, performances and events that take place in our cinemas. The special events videographer comes to about 3 programs each quarter, committing about 2-3 hours at each event to record a Q&A or live performance, and then prepares the footage with a basic edit in a timely fashion. Experience documenting events in low-light is helpful but not required. Northwest Film Forum's cameras may be available for use, but the videographer should have access to some kind of video camera. Perks include hours accrued toward free workshops, with the option to redeem these hours for free movie passes. Interested applicants should email email@example.com.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 4/13-4/20
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"
- Various Artist "SP20: casual Nostalgia Fest"
- S "I'm Not As Good At It As You"
- Soundgarden "Hunted Down"
- Brandi Carlile "Live at Easy Street"
- Modest Mouse "Moon & Antarctica"
- Cave Singers "Welcome Joy"
- David Bazan "Live at Electrical Audio"
- Champagne Champagne "Champagne Champagne"
NORTHWEST FILM COMPOSER AND INSTRUCTOR HUMMIE MANN NAMED A "LEADER IN LEARNING"
When film and TV composer Hummie Mann relocated to Seattle in the mid-'90s, he sought to become a part of the community. So, with a decade of experience under his belt, including numerous feature scores and two Emmys for his TV music, he decided to teach a community-college class in film scoring. That soon morphed into the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program, which now offers a two-year immersion for students that goes beyond the traditional theory and academic exercises to provide real-world training for future film, TV and videogame composers. Thirteen years after its founding, the program boasts graduates working in game music, on TV shows and as assistants to composers. "I feel very confident that when my students are given the opportunity," Mann says, "they shine, because they know their stuff."
IVAN AND ALYOSHA'S 'EASY TO LOVE' IS NPR'S SONG OF THE DAY
"Easy to Love" by local band Ivan and Alyosha is the NPR 'Song of the Day.' NPR says, "A young Seattle duo with a moniker inspired by Dostoyevsky characters, Ivan and Alyosha just released an utterly charming seven-song debut EP titled "The Verse, The Chorus." On the surface, the duo's greatest gift is its charming, good-natured modesty: "Easy to Love," for example, chugs along simply and unassumingly while gathering up every scrap of goodwill a song can muster. But there's more to "Easy to Love" than mere likeability. A propulsive, sweetly booming ode to love as a feat of endurance, the song lays out a matter-of-fact guide to surviving hard times before it even gets to its simple but irresistible chorus. But "Easy to Love" really boils down to little more than the kind and clear notion that being in love, and staying in love, makes nothing seem insurmountable." Hear the song at the above link.
SONIC BOOM IS SPIN'S #5 BEST INDIE RECORD STORE IN AMERICA
In honor of Record Store Day, SPIN has compiled a list of America's 15 Best Indie Record Stores. Seattle's Sonic Boom is up there at number five. SPIN says, "In a town with a music scene as established as Seattle's, Sonic Boom is a welcoming hub for all the 'types' floating around. Its Ballard flagship and smaller Capitol Hill location have employed half the music-industry folks in the city at one point or another, and its consistently great in-store performances often turn into impromptu family reunions. But this place isn't coasting on its rep; the selection is wide, well-organized, and surrounded with the kind of seriously pleasant atmosphere that could only be created and maintained by people who know that a great record store is about a lot more than just the music." Check out the full list at the above link.
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