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HAPPY HOUR ONE WEEK AWAY
The Seattle Office of Film + Music is proud to present Happy Hour at Moe Bar (925 E. Pike St.) from 5 to 7 pm on Wednesday, April 30th. Come down, meet new people in our music and film industries and discuss current issues spanning film and music in Seattle. We have received a lot of great feedback regarding new business opportunities that have come from these events, so don't miss out. The Happy Hour schedule for 2008 can be found on the website. James Keblas, back from his journeys abroad, has promised to be in attendance, and we intend to hold him to it.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
ARTIST TRUST 2008 FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE
The Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship Program recognizes practicing professional artists of exceptional talent and demonstrated ability, acknowledging an artist's creative excellence and accomplishment, professional achievement and continuing dedication to their artistic discipline. The Artist Trust/WSAC Fellowship Program makes annual awards of $6,500 each to Washington artists working in four disciplines. In 2008, 21 individual, generative artists who work in Emerging Fields & Cross-Disciplinary Arts, Performing Arts, Traditional & Folk Arts, and Visual Arts will receive Fellowships. Applications must be postmarked by June 20, 2008.
FLIGHT TO MARS WITH MIKE MCCREADY TO PLAY SHOWBOX FOR CCFA
In 2002, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike 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 the Northwest Chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). With his side project, Flight to Mars, McCready is bringing together several talented Northwest musicians for the 6th year to raise funds for CCFA's programs and to help send a group of young people to CCFA's Camp Oasis. (CCFA Camp Oasis is a co-ed residential camp program devoted to enriching the lives of children with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis by providing a safe and supportive camp community.) In addition to opening acts Feral Children and Kristen Ward, McCready will also perform with his former Shadow bandmates Rick and Chris Friel for a special tribute to Jimi Hendrix.
NWFF GALA THIS WEEKEND, ONLINE AUCTION NOW
The Northwest Film Forum's annual fundraising online auction is now live! Click the link above to peruse your buying options now. Among the gems is the recent addition "STEVE FISK RECORDS YOUR SINGLE." Local producer Steve Fisk has worked with artists such as Nirvana, Sound Garden, Low and many more. NWFF will also hold their annual gala this Saturday at China Harbor, starting at 6:15.
CITY FOLK: NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE FILM SERIES
From May 2nd through the 5th, SIFF Cinema at McCaw Hall will host a series of four intriguing films that explore the creativity of urban communities. Three documentaries and one narrative film delve into how people and their environments shape one another in the modern city and how this process can result in cultural cohesion, social alienation or artistic innovation. Filmmakers and speakers will participate in post-film audience discussions at each film screening.
SEATTLE CHANNEL GARNERS RECORD 17 EMMY NOMINATIONS
The Seattle Channel has garnered a record 17 Emmy nominations from the Northwest Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). In previous years, the greatest number of nominations received by the popular city-operated TV station was just four. Nominations in the 45th annual Northwest Emmys were announced over the weekend, and highlight the quality of several Seattle Channel series, including the public affairs program City Inside/Out with C.R. Douglas; the weekly magazine show CityStream; and the documentary series Community Stories. Also nominated are numerous special features; reporter Lowell Deo; composer Stephen Thomas Cavit; and the Seattle Channel's live coverage last summer of the Pike Place Market Centennial.
THE GREAT AMERICAN SHORT SCREENPLAY CONTEST
Offered in conjunction with the Seattle International Film Festival, TheFilmSchool is pleased to announce The Great American Short Screenplay Contest. The winner gets a full scholarship to TheFilmSchool's Summer 2008 Session and the script (seven pages or less) gets produced as part of SIFF's Fly Film series 2009 and distributed by Official Best of Fest. Five runner-ups will be chosen and will be given $500 Scholarships to TheFilmSchool's Summer 2008 session. Entries must be postmarked by June 1, 2008.
4CULTURE SELECTED BY ACTIVE CULTURES, ACTIVE MINDS
4Culture is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of two beneficiaries of Active Cultures, Active Minds, a new program launched by Sunshine Dairy Foods to support the local cultural community. In King County, one percent of all sales of Sunshine Yogurt and Sour Cream will be contributed to 4Culture. 4Culture will pass funds from Sunshine Dairy Foods directly on to arts organizations throughout the region through established arts funding programs.
NWSG PRESENTS A WEEKEND WITH PRODUCER MARILYN ATLAS
Northwest Screenwriters Guild is pleased to host Marilyn Atlas, award winning producer and personal manager. Marilyn is equally at home in the worlds of film, television, and live theater. The weekend of May 2nd through May 4th will be a great opportunity for screenwriters to get the real scoop on representation, production, pitching, writing roles that actors will love to play, tripartite theming, and much more. Marilyn is excited to meet our members, hear pitches, and spend time with folks, especially answering any questions. Saturday, May 3rd Marilyn will present two back-to-back workshops at one price - Creating Non-Stereotypical Characters and Tripartite Theming (Dialogue, Subtext, Direction). You can register today at the link above.
"CONTINUUM" TO PREMIERE MAY 4TH AT HARVARD EXIT
Filmmaker Jay Purcell's latest and highly anticipated short film "Continuum" will receive its US premiere on Sunday, May 4th at 7pm at the Harvard Exit theater located in Capitol Hill. Shot in Seattle and produced under his Seattle-based company Funkbuddha Productions, "Continuum" is Jay's first film produced in the States. Tickets and more info are available at Funkbuddha's website.
NFFTY ANNOUNCES DATES FOR 2009
National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) will return to SIFF Cinema and other locations April 24-26, 2009! They have decided to move the 2009 festival a few weeks later to avoid the complicated High School and College Spring Break schedules (not to mention the snow) that made it difficult for many filmmakers to attend.
"MY EFFORTLESS BRILLIANCE" TO PLAY IFFBOSTON
"My Effortless Brilliance," the powerful and rollicking new feature film by Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton will play at the Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFFBoston) on Thursday, April 24th at 7:45pm and Saturday, April 26th at 2:45pm at the Somerville Theatre. If you'd prefer to save money on airfare, it will also be playing at SIFF next month.
"DIGGERS" A SEMI-FINALIST IN NOW FILM FESTIVAL
Seattle filmmaker Mark Titus's short film "Diggers" has been named a semi-finalist in the NOW Film Festival, which is open to online voting now. You can watch Diggers along with its 23 competitors on the NOW website and rate the films accordingly.
LACKTHEREOF SET TO DROP "YOUR ANCHOR" THIS JULY ON BARSUK
Barsuk Records is honored to announce that they will be releasing the Lackthereof's new album "Your Anchor" this July. Lackthereof is a solo project of Danny Seim, who also plays drums and sings in the band Menomena.
DISNEY-ABC ACCEPTING RESUMES FOR WRITER'S ASSISTANTS
Disney-ABC Talent Development & Diversity are now accepting resumes for diverse writer's assistant candidates. The program will provide productions hiring writer's assistants up to nine months of salary reimbursement for the candidate. Past candidates have been staffed on such series as "Men in Trees," "Lincoln Heights," and "Kyle XY." Ideal candidates should have a passion for television, an interest in writing for the medium, and (though not a requirement) it is helpful if candidates have had some exposure to the television production process. Resumes should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
VERA PROJECT OFFERING NEW TECHNICAL TRAINING PROGRAMS
The Vera Project has some great classes in their technical training program that you can register for now! Classes include Lighting 101, Sound 101, Sound 102, and Studio 101. Call 206-956-8372 or stop by to register.
DEBBIE REYNOLDS PERFORMS WITH SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS IN SPRING 2009
Two, three, and five show subscription packages to both Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus will go on sale to the public on Monday, April 28, 2008. Supporters enjoy many benefits, and season subscribers are expected to pounce on the opportunity to lock in extra tickets early to the highly anticipated Men's Chorus Spring 2009 Concert. As Seattle Men's Chorus takes one step closer to their big anniversary season, Flying House Productions is thrilled to announce that America's Sweetheart, Debbie Reynolds, will headline the Seattle Men's Chorus's 29th Season Spring Concert in March 2009.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 4/14 - 4/20
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Sera Cahoone - Only as the Day is Long
- Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Death Cab for Cutie - I Will Possess Your Heart
- Built to Spill - Don't Try 7"
- Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Cold Son 10"
- Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild
- Mark Pickerel & His Praying Hands - Cody's Dream
- Mono in VCF - Mono in VCF
- Shane Tutmarc & The Traveling Mercies - Hey Lazurus!
FILMMAKERS ARRESTED IN NIGERIA RETURN TO SEATTLE
Four Northwest filmmakers -- imprisoned by African officials who they assert wanted to squelch their documentary about devastation brought by the oil industry -- returned home Sunday afternoon exhausted but with a desire to tell their story.
SCREAMING FLEA PRODUCTIONS MATCHES REALITY PROGRAMS AND NETWORKS
Screaming Flea Productions was recently featured in the Seattle Times' weekly profile of local businesses. The article contains an interview with president Matt Chan, who discusses the organization's commitment to "unique and interesting" nonfiction content for television.
SYMPHONY SUMMER FESTIVAL TO FLY HIGH, GET 'BLUE'
The Seattle Symphony Orchestra will announce a new festival Wednesday -- Seattle Symphony SummerFest 2008 -- directed by Seattle-born violinist/composer Mark O'Connor. The offerings during two weeks in July are diverse, ranging from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis to aerialists flying at Benaroya Hall with music provided by the orchestra.
CANNES UNVEILS COMPETITION LINEUP
This year's Festival de Cannes will show fewer films and the opening and closing titles remain shrouded in mystery, but the lineup bristles with veteran visitors, highly anticipated titles and a strong U.S. presence. Festival de Cannes president Gilles Jacob and the May event's general manager Thierry Fremaux announced the majority of the lineup for the 61st edition of the festival Wednesday in Paris, telling the gathered press that there would be fewer films than last year's 60th birthday blowout.
THE CHARMED - BUT MELLOW - LIFE OF DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE
Death Cab "opened" for the Dalai Lama at KeyArena last weekend. But will Death Cab fans bless their next album, "Narrow Stairs"? It's quite a departure from the platinum-selling mainstream pop of "Plans." For instance, instead of the former album's heart-wrenching ballad "I Will Follow You Into the Dark," this one has the stalker-themed "I Will Possess Your Heart." The Times has a partial transcript of their extensive interview with singer-songwriter Ben Gibbard.
FLEET FOXES: THE ROYALTY OF A SUB-SUB-GENRE
Over the last few years, a new sub-sub-genre of music has materialized. It began with My Morning Jacket, a band whose alt-country sound was oddly informed by the reverb-drenched ambience of shoe-gaze music, and continued onto spaced-out folk artists such as Phosphorescent and Grizzly Bear. Much of the recent Sup Pop roster reflects this aesthetic -- Band of Horses, Sera Cahoone, and Seattle's own Fleet Foxes are the recent and most talented culmination of the sound.
FILMS GETTING WORK GUARANTEES FROM ACTORS GUILD
The Screen Actors Guild has reached separate deals that will allow the completion of 95 independent movie productions if actors go on strike, a person with the union said Tuesday. The disclosure came as formal contract negotiations continued between SAG and Hollywood studios.
AMERICAN JAZZ GATHERING, PLANNED FOR SEATTLE, IS CANCELED
The most important American jazz gathering of the year, scheduled to take place in Seattle in January, has been canceled because its presenter is declaring bankruptcy.
In what is being described as a "perfect storm" of bad luck, unchecked growth, fundraising and management failures, the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) - an important link to Seattle's successful school jazz-band scene - has collapsed. A letter from the group's president, Chuck Owen, is scheduled to go out to members announcing the bankruptcy - and essentially the dissolution - of the 40-year-old organization.
SCAT AROUND IN BALLARD AND SOAK IN JAZZ
Now in its fifth year, the Ballard Jazz Festival has become one of the city's most distinctive annual events. It begins Wednesday at the Sunset Tavern with Brotherhood of the Drum for two nights. The brainchild of Matt Jorgensen, who co-produces the festival with Origin Records partner John Bishop, the Brotherhood brings drummers of different genres together in an exchange of ideas and energy. "A cool thing about drummers is how much mutual respect there is," Jorgensen says.
INTERVIEW WITH JOHANNA KUNIN
Seattle Sound Magazine sat down with Seattle singer-songwriter Johanna Kunin on April 10 to talk about touring, house shows, loud audiences, and the musician's constant battle against entropy. Kunin is currently working on a new album, the follow-up to her 2006 debut Clouds Electric, which she hopes to release "before the end of the year."
AFTER 36 YEARS, JAZZ EDUCATOR KNATT STEPS DOWN
Washington Middle School band director Robert Knatt, one of the pillars of Seattle's award-winning jazz-education programs, announced his retirement Monday. Knatt, 59, came to the Seattle School District from Louisiana in 1972 and has taught at Washington Middle School since 1990. Since then, the school's jazz band - along with Seattle's Eckstein Middle School jazz band - has dominated statewide, regional and even national competitions. Said Knatt, "After 36 years, I think that's kind of enough."
SONY BMG JOINS NOKIA'S "COMES WITH MUSIC"
Sony BMG is the latest music company to sign up with Nokia's "Comes With Music" phone. The breakthrough will give a shot in the arm for Nokia's mooted subscription service, which effectively embeds the cost of a year's service in the price of the device.
Until the announcement, unveiled Tuesday at Dave Stewart's central London business hub the Hospital, only Universal Music Group had come on board the content-bundling initiative, having struck a content licensing deal last December.
SONY CORP. OF AMERICA TO ACQUIRE GRACENOTE
Sony Corp. of America is acquiring music identification and technology firm Gracenote for $260 million. The merger is expected to close in late May. Gracenote is perhaps best known to the music industry for its music recognition and lyrics services. The company provides several digital music services with the technology and database needed to import song title and artist information when burning CDs into their digital jukeboxes, including iTunes and Yahoo Music.