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HAPPY HOUR IS TONIGHT AT SPITFIRE
Office of Film + Music
Join us at Spitfire tonight 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!
SEATTLE DESIGN COMMISSION IS SEEKING IDEAS FOR EMPTY STREET LOTS
City of Seattle Design Commission
Have you noticed how many lots have been left empty or partially developed due to the stalled economy? These vacant project sites are all around Seattle. Unattractive and unbecoming of our city, we pass by them every day: empty holes, barren plains of gravel, voids in the city fabric. How can we convert these eyesores to opportunities? The Seattle Design Commission wants your ideas for Holding Patterns, interim uses for stalled project sites. They are seeking concepts to transform the following types of stalled project sites around the city: holes in the ground, surface lots and ongoing construction above or below street level. The Design Commission is welcoming any and all ideas. Artists, designers, non-profits, businesses, developers, students, astronauts, everyone is invited to contribute ideas. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged. Email submissions to valerie.Kinast@seattle.gov no later than Monday, May 24. Submission guidelines can be found at the above link.
LISTEN TO NEW SEATTLE ONHOLD MUSIC
The new Seattle OnHold music mix features a diverse array of Seattle talent. You can sample the music if placed on hold while calling City of Seattle offices, or you can sign up for the podcast and receive a few songs a month from local artists including the playful Russian folk melodies of Juliana & Pava to the dreamy orchestral pop of Jonathan Kingham. Click the above link to go to the Seattle OnHold website, share comments and suggest bands.
THE OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC IS PROUD TO PARTNER WITH GAMESOUNDCON 2010 SEATTLE
In partnership with the Office of Film + Music, GameSoundCon Seattle will feature 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. "We're very excited to introduce our concentrated GameSoundCon seminar in Seattle," says Brian Schmidt, executive director of GameSoundCon. "With Seattle's combination of high-tech and videogame industries, plus its vibrant arts community, it was natural for us to add Seattle to our list of 2010 cities." GameSoundCon 2010 Seattle will be held on May 10 at the Experience Music Project. Use registration code SEAOFM by May 1 when registering to receive a 10% discount. Find more information at the above link.
THE VOUCHER PROGRAM FOR THE ARTIST CLINIC AT COUNTRY DOCTOR HAS BEEN EXTENDED
Subsidies are still available for uninsured low-income artists (or those whose sole coverage is a high-deductible castatrophic insurance policy) to apply for a voucher to help underwrite appointment costs. This pilot program has been extended through June 2010. The project serves as a model for development of access to health care and state-based health insurance expansion that benefits artists working in all disciplines. More artists need to take advantage of the program in order to ensure its continuation. If you've been considering getting a flu shot and/or finally having that annoying pain checked out, don't put it off any longer! Follow the above link for more information about the Artist Clinic at Country Doctor Community Clinic and to apply for a voucher.
CHECK OUT THE SEATTLE CENTER'S MURAL AMPHITHEATRE OPEN HOUSE THIS WEEKEND
The Seattle Center's Mural Amphitheatre has led a colorful life. It set the stage for early performances by popular Seattle bands, including Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. It remains a popular venue for concerts, outdoor movies and cultural celebrations. Be sure to visit from noon to 5:00 on Sunday, May 2 for an open house featuring a free performance from Seattle band Slender Means, along with paper collage crafts for kids, a mural cake and 1962 World's Fair Memorbilia. For more information and to vote for the mural in the Partners in Preservation campaign, follow the link.
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SUBMIT YOUR IDEAS TO THE "NEXT FIFTY"
The 1962 World's Fair was one of the most profound events in Seattle's history. It triggered an unprecedented era of innovation, inspiration, and growth. And it put the eyes of the world on the Pacific Northwest. 2012 is the Fair's 50th Anniversary; an event represents a hallmark that calls for both celebration and contemplation. And a collective of citizens are collaborating to bring together the global community as we pause to define our future. For six months during 2012, Seattle will explore, debate, display, and define a global vision. Engaging leading innovators from around the world and within our community, the focus will be on the examination of the seven core areas where Seattle has demonstrated leadership: arts, culture and design; sustainability; global health; science and technology; learning; commerce; and civic action. Public participation will help create this extraordinary celebration and the vision for our city's future. At the above link, you can share your ideas, your observations, your dreams, and your creativity for the Next Fifty.
JOIN WASHINGTON FILMWORKS FOR "PULLING FOCUS: A CLEAR PICTURE OF TODAY'S FILM INDUSTRY" SERIES
Washington Filmworks in partnership with IFP/Seattle, Northwest Film Forum, Northwest Screenwriters Guild, Seattle Film Institute, Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle Office of Film + Music, and Women in Film/Seattle are pleased to present "Pulling Focus: A Clear Picture of Today's Film Industry." Join them on Tuesday, May 4 for the second event in the series about the business of film featuring digital media pioneers Michael Arrieta (Big Air Studios) and Hanson Hosein (Director of the Master of Communication in Digital Media at the University of Washington in Seattle) and moderated by Warren Etheredge. The discussion will be on the "Digital Uprising," focusing on the benefits and possible pitfalls of recent digital advancements in film. Doors will open at 6:30 pm on at the Top of the Tower Room in the Sorrento Hotel. The discussion with Michael Arrieta and Hanson Hosein will begin at 7:00 pm with a cocktail reception hosted by the Washington Wine Commission.
"OUTSOURCED" PICKED AS 2010-2011 COMEDY FRONTRUNNER ON NBC
The Primetime Pilot Panic Hot List on Deadline.com is calling "Outsourced" one of the comedy frontrunners for the fall programming season on NBC. Based on Seattle's George Wing and John Jeffcoat's independent film hit, "Outsourced" is single-camera office comedy centered on a recently demoted manager of a novelties company who is shipped off to India to manage a ragtag group of customer service reps. NBC developed the TV adaption with Wing, Jeffcoat and "The Office" director, Ken Kwapis.
DON'T MISS THE ANNUAL SHOWCASE OF SHORT FILMS CREATED AT REEL GRRLS
This is the best opportunity all year to take in the latest films created by girls ages 9 to 19 in the Reel Grrls 2009-2010 program, the first year-round filmmaking program exclusively for girls. Enjoy a wide array of styles including animation, music video, autobiography and narrative. There is free entry for youth 19 and younger. The showcase will be Sunday, May 16 starting at 3:00 pm at the Market Theatre in Post Ally. Ticket information can be found at the above link.
JOIN SIFF CINEMA FOR STORYTELLER WITH THE SCREENWRITER STEWART STERN
SIFF will be honoring legendary screenwriter Steward Stern with a retrospective of his greatest films, May 14-18 at SIFF Cinema. Actors get all the attention and directors all the credit, but the underpinning of any great film lies in the hands of the oft-unsung screenwriter. Stewart Stern, who now lives in Seattle, has written some of the most powerful and celebrated scripts in the history of cinema including Rebel Without A Cause, Sybil, and many more. Stern will be on hand to discuss his illustrious craft with the audience at the 7:30 pm screening of The Ugly American on May 14, and at other screenings throughout the series. You can find a list of screenings at the above link.
APPLY TO BE THE BOOKING AND PROMOTIONS INTERN THE VERA PROJECT
The Vera Project
The Booking and Promotions Intern assists The Vera Project's Booking Manager with all aspects of booking and promotions. This position provides an excellent opportunity to become familiar with an integral part of Vera's programming operations. The booking and promotions assistant will poster once a week for upcoming shows. They also will work on new and interesting ways of promoting, and stay on top of the promotions which already keep Vera in the public's eye. Promoting shows is very important to Vera and will be an integral part of this position. Priority for this internship will go to someone 16 to 24 years of age. If you would like to apply please submit a resume and cover letter to email@example.com by Friday, May 6 at 5:00 pm.
REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR NORTHWEST FILM FORUM'S SUMMER CAMPS FOR KIDS AND TEENS
Northwest Film Forum is hosting two two-week long summer camp sessions for 11-17 year olds. The first one will be the Two Week Film Camp from June 28 - July 9 for 11-14 year olds where students will take a hands-on, in-depth approach, spending time learning all aspects of filmmaking, from story and concept to finished product. The second session for 14-17 year olds will be August 2 - 13 and will be a Mixed Animation Camp where students will learn traditional animation techniques by working with drawings, collage, clay, puppets or objects as each student creates his or her own short film. Full and partial scholarships are available for both classes. For more information or to register, follow the above link.
INTERN WITH BROWN PAPER TICKETS
Brown Paper Tickets
Brown Paper Tickets' Fremont office is currently seeking an Event Promotions Intern. The Event Promotions department at Brown Paper Tickets helps producers and venues find the best ways to market their events. They work on all types of events, but focus is primarily on entertainment categories (comedy, theater, performing arts, film and music). They are asking for a minimum commitment of 10-15 hour per week for 8-12 weeks. This is the perfect internship for a self-motivated, proactive outgoing person that is interested in learning about how to promote events, particularly from a social media or PR standpoint. Send your availability, 250 words or less about why you want to get into event promotions, and links to your online social media profiles to firstname.lastname@example.org. More details about this internship can be found at the above link.
ARTS CRUSH SEEKING PARTICIPANTS FOR FALL FESTIVAL
Arts Crush, a new month-long regional arts festival planned for October, seeks artists and arts organizations to take part in this collaboration. The multidisciplinary festival grew out of Theatre Puget Sound's (TPS) highly successful Live Theatre Week. It's anticipated the festival will involve more than 200 arts organizations, including theater, dance, music, visual and literary arts and beyond. Arts Crush will spotlight a different discipline each week. The goal of the festival, which takes place during National Arts and Humanities Month, is to cultivate new audiences by offering patrons an opportunity to sample different art forms through free and low-cost performances; exhibits; and special events, including family days and behind-the-scenes tours. There is no fee to participate, and TPS has the details covered. TPS will support the festival with an extensive marketing campaign, community outreach and event coordination. Help TPS gauge interest and build a preliminary participation list by taking this brief online survey. Festival participation forms will be available online in early May. For ideas on how an organization can participate, visit the Arts Crush website at the above link.
WASHINGTON COMPOSERS FORUM CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY
Washington Composers Forum
The Washington Composers Forum and Jack Straw Productions present a 25th Anniversary Celebration Concert as the next event in their 2009-2010 Transport series. The concert of world and regional premieres will feature the Icicle Creek Piano Trio, Pacific Rims percussion quartet, violist Melia Watras, and the Seattle Phonographers Union. Highlighted on the program is the premiere of a new work by composer Wayne Horvitz for the Icicle Creek Piano Trio, an inaugural commission by the Washington Composers Forum, launching the organization's new commissioning program. Also to be featured are works by Huck Hodge, the 2010 winner of the Rome Prize, and Christopher Bailey, winner of WCF's Allen Strange Award for electroacoustic music. This highly dynamic, wide-ranging concert demonstrates the true breadth of music presented and supported by Washington Composers Forum. Check out the event Thursday, May 6 at 8:00 pm at the Good Shepherd Center.
GOSSAMER COLLECTIVE PRESENTS FREE PREVIEW CONCERT
Inspired by an individual's internal struggle when faced with suffering and loss, Residue 2.0 is a duet for violin and viola that guides the audience through the intricacies of the human psyche and the resiliency of the human spirit. This collaboration between composer, performers, and visual artists weaves many different art disciplines together into a tapestry of sound and color. Within this dynamic framework, Residue 2.0 is meant to challenge the audience to view their personal experiences of loss from various angles and, perhaps, to make peace with psychologically devastating events in their own lives. On Thursday April 29 at 7:00 pm the Gossamer Collective will host a free preview performance of Residue 2.0 at their location on Capitol Hill. At the reception following the performance, attendees will be able to meet the composer, musicians, and artists.
DON'T MISS DOCUTALK WITH FILMMAKER ANA SOFIA JOANES OF "FRESH"
911 Media Arts
Be sure to catch a special edition of DocuTalk with Ana Sofia Joanes for a free discussion about her recent film Fresh. Fresh celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are reinventing our food system. The film will screen later in the evening at Central Cinema. The pre-show discussion will focus on topics relating to the filmmaking and distribution process. Ana will give a general Q&A after the screening at Central Cinema. 911 Seattle Media Arts Center is hosting the event in partnership with Seattle Film Institute. Check it out on Saturday, May 1 starting at 4:00 pm at the Seattle Film Institute.
VOTE FOR LOCAL FILMMAKERS IN THE GO DADDY SUPERBOWL COMMERCIAL CONTEST
The Seattle film community and local business Cugini Café in Ballard came together to help local ad agency Square Tomato and principal/creative director Frank Clark produce a 30 second commercial for entry into the national GoDaddy.com contest. Blue Goose Productions director Ron Gross enlisted local filmmakers Jason Brown, Brian Lee and Mike Commins, along with post production company Light Press, to help out. Check out their work and vote at the above link.
"BIZ KID$" WILL RING THE CLOSING BELL ON THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE
"Biz Kid$", the Emmy Award-winning financial literacy series on public television which recently finished filming in Seattle, will visit the NYSE on April 28 to celebrate the launch of five new episodes in April. In honor of the occasion, Kaelon Horst, "Biz Kid$" host, and Ray Harris, Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, ring The Closing Bell. They will be joined by Alexander Oki and Austin Siedentopf, "Biz Kid$" hosts and seven of the young entrepreneurs from Boston, Washington, D.C., and New York, who have been featured on the series. The 44 "Biz Kid$" episodes currently airing are spreading into schools from coast to coast. Each episode has curriculum which is mapped to math, language arts, and social studies education standards in several states. Check out the video of the "Biz Kid$" crew ringing The Closing Bell at the above link.
CASTING CALL FOR CIRQUE DREAMS ILLUMINATION
Seattle Theatre Group and Cirque Dreams Illumination will conduct local auditions in search for a special talent. One lucky performer will get the chance to "Run away with Cirque Dreams" and perform in a feature role when the show performs at STG's Moore Theatre May 20-23. They are looking for aspiring performers such as acrobats, gymnasts, musicians, dancers, singers or anyone with a special talent who has ever dreamed of performing in a big show. Each participant will have up to 2 minutes to impress the cirque experts with their skills. Performers requiring music should bring their own CD. The winner of the "Run Away with Cirque Dreams" competition will be trained locally by the Cirque Dreams design team for their debut performance in "Cirque Dreams Illumination" and will receive six complimentary tickets to their debut performance. Auditions will be Sunday, May 2 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Gameworks in downtown Seattle. This is limited to the first 100 auditioners. Observers are welcome and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
JOIN EMP|SFM ON ALL ACCESS NIGHT
Join EMP|SFM on Thursday, May 6, at All Access Night as they celebrate the release of their latest CD, Live From Sound Off! Volume Three, with an avalanche of art, music, and video. Sound Off! is the Northwest's largest underage battle of the bands which takes place annually at EMP|SFM in February and March. Recorded during the Sound Off! 2010 concerts, this new compilation CD features 12 electrifying tracks from each semifinalist band plus four bonus songs from the finalists. The free festivities at All Access Night include acoustic performances from four Sound Off! 2010 alum bands; drop-in art projects led by Seattle Art Museum's TAG (Teen Artist Group); high-definition videos and never before seen interviews from the Sound Off! 2010; and information about joining EMP|SFM's YAB (Youth Advisory Board) for the 2010-11 school year. This free event will be Thursday, May 6 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at EMP|SFM.
CONGRATS TO LOCAL FILMMAKER MATTHEW CLARK ON WIN AT NW PROJECTIONS
Local filmmaker, Matthew J. Clark's film Dry Rain recently screened at NW Projections Film Festival in Bellingham where the film took home two awards: Best Narrative and Best of NW Projections. Dry Rain also just screened at the Athens Film Festival in Athens, Ohio this past weekend. Dry Rain was shot in Montana in August 2007, made its premier at the Seattle International Film Festival 2008 and went on to festivals around the country and in England including the Rochester Film Festival, The Palm Springs Shorts Fest, The One Reel Festival, The Wisconsin International Film Festival and The L.A. Shorts Festival. The film stars local actor Nathan Gamble (The Dark Knight>, Marley and Me and The Mist) and James Le Gros (Zodiac, Psycho, Visoneers).
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 4/19-4/25
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Various Artists "SP20: Casual Nostalgia Fest"
- Jimi Hendrix "Valleys of Neptune"
- S "I'm Not As Good At It As You"
- Grand Hallway "Promenade"
- Shabazz Palaces "Of Light"
- Pink Martini "Splendor In The Grass"
- Rocky Votolato "True Devotion"
- Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
- David Bazan "Live at Electrical Audio"
- Champagne Champagne "Champagne Champagne"
NATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR TALENTED YOUTH DRAWS CREATIVE MOVIEMAKERS 22 AND UNDER TO SEATTLE
The Seattle Times recently spoke with Jess Harris about the upcoming National Film Festival for Talented Youth. The ever-growing NFFTY, now in its fourth annual edition, has expanded this year from three days to four, and from 113 films to 190. All are made by young filmmakers, ranging in age from 8 to 22 (the festival's upper limit). "The quality of what we saw was so much higher than last year, across the board," said executive director Jesse Harris of the 2010 submissions. "We were really happy. There were 250 or so films we would have shown if we had room for them." Of the 190 films in the festival this year, all but two are short films, with an average length of perhaps 8 to 10 minutes. The festival will also feature panels and workshops for filmmakers of all ages with topics ranging from New Distribution, Finding Yourself in Hollywood, Green Screen on a Budget, Directing Actors and more. "Even if these people don't end up being directors," he says, "we're letting them show something they created to an audience, they're getting recognition and they're getting confidence to do something, whether it's filmmaking or whatever. Obviously film festivals are great for audiences, but ours has the extra thing that it's really an important thing to be doing for the next generation of filmmakers." Read the full article at the above link and check out NFFTY at film venues around the city starting Thursday, April 29 through Sunday, May 2.
BILLBOARD COMPILES THE FIGURES FROM RECORD STORE DAY
By all accounts this year's Record Store Day was a success when measured by awareness, turnout and sales. Although so many Record Store Day reports tend to be anecdotal, Billboard.biz was able to distill some of the figures and highlights from the event's co-founder, Michael Kurtz of Music Monitor Network. According to Kurtz, Record Store Day 2010 was Sonic Boom's single biggest sales day in their 12 year history; and Silver Platters' sales on April 17 were up 80% from last year (which were up 20% from the year before). They were a lot of Record Store day mentions in the media. "From Howard Stern talking us up, to Record Store Day signs appearing on the Today Show, to Jimmy Fallon's shout out, to the Record Store Day joke on Saturday Night Live, to being talked about on Alice Cooper 's syndicated radio show, to three different NPR stories, to the publishing of two books with a focus on Record Store Day and indie record stores, and on and on," says Katz. Also, according to Soundscan, Record Store Day 2010 was the biggest day of sales for vinyl in Soundscan's history. Follow the above link to see more of the facts and figures of Record Store Day 2010.
BAND GIRL TROUBLE HIT WITH LAWSUIT BY PRODUCTION COMPANY A
Veteran Tacoma garage-punkers Kurt Kendall, Dale Phillips and Bon and Bill "Kahuna" Henderson - aka Girl Trouble - have been sued. The plaintiffs, Ohio-based Gorilla Productions, allege defamation of character, invasion of privacy and "intentional infliction of emotion distress" in a suit filed in Ohio's Cuyahoga County last month. And it all stems from a 3 1/2 year crusade that drummer Bon Henderson has waged against what she calls "pay to play" schemes. A classic version that Henderson describes involves big, national production companies recruiting young, unsigned bands to play rock showcases. Expecting a big break, the unwary bands buy tickets in bulk from the production companies, Henderson said, and then have to turn around and sell them and do most of the show promotion to make their money back. Many fledgling bands assume that winning these kinds of contests will lead to getting signed but become discouraged and quit when they don't, Henderson said. "We know how bands get famous, and we know what it takes," she said. "And it doesn't take that. It takes a lot of hard work and stickin' together and playin' little crappy shows and working your way up." After seeing many Tacoma bands fall into this trap, Girl Trouble organized an anti-pay-to-play show at the old Hell's Kitchen on Sixth Avenue. Henderson began to research, report and post commentary on her Never Pay to Play site, which mentions and drew the ire of Gorilla Productions. Henderson said she is responsible for the site but suspects there's a reason behind her bandmates also being named in the lawsuit. "Most bands ... it would break 'em up," she said. "That's not the case with us. These guys are fully behind me, and they feel the same way." Read the full article at the above link.
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