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HAPPY HOUR TONIGHT AT BARCA!
The monthly Happy Hour networking event is more popular than ever, and to accommodate our growing crowd we have moved down the street to the beautiful and spacious Barca lounge. Happy Hour is tonight, Wednesday April 29th, so we hope you can make it! Barca will be open exclusively for this event from 5:00 - 7:00pm, 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.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
SEATTLE AREA FILMMAKERS WEBSITE LAUNCH
Seattle Area Filmmakers
A new website designed for Seattle area filmmakers is now ready for new membership. Seattle Area Filmmakers includes all of Washington State. This is a networking place to collaborate on ideas and projects. The group's belief is that of respecting each others talents, ideas, and work. The group has bi-monthly meetings giving film makers the chance to network with each other. The group also has one night out every month just for some networking fun! If you are interested in joining the Seattle Area Filmmakers group or to learn more about the meetings, please email email@example.com.
MORE MUSIC @ THE MOORE
Seattle Theatre Group presents the 8th annual More Music @ The Moore on Friday, May 8th, 2009 at 7:30 pm. For one night only more than 30 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 then collaborate under the direction of composer and conductor Daniel Bernard Roumain to perform a unique evening-length concert including original compositions.
CRASH ARTIST TO SCREEN AT STIFF
Crash Artist the Movie
We've all dreamed about living like a movie star or a rock star. Crash Artist: Beyond the Red Carpet is a feature documentary about Michael Minutoli, a man who has taken those dreams and turned them into a reality by crashing Hollywood events for the past 18 years. From the sun and surf of Laguna Beach, California, to the gritty streets of Hollywood Boulevard, Michael takes his audience on a night of party crashing. Throughout this adventure we learn how this Hollywood obsession began, how it grew to phenomenal heights, and how it changed his life. Crash Artist: Beyond the Red Carpet, will be screening at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival in June.
NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL TO KICK OFF A-Y-P CENTENNIAL
Northwest Folk Life Festival
The Northwest Folklife Festival will mark the official start of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Centennial celebration on Memorial Day weekend, May 22nd to 25th, at Seattle Center. The Nordic community will raise its maypole and show off the restored Nordic Spirit, a replica of the Viking ship that plied the waters of Lake Washington on Norway Day, August 30th, 1909. Chinese Mai Fak Kung Fu Lion Dancers and Nordic musicians Skandia Allspel will lead two parades to the stage as Mayor Greg Nickels opens the celebration at 3:00 pm, Saturday, May 23rd at the Mural Amphitheatre. Check out the full schedule of Folklife's A-Y-P Centennial celebration events.
AWAY WE GO SPECIAL SCREENING AND 826 SEATTLE BENEFIT
On Saturday, May 9th, at 4:30 pm at the Harvard Exit Theater, 826 Seattle and Northwest Film Forum present a special screening of the soon-to-be-released Away We Go, a new film from Focus Features and Academy Award winning director Sam Mendes. This funny and heartfelt film follows the journey of an expectant couple, as they travel the U.S. in search of the perfect place to put down roots and raise their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover "home" on their own terms for the first time. Screenwriter, publisher, and founder of 826 National, Dave Eggers will attend and participate in a Q & A after the screening. All proceeds from this event benefit 826 Seattle and its programs.
SJFF CONTINUES EXPLORATION OF RECENT JEWISH HISTORY
Seattle Jewish Film Festival
The 14th edition of the Seattle Jewish Film Festival continues this week with an Israeli television series that will be screened on May 3rd at Museum of History and Industry. This year the festival emphasizes an environmental theme. The green programs include the documentary, Fuel screening on May 3rd at MOHAI. The festival features several other films previously showcased at SIFF in 2008, including the documentary, Stalags: Holocaust and Pornography in Israel on April 30th at SIFF Cinema; the poetic Canadian-Greek drama, Fugitive Pieces on April 30th at SIFF Cinema; and the partly improvised Strangers on May 2nd at MOHAI, about an affair between a Palestinian woman and an Israeli man.
NORTHWEST MUSIC EXPO
Ted Walker Presents
Ted Walker and the Showbox SoDo are hosting a trade show by, for, and about musicians and music fans in the northwest. The event will feature artists, products, and services for working musicians. The Northwest Music Expo will have fifty exhibitors, from equipment dealers, to recording studios, graphic artists and more. There will be ten bands providing live entertainment. The event is on Saturday August 29th, 2009 at the Showbox SoDo.
THE DAY MY PARENTS BECAME COOL TO SCREEN IN SEATTLE!
After their debut in February/March at Sedona, and the "Best Comedy Short" award in LA at the International Family Film Festival, The Day My Parents Became Cool will finally be screening in Seattle! The film will be screening on the weekend of May 29th - 31st, 2009. They will screen in the new state-of-the-art SIFF Cinema at Seattle Center, where all formats are brilliantly projected.
EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR WFW VIRALVIDEO CAMPAIGN
There is still time! Help WashingtonFilmWorks establish Washington State as the premier west-coast filming location. WFW is seeking up to five local filmmakers to create dynamic and entertaining viral videos. These viral videos will need to emphasize the WashingtonFilmWorks' incentive program, Washington's diverse locations and topography as well as seasoned local talent and crew. $1000 grants will be given to the five selected filmmakers to put towards production.
SEATTLE OPERA SEEKS REALITY-STYLE VIDEO HOST
Seattle Opera Facebook
Seattle Opera is searching for someone to host a reality-style video project titled Confessions of a First-Time Operagoer. The Opera is seeking someone who has never seen a production of Wagner's Ring to spend some time with Seattle Opera and create a reality-show style 10-minute documentary at the end of the summer chronicling the host's experience. Video applications will be accepted from May 1st to May 22nd. Mail videos to Seattle Opera Administrative Offices, Attn: Confessions Application, 1020 John Street, Seattle, WA 98109 or upload them to the Seattle Opera's facebook page.
SUMMER DOCUMENTARY FILM INTENSIVE
911media is hosting an intensive workshop where students will be introduced to the lineage of documentary filmmaking and guided through the steps taken to create successful documentary projects. Students progressively build on skills, while being introduced to different approaches, styles and filmmaking techniques. Students will have short classes focusing on specific topics. The goal of the class is to give students a chance to explore different styles of documentary in a practical hands-on way, so they may develop a range of skills and a personal style. In addition, each student will finish the workshop with a story, treatment, pitch, budget, script and a short film.
FILM SERIES CALL FOR ENTRIES
Cine Gear Expo
Time is running out! The Film Series at Cine Gear Expo- A Tribute to the Visual Art of Filmmaking will comprise screenings of films based on their illumination of the visual art forms in filmmaking, such as cinematography, art design, set design, and costume design. Competitions include: Feature Film Competition, Student Short, Film Competition, Independent Short Film Competition and the Documentary Film Competition. The Deadline for submission is May 1st, 2009, so act soon!
INTERNATIONAL FILM WEEK CALL FOR DOCUMENTARIES!
International Film Week is now accepting applications for Spotlight on Documentaries, a program for filmmakers in production or post-production seeking financing partners, broadcast/distribution, and festival invitations. Formerly known as the IFP Market, Independent Film Week is the oldest and largest forum in the U.S. for the discovery of new projects in development and new voices on the independent film scene. It is a great opportunity for an independent filmmaker to connect with industry professionals - including producers, funders, distributors, broadcasters, sales agents and festival programmers. The early deadline for submissions is May 1st, and the final deadline May 21st.
GRAMMY U PRESENTS: DEMO REVIEWS
Have you been working on music demos? Do you want the opportunity for your work to be heard? Do you want feedback on how to make your work even better? Then submit your music for the 2009 Demo Review! Grammy U members are invited to attend an epic event with exclusive access to industry professionals. GU members can submit music demos to be critiqued by notable local engineers and audio engineering faculty from multiple schools. The panel will have the opportunity to hear the recordings prior to the event and the upper tier of submissions will be played back at the event, while the VIP panel discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the recordings by providing helpful insight on how attendees can better their work. Students will then be able to ask the panel questions and network among themselves as the event progresses. The event is on June 1st 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at The Art Institute of Seattle.
AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE FILM FESTIVAL
Seattle is renowned for both the sophistication of its film audiences and the vibrancy of its Asian American community. Since 2002, when it first appeared as Northwest Asian American Theatre's "A-Fest: Through the Lens," Northwest Asian American Film Festival has showcased the works of Asian American film and video artists for an ever-growing audience. NWAAFF now occupies a place of distinction both among the many notable film festivals that make Seattle their home and among the greater family of Asian American film festivals. The free film festival is held at the Seattle Center House Conference Room 3rd Floor from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on May 3rd.
SPORTN' LIFE RECORDS AND FOCUSED NOISE RECORDS PARTNER TO SHOWCASE NW HIP HOP TALENT
High Dive Seattle
Sportn' Life Records and Focused Noise Records are joining forces for a premiere Northwest hip hop showcase. Sportn' Life Records' crown jewel, D.Black, will perform live, along with some of the region's hottest hip hop players: Seattle's Fatal Lucciauno and Spaceman; and Portland favorites Animal Farm, Mic Crenshaw and Serge Severe. Each label's artists will go round for round in this exciting display of battle inspired showmanship. DeVon Manier, CEO/Co-Owner, Sportn' Life Records said in the press release that "The Northwest has always been known for its grunge and indie rock music talent but we're finally attracting national attention as a hip hop music hotbed." The show is on Saturday, May 2nd, 8:00 pm at the High Dive. Advance tickets can be purchased at the High Dive.
WTIA AND XCONOMY TEAM UP FOR BATTLE OF THE TECH BANDS
Xconomy is teaming up with the Washington Technology Industry Association to bring the first annual Seattle Battle of the Tech Bands. The contest will be featured at the WTIA Annual Summer Celebration on the evening of Thursday, July 30th, 2009, outside the Pyramid Ale House in Seattle. The Xconomy Battle of the Tech Bands is open to all bands that have at least one member who works at a Northwest technology, life sciences, or tech-investment firm. There will be two grand prize winners: the audience and the judges will pick their favorite bands. If you'd like to be considered for a slot in the Battle of the Tech Bands, send your band's info to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for band submissions is Friday, June 12th.
SEATTLE 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT
48 Hour Film
The 48 Hour Film Project is coming to Seattle! 48 Hour Film is seeking filmmakers to participate in a wild, sleepless movie making weekend. They will write, shoot, edit and score it from scratch in 48 hours. The Movie will show at The Harvard Exit at a screening in June. The winning Seattle team will compete against other films to represent Seattle at the 48 Hour Film Project's Filmapalooza - the 2009 international screening and awards event of the year at the NAB Show in Las Vegas in April 2010, and will compete for additional prizes including the opportunity to be screened at Cannes! Entry instructions can be found at the 48 Hour Film Website.
OVER 4,000 ATTEND NFFTY
NFFTY 09 was a huge success. From a red carpet opening night at Cinerama to a rockin' gala after party featuring the youth band Raheem Cohen, to incredible film panels and extraordinary films, NFFTY 09 grew by leaps and bounds. Festival attendance grew to over 4,000, more than double the 2008 attendance. Congratulations to all the young filmmakers and their great successes at the festival!
CORNISH COLLEGE OF THE ARTS PRESENTS BFA ART + DESIGN EXHIBITION
Cornish College of the Arts
Graduating seniors from the Art & Design departments will present individual shows, as they prepare to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and enter the into the artistic community on their own. This exhibition will represent the culmination of each student's education and experience at Cornish. A wide variety of technical and conceptual skills will be presented to the public in two buildings on the Cornish campus. Artists will be present at the lively, not-to-be-missed opening reception! The exhibition will run May 8th to May 30th. The opening reception is on Friday May 8th, 5:00pm - 9:00pm at the Cornish Main Campus.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 4/19 - 4/26
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Moondoggies - EP
- Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
- The Decemberists - Hazards of Love
- Death Cab for Cutie - Open Door EP
- M Ward - Hold Time
- Pearl Jam - Ten
- Telekinesis - Telekinesis
- Star Anna & The Laughing Dogs - Only Thing That Matters
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- Say Hi - Oohs & Ahhs
PRODUCTION INCENTIVE HELPS MORE THAN FILM INDUSTRY
The Bella Bag, as it's now known, is handmade in a Fremont basement studio by Angie Bowlds. The 27-year-old seamstress is frantically churning them out and mailing them off to fans of the angsty teen-vampire romance-novel series Twilight and of the film which has grossed over $191 million domestically since its November release. The current wait time for one of Bowlds' $175 satchels is about three weeks, though she expects it to hit a month soon. "It just snowballed," she says. Bowlds' business has reaped huge benefits from the movie, set in and around the Olympic Peninsula and filmed in the Northwest as well. Governor Gregoire has signed a law that will give massive tax breaks to production companies in hopes that the sequel, as well as a slew of other Hollywood films, will shoot in the state.
THE OFFICIAL CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY ANNOUNCEMENT
The Stranger, KEXP 90.3 FM and Cafe Vita have presented the line up to the 2009 Capitol Hill Block Party, to be held on July 24th & July 25th. Some of the acts playing include Sonic Youth, The Jesus Lizard, The Gossip, Deerhunter, The Black Lips, Earth, The Thermals, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and the Moondoggies! There is a special pre-sale starting Tuesday April 28th at 10:00 am, which runs through April 30th. The promo code is BLOCKPARTY. Tickets are available at ticketswest.com, all Seattle Rudy's Barber Shops, select QFC's, Moe Bar and Neumos.
THE MOONDOGGIES GET MORE LOVE IN ROLLING STONE
There's a good chance that the Moondoggies are going to be riding a decent-sized buzz into the summer months. Austin Scaggs over at Rolling Stone wrote about them last October in print, and he's also taken a shine to giving them blog love on that site as well. This week, he's encouraging all of Manhattan to go see their upcoming show in New York City on April 25th at Crash Mansion.
TWO BOOKS SUCCESSFULLY TACKLE SEATTLE MUSIC HISTORY IN WORD AND IMAGE
Toronto-based hip hop artist K-Os will do for live concerts what Radiohead did for recorded music sales. Backed by an idea developed by his manager, Nettwerk Music Group chief executive Terry McBride, k-os will start a 10-date Canadian tour kicking off April 30, where fans will be able to pay what they want after witnessing the show. Telecommunications giant Rogers Wireless will also have 100 promotional tickets and are underwriting 60% of the costs, McBride says. Venues for the shows range up to 2,500 in capacity.