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HAPPY HOUR TONIGHT!
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
NORTHWEST FILM FORUM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR POSITION OPENING
Northwest Film Forum in Seattle seeks an Executive Director to pilot the thriving, growing non-profit film arts organization. The Executive Director takes the lead in shaping the vision of the organization, oversees all of Northwest Film Forum's operations, spearheads development and fundraising efforts for the organization, and is the chief advocate of the organization's mission to its members, its stakeholders, to the community at large, and to the cinema community world-wide. Email materials to email@example.com.
MUDHONEY, NO AGE TO PARTICIPATE IN 2008 FREE YR RADIO CONCERT SERIES TO HELP PROMOTE AND SUPPORT INDEPENDENT RADIO
Toyota Motor Sales recently announced details about this year's Free Yr Radio program, including some of the bands slated to perform in the upcoming concert series as well as this year's partner radio stations. This year's concert series will consist of 10 shows, from May through October, with each concert hosted by a partner independent radio station. Although each show is free, concert-goers must present an invite upon entry. Invites can be printed at the link above prior to each concert. Mudhoney and No Age will be playing to benefit KEXP on July 23rd.
SEATTLE CHANNEL INVESTIGATES THE LOCAL MUSIC SCENE
The Seattle Channel recently aired a thirty-minute segment hosted by KEXP's John Richards, who set out to determine the state of the Seattle music scene. The episode can be viewed online at the link above.
THE 24-HOUR SEATTLE FILM RACE
Can you make a movie in 24 hours? The Seattle Film Race will be challenging local filmmakers to create an original short film (4 minutes max) in just 24 hours from Friday, May 9th to Saturday, May 10th. All of the completed films will premiere for the public on May 14th at the Egyptian 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!
JOIN CHARANGA DANZON FOR A MEMORABLE EVENING OF LIVE CUBAN MUSIC AND FILM
Charanga Danzon is a fluid ensemble of wonderful Seattle-based musicians led by violinist Irene Mitri, with a repertoire of Cuban music including traditional charanga, son/danzon, cha-cha-cha, classical, and jazz. The evening will also feature a documentary by David Schendel called "Yank Tanks." The film is the first in-depth look into the largest, living, automobile museum in the world and its curators. After the Cuban revolution, the United States began its four-decade-long trade embargo, stranding 150,000 American cars. Stunning footage captures these exotic and colorful cars that still roam the island paradise.
"SYMPHONY LEGACY" DVD NOW AVAILABLE TO BENEFIT CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL AND REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
The newly released "Symphony Legacy" DVD is now available for those who would like to experience the concert featuring special guests Alice in Chains and Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart backed by over 200 musicians, including the Northwest Symphony Orchestra and the Northwest Girlchoir. "Symphony Legacy" took place at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle on Friday, November 2, 2007. $30 of the DVD's $40 price tag is tax deductible and will directly benefit uncompensated care at Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center.
THE SEATTLE CHANNEL SEEKS PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
The City of Seattle's Emmy Award winning government television channel, the Seattle Channel, has an excellent opportunity for a Video Production Coordinator. Support coordination and tracking of Seattle Channel's video productions by assisting with effective management of Channel resources to produce broadcast-quality videos within predetermined budgets and schedules. The deadline to apply is May 13th.
TWO SEATTLE MOVIEMAKING TEAMS SWEEP DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION IN TORONTO
Seattle production teams Reel Grrls and Team Juicebox recently won top awards at Toronto's Hot Docs Film Festival. Both teams competed in the International Documentary Challenge - a competition that tests over 120 teams from 16 countries to create a short documentary in five days. This is the second year in a row that a Seattle moviemaking team has won top honors in this timed filmmaking competition. Their films will be screened in Seattle on July 10 and in Portland on May 7th.
LOCAL FILMMAKERS ARE TOP FINALISTS IN NATIONAL OBAMA AD CONTEST
More Dust Than Digital Films, a young production company operating from above the U-District's historic Neptune theater, has been selected as one of 15 finalists in a national ad contest sponsored by moveon.org. Nearly five million votes were cast on over eleven-hundred video submissions. Now it's up to the celebrity judges, a panel that includes
Jesse Jackson, Eddie Vedder, Oliver Stone, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and many others, to select a winner. Click on the link above to watch their video, "Come Together," along with its competitors.
JACK STRAW ARTIST SHOWCASE: JIM PAGE, ARTIS THE SPOONMAN, ONE WORLD TAIKO
This Thursday, Jack Straw Productions present the folksinger Jim Page, Seattle icon Artis the Spoonman, and the percussion ensemble One World Taiko in the spring Jack Straw Artist Showcase. This unique triple bill features folk and percussion "traditions" from very different groups. Jack Straw Productions(JSP) is the Northwest's only non-profit multidisciplinary audio arts center. A community-based resource since 1962, they provide a production facility that is unlike any other in the region for local artists who work creatively with sound.
2008 LANGSTON HUGHES FESTIVAL: A COMMUNITY SUCCESS
The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center's Fifth Annual African American Film Festival was an amazing gathering of films, artists and community. All present were transformed in each others' company and moved by the power of cinema to bring us all closer together. The festival featured 18 documentaries, 21 Narrative Works, 24 Seattle Premieres, 4 World Premieres, and more than 1,000 residents of the Central District and beyond engaged in delightful conversation with filmmakers from around the U.S. and in our own back yard.
ROBOTS EXHIBITION OPENS AT EMP|SFM
Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (EMP|SFM) is proud to announce a new exhibition, "Robots: A Designer's Collection of Miniature Mechanical Marvels." The exhibition celebrates society's long fascination with humankind's technological version of itself. The exhibition is drawn from a one-of-a-kind assemblage of toy robots, which noted graphic designer Tom Geismar has been collecting for decades.
SYSO ANNOUNCES SPECIAL FREE CONCERT IN BELLINGHAM
On Tuesday evening May 6, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. the Seattle Youth Symphony presents "Transformations," a special free concert, at the Performing Arts Center of Western Washington University. The four works on the program explore narratives of musical transformation as expressed in the music of Maurice Ravel, Richard Strauss and Ludwig van Beethoven. The performance also celebrates the contributions of three talented Whatcom County students who have been honored with positions in the Seattle Youth Symphony, and make the weekly trip to Seattle in order to participate in its distinguished programs.
SEATTLE FILMMAKER INVITED TO LECTURE AT BEIJING FILM ACADEMY
Seattle filmmaker Rick Stevenson has been invited to Beijing at the end of this month to speak at the Beijing Film Academy and the Ministry of Fine Arts. He will also be meeting with officials in hopes of developing a channel to bring American independent films to China. His film, "Expiration Date," recently won the Golden Duck Audience Award at the Beijing Film Festival, its 33rd festival award.
FIRST THURSDAY AT GIBSON, MAY 1, 2008
Don't miss the First Thursday event in May at the Gibson Seattle Showroom. Featuring photography by Seth Wonner and the debut performance by Seattle band, Bomb Sniffing Dogs! BSD features members of the Mellors, The Sun-Ups, and Burning Rivers. You won't find them in-stores or on-line, so don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime show.
HANK WILLIAMS CHOIR FEATURING PEARL JAM'S STONE GOSSARD CELEBRATES ARTS CORPS
Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam has assembled a notable line up of Northwest artists for a night of Hank Williams cover tunes as the Hank Williams Choir. DJ Johnny Horn of KEXP's Preachin' The Blues will open and close the evening's festivities. Proceeds from this special event will benefit Arts Corps. Doors open at 6pm on May 7th at the High Dive in Fremont.
Want to show off your true inner Hero or Heroine? Well it's time to strut your stuff at the next Bollywood Night planned by the Ice-N-Spice team. The event is called BollyGrooves, a Bollywood themed dance night on May 3rd at Neumo's. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to help support ISAFF 2008, Seattle's 5th Independent South Asian Film Festival.
911 MEDIA ARTS CENTER'S MONTHLY "ART WALK" AFTER PARTY
After the gallery soirees in Pioneer Square have closed next First Thursday, bring your art-loving souls to 911 for a cocktail bar with drink specials, DJ Keys spinning house and Afro-Cuban beats, and VJ scobot mixing live agit-prop video. Robert Campbell's amazing multi-sensory installation yellow will be on display on its last day. The organization is not responsible for any pagan/socialist uprisings that may result.
KPLU SCHOOL OF JAZZ IS BACK IN SESSION
Several of Western Washington's finest high school bands and jazz professionals are showcased on "KPLU School of Jazz-Volume 4," the result of this year's mentoring project. The album, to be released May 13, 2008, features some of the same high school jazz bands as Volume 3 and includes one newcomer to the project. All proceeds benefit Western Washington school music programs. Volumes 2-4 of KPLU School of Jazz will be made available for check out through King County Library System's catalog available online at www.kcls.org, where songs from the new KPLU School of Jazz - Volume 4 can also be accessed for downloading.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 4/21 - 4/27
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant
- Sera Cahoone - Only as the Day is Long
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild
- Gossip - Live in Liverpool
- Destroyer - Trouble in Dreams
- Presidents of the United States of America - These Are the Good Times People
- Grand Archives - Grand Archives
- Cave Singers - Invitation Songs
- Gutter Twins - Saturnalia
'ACTION' ON INCENTIVES, MARKETING BRINGS FILM PRODUCTIONS TO THE PUGET SOUND AREA
There's a whole lot of "Lights! Camera! Action!" going on in Seattle this year. The city has issued permits for 83 film projects so far this year, up 21 percent from the same period a year ago. The uptick appears to be more than a momentary blip. The total of 318 projects filmed in Seattle last year was up nearly 40 percent from 2006, itself an increase from 2005. Local film boosters attribute the recent turnaround to major marketing efforts, more locally produced independent films, a steady stream of commercial shoots, and Washington's new film incentive program, which just took effect last year allowing films spending at least $500,000 in Washington to recoup 20 percent of their budget.
FILM WORLD COMES TO WASHOUGAL
Breven Angaelica Warren of Washougal, Clark County, has been busy online working on organizing the First International Washougal Film Festival. Thirty entries from various countries such as China, Poland, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ukraine, India, Argentina, Mexico, and Canada have already been submitted. Using the internet, she expects to receive many more entries before the festival's run August 20-23. The screenings will be right in the center of old town, in the new Washougal Town Center.
AN ENTHRALLING MUSICAL JOURNEY WITH PIANIST CRAIG SHEPPARD AT THE WHEEL
One of the towering monuments of the piano repertoire is Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier" - two collections (or "books") of paired preludes and fugues that traverse all 24 of the major and minor keys. A raptly attentive audience heard University of Washington faculty pianist Craig Sheppard traverse Book II in the latest of a set of themed recitals covering major repertoire. Sheppard, who already has played all of Beethoven's piano sonatas, has also performed and recorded several of Bach's major keyboard collections. In every respect, the recital was a remarkable achievement - one that will be documented in due course in a recording.
UPFRONT: RIOT ACT
Among the countless compelling stories to be featured at this year's Seattle International Film Festival is Battle in Seattle, a fictional film that examines the 1999 Seattle WTO protests. As observed in recent years, globalization and the environment, the key issues pertaining to this film's events, have come to weigh even more heavily on the national consciousness.
INSIDERS SPECULATE ON SATELLITE RADIO CONSOLIDATION'S IMPACT ON LABEL PROMOTION EFFORTS
Music formats offered by satellite radio broadcasters Sirius and XM frequently overlap. So a merger of the two companies-expected to be approved by the FCC in the next few weeks-would initially mean duplication of content. But radio industry insiders anticipate that much of that redundancy will be eliminated once the consolidation is finalized.
SIR MIX-A-LOT TALKS HOOPTIES AND POTENTIAL LAST ALBUM
A few clips from the latest interview with Sir Mix-A-Lot are available for listening online on the Bring the Noise blog. The rapper talks about his career and the current work happening on what could be his final album.
THE VERA PROJECT NEEDS YOUR HELP THIS SPRING!
The Vera Project needs to raise $33,000 by the end of June to finish paying for their new space and fuel more music and arts programming. Each dollar raised up to this goal will be doubled by a generous matching grant from the Murdock Charitable trust. Any size donations will make a difference in the lives of thousands of young people and artists. The Vera Project is an all-ages popular music venue and arts center in the heart of Seattle that puts on concerts, art shows and events, and offers classes and facilities to young artists.
ITUNES STORE MAY CAPTURE ONE-QUARTER OF WORLDWIDE MUSIC BY 2012
Since its debut five years ago this Monday, Apple's iTunes Store has sold more than 4 billion songs and accounts for approximately 70 percent of digital music sold worldwide. In the next five years, it may well account for a staggering 28 percent of all music sold worldwide, when digital music in general is projected to account for 40 percent of music sold.
PUBLIC RADIO TRIES TO REIGNITE ITS PUBLIC
Public radio is drawing its largest audience ever, some 28 million listeners nationwide each week. But if it's a golden era, one wouldn't know it from the frenetic activity to remake the genre. NPR itself started the Web-radio hybrid "Bryant Park Project" last fall, hoping younger listeners would like to hear lively hosts banter about news and culture. And NPR's year-old midday talk show "Tell Me More," anchored by the former "Nightline" correspondent Michel Martin, aims at diverse new voices.
REVIEWING THE WEEKEND IN CLASSICAL MUSIC
On Friday, the Seattle Chamber Players embarked on an Asian music festival with performances at Town Hall and the Good Shepherd Center. The performance at the Good Shepherd Center was titled "Chen Yi's Choice" and featured mostly young, Asian composers. Saturday the Seattle Symphony performed Mendelssohn's youthful Sinfonia No.10. It was a spirited and convincing interpretation from both the orchestra and guest conductor Gunter Herbig.
'SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE' HOUSEBOAT FOR SALE -- TOM HANKS NOT INCLUDED
Fans of the 1993 film starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan will be pleased to know the 2,075-square-foot houseboat on Lake Union is selling for $2.5 million, according to a Coldwell Banker Bain listing that is "New on Market." Since being listed last week, more than 50 real estate agents and about a dozen potential buyers have toured the houseboat, said Rick Miner, the Coldwell Banker Bain agent who is showing the home. "It's probably the largest floating home on Lake Union," he said. "On a day like today, you're right in front of the boats. It's awesome."
TACOMA COMMUNITY TALK ABOUT FUTURE OF CITY'S HIP HOP CULTURE
In a spirit of cooperation, approximately 100 people met at Theatre on the Square Sunday to discuss the future of hip hop music in Tacoma. The forum was hosted by Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. This was the fourth in a series of community outreach forums hosted by Broadway Center, the result of an onslaught of publicity following the Center's controversial decision to cancel a hip hop concert because the Tacoma City Police expressed concern about safety.
ZOOTUNES LINEUP FEATURES TAJ MAHAL, INDIGO GIRLS AND MORE
The popular outdoor concert series ZooTunes returns to the Woodland Park Zoo in June, celebrating its 25th anniversary. It kicks off June 24 and 25 with blues singer-songwriter Keb' Mo' and ethnomusicologist Taj Mahal. Concerts go on rain or shine outdoors at the North Meadow of Woodland Park Zoo. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets and low-backed folding chairs (with a height limit of 24 inches) for festival seating.
10TH ANNIVERSARY HAZEL WOLF ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Network will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival on the University of Washington campus from Thursday, May 1 - Sunday, May 4, 2008. Building on the success of the past ten years, the festival lineup will showcase popular eco-classics with innovative new environmental media and films, speakers and workshops that promise to inspire dialogue and spark positive social action.