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SEATTLE FILM OFFICE SEEKING CLIPS FROM LOCAL FILMMAKERS' WORK FOR PROMOTIONAL VIDEO REEL
Office of Film + Music
The Seattle Film Office is seeking 30 or 60 second clips from local filmmakers' work that was primarily filmed in Seattle. We are looking to highlight a variety of film projects to compile into a reel to promote Seattle filmmakers, Seattle film locations and the overall spirit of the Seattle film community. Our office will use this reel in marketing materials, online and for looped display at public events. We cannot guarantee all submissions will be used. Submissions must be emailed or delivered as a disc to the Seattle Office of Film + Music in Quicktime format. DVDs will not be used. Click the above link to read the project overview and submission instructions.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
NFFTY 2010 DOUBLES ATTENDANCE FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT YEAR
190 films from the next generation of directors were screened this past weekend to an audience of over 7,000. Hundreds of out of town guests and industry people attended panels, workshops, parties and films. Ballard High School won the brand new Nike 6.0 48 Hour Film Off, receiving a $2,500 cash prize for their school's film program. Festival photos, video and winners can be found at the above link.
STARBUCKS' RAISES $35,000 FOR HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC PROGRAMS
The recent 15th Annual Starbucks' Hot Java Cool Jazz Benefit Concert raised over $35,000 for local high school music programs. The concert featured the talented jazz bands from Newport High School, Garfield High School, Mountlake Terrace High School, Edmonds-Woodway High School and Roosevelt High School. You can listen to podcasts of the March 19 performances, which were done by The Vera Project, at the above link.
THE VERA PROJECT SCORES BIG GRANTS FROM SUB POP AND NATIONAL ENDOWMENT OF THE ARTS
The Vera Project
The Vera Project kicked off their Spring Fund Drive earlier this month with some sizeable grants. The Vera Project's youth led membership got Sub Pop Records to pledge $15,000 in a challenge to the community to help The Vera Project meet their fundraising goal. Additionally, National Endowment for the Arts gave The Vera Project a $25,000 Presenting Grant for Vera's 2010 programs in order to support "musical performances, film screenings and exhibitions that include volunteer opportunities for young adults to gain hands-on production experience." This grant is also the first time that the NEA has given a grant in the realm of popular and all-ages music. Congratulations to The Vera Project on all the hard work!
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.
VOLUNTEER FOR EMP|SFM'S UPCOMING SUPREMES EXHIBIT
The EMP is looking for volunteer exhibition facilitators for their upcoming Reflections: The Mary Wilson Supreme Legacy Collection, organized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. In partnership with original Supreme, Mary Wilson, many of the distinctive gowns that became nearly as famous as the group will be on display. Volunteers will help the exhibition come alive by providing further context on the gowns, design and construction techniques, and what made the Supremes fashion icons of an era. Volunteers will do a combination of things including manning a facilitator cart and showing visitors clothing samples and offering detailed explanation of different sewing techniques. For more information and to apply, follow the link.
REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN FOR THE 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT
48 Hour Film Festival
There are still plenty of spaces available for the 2010 Seattle 48 Hour Film Project. Competition will take place May 14-16 with screenings at the Harvard Exit May 17-19. Filmmakers from all over the Seattle area will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The Best in City winner this year will receive a software bundle from Adobe and all competing team members will have an opportunity to win a copy of the same bundle. Best in City winners are also eligible for several post competition invitational events and have a chance to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. 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. For the schedule of events or to register, visit the above link.
REEL GRRLS ANNOUNCE SUMMER INTERNSHIPS
Reel Grrls, the illustrious Seattle organization dedicated to fostering the filmmaking potential of young girls, has announced that applications are open for three summer internships. You can apply for internships in Design & Marketing, Program Tech, and Development Auction. The deadline to apply is May 14. For a full description of these opportunities and how to apply, follow the link.
SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BOX OFFICE OPENS THURSDAY
The full lineup for SIFF 2010 will be announced at siff.net Thursday, May 6 and at this time tickets to all screenings at the Seattle International Film Festival will be available for purchase. With more 250 features and 150 shorts from around the world, live music events, parties, and visiting filmmakers, SIFF has something for everyone. Now in its 36th year, SIFF is the largest and most highly-attended film festival in the United States. Hailed by Variety as one of the world's "50 unmissable film festivals," SIFF showcases more than 400 films from more than 60 countries to an audience of 150,000 film lovers each year. This year, SIFF will run May 20-June 13. Schedule details and ticketing information can be found at the above link.
THE SALMON BAY BALLARD EAGLES CLUB IS HOSTING A HIGH SCHOOL BAND NIGHT
Salmon Bay Eagles
The Salmon Bay Ballard Eagles Club is the longest running Blues joint in Seattle and on Friday, May 14 they are launching their first High School Band night from 8:00 pm to midnight. It will be a free, all ages event that features Silent Appeal with an opening by Gentleman Gaga, a finalist in the local 2010 Classic Rockathon. Both bands have members who are currently involved in the Seattle School of Rock and have played at the Crocodile, the Vera Project and live on KEXP's Audioasis. Don't miss this hard rock cover show featuring the music of Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Audioslave, Incubus, and Nirvana.
ARTISTS: APPLY FOR ARTIST TRUST'S GAP PROGRAM
Artist Trust's Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) Program provides support for artist-generated projects, which can include (but are not limited to) the development, completion or presentation of new work. GAPs are open to artists of all disciplines and offer a maximum of $1,500 for projects. A panel of artists and arts professionals selected from around Washington State select GAP recipients. The deadline to submit your work is June 25. Follow the above link for more information or to apply.
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 11 for the final panel discussion in the series about the business of film Stephen Gyllenhaal (Losing Isaiah, Homegrown, Numb3rs, Army Wives) and Peggy Rajski (Towelhead, Home for the Holidays, Bee Season, The Grifters) and moderated by Warren Etheredge. Doors will open at 6:30 pm on at the Top of the Tower Room in the Sorrento Hotel. The discussion with Stephen Gyllenhaal and Peggy Rajski will begin at 7:00 pm with a cocktail reception hosted by the Washington Wine Commission.
HOST A FILM SCREENING DURING GREEN WEEK
Seattle Green Festival
Celebrate sustainability and help make Seattle greener by signing up to host a film screening during Green Week (May 28-June 4), the week leading up to Seattle Green Festival (June 5-6). Hosts are needed get the word out in the community and introduce the films. There is a library of films to choose from, venues have been secured and AV equipment is available; now Green Week just needs some hosts. If you'd like to get involved, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All participants in Green Week get free tickets to Seattle Green Festival. To see what other activities are happening during Green Week and Seattle Green Festival, follow the above link.
NORTHWEST SCREENWRITERS GUILD HOSTS PATRIC VERRONE AND MAIYA WILLIAMS
NW Screenwriter's Guild
On Saturday, May 15, the Northwest Screenwriters Guild presents an informative two-part session with veteran Hollywood television writers and producers Patric M. Verrone (also the immediate past president of the WGA West), and Maiya Williams. The first session will be a conversation with Patric and Maiya about their experiences in Hollywood and the insights they've gained during more than two decades as television writers and producers. In the second session, Patric, currently a writer and producer for Futurama, will speak about the future of the industry from his vantage point as a leader of the WGAW, and how the WGA helped shape the industry's on-going evolution and revolution. During his presidency, Patric was a key member of the Guild's negotiating team during the writer's strike of 2007-2008. The discussion with Patric Verrone and Maiya Williams will begin at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 15 at the Sorrento Hotel.
HEAR SMQ PERCUSSION QUARTET THURSDAY AT CITY HALL
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Presented by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Presents features free noontime performances year round at City Hall. From noon to 1:00 on Thursday, May 6, the SMQ Percussion Quartet will fill City Hall with the sound of several marimbas playing in perfect harmony. Be sure to catch these expert performers as they share the sounds of exotic percussion instruments and inspiring marimba music.
VOTE FOR TEEN-CREATED 'DRIVE NICE DAY' PSA VIDEOS
Drive Nice Day
High school teens in Washington State were challenged to create a Public Service Announcement video to encourage their peers and fellow drivers to drive safely and eliminate distractions while driving. Vote for your favorite at the above link and help one team of filmmakers and their school win a cash prize. The winning video and school will be announced on May 27 on Drive Nice Day.
BASS ACKWARDS IS NOW AVAILABLE ON VIDEO-ON-DEMAND
Seattle filmmaker Linas Phillips' Bass Ackwards is now available on VOD by Comcast, Time Warner, Cablevision and Insight Communications. After ending a disastrous affair with a married woman, a man embarks on a lyrical, strange and comedic cross-country journey in a modified VW bus. The cast includes Linas Phillips (True Adolescents), Davie-Blue (True Adolescents, $5 Cover Seattle), Jim Fletcher, and Paul Lazar.
NOISE FOR THE NEEDY ANNOUNCES LINEUP
Noise for the Needy, a five-day non-profit festival which benefits other non-profits, has announced its official lineup. The lineup is a who's who of Seattle's indie rock bands including Visqueen, The Maldives, Final Spins, Friday Mile, Tiny Vipers and Grand Hallway; with some national indie acts like The Album Leaf and John Vanderslice; and handful of Portlanders including Horse Feathers and Portland Cello Project. The shows will benefit Teen Feed this year, which is an organization that serves over 11,000 meals each year to over 600 homeless youth in the Seattle area. The festival is scheduled for June 10-13 at various venues in the Seattle area. Check out the full lineup at the above link.
CATCH A FREE PERFORMANCE OF THE CADENCE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Cadence Chamber Orchestra
Cadence Chamber Orchestra is a new alternative community orchestra dedicated to performing free concerts at a variety of venues throughout Seattle. Their goal is to bring orchestral music to new audiences by performing in unconventional locations and programming world premieres. The Cadence Chamber Orchestra has premiered works by Iosif Andriasov, Arshak Andriasov, Jon Brenner and Brendon Wilson, among others. On Friday, May 14 they will be performing works by Mozart, Ravel, Sibelius and they will be premiering a piece by Seattle composer Tristan Gianola. Check out this performance at Raisbeck Performance Hall in South Lake Union starting at 8:00 pm.
LOCAL BANDS TO PLAY BENEFIT SHOW FOR ORGANIZATIONS SERVING HOMELESS STUDENTS
Hard Rock Cafe
Two local non-profit organizations devoted to the education of low-income and homeless students will benefit from a live music show at the new Hard Rock Cafe Seattle. First Place and Seattle Education Access (SEA) are teaming up to create awareness and raise funds for programs supporting low-income and homeless students of all ages. SEA assists marginalized youth and young adults in gaining entry into colleges and completing degrees. First Place is both a social services agency and elementary school serving families struggling with the risks and realities of homelessness. Both organizations use education and advocacy to end poverty and homelessness. This benefit concert will feature performances from local garage pop band, the Tea Cozies, the haunting melodies of Anomie Belle and will be emceed by The Beta Society. The benefit show will be Saturday, May 22 starting at 8:30 pm.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 4/26 - 5/3
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"
- Various Artists "SP20: Casual Nostalgia Fest"
- Unnatural Helpers "Cracked Love & Other Drugs"
- State of the Artist "Seattlecalifragileisticextrahelladopeness
- Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
- S "I'm Not As Good At It As You"
- Shabazz Palaces "Of Light"
- Head Like A Kite "Dreams Suspend Night"
- Globes "Sister Songs"
- Caspar Babypants "Here I Am"
TACOMA BAND THE VENTURES HONORED BY GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN
Longtime Tacoma band The Ventures have been given honors by none other than the Emperor of Japan himself. Members received "The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette" medal for "their contribution to the development and enrichment of music culture in Japan, as well as to the promotion of cordial relations between Japan and the United States." The Consulate-General of Japan noted that it's the first time the Japanese government has decorated anyone from the foreign pop music genre. Akira Takeda, a spokesman for the consulate, said the group has a very wide fan base in Japan, and despite their age still manage to tour there twice a year. Takeda said the Consulate is planning on holding a ceremony for the band in late June to accompany a to-be-announced performance at Seattle-area venue. The Tacoma band, maybe most famous for "Walk, Don't Run" and often categorized as surf rock, formed in 1958. They visited Japan for the first time in 1962 as an opening act and have toured their nearly every year for a total of over 2,400 performances. The band also has several songs dedicated specifically to Japan.
KPLU PROFILES THE FRIENDLY RIVALRY BETWEEN ROOSEVELT AND GARFIELD'S JAZZ ENSEMBLES
It's well known news in Seattle that both Garfield and Roosevelt have incredibly talented jazz bands and directors. Both bands have won the Essentially Ellington High school Jazz Band Competition four times, a tie for most wins in the competition's 15 year history. The competition is the most illustrious and high profile high school jazz band competition in the country, with 15 bands from around the nation descending on New York City to play the music of Duke Ellington for a panel of judges. There is naturally a friendly rivalry between the two schools, who often toggle back and forth between holding first place. Roosevelt director Scott Brown says, "People back in New York and people around d the country are always asking, 'What's in the water out in Seattle?'" he laughs. "It's not really in the water. We think it's the coffee." These two bands along with the Edmonds-Woodway High School jazz band will vying for top honors at the competition in New York this weekend. The full article, which profiles both of the school's programs and directors and discusses their preparation for this year's competition, can be found at the above link.
FREEWAY AND JAKE ONE'S "THROW UP YOUR HANDS" IS NPR'S SONG OF THE DAY
Freeway and Jake One's song "Throw Up Your Hands" is NPR's Song of the Day. NPR praises the new album, saying, "The imprint [Rhymesayer] has proven a great home for him [Freeway], as evidenced by his excellent recent CD, The Stimulus Package. It doesn't hurt that the disc was produced by Seattle DJ Jake One, perhaps the best boom-bap-style beat maker in the business." NPR calls "Throw Your Hands Up", "a rousing jock-jam designed to get the blood pumping. Over a dramatic bass line, high-register synths and a blitzkrieg of record-scratching, Freeway announces that he and Jake One are here to rock listeners in an old-school way... Nostalgic and relevant, smart and fun, "Throw Your Hands Up" finds two compelling artists in top form."
PITCHFORK DEEMS SHABAZZ PALACES "BEST NEW MUSIC"
Pitchfork recently declared Shabazz Palaces' song "32 leaves dipped in blackness making clouds forming altered carbon" from the self-titled mini-album "Best New Music." Pitchfork says of the song, "Butler spitting air-tight rhymes about throwing hot sauce on cabbage and pouring out Chablis with menace, over a bass-heavy beat that might be described as a 'trunk rattler' if it didn't sound more intent on blowing up your entire car. Meanwhile, uneasy tones weave all around, like aftermath from the track's skull-shattering opening snare hits." Pitchfork also calls the song "eerie" and "super-promising." Check out the full Pitchfork review at the above link.
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