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OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SEEKING INTERN
Office of Economic Development
The City of Seattle's Office of Economic Development seeks a part or full-time communications intern. This position requires a minimum six-month commitment starting at the end of May and 20 - 40 hours a week. The ideal candidate will have strong reading comprehension, writing skills, and organizational/research skills, as well as being self motivated and independent. Applicants should also be familiar with writing blogs, newsletters, and using basic HTML. The Office of Economic Development will provide a $400-$800 a month stipend, and, if deserved, provide a letter of recommendation upon completion of the internship. Students interested in economics or communications are encouraged to apply. Send a brief letter of interest, a resume, and three work or volunteer related references by email to email@example.com. Deadline for applications is May 13th, 2009 for a start date at the end of May.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
DEEP RED INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FANTASTIC FILMS
Grand Illusion Cinema
Get ready for two days of brain-destroying weirdness as the Deep Red International Festival of Fantastic Films descends upon Seattle! A bloody good feast of zombies, possessed voodoo dolls, cannibals, mutant children and more guaranteed to peel the flesh from your quivering bones! Seven frightening films and a gaggle of gratuitous shorts will assault your senses. The festival is in Seattle on May 8th & 9th, at the Grand Illusion Cinema.
GREAT AMERICAN SHORT SCREENPLAY CONTEST
TheFilmSchool, in partnership with Seattle International Film Festival, is holding their second annual Great American Short Screenplay Contest! Scripts should be seven pages or less. The writer of the winning script receives full tuition to TheFilmSchool's Summer Session 3-Week-Intensive course, and the script will be given the chance to be produced as part of SIFF's Fly Film Series 2010. Five runners-up will receive $500 scholarships to TheFilmSchool's Summer Session. The deadline for entries is June 26th.
EMP|SFM WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBER
Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame announced last Thursday that Peter M. Wilson has been appointed to the museum's board of directors. "The EMP|SFM community is thrilled to have Peter's technological expertise and creativity on the board," said Bob Santelli, chair of EMP|SFM's Board Nominating and Governance Committee and executive director of the Grammy Museum. Mr. Wilson has served as engineering and site director at Google's Kirkland Engineering Center since 2005, and before that he held management positions at Microsoft, Diamond Technology Partners and Accenture.
TRIMPIN: THE SOUND OF INVENTION
Trimpin The Movie
The Seattle International Film Festival will host the world premier of TRIMPIN: the sound of invention, an amusing journey through the sonic world of an eccentric creative genius. Artist/inventor/engineer/composer Trimpin shuns the hype and hyperbole of the commercial art world - yet his freewheeling sculptures and outrageous musical experiments are cherished by museums all over the planet. This investigation of a creative genius will delight anyone interested in the mysteries, pitfalls, and sheer joys of creative experiment. The film screens May 22nd at 7:00pm and May 23rd at 1:30pm at SIFF Theatre.
TRANSINDIA JOINS SEATTLE TRANSGENDER FILM FESTIVAL
Three Dollar Bill Cinema
Three Dollar Bill Cinema has added TransIndia as a part of the Seattle Transgender Film Festival. The festival will feature two movies from India, The Pink Mirror and 68 Pages, and will also feature a myriad of other films that focus on issues affecting the transgender community in and around the Northwest. The Festival runs from May 7th -10th. Visit the website for ticket information.
US: A LOVE STORY WINS TWO AWARDS
Langston Hughes Black Film Festival
Filmmaker Alrick Brown walked away with the Audience and Jury awards at the 2009 Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, marking yet another first as this 6-year old festival posted record attendance for opening and closing nights and an eclectic array of narrative, documentary, experimental and youth films. Audiences praised the festival, which featured more than 38 films from around the world and hosted filmmakers from as far away as Ireland for post screening talkbacks, panel discussions, workshops for adults and youth animation workshops that reached more than 250 students in Seattle Public Schools.
CONCERT TO RESTORE PARAMOUNT'S ORGAN
Seattle Theatre Group presents Musica Curiosa at The Paramount Theatre on Sunday, June 28, at 7:00 pm. Musica Curiosa is a concert fundraiser to restore The Paramount's Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. Attend this evening length concert to show support for the preservation of this amazing historic instrument. A full restoration of the organ is required to ensure that the organ continues to provide enjoyment for many years to come. Over $100,000 is needed for specialized parts, materials and professional services required to complete its restoration.
TONY NOMINEES INCLUDE THE 5TH AVENUE FAMILY
5th Avenue Theatre
This year's Tony nominations include a healthy showing for a production brought to life at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre, Shrek: the Musical. The fractured fairy tale about a big green ogre who saves a princess garnered eight nominations, including Best Musical, Best Book, Best Original Score, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musica, Best Orchestrations, and Best Costume Design.
SELFLESS' SEATTLE PREMIER
SELFLESS The Movie
Selfless will be having its Seattle premier at this year's Seattle International Film Festival on June 7th. Partially shot in Seattle, this deeply-intense film is a startling glimpse at how identity theft can be more devastating than any other non-violent crime on individual victims. The film is directed by the Northwest's own Pander Brothers and features Northwest actors Joshua Rengert and Jen Hong.
CHECK OUT THE HUMPDAY TRAILER!
You've heard the buzz at Sundance and SxSW, now check out the trailer at Apple.com! This bromantic comedy, directed by Lynn Shelton and shot in Seattle with a local crew, really showcases Seattle as a great place to make a film.
FREE CONCERT AT THE FRYE
The Frye Art Museum
The Frye Art Museum will be hosting a free concert as part of their on going music program. The Frye and the Seattle Classic Guitar Society will be hosting the well known composer and instrumentalist, Gyan Riley on Saturday, May 9th at 2 pm at the Frye Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.
FREE FOR ALL: CELEBRATING TEN YEARS OF TOWN HALL
Town Hall Seattle
Imagine an entire Town Hall season rolled into one rich, raucous day, and you're at Town Hall's tenth anniversary Free for All. Every hour on the hour, two stages will host local musicians, writers, thinkers, and civic leaders in programs drawn from across the wide expanse of the Town Hall calendar. The day includes a family concert by Caspar Babypants and acclaimed violinist Quinton Morris and Friends and a Global Rhythms concert featuring the thundering drums of Seattle Kokon Taiko and much more. Light food and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the day in the new Town Hall café space. The festivities are on Sunday, May 17th from 1:00-7:00pm. All events are free, but advance registration for each event is requested at www.brownpapertickets.com since late seating is not guaranteed.
SEATTLE WEEKLY ARTOPIA CALL FOR ARISTS
Seattle Weekly Artopia is a grassroots celebration of emerging and established artists and communities. The event focuses on a wide range of artistic disciplines including musicians, multimedia, short film and video. Artopia is the Seattle Weekly's annual celebration of all local innovative art and emerging talent. Artopia is a multi-disciplinary event that boasts an eclectic mix of art, ranging from the renowned to the obscure to the completely undiscovered. The deadline for submissions is May 15th, 2009. Artopia is Saturday, June 27th in Georgetown.
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 5, the result of this year's mentoring project. In 2005, as part of its continuing support of music education in the schools, KPLU developed a mentoring program involving bands from ten high schools and one middle school, and the participation of 11 local jazz professionals. The fruits of this partnership yielded KPLU School of Jazz. The fifth volume features some of the same high school jazz bands as the previous years' projects, and includes a number of new guest artists.
SHE CAN'T STAY WITH ME STAGED READING
On May 18th, the hilarious screenplay She Can't Stay With Me will be read by some of Seattle's best actors, including Sarah Harlett, Basil Harris, Eray Anderson, Jose Gonzales, and others. This subversive comedy about matricide is written by Kevin Rexroat, directed by Lisa Halpern, and produced by Heather Hughes and Kate Wharton, all of whom are graduates of The Film School. The show starts at 7:00 pm, May 18th, at the Theater Off Jackson, and admission is free. Please note that this event is intended for mature audiences - parental discretion is advised.
SIFF BOX OFFICE OPENING SOON
Now in its 35th year, SIFF is the largest and most highly attended film festival in the United States, showcasing more than 400 films from over 60 countries to an audience of 150,000 attendees annually. Boasting a revitalized Northwest Connections program, the 2009 Festival will showcase sixteen features and documentaries, as well as thirteen shorts that pay tribute to the thriving filmmaking community in and around Seattle. SIFF continues to highlight an enduring international interest in cinema from and about the Northwest. The 2009 Seattle International Film Festival runs May 21st -June 14th. The SIFF Box Office opens on May 8th.
23RD ANNUAL SCCC FILM & VIDEO SHOWCASE
Seattle Central Community College
Come see the work of a budding new class of Seattle filmmakers! Enjoy a wide range of creative works, featuring narrative shorts, documentaries, process films, commercials, animation, Super 8mm, 16mm, and more! The event is at the Broadway Performance Hall at 1625 Broadway Avenue on June 10th. This free show starts at 6PM, reception to follow.
SILENT MOVIE MONDAYS: WOMEN IN SILENT FILM
Seattle Theatre Group presents Trader Joe's Silent Movie Mondays this June at The Paramount Theatre, Mondays at 7:00 p.m. This all classic silent film series features the lovely women of the twenties and is accompanied with live music by Dennis James on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. The first film of this series, Flesh and the Devil will be screened for free, courtesy of Trader Joe's, STG's silent film series sponsor since 2002.
RVCDF SUPPORTS COLUMBIA CITY CINEMA
The Rainier Valley Community Development Fund (RVCDF), a catalyst for economic development in the Rainier Valley, is pleased to announce that it is providing financial assistance to the Columbia City Cinema to help ensure its continued operation. "It's a big relief", stated Paul Doyle, the CCC owner. "The cinema has been playing catch up and juggling construction and other debt from the beginning and this brings our bills up to date and frees money to acquire more first run films, which should in turn, significantly improve cash flow." The cinema is considered by many to be a major anchor to the Columbia City business district
ACADEMY ARTISTS PRESENT "CHAMBER MUSIC ALIVE!"
Academy of Music Northwest will feature award winning young chamber musicians and soloists in a Benefit Concert on Tuesday, June 9th, 7:30 PM at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall. The Academy's Concert Performance Program helps to cover rent, insurance, piano rentals, sheet music, ensemble coaches, marketing, and when possible contribute to the essential scholarship fund for gifted and dedicated young musicians. The Academy is the only classical music academy that works at this level in this region.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 4/27 - 5/3
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Neko Case "Middle Cyclone"
- Moondoggies "Record Store Day EP"
- The decemberists "Hazards of Love"
- Death Cab for Cutie "The Open Door EP"
- Thermals "Now We Can See"
- Dyme Def "Panic EP"
- M. Ward "Hold Time"
- Telekinesis "Telekinesis"
- Barcelona "Absolutes"
- Mad Rad "White Gold"
MUSIC SPONSORSHIPS TO HIT NEW HIGH IN 2009
North American-based companies will spend $1.08 billion to sponsor music venues, festivals and tours in 2009, a 3.8% increase from the $1.04 billion spent last year, according to IEG Sponsorship Report, which tracks money spent on sponsorships. In terms of spending, that's the highest level of spending on music ever reported by IEG. "The fact that music sponsorship spending is holding its own in today's turbulent economy demonstrates the growing importance of music to corporate marketers," Bill Chipps, senior editor at IEG Sponsorship Report, tells Billboard.biz. "The 3.8% increase on music sponsorship spending outpaces IEG's 2.2% projection for the overall sponsorship industry, including professional sports, non-profits and other types of events, further demonstrating the growing popularity of music."
STAR TREK: PHOENIX FEATURED ON EVENING MAGAZINE
What started out as an idea for a small Star Trek fan production in January of 2008 has, in the space of a year, blossomed into the largest ongoing production in the Puget Sound region and the only series ever to be shot entirely in Seattle. The series is set in a time period of 42 years into the future following the events in the film "Star Trek: Nemesis". The pilot episode was featured in KING 5's Evening Magazine with interviews from cast and crew and behind-the-scene footage from the pilot. Visit the KING 5 website for more on the show!
SUB POP OFFERS ARTS SCHOLARSHIPS
Sound on the Sound
Sub Pop will be offering three college scholarships to a few lucky Washington or Oregon high school seniors, with the intent of helping them further their artistic goals, musical and otherwise. At $6,000, $4,000, and $3,000, the scholarships are certainly nothing to sneeze at, and all you have to do is answer a few questions about what it is that you do, and how this money might help you be a better artist. Previous winners have been dancers, documentarians, and artists that have started their own record labels.
SEE THE TRAILERS FOR THE OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT FILMS AT SIFF
Three Imaginary Girls
SIFF is now less than three weeks away and just unveiled the list of films playing. The opening night film is In the Loop, a British political satire that stars Steve Coogan and James Gandolfini. It's about the British's involvement in the run up to the Iraq War and will screen at SIFF's opening on Thursday, May 21st at the Paramount. SIFF will be closing off 9th avenue to continue the gala that follows the screening outside. The closing film is OSS 117: Lost in Rio, a French spy spoof that is the sequel to OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies winner of the Golden Space Needle award for Best Picture at SIFF 2006.