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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.
CALL IN TO "ASK THE MAYOR" TO TALK LIVE WITH MAYOR MCGINN
"Ask the Mayor" gives Seattle residents a chance to speak directly to our mayor, Mike McGinn, live on Seattle Channel 21. Host CR Douglas and Mayor McGinn respond to your phone calls and e-mails on Thursday, May 13 at 7:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to ask the mayor questions of interest to musicians and filmmakers. If you would like to submit your questions ahead of time you can do so at the Ask the Mayor website.
NIGHTLIFE SECURITY TRAINING SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
Office of Film + Music
The Seattle Police Department offers a Security Training Program with classes open to the public several times a year. These classes are not just for security personnel. Security training is imperative for individuals who work physical security or screen patrons at the door. It is also extremely beneficial to any employee who regularly interacts with your clientele. Maintaining a highly-trained staff, ready to deal with difficult situations, is vital to the safety of both your patrons and your employees. We hope you will take advantage of this important opportunity. Topics of instruction include: starting your shift; screening patrons; maintaining a safe environment; handling problem situations; and rolling/soft closes. Remaining open classes are May 16, May 23, June 6, June 13, September 12 and October 17. Follow the above link to register.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
GARFIELD HIGH JAZZ BAND TAKES FIRST PLACE AT ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON
Performing in perhaps the strongest field of bands in the event's history, Garfield High School won the Essentially Ellington high school jazz band competition for an unprecedented fourth time Monday night at New York's Lincoln Center. Led by director Clarence Acox, Garfield's lead trumpeter, senior Riley Mulherkar, named the "outstanding soloist" of the three-day festival, played a solo with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis on the Duke Ellington tune, "The Shepherd." With four wins in the past decade, Garfield is the most successful and consistent band in the competition, considered the most prestigious of its kind. Bands from two other schools in the Seattle area, Roosevelt and Edmonds-Woodway high schools, also competed. Three-time winner Roosevelt earned an honorable mention by placing fourth; Edmonds-Woodway did not place. Each of the schools also won a number of individual awards. Garfield High School jazz band won 10 individual awards, more than any other band, and their rhythm section won an outstanding rhythm section award. Roosevelt won three individual awards and one section award for outstanding trombone section; Edmonds-Woodway won four individual awards. The 15 final high school jazz bands were culled from hundreds of schools in the U.S. and American schools worldwide. "The level of musicianship, interpretation, improvisation and soloing has gotten 10 times better," said Erika Floreska, the director of education at Jazz at Lincoln Center. "None of them sound like concert bands anymore. They all sound like jazz bands." To read full coverage of the Essentially Ellington competition, follow the above link.
NEW YORK TIMES GIVES "LITTLE DIZZLE" RAVE REVIEW
David Russo's The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle makes its theatrical debut tonight in New York at Tribeca Cinemas. Filmed entirely in Seattle in 2007, Little Dizzle premiered at Sundance in 2009 and made its way through film festivals around the world to standing ovations and rave critical and movie-goer reviews. The New York Times calls Little Dizzle "Clerks reimagined by William S. Burroughs," and FlickFeast UK says it's a "smart, stylish ... fresh, energetic film with style and humour well worth checking out." The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle is currently available on VOD on Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Cablevision, Brighthouse, Verizon FiOs, RCN and Bresan; and online from Amazon On Demand and YouTube Rentals.
KEXP ANNOUNCES SUMMER INTERNSHIPS
KEXP offers internships in all areas of radio broadcasting. Interns will gain experience in a broad array of fields including non-profit fundraising, marketing, sales, web design, sound engineering, and music programming. KEXP interns will learn skills in business communication, project management, problem solving, audio technology, database management and more. These skills and experiences offer interns a unique ground-level glimpse of the day-to-day life of a community radio station, while offering relationship building and networking opportunities that will aid in securing future employment in the music industry. Internship openings include: music business, administration, sales and fundraising; online, blogging and web services; and audio and video production. The deadline to apply for summer internships is May 28. For a full description of these opportunities and to apply, follow the above link.
NORTHWEST FILMS REPRESENT AT 2010 SIFF
The 2010 Seattle International Film Festival will kick off Thursday, May 20 and throughout the 25-day festival 33 locally produced films will be screened. Hot off their award for best Documentary Short at Tribeca, White Lines and the Fever, directed by Seattle native Travis Senger is a biopic of DJ Juebug in the heady days of the early 1980's night club Disco Fever. I Saw U, by Seattle filmmaking collective LadyLikeFilms, just picked up the Best in Genre award at HotDocs and follows one man's experience with the I saw U section of our very own The Stranger. In the spirit of his 2006 documentary, Walking to Werner, director Linas Phillips is back on the road with Bass Ackwards, as he sets off on a comic cross-country trip in a converted VW microbus. Native Seattleite Nicholas Gyeney offers The Penitent Man, a psychological thriller with a sci-fi twist that was shot in several Puget Sound locations. Teenager Nicholas Terry, a student at Seattle's Mountlake Terrace High School, gives SIFF audiences a taste of his up-and-coming talent with Senior Prom, a "mockumentary" inspired by Best in Show. Perfect 10, by Seattle-area husband-and-wife directing team Kris and Lindy Boustedt, tells the story of two former teenage outcasts who try to get a little redemption at their 10th high school reunion. Other Northwest-themed films include documentaries about local artists Dale Chihuly and Ginny Ruffner; Wheedle's Groove, a look back at Seattle's almost forgotten contributions to the soul music scene; and the inspiring journey of former Washington Governor Booth Gardner, who has dedicated his remaining years to championing the Death with Dignity cause. For even more Seattle films showing at SIFF this year, follow the link.
LOCALLY MADE "OUTSOURCED" JOINS NBC FALL LINEUP
Outsourced, the popular 2006 romantic comedy made by local filmmakers, will soon arrive on the small screen. NBC announced that it has picked up the show for its 2010 fall season. The series pilot, shot earlier this spring, was initially scripted by Seattleites John Jeffcoat and George Wing. Winner of the best film award at the 2007 Seattle International Film Festival, Outsourced is the story of a laid-off Seattle retail manager who travels to India to train his replacement at a call center and falls in love with a fellow employee. "George and I always felt that the show shouldn't be a carbon copy of the movie," said Jeffcoat. "We wanted to bring it someplace else, to a modern call center. There are a lot of changes. The comedy is definitely broader than in the movie, so that's going to be interesting to see how people respond to it." Ken Kwapis ("The Office") developed the project and is executive producer for the series, and Ben Rappaport will play the transplanted manager. The fall premier date has not yet been set.
CONTRIBUTE TO SEATTLE CENTER'S ONLINE TIME CAPSULE
In anticipation of the upcoming 50th Anniversary of Seattle World's Fair in 2012, Seattle Center Foundation is planning the celebration called The Next Fifty. They just launched a new way for the public to share their memories: an online Time Capsule. Until May 21, each person who submits an image, story, video or audio file related to the Fair, is automatically entered to win a Heritage Package, which includes annual family passes to the Pacific Science Center, Seattle Center Monorail, and the Space Needle. This contest is the first of monthly activities called The Next Fifty Buzz, which will provide opportunities for the public to participate in the celebration. To learn more about this campaign and to contribute follow the link.
EMP IS SEEKING MEMBERS FOR THE 2010-2011 YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD
Experience Music Project is seeking members for the 2010-2011 Youth Advisory Board (YAB). The mission of this program is to connect teenagers to the Northwest's all ages arts and music scene by giving them an opportunity to be a driving force in EMP's teen programming. YAB members are invited to create and promote teen programs, work with local musicians and artists, meet other creative types in the community, and help out with Sound Off!, EMP's annual battle of the bands. Applicants must be high school aged, attend meetings twice a month at EMP and have a basic knowledge of and enthusiasm for music. Members will be expected to commit to serving on the board for 9 months. Apply at the above link.
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR THEFILMSCHOOL'S PRODIGY CAMP
TheFilmSchool announces the 2010 Prodigy Camp for 16 of the most promising young filmmakers between 12-18 years old. This summer camp is an opportunity for the world's top promising teen filmmakers to develop every aspect of their craft. In one intensive week, students will be taught the secrets to make a great film: screenwriting, directing and cinematography, and they will apply that knowledge, shooting and editing their own scene. Students stay at a private supervised retreat on Whidbey Island, where they will work with and learn from award-winning filmmakers. Camp will be June 24-30 and applications are due June 1. Scholarships are available for those in financial need. To apply for a scholarship, note need on application form and use promo code MOFM0512 to waive the application fee. For more information or to submit an application, follow the above link.
HIP HOP DANCERS NEEDED FOR SEATTLE THEATRE GROUP'S 12TH ANNUAL DANCE THIS
Seattle Theatre Group
DANCE This brings together teen performers from diverse communities for collaboration and to share their culture through the art of dance. The performance features young local dancers in collaboration with professional artists performing dances from across cultures. STG is seeking advance hip hop dancers ages 14-22 to perform in a piece created by Napoleon and Tabitha D'Umo (choreographers and judges of FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance") for the 12th Annual DANCE This. Selected dancers will rehearse intensively May 28-30 with Napoleon and Tabitha D'Umo and then perform in DANCE This on July 9 and 10. Auditions will be Saturday, May 15 starting at 6:00 pm at the Westlake Dance Center and Monday, May 17 starting at 6:15 pm at the Moore Theatre. To register to audition, please send name, age, dance school, email, and phone number to LizY@STGpresents.org. Auditions will include a brief warm-up followed by hip hop combinations.
SIMPLE MEASURES PRESENTS THE CORIGLIANO STRING QUARTET PERFORMING MUSIC FROM THE BIG SCREEN
In its own words, Simple Measures, a chamber- music ensemble, offers "themed, high-quality chamber performances with audience interaction in intimate, informal neighborhood locales." This month watch the narrative flow of film shown in scenes from The Red Violin and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon then listen as they come to life when the Corigliano String Quartet performs the music of composers John Corigliano and Tan Dun. The performances will be May 14-17 at various venues in Seattle and surrounding areas. For a full list of performance times and locations, follow the above link.
JCHECK OUT COMPOSER SPOTLIGHT WITH THIS OLD PIANO
Jack Straw Productions
This Old Piano is a transformation where single pianos are deconstructed and designed into new instruments. Headed by pianist Tiffany Lin and wood worker Joel Kikuchi, This Old Piano has commissioned two instrument designers and two composers to collaborate and design, develop, compose for, and exhibit two new instruments. Each instrument is built from the constituent parts of a single free piano. The current team of designers are Colin Ernst and Hugo Solis and their new creatures will have original musical works created for them by composers Jherek Bischoff and Tom Baker. Presented by Jack Straw Productions and Washington Composers Forum, Composer Spotlight is a free series of talks and performances by composers, musicians, and scholars of new and innovative music. Check out this performance and discussion tonight, Wednesday, May 12 at 7:30 pm.
KEXP IS TAKING OVER WEST SEATTLE
To celebrate West Seattle's victory in KEXP's Hood to Hood Challenge, join John Richards, Cheryl Waters and Kevin Cole for a live broadcast from Easy Street Records Friday, May 21. The festivities will feature performances by West Seattle artists Head Like a Kite, The Lights, Damien Jurado, Caspar Babypants and The Tripwires. There will also be music activities for the kids at Cupcake Royale and discounts at local businesses throughout the neighborhood. That night, KEXP DJs and local bands will keep the music going at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Feedback Lounge, Shadowland, West 5, Prost, and Skylark.
MUSICIANS WANTED FOR QUEEN ANNE FARMER'S MARKET
Queen Anne Farmer's Market
The Queen Anne Farmer's Market is looking for musicians to perform throughout their upcoming season. The market is open every Thursday between May 20 and October 7 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. The market will provide a tent for shade or rain. Performances are unpaid. However, the market encourages musicians to have a tip jar and to sell merchandise at their performances. Currently, they are interested in scheduling musicians who play acoustic instruments with no, or very light, amplification. Interested musicians should email firstname.lastname@example.org with the group's information and preferred performance dates.
ADAM L. WEINTRAUB'S "VISTA ANDINA" TO BE LAUNCHED NEXT MONTH
Freelance photographer and Seattle native, Adam Weintraub, is launching his first photography book, Vista Andina: A photographic Perspective on Contemporary Life in the Andes. This photographic journey travels the Incan terraces and bountiful fields of the Sacred Valley to the thriving streets and markets of the city of Cusco to traditional festivals and popular cock fights. Weintraub continues to explore the Cusco region through photographic tours which he produces with PhotoExperience.net. Check out the book launch event on Wednesday, June 9 starting at 6:00 at the Photographic Center Northwest
SAVE THE DATE FOR KIDS ROCK FESTIVAL AT THE SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
Seattle Art Museum
Mark your calendars for a free family festival celebrating fame, fun and the opening of SAM's new shows about Andy Warhol and Kurt Cobain. Check out live music, art making, karaoke, kids tours, photobooths, dancing, face-painting and more. Come dressed as a rock star and win fun prizes. There will be live performances by Caspar Babypants and Harmonica Pocket. Don't miss this family-friendly day of festivities Saturday, May 15 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.
SIFF REVAMPS SEATTLE FILMMAKERS INITIATIVE PASS
SIFF has announced their revamped Seattle Filmmakers Initiative Pass options for the 2010 Seattle International Film Festival. This SFI Accreditation allows local filmmakers get into the festival at a discounted price. To apply for a 2010 SIFF Seattle Filmmakers Initiative Pass, download and complete the SFI Accreditation form and return by fax, mail, or e-mail. Also include a one-page resume that indicates your involvement in the Seattle film industry. Applications may be submitted throughout the Festival. The SFI Pass is subject to approval and available to qualified Puget Sound filmmakers. Approval for the discounted SFI Pass is at the discretion of Festival Management.
CHECK OUT COLUMBIA CITY BEATWALK THIS FRIDAY
BeatWalk takes place the second Friday of every month between May and September from 7:00 to 10:00 pm in Ranier Valley's historic Columbia City neighborhood. BeatWalk features a diverse line-up of local musicians hosted by neighborhood businesses for audiences of all ages. Since 1995, BeatWalk has brought music lovers together for a fun and safe night out on the town. A small admission fee at any one of the venues gets visitors a hand stamp and admission to all participating venues. Every month features new bands, and different venues. Don't miss this month's BeatWalk Friday, May 14 featuring The Elizabeth Carpenter Quartet, Arthur Nelson, Guilaume Mpacko, The Flying Govetis, Blues to Burn and more. For more information and a map of participating venues, follow the above link.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 5/3-9
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Minus The Bear "Omni"
- New Pornographers "Together"
- Jimi Hendrix "Valleys of Neptune"
- Various Artists "SP20: Casual Nostalgia Fest"
- State of the Artist "Seattlecalifragileisticextrahelladopeness"
- Kristen Ward "Charles"
- Head Like A Kite "Dreams Suspend Night"
- Unnatural Helpers "Cracked Love & Other Drugs"
- Shabazz Palaces "Of Light"
- Sleepy Eyes of Death "Toward a Damaged Horizon"
MUSICIANCORPS PROFILED IN THE STRANGER
The Stranger's feature article this month profile MusicianCorps, the national pilot program being tested in four US cities (Seattle, the Bay Area, New Orleans, and Chicago) designed to bring music education to dramatically underserved kids. A major survey of the Seattle Public School system done last year by the Seattle Arts Commission and the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs revealed a stark portrait of arts education in our city; as cuts have basically gutted schools of arts education. And in Seattle schools are still very segregated. What hurts poor kids in this city hurts kids of color and perpetuates systemic racism. MusicianCorps acknowledges the uphill battle they are fighting in finding ways to engage children who have largely been reared in a dysfunctional system. Carla Moreno, one of the four MusicianCorps fellows says on her blog, "Music isn't gonna save these kids from domestic abuse, or save them from school suspension, nor save them from a night without dinner because they ran out of food stamps. It might get them through pain and turmoil, but it doesn't save them. Not yet..." In June, all 21 MusicianCorps fellows from around the country will meet to start evaluating the pilot year and talk about what's next. Kiff Gallagher, the San Francisco-based musician behind MusicianCorps, has applied for AmeriCorps funding for the program for 2010 and 2011, and he's optimistic since support so far has been broadly bipartisan. It was the only national service organization represented on President Obama's National Arts Policy Committee and the only arts organization on the Service- Nation Coalition. "I think we're creating something that really could be a blossoming Artist Corps," Gallagher says. "Hopefully, the administration hears the call and we can get that funding. But we're going to do it one way or another." To read the entirety of this inspiring and important article, follow the link.
SYMPHONY MAGAZINE PROFILED SEATTLE YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras has been profiled as a leader in classical music education in a feature article in the May/June issue of Symphony Magazine. The article details how youth orchestras from around the nation keep the future of classical music alive through innovative approaches to education; providing opportunities for youth to work with successful professionals, and challenging members with repertoire regularly seen in auditoriums of professional orchestras. Highlighting the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra's Artistic Director and Conductor Stephen Rogers Radcliffe, the article portrays the work of youth symphony conductors and formative role they play in developing the careers of its members. The full article is available at the above link.
LA TIMES EXPLORES STATE FILMMAKING INCENTIVE PROGRAMS
Despite the economic downturn that has left many states with deficits, the rollback in state tax incentives that some anticipated has yet to occur. Although some states have reduced or even suspended their programs, others, such as Florida, have greatly expanded their programs. More than 40 states still offer some form of financial enticement to filmmakers. "The fact that these states are continuing their programs is an indication they are working," said Jeff Begun, a partner in the Incentives Office. Begun cited a recent study by a University of Rhode Island economist who found that the state's tax credit program for film and TV productions generated $8 in economic activity for every $1 invested between 2005 and 2009. Beyond rosy economic projections, penny-pinching by studios has also accelerated the trend as executives face more pressure to cut costs. And with fewer banks lending, tax credits and rebates have become an increasingly vital means for financing movies and TV shows. "For producers, tax incentives have become an absolutely essential component for financing pictures," said producer Andrew Sugerman. To read the full article follow the link and to learn about filmmaking incentives here in Washington and Seattle, check out our website.
PITCHFORK INTERVIEWS SHABAZZ PALACES
Pitchfork recently snagged the elusive Palaceer Lazaro aka Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces for an interview. "Lazaro initially declined Pitchfork's interview request, replying that he'd prefer to read a writer's take on Shabazz Palaces' music rather than offer his own answers." Among other things, Lazaro mentions he has two more albums in the works. "It's hard to believe that most people subscribe to formulas, especially when it's not a requirement- especially nowadays, when a lot of cats are putting their own shit out but still they feel it's necessary, due to a certain amount of indoctrination or programming," says Lazaro of Shabazz Palaces' non-formulaic musical stylings. "We just have different views on all that kind of stuff. Not to say that we don't appreciate all of those kinds of music when they're good, but we don't really subscribe to that kind of formulaic thing. That's difficult to do and be successful, too, with all due respect to the pop artists. It's not an easy thing to do. In some ways, it's a little easier to do the way that we do it, but it just makes for a richer, more satisfying experience for us to be the way that we are without really knocking nobody else's hustles." Read the full interview at the above link.
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