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CONGRATULATIONS TO ROOSELVELT AND GARFIELD HIGHSCHOOL JAZZ BANDS!
For the second consecutive year, Seattle high schools claimed the top two spots at this weekend's Essentially Ellington Festival in New York, the nation's premier high-school jazz-band contest. Seattle's Garfield High School placed first and Roosevelt High School was second. The one-two order was reversed last year, with Roosevelt on top. Congratulations to Seattle's great young musicians on their hard work and another outstanding win!
WASHINGTONFILMWORKS VIRAL VIDEO CAMPAIGN EXTENDED
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.
CHOP SUEY SEEKS FILM SUBMISSIONS
Chop Suey is looking for music videos, shorts, films, and oddities for an ongoing Film Night series. Please submit your web links or DVDs to Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison Ave. Seattle WA 98121 attn: film series for consideration. For more information, feel free to email email@example.com.
SEATTLE BAYOUFEST ANNOUNCED
The 2009 Inaugural BayouFest will be held on Saturday August 1st, 2009 at Magunson Park, surrounded by spectacular 360 degree vistas of the Cascades and Lake Washington. Offering a unique mix of Blues, Jazz, Funk, and Folk music from some of the biggest names in music today, BayouFest, a green-oriented option for a summer weekend, will host upwards of 6,000 people in one of the Northwest's most beautiful venues. A wide array of community based activities including the Cajun cook-off, silent auction, dog derby / pet parade as well as several highly anticipated contests and raffles will be highlighted over the entire year, culminating at the event.
CITY HALL PLAZA SIZZLES WITH SUMMER CONCERTS
Enjoy homegrown music at free lunchtime concerts at City Hall this summer. The outdoor plaza will sizzle with 11 performances by leading Seattle-area performers, Thursdays, noon to 1:30 p.m., July 2nd through September 17th. The Seattle Presents concert series is presented year-round by Seattle's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave.
4CULTURE ANNOUNCES ARTS AWARDS
4Culture, King County's Cultural Services Agency, is pleased to announce awards totaling $941,610 have been approved through the 2009 First Cycle Arts Facilities Construction and Equipment funding program. The awards will fund 38 projects in large and small, suburban and urban organizations in 8 districts throughout King County. This program enhances the cultural life of King County citizens by funding the purchase, design, construction and remodeling of cultural facilities, and the purchase of equipment intended to be used by the recipient organization for at least ten years. Check out the full list of recipients on their site.
"JUSTICE FOR ALL" VIDEO CONTEST
Washington residents have one more month to enter the Washington State Bar Association's new video contest. Filmmakers of all ages, amateur or professional, are invited to create a short video that captures their vision of "justice for all" and post it to the YouTube website. Two prizes of $1,000 each will be awarded to the best entries - one selected by a panel of judges, and one selected by popular vote. Creativity is encouraged! Deadline for entries is June 15th.
AN EVENING WITH LOCAL HORROR FILMMAKERS
Do you have taste for the bloody and scary? Low-budget horror movies are earning big bucks and making an impact on the movie scene. Moviegoers and studios are taking notice, and the horror genre is seeing some of its greatest achievements, both creatively and commercially, this time around. Join us for a chance to get an inside look into creating a horror film when Northwest Film Forum program director Adam Sekuler sits down with three Seattle filmmakers working in the genre, John Sinno and Kevin Hamedani and Dan Gildark to show clips from their films and talk about how the local film community fits into this larger picture.
SCREENWRITING & TELEPLAY COMPETITION DEADLINE EXTENDED
SThe 2009 Script Pimp Screenwriting Competition is accepting entries for feature film scripts-all genres, styles, and lengths accepted. This is an international competition and non-U.S. writers are welcome. Prizes up to $50,000 could be won by anyone who enters. See their website for more details.
iSIFF FOR THE iPHONE
Find the unexpected at the 2009 Seattle International Film Festival with iSIFF, a new iPhone application by POP. Find films, view trailers, and buy tickets for the festival right from your iPhone. Get the jump on other SIFF goers - buy your tickets while you wait in line!
GET YOUR SCRIPT READ!
Seattle Cold Readers
Seattle Cold Readers want to connect professional screen and play writers and actors in performing quality, spontaneous and fun cold readings in front of a live audience. Too often scripts sit in dark drawers, gathering dust. Too often actors sit in coffee shops with nothing to read. Why not introduce the scripts to actors? Join Seattle Cold Readers on the third Thursday at the Alibi Room every month for engaging cold reading from the top actors of your community, networking, great scripts and good times.
NO DEPRESSION MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED
Seattle Theatre Group, Live Nation, and The Lakeside Group present the first-ever No Depression Festival, sponsored by the pioneering and influential roots-music magazine and website. The festival will take place Saturday, July 11th, 2009, at Marymoor Park. The all-day event will feature Gillian Welch, Iron & Wine, Patterson Hood & The Screwtopians, Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, Justin Townes Earle, Jessica Lea Mayfield, a Seattle roots-music all-star revue, and Zee Avi.
SEATTLE 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT MEET AND GREET
48 Hour Film
Can you make a film in 48 Hours? The 48 Hour Film Project, the first and biggest of the timed film competitions, brings filmmaking teams together to make a movie from scratch - teams write, shoot, edit and score a short film - all in just 48 hours. This year's meet and greet is May 15th at 7:30 pm, at Solo Bar.
OASIS ENTERTAINMENT SEEKS INTERNS/EXTERNS
Oasis Entertainment is looking for interns/externs to work as grant writers and administrative office assistants. This is a great opportunity to make a difference in the world while gaining valuable experience in the nonprofit and music industries. This position is ideal for anyone passionate about music and helping others by working with internationally recognized recording artists. If interested, please email your resume and brief cover letter explaining why you want to work with Oasis to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEATTLE FILM MAKERS ACCEPTED INTO SIFF
The work of several local filmmakers will premier at this year's Seattle International Film Festival, including Humpday, World's Greatest Dad, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, The Day My Parents Became Cool, and two recently accepted films, A Wink and a Smile and CC 2010. Be sure to check out all the great local films which are coming to the festival this year over at SIFF's website.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 5/3 - 5/10
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Neko Case "Middle Cyclone"
- The Decemberists "Hazards of Love"
- Moondoggies "Record Store Day EP"
- Death Cab for Cutie "The Open Door EP"
- Tea Cozies "Hot Probs"
- Telekinesis "Telekinesis"
- Moondoggies "Don't be a Stranger"
- Dyme Def "Panic EP"
- Pearl Jam "Ten (Reissue)"
- Shabazz Palaces "Shabazz Palaces"
SIFF'S NEW HOME AT SEATTLE CENTER
Daily Journal Of Commerce
SIFF's remodel of a 1962 Paul Thiry building will give the organization a permanent home. The Seattle International Film Festival plans to move next year to a permanent home at Seattle Center that will give it enough room during the festival, as well as space for year-round classes, events and screenings. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall.
ON THE SET OF HUMPDAY
Kathy Fennessy is one of Seattle's most prominent and influential writers on film, but up until last year, she had never actually been on set. The incredible openness and hospitality of director Lynn Shelton and producer Stephen Schardt, allowed her to go on set for the first time. So Kathy, Steve Clare and Warren Etheredge left the inaugural meeting of the Seattle Film Critics Society to head to Ballard to see what was going on. With Humpday now reaching a success way beyond what anyone could imagine, all three take a look back at that day on set, and hope that film makers and others can learn what a successful, locally made movie looks like at the start. Check out their interview on the Examiner website!
WANNA BE THE NEXT LYNN SHELTON?
Three Imaginary Girls
Thanks to Screenings in the Rain: Tall Beers and Short Shorts, you've got a chance. A new night at Chop Suey dedicated to showcasing local filmmaker's talent and creativity, put together by local photographer Katie Izak. Now she just needs submissions. Films do not need to be filmed locally, but it's nice if it's a local artist or has ties to the Seattle film community. Please send submissions, clearly marked, to the address below with press kit/contact information and Katie will be in touch. The Address is 1304 E Harrison St #8 Seattle, WA 98058. Email any questions to: email@example.com.