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CITY OF SEATTLE PRODUCTION SPACE
In an ongoing effort to grow Seattle's film industry, the city of Seattle is offering 3,000 square feet of production space in City Hall. This is open to all productions approved by the Washington State Film Incentive Program. This space includes: 3,000 square feet (up to 50 people), Security, Internet/Phone/Fax Lines, Restrooms, Lockers and Cabinet space. This production space will be available for use beginning June 1st, and is included in the city's $25/day film permit fee.
HAPPY HOUR TWO WEEKS AWAY!
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, May 28th. 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.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
LEARN HOW TO NEGOTIATE MUSIC CONTRACTS
On Thursday May 29th at the Seattle University School of Law, attorneys Nick Mitchell and Mark Saku will discuss various business models musicians can make use of to protect themselves and their music in the process of business negotiations. They will also highlight and analyze the most common music and entertainment contract clauses, and outline sound strategy and tactics to use in contract negotiation. They will provide broad, basic marketing and promotional ideas which musicians and other artists can use to orient themselves through their conversations and negotiations with industry and label representatives toward being properly rewarded for their artistic work.
FORBES CALLS SEATTLE "RECESSION-PROOF CITY"
Forbes.com has listed Greater Seattle as one of America's ten most "recession-proof" urban regions. Forbes noted that the region around Puget Sound is home to Microsoft, Amazon.com, Starbucks, Costco, Nordstrom and Washington Mutual. And furthermore, home prices are only half that in the San Francisco Bay Area, and unemployment in the region is falling. Of the 50 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the U.S., Greater Seattle had the strongest growth in manufacturing in the past year.
LOCAL SHORT PREMIERES ON APPLE'S ITUNES THROUGH SHORTS INTERNATIONAL
Local filmmakers Thom Harp and Mike Standish are proud to announce that their whimsical romantic comedy "Fortune Hunters," made possible in part by a City Artists grant from the Mayor's Office, has been posted for purchase and rental on iTunes. The film, starring Kelvin Yu (Cloverfield), Jessica Skerritt (Driver's Ed) and Gedde Watanabe (Sixteen Candles), has won three awards and played in more than 35 festivals worldwide. "Fortune Hunters" won a 2nd Place Golden Space Needle at last year's SIFF, Best Short in the Northwest Film Forum's Local Sightings Festival this year, and Best Comedy (Honorable Mention) at the New York City Downtown Short Film Festival, 2008.
TOWN HALL AND SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL PRESENT SATURDAY FAMILY CONCERTS: WORLD MUSIC PARTY
The second Saturday Family Concerts season concludes with a world music party at the Seattle International Children's Festival. On the bill are Petrona Martínez and Reem Kelani. Afro-Columbian singer Martínez performs the traditional style (known as Bullerenguerhythmic songs) originally sung only by pregnant women. Reem Kelani is one of the foremost scholars and performers of Palestinian music. Kelani and her band (some of the finest London-based traditional and jazz players) feature traditional songs and her own compositions.
NW PRODUCTION SUMMIT MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
IFP/Seattle will be providing a filmmaker mentorship program for the first annual Northwest Production Summit. The Summit, a partnership between the Seattle International Film Festival, Mayor's Office of Film + Music, WashingtonFilmWorks and the Washington State Film Office, is designed to help secure the position of SIFF and Washington State as an industry destination where creativity flourishes and valuable business is conducted. The centerpiece of the Summit will be an intimate three day symposium designed to introduce industry leaders in the independent film world to Washington's triple threat of technology, film and music. Those selected for the mentorship program will be included in some of the symposium events. These protégés will have one-on-one time with our guests to ask questions, talk about projects, and gain valuable advice from these industry leaders.
FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE FILM FESTIVAL
The French Graduate Student Association is proud to present the 1st annual French and Francophone film festival at the University of Washington. This film series has been structured to explore several key issues surrounding ethnicity, multiculturalism and identity in the postcolonial francophone world. The diegesis of the films selected work through issues of generational and cultural divide (Le Grand Voyage), national identity (10th District Court), immigration and immigration policy in Europe (Hop), suburban culture and the use of language in identity constructs (L'esquive), ethnic and religious tolerance (La Petite Jerusalem) and institutionalized racism in the workplace (The Glass Ceiling).
CALL FOR ELECTRONIC ART
4Culture is seeking artworks for Electronic 4Culture (e4c). Walk, drive or ride by - e4c will offer a high quality, high visibility venue for the exhibition of dynamic electronic artworks by media artists and projects intrinsic to 4Culture's work. Twenty media works or media proposals will be selected for presentation through this new, public, electronic gallery for a period of up to one year. Media artists from the U.S., working in all genres are encouraged to apply. e4c consists of four, LCD monitors and exterior and is located adjacent to Gallery4Culture facing Prefontaine Place South in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood. This street-level, media gallery is visible by foot, bike, car or bus to more than 20,000 people each day. This project is supported by 4Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts.
BRAVE NEW WORLD (SEATTLE, WA; LOS ANGELES, CA; LAS VEGAS, NV) SEEKS INTERNS
Brave New World, a multi-faceted entertainment company which also operates on the behalf of the Jimi Hendrix Foundation, is seeking a team of interns to work and assist in Online Sales & Marketing, Internet and Street Promotions, Community Events and Administrative Management. Interns will gain excellent professional music industry experience, including the chance to learn skills in artist relations and management, assist Brave New World with projects and campaigns for the Jimi Hendrix Foundation and support the launch of Shyan Selah's debut album, Brave New World. Interns must demonstrate excellent personal and networking skills, phone etiquette, Internet navigation, and have their own transportation. They must also love music and be willing to work hard. Internship is available quarterly to undergraduate students. Deadline is continual, interns can apply anytime. Interns work from 10 to 30 hours a week; weekend availability is preferred but not mandatory. Students must be able to receive academic credit (international applicants eligible). Please indicate area of interest from list above and send resume, any past internship experience (entertainment/event experience is of particular interest), references, and availability to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BLUE SCHOLARS JOIN HIEROGLYPHICS TO COMBINE FASHION & MUSIC ON 45 DATE, THREE MONTH-LONG "FRESHLY DIPPED TOUR"
In celebration of its 10th anniversary as an independent label and hip-hop collective, Hiero Imperium announced details for a massive North American tour that will span from mid-summer into fall, joining with Blue Scholars who have been lighting up the underground coming out of Seattle.
CRYPTICON LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS
The organizers of horror convention Crypticon are looking for some help from film students and fans of horror movies. Specifically they are looking for some help on the weekends and would like to get five or more volunteers that can help with the movies, making sure the movies are running and possibly helping some of the attending guests getting from place to place. Any volunteers would get free admission to the convention and any events along with a pre- and post- get together pizza parties. Email Eric Morgret at the website above for a fun time and the chance to see some very unique and hard to find movies.
NWFF ANNOUNCES TUBS FILM CHALLENGE
After the successful Actress(es) Film Challenge, in which the Northwest Film Forum asked local filmmakers to all use the same actresses in their films, they have decided to ask what would happen if all of Seattle's filmmakers used the same location for a film. Enter DK Pan, a former Northwest Film Forum volunteer and local artist, who has taken up residence in the former Tubs building in the U-District. Stripped bare of its sparkling acrylic spas and hydro-therapy jets, the setting is perfect - whether you're looking to conjure images of its steamy past, or use the barren empty space as an apocalyptic setting for the future. Films may be no longer than 5 minutes. Reservations for the space are made by contacting Adam Sekuler at email@example.com. Submissions can be made on DVD, super-8, 16mm, or 35mm and are due to NWFF on August 4.
Also, go see the Spring "Anthem Film Challenge" next Tuesday at 7pm at the NWFF.
THOMAS MARRIOTT PERFORMS WITH MAYNARD FERGUSON ALUMNI BAND
Earlier this month Thomas had the great pleasure of being a featured soloist with the Maynard Ferguson Alumni Band as they paid tribute to "The Boss" on what would have been his 80th Birthday in St. Louis, MO. Other soloists included trumpeters Eric Miyashiro & Walter White, saxophonist Tim Reis (on tour with the Rolling Stones) and many other busy Maynard Alumni from the 70's up until 2007 when Maynard passed away. Thomas' new album "Crazy: The Music Of Willie Nelson" earned a stellar review in the May issue of Jazz Times Magazine.
DXARTS PRESENTS AN EVENING OF DIGITAL VIDEO
The Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at University of Washington proudly presents "UP" a special screening at the Henry Art Gallery of video shorts created by students in an intensive, year-long sequence that explores the ideas and methods from the beginnings of the moving image up to contemporary digital cinema and video art. Wednesday May 21st, 5:00pm at the Henry Art Gallery Auditorium (15th Ave NE & NE 41st St). Admission is free and open to the public.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 5/5 - 5/11
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
- Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Grand Archives - Grand Archives
- Star Anna - Crooked Path
- Pearl Jam - Live at Easy Street
- Presidents of the USA - These are the Good Times, People
- Brandi Carlile - Live at Easy Street
- Velella Velella - Flight Club EP
THIS WEEK IN SEATTLE ROCK HISTORY
Seattle Sound Magazine launched a new feature Monday called "This Week in Seattle Rock History," which chronicles events from the debut of Jimi Hendrix's "Are You Experienced?" to 2000's "No WTO Combo" and their place in Seattle's musical heritage.
THE POWER OF 10: TEN GRANDS IS A VARIETY SHOW THAT RAISES MONEY FOR ARTS EDUCATION
How many grand pianos does it take to make the Pacific Northwest a better place? Well, 10 is a nice round number. It's also the number that popped into the mind of Portland-based recording artist and producer Michael Allen Harrison during a 2000 board meeting of his then-new philanthropic organization, the Snowman Foundation. The foundation has raised almost $2 million in the last eight years for music education in schools and other youth and community programs in Oregon and Washington. Snowman's fundraising engine is an annual Portland concert called Ten Grands. This year, for the first time, the show is coming to Seattle, presented Saturday night at Benaroya Hall by Snowman and arts funder Poncho.
PORN POLICE: SEATTLE POLICE CRACK DOWN ON GAY NIGHTCLUBS
R Place manager Eric Gelbart talks with The Stranger about his recent conflicts with local police over sexually explicit videos and posters.
FREE MUSIC STUDIO MEANS NO MORE EXCUSES
Virtual instruments may be going the way of recorded music: free and online. We've seen plenty of sites that let you make or mix music in a rudimentary way, but none that offer the deep feature set of Hobnox AudioTool. This free online electronic music studio lets you compose with two TB-303 Bass Line generators, Roland TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines and two banks of effects pedals including three delays, crusher, detune, flanger, reverb, a parametric equalizer and a compressor. By clicking the mouse button, you can drag virtual cables between any output and any input to customize the setup.
"CTHULHU" GETS PICKED UP FOR DISTRIBUTION
Seattle-based Dan Gildark's feature film "Cthulu" has been picked up by Regent Releasing for worldwide distribution. This will include a theatrical platform release in Seattle and Portland (dates forthcoming) as well as pay-per-view showings on the Here! Channel. Regent, the company responsible for releasing films such as "Shelter" and "Gods and Monsters," primarily focus on horror and gay/lesbian films.
SERA CAHOONE: NOT SUPER DEPRESSED
MP3.com recently interviewed Seattle-based singer-songwriter Sera Cahoone about her influences, experiences, and affinity for sad music.
SUMMER CONCERT BUSINESS BOOMS AS CD SALES TANK
The record business is tanking, videos don't have the impact they once had and radio is scattered. But the concert business is booming. While CD sales dropped 15 percent last year, concert-ticket sales rose 8 percent to $3.9 billion, according to Billboard. Gas prices and tightened budgets may cut into concert-business growth this year, but those concerns surfaced long after this summer's tours had been set and venues booked.
A MOMENT WITH ... DIZZEE RASCAL, HIP-HOP STAR
East London rapper Dizzee Rascal (who will be playing at Neumo's May 19th) talks to Travis Nichols of the P.I. about American audiences, international fame, and his Seattle influences.
BIG BACH AT BIG BEN
Crosscut's Tom Luce reviews the series of organ performances that the Seattle Symphony has promoted over the past year. The series concluded last week with a solo by Dr. Joseph Adam.
ROADHOUSE JUG BAND AUDITIONS
KEXP's Greg Vandy is looking for people to be in a Roadhouse Jug Band that will perform on the air. So if you play jug, string bass, mouth harp, washboard, tissue paper & comb, or some other homemade instrument such as the cereal box, get in on the action. To apply, send an e-mail by May 31st to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number, preferred jug band instrument(s), and why you think you would be a good for the band. Also attach or link to an audio sample of you playing this jug band instrument. Homemade instruments are not necessary.
ARE YOU PINING FOR THE FJORDS, TOO?
Olympia's public radio station KAOS has launched a new show called "Pining for the Fjords" whose mission is to feature pop / folk / electronica / soul bands and artists from the Scandinavian countries -- mainly Norway and Sweden, but also Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. The weekly show (every Thursday) had its debut May 1st.
SIR BEN KINGSLEY EARNS GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE
Sir Ben Kingsley will be honored with a 2008 Golden Space Needle award for acting during the Seattle International Film Festival. Kingsley will be presented the award on May 25 prior to the premiere of "Elegy," an upcoming Samuel Goldwyn release in which he stars, and he will also be feted at a tribute dinner. The Seattle fest runs May 22-June 15.
OCT 8 CURE TICKETS HONORED MAY 25 AT SASQUATCH
Concert goers in possession of tickets to the canceled Cure October 8 show at KeyArena will have the chance to see the band at the Gorge Amphitheatre. The original tickets will be honored all day at the gates at Sasquatch Sunday May 25, as confirmed by Live Nation's John Ogle.
THE ONION AVCLUB REVIEWS DEATH CAB'S "NARROW STAIRS"
Kyle Ryan of The Onion's AVClub heaps praise upon Death Cab for Cutie's album "Narrow Stairs," which hit stores yesterday. Ryan particularly likes the album's "darker," "more abrasive," and all around rockier sound.
THE TIMES' DEPARTING CLASSICAL-MUSIC CRITIC REFLECTS ON 3 DECADES OF CHANGE
For 31 years, Melinda Bargreen has been The Seattle Times' classical-music critic, a job that ended last week when she accepted a buyout in the wake of some extensive staff reductions. One might think that anyone in the same job for more than three decades has been mired in routine but instead, says Bargreen, it's been a time of constant and tremendous change. She recounts her story and some highlights of her long career.
THE MYRIAD TALKS TOUR, DEW, AND PUPPETS
Seattle-based indie quintet The Myriad have recently been named "The Next Big Thing" by MTV, signed with KOCH Records, and are currently touring with Switchfoot and Eisley. The group talks to Seattle Sound about the ups and downs of impending success.
THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES ON NEW HOME
For more than five years, Seattle natives These Arms are Snakes have been packing basements and big name venues alike with their genre-defying brand of sweat-drenched post-hardcore spazz rock. This past week, Suicide Squeeze, a label most recently well-known for its support of Northwest heroes Minus The Bear, announced it had signed the band and would be releasing their new full-length in October. Seattle Sound caught up with vocalist Steve Snere yesterday to talk a little about the new label and the new record that the band starts recording today.
PRINCE, JOHNNY DEPP AND THE SEATTLE RUMOR-MILL
Billboard has printed and recently retracted a story that said Prince was planning to headline Bumbershoot, quashing the rumor that the singer would be coming to Seattle this summer. Also, the rumors of Johnny Depp buying the Croc may have been exaggerated. Depp sold his LA club The Viper Room to Harry Morton (son of Hard Rock Café founder Pete Morton) some time ago, and it appears that Morton is interested in expanding the club into a nationwide franchise. Some are speculating that the Croc is a spot Morton (and not Depp) is tracking for a new Viper Room.
THE ONION AVCLUB REVIEWS THE BLACK ANGELS' "DIRECTIONS TO SEE A GHOST"
The AVClub's Michaelangelo Matos reviews The Black Angels' "Directions to See a Ghost," out this week on Seattle-based label Light in the Attic. Matos gives the album a favorable review, calling the band a very good example of modern psychedelic rock.
ROOTS ROOSTS: THE LITTLE RED HEN
While the hipsters and city folks pick their folk, bluegrass and alt-country down on Ballard Avenue, the real Western Washington cowboys and cowgirls are sweating their hearts out on the dance floor at the Little Red Hen. For 40 years, the Greenlake bar has been sitting just off the main drag, around the corner from Gregg's Cycles, unassumingly quiet and nondescript from the outside. When it opened all those years ago, the LRH was just a restaurant and bar. It took them 20 years to start welcoming local country bands. But, since "around 18 to 20 years" ago, they've maintained a steady schedule featuring the best local country bands and artists-holding up the long tradition of country music in Seattle as the last remaining club dedicated entirely to the genre.
BEN GIBBARD TALKS TO MARK KOSELEK
The AVClub arranged a phone conversation between singer-songwriters Ben Gibbard and Mark Koselek. Their conversation begins about Koselek's new album "Nights of Passed Over" and eventually turns to Gibbard and "Narrow Stairs" as well as their forays into acting.
2008 TONY NOMS: BARTLETT SHER'S SHOW GETS 11 NODS, "YOUNG FRANK" HAS 3
As expected, Bartlett Sher, artistic director of Seattle's Intiman Theatre, has earned a 2008 Tony Award nomination (his third) for his direction of the smash Broadway revival of "South Pacific," the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical.
The acclaimed production garnered a total of 11 Tony nods, more than any other show this Broadway season except for the rousing new salsa musical, "In the Heights," which nabbed 13.
HD IS UNFORGIVING TO ACTORS, AND MAKEUP ARTISTS
There are flaws in any human face, especially one that has seen a little mileage. Usually, the makeup department can do wonders on nooks, crannies, crow's-feet, rashes, pimples, nose hairs or any other natural imperfection that might cause the camera lens to wince, and the audience along with it. But with the advent of high-definition photography, which is rapidly becoming the industry standard, that pockmark can look like a crater if a makeup artist isn't careful.
CLEAR CHANNEL EXPANDS ONLINE PLAN, LINKS WITH PANDORA
Following up on its erockster Internet radio initiative during Coachella, Clear Channel is expanding its online presence with a number of new services -- including a personalized radio player, lyrics page, and widget strategy, among others. Clear Channel is not yet providing many details about the new personalized radio feature, only that one is coming, but Billboard has learned it will be the Pandora service offered across all its Web properties nationwide.
DEVELOPERS SAY ADOBE IS DELAYING ONLINE MUSIC APPS
Some developers of audio applications see online music mixers, studios and instruments as the next wave of music creation. For developers working on online music creation applications, Adobe's Flash is the natural option, in part because it's installed on over 97 percent of internet-enabled PCs according to Adobe. However, the audio application developers behind "Adobe, Make Some Noise" say the company needs to get with the program, so to speak, if it wants Flash to be the go-to platform for online music creation. The conspiracy theorist take on the situation would be that Adobe, which is in cahoots with lots of other big software companies through various trade organizations, is intentionally withholding Flash features to give its allies a break.