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News from the Office of Film + Music 5/19/2010


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OFFICE NEWS

SEATTLE FILM OFFICE SEEKING CLIPS FROM LOCAL FILMMAKERS' WORK FOR PROMOTIONAL VIDEO REEL
Office of Film + Music
Join us at Spitfire next Wednesday, May 26 for the monthly Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour networking event. Spitfire will be open exclusively for the event from 5:00 - 7:00 pm and is located at 2219 4th Avenue in Belltown (between Blanchard and Bell). Don't forget to tweet to #seattlefm and watch your comments appear on various screens in real time at the event. We hope to see you at Spitfire for food, drink and networking!

SEATTLE HAS NATION'S BEST ECONOMY
Office of Economic Development
A study by a Florida research firm says that the Seattle area's economy is the best in the country. According to Policom Corporation, an independent economic research firm that specializes in analyzing local and state economies, out of the nation's 366 metropolitan statistical areas, Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue rates number one, moving up from last year's number twelve ranking. The company uses 23 different economic factors to create its rankings. According to Policom, the highest-ranked areas have had rapid, consistent growth in both size and quality for an extended period of time. The lowest ranked areas have been in volatile decline for an extended period of time and Policom has created economic strength rankings since 1996.

INTERN WITH THE OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC THIS SUMMER
Office of Film + Music
The Office of Film + Music is seeking an Intern for Summer 2010. Film + Music Interns primarily serve a marketing/communications role, becoming a member of the Film + Music team, and provide administrative support for the Office. The internship requires a six-month commitment and 40 hours of work per week. Prior background in film or music is not required, but candidates should have strong communication, writing and organizational/research skills. A small monthly stipend is provided. The deadline to apply is Monday, June 7 by 5:00 pm. For more information about the position, visit the above link or contact the current interns at filmandmusicoffice@seattle.gov

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL KICKS OFF TOMORROW
SIFF
Be a part of the premier film event in the Pacific Northwest, SIFF Opening Night Gala kicks off this year's Festival on tomorrow, Thursday, May 20, at Benaroya Hall. Check out the soul-satisfying comedy The Extra Man and stick around for Seattle's party of the year with dancing, cocktails, food, and mingling with Festival guests. The 2010 Seattle International Film Festival runs May 20 - June 13 and will screen 256 features and 150 shorts from 67 countries at venues around Seattle. SIFF Box Office is open now. For a full listing of this year's lineup and to purchase tickets, follow the above link.

FREE MUSIC FOR FILM PANEL DISCUSSION AND NETWORKING EVENT AT SIFF
Seattle Composers Alliance
"Music and Sound: Getting the Best Audio For Your Film" is a panel discussion with professional film composers and audio engineers sponsored by Seattle Composers Alliance along with the 2010 Seattle International Film Festival, the Seattle Office of Film + Music, and Experience Music Project. The panel discussion features professional film composers, licensing experts, music libraries, and audio engineers. Participants will learn about realistically budgeting for music, finding and contracting a great composer, figuring out the musical tone of a film, placing and licensing songs, and recording and mixing: dialogue, score, sound design, and Foley from the home studio to 5.1 surround. Following the panel discussion will be "Music Meets Film - A Speed Networking Event" for directors, producers, music supervisors, film and music editors to get connected. This free event is designed to introduce filmmakers to top film composers and musicians in a fast and furious "speed networking" style event where participants will meet in 5-minute one-on-one sessions. This is by reservation only and there is a limit on participants. To register, please email edrums@aol.com. Check out the discussion on Saturday, June 5 beginning at 10:00 am in the Alki Room of the Seattle Center and the networking event starting at 12:15 pm in the EMP Lounge.

INTERN AT THE VERA PROJECT
The Vera Project
The Vera Project is looking for a new Outreach and Partnership Intern. The Vera Project is regularly approached about assisting with, collaborating, and co-promoting events with other community organizations. A key component of the Outreach and Partnership internship is the creation of a presence in communities that are outside of The Vera Project's usual reach. The Outreach & Partnership Intern works with the Programming Committee to discern appropriate events for Vera to be involved with and then fulfill partner responsibilities. This will include acting as a representative of and promoting Vera at events when necessary. The other half of this internship is to reach out to other organizations to invite them to partner with Vera on programs we are doing. Priority for this internship will go to someone 16 to 24 years of age. The deadline to apply is May 21. A full job description is available at the above link.

"SONICSGATE" DOCUMENTARY WINS WEBBY AWARD
Seattle Times
Sonicsgate: Requiem For A Team, the feature documentary examining the SuperSonics NBA team's tragic exodus from Seattle, won the Best Sports Film in the 2010 Webby Awards as selected by a 650-person judging academy. Sonicsgate was also nominated in the Best Editing category, with both nods coming in the Online Film & Video section. Filmmaker, Jason Reid, will be honored at a star-studded ceremony on Monday, June 14 in New York City. Presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, the Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. This year, the Webby Awards received more than 10,000 entries from more than 60 countries.

NORTHWEST FILM FORUM SEEKING HOUSE MANAGER
Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum is looking for a house manager to start in early June. This position is first 'face' the public sees before shows and events. They are looking for a person who is outgoing, good with numbers, an able manager of volunteers, and willing to collaborate with fellow staff inside an always dynamic workplace. Responsibilities include overseeing the lobby, the box office, concessions and the upkeep of audience support facilities; box office cash handling and ticketing; scheduling and training box office staff; special event scheduling, management and staffing; theater operations, audience and lobby issues; and front of house goals. For more information including application details, click the link.

OFFICIAL BEST OF FEST PRESENTS THE BEST FILM'S YOU'VE NEVER SEEN EVERY MONTH
Official Best of Fest
The last Tuesday of every month, the curators behind Official Best Of Fest bring a night of free film screenings to the Roy Street Coffee and Tea's movie room. Hosted by local filmmaker and Official Best Of Fest Founder, Rick Stevenson, this monthly series provides audiences an opportunity to view award-winning films that are hard to find anywhere else. Check out the inaugural event Tuesday, May 25 at 8:00 pm featuring Snakebite, Dutch Bird, The Wednesdays.

PEARL JAM'S FAN CLUB "TEN CLUB" PRESENTS THE TEN CLUB ROCK N' ART POSTER CONVENTION
Showbox
Poster artists from across the region will showcase their work as part of a one-day, free to the public Seattle exhibition of limited edition rock posters at The Ten Club Rock N' Art Poster Convention. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase hard-to-find works and meet up-and-coming artists. Artists schedule to appear at the poster convention include ACORN, Ames Bros., Brad Klausen, Brian Methe, Dan Stiles, Frida Clements, Geoff Peveto, GIGART, Guy Burwell, Jeff Kleinsmith, Jeff Soto, Jesse LeDoux, Justin Hampton, LMK, Mark 5, Marq Spusta, Maxx242, Munk One and Nat Damm. The event will be Sunday, May 23 at the Showbox at the Market from 1:00 - 5:00 pm.

NORTHWEST FILM FORUM ANNOUNCE SUMMER FILM CHALLENGES
Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum recently announced two summer film challenges for local filmmakers: Karaoke Film Challenge and Dressed to the Nines Film Challenge. Northwest Film Forum and Three Dollar Bill cinema invite Seattle filmmakers to grab a camera, pick a song and participate in the Karaoke Challenge. The the resulting videos will be shown with live accompaniment. The deadline for this challenge is July 14. The Dressed to the Nines Film Challenge asks Seattleites to forgo the fleece sweaters and sandals for a day to make a film showing off your most stylish clothes. Any subject matter is acceptable, but performers should be sporting stylish formal wear: jackets, ties, skirts, dresses, cuff links, high heels, etc. Films should be no longer than 5 minutes. The deadline for this challenge is August 11. These projects are open to all levels of skills and experience. For more information email Adam Sekuler at adams@nwfilmforum.org.

FILMMAKERS: APPLY FOR A GRANT FROM CINEREACH
Cinereach
Cinereach supports feature-length nonfiction and fiction films that possess an independent spirit, depict underrepresented perspectives, and resonate across international boundaries. Grants range from $5,000 - $50,000 and are awarded to feature-length films at any stage, including development, production and post-production. The Cinereach grants committee meets twice a year to review the proposals and during each cycle, between five and 15 projects are selected to receive support. The deadline for summer grants is June 1. Visit the above link for more information or to apply.

DON'T MISS THE 39TH ANNUAL NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL
Northwest Folklife
Northwest Folklife Festival, held over Memorial Day weekend, is one of the largest and most vibrant free folklife celebrations in North America. Produced by Northwest Folklife and Seattle Center, it hosts more than 7,000 participants, over 20 stages and venues, roughly 1000 performances, and an audience of approximately 250,000 at the 74-acre Seattle Center. Participants immerse themselves in four days of music and dance performances, visual arts and folklore exhibits, symposia, workshops, craft and cooking demonstrations and films. Check out the festival May 28-31 beginning at 11:00 am each day.

CHAMBER MUSIC MADNESS IS SEEKING A DIRECTOR
Chamber Music Madness
Chamber Music Madness (CMM) is a long-standing nonprofit organization in Seattle dedicated to chamber music exploration, performance, and education for youth in a positive, joyful environment. CMM is looking for an energetic Director with high-level musical qualifications, capable of continuing its programs of chamber music experiences for youth ages 8-20. The programs are non-traditional in the music education arena, with emphasis on sight-reading, non-competitive collaboration, development of social skills necessary for ensemble success, and promotion of music as a lifelong pursuit. The Director reports to the Board of Directors and works with the Board in the development of strategic plans, budget plans, program design, organizational partnerships, fundraising and programmatic expansions. This is a part-time position. The deadline to apply is May 30. Email Pamela McDonald at chambermusicmadness@gmail.com for more information.

CATCH A FREE PERFORMANCE OF ORIVILLE JOHNSON THURSDAY
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Presented by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Presents features free noontime performances year round at City Hall. Dobro and slide-guitar guru Orville Johnson fronts a jam band with A-list players including Paul Elliott, Keith Lowe, and John Miller. "Orville is a player's player...," writes The Seattle Times. "Arguably the best dobro player in America... His remarkable singing voice is only surpassed by his instrumental prowess," raves FolkWorks Magazine. Check out this free concert Thursday, May 20.

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NORTHWEST FILM FORUM SEEKING VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum seeks an outgoing, responsible and detail-oriented Volunteer Coordinator. The volunteer coordinator is the liaison between the intern and volunteer corps at the organization and the staff. The volunteer coordinator works with the administrative and events staff to fill volunteer positions. This position is 6-10 hours per week and is unpaid. Northwest Film Forum requests a commitment to the position of at least one year. More information including how to apply can be found at the above link.

THE PACIFIC JAZZ INSTITUTE PRESENTS A FREE SHOW WITH JOSÉ JAMES AND JEF NEVE
Jazz Alley
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley presents vocalist, composer and lyricist José James with pianist Jef Neve for a complimentary show at Jazz Alley. Since his arrival on the international scene in 2008 vocalist, composer and lyricist José James has won over critics and audiences alike with his deft combination of soul, hip-hop and jazz. Using his musical mentors John Coltrane, Marvin Gaye and Billie Holiday as compasses, he continues to blur the lines between musical genres. This is a free performance but reservations are required. The show will be Monday, June 7 at is 7:30 pm. Follow the above link to reserve a spot.

VIDEO PRODUCTION INTERN NEEDED AT WASHINGTON STATE FARMWORKER HOUSING TRUST
Farmworker Housing Trust
The Washington State Farmworker Housing Trust (the Trust) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build a better and more sustainable agricultural community in the state of Washington by securing and investing resources to meet the full spectrum of housing and related needs of farmworkers in our state. The Trust is seeking a Video Production Intern to create three 2-3 minute videos that capture the pressing housing needs of farmworker families, information on the impact of decent housing on children, and the work of the Trust. The Video Production Intern will work closely with farmworker families to tell their stories through film to engage the audience and empower the general public to get involved in ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to live in safe, decent affordable home. For consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume and sample work product to info@farmworkerhousingtrust.org by Monday, June 14, 2010.

CATCH HEY MARSEILLES ON ART ZONE THIS WEEK
ArtZone
Don't miss Art Zone with Nancy Guppy this week featuring the seven guys behind Seattle's freshest orchestral pop band, Hey Marseilles. The Seattle Channel Art Zone is a weekly show starring Nancy Guppy and Seattle's creative scene, with highlights from local arts, entertainment and cultural happenings. Art Zone with Nancy Guppy features interviews with local artists and performers, reviews and previews of current offerings, and lots of surprises. Check out the latest episode with Hey Marseilles premiering Friday, May 21 at 8:00 pm on Channel 21 and Wednesday, May 26 at 7:00 pm on KCTS 9.

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).

  1. New Pornographers "Together"
  2. Minus The Bear "Omni"
  3. Jimi Hendrix "Valleys of Neptune"
  4. Head Like A Kite "Dreams Suspend Night"
  5. Sleepy Eyes of Death "Toward a Damaged Horizon"
  6. Various Artists "SP20: Casual Nostalgia Fest"
  7. Cave Singers "Welcome Joy"
  8. Helladope "Helladope"
  9. Blue Scholars "Bayani Redux"
  10. Brandi Carlile "Give Up The Ghost"

MEDIA DIGEST

SAM'S KURT COBAIN SHOW TRACES THE GLOBAL INFLUENCE WIELDED BY A NATIVE SON
Seattle Times
Cobain died 16 years ago, in 1994, and Nirvana's best-known album, "Nevermind," was released in 1992, and yet, for many, Cobain remains a force to be reckoned with. Michael Darling, Seattle Art Museum's curator of modern and contemporary art, recognized that Cobain is a potent symbol of the Northwest and began to identify visual artists, both locally and across the U.S. and the world, who continue to use Kurt "as a metaphor for other ideas, especially ideas about artistic struggle, trying to be authentic, trying to keep it real." So Darling has organized an ambitious show, simply called Kurt, which explores the influence of this figure in contemporary art. After learning about so many works being made by artists in different places, curator Darling began to notice thematic threads that run through the work: freedom, longing, loss, desire and alienation. Check out the Kurt exhibit at the SAM now and read the full preview at the above link.

MUSICIANS TAKE NOTE: NEW PLATFORMS FOR FUND-RAISING ABOUND
Yahoo
As record labels embrace new platforms to create direct-to-fan releases, they're changing how the industry thinks of websites usually associated with unsigned or emerging artists. Two recent examples stand out. Pledge Music and Kickstarter.com are the two leading online fundraising websites that allow fans to help finance new projects. The fan-funded release of albums is hardly a new idea. But new platforms like Kickstarter and Pledge, both launched last year, are helping expand the fan-funded model beyond the early adopters and do-it-yourself crowd. Kickstarter offers artists and fans a conditional purchasing system under which an artist establishes a fund-raising goal for a project and then solicits contribution pledges. The artist collects the funds and manufactures a product only if the goal is reached. By the end of its first year, the site had raised $1.5 million and logged its 1,000th successfully funded project. It acts only as a fund-raising platform and leaves the marketing of projects to artists. London-based Pledge takes a somewhat different approach. Whereas Kickstarter focuses exclusively on raising funds, Pledge chooses its campaigns and works with the artist and label to set and reach realistic targets, according to founder Benji Rogers. Rogers says 41 have met their goals, 70 projects are under way, and 300 campaigns are waiting for approval. Ultimately, these companies can be important sources for labels wary of risking resources on certain projects. Kill Rock Stars' Sabin says her label isn't abandoning its role of finding and developing talent. Instead, it's using these fund-raising platforms for projects it wouldn't otherwise pursue. Read the complete article at the above link.

KEXP PROFILES 2010 SIFF's MUSIC FILM SERIES, FACE THE MUSIC
KEXP
KEXP recently spoke with SIFF's Beth Barrett and Clare Canzoneri (former Office of Film + Music intern!) about 2010 Seattle International Film Festival's lineup of music films and live performances that are part of their Face The Music series. Started in 2005, this year's series will feature the deep histories on Brazilian music; the gospel and reggae music cultures; a loving ode to Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields; an examination of David Byrne's and Brian Eno's creative partnership and live energy; and a pair of identical twin lesbian yodelers from New Zealand. Canzoneri, programming coordinator who focused specifically on curating Face The Music says of this year's selections, "As a whole, the eight films in Face the Music this year are both an insight into the private lives and public personas of iconic musicians, and a broad celebration of the joys of music, as cheesy as that may sound - from yodeling twins to the bond between Stephin Merritt and Claudia Gonson to the joy that hits like 'Rivers of Babylon' still bring to its creators and fans almost 40 years after its conception." Read the full interview at the above link.

TWO SEATTLE MUSIC FESTIVALS MAKE FLAVORWIRE'S TOP TEN LIST OF BEST SMALL FESTS
Flavorwire
Flavorwire listed the Top 10 small music festivals in the country, and two local fests made the grade. They say "This year's buzz bands may be calling Pitchfork Festival their summer home, but it's Sasquatch! that houses the reigning kings and queens of the indie music world." Also on the list is Redmond's No Depression festival, the newly minted Americana music festival at Marymoor park. They say, "No Depression may no longer exist in print, but its online incarnation still knows how to put together a heck of a one-day festival. This year, the ticket remains affordable and the lineup is worth triple its price." To read the full article, follow the link.

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Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel White, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Gina Corsiglia, Intern
Alex Hudson, Intern