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HAPPY HOUR IS TONIGHT AT SPITFIRE
Office of Film + Music
Join us at Spitfire tonight Wednesday, April 28 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
TALK BUSINESS WITH POLITICIANS AT CITY BUSINESS CASUAL TOMORROW
Office of Ecoomic Development
The Office of Economic Development and the City of Seattle's City Business Casual event continues this month on Thursday, May 27. This program is designed to provide the Seattle business community with direct access to city officials who can facilitate strategic business growth through funding, permitting, site selection, workforce, and other direct assistance. City Business Casual also serves as an important access point to influential city leaders, business-focused city officials, and key department heads. City Councilmember Sally Clark and Diane Sugimura, the Director of City of Seattle's Department of Planning and Development, will be on hand at this event, which will take place from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Polar Bar in the Arctic Club Hotel. For more information, click the above link.
FUNDING FOR 2011 CITYARTIST PROJECTS IS NOW AVAILABLE
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Seattle-based individual artists working in the performing arts (dance, music and theater) may apply for funding of up to $10,000 to support projects in 2011. CityArtist Projects provides funding for artists to develop and present their work, including new works, works in progress or remounted works taken to the next stage. All projects must include a public presentation. The application deadline is Tuesday, July 20. Follow the above link for more information and application guidelines.
SEATTLE NAMED ONE OF KIPLINGER'S '10 BEST CITIES'
Seattle has been ranked second in the nation by Kiplinger's Personal Finance in the magazine's new list of "10 Best Cities for the Next Decade." The magazine writes: "Home to a well-educated workforce, a world-class research university, and innovators Amazon, Boeing, and Microsoft, Seattle crackles with creative energy. Also thriving is the life-sciences industry, a staple of the Seattle business scene, thanks to the University of Washington's billion-dollar-a-year research budget and a cluster of topflight medical and bioscience centers." Working with a researcher who studies economic prosperity, the magazine said it was looking to identify cities that encourage innovative thinking. Kiplinger's calls Seattle "Brain City" and quotes Steve Johnson, the city's Office of Economic Development acting director, saying Seattle is revising tax, zoning and permit policies to make them more business-friendly.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
THE SUMMER OF MUSIC IS COMING TO SEATTLE
Summer is just around the corner and the season promises to usher in a host of outdoor-concerts in Seattle and surrounding cities. The Seattle summer-music season kicks off Memorial Day weekend with Sasquatch! going down east of the mountains and closer to home is the Northwest Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center. At various venues around Seattle, between June 9 and 13, is Noise for the Needy, a non-profit festival which benefits other non-profits. The lineup is a who's who of Seattle's indie rock bands including Visqueen, Final Spins, Friday Mile and Tiny Vipers. Across the Sound, Doe Bay Fest hosts a quintessentially Northwest lineup includes the Maldives, Hey Marseilles, Grand Archives, Grand Hallway and Fruit Bats August 13-14. Over on the Eastside in Redmond is green, grassy Marymoor Park, a wonderful place to enjoy the Americana sounds of the second annual No Depression Festival featuring the Swell Season, Lucinda Williams and the Cave Singers on August 11. This year's ZooTunes series at Woodland Park Zoo will have performances from Steve Earle, Jimmy Cliff, Levon Helm and Herbie Hancock. Capitol Hill Block Party is returning to its namesake neighborhood this year with a third day tacked on to the festival. Taking place July 23-25, the festival promises to be three days of uber-hip tunes and unbridled debauchery. And closing out the Summer of Music is Bumbershoot happening Labor Day weekend, September 4-6, in the Seattle Center. Check out the above link for information about even more music happening in Seattle this summer and check here for a calendar of festivals happening year-round in the City of Music.
INTERN FOR SEATTLE HIP-HOP SUMMIT YOUTH COUNCIL
Seattle Hip-Hop Summit
The Seattle Hip-Hop Youth Council is seeking individuals to assist marketing campaign development and execution including media production, event planning and project management as part of their Urban Entertainment and Lifestyle Marketing Internship. A passion for hip-hop music and culture is essential in this position. Artistic skills and/or including rapping, music production, singing, poetry/spoken word, graphic design, web design, photography, film/video, fashion design are a big plus. Duties include: assisting senior staff with staffing meetings, schedule management, phone calls, email and other administrative tasks; distributing promotional materials at locations and events; updating websites and managing online marketing online via Facebook, Twitter, Mypace, blogs, etc.; and creating media. Please send resume/cover letter to: Cochise Moore email@example.com
CATCH THE SEATTLE BAND MAP TRAVELLING AROUND SEATTLE THIS SUMMER
Created by Rachel Ratner and Keith Whiteman, The Seattle Band Map is a project that showcases the Northwest's vibrant music scene by documenting the thousands of bands who have performed throughout the decades; it also explores how these bands are interconnected through personal relationships and collaborations. This project aims to diversify the audience for and broaden the understanding of Seattle's music scene, while spotlighting unrepresented artists and musical genres. Seattle has long been known as a hotbed of musical creativity, and the Seattle Band Map is an opportunity to keep it in the forefront of people's minds. The Seattle band map will be exhibited at the at Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle Weekly's Artopia, West Seattle Street Fair, Capitol Hill Block Party, Bumbershoot and many more venues around the city.
SUBMIT YOUR FILMS TO LOCAL SIGHTINGS
Northwest Film Forum
Local Sightings is Northwest Film Forum's premier showcase of Northwest filmmaking. The festival, which happens at Film Forum theaters, features great prizes, filmmaker parties, archival Northwest films and an impressive national film industry jury looking for strong Northwest work. The annual festival includes feature film presentations as well as short film programs and special events with live film performances, installation art, audience participation and parties. Also in this year's festival will be the usual assortment of fiction, documentary and experimental films as well as a featured presentation of a historical Seattle film, and an opening party. The deadline for submission is July 1.
CHECK OUT THE CHINATOWN-INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT JAMFEST THIS SUMMER
Wing Luke Asian Art Museum
Presented by the Wing Luke Asian Museum, JamFest is a monthly summer music festival taking place in the heart of Seattle's Chinatown-International District. Listen to musicians and bands in the Wing Luke Museum. Experience dance in Hing Hay Park. Participating businesses, galleries and restaurants will be open late for Jamfest attendees. Check out the festivities from 6:00 - 9:00 pm every first Thursday between June and September. The first Jamfest of the summer will be Thursday, June 3 and will feature performances from Dirty Scientifix and THEESatisfation.
SUMMER INTERNSHIP AT NORTHWEST FILM FORUM ON THE CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL
Northwest Film Forum
The largest children's film festival in the Pacific Northwest, Children's Film Festival Seattle celebrates the best and brightest in international children's cinema with a 10-day extravaganza of films from more than 25 countries. The internship is approximately 3 months, beginning mid June through early September. Duties will include corresponding with filmmakers; working with the festival director to prepare the printed and online program; helping to organize programs including workshops and the festival children's jury; and preparing compilations of festival programs on DVD and miniDV tapes. Finalcut pro and website management experience is needed. For more information including how to apply, follow the link.
MUSICIANCORPS SEATTLE CELEBRATES PILOT YEAR WITH COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Join Arts Corps and their partners in celebrating the groundbreaking pilot of MusicianCorps Seattle at a free event reflecting on highlights from the year and recognizing the community who made it all possible. There will be performances by the MusicianCorps Seattle fellows and their students, as well the Festal to Parks project participants. Arts Corps' arts education program is brought to 2,500 Seattle area youth each year for free and builds lifelong skills of critical thinking, imagination, reflection, courage and persistence. Arts Corps leads MusicianCorps Seattle, part of a national pilot launched in August 2009 by Music National Service as a prototype for the full Musician and Artist Corps. MusicianCorps Seattle draws upon the strengths of Arts Corps' existing program and the vibrant arts and cultural legacy of the city. Check out the celebration on Wednesday, June 2 at the Seattle Center House starting at 5:30 pm.
GRANTMAKERS IN FILM + ELECTRONIC MEDIA PRESENT USING MEDIA TO MOVE YOUR MISSION
Grantwriters in Film + Electronic Media
Join Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media (GFEM), Artist Trust, the Glaser Progress Foundation, filmmakers and funders for an afternoon exploring how "Media Can Move Your Mission". Held in conjunction with the Seattle International Film Festival, GFEM will facilitate a panel for both funders and filmmakers on how media can be used as a tool to amplify philanthropic work. Attendees will learn about exemplary films and community engagement campaigns that have built new audiences, broadened public debate, and fostered community-based activities around critical issues. GFEM executive director, Alyce Myatt, will demonstrate the GFEM Media Project Database and report out on the findings of their latest report, Funding Media, Strengthening Democracy: Grantmaking for the 21st Century, which can be found at the above link. Don't miss this free panel discussion Saturday, June 5 in the Northwest Rooms of the Seattle Center starting at 4:00 pm.
TOWN HALL AND KINDIEPENDENT PRESENT SHARE THE MUSIC! FREE FAMILY CONCERT AT FREEWAY PARK
Town Hall Seattle
On Sunday June 13 Town Hall will host a special edition of their popular Saturday Family Concerts series. The lineup features Seattle folk/rock musician Johnny Bregar; Caspar Babypants (aka Chris Ballew of The Presidents of the United States); the band of rockin' elementary-schoolteachers, Recess Monkey; and the Not-Its!, a five-piece Seattle band with indie-rock roots. This might be "kids' music," but it's kids' music for everybody. Rain or Shine, the event starts at noon at Freeway Park on the corner of 7th and Seneca.
ACADEMY OF MUSIC NORTHWEST EARLY AUDITIONS FOR FALL SEMESTER
Academy of Music Northwest
Academy of Music Northwest will be holding auditions for the fall semester of their Pre-College program on Saturday, June 12. This program is for singers and instrumentalists between the ages of 11-18 who want to perform the best classical chamber music literature with peer performers in small ensembles. Qualified students have opportunities to work with a professional coach and perform in weekly performance classes, regular public and private recitals. Academy of Music Northwest strives to ensure that the most talented young musicians in the state of Washington will receive the highest level of classical music training through their academic faculty, coaches and conductors to promote informed musicianship. The overall education students receive at the academy prepares them to be accepted by major U.S. colleges and music conservatories. No one is turned away for financial reasons. Acceptance for study is based upon artistic talent and promise. Auditions will be from noon to 5:00 pm at Bellevue Christian Church on Saturday, June 12. Follow the above link for more information and application details.
SEATTLE THEATRE GROUP AND SHOWTUNES PRESENT WEST SIDE STORY STORIES
This free event includes Martin Charnin's (one of the original Jets) personal reminiscences of Leonard Bernstein, and features a never-before heard reading of a 1987 conversation recorded at the Dramatist Guild in New York between Bernstein, Sondheim, Lawrence and Robbins, with Seattle actors portraying the four giants. Bernstein songs performed by a Showtunes cast member will round out the event. This free event is part of the Seattle Celebrates Bernstein Festival and will take place Monday, June 7 at 7:30 pm in The Paramount Theatre lobby.
THEFILMSCHOOL AND SIFF ANNOUNCE GREAT AMERICAN SHORT SCREENPLAY CONTEST
TheFilmSchool and Seattle International Film Festival announce the third annual Great American Short Screenplay Contest. In seven pages or less, put your story on the page for a chance at a full-tuition scholarship to TheFilmSchool's flagship program, the 3-Week-Intensive, an intimate and unique approach to elevating storytelling through the art of film. Additionally, five runners-up will be chosen to receive scholarships to the 3-Week-Intensive. The deadline for submissions is June 18. Follow the above link for more details and submission guidelines.
DON'T MISS BEACON ROCKS! THIS SUMMER
Beacon Rocks! is a free, outdoor, family-friendly music series meant to be a fun opportunity to build community and give local musicians a place to play in their neighborhood. The series takes place on four Sunday afternoons this summer, June 13, July 11, August 8, and August 29. The performances will be from 1:00 - 5:00 pm at the Lander Festival Street on Beacon Hill. Bands and individuals interested in playing at Beacon Rocks! must have at least one member that lives, works or goes to school in Beacon Hill and must audition at a Beacon Idol event. The final Beacon Idol will take place at ROCKiT Space open mic, Saturday, May 29 starting at 7:00 pm. To sign up, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or follow the above link.
JOIN WOMEN IN FILM - SEATTLE FOR THEIR MONTHLY NETWORKING EVENT
Women in Film - Seattle
Women in Film-Seattle is an internationally connected professional organization of women working in film, television, video and new media dedicated to supporting and building not only the careers of its members, but the industry at large. Every first Tuesday of the month, find out what's happening at WIF. Network, share stories of your most recent gig, bring a DVD to show off either a work in progress or finished video/film, have a glass of wine and snacks, and donate to the WIF kitty. This month they will be meeting at the Roy Street Coffee and Tea at 7:00 pm for their meeting, and will head over to the Harvard Exit to watch Backyard at 9:15 pm. For more information, check out their website.
"THE DAY MY PARENTS BECAME COOL" RELEASED ON DVD
The Day My Parents Became Cool will be released on DVD by Seattle-based distributor IndieFlix on May 25. A teen's worst nightmare comes to pass when her parents, and every adult on the planet, instantly desire to be cool - just like teenagers. The short film world-premiered at the Sedona International Film Festival last March, was named "Best Short Comedy" at the Los Angeles International Family Film Festival, and heavily toured the Northwest to enthusiastic response at the Seattle International Film Festival, Bumbershoot One Reel Film Festival, Port Townsend Film Festival, Tacoma Film Festival, and Lakedance Film Festival. More recently, the film has become part of the "KidsFirst!" Film Festival which provides content for children's film festivals across the United States. Check it out at the link.
DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS: APPLY FOR GRANT FROM NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES
National Endowment for the Humanitites
The Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics program supports projects that examine international and transnational themes in the humanities through documentary films. These projects are meant to spark Americans' engagement with the broader world by exploring one or more countries and cultures outside of the United States. Proposed documentaries must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship. Awards are for one to three years and for up to $75,000 (for development) and up to $800,000 (for production). Successful applicants will be awarded a grant in outright funds, matching funds, or a combination of the two, depending on the applicant's preference and the availability of funds. Deadline to apply is July 28. For information about submission guidelines follow the link.
"THE OFF HOURS" IS WRAPPED AND IN POST-PRODUCTION
The Off Hours
The Off Hours, a feature written and directed by local filmmaker Megan Griffiths, has wrapped principal photography. The film was shot in and around Seattle in April and May with an outstanding local crew, including cinematographer Ben Kasulke and production designer Ben Blankenship. The cast included Amy Seimetz (Tiny Furniture), Ross Partridge (Baghead), Tony Doupe (Butterfly Dreaming), Scoot McNairy (In Search of a Midnight Kiss), Lynn Shelton (Humpday), Bret Roberts (The Violent Kind), Alycia Delmore (Humpday), Gergana Mellin, Madeline Anderson, and Walter Dalton (Wendy and Lucy). The film will now enter post production and will soon be making the rounds on the 2011 festival circuit. For updates and more information, follow the link.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 5/12-19
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Band of Horses "Infinite Arms"
- Minus The Bear "Omni"
- Head Like A Kite "Dreams Suspend Night"
- New Pornographers "Together"
- Pearly Gate Music "Pearly Gate Music"
- Damien Jurado "Saint Bartlett"
- Reggie Watts "Why Shit So Crazy?"
- Jimi Hendrix "Valleys of Neptune"
- S "I'm Not As Good At It As You"
- Unnatural Helpers "Cracked Love & Other Drugs"
ROCKY VOTOLATO'S RED RIVER IS NPR'S SONG OF THE DAY
NPR says "In 'Red River,' the muddy bass and lean drums aren't flashy, but they make a sturdy soapbox for Votolato and his guitar. Smoky vocals place a sedate mask on his words, making them easy to swallow... Though Votolato doesn't come off as particularly religious, he's clearly reaching for something greater than himself here. It might be spiritual or it might be physical, but whatever it is, he seems at peace in the knowledge that it's where we're all headed."
CONGRATS TO LULU GARGIULO, WINNER OF THE WOMEN IN FILM SEATTLE "GET HER DONE" GRANT
Women in Film - Seattle
Women in Film Seattle awarded their 2010 "Get Her Done" Grant, to Lulu Gargiulo for her, Howdy Pardner- Tales of the Cowboy Hat, a feature length documentary about cowboy hat culture. The grant awards $1,000 in cash, and over $10,000 in-kind donations from prominent members of the Northwest film industry. "I am stunned, happy and grateful to WIF for choosing Howdy Pardner as their first 'Get Her Done' grant recipient," said Gargiulo. "We were initially intrigued about the craftsmanship of the making of the cowboy hat. But in Texas we met several 'hatters' and realized the cowboy hat is really the icon to a phenomenal culture. The cowboy was how the rest of the world viewed America." Lulu won the 1997 Nell Shipman Women in Film Production Excellence Award for Cinematography and has a twenty year career working onfeature films, TV series, commercials, and music videos.
4CULTURE ANNOUNCES LIST OF 2010 SUSTAINED SUPPORT AWARD RECIPIENTS
4Culture provides the region's arts organizations with operating support totaling $1,658,400 through the 2010 Sustained Support program. This program supports King County-based arts organizations with a minimum three-year history of producing high quality public programs in all arts disciplines, including: music (66), theater (52), visual art (24), dance (22), education (18), media (14), service organizations (12), literary (11), festivals (9), presenting organizations (10), other (2). Organizations may use the funds to offset operating costs, and make programs more accessible to the residents of and visitors to the county by offering free programs or providing discount ticket/admission/class prices. Congratulations to all this year's award winners. For a full list of recipients and to find out more about 4Culture follow the link.
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