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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
MAYOR MCGINN WANTS SEATTLE TO BE "THE CITY OF FILM"
Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), the premier film event in the Pacific Northwest and one of the biggest film festivals in the world, kicked off May 20 in downtown Seattle at Benaroya Hall with the premiere of the oddball comedy Extra Man, starring Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, John C. Reilly, and Katie Holmes. The 2010 festival runs until June 13 and will screen 256 features and 150 shorts from 67 countries at venues around the city. Throughout the 25-day festival 33 locally produced films will be screened, including Bass Ackwards, Dear Lemon Lima, Morning, The Penitent Man, Perfect 10 and Senior Prom. "We're working with our Office of Film + Music to make [locally-produced films] happen," said Mayor Mike McGinn. "We're the City of Music, and it would be great if we could become the City of Film too." Check out this special edition of Art Zone with Nancy Guppy as she goes behind the scenes at SIFF Opening Night to get the dish on the festival, the fashion, and of course, the films. Watch the great interviews with local filmmakers and SIFF Program Director Beth Barrett at the above link. Catch her interview with Mayor Mike McGinn around the 10:00 minute mark.
SPD NIGHTLIFE SECURITY TRAINING - LAST CHANCE UNTIL FALL 2010
Office of Film + Music
The Seattle Police Department offers a Security Training Program with classes open to the public several times a year. Remaining open classes for 2010 are June 13, September 12 and October 17. 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. Follow the above link to register.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
DETAILS OF BUMBERSHOOT'S MUSICAL LINEUP ANNOUNCED
The music menu for Bumbershoot 2010 is taking shape, with details announced this week by festival producer One Reel. Headliners Bob Dylan, Mary J. Blige, Hole and Weezer, whose names were released last week, will be joined by Portland indie rockers The Decemberists; Chicago punk band Rise Against; hip-hop artist J. Cole; and a favorite of Northwest folk-pop fans, Neko Case. The three-day music and arts festival, which takes place at Seattle Center September 4-6, will have a strong local showing this year. The Moondoggies, The Maldives and THEESatisfaction - bands featured in Lynn Shelton's MTV "$5 Cover" project - are on the lineup. So, too, are solid Seattle acts Feral Children, Hey Marseilles, Fatal Lucciauno, Dave Bazan, Unnatural Helpers, Grynch, Fresh Espresso, Helladope, Victor Shade, Visqueen, The Lonely H and Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers. Also on the bill is Wheedle's Groove, a collection of veteran Seattle R&B artists who are enjoying a second musical career with recent studio recording and a film project of the same name. The Seattle jazz scene is represented by Greta Matassa Quartet and Matt Jorgensen Quintet, among others. Also still to be announced: Bumbershoot's literary, comedy, performing arts, visual arts, film and theater programming. Check out the full lineup at the above link.
FREE MUSIC FOR FILM PANEL DISCUSSION 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 will feature nationally known film composers Mateo Messina (Juno, Thank You For Smoking), B.C. Smith (Smoke Signals, Outsourced), along with Kate Barden (BMG, HBO) Dave Howe (Bad Animals), Brent McCrossen (Audiosocket), and David Sabee (conductor and music contractor). The event will be moderated by Tim Huling (Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program). 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. Check out the discussion on Saturday, June 5 from 10:00 to 11:45 am in the Alki Room of the Seattle Center. For more information follow the link.
SEATTLE'S TRUE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL IS PROUD TO SHOWCASE LOCAL TALENT
Celebrating its sixth anniversary as a multi-venue celebration of alternative film, music and comedy, Seattle's True Independent Film Festival (STIFF) has survived another year as a counterprogramming alternative to the Seattle International Film Festival. You might think that scheduling against SIFF's final and busiest week would doom STIFF to obscurity, but with 130 films chosen from nearly 500 entries, the festival's devoted staff is dedicated to promoting films that fall outside the boundaries of the major festival circuit. "A lot of these films have been rejected by other festivals," says STIFF, "but that doesn't mean they're bad. We have a lot of respect for bigger festivals like SIFF, but just because a film wasn't right for SIFF doesn't mean it's not worth seeing, and films chosen by SIFF may not be right for us. We have a different target audience." In fact, STIFF has become Seattle's premier showcase for regional filmmakers. This year's lineup includes 33 shorts and 15 features, all locally produced. For its local flavor alone, it's a festival to savor. STIFF runs June 4-13 at multiple venues, including Central Cinema, The Jewel Box Theater, and Northwest Film Forum. For lineup and ticket info, visit the above link.
CHECK OUT FREE LUNCHTIME CONCERTS AT CITY HALL ALL SUMMER
Great local music heats up the outdoor plaza at City Hall this summer with free performances that include the quirky pop of Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, roots and rockabilly from The Dusty 45s, kiddie-rock from The Not-Its!, b-boy and bhangra blends in DANCE This, urban square dance with The Tallboys, and original Jamaican reggae by Clinton Fearon & Boogie Brown Band. The first show is Thursday June 3, and will showcase local kiddie-pop favorite Caspar Babypants. The free summer concerts take place every Thursday during July and August, 12 to 1:30 pm on the City Hall Plaza. The shows are part of the Seattle Presents lunchtime concert series presented year-round by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. For more information follow the link.
ARTISTS TAKE NOTE: NEW STATE HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM FOR LOW INCOME PEOPLE UNROLLED
Washington Health Program
With more than 100,000 people on a waiting list for the state's Basic Health program, low-income Washington residents are finding few affordable options for health care coverage. To address this pressing need, the state is introducing the Washington Health Program: a non-subsidized version of the state's popular Basic Health program. Premiums are as low as $100 per month, far less than what is available in the private insurance market. Enrollees also have low deductibles and copayments. WHP is available to any Washington resident who is not enrolled in Basic Health, Medicaid or eligible for Medicare. It is designed for low-income people, but there are no income limitations. It is available anywhere in the state. Coverage can start as soon as July 1. In the meantime, artists who may need health care can go to the Artist Clinic at the Country Doctor Community Clinic in Seattle. For more information on the program and to apply follow the link.
SEATTLE CENTER PRESENTS GARFIELD AND ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BANDS IN CONCERT JUNE 9
Two of Seattle's high school jazz bands have just returned triumphantly from the 2010 Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival in New York City. Out of 96 finalists from across the country, Garfield High School won first prize for the second year in a row, and Roosevelt High School received an honorable mention. You can hear both jazz bands in concert performing big band standards along with the great works of Duke Ellington. Please join in the celebration on Wednesday, June 9 starting at 7:30 pm at McCaw Hall in the Seattle Center. Concert proceeds benefit Garfield and Roosevelt High School music programs and Seattle Center Foundation.
NORTHWEST FILM FORUM SEEKS SUMMER ADMINISTRATIVE INTERN
Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum, a Seattle non-profit arts organization running two cinemas, producing films, aiding filmmakers and offering film workshops, seeks a part-time administrative intern. Interns work in the Northwest Film Forum office, closely interacting with all members of the staff. As the Film Forum has a salaried staff of eight running over 250 programs a year, interns will be expected to execute vital, hands-on tasks that intersect with every aspect of the organization. A passion for film is essential. Knowledge of film production or exhibition is encouraged, but not required. Candidates must have basic computer skills, be personable, self motivated, and excellent communicators, and able to complete tasks assigned. This is a non-paid, quarterly internship. Summer internship begins on approximately July 1. This position requires a minimum three month commitment for 20 hours a week. The summer intern will have a focus on preparations for the annual Bike-In event (August 28) and the Local Sightings Film Festival (first week of October). Deadline for Applications is June 15. For more information follow the link.
SUBMIT A FILM TO THE CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL SEATTLE 2011
Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum has announced a call for entries to Children's Film Festival Seattle 2011. The largest competitive 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 festival's programs include live performances, animation, features, shorts, historical films and hands-on workshops for the filmmakers of tomorrow. Children's Film Festival Seattle 2011 will take place in Northwest Film Forum's two cinemas and it will be Friday, January 28 through Sunday, February 6. All films submitted to Children's Film Festival Seattle will also be considered for the 6th annual REDCAT International Children's Film Festival, to be presented by Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater in Los Angeles, California in 2011.The deadline for submissions is September 27. Follow the above link for more information and submission guidelines.
LOCAL DOCUMENTARY "BACK TO THE GARDEN" MAKES EUROPEAN FESTIVAL ROUNDS
Back to the Garden
Back to the Garden the award-winning, Seattle-produced documentary which has screened at regional and international film festivals has been officially selected to screen in both the 17th Barcelona International Environmental film festival and at the Dutch Environmental film festival in Amsterdam their closing night film. In 1988, filmmaker Kevin Tomlinson filmed and interviewed a group of back-to-the-land "hippies". In 2006, he tracked down his subjects again to find out what had become of their families' utopian plans and dreams. The film captures a time-lapse view of these back-to-the-landers told with moving personal stories of non-conforming tribal families-with lots of freedom but little cash, of unflinching political activism in the midst of small-town, rural America, and hippie kids who today ask whether free love was really free. For more information on the film follow the link.
CATCH THE SCHOOL OF ROCK'S SHOWCASE TRIBUTE TO RADIOHEAD AT THE CROCODILE
School of Rock
The students at School of Rock have been working exceptionally hard to learn the intricate and detailed style of music that is Radiohead, and will be showcasing two Radiohead tribute shows this Saturday, June 5th at the Crocodile. The 6:00pm performance is all-ages, while the 9:30pm performance is 21+, geared more toward adults, and will also feature a special closing set by The Sleepy Eyes of Death. The School of Rock is the nation's premier performance - based rock music program. They accept students from ages 8-18 and turn them into genuine rock stars. Students receive 45 minute private lessons on the instrument of their choice (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards or vocals) and students also participate in weekly 3 hour supervised rehearsals to prepare them for the main event. For more information follow the link.
CHECK OUT THE SCCC STUDENT FILM & VIDEO SHOWCASE FILMS AT SAM
Thursday, June 10 at the Seattle Art Museum, select works produced by the graduating Film and Video Students of Seattle Central Community College will be showcased. See projects made by Indie filmmakers before they hit the big time. Genres will include drama, documentary, comedy, experimental, music video and much more. The show will begin 6:00 pm. There will be a post screening after party at The Alibi Room with an opportunity to meet the filmmakers. Check out their event page by following the link.
CHECK OUT 'OUT TO LUNCH' OUTDOOR CONCERTS EVERY WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY THIS SUMMER IN SEATTLE
The Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series, produced by the Metropolitan Improvement District in cooperation with the Downtown Seattle Association, has been making lunch hour fun for thousands of Downtown workers for the past 31 years. The Out to Lunch Concert Series is a free outdoor series of live music that takes place every Wednesday and Friday starting at noon at various locations throughout Downtown Seattle. Many of the Puget Sound's most recognized bands are featured, providing nothing less than an outstanding variety of musical entertainment throughout the summer months. For a full lineup and for local details follow the link.
JOIN CENTRAL CINEMA AS THEY CELEBRATE THEIR 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Central Cinema, the neighborhood calendar house in the Central District, is turning 5 years old this month and is celebrating with a night of free film. Join them for a selection of some of their favorite clips from the vaults, including awesome/weird/fun/iconic movie trailers, some of their favorite short films, and a special "Best Of" collection of their increasingly popular sing along music video shows. Plus food and drink specials from their all new menu and a special lobby display of some of their favorite posters. The event is this Thursday June 3 and starts at 7:00 pm. For more information follow the link.
DON'T MISS THE PREMIERE OF 'PERSONS UNKNOWN' ON NBC
Premiering Monday June 7 is a new show on NBC, "Persons Unknown," created by Seattle resident and Academy Award-winning writer Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects). The thrilling miniseries follows a group of strangers who have all been kidnapped and have arrived in a deserted town with no recollection of how they got there. While being held hostage, the strangers are constantly watched by omnipresent "security" cameras with no idea who or what is behind them. Every attempt to leave is thwarted by unforeseen circumstances, which seems to derive from mysterious forces. For the schedule and to learn more about the show follow the link.
JOIN SKYLARK TO CELEBRATE THEIR 4 YEAR ANNIVERSARY ROCK N ROLL PROM
Join Skylark, the West Seattle restaurant, bar, and live music venue, on Saturday June 5 to celebrate their four year anniversary with a night of free concerts by local bands. "The Skylark annual party is a chance to showcase some of our favorite local bands and thank our customers," says Jessie S.K. Russo, owner and booking agent. Featuring DJ Create, M. Bison, Zack Stone and the Scholarly Gentlemen and Danielli it will be a night of music with prom pictures and while-they-last corsages, all for no cover charge. Show starts at 8:00 pm. For more information follow the above link.
FILMMAKERS: SUBMIT PROPOSALS TO MOHAI
The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) is pleased to announce that it will be launching a community film competition, History Is____, in the fall of 2010. Filmmakers of all ages will be invited to create a film that responds to the prompt, History is____, by filling-in the blank with any word of their choice. Accepted films will be no more than 5 minutes, including credits, and should include content and language that is appropriate for audiences of all ages. In order to promote this competition broadly, MOHAI is searching for three established local filmmakers who wish to contribute to this community project by creating one 60-second trailer which addresses the theme of competition and inspires others to create their own films for inclusion in the competition. Trailers will be used in variety of capacities to help raise awareness for the competition. MOHAI will notify filmmakers if their proposals have been accepted no later than Friday, July 30. For information on how to apply, contact Helen Divjak at email@example.com
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 5/24 - 5/31
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"
- New Pornographers "Together"
- Unnatural Helpers "Cracked Love & Other Drugs"
- Head Like A Kite "Dreams Suspend Night"
- Damien Jurado "Saint Bartlett"
- Pearly Gate Music "Pearly Gate Music"
- Shabazz Palaces "Shabazz Palaces"
- Minus The Bear "Omni"
- Fleet Foxes "Fleet Foxes"
- Reggie Watts "Why Shit So Crazy"
CHECK OUT THE KEXP DOCUMENTARY SERIES: "HIP-HOP: THE NEW SEATTLE SOUND"
This week KEXP launched a new 10-part series "Hip-Hop: The New Seattle Sound." They picked ten of Seattle's hottest local acts and are doing short radio stories on them. These ten talented performers will be profiled in the coming weeks: Blue Scholars, D Black, Vitamin D, Jake One, Fresh Espresso, Ra Scion, THEESatisfaction, Macklemore, Dyme Def, and Shabazz Palaces. In these episodes, producer Michele Myers sits down with each artist and asks them to tell stories, talk philosophy or just rap. Then in the editing room, they illuminate the most memorable points with their music. The first episode is on the duo Blue Scholars, made up of MC Geologic and DJ/Multi-instrumentalist Sabzi. They talk about how their music is based on storytelling, what the "Seattle Sound" is for hip-hop and also give props to local producer Vitamin D and his former band The Ghetto Children, the people who laid the foundation for today's new hip-hop scene. The intro to each episode is a rundown of Sea-town's hip-hop history, told by the "Mayor of Seattle Hip-Hop," Jonathan Moore. To listen to the first episode, follow the link.
CITY ARTS MAGAZINE PROFILES DAVID RUSSO
Seattle Director David Russo's bizarre debut, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, won a standing ovation at Sundance, and in Aprilbecame one of twelve movies available to forty million viewers via Tribeca Films, the new indie enterprise run by ex-Sundance director Geoffrey Gilmore. "Long after I'd accepted the death of the film," says Russo, "it somehow resurrected and seems to keep on going." Now Russo is directing the 3-D IMAX film Mind Blast, about the Blue Man Group invading a human brain to make it work better. "I wrote it after six months of researching modern neuroscience, numerous workshops with the Blue Man Group, and with a bit of assistance from San Francisco playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb." Russo is a former Seattle janitor, like the heroes of Dizzle, and thinks success after failure is best. "That's a particularly cool path because it's exactly what great art is all about - continuing to survive and inspire over the long haul. Dizzle got what it got without any media hype; it was all word of mouth. People telling people. I'm most proud of that." Read the full article at the above link.
CATCH THE NEWEST INSTALLMENT OF NORTHWEST FORGOTTEN MUSIC HISTORY
NW Music Archives
Local music historian Peter Blecha, recently awarded the Virgina Marie Folkins Award for his book, "Sonic Boom! The History of Northwest Rock", has posted a new tale on his blog. This time it profiles Seattle band "The Bards" and their epic struggle to get the song "The Owl & The Pussycat" released on a record label. Profiling the heady days of the British Invasion, this story takes on commercialism, censorship, and good old fashioned cultural appropriation. Check it out by following 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