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SUMMER SEATTLE FILM PRODUCTION UPDATE
The Seattle film industry is thriving and growing at an impressive rate. Five feature-length films will be shot in the city over the next three months, two of which are currently in pre-production. We've seen a 20% increase in permitted projects compared to this time last year, which was in turn a 48% increase over the same time in June 2006. These surges can be attributed largely to the State's new competitive film incentive program, deftly managed by WashingtonFilmWorks, which offers qualified productions a 20% cash return on all in-state expenditures (including Washington-based labor and talent). The swell in production should also be credited to our great Seattle filmmakers themselves, whose talent and perseverance give us reason to boast in the first place. Thank you for continuing to create and support film in Seattle!
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, June 25th. 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
NORTHWEST PRODUCTION SUMMIT PANELS AT THE NWFF
Don't miss out on your chance to be a part of the Northwest Production Summit presented in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Film and Music, WashingtonFilmWorks and the Washington State Film Office. Join us at the Summit panels this Friday and Saturday at the Northwest Film Forum. Panels cover financing independent features, starting a producer career, and a live event in which actual filmmakers will pitch projects to industry professionals. For tickets, visit the website or call 206.324.9996. Events are free to members of SIFF's 2008 Seattle Filmmakers Initiative who have already received their pass.
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS HOSTS PRESS CONFERENCE
The National Endowment for the Arts is hosting a press conference and grants workshop at the Tacoma Art Museum on June 13. The grants workshop is an opportunity for local nonprofit organizations to learn about the state of the current organization as well as how to get funding for art projects. Reservation for attendance can be made by contacting Joe Dacca at (253) 593-6536 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOTION PICTURE INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE
"World's Greatest Dad," a motion picture being filmed in Seattle over the summer, starring Robin Williams and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, is in search of full-time, unpaid, interns in a variety of departments. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about filmmaking and to make valuable contacts in the Seattle film industry. College credit is available to currently enrolled students, if applicable. Non-students are welcome to apply. Internships begin immediately and run through the end of August. If interested, please email resume to email@example.com.
2008 MAYOR'S SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS
Mayor Greg Nickels announced last week that the city of Seattle is now accepting nominations for the 2008 Mayor's Small Business Awards. The 2008 Awards will honor the diversity and excellence of Seattle's small businesses, and their contribution to the city's economic vitality and quality of life. Ten winners will be selected on the basis of excellence in management, entrepreneurial spirit, customer service, and community involvement. Anyone can nominate a small business and film and music businesses are eligible, so be sure to speak out about the great work being done in those fields here in Seattle. To request a nomination form, please contact Tinná White at the Office of Economic Development at 206-684-4008 or firstname.lastname@example.org or download the form at the City's website.
LOCALLY MADE FILM SIGNS WITH SUBMARINE ENTERTAINMENT
"True Adolescents," an upcoming feature film by writer/director Craig Johnson, has signed with Submarine Entertainment. This film, shot almost entirely in Washington last year, tells the story of Sam Bryant, an aging Seattle rocker whose life has fallen apart. Forced to move in with his suburban aunt, he agrees to take her troubled teenage son and the boy's best friend on a hiking trip to the ocean. When the boys become desperately lost in the woods, Sam must take every possible measure to ensure the rag-tag trio arrives home in one piece. Congrats Craig and team!
CRANK IT UP!
South Park's second annual bike festival has expanded into: Crank It Up, a music, bikes and art festival. The festival will take place on July 12th, in Seattle's South Park neighborhood. This year's event will celebrate music, culture, arts and food. The goal is to bring together the community and show people that South Park is not just a gritty industrial area, but a community that is full of life and knows how to rock!
STUDENT INTERNSHIP OPENING WITH THE CITY OF SEATTLE
An internship with the City of Seattle has become available for undergraduate students pursuing a degree in geographic information systems, arts administration, business administration, marketing, urban planning, or related field. Working as a member of the City's Banner Process Improvement team, the intern will be responsible for locating and identifying street poles eligible for banner placement. The intern will travel Seattle neighborhoods and business districts identify eligible street poles for hanging banners, map their location and enter this information into a computer database. Additionally, the intern may assist the City's Public Art Program in mapping public artwork locations around the City.
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR WANTED FOR FILM FESTIVAL TRAILER
Three Dollar Bill Cinema is seeking a producer and/or a director to create a 30 to 60-second film trailer to advertise the 13th Annual Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. The trailer will be exhibited for one month prior to the festival at local movie theatres and on multiple Comcast Cable stations as well as during the festival itself. Production on 16mm, 35mm or HD is preferred, but proposals for production in other formats will be considered. Cash and in-kind budget provided. Potential producers and directors may submit as a pair or individually. Director submission must include a one page treatment indicating your vision of the trailer. Submission deadline is June 30, 2008.
PORTFOLIO REVIEW AT THE ART INSTITUTE OF SEATTLE
The graduating seniors from the Video Production, Photography, Animation, Audio Production, Web Design, Graphic Design, and other art/design programs are having their portfolio review this Thursday, June 12 from 11am-3:30pm at the Art Institute. The event is open to the public.
SUMMER MOVIE EVENTS AT THE WARREN REPORT
The Warren Report presents a slew of exciting films and interviews this summer, including "The Promotion," "Terra," and "Bigger, Stronger, Faster." Many events are free, but require reserved seats. Teasers of Warren Etheredge's "Words and Wine" interviews with such artists as Chuck Palahniuk and James Frey are also available on the Warren Report's website.
ECONOMIC RESEARCH SPECIALIST OPENING
This position will be supporting the departmental lines of business of community development, business development, and workforce development, and be tracking local and national economic trends, tracking the results of our various programs, and providing OED staff with data and analysis of that data to help measure the results of our work and benchmark Seattle against other cities. This position will be tracking local and national economic trends, tracking the results of our various programs, and providing OED staff with data and analysis of that data to help measure the results of our work and benchmark Seattle against other cities. Visit the link above for more information. Application deadline: July 1st.
NWFF HOSTS PANEL DISCUSSION WITH FILM DIRECTOR, FORMER JAPANESE RELOCATION CAMP INTERNEE
The North West Film Forum is hosting a discussion with director Joseph Fox and Ruth Okimoto, the subject of his film Passing Poston about the Japanese internment camps during World War II. The director will be in attendance on Friday 20th, and both guests will take part in the post-screening panel on Saturday 21st.
SEATTLE CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE SHOWCASE AT BROADWAY PERFORMANCE HALL
The graduating class of 2008 from the college's Film & Video Communications program is showcasing their work June 12th at the Broadway Performance Hall. The event is free of charge and begins at 6pm.
1ST MEETING FOR NEW SEATTLE GENRE FILM FESTIVAL
The Maelstrom International Festival of Fantastic Film (M.I.F.F.F.) is the Pacific Northwest's premier weekend long event devoted towards independent and international genre film making. The event was created to offer exposure to films that traditionally are overlooked by the festival circuit from genres including action, fantasy, horror, and science fiction. In order to prepare for the Fall 2009 event, the organizers are now in the process assembling a staff and steering committee, and you can be on it. This planning time is intended to ensure a successful launch that will lead to a solid foundation for years to come. The first meeting (open to all) will take place next Monday at 7pm at Caffe Vita. See the link above for more details.
PROST AMERIKA ACHIEVES ITS GOAL OF 100 SIFF REVIEWS
The film journalistic sector has survived and prospered during SIFF as the eyes of the film world fell on Seattle. Prost Amerika succeeded this morning in achieving its aim of 100 film reviews when Czech romantic comedy "Teddy Bear" became its 100th. "Garden Party" which has chosen Seattle as one of its four opening cities (in an increasing and welcome trend) is their most read review. Other sites such as cincity2000, SIFFBlog and the Northwest Asian weekly have also been busy and the online coverage of the Seattle Festival can only increase the profile of our film industry outside the city. You can read Prost Amerika's 100 reviews as well as a number interviews with local directors at the link above.
4TH ANNUAL SEATTLE 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT DATES AND JUDGES ANNOUNCED
On July 11th at 7pm, several dozen filmmaking teams will be given a required character, line of dialog, a prop and will draw a genre out of a hat. They will then have until 7:30 pm on Sunday, July 13th to create a 4-7 minute short film utilizing these 4 criteria. On Tuesday and Thursday July 15th and 17th, the film will be screened to the general public at the Neptune Theater in Seattle's University District. The audience will pick their favorites from each of the four screening groups to determine 4 audience favorites. A panel of judges will then review all on-time and qualifying films and will announce the "Best in City 2008" winner as well as other "best of" awards such as "Best Writing", "Best Director" and others. This year's judging panel will consist of: Virginia Bogert - President, Women in Film Seattle, Scilla Andreen - CEO, Co-founder of IndieFlix.com, and Dave Fassio - Principal at Modern Digital post production.
THE LOCAL MUSIC SHOW
This month, host John Richards visits Cupcake Royale and Vérité Coffee to play new videos including The Blue Scholars, The Presidents of the United States of America, and Death Cab for Cutie.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 6/2 - 6/8
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
- Mudhoney - Lucky Ones
- Common Market - Black Patch EP
- Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant
- Jaguar Love - Jaguar Love
- Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff
- Brandi Carlile - Live at Easy Street
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Throw Me the Statue - Moonbeams
HE GOT CINEMA: A FRESH DIRECTOR EMERGES FROM THE LOCAL HIPHOP WORLD
Seattle is in the process of developing a cinematic language of its own. And it is the brave ambition of this new language to be distinct from the one that has been developed by outsiders, by those who look at our city in the way a person looks at a goldfish in a bowl. The primary locus of this counterdepiction has been independent films. But there is another locus that deserves our attention, and that is the recent body of hip hop videos produced by Zia Mohajerjasbi.
REVIEWS IN FOR RYAN PURCELL'S CD, "KICK THE DIRT"
Filmmaker Ryan Purcell ("Kennewick Man: An Epic Drama of the West," "Inlaws & Outlaws") has recorded a CD called "Kick the Dirt" that's been getting some solid reviews. His club debut is at the Tractor Tavern on Sunday June 15th, with longtime Seattle cinematographer Lars Larson playing the drums.
NPHS CHORAL GROUP BRINGS HOME TOP AWARDS
The Newbury Park High School chamber and concert choirs both earned first place awards at the Heritage Music Festival in Seattle recently. The NPHS Choral Music Department won the Spirit of Seattle Award and was named best representative of its community. The group of about 75 students also won the adjudicator's choice award, and the boy's tenor and basses won the special maestro award. The honors included an invitation to participate in a special Gold Festival next year.
IN THE LAND OF THE HEADHUNTERS
The 1914 "In the Land of the Head-Hunters" is both a fake and an important historical artifact. Curtis used real members of various Puget Sound tribes to portray Native Americans in a kind of staged, idealized representation of their life before the ruinous arrival of white settlers and the theft of their land. It's a cinematic myth, but the filmmaking process entailed the use of real canoes, artifacts, and rituals and the performances of our region's original inhabitants. Curtis' sentimental, romantic pastiche is still probably the most important movie ever made in the Northwest. Significantly, the silent film had its world premiere at the Moore 94 years ago. The original score will accompany the restored 47-minute print. And members of the Kwakwaka'wakw tribe-some of whose ancestors acted in the movie-will also perform.
GUITARIST BILL FRISELL: IT ALL JUST COMES TOGETHER, BRILLIANTLY
Bill Frisell just released a dandy new album, "History, Mystery," and - lucky for us - the peripatetic, Seattle-based guitarist played his hometown Monday and Tuesday, as well. Not that there was necessarily much crossover between the album and the gig. Seattle violist Eyvind Kang is a common denominator, but the album is for octet, and the Seattle date featured an intriguing guitar-viola-drums trio, featuring Denver drummer Rudy Royston.
FUGAZI INSPIRES LOCAL CHEF
Matthew Dillon, one of Food and Wine Magazine's top chefs of 2007, describes his work ethic and inspiration in terms perhaps unusual compared to other chefs. Though Jerry Traunfeld is often cited as one of his influences in the kitchen, Dillon says his philosophies about food and food culture can be traced to Fugazi, a socially minded, post-hardcore punk band of the '80s and '90s. Fugazi applied its punk-rock model to simple living, striving to make shows affordable and accessible by eliminating unnecessary items like tour merchandise and playing in untraditional spaces in pursuit of its do-it-yourself philosophy.
MASTERS OF MOVIES AND MUSIC COMBINED TO CREATE "NEVSKY"
"It's as if Michelangelo and Beethoven collaborated on 'Jaws,'" says producer John Goberman of "Alexander Nevsky," the film that Sergei Eisenstein and Sergei Prokofiev teamed up to create in 1938. Now the movie will bring together another couple of heavyweights, when Seattle International Film Festival and Seattle Symphony collaborate on a presentation of "Alexander Nevsky" at Benaroya Hall. As Eisenstein's bold images build on a screen above the stage to one of the most famous (and lengthy) battle sequences in film history, the orchestra -- along with the Seattle Symphony Chorale, mezzo-soprano Kathryn Weld and conductor Xian Zhang -- will bring Prokofiev's original film score to glorious life.
YOUNG AMERICANS: TRUCKASAURAS RELEASE THEIR DEBUT, "TEA PARTIES, GUNS, AND VALOR"
Just after midnight this past Saturday, Truckasauras slipped their van into the KFC parking lot on Capitol Hill. "Street Truck," a portable, semiacoustic version of Truckasauras, began to play. As people spilled out of the clubs at closing time, a crowd formed to watch the bleep-hop trio under the streetlight's bronze halogen glow. The performance was a stunt to celebrate and showcase Truckasauras's new album, "Tea Parties, Guns, and Valor," a joint release on Brooklyn's semiannual Journal of Popular Noise and Seattle's own Fourthcity. Seventeen tracks appear on the release-nine original Truckasauras cuts, a cover of the "Airwolf" theme called "Super Copter," and seven remixes by DJs and producers including Plan B, Jerry Abstract, Copy, and DJ Collage.
2008 IS GREAT FOR FERAL CHILDREN
Feral Children's debut full-length is still four weeks away from seeing the light of day, but the their fans are chomping at the bit to get a glimpse into their dark, frenetic indie rock. In response, Feral Children and Sarathan Records are now offering a free digital four-track EP. The eponymous, abbreviated collection - "Spy/Glass House," "Jaundice Giraffe," "Saint" and "Zyghost" - is culled from the band's forthcoming album, Second to the Last Frontier, and was produced by Arcade Fire and Animal Collective audio wizard Scott Colburn.
NOISE FOR THE NEEDY: TWO SURPRISE HEADLINERS?
Rumor has it that Noise for the Needy has secured two surprise headliners for the weekend shows at King Cobra: the Lashes to headline the Friday show, and Onry Ozzborn of Grayskull to headline on Saturday. As mentioned previously, the festival benefits Urban Rest Stop.
JIM HINDE, 1951-2008: MARKET BUSKER SANG HIS HEART OUT
For 18 years, Jim Hinde's folk songs provided a musical background for Pike Place Market's cacophony of fishmongers and vegetable sellers. His anti-war and protest ballads carrying more meaning and passion than ever as he watched sadly as a new generation went off to fight. Hinde, the Market's bushy-bearded busker, died in his sleep Monday. He was 56.
SUB POP ORAL HISTORY: "GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SINCE 1988!"
Blender explores how Sub Pop - the label that brought you Nirvana and the Shins - survived constant money woes, drunken rock stars, and grunge-era insanity. The article features interviews with Bruce Pavitt, Jonathan Poneman, Megan Jasper, Mark Arm, Chris Cornell, Jack Endino, Tad Doyle, Thurston Moore, Greg Dulli, Kim Thayil, and more.
CAVE SINGERS ROCK THE GUBERNATORIAL VOTE
Friday night was not a normal night at Neumos. Instead of a crowd of smokers or panhandlers, on the corner of Pike and 10th was a card table manned by a squad of clipboard-toting young people. They were asking passersby if they're registered to vote and giving away campaign buttons for both Barack Obama and Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire, who is up for re-election in the fall. That night, Neumos hosted a concert featuring the Cave Singers and an appearance by Gregoire herself.
SEATTLE'S PWRFL POWER IS IN DEMAND, IN CONTROL
As Seattle's summer music festivals roll around, there's one name you'll repeatedly see on the lineups: PWRFL Power. The artist, 23-year-old Kaz Nomura, is playing the Georgetown Music Festival, the Capitol Hill Block Party and Bumbershoot. In the last year and a half the Seattleite (originally from Japan) has played more than 200 Seattle-area shows.
STAX ON FILM
Starting this Sunday and running thru Thursday, the Northwest Film Forum is screening "Respect Yourself: The Stax Record Story" and "Wattstax" - the former, a documentary chock-full of archival material put together to mark the 50th Anniversary of the label and the latter, a documentary of the 1972 Stax label memorial concert for the Watts riots, re-released for 35th Anniversary screenings.
PROST AMERIKA PRESENTS: THE TRIALS OF HENRY KISSINGER
Prost Amerika is proud to present "The Trials of Henry Kissinger" at the Triple Door on June 30th. Directed by Eugene Jarecki and written by Oscar-winner Alex Gibney, this documentary is a fascinating exploration into the life and diplomatic career of the controversial former Secretary of State.
COMING TO AMERICA COMES TO AN END
The Seattle Symphony's Coming to America festival, a season long look at composers who brought their talents to the United States, came to an end this week with performances of Kurt Weill's "The Little Mahagonny" and Bela Bartok's "Concerto for Orchestra." Over the last few years, the SSO's festivals have showcased composers and music outside of the mainstream of Beethoven, Brahms, and Mahler. This year was no different. Even though for each of these concerts the audience was smaller than usual, those who braved the new names and new sounds were rewarded with an exhilarating series of evenings, solid playing and a welcome break from the standard repertoire patrons demand.
SUB POP OFFERS FREE FLEET FOXES TRACK
Due to technical (and a little human) error, the version of "He Doesn't Know Why" from the brand-new, self-titled Fleet Foxes album that was available from the iTunes Music Store had two audio drop-outs. This has now been fixed and all purchases henceforth will be correct and defect-free. To make amends for the faulty track, Sub Pop is offering the song for free on their website. The album has been earning sterling reviews from across the globe, notably Pitchfork Media (9.0/10), Rolling Stone (4/5), the AVClub (B+), and The Guardian (5/5).
BLUE SCHOLARS ON MAINSTAGE OF ROCK THE BELLS
Seattle's very own Blue Scholars have been added to the main stage for the Rock The Bells festival which is being held at The Gorge Sept. 6. This will mark the group's second stint on the big stage at the Gorge this summer (after last month's Sasquatch festival). NaS, A Tribe Called Quest, Mos Def, and more will also perform.
A MULTITUDE OF VOICES CELEBRATES NORTHWEST CHAMBER CHORUS' 40TH
If you think choral music makes for easy listening, you should have heard the Northwest Chamber Chorus performing its 40th-anniversary program at Town Hall Sunday. The experience was like watching an Olympic figure-skating championship - thrilling and a bit nerve-racking. In between some dramatic pyrotechnics, smooth gliding and subtle artistry, there was an anxious moment here, a wobbly landing there. Despite these, the chorus made an unmistakable case for itself as a musical force to be reckoned with.
KAYLEE COLE WALTZES INTO OUR HEARTS
At times whimsical, at times weary, but always smiling, Kaylee Cole celebrated two births Monday night at the Cha Cha Lounge. The first was her own. "Thank you all for coming out tonight," the Spokane performer said to a crowd of 50 standing, sitting and squatting around her and her ruby red Nord keyboard on the Cha Cha's makeshift stage. "I'm 22 today. I've been playing music now for 2 years." If the songwriter's unabashed giddiness confirmed her youth and inexperience, the beauty of her craft and ease in front of a discerning and unfamiliar crowd bellied it.
DYME DEF - 3 BAD BROTHAAAS
Dyme Def is coming out with a mixtape called "3 Bad Brothaaas." A few unveiled tracks are available for download. There is also a release party planned on June 22nd at Nectar.
THE SOUND OF A GENERATION
Every generation has its own soundtrack. The Silent Generation (people born in the '20s and '30s) had big band and swing. Baby Boomers (born in the '40s and '50s) had rock and soul. Generation X (born in the '60s and '70s) had grunge and hip-hop. On this edition of "All Songs Considered," NPR looks back at the defining music of those generations and ask what the soundtrack is for the current generation, Generation Y (or Millennials).
In a first ever collaboration, the Comet Tavern and King Cobra present Candy Fest an eight-hour celebration of garage, punk, glam, power pop, and good old rock 'n' roll on Saturday July 12 2008.
VINYL RETURNS IN THE AGE OF MP3
As CD sales continue to decline and MP3s are traded without thought, the left-for-dead LP is staging a comeback. In 2007, according to Nielsen SoundScan, nearly 1 million LPs were bought, up from 858,000 in 2006. Based on to-date sales for 2008, that figure could jump to 1.6 million by year's end. Sales of turntables - which tumbled from 1.8 million in 1989 to a paltry 275,000 in 2006, according to the Consumer Electronics Association - rebounded sharply last year, when nearly half a million were sold.
ACADEMY FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANTS
The Academy Foundation, the educational wing of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, has awarded grants totaling $500,000 to 58 film-related nonprofit organizations, including universities, museums and career development programs, throughout the United States and in Canada. Seattle's Northwest Screenwriters Guild was awarded a $6,000 grant for its visiting speaker series.