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CITY HALL PRESENTS FREE SUMMER LUNCHTIME CONCERTS STARTING TOMORROW
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Seattle Presents with the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is bringing a series of daytime performances to the City Hall this summer. Each concert starts at noon and is completely free. The first show is tomorrow, Thursday June 17 and features folk singers Kat Eggleston and Rose Laughlin. Attendees will enjoy a double bill of beguiling vocals grown from Celtic and American folk roots. Rose is "a true folk music chanteuse," writes Sing Out magazine. Kat won Live Ireland's Female Vocal Album of the Year, and the Chicago Tribune raves she has "...the soul of a poet but the voice of an angel, not to mention that the lady can play a mean guitar." The rest of the series' lineup is at the above link.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
EMP CELEBRATES THEIR 10TH YEAR AND 5 MILLIONTH VISITOR
EMP will kick-off its 10th year with a 'Born in 2000 Birthday Celebration,' Saturday, June 19. Enjoy $10 general admission; free admission for those born in 2000; the first 500 visitors receive a goodie bag; prize giveaways; live music by local bands; dancing in Sky Church; and more! And they have plenty to celebrate: In June 2010, EMP|SFM will welcome its 5 millionth visitor to the museum. In 2009, EMP|SFM welcomed 511,537 visitors through its doors, the most visitors since 2000. This was an 11 percent increase in attendance from the previous year, and since 2000, EMP|SFM has organized 13 exhibitions that have traveled to 48 venues throughout the world. For more information about the EMP and this special event, follow the link.
COLUMBIA CITY THEATER SET TO RE-OPEN NEXT WEEK
Columbia City Theater
The Columbia City Theater was built in 1917 and is the oldest vaudeville theater in the state of Washington. Having played a major role in the Seattle Jazz boom in the 40's, the theater played host to the likes of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Fats Waller. During the 50's the theater served as a neighborhood movie theater. Later on during the 60's the theater began hosting live events once more and is reportedly one of the first venues that the legendary Jimi Hendrix performed in. During the early 80's it was a home for much of the DIY punk movement and the touring networks that were created to support it. It has since been an art commune, and a place that hosted raves. The current owners of the theater, Robert Hillman and CB Shamah, are currently renovating the theater and bar, which they have named The Bourbon. Major renovations will be complete and this historic theater will be ready to reopen on June 25. They are all set with a full line-up of concerts, which you can peruse by following the link.
CHECK OUT 'THE ROUND' AT THE ZOO
Woodland Park Zoo
The Round is having a picnic at the Zoo! Join the meerkats, penguins and Fremont Abbey Arts Center in celebrating its 62nd evening of local music, art and poetry. The Round is a unique multi-arts event held in Seattle every month since 2005. Three singer songwriters share the stage with slam poets and live painters as well as an improv backing band. The selected artists are invited to share their craft in a setting focused on collaboration and community where the audience sits in rapt attention. This special outdoor picnic evening will feature Star Anna, Damien Jurado, Mark Pickerel, Gabe Archer (of The Pale Pacific), and special guests including an improv band. Poets featured include Matt Gano, Elaina Ellis & a Youth Speaks slam team member. Plus three painters Nathan Dean, Glenn Case, and youth painter from Urban Artworks. This event will be held on July 18. For more information follow the link.
REEL GRRLS SEEKS TEEN GIRLS FOR SUMMER APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
This July and August, Reel Grrls is hosting a video Apprenticeship Program for young women age 13-19 with prior video production experience. Small teams will work directly with nonprofit clients to conceive and produce short videos on a tight schedule. Reel Grrls seeks teen media makers with advanced skills in camera operation, editing, and project management for this competitive apprenticeship. Program meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 13 - August 31, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Get hands on experience working in video production and with clients, and get paid! To apply for this program online follow the link. Deadline to apply is July 1.
GEORGETOWN MUSIC FEST LINEUP ANNOUNCED
Georgetown Music Fest
Organizers for the free 5th Annual Georgetown Music Fest, which will take place June 25 and 26, revealed the festival's schedule today and as always it features loads of local talent. Below is the entirely Northwest-based lineup (Seattle acts are bolded):
Skeletons with Flesh on Them / Dark Time Sunshine / Black Whales / Brothers From Another / Candysounds / Concours D'Elegance / Fatal Lucciano / Finn Riggins / Hotels / Pink Snowflakes / Productionists / Tea Cozies / The Pica Beats / The Way We Were in 1989 / This is Air Canada / Webelos / Suntonio Bandanaz / Thunder Buffalo / Lady Friend / SilOHS / SOTA / Gran Rapids / Victor Shade
YOUNG ARTISTS: APPLY FOR THE IAN HARRISON YOUTH IN RESIDENCY
911 Media Arts
911 Seattle Media Arts Center will award a year-long residency for a talented youth at the Center. The award allows for access to the facilities and equipment of 911 Media. To be eligible, the applicant must: be 13-19 years old and be interested in exploring digital media. They welcome applicants with or without experience in digital media. Applicant interviews or work samples are not part of the application process. Award decisions will be based on the panel's evaluation and recommendation. Direct questions to email@example.com or follow the link for more information.
DOCUMENTARIANS: SUBMIT YOUR FILM TO POINT OF VIEW
POV, public television's longest running showcase for independent documentaries from all perspectives, premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest, and most innovative programs every year on PBS. All subjects, aesthetic approaches, and lengths are welcomed. Completion funding may be available for unfinished films. All filmmakers must complete the online form to submit their films. Follow the above link for more information.
STIFF WRAPS UP WITH A BANG
Seattle's True Independent Film Festival (STIFF) wrapped up their 6th year last weekend. As a multi-venue celebration of alternative film, music and comedy, showing 130 films chosen from nearly 500 entries, STIFF has become Seattle's premier showcase for regional filmmakers. This year's lineup included 33 shorts and 15 features, all locally produced. The Grand Jury Prize went to locally-made Jagger Gravning Syndrome: The Greatest Documentary of Our Time, and the Audience Award Winner was the local film The Book of Zombie. Several other local films took home prizes. For a full listing of this year's award winners, check out the link.
CORNISH COLLEGE OF THE ARTS HIRING IN MUSIC DEPARTMENT
Cornish College of the Arts
Cornish is hiring in their Music Department for a new Music Department Administrator and for a Music Department Technical Director. The Music Department Administrator assists the Department Chair in developing and coordinating the Music Department's relationship with the community, prospective students, and alumni by overseeing all community, outreach, and summer program activities. The Technical Director provides technology leadership for the music department. This position consults the Department Chair in the development of an overall technology plan and establishing budget priorities for the department; has primary responsibility for implementing that plan. They will also oversee the acquisition, usage and maintenance of all computer and audio/visual technology for the department. For information about qualifications and to apply, follow the links.
'THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF LITTLE DIZZLE' SWIMS ON
Fresh off their digital release for Tribeca VOD, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle is set for its Los Angeles theatrical premiere. Playing at the Laemmle's Sunset 5 beginning on June 25 the film will then take its first plunge into European territory, moving into Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg). Dizzle was also purchased last month by Kinosmith, one of Canada's most successful arthouse distributors. Congratulations to local filmmaker David Russo and everyone involved in the film for their great success. For more information about the film, check film's website above.
EMP|SFM'S SCIENCE FICTION + FANTASY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES
Science fiction and fantasy cinema filmmakers can now submit their films for Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum's (EMP|SFM) 2011 Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival (SFFSFF). The 6th annual festival will screen 20 films at the Cinerama Theatre in early 2011. EMP|SFM, in partnership with the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), is encouraging original and creative science fiction film submissions 15 minutes or shorter in length for the festival. The festival will accept original entries created no earlier than January 2006. The final submission deadline is September 15. Follow the above link for submission guidelines and more information.
SUBMIT YOUR SHORTS TO THEFILMSCHOOL'S OPEN MIC NIGHT
Each first Tuesday of the month join TheFilmSchool for monthly film-related events that speak to the core of storytelling. July's First Tuesday with TheFilmSchool at Roy Street Coffee and Tea will feature an hour of shorts from local filmmakers. To submit yours for consideration, please email a link to firstname.lastname@example.org or send a hard copy to TheFilmSchool, 2828 Boyer Ave East, Seattle, WA, 98102, by June 25. For a full schedule of First Tuesday with TheFilmSchool events, including free courses on writing, film screenings, pitch nights, etc., follow the link.
REPTET & 4CULTURE TEAM-UP TO PRESENT A FREE FATHER'S DAY JAZZ CONCERT IN WHITE CENTER
They honk, they squawk and they are back in their hometown in time to give Father's Day a new sound. Recently home after going on a national tour, internationally acclaimed alt-jazz sextet, Reptet, will be performing six new compositions, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on June 20, at Big Al's Brewery Tasting Room in White Center. The show is outdoors, appropriate for all ages, free, and open to the public. Funding for composing the six songs and the performance was provided in part by a grant from 4Culture, King County's cultural services agency. For more information about the show and the musicians, follow the link.
REDMOND DIGITAL ARTS FESTIVAL SEEKS CURATOR
The Redmond Arts Commission seeks a talented curator for the 3rd Annual Digital Arts Festival. The Digital Arts Festival is a celebration of digital arts both in our community and throughout Puget Sound. The curator will be able to select and present a festival that includes interactive, visual and performing arts as well as collaborate with area businesses. The curator must have both a technical understanding of these art forms and a fine arts background. Deadline to apply is July 1. For more information follow the link.
THE SUNSET ANNOUNCES ITS 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND
Ballard's venerable rock n' roll club, The Sunset Tavern, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this June. The Sunset first opened in June of 2000, and has hosted thousands of incredible shows featuring a plethora of legendary bands to the smallest up-start local and touring acts, offering shows of rock n' roll, alt-country, punk rock, metal, hip-hop, electronica, singer-songwriters, comedy, Kung Fu movies, and pretty much anything else you can imagine. Help celebrate their 10-Year anniversary and The Year of The Tiger with 3 nights and one afternoon of performances from some of the Northwest's best talents, all while doing a good thing to help raise money for local organizations Ryther Child Center and Ballard Food Bank. For the lineup and more information, follow the link.
LOCAL JAZZ TRUMPETER TOPS JAZZWEEK CHARTS
Jazz trumpeter Thomas Marriott's newest album on Origin Records East-West Trumpet Summit, has topped the national radio airplay chart at number one this week. The new album, which features fellow trumpeter and friend, Ray Vega of New York, has been steadily climbing the JazzWeek radio airplay chart since its release in May of this year. JazzWeek is the definitive chart for tracking jazz radio airplay in the United States. Marriott's number one album is his first, as well as a first for Origin Records and the first time any jazz musician from Seattle has had an album reach the number one spot. For more information follow the link.
CMT/MTV SEEKING CASTING ASSISTANTS FOR UPCOMING SHOW
CMT/ MTV's the "World's Strictest Parents" casting team is going to be coming to the Seattle area in a couple weeks. They are looking for some short-term, temporary (1-2 weeks worth) help with our casting. To be a casting recruiter for this show, they need people to be eager, outgoing, reliable, accountable, resourceful and not scared of talking to strangers. They will need to deliver 15-20 potential cast members per day. Duties will include but are not limited to going to shopping centers, restaurants, skate parks, under 18 dance clubs, movie theaters, etc.; anywhere rebellious teenagers might hang out! For more information follow the link.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 6/7 - 13
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Blitzen Trapper "Destroyer of the Void"
- Band of Horses "Infinite Arms"
- Moondoggies "You'll Find No Answers Here"
- New Pornographers "Together"
- Damien Jurado "Saint Bartlett"
- Minus The Bear "Omni"
- Dyme Def "Sex Tape"
- Melvins "Bride Screamed Murder"
- Shabazz Palaces "Of Light"
- Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SEES RECORD TICKET SALES
The 36th annual Seattle International Film Festival ended Sunday on a high note - with a record number of tickets sold and a 20% increase over last year's box office. He attributed the festival's success to several factors: a popular array of programming; a recent Wallace Foundation Grant that allowed SIFF to more precisely target its audience; a general weakness in summer box-office this year; a concentrated effort by SIFF staff to make the festival accessible to mainstream audiences. "And the rain," he added. "That helps, too." Managing director Deborah Person added that dozens of films sold out, even though SIFF showed more screenings (though fewer films) than in previous years, a total of 125 events were sold out this year. She also noted that this year, SIFF's education programs "blew through the roof," reaching 8,000 local students during the festival's three and a half weeks. Collecting a staggering 80,000 ballots, this year's winners included The Reverse, which picked up the Grand Jury Prize for Best New Director, The Hedgehog which won the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Film, and locally made White Lines And The Fever: The Death Of DJ Junebug, which won Best Documentary Short. If you missed some films, be sure to check out the "Best of SIFF" this weekend, which is the second annual weekend of re-showing of audience favorites and prize winning films. For a full list of winners and for more about the closing weekend of SIFF, follow the above link.
SEVERAL STATES RESTRICT INCENTIVE FUNDING OVER FILM CONTENT
Among the states that began underwriting film and television production with heavy subsidies over the past half-decade - 44 states had some sort of incentives by last year, 28 of them involving tax credits - at least a handful are giving new scrutiny to a question that was politely overlooked in the early excitement: What kind of films are taxpayers paying for? "This is tough for filmmakers to understand, but this is not about their right to make the movie," Bob Hudgins, the Texas film commission director explained. "It's about the public investing in it." Several states have rules in their incentive legislation which prohibits funding for films which portray the state or the residents of that state in a negative fashion or which do not contribute to the economic development of the state. "This is not an entitlement program," Ken Droz, the communications consultant for the Michigan Film Office said. In Florida, a recent legislative proposal to bar a special tax credit for family entertainment from films or shows that exhibit "nontraditional family values" was dropped after it was widely criticized as seeming to exclude gay characters. "All the states will be looking at this as they begin to tighten their belts," said Marshall Moore, director of the Utah Film Commission. His state has unabashedly declined to fund pictures that, as Mr. Moore put it, you could not take the governor to see. Of the others, he predicted: "They're going to ask, why are we giving money to that movie?"
UNRELEASED SOUNDGARDEN TRACK DUE ON 'GUITAR HERO'
The reunited Soundgarden, who haven't released an album of new music since 1996's Down on the Upside, will debut an unreleased track titled "Black Rain" on Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, Activision recently revealed. While whether "Black Rain" is an unearthed track or a new recording by the Seattle grunge rockers is unclear, the song marks the first new music Soundgarden fans have received from the band since "Bleed Together" was included on the 1997 greatest hits comp A-Sides. There's no indication as to whether "Black Rain" will be released independent of Warriors of Rock. The game is due in September. Since announcing their reunion on New Year's Day, Soundgarden have been largely quiet, staging only one secret show full hits and rarities in Seattle in April, the group's first gig since 1997. However, things should pick up later this summer when Soundgarden headline their first "official" reunion gig on the closing night of the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago on August 8.
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