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HAPPY HOUR ONE 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 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
WELCOME, MARY, THE NEW DIRECTOR OF THE WASHINGTON STATE FILM OFFICE
West North Carolina Film Commissioner Mary Trimarco has been named the new Film Commissioner for the State of Washington. In her new role she will work to advance the film industry in Washington. Trimarco has led the WNC Film Commission program at AdvantageWest since 2004. Prior to AdvantageWest, she worked in commercial film production in major markets like New York, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. She also has a background in finance and banking. Welcome, Mary!
MOTION PICTURE CREW POSITIONS AVAILABLE
"World's Greatest Dad," a motion picture being filmed in Seattle over the summer, starring Robin Williams and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, has openings for crew positions in a variety of departments. Production takes place until mid-August. If interested, please email resume to WGDSeattle@gmail.com.
NONSEQUITUR RECEIVES MAYOR'S ARTS AWARD
The Seattle Arts Commission reviewed 229 public nominations for the sixth annual 2008 mayor's arts awards and recommended six recipients to the mayor, including the Nonsequitur Foundation, a new music nonprofit that recently transformed a chapel space into a hopping hub for experimental music. The mayor will honor the recipients with a ceremony at noon on Friday, Aug. 29 at Seattle Center's Northwest Court. The Mayor's Arts Awards are presented in partnership with Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival and are sponsored by City Arts Seattle, a city magazine discovering creativity throughout Seattle.
EMP|SFM'S 4TH ANNUAL SCI-FI + FANTASY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
From June 1st through September 15th, the Fourth Annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival will accept animated or live-action submissions in the science fiction and fantasy genres, though horror submissions will not be accepted. Short Films must be 15 minutes or under for consideration.
DEVOR & MUDEDE RETURN WITH "NORTH AMERICAN"
Writer Charles Mudede and writer/director Robinson Devor, the creative team behind two Sundance-Grand Jury Prize nominations ("Police Beat" and "Zoo") - announced yesterday that their next film project, tentatively titled "North American," will be a narrative feature film. Inspired by a true story, the film is about a commercial airline pilot who in mid-flight hears the voice of God and becomes so disturbed the crew is forced to make an emergency landing in Seattle. The pilot is placed in a hotel by the airline pending a psychiatric evaluation. Across from the downtown hotel is a verdant park into which he flees, and a passenger from the flight follows. Production on the low-budget feature will begin between June 28th and July 13th.
KPLU EXPORTS JAZZ TO THE WORLD ON JAZZ24
KPLU has devoted its renowned jazz expertise and its energies to developing Jazz24, a new incarnation of the station's jazz webstream that features the station's unique blend of world class jazz, 24 hours a day, brings jazz to a global audience, and preserves the art form for jazz appreciators around the world. KPLU launched the new service in February of 2008 and is currently enjoyed by a monthly audience of 72,000, representing approximately 758,000 streaming hours per month.
LOCAL FILMMAKER DIRECTS COMMERCIALS FOR SAMSUNG
Seattle filmmaker David Russo ("The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle") has recently signed a multi-commercial deal with Samsung for this and next year. The first commercial has recently been released and can be seen at the link above.
"BIZKID$" SEEKS CHEF
Nationally broadcast TV series "BizKid$" seeks a part-time temporary in-house chef and craft services manager. This is a great opportunity to experience working on a a real live TV set. Please submit a resume and cover note by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call Norma at 206-363-3077 with inquiries.
5TH ANNUAL DECIBEL FESTIVAL DATES ANNOUNCED
The fifth annual Decibel Festival will again submerse Seattle in the broad spectrum of electronic music and its surrounding cultural elements September 25-28, 2008. Since its inception in 2003, Decibel has booked over 400 acts, culminating in the biggest edition yet this fall.
ZIGGURAT ON KPLU
Ziggurat, a new Seattle Quartet which takes its name from the ancient pyramids of Mesopotamia, is featured in an Art of Jazz Concert on the next Jazz Northwest on KPLU, 88.5. Eric Barber, Bill Anschell, Doug Miller and Byron Vannoy play a program of rhythmically fascinating music composed by members of the group. Excerpts from the concert will air Sunday June 22 at 1PM PDT on 88.5, KPLU, and stream live to the web at www.kplu.org. The program will also be available as a podcast after the airdate.
SIDEWALK CINEMA HAS SUMMER 2008 MOVIE SCHEDULE
Sidewalk Cinema presents its 2008 summer outdoor movies and events for your enjoyment. Movies start around dusk, and most locations have pre-movie entertainment. This is its 5th year of presenting free outdoor family movies around the Seattle area. New this year is the Community Shorts segment featuring the talents of local filmmakers. Sidewalk Cinema has also partnered with the National Film Festival for Talented Youth, and will be screening shorts submitted by beginning filmmakers.
WHITING TENNIS WINS THE PRIZE
Saturday night in Portland, Seattle-based art director and musician Whiting Tennis was given the first $10,000 Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the first Northwest Contemporary Art Awards competition and exhibition.
VERA IS TAKING OVER SEATTLE!
The Vera Project is taking over Seattle with "Day of the Living Vera" on Saturday June 21st. The all-day event will take place in front of Sonic Boom in Ballard and Capitol Hill as well as Easy Street Records in Queen Anne and West Seattle. Volunteers for Vera will be competing in teams to see who can raise the most money in order for Vera to receive a matching grant from the Murdock Charitable Trust. Vera volunteers will be staging hopscotch battles, karaoke, pie-throwing and much more. This will be followed by Night of the Living Vera, a celebratory show featuring bands comprised of Vera members that will begin at 9:00.
COMMUNITY ARTS LIAISON POSITION OPEN
SPS is hiring for a Community Arts Liaison position to be filled by a dynamic arts education professional. The Community Arts Liaison will work closely with the Visual and Performing Arts Manager to expand arts education opportunities for K-12 students. The selected candidate will consult and work collaboratively with visual and performing arts cultural partners.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 6/9 - 6/15
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
- Common Market - Black Patch EP
- Mudhoney - Lucky Ones
- Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant
- Sera Cahoone - Only As the Day Is Long
- Pearl Jam - Live at Easy Street
- Jaguar Love - Jaguar Love
- Brandi Carlile - Live at Easy Street
- Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
KING CAT THEATER FINDS A NEW LIFE
King Cat Theater is open again, at 2130 Sixth Ave. in Seattle, with business meetings, concerts, film festivals... 'Round these parts lately, arts venues have been dying, closing or moving. Crocodile Cafe, Capitol Hill Arts Center and the Odd Fellows Hall were all victims. So, it's nice when one is resurrected.
A MOMENT WITH ... MARGIE BALTER, PIANIST
You name it in the show-biz industry, and Margie Balter has done it. She has acted on stage and screen, taught leading celebrities how to play piano, and has now released her own solo piano CD, "Music From My Heart." Friday, Balter returned to Seattle, where she graduated from the University of Washington, to release her CD at the downtown Seattle Borders at 5:30. She performed her original music as well as told some of her tales from working in Hollywood.
NEW TEAM GINA VIDEO
In tandem with the release of their full-length debut "Products of the Eighties" on Don't Stop Believin' Records yesterday, Team Gina has made a brand new Seattle-set music video called "Rock the Like."
THE FIRST HIPHOP PRESIDENT?
Charles Mudede sits down with four Seattle rappers (Thig, Silas Blak, J. Goldenschwartze, and Jace) to discuss Senator Barack Obama's street cred.
ORCHESTRA SEATTLE UNRAVELS MAHLER'S FOURTH
When asked why he doesn't just program Baroque or Classical music for the Orchestra Seattle and Seattle Chamber Singer concerts, Music Director George Shangrow says "because I don't just eat Thai food." Sunday night, the orchestra concluded their 2007-2008 season. Shangrow's anecdote couldn't have been truer. Shangrow has garnered a reputation for diverse programs that always feature pieces for chorus and for orchestra. Sunday's concert was no different. For the finale, Shangrow chose Mahler's Fourth Symphony, the first time the orchestra has ever performed a Mahler symphony; local composer Robert Kechley's Pslam 100, and Johannes Brahms' Gypsy Songs for tenor, soprano, chorus and piano.
MIRAH, MT. EERIE, KIMYA, BLOW PLAY WHAT THE HECK
For the seventh consecutive year, the What the Heck Fest will hit venues around Anacortes, Washington for a weekend of music and mayhem on July 18-20, with a warm-up event happening on July 17.
SCENES FROM THE GEORGETOWN MUSIC FESTIVAL
Andrew Matson and Jonathan Zwickel give an hour by hour special reporting on the happenings at the Georgetown Music Festival this past weekend.
THE BLACK ANGELS ARE BELOVED OF SEATTLE
The Black Angels and The Warlocks graced Seattle with two sold out shows, back to back, Wednesday night at Neumos for the benefit of Noise for the Needy. There was some serious love in the room for these two bands and for good reason.
SEATTLENOISE: FERAL CHILDREN
The name suggests a group of ruffians raised in the wild with little or no human contact or care. But actually, the five-piece hails from Maple Valley -- not exactly "wild." Shawn Telford gives the run down on Feral Children, their sound, and their latest release "Second to the Last Frontier."
A LOOK BACK AT SIFF: A TOAST - AFTER PAYING FOR THE DRINK
The Seattle International Film Festival, which concluded Sunday after more than 400 feature-length and short films, went through some changes this year. There were three galas, rather than the usual six. Closing night was on Saturday, rather than Sunday. All the short films were grouped together on one weekend. Online streaming of short films kept the festival going 24/7. And, in a change that seemed to rock the very foundations of some SIFF-goers, there were no free drinks at the opening-night gala.
COMPLETE LIST OF SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2008 AWARD WINNERS
The Seattle P.I. recounts all of the winners and runners-up for the Golden Space Needle Awards.
SEATTLE'S BARTLETT SHER TURNS OUT THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SHOW, BY TONYS' STANDARDS
Bartlett Sher's production of "South Pacific" took home seven Tony awards on Sunday, including best revival, making it the most successful show of the night. Sher personally won "Best Director," and paid homage to Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein in his acceptance speech.
ROC-A-FELLA RECORDS RECORDING ARTIST FREEWAY TO PERFORM IN SEATTLE
Sportn' Life Records and Dwyer Management Company today announced that they are joining forces with Roc-A-Fella recording artist Freeway on July 12, 2008 at Chop Suey for a premiere hip hop showcase. Also performing live, Sportn' Life Record's crown jewel D.Black, along with some of the region's hottest hip hop players: Seattle's Cancer Rising; Tacoma's favorite Jay Barz; and DJ Swervewon hosted by Grynch.
MONROE MAY GET PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Taking a cue from Bothell, Edmonds and Arlington, Monroe might be the next city to become home to a performing arts center. The Monroe Arts Council is spearheading the idea and has teamed with Sky Performing Arts and the Monroe School District, among others, to build a center to stage plays, musicals, dance programs, concerts and other events.
AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE RELEASES ANNUAL LIST OF TOP 100 MOVIES
The American Film Institute's annual exercise in list making focuses this year on the top 10 movies in 10 different genres, as featured Tuesday night in a three-hour special on CBS. The list is determined by jury of 1,500 film artists, critics and historians.
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.