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HAPPY HOUR IS NEXT WEEK AT SPITFIRE
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Join us at Spitfire next Wednesday, June 30 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!
CONNECT WITH THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AT CITY BUSINESS CASUAL TOMORROW
Office of Economic Development
The Office of Economic Development and the City of Seattle's City Business Casual event continues this month on Thursday, June 24. 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 Mike O'Brien and Jill Simmons, the Director of Seattle's Office of Sustainability & Environment, 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.
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WATCH FREE LIVE MUSIC WITH YOUR LUNCH EVERY WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY THIS SUMMER
Out to Lunch
Grab your brownbag lunch and head downtown for the annual free noontime concert series presented by the Downtown Seattle Association. Now in its 31st year, they host concerts in seven different locations in downtown ranging from the Harbor Steps to Westlake Plaza every Wednesday and Friday. Featuring a wide array of genres from jazz to folk to swing, the series lineup includes local and national acts. This Friday features local orchestra-pop group Hey Marseilles at the Harbor Steps. Other groups set for the lineup include jazz group The Legacy Quartet featuring Garfield High School Jazz band director Clarence Acox, rockabilly group The Dusty 45s, and bluegrass quartet Chatam County Line. Concerts are occurring now and continue til September 3. To see the full lineup and locations, follow the link.
FILMMAKERS: DEADLINE TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS TO MOHAI IS JUNE 30
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. The deadline to submit films for consideration is June 30. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
TEENS: BE A MEMBER THE 2010-2011 EMP YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD
Experience Music Project is seeking new members for the 2010-2011 Youth Advisory Board (YAB). The mission of this program is to connect teenagers to the Northwest's all ages arts and music scene by giving them an opportunity to be a driving force in EMP's teen programming. YAB members are invited to create and promote teen programs, work with local musicians and artists, meet other creative types in the community, and help out with Sound Off!, EMP's annual battle of the bands. Applicants must be high school aged, attend meetings twice a month at EMP and have a basic knowledge of and enthusiasm for music. Members will be expected to commit to serving on the board for 9 months. The deadline to apply is June 28. Find full application details at the above link.
CATCH FREE MOVIE SCREENINGS FROM OFFICIAL BEST OF FEST
The last Tuesday of every month, the curators behind the Official Best of Fest bring a night of free film screenings to the Roy Street Coffee & Tea's movie room starting at 8:00 pm. Hosted by local filmmaker and Official Best of Fest Founder, Rick Stevenson, this monthly series provides audiences an opportunity to view award-winning films that are hard to find anywhere else. This month features three short films Tanghi Argentini, Flowers and Weeds, and Wednesday.
TURN OUT TO SUPPORT ALL AGES MUSIC IN SEATTLE
A Drink For The Kids
The Vera Project is pleased to announce the 8th annual A Drink For The Kids (ADFTK), the forthcoming fundraiser event to be held in Seattle on July 11-17. The community driven event raises money for the volunteer run, non-profit and all-ages event space, which has been a major force in Seattle music scene since its inception in 2001. Throughout the week, 21 and over patrons can attend the event-affiliated establishment of their choice and each night proceeds raised from bar sales will go to support The Vera Project. Participating bars include Cha Cha, Hattie's Hat, Linda's, West 5, Twilight Exit, Solo Bar, 5 Point, and concludes with a "Grand Finale" concert at Neumos on July 17. This year's finale will feature the live debut of Brite Futures (formerly Natalie Portman's Shaved Head) under their new nomenclature. On the name change the band says, "We chose our band name on a whim when we were still in high school, and 'Natalie Portman's Shaved Head' has seen us through an unexpectedly amazing four years. But now it is time for a change. We are Brite Futures. No hard feelings Natalie. You remain +1 on every guest list." For a full schedule of events and participants for ADFTK, follow the above link.
CONGRATULATIONS 2010 SUB POP LOSER SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
Sub Pop Records
Sub Pop Records has announced the recipients of the 2010 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship. Now in its fourth year, the scholarship was open to Washington and Oregon high school seniors on their way to full-time enrollment at an accredited university or college who are actively involved and/or interested in music and/or the creative arts. Sub Pop granted a total of $13,000 in scholarship money, split between three students. The first place, $6,000 scholarship went to Bryn Kepler from Bainbridge Island. She's been incredibly active in the local arts/music community, volunteering for various organizations and festivals in the area. She's also a drummer and an artist and will be attending the UW Honors Program in the fall to study architecture. The $4,000 second place scholarship went to Ballard's Matthew Law-Phipps. Matthew will be attending Temple University in Philadelphia in the fall to study video production, multi-media arts and sound design. Our third place, $3,000 scholarship winner is Raina Jung from Portland, OR. Raina will be going to the California College of the Arts this fall. She is an environmentalist and a great graphic artist. She is also a photographer and is interested in ceramics, bookbinding and printmaking. Her senior project was creating a 45-page magazine called "Make Bad Good" which was intended to tell people about how they can make positive changes for our environment. Big congratulations to these three!
CALL FOR ENTRIES TO THE PUGET SOUND YOUNG FILMMAKER AWARD
The First Annual Kirkland Health and Wellness Fair taking place June 19 at Parkplace Center, is holding a film young filmmaker competition. Each student team will create a short film documenting the one day event, including any of the planning, set up, reaction, and impact of the event. This competition is open to filmmakers in the Puget Sound area under age thirty. There will be a maximum of three student teams. Deadline to apply is July 19. For more information including submission application follow the link.
CATCH RECESS MONKEY ON ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY
Don't miss the last Art Zone with Nancy Guppy of the season this week featuring the kiddie-pop sensations Recess Monkey. The Seattle Channel Art Zone is a weekly show starring Nancy Guppy and Seattle's creative scene, with highlights from local arts, entertainment and cultural happenings. Art Zone with Nancy Guppy features interviews with local artists and performers, reviews and previews of current offerings, and lots of surprises. Watch the latest episode with Recess Monkey, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, and music from Orquestra Caribe, rebroadcasting Wednesday, June 30 at 7:00 pm on KCTS 9 or online at the above link.
HIGH SCHOOL FILMMAKERS TAKE HOME A NW EMMY
Two productions by Ballard High School video students were winners at the 47th Annual Northwest Regional Emmy Awards on June 5. Loose Change by Emma Hutchison, Georgia Peck and Alex Scheller, won in the Public Service Announcement category. It was produced for the Seattle non-profit organization Real Change. The Crumb by Emily Deering, Karli Lafferty, Sarah Maloney and Taylor Rubright won in the Dramatic Presentation category. A program of the Northwest Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, these awards recognize outstanding programming in a variety of fields and categories related to television in our region. Congratulations to all the winners. For a full list of recipients, follow the link.
CENTRUM SEEKS MARKETING/COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Centrum, one of Washington's leading arts organizations and producer of nationally acclaimed workshops and festivals in jazz, acoustic blues, chamber music, traditional fiddle styles and writing seeks a Marketing / Communications Manager to oversee all activities related to the promotion of the organization, its workshops, performances and residency program for artists. Marketing activities include the creation of catalogs, brochures, and collateral materials as well as overseeing the design and placement of print and electronic media advertising. The communications activities include developing press releases, calendars, contracting photographers, and handling media relations for local, regional, and national press. The position will also be the primary interface between the organization and contracted web designers and social media providers. For a list of desired qualifications and for information on applying follow the link.
ROCK 'N ROLL MARATHON HAPPENING THIS WEEKENED SUPPORTS LOCAL MUSIC
On Saturday, June 26, more than 27,000 participants will run from Tukwila to Seattle in the 2010 Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half Marathon benefiting the American Cancer Society. Along the way, they'll make a positive impact on their health, their friends and family, and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity. Along the marathon route there will a live bands and DJs setting the pace and encouraging the runners. Music groups include BOAT, Ivan & Alyosha, Great Waves, and Viper Creek Club along with over 40 other bands. The marathon will culminate in an end of the race concert headlined by national band Tonic. For a full lineup ad to find out more about the event follow the link.
SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WANTS YOUR FEEDBACK
Seattle International Film Festival wrapped up its 36th year a couple weeks ago and they want to know what audience members thought about this year's festival. SIFF aims to create experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world. It is through the art of cinema that they want to foster a community that is more informed, aware, and alive. They value input from patrons, both new and returning. Please take a moment to complete the brief online survey to help inform organizers as they plan next year's festival and improve your festival experience.
CHECK OUT THE NORTHWEST FILM FORUM'S POSTER SALE FUNDRAISER
Northwest Film forum
Movie lovers and memorabilia collectors delight! The Film Forum is having its first-ever movie poster sale this summer. Stop by to browse their collection of posters from films they've shown over the past several years. Most posters will be available for $2! Proceeds benefit the Northwest film Forum. For a sneak preview of the film posters they will have, follow the link.
CAFE SOCIETY DEBUTS LADY-CENTRIC MUSIC SALON THIS MONTH
Cafe Society was formed early 2010 to create a monthly event that will feature established and up-and-coming female artists in our diverse music community. The concept for Café Society is a play on the old Jazz Club of the same name in NYC that was the first to integrate blacks and whites as patrons. The original slogan for the club was "The Wrong Place For The Right People". Seattle's Cafe Society will celebrate the renaissance happening in this city's music scene as of late by hosting a monthly party at a rotating venue and will showcase a female artist representing her genre of music, which will be followed by a DJ who will create the perfect atmosphere for a dance party. Cafe Society starts celebrating this Friday, June 25 at Sole Repair. This event will feature musical guests Marissa (of Sportin' Life Records) and DICE.
SUBMIT SONGS TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD BENEFIT CD
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is looking for songs for a benefit CD. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this CD will be directed to PPGNW's Women in Need fund, which helps provide reproductive health care services to those without private insurance or other means of payment. They are now accepting submissions from signed and unsigned bands. Songs must be exclusive to the compilation for 6 months. Space is limited, and will be curated. For submission guidelines and other details check the link.
HOW TO MEASURE THE CARBON IMPACT OF YOUR TOUR
Julie's Bicycle, a broad coalition of music, theatre and scientific experts committed to making the music industry green, has released a thorough study on the on the greenhouse gas emission impacts of international touring. In the three volume report, Moving Arts: managing the carbon impacts of our touring: Bands, Orchestras and Theatre, they measure the impacts of touring and identify 11 priority recommendations aimed at those responsible for all aspects of a tour. These involve environmental planning to sit alongside artistic and financial contributions, and sharing the data on emissions produced on tour. To help everyone do their part and create a greener touring industry, they have launched a free online tool which will measure the carbon impacts of tours.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 6/14 - 21
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"
- Melvins "Bride Screamed Murder"
- Dyme Def "Sex Tape"
- Caspar Babypants "More Please!"
- Shabazz Palaces "Shabazz Palaces"
- Caspar Babypants "Here I Am!"
- State of the Artist "Seattlecalifragilisticextrahelladopeness"
KCTS WILL KICK OFF ARTS INITIATIVE WITH A NW FILM SERIES THIS FALL
Moss Bresnahan, the chief executive of KCTS, is facing a tough economy along with increasing competition from on-demand and online programming. But he remains optimistic about the future of public media. New programming initiatives that KCTS has in the works reflect Bresnahan's faith in localism and his hopes for major giving. Kicking off an arts and culture initiative this fall will be a program called "Reel NW," an independent film series that will "showcase the great independent film community here," Bresnahan says. "We want to become a part of that whole independent film community." He says KCTS is developing other programs to support the arts initiative, including one focused on local music. "We have a world-class arts community in Seattle, and we'd like to reflect more of that on our air." Bresnahan says KCTS is in talks with potential partners, including the Seattle Channel (KCTS began broadcasting the Seattle Channel's "ArtZone" program earlier this year), but can't share any details yet. Read more about KCTS' arts and culture programming at the above link.
CAMERAS ROLLING FOR SEATTLE POLITICAL COMEDY "GRASSROOTS"
Capitol Hill residents might see cameras and film crews around some of the neighborhood's favorite spots in July. Director Stephen Gyllenhaal, producer Peggy Rajski, and their Seattle-based film crew will be filming scenes for Grassroots, a film about Grant Cogswell's bid for City Council seat number 8 in 2001. The film is based on Zioncheck for President, the book written by ex-Stranger writer Phil Campbell detailing his work with Cogswell in his political campaign. Gyllenhaal is probably best known for his film Losing Isaiah, starring Jessica Lange, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Halle Berry. Rajski won an Oscar for her directorial debut, Trevor, and her producing credits include Little Man Tate, The Grifters, and Brother From Another Planet. The production will be filming at many Capitol Hill and Seattle landmarks through early August.
KPLU PROFILES THE SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS
With more than 300 members, The Seattle Men's Chorus (SMC) bills itself as the biggest community choir in the country. It's also one of the biggest gay men's choruses in the world. Seattle Men's Chorus concerts are theatrical, with lighting and props. But with the humor and the feel-good also comes moments when the singers connect with the audience in a very personal way. After every concert, it's routine for the singers to mingle with the audience in the lobby. And that's when they hear about the impact they've made. "We performed in Bozeman in a relatively small venue," says Chorus member David Bayless, "I went to the front of the house, held open a door and said 'Thank you for coming.' And as this gentleman walked by, probably in his 60s, he shook my hand. And he didn't let go of my hand. And he kept shaking it. And he looked me directly in my eyes and he said, 'No, thank you for coming.' And then he started to tear up and cry. I got the sense he had never seen 80-plus men, proud of who they were, as gay men saying, 'Here is who we are.' And singing." Read or listen to the full profile at the above link.
FILMMAKERS TAKE NOTE: TRADING OF BOX-OFFICE FUTURES OK'D BY REGULATORS
Federal regulators this week allowed a new online exchange to proceed to trade future box-office receipts for movies. A divided Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved by the mandated deadline the proposed futures contracts for the new Trend Exchange by a vote of 3-2. That means the movie futures trading can proceed. Major Hollywood studios strongly oppose the idea and say rival studios could sabotage films by betting against them. Allowing future box-office receipts to be traded would give people who finance movies a way to make money even when a film doesn't, and could be used for speculation. Trading would be based on the amount of money a movie takes in during its opening weekend. For example, an investor thinks a movie will make at least $75 million in its first weekend, the exchange finds an investor who thinks the movie will fall short of that mark, and the two investors enter the contract together. When the movie receipts come in, the one who is correct gets a percentage on top of his investment based on the odds received and the other loses his investment. For more information about this issue, follow the link.
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION STEPS UP ANTI-PIRACY PLAN
The Obama administration on Tuesday announced the first-ever strategic plan on intellectual property enforcement, which is intended to both boost and better coordinate efforts to stop piracy at home and abroad, online and through physical sales for American products including music, movies, TV shows, video games and more. "To state it very bluntly, piracy hurts," Vice President Joe Biden said at a White House announcement. "It hurts our economy, our health and our safety." A report on enforcement of intellectual property laws was released Tuesday. It includes efforts to boost enforcement by the FBI, the State Department, the Library of Congress and many others. According to the report, motion picture and video piracy cost the U.S. economy $20.5 billion annually in lost output, $5.5 billion annual in lost earnings for U.S. workers and 141,030 jobs that would otherwise have been created. As a result, governments at all levels are deprived of $837 million annually in lost tax revenue. In May, the Justice Department launched Operation Global Hoax as a multinational effort to crack down on pirated movie and music products. In July they will coordinate the effort with 35 countries. Hollywood guilds SAG, AFTRA, IATSE and the DGA praised the administration for recognizing that strong enforcement encourages innovation and means more jobs. "Internet theft is not a victimless crime as some would like policymakers to believe," the guilds said. "It has a direct and very real impact on our members' livelihoods."
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