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News from the Film + Music Office 07/01/2009


TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THIS NEWSLETTER!
Mayor's Office of Film + Music
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LOOKING FOR DAILY MEDIA BRIEFINGS? CHECK OUT OUR BLOG!
Seattle Film and Music Blog
The Mayor's Office of Film + Music presents the Seattle Film and Music Blog, your new source for Seattle entertainment news and updates. Our blog covers the latest in local, national, and international news and videos about Seattle filmmakers, musicians, and digital media makers. Check it out!

OFFICE NEWS

ADMISSION TAX EXEMPTION APPLICATION IS ONLINE!
Office of Film + Music
There's still time to register for the regional forum on Nightlife Economy! For the first time, the Film + Music Office joins the Responsible Hospitality Institute to present a 1-day Regional Forum on harnessing the economic power of the nighttime economy. Sponsored in part by Diageo and Southern Odem Spirits West, The Seattle Regional RHI Forum will be held July 15th in City Hall. This will be a great opportunity to network and discuss situations in your district. Deputy Mayor Tim Ceis will address the forum, and a keynote presentation by Elizabeth Peterson will showcase how the integration of policy, policing, practices and promotion can enhance the nighttime economy. We encourage members of the private and public sectors throughout the Northwest to attend. Register now!

GROW YOUR BUSINESS IN SEATTLE'S NIGHTTIME ECONOMY!
RHI
There's still time to register for the regional forum on Nightlife Economy! For the first time, the Film + Music Office joins the Responsible Hospitality Institute to present a 1-day Regional Forum on harnessing the economic power of the nighttime economy. Sponsored in part by Diageo and Southern Odem Spirits West, The Seattle Regional RHI Forum will be held July 15th in City Hall. This will be a great opportunity to network and discuss situations in your district. Deputy Mayor Tim Ceis will address the forum, and a keynote presentation by Elizabeth Peterson will showcase how the integration of policy, policing, practices and promotion can enhance the nighttime economy. We encourage members of the private and public sectors throughout the Northwest to attend. Register now!

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC SEEKING FALL INTERN
Office of Film + Music
The Film + Music Office will be accepting applications until July 24th for an internship position that will start in August. The position is a six month commitment and requires at least 20 hours of work per week. Prior background in film or music is not required. Candidates must have strong communication, writing, and organizational/research skills, as well as being self-motivated. As an intern you will become a member of the Film + Music team and be responsible for a host of ongoing duties as well as special projects. For more information about the position, visit the link above or contact our current interns at filmandmusicoffice@seattle.gov.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

SPACE FOR CHANGE
LINC
Through a funding collaboration between the MetLife Foundation and Ford Foundation, Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) announces Space for Change: Building Communities Through Innovative Art Spaces. The Space for Change program seeks to highlight the production of artist spaces in an emerging framework of cultural equity, where artists are key stakeholders and contributors in community building and revitalization. This program kicks off with the MetLife Innovative Space Awards (ISA), an awards program that recognizes and promotes successful artist spaces that exhibit innovation, affordability, sustainability and positive community impact. Winning projects will demonstrate the role that affordable artist spaces play in community revitalization and socially progressive development, as well as replicable and sustainable models for artist space development.

SEATTLE FILMMAKERS TAP INTO FLOW OF WATER IN SHORT FILMS
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
LINC is proud to announce the MetLife Foundation Innovative Space Award. The Award is a competitive national funding program that recognizes outstanding efforts in the design and development of affordable spaces for artists. The program emphasizes the benefits artist spaces yield for both artists and their communities. In November 2009, the MetLife Innovative Space Awards will announce awards ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to provide support for up to five winning projects. For more information or to apply online, please follow the above link.

CARSON DALY CHECKS OUT SEATTLE MUSIC
Lats Call with Carson Daly
Last week Carson Daly featured Seattle Music on his nightly show, "Last Call with Carson Daly". The show highlighted various music landmarks in Seattle including the EMP, and the offices of Sub Pop records and KEXP radio. Check out the link for footage and pictures of Carson Daly's visit!

SUBMIT TO THE NORTHWEST FILM FORUM'S LOCAL SIGHTINGS FESTIVAL
Local Sightings is Northwest Film Forum's annual showcase of current narrative, documentary and experimental film by Northwest artists. The week long festival also features panel discussions, historic NW films, a filmmaker lounge, a stellar opening night party, and juried awards for a winning short and feature film! The event will take place October 2nd-7th. Follow the link for submission details and deadlines.

TAPROOT THEATRE COMPANY HIRES NEW OUTREACH DIRECTOR
Taproot Theatre
Taproot Theatre Company has hired Nathan Jeffrey, a theatre artist and educator, as its new outreach director. Jeffrey replaces Josiah Wallace, who is leaving to pursue an MFA in directing at Baylor University. Jeffrey was the founding artistic director of Logos Theatre Company in Kansas City, MO, from 2004-2006, before moving to New Jersey to pursue an MFA in directing at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. In addition to directing productions in New York (American Globe Theatre's Turnip Festival), Texas (Abilene Shakespeare Festival), New Jersey (Rutgers University) and other places, Jeffrey has years of experience as a theatre educator at Heart Speech and Theater, Calvary Bible College and Taproot's Acting Studio. As the new outreach director, Jeffrey will oversee Taproot Theatre's touring programs.

THE WASHINGTON BLUES SOCIETY ANNOUNCES 2010 BLUES COMPETITION
Washington Blues Society
Join the Washington Blues Society's contest to send a band or a solo/duo act to the 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. The semi-final band competition will be held on Sunday, July 26th at the Highway 99 Blues Club in Seattle. The semi-final solo/duo competition will be held on Sunday, August 9th at the New Orleans Creole Restaurant in Seattle. Finalists in each category will compete in the finals on Sunday, August 23rd at the Highway 99 Blues Club. For more information follow the above link.

FUNDRAISING FOR DOCUMENTARIES WORKSHOP
Inflatable Film
Morrie Warshawski, fundraising guru and author of "Shaking The Money Tree" will be in Seattle on July 27 and 28 teaching 2 new documentary workshops - "Where's The Money?" and "Jumpstarting Yourself and Your Project for Funding." Both workshops will be held downtown at Flying Spot Entertainment and spaces are limited. The proceeds will be donated to a local film project titled "Film Festival : Rwanda". Visit the website for more information.

OPEN SCREENING AT 911MEDIA ARTS CENTER
911Media
Open Screening will be held on July 13th at 8:00 pm in the micro-cinema at 911 Media Arts Center, hosted by Greg Gould. Open Screening is an "open mic night" for video and digital media arts; an open forum for filmmakers and digital media artists- ranging from amateur to professional. Discussion follows each screening. How it works: Bring your DVD or VHS, disc/tape. Make sure it's cued, maximum ten minutes in length or less, first come-first screened.

SEATTLE OPERA RECEIVES FIRST ANDREW W. MELLON FOUNDATION GRANT
Seattle Opera
Seattle Opera announced today that the company will receive a $500,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of Amelia, a newly commissioned American opera. The grant is a first-of-its-kind initiative designed to provide crucial support for the production of new contemporary opera, enabling Amelia to be produced by two other American opera companies following the opera's world premiere in Seattle in May 2010. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant will be used over a four-year period to support the production and presentation of contemporary opera at Seattle Opera and at two additional American opera companies.

SEATTLE COLD READERS
Seattle Cold Readers
The concept is simple: too often scripts sit in dark drawers, gathering dust. Too often actors sit in coffee shops with nothing to read. Why not introduce the scripts to actors? Welcome to Seattle Cold Readers at the Spitfire Bar and Grill in Seattle. Join the group on the third Thursday of every month (this month it's the 16th of July) for engaging cold reading from the top actors of your community, networking, great scripts and good times. Many of our actors have appeared in national stage and screen performances. Many of our writers go forth inspired to produce their plays.

MIFFF DEADLINE APPROACHING!
MIFFF
Now is your last chance to submit your genre film to the 2009 Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival (MIFFF) in Seattle before the July 20th deadline! If you're looking to gain added exposure for your genre film it could be well worth your time to enter. The Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival is a three day international showcase of animation, fantasy, horror, and science fiction cinema. The First Annual Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival runs September 18 through 20th, 2009. To submit your film or for additional information about MIFFF, please visit the newly launched official website for rules and regulations.

BUMBERSHOOT ANNOUNCES 2009 LITERARY ARTS PROGRAM
EMP|SFM
Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival has added more artists to the growing lineup for Labor Day Weekend, covering a broad spectrum of Literary Arts. The 2009 lineup will include: writers of NBC 's popular television show LOST, David Cross, Melvin Van Peebles, McSweeney's, Christian Lander's Stuff White People Like, Spencer Moody, Zak Smith, Tom Douglas & Kathleen Flinn, and many, many more. For further details and ticket information visit the Bumbershoot website.

NEW ALL AGES VENUE AT GEORGETOWN SEATTLE DRUM SCHOOL
The SLAB
The Georgetown Seattle Drum School just opened a spanking new live music venue! The SLAB is an all ages performance venue located at the Seattle Drum School Georgetown Branch. The SLAB seats about 100 people and is focused on the music experience with brand new acoustic treatment and great gear. Visit the website for event and booking details!

BURNED CHILDREN RECOVERY FOUNDATION BENEFICIARY OF ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
Surface Tension
Seattle band Surface Tension announced their annual fundraiser beneficiary today as The Burned Children Recovery Foundation. Past recipients have been Northwest Harvest, the troops at Fort Lewis, and flood victims of southern Washington State. The concert and auction sponsored in part by local radio station's KISW's Loud & Local show will be held at Studio 7 on August 14th, 2009 beginning at 7:00 pm. In addition to Surface Tension performing, other bands rounding out the bill include Faceless, Wren Driver, Riot In Rhythm and Valium Stallion. Information for the fundraiser can be found at the Surface Tension website.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 6/25 - 7/1
Seattle Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).

  1. Builders & the Butchers "Salvation is a Deep Well"
  2. Neko Case "Middle Cyclone"
  3. Viva Voce "Rose City"
  4. Pearl Jam "Live from Easy Street"
  5. KPLU School of Jazz "Vol 4"
  6. The Decemberists "Hazards of Love"
  7. Maktub "Five"
  8. Mt. St. Helen's Vietnam Band "S/T"
  9. Dyme Def "Panic EP"
  10. Fleet Foxes "Fleet Foxes"

MEDIA DIGEST

WIN TICKETS TO SEE ROBIN PECKNOLD AND THROW ME THE STATUE AT NEUMOS
Seattle Weekly
Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes is playing a solo show at Neumos on July 11th as a part of A Drink for the Kids, a benefit show for the Vera Project. If having Pecknold on the bill isn't good enough, Throw Me the Statue are playing as well. The Seattle Weekly is also giving away a pair of tickets to this event, follow the above link to enter in the sweepstakes.

ONE RACE DAY, MANY STORIES AS RUNNERS HIT ROAD FOR ROCK 'N' ROLL MARATHON
Seattle Times
For each of the 25,000 runners who entered Saturday's race, there was a story. There was the woman recovering from gastric-bypass surgery. The man trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon. The person tap-dancing for 13.1 miles. For most of them, Seattle's largest-ever marathon unfolded with few hitches. The weather was sunny, the route along Lake Washington offered spectacular views, and the event was choreographed with precision. The music on 27 stages - featuring local Seattle bands- ranged from reggae and rock to alternative.

BASTYR CHAPEL IS FEAST FOR EARS, EYES
Seattle Times
This chapel, formerly part of a Catholic seminary, was designed 50 years ago for the purpose of communion with God. But somehow - perhaps by accident, perhaps by design - the chapel also captured that most elusive of qualities: near-perfect acoustics. A half-dozen movie scores were recorded there, including "Brokeback Mountain," "About Schmidt" and "Mr. Holland's Opus." Musician Dave Matthews used it to record the orchestral track of his album "Some Devil." "It's a very special place," said Pam Vaughn, director of conference services for Bastyr university, "and people know that when they walk in."