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FILMMAKERS: LIST YOURSELF FOR FREE ON THE NEW WASHINGTON FILM PRODUCTION INDEX
Washington Production Index
Washington Filmworks has partnered with Media Index Publishing to redesign the online NW Production Index. The revised index was created to be much more user friendly to local crew, vendors, and companies as well as production companies film productions coming into town. The website will include a job board of current and upcoming film productions and will list only Washington-based crew and companies film industry professionals. List yourself today to ensure the site will be fully representative of the depth and talent of crew and infrastructure in Washington State - your listing will just how robust an industry we really have! Free listings are for crew listings only. To check out the new site, click the link.
DISCOVER SEATTLE BANDS WITH FREE MP3S
Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is giving away over a dozen studio tracks and live recordings for the low, low price of a fan survey. Click here, answer four questions and feast your ears on tunes from Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, Handful of Luvin', The Not-Its!, Tingstad & Rumbel, Del Rey, Seattle Chamber Players, Jovino Santos Neto and many more! This free Seattle music sampler features 13 live recordings from concerts at City Hall and five studio tracks from bands headlining the summer concerts at City Hall.
CHECK OUT 40 YEARS OF BUMBERSHOOT ARTWORK AT CITY HALL
Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs
Bumbershoot is celebrating their 40th year in 2010. To commemorate this milestone and highlight the city's role in fostering what has become one of the nation's largest music and arts festivals, a special exhibition at City Hall will feature posters and original artwork from the artists who defined Bumbershoot's look over the past four decades. 'Umbrella for the Arts: 40 Years of Bumbershoot Artwork' will be on display through Sept. 7. Attend an artist reception, 5-7pm, Thursday, July 8 in the lobby of City Hall. An artist talk featuring key artists and designers who have defined Bumbershoot's look will be held 5:30-7pm, Tuesday, Aug. 3 in the lobby of City Hall. Both events are free and open to the public. The exhibition will showcase original artwork from the collections of the city of Seattle and One Reel. In addition to original artworks and the fine arts posters, official Bumbershoot posters-developed each year for promotional purposes by a "who's who" of Seattle graphic designers-will also be on display. For more information, follow the link.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
FREE FILMMAKERS SYMPOSIUM WITH PHIL CAMPBELL AND CHARLES MUDEDE
Tonight's your chance to meet the author of Zioncheck for President, the novel that inspired Stephan Gyllenhaal-directed Grassroots (currently filming in Seattle, starring Jason Biggs). As part of the Sorrento Hotel's Penthouse Symposium Series, author Phil Campbell and writer for The Stranger, Charles Mudede, will host a discussion about capturing the spirit of time and place in both words and film. The night will begin with a discussion of the Seattle film scene with Mudede. Campbell will follow with a reading from his new book, a global-warming satire set in Memphis, Tennessee. The event is free, but space is limited. For information about reservations, follow the Sorrento Hotel link.
CALL FOR ARTIST TRUST PROGRAMS INTERN
Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Get a peek into non-profit arts administration and the artists and resources of the state as a Programs Intern. As an intern, you'll assist with gathering information about funding opportunities, help with the distribution of Art Source, Artists' Assets and other published materials, and lend a hand with the administration of annual grant programs. Visit the link for information about the position and how to apply.
SECOND INSTALLMENT OF BEACON ROCKS! IS THIS SUNDAY JULY 11
Beacon Rocks! is a free, outdoor, family-friendly music series meant to be a fun opportunity to build community ties and give local musicians a place to play in their neighborhood. The series continues on Sunday afternoons this summer July 11, August 8, and August 29. This installment features Tribal Style Belly of Dance, Seattle Fandango Project, Autumn Electric, JJ DelSerra, The Beaconettes, Jack Lenoir & friends and the Screaming Starts. The performances will be from 1:00 - 5:00 pm at the Lander Festival Street on Beacon Hill.
JOIN 911 MEDIA ARTS FOR OPEN SCREENING
Open Screening is a 911 Seattle Media Arts "open mike night" for film, video and digital media arts; an open forum for filmmakers and digital media artists ranging from amateur to professional. Discussion follows each screening. Open Screening is held the second Sunday of every month at 8:00pm in the screening room at Seattle Film Institute (SFI) hosted by Greg Gould. Bring your works on DVD or VHS, disc/tape and in some cases computer. Make sure it's cued, maximum ten minutes in length, first come-first screened. For more information including directions, follow the link.
OUTDOOR FILMS HELP SEATTLE CELEBRATE SUMMER
Summer is here, and what better way to enjoy it than catching a flick under the stars. Opportunities abound from Kirkland to West Seattle to Renton and all the places in between. The Twilight films are popular picks, playing at Carillon Point, Everett Cinema, Mercer Island, Liberty Park and the Mural Amphitheatre. Other highlights include Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at Cal Anderson Park on July 16, The Sandlot at Redhook Ale Brewery on July 29, and Metropolis with live accompaniment by the Super 8s at Fremont Studios on July 31. For the jam-packed listing, click on the link.
MAELSTROM INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL IS OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival
Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival, Seattle's genre film festival, is seeking features, documentaries, short films, and animation for the second annual festival, to be held September 17-19. MIFFF showcases action, animation, fantasy, horror, science fiction, and other mind-blowing films from across the globe. The final deadline to submit is August 9. For more information or to enter, follow the above link.
RAWSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS TO ACT THEATRE
Following on the success of the EPIC project it staged in March, the Rawstock Film Festival returns to the Central Heating Lab at ACT Theatre to once again showcase Seattle's most visceral filmmakers. This time, the Festival is providing audiences with a series of two hour installments featuring some unique and often irreverent short films. The core of the program will be the world premiere of the most recent episode of Every Day Is a Journey, a series of five-minute films that, through six installments, will tell a story that has no predetermined course. Each month, a different Seattle filmmaker continues the story in his or her own way. The event will take place on July 14. For more information about the Rawstock Film Festival, follow the link above.
ARTIST HEALTH CLINIC WRAPS UP PILOT PROGRAM AND SEEKS ASSESSMENT VOLUNTEERS
The Artist Clinic, a pilot program initiated by Washington Artists Health Insurance Program (WAHIP) at Country Doctor Community Clinic, concluded as of June 30. Through the work of ArtistTrust and their partners, they were able to provide $75 vouchers to 100 King County artists - visual artists, musicians, dancers and writers. They are in the process of conducting an inline assessment of the program and its impact. They are seeking volunteers to assist with data entry and report creation. If you are interested in learning more about the program or helping out with assessment, follow the link.
JOIN SEATTLE COMPOSERS ALLIANCE FOR 'THINKING IN THE KEY OF O'
Seattle Composers Alliance
The Seattle Composers Alliance presents "Ron Jones: Thinking In the Key of "O": Orchestration in the 21st Century." The SCA is delighted to welcome Ron Jones, composer for such hit shows as "Family Guy" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Ron has been composing for over 37 years and is eager to share his experience and wisdom with a new generation of composers. "Thinking In the Key of 'O'" involves expanding ideas about orchestration beyond the traditional scope of the subject. Ron will give examples and talk about various ways we can improve our compositional and orchestrational skills, from reverse engineering the works of great composers like Ravel to coming up with sets of Musical Construction Materials to speed up the writing process. The event is Thursday, July 22 from 7:30-9:30pm at the Soundbridge at Benaroya Hall. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, follow the link.
1 REEL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINEUP, FOCUSES ON LOCAL FILMS
SIFF Cinema will once again take part in Bumbershoot: Seattle's extraordinary music and arts festival. The 1 Reel Film Festival will present more than 100 US and international short films, as well as three feature films, at SIFF Cinema over Labor Day weekend, September 3-6, 2010. The will show several different film packages, including 'Best of SIFF 2010 Jury Award Winners' features three of the jury favorites from this year's festival, including locally made White Lines and The Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug. 'The Best of Northwest High School Film festival' celebrates the innovation and creativity of high school short filmmaking from across the Puget Sound. 'Bumbershoot: Seattle Performs' features five short film biopics focusing on the many talents of Seattle citizens, I Am Secretly An Important Man is a feature length documentary film portrait of Steven J. Bernstein, one of Seattle's most celebrated and controversial figures. And as if that weren't enough the 'Made in Seattle' package features four films made and produced right here in Seattle. For a full detail of the local films as well as other films in this jam packed weekend, follow the link.
PERFORMANCE WITH VIDEO WORKSHOP OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT
In this workshop, you will learn the basic theory and practice of performance with video. Participants will explore - through lecture, screenings, discussion, in-class improvisation and group work - how contemporary artists use pre-recorded video in live performance. You will consider what video is, what performance is and how video can be used to open up new possibilities for the development of a performance. Participants will be working with found and pre-taped images as well as video images taped within the workshops. You will create live interaction with pre-recorded video images (both video projection and video monitors). The deadline to apply is July 27, with the workshops held on Sundays from 10-1 on August 1, 8 and 15. For more information including registration and financial aid opportunities, follow the link.
CHECK OUT FREE CONCERT AT EMP|SFM THIS THURSDAY
On Thursday, July 8, from 7 - 10 pm, Seattle Center and EMP present SummerSound, a FREE all-ages concert located at Center Square, on the west side of the EMP. The show will feature performances by Kids and Animals, Idiot Pilot, People Eating People and SEACATS. 107.7 The End DJ Harms will emcee the event. All the acts were voted on by members of The Soundboard and EMP's Youth Advisory Board. For further details, follow the link.
SALMON BAY EAGLES CLUB HOSTS A FREE TEEN MUSIC NIGHT FEATURING SILENT-APPEAL
Salmon Bay Eagles Club
The Salmon Bay Eagles Club in Ballard will host a summer teen night on Friday, July 16 from 8-10pm. The club, which is traditionally known as the longest running blues club in Seattle, had their first teen music night in May with an almost capacity crowd. The July 16 show will again feature Silent Appeal and friends playing mostly acoustic and softer rock arrangements. "The night is really about letting some of the local high school age talent come out and share their music with the older and younger crowds," said Dennis Zyvoloski, who is the club's Music Coordinator. "We are an all-ages club, and it is great to provide a venue for these kids to get started, and hopefully in turn, inspire some of the younger kids in the audience to pick up an instrument." The Salmon Bay Eagles club is located at 5216 20th Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107, and their website for details and directions follows the link.
RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR FREE CONCERT AT JAZZ ALLEY
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley presents vocalist Somi for a complimentary show at Jazz Alley. Reservations are required. In celebration of her third album, If the Rains Come First, a new release of self-penned story-based songs, a meditation on opening ourselves up to life's blessings and challenges much in the way that we accept the rain and all that it brings. Singing in English and three East African languages, Somi's vocal delivery is subtle yet the power she exerts is enormous. Somi has collaborated with such greats as John Legend, Cassandra Wilson, Mos Def and Paul Simon. Most recently, internationally renowned Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Raichel featured her vocals on his latest album,Within My Walls (Cumbancha), on the track "Maisha," which Somi also co-wrote. In addition to her own works, Somi also aims to bring other important cultural gems to light and has founded a non-profit arts organization, New Africa Live, committed to producing multidisciplinary events that celebrate contemporary African artists. Show time on Monday is 7:30pm and doors will open at 6:00pm.
BROWN PAPER TICKETS IS HIRING PUBLICISTS IN HUMAN INTEREST AND ENTERTAINMENT
Brown Paper Tickets, based in Fremont, is currently seeking two full-time Publicists for three-month contracts that could potentially turn into permanent positions. Applicants should have a background in either Entertainment or Human Interest media outreach. You'll help identify stories and audiences, pitch media, join forum discussions, and really get to know each group and how to best let them know what's happening. For a full list of job tasks, desired qualifications and ways to apply, follow the link.
CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY DAILY SCHEDULE & ADDITIONAL BANDS ANNOUNCED
Sound on Sound
Capitol Hill Block Party is right around the corner, and they have announced the final lineup including the daily schedule. Diehard fans can begin to formulate their game plan to ensure maximum sonic capacity. New bands to the lineup include The Maldives, The Head and The Heart, Avi Buffalo, S, Happy Birthday, Math and Physics Club, Book of Black Earth, Ravenna Woods and Victor Shade. One spot remains TBA. This is the first year the venerable Seattle music festival has programmed a third day, and they will be hosting concerts on three stages.
SEATTLE OPERA PREVIEW LECTURE: "TRISTAN UND ISOLDE"
Members of the Seattle Opera's education staff will lead an informal opera discussion designed to give the community orientation to the upcoming opera, "Tristan und Isolde." which will run from July 31-August 21 at McCaw Hall. Nearly 150 years after its premiere, Wagner's opera remains one of the most influential musical works of all time. The lecture is informal and will include musical excerpts. The free event will take place at the Frye Art Museum on Sunday, July 11 at 2:00pm. For more information about this event as well as the Seattle Opera's calendar, please click on the above link.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 6/28 - 7/4
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Band of Horses "Infinite Arms"
- Blitzen Trapper "Destroyer of the Void"
- Moondoggies "You'll Find No Answers Here"
- Damien Jurado "Saint Bartlett"
- Fresh Espresso "Glamour"
- New Pornographers "Together
- The Head and the Heart "self titled"
- State of the Artist "Seattlecalifragilistic"
- Hey Marseilles "To Travel & Trunks"
- Band of Horses "Cease To Begin"
PRODUCTION OF THE WEEK
Welcome to the Office of Film + Music's inaugural column 'Production of the Week'. In this column, our goal is to highlight the amazing artistic efforts of our local filmmaking community and the broad positive economic impact it has on our region. Be sure to pay regular attention to this section of the newsletter for a new production every week. This week we profile Grassroots.
Capitol Hill Seattle
Grassroots is the fourth feature film to shoot in Seattle this year. The film is written and directed by Steven Gyllenhaal, produced by Peggy Rajski, and stars Jason Biggs, Joel David Moore, Lauren Ambrose, and Cedric the Entertainer. Now in their second week of filming you may see them around Capitol Hill and other Seattle landmarks through August. This production will employ over 70 local crew and talent and strongly feature Seattle as a character. The quintessentially Seattle story follows the fabled race for Seattle City Council Position 8, wherein an ex-Stranger writer and a Monorail devotee team up to take on the political establishment. About filming in Seattle, Gyllenhall says "The Old Hollywood is fading away and the New Hollywood is here in Seattle."
FOLLOW THESE TIPS FOR CRACKING INTO THE MUSIC BLOGOSPHERE
Music Think Tank
Music Think Tank offers nine solid tips for musicians trying to get their music featured on blogs. Popular music bloggers receive TONS of e-mail daily, and it's impossible for most of them to read and respond to every single submission that they get from an artist. From how to write a good subject line to following up, this editorial piece offers helpful suggestions to breaking through the melee and getting the attention of influential music bloggers. To read the article, follow the link.
PITCHFORK NAMES 'MR. PETERSON' BY PERFUME GENIUS A BEST NEW TRACK
Perfume Genius is the moniker of local musician Mike Hadreas, whose debut album was just released on local label Matador Records. Already garnering lots of positive attention fromThe Stranger, BBC and Stereogum, and playing sold out shows in Paris, he also received a 'Best new tracks' lauding from internet tastemaker Pitchfork. About the album, "His brand of home-recorded pop sounds unbelievably intimate, with evocatively detailed lyrics that range from raw confessions to memories stained with longing. At times, you can literally hear Hadreas' feet hit the piano pedals as he plays." To listen to the track, "Mr. Peterson," and to read the full review, follow the link.
FEDERAL REGULATORS SEIZE DOMAIN NAMES AND BANK ASSETS OF ALLEGED MOVIE PIRATES
Adding some swashbuckling to its tough talk on fighting piracy, the federal government on Wednesday seized several websites that had offered downloads of pirated movies such as Toy Story 3 and Iron Man 2 within hours of their release in theaters. Federal authorities announced that they had seized domain names from nine websites engaged in the "criminal theft of American movies and television." Combined, the sites drew 6.7 million visitors a month, authorities said. Officials also seized assets from 15 bank, investment and advertising accounts and executed residential search warrants in North Carolina, New York, New Jersey and Washington. The crackdown, which involved 100 agents working in 11 states and the Netherlands, was part of a renewed campaign dubbed Operation in Our Sites by federal authorities to curb Internet counterfeiting and piracy. The announcement comes a week after the Obama administration unveiled a detailed plan on how to tackle global piracy, including targeting illegal websites. The studios say they lose hundreds of millions annually to piracy. Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement that the actions were necessary to protect the jobs and livelihoods of "ordinary working people" and warned others engaged in similar websites. "If your business model is piracy, your story will not have a happy ending," Bharara said.
Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel White, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Laura Brewer, Intern
Alex Hudson, Intern