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RESPOND TO SEATTLE'S NEW NIGHTLIFE INITIATIVE
Seattle Film + Music Blog
Last night Mayor McGinn officially announced plans for the Nightlife Initiative. This is an item particularly near and dear to our hearts at the Office of Film + Music, and we have been thrilled with the media coverage and response of the city. Hopes are high for continued community participation with these proposals, and we encourage all of you to take the Seattle Nightlife Initiative survey. Also, please peruse our listing of media coverage from last night's event by following the link above.
SPECIAL THANKS TO FORMER INTERN GINA CORSIGLIA
With the Office of Film + Music's internship program in its fourth year with 17 alums, we want to make sure to highlight the impact they have on our work. Gina Corsiglia's internship concluded early this month after beginning work here in January. Aside from contributing her writing and editing skills to compiling our weekly newsletter and blog, Gina helped strengthen and grow Film + Music Office's social media campaign on Twitter and Facebook. Gina also assisted in planning and hosting Film + Music events like the 2010 Seattle Party at SXSW and our monthly Happy Hours. She also helped coordinate and host the first ever music commission meeting last month. Gina loves rap music, talking about the politics of art, YouTube videos of the highest caliber, having the world's coolest iFauxn and of course, Justin Bieber. Gina, you will be missed! Check out Gina on LinkedIn to contact her and learn more about the awesomeness.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
"TRISTAN UND ISOLDE" OPENS SEATTLE OPERA'S NEW SEASON
The Seattle Opera begins its 2010/11 season on July 31, 2010, with Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde" in a new production conducted by Asher Fisch, Principal Guest Conductor at Seattle Opera, and directed by Peter Kazaras. Seattle Opera's new production of this masterpiece attempts to explore the concept of "Tristan" time: an experience of heightened awareness, of time that reaches back and forth into different dimensions, of the magnification of time. "Tristan und Isolde" will run for seven performances: July 31, August 4, 7, 12, 15 (matinee), 18, 21, 2010. For more information about the performance and how to buy tickets, follow the link.
THE GRAND ILLUSION NEEDS YOUR HELP
Grand Illusion Cinema
The Grand Illusion Cinema- the longest running independent cinema in the city and a landmark of the Seattle film community- needs your support. Opened in 1968 by Randy Findley in a converted dentist's office, the cinema became the city's first arthouse and showcased foreign and revival films. They are feeling the effects of the bad economy pretty severely. If you love seeing things like classic Humphrey Bogart movies and Shaw Brothers kung fu projected in 35mm to contemporary art-house, foreign, and independent releases, show your love by becoming a member or making a donation. It's a 100% top to bottom volunteer, non-profit theater, so be assured that every dollar you spend at the G.I. goes towards keeping it open and running. You can help out by becoming a member, renewing your membership, making a donation and going to see films! Check out their website at the link.
CAST AND CREW SCREENING OF 'HOLLOW' AT SIFF CINEMA
Hollow, the feature film debut for local writer/director Chris Corey and executive producers Antonio Aramburu and Jennifer Corey, was shot entirely on location in the surrounding Puget Sound area using only local talent. The film tells the story of a drug dealer wrestling his conscience, an exotic dancer pressured to do more, a narcotics detective with a his own addictions and a reformed street thug trying to right a wrong colliding at the hands of a ruthless strip club owner who will let nothing stand in his way. The special presentation will take place on Saturday, July 24 at 2:30pm. Click the link for more information about the film and to purchase tickets.
BECU COMMERCIALS KEEPING IT ALL-LOCAL
Community Credit Union BECU recently launched its latest commercial, which was shot here in Seattle and features real BECU members. The spot, entitled "Dream," was filmed in various places throughout the Puget Sound region, including Lake Union, Capitol Hill and West Seattle. The music is "Side by Side" by the Seattle band The Dutchess & The Duke. BECU also worked with a local photographer and local production company, Digital Kitchen, and hired all local cast and crew. This is not BECU's first experience working with local talent. Previous commercial spots have included music by Northwest bands such as The Blakes and The Fruit Bats, and the company always uses local BECU members and Seattle production companies. The link above sends you to "Dream," but be sure to check out the other suggested videos to preview BECU's other local work.
ARTISTS' BUSINESS PLAN WORKSHOP
Part of being a working artist is marketing yourself, handling your own finances, and being as business-savvy as possible. This one-day workshop on July 17th (9am-4pm with a working lunch) is formed to help you create that business plan, which is not only intended to help you design a map for a successful artistic future but raise your level of artistry as well. This workshop is not for the humor-impaired and helps filmmakers, musicians, visual artists, actors, or anyone interested in pursuing artistic careers. Scholarships are available based on financial need and a written essay. For more information about how to apply, follow the link.
SEATTLE MUSIC PARTNERS SEEKS EDUCATION DIRECTOR
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Seattle Music Partners is looking for an experienced and dynamic instrumental music instructor to teach in an urban school environment and lead an established team in implementing curriculum for an innovative after-school program that works with underserved youth. SMP is a growing non-profit that provides free, after-school music lessons to underserved elementary and middle school students in Seattle's Central District. The Education Director, with the Executive Director, Program Director and Program Coordinator, will oversee the after-school instrumental music instruction of students from 4th through 8th grades. For a full list of responsibilities, qualifications and application details, follow the link.
MEDIEVAL WOMEN'S CHOIR SEEKS AN ADMINISTRATOR
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
The Medieval Women's Choir, one of the few choirs in the United States specializing in medieval music, seeks an Administrator. This one-third time position works closely with the artistic director and the Board of Directors. Responsibilities include: bookkeeping and financial management, ticketing and box office, concert production and artist management, donor relations, grant-writing support, choir enrollment, vendor relationships, volunteer recruitment and management. Interest in choral and/or early music, experience in publicity and marketing and familiarity with social media are highly desirable. The work is done from home, and hours are flexible and variable. The deadline to apply is July 23, 2010. For a full list of responsibilities, qualifications and application details, follow the link.
TEEN TIX'S TEENY AWARDS ANNOUNCED
Teen Tix's, Seattle's arts access program for teenagers, has announced Teeny Awards. The awards presented every Spring by the Teen Steering Committee based on member voting, and aim to empower young audiences, to reward youth-friendly programming choices and to acknowledge those organizations where young audience members feel particularly welcomed and valued. In the realm of film and music, awards were given to NWFF and SIFF Cinema for Best Film of 2009-2010, EMP for Best Music Performance of 2009-2010 for SoundOff! 2010, Seattle Symphony for Best Seats in the House and Best Performing Arts Organization, and to SIFF for Best Film Organization. For a full list of participating organizations and to learn more about the Teen Tix program, follow the link. Congratulations to all!
REELGRRLS IS HIRING AN ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER
Reel Grrls is looking for an energetic individual with a passion for media production and girl empowerment to serve as their Administrative Manager. They are a small nonprofit organization seeking a highly organized and creative individual to help manage their administrative activities. The schedule is 24 hours a week on a flexible basis: three eight-hour days or four or five shorter days. Reel Grrls is a unique media and technology training program that empowers girls to critique media images and to gain media technology skills in a safe, open environment, mentored by a network of multi-cultural women media professionals. The closing date for the position is July 23. For a full list of responsibilities, qualifications and application details, follow the link.
SHARE YOUR FOOTAGE WITH LIFE IN A DAY
Want to be part of a revolutionary filmmaking experience? Life In A Day is a historic global experiment to create a user-generated feature film, shot in a single day, by people around the globe. On July 24, participants have 24 hours to capture a glimpse of their lives on camera. The most compelling and distinctive footage will be edited into an experimental documentary film, produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin Macdonald. The film will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011 and will be available on YouTube. Click on the above link for more information.
DON'T MISS THE SEATTLE REMAKE OF 'CALAMARI UNION' AT NORTHWEST FILM FORUM
Northwest Film Forum
Calamari Union is an ultra-hip absurdist comedy by Finland's Aki Kaurismaki. The original film is a blend of deadpan humor, idiosyncratic irony, mannered minimalism and compelling humanism and is a classic of Finish cinema. Richard Lefebvre is a local filmmaker who adapted Kaurismaki's work, set the tale here in Seattle and cast some of the Seattle music scene's most prominent figures, including A-Holes guitarist Otis P. Otis, Mudhoney's Mark Arm, Himsa guitarist Sammi Curr, celebrity street urchin Slats (RIP), promoter/Beltholes' drummer Kwab Copeland, Caustic Resin front man Brett Netson, Spits leader Sean Spits and Makers' mastermind Mike Maker. The film made a splash when it debuted in 2008, and the Northwest Film Forum is bringing it back for two nights only, July 16 and 17. Follow the link for more details!
PITCHFORK SEEKS WRITERS
Trend-setter, taste-maker, hipster magnet Pitchfork is looking for writers to review new albums and tracks on a freelance basis. Candidates should have a deep knowledge of music past and present, with a particular interest in emerging artists, and must be able to communicate ideas clearly with a unique and engaging voice. The deadline to apply is July 25. Click on the link for more information about the position and about how to apply.
THREE DOLLAR BILL OUTDOOR CINEMA KICKS OFF THIS FRIDAY
Three Dollar Bill Cinema
Three Dollar Bill Cinema, the local film association dedicated to providing access to films by, for, and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their families, is kicking off their annual Outdoor Cinema series this Friday July 16 at Capitol Hill's Cal Anderson Park. This year they present four films, showing every other Friday from now until the end of August. The theme is 'Blonde but not Forgotten' and kicks off with Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, starring the most famous of all Hollywood blondes, Marilyn Monroe. All screenings are free and begin at sunset (around 8:30/9pm) at the southeast corner of the park. Concessions will be sold, and a limited number of lawn chairs will be available for rent.
IFP SEATTLE BACKS FILM PROJECT 'BLVD ST. GERMAIN DES PRES'
Blvd St. Germain des Pres
Blvd St. Germain des Pres is a romantic comedy about Wendy, an American woman, living in Paris who is unknowingly being pursued by an eccentric French man who has fallen madly in love with her after stumbling across her profile on an online social network. Based on real life events of the director's, it features lots of local talent including director Ilena D. Vasquez, Wardrobe Designer Ronald Leamon and 1st AD Tony Becerra. Carlos Leal of Casino Royale and Broken Embraces is set to star in the film, which begins filming in Paris this August.
PINEHURSTFEST GOES DOWN THIS WEEKEND
Pinehurstfest is the annual Pinehurst neighborhood community celebration featuring live music, community information booths, free games and activities for children and free refreshments for all. The event takes place this Saturday, July 17 from 2-5pm at the Pinehurst Playfield. Blues and jazz musicians including Ask the Ages, Phantoms of Soul, Eric Madis Trio, Alika Madis Group and Brian Butler Trio will perform throughout the afternoon. For more information about the free event, click the link.
UNDER 19? JOIN THE TEEN TIX TEEN STEERING COMMITTEE
Teen Tix's Teen Steering Committee is a group of opinionated and highly dedicated individuals who are committed to making the arts accessible for young people. The work of the steering committee involves developing innovative marketing techniques for promoting the arts to teenagers, writing and creating content for the Teen Tix blog, website, and other media outlets, meeting with leaders from various arts organizations to share ideas and learn about what they do, planning and helping execute special events at Participating Organizations and of course seeing shows! If you believe that the arts are valuable, if you want to help make the arts accessible for everyone regardless of age or income and if you want to be a leader in Seattle's youth arts movement, they need your voice! The steering committee meets monthly during the school year and participation can qualify for Service Learning at your school. To learn about the nomination process, follow the link.
LOCAL COMPOSER WINS AWARD OF MERIT FROM THE ACCOLADE COMPETITION
Nan Avant, composer, has won a prestigious Award of Merit from The Accolade Competition. The award was given for Avant's original score for the feature film, Unremembered, directed by Portland Oregon's award-winning director and screenwriter, Greg Kerr. Unremembered is a complex thriller told in non-linear time about a man who has no past. Says Nan Avant, "Winning an Accolade Award is a great honor, and I am thrilled that the award was given for the score in Unremembered. When I first read the screenplay I knew this would be an exciting film to score." The Accolade recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Information about The Accolade and a list of recent winners can be found at the link.
GET YOUR HANDS ON A COPY OF THE CRYBABY STUDIOS SEATTLE COMPILATION
Seattle's CryBaby Studios has recorded a compilation CD with 12 local up-and-coming bands and is having a release show Friday July 16th at Neumos. Attendees receive a free copy of the compilation at the door, which features My Goodness, Lovesick, King Dude, Hallways and lots of other. CryBaby Studios has 50 practice spaces but has recently built a professional recording facility on-site. Check the website for details to see the show and CD details.
FREE MUSIC IN SEATTLE SQUARE
The Seattle Square
The Seattle Square is an outdoor Saturday Market featuring locally designed and manufactured apparel and crafts. Accompanying Market shopping is music from local DJs, including Sun Tzu Sound, DJ D'Nelski, Superpimps and DJ Queso Fundido. Seattle Square takes place every Saturday afternoon beginning this Saturday, July 17 through the end of September in Occidental Park in Pioneer Square. Families welcome! For more information about Seattle Square and its performers, follow the link.
MUSIC AND FILM NETWORKING EVENT TONIGHT
The Seattle Composers Alliance and Seattle Area Filmmakers are hosting a night of drinks and networking in Georgetown tonight. The event, which is from 7-9pm tonight at The Mix, provides musicians and filmmakers the opportunity to network, see old friends and meet potential new collaborators. Be sure to seize the opportunities at this free event. For more information including directions, follow the link.
JOIN JACK STRAW FOR THE MEET THE ARTIST NIGHT
Jack Straw Productions
Jack Straw Productions is pleased to present an evening in their studios with Captain Gravel, Jes Raymond and Andrea Baumgarten. This event is free and open to the public of all ages. The night is part of their Meet the Artist Series, featuring performances and discussion with resident artists in their Artist Support Program. Captain Gravel has recorded a CD of their original music, fusing bluegrass and rock. Singer-songwriter Jes Raymond recently released Even the Trees, an album of contemporary folk music that she recorded during her Jack Straw residency. Singer Andrea Baumgarten (Ride the Ballad) is recording a collection of traditional, unaccompanied ballads. The meet and greet is Wednesday July 21, begins at 7:00 pm and is held at the Jack Straw studios. For further details on this and upcoming events follow the link.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 6/29 - 7/13
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Hey Marseilles "To Travel & Trunks"
- Band of Horses "Infinite Arms"
- Moondoggies "You'll Find No Answers Here"
- Blitzen Trapper "Destroyer of the Void"
- Head & the Heart "Head & The Heart"
- New Pornographers "Together"
- Kate Tucker "White Horses"
- S "I'm Not As Good At It As You"
- Maldives "Listen to the Thunder"
- Dusty 45s "Fortunate Man"
PRODUCTION OF THE WEEK
Welcome to the Office of Film + Music's '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 Lodestar Film's production of "Honda Evergreen".
LODESTAR FILMS "Honda Evergreen"
Seattle and Washington State have always been popular filming destinations for car commercials. This week Lodestar Films has come to town to film running footage for national Honda commercials. The production is employing over 20 local crew members, and talent will feature Seattle, Tacoma, and other regional locales. "I'm always happy to show off our amazing locations," says location scout/manager Ken Coble. "The hope is it will encourage more productions to choose Washington as their location." During the last two years of economic downturn, car commercial shoots have fallen dramatically. Is this an indicator of more commercial spending to come?
CHECK OUT INTERVIEW WITH VERA PROJECT CO-DIRECTOR NICK TURNER
Vera Project's week-long fundraiser, "A Drink For the Kids" is a series of nights at bars in which a portion of drink proceeds go to Vera Project, capped off by a set from Brite Futures (formerly Natalie Portman's Shaved Head) at Neumos. The drinking began at West 5 last night.Vera's
got all the details for the rest of the week. To help fuel the excitement of the week, Nick Turner, co-director of Vera, spoke to Seattle Weekly about KEXP, vitaminwater, and why we won't be drinking for the kids at Vera anytime soon. Check out the full interview at the link, and be sure to head over to Vera's site for a full listing of the hosts of "A Drink For the Kids."
CHECK OUT THE NEWEST INSTALLMENT OF KEXP DOCUMENTARY SERIES: "HIP-HOP: THE NEW SEATTLE SOUND"
This week's installment of the KEXP 10-part series "Hip-Hop: The New Seattle Sound" features local duo Fresh Espresso. The four elements of hiphop, graffiti, dancing, beats and rhymes have expanded to include a whole host of artistic outlets including fashion design, photography and multimedia. The duo Fresh Espresso, made up of Rik Rude and P Smoov, consider themselves to be part of a collective of artists working in all kinds of creations. In this interview, P Smoov talks about getting his start making beats, how he wrote one of his most popular songs while homeless and living in an abandoned building and also gives advice to artists who just starting out. You can listen to the documentary after the link, and you can catch Fresh Espresso at the Capitol Hill Block Party on July 25.
KICKSTARTER AND OTHERS ALLOW BANDS AND FILMMAKERS TO RAISE THEIR OWN FUNDS
New York Times
When it comes to artistic careers these days, collaboration really is the name of the game. With an unprecedented amount of competition in this digital age, musicians and filmmakers work like never before to garner interest, investment and industry deals. Kickstarter (and other sites like SellaBand) is a new and exciting concept, making it possible for bands and filmmakers to use their increasing fan base to raise funds for their projects. Started last year, the company has become an unexpected influence on indie culture, a new model for a D.I.Y. generation. Here's how it works: an artist group sets up a Kickstarter project page, for example, to raise a set dollar amount for a particular goal, like recording an album. Friends and fans make pledges with a credit card tied to the Amazon Payments system, but it's a conditional pledge. The cards are charged only if there are enough pledges to meet the fund-raising goal in 90 days. And the widespread and innovative trend is hitting the Seattle area. Seattle-made feature film The Off Hours used Kickstarter during preproduction and production this Spring, and musicians like Shelby Earl, whose latest album features collaborations with members of The Maldives, SHIM, Telekinesis, Long Winters and some former Fleet Foxes, is requesting friends, families and fans to act as patrons for her tunes. For more information about these websites and how to best use them for your own projects, click on the link.
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