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[NEW] HAPPY HOUR TWO WEEKS AWAY
Wednesday July 30th, 5-7pm at Sole Repair on Capitol Hill
You are invited to the new Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour sponsored by the Seattle Mayor's Office of Film + Music, WashingtonFilmWorks, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy, and Washington Interactive Network.
Seattle has been a growing hub for film, music and digital media over the past several years, and it is vital for these three communities to interact for our city to continue to thrive. This Happy Hour offers just such an environment for people from these industries to socialize, network, and build a unified community.
These Happy Hour events will be held on the last Wednesday of every month from 5 to 7pm, and will be hosted by Sole Repair, located at 1001 East Pike Street on Capitol Hill (near the corner of 10th and Pike). Drink tickets and food will be available for this kick-off event. Must be at least 21 or older to attend. We hope to see you there!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE IS ON LOCATION IN WASHINGTON
As part of their ongoing "On Location" series, MovieMaker magazine is asking you, Washington State filmmakers, to sum up in 50 words or less what it is about the state that inspires you as filmmakers-what benefits it offers that few other locales can-and why you choose to live, work and make movies here. Submissions should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and should include your city/state name in the subject line. Also, indicate how exactly you would like your name to appear, as well as title and credits-i.e. Joe Smith, Writer-Director (My Movie Title). In addition, MovieMaker would like to request a photo of you "on location" in Washington to accompany your written submission. Ideally, the photo should represent something significant about the region (some sort of landmark in the background, neighborhood, something on-set, etc.) Images should be saved at a resolution of at least 300 dpi, and ideally suited for 5 x 7 reprint. Furthermore, MovieMaker is looking to highlight several local film businesses. In addition to your quote, let them know about some of the most interesting and important film businesses in the Washington area (film schools, theaters, organizations, festivals, production services, etc.). Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, July 23rd. See the link above for an example of a past "On Location" article.
NORTHWEST FILM FORUM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH REOPENED
Northwest Film Forum continues to seek an Executive Director to take over from Michael Seiwerath who will be leaving the post soon. The deadline for applications has been extended to August 15th. The Executive Director takes the lead in shaping the vision of the organization, oversees all of Northwest Film Forum's operations, spearheads development and fundraising efforts for the organization, and is the chief advocate of the organization's mission to its members, its stakeholders, to the community at large, and to the cinema community world-wide.
BIZ KID$ SEEKS WEBMASTER
Biz Kid$, a local TV show about how kids can make and manage money, is looking for a Flash and HTML proficient webmaster to perform maintenance on their website over an estimated 10-15 hours per month. Contact Norma Straw at email@example.com for more information.
CHARANGA DANZÓN: AN EVENING OF CUBAN MUSIC AND FILM
Charanga Danzón, Seattle's Cuban Music Ensemble, is hosting an evening of Cuban music and film on Friday July 18th at 7:30pm at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center. The first half of the show will be a concert of live music with lots of dancing in the beautiful Great Hall of Fremont Abbey Arts Center. The concert will be followed by an 80-minute film, "Vampiros en La Habana" ("Vampires in Havana"), featuring a Latin Jazz soundtrack with the legendary Arturo Sandoval.
BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT'S INTRODUCTION TO "THE LANDLORD" NOW ONLINE
Comedian and filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait's introduction to Hal Ashby's debut feature "The Landlord" at the Northwest Film Forum is now available for viewing online. Goldthwait discusses Ashby's career, his recurring themes, and how they've affected Goldthwait's own film, "World's Greatest Dad," now filming in Seattle.
KEXP CONCERTS AT THE MURAL
Brought together by a shared commitment to innovative and culturally diverse programming, Seattle Center and KEXP 90.3FM have teamed up to present KEXP Concerts at the Mural, a series of eclectic evening concerts on two of the summer's sultriest weekends. Take advantage of the warm August nights and take in the tunes from some of KEXP's favorite artists. The four free all-ages shows are tailored to the culturally curious who seek to discover the best of the area's independent music scene. The concerts will be held August 15 & 16, 22 & 23, 2008 at 6 PM at the Mural Amphitheatre.
ALL-AGES MOVEMENT PROJECT SEEKS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
The All-ages Movement Project (AMP) is a member-driven network of organizations that promote independent music and art and build power with young people. AMP is looking for applicants that bring innovation, entrepreneurial drive, experience with the music industry, values of youth participation, and new ways to approach creating social and cultural change through music and art. The Development Director oversees all fundraising activities of AMP while co-creating the organization's overall work plan and strategy. Applications should be sent to Shannon Stewart at Shannon@allagesmovementproject.org.
"DEAR LEMON LIMA" LOOKING FOR INTERNS
Locally-shooting feature "Dear Lemon Lima" still needs interns for the production office, on set and with the wardrobe dept. Shooting begins 7/24 and goes till 8/28. The feature script has participated in IFP No Borders Market, Tribeca All Access and all of Film Independent's talent development labs for writers, directors and producers. If interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
"SUNDAY IN HELL" AND LOCALLY-MADE "PARASOL" TO PLAY AT BIKE-IN
Those attending the Northwest Film Forum's Second Annual Bike-In on Sunday July 20th will be treated not only to Jorgen Leth's "A Sunday in Hell," but also to a short by Seattle filmmaker Webster Crowell entitled "Parasol." "Parasol" is an animated film about bikes, dancing and speed, animated across a few thousand paper parasols. It features actors Sarah Harlett and Jonah Von Sprecken and a score by Jason Staczek. It was created with help from 4-Culture, Seattle Arts Commission, and Artist Trust.
KEXP NEEDS INTERNS
A number of great internship opportunities are opening up soon at KEXP. All start in September and have an August 15th deadline for applications. All internships can be taken for credit, though being a college student is not required. For more information, please visit the link above.
SEATTLE BAND'S MUSIC VIDEO TO SHOW ON EVERY VIRGIN AMERICA FLIGHT!
Local band The Apple War won Virgin America Airlines' "Land the Gig" battle
of the bands contest in April, earning the grand to prize of to having local filmmaker Jesse Harris direct a music video for their new hit, "Alarm Bell City." The music video can be seen on every Virgin America flight starting in August as part of their in-flight entertainment. See the link above to listen to tracks from The Apple War's debut CD and to watch the music video.
THIS WEEK'S OUT TO LUNCH CONCERTS Thursday July 17th - Pat Wright & the Good Foot Band at Westlake Park
Friday July 18th - Abbey Road Live at Westlake Park
Monday July 21st - Dr. Funk at Starbucks Center Front Porch
Tuesday July 22nd - Jovino Santos Neto at Freeway Park
Wednesday July 23rd - Kelly Jo Phelps at Freeway Park
The Downtown Seattle Association and Metropolitan Improvement District are proud to host the 29th season of the 2008 Out To Lunch Concert Series presented by Starbucks and Safeco. The free concerts run weekdays from July 7th through August 22nd between noon and 1:30pm. Locations vary, so check the link above for locations closest to you!
The Out to Lunch Concert Series continues this week with the following artists:
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 7/7 - 7/13
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
- The Saturday Knights - Mingle
- The Dutchess and the Duke - She's the Dutchess
- Head Like a Kite - There is Loud Laughter
- Jesse Sykes - Gentleness of Nothing
- The Gits - Best of the Gits
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Pearl Jam - Live at Easy Street
- Pierced Arrows - Straight to the Heart
INCENTIVES FOR MOVIEMAKERS PAY OFF
The film crew of "World's Greatest Dad" is shooting in Seattle thanks in part to WashingtonFilmWorks, which had a hand in writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait's decision to shoot here. Since last year, the state has offered financial incentives to production companies. If a feature film spends more than $500,000 in Washington on expenses such as food, housing and labor, WashingtonFilmWorks will pay 20 percent of the costs back to the production company. Amy Lillard Dee, executive director of WashingtonFilmWorks, said "World's Greatest Dad" is expected to spend $2 million in the state, netting the producers $400,000 in return. Washington is one of 47 states with such a program for filmmakers, and Dee acknowledged that the incentives are the reason the film is being shot here. She said 11 other feature films have either finished shooting or are set to shoot this summer in Washington state, six in the Seattle area.
E3 CONVENTION MUSIC GAMES TAKE CENTER STAGE
A virtual symphony of music-playing games will soon be lining store shelves as game publishers and console makers try to capitalize on the growing popularity of the genre. The latest is from Nintendo Co., which unveiled its "Wii Music" game here at the E3 video game convention Tuesday. Sales of music- and dance-related video games climbed to 17 million units in the United States last year, from 4.7 million units the year before, according to the NPD Group research firm. The phenomenon has been fueled by the games "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band," in which gamers score points while playing simplified plastic guitars and other instruments in time to music. Nintendo's goal with "Wii Music" was to give people the joy of performing without having to worry about hitting a wrong note or making a mistake, said Shigeru Miyamoto, the legendary Nintendo game designer, himself a guitar player.
CELEBRATING SUB POP ON SCREEN
Last weekend Sub Pop celebrated its 20th anniversary, and the story of the Seattle music scene is being retold all over again in the media. Probably the best and most surprisingly accurate description of what happened is the Doug Pray documentary "Hype!" "Hype!" is told from the perspective of the people swept up in the middle of the grunge scene, with Sub Pop at the epicenter of both the scene and the film's voice. Not only are there amazing live performances captured, but the film is hilarious, poking many holes in the mythology of the so-called genre.
SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE GETS SISTER SCHOOL IN GREENVILLE
Film Institutes of America is proud to announce that Greenville has been chosen as the location of its second film institute. The Carolina Film Institute is the sister school of the acclaimed Seattle Film Institute which was founded in 1994. Film Institutes of America selected Greenville as the location for its first expansion after engaging in a nationwide evaluation. Greenville was selected for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, its close proximity to other major cities, and for the film incentive programs offered by South Carolina, North Carolina, and Louisiana.
WASHINGTON STATE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
The Northwest Screenwriters Guild and Northwest Film Forum are pleased to announce the four finalists for the 11th Annual Washington State Screenplay Competition. The finalist screenplays, in no particular order, are "Crawl" by David Rech of Seattle, "Gravity Gaming" by Ruth Mary Kulstad of Seattle, "Castaway Vacation" by Deborah Kellogg of Woodinville, and "Revising Romance" by Kathy Dunnehoff of Kalispell, Montana. The finalists were chosen from a field of 70 entries.
LOCAL FILMMAKER WRITES ABOUT TRIP TO IRAN WITH RICK STEVES
Seattle filmmaker Abdi Sami offers some photos and stories about her March 2008 trip to Iran with Rick Steves. Says Sami, "Rick realized that the most powerful [way to increase understanding between America and Iran] would be to produce a television show introducing Americans to the true Iran ... the people, their extraordinary hospitality, their beautiful country, and ancient history."
FOO FIGHTERS BRING SEATTLE A KEYARENA ROCK PARTY
After 13 years, Seattle-originated Foo Fighters have found their place in the sun. It's their time to shine. Dave Grohl and company have reached the pinnacle of arena-rock success, and they're reveling in it.
INTERVIEW: MARK ARM
Mark Arm has been involved with Sub Pop since before there was a Sub Pop--he knew Bruce Pavitt back when Pavitt was publishing his fanzine Subterranean Pop, and the label's first non-compilation release was Dry as a Bone by his band Green River. Arm went on to Mudhoney, whose debut single "Touch Me I'm Sick" appeared on Sub Pop 20 years ago; this spring, the label released their new album The Lucky Ones. Pitchfork recently spoke to him about his longtime association with Sub Pop, and what Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman's brainchild has meant to the Seattle scene.
SEATTLE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL TAKES A ROMANTIC TURN
The Seattle Chamber Music Festival continues its current season with music of Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff and Faure Wednesday night at Lakeside School.
SERA CAHOONE: TINY DESK CONCERT
Sera Cahoone got her start playing drums for a few widely adored bands in the Pacific Northwest, most notably "Band of Horses" and the spell-checker-defying "Carissa's Wierd." But her self-titled, self-released 2006 album marked her as a fully formed talent - a warm and inviting singer whose songs convey world-weariness and homespun grace.
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, SUPERCHUNK TO HEADLINE BUMBERSHOOT
Bumbershoot announces Death Cab for Cutie and Superchunk to headline 2008 festival.
GREEN RIVER REUNION POWERS SUB POP PARTY
It was the birthday present everybody wanted from the start. Every member of original grunge band Green River, joined together for the first time in two decades.
PRELIMINARY DECIBEL FESTIVAL LINEUP ANNOUNCED
Today Decibel announced the initial lineup and pricing for the September event, Decibel's 5th edition. There have been rumors about the acts playing for weeks now, but this is the first official word. The festival will be held from September 25th through the 28th in venues all over the city.
SEATTLE SYMPHONY DIVERSIFIES THE PRODUCT LINE
The symphony embarks on some new, non-traditional programming directions as it faces a decline in season ticket buyers and tight finances. So far, it seems to be working.
BAND FROM LOCAL LAW FIRM BOOKED FOR A BIG GIG
The PCBs play classic rock. They even have two guys named Garth and Tor. Beyond that, though, they're just regular people with day jobs - and they're about to represent the Seattle office of law firm Perkins Coie in the eighth annual Battle of the Corporate Bands, an international competition for office warriors and their inner guitar heroes.
SUB POP ELDERS CELEBRATE AT THE SHOWBOX
In attendance at Sub Pop's twentieth birthday celebration Saturday night at Showbox were none other than Tad Doyle, Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan. All three have been involved with the label in different incarnations since its birth; Doyle's TAD and Dulli's Afghan Whigs were among the first bands to be signed by Sub Pop.
LOCAL BANDS, COMMON MARKET AND THE CLASSIC CRIME STOP BY THE END'S BEACH HOUSE
This weekend, The End 107.7 plays host to local rock band The Classic Crime and Seattle hip hop group Common Market. The Classic Crime will be stopping by Friday July 18th at 8pm in preparation for their CD release party the following Tuesday at the Showbox Market with Moneta. Common Market will play Saturday at 7pm.
TWENTY REASONS SP20 RULED
After scores of jokes, hundreds of songs, gallons of sweat and dozens of shredded vocal chords, SP20, the mid-July music festival celebrating 20 years of Sub Pop, one of Seattle's greatest music institutions, drew to a close. While the year-long anniversary continues with the resuscitation of the label's Singles Club, the two days of music at Marymoor Park will forever live as the birthday party. Sound's intrepid reporters put together a list of 20 points to remember.