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RESPOND TO SEATTLE'S NEW NIGHTLIFE INITIATIVE
Seattle Film + Music Blog
By now most have heard that 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.
HAPPY HOUR IS NEXT WEEK AT SPITFIRE
Office of Film + Music
Join us at Spitfire next Wednesday, July 28 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!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
TOO MANY WASHINGTON AND SEATTLE MOVIES ARE FILMED OUT OF STATE
"Most movies can be made anywhere," says Amy Dee, director of Washington Filmworks, a state-funded nonprofit that promotes moviemaking here. Where movies are made, she says, often depends on government subsidies. Yet more often than not, Seattleites are watching their city's cinematic depictions look increasingly like British Columbia. Films such as The Twilight series, 88 Minutes and The Hurt Locker all claim Seattle as their stories' backgrounds, but all of them opted to actually shoot in B.C. "Why?" asks Seattle Times editorial columnist Bruce Ramsey. It all comes down to the money. B.C. is simply able to provide more tax credits and incentives to filmmakers. Washington Filmworks encourages economic growth for the state through local filmmaking and provides jobs, but they are often provided fewer monetary options and are unable to give as many incentives to filmmakers. Washington Filmworks also promotes artistic honesty; when a movie says it's in Seattle, it should show Seattle. To read the full article, follow the link.
YOUNG ARTISTS: APPLY FOR THE IAN HARRISON YOUTH IN RESIDENCY
911 Media Arts
911 Seattle Media Arts Center will award a year-long residency for a talented youth at the Center. The award allows for access to the facilities and equipment of 911 Media. To be eligible, the applicant must: be 13-19 years old and be interested in exploring digital media. All levels of experience are eligible to apply, including no experience. Applicant interviews or work samples are not part of the application process. Award decisions will be based on the panel's evaluation and recommendation. Direct questions to email@example.com or follow the link for more information.
EXHIBIT, CONCERT AND FILM ALL CELEBRATE SEATTLE'S JAZZ HISTORY
Northwest African American Museum
The Northwest African American Museum is currently presenting an exhibition called "After Hours," through Dec. 26, that explores the ways in which the clubs, performers and music shaped the rhythms of Seattle, Portland and Spokane from the 1930's-60's. The exhibition includes 70 photographs, 50 artifacts and a variety of educational interactive. In conjunction, "Seattle Jazz Legends in Concert" will return for an encore performance, on Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Triple Door. The concert is being filmed as part of the feature-length documentary project, In Between the Raindrops, which will showcase the artists' performances and interviews, in addition to interviews with such greats as musical impresario Quincy Jones and notable trumpeter/flugelhorn player Clark Terry. The film, co-produced by Jessica Davis and Joe Andolina, pays tribute to these historical jazz figures and highlights Seattle's rich jazz history of the 40's and 50's.
SUBMIT YOUR FILM OR YOUR HOUSE TO COUCHFEST 2010
Couch Fest Films
Celebrating its third annual year in 2010, Couch Fest Films is a cozy shorts film fest hosted in people's houses. During Couch Fest Films, lovers of film can sit shoulder to shoulder with total strangers watching short films and snacking. On Saturday, November 6th, 2010, each Couch Fest Films house will have its own genre of short movies that play on rotation all day. Starting every hour, each inviting house will have its own unique 30 minute program of short films. Ultimately, the hope is that you might interact, share and discover fellow lovers of film. They are looking for submissions of films and willing hosts. Films should be no longer than 6 minutes and houses should be friendly! For more information, follow the link.
JIMI HENDRIX 40TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL BENEFIT CONCERT ANNOUNCED
The Hendrix Music Academy
The Hendrix Music Academy and the King County Police Activities League are presenting the Inaugural Jimi Hendrix Memorial Benefit concert for the community at Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle on the 40th anniversary of the rock legend's passing, September 18, 2010, to raise money for at-risk youth music programs at the Hendrix Music Academy. Their efforts focus on reducing youth violence through music intervention programs, and they have given out dozens of scholarships for music lessons to at-risk youth. National and local musicians will come out to pay tribute to Seattle's very own rock legend and raise money for at-risk youth programs by performing Jimi Hendrix classics and their own music. The Hendrix Music Academy students will also be debuted with their first live stage performances! For more information, follow the link.
FILMMAKERS: GET READY FOR PORT TOWNSEND FILM FESTIVALS FILM 2880
Port Townsend Film Festival
Film 2880, a popular aspect of the Port Townsend Film Festival now in its eight year, is getting geared to be the closing act of PTFF 2010, and they want your participation. Like any other fast-film contests, you get 2,880 minutes (48 hours) to make a 5 minute or less short film including a specific prop, theme and line of dialog. A select panel of film-loving judges will rank the films according to how well the films adhere to criteria and how original and polished it is, then the top 20 will play on the big silver screen at The Peter Simpson Free Cinema on Sunday September 26, 2010 as the final event of our 11th annual PT Film Festival. Regular registration deadline is August 15, 2010. For more information about registration and the festival, follow the link.
TAKE NOTE OF GREENNOTE FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND
Seattle Met Magazine
Want to listen to some tunes, grab some rays and save the planet all at once? Check out this weekend's inaugural GreenNote Festival, taking place at the Seattle Center's Mural Amphitheatre. GreenNote is an all-acoustic event inspired by Live Earth that boasts organic food and booths on sustainable practices like composting and growing your own garden. All forks, cups and plates are recyclable, and all proceeds from a benefit concert with headlining singer-songwriter Amos Lee go to area environmental groups. As local acts Ian Moore, Rocky Votolato and Star Anna warm up the crowd with rollicking Americana, you can sprawl across the lawn and revel in your dedication to the planet. For more information about the festival, click the link.
THE SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE IS HIRING
Seattle Film Institute
The Seattle Film Institute is expanding and looking to hire faculty in various disciplines. Qualified filmmakers with skills in Documentary production, Post-Production (especially persons skilled in Final Cut), Film Production and Cinematography, Screenwriting and producing should apply. Classes typically meet once per week for 4 hours with both daytime and evening sessions available. MA or MFA not required but highly desirable. Please email resume or curriculum vitae and letter outlining your professional background and interests to David Shulman at firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about the Seattle Film Institute, follow the link.
ATTEND THE INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FINANCING'S ANNUAL TOWNHALL EVENT
The Seattle/Pacific Northwest chapter of the Institute for International Film Financing (IIFF) continues its monthly educational forums and networking sessions with a powerhouse panel of finance experts, local filmmakers and film advocates that includes Beth Barrett, SIFF Programming Manager; Kristie Lanum, executive VP of ZINO Society, a local angel investors group; Guy Morris, CEO of iVoiceNetworks; Steve Edmiston, filmmaker and lawyer at Invicta Law Group; Bryan Brewer, CEO of Business Plans Northwest among others. This grassroots community get-together has been carefully designed to foster and inform productive relationships between attending professionals and to provide unbiased insight and education about the business of film (and film financing in particular). For more information and to register, follow the link.
CENTRAL DISTRICT FORUM IS LOOKING FOR INTERNS
Central District Forum
The CD Forum is a non-profit organization that presents and produces African-American cultural programs that encourage thought and debate for the greater Seattle area. While drawing attention to what makes African-American culture unique, they also seek to highlight its integral place within American culture as a whole. Their internships offer experience in the non-profit sector and allow interns to be a vital member of a small, high-intensity organization that strives for excellence. They are seeking people who are confident and have a strong desire to be part of a hard-working team. The weekly time commitment expected is 8-10 hours per week. A commitment for the entire season is strongly desired. They are looking for several interns, including an Administrative Intern, a Social Media Intern, a Program Intern, a Marketing Intern, and a Development Intern. For descriptions and to apply, follow the link.
"SEATTLE'S BEST" HIP-HOP
For once in this fine city, we're not talking about coffee. Sporting a great range of summer anthems and club bangers, this Mario Sweet-hosted and Justo-DJ'd Seattle's Best mixtape was made "not only for the local heads to ride into the beautiful sunsets of Seattle summer with, but also for those people both far and wide starving for a taste of something fresh, something innovative and very Northwest." The tape features tracks from a dozen of the city's finest, including The Physics, Grynch, D. Black, THEESatisfaction and Sol, J. Pinder. The best part? You can download the sweet jams for free! Follow the link, procure delicious summer mix.
DIGITAL MEDIA ARTISTS: LEARN HOW TO PROTECT YOUR WORK
4Culture is pleased to host Washington Lawyers for the Arts' upcoming brown-bag workshop to assist visual artists, designers and musicians who contribute materials for video games and interactive media. Attorney and software developer Michael Schneider will lead a discussion of important legal issues in the development and commercialization of interactive media products. Schneider will discuss a variety of issues, including what intellectual property rights are involved in the creation and marketing of video games and why it's important for artists and developers to understand these rights and how to protect them. Also learn crucial steps that both the creators of video games and those who contribute to them need to take to protect themselves in the process of marketing and distributing games. Bring your questions. The event is on Thursday, July 22 from noon to 1:30 at the 4Culture building in Pioneer Square. For registration details, check out the link.
SCOOPFEST BRINGS LIVE MUSIC AND ICE CREAM TO COLUMBIA CITY
Rainier Valley Food Bank
Need a little pick me up this weekend? Check out ScoopFest, an afternoon of free ice cream and live music in Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood, all benefiting the Rainier Valley Food Bank. The event will feature live music from local bands The Femurs, Big Sur and Shenandoah Davis, and an after party at The Bourbon Bar will be accompanied by Jace Krause (Friday Mile) and Kaylee Cole. Scoopin' and jammin' begins at 2:00pm and continues until 5:00pm on Sunday, July 25. For more info about the music, the ice cream and the organizations that this festival benefits follow the link.
RSVP TO SCREENING OF 'RAISING HOPE: THE EQUAL VOICE STORY' WITH KCTS9
KCTS9, one of the local PBS affiliates, is hosting a free screening of Raising Hope: The Equal Voice Story, an inspiring documentary that chronicles the efforts of 30,000 low-income people to create a national platform for lifting families out of poverty. Join regional participants of the national Equal Voice campaign for a special advance screening and refreshments, and learn more about the broad-based effort to advocate for working families. The screening is Wednesday, July 28 at 3:00 pm at KCTS9 studios. Registration is required and can be completed by following the link.
DOWNLOAD THE HADLEY CALIMAN QUINTET FEATURE ON KPLU
Hadley Caliman Quintet was profiled on Jazz Northwest Sunday, a weekly show on KPLU. Hadley Caliman has been one of the mainstays on the Seattle jazz scene ever since he came to the area to teach at Cornish College. He's been playing, teaching and mentoring for some 65 years and over his long career starting in L.A. He currently concentrates on performing with his own Quintet as well as with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. This concert by the Hadley Caliman Quintet was recorded during the 2010 Ballard Jazz Festival in April and features one of his biggest fans and boosters, Thomas Marriott on trumpet. A podcast of this Jazz Northwest show is available at kplu.org.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 7/14 - 7/20
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Carissa's Weird "They'll Only Miss You When You're Gone"
- Head & the Heart "Head & The Heart"
- Moondoggies "You'll Find No Answers Here"
- Hey Marseilles "To Travel & Trunks"
- Band of Horses "Infinite Arms"
- Blitzen Trapper "Destroyer of the Void"
- S "I'm Not As Good At It As You"
- Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
- Grand Hallway "Promenade"
- Shabazz Palaces "Shabazz Palaces"
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 Chasing Fireflies' "Holiday 2010 Catalog" photo shoot.
CHASING FIREFLIES "Holiday 2010 Catalog"
This week's production of the week is the Chasing Fireflies "Holiday 2010 Catalog" photo shoot. Chasing Fireflies, a Seattle company owned and operated by three local business women, employs over 100 people during peak season and sells children's apparel, gifts, costumes, toys and more via their catalog and online shop. Between their in-house photo studio and their outdoor shoots, they do much of their still photography production here in Seattle. This Chasing Fireflies project was filmed in Seattle Parks, employing over twenty local cast and crew. "In Seattle you can shoot the four seasons virtually all year long," says co-founder Dina Alhadeff, "We love shooting here. Great locations and great talent."
NPR PROFILES THE STATE OF THE FEMALE MUSICIAN
Curious about what it's like to be a female musician these days? NPR conducted interviews and surveys of 700 of working women musicians throughout the U.S., including several Seattlites. The article is broken into several categories with direct quotes from various women. Readers can peruse categories such as "Decisions, Decisions," "Onstage," "Offstage," "Working It" and "Advice" and glean a fairly accurate and interesting picture of the life of contemporary female musicians. Be sure to check out quotes from Seattle ladies such as Lotte Kestner, Shannon Stephens (of Marzuki), Rachel Flotard (of Visqueen), Traci Eggleston (of Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band), Terry Sandys, Sarah Mattox and Karen P. Thomas. To read the full article, follow the link.
NEW PLATFORM IN THE WORKS ALLOWS YOU TO ACCESS YOUR MOVIE COLLECTION IN THE CLOUD
A group of U.S. media and electronics companies will soon start testing a system that will let you watch the movies you buy wherever you are, regardless of formats and other technical hurdles. Like a bank account accessible from all ATMs, your account would follow you, no matter what brand of machine you use. The group has also come up with a name for the open standard it is creating, which it unveiled Tuesday: UltraViolet. Backers of the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem hope to kick-start growth of digital movie purchases, now just four per cent of all sales, by freeing consumers of format concerns. The concept is to create a digital locker that stores tokens that are proofs of purchase of DVDs, Blu-ray discs and movie downloads. When a consumer buys a movie online or at a store, she can watch it anywhere else, including on any mobile device or TV set without the hassle of copying her personal files. Specifications for a proposed common file format will be released soon, and testing of the system with an unnamed retailer will begin by the end of the year.
DAVE MEINERT'S CHANGING THE FACE OF SEATTLE NIGHTLIFE
Prominent nightlife figure and member of the Seattle City of Music Commission, Dave Meinert, demonstrates his importance to the Seattle scene in Monday's issue of The Seattle Times. From Capitol Hill Block Party organizer to bar owner to political voice, Meinert has "'changed the conversation in this town.'" The article explains, "Meinert serves a higher purpose in a city and region undergoing head-spinning change. He's a preservationist of sorts, guardian of a rumpled sensibility that screams 'Seattle.'" The piece also features our own James Keblas discussing his old friend and their work together. To read the full feature, click on the above link.
MATSON ON MUSIC ON "KUOW PRESENTS"
Download Andrew Matson (of Matson on Music) speaking about the local music scene on "KUOW Presents." In what looks to be a recurring segment of the show, Matson discusses the Seattle scene specifically as heard through three compositions by 10.4 Rog, a young Renton producer given to remixing not-well-known area rap and indie pop. The conversation was about music but also respect, heroism and diversity in independent Seattle music. You can download or stream the conversation here, and be sure to check out "KUOW Presents" in the future for more Andrew Matson segments.
NEW 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 Ra Scion, the rapper/frontman/lyricist for Seattle hip-hop bands Common Market and Victor Shade. His raps are conscious, collegiate even, and are sometimes written in a kind of code, so the listener has to listen several times and pay close attention to get his meaning. Originally from Kentucky, Ra got his first radio airplay in 2003 when he submitted his self-released solo debut, The Apostrophe, to KEXP. Since then, he's worked with Sabzi (the producer from Blue Scholars) on the project Common Market. He's recently dropped a new release with producer MTK under the name Victor Shade. Taking the new band name from the alter-ego of a comic book hero called Vision. Victor Shade's sound is based on funky soul samples. And Ra Scion sounds better than ever. Check out the show after 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