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News from the Film + Music Office 07/22/2009


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Mayor's Office of Film + Music
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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

NIGHTLIFE SECURITY TRAINING: USE IT OR LOSE IT IN 2009!
Office of Film + Music
The Seattle Police Department offers a Security Training Program with classes open to the public several times a year. Due to budgetary issues, the remaining 3 classes scheduled for 2009 must meet minimum registration numbers or they will be cancelled. Please get your employees registered asap to keep these valuable classes alive! These classes are not just for security personnel. Security training is imperative for individuals who work physical security or screen patrons at the door. It is also extremely beneficial to any employee who regularly interacts with your clientele. Maintaining a highly-trained staff, ready to deal with difficult situations, is vital to the safety of both your patrons and your employees. Register for the remaining classes: Sept. 13th, Oct. 18th, and Nov 15th. We hope you will take advantage of this important opportunity.

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

CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY THIS WEEKEND!
Capitol Hill Block Party
There is still time to get your tickets to one of the biggest parties this summer! The Capitol Hill Block Party showcases over 50 of the best Northwest and national independent bands. CHBP's low ticket price offers the best fans in the country three stages over two days each summer in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Surrounded by all the great amenities you get in the middle of a city, CHBP is all about independent music and culture. The fun begins this Friday at 3:00 pm. and continues on Saturday until 2:00 am.

WEEKLY MUSIC MENU
Down Town Summer
The Metropolitan Improvement District in cooperation with the Downtown Seattle Association is proud to present the 30th anniversary of the Out To Lunch Concert Series. This series is free to the public and features an array of genres ranging from Jazz and Soul to Country and Folk, from 12:00 - 1:30 pm.

Upcoming Performances:

July 24th- Michael Powers and Deems Tsutakawa (Jazz, Funk and Latin) @ Bank of America Plaza

July 29th- California Guitar Trio (Contemporary Classical) @ Two Union Square

LITTLE DIZZLE IN NEW YORK!
92Y
The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle premiers tonight in NYC at the 92Y Tribeca Festival! Little Dizzle's Big Apple debut comes on the heels of a sold out 700-seat screening at the Montreal World Film Festival. The film is building buzz as "this generation's REPO MAN", garnering reviews such as "an independent triumph" and "one of the most refreshing things you're going to see anywhere this year".

MORRIE WARSHAWSKI IS COMING TO SEATTLE
Inflatable Films
Morrie Warshawski -- the chap who quite literally wrote the book on raising money for independent film projects -- will be back in Seattle next month. Author of "Shaking the Money Tree" and other insightful books, Morrie has been invited by the folks at Flying Spot to give two workshops on July 27th & 28th. Check out the link above for the overview of the workshop content -- there's always something new to learn!

MORE ADDITIONS TO BUMBERSHOOT
Bumbershoot
Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival is pleased to announce the addition of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Old 97's and Cold War Kids to the music lineup for Labor Day Weekend. In addition, the 1 Reel Film Festival presented by Seattle Center and curated by the renowned Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), will offer the year's best film shorts from around the world. Festival patrons who wish to keep the party going are invited to join the Bumbershoot-A-Go-Go after-party on Sunday, September 6 at the Teatro ZinZanni spiegeltent, located at 222 Mercer, just across the street from the Festival's north entrance. This 21+ event is free to all with proper identification. For the complete lineup and daily program schedules visit the Bumbershoot website.

FREE NOON CONCERTS AT DANIELS RECITAL HALL
Daniels Recital Hall
Cool off on a hot summer day during what promises to be an excellent concert, featuring George Gershwin & Cole Porter's music, and the visiting soprano Janiel Miller. The concert begins at 12:15 p.m., this Thursday July 23rd in the Daniels Recital Hall at 5th & Marion, the former United First Methodist Church. During 2009 the sanctuary building will be used for a variety of concerts that take advantage of the building's exceptional acoustics and its one of a kind Austin organ that was built specifically for the space. It is hoped that enough interest is shown in the use of the facility during 2009 to justify its long term use as a recital hall. Free lunchtime concerts at Daniels Recital Hall are offered nearly every Thursday at noon.

DOPE EMPORIUM ANNOUNCES FREE ROOFTOP CONCERT
Dope Emporium
The Dope Emporium, Seattle's only Hip Hop Festival operated by the Seattle Hip Hop Community, in conjunction with Spoons Urban Apparel and Town Entertainment, will host a free rooftop concert that showcases Seattle's most talented and committed artists. The concert will take place on the roof of Spoons Urban Apparel, July 25th. Performances will feature Steelo, Inkubiz, Suntonio Bandanaz, DJ's Luvva J and Peg, Orbitron, M-Famous, 80P and DJ Gumbaeux.

NWFF'S DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE: ALEXANDER OLCH
Northwest Film Forum
What do you call a documentary composed of elements of somebody else's unfinished diary film? Homage? Portrait? Assemblage? Case study? The Northwest Film Forum will be hosting a discussion this Friday and Saturday with Alexander Olch, director of the late Richard Rogers' autobiography. Richard Rogers was a first-rate independent director and a gifted film teacher. But he was also a tortured neurotic soul torn between narrow class loyalties and broader professional goals and political values. Though Rogers found the time to juggle multiple relationships with the skill of a world-class Lothario, he was unable to complete an autobiographical film he had worked on for 25 years. His former student Alexander Olch brings together the material left after Rogers' death to create The Windmill Movie. This presentation will be shown along with Richard Rogers' first film, Quarry.

JUICE: SPINNING FOR A CAUSE
Juice in Seattle
Join veteran DJ's DMZ (Darek Mazzone of KEXP) and DJ Rhythma (Eric Schmidt) on a musical journey around the world as they spin the latest beats from Paris, Sao Paulo, London, Lagos, New York, New Dehli, Istanbul and more. All proceeds from the door are donated to globally focused charities, with a base in the Seattle area that have an international or global focus. Deciding early on to forfeit any payment, this duo selects a much deserved nonprofit each month to dedicate all of the proceeds made at the door. The venue, in turn, maximizes this amount by donating the space. This year's event will be at The Crocodile on July 25th at 9:00 pm. Free CD giveaways from Six Degrees Records!

NORDIC SOUND ON SIGHT SEEKING MUSIC RELATED FILM SUBMISSIONS
RIFF
Nordic Sound on Sight. a branch of the Reykjavik International Film Festival, wants to showcase your film about music. The film can be any project focused on music: music documentaries, music true story dramas, music-driven dramas, music docudramas, or musicals. RIFF is the highest attended cultural event in Iceland and the perfect place to premier your post-apocalyptic zombie rockumentary. All entries are due August 3rd.

SAM REMIX AT THE OLYMPIC SCULPTURE PARK
Seattle Art Museum
Check out the SAM Remix, a late night event at the Olympic Sculpture Park on August 7th. A lineup of internationally renowned DJs curated by the Decibel Music Festival will spin from 8:00 pm to midnight. Featured artists include Filastine, Rena Jones, Lusine, and DJ Collage. Alongside the music will be flashlight tours of the art, spoken word performances, break dancers, and much more. Enjoy a summer night out with music and art on the waterfront.

WAY OF THE B-BOY - OUTDOOR SCREENING
The Way of the B-Boy
Way of the Bboy, a documentary/tutorial film starring the Massive Monkees Breakdancing Crew is being presented in conjunction with the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. It's free, but space is limited so get there early. Seating provided. 21/over with ID, have a drink while you watch the movie. Rock Steady Crew's own FeverOne is playing disco breaks during reception. Movie starts at dusk in the parking lot of Havana Social Club on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, July 29th and is presented in association with the Washington Bus. Stick around for the "Nasty's" party inside with Sean Cee & Tony Sosa following the screening. Not 21 yet? Visit the link to find out where to see an all-ages showing in the very near future.

THE SUMMER OF MUSIC CONTINUES
Sonic Boom Records
With all the great music events going on this summer, don't forget to catch free music performances with some of Seattle's coolest acts at Sonic Boom Records! From Jack Wilson & The Wife Stealers to The Maldives, Sonic Boom's free and all ages instore events are sure to add an extra sizzle to Seattle summer.

LOCAL ARTIST SOUGHT TO DESIGN TRAFFIC SIGNAL DECALS
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
The Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs seek a neighborhood artist to design artwork for metal traffic signal boxes at intersections in the Central District, Judkins Park and Squire Park neighborhoods. The selected artist will create two to three designs for reflective decals the city will place on traffic signal control boxes in the neighborhood. There are no set themes, however, images relating to the history and culture of the neighborhood and to traffic safety, pedestrians and bicycle riders are encouraged. The artist will receive $2,000 for their designs. To be considered, local artists must submit an application by 5 p.m., Friday, July 24th. Application guidelines are available on the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Web site.

NORTHWEST FILM FORUM PRESENTS SOUNDS OUTSIDE 2009
Sounds Outside
Join the Monktail Creative Music Concern and NWFF July 24th, along with a slew of top Seattle musicians and filmmakers for a night of multimedia madness to fundraise for Sounds Outside: A Celebration of Adventurous Music & Community. Don't miss the free concerts that follow that fundraiser, July 25th and August 15th! The 4th annual free, outdoor, festival of jazz and creative music boasts some of the Pacific Northwest's most renowned artists, presented within the unique natural amphitheater of Cal Anderson Park. Set in Seattle's vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood, the event is a celebration of community dialogue and creativity, supported entirely by individuals, community sponsors and organizations. For a performance list with dates and times, check out the website!

JUDGES NEEDED FOR BLUES BAND COMPETITION
Washington Blues Society
Join the Monktail Creative Music Concern and NWFF July 24th, along with a slew of top Seattle musicians and filmmakers for a night of multimedia madness to fundraise for Sounds Outside: A Celebration of Adventurous Music & Community. Don't miss the free concerts that follow that fundraiser, July 25th and August 15th! The 4th annual free, outdoor, festival of jazz and creative music boasts some of the Pacific Northwest's most renowned artists, presented within the unique natural amphitheater of Cal Anderson Park. Set in Seattle's vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood, the event is a celebration of community dialogue and creativity, supported entirely by individuals, community sponsors and organizations. For a performance list with dates and times, check out the website!

JAZZ IN THE CITY CONCERT SERIES
Jazz in the City
The Jackson Street Music Program and KWJZ 98.9 proudly present the Jazz in the City Concert Series' "Smooth Summer Finale 3", Friday, September 4th, 2009, 7:30 pm at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. Jazz in the City stars two time Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Ledisi and also stars saxophonist Euge Groove. The Jazz in the City Concert Series benefits the Jackson Street Music Program. JSMP's mission is to provide Seattle youth with musical programming that enhances their cultural, social and personal development. The program's goal is to inspire youth's creativity as well as their social and cultural productivity through the art of music.

LIGHT IN THE ATTIC ROADTRIP 2009
Office of Film + Music Blog
Light In the Attic Records sent 4 guys on the road to drive from Seattle to San Diego and back, stopping at virtually every record store on the coast! They have massive amounts of vinyl and cd's to bring to these awesome record stores, and they are blogging and sending videos along the way. What kind of craziness have they encountered on the road? A new episode of their adventures shows just what they've been up to. Keep up with Troy, Cody, Sandy, Tyson and their progress at lightintheattic.net & twitter.com/lightintheattic.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 7/13 - 7/20
Seattle Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).

  1. Tiny Vipers "Life on Earth"
  2. Fresh Espresso "Glamour"
  3. Maldives "Tequila/Someday EP"
  4. Neko Case "Middle Cyclone"
  5. Pearl Jam "Live From Easy Street"
  6. Dandy Warhols "Dandy Warhols Are Sound"
  7. The Decemberists "Hazards of Love"
  8. Shane Tutmarc "Shouting at a Silent Sky"
  9. Fleet Foxes "Fleet Foxes"
  10. Fresh Espresso "Fresh Espresso"

MEDIA DIGEST

SEATTLE LOSES AN ICON OF SOUND
Associated Press
Tank Studio sound engineer Tom Pfaeffle who worked on live performances by the likes of B.B. King, Nirvana and Alice Cooper, was shot to death at a motel in Twisp, Wash. Pfaeffle, staying with his wife on vacation at the Blue Spruce Motel, apparently put his room key into the wrong door Friday night and was hit in the upper chest by a bullet fired through the closed door, Police Chief Rick Balam told KING Television of Seattle. Pfaeffle taught audio production at the Art Institute of Seattle and worked in the recording, touring and audio mixing business for more than 30 years. "He is a Seattle icon of sound," said Phillip Peterson of Kay Kay and the Weathered Underground, an indie band for which Pfaeffle produced several songs and videos. "He was always behind the scenes," said Nate Mooter, a Kay Kay band member. "He wasn't the guy that everyone looked at and said, 'Oh he's amazing' ... he was the one who made people sound amazing."

REPORT: iLIKE, MAJORS IN TALKS TO LAUNCH SERVICE
Billboard.biz
Seattle start up, iLike, reportedly is in negotiations with the major labels to launch its own music download service, reports CNET. Currently, iLike refers users to iTunes and other digital retailers to download music. The story did not speculate on how the iLike store would be offered. In a May interview with Billboard, iLike CEO Ali Partovi said he was open to striking content deals of his own after the full-song streaming deal with Rhapsody ended. "We're always looking at what the options are to improve our service," he said. "There isn't anything being done imminently on that, but I think the licensing landscape has evolved a lot, and it continues to evolve. If and when a deal is available that can offer the best experience to our users at reasonable costs to us, we'll always be interested."

THE SOUNDGARDEN SONGS YOU HAVEN'T HEARD: KIM THAYIL BREAKS HIS SILENCE
Rolling Stone
Since Soundgarden's 1997 split, all of its members have been spotted or heard in a variety of projects - Audioslave, Pearl Jam, Wellwater Conspiracy, Hater - but the group's heavily bearded guitarist, Kim Thayil, opted to disappear from the spotlight. He hasn't been completely M.I.A., however, as evidenced by sporadic recordings and a handful of appearances onstage, including a recent Chris Cornell-less Soundgarden mini-set in their hometown of Seattle. Rolling Stone recently tracked down Thayil to get the truth behind all the reunion rumors, the status of a highly anticipated box set, and why there's no Soundgarden shirts at your nearest mall. Click the above link to check out the full interview.