|News from the Office of Film + Music
HAPPY HOUR IS TONIGHT AT SPITFIRE
Office of Film + Music
Join us at Spitfire tonight 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!
SEND US YOUR NOMINATIONS FOR THE SECOND ANNUAL CITY OF MUSIC AWARDS
Office of Film + Music
The 2nd annual City of Music Awards is coming up October 6th at Showbox Market, and the Seattle Music Commission is seeking your nominations. There will be three honors given out, including 1) an Award for Outstanding Achievement, 2) a Breakthrough Award, and 3) an Impact Award. Make your nominations by clicking on the link above to learn more about the criteria and email us at email@example.com with your suggestions by August 4th. Tell us who you are nominating and why they should be considered an award recipient in a selected category. All of your submissions will be carefully considered by a committee of music commissioners and made public in September. Looking forward to hearing your ideas and mark your calendars.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
LEARN ABOUT WASHINGTON'S NEW FILM POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
NW Film Forum
You are invited to attend this event, which is intended to draw attention to the need for legislative support for filmmaking in this state. Members of the film community have come together to form FilmPAC, a political action committee designed to honor elected leaders who have a strong record of supporting film. With competitive election campaigns for House and Senate members in the fall, FilmPAC will be hosting an event in Seattle this August to show our support both philosophically and financially. This event will give our community the unique opportunity to show these elected officials how strong and committed the film community is here and how much we appreciate what they do for us. The event will be held on August 2 from 6:00-8:00pm at Spitfire. For more information and details, follow the link.
SUMMER MUSIC NOT OVER YET
We know Capitol Hill Block Party is over, but don't fret! There are still tons of opportunities for you to see live music (often for free!). Check out this listing of summer music festivals and discover events like the Concerts at the Mural presented by KEXP and Seattle Center, Monktail Creative Music Concern: Sounds Outside and BECU Zoo Tunes. The fests have locals playing such as Brite Futures, Victor Shade, The Head and the Heart, Mt. St. Helen's Vietnam Band and the Dusty 45s. For the full exciting listing, follow the link.
JOIN THE SUB POP AND KILL ROCK STARS FOR INDIE MUSIC NETWORKING EVENT
Sub Pop Records and Kill Rock Stars have partnered with The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) to host a free industry networking event open to all Seattle indie musicians. A2IM is an organization of independent music labels that promotes business opportunity, provides advocacy and representation, as well as networking opportunities for the independent label community. The event provides an opportunity for the music community to interact, network, share resources and of course have fun. It will be held on Friday July 30 from 6:00-9:00 pm at Solo Bar in Queen Anne. For more information and to RSVP, follow the link.
JOIN THEFILMSCHOOL FOR A FREE MINI-COURSE IN WRITING FOR FILM
Almost all stories consist of a few common structural elements found universally in myths. Understanding the mythic stories and their corresponding structure helps writers deepen their screenplays. This mini-course sets forth the character archetypes common in "the hero's journey" as well as the mythic structure that all great films follow using film clips and examples from mythological narratives. Mythologist Margo Meck PhD, will lead the course on August 3 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at Roy Street Coffee and Tea, 700 Broadway Ave East. For more information and to RSVP, follow the link.
SUPPORT LOCAL MUSICIAN WYNDEL HUNT
Wyndel Hunt is a sound artist who plays around with drone; his work carries the weight of repetition but it's liberally sprinkled with elements of shoegaze and encased by walls of noise. Seattle artist and experimental musician Wyndel Hunt was seriously injured in a bicycle accident on June 19. He has no health insurance. A benefit concert for Wyndel will take place on Thursday, September 2, featuring Climax Golden Twins, Bill Horist and Vance Galloway. Meanwhile, please consider making a donation to assist with his medical bills and other expenses here
JOIN SEATTLE AREA FILMMAKERS FOR THEIR SUMMER MEETING
Seattle Area Filmmakers are having a summer meeting on August 3 at The Mix in Georgetown. The meeting is for all local filmmakers to introduce themselves, share their needs and chat about their various current and future projects. The meeting will be from 7-8:30 pm followed by a chance to mingle. For more information about the meeting and Seattle Area Filmmakers, click the link.
MEET THE CAST AND CREW OF 'GRASSROOTS'
Seattle Met Magazine is hosting a contest to join the cast and crew of Grassroots, the feature film shooting currently shooting in Seattle. The film stars Jason Biggs, Cedric the Entertainer, Joel David Moore and is directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal. All you have to do to be considered is to send Seattle Met 10 words or less on why you want to visit the set. The winner will receive a visit for two to the set on the afternoon of August 4, where you can meet the cast and crew and watch them film a scene. For full details on how to enter, follow the link.
JOIN EMP FOR A FREE SCREENING OF 'HEART: NIGHT AT SKY CHURCH' CONCERT DVD
On Friday, August 27, at 7:00 pm, EMP will host a special screening of Heart's upcoming concert film DVD, Heart: Night At Sky Church. The screening of Heart: Night At Sky Church consists of footage from a live concert Heart performed at EMP on March 5, 2010. The screening will celebrate the release of the band's new full-length album Red Velvet Car. Admission to the screening is free, however advance reservation is required. To reserve tickets, contact the EMP|SFM box office at 206.770.2702, 1.877.EMP.SFM1 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is limited. Comp tickets must be claimed at least 15 minutes prior to show time or they will be released to the rush line.
BRAD TO PERFORM FREE IN-STORE AT EASY STREET RECORDS
BRAD will be performing in Seattle next month to celebrate the release of his forthcoming album, Best Friends?, which will be available on Tuesday, August 10 through independent retailers. The new album features Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam, Mother Love Bone, Green River), Shawn Smith (Satchel, Pigeonhead), Regan Hagar (Malfunkshun, Satchel), Mike Berg (Satchel) and notable Northwest bassist Keith Lowe plus special guests. BRAD will play for free at Easy Street Records in Queen Anne on Thursday, August 12 beginning at 7:00 p.m.
GIRLS ROCK! SUMMER CAMP PERFORMANCE THIS SATURDAY
Girls Rock! is a nonprofit organization that hosts camps for girls ages 8-16. Besides music classes, the day camp features workshops on stage presence, zine making, jewelry, self-defense and the history of women in music. This week, Seattle Girls Rock! is in full-swing, helping local young women become the rock stars of the future. And the results are open to the public this Saturday at Neumos. Stop by the Seattle Summer Camp Showcase at 1:00 p.m. for an afternoon of original works performed by the campers. Follow the link for more information about the event and this week's Girls Rock! camp.
RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR FREE CONCERT AT JAZZ ALLEY
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley presents jazz composer and pianist Amina Figarova for a complimentary show at Jazz Alley. Reservations are required. Amina Figarova studied as a classical concert pianist at the Baku Conservatory, jazz performance at the Rotterdam Conservatory and the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Amina made her recording debut with Attraction in 1994 and was accepted into the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Colony in Aspen, Colorado in 1998. She is touring in support of her new album, Above the Clouds. Showtime is on Monday, August 16 at 7:30pm, and doors will open at 6:00pm.
SEATTLE BAND MAP TOURING THE CITY
Created by Rachel Ratner and Keith Whiteman, The Seattle Band Map is a project that showcases the Northwest's vibrant music scene by documenting the thousands of bands who have performed throughout the decades; it also explores how these bands are interconnected through personal relationships and collaborations. This project aims to diversify the audience for and broaden the understanding of Seattle's music scene, while spotlighting unrepresented artists and musical genres. Seattle has long been known as a hotbed of musical creativity, and the Seattle Band Map is an opportunity to keep it in the forefront of people's minds. The Seattle Band Map recently wrapped up its show at the Vitamin Water Social Club during Capitol Hill Block Party and is getting ready to hit Bumbershoot and many more venues around the city. Check it out after the link.
STREETS FOR ALL SEATTLE KICKOFF PARTY
On July 29, a bunch of great local bands, the Mayor, members of the City Council and a lot of people who believe cars aren't the only way to traverse the city will be partying at Nectar Lounge. The Kickoff Party and Fundraiser is for the Streets For All Seattle non-profit campaign, which seeks to make walking, bicycling and transit the easiest means of transportation in Seattle. Hot Bodies in Motion, To the Sea and C-LEB will be performing for the party, which begins at 7:00pm. Follow the link for more information.
GET READY FOR ARTSCRUSH
Engage your senses this October with ARTS CRUSH. All month long Theatre Puget Sound (TPS) challenges residents and visitors around Puget Sound to "GET CRUSHED" with hundreds and hundreds of special one-time arts events, discounts and free activities. Currently over 150 arts organizations from literary, film, dance, music and visual arts communities have signed up to participate in a variety of ways, and more groups are expected to join in the coming weeks. Museums, galleries, public art spaces, clubs, public transportation stations, shopping malls, parks, community centers, movie houses and even restaurants and bookstores have all signed on to host events. Spotlighting a different arts discipline each week, the festival features opportunities to participate in: The Visual Arts (week 1) Music & Books (week 2)Theatre (week 3) Dance (week 4). Free special events include open rehearsals, open houses, guided tours, public parties, participatory workshops, meet-the-artist events and more. A complete list of participating organizations and events for ARTS CRUSH 2010 will appear on www.artscrush.org over Labor Day Weekend. The printed guide of activities will appear in the Sept 29 edition of the Seattle Weekly. Save the date for their kick-off Fair, October 3 from 11 - 2 pm featuring performances by Caspar Babypants. For more information, follow the link.
CHECK OUT THE FLEET FOXES' NEW TOUR DOCUMENTARY
Fleet Foxes are a popular Seattle group on Sub Pop Records, recipients of the 2009 Seattle City of Music Breakthrough Award, who recently went on tour with Joanna Newsom to promote their successful self-titled album. On this tour they made a beautiful black and white documentary to share with the world, featuring three nights of live performances, goofing around backstage and the surviving the grind of the road. To enjoy the gorgeous, gritty and interesting documentary, which features tons of Fleet Foxes' music, follow the link.
CALL FOR FILMMAKERS TO INTERVIEW LOCAL AUTHORS
Author Solutions Film
Author Solutions is looking for creative freelance filmmakers from around the country to conduct, shoot and edit high quality video interviews with our authors. If selected to be a part of our Author Interview filmmaker network, when assigned a project, you will hold a preliminary phone conversation with the author to discuss what it is they would like to capture in the interview. You will then schedule a time to meet at the author's preferred location to conduct and shoot the interview. Filmmakers will be paid $500 per project, payable upon completion of approved final cut. You can check out some of their previous work at their YouTube channel, and for more information to be considered, follow the link.
JOIN NIGHT SCHOOL FOR 12 WRITERS + 12 MUSICIANS = 12 CONVERSATIONS TO CELEBRATE BUMBERSHOOT
Night School, the collaboration between The Sorrento Hotel, Michael Hebb, an array of intellectuals, artists, writers, filmmakers, mixologists, chefs and the leading cultural institutions in the Northwest, is pleased to present 12 writers + 12 musicians = 12 conversations, in collaboration with Bumbershoot, as part of the 40 Ways to Celebrate Bumbershoot's 40th Festival. 12 intimate conversations between past and present Bumbershoot writers and musicians, nestled into 12 resplendent and well-mic'd hotel rooms. Musicians include Rachel Flotard of Visqueen, Jesse and Kimberly of The Dutchess and The Duke, the Sportin' Life Crew ft. Fatal Lucciauno, Spaceman, D. Black, David Bazan and others. The event is Monday August 2 at the Sorrento Penthouse. Space is extremely limited so please email Kerri@hotelsorrento.com to reserve a spot.
NORTHWEST FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
NW Film Center
The Northwest Film Center calls for Northwest filmmakers to send their recent work for consideration for the 37th Northwest Film & Video Festival, which runs November 5-13, 2010. Presented by the Northwest Film Center, The Northwest Film & Video Festival provides Northwest filmmakers with a forum for public recognition, critical appraisal and an engaged and enthusiastic regional audience. Entries are judged by a prominent filmmaker, curator or critic who determines the Festival awards. Generally, 30-45 shorts, features and documentaries are screened during the Festival, then 10-15 shorts are selected for the Best of the Northwest Tour program, which travels the following year throughout the Northwest to media arts centers, museums, arts councils and universities. Permanent residents of Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington may submit two works of any length or genre released since August 1, 2008 and not previously entered in the Festival. Student entries (college and university only) must be from a school located in the Northwest. For more information, follow the link.
"JUDAS KISS" FEATURE FILM BEGINS PREPRODUCTION IN SEATTLE
Director J.T. Tepnapa producer Carlos Pedraza, and their Seattle-based film crew are currently in pre-production on Judas Kiss, an offbeat contemporary drama on a college campus alive with magical realism and an inventive musical score. Filming begins in August in Seattle's University District, on the UW campus, and some Capitol Hill locations. Producers are now casting for principal extras and background extras, if you are interested, please contact Temporal Studios (email@example.com) for more information. Director Tepnapa is an international award-winning filmmaker and Pedraza's work has been featured in Variety, NBC's Today Show, Countdown on MSBNC, ABC News, the Columbia News Service, the BBC, and New York Times. The impressive cast list includes Charlie David (Pop band 4Now, E!, Fine Living and Dante's Cove), Richard Harmon (Caprica, Fringe, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, "Smallville"), Brent Corrigan (Milk, In The Closet) and Belgian TV and pop star Timo Descamps. To learn more about the film, visit the website above.
SIFF IS HIRING A SIFF CINEMA MANAGER
SIFF's mission is to create experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world. It is through the art of cinema that we foster a community that is more informed, aware and alive. SIFF is looking for a highly organized, film loving, creative leader that works well within a forward thinking team in operating our year-round cinema and film center. This position reports to the Director of Operations. For a summary of responsibilities, qualifications and for information on how to apply, follow the link.
"GRASSROOTS" GOES FOR LOCAL SOUNDTRACK
NW Film Forum
Could the Grassroots soundtrack be the iconic movie soundtrack of the 20-teens? The film, which is still shooting in Seattle about poet and music critic Grant Cogswell, announced that KEXP's John "John in the Morning" Richards, in collaboration with Amy Lindsey and Alethia Austin, will be shaping the soundtrack. The trio will use local musicians, including Mt. St. Helen's Vietnam Band and others, to represent "the sound of Seattle 2001." Richards explains, "The soundtrack is a love affair with Seattle...the kind of music Grant would have been listening to, mixed in with some of the best indie bands playing in Seattle today." Music supervisor, Dave Meinert, adds, "It's awesome to have these three working on Grassroots...together they have the unique knowledge and ability to bring the movie the great music it deserves." To learn more about the music supervisors, follow the link.
SUBMIT YOUR SCRIPT FOR THE EIGHTH ANNUAL IFP/SEATTLE SPOTLIGHT AWARDS
IFP/Seattle is committed to fostering a strong base of Northwest filmmakers with education, programs and grants that fuel the careers of local talent. Through the Spotlight Award, talented local filmmakers can showcase their work and prove themselves for feature filmmaking. Past winners of the Spotlight Award have won numerous awards for their films. Now is your chance to submit your script for the Eighth Annual IPF/Seattle Spotlight Awards. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2010. For more information about the award and how to apply, follow the link.
READ AN INTERVIEW WITH "GRASSROOTS'" EMILY BERGL
Emily Bergl talked to Spokane's Examiner newspaper about her experiences shooting a feature film in Seattle. This interview is full of fun quotes, and she showers Seattle with love. She says, "So, to be honest with you, just the fact that this movie was shooting in Seattle alone was reason enough for me to want to come do it. The great thing about working in Seattle is that people aren't jaded about the movie industry. People see that we are making a movie and they are just so happy that we are making a movie in Seattle! The entire crew is also so enthusiastic. I've rarely ever been on a film set where I've felt that everybody is here for the right reasons." She goes on to discuss Seattle's cabaret scene, our love of coffee and creativity and our hometown pride. "The thing about Seattle is that people are so proud of their city and how it's maintained. They care about what people think of it and want to make sure that visitors have a good time here. I love to come here because I like to be in places where people care about where they live and take a sense of ownership in it." Read the article after the jump.
ATTENTION IFP/SEATTLE MEMBERS
For those of you who are already IFP/Seattle members, the organization is asking for you to send them any news you would like to see included in the next newsletter. They are interested in what local members are up to, opportunities for filmmakers and any awards or projects happening right now. Blurbs must be no longer than 150 words, and the deadline for this newsletter is Thursday July 29. Send your news updates to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY DANCING AND SHOPPING IN PIONEER SQUARE
The Seattle Square
Every Saturday between now and September 25, you can head down to Seattle Square for some shopping and free local DJ and electronic music. From 11am until 5pm come enjoy a versatile array of music, delicious mobile food vendors and shop at an urban market right in the heart of Seattle's most historic neighborhood. Vendors positions are still open as are volunteer opportunities. Some highlights to come include Gregory D'Elia, novaTRON and DJ Queso Fundido. Be sure to check out the website for more information about the upcoming events and opportunities for volunteering.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 7/21 - 7/27
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"
- Blitzen Trapper "Destroyer of the Void"
- State of the Artist "Seattlecalifragilistic"
- Math & Physics Club "I Shouldn't Look As Good As I Do"
- New Pornographers "Together"
- Maps & Atlases "Perch Patchwork"
- Grand Hallway "Promenade"
Clockwork Cinema's Linked
FILM PRODUCTION OF THE WEEK
This column highlights 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 Clockwork Cinema.
Clockwork Cinema is a group of northwest college and high-school students who have teamed up to produce a non-school feature film. Linked is a mystery that follows two high school seniors who decide to make an investigative documentary about a mysterious disappearance/kidnapping, and come to realize one of the filmmaking team may also be involved with the original kidnapping. "Having grown up in Seattle, I feel that the city and surrounding landscape is an original and atmospheric setting for a film," says producer Nate Lessler. "The screenplay was written specifically for the northwest. I think that the northwest provides a beautiful, yet potentially dark, setting for a dramatic mystery." The production is filming in Seattle through August.
WOMEN OF THE NEW SEATTLE SOUND
If hip-hop is the new Seattle sound, shouldn't women play a key role in the scene? The idea that the practice and perpetuation of values rooted in hip-hop can help generate real political change is being embraced by a growing number of people in Seattle and worldwide, and various female political hip-hop artists wish to contribute their unique voices to the growing musical landscape. Last week was "What It Means To Be A B-Girl: A Celebration of Women in Hip-Hop," a reading, dance and musical performance showcasing the work of those females, including Rogue Pinay and Himanee Gupta-Carlson. The event, supported in part by a grant from the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs and co-sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation, took place at Garfield Community Center, 2323 East Cherry St. and was free. For more information, click the link.
KYLA FAIRCHILD OF NO DEPRESSION PROFILED ON WELL-ROUNDED RADIO
No Depression, the seminal Americana music glossy magazine that was published monthly out of Seattle from 1995 to 2008, was co-founded and co-edited by Grant Alden and Peter Blackstock. The pair of writers brought Kyla Fairchild on as Publisher shortly thereafter and today she's keeping No Depression on as an online-only publication to galvanize fans and musicians of Americana and beyond. Fairchild is keeping the brand going by using the Ning social networking platform, volunteer writers and contributors, and 80,000 unique readers per month connecting and conversing at nodepression.com. No Depression is also the sponsor and curator for the annual No Depression Festival, held in Redmond's Marymoor Park, which will take place this year on August 21. Check out this interview with Fairchild to hear her sound off on how she made her way into the publishing and advertising biz, why she decided to take the leap to publishing No Depression online and what she's learned being a pioneer in the field.
NOISE FOR THE NEEDY BREAKDOWN
Who says music can't help people? After tallying all the numbers from last month's Noise for the Needy Festival, the non-profit announced that it raised $24,781 over four nights. That money will go to Teen Feed, a Seattle-based organization that serves more than 11,000 meals each year to more 600 homeless youth in the area. According a press release, those proceeds will feed 2,500 more kids this year. Plus, all the added publicity from Teen Feed inspired 40 more people to volunteer with the organization. Maybe this year's high-quality, highly local lineup had something to do with the event's success: headliners included The Album Leaf, Visqueen, John Vanderslice, Portland Cello Project, Horse Feathers, Tiny Vipers, The Maldives and Whalebones.
LISTEN TO LOCAL MUSIC EXPERTS TALK SUMMER MUSIC ON KUOW
With our live music scene, especially the festivals, getting better and better, the quality of local bands skyrocketing, the recent inception of the City of Music Commission and the success of local record labels and other music businesses, Seattle is poised to make a major comeback as one of the premier music cities in the nation. Local music authorities Josh Powell, program director at the Vera Project, Larry Mizell Jr, writer for The Stranger host of KEXP "StreetSounds" and Music Commissioner and Liz Riley, cofounder and editor of Three Imaginary Girls, talk with KUOW's Steve Scher about Summer Music, the state of Seattle's music scene and BBQing. Give it a listen after the link.
KUOW INTERVIEWS BEN LONDON ABOUT SEATTLE HIP HOP
Ben London, the Executive Director of the Recording Academy, Pacific Northwest Chapter, talks with KUOW's Jeremy Richards about the Seattle hip hop renaissance. He points to Fresh Espresso, Mad Rad, and Grynch as examples of the new Seattle sound. They profile songs from each artist and point to their innovation, artistry, and style as uniquely Seattle. Listen to the whole program 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