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GROW YOUR BUSINESS IN SEATTLE'S NIGHTTIME ECONOMY!
There's still time to register for the regional forum on Nightlife Economy! For the first time, the Film + Music Office joins the Responsible Hospitality Institute to present a 1-day Regional Forum on harnessing the economic power of the nighttime economy. Sponsored in part by Diageo and Southern Odem Spirits West, The Seattle Regional RHI Forum will be held July 15th in City Hall. This will be a great opportunity to network and discuss situations in your district. Deputy Mayor Tim Ceis will address the forum, and a keynote presentation by Elizabeth Peterson will showcase how the integration of policy, policing, practices and promotion can enhance the nighttime economy. We encourage members of the private and public sectors throughout the Northwest to attend. Register now!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
2009 ALL CITY TEEN DANCE
All City Teen Dance
On Thursday, July 16th, youth from around the city will converge for Seattle's first All City Teen Dance. This free event at the Showbox Sodo is made possible with support from AEG Live and the City of Seattle as a gesture of support for the teens in the community who are tired of the violence and the petty issues that are dividing the community. To receive a free ticket to the event, each youth must be sponsored by an adult that is not a family member, must fill out a contact card, and must sign a pledge statement as a commitment to a peaceful and violence free summer in Seattle. Application forms for tickets are available at the All City Teen Dance website, Community Centers across the city, and other community-based organizations such as the Rotary Boys and Girls Club.
FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR SEATTLE ARTISTS
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
The Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs is accepting applications for the 2010 CityArtists Projects program. Individual artists working in visual, literary and film/media arts may apply. Funding awards range up to $10,000 for projects in 2010. CityArtists Projects is an annual funding program that provides support to individual Seattle artists to conceive, develop and present new, in-progress or remounted works taken to the next stage. Projects must include a public presentation in the city. Funding is offered to artists in clusters of disciplines in the visual, media and literary arts and performing arts in alternate years. Application deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 11.
NODEPRESSION.COM UNVEILS FULL ARCHIVES ONLINE
NoDepression.com, the online outgrowth of the former roots-music magazine No Depression, announces today the addition of an extensive "Archives" section to its website. The historical and fully searchable database includes thousands of articles by hundreds of writers who contributed to No Depression during its 13-year run from 1995 to 2008. The Archives contain more than 99% of the content that was published in the magazine's 75 print issues. Collectively, the Archives are the most complete online resource of information about American roots music. In its early years, No Depression often was referred to as the "bible" of alternative-country music; the articles that established this reputation are all here, from early cover stories on the likes of Wilco and Son Volt to continued chronicles of the career arcs of acts such as Ryan Adams and his early band Whiskeytown, the Old 97's, Neko Case, and Alejandro Escovedo.
48 HOUR FILM PROJECT AWARDS SCREENING THIS THURSDAY
48 Hour Film Festival
The 48 hour film festival had its biggest year yet in Seattle! Close to 800 filmmakers in 52 teams competed this year and this Thursday the best will be re-screened and a champion will be chosen. The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which teams make a movie-write, shoot, edit and score it-in just 48 hours. On a Friday night, teams are given a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in their movie and 48 hours later, the movie must be complete. Then it will show at a local theater, usually in the next week.
BATTLE OF THE TECH BANDS
Washington Technology Industry Association have teamed up with Xconomy to bring you Seattle's first ever 'Battle of the Tech Bands'! If you are part of a band whose members are involved in the technology industry and would like participate, please see the 'Battle of the Bands' tab and get jammin' for the selection process! There's few better ways to enjoy a hot summer day then spending time with friends, a cold beer and good chow, and great music from local bands. So, join them for the must attend event of the summer!
CORNISH COLLEGE OF THE ARTS PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT PLANS
Cornish College of the Arts
Cornish College of the Arts President Sergei P. Tschernisch informed the Board of Trustees of his desire to retire at the end of the 2010-2011 academic year, concluding seventeen years at the helm of the institution. His retirement will be effective May 31, 2011. During his presidency, Tschernisch orchestrated a Cornish renaissance. The transformations at Cornish are most dramatically apparent with the re-location and expansion of the campus from Capitol Hill to the Denny Triangle/South Lake Union area in downtown Seattle. Under his leadership Cornish has achieved record enrollments, financial stability, approval of a comprehensive Master Campus and Strategic Plan, and has embarked on a major capital campaign. Tschernisch successfully guided the College through the re-accreditation process. His bold strategies have ranged from the creation of a new faculty ranking structure, to key faculty and staff appointments, to curricular changes and new programs.
SEATTLE, KING COUNTY TO DISTRIBUTE $500,000 IN STIMULUS FUNDS FOR ARTS JOBS
The city of Seattle and 4Culture, King County's cultural services agency, announced today that they will receive $500,000 in federal stimulus funding to preserve nonprofit arts jobs in jeopardy or recently cut due the economic downturn. Organizations may apply for up to $15,000 to preserve, restore or extend salaried positions or contract jobs that are in jeopardy or have already been eliminated or cut back due to the current economic climate. Proposals will be evaluated on the significance of the position(s) to the mission and core services of the organization, the potential of the position(s) to have an immediate impact, and the organization's ability to manage the funds. The deadline to apply to the city and county is Monday, Aug. 10. Applications and guidelines for the stimulus grants from the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs are available at their website. www.seattle.gov/arts/funding/arts_jobs.asp. 4Culture's application and guidelines are available at the above link.
NFFTY IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
National Film Festival for Talented Youth
This summer enjoy films from NFFTY 2009 at over a dozen free events around Seattle. Short youth-made films can be seen prior to Movies at the Mural at Seattle Center, West Seattle Movies on the Wall and Aster Coffee Lounge Movie Fridays in Ballard. Free movies every week this summer starting this Friday! Learn more by visiting the NFFTY website.
LOCALLY PRODUCED SHORTS SHOWCASED AT CENTRAL CINEMA
Smiling Z Productions
Non-profit Smiling Z Studios is screening Tom McIntire's locally produced award-winning short Two Julias and his latest effort, the environmentally themed sci-fi thriller Greenspoke, at the Central Cinema on Tuesday August 4. Doors open at 9:30pm and the screening starts at 10:00pm.
EMP|SFM'S LATE NIGHT EXHIBITCHIN
Experience Jim Henson's Fantastic World at EMP|SFM's Late Night Exhibitchin', Saturday, August 1 from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. EMP|SFM's new afterhours dance party will feature live music, cheap drinks and super duper surprises throughout the evening and into the morning. Start the night out right, and get your inner-Muppet on for an Animal drumming competition! Drums and sticks will be provided. Dance to music by local rap-pop-rock legends The Saturday Knights, the deliciously funky Eldridge Gravy & the Court Supreme and wunderkind spin master DJ Electro Wolf. Jim Henson's Fantastic World is currently on display at EMP|SFM through August 16th. This limited-run exhibition, organized by The Jim Henson Legacy and Smithsonian Institution, takes a comprehensive look at the creative genius and cultural phenomenon, Jim Henson. Tickets are on sale now at brownpapertickets.com
DON'T MISS GETTING LISTED IN MOVIEMAKER'S 2009/2010 NATIONAL MOTION PICTURE PRODUCTION GUIDE
A 50-word text listing in the "Motion Picture Production Guide," the nation's only independent film production guide, is an easy-and effective-way to get your name in front of the hundreds of thousands of moviemakers and film fans who read each issue of MM, the world's best-selling independent movie magazine.Choose to be listed in one of the following categories: Cameras, Lights & Equipment, Distributors, Education, Film Festivals, Film Offices, Guilds & Organizations, Movie Posters & Memorabilia, Music & Composers, Post-Production Services, Production Services, Publishers, Screenwriting Resources, or Websites.
UNDER THE STARS, THE EIGHTIES STRIKE BACK!
Three Dollar Bill Cinema
Seattle's most eclectic outdoor movie series returns this summer to Capitol Hill's Cal Anderson Park with "I Want My 1980" presented by Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema. Following up on the success of "Features from the Black Lagoon" from 2008 and 2007, this year's slate of fun and campy films all come from 1980, the premiere year of the decade that made sexual power plays, alien encounters, and shameless success all the rage. All screenings are free and begin at sunset (around 8:30-9 pm) at the southeast corner of Capitol Hill's Cal Anderson Park, adjacent to the Bobby Morris Playfields. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase on-site, with proceeds benefiting Three Dollar Bill Cinema's non-profit efforts to produce and promote queer-friendly film events in the Pacific Northwest. Visit the website for trailers, updates and more information.
911 SEATTLE MEDIA ARTS CENTER AWARDED 2009 ARTS CULTURAL FACILITIES PROGRAM GRANT
911 Media Arts
4culture has awarded 911 Media $6,000 for the purchase of HD equipment. Through a highly competitive process, the Center demonstrated how this added capability will better serve our mission and our community. 4culture funding is made possible from revenue collected from King County lodging taxes.
SONIC BOOM RECORDS IS MOVING ITS CAPITOL HILL STORE
Sonic Boom Records
Yes, the rumors are true. Sonic Boom Records is closing thier location on 15th and moving it to the lower Pike/Pine corridor into a space double the size! That's right, they're moving and expanding! The new location is on Melrose between Pike and Pine, 1521 Melrose Ave Suite B1, and will total out close to 3000 square feet giving Sonic Boom more space for CD's, 7"s and a ton more LP's (new and used). The move is scheduled to take place in late September/early October.
HUMPDAY SCHEDULED FOR NATIONAL RELEASE STARTS FRIDAY
The day has come at last... HUMPDAY is opening theatrically this coming Friday July 10th! Its theatrical run starts in two cities on that date: NYC (at the Angelika Film Center) and in SEATTLE (at the Harvard Exit) and will roll out to other cities in the weeks following You can help spread the word to all of your friends, acquaintances and cohorts on the two coasts, consider creating viewing parties with several of your buds! Any screening this opening weekend will go towards the all important "per screening" count
SEATTLE, KING COUNTY TO DISTRIBUTE $500,000 IN STIMULUS FUNDS FOR ARTS JOBS
The Northwest Screenwriters Guild invite you to submit your screenplay to the Northwest Screenplay Competition (formerly the 12th Annual Washington State Screenplay Competition). This year there will be a $1,000 cash prize for the winner. First and second round entries will be judged by trained and experienced readers who are screenwriters and producers dedicated to the craft. The top three finalist scripts will be read by executives at established Hollywood production companies/management companies, including Madhouse Entertainment, Motion Theory, Exclusive Media, and more. The deadline for this competition is July 8th.
LAST CHANCE TO ENTER THE NORTHWEST SCREENPLAY COMPETITION SPONSORED BY NORTHWEST SCREEN WRITERS GUILD
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
The city of Seattle and 4Culture, King County's cultural services agency, announced today that they will receive $500,000 in federal stimulus funding to preserve nonprofit arts jobs in jeopardy or recently cut due the economic downturn. In addition, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) made public direct allocations totaling $450,000 in federal stimulus funds to support jobs at 12 Seattle nonprofit arts organizations, including $50,000 each to Intiman Theatre and Seattle Arts & Lectures, and $25,000 to Youth in Focus, a youth photography program. A complete list of funded local arts organizations is on the NEA's website.
MEET THE MASTERS LUNCHEON & WORKSHOP
Meet the Masters workshops have been hosted by the Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley for over 22 years. The program is designed to reach youth of all ages who often do not have access to music programs or the financial ability to attend a performance. Lunch is provided at no cost. All kids are welcome whether they play an instrument or simply enjoy listening. Meet the Masters is proud to announce that their July 25 workshop will feature Guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli and Broadway star/vocalist Jessica Molaskey
JOIN "MISSION: SUSTAINABLE"
You're invited to join the Mission: Sustainable team as a host or expert consultant for this new, Seattle-based reality makeover show. Auditions are being held in July of 2009 in Seattle for potential contestants who are well connected to the environmental community in Seattle and passionate about the enviromentenvironment. If this describes you or someone you know, email Rose Thornton at email@example.com to receive additional information about the show and an invitation to audition.
SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOLERS JOIN THE SEATTLE REPERTORY JAZZ ORCHESTRA TO HONOR STAN KENTON
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra
The Seatle Repertory Jazz Orchestra plays a Tribute to Stan Kenton on this week's Jazz Northwest. Classic Kenton repertoire from the 40s to the 70s by the sometimes controversial band leader and arranger is featured in this concert at the Kirkland Performance Center. All music in this concert is from the repertoire of the Stan Kenton Orchestra, 1943-1979. Six outstanding area high school jazz instrumentalists, recent graduates of Garfield, Roosevelt, Newport and Edmonds-Woodway High Schools, are guest soloists with the orchestra in Part 1 of a two-part broadcast of this concert. The addition of talented student musicians in this concert mirrors the KPLU School of Jazz CD projects in which professional musicians are guest soloists with high school jazz bands.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 7/1 - 7/8
Seattle Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Builders & the Butchers "Salvation is a Deep Well"
- Neko Case "Middle Cyclone"
- Dyme Def "Panic Ep"
- The Gossip "Music For Men"
- Spoon "Got Nuffin"
- Thermals "Now We Can See"
- Shabazz Palaces "Of Light"
- Choklate "To Whom It May Concern"
- The Helio Sequence "Keep Your Eyes Ahead"
- Blitzen Trapper "Furr"
LYNN SHELTON PROFILED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES
New York Times
On a recent rain-slogged morning, seated against the scarlet banquette of a restaurant in the westernmost reaches of Chelsea, Lynn Shelton pondered the number of public screenings of the festival sensation Humpday she has attended - not graced, mind you, in the mode of many a nerve-jangled director, but sat through to the film's talky, halting, bittersweet end. A rough count was abandoned somewhere in the double digits. "The payoff for me is to be able to watch the film with an audience," Ms. Shelton said. "I know that a lot of directors are obsessed with the things they wish had gone differently, so they find it painful because they see all the flaws. I was in the edit room for 'Humpday' the whole time, and I know all of the issues and problems that we overcame, so the flaws don't scream to me. It's the accomplishments that scream out."
ZOMBIES OF MASS DESTRUCTION REVIEWED IN VARIETY
Local director and producer duo, Kevin Hamedani and John Sinno have caught the attention of Variety magazine with a review of their most recent film, Zombies of Mass Destruction. Reviewer Andrew Barker says, ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction is part of a rare breed: a horror-comedy that's actually consistently funny and occasionally almost scary. The film is nonetheless weirdly good-natured and often quite clever, and reps a promising start for debut director-scripter Kevin Hamedani.
MOVIE, THE DETAILS, IS RETURNING TO SEATTLE AND BRINGING TOBEY MAGUIRE
Tobey Maguire is set to star in "The Details," an indie black comedy written and directed by Jacob Estes. Shooting begins August in Seattle. Maguire joins Elizabeth Banks in the pic about a struggling married couple who, already struggling with issues like infidelity and whether they should stay married, see their lives further complicated by ravenous raccoons burrowing under the sod in their back yard. A disagreement over how to dispatch the pests creates a chain reaction of mishaps that include a murder by bow and arrow.
VERA PROJECT PROFILED BY THE DAILY
Seattle's all ages music scene has come a long way. When the 1985 Teen Dance Ordinance was passed, its resrtictions meant that shows for anyone under the age of 21 were almost nonexistent. Part of the solution to fill the all-ages void has been the Vera Project. The idea for the venue was developed in 1999 by James Keblas and Shannon Stewart, two UW students studying abroad in the Netherlands. They were directed by friends to the Vera, a volunteer-run and Dutch government-funded film and music venue. With seed money from the City of Seattle and various other organizations and private donors, the Vera Project put on their first show in January 2001 in a downtown concert space. Demand for an all-ages show was high enough that hundreds of people had to be turned away. Since then, the Vera Project has developed a permanent residence at the Seattle Center, with a venue that can hold an audience of 400 and host educational programs, such as sound engineering, to launch students into the music industry.
UNRELEASED BEATLES COMPOSITIONS TO BE SHOWCASED IN SEATTLE
Presented by Roseta Productions, Apple Jam's Beatles and solo years tribute will return to the Triple Door on August 7th 2009, for one show only. This two hour concert will spotlight solo Beatles material and unreleased Lennon-McCartney compositions, 45 years after the Fab Four's first Seattle concert in 1964. This show will function as Apple Jam's North American CD release event for Off the Beatle Track. 'We are very excited to have Apple Jam back after selling out two prior shows in 2008', says Scott Giampino of The Triple Door. There will be a special guest performance by legendary drummer Alan White, of Yes, John Lennon's Imagine & George Harrison's All Things Must Pass landmark solo albums.