|News from the Office of Film + Music
NIGHTLIFE INITIATIVE UPDATE: COUNCIL PASSES MEATHEAD ORDINANCE
The Seattle City Council today unanimously passed what some have called the "meathead ordinance," which will allow Seattle Police officers to give tickets for after-hours disturbances in Seattle's nightlife districts. The legislation, sponsored by Councilmember Nick Licata, enacts the number one recommendation of the Nightlife Advisory Board, created by the City Council to promote the co-existence of residents and nightlife establishments in Seattle's vibrant neighborhoods. The legislation is also included in Mayor McGinn's Seattle Nightlife Initiative, an eight-point plan to increase public safety, grow our nighttime economy and improve urban vibrancy.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
FILMMAKERS TURNS OUT IN DROVES FOR FILMPAC FORUM
Monday marked the first meeting of the newly formed Washington FilmPAC, a political action committee dedicated to supporting legislation and legislators who support the filmmaking community. This important group is particularly timely because the Washington State film incentive fund, which is operated by the non-profit Washington Filmworks and provides millions of dollars in incentives to films made in the state, is up for renewal in 2011. The Seattle filmmaking community packed the house at Spitfire to show their support for this issue and to meet the Washington Legislators that will be driving the fund renewal. To learn more about FilmPAC, including ways to get involved, follow the link.
BECOME A MEDIA MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN AT SEATTLE CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Seattle Central Community College
The Film & Video Program at Seattle Central Community College is seeking a qualified and energetic Media Maintenance Technician 2 to become a part of this dynamic, cutting-edge program. The ideal candidate has experience with journey-level media maintenance work related to the Film, Video, Television, Theater or Multimedia industries and is someone who is comfortable assisting faculty in a classroom environment. The deadline to apply is August 10, 2010. For more information, follow the link.
CITY ARTS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES JAM-PACKED LINEUP
City Arts Fest
Get excited for the inaugural City Arts Festival, happening October 20-23. Festival audiences can experience rare performances and collaborations among artists, including local and national musicians, as well as film premieres, touchstone dance performances, flash mob food courts, photography exhibits, intimate conversations with leading thinkers, artist interviews and more. Larger national acts in the festival include Belle and Sebastian, She and Him, Big Boi and Gogol Bordello, and the event features tons of local acts including Blue Scholars, Blitzen Trapper, Seattle Opera, Macklemore, Chase Jarvis, Head Like A Kite, Maldives and many more. Follow the link for more information about this exciting festival and for ticket purchasing details.
NFFTY RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION
Seattle-based film organization NFFTY was honored last week in Beverly Hills when it received a financial grant from The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (presenter of the Golden Globes). The star-studded luncheon presented over $1.5 million in financial grants to 41 film schools and non-profit organizations. NFFTY was the only Washington-based organization to receive funding. Learn more about NFFTY at their website above.
BUMBERSHOOT LINEUP ANNOUNCED
It's time to start making your Labor Day plans because the Bumbershoot lineup has officially been announced. The three-day fest at Seattle Center is coming at you with comedy troops, film screenings and, of course, local and national music acts. The 1 Reel Film Festival is featuring screenings of the Best of SIFF Award Winners, Films4Families shorts and Women in Film shorts, to name a few. Exciting local acts include Visqueen, Fresh Espresso, Hey Marseilles, McTuff Trio, David Bazan, Matt Jorgenson Quintet, People Eating People, THEESatisfaction and The Moondoggies. Be sure to check out the full lineup after the link.
FILMMAKERS: APPLY FOR THE SUNDANCE INSTITUTE AND THE ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION COMMISSIONING GRANT
The Sundance Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation provide an annual cash grant and creative support to a selected filmmaker who is in the early stages (full treatment or early screenplay draft) of developing a science or technology-themed (fiction) narrative screenplay. Projects must have science or technology as a major theme or scientists as major characters. Science fiction or projects that stray too far from basic scientific reality will not be considered. Projects must be narrative (fiction) features and not documentary in nature. Projects must be live action. Complete guidelines and application are available at the Sundance Institute Web site.
"READY, SET, BAG!" FOR FOOD LIFELINE
Ready Set Bag
Ready, Set, Bag! is a documentary film that will be premiering in Seattle this Friday, August 6 about eight contestants who train for and compete in the National Grocery Bagging Competition in Las Vegas. Friday's event at Central Cinema will also welcome the film's director and producer, Justine Jacob, for a Q&A session following the documentary. Premiers of Ready, Set, Bag! always raise money for various local food banks, and this weekend's screening's proceeds will go to benefit Food Lifeline. For more information about the film, follow the link.
MUSIC EDUCATORS: APPLY FOR THE ASCAP MUSIC GRANT PROGRAM
The ASCAP Foundation is a publicly supported charitable organization dedicated to sponsoring American music creators and encouraging their growth through music education and talent development programs. The ASCA Foundation invites proposals from nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations engaging in music education and talent development programs that are consistent with the mission and objectives of the foundation and which support music education for aspiring songwriters and composers. Deadline to apply is August 1. For more info, follow the link.
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER DAVID MACKAY TO HOST SCREENING
Northwest Screenwriters Guild
On Saturday, August 21, the Northwest Screenwriters Guild will host Producer/Director David Mackay at the Northwest Film Forum. Mackay made his directorial debut with the Disney film, Breaking Free in 1995. He also directed The Lesser Evil, Route 9 and Black Point. The event, which will begin at 1:00 p.m., will feature the screening of his independent feature, Ten Inch Hero starring Clea DuVall, Danneel Harris and Jensen Ackles. On Sunday, August 22, David will take individual meetings with Full Guild Members. For more information and to make reservations, follow the link.
CHECK OUT FREE 'MOVIES AT THE MURAL' STARTING SATURDAY
Experience free movies by moonlight at Seattle Center this August. Picnic on the gently sloping Mural Amphitheatre lawn, in front of a state-of-the-art giant screen, with the Space Needle standing sentry in the starry skies above you. "Movies at the Mural" is an outdoor cinema experience like no other. And, for the third straight year, NFFTY is partnering with Seattle Center to include a short film from NFFTY 2010 before every feature played at Movies at the Mural. This year's movies include Bon Voyage before The Princess Bride, Popped with Twilight, Sparks in the Night precedes The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and Contrails opens Star Trek. For a schedule of show times, follow the above link
DON'T MISS UMOJAFEST THIS WEEKEND
Seattle's African American Seafair celebration is here! Featuring three days of events on two separate stages, UmojaFest brings some of the most talented artists in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest region together to celebrate Seafair. Events are wide in breadth of scope and include live music, book talks, the African American Heritage Festival Parade, Youth empowerment rally and talent show, forums, cook offs, car shows, a sustainable living fair and a vendor marketplace. There is bound to be something for everyone to enjoy. The Kick Off party is Friday at Hidmo and events are held at the Umoja Peace Center in Judkins Park. For a full schedule of the events and to learn more about the Umoja Peace Center follow the link.
OLYMPIA FILM SOCIETY ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
The Olympia Film Society is now taking submissions for the 27th Olympia Film Festival. If you want the chance to get your work up on the big screen in front of hundreds, potentially thousands, of rabid film fans submit your feature, short or whatever it may be to one of the coolest alternative film festivals on the west coast. Early submission deadline is August 15. Final deadline is September 1. For more information on how to apply, follow the link.
RUSTY WILLOUGHBY COLLABORATES FOR "COBIRDS UNITE"
Before going solo, Rusty Willoughby made a name for himself in the seminal '80s band, Pure Joy, and later on in the '90s with his other band, Flop. Now, with several solo records under his belt, Willoughby enlists some Seattle heavyweights to back him on his stunning latest, Cobirds Unite. Barrett Martin (Big High, Mad Season, Screaming Trees), Rachel Flotard (Visqueen), former Pure Joy band mate Lisa King and producer Johnny Sangster among others collaborate with Willoughby to create a beautiful summer album which conjures images of cool summer streams, lush green fields and bright blue skies. The album was recorded in Seattle at Crackle & Pop, and more information can be found after the link.
JOIN 911 MEDIA ARTS FOR OPEN SCREENING
Open Screening is a 911 Seattle Media Arts "open mic night" for film, video and digital media arts; an open forum for filmmakers and digital media artists ranging from amateur to professional. Discussion follows each screening. Open Screening is held the second Sunday of every month at 8:00pm in the screening room at Seattle Film Institute (SFI) hosted by Greg Gould. Bring your works on DVD or VHS, disc/tape and in some cases computer. Make sure it's cued, maximum ten minutes in length, first come-first screened. For more information including directions, follow the link.
PHILHARMONIA NORTHWEST SEEKS A CONDUCTOR/MUSIC DIRECTOR
Philharmonia Northwest, a Seattle-based chamber orchestra, is currently seeking a conductor/music director. The orchestra will select finalists to conduct the rehearsals and concerts for each performance set during the 2010-2011 season. The regular concert season generally consists of five or six concerts per year. Concerts are typically on Sunday afternoons, with rehearsals on Tuesday nights and dress rehearsals on Saturday mornings. Applicants should submit the materials electronically by August 15 to the Conductor Search Committee. For more information on how to apply, follow the link.
JAZZ MUSICIANS: APPLY FOR THE CMA/FACE FRENCH AMERICAN JAZZ EXCHANGE
Chamber Music America
Jointly administered by Chamber Music America, the cultural services department of the French Embassy and the French American Cultural Exchange, the CMA/FACE French American Jazz Exchange supports small jazz ensembles and/or individual musicians from France and the United States, or their territories, who wish to engage in a collaborative project in one or both countries. The project must feature at least one public performance and may include such activities as touring, recording and audience development. Eligible projects will be directed by a lead jazz partner from one country working with a collaborating jazz partner(s) from another country and performing with an ensemble of two to ten musicians from one or both countries. Projects are eligible if they advance an adventurous musical idea using traditional, straight-ahead and/or experimental concepts; create new music composed by one or both partners; explore new music by one or both partners that may not necessarily result in a finished composition; and/or bring partners together for the first time to play one partner's existing music or music by both partners. Complete guidelines and application are available at the CMA Web site.
ARTS ORGS APPLY FOR 4CULTURE SUSTAINING SUPPORT GRANTS
The guidelines and application for the next cycle of 4Culture Arts Sustained Support (read - operating support for your organization) are now available. The application deadline is September 29. The Sustained Support Program seeks to provide predictable levels of financial support to organizations who maintain a consistent level of programmatic activity, community impact and organizational stability. In 2009, they distributed $1,593,000 to 212 organizations through the Sustained Support Program. For more information about applying, follow the link.
PEACE CONCERT ENVELOPES SEATTLE
Peace Code Records
Come celebrate peace and music at the 30th Annual Seattle Peace Concert on August 15 at Gasworks Park. The afternoon event will feature The Washington Blues Society Blues for Peace Picnic and Booth. Performers include Duffy Bishop, Nick Vigarino, Guitar Lick Slinger's, Red Hot Blues Sisters, Peter Dammann, Chris Carlson and Mia Vermillion. Peace Concert is presented by Peace Code Records and SEAPEACE.org. More information about the event can be found after the link.
SEATTLE OPERA SHOWS FINANCIAL STABILITY
On Tuesday, August 3, at Seattle Opera's Annual Meeting at McCaw Hall, the company announced that it expects to achieve a balanced budget for the 2009/10 season, no mean feat in today's difficult economy. "In every respect, last season was a tour de force of planning and execution; the season tested every aspect of our planning and execution abilities," says Board President Steven C. Phelps. "Therefore, it is with the deepest respect and admiration for our Board, for the company and its leadership, for our donors, and for our wonderful audience, that I announce that, for the season just ended, Seattle Opera once again balanced its budget." Seattle Opera's 2009/10 budget benefited from the lack of any accumulated deficit, as well as ticket revenue for the Ring and Amelia that exceeded expectations. To read more about the budget process and other Opera news, follow the link.
AMINA FIGAROVA SEXTET FOR FREE
Thought you had missed your chance to see Amina Figarova for free at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley? Well luckily, they have added a second set. Amina Figarova is one of the most productive jazz composers and talented jazz piano players from Europe. Amina started playing piano and composing at a very early age. She 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. The show is complimentary, but reservations must be made. Follow the link to make a reservation and find out more about Amina Figarova.
SUB POP GIVES MUSIC FOR THE PRICE OF A TOY
There are still some of us who really prefer physical, material art objects. Books, CDs, DVDs-placing these on your shelves provides a sense of hominess and accomplishment. But our numbers are dwindling, and most favor cheaper, digital copies of their artistic world. So where does that leave people like Jeff Kleinsmith, Sub Pop's longtime art director, and co-owner of Patent Pending Industries? Exactly where he wants to be. Kleinsmith explains that now is the time to get creative with music packaging. Download codes can be included, but those of us desiring the tangible will start seeing all kinds of packaging devices beyond the simple CD sleeve. It "could be a magazine, it could be a shirt, it could be a sticker on a banana, it could be anything, really, that has that has that download. It could be a poster, a thing associated with this music," Kleinsmith says. Sub Pop general manager Megan Jasper thinks this is a great idea, and she's hoping to implement the strategy soon. The full article is after the link.
LOCAL MOCKUMENTARY PICKED UP BY NETFLIX
Willatuk: The Legend of Seattle's Sea Serpent is a locally made feature length mockumentary that profiles a fictitious sea serpant that travels between Lake Washington and the Puget Sound via an underwater tunnel. Made in Seattle in 2005, Willatuk showed at STIFF this year and received the Best Monster Movie title. Dan Schwert, the Executive Director and star of the film was recently profiled in Moving Pictures Magazine, they received a positive review in the Seattle items, and have been recently been accepted by Netflix to be available for renting and streaming. Congratulations to all. To queue up the film, follow the link.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 7/28 - 8/4
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"
- New Pornographers "Together"
- Head & The Heart "Head & The Heart"
- Moondoggies "You'll Find No Answer Here"
- State of the Artist "Seattlecalifragilisticextrahelladope"
- Blitzen Trapper "Destroyer of the Void"
- Hey Marseilles "To Travel & Trunks"
- LeRoy Bell "Traces"
- Band of Horses "Infinite Arms"
- Damien Jurado "Saint Bartlett"
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 Seattle hip-hop trio Dyme Def. All three MCs - Brainstorm, S.E.V. and Fierce Villain - have been working together since they were in middle school in the early '90s and consider each other family, and the mutual respect they have for each other comes across onstage. This team's 2006 debut, Space Music, produced by Bean One, became a cult favorite and sold over 50,000 copies without the backing of a major label. Their 2009 EP, Panic, was a change of style for the band, with songs that were political, talking about the downturn of the economy and the effects on everyday life. In 2010 they went yet another direction, with a commercial release called Sex Tape. In this exclusive KEXP interview, all 3 MCs talk about songs they feel express them the most. These stories show the personal nature of these men as poets and the depth of their work as a whole. Check it out after the link.
WILL FOLEY ARTISTS BE REPLACED BY COMPUTERS?
Software engineers are working on a system that would replace the traditional effects of the so-called Foley artists, who have been plying their trade ever since the 'talkies' hit the screens, with the omnipresent computer. A team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have succeeded in replicating the sound of water flowing and splashing. William Moss and Hengchin Yeh modeled the splashing and gurgling of water by building a '3D grid' of sound, the same technique used in computer generated film graphics. Moss said: "The physics is pretty easy." They believe it is just the first step on the road to a whole array of virtual sounds. But Foley artists believe that these will lack the emotion created by people messing around with different physical materials. Sandy Buchanan, who works for Pinewood Studios, told The Times: "These newer ways of operating can remove a lot of the donkey work from what we do but sound engineering in films is not simply about creating a sound, it is about creating an emotion using sound." Read the full article, including some popular foley techniques, after the link.
"GRASSROOTS" A TRUE SEATTLE FILM
Though Grassroots features non-Seattle actors Jason Biggs, Cedric the Entertainer, Joel David Moore, Cobie Smulders, Tom Arnold and Emily Bergl, the film is truly a Seattle piece. With most of the crew, from Director of Photography down, being Seattle-based, the story about Grant Cogswell (former Stranger writer who ran for City Council) and shooting taking place in Capitol Hill, Seattle Center, King County Courthouse and Queen Anne, Grassroots truly embraces Seattle. The soundtrack even features contemporary local bands like Fences and Mt. St. Helen's Vietnam Band. Says director Stephen Gyllenhaal, "Toward the end, there's a whole chorus shout to Seattle. ... It's a love story to Seattle." To read the full article, follow the link.
MARGARET JANE WRAY OF SEATTLE OPERA
Get a sneak preview with this exclusive video of Margaret Jane Wray singing a portion of "Brangäne's Ruf" in the lobby of McCaw Hall. The opera singer discusses her role in the current show at Seattle Opera, Tristan und Isolde, which runs through August 21, after the link.
MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND GETS PROPS FROM AV CLUB
Local up-and-comers The Mt. St. Helens Vietnam band got a great review from everyone's favorite website The AV Club. Garnering comparisons to Pink Floyd, the Arcade Fire, Cursive and Trail of Dead, the review says their sophomore album Where the Messengers Meet has "unexpected edge" and points to "Bitter Cold," a heaving dirge that finds Benjamin Verdoes and his wife Traci Eggleston unraveling a cheerless narrative of madness and abandonment over a tempo set by their 15-year-old adopted son, Marshall. Along the way, over the course of Messengers, swooning cellos, spiky guitars, math-rock drum configurations, and even the occasional banjo enhance the drama." To read the full review, follow the link.
FILM MARKETING GOES VIRAL
Film distributors are using Twitter, Facebook and other technologies to draw audiences into cinemas. Worldwide scavenger hunts, comic book prologues, flash-mobbing, alternate-reality games and iPhone apps - just some of the tools used by studios in a bid to garner hype and attendance at the cinema. Nowhere is this movie-marketing arms race more noticeable than during the summer blockbuster season, as scores of big-budget extravaganzas vie for our attention in Hollywood's most competitive market. The driver behind this change has, unsurprisingly, been the internet. Facebook is more popular than ever, and 2010 has been the year when the social-networking service Twitter has well and truly entered into the mainstream consciousness. With more access to potential consumers than ever before, it's easy to see why movie marketers have embraced social networking. We no longer simply consume marketing campaigns; we've become active participants in them, as can be seen in the recent trend in transmedia storytelling. Today, the movie released in cinemas is just one part of a wider narrative jigsaw that stretches beyond the confines of the theater and across other forms of media. To read the rest of this fascinating article on the future of movie marketing, follow the link.
SEATTLE WEEKLY'S "BEST OF SEATTLE"
Seattle Weekly has announced its 25th Anniversary edition of the "Best of Seattle" list. The listing features categories such as Arts and Entertainment, Food and Drink, People and Places and others. Everything from Grynch's "My Volvo" video (Best Video from an MC This Year) to The Physics (Best Free EP to Light Up Your Summer) to Columbia City Theater (Best New Venue for Free Shows) to Sunset Tavern (Best Place to Stand at a Club Show) are recognized. Check out the full list of the "Best of Seattle" 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