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DAVID RUSSO WINS BEST DIRECTOR AT FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL
Fantasia Film Festival
The highly successful 13th edition of the Fantasia Film Festival drew to a close Friday after a 3 week movie marathon. With a diverse line-up of high selection standards, the festival attracted more than 90 000 fans this year and saw 40% of its 195 screenings completely sold out. Among the winners, The Festival awarded Seattle Filmmaker David Russo with the feature film jury prize for Best Director for The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle. Congratulations David!
BECOME A WASHINGTONFILMWORKS FAN!
Down Town Summer
WashingtonFilmWorks is now on Facebook! Get the latest in local film news and connect with other filmmakers in and around Seattle by becoming a fan of the WFW Facebook page. WashingtonFilmWorks is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to promote economic vitality in Washington State by encouraging growth in the film and video production industry. WFW wants to ensure that Washington State re-emerges on the national and international scene as a premiere destination for motion picture production.
NFFTY PARTNERS WITH MAKINGOF.COM
MakingOf.Com is a new behind-the-scenes web destination that provides an intimate, fresh look into the process of filmmaking by the insiders themselves. Founded by Natalie Portman and CEO Christine Aylward, MakingOf provides exclusive access to the industry insiders and interactive entertainment focused community. The National Film Festival for Talented Youth has partnered with MakingOf to allow NFFTY filmmakers the opportunity to interview, film and edit interviews with industry insiders that will be used on MakingOf.com as well as seen on the NFFTY blog. These young filmmakers will have the opportunity to meet leading members of the entertainment industry while refining their filmmaking skills.
SAM REMIX AT THE OLYMPIC SCULPTURE PARK
Seattle Art Museum
Celebrate summer at the Olympic Sculpture Park with DJs spinning dance music, performances and tours until midnight. Join the Seattle Art Museum for a unique late-night mashup of art, music, dancing, spoken word, and after dark tours in a social atmosphere. Highlights will include a sunset performance by poet Roberto Ascalon and musician Paul Rucker, DJ sets by Colby b and DJ Freddy King of Pants, live music performances curated by The Decibel Festival, and a comics drawing rally with the Friends of the Nib.
911 SEATTLE MEDIA ARTS CENTER CELEBRATES SILVER ANNIVERSARY
911 Media Arts Center
911 Media will be hosting a party celebrating its twenty-five year commitment to the arts. 911 Seattle Media Arts Center is a member supported, non-profit organization and the Northwest's premier resource and venue for alternative media. For the last twenty-five years, 911 Seattle Media Arts Center has hosted and inspired a myriad of filmmakers and multimedia artists. 911's mission is to support independent digital media artists in the creation and exhibition of their work. Festivities will include music, BBQ, video from our history and an exhibition of posters and ephemera from the past quarter century.
FREE AT THE FRYE
Culturally inquisitive? On a budget? Looking for something interesting, artistic, and creative to do with little or no cash to spend? Visit the Frye Art Museum. Public programs explore art and related topics, offering unique insight from artists, curators, art historians and trained gallery guides. Programs include lectures, film programs, music performances, and gallery talks, and exhibition tours. Free tickets are distributed, on a space-available basis, at the Frye Information Desk one hour prior to each event. Visit their website for information on current exhibitions and listings of all programs.
THE SATURDAY KNIGHTS' MUSIC VIDEO ON MTV'S SUBTERRANEAN
Director Travis Senger's latest music video, "Count It Off," with local hip hop group The Saturday Knights, will make its television premiere this week. The project, produced by Michael J. Mouncer, will debut on MTV2's Subterranean. "Count It Off" includes vintage tube cameras, children, puppets, and hand-drawn animation. The video is on display in Seattle at the Experience Music Project. On August 1st, the band will also be at EMP, performing alongside the video as a special part of the Jim Henson's Fantastic World exhibit. Check out the video here.
FILMMAKERS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR ARTIST TRUST'S EDGE FILM PROGRAM
The applications for the EDGE Program for Filmmakers are now available for artists in Seattle! The EDGE Program offers a comprehensive survey of professional practices through a hands-on, interactive curriculum that includes instruction by professionals in the field, as well as specialized presentations, panel discussions and assignments. The program provides artists with relevant and necessary entrepreneurial skills to achieve their personal career goals, along with the opportunity to build community through peer support and exchange. The EDGE Program is open to emerging or mid-career filmmakers. For application details and requirements, visit the website.
EXTENSION: SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN HOMECOMING
Now through August 22nd, Join Taproot Theatre this summer for a toe tappin', knee slappin', heartwarmin', bluegrass gospel extravaganza! This regional premiere captures the charm and nostalgia of a post-war Appalachian country church on an October night in 1945. Filled with celebration and a contagious beat that'll get your feet tappin'! The shows are on Wednesday-Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday - Saturday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday matinee, 2:00 p.m.
JUDGES NEEDED FOR BLUES BAND COMPETITION
Washington Blues Society
The Washington Blues Society is hosting its solo/duo competition to send local performers to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge this Sunday at the New Orleans Creole Restaurant in Seattle, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. There are three openings for guest judges at this event. Each judge will receive dinner plus a modest honorarium. If you love the blues and are interested in judging the bands, send an email to email@example.com.
SEATTLE AREA FILMMAKERS NETWORKING EVENT
Seattle Area Filmmakers
Seattle Area Filmmakers is hosting a networking event for filmmakers this Wednesday from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. Come mingle and join crew and cast for an evening of fun. Seattle Area Filmmakers is a networking organization that brings local filmmakers together to collaborate on ideas and projects. SAF believes in respecting filmmaker talents, ideas, and work. The goal is to bond as a team of individuals and to showcase Seattle as a place for film. This event will be held every first Wednesday of the month at Kells Irish Pub. Get there before 7:00 pm for happy hour prices!
CITY-WIDE MUSICAL SCAVENGER HUNT STARTING IN THREE WEEKS
Emerald City Search
Starting on Wednesday, August 26th, the Emerald City will once again be crawling with intrepid explorers, hungry treasure-hunters, and possessed puzzle-lovers searching for a mysterious medallion! Now in its fourth year, the Emerald City Search is back, this time celebrating Seattle's rich and illustrious musical history! From classical composer Alan Hovhaness to jazz on Jackson Street, Hendrix to Fleet Foxes, and Sir Mix-a-Lot to Quincy Jones, our great city has touched nearly every musical genre. The clues will be printed in The Seattle Times, leading searchers to the secret location. Clues will continue for ten days or until the medallion is discovered somewhere within the city limits by Seattle's most clever explorer! The winner will receive fabulous prizes valued at an estimated $5,000 or more! For more details, visit the website.
AUDIOSOCKET PRESENTS: OFF THE STAGE
Audiosocket presents the first round of artist forum sessions organized around the question: What is a Performing Rights Organization? PRO's can be confusing. Learn, listen and network with fellow artists in the music community. Audiosocket's featured guest speaker is music industry veteran, David Brewster. David Brewster has spent the bulk of his career in the entertainment industry. Most recently as Director of Hear Music at Starbucks and SVP of Creative Services at PlayNetwork, where he lead innovations in business development, branded music experiences and licensing. This event will be hosted at the Elliott Bay Cafe on August 26th at 7:00 pm.
ENJOY THE RING IN ONE HOUR AT LASER OPERA!
Seattle Opera invites you to experience Ring highlights in only an hour at BRAVO! Club's 5th annual Laser Opera Show, featuring a program of dramatic and lyrical opera arias set to lasers à la Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd. This year, in celebration of the Ring cycle, Seattle Opera will feature General Director Speight Jenkins' playlist of his favorite Ring music as well as live commentary!
TRUE/FALSE FILM FEST CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The True/False Film Fest is heading into its seventh year of celebrating fine work in the arena of non-fiction, and is seeking groundbreaking documentaries from all over the globe to screen in February 2010. True/False continues to grow steadily, having played host in past years to some of the biggest names in documentary film, many up-and-comers and filmmakers that run the gamut from informational to experimental. If your film is accepted you will receive travel and lodging, a festival pass and an unparalleled experience. For submission requirements and deadline information, visit the True/False website.
SEATTLE BUG SAFARI FUNDRAISER FILM PROJECT
The Seattle Bug Safari will sponsor a Bug Safari Party on August 15th, 2009 to raise funds for LolitaMoon Productions' upcoming film project Esperanza, Wing Thief, Flutterby, a short film about a young girl that encounters a parallel world while on an insect hunt. Tickets may be purchased at the Seattle Bug Safari on the day of the event. Three percent of total funding raised during the event will benefit the non-profit organization, Center for Biological Diversity, which works through science, law, and creative media to secure a future for all species, great or small, hovering on the brink of extinction. Local companies will offer free stuff for kids and all who attend.
NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE IS HIRING!
Northwest Folklife is looking for a Development Manager who is passionate about the arts and fundraising to oversee their development department. NW Folklife is also looking for a Development Intern to support their Development team while gaining hands on experience. Visit the website to learn more and apply!
BOMBAY ROCK CONCERT & BOLLYWOOD MOVIE
On August 7th at 8:00 p.m. Manooghi Hi, hits the Admiral Theater stage. The group brings their mix of 'Bombay-Rock' mixing classical, pop, and spiritualism with shades blending East and West influences. Following the groups' performance at 9:00 p.m. the theater will screen the award-winning dramedy Rock On. It's the story of 4 boys who put together the greatest band their country had ever seen, but never quite made it. Ten years pass and fate conspires to bring them together again and set them on a journey back to where they left off. For more details of this celebration, check out the link.
FREE MUSIC THIS WEEK AROUND TOWN
In these tough economic times, nothing works better than a day full of sunshine and free music. Check out the free summer music events this week brought to you by the City of Seattle, your local neighborhood and local businesses in and around Seattle.
Seattle Presents: Concerts at City Hall
Noon - 1:30 pm
Toni Hill with Original 9 piece R&B soul band
Out to Lunch Concert Series
Noon - 1:30 pm
South Lake Union's 5th Annual Block Party
Noon - 11:00 pm
Benjamin Doerr, Picoso, Grand Hallway and Cosmic Panther Land Band
Movie on the Lawn!
Seattle Center and KEXP present Concerts at the Mural
5:00 - 8:00pm
Dyme Def, Fresh Espresso
7th Annual KEXP BBQ!
2:00 - 9:00pm
Dinosaur Jr, Viva Voce, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Japandroids, Born Anchors, Champagne Champagne
Sonic Boom Ballard
Jack Wilson & The Wife Stealers
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 7/29 - 8/05
Seattle Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Gossip "Music for Men"
- Fresh Espresso "Glamour"
- Maldives "Tequila/Someday EP"
- Fleet Foxes "Fleet Foxes"
- Tiny Vipers "Life on Earth"
- Hey Marseilles "To Travels & Trunks"
- The Moondoggies "Don't be a Stranger"
- Pierced Arrows "Paranoia Ain't Life" EP
- Pearl Jam "Live From Easy Street"
- Dandy Warhols "Dandy Warhols Are Sound"
LYNN SHELTON FILMING NEW LOCAL MUSIC SERIES AROUND TOWN
Lynn Shelton, director of "Humpday" is presently directing the Seattle (Ballard) installment of a show for MTV called "$5 Cover." The show, which is intended for web broadcast with limited TV play, is a drama, and stars members of local bands acting and also performing music. Yesterday evening, the My Ballard blog posted photos and words to the effect Maldives/Shelton/Tractor Tavern filming had just occurred. The blog said more filming will happen tonight, and that a ton of local bands (14) will be on the show, with more upcoming filming.
THE ALBUM IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE APP
The iTunes music store sells single songs at approximately the same price, with artist presented in more or less the same way. Apple's app store, however, is still somewhat like the wild west ,where the rules are being made up in real time. Artists and labels can sell music alongside other digital offerings through the app store at any price from zero to $999.99. As Wired suggested last summer, this creates an opportunity for artists and labels to distribute a new type of product, especially because the app store concept is spreading to other mobile phone platforms. On Monday, six of the 20 most recently submitted music apps to appear in the App Store featured a single artist: Jason Carver, Jessica Harp, Jimmy Cliff, John Butler Trio, Kadence, or The Cribs. Each showcases music videos, photos, news, photo-jumble games, concert listings, and/or community features that let fans share photos with each other. And all of them were made with iLike's iPhone app toolkit. For the full story on how apps are changing music distribution, check out the above link.
MODEST MOUSE PREMIERS HEATH LEDGER DIRECTED VIDEO
Film + Music Blog
The Heath Ledger-directed video for Modest Mouse's "King Rat" premiered yesterday, over 18 months after the Academy Award-winning actor passed away tragically at the age of 28. The blueprint for the video was mapped out at the time of Ledger's death but the animation itself was unfinished, so the Masses, a film and music company that Ledger was a partner in, completed Ledger's vision with the "King Rat" video. Keeping with the spirit of the video, proceeds from when the video is purchased on iTunes will benefit the non-profit marine life organization Sea Shepherd Conservation Society for the next month. Follow the link to check out the video.