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THANK YOU FOR COMING TO HAPPY HOUR!
Many thanks to everyone who came out to Sole Repair last Wednesday to make our new Happy Hour event a resounding success. We had close to 200 attendees and have received a great deal of positive feedback from professionals in the local film, music, and digital media industries who had the opportunity to network with people both in their own field and as well as others. Thank you also to our partners, WashingtonFilmWorks, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy, and Washington Interactive Network, who provided the refreshments and entertainment and truly made the event what it was. We hope to see everyone at the next one on August 27th.
FILM + MUSIC OFFICE SEEKING FALL INTERN
The Film + Music Office will be accepting applications until August 15th for an internship position that will start in September. 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 and organizational/research skills, as well as being self-motivated. As an intern you will become a member of Film and 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
WASHINGTON STATE FILM OFFICE SEEKS INTERNS
The Washington State Film Office is seeking interns to assist the office with completing their digital location library conversion. The purpose of the intern program is to provide students with a hands-on work experience in marketing the state to the film production industry. Interns should possess a high level of initiative, strong communication and organizational skills. Intern responsibilities involve digitizing and conforming photographic material, familiarity with Photoshop and Microsoft Office software is required. The internship will require 15 hours of work per week for at least 2-3 months. For more information contact Heather Doran at (206) 256.6151 or WaFilm@cted.wa.gov.
MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE REACHES OUT TO LOCAL FILMMAKERS
As part of their ongoing "On Location" series, MovieMaker magazine is asking you, Washington State filmmakers, to sum up in 50 words or less what it is about the state that inspires you as filmmakers-what benefits it offers that few other locales can-and why you choose to live, work and make movies here. Submissions should be sent via email to email@example.com and should include your city/state name in the subject line. Also, indicate how exactly you would like your name to appear, as well as title and credits-i.e. Joe Smith, Writer-Director (My Movie Title). In addition, MovieMaker would like to request a photo of you "on location" in Washington to accompany your written submission. Ideally, the photo should represent something significant about the region (some sort of landmark in the background, neighborhood, something on-set, etc.) Images should be saved at a resolution of at least 300 dpi, and ideally suited for 5 x 7 reprint. Furthermore, MovieMaker is looking to highlight several local film businesses. In addition to your quote, let them know about some of the most interesting and important film businesses in the Washington area (film schools, theaters, organizations, festivals, production services, etc.). See the link above for an example of a past "On Location" article.
WELCOMING EVENT FOR MARY TRIMARCO
Please join WashingtonFilmWorks at a Welcome Cocktail Event to celebrate the arrival of Mary Trimarco, the new Managing Director of the Washington State Film Office! With an extensive background in film, Mary worked most recently as director for the Western North Carolina Film Commission where she oversaw numerous film productions. And prior to joining the Western North Carolina Film Commission Mary was executive producer at Engine Pictures in Washington D.C. where she worked on projects ranging from T.V. commercials to documentaries. The event starts at 5pm on August 13th at the War Room for attendees 21 and over.
KIRKLAND FILMMAKER "HAPPY" FOR SPOT AT 1 REEL FILM FESTIVAL
"Happy" the music video by Out From Underneath, written and produced by David DeLay of Grandpa's R.V. Productions will screen at the 1 Reel Film Festival in Seattle, Washington on August 29th 2008 at 2pm. The music video is slated to be part of the feature film "Webcast" that DeLay has also written and will produce and direct. The 1 Reel Film Festival is part of Bumbershoot, Seattle's Music and Arts Festival that annually draws over 150,000 people to the grounds of the Seattle Center to celebrate the arts.
MTV & FREMANTLEMEDIA NORTH AMERICA CASTING "THE PHONE"
MTV, FremantleMedia (the producers of American Idol), and Executive Producer Justin Timberlake are now searching for outgoing and adventurous contestants for a brand new high-stakes reality competition. If you're over 18, athletic, have a dynamic personality, and are ready to win, email the following information to ThePhoneCastingSeattle@gmail.com:
1. Name Age and Location
2. Contact Information (Phone Number)
3. Current Picture(s)
4. A brief paragraph describing your personality, athleticism and
The Open Call will be held at the FOX Sports Grill on Saturday, August 16th, 2008 from 10am-5pm.
THIS WEEK'S OUT TO LUNCH CONCERTS Thursday August 7th - The Paperboys at Harbor Steps
Friday August 8th - Billy Joe & The Dusty 45's at Harbor Steps
Tuesday August 12th - The Randy Oxford Band at Victor Steinbrueck Park
Wednesday August 13th - Jonathan Harris at Victor Steinbrueck Park
The Downtown Seattle Association and Metropolitan Improvement District are proud to host the 29th season of the 2008 Out To Lunch Concert Series presented by Starbucks and Safeco. The free concerts run weekdays from July 7th through August 22nd between noon and 1:30pm. Locations vary, so check the link above for locations closest to you!
The Out to Lunch Concert Series continues this week with the following artists:
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 7/28 - 8/3
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
- The Saturday Knights - Mingle
- The Dutchess and the Duke - She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke
- Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Common Market - Black Patch War
- Dr. Dog - Fate
- Natalie Portman's Shaved Head - Glistening Pleasure
- Pearl Jam - Live at Easy Street
MEGAN GRIFFITHS BALANCES STORY, MARKETABILITY, AND SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS IN "THE OFF HOURS"
"It's good to be in the ranks of female directors," says local filmmaker Megan Griffiths. Griffiths, who has been active on the local Seattle film scene in various roles, begins shooting "The Off Hours," her feature directing debut, this coming January. Women directors are rare in an industry primarily dominated by men. Of the 13,400 members of the Directors Guild of America, only about 7% are women. But if female directors are rare, the team of four women Griffiths has assembled to produce the film is even less common. Griffiths met Jakupcak, as well as Joy Saez and Lacey Leavitt (Blood On the Flat Track) on the locally made 2007 film "Cthulhu." The group clicked, but they downplay the idea that they are breaking any kind of paradigm.
THE 2008 BUMBERSHOOT MUSIC LOUNGE ARTISTS REVEALED
The Bumbershoot Music Lounge returns with a series of intimate performances by some of the Festival's brightest stars, all of which will be broadcast live on station 90.3 KEXP and its radio website during Bumbershoot weekend. The only way to get access to this secret venue is to reserve your spot at kexp.org, or be a BumberFan and enter the Music Lounge Contest online to win free passes.
CALL FOR BLUEGRASS MUSICIANS
The Whidbey Coffee and Café is holding their 2nd Annual Bluegrass and Folk Festival, from 11AM to 7PM on September 20, 2008. Presented by the Mukilteo Arts Guild, the event promotes the arts and artists in the greater Puget Sound Region. Invited and welcomed are all Blue musicians, contact Steve Schmalz at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
MARCUS CHARLES FLIRTS WITH THE CROCODILE
Mark Baumgarten at Seattle Sound Magazine unearthed the fact that local bar impresario Marcus Charles, whose most recent venture is the Juju Lounge in Belltown, has applied for a liquor license associated with the former Crocodile Cafe.
AARON PARKS SET TO RELEASE BLUE NOTE DEBUT
Seattle native Aaron Parks, the 25 year-old wunderkind jazz pianist who has toured and recorded with the legendary Terence Blanchard, contributed to the scores of a number of Spike Lee films, and performed to rave reviews across the country, has signed to Blue Note Records, jazz's best-known label. His debut album for Blue Note, "Invisible Cinema," will be released August 19th, and is already receiving some excited buzz in the jazz community.
RISE OF THE VJ
VJs, short for “video jockeys” or “visuals jockeys,” are quickly gaining prominence in the Seattle area. Proponents say the possibilities in VJing for a new improvised audio-visual art form are endless, and Seattle clubs and concert halls will soon be filled with dancing, moving images mixed live. “Visual elements can do a lot to enhance and magnify group energy levels,” says one local VJ. “So live mixers can modulate the room in much the same way that good DJs can.”
IFP ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR IFP/SEATTLE SPOTLIGHT AWARDS
As the IFP opens its application process, Prost Amerika decided to catch up with Heather Ayres, one of last year's winners, to see how the award had affected her career. In 2007 Heather Ayres and Ixaac Paul Ackley won with "My Time with Betty". Applications for IFP can be found on their website at www.ifpseattle.org. Deadline for script submission is September 3, 2008.
THIS BAND IS READY TO BLOW!
Some might say Mt St Helens Vietnam Band came out of left field. Their world-premier last Thursday, July 31st at Neumo's showed those in attendance that the band, who's clever web-campaigning garnered them early attention, could also perform great music to support their hype. What many don't realize is MSHVB had quietly been working behind the scenes for more than a year to realize that night. Stereogum.com has noted the band as "one to watch", and The Stranger's Megan Seling recently shed some light on the band that seemingly appeared out of nowhere.
EX-BLOOD BROTHERS BECOME PAST LIVES
Local record company Suicide Squeeze has signed Seattle band Past Lives. Past Lives will make their recorded debut with an EP called "Strange Symmetry," engineered and mixed by Dann Gallucci from Modest Mouse and the Murder City Devils. The EP is available for download from the band's website now, and Suicide Squeeze will release it on CD and LP on November 4. Their next show in town, as they continue to tour, is August 9th.
GROOVING, "NORTHERN SOUL" STYLE AT THE EMERALD CITY SOUL CLUB
The Emerald City Soul Club brings its soul vibe to Seattle's Lo-Fi Performance Gallery with rare soul dance music called northern soul. The next Soul Club night is Aug. 9, 2008.
SEATTLE WEEKLY 'BEST OF SEATTLE 2008'
Seattle Weekly's 'Best of Seattle 2008' is on newsstands and online, complete with winners in categories like 'Best One-Mike Record Label' which produced a tie this year between Mike Toschi's Global Seepej Records and Mike Jaworski's Mt. Fuji Records. In other categories, to name a few... The Harvard Exit as 'Best Arthouse Movie Theater, Mikhail Shmidt and Ingrid Matthews as 'Best Violin Masters of the Seattle Universe', El Corazon as 'Best Underage Music Venue for Those with Overage Friends, ACT as 'Best Theater Company', Fleet Foxes as 'Best New Band' and 'Best Local Album', Neptune Music Company as 'Best Record Store Under 2500 Square Feet', and Jason Hughes and Nabil Ayers of Sonic Boom Records as 'Best Record-Store Tag Team.'
FROM CHEMO TO COOL IN 12 MONTHS
A year ago, Seattle film writer and producer Steve Edmiston was about to start six-months of chemotherapy for Hodgkins Lymphoma. That all seems a very distant memory now for Steve who started his directing debut in "The Day My Parents Became Cool" a year to the day he began the chemotherapy. The film is set in a bizarre world where all of the adults on the entire planet have literally "become cool" and desire to look and act just like their teenage kids, which provides both comedy and horror.
KPLU'S MARTIN NEEB PLANS YEAR-END RETIREMENT
After 25 years, radio personality and manager, Martin Neeb is bringing his long and successful career to an end. Neeb has been responsible for leading KPLU to its award-winning jazz and blues status, among the "top five of 2,500 Web streaming stations in the world." Neeb has helped to lead KPLU into receiving not only local but also national awards. His commitment and forward-thinking will be missed by many.
WIZARD PRISON AT BOP STREET
Wizard Prison will be laying down their unique brand of assault at the Bop Street Record Store in Ballard (right next to the Tractor Tavern) this Friday, August 8, 2008 starting at 9pm. Machete will also perform, with both bands projecting films of their own making during the show.