|News from the Office of Film + Music
CONGRATS TO NEW MUSIC COMMISSIONER LARY BARILLEAU
Seattle City of Music
Lary Barilleau is truly an integral part of the Seattle music scene. A native of the city, he is a graduate of Franklin High School, University of Washington and Western Washington University. He has worked as a jazz, folk and blues percussionist and composer for over thirty years, performing at such Seattle events as Bumbershoot, Folklife Festival, Festival Sundiata, Out to Lunch Series and Art of Jazz at Seattle Art Museum. An educator at heart, Barilleau has been a teacher in the Seattle Public Schools for fifteen years and currently holds the position of head of International Arts at Hamilton International Middle School, overseeing a department of four teachers in performance art, visual art and instrumental music. Congratulations to Mr. Barilleau for his new role as Music Commissioner. For more information about the Seattle City of Music Commission, follow the above link.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
FILMMAKING WEEK IN QUESTIONLAND
This week's "Questionland" topic is filmmaking. Experts in the field such as Charles Mudede, Adam Sekuler, Jane Charles, Sean Porter, Jennifer Roth and Eugene Mazzola are available through the site to answer all your burning questions regarding filmmaking, financing and friend making. Topics range from finding a producer to accruing a crew for a 15-year-old director to getting work as an extra. You can just browse others' questions and answers, but feel free to participate in the discussion. Ask your questions at the link above.
REGISTER FOR THE REEL GRRLS SUMMER VIDEO CAMP
Take a video production crash course with Reel Grrls! Learn to write, shoot and edit a short video in only three days. Work in an all-girl, noncompetitive environment, and receive instruction from adult women media professionals. The course is open to young women ages 13 - 19. No previous video production experience required! The camp runs Monday, Wednesday, Friday, August 23, 25, 27, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Reel Grrls HQ. For more information and to register, follow the link.
DON'T MISS THE KEXP CONCERTS AT THE MURAL SERIES
KEXP and The Seattle Center are proud to present Concerts At The Mural, a summertime series of free outdoor music series curated by KEXP, on every Friday until August 27 from 6 - 8 pm (doors at 5), on the lawn of Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre. Included in this series is the annual KEXP Barbeque, Saturday, August 14, 2 - 9 pm, at Seattle Center. Take advantage of the warm summer nights and take in the tunes from some of KEXP's favorite artists. All Mural Concert Series and KEXP BBQ events are free to the public and all ages. This weekend's fun includes a lineup featuring Brite Futures, State of the Artist and Noddy. For the full line up and other details, follow the link.
SUBMIT YOUR MOST FASHIONABLE SHORTS TO DRESSED TO THE NINES
The Dressed to the Nines Film Challenge asks Seattleites to forgo the fleece sweaters and sandals for a day to make a film showing off your most stylish clothes. Any subject matter is acceptable, but performers should be sporting stylish formal wear: jackets, ties, skirts, dresses, cuff links, high heels, etc. Films should be no longer than five minutes. The deadline for this challenge is August 16 and the screening is August 18. These projects are open to all levels of skills and experience. Smashingly dressed attendees at the screening receive half price admission. For more information email Adam Sekuler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHABAZZ PALACES, ROB DEVOR & CHARLES MUDEDE ARE GENIUSES
Local hip hop duo Shabazz Palaces has just won The Stranger's first ever Genius Award for Music. MC/producer, Ishmael Butler and drummer/mbira player, Tendai Maraire, along with all the Genius winners, received a sheet cake exclaiming "You are a frickin' genius" as well as a no-strings-attached reward of $5,000. The Genius Award for Film was given to Rob Devor and Charles Mudede for their work on Sundance-premiered films Police Beat, Zoo and this year's Unnamed Sarah Jane Moore Project. The Stranger Genius Awards Party is going down on September 17 at the Moore Theatre where winners will accept their awards and Shabazz Palaces will perform. Congrats to all!
SEATTLE OPERA SEEKS DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
The nationally and internationally renowned Seattle Opera announces a senior opportunity for the position of Director of Development. The Director of Development is the chief fundraising officer for the Company with overall responsibility for annual fundraising efforts including planned giving, endowment, major gifts, special events and a projected capital campaign. The Director is responsible for expanding and improving current development programs and working collaboratively. The Director of Development must possess a genuine interest, passion and commitment for opera, its mission and core values. A minimum of five years of experience overseeing fundraising programs in organizations with operating budgets of over $10 million and experience raising contributed revenue of over $6 million is required. For more information, including further qualifications and instruction to apply, follow the link.
JAMFEST IN THE INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT
The Wing Luke Museum is coordinating a monthly summer festival, dubbed JamFest, which promises First Thursdays full of art, dance and music. It started in June and continues monthly through September. Venues are restaurants and retailers like Four Seas or KOBO At Higo, which showcase local artists on their walls and host live performances. Expect bands like dance-rock group The Slants, soulful SolBird and the carnivalesque Toy-Box Trio. This month's JamFest is happening tonight from 6:00-8:00pm at various restaurants and retailers around the International District. Check out the link for more details.
HEAD ON DOWN TO THE SOUTH LAKE UNION BLOCK PARTY
South Lake Union Block Party
South Lake Union will be host to an all day Block Party this Friday. Marking the culmination of the Out to Lunch Series, the party will feature outdoor summer fun and entertainment for all ages. The party begins at noon and continues until 11pm. Activities include food, kids play area and face painting and a local DJ spinning music all day. To play homage to Friday the 13, the evening caps out with a special screening of Michael Jackson's Thriller followed by Zombieland. Proceeds for the event benefit Historic Seattle. For more information follow the link.
BRASILFEST HITS SEATTLE CENTER
Follow the drumbeats to BrasilFest, which relishes in the unique diversity of this South American cultural melting pot. Brazil's African, Portuguese and indigenous roots are celebrated with classical guitar, samba rhythms and the percussive beats of traditional folk music. Watch a demonstration of the elegant and powerful Capoeira martial arts, see glittering costumes and eat authentic food while learning about this varied culture. Brasilfest is free and takes place at Seattle Center this Sunday, August 15 beginning at 10:00am. See the link above for more details.
EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL SEEKS PRODUCTION INTERN AND PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
The Earshot Jazz Festival is seeking Production Interns and a Production Assistant for the annual Earshot Jazz Festival, October 15 through November 7. Now in its 22nd year, the Earshot Jazz Festival presents local, national and international musicians in venues throughout Seattle. With hundreds of artists performing in more than 60 events during the three-week festival, this is an opportunity for musicians, students of music or the music industry, or current production staffers to contribute to this outstanding community event. Scheduling flexibility is possible, but production team members will be expected to work some long hours, including weekends, early mornings, and late nights. Applicants should be comfortable handling routine production phone calls and errands; communicating clearly with production members, festival management, artists, and artist management; completing administrative tasks as requested; lifting up to 50-70 lbs.; and driving a passenger van. Previous stage production experience is a plus. To start a conversation about helping with the annual Earshot Jazz Festival, please send a summary of your qualifications in an email to email@example.com
'SOUNDS OUTSIDE: A CELEBRATION OF ADVENTUROUS MUSIC & COMMUNITY' RETURNS THIS WEEKEND
Once again the Monktail Creative Music Concern presents Sounds Outside: A Celebration of Adventurous Music & Community. In its fifth year, the annual, free to the public, jazz and creative music festival comes to Capitol Hill's Cal Anderson Park to celebrate the diversity of the local and national music communities and encourage positive use of the centrally located urban park. Following on the heels of the successful July performance, Sunday's performance promises to equally deliver. Featuring Ask the Ages, Double Yoko, AMA, The Suffering F@#kheads and the Legends Duo, this jazzy afternoon starts at 1:00 and keeps the park swinging 'til eight. For more information on the artists and the series, follow the link.
FILMMAKERS: SIFF OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
SIFF is seeking features, documentaries, short films and animation for the 37th annual Festival. With over 550 screenings of 250 features and 125 shorts in 25 days, SIFF is the largest film festival in the United States. Attracting audiences over 155,000, SIFF is a great way to get your film noticed. SIFF is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a Qualifying Festival in the Short Film category. Earlybird Submission Deadline is November 1, 2010. Regular Submission Deadline is December 7, 2010. Final Submission Deadline is January 3, 2011. For more information about the submission process and this year's juried award prizes, follow the link.
JOIN THEFILMSCHOOL FOR ACT SHORTS NIGHT
TheFilmSchool is teaming up with ACT Theater to present another night of live theatre. Tom Skerritt hosts this evening at ACT Theatre, 700 Union Street. Hear five short scripts written by alumni of TheFilmSchool, read and directed by some of Seattle's top professional actors and directors including Sarah Harlett, Basil Harris, Eray Anderson, Jose Gonzales, Annette Toutonghi and more at ACT Theatre, 700 Union Street. Monday, August 16, 7-10pm, come early for a reception in the lobby at 6pm and meet the writers! Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details, follow the link.
SIFF HIRING A DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS
The communications office manages all of SIFF's communications efforts, including marketing, advertising, publications and print collateral, website, promotions, community outreach, publicity and public relations. This position also recruits, hires and manages seasonal publicity and promotions staff in order to successfully implement the department goals. Job responsibilities include developing marketing plan and key messages for the organization's programs, individual support and community awareness; overseeing and leading day-to-day implementation. The successful applicant will have a bachelor's degree in marketing or communications, seven to ten years of marketing communications experience in a supervisory role and/or equivalent combination of education and experience. References should speak to the applicant's sense of camaraderie, integrity, professionalism, responsibility and flexibility. For a full job description, list of qualifications and to learn how to apply, follow the link.
DON'T MISS THE SECOND ANNUAL RIZAL PARK MUSIC AND ARTS FEST THIS WEEKEND IN BEACON HILL
This weekend Dr. Rizal Park on Beacon Hill plays host to the Second Annual Rizal Park Music and Arts Festival. The main attraction of this event is the promotion of local Filipino and Pacific Asian Musical and local artist from our region, performing music and dance including jazz, rock, Christian, gospel, pop, Hawaiian and R&B. There will be food vendors dishing up delicious Filipino food and activities for the kids, such as face painting and more. The event is free, open to the public and starts at noon. For more information, follow the link.
LOCALLY MADE SIFF SHORT WINS BEST OF FEST AT TUMBLEWEED FILM FESTIVAL
Dishonesty, made here in Seattle and premiered at SIFF 2010, follows one day in the relationship of a young married couple, Gary and Ellen, who are at the point in their relationship when going through all the effort and compromise of being completely truthful with each other is becoming just a bit too much of an effort. They spend the day being hilariously and realistically dishonest with each other. The short film recently won the Best of Fest award at the Tumbleweed Film Festival in Oroville, Washington. Congrats to the film!
GO SEE 'THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF LITTLE DIZZLE' WITH DAVID RUSSO IN ATTENDANCE
The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, one of the most buzzed about films to come out of Seattle premiered at the Sundance Film festival, received rave reviews world-wide and was one of only 12 films to be picked up for the debut of Tribeca Films. Shot entirely on location in Seattle and featuring local cast and crew, the film has received screenings across the nation, and now is the time of their homecoming! The Northwest film Forum is screening the film August 11 - 18 and director David Russo will be in attendance at all the scheduled screenings. For a schedule of screenings and to read more about the film and its Seattle connection, follow the link.
BUMBERSHOOT REACHES OUT
In honor of their 40 year anniversary as the single largest music and arts festival in the region, Bumbershoot is finding new and innovative ways to collaborate with the city they call home. They are thinking outside the box and forging new partnerships with city organizations and businesses. Tapping into the idea that arts and music are part of the cultural identity of the city, they are eager to hear from people and institutions who want to spread the music to the widest cross-section of the populace as possible. To get in touch with them and find out more ways to be involved, follow the link.
SAVOR THE INAUGURAL 12th AVENUE FESTIVAL
12th Avenue Festival
Cheap, premiere eats? Local shopping? Street music? Count us in! On August 15, bring the family and sample, savor and experience Pike Pine's 12th Avenue in its first annual neighborhood street festival. Taste small plates from Seattle's most eclectic mix of local premier dining venues - priced at $5 and under. And while you're eating and strolling around Capitol Hill, lend your ear to the many street musicians performing for the event. Confirmed guests include Bryan John Appleby, Hallways, Cross-Eyed Kitty, Nick Lowery, Unicorn Republic and Caela and the Dangerous Flares. For more information about the event, follow the link.
DANCE IN THE STREETS IN GREENWOOD-PHINNEY
Take one part Masquerade, one part outdoor dance classes, a few sprinkles of kiddie events, add a little live music, and you've got the Greenwood-Phinney 22-Block Street Party. Taking place this Friday between N 87th Street and N 65th Street, the Street Party has loads of exciting events, classes and games for all ages. Be sure to check out live music by The Shed Boys in front of Phinney Neighborhood Center as well. The event takes place from 6-9pm and is free. Follow the link for more information.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 8/5 - 8/11
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Mt St Helens Vietnam Band "Where the Messengers Meet"
- Blitzen Trapper "Destroyer of the Void"
- Head & The Heart "Head & The Heart"
- Moondoggies "You'll Find No Answer Here"
- New Pornographers "Together"
- Carissa's Weird "They'll Only Miss You"
- State of the Artist "Seattlecalifragilisticextrahelladope"
- Fresh Espresso "Glamour"
- Band of Horses "Infinite Arms"
- Damien Jurado "Saint Bartlett"
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 Blue Seraph Productions' Judas Kiss.
Cameras begin rolling this Friday, August 13, for Judas Kiss, the fifth feature film to shoot in Seattle this year. The film is an off-beat contemporary drama directed by award-winning filmmaker J.T. Tepnapa and produced by Carlos Pedraza. You may see the production filming in the U-District, Capitol Hill and other Seattle landmarks in August and September. Judas Kiss will employ over 50 local cast and crew during its six-week production schedule. "We chose Seattle because we wanted something different than Los Angeles," says Tepnapa. "It seems like everyone shoots in LA/Vancouver, B.C. for television and film. We want Judas Kiss to have a different look and feel." Production partner Temporal Studios is currently casting for featured and background extras for scenes numbering from 5 up to 100 people. If interested, email email@example.com.
BETTER WAY FOR YOUR SMALL FILM TO BE SEEN
New York Times
Sometimes it is difficult knowing where to look for smaller budget, independent films. If they weren't widely released in theaters or you missed them at SIFF or Netflix isn't showing it, frustration can ensue. But according to the New York Times, watching indie films from the comfort of your own home might be easier than previously thought. Prominent international filmmakers such as Hong Kong's Johnnie To, Spain's Daniel Monzón and the brains behind Don't Look Back, Colin Fitz Lives! and Centurion are making use of On-Demand's distribution method. Of course blockbuster hits still dominate the scene, but with talented and influential filmmakers making efforts to raise the standards of the program to include lesser-known films, On-Demand could quickly become the place to look for independent films. To read the full article, click the link.
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" profile Shabazz Palaces. Ishmael Butler is best known for his work with the Grammy-winning hip-hop group Digable Planets from the 1990s. These days he's heading up a new project called Shabazz Palaces with beatmaster MTK. The music is hard to pin down, it's layered with textures and story fragments. The groove is haunting and the hooks hit deep. They made a splash at SXSW this year, were listed as a "Best new track" by Pitchfork, and just picked up the first Stranger Genius Award for Music. In this episode, Ish talks about growing up as an artist working with Digable, his unique definition of success and why Shabazz Palaces' music is shrouded in mystery. To listen to the full show, check the above link.
ONLINE-ONLY VIDEOS HIT THE BIG TIME
New York Times
After a protracted drought, money is trickling back into the professional Web video industry. So-called branded entertainment deals like the one by Ikea are becoming more common, helping to nourish new programming. And venture capital firms are also paying new attention to the industry. The promise of Web video has risen and fallen over the last few years. What makes the current round of interest more compelling is the realization in the industry that Web video will not supplant television viewing anytime soon, just complement it. That partly explains why the companies have stopped labeling themselves "TV on the Internet." "We realized we were putting a burden on Web-original programming by trying to make it like TV," said Lance Podell, the Next New Networks chief executive. The Web video industry flies under the radar, but together, the major players rack up hundreds of millions of video views each month. As people spend more time online, producers are betting that video viewing times will keep growing in tandem. To read more about this exciting development in filmmaking, follow the link.
SEATTLE OUTDOOR FILMS DIVERSIFYING
One of the best parts of summer is being able to watch films under the stars. A little popcorn, a picnic blanket and a fluff flick, and summer is at its finest. And now this seasonal activity is reaching even more audiences. The Center City Cinema's outdoor film series provides Chinese and Spanish speaking audience members subtitles to enhance their enjoyment of its various films. With International District and nearby Beacon Hill residents dominating the presence at this film series, it is important to reach out to those communities for whom English is not the primary language. Upcoming films include Red Cliff (in Chinese with English subtitles), The Karate Kid Part II (in English with Chinese subtitles) and Up (in English with Spanish subtitles). For more information, follow the above link.
SOUNDGARDEN UNVEILS NEW DISTRIBUTION MODEL FOR NEW ALBUM
For the first time, a new music album is being released with a game. The first one million Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock launch units released in the U.S. will contain Soundgarden's new 12-song album Telephantasm. In the first week, this will be the only way fans can get their hands on the album. That day, fans will also gain access to the album as downloadable content in the game. The single from the album, "Black Rain," will debut exclusively in the game. The unique marketing strategy and distribution method both harness a new fan base for the Seattle band as well as mark a possible change in the way we receive and perceive new albums. For more information about the album drop, follow the above link.
NEW TV SHOW TO BE SHOT IN WEST SEATTLE
What do you get when you cross "7th Heaven" with "Arrested Development"? You get the new Irish family sitcom, "The Divine Marigolds." Lisa Coronado and Alder Sherwood, founders of Corwood Productions, will be filming the pilot episode of this new network show in West Seattle this fall. The Marigolds' home is in the Admiral neighborhood, and the family business will be West Seattle's own Alki Bike and Board. Other scenes are set to be shot at Husky Deli, where one character starts an affair, and the Celtic Swell, the family hangout. Filming of the pilot episode starts in October, but the production crew is still raising funds. If you want to contribute, check out their kickstarter page.
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