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THE FILM + MUSIC OFFICE WELCOMES OUR NEW INTERN!
Film + Music Office
The Film + Music Office is happy to welcome our new intern Clare Canzoneri. Clare most recently worked with the Seattle International Film Festival as a Programming Assistant and just completed her Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Indiana University. A film lover and harpist, Clare is excited to join the Film + Music team and continue integrating herself in the city's vibrant arts and cultural scene. She is also currently seeking Seattle's best tacos, so feel free to send suggestions her way.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
WASHINGTONFILMWORKS REACHES 2009 FUNDRAISING GOAL
WashingtonFilmWorks has reached its fundraising goal, successfully raising $3.5 million for 2009. The money raised each year allows WFW to facilitate an aggressive incentive, offering funding assistance to film, television, and commercial productions shooting in the state. These productions represent economic opportunity for the state by creating family wage jobs and generating increased revenue among local businesses. Since launching the program in February 2007, WFW has approved 31 productions for funding assistance, including 16 feature films, 4 movies of the week for television, and 11 commercials. These projects create jobs that provide health and retirement benefits and represents an estimated $34.4 million dollars of direct spending in Washington State.
LYNN SHELTON'S "$5 COVER" SEEKING EXTRAS!
Film + Music Office
Wanna be in an MTV.com web series about Seattle music? Director Lynn Shelton's (Humpday - Magnolia Pictures) project, $5 Cover, needs 150 extras next Monday Aug 17, to be fans for rock band Thee Emergency! If you're over 21, RSVP to email@example.com now, and tell friends to sign up too. Help us pack the place out, RSVP today! More about Lynn Shelton at http://bit.ly/2PBcD8, and more about Thee Emergency at www.myspace.com/theeemergency. You must be available for the whole shoot to be involved.
SUB POP OFFERING MATCHING GRANT TO SUPPORT NORTHWEST FILM FORUM
Northwest Film Forum
Thanks to generous donations from film lovers and supporters around the city, the Northwest Film Forum is well on its way to reach the $70,000 goal to cover its budget shortfall. The organization is $42,000 away from reaching its goal by August 15th. Sub Pop has offered to match every $10 donation received up to $10,000.
ARTIST TRUST INVITES YOU TO EXPLORE WASHINGTON FILMMAKING OPPORTUNITIES
Families and arts lovers statewide are invited to Artist Trust and Mighty Tieton's Sunny Side Up!, a weekend of creative exploration in the glorious Upper Yakima Valley, August 22nd - 23rd. The 2 day event will feature Award-winning and independently produced films by and about Washington State artists along with a filmmaking panel that will Explore the incentives and opportunities for filmmaking in Washington. The weekend also features Open studios and Art Mart, a colorful "cartist" parade, and much more! Visit the website to learn more about this exciting opportunity.
EMP|SFM HOSTS SPACED OUT! THE FINAL FRONTIER IN ALBUM COVERS
Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame will welcome its newest exhibition, Spaced Out! The Final Frontier in Album Covers Saturday, August 15th. The exhibit presents 117 space-themed record album covers that were released between 1940 and 1969-the dawn of the space age. The exhibition takes visitors back to when space was a mystery, and space exploration was adventurous and groovy. Graphic design buffs as well as vinyl record collectors and nostalgic baby boomers will appreciate the exhibition for its history and unique graphic elements. The exhibit is scheduled to run through January 3rd, 2010 on the third level of the EMP galleries. Visit the website for dates and times.
911 SEATTLE MEDIA ARTS CENTER IS ON THE MOVE!
911 Media Arts Center
911 Seattle Media Arts Center is moving to Jack Straw Productions' Warren Building in the University District. After a five year run in its South Lake Union facility, the Board of Trustees have signed a lease with Jack Straw Productions for a suite of offices and classroom on the second floor of the Warren Building in the University District. 4culture has awarded Jack Straw an Emergency & Unforeseen Opportunity Grant to upgrade the electricity in the new space insuring that 911 Media can continue to retain its capacity for providing high quality instruction in the Media Arts. The Center will still offer scholarships to artists for instruction in post-production and pre-production video and new technology for the visual arts. By moving into the Warren Building 911 Media will be conveniently located at 43rd and Roosevelt, easily accessible to members and the public in the University District.
NEW FILM CHALLENGE AT NWFF: SILENCE IS GOLDEN
Northwest Film Forum
This fall the Northwest Film Forum's quarterly film challenge asks local filmmakers to stretch their imaginations and create a silent film. Those who participate will be challenged to think back to the early days of film, before characters had a material voice, and create a five-minute short within the constraints of image alone. Participants will be allowed to use music to drive the story, but there must not be a single spoken word uttered, whether by a character, a voice-over or an omnipotent presence. Any music should be instrumental only. The project is open to all levels of skills and experience. Submissions are due July 31st. For more information email Adam Sekuler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUBMIT YOUR FILMS TO THE TALL BEERS AND SHORT SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL!
Tall Beers and Short Shorts
Tall Beers and Short Shorts is a monthly film series highlighting the best local shorts, sketches, music videos and other assorted video oddities. The festival is now also launching a local filmmakers film night and urges film making Seattlites to send their short films/music videos/comedy sketches/documentary or whatever else they captured on camera. Visit the website for more information and submission details.
8TH ANNUAL LAYNE STALEY TRIBUTE & BENEFIT CONCERT
Layne Staley Memorial Fund
Tickets are now on sale for the 8th Annual tribute to former Alice in Chains lead singer, Layne Staley. The Tribute and benefit concert will take place on his birthday August 22nd, at Showbox Market. Seeking to turn the tragedy of Layne's death into hope for those that suffer, Layne Staley Fund uses donated funds, and proceeds from the sale of merchandise and tribute revenues, to support local chemical-dependency facilities, drug education, and outreach programs. The organization works with fans and musicians to raise funds for community heroin recovery programs. This year fans from all over the globe will gather in celebration, with music from Ed Kowalczyk of the band LIVE. All proceeds go to the Layne Staley Memorial Fund.
LOCALLY PRODUCED FILM GREENSPOKE TO PREMIERE AT BUMBERSHOOT
Tom McIntire's locally produced environmentally themed sci-fi thriller Greenspoke will have its official world premiere screening at Bumbershoot on Monday September 7th at 8:00 pm in the SIFF Cinema at Seattle Center. Bumbershoot admission gets you in the door. Featuring a talented local cast and crew, Greenspoke won an Accolade Award of Merit: Short Film and was nominated for Best International Film under 50 Minutes at the International Film Festival Ireland in Clonmel.
SURFACE TENSION ROCK OUT TO HELP KIDS IN NEED
Seattle band Surface Tension is hosting their annual fundraiser at Studio 7 on August 14th, with proceeds benefiting The Burned Children Recovery Foundation. Sponsored by KISW's Loud & Local, the all-ages music show and auction will include some of Seattle's up and coming rock bands such as Faceless, Wren Drive, Riot In Rhythm, and Valium Stallion. Fans will enjoy the raffle of a guitar signed by all participating bands, donated by American Music/Seattle. The evening's festivities begin at 7:00 pm.
SEATTLE PRODUCED BACK TO THE GARDEN PREMIERS IN BERLIN
Back to the Garden
The Seattle produced, flower children/hippie documentary Back to the Garden premieres in Berlin this week at the Globians world and culture documentary film festival as part of 60 international films over 6 days. Back to the Garden premiered at SIFF with two sold-out shows, opened the Maui Film Festival and now has its International premiere in the German capitol where the director, Kevin Tomlinson once lived for 4 years in the late 70's and early 80's. The film takes the audience back twenty years, to a Healing Gathering in rural Washington state and introduces a group of back to the land hippies who dropped out of society to live off the grid, grow their own, and raise non-traditional families...then zooms ahead to the present to discover what's become of their dreams of environmental utopia and their alternative families while revealing the personal sacrifices made to realize those dreams.
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
Century Masters of Lindy Hop & Tap
Out to Lunch Concert Series
Noon - 1:30 pm
3:00 - 9:00 pm
Seattle Center Mural Stage
Easy Street In Store Performance
The Cave Singers
Queen Anne Store
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 8/03 - 8/09
Mayor's Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Maldives "Tequila/Someday EP"
- Fresh Espresso "Glamour"
- Gossip "Music for Men"
- Modest Mouse "No One's First & You're Next"
- Throw Me The Statue "Creaturesque"
- Tiny Vipers "Life on Earth"
- Fleet Foxes "Fleet Foxes"
- Hey Marseilles "To Travels & Trunks"
- The Moondoggies "Don't be a Stranger"
- Yacht "See Mystery Lights"
WARREN REPORT PODCAST WITH LYNN SHELTON
The Warren Report
Check out the latest Lynn Shelton interview with Warren Etheridge. Warren sits down with the Humpday director to chat about why it's not necessary to write dialogue when making a film, and the benefits of filming in Seattle.
CROCODILE LIVE ARCHIVES UNVEILED
Justifiably beloved sound man Jim Anderson just announced the lovely news that the much-discussed archives of live performances from the old Crocodile Cafe were revealed to the public this week. A FAQ about the 2,800 hours of recordings is up over on the University of Washington Library website now. A complete list of all the bands included-from Acid Mothers Temple to Wolf Parade-can be viewed through the above link.
A WAGNER LASER-LIGHT SHOW AT THE PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER
Zeppelin and Floyd getting a little old? As part of Seattle Opera's Ring Cycle this week, opera general director Speight Jenkins' favorite selections from the "Ring," plus his live commentary, will be set to a laser show in the Pacific Science Center's Laser Dome. Snacks, beer and wine will be available for purchase. 6:00 pm Thursday, 200 Second Ave. N.