|News from the Office of Film + Music
HAPPY HOUR IS TONIGHT AT SPITFIRE
Office of Film + Music
Join us at Spitfire tonight Wednesday, August 25 for the monthly Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour networking event. Spitfire will be open exclusively for the event from 5:00 - 7:00 pm and is located at 2219 4th Avenue in Belltown (between Blanchard and Bell). We hope to see you at Spitfire for food, drink and networking!
MAYOR MCGINN UNVEILS THE SEATTLE JOBS PLAN
Seattle Jobs Plan
On August 24th, Mayor Mike McGinn announced details of the Seattle Jobs Plan, a vision for next-generation economic development that creates a sustainable economy with shared prosperity in Seattle and the Puget Sound region. It consists of a framework of new and existing policies, programs, engagement strategies, and investments that, together, will help create quality jobs, protect the environment, and ensure that taxpayers get true value from the city of Seattle's public investments. The Seattle Jobs Plan is focused on making critical investments in workforce development and training for local residents, entrepreneurial activity, key sectors of our economy, and next generation infrastructure. The Mayor announced the Seattle Jobs Plan at Cascade Designs, Inc., a leading manufacturer of outdoor equipment located in the heart of the Duwamish manufacturing and industrial center.
NIGHTLIFE SECURITY TRAINING THIS SUNDAY
Office of Film + Music
The Seattle Police Department offers a Security Training Program with classes open to the public several times a year. These classes are not just for security personnel. Security training is imperative for individuals who work physical security or screen patrons at the door. It is also extremely beneficial to any employee who regularly interacts with your clientele. Maintaining a highly-trained staff, ready to deal with difficult situations, is vital to the safety of both your patrons and your employees. We hope you will take advantage of this important opportunity. Topics of instruction include: starting your shift; screening patrons; maintaining a safe environment; handling problem situations; and rolling/soft closes. Follow the above link to register.
HELP KICKSTART SOME LOCAL PROJECTS
Kickstarter is a way for bands, filmmakers and other artists to raise funds for their various projects. By using donated financial resources from fans, family and friends, Kickstarter users can bypass the intimidating world of grants and loans to make their artistic pursuits a reality. Several Seattle bands and filmmakers are making use of the web tool, including Tennis Pro and John Jeffcoat's Big in Japan, Shoes for December and Miranda Perdue. Follow the buttons directly to the left of this blurb for full listings of Seattle film and music projects to which you can help contribute and support.
GROW SEATTLE PORTAL LAUNCHED
office of Economic Development
On August 24th, the Office of Economic Development (OED) officially launched its new Business Services Portal at www.growseattle.com. The Portal helps small and medium sized businesses navigate the regulatory terrain, and to help them quickly access business services offered by local, state, and federal governments and their partners. Services include business planning and technical assistance, help with permitting, location assistance, financing, and more. OED's website has also been revamped in order to represent the new "growseattle" brand and web identity.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
REVERB FEST LINE-UP ANNOUNCED
REVERB Fest is a massive conglomeration of Seattle bands and artists descending on Ballard at roughly a dozen venues around the neighborhood. Now in its fourth year, it's hosted bands ranging from Fleet Foxes and Cave Singers to Maldives and Moondoggies. This year's Fest is hitting Ballard on October 9 for a very low cost. Some confirmed bands include Caspar Babypants, Ivan & Alyosha, The Not-Its, Shelby Earl, Erin Jorgensen and Victor Shade. For the full listing (so far) and more information about the event, follow the link.
REGISTER FOR THE REELGRRLS AFTER SCHOOL FALL PROGRAMS
After School program participants meet one or more times per week over an extended period of time such as 3-9 months. They work on creating a 3-15 minute video, and often produce polished videos for submission to film festivals. There are two programs currently open for registration. Music Video Production Program: Make a music video for a local band in an all-girl, noncompetitive environment. Get hands-on experience with state of the art technology and support from adult women mentors. No previous video production experience necessary. Screenwriting Group: Reel Grrls is starting a six-week screenwriting group. Bring story ideas and they'll provide the writing exercises, activities and feedback to help you formulate them into a completed screenplay. For committed writers, no video production experience required. The program meets Thursdays, September 23 - October 28. For more information on the programs, including application process and registration, follow the link.
PEDAL OVER TO THE NORTHWEST FILM FORUM 5TH ANNUAL BIKE-IN
Northwest Film Forum
The Northwest Film Forum's 5th Annual Bike-In is this Saturday, August 28 at Cal Anderson Park in Capitol Hill. A celebration of green transportation, the urban community and summers in the city this event begins at 5pm and goes all night. Featuring music from DJ NLJB, Concours d'Elegance and Sap'N the evening culminates in a dusk-time showing of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. Throughout, they will be showing short films including The Ducks & Us Songbook and a program of claymation shorts from their teen animation camp. Don't miss the fun!
IRANIAN MUSICIANS: SUBMIT YOUR WORK TO ZIRZAMIN
ZIRZAMIN, a Seattle-based nonprofit, is inviting all Iranian musicians to submit their works for an online music award in Rock. The competition is open to everybody. However if band members are residing in different countries, you will have to state that at the time of submission. ZIRZAMIN is run by a small number of art lovers who dedicate their time and energy to Iranian music and Iranian culture for the sake of love and freedom of speech.
ATTEND WORKSHOP ON AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT
The Wallace Foundation and Washington State Arts Commission present a free Arts Participation Leadership Initiative learning opportunity. To be held August 25 and 26 at Seattle Center's McCaw Hall, this series of programming is designed for arts managers, board members, artists and volunteers. The event features Forum and Workshops that cover emerging practices in audience engagement. Called Engaging Audiences, researcher and consultant Alan Brown of WolfBrown and participants will explore how audiences engage with different art forms, plus how arts organizations can respond to the changing expectations and demands of audiences. The forum will be introduced by Daniel Windham of The Wallace Foundation with a discussion led by Sandra Jackson-Dumont of the Seattle Art Museum. The event is free, but seating is limited. To register, follow the link.
CATCH FREE MOVIE SCREENINGS FROM OFFICIAL BEST OF FEST
Official Best of Fest
The last Tuesday of every month, the curators behind the Official Best of Fest bring a night of free film screenings to the Roy Street Coffee & Tea's movie room starting at 8:00 pm. Hosted by local filmmaker and Official Best of Fest Founder, Rick Stevenson, this monthly series provides audiences an opportunity to view award-winning films that are hard to find anywhere else. This month features short films; Kick Like A Girl (Jenny Mackenzie); Clarissa Performs a Magic Trick (Virginia Mesiti); Dance Lexie Dance (Tim Loane); Triple Concerto in D Minor (Daniel Mitchell). For more information about Official Best of Fest, follow the link.
CHECK OUT THE SPEAKEASY SERIES AT THE TRIPLE DOOR, EVERY TUESDAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER
The Triple Door, in partnership with SIFF, is presenting a series of events every Tuesday now through September 28. Called the Speakeasy Series: Los Angeles, they feature live music by local DJ Supreme LA Rock, one of the city's hottest disc jockeys, who will be spinning music starting at 9pm. The evenings also feature film screenings curated by SIFF. To be true to the Los Angeles themes, the featured films are Robert Altman's The Player and Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard, both films are classic examinations of the City of Angeles. All events will be held in the Triple Door's Musicquarium Lounge and begin at 9pm. For more information and directions, follow the link.
LAST INSTALLMENT OF BEACON ROCKS! IS THIS SUNDAY AUGUST 29
Beacon Rocks! is a free, outdoor, family-friendly music series meant to be a fun opportunity to build community ties and give local musicians a place to play in their neighborhood. The series wraps up this Sunday. This final installment features YAAMBA Marimba, Glenn Bell band, Splinter Dance Company, The Colour Project, Jessie McKenna and Red Heart Alarm. The performances will be from 1:00 - 5:00 pm at the Lander Festival Street on Beacon Hill.
BRENT AMAKER & THE RODEO SIGN TO SPARK & SHINE RECORDS
Brent Amaker & the Rodeo are a Seattle band with influences as divergent as Johnny Cash, Devo and Quentin Tarantino. Booked to play Bumbershoot 2010 and the Heineken City Arts Festival, they have been featured on the Showtime series 'Californication' and have toured North America and played big festivals abroad. They recently signed with Seattle label Spark & Shine, who will be releasing their forthcoming album Please Stand By. Along with the usual route of touring to promote the album, Brent Amaker & the Rodeo collaborated with filmmaker Jay Cynik and artist Simon Young to put out graphic novel, "Adults Only" as a supplement to the record. Congratulations to all. For more information including tour dates and sneak preview of the comic, follow the link.
GET YOUR FREE LOCAL MUSIC DOWNLOADS
Sportin' Life Records, a Seattle based hip hop record label, is offering three free downloads of MP3s from D. Black and B.Brown's forthcoming EP, The Blackest Brown. D. Black says the album is all about living with a new mindset and making the world better for his little girl. The three songs are "Special," featuring Fatal Lucciauno, "You're the Light," featuring SK and "On the Go." The duo will also be hosting a record release party at Neumos on Capitol Hill this Sunday, August 29. Check out the link above for some free tunes.
"GIRLS ROCK! SEATTLE" ANNOUNCES NAME CHANGE TO "RAIN CITY ROCK CAMP FOR GIRLS"
Rain City Rock Camp
At the conclusion of a sold out Summer Camp Showcase at Neumos on July 31, "Girls Rock! Seattle" announced its official name change to Rain City Rock Camp for Girls. The decision to change the name was made in early 2010 by the Board of Directors in response to another local organization with a similarly named program. The name "Rain City Rock Camp for Girls" was chosen from two potential names voted on by Summer Camp participants in July. "We saw this as an exciting opportunity to give the girls we serve ownership over the look and feel of our organization going forward. As a young non-profit with increasing momentum, this was the perfect time to make a change that we're confident will be better for us and the non-profit community as a whole." Rain City Rock Camp will be hosting its first ever "Ladies Rock Camp" August 27-29 and will be offering year-round programming during the 2010-2011 school year. More information is available at the link.
ReverbNation is a website geared toward helping artists increase their fan base, recognition and musical opportunities. With options to link to other sites (like Facebook, MySpace and YouTube), bio pages and music streaming, ReverbNation is a slick tool for getting your tunes heard. Check out Office of Economic Development's own Lance Randall's Reverb page. The smooth and funky jazz musician is ranked number 13 in the jazz section. Follow the link above to view the page and learn more about how to get your band up on ReverbNation.
SEATTLE MADE FILM 'LATE AUTUMN' TO WORLD PREMIERE AT THE TORONOTO INTERANTIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Late Autumn is a Korean feature film set in Seattle which wrapped early this year. The story follows Anna, who is on her way to Seattle to attend her mother's funeral while on a special weekend release from prison. On the bus, she meets Hoon a "companion for hire" for lonely, older women. Both are running away but both find something in each other while spending a day together roaming around the city. The film will be making its world premiere as part of the 'Contemporary World Cinema' category at the 35th annual Toronto International Film Festival, one of the premiere film festivals in the world, to be held this year from September 9 - 19. To see the recently announced full festival lineup, follow the link.
COMPOSERS: APPLY FOR MUSIC RESIDENCY IN BERLIN
The American Academy in Berlin is accepting applications from composers for the 2012 Berlin Prize in Music Composition until October 1, 2010. The Academy wishes to support an early to mid-career composer. Applicants must show significant professional activity as demonstrated by public performances, commissions and awards. The Academy will provide the composer in residence with new vistas and professional opportunities by supplying 1) a singular community of accomplished Americans from artistic, literary and scholarly worlds, 2) a distinctive venue for his or her music and 3) access to a valuable musical network. Fellowship benefits include round-trip airfare, housing at the Hans Arnhold Center, partial board and a stipend of $5,000 per month. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Academy during the entire term of the award. To read the submission guidelines and to learn more about this opportunity, follow the link.
ESPN DEBUTING FILM ABOUT KIRKLAND'S 1982 LITTLE LEAGUE CHAMPS
Little Big Men tells the story of how the Kirkland 1982 Little League team won the World Championship for the first time in more than a decade of domination by teams from Southeast Asia. The debut of this film will kick off the launch of the Pat Downs Foundation by some of his former players from that Little League team. The film will be screen on August 31 at 4 pm at Sport Restaurant and Bar across from the Space Needle. There will be a silent auction following the screening, and all proceeds will go toward benefiting the Pat Downs Foundation.
CHECK OUT 'ENHANCING PUBLIC SAFETY THROUGH URBAN DESIGN' SEMINAR TONIGHT
Downtown Seattle Association
The Downtown Seattle Association, Seattle Police Department and the American Institute of Architects, will join Mayor Mike McGinn to host a free two-hour seminar on Crime Prevention through Environmental Design at 6:30pm tomorrow (Wednesday, August 25) in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall. No advance registration is required. The seminar will be presented by Art Hushen, of the National Institute of Crime Prevention, who will be in Seattle to teach a class to members of the Seattle Police Department and other city agencies. Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) encourages change in the physical design of buildings, streets and parks to enhance safety in communities and to minimize the opportunities for crime to be committed.
CPTED practices have been used for more than 20 years in cities around the world to great success. Those cities have also seen significant improvement in their business climate as CPTED principles foster increased pedestrian activity and awareness. To learn more about the event follow the link.
LOCAL ARTIST JESSE HIGMAN DESIGNS ALBUM COVER FOR NEW HEART ALBUM 'RED VELVET CAR'
Jesse Higman is a longtime fixture of the Seattle music and arts scene. He has worked with some of the great Seattle bands and his pieces and style are familiar to many. Last year the painter was awarded a Mayor's Arts Award and his work is exhibited in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and at the Experience Music Project. None other than the Smithsonian Museum has several of his paintings as well as the special table he uses for his work. His latest project is the cover art for the new Heart album, Red Velvet Car. This album is the first from the Seattle band in six years and is available Tuesday August 31. To see the cover and to see a video of Jesse in action, follow the link.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 8/18 - 8/24
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- The Head and the Heart "Self Titled"
- Brad "Best Friends?"
- Blitzen Trapper "Destroyer of the Void"
- Moondoggies "You'll Find No Answers..."
- Young Evils "Enchanted Chapel"
- Kate Tucker "White Horses"
- Caspar Babypants "Here I Am!"
- Band of Horses "Infinite Arms"
- Ravenna Woods "Demons & Lakes"
- State of the Artist "Seattlecalifragilistic"
'JUDAS KISS' PUTS OUT CALL FOR EXTRAS! EXTRAS!
Producers of an independent movie filming on the UW campus are looking for extras. Judas Kiss has already been in production for several days around campus but still needs extras for upcoming scenes. This coming Saturday, August 28, producers hope to fill up the Guggenheim Hall auditorium for one of the scenes. Judas Kiss is described as a gay feature film and a "time bending campus drama about second chances to make things right." For more information about how to become an extra, follow the link above.
REEL GRRLS: THE NEXT GENERATION OF DIGITAL MEDIA MAKING
Each week Seattlepi.com hosts a series called Seattle Rewind, and this week's retrospective focuses on the Seattle music scene. The article and companion radio segment discuss local musicians, entertainment establishments and radio personalities that helped shape the city and country's musical history. Obvious fixtures such as Jimi Hendrix and Quincy Jones are highlighted, but lesser known artists like Ernestine Anderson and disc jockey Pat O'Day are also mentioned and embraced. Follow the link above for the article and accompanying collection of photographs.
CARISSA'S WIERD IS NPR'S SONG OF THE DAY
Monday's NPR Song of the Day is Carissa Wierd's "The Color That Your Eyes Changed With the Color of Your Hair." The Seattle band gained a recent resurgence of attention when the formally disbanded group performed for the first time in about seven years. Carissa's Wierd also released an album appropriately titled They'll Only Miss You When You Leave: Songs 1996-2003. The group's members have gone on to perform in such bands as Band of Horses, Grand Archives, S and Sera Cahoone. Congratulations to Carissa's Wierd!
DIY MUSIC AND FILM, COLLABORATING ONCE AGAIN
New York Times
"The music and film business, none of them can count on what sustained them for a number of decades, so they're all trying to figure out what can we do, how can we connect with audiences," says Janet Pierson, the producer of the film festival and conference for SXSW in Austin, Texas. One trend in connecting with audiences is for music labels and record executives to aid in the distribution of indie films. This often works when labels follow these rules: stay small and informal, know your audience and put out stuff you like. Writes The New York Times, "In the last few years, both the independent film world and the independent music world have stratified, shrunk by digital sales, a crowded entertainment market and the collapse of major specialty divisions. Money is harder to come by now. But experimentation can rule, and a few players have found that there's a niche, and a clear overlap, in putting out D.I.Y. music and D.I.Y. film." To read the full, fascinating article and to glean tips about your own film and music projects, follow the link.
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH TOM PRICE
City Arts Magazine
From his home in White Center, Tom Price gives City Arts Magazine a glimpse into the life of a musician diagnosed with Parkinson's: how it affects the sound of his music, his performances and being a dad, and how he deals with it. He talks about his worst record ever and difficult photoshoots, browsing through his old 45's with a story for each one. Check it out after the link.
RADIO STATIONS TO PAY UP
New York Times
For more than 70 years, over-the-air radio stations have played music without paying the performers who recorded the songs. That could be changing. This month, the National Association of Broadcasters released what it described as a framework of a deal in which stations would pay a total of about $100 million a year in performance fees. The association's outline suggests that the largest stations pay a performance fee of 1 percent of net revenue, and smaller stations a lower rate or none at all. While labels and musicians have long sought performance fees, broadcasters have argued that the stations provide important promotion for artists, and that a fee might put small stations out of business. Even if a final compromise is reached, it would still need Congressional approval. The full article is available at the link above.
CHATTIN' WITH NEW SEATTLE BAND CAN YOU IMAGINE?
New Seattle band Can You Imagine? is composed of Steve Fisk (keyboards and production), Michelle Plaitis (lead vocals, percussion), Rachel Frost (bass, vocals), Sue Merrill (drums, vocals) and Peter Bagge (guitar, vocals, cover artwork). KEXP blog writer Chris Etsey interviewed Bragge this week about the band's beginnings, influences, place in the Seattle scene and the musical stylings of Can You Imagine?. Writes Etsey, "Can You Imagine? is a hell of a lot of fun, and delightful to listen to in part due to the mad guru keyboard-production participation of Steve Fisk (his own band Pigeonhed, and known for his work with Nirvana, Low, Damien Jurado, Soundgarden, and many other Pacific NW greats). But there are also amazing vocals from Michelle Plaitis, Rachel Frost, and Sue Merrill as well, which means live they 'jam' like a bad-ass beat menace set loose on a jibbering Cold War." Check out the full interview at the link above.
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