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HAPPY HOUR TONIGHT!
Wednesday August 27th, 5-7pm at Sole Repair on Capitol Hill
You are invited to the Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour sponsored by the Seattle Mayor's Office of Film + Music, WashingtonFilmWorks, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy, and Washington Interactive Network.
Seattle has been a growing hub for film, music, and digital media over the past several years, and it is vital for these three communities to interact for our city to continue to thrive. This Happy Hour offers just such an environment for people from these industries to socialize, network, and build a unified community.
Happy Hour is held on the last Wednesday of every month from 5 to 7pm, and is hosted at Sole Repair, located at 1001 East Pike Street on Capitol Hill (near the corner of 10th and Pike). Must be at least 21 or older to attend. We hope to see you there!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
For three entire days the campus at Seattle Center will resonate with the sound of live performers and the crowds that have come to cheer them on. Bumbershoot, Seattle's Music and Arts Festival, is once again taking over the Labor Day weekend. With this year's lineup already locked in to play at the numerous concert stages, the weekend promises to be filled with performances encompassing music, dance, film, comedy, and the theater arts.
VIDEOGAMES ATTRACT TOP MUSIC TALENTS
A few weeks ago, an album called "Video Games Live: Volume One" debuted at No. 10 on "Billboard's Classical Crossover Chart." In little time, the album had out-ranked John Williams' latest "Indiana Jones" soundtrack. As video game productions show a growing demand for more dramatic, "cinematic" music, the gaming industry is transforming into a significant industry for talented musicians to work in.
KIRKLAND FILMMAKER'S VIDEO PART OF ONE REEL FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP
Seattle indie band "Out From Underneath" is having a screening of their music video titled "Happy" at the One Reel Film Festival on August 30th 2008 at 2pm. Written and produced by David DeLay of Grandpa's R.V. Productions, the music video is slated to be part of the feature film project "Webcast," a DeLay project in the works. Founded in 1995, One Reel is a Bumbershoot tradition, and is one of the nation's best-attended short format festivals in the US, drawing over 20,000 filmgoers, filmmakers and industry members each year.
LIGHT IN THE ATTIC RECORDS HAS INTERNSHIP OPENINGS
"Light in The Attic" is a Seattle-based record label specializing in both new and old music, from current Rock and Hip Hop, to quality reissues of long lost gems from the 1960s and 70s. They are seeking motivated, music-savvy individuals interested in learning about all aspects of the record industry: Retail, Publicity, New Media, and Film & TV Licensing.The work involves promotional mailings, store orders, venue follow ups, and web-research. The internship will require a commitment of 12-16 hours per week. School credit is available.
OPENINGS FOR MARKETING/PROMOTIONS INTERNS AT SEATTLE WEEKLY
Seattle Weekly is looking for enthusiastic, creative and hard-working college students to join their Promotions team. Internships are unpaid, for college credit only. The Promotions intern will assist the Promotions Manager with preparing for, attending and managing on-site events; planning and production of special events; monitoring press coverage, and clippings archives; maintaining community web page, and blog writing. Hours will range from 10-20 per week in the office, plus 4-8 onsite events (includes evenings and weekends), depending on a student's situation and credit requirements. Applications should include: A letter explaining why the student is interested in a Seattle Weekly internship and what she/he hopes to learn; a detailed resume listing areas of study and accomplishments, and all work experience; any other information that completes a picture of the applicant's potential.
LEADERS IN LIFESTYLE MEDIA SEEKING MINORITY PRODUCTION PARTNERS
HGTV, FOOD Network, DIY, FINE LIVING, and Scripps Digital want to build new relationships and strengthen existing partnerships with minority producers and minority-owned production companies from the local area. Please send contact information and/or DVD resume of your work to:
Manager, HGTV Original Programming
9721 Sherrill Blvd
Knoxville, TN 37932
OFH TEEN CENTER CELEBRATES SIXTEEN YEARS OF INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMING
During the month of September, the Old Fire House Teen Center (OFH) will be celebrating sixteen years of innovative programming. The OFH is know for offering a wide array of recreational and educational opportunities, as well as a strong musical and arts component, for young people from diverse backgrounds. The website has a full list of events at http://www.theoldfirehouse.org/. On Mondays and Tuesdays, OFH also has new educational programming in partnership with numerous community service organizations. Interested in collaborating with the teen center or sponsoring some of the new programs? Contact Chris Cullen at 425-556-2341 or email@example.com.
IFP/SEATTLE ANNOUNCES THE 2008 SPOTLIGHT AWARD APPLICATIONS
IFP/Seattle is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the 6th annual Spotlight Awards. This unique program grants one filmmaker with significant in-kind goods and services to produce a 35mm or 16mm short film. Past winners of the Spotlight Award, which include John Helde's "Hello," Dan Brown's "Pierre," Cheryl Slean's "Diggers," and Matthew Clark's "Dry Rain," have been celebrated with numerous awards for their films. Sponsors of the award include Alpha Cine, Modern Digital, Oppenheimer Cine Rental, Seattle Grip & Lighting, Clatter & Din, Complete Casting, Lance Rosen, and Kodak film. Deadline for script submission is September 3, 2008. More information can be found at their website.
REALISTIC SPECIAL EFFECTS COMING SOON FOR HOME VIDEO
Photographers are used to tinkering with their photos at home. Now, amateur video makers can create movie special effects thanks to prototype software from Microsoft. Their application, called Unwrap Mosaics, makes adding a moustache to a family member in a video as easy as scrawling on a digital picture. Unwrap Mosaics was developed by Rav-Acha and colleagues at Microsoft Research.
ONE POT PROJECT BRINGS A 1968 THEMED DINNER TO BUMBERSHOOT
The collaboration between epicure/table guru Michael Hebb and photographer/director Chase Jarvis, so-called "One Pot," puts together dining events that emphasize an artful and communal experience of food. The previous month's "Songs For Eating and Drinking" event hosted, and documented, a group of talented Seattle musicians sharing food, drink, and impromptu performances. For the forthcoming dinner, Bumbershoot festival attendees are receiving the "One Pot" treatment. In celebrating the spirit of 1968, hunger pangs will be appeased if a personal piece of writing, music, literature, or some kind of artifact from 1968 is brought to be shared at the table. Reservations for a spot to the 6pm dinners can be taken at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADVERTISE YOUR CREATIVE EVENTS WITH ARTIST TRUST
Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization, created in 1987, dedicated to supporting Washington State artists working in all creative disciplines. They have made available an online Event Calendar and Resource Database for posting your arts events and employment opportunities.
"DON'T YOU #$&ING LOOK AT ME! SURVEILLANCE IN THE 21ST CENTURY" VIDEO INSTALLATION AT THE 911 SEATTLE MEDIA ARTS GALLERY
911 Media Arts Gallery has on exhibit video installations that revolve around the theme of surveillance. The showcase includes artists Gary Hill, Manu Luksch, and James Coupe of the University of Washington's Digital Art and Experimental Media program. The Opening Reception is September 12th at 6pm. The exhibit runs until October 31st.
VIDEOS RAISE AWARENESS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF MUSIC IN CULTURE AND EDUCATION
The PeaceLabs music label has several videos on their main page that delve into the standing of the arts in society, and on the importance of music in education programs and lives.
MEGAN GRIFFITH'S "MOVING" AT THE ONE REEL FILM FESTIVAL
Local filmmaker's short film "Moving" is part of the One Reel lineup and will be playing the Saturday of Bumbershoot. The ten minute short was made in collaboration with a team of local filmmakers for this year's SIFF Fly Film challenge.
CHERYL SLEAN'S "CREATIVITY IN CONTEXT" PART OF ONE REEL
The filmmaker's short film "Creativity in Context" will be showing as part of Saturday's One Reel lineup at Bumbershoot. The short film was created for this year's SIFF Fly Film challenge segment.
BACHIANAS NO. 5 TO BE SCREENED AT THE BUMBERSHOOT ONE REEL FILM FESTIVAL
Curtis Taylor's "Bachianas No. 5" is a rendition of the Heitor Villa-Lobos opera classic. Set in the demimonde of a seventies peep-show, the heroines sing of youth, love, and death. The filmmaker's music video will screen this Saturday at 2pm at the SIFF Cinema.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 8/18 - 8/24
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 & the Duke - She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke
- Moondoggies - Don't Be A Stranger
- Natalie Portman's Shaved Head - Glistening Pleasure
- Jaguar Love - Take Me to The Sea
- Head Like a Kite - There Is Loud Laughter Everywhere
- Mad Rad - White Gold
- Dandy Warhols - Earth to Dandy Warhols
JAGUAR LOVE GENERATING SOME BUZZ
Former Seattle band Jaguar Love releases its first album, Take Me to the Sea, today on Matador Records. Band members Johnny Whitney and Cody Votolato are formerly of the Blood Brothers; drummer Jay Clark played in Pretty Girls Make Graves. The band is also getting further exposure pre-album release, with the full list of songs already streaming on their MySpace.
A STRANGE TRANSPLANT
Charles Mudede sings the praises of Seattle-based indie/dub band Library Science as they embark on a U.S. tour and a return to the studio for a new album.
BARSUK'S MATES OF STATE'S FAMILY BAND SOLUTION
Mates of State's Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel leave little to the imagination: They use the intimate details of their relationship as fodder for songwriting, and once filmed a video wearing only their underwear. Since moving from Lawrence, Kan., to San Francisco, they've released five full-length albums and two EPs - and gotten married in 2001. Since becoming parents, Gardner and Hammel's music has only become richer and more rewarding: Their new fifth album "Re-Arrange Us" finds them celebrating the tricky balancing act of marriage, parenthood and rock 'n' roll in a way that's undeniably uplifting and cheerful.
YOUNG SPORTSMEN - "PLAYING ROCK AND ROLL, GOVERNMENT CHEESE STYLE"
Incorporating their influences of pop rock groups from the sixties to the present, Seattle's Power Pop darlings "Young Sportsmen" have universally culled together the characteristics of their musical influences on their second full-length release, "If You Want It." Fans of the group will be pleased with this sparkly record, which is a well-produced assembly of catchy tunes. The quality production of this relentlessly enjoyable album and the upbeat nature of the songs should be a lot of fun for their fans live, and will be sure to get the crowds excited at their upcoming Seattle show, on August 28th at City Hall.
G-UNIT PRODUCER JAKE ONE SIGNS TO RHYMESAYERS FOR LP
Mainstream meets underground in a big way on "White Van Music," the debut studio album from Jake One, a Seattle producer who has worked as a part of G-Unit Production. The track listing has been posted and the album is slated to be released on October 7th through Jake One's label Rhymesayers.
WHY SEATTLE IS CRAZY FOR OPERA
In his article, Toronto critic, William Littler marvels at Seattle's opera boom. Mention Seattle to most people these days and it's a toss-up whether they think first of Starbucks coffee or Microsoft computers. But did you know that the rainy metropolis of Washington State happens also to be opera mad? Speight Jenkins, general director of Seattle Opera, goes so far as to claim for his company the highest per capita attendance of any opera company in America. "Singers say this is the best opera house in which to sing in America," Jenkins claims. And when the morale of singers is high, communication across the footlights becomes all the easier.
FAREWELL, MR. AYERS
Sonic Boom co-founder, Control Group mastermind, and "Long Winters" drummer Nabil Ayers got married a couple of weeks ago and is now moving to New York City with his new wife. Congratulations and good luck, Nabil! Seattle will miss you!
WATER MUSIC AT BUMBERSHOOT
Composer Byron AuYong curses-jocularly, but still-when the subject of the mainstream opera world comes up. There doesn't seem to be room yet in the public's imagination both for Aida and for what he does. But he plans to drop his current work, Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas, smack in the middle-literally, in the Seattle Center fountain-of our city's biggest arts event. His work, in fact, was designed to be performed outdoors, and Bumbershoot will be the culmination of its month long run in various water-inclusive parks and public spaces, from puddles to Puget Sound, around greater Seattle. More precisely, it's not a work but a set of 64 one-to-five-minute vignettes for singer and percussionist, a songbook of story/poems that can be excerpted and recombined. Catch him this weekend at Bumbershoot and look forward to seeing an evening-length work in the near future.
SICK OF THE FESTIVAL CROWDS? ROLL OVER TO THE FUNHOUSE
Should you grow weary of the crowds at Bumbershoot this Labor Day weekend, you might consider walking across Fifth Avenue to the Funhouse where you will find a three-day event for the skater-supported Marginal Way Skate Park. There will be live skating demos on a custom-built ramp, as well as live music by Skelator, Grindline, Neutralboy, Down We Go, The Fakies and many more. The music begins at 9:30am on both Saturday and Sunday.
POSTER ARTISTS TO ROCK OUT AT ANNUAL FLATSTOCK SHOW
It's Flatstock 18 - the popular rock-poster design show opening its sixth year at Bumbershoot this Saturday at Seattle Center. Flatstock is a time when poster designers get out of their apartments and display their art to the masses, most of whom don't realize the amount of work that goes into making the concert posters that advertise their favorite bands. The convention, presented by the American Poster Institute and Bumbershoot, brings together poster designers from around the world and has become so popular that it's moved from the Center House to a larger area in the Fisher Pavilion. Laura Stalions, director of Seattle's Flatstock says, Flatstock puts the "art" in "Seattle's Arts and Music Festival" - Bumbershoot's tagline.
A TALE OF TWO JAZZ SCENES: THE HERE AND NOW QUINTET
While Seattle's public school system houses some stellar jazz programs, many young artists leave the city after high school to pursue their careers elsewhere, frequently in New York. To explore this exodus of home-grown talent, Sound conducted interviews with artists connected to Seattle's jazz scene in different ways. Follow the link to read more about these interviews.
"OUTSOURCED" COMING OUT ON DVD
Porchlight Entertainment in association with ShadowCatcher Entertainment are launching the DVD version of award-winning Seattle comedy "Outsourced" on September 2nd. Writer John Jeffcoat is hard at work on the TV series which will be a spin-off from the film but took time out to tell Prostamerika that the DVD will contain never seen before bonus features. "It's going to be available through all the usual channels," he said, "Netflix and Amazon included." "Outsourced" will be the opening night film at the Gig Harbor Film Festival on Sept. 11th.
THE VILLAINAIRE FESTIVAL OF CULTURE
Seattle-based band "The Dead Science" proudly presents the "Villainaire Festival of Culture," happening September 1-7th, in a celebration of their new record release.
LOCAL FILM "LONG TIME GONE" TO FEATURE MUSIC FROM JEFFERSON AIRPLANE
A short film directed by Academy Award winner Michael Korolenko is being made in Seattle. Entitled "Long Time Gone," the project has procured the rights to use music by Jefferson Airplane.