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News from the Office of Film + Music 9/1/2010


OFFICE NEWS

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC AWARDS
Seattle City of Music
The second annual Seattle City of Music Awards are right around the corner, mark your calendars now.

Wednesday, October 6
Doors at 7pm
The Showbox At The Market

Stay tuned for a big announcement September 14, when we will publicize event details, ticket availability and reveal our deserving recipients.

This annual event is an evening of celebration in honor of the vibrant and vital Seattle music scene. Representing a wide breadth of genres from the impressive pool of musical talents, the awards recognize individuals and institutions that truly make Seattle the City of Music. We will be presenting awards in three categories; the Seattle City of Music Impact Award for service related to music that has made the community a better place, the Seattle City of Music Breakthrough Award honors an artist for overwhelming success in the past year and the Seattle City of Music Award for Outstanding Achievement, which is a tribute to an individual who has left a legacy of musical achievement.

We are proud to present this evening of festivity and commemoration (and music!) and hope you will join us.

FREE FALL CONCERTS BRING GLOBAL TRADITION TO CITY HALL
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
SIFF Cinema will once again take part in Bumbershoot: Seattle's extraordinary music and arts festival. The 1 Reel Film Festival will present more than 100 US and international short films, as well as three feature films, at SIFF Cinema over Labor Day weekend, September 3-6, 2010. The will show several different film packages, including 'Best of SIFF 2010 Jury Award Winners' features three of the jury favorites from this year's festival, including locally made White Lines and The Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug. 'The Best of Northwest High School Film festival' celebrates the innovation and creativity of high school short filmmaking from across the Puget Sound. 'Bumbershoot: Seattle Performs' features five short film biopics focusing on the many talents of Seattle citizens, I Am Secretly An Important Man is a feature length documentary film portrait of Steven J. Bernstein, one of Seattle's most celebrated and controversial figures. And as if that weren't enough the 'Made in Seattle' package features four films made and produced right here in Seattle. For a full detail of the local films as well as other films in this jam packed weekend, follow the link.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

1 REEL FILM FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND, FOCUSES ON LOCAL FILMS
SIFF
SIFF Cinema will once again take part in Bumbershoot: Seattle's extraordinary music and arts festival. The 1 Reel Film Festival will present more than 100 US and international short films, as well as three feature films, at SIFF Cinema over Labor Day weekend, September 3-6, 2010. The will show several different film packages, including 'Best of SIFF 2010 Jury Award Winners' features three of the jury favorites from this year's festival, including locally made White Lines and The Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug. 'The Best of Northwest High School Film festival' celebrates the innovation and creativity of high school short filmmaking from across the Puget Sound. 'Bumbershoot: Seattle Performs' features five short film biopics focusing on the many talents of Seattle citizens, I Am Secretly An Important Man is a feature length documentary film portrait of Steven J. Bernstein, one of Seattle's most celebrated and controversial figures. And as if that weren't enough the 'Made in Seattle' package features four films made and produced right here in Seattle. For a full detail of the local films as well as other films in this jam packed weekend, follow the link.

INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
International Songwriting Competition
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ISC is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting. Amateur and professional songwriters and musicians are invited to participate. ISC has the most prestigious panel of judges of all the songwriting and music contests in the world, offering exposure and the opportunity to have your songs heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry. The deadline to apply is October 6. For a list of submission guidelines, roster of judges and other information, follow the link.

WHEEDLE'S GROOVE DAY IS SEPTEMBER 4
Seattlest
Wheedle's Groove is a band, a film and a "Day" in Seattle. September 4 is officially "Wheedle's Groove Day" as declared by Mayor McGinn, and it's a day to remember the rich history of the Seattle soul and funk scene from the 1960s and 1970s. Light In The Attic spent twelve months tracking down artists and fleshing out the story of Seattle's funky past, and the result was a CD compilation entitled "Wheedle's Groove." At the CD release party in August of 2004, a line of nostalgic 60-somethings and funk-hungry 20-somethings wrapped around the building as the musicians inside, now janitors, graphic designers, and truck drivers, look back at careers derailed and prepare to perform together for the first time in 30 years. And now Seattle-based filmmaker Jennifer Maas has made a documentary film that will be playing at the Northwest Film Forum from September 3-9. Clips from the film as well as a performance from these musicians will also be featured at Bumbershoot this weekend. For more information, follow the link.

PARTICIPATE IN YOUTH VIDEO PROJECT
AFSC
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and National Priorities Project (NPP) are sponsoring a youth video project to help young people (high school and college age) enter the cost of war discussion. Share your ideas about what you would do - for yourself, your family and your community - with $1 trillion. Entries must be produced by youth between the ages of 13 and 23, and the films must be between 1 and 3 minutes. All videos will address the $1 trillion price tag for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The first prize winner will receive $500 and trip for 2 to Washington, DC to show video to home legislator. The second and third prize winners will each receive flip video cameras. The deadline to apply is November 30. Follow the link for more information.

NORTHWEST FILM FORUM ANNOUNCES 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY LINEUP; FOCUSES ON SEATTLE FILMS
Northwest Film Forum
The Northwest Film Forum is celebrating their 15 year anniversary with a program called "Arboring Film," running September 25 - 30, 2010. The program will feature 15 feature films and 15 short works to celebrate the many artistic accomplishments that would not have been without the efforts of the film arts center. Founded in 1995, the Film Forum shows films year-round and supports all phases of film creation, including production, post-production, exhibition and distribution. Over 1,100 members strong, the Film Forum annually aids 250 filmmakers in the production of nearly 80 films, and offers more than 100 workshops annually. Through several innovative programs, the NWFF helps filmmakers overcome the many roadblocks of independent filmmaking. The Film Forum also provides a variety of grant programs that help filmmakers with the costs of renting equipment and postproduction facilities. The work presented in "Arboring Film" was all completed with the support of at least one of these grant programs, or similar services provided by Northwest Film Forum since 1995. To check out the full line-up, for dates and to learn more about the Northwest Film Forum, follow the link.

JAMFEST IN THE INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT
JamFest
This Thursday marks the final installment of JamFest, the once monthly summer festival coordinated by The Wing Luke Museum, which delivered evenings of full of art, dance and music. 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.

NEW ANIMATED WALL INSTALLATION AT CAL ANDERSON PARK
Facebook
Wallrus, an animated wall project lasting four years and involving eight animators, kicks off at 6 pm on Thursday, September 9 in Seattle's Cal Anderson Park. Initial artist Clyde Petersen begins his animation at the Capitol Hill art walk. The spectacle is free and open to the public. He will be working on a music video for Portland based band, The Thermals. The project will celebrate the wonders of travel in outer space. Clyde Petersen runs the Seattle-based production company Do It For the Girls Productions. He divides time between producing live action and animated music videos, touring with and managing local bands, and teaching youth film making camps. His most recent feature film, The Unspeakable, premiered in July 2010. Future animators for the project include Webster Crowell, Britta Johnson, Sarah Jane Lapp, Tess Martin, Amanda Moore and Coyote central. Click the above link for more information about this exciting installation.

"THE DAY MY PARENTS BECAME COOL" PART OF NEW BOX SET
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Locally made The Day My Parents Became Cool has been selected for inclusion in the IndieFlix "Powered by Girls" box set,available now at www.indieflix.com. If you're interested in seeing the film on the big screen, the Northwest Film Forum's Local Sightings Festival will screen it October 1-6, the Gig Harbor Film Festival and Gig Harbor Children's KidsFest will show it between October 15-17 and the film will premiere in New York at Brooklyn's WilliFest from September 24-26. Check out the link above for more information about The Day My Parents Became Cool.

"JOHN CARPENTER'S THE WARD" TO PREMIERE AT TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Toronto International Film Festival
In 2009, director John Carpenter and crew spent time shooting his new film, John Carpenter's The Ward, in Seattle and Spokane. The production took advantage of the Washington Filmworks tax incentive program and is now premiering and the renowned Toronto International Film Festival. The film is about mysterious happenings in a mental institution in the 1960s. The Ward is Carpenter's return to form after a decade-long absence, further proof that he deserves the mainstream critical respect and recognition of an American auteur. For a full description of the film, follow the link.

SAVE THE DATE FOR LOCAL SIGHTINGS 2010
Local Sightings
Local Sightings is Northwest Film Forum's premier showcase of Northwest filmmaking. The festival, which happens at Film Forum theaters in Seattle, features great prizes, filmmaker parties, archival Northwest films and an impressive national film industry jury looking for strong Northwest work. The annual festival includes feature film presentations as well as short film programs and special events with live film performances, installation art, audience participation and parties. Also in this year's festival will be the usual assortment of fiction, documentary and experimental films as well as a featured presentation of a historical Seattle film, and an opening party that will ignite Seattle's film scene Friday night and keep it bleary eyed Saturday morning. The festival this year begins with an opening night party on October 1 at 9pm. Follow the link for more details.

DARK DIVAS CELEBRATES JAZZ AT BUMBERSHOOT THIS WEEKEND
Bumbershoot
Dark Divas is an energetic and moving tribute to the works of Pearl Bailey, Moms Mabley, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and many more great entertainers who began their careers at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY. The sounds of a bygone era and spots like The Cotton Club ring out in this two-act performance that portrays the soulful and sublime song stylings of African-American women who changed music forever. To find out more about this performance follow the link.

APPLY FOR THE ARTS SUSTAINED SUPPORT PROGRAM
4Culture
The Sustained Support Program seeks to provide predictable levels of financial support to arts organizations in King County, WA that maintain a consistent level of programmatic activity, community impact and organizational stability. In 2009, they distributed $1,593,000 to 212 organizations through the Arts Sustained Support Program. Applications for this program are due by September 29, 2010. For more information about workshops, eligibility and how to apply, follow the link above.

THEFILMSCHOOL PRESENTS AN EVENING ON HOW TO MAKE FILM FESTIVALS WORK FOR YOU
TheFilmSchool
Join TheFilmSchool for their monthly First Tuesday event, this month focusing on navigating the film festival circuit. They will focus on Austin Film Festival, Sundance/Slamdance, Toronto Film Festival and other niche & regional fests. Hosted by TheFilmSchool faculty member and founder of The Warren Report, Warren Etheredge, the other panelist is Festival Manager and Programmer Laura Henneman who has worked with several festivals including, most recently, SIGGRAPH's Computer Animation Festival, the Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi, and six seasons with the Ashland Independent Film Festival and who will be bringing an eye with a keen view of the 'other side' of film festivals. The event is Tuesday September 7 at the Roy Street Coffee and tea and begins at 6:30pm. For more information and to rsvp, follow the link.

APPLY FOR THE HERITAGE CULTURAL FACILITIES PROGRAM
4Culture
Heritage Cultural Facilities is an annual program that funds the purchase, design, construction and remodeling of heritage facilities in King County, WA and the acquisition of equipment intended to be used for at least 10 years. In 2009, the program awarded $328,835 to 11 organizations in amounts ranging from $3,000 to $50,000. Due to the current recession, and the resulting downturn in Lodging Tax revenue, 2010 Heritage Cultural Facilities awards will be capped at $20,000. The deadline to apply for this program is October 13, 2010. For more information about workshops, eligibility and how to apply, follow the link above.

THE EIGHTH ANNUAL MAYOR'S ARTS AWARDS CEREMONY THIS FRIDAY
Bumbershoot
IFP/Seattle is committed to fostering a strong base of Northwest filmmakers with education, programs and grants that fuel the careers of local talent. Through the Spotlight Award, talented local filmmakers can showcase their work and prove themselves for feature filmmaking. Past winners of the Spotlight Award have won numerous awards for their films. Now is your chance to submit your script for the Eighth Annual IPF/Seattle Spotlight Awards. The deadline to apply has been extended to September 14. For more information about the award and how to apply, follow the link.

SUBMIT YOUR SCRIPT FOR THE EIGHTH ANNUAL IFP/SEATTLE SPOTLIGHT AWARDS
IFP/Seattle
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.

HEAR "PRODUCTION WAR STORIES" AT THE NEXT WOMEN IN FILM MONTHLY NETWORKING EVENT
Women in film - Seattle
Women in Film-Seattle is an internationally connected professional organization of women working in film, television, video and new media dedicated to supporting and building not only the careers of its members, but the industry at large. Every first Tuesday of the month, find out what's happening at WIF. Network, share stories of your most recent gig, bring a DVD to show off either a work in progress or finished video/film, have a glass of wine and snacks, and donate to the WIF kitty. This month they will be meeting Tuesday September 7 at Central Cinema in the Central District at 7:00 pm. Women in Film members Zita and Eugene Mazzola, Ron Leamon, Barbara Brown, Jane Charles and others special guests will show scenes from various movies they have worked on give you the inside scoop on their "Production War Stories." The night is sure to be a blast with great information, great food/drink and the company of an awesome community. Moderated by Sue Corcoran.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 8/25 - 8/31
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).

  1. The Head and the Heart "Self Titled"
  2. Brad "Best Friends?"
  3. Young Evils "Enchanted Chapel"
  4. Mt St Helens Vietnam Band "Where the Messengers"
  5. Blitzen Trapper "Destroyer of the Void"
  6. Gruntruck "Inside Yours/Push"
  7. Band of Horses "Infinite Arms"
  8. Intelligence "Males"
  9. Ravenna Woods "Demons & Lakes"
  10. 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. This week we profile:

ALARMING PICTURES "Halloween Manifesto"
Alarming Pictures
This week's Production of the Week is Alarming Pictures' "Halloween Manifesto" commercial shoot. Alarming Pictures is a brother/sister directing/creative team founded in 2001 by international production designer Jack Hodge and world-wide fashion and motorcycle photographer Carol Hodge. Their diverse talents range from directing award-winning commercials and corporate videos to shooting and scoring beautiful mini-films for J.Crew in locations around the world. Alarming Industries, (a new division), completed recent projects which include creating a traveling mini-theme park for Pepsi, a giant ant farm installation for City University, bacon serving robots for Microsoft, and the custom interior design of the ad agency Wexley School for Girls.

Halloween Manifesto was filmed in downtown Seattle parks and streets, employing over sixty local cast and crew. "Alarming Pictures and now Alarming Industries choose to work in Seattle because of the astonishing breadth of local talent and the ease of accomplishing otherwise impossible tasks," says Carol Hodge. "The music, art, film crews, and craftspeople available in Seattle are like no other. Even while shooting in Rome, India, or Los Angeles, Alarming Pictures still uses Seattle musicians to score their films and Seattle artists and crews to craft, shoot, edit, and help create our unique vision."

MEDIA DIGEST

SEATTLE'S YOUNG JAZZ SCENE GAINING NATIONAL ATTENTION
The New York Times
Today The New York Times published a piece about Seattle's incredible commitment to jazz education at the high school and now college level. The article highlights Roosevelt and Garfield high schools, who combined have won the national Essentially Ellington competition seven out of the past ten years. While many of these young musicians go on to study at New England conservatories and gig in New York, an increasing trend is to return to their supportive Northwest hometown. Local educators and musicians such as Clarence Acox, Scott Brown, Matt Jorgensen, John Gilbreath, Andy Clausen and Riley Mulherkar are quoted and mentioned. To read the entire article, please follow the above link. For even more New York Times coverage of our beloved scene, click here. The Times's Popcast also focuses on the major players in Seattle jazz.

TAKE A LOOK AT SEATTLE'S MUSIC HISTORY
SeattlePI
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.

CURIOUS ABOUT STARTING A FESTIVAL?
NPR
Putting together a festival is a huge deal. There is tons of red tape, financial needs and marketing strategies to be implemented. The payback can be worth it, but there are several things rookie festival organizers should know before taking the plunge for three days of performances, vendors and shoving fans. NPR provides potential music festival creators with eight tips to get them started: 1. Get some help, 2. Get you some money, 3. Get your acts together, 4. Don't fight city hall, 5.It's not all about the music, 6. Go green, 7. Do your homework and 8. Learn to let go. To read more detailed explanations of these tips, follow the link.

JOHN JEFFCOAT DISCUSSES ORIGINS OF "OUTSOURCED"
KUOW
Seattle filmmaker and writer John Jeffcoat co-wrote and directed 2006's Outsourced, which is now serving as inspiration for a new NBC series debuting this fall. "Outsourced" is the channel's new workplace comedy series centered around a catalog-based company, Mid America Novelties, that sells American novelty goods including whoopee cushions, foam fingers and wallets made of bacon, and whose call center has suddenly been outsourced to India. The director says he had no idea what he was going to do with his life until he took a trip to Nepal in his junior year of college. This traveling experience ultimately shifted his perspective and focus, leading to the development of Outsourced. KUOW's Dave Beck speaks with Jeffcoat at the link above about his travels, filmmaking and inspiration.

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.

PERFUME GENIUS REPIN' SEATTLE IN 50 BEST BANDS TO DEBUT IN 2010
Seattle Weekly
NME recently published its list of 50 Best Bands to Debut in 2010 as part of a mid-year retrospective. Though there definitely should have been more Seattle bands listed, we are pleased to announce that Perfume Genius made the cut. Genius also made Stereogum's 40 Best New Bands of 2010 this week. His haunting lyrics and modest melodies allow listeners to settle into the sadness and heartbreak of his music with ease. You can catch this hometown hero at the Crocodile on September 22. For more information about Perfume Genius's music, click the link.

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