|News from the Office of Film + Music
CALL IN TO 'ASK THE MAYOR'
"Ask the Mayor", a monthly show on the Seattle Channel, gives Seattle residents a chance to speak directly to our mayor, Mike McGinn, live on Seattle Channel 21. Host CR Douglas and Mayor McGinn respond to your phone calls and e-mails on Wednesday, September 8 at 7 pm. This is a great opportunity to ask the Mayor questions of interest to musicians and filmmakers. For more information or to submit your questions ahead of time, follow the link.
STEVE JOHNSON CONFIRMED AS DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
On September 7, 2010, Steve Johnson was confirmed by the Seattle City Council as the Director of Seattle's Office of Economic Development. "I am excited to continue to lead OED as we navigate these economic times and build a stronger economy with broadly shared prosperity," said Steve Johnson. "We have a lot of work ahead, and we look forward to working with our partners in the business community to tackle our challenges and share in our successes."
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
CELEBRATE WITH SONIC BOOM RECORDS AT THE MELROSE MARKET STREET FESTIVAL
The newly opened Melrose Market in the Pike-Pine neighborhood of Capitol Hill invites everyone to come celebrate with them on Sunday, September 12. The Melrose Market Street Festival will feature live music Head Like a Kite, Ghost of Kyle Bradford and New Roman Times, a non-profit beer garden, outdoor BBQ, fashion show and farmers market stalls. Festivities begin at 10 am and keep rocking until 8 pm. For a list of further details including food, beverages and music that will be available, follow the link.
JOIN 911 MEDIA ARTS FOR OPEN SCREENING
Open Screening is a 911 Seattle Media Arts "open mic night" for film, video and digital media arts; an open forum for filmmakers and digital media artists ranging from amateur to professional. Discussion follows each screening. Open Screening is held the second Sunday of every month at 8:00pm in the screening room at Seattle Film Institute (SFI) hosted by Greg Gould. Bring your works on DVD or VHS, disc/tape and in some cases computer. Make sure it's cued, maximum ten minutes in length, first come-first screened. For more information including directions, follow the link.
FILMMAKERS: MONO NO AWARE IS CALLING FOR ENTRIES
MONO NO AWARE
MONO NO AWARE is open to any person or group of persons making work incorporating Super8 or 16mm film format as part of that presentation. For example: blending film & theater performance, musicians creating a visual experience for their sound and experimental filmmakers working with story tellers. Entries will only be accepted on Super8 or 16mm film. Film only, no Digital Video. They are encouraging live music, performance and audio to expand the cinematic experience beyond the screen and support experimental thinking and artistry in the creation of the films. For a better understanding of their vision, for details on how to submit and for more information about the festival, follow the link.
ATTEND THE PONY BOY RECORDS JAZZ PICNIC 2010
Pony Boy Records
This Sunday marks the Seventh Annual Pony Boy Records Jazz Picnic. Returning to Seattle's Sand Point Magnuson Park on Sunday afternoon, the label is bringing another great line-up for this year's Jazz Picnic. Featuring some of the Northwest's finest jazz from the Pony Boy Records stable of artists, including Milt Kleeb Super Friends Band, Greg Williamson Quartet, Vocalist All Stars, Mordy Ferber, Trombonassaurus Rex and Usual Suspects Pony Boy All-Star Big Band, the music kicks off at noon. There will be food on site and the event is open to the public. For more details and directions, follow the link.
PEARLE PUBLICATIONS SEEKS VIDEOGRAPHERS
Pearle Publications is looking for a professional videographer to film 'enthusiastic, energetic' footage of a 2-3 hour corporate event, an industry contest and some personal interviewing to edit in. With that footage filmed, they need to create a 2-3 minute trailer (with music and sound) of the event for final posting on Pearle's website and social media outlets and for making DVDs to promote the event/contest next year. This event will take place on October 21 in the Sea-Tac area in a hotel setting. Videographers, please send contact info, bio, credentials, pricing quote per hour or project and include samples/links of your work for our review. For contact info, follow the link.
SARATHAN RECORDS SEEKING INTERNS
Founded in 2000 by Seattle musician and Internet pioneer Jonathan Kochmer, Sarathan Records is currently looking for two interns to complete various tasks. The record company is looking for two Online PR and Marketing interns to write press releases, create newsletters, maintain social media sites, perform online research and other tasks. Follow the links for more info.
EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINEUP
Seattle's 22nd annual Earshot Jazz Festival returns October 15 and continues through November 7 with more than 50 distinctive concert events in venues all around the city. Known for "adventurous, spot-on programming" (Jazz Times) and praised as "one of the best festivals in America" (Seattle Times) the Earshot Jazz Festival brings jazz greats from around the world into creative collaboration with area artists and audiences. Earshot also celebrates Seattle's place in the world of jazz, with concerts by our award-winning high school jazz programs and our own renowned resident artists. The announced lineup feature performances by the Garfield High School Jazz Band, poet Robert Pinsky with Seattle pianist Marc Seales and bassist Evan Flory-Barnes and Seattle artists Mark Taylor, Thomas Marriott, Matt Jorgenson, Ziggurat and the David Haney/Julian Priester Duo in concert performances of new, original work. For more information, including additional performers and venues, check the link.
SUBMIT YOUR FILM OR YOUR HOUSE TO COUCHFEST 2010
Couch Fest Films
Celebrating its third annual year in 2010, Couch Fest Films is a cozy shorts film fest hosted in people's houses. During Couch Fest Films, lovers of film can sit shoulder to shoulder with total strangers watching short films and snacking. On Saturday, November 6, each Couch Fest Films house will have its own genre of short movies that play on rotation all day. Starting every hour, each inviting house will have its own unique 30 minute program of short films. Ultimately, the hope is that you might interact, share and discover fellow lovers of film. They are looking for submissions of films and willing hosts. Films should be no longer than 6 minutes and houses should be friendly! Deadline for submissions is October 10. For more information, follow the link.
STIFF SEEKS VOLUNTEER MARKETING DIRECTOR
Seattle's True Independent Film Festival (S.T.I.F.F.) is seeking a volunteer Marketing Director to begin immediately. S.T.I.F.F.'s all volunteer staff is ushering in the infamous indie fest's 7th year and its first year as a non-profit organization. The Marketing Director will coordinate with PR volunteers on newsletters, blogs and other social media campaigns, attend monthly planning meetings and other tasks as needed. The ideal candidate will have a great sense of humor and a strong passion for independent film. This is not a paid position, but all volunteers enjoy admission to S.T.I.F.F. events, cool S.T.I.F.F. gear and other great benefits. A time commitment of at least 10-15 hours per month is appreciated. Interested parties please contact email@example.com.
LOCALLY MADE 'REMEMBER ME' TO SCREEN AT CHICAGO REEL SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL
Seattle made film Remember Me has been selected to screen at the Chicago International Reel Shorts Film Festival Sept 16-19. Directed by Ian Stone and produced by Meredith Binder, Remember Me was an official selection in 2010 at the New Jersey Film Festival at Rutgers, Women in Film and Television Vancouver BC, Seattle True Independent Film Festival and the Park City Film Music Festival where it received a Silver Medal for Excellence Award for the original score by Seattle composer Nan Avant. For more information on Remember Me, check out the Facebook link.
LOCALLY MADE JAZZ MOCKUMENTARY PREMIERES FRIDAY
A Jazzman's Jazzman
The locally made film A Jazzman's Jazzman is premiering this Friday at the Fremont Abbey. Presented by cro-Magnon Pictures, a Seattle based independent film company, the film is a blend of mockumentary and stop-motion animation. It follows the life and times of fictional pianist Gerry Carruthers, his career, friends and enemies. It features some of Seattle's finest actors and musicians and features the animations of Eric "Two Steps" Moore. The film is screening at the Fremont Abbey with 7 and 9:30pm showtimes. For more information and to check out the trailer, follow the link.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 9/1 - 9/7
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"
- Heart "Red Velvet Car"
- Young Evils "Enchanted Chapel"
- Hey Marseilles "To Travel & Trunks"
- Carissa's Weird "They'll Only Miss You When You Leave"
- Bill Frisell "Beautiful Dreamers"
- Brad "Best Friends?"
- Moondoggies "You'll Find No Answers Here"
- Perfume Genius "Learning"
- Blitzen Trapper "Destroyer of the Void"
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:
STATION FILMS "Chevy Silverado"
Craig Stewart Locations
Continuing the region's tradition of being a popular filming destination for car commercials, Station Films has come to Seattle to film running footage for national Chevy Silverado commercials. The production is working with local location manager Craig Stewart, and is employing over 50 local crew, and talent and will feature several downtown and neighborhood filming locations in Seattle and the region. "Station Films is filming across the US for Chevy," says Craig. "The cities that were originally chosen included New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Portland... until they saw the pictures from Seattle and scenic mountains within striking distance. They saw that Seattle has more to offer and brought the show here."
SHABAZZ PALACES SIGNS TO SUB POP
Sub Pop released five Shabazz Palaces songs on their soundcloud, announcing the hiphop group's partnership with the venerable label. The record label is most known for its work with Seattle grunge bands, and Shabazz Palaces marks one of few departures from rock groups. Writes The Palaceer of Shabazz Palaces, "Seattle is the immeasurable muse, the backdrop, backbone, the foundation to how we all get down. So SP feels a lot of pride around this partnering-up as well. The people, the office, the deal, it all feels super plush." The collaboration is particularly exciting; the last Seattle band signed to the label was Fleet Foxes, who have gone on to garner considerable national acclaim. Andrew Matson of Seattle Times writes, "It's always special when Sub Pop looks to Seattle for artists to work with. There's a feeling the label only works with the best we've got, that for a local act, getting signed to Sub Pop is like being knighted, the label saying, 'You are officially doing the coolest music around.'" To read the full story, follow the link.
ASK MOHAI: SEATTLE'S JAZZ HISTORY
Seattle is definitely known as a music town, but the city's jazz scene is not often the most prominent genre of conversation. Each week Seattlepi.com asks the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) a question about Seattle's history, and this week they asked "Was Seattle ever a jazz city?" MOHAI's Phyllis Franklin and Helen Divjak answer that up until about the 1960s, the Jackson Street jazz scene was thriving. "In fact, beginning the nineteen- teens, Seattle began to develop a considerable jazz scene that would eventually become the West Coast's best, helping to establish the careers of many legendary performers, including Quincy Jones, Ray Charles and singer Ernestine Anderson," they write. Once racial barriers were broken, the isolation of the jazz clubs and communities lessened, and other forms of music became more popular. To read MOHAI's full response, follow the link.
The highly anticipated Labor Day weekend fest Bumbershoot is over, but you can relive all the magic via the internet on basically any site you check. Seattle Times writes about the festival's 40 year history and how this year chalked up. Check out pics at Seattlepi.com. Seattle Weekly was all abuzz about the various artists, including Jamie Lidell, Hole, Jenny and Johnny, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Declaime and more. And The Stranger got insider previews, reviews, photos and more of the weekend fun. Nationally, check out the link above for Rolling Stone's pictorial roundup. The general consensus of Bumbershoot 2010? Hole was surprisingly fantastic, Bob Dylan was unsurprisingly underwhelming and Wheedle's Groove was worthy of its day by mayoral proclamation.
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