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SEATTLE FILMMAKER LYNN SHELTON CELEBRATES LOCAL MUSIC
Office of Film + Music
Congratulations to Lynn Shelton and the rest of the $5 Cover Seattle crew for completion of principal photography last week! We are thrilled to see the final results of the project, which not only highlights the talent of local filmmakers, but also will show the world several of our beloved music venues and bands that help make Seattle the City of Music.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
NINE SEATTLE VENUES JOIN MUSICARES BENEFIT FOR MUSICIAN HEALTHCARE
On Saturday, September 19th, 2009 nine of Seattle's best-loved music venues will be doing their part to support the musicians who perform on their stages. "Seattle Cares For MusiCares," is being held to raise funds for the MusiCares Foundation®, a charitable organization that provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. Each participating venue will donate a portion of the evening's ticket sales to the MusiCares® Foundation. Each of the nine venues is encouraging people to come out and support the foundation by attending a show at one of the participating nightclubs. The participating venues include Chop Suey, The Crocodile, Tractor Tavern, Sunset Tavern, Jazz Alley, Comet Tavern, Highway 99 Blues Club, The Triple Door, & Tula's.
UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FILM SERIES BEGINS SEPTEMBER 16TH
Langston Hughes African American Film Festival
The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival's Underground Film Series kicks off next week with A Dios Momo (Uruguay), the magical and vivid story of a cheerful eleven-year-old Afro-Uruguayan boy who lives with his devoted grandmother and two sisters. The film will be presented at Central Cinema on September 16 at 7:00 pm. The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival supports community building by providing opportunities for artists and audiences to connect using the medium of film as a catalyst for dialogue that leads to social change. The festival creates year round opportunities to enhance media literacy, self-reflection, and community discussion. The Underground Railroad Film Series is the neighborhood component of the festival, illuminating that community can exist over many miles and many backgrounds with one common cause.
SECURITY TRAINING AVAILABLE FOR NIGHTLIFE PROFESSIONALS
Office of Film + Music
There are still a few spaces left for the September 13th Security Training class. The Seattle Police Department will present an eight-hour comprehensive course for nightlife professionals called "Security Training for Nightlife Professionals." Included are topics such as using force, equipment, fire safety, report writing, fake ID, emergency response and club drugs. If you can't make it to this month's session, there will be two more offered in 2009. Classes are typically on Sundays starting at noon. To register, contact Det. Bob Peth at email@example.com.
HARMONIC HUMANITY HELPS REAL CHANGE WITH NEW CHARITY CD
Harmonic Humanity, a growing music-outreach organization, has formed strategic agreements with The Real Change Newspaper in Seattle and The San Francisco "Street Sheet" to put music CD's into the hands of homeless, disabled and low income residents. The experimental music outreach project will allow vendors of the papers to purchase CD's for $1 and then re-sell them for $10 and keep the profits. "It's a long term commitment we are making, with events and multiple CD's planned to support our vision of creating more vendor jobs for the homeless nationwide," said Alchemy Jah Lovewins, Founder of Harmonic Humanity.
SEATTLE OPERA ANNOUNCES 2009/10 YOUNG ARTISTS
Seattle Opera announced the ten singers selected to participate in the 2009/10 Young Artists Program. This year's Young Artists are Erik Anstine, Jenni Bank, Megan Hart, Michael Krzankowski, Maya Lahyani, Alex Mansoori, Eric Neuville, Vira Slywotzky, Marcy Stonikas, and Bray Wilkins. These ten singers were selected from 642 applicants from across the country. The program begins on October 5, 2009, when the singers will begin preparing for their fall touring production. This year, the Young Artists will perform an abridged version of Mozart's Così fan tutte with piano accompaniment. Così is a joy-filled roller-coaster ride that follows the follies and foibles of four young lovers who get more than they bargained for when they wager on love.
NETWORK WITH OTHER FILM PROFESSIONALS ON THE SEATTLE AREA FILMMAKERS' NEW WEBSITE
Seattle Area Filmmakers
Seattle Area Filmmakers' new website is now focused on networking professional filmmakers with one another. The website is for CREW only: Producers, Directors, Writers, Composers, FX, MUA, Motion graphics, Gaffers, Grips, Craft Services, Set Designers, PA's, Director of Photography, Assistant Camera, etc. The site has grown a lot and it's utilized for those who are seeking to collaborate with others or to just have a professional profile up with others as Hollywood studios seek crew for their movies and corporations looking for someone to help get their product out there. Feel free to join by creating a professional bio and adding a professional picture of yourself or your logo.
KPLU PAYS TRIBUTE TO STAN KENTON
The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra plays Part 2 of a Tribute to Stan Kenton on Jazz Northwest (88.5 KPLU) on Sunday, September 13 at 1:00 pm. Classic Kenton repertoire from the 40s to the 70s by the sometimes controversial band leader and arranger is featured in this concert recorded at the Kirkland Performance Center. The program includes a new arrangement by Michael Brockman of the Kenton theme, "Artistry in Rhythm." All music in this concert is from the repertoire of the Stan Kenton Orchestra, 1943-1979.
RESERVE YOUR SEAT FOR "LANGUAGE FOR FILM"
The Warren Report
Warren Etheredge of The Warren Report wonders why is it so many folks who love movies or want to make them, possess only the most rudimentary vocabulary for critiquing and constructing film? On September 19, Etheredge will host a one-day intensive seminar, called "Language for Film," in which participants will examine the six major components of production - screenwriting, directing, shooting, acting, editing and composing - in order to better grasp the principles of film theory, challenges of filmmaking and the language to fully express one's impressions of others' efforts. Reservations are currently being accepted by purchasing a ticket via PayPal or sending check or money order to The Warren Report. For full details, visit the website above or contact Etheredge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EMP|SFM'S 2010 SOUND OFF! ENTRY DEADLINE: NOV. 9
EMP|SFM's Sound Off!, the Pacific Northwest's largest underage battle of the bands, is now accepting applications for its 2010 competition. Performers 21 or under who play rock, hip-hop, electronic, pop or any other kind of music are encouraged to enter Sound Off! Twelve semi-finalists will be chosen to perform live on either February13, 20 or 27. Four bands will be chosen for a live performance in Sky Church at EMP|SFM on Saturday, March 6, 2008 at 8 p.m. The first-place band will perform at Bumbershoot's 2010 music festival. Sound Off finalist alums include New Faces, Natalie Portman's Shaved Head and The Lonely Forest. This year, applicants are highly encouraged to apply online to Sound Off!- the application is available at the above link.
ENTER TO WIN DECIBEL FESTIVAL TICKETS AND A FREE STAY AT THE WARWICK HOTEL FROM EASY STREET RECORDS
Easy Street Records
If you think Bumbershoot was the last great local music fest of the year, think again. The Decibel Festival is one of the world's premier electronic music and arts events, featuring over 100 of the top electronic, ambient, underground dance, and experimental acts. The fest is happening September 24-27, in a number of different venues. The social networking site Whrrl.com has put together a sweet package that's yours for the taking - just use Whrrl to tell them why you want to attend the fest, and you will be entered to win one free all-access pass, plus three free nights at the Warwick Hotel downtown!
AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS SEEKS NEW MEMBERS FOR COUNCILSS
Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts Network Councils are volunteer, working bodies that augment and inform the work of Americans for the Arts. The Network Councils for Arts Education, Emerging Leaders, and Public Art are all seeking nominations for a three-year term from January 1, 2010-December 30, 2012. Candidates must be professional members of Americans for the Arts and you may nominate yourself or a colleague. The deadline for nominations is October 2, 2009. Visit the website to find out more about eligibility, guidelines, and nominating yourself or a colleague.
SEATTLE FILMMAKER'S REMAKE OF CALAMARI UNION SCREENS IN HELSINKI
Helsinki International Film Festival
Seattle filmmaker Richard Lefebvre's self-financed remake of Calamari Union screens at the Helsinki International Film Festival this month. The remake of Aki Kaurismaki's 1985 cult film about a bunch of aging Helsinki rockers who all mysteriously share the name "Frank" was shot primarily in Georgetown and Ballard. Lefebvre (better known to some as "Weird William" in The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle) recruited a volunteer motley crew of Northwest musicians for various roles, including A-Holes guitarist Otis P. Otis, Mudhoney's Mark Arm, Himsa guitarist Sammi Curr, celebrity street urchin Slats, promoter/Beltholes' drummer Kwab Copeland, Caustic Resin front man Brett Netson, Spits leader Sean Spits, and Makers' mastermind Mike Maker.
THIS WEEK'S IN-STORE PERFORMANCES
Support your local independent record stores and check out one of these free in-store performances:
Easy Street In-Store Performance
West Seattle Store
Sonic Boom In-Store Performance
Capitol Hill Store
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 8/31 - 9/6
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Modest Mouse "No One's First & You're Next"
- Cave Singers "Welcome Joy"
- Maldives "Listen to the Thunder"
- Various Artists "Live at KEXP, Vol. 5"
- Blitzen Trapper "Black River Killer EP"
- Throw Me the Statue "Creaturesque"
- Fresh Espresso "Glamour"
- Hey Marseilles "To Travels and Trunks"
- Various Artists "Wheedle's Groove"
- Fruit Bats "Ruminant Band"
WOMEN IN FILM FEATURE FOCUS: ZITA MAZZOLA
Women in Film Seattle
Zita Mazzola, Seattle Production Manager and Production Office Coordinator, has been working in the entertainment business for almost 20 years. Zita travels the globe but is working close to home these days. She is currently the Production Manager on the The Details starring Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta and Kerry Washington. The Details is shot entirely in Seattle with a mostly local crew. Last year, she worked as the Production Supervisor on World's Greatest Dad. In between movies, Zita keeps busy working as Production Manager on commercials for local and out of town companies. Click the above link for more on her successful career.
AKIMBO DOES BLACK FLAG
On September 11th and 12th, members of grunge legends Tad, and Black Elk will join local metal heroes, Akimbo, to perform 15 of Black Flag's most pounding songs. The Stranger lauded this temporary supergroup as "unsettlingly loud and uncomfortably sweaty," the perfect combination for any Black Flag tribute.
PITCHFORK RECOMMENDS LIVE AT KEXP COMPILATION
Pitchfork says, "The Seattle nonprofit radio station KEXP is now five volumes deep into its Live at KEXP compilation series. Volume Five is out now, and you'll have to buy it from the KEXP website if you can't make it to a record store in Seattle or Portland. The new edition features jams from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, MGMT, of Montreal, the Hold Steady, and Andrew Bird, among others."