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INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
JIMI HENDRIX 40TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL BENEFIT CONCERT ANNOUNCED
Hendrix Music Academy
The Hendrix Music Academy and the King County Police Activities League are presenting the 1st Inaugural Jimi Hendrix Memorial Benefit concert for the community, at Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle; on the 40th anniversary of the Rock legend's passing: September 18, 2010, to raise money for at-risk youth music programs at the Hendrix Music Academy. Their efforts focus on reducing youth violence through music intervention programs, and they have given out dozens of scholarships for music lessons to at-risk youth. National and local musicians will come out to pay tribute to Seattle's very own Rock legend and raise money for at-risk youth programs, by performing Jimi Hendrix classics and their own music, at the Jimi Hendrix Park on this very special anniversary. The Hendrix Music Academy students will also be debuted with their first live stage performances. For more information, follow the link.
PARTICIPATE IN THE GRAMMY MUSICTECH SUMMIT
This year's Grammy MusicTech Summit 2010: Year of the Song is going to be held on October 7-8 at EMP. The event will feature keynote speakers Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart as well as other panelists discussing the network of rock band creators. Topics for discussion include "Overview of the Authoring Process: Reaper, Magma and Online Tools," "Networking: RBN Gameplay and Mixer," "Writing Music to Make Money" and "Podcasting: The New Radio?" Follow the link for more details about this informational event.
FREE FALL CONCERTS BRING GLOBAL TRADITIONS TO CITY HALL
Hear a world of music this fall at City Hall. Eight globe-trotting free concerts will showcase Seattle artists whose music is inspired by everything from Cajun tunes to Persian poetry, vocal folk to the roaring '20s, West African to Eastern European traditions, and more. Performers include The Seattle Fandango Project, The Starlings, Arghavan: Soul of Wine, Whozyamama and Gail Pettis. The free noontime shows take place both inside City Hall's lobby and on the outdoor plaza and are part of the year-round Seattle Presents concert series hosted by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. For more information, follow the link.
LOCAL SIGHTINGS FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINEUP
Local Sightings Film Festival
Northwest Film Forum is proud to announce details about its 13th annual Local Sightings Film Festival, which takes place October 1-6, at the Film Forum's cinemas on 12th Avenue on Capitol Hill. Local Sightings is Northwest Film Forum's premier showcase of Northwest filmmaking. This year's event will include the Northwest premiere of six feature films and the world premiere of the documentary Citizen Mayor. Seventy-five short films will be screened as well as the historic film Darkness Rising. The opening night film will be the crowd-pleasing coming-of-age dramedy Bummer Summer. "I'm especially pleased with the scope and variety of this year's program," says Northwest Film Forum Program Director Adam Sekuler. "From Native rights to sex scandals, the festival encompasses many of the issues and life stories from across the Northwest. We have films from Des Moines, Boise, Corvallis, Bainbridge Island and Douglas, AK-and all points in between." To check out the full lineup and showtimes, follow the link.
SUBMIT TO THE SILENT HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
Silent Horror Film Festival
October 1 is the deadline to submit your 3-5 minute silent horror film to the Silent Horror Film Festival at The Living Room. The film must be about zombies, vampires or side shows. They must also feature a Seattle neighborhood. The call for submissions states, "We have a great adoration for the limitless canvas that is our Emerald City, and we want the films in the Silent Horror Film Festival to feature the unique nature of various Seattle neighborhoods. So basically, pick a neighborhood and go for it! We'd love to see what you come up with." The Festival will happen October 28-30 at The Living Room. Click the link for more information about how to submit your film or about the Film Festival.
APPLY FOR EMP'S BATTLE OF THE BANDS, SOUND OFF!
Sound Off!, EMP's annual 21-and-under battle of the bands, is now accepting entries for their 10th year of competition. Groups or solo musicians from the Pacific Northwest playing any genre of music can submit their original material for consideration in Sound Off! Twelve semi-finalists will be chosen to perform live on February 12, 19, 26 or March 5, 2011. They will then compete in a finals show vying for a number of great prizes including a chance to perform in the 2011 Bumbershoot festival, sharing the stage with some of the world's most popular recording artists. Applications can be submitted online and must be received by Monday, November 8, 2010. All participants must be 21 years of age or under as of March 5, 2011. Follow the link for more details.
NPR FEATURES DECIBEL FESTIVAL
You should be getting excited for the 7th annual Decibel Festival, which happens this year from September 22-26. To aid with this excitement, KEXP's Alex Ruder prepared a podcast featuring tunes from 21 Decibel's many artists. Some highlights of the mix include Pantha du Prince, Flying Lotus and Vladislav Delay. Follow the link above for downloading opportunities of the mix, and click here to learn more about this year's Decibel Festival.
ARTIST TRUST IS HIRING
Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting Washington State artists working in all creative disciplines. Artist Trust offers grants, professional resources and career training to artists. They are currently hiring for two positions: Donor Development Director and Finance and Operations Manager. The Donor Development Director is a full-time position which oversees all aspects of their fundraising initiatives from individual donors. The Finance and Operations Manager oversees all aspects of Artist Trust's business operations and fiscal affairs. For more information including job description, qualifications and application process, follow the link.
CLEAR YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE DB CONFERENCE
The dB Conference, held annually in conjunction with Decibel Festival, seeks to provide a space where artists, professionals and the public can exchange knowledge and create a supportive community that fosters networking, collaboration and promote creativity through technology. Featuring workshops such as "Serato Scratch Live," "Create a Digital Promotion Plan," "From the Studio to the Stage" and "Beat Production in Ableton Live," among others, all events are at Pravda Studios in Capitol hill. This event runs from September 22 - 24 and is free and open to the public. For more information including a full lineup of workshops, follow the link.
APPLY FOR THE JACK STRAW ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAMS
Jack Straw Productions
Jack Straw Productions is a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to the creation, production and presentation of all forms of audio art. They are currently seeking applications for several programs, including the Artist Support Program and the New Media Gallery Program. The Artist Support Program is open to artists of all disciplines whose project proposals include sound as a major component. Such projects might include recording a music CD, producing radio programs, oral histories, audio literature, sound for a gallery installation or public art project, film, performance, digital media work, etc. Completed projects are publicly presented at a Meet the Artist Night, Artist Showcase, or Composer Spotlight event and via the Artist of the Week podcast series. The New Media Gallery Program enables artists to experiment with audio and to develop new skills and ideas in a supportive setting. Up to three artists/teams are selected to receive 20 hours in our studios with an engineer to realize the sound component of their project, and to exhibit their completed project in our gallery. Gallery exhibitions include an opening reception, artist talk/workshop, podcasts/interviews and other events. The deadline to apply for each program is Monday, November 1.
MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR COMES TO SEATTLE
Outdoors for All
Mountainfilm on Tour is dedicated to educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations worth sustaining. The group is headed to Seattle for October 7-9 to play such films as Eastern Rises, Nico's Challenge and 11 Degrees. All ticket proceeds from the event go to support the Outdoors for All Foundation's mission of enriching the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities through outdoor recreation. For only $10 dollars you can make a big difference in one of their participants lives and get to see an amazing evening of films (they show new films each night). For more information, follow the link.
CELEBRATE JIMI HENDRIX WITH EMP
Experience Music Project (EMP) announced today it will present a special tribute weekend to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's death. Hendrix died on September 18, 1970, and to honor the life, music and enduring legacy of one of the most influential rock legends of our time, EMP will host a weekend of special programs. Beginning this Saturday, September 18, a special collection of rare artifacts from the last years of Hendrix's life will be on display. The display includes handwritten lyrics for "Black Gold," one of the last songs Hendrix was writing; Hendrix's 1968 Martin D-45 guitar; and an invitation to the August 26, 1970 opening of his new recording facility Electric Lady Studio. Clips from iconic Hendrix performances will also be shown on the big screen at EMP's Sky Church and a playlist of Hendrix selections will serve as the ambient music throughout the museum. EMP will also feature the documentary Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child co-produced by Janie Hendrix, Jimi's sister. Follow the link for more information about this series of
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 9/8 - 9/14
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Thermals "Personal Life"
- The Head and the Heart "Self Titled"
- Various Artists "Live at KEXP, Vol. 6"
- Young Evils "Enchanted Chapel"
- Carissa's Weird "They'll Only Miss You When You Leave"
- Heart "Red Velvet Car"
- Dandy Warhols "Capitol Years"
- Hey Marseilles "To Travels & Trunks"
- Head Like a Kite "Dreams Suspend Night"
- Moondoggies "You'll Find No Answers Here"
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:
TRAILER FOR THE SEATTLE LESBIAN AND GAY FILM FESTIVAL
Three Dollar Bill Cinema
The Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival celebrates its 15th festival this October 15 - 24. This year, the Festival partnered with advertising agency Frank Unlimited and local production company Loaded Pictures on a trailer and TV commercial celebrating the great lengths that filmmakers go to get their picture to the screen. Production took place in locations across Seattle, including Georgetown, the International District, Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square. Production on the project entailed an all-local cast and crew, and was supported with in kind gifts and services from notable companies including Kodak, Koerner Camera, Seattle Grip & Lighting, Alpha Cine, Big Fish NW, Optimistic Camera and Modern Digital. The trailer will be launched in theaters prior to the festival, on TV thanks to Comcast and on the Festival's website.
SCARECROW ON SEATTLE
In appreciation and recognition of Seattle's long and illustrious film history, we are proud to partner with Scarecrow Video to bring you weekly reviews of historical Seattle films. Each week we will showcase a new movie, with special emphasis on how these films show our Seattle's most filmable locations.
Directed by Hikmet Avedis, sleazy drive-in fodder filmed entirely on location in sleazy seventies Seattle. Connie Stevens stars as a horny undercover DEA agent named Jackie Parker. She is after some heroin smugglers whose headquarters are in the back room of the Ye Olde Curiosity Shop (!). Jackie lives in Madison Park and swims naked with the ducks in Union Bay. While Scorchy is a mediocre flick, it is still a must-see due to the extensive use of the Seattle landscape. The movie's highlights are a couple of extensive action scenes. The first begins with some French Connection inspired shenanigans involving a dune buggy and the monorail that evolves into a Bullitt type chase featuring the dune buggy and a regular car. Lots of landmarks are seen in the background ranging from Jay Jacobs to The Pike Place Market to The Kingdome and it culminates in a shoot-out on the roof of The Edgewater Hotel. The film's climax centers on a helicopter pursuing a speedboat from Mercer Island across Lake Washington through The Montlake Cut to Gas Works Park. Scorchy is a hard movie to find but your friends at Scarecrow Video have it on vintage VHS.
-Spenser Hoyt, Scarecrow Video Employee
"LITTLE DIZZLE" IS AN INDIE GEM
The Huffington Post recently ran an article listing the top three neglected indie films, and David Russo's The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle got the first mention. The article cites a quote from Russo: "The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle was extremely challenging to get made due to the perceived toilet humor in the script. But in the words of a janitor in the film, when asked about his janitorial-themed artwork, he replies, 'Yes, there's toilet humor, but there's also toilet sadness, toilet triumph, toilet a lot of things. That's because I'm a janitor and this is my world.' I can't defend my movie any better than that." Congrats, Dizzle team. To read the full article, click the link.
MISSED DOE BAY? CHECK OUT SOUND ON THE SOUND'S SESSIONS
Sound on the Sound
By all accounts, Doe Bay was incredible this year. The Head and the Heart, The Maldives and tons of other local acts brought their A game to the beautiful event. If you missed the weekend festival (or just want to re-live it in all its glory), Sound on the Sound has been creating ten Doe Bay Take Away Sessions for your viewing pleasure. So far, they are available for Fences, The Head and the Heart, Drew Grow and the Pastors' Wives and The Maldives. Follow the link above to check them out, and keep an eye out for the upcoming sessions.
SEATTLE OPERA'S YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM ANNOUNCES NEW TALENT
Seattle Opera's Young Artist Program trains promising singers for a career in opera, with a curriculum that includes public performances. This year, they have selected ten singers to participate in the program. You can find biographies and information about each of the recipients after the link above. This fall, the Young Artists will take a production of Donizetti's Viva la Mamma! to communities across the state, beginning their tour in Kirkland, WA on November 4. The production will then make stops in Bellingham, Orcas Island, Friday Harbor and Walla Walla. The Young Artists will also perform Viva la Mamma! in Seattle at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall on November 19.
THE GROWING TREND OF PHYSICAL MUSIC OBJECTS
New York Times
A few weeks ago, we covered the Seattle Weekly article about Sub Pop's changing focus from music being accompanied by merchandise to merch with accompanying music strategies. Now The New York Times is also taking note. The same article is cited, quoting Sub Pop's Megan Jasper: "We used to give many of these tchotchke items away for free in an effort to entice people to pay for the music... But we're considering flipping our strategy so that people pay for the toy and receive the music for free. Just a thought." The article also discusses New York record companies such as Ghostly International and Stones Throw Records who are also using unique material objects to sell music rather than the other way around. Follow the link above to read the full article.
SEATTLE INDIE FILM SCORES BIG WITH KICKSTARTER.COM FUNDING PUSH
Big in Japan
The latest John Jeffcoat (Outsourced) project, Big in Japan, follows Seattle band Tennis Pro on a journey from Seattle to Tokyo. Faced with a looming production schedule, the forces behind indie documentary film Big in Japan turned to art-funding powerhouse Kickstarter.com to draw on the resources of film and music fans everywhere, with the most basic of needs-plane tickets for a band of three and a crew of four. The effort paid off in spades. In 19 days, the production raised pledges totaling $11,535, easily surpassing the $10,000 mark required to receive pledged funding. Congratulations to the project, and be sure to follow the link above for more information.
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