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VISIT NEW SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC WEBSITE!
Seattle City of Music
Celebrating our commitment to local musicians, live music and music business, the Office of Film + Music is thrilled to launch a new website completely devoted to this vibrant part of our city's cultural scene. The site includes:
- A comprehensive outline of the Seattle City of Music initiative
- Daily Live Music suggestions from The Stranger, The Seattle Weekly, KEXP and Three Imaginary Girls
- Daily media briefings on Seattle music news
- Profiles that highlight the work of our community partners
Details about the upcoming Seattle City of Music Awards event on October 14 will be posted on the site on September 17. Seattle City of Music brings musicians, audiences, business leaders, educators and politicians together in enthusiastic support of the creative, economic and community value of music. Bookmark it now and check back often for updates!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
MUSICIANS, RECEIVE FREE DENTAL CARE
MusiCares, in cooperation with Nikole O'Bryan, DDS, will be providing complete dental cleanings and exams to low-income music professionals in need of those services on October 23, 2009. The services will be provided free of charge to pre-screened, pre-approved music professionals, upon establishing eligibility. Appointments will be assigned from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Space is limited, so RSVP today but contacting MusiCares at 800-687-4227.
CAST YOUR VOTE TO RECOGNIZE LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL FILMMAKERS
Five area high schools are competing for victory in a film contest about safety around the new Sound Transit Link Light Rail. Each group of students wrote, produced and shot PSA's addressing a different topic of safety such as looking both ways or avoiding talking on cell phones when around the tracks. Movies made by each of the students not only further developed their passion and interest in film, but educated their communities about the new addition to the neighborhood. The winning school will receive a grand prize for the whole school. Participating schools include Rainier Beach, Cleveland, Seattle Urban Academy, South Lake and Foster High schools Login to before September 25 to watch all of the films and choose your favorite.
LOCAL SIGHTINGS OPENING NIGHT FILM & JURORS ANNOUNCED
Northwest Film Forum
The Northwest Film Forum has announced its opening night film for the 2009 Local Sightings Film Festival: The Mountain, The River and The Road, directed by Michael Harring. In the film, failing post-college writer Jeff (Justin Rice) finds love and himself, stranded in a small town after a botched road trip. The film also stars Tipper Newton (Hannah Takes the Stairs) and Joe Swanberg (Nights and Weekends, LOL). Also announced is the 2009 panel of jurors including Rob Nelson (critic, Film Comment, Variety, Village Voice), Vanessa Renwick (Portland film and video installation artist) and Barry Jenkins (director, Medicine for Melancholy).
NETWORK SEATTLE: HAPPY HOUR AT THE BALMAR FOR FILMMAKERS AND OTHER CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS
3rd Eye Films
Join Temporal Studios, Sonnet Realm Films, 3rd Eye Films and Seattle Area Filmmakers for Network Seattle, a networking event for filmmakers, performers, musicians, writers, actors and other creative individuals. Admission is free; RSVP to email@example.com. This event will take place on September 17 from 7:00 - 10:00 pm at the Balmar in Ballard.
KICK-OFF PARTY FOR SEBASTOPOL: "A NIGHT IN SEATTLE; A SHOOT IN UKRAINE"
Cascadia Film Collective
Cascadia Film Collective presents the newly planned production, Sebastopol, a feature film by directed and writer Daniel Gildark and Grant Cogswell (CTHULHU), producer Patrick Alan Taylor and cinematographer Ben Kasulke ($5 Cover, Humpday). Based on a first-person account by a Seattle writer and filmmaker, Sebastopol is a dark romantic comedy about a Boeing engineer who rendezvous in Ukraine with a woman he met on the Internet. The event will feature songs by the film's co-star Ade', with piano by Ryan Gorman and a special appearance by Mike Spine and will be held on September 20 from 7:00 - 10:00 pm at Vermillion Gallery (1508 11th Avenue, Seattle). Email RSVP@cascadiafilmcollective.com to make a free reservation.
WATCH LOCAL SHORT CC 2010, NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
CC 2010, the short film by local filmmakers Travis Senger and Michael J. Mouncer, is now available online at Lincoln Leopard Films' new website. Set in the year 2010, the film is a tongue-in-cheek homage to '60's sci-fi and the Seattle World's Fair and premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival earlier this year.
SEATTLE SCHOOL OF ROCK PERFORMS THE CLASH
School of Rock Seattle
The Seattle School of Rock's season shows are just around the corner. As part of this performance-based rock music education program, young rockers (ages 8-17) will perform the music of The Clash, The Whole and funk giants such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Bill Withers. The first concert of the season will take place this Friday, September 18 at the Vera Project, where the kids will perform The Clash's "London Calling" album in its entirety.
JOIN THEFILMSCHOOL FOR NEW SCREENPLAY READING SERIES
Join TheFilmSchool for "Caught in the ACT," the first of a series of readings of alumni-written scripts read by some of Seattle's top actors. The first event of the series will be held at the ACT Theatre on October 12 with a reading of "She Can't Stay With Me," a dark comedy written by Kevin Rexroat and directed by Lisa Halper, both graduates of The FilmSchool. All events are free and open to the public. For reservations, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and visit TheFilmSchool's website for more information about upcoming courses and events.
SCREENWRITER DAVE EGGERS AND ACTOR MAX RECORDS Q&A
Northwest Film Forum
One week before the film's theatrical release, 826 Seattle, in collaboration with Norwest Film Forum, will host a special preview screening of Where the Wild Things Are at the Cinerama. Screenwriter Dave Eggers and actor Max Records (who plays the young Max) will be in attendance for a brief Q&A before the movie. An acclaimed best-selling author, Eggers is also the founder of 826 National, a family of seven nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping students ages 6-18 with expository and creative writing. All proceeds from the evening go to support 826 Seattle's programs.
NEW SEASON OF SEATTLE CHANNEL'S ART ZONE PREMIERES FRIDAY
The new season of the Seattle Channel's Art Zone premieres this Friday. On this week's episode, host Nancy Guppy interviews Joel McHale, host of E!'s The Soup, star of NBC's new series Community, and co-star of new Steven Soderbergh flick The Informant. Also, David Bazan will play a few tunes from his new record, muralist and painter Andrew Morrison will be profiled and artist Julie Lindell will drop by with a giant branch sculpture on a flatbed truck. Tune in to Art Zone , Seattle Channel, Cable 21 at 8:00 pm on Friday or online anytime at the above link.
JACK STRAW ANNOUNCES JARED LEISING AS 2010 WRITERS PROGRAM CURATOR
Jack Straw Productions
Jack Straw Productions is proud to announce the selection of poet Jared Leising as the curator of the 2010 Writers Program. Author of the chapbook The Widows and Orphans of Winesburg, Ohio, Jared's poems have appeared in various Washington publications such as Pontoon, Crab Creek Review, and Stringtown, as well as on Metro Buses and local radio. Jared was selected by Nancy Rawles as a Jack Straw Writer in 2001, has worked as a writer-in-residence for Ballard and Nathan Hale High Schools, been a nominee for Seattle Poet Populist, and before moving to Seattle, he received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. Currently, he teaches English at Cascadia Community College, serves as president of the Washington Community College Humanities Association, and is on the board of directors at 826 Seattle. Participants in the Writers Program create new work to be presented through live readings and recorded interviews and also receive professional training in voice and microphone technique, performance and delivery, and studio interviews.
SEATTLE AREA FILMMAKERS IS LOOKING FOR AN ASSISTANT
Seattle Area Filmmakers
Seattle Area Filmmakers is expanding and is looking to hire a part time assistant. SAF needs people who are experienced in the filming industry (crew) and are dedicated even when it's volunteer work. Job duties include working closely with SAF founder, Gina Lockhart, and perhaps a few other long time members who attend meetings. Applicants must be able to attend the SAF's bi-monthly meetings. For more information on this position and the application process, please visit the above link.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 9/7 - 9/13
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Maldives "Listen to the Thunder"
- Cave Singers "Welcome Joy"
- Modest Mouse "No One's First and You're Next"
- Visqueen "Message to Garcia"
- Various Artists "Live at KEXP, Vol. 5"
- David Bazan "Curse Your Branches"
- Various Artists "Wheedle's Groove"
- Zoe Muth "Zoe Muth"
- Moondoggies "Don't Be a Stranger"
- Pearl Jam "Live at Easy Street"
REVERB FESTIVAL LINEUP ANNOUNCED
The Seattle Weekly posted some of the bands playing the festival earlier, but they have now released the complete list of bands who'll be playing REVERB Saturday, October 3. This year, they've added a classy jazz venue, and made sure that four venues are all ages. Performers include, The Maldives, Tea Cozies, GMK, and Heatwarmer. For a full line up follow the above link.
MASSIVE MONKEES ARE ONE DANCE STEP CLOSER TO BEING AMERICA'S BEST CREW
Massive Monkees are still in the running for America's Best Dance Crew. The Seattle breakdancers made it to the top four on the MTV reality show on Sept. 6, but then barely scraped by last night in a dance-off against Bronx crew Rhythm City. But with a performance that mirrored *NSYNC's "Tearing Up My Heart," they moved into the top three. They received a standing ovation; Judge JC Chasez applauded the group for its bboy take on his classic song and judge Shane Sparks added that the performance would put the group on the map.
ALICE IN CHAINS TOPS BILLBOARD CHARTS
Alice in Chains has scored a No. 1 hit with possibly one of the catchiest songs in its nearly three-decade history. The Seattle metal band's single "Check My Brain" rocketed straight to No. 1 on Billboard's Rock Songs Chart and No. 1 on the R&R Rock Chart. The song is on the band's upcoming album "Black Gives Way To Blue" on Virgin/EMI, available Sept. 29.