|News from the Film + Music Office
MAYOR ANNOUNCES INCENTIVE TO ENCOURAGE LIVE MUSIC
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels today announced new steps to grow Seattle's live music scene by introducing an admissions tax exemption for live music venues and launching a new venue assistance program. "Seattle's musicians are part of Seattle's identity - they help give our city its soul," said Nickels. "Live music performances bring us together and play a large role in our lives, and this incentive will ensure our musicians have more venues to share their creativity and spirit." The current admissions tax is 5 percent on every dollar of ticket sales. The exemption included in the mayor's 2009-2010 proposed budget would benefit venues that have live music regularly. "Live music venues are more expensive than your typical bar or nightclub because you have to pay many performers and it takes increased staff, equipment and space to operate." explained Jerry Everard, a live music venue owner in Seattle. "It's a tough business and this incentive could mean the difference between success and failure for some live music venues."
HAPPY HOUR ONE WEEK AWAY!
Wednesday September 24th, 5-7pm at Sole Repair on Capitol Hill
You are invited to the Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour sponsored by the Seattle Mayor's Office of Film + Music, WashingtonFilmWorks, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy, and Washington Interactive Network.
Seattle has been a growing hub for film, music, and digital media over the past several years, and it is vital for these three communities to interact for our city to continue to thrive. This Happy Hour offers just such an environment for people from these industries to socialize, network, and build a unified community.
Happy Hour is held on the last Wednesday of every month from 5 to 7pm, and is hosted at Sole Repair, located at 1001 East Pike Street on Capitol Hill (near the corner of 10th and Pike). Must be at least 21 or older to attend. We hope to see you there!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
SEATTLE NAMED ONE OF AMERICA'S FAVORITE CITIES
Travel and Leisure Magazine's, "America's Favorite Cities 2008," awards Seattle seventh place for city with best live music/bands. Seattle steps up to the plate amidst a list of competitive cities.
2008 MARKS THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF DECIBEL FESTIVAL
The four-day Decibel International Festival of Electronic Music Performance, Visual Art and New Media will take place September 25th - 28th. An annual event held in Seattle that has now become one of North America's preeminent electronic music events, Decibel has planned its most ambitious festival to date to coincide with this landmark year. Featuring more than 100 acts from 12 different countries, the lineup is not only massive but also the most diverse yet, increasing the international stature and range of artists, representing everything from underground dance to experimental audio / visual performance. This year's program will also feature a two day dB Conference, Optical Multimedia showcases, a BBQ, an outdoor park event, an ambient dinner theater and an overall theme of sustainability in the arts. Visit the website for travel info, tickets and the lineup.
TASVEER PRESENTS 5TH INDEPENDENT SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
Seattle's 5th Independent South Asian Film Festival (ISAFF) is a five-day festival of independent feature films, short films, and documentaries from the South Asian subcontinent and Diaspora living around the world. ISAFF also features workshops and discussion forums. The theme, "Personal is Political: A South Asian Lens on Love," illustrates topics that resonate in the film selection, including South Asian LGBTQ rights and issues, arranged marriage, and cross-cultural relationships. ISAFF is produced by Tasveer, a community-based not-for-profit organization promoting independent South Asian film in the Northwest. The festival will take place September 24th - 28th at the Broadway Performance Hall. Advanced ticketing can be found at www.ticketwindowonline.com/
JOB OPENING AT SIFF
The Individual Giving Officer is responsible for all areas of individual fundraising including strategy and execution of the annual giving campaign and SIFF Supporter growth initiatives including, but not limited to, all facets of gift processing, gift acknowledgement, direct mail, Supporter/donor analysis, marketing and communications strategies, and special events of the Annual Fund. Applicants should respond by mail with a cover letter of interest and a resume addressed to David Heurtel, Chief Marketing Officer, SIFF, 400 Ninth Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109, or by email to email@example.com. Be sure to include "Individual Giving Officer" in the subject line of your email. For the full job description and specific information, refer to the link above.
NFFTY LAUNCHES SOCIAL NETWORK FOR FILM FANS AND FILMMAKERS
Join the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) social network and connect with filmmakers, film-lovers and NFFTY fans from all over the globe. NFFTY Network allows you to network with filmmakers, discuss filmmaking, upload photos and videos and share audience reaction to films. By joining you also receive exclusive festival and NFFTY|365| updates. Experience NFFTY anytime, anywhere.
ARAB FILM DISTRIBUTION WINS MAYOR'S SMALL BUSINESS AWARD
On last Thursday night's Mayor's 2008 Small Business Awards, AFD/Typecast Films was awarded one of the ten honors. This distribution company began in 1990 with only five films in its library - films that charmed Seattle audiences at local film festivals and highlighted a profound enthusiasm for this yet-undiscovered niche of world cinema. Now a national film distributor, AFD still supports local businesses, staying connected with Seattle festival roots and audiences. Due to a steadily increasing interest in Arab culture, new works are continually acquired. Offering its catalog of highly artistic and educational films to theaters, universities, colleges, museums and media arts centers, AFD has put Seattle on the map as the capital of Middle Eastern Cinema outside the Middle East!
AUTISM SPEAKS CONCERT
The First Annual Fundraiser Concert to benefit Autism Speaks at Columbia City Theater on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 at 7:30PM. Each of the musical performers is touched by autism in one way or another. This is a highly anticipated performance at the beautiful Columbia City Theater. They will amaze you, astound you, and hopefully move you to tears. The performances will make this a night to remember. So don't miss out! Buy your tickets before the show because there is limited seating. The money raised supports Autism Speaks' mission to find the causes, effective treatments and a cure for autism through funding essential biomedical and scientific research. Tickets can be bought at the website above. For more information: 206.723.0088 or contact Stella Podgornik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOROS JUSTICE MEDIA FELLOWSHIPS
The Soros Justice Media Fellowships support writers, print and broadcast journalists, filmmakers, and other individuals with unique voices proposing to complete media projects for local, regional, and national markets. These individuals should engage the public and provoke policy responses to one or more of the issues at the core of OSI's U.S. criminal justice priorities. Media Fellowships are one year in duration, and fellows are expected to make their projects the primary focus of their work during the term of the fellowship. The deadline for application is September 24th, 2008.
THE ART INSTITUTE OF SEATTLE'S PORTFOLIO REVIEW
The Art Institute of Seattle's next big Portfolio Review is tomorrow, Thursday September 18th, 11am-3pm. Come review work of graduating seniors from programs such as, video production, photography, audio production, graphic design, animation, game art/design and more. There will be a free lunch buffet for employers. You can contact Scott MacIntire with questions at 206.239.2337 or email@example.com.
CHICKEN & EGG PICTURES FUNDING WOMEN FILMMAKER PROJECTS
Chicken & Egg Pictures supports women filmmakers who seek to address social justice, environmental and human rights issues of our time, locally, nationally and globally. They are currently accepting Letters of Inquiry for non-fiction films, both shorts and feature length, directed by women filmmakers. The deadline is September 30th, 2008.
THE WASHINGTON CENTER FEATURES VIDEO & SONIC ART INSTALLATION
The Washington Center for the Performing Arts is featuring a multimedia installation by filmmaker Marilyn Freeman at Olympia's Fall Arts Walk. Communion: The Labyrinth Project is an autobiographical sculpture created with video and sonic art and personal artifacts ranging from 35mm film reels to platform shoes. The work draws on myth, mysticism, and ritual, and is designed for the public to "walk." Open to the public during Olympia's Fall Arts Walk in the Black Box at The Washington Center, 512 Washington Street, Downtown Olympia, Friday, October 3rd from 5 to 10pm. Contact Kevin Boyer at 360.753.8585, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit their website at http://www.washingtoncenter.org/
SONIC BOOM RECORDS FREE IN-STORE PERFORMANCES
Sonic Boom Records has free, live in-store performances by various artists: "Mad Rad" at 6pm on September 19th at the Capitol Hill Location, "The New Year" at 4pm on the 27th at their Ballard store, and "Damien Jurado" on October 11th at 4pm in Ballard.
ITVS DIVERSITY DEVELOPMENT FUND
Independent Television Service is seeking talented minority producers to develop projects for public television. The goal of the Diversity Development Fund is to support minority artists to tell their stories and reach audiences often overlooked by conventional programming. Projects must be in the research or development phase, and cannot have begun production. Deadline is September 26, 2008.
LIVE AT KEXP VOL. 4 OUT TODAY
KEXP, Seattle's listener-supported radio station, announces the release of Live at KEXP Vol. 4, a collection of 20 stand-out sessions chosen from more than 400 exclusive in-studio performances recently recorded at KEXP. Available in select stores Tuesday, Sept. 16 and online via Insound.com, the record reflects KEXP's commitment to bringing music into people's lives. Each artist featured on this album has donated his or her time and performance to benefit KEXP. Likewise, more than eight Seattle retailers, including Sonic Boom, Easy Street, Silver Platters, Cellophane Square, PCC, Caffé Vita, Everyday Music and Pagliacci, are supporting KEXP with 100 percent of proceeds. Limited-edition vinyl records are also available as thank-you gifts during fund drives.
AN EVENING WITH SUB POP RECORDS FOUNDERS
Sub Pop Records founders Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman talk about their remarkable experiences as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of the iconic Seattle record label. Watch them online at the link above.
LIVE NATION SIGNS ON TO PROVIDE EXCLUSIVE TICKETING FOR SMG
Live Nation and SMG have announced that they have formed a strategic alliance for Live Nation to exclusively handle SMG's ticketing at all of their North American facilities. Live Nation will start to transition into this new roll in 2009 and expect to be selling 5 million tickets annually for SMG by 2011 as SMG's current ticketing contracts expire.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 9/8 - 9/14
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Moondoggies - Don't Be A Stranger
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- Common Market - Black Patch War
- Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
- Damien Jurado - Caught in the Trees
- The Dutchess & The Duke - She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke
- Brandi Carlile - Live at Easy Street
- The Saturday Knights - Mingle
- The Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Kimya Dawson - Alphabutt
MUSICIANS RALLY ROUND THE AILING BUDDY CATLETT
During the 1940s, bassist George James "Buddy" Catlett roamed the streets of Seattle as a teenager, performing with such future luminaries as trumpeter Quincy Jones and pianist Ray Charles. "Musically, he's the master," said drummer Patty Padden, who has performed with Catlett off and on for 25 years. "It's an honor to play with him every time." This widespread admiration may explain why a group of musicians has come together to organize a fundraiser for Catlett, 75, who has been suffering from health problems the past few months. The event is this Sunday at El Gaucho in Belltown. Performers from the local jazz scene include the Harry James Orchestra, the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and the Brian Nova Orchestra. There is also a silent auction from 5 to 9 p.m. and a live auction of an autographed Steve Miller guitar at 7:30 p.m.
SPIN.COM'S TOP 5 UP-AND-COMING SEATTLE BANDS
Traveling from festival to festival all summer long, the chance to sample the local fare is the best part, according to SPIN.com. They put Seattle's Bumbershoot at the top of the list - featuring a lineup steeped in hometown bands, many of them impressive with talent, ferocity, and a distinct sound. SPIN.com has sifted through the many up-and-coming Seattle bands they saw to bring their picks of the Top 5 from Bumbershoot 2008 in descending order of awesomeness. The performance videos are on the website above.
"BLACK BELT BRADLEY" TRAINS STUDENTS IN THE LESS CREATIVE ARTS OF FILMMAKING
Student filmmakers on the movie "Black Belt Bradley" do more than learn how to wield a camera. They make key decisions in hiring personal, managing a budget, and making everything run smoothly. The movie itself is about a teenage boy saddled with emotional baggage from a traumatic experience in his past. The boy is a gifted martial artist but struggles with using the arts properly. Viennese acrobat Manuela Horn who has performed at Seattle's Teatro ZinZanni plays Bolo one of Evil Dude's main henchmen who will do whatever it takes to secure the book. "I put the N in nasty," she laughs. The film received financial assistance from the City of Seattle and shooting is expected to wrap up by mid September.
LOCAL PRODUCTION HOUSE, THINK THANK PREMIERES NEW SNOWBOARD FILM
To get the season started right, local snowboard film-production company, Think Thank, is throwing a premiere for their new movie, "Stack Footy." An appropriate title, "Stack Footy" is jam-packed with mind-boggling footage that the Think Thank pro riders stacked over the last season. Based in Ballard, Think Thank takes preconceptions about snowboarding and turns them upside down. The riding styles are as diverse as the Northwest, from misty powder turns to sliding down city handrails - one-footed. The "unconventional" snowboarding of the Think Thank crew has redefined what can be done on a snowboard. The creative riding set to a great soundtrack will have even non-snowboarders pining for opening day. Shot on locations ranging from the streets of Seattle to the snowy peaks of Alaska, "Stack Footy" is a reminder of what snowboarding is about: fun. The premiere takes place this Saturday, Sept. 13 at the King Cat Theater. For more information and to view the "Stack Footy" teaser, visit www.thinkthank.com/.
KUSHNER WINS NEW PRIZE FOR PLAYWRIGHTS
Tony Kushner, the award-winning playwright who has spent much of his time in recent years writing Hollywood scripts, is the first recipient of a newly created $200,000 prize for playwriting, by far the largest theater award in the nation, and one of the biggest cash awards in any of the arts. The unusually generous prize, named the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, will be formally presented today. It was created with an eye toward attracting talented playwrights and bolstering the status of their profession..
FORMER HEART GUITARIST HAPPY REPUBLICANS PLAYED 'BARRACUDA'
Although he endorses Barack Obama for president, one of the founding members of the Seattle rock band, Heart, doesn't mind that the Republican Party played Heart's song "Barracuda" at the national convention. Seattle guitarist Roger Fisher says the publicity is "wonderful." He says he'll donate a portion of the royalties from the Republicans playing the song to the Obama/Biden campaign. "Thereby creating the scenario where each time the Republicans use 'Barracuda' they are supporting Obama," he said. "I felt honored that they would consider it a worthy song to use in such a high profile context. It also gave Ann and Nancy and me an opportunity, a worldwide opportunity, to say who we support."
THE A.V. CLUB REVIEWS DAMIEN JURADO
As the back half of the new Caught In The Trees attests, Seattle native, Damien Jurado, can write downtempo, soul-searching, hauntingly orchestrated songs with the best singer-songwriters out there. These sorts of songs, which have dominated his past few albums, seem to come naturally to him. He can wrap fragile sentiments in a gloomy mood almost effortlessly. But what Jurado does most isn't necessarily what he does best, which is what makes the first half of Caught In The Trees so refreshing. Hearkening back to Jurado's lovely 2003 album Where Shall You Take Me?, the opening tracks on Caught In The Trees bring a lightness and a pulse back to his songcraft. Jurado is currently on tour, playing his next show in Chicago.
WHEN MUSIC HAS A CERTAIN DANGEROUS ALLURE
Much of the current sound of Seattle's music is "pretty, pastoral and mellow." But there are a few bands that play a sublime sort of rock, lofty, gorgeous stuff, thematically aligned with nature, possibly capable of crushing the life out of you by tension or by volume. Bands like Mamiffer and Earth, Seattle metal or drone bands, are loud, but Nightwatch columnist Jonathan Zwickel says the sound can be beautiful; Mamiffer's second-ever performance was Sunday at the Rendezvous. The band is celebrating the upcoming release of their Hydra Head debut, "Hirror Enniffer." Sample their music at MySpace
SEATTLE'S CONDUCTOR PLANS HIS DEPARTURE
Gerard Schwarz, who has led the Seattle Symphony during its rise to national prominence as well as periods of extraordinary tumult, said last Wednesday that he would step down as music director when his contract expires in 2011. By then Mr. Schwarz, 61, will have been in the job for 26 seasons, a remarkably long tenure in an age of jet-set conductors and one that harks back to the years of iron-baton maestros who seemed to serve for life. In an interview Mr. Schwarz said he wanted to ride out on a high. "I'm at the top," he said. "The orchestra sounds great. The audience is huge, supportive, and a phenomenal community. We balanced the budget again for a second year running. We're making records. "If you're going to go, this is the time to go, when you're on track."
BEST BUY TO BUY NAPSTER
Consumer electronics retailer Best Buy Inc. said Monday it will acquire online music-sharing site Napster Inc. for about US$126.8 million in cash in a move to boost its digital media capabilities. The takeover is expected to close in the fourth quarter. The deal includes Napster's 700,000 subscribers, its web-based customer-service platform and mobile capabilities.
"GUITAR HERO: WORLD TOUR" UNVEILS FULL TRACK LIST
Guitar Hero: World Tour has finally released its full track list. While the list of 86 tracks isn't as jaw-dropping as that of its counterpart Rock Band 2, there are a bunch of highlights, including a pair of tracks by Jimi Hendrix and Ozzy Osbourne, plus cuts from Metallica, Nirvana, Van Halen, the Doors and Lynyrd Skynyrd. All the songs are original master recordings. The game hits shelves October 26th.
THE MOONDOGGIES LIVE ON THE FERRY
Caleb, Kevin, and Carl of Seattle-based "The Moondoggies" gave a live performance on the Hyak ferry to Bremerton last week as a preview for their performance at the Sunset for REVERBfest on October 4th.
YOUTUBE, THE SITE FOR NEW MUSIC
Though YouTube is known as the Internet's greatest video warehouse, it's becoming known as the place to find new music, no video needed. Put in the name of your favorite artist and there's a chance that besides an assortment of his or her videos, you'll find a song with perhaps just a picture or a montage of photos to accompany it - and it still gets thousands of views. It's easy to see the benefits YouTube offers: It gets millions of views per day, according to the site. In addition, by posting a song on YouTube, it creates excitement in a low-cost way compared to other promotional methods, such as sending out a crop of street team members to various local nightclubs or other events.
DEATH CAB RELEASE ANOTHER DIGITAL EP
Death Cab for Cutie has released a new digital EP, in addition to their current politics-related gigs, and their fall tour starting October 3rd.
HARD ROCK CAFE TO OPEN IN SEATTLE WITH LIVE-MUSIC SPACE
Hard Rock Cafe plans to open its first Northwest restaurant next year half a block from Pike Place Market. The global chain, whose T-shirts and collection of rock 'n' roll memorabilia may be better-known than its food, has leased the vacant, two-story Liberty Building on Pike Street between First and Second avenues, said Jeff Schoenfeld, a principal with Urban Visions, the building owner. The remodeled building will have a 450-seat restaurant, live-music space, a rooftop deck and a "Rock Shop." The company has collected more than 70,000 pieces of rock 'n' roll memorabilia - guitars, posters, costumes, sheet music, photos - that it displays at its restaurants on a rotating basis. Schoenfeld said the Seattle cafe would put special emphasis on the city's rock legacy. "There's a great music story to be told here," he said.