Working for a safe, affordable, vibrant, innovative, and interconnected city.
Learn More
Seattle.gov Home Page
Seattle.gov This Department
Link to the Office of Film + Music Home Page Link to Office of Film + Music Home Page Link to Office of Film + Music About Us Page Link to Office of Film + Music Contact Us Page
Kate Becker, Director Stephen H. Johnson, Director, Office of Economic Development

Film Home
Film Permits
Film Manual
Film FAQ
Film Resources
Film History
Film Events & Festivals
Economic Impact Study
Mayor's Film Award

Music Home
City of Music Website
Music Directory
Music History & Map
Music Events & Festivals
Economic Impact Study

Interactive
Seattle's Content Technology Initiative

 Networking
Happy Hour Events
News
News from the Office of Film + Music 09/2/2009


TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THIS NEWSLETTER!
Office of Film + Music
Sign up for our newsletter! Make sure your friends and colleagues are signed up for our weekly newsletter! Feel free to pass this on. If you would like to submit an item, please read the guidelines on our website.

LOOKING FOR DAILY MEDIA BRIEFINGS? CHECK OUT OUR BLOG!
Seattle Film and Music Blog
The Office of Film + Music presents the Seattle Film and Music Blog, your new source for Seattle entertainment news and updates. Our blog covers the latest in local, national, and international news and videos about Seattle filmmakers, musicians, and digital media makers. Check it out!

OFFICE NEWS

SEEKING SEATTLE MUSIC PHOTOS FOR NEW CITY OF MUSIC WEBSITE
Office of Film + Music
Have any great photos of music in Seattle? The Office of Film + Music is seeking submissions of all your photos involving music in Seattle for use on the new Seattle City of Music website. They can be of a Seattle venue, a street musician, or a highschool jazz band. Anything that showcases the diversity of music in Seattle is welcome. Please email all submissions to filmandmusic@seattle.gov

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR SEATTLE NEIGHBORHOOD ARTS EVENTS
Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs
Community groups planning a neighborhood arts or cultural event in 2010 can now apply for funding through the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs' Neighborhood & Community Arts program. Neighborhood arts councils and community-based groups that have been in existence for at least one year may apply and each funded organization will receive $1,200 to support direct project expenses. Pick up some pointers on putting together a successful application at a Meet and Greet, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Monday, October 5 at the Theatre Off Jackson (409 7th Ave. S.). RSVP to Paul Rucker at paul.rucker@seattle.gov or (206) 684-7084 by Tuesday, Sept. 29. The deadline for applications Tuesday, October 27. For more information, click the above link.

UW EXTENSION FILMMAKING PROGRAM SEEKS DOCUMENTARY INSTRUCTOR
University of Washington
The University of Washington Extension's Independent Filmmaking Certificate Program is seeking an instructor with documentary experience for the Fall and Winter quarters of this team-taught evening program. Program begins in early October 2009 and is designed for the aspiring filmmaker or screenwriter who wants a "hands-on" approach to writing, producing, directing and editing documentaries. The ideal candidate will have experience creating documentaries, using the PD-150, utilizing new digital technologies, and grantwriting. For more information about the Fall and Winter courses, please visit the website.

CATCH LOCAL SHORT FILMS AT BUMBERSHOOT'S 1 REEL FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND
SIFF
This weekend's 1 Reel Film Festival, part of Bumbershoot, will screen several shorts from local filmmakers. "Made in Seattle" features four locally made shorts and "Fly Films" offers noir-ish fare made for SIFF's Fly Filmmaking Challenge. Seattle's young filmmaker-istas from the Reel Grrls have their own full program, and local film and music can be found in "Picture & Sound: Music Videos," featuring videos for local musicians such as Damien Jurado, The Dutchess and the Duke and Fleet Foxes.

WORLD'S GREATEST DAD OPENS IN SEATTLE FRIDAY
World's Greatest Dad
World's Greatest Dad, a film shot in Seattle, opens here this Friday as well as several other cities nationwide. Directed by Bobcat Goldwaith and starring Robin Williams, the film is a dark comedy about a father forging a suicide note for his departed son. Check out at the Harvard Exit Theatre.

CITY OF SEATTLE AWARDS STIMULUS FUNDING FOR ARTS JOBS
Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs
Last week, Mayor Greg Nickels announced the city of Seattle will award $250,000 in federal stimulus funds to help preserve dozens of jobs at 22 Seattle arts and cultural organizations. The federal funds will help organizations retain or restore salaried and contract jobs, ranging from performers to production staff to business managers and artistic directors. The dollars will support jobs at a range of organizations, including Maureen Whiting Dance, Seattle Chamber Players, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Center for Wooden Boats, Velocity Dance Center, Wing Luke Asian Museum and the Young Shakespeare Workshop. For a complete list of funded city organizations please visit the above link.

CHOP SUEY SEEKING INTERNS
Chop Suey
Chop Suey, one of Seattle's most popular music venues, is looking for interns to help out with marketing and office duties. Apply for great opportunity to learn about the music industry inside and out! You must have a love of all kinds of music, be punctual and organized. 21+ preferred. The internship is unpaid, but you get free entry to shows. Send your resume and a short explanation of why you would like to work at Chop Suey to info@chopsuey.com. No phone calls or drop ins please.

MELVIN VAN PEEBLES AT NWFF NEXT WEEK
Northwest Film Forum
Melvin Van Peebles is one of America's legendary independent filmmakers and he will be visiting the Northwest Film Forum next week! He initially rocketed to the film world's stage with both accalaim and controversy for his early films, 1968's The Story of a Three-Day Pass and 1971's Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, and has made a career of challenging Hollywood's boundaries. On September 7, he'll teach a masterclass at NWFF, "Confessions of an Independent Legend" and on September 9, he will introduce his new film, Confessionsofa Ex-Doffus-ItchyFooted Mutha. To register for the masterclass or purchase tickets for screenings, visit the NWFF's website above.

APPLY TO EDGE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR FILMMAKERS
Artist Trust
Emerging or mid-career filmmakers residing in Washington state are encouraged to apply to the 2009 EDGE Professional Development Program for Filmmakers, offered October 23 - December 11 in Seattle. The EDGE Program offers a comprehensive survey of professional practices through hands-on, interactive curriculum that includes instruction by professionals in the field, as well as specialized presentations, panel discussions and assignments. Topics specifically addressed include how to promote and market films, how to build strong business plans for film projects and how to find funding for film projects through grants, investors and other sources. The application deadline is September 15.

2009 WASHINGTON ARTS-AWARD RECIPIENTS NAMED
WSAA
The Washington State Arts Alliance (WSAA), celebrating 32 years of advocating for the arts in the state of Washington, announced the recipients of its 2009 Arts Advocacy Awards. The prestigious "Louise Miller Arts Advocacy Award" will be presented to Senator Karen Fraser (D-22) for her ongoing support of the arts, especially the Building for the Arts program and the Confluence Project along the Columbia River Basin. King County Councilmember Julia Patterson will receive the "2009 Local Hero Award" for her efforts on behalf of the cultural arts in South King County. Senator Fred Jarrett and Representative Larry Springer will be honored as "Outstanding Performers" during the 2009 State Legislative session. Awards will be presented at the Arts Alliance annual member meeting on September 22, 2009, at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington Street SE, Olympia. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m.

STG LAUNCHES FUNDRAISING EFFORT TO REPLICATE THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE VERTICAL SIGN AND RESTORE THE MARQUEE
Seattle Theatre Group
Seattle Theatre Group (STG) announced today a fundraising campaign, "Paramount Sign of the Times - Replication, Restoration and Greening," an effort to finance an exact replication of The Paramount vertical sign and restoration of its marquee. The vertical sign replacement will begin October 6, 2009. "STG has raised enough money to pay for over half of the amount needed to complete the project and we are happy to have the support of 4Culture, Washington State's Building For The Arts, Martin-Fabert Foundation, Seattle Foundation and The Sign Factory," said Kate Becker, STG's Director of Development. "We need to raise another $150,000 - and we're asking for the help of Seattleites, those who walk past our sign every day as well as those in outlying areas who come to see a show, to consider donating $10, $20 or $50, to keep this historic sign lit." To make a donation, visit the above link.

UW EXTENSION ACTING FOR THE CAMERA PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Green Your Theme
It's happening September 16, 2009 at the eco-friendly indoor venue, Sodo Park. It's a party. It's a fashion show. It's an eco-networking experience for the event industry. It's tasty foods, wine samples, education, and music for the dance floor. It is all environmentally responsible. Participate in this experiential edutainment event to help kick off the necessary conversations needed to produce the greenest events in the United States. Promote your green event expertise or offering, or come to learn how to green next year's event.

JOIN GREEN YOUR THEME FOR AN ECO-FRIENDLY MUSIC AND NETWORKING EVENT
University of Washington
The Washington State Arts Alliance (WSAA), celebrating 32 years of advocating for the arts in the state of Washington, announced the recipients of its 2009 Arts Advocacy Awards. The prestigious "Louise Miller Arts Advocacy Award" will be presented to Senator Karen Fraser (D-22) for her ongoing support of the arts, especially the Building for the Arts program and the Confluence Project along the Columbia River Basin. King County Councilmember Julia Patterson will receive the "2009 Local Hero Award" for her efforts on behalf of the cultural arts in South King County. Senator Fred Jarrett and Representative Larry Springer will be honored as "Outstanding Performers" during the 2009 State Legislative session. Awards will be presented at the Arts Alliance annual member meeting on September 22, 2009, at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington Street SE, Olympia. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m.

FREE MUSIC THIS WEEK AROUND TOWN
In these tough economic times, nothing works better than a day full of sunshine and free music. Check out the free summer music events this week brought to you by the City of Seattle, your local neighborhood and local businesses in and around Seattle.

September 3
Concerts at City Hall
Noon - 1:30 pm
An Unexpected Musical
City Hall

September 4
Out to Lunch Concert Series
Noon - 1:30 pm
Choklate
Westlake Park

September 5th
Easy Street In Store Performance
3:00 pm
Vince Mira
Queen Anne Store

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 8/24 - 8/30
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).

  1. Modest Mouse "No One's First & You're Next"
  2. Various Artists "Live at KEXP, Vol. 5"
  3. Maldives "Listen to the Thunder"
  4. Cave Singers "Welcome Joy"/li>
  5. Blitzen Trapper "Black River Killer EP"
  6. Fresh Espresso "Glamour"
  7. Yacht "See Mystery Lights"
  8. Throw Me the Statue "Creaturesque"
  9. Pearl Jam "Live at Easy Street"
  10. Brandi Carlile "Live at Easy Street"

MEDIA DIGEST

BUILD-YOUR-OWN BUMBERSHOOT: FESTIVAL'S BEST BETS
Seattle Times
Bumbershoot is too big for any one person. The city's annual music and arts festival, produced by One Reel every Labor Day weekend, sprawls over Seattle Center grounds. This year it will feature about 300 stage performances - and that's not event counting the art shows, site-specific works, circus acts on the lawn, buskers and kids' programming. Where to go? What to see and do? The Seattle Times offers four itineraries, based on various interests: arts, comedy, music and family fun.

SEATTLE FILMMAKER INVENTS STORYBOARDING ITUNES APP
Seattle PI
Jonathan Houser had an idea. The 30-something filmmaker was teaching production at the Seattle Film Institute. His students were having a difficult time with storyboarding, an element of filmmaking which Houser describes as a way to perceive how your film may look. As the year progressed, he noticed more and more students forgoing storyboards. His idea was to create an application that would capture and store images while also adding simple markups like arrows, directional indicators, boxes, typed notes, audio, then be able to export all of this as a PDF. It took him and his team a year to finish the application and decided on a name from the annals of film history. They decided to call it Hitchcock, which can be found on the iTunes store.

FILMMAKER BAO TRAN FEATURED IN SEATTLE MAGAZINE'S 2009 SPOTLIGHT AWARDS
Seattle Magazine
Tran's critically acclaimed, award-winning short film, Bookie, screened at 22 film festivals over 18 months, including the 2008 Seattle International Film Festival-an impressive achievement for any independent filmmaker, much less for someone in the beginning of his career who has never attended film school. In 2009, SIFF chose Tran as one of four local filmmakers to participate in the annual Fly Filmmaking challenge, in which participants have three months to make a movie from a script pulled out of a hat. His 10-minute short Black Coffee took a standard love-triangle-with-a-twist and transformed it into a beautifully shot, original story. Check out the article profiling Tran by following the link.