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News from the Office of Film + Music 9/22/2010


Limited tickets are available to the public and are free of charge. Get your tickets here. This year's Awards event is generously supported by Wells Fargo, AEG, Iceland Air and 206, Inc. and serves as the kickoff for the inaugural City of Music Festival. For more information about the Awards, the recipients, the City of Music Festival and the Music Commission, check out the website.


Washington Filmworks The Washington Filmworks mission is to encourage growth in the film and video production industry for the economic benefit of Washington State. New filmmakers emerge and our artists grow creatively every year producing compelling, dynamic and cutting edge content shown around the globe on screens of all sizes. You, the creative community, are what drives a sustainable film industry, from Seattle to Spokane, from Bellingham to Vancouver. The "Filmmaker's Lens" competition offers another vehicle through which your voice and work can be heard and seen. They invite filmmakers (novice to expert) to create 2 minute videos showing how living and working in Washington State impacts your filmmaking process. Submitted videos can be in any genre or style. Videos will be posted on a Washington Filmworks' YouTube site for viewing, and where the on-line community can vote on their favorites. A jury will choose one winner from the top five vote getters. The producer of the winning video will receive $3000 and a two-week run at independent theaters across the state. For submission guideline and further information follow the link.

Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
The General Manager reports to the Artistic/Executive Director and works in collaboration with the Artistic/Executive Director and Board of Directors. The GM is responsible for the overall management of all aspects of the administration and general business operations of Seattle Pro Musica. Some weekend and evening hours required. The GM develops, implements and monitors strategies that achieve Seattle Pro Musica's organizational goals, objectives and long-range plans. Follow the link for more details.

Northwest Film Forum
The Northwest Film Forum is celebrating their 15 year anniversary with a program called "Arboring Film," running September 25 - 30. The program will feature 15 feature films and 15 short works to celebrate the many artistic accomplishments that would not have been without the efforts of the film arts center. Founded in 1995, the Film Forum shows films year-round and supports all phases of film creation, including production, post-production, exhibition and distribution. Over 1,100 members strong, the Film Forum annually aids 250 filmmakers in the production of nearly 80 films, and offers more than 100 workshops annually. Through several innovative programs, the NWFF helps filmmakers overcome the many roadblocks of independent filmmaking. The Film Forum also provides a variety of grant programs that help filmmakers with the costs of renting equipment and postproduction facilities. The work presented in "Arboring Film" was all completed with the support of at least one of these grant programs, or similar services provided by Northwest Film Forum since 1995. To check out the full line-up, for dates and to learn more about the Northwest Film Forum, follow the link.

The Grammy Foundation
The Grammy Foundation Grant Program, funded by the Recording Academy, annually provides grants for music archiving and preservation efforts and for scientific research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition. The foundation will award archiving and preservation project grants to organizations and individuals working to advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas. The archiving and preservation area has two funding categories - preservation implementation ($20,000 maximum award each) as well as planning, assessment, and/or consultation ($5,000). The deadline to apply is October 1. Click the link for more information.

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.

911 Media Arts Center welcomes local documentarians to their documentary community group DocuTalk@911. Every fourth Sunday of every month (7PM - 10PM), 911 provides an opportunity for documentarians to network, share knowledge, find feedback and mentoring opportunities, and gain support in the pursuit of their work. This month the DocuTalk is taking palce at the Elysian Brewing Company's Capitol Hill Brewpub. Join them for a drink and come prepared to be inspired and make connections with regional documentary filmmakers and all others who love the documentary format. Documentarians are welcome to present their work (finished or in-progress) and to gather supportive feedback. To RSVP and learn more, follow the link.

Seattle Peace Chorus
The Seattle Peace Chorus is now scheduling auditions for the 2010-2011 season. There are openings for all voice parts but we are particularly seeking tenors and basses. Contact information to schedule an audition is available after the jump. Provide your name, describe your singing experience, any formal training you might have had (formal training is not a requirement), and also describe any prior affiliation you might have had with the Seattle Peace Chorus. Further details available at the link.

Northwest Film Forum
Children's Film Festival Seattle 2011, which will be presented in late January 2011 by Northwest Film Forum, seeks an intern. Duties will include readying the festival in a multitude of ways, including corresponding with filmmakers, working with the festival director to prepare the printed and online program, helping to organize programs including workshops and the festival children's jury, and preparing compilations of festival programs on DVD and miniDV tapes. Finalcut pro and website management experience needed. Follow the link above to learn more about the internship.

Hulu, the popular online TV and movie service, will open a development center in Seattle by the end of the year, becoming the latest influential online venture to expand to the city in search of engineering talent. Says Hulu executive, Richard Tom, "We've always known that Hulu is defined by its people and its culture... We believe that the talented engineers of the Seattle area embody our philosophy, and we have firsthand knowledge to back that up: nearly 50 percent of our developers in Los Angeles were once Seattleites building enterprise database servers, operating systems and web frameworks." Welcome to Seattle, Hulu. To read the full article, follow the link.

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.

The Stranger
Decibel Festival in the Park is this weekend, and you should be getting pumped for some beats, some live electronica and some art. The Fest is expanding this year to be on both Saturday and Sunday at Seattle Center's Mural Ampitheatre. This daytime, all-ages event boasts a sweet time: "Saturday we shall dance upon the grass and show you how the West Coast rocks with music from five artists that have undeniably been influenced by the Left Coast lean at a showcase that is guaranteed to go off. Bluetech's new endeavor Satori Social is an otherworldly electronic band that combines the deep dub sound that the artist is loved for with live instruments, percussion, and the engaging vocals and unique dance moves of Katrina Blackstone." Sunday looks to be equally enjoyable: "On Sunday under the Space Needle we will gather to celebrate the heavyweight pleasures of dubstep and beyond at Decibel in the Park, with a lineup of hard-hitters and wave-makers whose brute force bass and innovative sonic fusions have helped to ignite a worldwide community." Click the link above to purchase tickets.

Northwest Film Forum
The largest competitive children's film festival in the Pacific Northwest,Children's Film Festival Seattle celebrates the best and brightest in international children's cinema with a 10-day extravaganza of films from more than 25 countries. The festival's programs that include live performances, animation, features, shorts, historical films and hands-on workshops for the filmmakers of tomorrow. Children's Film Festival Seattle 2011 will take place in Northwest Film Forum's two cinemas, with screenings offered to both the general public and school groups. Dates for the 2011 Festival are January 28 through February 6, with additional screenings for school and childcare groups scheduled Monday-Friday Feb. 7-25. All films submitted to Children's Film Festival Seattle will also be considered for the 6th annual REDCAT International Children's Film Festival, to be presented by Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater in Los Angeles, California in 2011. The deadline for submissions is September 27, 2010. For more information including previous lineups and submission guidelines, follow the link.

Grand Illusion Cinema
Casablanca is one of the best films ever made. The Grand Illusion is one of the best theaters in Seattle. What better way to combine them than a big old fundraising event this Saturday, September 25. There will be a silent auction and raffle with some amazing prizes from Northwest Film Forum, SIFF, Seattle Opera and others. You have two opportunities to catch the classic film (6:30pm and 9:30pm), and doors will open an hour before each screening, providing you with plenty of time to mingle, snack on some hors d'oeuvres, grab a drink and listen to the sounds of the U-District's own Rick's Caf. Get your tickets at the Grand Illusion box office or Scarecrow Video.

October's massive ARTS CRUSH delivers 350 free and discounted events by over 200 artists. With participation from arts organizations across genres and the city, ARTS CRUSH embraces Seattle's all-encompassing arts scene all month long. The Music Launch Event takes place on October 10 from 12-3 pm at the Henry Art Gallery. Here you can enjoy three hours of non-stop salon style music from some of the region's best classical musicians. Savor selections from well-known, and not-so-well-known composers amidst the brilliant art of the Henry Gallery. Musicians will rotate in every 10-30 minutes. GeoCRUSH, which combines technology and the arts, is also happening during October. Prizes from GeoCRUSH help you win free things, and you can also get discounts and free tickets by logging onto the website above on October 4 at 6pm. The link has all the details.

Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra
The Seattle Youth Symphony has announced its lineup for the 2010-2011 Season. The Symphony plays three concerts over the coming year (November 15, February 28 and May 23) and some of the programming highlights include Johannes Brahms's "Symphony No. 3 in F Major," Igor Stavinsky's "The Rite of Spring" and Gustav Holst's "The Planets." All performances take place at Benaroya Hall. Tickets are available at the link above, and there are discounts for students and seniors.

Blog 4Culture
Exciting news from Washington's Insurance Commissioner for artists, independent contractors and other small business owners. A change in state law will make it easier to get health insurance coverage for many self-employed and small businesses in Washington State. The change involves small-group coverage, which under state law in recent years has been defined as businesses of 2 to 50 employees. One-person businesses, however, have had to seek coverage in the individual insurance market. Coverage can be hard to find, particularly for people with pre-existing health problems. By Oct. 1, 2010, state law will consider 1 person a "group" for insurance purposes. This means that sole proprietors, for example, will now be able to apply for group coverage. The law includes provisions to ensure that the business is bona fide. Similar provisions are included in the federal health reform legislation approved by Congress this spring, but those don't take effect until 2014. People interested in getting quotes or applying for this coverage should talk to an insurance agent or broker. People needing help finding health insurance can also call the office of state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler at 1-800-562-6900. If you're looking for other resources for heath care in Washington State, be sure to check out Washington Health Program and the Basic Health Plan. For more information and resources, follow the link.

Blog 4Culture
The Seattle Latino Film Festival is looking for volunteers to help with this year's festival, from Oct. 1 - 3. If you are interested in helping out at this great event, please contact the SLFF committee. Featuring films from Cuba, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica and more, this global line-up is sure to please! If you are interested in getting involved, contact Jorge Enrique Gonzalez-Pacheco, Director and Curator, and festival staff at

You are invited to celebrate the World Premiere of Seattle's own PBS television series OFFICIAL BEST OF FEST Presents "The Best Films You've Never Seen" with a special sneak peek screening at Roy Street Coffee & Tea on Tuesday, September 28th at 7pm! Featuring some of the world's finest shorts, the 30 part series will be broadcast on KCTS (Channel 9) starting October 16th at 7pm.On Tuesday September 28 at 7:00PM, as creator and host, Rick Stevenson, along with his co-host, Dr. Brandon Whitehead, give a sneak preview of the first two episodes. Check out their Facebook event page for more details.

The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) is pleased to announce that it will be launching a community film competition, History Is____, in the fall of 2010. Filmmakers of all ages will be invited to create a film that responds to the prompt, History is____, by filling-in the blank with any word of their choice. Accepted films will be no more than 5 minutes, including credits, and should include content and language that is appropriate for audiences of all ages. In order to promote this competition broadly, MOHAI is searching for three established local filmmakers who wish to contribute to this community project by creating one 60-second trailer which addresses the theme of competition and inspires others to create their own films for inclusion in the competition. Trailers will be used in variety of capacities to help raise awareness for the competition. For information on the competition and application process, follow the link.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 9/15 - 9/21
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).

  1. The Head and the Heart "Self Titled"
  2. Thermals "Personal Life"
  3. Black Mountain "Wilderness Heart"
  4. V/A "Live at KEXP, Vol. 6"
  5. Young Evils "Enchanted Chapel"
  6. Carissa's Wierd "They'll Only Miss You"
  7. Brad "Best Friends?"
  8. Brandi Carlile "Live At Easy Street"
  9. Low Land High "Self Titled"
  10. State of the Artist "Seattlecalifragilistic..."

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:

RSA FILMS "Bank of America PSAs"
RSA Films
This week's Production of the Week is RSA Films' Bank of America PSA spots. The production filmed in numerous locations in and around Seattle, highlighting large-scale developments financed by BoA. "This job was challenging due to the multiple locations each day," says Production Supervisor Zita Mazzola. "We shot in Seattle, Tacoma and Monroe. We received great cooperation from the Seattle Film Office as well as the Tacoma Film Office. The crew was almost all local and the talent was all local." The production employed over 70 local crew and talent, and worked with numerous local businesses for equipment and gear rentals.

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.
99 & 44/100% Dead (1974)
In 1974, John Frankenheimer, Richard Harris, Edmond O'Brien, & Chuck Connors came to town to make a movie. What kind of movie they made is still up for discussion. One could call it a gangster comedy, but that would be selling the hard-edged violence short. One could call it a gang war satire, but even then it's almost played too straight for that. I like it because it's an odd little curio of a film that features a big gangster meeting at Lower Woodland Park, a showdown of sorts at Gasworks Park before it got "nice," and a spectacularly intense scene at University Heights school, just three short blocks from Scarecrow. It also features a boffo score by Henry Mancini, a title sequence that is a Roy Lichtenstein painting come to life, and the most bizarre collection of cement shoes you could ever imagine sitting right off of Pier 63. Oh, and let's not forget Chuck Connors' prosthetic arm attachments, which include a feather tickler, a cat-o-nine tails, a wine opener, and a machine gun. And to make it even more of a local movie, the only place you can see it (unless you have the Fox Movie Channel and pay real close attention to their schedule) is right here at Scarecrow. It's not out on DVD, but we've got a copy of the VHS tape. -Mark Steiner, Scarecrow Video Employee


Rolling Stone
Three of Seattle's finest record stores appear on Rolling Stone's list of The Best Record Stores in the USA: Top 25 Spots for Unique Vinyl and CDs. The list profiles Easy Street Records(#5), Sonic Boom Records (#16) and Jive Time Records (#21). The article describes Easy Street: "The LQA's secret weapon is a neatly arranged, dauntingly thorough vinyl selection where you're as likely to find cool disco rarities as the new limited-edition Beck 7-inch." About Sonic Boom they write, "Sonic Boom has enough space for in-store performances, there's little snobbery to be found either there or in the recently relocated Capitol Hill location." Of Jive Time, "Jive Time is a modest-seeming local store whose holdings belie its size. [They] are full of good stuff, and the more collector-oriented sections feature lots of terrific vintage R&B, including an enviable selection of P-Funk titles." Congratulations to the stores and their abundant fans. Follow the link to read the full article and to see who else placed on the list.

Seattle Times
This is just a friendly reminder to be kind to your ears! Today's Seattle Times highlights the dangers and effects of loud listening, prolonged exposure to blasting earbuds and the vibrations experienced by your ears at noisy live music shows. Says the article, "when studies emerge like a recent one in the Journal of the American Medical Association that estimated one in five teenagers has hearing loss, the message of auditory moderation seems to bear repeating." Music lovers' continued reliance on deafening (literally!) volumes, played for long periods of time on headphones so near the eardrums is costing them their precious hearing. "Music fans who insist on listening to iPods at 100 percent volume through earbuds - those in-ear speakers that seem permanently attached to today's teens - should do it for only five minutes at a time, Kaplan said. At 80 percent volume, they can go an hour, Kaplan recommends. At 70 percent to 79 percent, a few hours, and 69 percent and below, four to five hours." Live shows can also be a problem. "If your body is vibrating, then so is your ear," the article advises. For more tips for saving your hearing and to read the full article, follow the link.

Seattle Channel
The Seattle Channel's "Art Zone with Nancy Guppy" is back for its new season, which premiered last Friday, September 17 at 8 pm. The week's episode highlighted Reel Grrls, Seattle buskers and local drummer, Phil Bondy. Complete with fascinating interviews, footage of the artists doing their work and insight into the various programs associated with these facets of the Seattle art scene, the episode helps tell the story that's happening all over this city. People are making some fantastic art, and we should be more aware of it. The link above takes you to last week's episode, and be sure to keep your eyes out for more "Art Zone with Nancy Guppy."

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

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