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News from the Office of Film + Music 09/23/2009


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Seattle Film and Music Blog
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OFFICE NEWS

SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC SALUTES QUINCY JONES, FLEET FOXES AND KEXP AT GALA EVENT
Seattle City of Music
Seattle City of Music, Seattle's effort to celebrate and enhance the city's renowned music culture, announced yesterday that it will honor Quincy Jones, Fleet Foxes and radio and online music hub KEXP at the inaugural Seattle City of Music Awards on October 14, a spectacular evening of entertainment at the Showbox at the Market. Honors will be presented in three categories:

  • Quincy Jones will receive the SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC Outstanding Achievement Award. This is the premier award of the event. Mr. Jones is being honored for a lifetime of accomplishments that have helped put Seattle on the map as SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC.
  • Fleet Foxes will receive the SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC Breakthrough Award, which honors an artist for overwhelming success in the past year.
  • KEXP will receive the SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC Impact Award for service related to music that has made the community a better place.

The evening will include performances by alt-country band The Maldives; indie folk outfit Pearly Gate Music, led by Zach Tillman; and a one-of-a-kind big band tribute to Quincy Jones from players from the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. Opening the Awards will be local young artists from the Seattle Theatre Group's More Music @ The Moore teen music program. Tea Cozies, one of the Seattle bands featured in Lynn Shelton's $5 Cover: Seattle, will play the aftershow, to be held at the Showbox immediately following the Awards.

To receive a ticket, RSVP to filmandmusicoffice@seattle.gov and include your full name, mailing address, phone number and email. Two ticket limit per person. Tickets will also be made available to independent music retailers Easy Street, Everyday Music, Silver Platters and Sonic Boom Records on Friday, September 25. The Awards show is free of charge and open to all ages.

HAPPY HOUR IS NEXT WEEK
Office of Film + Music
Join us at the beautiful and spacious Barca lounge for the monthly Film, Music and Digital Happy Hour networking event. Barca will be open exclusively for this event from 5:00 - 7:00pm, and will provide happy hour food and drink specials, and is located at 1510 11th Ave between Pike Street and Pine Street on Capitol Hill. We hope to see you next Wednesday, September 30!

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

4CULTURE AWARDS STIMULUS FUNDING IN KING COUNTY
4 Culture
4Culture, the cultural development agency serving King County, is pleased to announce federal stimulus funding awards totaling $250,000 to help preserve jobs at 40 arts and cultural organizations throughout the region. The federal funds will help organizations extend or restore threatened salaried and contract jobs, ranging from executive directors and curators, to marketing managers, to actors and artists. 4Culture will distribute the federal funds throughout the County to a diverse range of organizations and communities including: Kirkland Art Center, Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences, Early Music Guild, Langston Hughes, Northwest Film Forum and the Seattle International Film Festival. For a complete list of 4Culture funded groups visit the above link.

DECIBEL FESTIVAL OF ELECTRONIC PERFORMANCE, VISUAL ARTS AND NEW MEDIA BEGINS TOMORROW
Decibel Festival
Beginning tomorrow, September 24, Decibel Festival will embark on its four-day music and arts festival, bridging the gap between technology and creativity through visual art, workshops, panel discussions and cutting-edge electronic music performances. The festival brings 100+ performers hailing from 10 countries for 30 events to 14 venues across Seattle. For all the exciting details, visit the website at the above link.

MUSICIANS, SHOW KEXP SOME LOVE!
KEXP
Calling all local musicians! Local director Megan Griffiths is making a short documentary about KEXP and is looking for musicians willing to give short on-camera testimonials about the station. The documentary, which will focus on the station's impact on the community, will premiere at the Seattle City of Music Awards on October 14th and will also be available on MTV.com as supplementary material for Lynn Shelton's upcoming web-series $5 Cover Seattle. If you can spare a few minutes this coming Sunday (9/27) between 4:00 - 9:00 pm and want to let KEXP know what they mean to you, please contact Megan for details at megan@theoffhoursfilm.com. Quick, fun, and worthy--please take the time and email right now!

LEARN ABOUT CREATING & DISTRIBUTING ONLINE VIDEO AT FREE WORKSHOP
Zoopa: Digital Video Workshop
Have you ever wondered how the short films and commercials you see online are made? Next month, Zooppa.com will host a free video workshop on "Creating & Distributing Online Video." Zooppa will teach the art of digital storytelling using attendees' already-owned equipment and show how to get videos seen on the web. On October 1, attendees will learn the art of storyboarding, shooting and editing and leave with a one-minute video assignment about their neighborhood, which could end up on KOMO TV. On October 6, attendees will get feedback on work and start the process of uploading with proper naming, descriptions and tagging techniques through the right distribution channels. Both workshop segments will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Fisher Communications. Click the above link to make a reservation.

BENEFIT FOR SIFF: SCREENING OF THE BOYS ARE BACK
SIFF Cinema
Attend a special benefit screening for the Seattle International Film Festival of The Boys are Back, starring Golden Globe winner Clive Owen. Inspired by a true story, the film is a deeply moving tale of fatherhood that evokes both the fragility and wonders of family life. Owen plays a witty sportswriter who, in the wake of his wife's tragic death, finds himself in a sudden state of single parenthood. He throws himself into the only child rearing philosophy he thinks he has a shot at bringing joy back into their lives: "just say yes." See The Boys are Back before its theatrical release at SIFF Cinema on September 24 at 7:30 pm. All proceeds benefit the Seattle International Film Festival.

"CONFESSIONS OF A FIRST-TIME OPERAGOER" VIDEO PREMIERES SATURDAY
Seattle Opera
Seattle Opera announced last week that it will host a release party for its "Confessions of a First-Time Operagoer" video on Saturday, September 26 at Central Cinema. The party will feature the premiere of the 18-minute reality-style video which documents the experiences of an opera newbie attending Seattle Opera's Ring cycle, a question-and-answer session with Confessions host Cassidy Quinn Brettler and video director Sami Kubo, displays of Ring costumes, and a performance by one of Seattle Opera's Young Artists. To create Confessions, Seattle Opera worked with Reel Grrls, the Seattle-based media and technology training program for young girls. The event is free with light refreshments provided. Screenings are at 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm. Reservations can be made by calling the Seattle Opera box office at 206.389.7676 or by emailing tickets@seattleopera.org.

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.

START YOUR SXSW 2010 STRATEGY AT SXSW MUSIC MIXER PARTY
South by Southwest
All music industry friends of SXSW in the Seattle area are invited to a SXSW Music Mixer party on Tuesday, September 29 at the Showbox at the Market, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Staffers from the music conference, festival, and sales departments will be on hand to discuss SXSW 10's new features. We'll be giving away a SXSW Music badge to a lucky contest winner, so bring your business card to drop in the fishbowl. Space and free beverages are limited, so RSVP now to MusicRSVP@sxsw.com by Friday, September 25.

SEATTLE LESBIAN AND GAY FILM FESTIVAL 2009 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
Three Dollar Bill Cinema: The 2009 Seattle Lesbian and Gay Fim Festival
The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival celebrates its fabulous 14th year October 16-25. Screenings, parties, panel discussions and networking events will be happening at venues all over town for ten days and nights of LGBT film, video, and fun. Don't miss the Opening Night Gala, Mink Stole and Peaches Christ live, the world premiere of Travel Queeries, the fun Boys Shorts and Girls Shorts programs, and that's just for starters on opening weekend. Tickets go on sale Monday, September 28. The largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, the festival continues to gain industry and audience recognition for showcasing the latest and greatest in queer film, from major motion picture premieres to emerging talent. For more information, including a complete schedule of events and how to purchase tickets, visit the above link.

FILM FESTIVAL SUBMISSION DIRECTOR WANTED!
Seattle's True Independent Film Festival
Seattle's True Independent Film Festival (STIFF) is looking for an eager and energetic volunteer that is looking for a great opportunity to get some exposure and experience in the film and festival industry. The primary responsibilities will include being the point of contact for filmmakers and managing submissions. This person will be working directly with the Program Director and will play an integral part in the success of STIFF's 6th year. Interested parties should contact submissions@trueindependent.org for more information.

SEATTLE FILM COMPANY SIGNS DEAL FOR SALE OF FEATURE FILM
Eagle's Nest Films
Eagle's Nest Films is pleased to announce that it has just inked an agreement with Jeffrey Cooper of Cut Entertainment (Los Angeles) for exclusive representation of Meadowoods. Eagle's Nest Films, a Seattle-based company, has previously produced and directed short films that have screened at film festivals worldwide. Eagle's Nest completed production on Meadowoods, its first feature film, in July 2009. Cast and crew were all from Washington State. The film features a score by a multi-Emmy winning, Grammy nominated composer, as well as music by indie band 32 Leaves.

SHARE ARTS VOLUNTEER STORIES AND OPPORTUNITIES ON NEW WEBSITE
Americans for the Arts
October is National Arts & Humanities Month, so take time next month to volunteer and serve in your community. National arts advocacy organization Americans for the Arts invites all to post arts volunteer stories and opportunities on its new website, serve.artsusa.org, dedicated to promoting community service opportunities for arts groups, arts volunteers, activists and artists nationwide.

JOIN CINE SEATTLE FOR EVENING OF SHORTS AND PANEL DISCUSSION ON IMMIGRATION POLICIES
CineSeattle
Join the Latino City Employees, Seattle Office for Civil Rights and CineSeattle (Seattle's first Latino Film Festival) for two short films exploring the impact of U.S. immigration policies on Latino families. The films, Grace and The Gift, will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Flor Alarcon Medrano, including Jorge Baron from Northwest Immigrants Rights Project and Maru Villalpando from Washington Community Action Network. The event on Friday, September 25 will begin with a 6:30 pm reception, followed by the films and panel discussion from 7:00 - 8:00 pm at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit CineSeattle's website.

FILMMAKERS, SUBMIT YOUR SHORTS TO THE TALL BEERS AND SHORT SHORTS FESTIVAL
Tall Beers and Short Shorts
Tall Beers and Short Shorts is a quarterly film series highlighting the best local shorts, sketches, music videos and other assorted video oddities. Submissions are due September 30th and the event will take place on October 12th at Chop Suey. Check out the link for more details.

ATTEND IMAGE LIGHT MIND'S FILM~ART~LOVE PARTY
Slushai
Join Image Light Mind for a magical evening at their first ever Film, Art and Love party. The film Slushai will be showcased at the event. There will also be live music, a silent auction and raffles. There is no cover to attend, but a minimum donation of $10 will treat attendees to a plate-full of authentic home cooked Bulgarian food by director Bogdan Darev's mother. All proceeds will be donated to the production of This One Is About Love, an upcoming short being filmed in Seattle. Slushai and This One Is About Love are the first steps to bringing the filming of three feature films to Seattle. The event will be held on September 24 at Vermillion from 6:00 - 11:00 pm. For more information, visit the above link.

REVIEW NEW WORK AT SEATTLE ART INSTITUTE'S PORTFOLIO REVIEW
Art Intitute of Seattle
The Art Institute of Seattle will be hosting its summer quarter Portfolio Review this Thursday, September 24. From 11:00 am - 3:30 pm, attendees may review the work of graduating seniors from art/design programs and give feedback, suggestions and advice. Students in video production, photography, audio production and other programs will be featured. There is no need to RSVP and anyone may attend.

TASVEER PRESENTS SEATTLE'S SIXTH INDEPENDENT SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
Tasveer
In the sixth year of creating a three-day festival of Independent South Asian films, Tasveer reaffirms its commitment to strengthening community roots with initiatives for South Asians in Seattle and throughout the South Asian diaspora. The festival will open with The Damned Rain (Gabricha Paus), a hauntingly dark humor tale about farmer suicides in India, and close with The Living Ghost, the story of a tribal community whose lives are disrupted by modernization. The festival runs from October 2-4 at Broadway Performance Hall. Check out the link above for ticket information and to view the entire schedule.

SIFF SEEKING EXPERIENCED EDUCATORS AND GRANT WRITERS
SIFF
SIFF FutureWave is currently finalizing discussion guides for more than 30 films to be used in K-12 classrooms and is looking for experienced current, former or retired educators interested in creating and collaborating on more guides. These guides may be for complete films, segments of films or projects in filmmaking disciplines (e.g. costume design, lighting, screenwriting). In addition, SIFF is looking for experienced grant writers interested in helping to complete grants to keep SIFF FutureWave programs free of charge for schools. Volunteers will receive vouchers to see films at SIFF Cinema year-round. Contact Dustin Kaspar to express interest at dustin.kaspar@siff.net or 206.315.0663.

STUDENTS, MAKE A FILM FOR THE LIGHTS. CAMERA. COLLEGE. CONTEST
GEAR UP
The Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) Student Film Contest challenges students to make a video encouraging their fellow students to start on the path to a college education. The contest is open to students in grades 7-12 attending public or private schools in Washington. Winners will receive prizes and official recognition. Winning videos also will be posted on Washington State's official YouTube website, and screenings will be held at the Washington State School Director's Association annual convention in November 2009. Deadline for submitting entries is October 19. For more inforatmion including entry form and rules, visit the above website.

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).

  1. Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
  2. Cave Singers "Welcome Joy"
  3. Grand Archives "Keep in Mind Frankenstein"
  4. Visqueen "Message to Garcia"
  5. Pearl Jam "Live at Easy Street"
  6. David Bazan "Curse Your Branches"
  7. Various Artists "Live at KEXP, Vol. 5"
  8. Modest Mouse "No One's First & You're Next"
  9. Grand Hallway "Promenade"
  10. Black Whales "Origins"

MEDIA DIGEST

SEATTLE FILMMAKER WINS $500,000 "GENIUS GRANT"
Seattle Times
A few days ago, two Seattleites - James Longley, a documentary filmmaker, and Heather McHugh, a poet - received the kind of phone call that changes a life. They each had just been awarded $500,000. No strings attached; do whatever you want with the money. It's time for the annual "genius grants" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Seattle did pretty well, with two of the 24 awards this year. Longley, 37, has gone to the world's hot spots to make his films. He was nominated for a 2007 Oscar for his documentary Iraq in Fragments, which offers intimate portraits of Iraq after the American invasion through the eyes of locals. In 2008, he again was nominated for an Oscar for a short documentary about an Iraqi woman and her 10-year-old son who was dying of AIDS.

NATALIE PORTMAN'S SHAVED HEAD REPLACE IDA MARIA ON PEREZ HILTON TOUR
The Stranger
Perez Hilton loves Natalie Portman's Shaved Head. And when Ida Maria had to leave the Perez Hilton tour due to illness, he snatched up the local ponytail-loving dance band as the replacement: "We couldn't be happier to add NPSH to the bill," he wrote on his blog. "Their energy is infectious and they will make what is already an awesome lineup even that much more awesome!" Perez's tour will be in Seattle Monday, September 28th, at Showbox at the Market.

WILL SEATTLE WOMAN'S MTV SHOW KICKSTART CITY'S FILM SCENE?/strong>
Seattle PI
Everything is coming together for Lynn Shelton, a local independent filmmaker that some would argue holds the keys to the Seattle film community's future in her hands. "What we need" waxes George Wing, a Seattle-based screenwriter whose credits include Outsourced and 50 First Dates, "In order to succeed and become a viable market to bring in other projects, are two things: a prolific writer/director that lives and works here and a TV Show." "More than one ideally," he adds, ". . .of each." Wing's logic is based on the film scene in Austin, Texas which boasts two very big filmmaking fish, Richard Linklater and Robert Rodriguez, as well as in Portland with its two big filmmakers, Gus Van Sant and Todd Haynes. Meanwhile, everyone in Seattle is rooting for Lynn Shelton, an award-winning filmmaker who seems to be carrying on as if unworried, unhurried and undoubtably unfazed. After all, she's already brought not only three feature-length films into fruition, one being the Sundance success story Humpday, a bro-mance that tests the loving limits of two hetero-bros, she's also brought a Web-based TV show to our neck of the woods. That show is MTV's $5 Cover. Now in its second season, Shelton takes over from where the show's creator Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan) left off. Reporter Shawn Telford recently sat down with Shelton over tea in Greenwood to discuss the Seattle filmmaking scene and her contributions to it.

CITY OF SEATTLE TO HONOR QUINCY JONES, FLEET FOXES AND KEXP
Seattle Weekly
The city of Seattle is honoring jazz legend Quincy Jones, bearded indie rockers the Fleet Foxes, and popular local radio station KEXP with awards for outstanding service within the field of music. It's all a part of the first annual Seattle City of Music Awards taking place October 14 at the Showbox at the Market. Bands like the Maldives, Pearly Gate Music, and Seattle Jazz Repertory Orchestra will perform at the event, and the Tea Cozies will perform immediately following. This sounds like something that every nationwide city generally considered to be a music hub should have and I'm glad to see Seattle making it happen. Riz Rollins of KEXP will serve as the master of ceremonies so you know it will be a good time.

THE SECOND COMING OF D. BLACK
Sound on the Sound
Sometimes it's hard to imagine the person we once were. We dread to recall the downright stupid philosophies of our youth and the havoc our own actions have wrought as a result. Yet those are the things that made us who we are now, the important mistakes and miscalculations that changed our trajectory in life and served as learning experiences that (hopefully) made us wiser in the end. And so it can be just as hard to imagine life as being lived any other way. Without a doubt Sportn' Life rapperr D. Black doesn't relish his former self, and though that life plays a key role in the compelling impetus of his second record Ali'Yah, he seems determined to move beyond his youth with purpose. Socially-conscious hip-hop isn't exactly new in the Seattle area, yet in Ali'Yah D. Black takes the road less traveled, earnestly depicting himself, his former life, and his own impact in the context of the real world consequences. And he is thinking about impact, not just getting by by doing what you "have to" do. While D. Black may be done playing by anyone else's rules, he certainly hasn't turned his back on bringing the energy and performance that's generally expected of a quality hip-hop show.