|News from the Office of Film + Music
HAPPY HOUR IS TONIGHT AT SPITFIRE
Office of Film + Music
Join us at Spitfire tonight Wednesday, September 29 for the monthly Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour networking event. Spitfire will be open exclusively for the event from 5:00 - 7:00 pm and is located at 2219 4th Avenue in Belltown (between Blanchard and Bell). We hope to see you at Spitfire for food, drink and networking!
ADDITIONAL TICKETS FOR SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC AWARDS RELEASED
The Seattle City of Music Awards are right around the corner and we are very excited about this event. You must be too, since tickets sold out in less than two days! We hear your demand and have released a limited number of additional tickets. Get them while they are hot! This annual event celebrates Seattle 's vibrant and vital music scene. This year we are honoring Brandi Carlile for the Breakthrough Award, Clarence Acox & Scott Brown for the Imapct Award and Gerard Schwarz with the Achievement Award. This year's Awards event is generously supported by Wells Fargo, AEG, Icelandair and 206, Inc. and serves as the kickoff for the inaugural City of Music Festival. The show is Wednesday, October 6 and doors open at 7:00pm. Tickets are free and available to the public. For more information about the Awards, the recipients, the City of Music Festival and the Music Commission, check out the website.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
WASHINGTON FILMWORKS IS SEEKING AN INTERN
Washington Filmworks, is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (6) organization that offers production assistance to commercials, television and feature films shooting in Washington State as well as manages the production incentive program. Currently, WF is seeking a part-time Intern with a minimum 3-month commitment of 15 hours per week. Prior background in film not required, but individuals must be self-motivated with strong communication, computer, writing, and organizational/research skills. Applicants must be enrolled in a post-secondary educational program leading to an undergraduate or graduate degree and in good standing at their college or university. Students must retain their status until the end of the internship. Send a brief letter of interest, and resume to email@example.com.
SHANNON STEWART RELEASES ALL AGES MANUALFESTO
All-Ages Movement Project
IN EVERY TOWN: an All-Ages Music Manualfesto is available for purchase. Collecting the knowledge and insights of organizers and activists from successful projects big and small, from inner cities to small towns, it's 304 pages packed with practical advice and inspiration, covering everything from collective leadership models and booking advice, to tips on fundraising, finding the right space, and building community relationships. Written and compiled by Shannon Stewart, one of the founders of the Vera Project, this book stands as a how to guide for building an all-ages music organization and scene. Learn more about the book, including chapter previews at the link.
PARTY WITH NORTHWEST FILM FORUM TO KICK OFF THE LOCAL SIGHTINGS FILM FESTIVAL
Northwest Film Forum
The Northwest Film Forum is having a 15th anniversary bash and Local Sightings Opening Night Party. Drawing from the year of their inception, 1995, they ask that you come dressed from that year and get ready to celebrate the local film-making community and the invaluable contributions the Northwest Film Forum has made. There will be cakes and drinks as well as sumo wrestling! Hosted by Grant Cogswell, the subject of Grassroots, the recent feature film shot in Seattle, the party kicks off the Local Sightings Film Festival, the premier showcase of Northwest film-making. This year's event will include the Northwest premiere of six feature films, and the world premiere of the documentary Citizen Mayor. Seventy-five short films will be screened, as well as the historic Dorkness Rising. For more information about the festival, the party and the Northwest Film Forum, follow the link.
ATTEND THE SEATTLE HIP-HOP CAREER & BUSINESS EXPO
Seattle Hip-Hop Summit
The Seattle Hip-Hop Career & Business Expo, scheduled for October 9, is part of the Seattle City of Music Festival and will focus on introducing young people who are part of the hip-hop generation to the many career and business opportunities in and around hip-hop music and culture as well as providing aspiring artists and entrepreneurs with tools to grow their careers and businesses. Featured guests include Ben London (Media Rights Manager, Hewlett Packard), Devon Manier (Sport N Life Records), Tony Kiewel (Head of A&R, Sub Pop), Larry Mizell Jr. (The Stranger, KEXP), David Meinert (Fuzed Music), Kate Becker (Seattle Theater Group) and many more. To learn more information about the event, follow the link.
LEARN HOW TO MAKE MUSIC VIDEOS WITH REEL GRRLS!
Calling all girl filmmakers! Sign up for the Reel Grrls Music Video Production Program and make a music video for a local band in an all-girl, noncompetitive environment. Get hands-on experience with state of the art technology and support from adult women mentors. No previous video production experience necessary. Program kicks off with a Family Orientation Tuesday, Oct 5, at 6:00 PM, and then meets on Tuesdays, Oct 12 - Dec 14, 4:00 - 6:30 PM at Reel Grrls in the Central District. Check out the link to learn more about and to apply.
"JAZZ NOW SEATTLE!" PODCAST DEBUTS THIS FRIDAY
J and J Music
There's a new podcast in town, and it seeks to spotlight all the amazing and eclectic talent of jazz musicians in the Seattle area. It's called "Jazz Now Seattle!" and is hosted by local jazz musicians Jason Parker and David Marriott Jr. States the press release, "Seattle has a rich heritage and history of jazz music that has produced a vibrant and thriving scene today. There are young players blazing new trails and veteran musicians continuing the grand tradition of the music. Jazz Now Seattle! will be the definitive place to go to find out about the who's, what's and when's of Seattle jazz. From big bands to bebop to free jazz to fusion, the show will cover all corners of Seattle's jazz scene, and will include an up-to-date concert calendar to encourage listeners to go out to see and support live jazz." The first podcast will premiere this Friday, October 1.
JOIN THEFILMSCHOOL FOR THEIR HORROR NIGHT
TheFilmSchool has been hosting First Tuesdays every month at Roy Street Coffee to showcase local talent, foster a vibrant film community and enjoy some great Seattle-made films. October's event is taking place on October 5 from 6:30-8:30 pm and highlights Horror Films (just in time for Halloween!). The director of Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival Eric Morgret will join Kelly Young and Rick Tillman from MIFFF in presenting an evening of selected shorts from MIFFF 2010. The event will also be educational, discussing why horror flicks are good starter films as well as the best ways to market them. Follow the link for more information about this event as well as future First Tuesdays with TheFilmSchool.
INTERN WITH THE CITY ARTS FESTIVAL
City Arts Festival
The inaugural City Arts Festival is happening this October as part of the City of Music Festival. Featured artists include Belle and Sebastian, Chase Jarvis, Blitzen Trapper and Blue Scholars (to name just a few). The event is going to be huge, and you can be an insider to it. City Arts is looking for a marketing intern for the Festival. The City Arts Festival intern will work directly with the Executive Director of the festival. Person must have a car, be 21+ and be available to work in the office from 11-3 or so each weekday for 5 weeks (until wrap of the festival). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in hearing more.
NEW FEATURE FILM SHOOTING IN SEATTLE
Nothing Against Life
Nothing Against Life will be filming in Seattle during the month of October. The ensemble drama is written and directed by Julio Ramírez and stars Cynthia Geary (Northern Exposure), Fernando Noriega (Where The Road Meets The Sun), Hilary Pickles (Police Beat), Keifer Grimm (Cthulhu) Debra Pralle (Urban Scarecrow), Hans Altwies. Director Julio Ramirez states, "In addition to telling a beautiful story led by unique characters and inspiring cinematography, we are committed to help bringing mental health to a higher level of social awareness". Authors and clinicians have endorsed Nothing Against Life and you can find out more information about the movie and the Kickstarter campaign at the website above.
ALTERNATIVE VENUES AND ACCESSIBLE ART: ARTIST NETWORKING EVENT
Artist Trust is hosting a networking event this weekend to discuss Alternative Venues and Accessible Art; "Experiencing art should be an integral part of daily life for everyone, not just those who can afford it. Let's talk about creating easily accessible art experiences in and for our community." Held at their Resource Room, Artist Trust events help artists across genres, mediums and geography come together to network and learn about opportunities throughout the city. This month's event will be held on Friday, October 1 from 6-8 pm and will feature special guest, Bryan Ohno. Ohno is the Director of MadArt Seattle, whose mission is to support emerging artists in our community, to bring art into our lives in unexpected ways and to create community involvement in the arts. Follow the link for more information.
SEND YOUR FAVE REVERB BAND TO ICELAND
KEXP, Iceland Air and Seattle Weekly are asking you to vote for your favorite local band from the REVERB Local Music Festival Battle of the Bands. Your vote could send that band to the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival from October 14-18 (plus airfare and hotels!). REVERB Festival is taking place in Ballard on October 9 and over 60 local bands will be hitting the clubs and streets of the neighborhood all night long. Highlights include Young Evils, Shelby Earl, Victor Shade and Helladope. Be sure to cast your vote at the link above and go here for more info about the REVERB Music Festival.
REGISTER FOR RUN VERA RUN!
Run Vera Run!
Run Vera Run! is a 10k timed run and 4k run/walk through Seward Park to benefit all-ages music and art at the Vera Project. The run takes place on October 10 and includes several benefits such as complimentary refreshments from vitaminwater and Caffe Vita, fruit and snacks before the run and pizza from Via Tribunali after the run. For anyone who raises more than $35, there are awesome Vera t-shirts awaiting you. There will also be a post-run performance from The Redwood Plan to anticipate. Register for the run/walk at the link above and help out one of Seattle's finest musical programs.
WATCH THIS WEEK'S "ART ZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY"
This week's episode of "Art Zone with Nancy Guppy" features Washington Ensemble Theatre, the 2010 "National Worst Sentence Writer" winner, Rosemary Garner reporting on the "Storefronts Seattle Project" and film critic and interviewer Robert Horton. Horton comments on film for The Herald (Everett, Washington), KUOW-FM and the Seattle Channel. He is also the curator and host of the monthly Magic Lantern series at the Frye Art Museum and a periodic contributor to Film Comment and other publications. The episode airs at 8 pm this Friday, October 1 on Seattle Channel 21.
ORCHESTRA SEATTLE/SEATTLE CHAMBER SINGERS HONOR GEORGE SHANGROW
In the wake of the tragic death of Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers' (OSSCS) beloved conductor of 40 years George Shangrow, volunteers, staff and board members have rallied to put together a six-concert season for 2010-2011. The concerts will focus on honoring Shangrow and his many talents. "As a conductor George worked equally well with choral and orchestral musicians. He could command both forces, individually and together, like no other conductor in this region and beyond. George was also a gifted teacher, and it is with that in mind that OSSCS will honor its commitment to nurture young talent by continuing a collaborative initiative that launched in 2009 with Seattle University's (SU) music department." The first concert of the new season will be held on Sunday, October 10 with performances of Handel's "Music for the Royal Fireworks," Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto No.5" with Lisa Lewis and Hoffmeister's "Viola Concerto in D Major" with Alex Takasugi. Follow the link for more details.
NFFTY LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
The National Film Festival for Talented Youth is the largest and most influential film festival for young filmmakers that just so happens to be based here in Seattle. Highlights the filmmaking skills of people under 22 years of age, the festival screens approximately 200 films during their festival, as well as hosting filmmaking panels, film contests, parties, and opportunities for young filmmakers to network with industry professionals and each other. Their new and improved website went live today and features cool new features such as streaming videos, interviews with filmmakers and industry folks, a resource library and crew calls. Take a second to check it out and forward it your favorite young auteur.
VERA HOSTS FREE D. BLACK SHOW THIS WEEKEND
The Vera Project
Want to see some of Seattle's finest hip-hop for free? Head over to The Vera Project on October 2 to catch D. Black performing for free with appearances from Gabriel Teodros, L.A.C.O.S.A, and Kung Fu Grip. Plus, everyone at the show gets a free copy of D. Black's new EP "The Blackest Brown." As with all other Vera shows, this performance is open to all ages. Check the link for more information and to glance at upcoming Vera shows.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 9/22 - 9/28
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Various Artists "Live at KEXP, Vol. 6"
- Black Mountain "Wilderness Heart"
- Young Evils "Enchanted Chapel"
- Head & the Heart "Self Titled"
- Rusty Willoughby "Cobirds Unite"
- Damien Jurado "Saint Bartlett"
- Brandi Carlile "Live At Easy Street"
- Long Winters/Spiral Stairs "Split 7"
- The Thermals "Personal Life"
- New Pornographers "Together"
FILM PRODUCTION OF THE WEEK
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:
DIGITAL KITCHEN "Kinect Sports" Corporate Video"
This week's production of the week is the Digital Kitchen's "Kinect Sports" corporate video shoot. Digital Kitchen is an award-winning creative agency with work spanning from TV commercials and corporate videos to popular television series title sequences. Digital Kitchen has offices in Seattle, Los Angeles and Chicago. This month's "Kinect Sports" production is filming in several locations in Seattle and on the east side and is employing over 30 local cast and crew. "The crew and talent in the Seattle area are really blessed to have companies like Microsoft that are committed to shooting here," says location manager Peter Allen. "When a major roll out for a new product like the X-box Kinect happens, we are kept busy for months.This is the fourth Kinect shoot I have worked on since April." Peter, who has been scouting and managing film locations for over 20 years, also praises local residents for their interest and willingness to welcome filmmaking in the region." So many Northwest homeowners are more than willing to open up their homes for shoots. Makes my life as a location scout easy!"
SCARECROW ON SEATTLE
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.
Assassins (1995) Director: Richard Donner
Sylvester Stallone stars as a burnt-out master assassin named Rath and a high-strung Antonio Banderas plays an impatient, greasy-haired assassin named Bain in this action flick shot in Seattle. Neither seem to be particularly good assassins as Rath is going soft (and wants to retire) and Bain is a really messy killer as he usually takes out about ten or twelve innocent bystanders per target. The two rivals are contracted to exterminate a sly, cat loving computer hacker named Electra (Julianne Moore) who possesses a valuable floppy disc. Fed up with the assassination biz, Rath decides to team up with Electra and offers her protection instead of death. The assassins pursue each other around Seattle with the regular landmarks (Space Needle, Pike Place Market) visible in the background, a suitcase filled with millions of dollars explodes in a Pioneer Square dumpster, some cops get sadistically killed by Bain in SoDo and there is even a monorail chase. Assassins features lots of dated computer technology and the movie's silly finale takes place in Puerto Rico. The screenplay was written by the Wachoski Brothers who unsuccessfully tried to get their names removed from the film's credits.
-Spenser Hoyt, Scarecrow Video employee
LYNN SHELTON SPEAKS ABOUT DIRECTING "MAD MEN"
Read an interview with Lynn Shelton (Humpday), who directed last week's "Mad Men." In this piece Shelton discusses the show's directing and writing process, how she got the gig and her excitement about getting to direct one of her favorite shows. Executive Producer Scott Hornbacher approached her after seeing Humpday, and "by summer Shelton was on the 'Mad Men' L.A. set, soaking up the 1960s atmosphere. Because she hadn't worked in TV before, she spent extra time on the set before beginning work on her episode, shadowing veteran 'Mad Men' director Phil Abraham." Remembers Shelton, "I was such a super fan of the show, I was beside myself." Follow the link above to read the full interview or go here to read The Stranger's interview.
LOCAL BAND QUICKIE SETS RECORD FOR MOST SHOWS IN ONE DAY
Seattle pop-punk band Quickie plans to set a World Record by playing 40+ venues in one day! The "40 Quickies in One Night" marathon of mini-concerts will take place on Thursday, September 30, from 9:30am until midnight or "however long it takes," says Quickie's lead singer and bass-player, Lou Trez. The band says the goal is simply to get their music heard. "It's never easy when you are a local band, writing original songs," Trez explains. "So you have to create your own opportunities to get people to listen." Creating that opportunity included gathering support from sponsors like Zip Fizz, Cowgirls Espresso, Rock-n-RollRealtor.com, and 48 clubs and cafes in the area. "It's a real community effort. We're all having fun with it!" Also, all the shows are free! Check out the link for more details.
LELAVISION COMBINES SCIENCE AND ART
Lelavision is a husband and wife team on Vashon Island who work to combine nearly every imaginable art form and base it on solid science. Their sculpted, unique musical instruments are used in their performance art and dance pieces, which are often turned into experimental films. Sculptor Ela Lamblin first dreamed about a music-producing plant, then he went on to build this plant out of steel and bronze. He plays the plant like a cello, creating an ethereal, haunting sound. Lamblin pays close attention to the physics of sound as well as natural science. Now, Lamblin and wife Leah Mann have taken these instruments, mixed them into Leah's choreography and begun performing across the US. Check out the video here, and read the full article at the link above.
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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