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HAPPY HOUR TONIGHT!
Office of Film + Music
The monthly Happy Hour networking event is more popular than ever, and if you haven't made it to our new location at the Barca Lounge, tonight is the perfect opportunity! Happy Hour is tonight, Wednesday September 30th, so we hope you can make it! Barca will be open exclusively for this event from 5:00 - 7:00pm, and will provide happy hour food and drink specials. Barca is located at 1510 11th Ave between Pike Street and Pine Street on Capitol Hill. Hope to see you there!
RSVP FOR THE 2009 SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC AWARDS SHOW
Seattle City of Music
Seattle City of Music, Seattle's effort to celebrate and enhance the city's renowned music culture, announced 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. 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.
To receive a ticket, RSVP to email@example.com 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.
TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR GRAMMY MUSICTECH SUMMIT 09
Grammy Pacific Northwest
The PNW Chapter of The Recording Academy in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Film and Music, KEXP and ASCAP is proud to present the 4th Annual GRAMMY MusicTech Summit 09 at the Experience Music Project in Seattle on October 15th and 16th 2009. This two-day long event will feature 10 panels and keynote address by echomusic Co-Founder, Mark Montgomery and panels like Building the Perfect Artist Website, Fighting for Music: The Power of Advocacy, and a Seattle City Attorney and Mayoral Candidates Forum.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA AND THE NORTHWEST FILM FORUM PRESENT THE 2009 LESBIAN AND GAY FILM FESTIVAL
Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
The Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival has been a part of the greater Seattle queer community and beyond since 1996 and has become the largest festival of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. The festival has garnered national recognition for showcasing extraordinary and award-winning work including the Northwest premiere of "Transamerica" and the Seattle premiere of "Shortbus." The film festival is also an important venue for the local Seattle film scene and inspires members of our community to express creativity through film and video. This year, The Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival boasts a number of Northwest premiers and features work by a bevy of local filmmakers and artists. The festival runs October 16-25 and a full schedule of screenings can be found at the above link.
FILMMAKERS, ATTEND THE SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE'S FREE 3-D FILMMAKING
Seattle Film Institute
3-D movies have exploded back into theaters bigger than ever before. But they're not just for big budget movies. Independents and amateur videographers can now make their own 3-D movies and watch them on new 3-D displays or even upload them to YouTube's new 3-D service that works with any computer screen! In this free ninety-minute workshop, we'll view sample 3-D videos, and have a chance to operate real 3-D cameras. We'll cover the basics of 3-D composition and learn how to make basic 3-D videos with home gear. Instructor Steven Bradford has 25 years of experience in camerawork, lighting and new media technologies.
NORTHWEST FILM FORUM IS PROUD TO PRESENT THE 12TH ANNUAL LOCAL SIGHTINGS FILM FESTIVAL!
Northwest Film Forum
Local Sightings, a film festival comprised of entirely local filmmakers, is taking place October 2-7 at the Northwest Film Forum. This years group of entries has been curated from the most impressive group of entrants the festival has seen. The Film Forum is excited to have nine feature films, over fifty short films and a variety of special programs in this year's schedule. The festival kicks off on October 2 at 7pm with, The Mountain, the River and the Road. Be sure to stick around to mingle with your fellow film lovers and makers at the Big Opening Night Party beginning at 9pm
JOIN THE DISCUSSION ON COPYRIGHT LAWS AND SAMPLING WITH ARTIST TRUST
Come on down to SIFF Cinema on October 10th to discuss the future of copyright laws and sampling and network with DJs and other musicians. The event will feature a free screening of "COPYRIGHT CRIMINALS," a documentary on the history of sampling and copyright issues, followed by a discussion of modern copyright challenges.
TICKETS FOR "GRUNGE" BOOK PARTY AVAILABLE FRIDAY
To celebrate the release of "Grunge," a book of grunge era photographs with text by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Nuemos is throwing a grunge nostalgia night. The event features performances by grunge legends Unnatural Helpers, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (featuring TAD) and Mudhoney. The event will take place on November 13th and tickets go on sale this Friday, October 2nd. Visit the above link for exclusive photos from the book, a video trailer and a grunge playlist selected by Mr. Moore.
ARTZONE WITH NANCY GUPPY FEATURES LOCAL MUSICIANS
ArtZone with Nancy Guppy just kicked off its new season. The weekly broadcast features a performance by local musicians each episode. Recent guests have included David Bazan and Eric Elbogen of "Say Hi". Tune in next week for even more local performances.
CELEBRATE REEL GRRLS WITH LYNN SHELTON
On October 17th, Reel Grrls, a unique after school media & technology training program for girls, will present their annual fundraising Fall Gala and Auction at the FareStart restaurant in downtown Seattle. Join special guest Lynn Shelton for a night of fine dining, live and silent auctions, and clips from award-winning films by Reel Grrls filmmakers.
YOUTH VIDEO PROJECT CELEBRATES NATIONAL PARKS
Last May, KCTS 9 launched the My Parks! Digital Storytelling Contest, inviting students in grades 7-12 to create and submit films exploring their experiences in nature. Produced in partnership with Washington's National Park Units and presented in conjunction with the upcoming Ken Burns documentary The National Parks: America's Best Idea, the My Parks! contest drew entries from dozens of students. For the contest, students were invited to visit a national park or other natural setting during the summer, individually or as teams, and to create a story that explored the theme of "Parks and Nature." Videos were to be a maximum of three minutes in length. The winner and the honorable mention videos are being showcased on the air as part of KCTS 9's local companion series The National Parks: Northwest Stories and at the above link.
REGISTER FOR 4CULTURE TALENT ROSTER
4Culture is seeking qualifications from graphic designers, videographers, video editors, audio editors, web/interactive media programmers, art framers, conservators and photographers for the 4Culture Talent Roster. The roster is a tool available to 4Culture staff to help with selecting and hiring professionals for various projects developed throughout the year. Individual professionals, creative firms or businesses working in these fields, are invited to apply.
NFFTY ANNOUNCES GROUNDBREAKING NEW SUBMISSION SYSTEM
National Film Festival for Talented Youth
NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth), the largest youth film festival in the US, is the first film festival to use a groundbreaking film festival submission and selection system, built by San Francisco based Indee.tv. The system allows the entire film submission process to be paperless, including completion of online entry forms and most importantly, a secure high quality Internet upload of films for festival review and judging. This system marks another step forward in NFFTY's carbon neural festival mission. To learn more visit the above link.
FILM/VIDEO PRODUCTION WORKSHOP COMING TO SEATTLE
Tom Kane Film Production Workshop
On November 6, 7, & 8, Tom Kane is bringing a 3 day intensive Film/Video Workshop to Seattle. Tom's long and distinguished career in the Film and Television industry includes Producer, Production Manager, and Assistant Director, and his clients have included Twentieth Century Fox, Miramax Films, Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros., ABC Motion Pictures, Universal Pictures, Turner Network Television, CBS, NBC, ABC, and Hallmark Entertainment. The workshop will teach you how to successfully plan, organize and manage a film or video production. You will break down a feature script, create a shooting schedule, production board, and day-out-of-days. Also go on a location scout to learn the professional approach to detail for each location. This workshop is ideal for aspiring producers, production managers, assistant directors, screenwriters, actors, and anyone wishing to explore a career in film and video production. And beginners are welcome.
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.
REGISTER FOR THE 2010 ROCK 'N' ROLL SEATTLE MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON
Seattle Rock n Roll Marathon
This year's Seattle Rock n' Roll Marathon was such a success-25,000 runners sweating to 27 stages of local music- that it's happening again! Registration for Seattle' 2010 Rock n' Marathon is now open. The marathon is a unique experience where runners race through downtown Seattle to the sounds of music. For more information, follow the above link.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 9/14 - 9/20
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
- Visqueen "Message to Garcia"
- Cave Singers "Welcome Joy"
- David Bazan "Curse Your Branches"
- Grand Archives "Keep in Mind Frankenstein"
- Pearl Jam "Live at Easy Street"
- Various Artists "Live at KEXP, Vol. 5"
- Pearl Jam "Ten"
- Modest Mouse "No One's First & You're Next"
- Maldives "Listen to the Thunder"
SEATTLE HIP HOP CHRONICLED IN PHOTO GALLERY AT THE GREENWOOD COLLECTIVE
Three Imaginary Girls
Local photographer, Tyler Soverns has used his camera to become one of the best chroniclers of the flourishing hip hop scene we have in Seattle. His photos are often chaotic but stunning. The Greenwood Collective (at the corner of 85th and Greenwood) is hosting an exhibit of his hip hop photos and the opening reception is on Friday, October 6 from 6-9pm - as part of the Greenwood Art Walk. It's also a party that has performances from DJ Swervewon and Murder Dice.
LOCAL SIGHTINGS FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE POSTED
Northwest Film Forum
The schedule for the 12th annual Local Sightings Film Festival, a celebration of Northwest filmmaking, has been posted. The festival takes place from October 2-7 at the Northwest Film Forum and is the premier showcase of Northwest filmmaking. The festival features an array of feature, documentary and short films, great prizes, filmmaker parties, archival Northwest films and an impressive national film industry jury looking for strong Northwest work. Highlights include opening night film The Mountain, The River and The Road, Film Originals: the work of George and Helen Smith, and a sneak peek at Jennifer Maas' work in progress Wheedle's Groove.
TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS NORTHWEST FILMMAKERS/strong>
The News Tribune
Things are looking up for film in the Northwest, and it's partly thanks to the Tacoma Film Festival. Now in its fourth year, the festival organized by the Grand Cinema has taken an intensely local turn, with nearly one-third of its 132 films made by Northwest filmmakers. It's good exposure for them, good marketing for the Grand, and a unique experience for audiences who see local surroundings and lifestyles on the big screen. The result is a festival that features 41 locally made films, with three specific to Tacoma, and 35 local filmmakers in attendance.