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"2006 PROVES A BREAKTHROUGH YEAR FOR BODOG MUSIC'S $1M BATTLE OF THE BANDS"

"Calvin Ayre, founder of the digital entertainment giant Bodog.com, is bringing 'Battle of the Bands' competitions to a whole new level with the Bodog Music $1 Million Battle of the Bands." Seattle was one of several stops for Bodog's City Wide Warfare series.

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- CNW Group 12/22/06

"ANTI-BUSINESS FILMS ARE THE NEW MUCKRAKERS"

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- Seattle Times 11/28/06

"SEATTLE FILMMAKER JAMES LONGLEY IN OSCAR HUNT"

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- Seattle PI 11/27/06

"THAT OTHER LIVE MUSIC CITY - SEATTLE'S JAM-PACKED WITH PLACES FOR A ROCK LOVER TO VISIT..."

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- Austin American Statesman 10/22/06

SEATTLE CHANNEL'S GARY GIBSON INTERVIEWS RICK STEVENSON, PRODUCER OF "EXPIRATION DATE"

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- Seattle Channel 5/26/06


"LOCAL HEROES: WE MEET SOME OF THE LOCAL FIGURES AND EXPLORE AREA CONNECTIONS AT SIFF."

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- Seattle Weekly 5/17/06

"SW PICKS FOR SIFF: OUR 36 SIGHT-BLIND CHOICES FOR THE FESTIVAL, NOT OTHERWISE COVERED IN THIS GUIDE. IN ADDITION TO A FEW REPERTORY TITLES, INCLUSION HERE MEANS (A) THE FILM HAS GREAT BUZZ, (B) A TRUSTED COLLEAGUE HAS SEEN IT, OR (C) IT HAS INCREDIBLE LOCATIONS OR SOMEONE INCREDIBLY SEXY IN IT."

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- Seattle Weekly 5/17/06

"IN THE SIFF SPOTLIGHT:17 MUST-SEE TITLES, SURVEYED BY OUR CRITICS."

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- Seattle Weekly 5/17/06

"SIFF TICKET INFO"

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- Seattle Weekly 5/17/06

"CINEMA SPRAWL: MORE TITLES. MORE VENUES. JUST PLAIN MORE. SEATTLE'S ANNUAL MOVIE OVERLOAD IS ABOUT TO BEGIN."

"Next year at this time, I'll probably be reporting that the Seattle International Film Festival has taken over the Sonics-free KeyArena. This year, its 32nd, SIFF continues its inexorable expansion as the largest fest in the U.S., with around 264 features and dozens of docs screened over 25 days. Some we've seen, as you'll read in the following pages; others we're picking as winners based on hearsay and blind speculation. The main venues total seven, now including Bellevue's Lincoln Square—which is why I fully expect Bremerton and Tacoma to be annexed next year. SIFF's sprawl will not be contained; today the suburbs, tomorrow the world! (The fest runs Thursday, May 25, through Sunday, June 18.)"

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- Seattle Weekly 5/17/06

"'POLICE BEAT': TICKET TO THE MOVIES: STRANGER EDITOR HAD NEVER ENVISIONED HIS COLUMN AS A FILM"

"When ‘Police Beat’ premiered last year at the Seattle Film Festival, its scriptwriter, Charles Tonderai Mudede, stepped to the microphone amid boisterous applause and made light of the accomplishment, saying, ‘You open with the movie you have, not the movie you want.’ Mudede, 37, is associate editor of The Stranger, where he also writes philosophical essays and dreamy cop-shop reports in his ‘Police Beat’ column, which inspired the movie. Directed by Robinson Devor and distributed by Northwest Film Forum, ‘Police Beat’ recently earned admiring reviews in New York from The New York Times and the Village Voice. It's coming to Seattle in July (www.policebeatmovie.com)"

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- Seattle P-I 5/15/06

"REEL CHANGE: WHAT'S IN THE FUTURE FOR OUR OLD-SCHOOL FILM FEST?"

"Therein lies the problem for our beloved SIFF, which celebrated its 25th anniversary only last year and now stares uneasily into a new millennium. Film festivals have never been so popular, so pervasive, so—well—devalued by their sheer number. Today, SIFF cofounder and festival director Darryl Macdonald bemoans ‘the spread of the film festival virus,’ which has infected ‘every podunk town in America.’ Yet SIFF played its part in that growth, he notes, providing a studio-plus-art-film model that bigger fests have emulated then overshadowed. "The marketplace has changed,’ Macdonald observes, ‘There's more industry that attends those festivals than here . . . which can create a feeding frenzy."

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- Seattle Weekly 5/10/06

"AWARD-WINNING FILM IS PRODUCT OF ITS CREATOR AND OF SEATTLE"

"She's referring to her other baby: the film she wrote and directed called We Go Way Back, which will play during the Seattle International Film Festival, May 25-June 18 (see accompanying story for details), and will run in select theaters this fall."

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- Seattle Times 5/7/06

"ON THE CUSP OF SIFF: HIGHLIGHTS OF UPCOMING FILM FESTIVAL"

"The 32nd annual Seattle International Film Festival, our city's premiere event for the cinematically obsessed, begins May 25 and continues through June 18, with approximately 270 feature films."

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- Seattle Times 5/7/06

"SINNERS AND SAINTS AT POLISH FILM FESTIVAL"

"The second weekend of the 14th annual Seattle Polish Film Festival, today through Sunday, includes the drama The Collector, a prizewinner at last year's Polish Feature Film Festival in Gdynia, Poland. Director Feliks Falk will be present for the Seattle screening at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Also featured this weekend is a collection of short films shown in tribute to the 25th anniversary of the solidarity movement in Poland. The closing-night film Sunday is Karol: The Man Who Became Pope, a documentary about the life of the late Pope John Paul II."

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- Seattle Times 5/5/06

"STARBUCKS FILM FALLS SHORT, BUT STORES BEAT TALL ORDER"

"Starbucks executives refuse to be depressed about the sluggish box-office results for their first movie project, Akeelah and the Bee."

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- Seattle Times 5/4/06

"STARBUCKS STEPS FURTHER INTO MOVIES"

"LOS ANGELES -- With barely one movie under its belt, Starbucks is moving aggressively toward expanding its involvement in the entertainment business, seeking movies and books to promote in the hope of duplicating the success it has had with music."

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- Seattle PI 5/1/06

"'THE CRUISE,' 'OSKAR' HIGHLIGHT POLISH FILM FESTIVAL"

"The 14th annual Seattle Polish Film Festival begins tonight at the Museum of History & Industry with screenings of the dramas "Temptation" (with actor Magdalena Cielecka present) and "Tulips" (with actor Andrezj Chyla present). It continues through the weekend and May 5-7 with a variety of features, documentaries and short films. Highlights include the 1970 Polish classic "The Cruise," presented by director Marek Piwowski, as well as Piwowski's latest film, "Oskar," about the last days of a terminally ill child."

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- Seattle Times 4/28/06

"TOM HANKS MAKES ANOTHER MOVIE WITH SEATTLE TIES"

"Seattle coffee giant Starbucks Corp. will play a starring role in an upcoming Tom Hanks flick. The Universal film, titled "How Starbucks Saved My Life," is based on a yet unpublished memoir by Michael Gates Gill. The film is scheduled to begin production later this year, with an anticipated release date of 2008. Gus Van Sant is reportedly in negotiations to direct the film."

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- Puget Sound Business Journal 4/21/06

"ALEUTS TELL THEIR STORIES OF INTERNMENT, AND A SEATTLE FILMMAKER LISTENS "

"Seattle filmmaker Marla Williams film Aleut Story is airing on public television nationwide, including on KCTS at 10 o'clock tonight. Martin Sheen narrates."

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-Seattle Times 2/28/06

"STATE BILLS AIM TO LURE LIGHTS, CAMERA AND ACTION BY CUTTING COSTS "

"During the past decade, Washington's film industry has faced increasing competition from other locations -- particularly Vancouver, B.C. -- that offer generous incentives to keep cameras rolling. Local production spending has dropped from $50 million to $13 million a year, according to the Washington State Film Office, resulting in the loss of thousands of temporary cast and crew jobs. "

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- Seattle PI 2/27/06

"STARBUCKS WILL BLEND CONTENT UNIT WITH L.A."

"Starbucks president Ken Lombard said the company's content division will be relocating from its Seattle headquarters closer to the hub of Hollywood. Last week's disclosure came during a gathering of the nonprofit Digital Coast Roundtable held at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, where Lombard said its Starbucks Entertainment content unit will be relocating to Los Angeles."

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- The Hollywood Reporter 2/21/06