IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs is the only free program in the U.S. supporting first-time feature directors at the crucial rough cut/post production stage. The Labs play a pivotal role in helping emerging filmmakers to realize the full potential of their stories – and their careers. Drawing from a national candidate pool, 20 projects (10 documentaries and 10 narratives) are selected for this year-long Lab fellowship which, includes the five-day Lab in New York City, one-on-one mentorship with industry innovators and icons, and during IFP’s Independent Film Week in September – pre-scheduled meetings with potential buyers, sales agents and festival programmers and inclusion in a Lab “Sneak Preview” Showcase presentation. For more information or to apply, click the above link.
Psychologist Stephen Christman argues that Hendrix’s ambidexterity was the secret to his talent and informed not just his guitar-playing but his lyrics too. According to Christman, who is based at the University of Toledo, Hendrix was not strictly left-handed. Although he played his right-handed guitar upside down, and used his left hand to throw, comb his hair and hold cigarettes; Hendrix wrote, ate and held the telephone with his right hand. He was, Christman argues, “mixed-right-handed”. And this mixed-handedness, signaled better interaction between the left and right hemispheres of the guitarist’s brain and suffused every part of his music. To read the full article, follow the above link.
Tonight is the premiere of the third season of “Live from Abbey Road” on the Sundance Channel, a series that features performances and interviews with musicians filmed at London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios. Fleet Foxes will be featured in the season’s third episode which will begin airing March 12 at 8pm on the Sundance Channel.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Ethnic Arts Connection is a free one-day gathering introducing Northwest performing and visual artists working in culturally specific traditions to presenters from around the region. The event features juried 15-minute performances, visual art displays, booking opportunities and networking. Mark your calendar for a day of performances and networking on Wednesday, March 10 at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion. The deadline to register for the workshops is now Friday March 5. Click the above link to register and for more information on the event.
The band on announced on their Twitter that they would be the new Hard Rock Cafe’s first band-in-residence and the news was later confirmed by the cafe’s marketing manager, Amy Bauer. “I really just wanted to give local artists an opportunity to play every Tuesday and this seemed like a perfect fit,” said Bauer. Bauer also said March will continue to have a light schedule, depending mostly on the residency, but more announcements for April and May are soon to come.
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The Seattle Times
Jazz bands from Garfield and Roosevelt high schools in Seattle and Edmonds-Woodway High School will represent the Northwest at the 15th annual Essentially Ellington competition and festival in New York City, May 8-10.Fifteen bands are chosen from around the country every year to compete in the prestigious event.
Spin Magazine choose this picture of Cat and Stasia of rap duo Thee Satisfaction performing some of their spacey sci-fi sounds at KEXP as one of the ten best live pictures of the week. Also in last week’s Top 10 Best Live Pics are Mudhoney, Alice in Chains and People Eating People. Check them all out by following the above link.
Los Angeles Times
education campaign that would herald the economic benefits of the film industry to Los Angeles – while thanking local residents for putting up with the occasional inconvenience of crews in their neighborhood. The details are still being worked out, but the marketing blitz, expected to be unveiled by April, would likely feature ads on billboards and bus benches, as well public service announcements on radio and TV, and even in local movie theaters. Expect to see production trucks plastered with banners trumpeting how many jobs were created on a given show. The state’s share of U.S. feature film production plunged to 31% in 2008, down from 66% in 2003, according to the California Film Commission. And only 57% of all TV pilots were shot in L.A. in 2009, down from 81% in 2004, according to FilmL.A.
The Lonely Forest are the first band to sign to Chris Walla’s new imprint label, Trans. (Which is an imprint on Atlantic.) “I’ve been lucky enough to make records with tons of phenomenal bands, and I’ve considered [starting a label] a number of different times,” Walla says. “I don’t know—is it oversimplified to say it’s them and it just makes sense? This wouldn’t be happening if it weren’t for the Lonely Forest. They’re a phenomenal band. I’ve been following my nose for so many years, doing the things that felt like the right thing to do. And this time the answer was yes.” In addition to this very exciting news, The Lonely Forest will also be playing the Seattle Party at SXSW this year. To read more about The Lonely Forest and Chris Walla, follow the above link.