Seattle Office of Film + Music


Filmmakers: Enter Your Short in the Three Minute Masterpiece
March 27, 2012, 9:52 am
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The Seattle Times 
Don’t hide your brilliant cinematic creations in your basement. Share your work at this year’s Three Minute Masterpiece, a film competition sponsored by The Seattle Times and Seattle International Film Festival. Your are invited to shoot a film of three minutes or less, and winners will show at the festival and stream on The Seattle Times website. The deadline for submitting is Monday, April 23.



LOCAL MEDIA RECAPS OF DECIBEL FESTIVAL 2011

Decibel Festival
Yesterday was the final day Decibel Festival, a 5-day extravaganza of electronic music hailing from around the globe. Since beginning in 2003, it has grown to be one of the leading festivals celebrating the most popular genres of electronic music. In addition to bringing headlining acts like Brazilian artist Amon Tobin and New York-based DJ/Producer Moby, Decibel is know for strongly championing local talent. It also began including discussion panels and workshops, seeking to be a resource to both industry professionals and fans of electronic music alike. The reviews are streaming in from a number of local outlets, including Seattle Weekly, The Stranger, The Seattle Times, and SSG Music.

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THE SEATTLE TIMES WEIGHS IN ON EXTENDED BAR HOURS

The Seattle Times
Following the news that the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a proposal to apply to the Washington State Liquor Board for extended bar hours, The Seattle Times writer Nicole Brodeur contemplated the pros and cons of this potential change in her latest column. Her biggest concerns? Patrons continuing to drink and bar crawl through the extended hours created, disrupting neighborhoods already impacted by high pedestrian traffic from nightlife businesses. But talking with nightclub owner Marcus Lalario, who also sits on the Seattle Music Commission, Brodeur puts forth the benefits that can occur from extending nightlife hours in Seattle. In addition to the possible $3 million extra revenue, it will ensure that people are more easily able to catch cabs, give restaurants the choice to extend their hours too for more nighttime business, and draw more tourists to the city. Also included in Brodeur’s column is a conversation with the Downtown Seattle Association’s Jon Schole and a study done by the Responsible Hospitality Institute that examines how Seattle would react to a pilot program of extended bar hours.

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LOCAL MEDIA RECAP: CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY

The weather gods smiled upon Capitol Hill Block Party (CHBP) this past weekend, as evident from the CHBP Flickr photostream and other photos from local media outlets. For CHBP neophytes, check out the Seattle Met retrospective about the growth of the festival over the years. The Stranger covered CHBP with a hard focus on local and national acts, festival fashion, and often-hilarious observations of the weekend’s crowd. Seattle Weekly gave some short and sweet recaps of the top performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of CHBP. The Seattle Times devoted some quality blog time to CHBP, capturing some great band photos and giving lots of attention to local artists. Sound on the Sound posted a lengthy and humorously critical review of Saturday’s CHBP, and Seattlest has some great photos from the festival.

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SEATTLE TIMES PICKS TOP 11 ACTS AT CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY
July 21, 2011, 9:22 am
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The Seattle Times
In case you didn’t know (at this point, we find that unlikely), the 15th annual Capitol Hill Block Party kicks off tomorrow. A weekend of music, sun, and parties galore, The Seattle Times‘ Andrew Matson presents his top picks for the anticipated festival. In addition to visiting bands like Battles, Handsome Furs and Best Coast, Matson highlights some under-the-radar Northwest artists like dance pop act Craft Spells, atmospheric rock outfit Witch Gardens, and playful punk group TacocaT.

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THE SEATTLE TIMES HIGHLIGHTS 10 YEARS OF SASQUATCH!

The Seattle Times
For many, the Sasquatch! Music Festival ranks among the must-see events to check out over Memorial Day Weekend. This year marks a historic turn for the locally-bred music festival for a couple reasons. For one, it’s the first year that the festival has expanded to four days. Additionally, Sasquatch! is celebrating it’s 10-year anniversary this year. That’s big news for an event that’s grown from a one-day festival to a nationally recognized and lauded festival attracting top-notch talent from around the world. Written by distinguished local writer Charles R. Cross (founder of The Rocket and author of the Kurt Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven), the article profiles the festival and its founder Adam Zacks, who grew up in Olympia. It chronicles Zacks’ career from college concert promoter to running the Roseland Theater in Portland. From there he took a job working for House of Blues in Seattle, where he organized the first Sasquatch! Music Festival in 2002. He now works for STG Presents and continues to put on Sasquatch!, growing the festival more and more each year. Nabbing awesome headlining bands is one thing, but it’s the smaller acts at Sasquatch! that often thrive most at the festival. Says Zacks himself, “[Sasquatch! has] been a catalyst for music discovery, that has helped to foster this notion that it’s cool to go see 15 bands you’ve never heard of before. By the end of the weekend, you have a new favorite band.” Click the link above to read the full article.

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THE SIFF + SEATTLE TIMES THREE MINUTE MASTERPIECE CONTEST IS BACK
March 21, 2011, 11:46 am
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The Seattle Times
Ready for your three minutes of fame, Seattle filmmakers? The Seattle Times and Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) are partnering together yet again to present Three Minute Masterpiece (3MM), a digital film contest which invites Seattleites to submit video shorts of three minutes or less. Winning entries will show at SIFF 2011 and stream on seattletimes.com, and one grand-prize victor will get a full series pass to this year’s big film fest! Here’s how it works: Make a three-minute film on any subject you like, as long as it’s suitable for a family-newspaper audience—i.e. skip on the gratuitous sex, violence or bad language—and then upload it to the 3MM YouTube Channel. Be sure to include your contact information with your film submission. The competition also has a special category for filmmakers under 18: The J. Michael Rima award for young directors will be handed out in addition to the 3MM prizes, and honorres will see their films screened as part of SIFF’s FutureWave shorts program. The deadline for all 3MM entries is April 25 by 11:59 pm. For even more scoop on the competition, follow the link above.

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