Seattle Office of Film + Music


AN URGENT REQUEST FROM NORTHWEST FILM FORUM
July 31, 2009, 2:08 pm
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NW Film Forum
Help the Northwest Film Forum save programs and jobs that are vital to the Seattle film community! With a small $10 donation, the price of an average movie ticket, you can help them reach a goal of $70,000 by August 15. Please walk it in, mail it in, or visit http://www.nwfilmforum.org to make a donation.



DAVID RUSSO WINS BEST DIRECTOR AT FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL

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The highly successful 13th edition of the Fantasia Film Festival is drawing to a close today after a 3 week movie marathon. With a diverse line-up of high selection standards, the festival attracted more than 90 000 fans this year and saw 40% of its 195 screenings (most of these shown in Concordia Hall Theatre – 700 seats) completely sold out. With such eminent titles that had previously premiered at Cannes such as THIRST from South Korea’s Park Chan-wook, LASCARS from the French creative team of Emmanuel Klotz and Albert Pereira Lazaro and of course Quentin Tarantino’s INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, and wonderful discoveries such as SANS DESSEIN from Quebec’s own Deadcat Films, Yang Ik-june’s BREATHLESS and Nicolas Alberny and Jean Mach’s 8th WONDERLAND, Fantasia has one again demonstrated the energy and variety of genre cinema. The Festival Awarded Seattle Filmmaker David Russo with the prize for best director.



SEATTLE WEEKLY PRESENTS: A DOZEN REASONS SEATTLE’S STILL A GREAT PLACE FOR MUSIC
July 31, 2009, 1:57 pm
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Seattle Weeklyseattle weekly best list
Seattle Weekly’s Best of Seattle list includes 12 incentives to enjoy live music in Seattle. Check out the link for the full list.



BUMBERSHOOT MUSIC LOUNGE TO SHOWCASE HEY MARSEILLES, RAPHAEL SAADIQ, COMMON MARKET, MORE
July 30, 2009, 12:32 pm
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Seattle TimesCommonMarket
Bumbershoot’s lineup on the stages has been all set for a couple weeks, and now the lineup for its music lounge is set, too. The three-day, Labor Day weekend fest will showcase more than a dozen musical artists from a variety of genres in the 2009 Bumbershoot Music Lounge, a venue with private, live performances during the fest, co-hosted by community radio station KEXP. To see the lounge’s full set, check out the above link.



VARIETY HIGHLIGHTS LYNN SHELTON AS PART OF A NEW MOVEMENT OF FEMALE PENNED COMEDIES
July 30, 2009, 12:26 pm
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Variety
In 2002, when “The Sweetest Thing,” an R-rated comedy starring Cameron Diaz as a girl as raunchy as any guy in a Judd Apatow film, fizzled at the box office, Hollywood took note. “It became a hard and fast rule that movies like that” — i.e., racy comedies written from a female perspective — “would fail,” says screenwriter Karen McCullah Lutz, co-writer with Kirsten Smith of “Legally Blonde.” But now the ladies are shaking their own booty around — and nobody’s flinching. A number of edgy, raw comedies, all written by women, have been hitting theaters — and doing well — making the case that, as Smith puts it, “As women, we can bring it the way guys bring it.” There’s Lynn Shelton, who’s out-duding the dudes with her indie darling “Humpday,” which takes “bromance” to a new level. Even though she’s been called the “female Judd Apatow,” Shelton insists there’s a difference. “I really admire Judd Apatow. I love the way he brought this humanity into a genre that really held little interest to me,” Shelton says. “But I think there is a difference in that he is still trying to make a comedy, and I really was not. ‘Humpday’ has comedic elements, but it has as much poignancy and darkness as comedy. I was not interested in making a broad, Farrelly brothers farce.”



PEARL JAM’S “BACKSPACER” ART GOES VIRAL
July 29, 2009, 10:48 am
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Hidden on the internet are nine covers for Pearl Jam’s upcoming album, Backspacer. If you find them all you will rewarded a “free download.” For Backspacer’s artwork, the band enlisted their friend and political cartoonist Tom Tomorrow. “The artwork collaboration between Tom Tomorrow and the band for this album is so compelling, we felt like it deserved its own online gallery showcase,” said Tim Bierman, the manager of Pearl Jam’s Ten Club, who as Rock Daily previously reported, is already taking pre-orders for Backspacer. The band’s ninth LP is due out September 20th.



NATIONAL HIP-HOP CONFERENCE IN SEATTLE THIS WEEK

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Starting today, for a week, the Hip Hop Congress 8th National Conference comes to Seattle, at various venues across the Central District. Through workshops and concerts, the conference focuses on developing hip-hop business and educating the next generation. Hip Hop National Congress is a grass-roots cultural organization with 70 chapters across the world. The nonprofit aims to preserve and move hip-hop forward through concerts, festivals and teach-ins. Aptly themed “This is our time,” the weeklong Seattle conference moves away from analyzing hip-hop to doing it and being it. In addition to training on management and distribution, there will be screenings of the films “New Muslim Cool;” 2003 Sundance film “The Beat”; and hip-hop and education in South Africa documentary “Masizakhe.” Independent artists from all over the country will perform throughout the week, including AKIL THE MC of Jurassic 5, The Jacka, DLabrie, Knox Fam, Black Stax, Mic Crenshaw, Quanstar, Toki Wright, Raashan Ahmad of Crown City Rockers, Rahman Jamaal and Congress founder Noble.