Seattle Office of Film + Music

September 24, 2009, 11:02 am
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Seattle Weeklydecibel-sightbelow
On an early evening in late August, Sean Horton, the co-founder of the six-year-old Decibel International Festival of Electronic Music Performance, Visual Art and New Media–aka Decibel Fest–walks into Neumos, stops about 15 feet back from the stage, and begins explaining how he’ll turn this currently barren space into a multimedia Rubik’s Cube. The once local, now global electronic fest runs Sept. 24–27. On opening night, a combination of LED lights and stretched white fabric will turn Neumos into an emerald mini-city. Since its inception in 2003, after Horton returned from Montreal’s Mutek festival obsessed with starting something similar in Seattle, one of the Fest’s key concerns has been pairing the aural and the visual. Along with a commitment to stimulating ears and eyes simultaneously, the event always focuses on subgenre-spanning underground dance music. Everything from breakbeat and electro to deep house, IDM, dub-step, and beyond will get thrown at festival-goers from a wide swath of electronic-music artists who often aren’t as recognizable as their subgenres of choice. With such a cosmopolitan, eclectic schedule, the Decibel Festival is not only the Northwest’s premiere showcase for underground electronic music, but en route to becoming one of the best in North America, next to Montreal’s Mutek and Detroit’s DEMF/Movement.


Seattle Times
The Port Townsend Film festival, celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, begins today. Special guests include Cloris Leachman, who will be interviewed by Turner Classic Movie’s Robert Osbourne after a screening of The Last Picture Show. Several Read Seattle Times movie blogger Moira Macdonald’s favorite memories of the festival at the above link.

September 24, 2009, 10:59 am
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A Covington woman looks so much like Jennifer Aniston she was hired as her body double in Aniston’s new movie “Love Happens,” which is set in Seattle.

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September 24, 2009, 10:56 am
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Pearl Jam is on course to nab its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart in 13 years. Industry prognosticators suggest the band’s new Backspacer, released on Sunday (Sept. 20), could sell anywhere between 175,000 to 200,000 copies by week’s end. That sales figure should easily place it ahead of the competition on next week’s Billboard 200 chart.

September 24, 2009, 10:55 am
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Northwest Film Forumlocalsightings-smith
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 and Film Originals: the work of George and Helen Smith.

September 24, 2009, 10:53 am
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When we sit down in a movie theater and see a film for the first time, we think we know how we react to that film. In reality, we have no clue as to how our brains are actually processing the images we are seeing on screen. Most of what we think we know is what we’ve been conditioned to know. We know to be scared at the scary parts, laugh at the funny parts and feel sad at the sad parts. Our inability to correctly communicate how films make us feel has skewed focus groups and created a standard template in the film industry as to how to make a movie. Now, the fairly new practice of neuromarketing — where MRI technology is used to determine a shopper’s preferences and actual brain reactions to a particular product or idea — is being applied to the film industry, starting with the horror genre. Check out this Wired article to view a video explanation of the technology and read a Q&A with Dr. David Hubbard, a board-certified neurologist who is the leading neurologist on the project.

September 22, 2009, 2:04 pm
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Seattle Timeslongley
A few days ago, two Seattleites — James Longley, a documentary filmmaker, and Heather McHugh, a poet — received the kind of phone call that changes a life. They each had just been awarded $500,000. No strings attached; do whatever you want with the money. It’s time for the annual “genius grants” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Seattle did pretty well, with two of the 24 awards this year. Longley, 37, has gone to the world’s hot spots to make his films. He was nominated for a 2007 Oscar for his documentary Iraq in Fragments, which offers intimate portraits of Iraq after the American invasion through the eyes of locals. In 2008, he again was nominated for an Oscar for a short documentary about an Iraqi woman and her 10-year-old son who was dying of AIDS.

September 22, 2009, 2:00 pm
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The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival celebrates its fabulous 14th year October 16-25. Screenings, parties, panel discussions and networking events will be happening at venues all over town for ten days and nights of LGBT film, video, and fun. The largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, the festival continues to gain industry and audience recognition for showcasing the latest and greatest in queer film, from major motion picture premieres to emerging talent. For more information, including a complete schedule of events and how to purchase tickets, go to . And check out the festival trailer below, a completely local production with a host of local talent including Nick Garrison, Sarah Rudinoff, Angie Louise, Team Gina, and more.

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September 22, 2009, 1:58 pm
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The emergence of new promotional vehicles for music has been a double-edged sword. There have never been more ways to get the word out about an artist, providing numerous (and in many cases, inexpensive) ways to attract fans attention. But it can also make the job of promoting an artist seem overwhelming. Marketing music is no longer limited to courting a few big names at radio stations and newspapers. Now it requires contacting videogame music supervisors, bloggers and Twitterers. And making sure acts don’t get lost in the static presents a daunting challenge. Billboard turned to 25 experts in music publicity, promotion and marketing and asked them to rank the best ways to promote music across different media and genres. The result is their second annual Maximum Exposure list of the 100 best ways to generate sales and buzz.

September 22, 2009, 1:40 pm
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Local Pop Rockers, Telekinesis were recently featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series (in which band’s perform at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen). After opening with the unreleased “Plankton,” the band played three songs from its debut: “Coast of Carolina,” “I Saw the Lightning,” and “Rust.” To watch the video, click the above link.