Seattle Office of Film + Music


COMPOSERS CONSIDER UNIONIZATION
October 28, 2009, 12:36 pm
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Variety
“There has been a tremendous devaluation of music,” said former Society of Composers and Lyricists president James DiPasquale. “Respect for composers has diminished. Technology has marched forward, and our income has plummeted. At the rank-and-file level, it’s very hard for anyone to make a living.” In response to these rough times the SCL is considering unionization. SCL statistics show that in hourlong TV, composers on average must write twice as much music as they did 30 years ago — hourlongs today require twice as many minutes of music — but the salary drops are astonishing: According to their website, for each score, they’re averaging just 14% of what they did then, adjusted for inflation. In films, it’s even worse, with fees dropping precipitously even as composers must now write more than twice as much music while also absorbing technical costs (engineering, mixing, editing) that were once handled, and paid for, by studio or network personnel.



WASHINGTONFILMWORKS SEEKS ACCOUNTING MANAGER
October 27, 2009, 1:10 pm
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WashintonFilmWorks
Do you have strong analytical, bookkeeping and administrative skills and also have a passion for working in the film industry? WashingtonFilmWorks is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (6) organization that offers funding assistance to commercials, television and feature films shooting in Washington State. The organization is seeking an Accounting Manager to be responsible for day-to-day fiscal operations and to oversee the organization’s audit and review process for all qualified motion picture productions. Deadline for applying is December 1, 2009. For more information on the position, WashingtonFilmWorks, and how to apply please follow the above link



TRACTOR TAVERN, CENTURY BALLROOM HOST SQUARE DANCES FOR NEW GENERATION
October 27, 2009, 1:06 pm
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Seattle Times
On a Monday, the lights are up inside one of Ballard’s best-loved watering holes. The better not to step on your dance partner’s toes — not that you’ll be entirely able to avoid it. A sizable crowd has braved the chill of an early fall night to go square dancing. While attendees appear to range in age from 21 to early 50s, they skew young and attractive, and a Joan Jett T-shirt is as apt an accessory as a cowboy hat. Twice a month, The Tallboys (a self-professed “old time string band”) and their special guests provide the soundtrack for an event called Monday Square Dance. A different “caller” — who speaks over the music with dance explanations and cues — accompanies the band at each event. Don’t know how to promenade? No problem. “I like to sing my calls, and I want people to figure out the dance,” says the caller on this particular night, Suzanne Girardot.



WATCH DUTCHESS AND THE DUKE PERFORM AT KEXP
October 27, 2009, 11:17 am
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Local indie darlings, The Dutchess and The Duke, performed live on KEXP

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DOWNLOAD FREE HARDLY ART SAMPLER
October 26, 2009, 10:43 am
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moondoggiesAmazon
Last week local label Hardly Art quietly posted to Amazon a sampler of 17 of the year’s more notable tracks from artists such as Le Loup, the Moondoggies and the Dutchess & The Duke, including a few special tracks that haven’t appeared anywhere else. To make things even better, the compilation is free. The collection includes a Dutchess & the Duke demo, an acoustic mix from the Pica Beats, and a song representing the fruits of the Arthur & Yu and Moondoggies live collaboration this summer. Check out the above link to download the entire sampler.



ARTZONE FEATURES SEATTLE MUSIC JOURNALIST
October 26, 2009, 10:42 am
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Seattle Channel
This week on Artzone, renowned Seattle-based rock journalist, Charles Cross, chats about his new book on Led Zeppelin. To see the full program, check out the above link.



SINGER-SONGWRITER BRANDI CARLILE PLAYS A HOMETOWN SHOW AT THE PARAMOUNT
October 23, 2009, 11:05 am
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Seattle Timesbrandi carlile
There’s no place like home, said Brandi Carlile. The Maple Valley singer- songwriter returns to Seattle Saturday at the Paramount. She’s also plotting a possible secret show at the Crocodile — all in promotion of her latest critically rated album, “Give Up The Ghost,” out earlier this month. The album boasts a prizewinning lineup — Elton John, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench and Amy Ray from the Indigo Girls. And like her previous work, it showcases her main instrument — her voice — which wails and cracks at her whim.



SEATTLE FILMMAKER FEATURED IN NEW ORLEANS VAMPIRE FILM FESTIVAL
October 23, 2009, 11:04 am
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USA Today
The spooky aura of New Orleans offers a fitting atmosphere for Friday’s opening of the occult-themed Vampire Film Festival. More than 50 international films from directors in Japan, Spain, France, Australia, Canada and the United States will be screened, but not all are about vampires. They’ll also cover werewolves and other bump-in-the-night things. Seattle-based filmmaker Jeff Ferrell’s short Morella — based on the Edgar Allan Poe story — is to be shown Sunday. “New Orleans is so different from L.A.,” he said. “I’d much rather go to New Orleans, where the vibe and energy of the city will fit the genre of the festival.”



COUCH FEST FILMS IS COMING!
October 22, 2009, 11:06 am
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Celebrating its second annual year, Couch Fest Films is a cozy shorts film festival hosted in people’s houses. During Couch Fest Films, lovers of film can sit shoulder to shoulder watching short films while stuffing their faces with the snacks they thought they had to sneak in. Because “watching short films in strangers’ houses = awkwardly awesome,” Couch Fest Films will be hosted in houses all over Seattle on November 7. You can sign up to host, submit or attend at the above link.
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VISQUEEN PRAISED ON CNN
October 22, 2009, 11:03 am
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The Stranger
Visqueen’s new record Message to Garcia was praised yesterday on CNN by Current.com’s Peter Grumbine. Grumbine says, “This is a straight-up rock and roll album but it’s as good as any soul music I’ve heard recently… This is one of my top three records of the year.” After discussing Joss Stone for a few minutes, Grumbine praises the record at length around the 4:45 mark. Follow the link to watch the video.