Seattle Office of Film + Music


SOUND OFF! ANNOUNCES ITS 2010 COMPETITORS
December 18, 2009, 4:35 pm
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Seattle Weekly
Every year, the Experience Music Project hosts Sound Off!, a battle of the bands in which young (i.e. underage) artists vie for a shot at a performance slot at Bumbershoot 2010, among other prizes like, say, gear from Korg. Band’s who’ve won this competition over the years — Schoolyard Heroes, The Lonely H, Dyme Def, The Lonely Forest, Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, etc — tend to go on to do very well for themselves, and not just in Seattle, either. Check out this year’s roster and schedule of performances at the above link



SEATTLE WEEKLY PROFILES THE ALL AGES MUSIC SCENE IN KITSAP COUNTY
December 18, 2009, 4:34 pm
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Seattle Weekly
The Weekly takes a look at how the all ages music scene in Kitsap has changed over the years. “In the early and middle parts of this decade, the thriving all-ages scene in Bremerton and Kitsap County didn’t have a centralized home, and being on the other side of the water, it didn’t have hipster cachet. But it did have a ravenous group of underage kids in a scene that included rock, pop, punk, and hardcore bands. At its core were the hardcore band Kane Hodder; their friends, horror-rock act Schoolyard Heroes; a Web site called KitsapBands.com; and an enterprising booker named Josh Kennedy, who ran Big Mouth Music.” For the full profile, please follow the above link.



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December 17, 2009, 3:35 pm
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AV CLUB NAMES HUMPDAY SEVENTH BEST FILM OF 2009
December 17, 2009, 3:34 pm
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The AV Club
The AV Club praised the local film saying, “Duplass, Leonard, and director Lynn Shelton succeed in making an outrageous premise utterly plausible, while scoring consistent laughs out of the tension between two men who truly love (and secretly envy) each other.”



5th ANNUAL WIFTV WOMEN IN FILM FESTIVAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
December 17, 2009, 3:28 pm
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Women In Film
Women In Film & Television Vancouver (WIFTV) is pleased to announce that the 5th Annual Women In Film Festival (WIFF) will be presented April 17 &18th, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia,
Canada. This year, the Women In Film Festival will accept short film submissions (20 minutes maximum) in the following categories: narrative, documentary, new media, music videos, video poems, or experimental shorts. Submissions featuring strong female characters and stories are encouraged. Eligible films must have three of the following (one woman may serve more than one role): a woman as Writer, a woman as Producer, a woman as Director, a woman as D.O.P., a woman as lead Actor, a woman as lead. Submissions are due January 14, 2010 (thought the early bird deadline is tomorrow, December 17). To submit or for more information, please follow the above link.



NPR PROFILES VISQUEEN
December 17, 2009, 3:26 pm
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NPR
The profile focus’ on the Seattle songwriter’s relationship with her father whose death from prostate cancer inspired her latest record. “He died April 7,” Rachel Flotard (aka Visqueen) says, “and so I tried to kind of [throw] myself into something pretty quickly. That summer is when I added a lot of the organ that you hear, and the cello. I was using the record and this recording as something to kind of keep me alive, and keep me normal during a completely abnormal time.” For the full profile, follow the above link.



NPR NAMES VISQUEEN, TELEKINESIS AND MT. EERIE BEST OF 2009
December 14, 2009, 12:34 pm
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NPR
NPR placed these three Seattle artists in their top 21 of 2009. Portland, don’t feel left out; they also included Little Claw. For the full list, follow the above link.



CAROLS, KLEZMER WIND UP SEATTLE PRESENTS’ 2009 FREE LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES

Seattle Times
The free lunchtime concert series wraps up this week. This Tuesday, the Medieval Women’s Choir sings Spanish and Italian holiday selections from noon to 1 p.m at the Seattle Municipal Tower. On Thursday, the Klez Kats offer “joyous klezmer, lilting waltzes, mysterious gypsy and Middle Eastern music influenced by Jewish tradition and culture,” from noon to 1 p.m. at Seattle City Hall. The series resumes with a luau Jan. 7, featuring Hawaiian ukulele star Taimane and local ukeleleist Del Rey.



SONIC BOOM’S NEW CAPITOL HILL STORE TENTATIVELY SET TO OPEN SATURDAY
December 11, 2009, 11:08 am
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Seattle Weekly
Though the Sonic Boom website says that their new Capitol Hill store will open tomorrow, December 11, the store — which is located at 1525 Melrose Ave., between Pike and Pine — will actually open on Saturday, December 12, barring disaster. To quote Sonic Boom owner Jason Hughes’ e-mail “We’ll have to clean and organize the store but are gunning to be open on Saturday morning if we can. You can bet there will be an email announcement.”



PARAMOUNT TO LAUNCH MICRO-BUDGET MOVIE DIVISION
December 11, 2009, 11:07 am
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LA Times
Fresh off its stunning “Paranormal Activity” success — a $15,000 thriller that has grossed more than $107 million in its domestic release with little paid advertising — Paramount Pictures is set to launch a new production business for movies budgeted at less than $100,000. The as-yet-unnamed division plans to finance as many as 20 “micro-budget” movies annually starting in 2010, according to people familiar with the studio’s plans who spoke on condition of anonymity because the formal announcement has not been made.