Seattle Office of Film + Music


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.



SEATTLE SOUNDBITE CALLS FOR BANDS
December 10, 2009, 11:35 am
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The Stranger
Bands/solo artists have till Jan. 15, 2010 to submit music to be accepted for Seattle Soundbite, an annual event that combines fine street dining and tasty tunes from Seattle-based musicians. The catch: At least one member of your band has to be employed by the food service industry. Hurry, learn how to cook and/or take orders! For all the details, follow the above link.



CHECK OUT NEW WASHINGTON FILMWORKS YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Washington FilmWorks’ YouTube Channel
Washington FilmWorks has launched a YouTube channel which includes videos from their 2009 Viral Video Campaign. The campaign solicited local filmmakers to create :30 and :60 commercials promoting Washington State as a great place for motion picture, commercial and television production. Final videos from Mark O’Connell, Will Chase & Lucien Flynn, Staci Bernstein & Ilona Rossman Ho, and Philip Rezek & Michael Welty are available for viewing. Click the above link to watch them!



THREE IMAGINARY GIRLS PROFILED BY THE SEATTLE WEEKLY
December 9, 2009, 12:44 pm
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Seattle Weekly
Local indie rock blog, Three Imaginary Girls, gets a write up and interview courtesy of the Seattle Weekly. The Weekly calls TIG “the largest, most well-respected independent music blog in Seattle, one that’s broken pop bands that live in their saccharine-sweet wheelhouse and spawned at least a couple of fawning imitators.” To read the full profile and interview, follow the above link.



SEATTLE INSTRUMENT INVENTOR TRIMPIN HEARS MUSIC EVERYWHERE
December 9, 2009, 12:43 pm
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Wired
When the earth quakes, most people run for the closest doorway. Trimpin heads to the studio. The German-born artist-inventor has been generating sounds inspired by oddball sources since he was a kid. So when a tremblor struck his adopted hometown of Seattle, Trimpin tuned in to the sonic chaos. “I had tympani hanging on a catwalk that started to move back and forth, got out of control, and smashed to the floor,” he recalls. “Outside, trolley cables came together and created sparks. That was the inspiration to use seismic data as musical material.” So Trimpin designed giant marimbas that translate tremors into ever-shifting compositions. The Seismofone is one of several contraptions featured in Trimpin: The Sound of Invention, a documentary about his life, which is released on DVD this month. To read the full profile, follow the above link.