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Northwest Film Forum
Local Sightings is Northwest Film Forum’s premier showcase of Northwest filmmaking. The festival, which happens at Film Forum theaters, features great prizes, filmmaker parties, archival Northwest films and an impressive national film industry jury looking for strong Northwest work. The annual festival includes feature film presentations as well as short film programs and special events with live film performances, installation art, audience participation and parties. Also in this year’s festival will be the usual assortment of fiction, documentary and experimental films as well as a featured presentation of a historical Seattle film, and an opening party. The deadline for submission is July 1.
New York Times
Frenchman Ludovic Morlot, who will become the next music director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Gerard Schwarz will step down at the end of next season after 26 years as music director, and Mr. Morlot will assume the mantle in the fall of 2011 with a six-year contract. Born in Lyons, France, Mr. Morlot studied violin at the University of Montreal and conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He applied to the Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Festival as a conducting fellow, and was the only one chosen. He has guest conducted at the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Seattle Symphony and others. Several players in the orchestras he has led described Mr. Morlot as a thoughtful, intuitive musician with a good sense of phrasing and a collaborative manner. Although Mr. Morlot has won positive reviews and is in high demand as a guest conductor, Seattle is taking something of a risk, because he has never had an orchestra of his own. Mr. Morlot said he felt no fear about that, “just pure excitement.” For further details, follow the link.
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One Day’s Wages
One Day’s Wages, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that describes itself as “an international grassroots movement dedicated to ending extreme global poverty,” has announced the release of 21-song compilation, Songs for a Cause, Vol. 1, featuring 21 local and national musicians. The album boasts many impressive Seattle names such as Rocky Votolato, David Bazan, Throw Me the Statue and The Moondoggies. Even more impressive, “100% of the album sales (minus credit card costs) go directly to projects to fight global poverty.” The album can be downloaded at the above address for a donation.
Gary Heffern was a beloved local musician and spoken word artist who moved away from Seattle several years ago to return to his original home in Finland. Filmmaker Ray Brandes has just finished a chronicle of Heffern’s life, including his brutal childhood years spent in a Finnish orphanage. One clip is below, but the whole film can be viewed on Brandes’ website.
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Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs
The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Shunpike, seeks up to 12 artists to develop temporary installations for 12 vacant storefronts in Seattle’s Pioneer Square and Chinatown/International District neighborhoods. The installation project, titled Storefronts Seattle, will be on display from September to November 2010. Artwork may be in any two-dimensional, three-dimensional or new media. The installation project is part of a series of opportunities that include artist residencies using storefronts, where visual and performing artist can create work, rehearse and/or perform. For more information or to apply for an artist residency visit Shunpike’s website.
Seattle hip hop producer, Jake One’s collaboration with Freeway, The Stimulus Package, ranked highly on Complex Magazine’s list of the 25 Best Albums of 2010 (So Far). Complex writes, “With Jake in his corner, and a number of quality guest verses, Free is able to let that beat breathe without worrying about exhausting a listener with his trademark gruff delivery… Much like Free’s stellar debut, great production and Free’s nuanced lyrics make The Stimulus Package the right record for the right time.”