Local Sightings is Northwest Film Forum’s premier showcase of Northwest filmmaking. The festival, which happens at Film Forum theaters in Seattle, 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 that will ignite Seattle’s film scene Friday night and keep it bleary eyed Saturday morning. The festival this year begins with an opening night party on October 1 at 9pm. Follow the link for more details.
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Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Harvest and Emergency Food Network are out to set a new world record for the Guinness World Book of Records by raising one million pounds of food in 24 hours. This is a singular opportunity to capture the drama, suspense and excitement of a 24-hour quest to set a new world’s record. A million pounds of food will provide hunger relief for hundreds of thousands of people. The event runs from 4 pm, Friday, September 17 until 4 pm, Saturday, September 18, at picturesque Stadium High School in Tacoma. While it’s both short notice and an uncompensated gig, it’s for a great cause. For more information and to pitch in, follow the link for contact information.
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Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to the Pulling Focus series, Washington Filmworks has again partnered with Warren Etheredge of “The Warren Report” for another dynamic evening of educated conversation with writer, director, producer, cinematographer (and son of celebrated writer Gabriel García Márquez), Rodrigo Garcia. Rodrigo Garcia was born in Colombia and grew up in Mexico City. His features as writer and director are Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her, Ten Tiny Love Stories, Fathers and Sons and Nine Lives. Mr. Garcia also directed for the series “Six Feet Under” and “The Sopranos.” He directed the pilot episodes of the series “Carnivale” and “Six Degrees” and was nominated for an Emmy for his direction of the pilot for “Big Love.” Mr. Garcia directed 21 episodes of the first season of HBO’s acclaimed half-hour drama “In Treatment,” and also served as Writer, Executive Producer and Showrunner for the project. The event is Monday, August 30 at the Sorrento Hotel. Doors are at 7pm. For more information on Mr. Garcia and the event, follow the link.
Curious about what the world of writing about music is like for a woman these days? As part of their ongoing look into what it’s like to be a contemporary female musician, NPR sat down with nine prominent female music writers to discuss what inspires them, what unique challenges they face and how their femininity has shaped their careers. Observes one writer, “There may… be a nervousness about being pigeonholed as ‘a woman musician’ who talks to a woman journalist, as opposed to being ‘just a musician’ speaking to ‘just a journalist’ who is a guy.” Writers another, “Not being taken seriously can be useful, though, as a reporter — I’m occasionally shocked by what people will say into a tape recorder.” To read the full article, follow the link above.
Northwest Film Forum
The Northwest Film Forum is celebrating their 15 year anniversary with a program called “Arboring Film,” running September 25 – 30, 2010. The program will feature 15 feature films and 15 short works to celebrate the many artistic accomplishments that would not have been without the efforts of the film arts center. Founded in 1995, the Film Forum shows films year-round and supports all phases of film creation, including production, post-production, exhibition and distribution. Over 1,100 members strong, the Film Forum annually aids 250 filmmakers in the production of nearly 80 films, and offers more than 100 workshops annually. Through several innovative programs, the NWFF helps filmmakers overcome the many roadblocks of independent filmmaking. The Film Forum also provides a variety of grant programs that help filmmakers with the costs of renting equipment and postproduction facilities. The work presented in “Arboring Film” was all completed with the support of at least one of these grant programs, or similar services provided by Northwest Film Forum since 1995. To check out the full line-up, for dates and to learn more about the Northwest Film Forum, follow the link.
Putting together a festival is a huge deal. There is tons of red tape, financial needs and marketing strategies to be implemented. The payback can be worth it, but there are several things rookie festival organizers should know before taking the plunge for three days of performances, vendors and shoving fans. NPR provides potential music festival creators with eight tips to get them started: 1. Get some help, 2. Get you some money, 3. Get your acts together, 4. Don’t fight city hall, 5.It’s not all about the music, 6. Go green, 7. Do your homework and 8. Learn to let go. To read more detailed explanations of these tips, follow the link.
Filed under: Music | Tags: andy clausen, clarence acox, john gilbreath, matt jorgensen, riley mulherkar, scott brown, seattle jazz scene
The New York Times
Today the New York Times published a piece about Seattle’s incredible commitment to jazz education at the high school and now college level. The article highlights Roosevelt and Garfield high schools, who combined have won the national Essentially Ellington competition seven out of the past ten years. While many of these young musicians go on to study at New England conservatories and gig in New York, an increasing trend is to return to their supportive Northwest hometown. Local educators and musicians such as Clarence Acox, Scott Brown, Matt Jorgensen, John Gilbreath, Andy Clausen and Riley Mulherkar are quoted and mentioned. To read the entire article, please follow the above link. For even more New York Times coverage of our beloved scene, click here. The Times’s Popcast also focuses on the major players in Seattle jazz.