Seattle Office of Film + Music


CALL FOR ENTRIES: BEST SHORTS COMPETITION
November 24, 2010, 12:02 pm
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Best Shorts
Best Shorts is a new competition that recognizes the achievements of short filmmakers worldwide. It is not your typical film festival. Rather, the goal of Best Shorts is to give talented directors, producers, videographers, actors and actresses the positive exposure they need by promoting award winning films through press releases, media outlets, blog entries, etc. The Best Shorts competition gives awards not just for short films and documentaries but also for television pilots, public service announcements, experimental and special purpose productions, commercials, music videos, movie trailers, mobile and pocket media, tube-length videos, webisodes, new media and more. As long as your clip is 57 minutes or less, it is eligible for entry. The submission deadline for the competition is December 17, 2010. For more information, follow the link.

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COBIRDS UNITE VIDEO
November 23, 2010, 10:12 am
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No Depression
Seattle favorites Cobirds Unite combines the rustic guitar licks and vocals of Rusty Willoughby with the sweet voice of Rachel Flotard to create Cobirds’ charming music. The video below is for “Too Early” and “Crown of Thorns.”
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NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS ISSUES CALL FOR DOCUMENTARY FILMS
November 23, 2010, 10:12 am
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Artist Trust
The Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics program supports projects that examine international and transnational themes in the humanities through documentary film. These projects are meant to spark Americans’ engagement with the broader world by exploring one or more countries and cultures outside of the United States. Proposed documentaries must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship. Awards are for one to three years and for up to $75,000 (for development) and up to $800,000 (for production). Successful applicants will be awarded a grant in outright funds, matching funds, or a combination of the two, depending on the applicant’s preference and the availability of funds. The deadline to apply is January 5. For information or submission guidelines, check out the link.

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LET QUINCY JONES TEACH YOU A THING OR TWO
November 22, 2010, 1:45 pm
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Seattle Times
Quincy Jones, a Garfield High School alum, has worked with all the pop and jazz music greats. From Aretha Franklin to Michael Jackson, John Coltrane to Miles Davis, Jones has collaborated and learned from all of our heroes and role models. Now Jones is teaching us a thing or two in his new book, Q on Producing. Jones explains that when he was learning his craft, older, wiser musicians would say, “Step into my office,” signifying they were going to pass on some of their musical knowledge. Q on Producing is, essentially, Jones’ office. To read more about the book and Quincy Jones, follow the link above.

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JIMI HENDRIX DOCUMENTARY TO BE RELEASED
November 22, 2010, 1:42 pm
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Rolling Stone
A new film documenting Jimi Hendrix’s concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall in February 1969 will be released next year. According to Jimi’s half-sister, Janie, the film is “a day in the life of Jimi… It’s not an actor playing Jimi; it’s Jimi, and he really does forget the cameras are rolling and you see those sides of him, the stage and the sweetness with different girlfriends — there’s several that are in the film — and how he was around friends and how he was really into listening to the [recording of] the night before’s performance.” This film will be released theatrically, on pay-per-view and DVD. For more information, follow the link.

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SEATTLE JAZZ ED REACHES MORE KIDS
November 22, 2010, 1:38 pm
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KPLU
Everyone knows that Roosevelt and Garfield High Schools have some of the best high school jazz bands in the country. But what about the young Seattle musicians who don’t live in those neighborhoods? Enter the newly established Seattle Jazz Ed, under the direction of Clarence Acox, Laurie de Koch and Robert Knatt. The group, which meets once a week at Cornish College, pulls children from all over the city to form three jazz bands: beginning, intermediate and advanced. Though tuition is $750, scholarships are available for families in need. You can catch the Seattle Jazz Ed bands performing on December 9 at the Northwest African American Museum. For more information about the group, click the link above.

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THE VERA PROJECT NAMED ONE OF THE 21ST CENTURY’S GREATEST NEW MUSIC VENUES
November 22, 2010, 1:35 pm
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Flavorwire
Flavorwire has recognized The Vera Project, Seattle’s groundbreaking all-ages rock hall/community center, as one of the greatest new rock venues to have opened since the turn of the 21st century. Coming on the heels of Gibson’s Guitar’s inventory of the best rock venues of all time—a list which included legendary Seattle club, The Crocodile—Flavorwire compiled the list in an effort to shine a light on new music and the up-and-coming venues that support it. “Like many great all-ages venues conceived out of the DIY punk ethos, The Vera Project isn’t just a place to see bands play,” Flavorwire comments, citing the non-profit’s mission to foster a participatory creative culture through music, arts programs and volunteering. “The Vera Project offers […] many opportunities for teens to get involved in its community […]but the place still takes its bookings very seriously: Dan Deacon, Titus Andronicus, and Deerhoof are just a few of the great bands that have performed there.” To read the full article, be sure to check out the link.

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