Seattle Office of Film + Music


THE HEAD AND THE HEART JOIN SUB POP
December 16, 2010, 1:36 pm
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Sound on the Sound
It’s finally happened! The Head and the Heart have made known that they are signed to local Sub Pop Records. Though the deal happened months ago, everything was very hush hush. But if you go to the band’s iTunes page, “Released on Sub Pop Records” can easily be spotted. Having a fantastic local band sign to a highly regarded local label is exciting news, and we are very happy to see the band’s loyalty to Seattle’s music scene.

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LOCAL FILMMAKER HEADING TO SLAMDANCE
December 16, 2010, 1:33 pm
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Northwest Film Forum
Craig Packard’s short script “Bobby Ellis is Gonna Kick Your Ass” was selected as the second-place finalist in the Slamdance screenwriting competition. As a finalist, he will receive a full filmmaker’s pass to the festival along with Final Draft and some other prizes and swag. Additionally, the Writers Guild held a reception in LA to congratulate the finalists and granted them eligibility to the independent writers’ conference. Read more at the link above. Congrats to Craig!

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SEATTLE TOP TEN HIP-HOP VIDEOS

Seattle Weekly
Seattle Weekly posted the article above to highlight Seattle’s Top 10 Hip-Hop Videos of 2010. The list includes everything from Sol’s “Dear Friends” and Dyme Def’s “Do Something” to “ExtraHellaDope” by State of the Artist and “Soothsayer” by Victor Shade. Topping the list is the video for Grynch’s “My Volvo,” directed by Stephan Gray. Gray says the video almost never happened; “’We were planning on shooting a different song for most of the pre-production, and then after two months of planning I get a late-night call from Grynch and he goes, ‘Yo, we’ve gotta do My Volvo,’ said Gray.” To check out the full listing and to watch some of the videos, follow the link.

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“$5 COVER: SEATTLE” SEATTLE IS NOW STREAMING ONLINE

$5 Cover: Seattle
MTV’s “$5 Cover: Seattle,” is now available to stream for free at fivedollarcover.com! Directed by renowned local filmmaker Lynn Shelton, the 12-part docudrama series takes place over one weekend using the artists’ real-life stories to paint a vivid portrait of Seattle’s intertwining film, music, and nightlife communities. Shot in over 20 locations and nightlife hotspots throughout the city, the production employed a local film crew of 30, as well as 60 Seattle-based cast members, including featured bands The Moondoggies, The Maldives, Champagne Champagne, THEESatisfaction, Whiskey Tango and more. If you’re as excited about this project as we are, you’ve probably already clicked over to watch. If not, what are you waiting for?!

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SEATTLE SYMPHONY MOONLIGHTING AS HOLIDAY FLASH MOB
December 15, 2010, 1:13 pm
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Seattle Symphony
Tra-la-la-la…. Flash Mob! Check out this holiday-tastic video of the Seattle Symphony chorale—led by Gerard Schwartz himself—taking over the downtown Nordstrom over the weekend.

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“I AM SECRETLY AN IMPORTANT MAN” HITS NEW YORK
December 15, 2010, 1:12 pm
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New York Times
Today’s New York Times praised Peter Sillen’s cinematic portrait of Seattle poet Jesse Bernstein, I Am Secretly An Important Man. Seattleites were privy to the film when it played at Northwest Film Forum last month, but now it’s making its way around the country. I Am Secretly An Important Man chronicles Bernstein, “the godfather of grunge,” and his wild antics, mental instability, sensational art and the cult of celebrities (including Nirvana and Soundgarden) surrounding him. Explains the article, “His own work, seen and heard throughout the film, is from another time and place, evoking Allen Ginsberg, Tom Waits and, in its calmer moments, Spalding Gray. Although none of them, presumably, performed with live mice in their mouths, as Mr. Bernstein is seen doing in the film.” To read the full review, follow the above link.

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THE HEAD AND THE HEART JUST KEEP SINGING
December 14, 2010, 12:43 pm
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Sound on the Sound
The video below shows The Head and the Heart singing folksy harmonies on the road during their West Coast tour. It’s easy to see why the band has been so successful; they are spot on even when a cappella. The link above also features another video from the trip as well as some beautiful photos.

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GREEN FILMMAKING WITH MEGAN GRIFFITHS

Northwest Film Forum
Tomorrow night is your chance to learn about environmentally friendly filmmaking with director of The Off Hours, Megan Griffiths. The Off Hours and the Sustainable Style Foundation (SSF) will be co-hosting a Strategy Salon this Wednesday, December 15 from 4 to 6 pm in theater two at the Northwest Film Forum. The program will use The Off Hours as a case study and discuss ways in which future productions can run their sets in a more environmentally and socially conscious manner. The Off Hours is the first film to be granted the SSFTag in recognition of their sustainable practices. The production was also awarded a grant from local arts organization 4Culture for their efforts in this area. The film will be premiering at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. This event is free and open to the public.

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KEXP WANTS YOUR TOP ALBUM VOTES

Reverb
KEXP has opened voting for its annual “Top 90.3 Albums of the Year” poll. This is an all-inclusive list, featuring pop, hip-hop, indie and other major genres of the year. While the options include several national acts, now is your chance to get your favorite local albums on 2010 on the venerable list. Choices include Damien Jurado’s Saint Bartlett, The Head and the Heart’s self-titled album and Perfume Genius’ Learning, among others. Add your two cents here!

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“LOOKOUT LOOKOUT” FOR THIS NEW PERFUME GENIUS VIDEO
December 13, 2010, 1:21 pm
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The Stranger
Everybody’s favorite sensitive piano playing songwriter, Perfume Genius, has released this beautiful new video for his song “Lookout Lookout.” The highly stylized video features Genius’ Mike Hadreas in a motel room, looking like he’s straight out of 1955. Watch it below!

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