Seattle Office of Film + Music


PUTTING THE “M” BACK IN MTV?
December 17, 2010, 11:37 am
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Blackbook Magazine
BlackBook.com is singing the praises of newly-launched web series, “$5 Cover: Seattle” for getting right to the heart of what “music television” is all about. The 12-part docudrama, now streaming for free online, takes a close look at the current Seattle music scene featuring performances, interviews and backstage footage in a way BlackBook.com thinks is “really cool”: “5 Cover is a whole different beast,” says article author Adam Wilson,” and certainly worth more than $5.” To read the full article, follow the link. Also be sure to check out “$5 Cover: Seattle” for yourself here.

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JOIN THE NFFTY 2011 FILM SELECTION COMMITTEE
December 17, 2010, 11:33 am
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NFFTY
Fancy yourself a film buff? Get those critical juices flowing and become a volunteer curator for NFFTY’s 2011 Youth Filmmaking Competition! Members of the selection committee will be asked to screen two hours of submitted films per week– assigning a simple rating to each work– to help determine the festival lineup for NFFTY’s 2011 competition. The film submissions will be made available online for festival curators to view in a secure, high-quality environment, and at their own convenience. Not only will selection committee members get to view some outstanding, never-before-seen youth-made films—they will also be treated to some sweet NFFTY swag, including a $250-level NFFTY membership, a Best of NFFTY DVD, free tickets to general festival films, opening night tickets and more! Check out the link for more information.

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“$5 COVER” DIRECTOR LYNN SHELTON FEATURED IN ELLE MAGAZINE
December 16, 2010, 1:41 pm
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Elle Magazine
In a new Elle Magazine online feature, award-winning local filmmaker Lynn Shelton talks about the release of her latest brainchild, “$5 Cover: Seattle.” In the interview, Shelton reveals her close connection to “$5 Cover: Seattle”—which debuted yesterday on its official MTV website — and practically gushes over the series’ innovative cyber-launch: “The cool thing is it’s on the web, so you can screen it in an interactive way,” says Shelton. “ Links will come up on the side—if you’re watching an episode with a particular band, there’s a link and a map to where [they’re playing] in Seattle. If you go to all those links, you’ll find out all these things about the bands, about Seattle, about the venues, on and on. It allows you to experience it above and beyond what’s on screen.” To read the entire article, be sure to check out the above link.

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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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