Seattle Office of Film + Music


NOMINATE SEATTLE MUSIC INDUSTRY HEROES FOR THE 2011 CITY OF MUSIC HONORS
February 24, 2011, 3:15 pm
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Seattle City of Music Honors
The third annual City of Music Honors will be held October 5 at The Triple Door, and the Seattle Music Commission is seeking your nominations for each of the event’s three accolades: The Award for Outstanding Achievement, the Breakthrough Award and the Impact Award. To submit your nominations, read up on the nomination criteria via the link above and then email us at filmandmusicoffice@seattle.gov with your suggestions by no later than Wednesday, March 2. Tell us who you are nominating and why they should be considered as an award recipient in a specific category. Each of your submissions will be carefully considered by the nominations committee and made public in or around September. We look forward to hearing your ideas, and don’t forget to mark your calendars!

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WASHINGTON FILMWORKS INCENTIVE RENEWAL VIDEO
February 23, 2011, 11:16 am
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Washington Filmworks
Today is Washington Filmworks’ Film Day in Olympia, a rally in support of maintaining the film tax incentive in Washington State. Help keep the Washington film industry competitive; support Washington Filmworks by contacting your legislator to support House Bill 1554 and Senate Bill 5539. Check out the video below that tells the story of a Super Bowl commercial filmed in Washington and takes a behind the scenes look at the local crew members that made it happen. You could even send your legislator a link to this video (list of Washington State Representatives) to show them how integral local filmmaking is for our local economy and film industry jobs. Follow the link at the top to learn more about Washington Filmworks and Film Day in Olympia.

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CALL IN TO “ASK THE MAYOR” YOUR QUESTIONS
February 23, 2011, 11:16 am
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Seattle Channel
“Ask the Mayor” gives Seattle residents a chance to speak directly to our mayor, Mike McGinn, live on Seattle Channel 21. The next show airs tonight, February 23, at 7 pm. This is a great opportunity to ask the mayor questions of interest to musicians and filmmakers! To join in on the conversation, call 684-8821 or email askthemayor@seattle.gov. For more information or to submit your questions ahead of time, follow the link.

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WA FILMWORKS’ THIRD ANNUAL OSCAR BENEFIT PARTY
February 23, 2011, 11:14 am
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Washington Filmworks
Join Washington Filmworks in celebrating Hollywood’s biggest night of the year while also helping to support a great cause! Next Sunday, February 27, Filmworks is hosting an Oscar viewing party and benefit for local film at Spitfire in Belltown. A $10 event donation enters you into the “Oscar Pool,” where you can cast your own personal ballot to predict the big winners at the 83rd annual Academy Awards. All proceeds from the night will go to a Seattle-area arts organization to be selected by the victor of the “Oscar Pool” ballot race. Last year, this event raised over $1,000! Doors open for the party at 4:00 pm and ballots will not be accepted after 5:15pm, so be sure to get there early. Follow the above link for the full party scoop or to download a copy of the 2011 Oscar ballot.

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FOLKLIFE ANNOUNCES BULGARIAN THEME FOR 2011 FESTIVAL
February 23, 2011, 11:10 am
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Seattle Times
The Northwest Folklife Festival going down at Seattle Center every Memorial Day weekend, has announced a Bulgarian theme for its 2011 program. A highlight of the Bulgarian focus is an exhibit of photographs, “Voices & Images from Bulgaria: 1966-1979,” taken by Martin Koenig, founder of the Balkan Arts Center in New York. A special performance will be given by Bulgarian singer Tsvetanka Varimezova and her husband, piper Ivan Varimezov, along with their two daughters on vocals and tambura. As always, the festival will host a Balkan participatory dance featuring local Balkan and Bulgarian dance bands as well as workshops, panel discussions, lectures and children’s activities. In addition to the Bulgarian program, the festival offers a Northwest Stories component, which opens Friday, May 27, at the Charlotte Martin Theater. The evening showcases the variety of ways stories are told, through performance, dance and song. It draws on talent from the Seattle Storytellers Guild, Hugo House, Jack Straw Productions, Pongo Teen Writing Project, Voices Rising, SPLAB and the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at Evergreen College. The festival also brings back the All Ages, All Day Showcase at Experience Music Project / Science Fiction Museum on Sunday, May 29, featuring the 8-Bit Showcase, in which “chiptune” musicians repurpose old Game Boys and video-game systems, using the limited 8-bit tones to make original music. With something for all ages, all tastes and all budgets there is no reason to miss out on this year’s Folklife, so check the link above for more details on this year’s festival.

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HELP “KICKSTART” M.A.D. NORTHWEST’S HIP-HOP DOC “THE OTHERSIDE”
February 22, 2011, 4:11 pm
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Kickstarter
“The Otherside” hip-hop documentary film project is the vision of local Olympian JR Celski, Vinny Dom, and filmmakers Dan Torok and Jeff Santos. Over the previous year they have compiled hours of interview and concert footage taken in various locations around the country including New York, following the tours of Seattle rap artists. The material gives an insider look at the growing Seattle scene that is snowballing towards national recognition. See the other “not so glamorous” side of artists lives as they are followed them into their homes, studios, backstage, in addition to their national tours. Experience everything from the daily struggles and obstacles, to the triumphs and successes these artists face as they reach for stardom. The film touches on various hip-hop stereotypes including race, community, drug addiction, and sexism. The diverse list of Seattle talent and different facets of the scene will expose you to the hip- hop in a way you may never have experienced before. Featured artists include: Macklemore, Massive Monkees, Jake One, Shabazz Palaces, Blue Scholars, Vitamin D, DJ B-Mello, The Physics, Common Market, J. Pinder, Grynch, Sol, Fresh Espresso, Mad Rad, Eighty4 Fly, Spaceman, Khingz, Wizdom, and a many more Seattle surprises. Support the project by following the Kickstarter link above and donating funds to help it along the way to completion.

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LAST CALL TO APPLY FOR 2011 ARTIST TRUST FELLOWSHIPS
February 22, 2011, 10:48 am
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Artist Trust
Heads up: The application deadline for Artist Trust’s 2011 Fellowship awards is this Friday, February 25! Artist Trust fellowships offer $7,500 in funding support to practicing professional artists of exceptional talent and demonstrated ability, and are based upon merit—not specific project proposals. Eligible disciplines for this year’s fellowship cycle include: Emerging Fields and Cross-Disciplinary; Performing; Visual ; and Traditional and Folk Arts. Applicants must be generative artists at least 18 years of age ( by the application deadline) who are Washington state residents. Award recipients are selected by a panel of three artists and arts professionals from the applicable fellowship discipline. Follow the above link for more on how to apply.

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VOLUNTEER TO PLANT PEARL JAM’S TREES IN DISCOVERY PARK
February 22, 2011, 10:45 am
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Green Seattle
Last year, Pearl Jam donated $210,000 to Cascade Land Conservancy to plant 33 acres of native trees in the Puget Sound and affectively mitigate carbon emissions from the band’s 2009 world tour. Now they need your help to plant some of those trees in Discovery Park with the Green Seattle Partnership. The agency is hosting a volunteer event on February 26, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Crews have been hard at work at Discovery Park removing invasive plants, and now they are ready for some extra hands to help in planting native trees and shrubs to re-establish the healthy forest that will mitigate carbon in the atmosphere. There is also another planting event opportunity in Redmond on March 5, from 10:00 am to 02:00 pm at Hartman Park. Volunteers should dress for the weather and come prepared to get their hands dirty; long pants and sleeves, sturdy shoes and a water bottle are highly recommended. Coffee and snacks will be provided for volunteers. Pearl Jam’s donation will fund the urban forestry project and mitigate more than 7,000 metric tons of carbon. Click the link above for more info and to register as a volunteer for one of the planting events.

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NEW TELEKINESIS ALBUM FEATURED IN THE ONION’S A.V. CLUB
February 18, 2011, 2:16 pm
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The A.V. Club
The Onion’s A.V. Club has posted a glimmering review of Seattle band Telekinesis’ new album 12 Desperate Straight Lines. Michael Benjamin Lerner went from sole proprietor of the band to expanding the project to include three additional musicians on the latest record. This increase in instrumentation has the band’s sound a more rounded and catchy feel, while Lerner’s emotion-saturated lyricism remains consistently gripping. Try a taste of Telekinesis’ live performance tonight at Jinx Artspace in Bellingham or check them out from the comfort of home on ArtZone with Nancy Guppy 8:00 pm on Seattle Channel 21. The episode will also be streaming and podcasting online. Click the link above to read the full review and sample some choice cuts of Telekinesis’ new album.

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SXSW ACCEPTS SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILM BY LOCAL FILMMAKER AND PRODUCER
February 18, 2011, 12:09 pm
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SXSW Events
Greg Vandy of KEXP’s The Roadhouse radio show has produced a short documentary film on old time folk musician Frank Fairfield. Working with director Austin Wilson, the co-founder and creative director of More Dust Than Digital the Seattle based video based production company, the team divulges into the life and mind of a young musician with of a love of 78RPM records and “eternal” music. Their short film has been accepted by South By Southwest and will premiere Saturday March 12 during the festival. Click the link above to learn more about the film, Frank Fairfield and SXSW, enjoy the trailer for the video below.

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