Seattle Office of Film + Music


SEATTLE’S FORGOTTEN SOUL SCENE “GROOVES” ITS WAY ONTO DVD TODAY

Wheedle’s Groove, the award-winning film chronicling Seattle’s forgotten soul/funk scene of the 60s and 70s, is now available on DVD! With narration by the incomparable Sir Mix-A-Lot, interviews with the stars of Seattle Soul, and commentary from local music icons like Quincy Jones, Kenny G, Soundgarden, Death Cab for Cutie and Mudhoney, the film shines a powerful light on a vibrant and prolific musical movement that “grooved” Seattle decades before the grunge wave that put us on the map. The new DVD—which you can pick up via iTunes, Netflix, Hulu and a host of national retailers– also includes deleted scenes, concert footage, a What’s a Wheedle featurette and more. Also included the DVD special features is the film’s theatrical trailer, which you can peep below in case you just can’t wait until you pick up your own copy of the Groove.

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FIRST ANNUAL 60 SECOND SMART SPOT CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCED
March 29, 2011, 10:53 am
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Phil Smart Film
Avid blog readers have been itching to hear the results of the 1st Annual Smart Spot Contest previously mentioned. The votes are in and “Nice Car” by local filmmaker Mike McCoy of Shoreline Community College is the grand prize winner. The contest was open to all aspiring amateur filmmakers and required them to create a 30-60 second commercial for Phil Smart using only original footage and music. Click on the link above to learn more about the annual Smart Spot Contest. Keep an eye out for the new Phil Smart “Nice Car” commericial that will be airing soon and watch it below. Congrats Mike!

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SEATTLE SPRING RAPFEST ‘87 RETROSPECTIVE
March 29, 2011, 10:25 am
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Historylink
Last week Historylink.org, a free online encyclopedia of Washington State history, posted an article chronicling the epoch of Seattle hip-hop and its tumultuous beginnings. The retrospective vignette by Peter Blecha highlights the 1987 Spring Rapfest held at the Paramount in and the events surrounding the concert. With the advent of rappers such as Sir Mix-A-Lot entering the scene it was an exciting time for Seattle hip-hop, but also a turbulent one as Blecha points out in the dissertation. With chaotic clashes and between police, fans and media, Blecha writes, “It was a scene probably not seen in Seattle again until the WTO protests of 1999.” While these events created quite the controversy at the time, they heralded the sheer energy of the Seattle hip-hop era yet to come. To read the Seattle rap culture infused exposition follow the Historylink above and get ready for some old school hip-hop community history.

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ONE REEL SEEKS PROGRAMMING INTERN FOR BUMBERSHOOT 2011
March 29, 2011, 9:54 am
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One Reel
One Reel, the local non-profit behind some of the Northwest’s biggest arts and cultural events, is looking for a Programming Intern to staff Bumbershoot 2011. This position primarily entails processing performer applications; tracking artist contracts and deliverables; managing logistics including travel accommodations and artist will-call; maintaining promotional materials, and generally providing administrative support to the Bumbershoot Programming Department. This internship also offers a unique, hands-on opportunity to learn about the special events programming process, including the day-to-day, nuts-and-bolts operations involved in booking and artist relations for high-profile festivals. Qualified applicants should have strong organization and communication skills, technical experience and interest in the arts, and must also be up to the physical demands of on-site festival work (i.e. long hours, physical labor, large crowds, etc.) One Reel provides a small stipend to cover food and transportation costs for all internships. Follow the link for more information or to learn how to apply for this position.

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EMP ANNOUNCES OPENING DAY PANELS FOR NEW NIRVANA EXHIBIT
March 29, 2011, 9:47 am
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Seattle PI
EMP has announced that the April 16 launch of the highly-anticipated Taking Punk to the Masses tour will also be accompanied by two exclusive opening-day panels. “Nirvana: from Nowhere to Nevermind” will chronicle behind-the-scenes road stories from Nirvana’s early 90s world tours, as seen through the eyes of the people that kept it rolling— the band’s sound engineer Craig Montgomery and drum tech Barrett Jones, with even more guests still to be announced. Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses curator Jacob McMurray will moderate this panel and will also lead the discussion in “The Metropolis: Birthplace of Grunge?” which explores the salad days of Seattle punk rock while also pondering the role of the long-gone punk rock venue The Metropolis, as the cradle of the Grunge movement. Jason Finn (Love Battery, The Presidents of the USA), famed grunge photographer Charles Peterson, Alice in Chains manager Susan Silver, Tom Price (Gas Huffer, U-Men) and Kurt Bloch (Fastbacks, Young Fresh Fellows) are all slated to serve on the panel. Hit up the above link for the full scoop on the panels.

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SEATTLE FILMMAKER PRESENTS AN ARBORCENTRIC DOCUMENTARY
March 28, 2011, 2:26 pm
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TreeStory
TreeStory is an innovative film with an ambitious plan to reconnect people to nature in a new way. Seattle filmmaker Ward Serrill has high hopes for the film’s impact and employs a timeless form of activism: story-telling. TreeStory is a film saturated with heroic tales from around the world that will inspire activism by making it personal, exploring the dramatic changes that can happen to people thanks to an experience with one important tree in their life. Moving beyond seeing trees as resources, the film will pose the question, “what is a tree and what does it have to do with me?” Ward Serrill’s last feature, The Heart of the Game, about a girl’s basketball team was a surprise hit that got picked up by Miramax and experienced great successes. Andy Shilabear the award winning cinematographer of the Planet Earth series is working on the project, capturing the aesthetic beauty of the forest friends. With funding from Kickstarter the production team will complete the critical research and development phase of the project. For more information on the film, follow the above link and click on Kickstarter to support the project and maybe even find out which tree is your totem tree.

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FUEL FRIENDS BLOG PRESENTS AN(OTHER) EXCLUSIVE HEAD AND THE HEART RECORDING SESSION
March 28, 2011, 2:24 pm
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Fuel Friends Blog
After hosting an impromptu in-house jam-sesh with rising Seattle stars The Head and the Heart (THATH) late last year, Heather Browne of Colorado-based music portal Fuel Friends Blog has done it again. Two weekends ago, THATH filled the stone halls of Colorado College’s historic Shove Chapel with richly effusive sound, laying down exclusive new recordings for the first-ever Fuel/Friends Chapel Session. “I have a strong intuition that this band is going to be significant to a much larger audience, as they have been to me and so many of you,” Browne comments in her Chapel Session blog post, which also features four downloadable tracks capturing special renditions of THATH’s “In the Summertime,” “Chasing A Ghost,” “Josh McBride” and “Rivers and Roads.” “The three of us sitting in the pews kept just looking at each other across the room; we couldn’t believe how heady it felt when the moment resonated and the chords struck and the harmonies fit like keys and locks, or fingers interlaced, or an embrace.” Follow the link above to have a look and a listen.

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