Seattle Office of Film + Music


The Seattle Times
For many, the Sasquatch! Music Festival ranks among the must-see events to check out over Memorial Day Weekend. This year marks a historic turn for the locally-bred music festival for a couple reasons. For one, it’s the first year that the festival has expanded to four days. Additionally, Sasquatch! is celebrating it’s 10-year anniversary this year. That’s big news for an event that’s grown from a one-day festival to a nationally recognized and lauded festival attracting top-notch talent from around the world. Written by distinguished local writer Charles R. Cross (founder of The Rocket and author of the Kurt Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven), the article profiles the festival and its founder Adam Zacks, who grew up in Olympia. It chronicles Zacks’ career from college concert promoter to running the Roseland Theater in Portland. From there he took a job working for House of Blues in Seattle, where he organized the first Sasquatch! Music Festival in 2002. He now works for STG Presents and continues to put on Sasquatch!, growing the festival more and more each year. Nabbing awesome headlining bands is one thing, but it’s the smaller acts at Sasquatch! that often thrive most at the festival. Says Zacks himself, “[Sasquatch! has] been a catalyst for music discovery, that has helped to foster this notion that it’s cool to go see 15 bands you’ve never heard of before. By the end of the weekend, you have a new favorite band.” Click the link above to read the full article.

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Washington Filmworks
From Amy Lillard:

We are pleased to announce that the House Ways and Means Committee has scheduled a hearing today at 5:00pm for SSB 5539, the legislation to renew the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program. This is a critical day for the legislation as it must be voted out of committee before it can be considered for a full vote on the floor of the House of Representatives. There are two important ways that you can support the lobbying effort.

Attend The Hearing
If you are available, please consider joining us in Olympia at today’s hearing. Given the busy Committee schedule, it’s unlikely that you will be able to testify at the hearing, but you can sign-in to support the legislation. To have a group of film industry professionals signing in on behalf of the legislation will speak volumes to committee members. The hearing will take place at 5:00 pm today in Senate Hearing Room 4 located in the Cherberg Building. For driving directions to Olympia and a Capital Campus please visit the following link:

Driving Directions & Campus Map

If you do plan to attend the hearing, let us know by sending an email to

Write Your Representative
If you are unable to attend the hearing today, we urge you to write your Representatives TODAY. In writing your Representatives, make sure that they are aware that SSB 5539 is scheduled today for a Hearing and Executive Action in the House Ways & Means Committee. Ask them to support the renewal of the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program.

To find your representative, please follow the link below.

If you receive a response from your House members, please let us know by forwarding it to With the Special Session scheduled to end on Wednesday, it is critical that you write TODAY.

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May 20, 2011, 12:46 pm
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SWASS Kickstarter
If you can remember the all encompassing acronym/adjective “SWASS” and even incorporated it into your everyday speech at one time in your life then you are a true OG of Seattle hip-hop history. SWASS was the platinum album from Sir Mix a-Lot released in 1988 on Seattle’s NastyMix Records. SWASS is also is a brand new documentary film on Seattle’s hip-hop scene both past and present. The film is an in-depth look at the struggling hip-hop community in the Seattle area told through interviews by the hip-hop artists themselves. The doc features interviews and clips of live performances from Sir Mix a-Lot, Blue Scholars, Macklemore, Vitamin D, Jake One, Massive Monkees, Larry Mizell, The Emerald Street Boys, Grynch, D-Black, Bean One, Silver Shadow D, One B Lo, DJ B-Mellow, Lace Cadence, DJ Scene, BYC, B-Boy Orb, Alpha P, Thee Satisfaction, Mad Rad, Charles Mudede, Champagne Champagne, Hella Dope, Big World Breaks, Dyme Def, Grey Skul, Kevin Gardner, Yirim Seck, King Khazm, Gaberiel Teodros, Amos Miller, Obese Productions, Sam Chesneau, Soul Gorilla, DJ Marc Sense, Canary Sing and many more Seattle hip-hop staples. The documentary addresses the music scene as well as the outside factors that affect it, such as demographics and the economy of the city. What is the Seattle sound, where has it been, where is it going? More than anything this film is a reflection of the community, a means to prompt discussion, and our way of giving back. Check out the kickstarter video below.
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May 20, 2011, 12:39 pm
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Greg Vandy of KEXP’s The Roadhouse radio show 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 film has been accepted by South By Southwest, Indie Grits Film Fest Festival, Memphis International Film Festival, LA Film + Music Festival and will screen at the Seattle International Film Festival on May 29 and 30. The short documentary will be screened as part of the festival with the movie Surrogate Valentine. You can watch the official trailer here. Click the link above to learn more about the film, Frank Fairfield and the SIFF 2011 screening.

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Wild Mind Film Camp
The Northwest Film Forum Board Vice President and documentary filmmaker Peter J. Vogt is teaming up with documentary superstar Doug Pray and Oscar Award winning cinematographer Shana Hagan for an innovative 9 day course in documentary filmmaking. The Wild Mind Film Camp runs from July 8-17 in the lush and verdant Methow Valley of Washington State. Renowned director Peter J. Vogt created the jazz documentary Icons Among Us, Doug Pray has immense documentary experience as the filmmaker behind Hype!, Art & Copy, Surfwise and Scratch and Shana Hagan has lent her cinematography expertise on documentary films such as This Film is Not Yet Rated, After Innocence and many more. Check out the Wild Mind Film Camp website at the link above and sign up for an unforgettable summer session of documentary filmmaking workshops with some of the best in the business.

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May 20, 2011, 12:31 pm
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MIFFF 2011
The 2011 Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival is seeking features, documentaries, short films and animation for their 3rd annual festival. MIFFF has officially opened the submission season for the 2011 Festival. MIFFF produces the Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival, the premier Pacific Northwest weekend long event devoted towards independent and international genre film making. The event was created to offer exposure to films that traditionally are overlooked by the festival circuit from genres including action, animation, fantasy, horror, and science fiction. The “early bird” submission deadline is for entries is May 23 and the regular submission deadline is June 27 so get to shooting, editing and submitting. MIFFF takes place on September 16-18, 2011 at SIFF Cinema at McCaw Hall. For additional information, or to submit your short or feature-length production for consideration, you may visit the MIFFF website at the link above.

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May 20, 2011, 12:29 pm
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Seattle Film Institute
The Seattle Film Institute offers professional certificates and graduate degrees in all aspects of filmmaking. All SFI programs feature a hands-on education and practical experience that provide the groundwork for professional careers. Students receive a real world education from a faculty anchored by film industry professionals. Every SFI student can also participate in their nationally recognized internship program. Join SFI for a free informational meeting about their Professional Certificate and Graduate Degree programs on Saturday, May 21, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. SFI’s ten month professional certificate programs include: Filmmaking (AA/BA Options, 3-D Animation, Motion Graphics, Producing, Sound Design and Recording Arts and Film Scoring. They offer graduate degree programs in a Master of Arts in Producing for Film and a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking. This is not only a chance to get your burning questions answered; it’s also a great opportunity to see the school, meet key faculty members and other prospective students, and also to get the scoop on scholarships and financial aid. For more information visit the hyperlink above.

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May 20, 2011, 12:28 pm
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Film Industry Night on Facebook
Directors, writers, actors, composers and film lovers alike are welcome to attend the first-ever Film Industry Night happening at Neumos on Wedneday, June 1. The inimitable Warren Etheredge will be your host for the evening, which organizers say “promises to be a night of cross-cultural delight, booze, and plenty of schmooze.” Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with local filmmakers like Megan Griffiths (The Off Hours, which can be seen at SIFF 2011), Dan McComb (of the forthcoming Beyond Naked), Jagger Gravning (of the imminent Wallflower), Adam Sekular (Empty Hollow Echo) and many more! The event will also feature musical performances by Grammy-winning artist Pete Stewart along with local artists Whitney Mongé, James Coates, and The Unfortunates. Click the link above for more details about Film Industry Night and to RSVP for the event.

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May 19, 2011, 1:36 pm
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Seattle Times
After sifting through about 300 minutes (or 100 entries) of submission footage, the Seattle Times in collaboration with the Seattle International Film Festival have selected the best 3 Minute Masterpieces from the lot. 11 winners were chosen in both youth and adult filmmaker brackets, which can be viewed in YouTube form on the Seattle Times site. Most of the entries were made in or around Seattle with a Reno, Nevada submission sneaking its way in. Filmmakers from ages 10 and up made it into the winners circle, including NFFTY frequenter, 16 year-old-director Ben Kadie. You also can see the 3 Minute Masterpiece films on the big screen (for free!) at 10 AM on Saturday, May 21, at SIFF Cinema, where the grand-prize winner will be announced. Check out “Ego Boost” a hilarious 3 minute knee-slapper by Seattle’s Ty Huffer below. Click the link above to see all the winning films and learn more about the 3 Minute Masterpiece competitions.
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As the winner of KEXP’s Hood to Hood Challenge during the fall membership drive, Ballard and its lovely inhabitants will be treated to a full day of live music and other perks tomorrow. The Sunset Tavern will host performances all day, starting bright and early at 7 AM with David Bazan. Below is a complete list of performances happening tomorrow:

Bands LIVE on KEXP from The Sunset:
7:00am – David Bazan
9:00am – Yuni In Taxco
11:00am – Point Juncture, WA
1:00pm – Buffalo Tom
3:00pm – Joan As Police Woman
5:00pm – Shabazz Palaces
6:30pm – The Black Crabs
8:30pm – Marshall Scott Warner

Bands at Cupcake Royale:
2:30pm – Jason Dodson of The Maldives
4:00pm – Eric Elbogen of Say Hi
5:30pm – BOAT

Attendees can also take advantage of discounts at local Ballard businesses and listen to KEXP DJs spin at local watering holes like Harlow’s, Hazelwood, BalMar, Ocho, Portalis Wine Shop & Bar, and Hattie’s Hat. There will also be musical showcases at Conor Byrne, The Tractor Tavern, and The Sunset. If you’re feeling like a mooch, consider donating to the Ballard Food back while you’re in the neighborhood. KEXP will have a donation tent set up in Bergen Place Park from 10 AM to 5 PM. Congratulations to Ballard for winning KEXP’s Hood to Hood Challenge!

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