Seattle Office of Film + Music

May 25, 2011, 10:42 am
Filed under: Digital Media, Film, Music | Tags: , , ,

You are invited to the Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour!
There are two compelling reasons not to miss tomorrow’s event:

1. Come welcome the return of Office of Film + Music director James Keblas! James recently returned to the office from a paternity leave and is ecstatic to rejoin the happy hour fold.

2. SIFF will be doing an exclusive ticket giveaway for Happy Hour attendees! Don’t miss your chance at snagging free tickets to the biggest film festival in the country!

Seattle has been a growing hub for film, music and digital media over the past several years, and it is vital for these three communities to interact for our city to continue to thrive. This Happy Hour offers just such an environment for people from these industries to socialize, network, and build a unified community.
The Happy Hour averages an attendance of 150-200 people each month. While this offers a great opportunity to meet and network with such a vibrant community, it can also seem daunting. To tame such an unwieldy beast, check out our eight essential Happy Hour tips to help you score your next big business deal.

Happy Hour is hosted at the Spitfire Lounge, located at 2219 4th Avenue in Belltown (between Blanchard and Bell). There will be Happy Hour priced drinks and snacks available.

These Happy Hour events are held on the last Wednesday of every month from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. You must be 21+ to attend. We hope to see you there!

The Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour is sponsored by the Office of Film + Music, Washington Filmworks, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy, and Washington Interactive Network.

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Washington Filmworks
From Amy Lillard:

Late last night the legislation to renew the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program was voted out of the House Ways and Means Committee after being amended. Representative Ross Hunter introduced an amendment to to reduce the size of the fund to $1.75M per year (from the proposed $3.5M annually). The bill is scheduled for a a full vote on the House floor today.

We urge you to CALL AND EMAIL your Representatives to ask them to restore the fund to $3.5M per year and to vote in favor of SSB 5539. Please remind your Representatives that the budget that was released this morning and agreed upon by both the Senate and House budget negotiators has the program included at $3.5M per year.

To find your Representative visit the following link:

The Special Session is scheduled to end tomorrow, so it is critical that your Representatives hear from you today!

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May 24, 2011, 10:08 am
Filed under: Music | Tags: , , , , , ,

Seattle Weekly
This year’s Sasquatch! Music Festival sold out in a week. For those of us who weren’t fortunate enough to snag a ticket, NPR and KEXP will be streaming a selection of performances live over Memorial Day Weekend. Both media outlets have vast experience broadcasting live performances, but KEXP executive director Tom Mara admits this will be a considerably huge undertaking. “This is the most ambitious live broadcast project we’ve taken on,” said Mara to Seattle Weekly. Starting Friday, you can visit NPR’s Live from Sasquatch page, use NPR Music’s iPhone app, or visit the live music archive at KEXP’s website to listen to sets by mainstage performers like Death Cab for Cutie, Foo Fighers, Wilco, The Flaming Lips, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and many more.

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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
Filed under: Film, Music | Tags: , , ,

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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