Seattle Office of Film + Music

August 31, 2011, 1:31 pm
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Women in Film
September 6th sees the relocation of the Women in Film (WIF) “First Tuesday” gathering, which will move to the iconic Belltown Rendezvous Lounge. To kick off the new space, WIF helps to kick off the web launch of SmartGirls’ Way, an organization dedicated to encouraging, enabling and empowering women entrepreneurs. The First Tuesday will also include a talk by WIF staff about their upcoming 6-week Adobe After Effects workshop, launching September 12th. Finally, on September 24th, the Manhattan Short Film Festival settles into West Seattle’s Admiral Theater. Ten short films were chosen by professional producers, directors, and actors and the screening audience at the Admiral Theater will choose the ultimate winner.

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August 30, 2011, 1:25 pm
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Toyota Free Yr Radio
Many local bands playing Bumbershoot are getting some extra attention thanks to Toyota’s Free Yr Radio, which is partnering with KEXP and The Vera Project to host a special stage near the International Fountain at Seattle Center. The performances scheduled include three bands who won’t be playing anywhere else during Bumbershoot. To bolster its mission to keep independent radio thriving, Free Yr Radio will also be donating funds to KEXP and The Vera Project. Below is the full lineup for the Free Yr Radio stage.

Saturday, September 3
Seapony (Free Yr Radio exclusive performance) — 11:45 a.m.
Grand Hallway – 1:05 p.m.
Pickwick – 2:35 p.m.
Yuni in Taxco – 4:20 p.m.
Campfire OK – 6:05 p.m.
Scribes – 7:50 p.m.

Sunday, September 4
Massy Ferguson – 11:45 a.m.
Kaylee Cole – 1:05 p.m.
Allen Stone – 2:35 p.m.
SOL – 4:20 p.m.
The Lonely Forest – 6:05 p.m.
The Pharmacy (Free Yr Radio exclusive performance) – 7:50 p.m.

Monday, September 5
Lemolo – 11:45 a.m.
Lake – 1:05 p.m.
Ravenna Woods – 2:35 p.m.
Motopony – 4:20 p.m.
Quadron – 6:05 p.m.
TBD (Free Yr Radio exclusive performance) – 7:50 p.m.

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Sound Off! is the Northwest’s foremost underage battle of the bands event. Each year EMP is electrified by this annual musical event that provides a stage and spotlight for promising young bands in the Seattle area. Those interested in participating can submit an application starting September 2. Sound Off! has been the launching ground for various artists and bands including The Lonely Forest, Dyme Def, Sol, New Faces, The Lonely H, Schoolyard Heroes and Brite Futures (Formerly Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head). Last year’s winner was pop-centric group Tomten. Participants must be 21 or under, and live in Washington, Oregon or British Columbia. EMP will also have a booth in Center Square during Bumbershoot this weekend with more information about next year’s Sound Off!

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August 26, 2011, 2:19 pm
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Seattle Met
Local filmmaker Megan Griffiths (The Off Hours) began shooting Eden, her newest feature film, this month. The production was seen filming in Ellensburg last week, and this week the crew filmed some scenes in Belltown and White Center. The film is based on the true story of a young girl who survived domestic human trafficking and sex slavery. Jamie Chung (The Hangover II, Sucker Punch) leads the cast, which also includes Beau Bridges (The Fabulous Baker Boys) and Matt O’Leary (Fat Kid Rules the World, Brick).

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Another Rainy Saturday
The annual EMP Pop conference, which launched in Seattle in 2002, will be taking New York City by storm and debuting at NYU this Spring.  The “far too rare common discussion” is putting out a call for papers on all styles of pop music.  Next year’s conference, themed “Sounds of the City” and presented by New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, and International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US branch gathering, is tinted with metropolitan-meets-music discussions.  Along with the call for presentation proposals are some suggested sub-themes for writers, including, but not limited to, Urban Listening, Cultural Collisions, and The Global Metropolis. Guests include academics, journalists, performers, and dedicated fans.  Proposals should be sent to organizer Eric Weisbard at by Tuesday, November 15.

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August 26, 2011, 11:28 am
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2012 SIFF Community Advisory Committee Application
SIFF is looking for community input to discuss and review how SIFF can better engage the Seattle community with its current programming at SIFF Cinema and the annual film festival. The SIFF Community Advisory Committee (CAC) was established in 2011 to accomplish such a feat. Interested participants can choose an area of focus (programming, community events/outreach, ambassadors) within the CAC. A total time commitment of 15-20 hours a month is expected from volunteers. And let’s not forget the rewards of participating in the CAC! Committee members will receive a complimentary pass to SIFF Cinema and to the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival. To become part of the SIFF CAC, lick the link to fill out the survey.

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August 25, 2011, 2:16 pm
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New York Times
As a way to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind album, which has sold over ten million copies in the United States, Jon Stewart has invited the living members of the legendary music ensemble to his XM radio lair.  Stewart, along with band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, as well as Nevermind’s producer Butch Vig, will all be present for an open conversation, which will touch on topics like the caliber of success the famed band reached, Grohl’s transition to lead singer of the Foo Fighter, and surely much more.   The interview is all in preparation for the Nirvana-centric SiriusXM radio station, Nevermind Radio, launching in September for several days.

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August 25, 2011, 10:47 am
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Seattle Chamber
Every business in the Seattle region is encouraged to participate in the Greater Seattle Chamber’s Job Sector Survey. This is currently the only comprehensive assessment of conditions for employers in Seattle and the Puget Sound region. The 10-minute survey, which will help the Chamber of Commerce collect the information they need to guide elected officials, policymakers and community leaders when making decisions that impact the local economy, is an opportunity for your voice to be heard. This is a great chance for those in the entertainment and music industries to speak up, so act fast. The deadline has been extended to this Friday, August 26.

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Washington Filmworks
The Washington State Legislature failed to renew the state film incentive earlier this year. Washington Filmworks Chair Becky Bogard recently issued a response letter, assuring supporters that funding has been secured through June of 2012. She also laid out the future budget activities of Washington Filmworks and plans to resubmit the incentive program for renewal next year. Click the link above to read the whole letter and find out how you can get involved.

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August 24, 2011, 10:00 am
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Starbucks typically offers free music downloads each week, highlighting a diverse selection of artists. But this week, iPhone users will be happy to discover they can get a free download of the Shazam Encore app (normally priced at $5.99). For those unfamiliar, Shazam is a handy music identification tool that listens to a sample of a tune and gives you the title and artist. Look for a coupon at your nearest Starbucks to get in on this sweet deal.

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