Seattle Office of Film + Music

November 15, 2011, 1:43 pm
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If you’re looking for tips or tricks to get your Kickstarter project off the ground, local project JourneyQuest could write the book on successful crowdfunding. When the “fantasy comedy web series” released their debut season, it became an instant hit and gained a solid following. Fans can watch the season in its entirety online, free of charge, and the show’s producers plan on keeping it that way. They decided to use crowdfunding techniques to pull together the $30 thousand to cover the first season’s expenses, as well as an additional 3k to film the second season. Upon the campaign’s launch in late September, fans jumped to action and amassed nearly $25k of their $60k goal in 48 hours. Within 11 days, the goal had been reached. As the makers of JourneyQuest watched their pledge total steadily surpass the original goal, they set their sights on a new one. Updates on the Kickstarter campaign page inform that at the $100k mark, they’ll be able to make a full length feature film out of the second season. The project is 10 days from ending, and they have a little over 8 grand to raise in that time. This project is a solid reminder that independent filmmakers can make it big with the powerful aide of a strong fan base.

November 15, 2011, 12:22 pm
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Seattle City of Music
Seattle has long been a city rife with musical overtones. Instrumental dings and vocal chirps are always within an ears reach of inhabitants, and the melodies and harmonies that echo speak for the culture of place of the ever-evolving zeitgeist. Whether it is the Native Americans of the area performing local dance and song, or Nirvana-inspired punk-rock resonating from Showbox speakers, the common colloquial second language of the Pacific Northwest is undeniably music.  To read more about how music permeates the very core of what it means to be part of a city like Seattle, take a look at the recently posted Seattle: City of Music essay on the SCOM site.

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November 10, 2011, 11:41 am
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Cinema Blend
Luminaries of the musical world take on the set of Portlandia for its second season, kicking off at the start of next year. The comedy-hit nails the vibe of the Northwest and its residents, from the locavore mentality and raising the bar on living “green,” to independent bookshops and the impulse to “put a bird” on everything. The show has rallied Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder to have a stab at satirical acting.  Other celebrity musicians include Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse), Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) Johnny Marr (The Smiths), singer/songwriter Joanna Newsom, and Annie Clark (St. Vincent).

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Seattle Post Intelligencer
1980’s sweetheart Mudhoney amused fans at last week’s Seattle Interactive Conference.  The exciting rockers tickled conference attendees with old favorites as they closed out the conference during an intimate performance at the Showbox. The 2-day conference, which yielded over 3,500 people, featured a musical catalog that also included local names like Shabazz Palaces, Presidents of the United States of America, Death Cab for Cutie and Tim Bierman of Pearl Jam’s Ten Club who was featured at a panel discussion on digital music. The Seattle setting for the conference is deemed a “natural destination” for discussions about film, music and the digital world.

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November 7, 2011, 12:56 pm
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This week in history for 11/7 – 11/13 in the Film+Music scene…

11/7/1975: Elton John’s Rock of the Westies started a three week run at No. 1 on the US album chart. John released Seven consecutive No. 1 US albums during his career.

11/8/1971: Led Zeppelin released their critically-acclaimed fourth album. No title was printed on the album, so it was generally referred to as Led Zeppelin IV. This album went on to become the third best-selling US album of all time.

11/9/1984: A Nightmare On Elm Street directed by Wes Craven premiered. The film’s budget was only $1.8 million, a sum it pulled in during its first week in theaters.

11/11/1955: Elvis Presley was voted by Billboard Magazine to be the ‘most promising new country & western artist’. The next year, Presley released Heartbreak Hotel,  which became an instant No. 1 hit.

11/12/1977: The Sex Pistols went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols.  It was their only album to top the charts. Rolling stone rated it #43 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

11/13/1991: Walt Disney Pictures released Beauty and the Beast. The film was a smashing success, earning over $400 million in box office earnings throughout the world. It was the first animated feature to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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The Stranger
The Seattle Interactive Conference (SIC) is a two day event focused on bringing together the best of the interactive industry. The event brings opportunity for professional networking and a chance to hear keynote speakers from companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and more. A digital music panel, “Transforming the Digital Frontier,” will feature local music professionals taking an introspective look at the colliding worlds of the interactive and music industries. They’ve also planned some smashing after-parties for registered attendees. First, the much anticipated Battle of the Geek Bands will kick off the opening Party tonight at Showbox SODO, followed by a special performance by the Presidents of the United States of America. Wednesday night, Shabazz Palaces headlines another after-party at Showbox at the Market, and Thursday the event is capped off with a performance by Mudhoney, again at SODO. It’s going to be a great event for anyone in the interactive industry in Seattle. For more information, check out SIC‘s website.

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