Seattle Office of Film + Music

Mayor McGinn Proclaims June 22 “Grassroots” Day in Seattle
June 20, 2012, 10:26 am
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Seattle has a long and diverse history of grassroots campaigns, and the feature Grassroots, shot right here in town, tells the story of one such campaign. Directed by Stephen Gyllenhall, the film is based on the book Zioncheck for President, a true account of the quirky 2001 Seattle City Council race between Grant Cogswell and Richard McIver. Grassroots played recently at the SIFF closing night gala, but if you didn’t catch it then, you’ll have a chance to see it at the Harvard Exit when it opens on Friday, June 22 – a day Mayor McGinn has proclaimed “Grassroots Day” in Seattle. Stephen Gyllenhall is planning to attend all showings from Friday to Sunday. The production of Grassroots was made possible by the Washington State Film Incentives program.

June 19, 2012, 8:35 am
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Local filmmakers and amateur directors are invited to submit a video between 30 seconds and 2 minutes in length, incorporating the idea of Seattle Culture (bonus points for any use of the Space Needle), to the Totally Stacked! Video Contest. Entries may include all types of videos, but must be submitted by July 2 to be considered. The contest is organized by The Stranger, Capitol Hill Block Party, and SIFF – and participants will be eligible for a number of prizes, including SIFF passes, Capitol Hill Block Party tickets, and more.

EMP Seeks New Youth Advisory Board Members
June 14, 2012, 2:43 pm
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EMP seeks new members for the 2012-2013 Youth Advisory Board (YAB). YAB connects teenagers to the Northwest’s all ages arts and music scene by giving them an opportunity to be a driving force in EMP’s teen programming. YAB members also get an inside peek at museum exhibits and special events. You must be high school-aged to apply.

Today’s Top Ten Albums on iTunes Were Recorded at Bear Creek Studios
June 11, 2012, 11:43 am
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Take a look at today’s list of the top 10 albums on iTunes! The list includes the Lumineers’ self-titled album, and Brandi Carlile’s new release Bear Creek – both of which were recorded at Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville. Other famous artists that have recorded at Bear Creek: Fleet Foxes, Modest Mouse, Soundgarden, Built to Spill, The Gossip, Bill Frisell, and more.

Megan Griffith’s “Eden” Wins Big at SIFF 2012
June 11, 2012, 9:30 am
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Megan Griffiths’ Eden swept the awards at the 38th Seattle International Film Festival, which held its ceremony Sunday morning at the Seattle Space Needle. Eden star Jamie Chung won the Best Actress Golden Space Needle Award, while the film also received the Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision presented by Women in Film/Seattle, as well as the Reel NW Award presented by KCTS 9. Click here to see a complete list of winners.

June 6, 2012, 10:15 am
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Each year, SIFF tests the skills of Seattle’s up and coming cinematic talent in an intense race to the big screen with the Fly Filmmaking Challenge.  This year, SIFF and presenting partner KCTS 9’s Reel NW offered a dozen pitches focused on the Seattle Center’s “Next 50” celebration for the 50th Anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair, for which Seattle Center was created. Directors picked from a selection of “Next 50” themed scripts, and then had seven days to collaborate with the writers on the final production of the film. The filmmakers shot for three days on the Seattle Center campus, leaving only five days to edit. Catch the last screening of The Fly Filmmaking Challange at 9 pm tonight, June 6, at the Harvard Exit on Capitol Hill.

Sneak Preview: Her Aim Is True
June 4, 2012, 11:54 am
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Unlikely rock ‘n’ roll photographer Jini Dellaccio visualized punk before it had a name, captured grunge before the hype, and embodied indie before it was cool. In the early 1960s, Jini forged a career photographing iconic Northwest bands like The Wailers and The Sonics, setting the stage for modern portrait photographers like Annie Leibovitz. In Karen Whitehead’s upcoming film, Her Aim Is True, the filmmaker examines Jini’s courageous and convention-defying life, focusing on her work and the close bonds she formed with her subjects. Tomorrow, join the production team, including Whitehead, at the Marriott SpringHill Suites in Downtown Seattle, from 5:30 – 8:00 pm, for a chance to see selected clips from the film. For more information or to RSVP, e-mail the production at, or Marriott SpringHill Suites General Manager Aaron Olson at Also check out this great article on Her Aim Is True from back in March, published by The News Tribune. 

Northwest Film Forum: Filmmaker & YouTube Guru
June 1, 2012, 10:22 am
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Sunday, June 3 at 7:00 pm, join filmmaker and YouTube sensation Len as he shares short vignettes of his travels on planet Earth and the stories behind them. In 2007, Len uploaded his first video on YouTube, $250,000 in My Pocket and I Still Can’t Get a F%^*!$g Cab! Five years and almost 400 videos later, his channel has surpassed 10,000,000 views, including have the No. 1 most-watched video in the world for a day. For more ticket information and details of the event, visit the Northwest Film Forum website.