Seattle Office of Film + Music


SEATTLE’S MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS TOP BILLBOARD CHARTS
January 25, 2013, 3:20 pm
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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis continue their out-of-the-box success story, as “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz, tops the Billboard Hot 100 with a two-to-one rise in its sixteenth week. After the pair’s independently-released album The Heist blasted onto the Billboard 200 at number two, “Thrift Shop” thrives with the Hot 100’s top Digital Gainer Award for a second consecutive week. The track also topped the Digital Songs chart for a second time and it remains the number one track on Streaming Songs. Finally, it leads On-Demand Songs with 1.54 million on-demand streams for the third week in a row, and broke the category’s record (previously held by Gotye for “Somebody That I Used to Know”).

You can see the full Billboard article here.

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Seattle Asian American Film Festival is Going on This Weekend
January 25, 2013, 2:14 pm
Filed under: Film

SEATTLE ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL

After a six-year absence, the Seattle Asian American Film Festival is taking place at the Wing Luke Museum tonight (Friday) through Sunday night. The Asian American Film Festival will have feature films, short films, and documentaries on a variety of topics including the first Vietnamese American elected to congress, the bombing of Hiroshima,  and the challenges of multiracial identity.

There are a variety of different events including parties, panels, and screenings of film projects and tickets are still available for a number of events here.



Hey, Seattle! Chris Ballew Needs Your Help Making A Song!

First there were millions of peaches, lumps and kitties. Now there are googly eyes, butterflies driving trucks and stomping bears.

What could possibly be next from Chris Ballew of the Presidents of the United States of America you ask?

It’s up to you, Seattle. Chris needs your help to finish the new Caspar Babypants song “When I Was Little.” Don’t know Caspar Babypants you say? Ask the nearest five year-old—or better yet, ask their parents.

All you need to do is finish the phrase “When I Little…” with a memory from your childhood. Tweet it using #innwsong. Post it to facebook.com/innorthwest in 25 words or less. Then join Chris either in-person or virtually on Wednesday, February 13 at the IN-NW 2013 Social Media Conference to hear “our” new song—and maybe the next big evolution in Seattle music.

 

ABOUT THE SOCIAL MUSIC EXPERIMENT

The social music experiment is a collaboration between the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Chris Ballew as part of the IN-NW Social Media Conference. While participation in the experiment is open, those who take part may be asked to sign this release.

Questions? Contact Christina Donegan.

 

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Music Legend Quincy Jones Lends His Voice to Sea-Tac Airport
January 23, 2013, 11:35 am
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The Port of Seattle issued a press release today, January 23, 2013, announcing that Quincy Jones can now be heard over the speakers at Sea-Tac Airport giving various announcements to travelers. He’s just one of a whole host of local artists that are participating in these announcements and other efforts as part of the Sea-Tac Airport City of Music initiatitve. The following is the text from the Port’s press release:

Seattle Icon Joins Lineup of Popular Northwest Musicians Voicing Announcements and Contributing Overhead Music to Sea-Tac Airport

01/23/2013

Your next trip to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport just got upgraded with the sweet, warm voice of legendary Seattle musician Quincy Jones.  In Quincy’s unique soulful style, he will be welcoming travelers to the airport, telling them about the local music playing overhead, giving security advice and even talking about the Airport’s progressive environmental stewardship programs.  Jones is the latest addition to the highly successful Sea-Tac Airport City of Music that showcases the northwest region’s music culture.

“Seattle’s rich musical history — from Clark Terry and Ernestine Anderson, to Bumps Blackwell, Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix, Heart and Nirvana, to name a few — is rooted in the city’s cultural diversity.  It is where my wonderful musical journey began and I can’t imagine a better place to have honed my craft,” said Quincy.  “In doing these voice over announcements, I hope that everyone traveling through the airport will be encouraged to experience the great music, musicians and cultural vibrancy that the city of Seattle embodies.”
Quincy Jones attended Garfield High School in Seattle, where he met a young Ray Charles and built a six decade career in the music industry. Among his many achievements are 27 Grammy Awards and his upcoming induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame later this year.
“While Seattle doesn’t always get the exposure that other cities do, we have a rich music history,” Port Commissioner John Creighton said. “The Port’s music program has been a tremendously successful way for the region both to celebrate our heritage and introduce the traveling public to the wealth of emerging music talent in the Northwest.  It just keeps getting better.”
The Sea-Tac Airport City of Music program – a cooperative effort by the Port of Seattle, Seattle Music Commission and PlayNetwork – is a comprehensive program that enhances the experience of millions of traveler’s each year combining overhead music by a diverse variety of northwest artists, curated videos on terminal and baggage claim monitors, and a multi-channel web radio player available through the free airport Wi-Fi network.
In just the first year of the program, 32 local artists have volunteered their time to taping overhead welcome, security and informational announcements for the airport including such diverse artists as Macklemore, Clarence Acox, Ann Wilson, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Jerry Cantrell, Fly Moon Royalty, Ludovic Morlot, Allen Stone and many more.
In addition to his voice announcements, you can also hear music from Quincy Jones in the airport playlist which has grown to400 songs with 150 northwest artists.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn matched the enthusiasm for the Port’s music program saying, “So often people talk to me about music when talking about Seattle.   It’s great to see that our homegrown musicians are getting a chance to talk about us too. Very cool.”
For sample audio clips of Quincy Jones’ airport announcement and more information on the program, visit the Sea-Tac Airport Music Initiative page. You can also visit the page for more information on how to submit your music or video content.
When you are at the airport, give us feedback or let us know what you are hearing by following @SeaTacAirport on Twitter and using #SEACityofMusic.
About the Sea-Tac Airport City of Music
Starting at the Sea-Tac Airport, this effort is a private/public partnership and comprehensive program that enhances the experience of millions of traveler’s each year with overhead music by a diverse variety of northwest artists along with curated videos on terminal and baggage claim monitors, and listen to a multi-channel web radio player available through the free airport Wi-Fi network.
About Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Operated by the Port of Seattle, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA, KSEA) is ranked as the 17th largest U.S. airport, serving more than 32 million passengers in 2011. With a regional economic impact of more than $13.2 billion in business revenue, Sea-Tac generates more than 161,000 jobs (89,902 direct jobs) representing more than $2.2 billion in direct earnings and $412.4 million in state and local taxes. Twenty-six airlines serve 75 non-stop domestic destinations and 19 international cities.
Contact: Perry Cooper, Media and Public Affairs Manager, Sea-Tac Airport, 206-787-4923, cooper.p@portseattle.org
About PlayNetwork
PlayNetwork produces unrivaled media experiences for brands worldwide. PlayNetwork programs include music, messaging, video, web radio, artist promotions and events, A/V systems, advertising networks, and commercial XM Satellite Radio. PlayNetwork aims to deliver experiences with the truest level of customization and integration across every touch point ─ in-store, online and on-device.  Founded in 1996, PlayNetwork is currently playing for over 75,000 media subscribers in 70 countries, reaching over 23 million people every day. For more information, visit www.playnetwork.com orwww.xm4biz.com.
Contact: Bender/Helper Impact on behalf of PlayNetwork, Melisa Rodriguez / Jessica Bass,Melisa_rodriguez@bhimpact.com / Jessica_bass@bhimpact.com, (310) 694-3129
About the Seattle Music Commission
The 21 member Seattle Music Commission represents a cross section of Seattle’s music sector, including a broad range of individuals from the local music community. This Commission is tasked with advising City officials regarding leadership and support in the music arena, and also serving as a forum for City employees and departments to share information on upcoming issues and opportunities of relevance to Seattle’s music sector. This Commission strives to enhance the growth and development of Seattle’s music sector and convey the City’s commitment to the industry, musicians and audience.  For more information, visit www.cityofmusic.com.
Contact: James Keblas, Director, Seattle Office of Film + Music, james.keblas@seattle.gov, (206) 684-5030


Seattle Ranks #3 on the ‘MovieMaker’ List of ‘Top 10 Cities to be a Moviemaker: 2013’
January 22, 2013, 2:09 pm
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In Moviemaker‘s  recently released print magazine, this year’s list of “Top 10 Cities to be a Moviemaker: 2013” was released, with Seattle securing an impressive ranking at number three. According to the article, Moviemaker brains determined which cities made the cut (and in which order) by cobbling together a range of statistics for each city, including: population, dollars generated by the film industry, the list of movie projects, cultural vibrancy, and availability of production facilities. This data helped narrow the assessment rubric to five criteria, against which each of 50 cities was scored. The criteria include: “Film Community” (scored on a 10-point scale), “Access to New Films” (10-point scale), “Access to Equipment” (7-point scale), “Cost of Living” (reverse 5-point scale), and “Tax Incentives” (4-point scale). The highest possible score is a 36. In future lists, Moviemaker intends to expand lists to rank the “Top Big Cities” to be a moviemaker, as well as the “Top Small Cities” and “Top Towns.” This way, places like Shreveport, Louisiana won’t have to compete with New York City and Maria, Texas can’t compete with Boston.

The first and second best cities for moviemakers in 2013 were Austin, Texas (with a score of 32), and New York City (with a score of 31). Seattle came in at number three (with a score of 30.5).

The following is the article text from Seattle’s section:

“Seattle is quickly becoming a ‘go-to’ city for small-budget moviemakers, with such recently acclaimed indies as Your Sister’s SisterSafety Not Guaranteed, and Eden taking advantage of all the tax incentive goodies the city (and state) has to offer. ‘Shooting in Seattle was fantastic,’ remarks Rufus Williams, director of Butterfly Dreaming. ‘The city is a standout for its moody, light-varied looks. But, more than that  the people here are enthusiastic and helpful; I was struck by the tight-knit film community, something that is a real blessing for an independent filmmaker. We benefited immeasurably from the [Office of Film and Music’s] help in finding great local crews and locations.’ The vibrant Seattle film industry supports over 5,000 jobs, 700 freelancers, and contributes $471 million to the city’s economy. And the city makes the filming process as easy as possible for moviemakers. The dedicated [Office of Film and Music] is a one-stop shop for all logistical production needs, and provides permits for use of all city-owned property — for just $25 per project ([for] up to 14 days) for low-budged film productions. Seattle also offers a number of financial incentives, including a 30 percent cash-back film incentive for productions that shoot in the city, as well as sales tax exemptions on rental equipment, vehicles used in production, and 30 consecutive days of lodging. Much like its independent music scene, Seattle is renowned as a hip, indie moviemaking hub, with a strong sense of community and collaboration. Film is serious business in Seattle, and a moviemaker would be hard-pressed to find a more welcoming, creatively inspiring environment to film his or her latest production. ‘The Seattle filmmaking community is a nurturing, inclusive and vibrant one, filled with folks who have a genuine passion for making movies,’ says Writer-Director Lynn Shelton (the upcoming Touchy Feely; My Sister’s Sister; Humpday) of shooting in her hometown. ‘Whether it’s a local director or an out-of-town company, our local crews bring so much talent, good spirit, and artistry to everything shot here. Seattle filmmakers will undoubtedly continue to deliver excellent home-grown films, building on the reputation of quality that’s been building for the past decade.’ Also, Moviemaker first appeared on the streets of Seattle back in 1993. The Emerald City must be doing something right.”

The next two top cities on this year’s list include: Los Angeles (number 4, score of 29), and Portland (number 5, score of 28.5).

For the full-length article, pick up a print edition of Moviemaker magazine at your local convenience store. The 2013 list is not yet available online (but 2012’s list is). (Statement valid as of January 22, 2013).



Art Zone Mixes it up with Jazz, a Rock Musical, and Web Comedy
January 18, 2013, 4:07 pm
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ART ZONE

This week on Art Zone, Ian Bell directs Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the cult musical about a fictional rock band fronted by an East German transgender singer. See photography by musician and multi-talented artist Norman Durkee, the original musical director for Teatro ZinZanni. Meet web comedian Barbara Holm. The Legacy Quartet with Clarence Acox jazz up the Art Zone stage and The Big Gig vocal variety show returns to The Triple Door. Check out this week’s Art Zone.



Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is Looking for Interns
January 18, 2013, 10:32 am
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seattle-international-film-festival-siff-2012_400x225If you are someone looking to get some experience in working in Seattle’s film world, SIFF is looking for organized, efficient, resourceful interns in a number of different fields right now. Their internships include experiences in the community outreach, cinema marketing, cinema publicity, graphic design, individual giving & membership, and administrative fields. There are a ton of options for getting experience in the world of Film and Film Events.

Those interested should check out SIFF’s Interns page.