Seattle Office of Film + Music


EMP SCREENS ICONIC GRUNGE DOCUMENTARY NEXT WEEK

EMP
Hype! came out in 1996 soon after the, um, hype surrounding grunge music pushed the genre into the mainstream and simultaneously thrust Seattle into the national spotlight. Director Doug Pray masterfully captured the history and development of the movement and how the subsequent media exposure eventually led to public backlash. Documented are key interviews and performances by bands that put grunge on the map, including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Tad, Fastbacks, and many more. An excellent companion piece to the EMP’s current exhibit, Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses, the museum will screen Hype! next week with Pray in attendance to participate in a post-screening Q & A.

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NORTHWEST FILM FORUM INTRODUCES NEW GRANT FOR FILMMAKERS
July 1, 2011, 9:40 am
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The Northwest Film Fund
Lack of funding can put a hitch in any ambitious project. Now filmmakers living in the Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana or Alaska) can apply for the Northwest Film Fund, a grant supporting documentary film projects at any stage of completion. Applicants must be the director, co-director or producer of a film that is currently in production or pre-production. The inaugural award will be $10,000 and include 80 hours of post-production work, legal consultation, and “first look” deals with KCTS-Channel 9 and SIFF.

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KEXP DOCUMENTARIES SPOTLIGHT SEATTLE GRUNGE
June 17, 2011, 3:07 pm
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KEXP Documentaries
KEXP is know for being an authority on local up-and-coming music. But the non-profit radio station’s DJs are also experts on the historical aspects of the music scene in Seattle and the Greater Northwest. Lately, the station has aired several KEXP documentary segments on the grunge movement. The most recent piece focused on the deeply talented but ill-fated band Tad. Led by frontman Tad Doyle, the group had a heavier sound than many others in the grunge scene, but that didn’t stop Tad from gaining the ardent support of a promising new label called Sub Pop Records. Although Tad was championed by fellow scene pioneers like Soundgarden and Nirvana, due to a number of factors they never broke big like their musical counterparts. Listen to the full story here, and click the link above to hear segments on Melvins, Screaming Trees, Alice In Chains, and more.

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: ELLENSBURG FILM FESTIVAL
May 5, 2011, 11:16 am
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Ellensburg Film Festival
The 7th annual Ellensburg Film Festival, taking place October 7-9, is now seeking entries from filmmakers! If you have a feature film, a documentary or a short film itching for an audience, the Ellensburg Film Festival wants to hear from you. The deadline to enter is May 31 and the application fee is $50. Submissions must be made online through Withoutabox. The best film of the festival will receive a $400 prize, with additional $200 prizes in the feature, documentary and short categories. There is also a $200 prize for the best film made in Central Washington. Click the link above to review submission guidelines and other important information about the Ellensburg Film Festival.

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DWELL HIGHLIGHTS THE WORK OF LOCAL FILMMAKER CRAIG BROOKS
April 27, 2011, 1:03 pm
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Dwell
Craig Brooks, director of creative firm Kontent Partners, filmed a documentary series on the construction of Seattleite Lou Maxon’s home, which was designed by renowned local architect Tom Kundig (part owner of Olson Kundig Architects). Dwell will host the series on its website, giving domicile-obsessed readers an inside look at the process of planning and building a new home from scratch. Maxon, the director of a non-traditional ad agency, saw the project as an opportunity to capture the building process for his family and to give Olson Kundig Architects a unique recorded narrative for future clients to peruse. You can view the trailer for the documentary series below. Make sure to check the Dwell blog for weekly updates, or follow the Maxon House on Facebook.

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SALMON BAY SCHOOL YOUTH FILMMAKER WINS C-SPAN AWARD FOR DOCUMENTARY ON HOMELESSNESS
April 11, 2011, 3:25 pm
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Ballard News Tribune
StudentCam is an annual C-SPAN documentary competition which encourages students to create short films about political and public policy matters. This year’s theme was “Washington, DC, Through My Lens,” which asked middle and high school students to address issues directly impacting their communities. C-SPAN’s Digital Bus came to Salmon Bay School on Friday morning to honor middle school student Leo Pfeifer, who won second prize in their documentary competition this year. The thirteen-year -old’s submission is titled “Homelessness: An American Crisis,” and deals with the homelessness issue on a local as well as national level. It features interviews with local Real Change vendors and unsheltered citizens residing in the Greater Seattle area. Salmon Bay School held a special assembly on Friday morning to honor Pfeifer’s achievement and screen his film. Leo said he plans to donate some of the money from his $1,500 prize and spend the rest on new film equipment so he can continue making movies. Check out his YouTube channel here to watch the prize winning video.

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DOCUMENTARIANS: SUBMIT YOUR FILM TO POINT OF VIEW
June 14, 2010, 1:56 pm
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POV
POV, public television’s longest running showcase for independent documentaries from all perspectives, premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest, and most innovative programs every year on PBS. All subjects, aesthetic approaches, and lengths are welcomed. Completion funding may be available for unfinished films. All filmmakers must complete the online form to submit their films. Follow the above link for more information.

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