Seattle Office of Film + Music


SEATTLE FILMMAKERS PREMIERE “TREATMENT” AT TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

Tribeca Film Festival
Filmed in LA, but shot with distinct Seattle style and backed by Humpday production team Joshua Leonard, Jennifer Maas and Steven Schardt, Treatment directed by Sean Nelson and Steven Schardt, will premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Selected out of 5,624 other entries in a record year for submissions, the film will be in the international independent “Viewpoints” category. Viewpoints is new to Tribeca and offers 11 narrative features and nine documentaries as a snapshot of international independent cinema. These 20 films will immerse audiences in distinctive perspectives, from documentaries grounded in the intimate stories of real-life characters to narratives that stretch the stylistic potential of the medium. Schardt recently produced the MTV webseries $5 Cover: Seattle, Joshua Leonard who plays the main character Leonard was a comedic sensation in Lynn Shelton’s Humpday. The plot of Treatment revolves around Leornard who convinces his best friend Nelson to bankroll his stint at a glitzy L.A. rehab clinic so he can pitch a movie idea to mega-star Gregg D, his blind ambition begins to consume him. The film is a witty, ridiculous, and sincere tale of co-dependent friendship on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Treatment will have its world premiere at the festival; check the link above for more info on the Seattle infused film and all the other Tribeca selections.

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WHEEDLE’S GROOVE IN SEATTLE THIS WEEKEND
September 1, 2010, 11:51 am
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Northwest Film Forum
Wheedle’s Groove is a band, a film and a “Day” in Seattle. September 4 is officially “Wheedle’s Groove Day” as declared by Mayor McGinn, and it’s a day to remember the rich history of the Seattle soul and funk scene from the 1960s and 1970s. Light In The Attic spent twelve months tracking down artists and fleshing out the story of Seattle’s funky past, and the result was a CD compilation entitled “Wheedle’s Groove.” At the CD release party in August of 2004, a line of nostalgic 60-somethings and funk-hungry 20-somethings wrapped around the building as the musicians inside, now janitors, graphic designers, and truck drivers, look back at careers derailed and prepare to perform together for the first time in 30 years. And now Seattle-based filmmaker Jennifer Maas has made a documentary film that will be playing at the Northwest Film Forum from September 3-9. Clips from the film as well as a performance from these musicians will also be featured at Bumbershoot this weekend. For more information, follow the link.

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WHEEDLE’S GROOVE WINS THE AUDIENCE AWARD AT THE INDIE MEMPHIS FILM FESTIVAL
October 19, 2009, 11:16 am
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Indie Memphiswheedle
Seattle Filmmaker Jennifer Maas’s documentary Wheedle’s Groove has just been awarded the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film is a thoughtful, celebratory trip into the largely undocumented soul scene of the 1960s Pacific Northwest. “Wheedle’s Groove resists becoming a sentimental pastiche of bittersweet Old School reminisces by deftly illustrating how music shapes community, breaks barriers and forges new paths,” said Indie Memphis’ John Hubbel.



FILM TO DOCUMENT SEATTLE’S VINTAGE FUNK & SOUL SCENE

The Stranger
Director Jennifer Maas’, whose latest project was co-producing Lynn Shelton’s Humpday, is working on a feature-length documentary called Wheedle’s Groove, which will explore Seattle’s underrated funk and soul musicians from those genres’ late-’60s/early-’70s heyday. According to the film’s website, the filmmakers have tracked down and interviewed musicians from the scene as well as interviewing Seattle noteables including Quincy Jones, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Ben Shepherd (Soundgarden), and Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) The film is nearing completion, with a release slated for 2010. Here is a little preview of what to expect from the doc:

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