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The 2013 Mayor’s Award for Achievement in Film goes to: Paul Matthaeus, Founder, Chairman, Chief Creative Officer Emeritus Digital Kitchen®

Today Mayor Mike McGinn announced the 2013 recipient of the 8th Annual Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film: Paul Matthaeus, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Creative Officer Emeritus of Digital Kitchen®.

“Paul’s impressive filmmaking and commercial film career, his championship of Seattle as a thriving commercial film production city, and his commitment to the local filmmaking industry make him an obvious honoree this year,” said Mayor McGinn. “I congratulate him on his work and thank him for being a leader in our local film industry.”

The Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film recognizes an individual or entity for exceptional work that has significantly contributed to the growth, advancement and reputation of Seattle as a filmmaking city. The award presented is artwork created by artist Dale Chihuly.

Chihuly award

After spending 15 years in the ad agency business, Paul Matthaeus founded Digital Kitchen (DK) in 1995 with the mission to apply entertainment principles to brands- and in turn- branding principles to entertainment.

Not only has DK grown into a creative force that traverses entertainment and advertising- winning many accolades along the way- Matthaeus has developed the careers of countless digital artists and filmmakers, through DK’s home office in Seattle and satellites across the nation.

“Unlike most filmmakers, I’ve spent my entire life and career in Seattle,” said Matthaeus.  “This city has played a seminal role in who I am, and has defined my outlook on business and creativity.  I think to a great degree, this honor validates Seattle as a world-class creative center.”

Read more in the full press release.



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.



Free Concert Tonight at Showbox at the Market
March 9, 2012, 3:13 pm
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For all those out there who have yet to solidify their weekend plans, perhaps tonight should be your night of spontaneity. The Showbox at the Market will host a free show. The somewhat mysterious concert will feature John Roderick, Hey Marseilles, and a “surprise special guest.” The event is a fundraising event for Mayor McGinn’s re-election and asks for a “suggested donation.”



CALL IN TO “ASK THE MAYOR” YOUR QUESTIONS
March 30, 2011, 12:13 pm
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Seattle Channel
“Ask the Mayor” gives Seattle residents a chance to speak directly to our mayor, Mike McGinn, live on Seattle Channel 21. The next show airs tonight, March 30, at 7 pm. This is a great opportunity to ask the mayor questions of interest to musicians and filmmakers! To join in on the conversation, call 684-8821 or email askthemayor@seattle.gov. For more information or to submit your questions ahead of time, follow the link.

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CALL IN TO “ASK THE MAYOR” YOUR QUESTIONS
January 11, 2011, 2:48 pm
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Seattle Channel
“Ask the Mayor” gives Seattle residents a chance to speak directly to our mayor, Mike McGinn, live on Seattle Channel 21. The next show is tomorrow, January 12, at 7 pm. This is a great opportunity to ask the mayor questions of interest to musicians and filmmakers. For more information or to submit your questions ahead of time. Follow the link for more details.

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CALL IN TO ‘ASK THE MAYOR’
September 8, 2010, 10:27 am
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Seattle Channel
“Ask the Mayor” gives Seattle residents a chance to speak directly to our mayor, Mike McGinn, live on Seattle Channel 21. Host CR Douglas and Mayor McGinn respond to your phone calls and e-mails on Wednesday, September 8 at 7:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to ask the mayor questions of interest to musician and filmmakers. For more information or to submit your questions ahead of time follow the link.

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