Seattle Office of Film + Music


BLUE SCHOLARS PREMIERE NEW SHORT FILM FOR “SLICK WATTS”
May 26, 2011, 11:22 am
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Blue Scholars
To celebrate the release of the group’s new conceptual album titled Cinemetropolis, local hip-hop duo Blue Scholars premiered a short film for the first single off the ablum, “Slick Watts”. Based on the former Sonics player turned Franklin High School basketball coatch, Watts himself stars in the video alongside MC Geologic and DJ/Producer Sabzi. The short also contains shout-outs to several distinct Seattle neighborhoods and fond references to Seattle’s former basketball team. Fittingly, the short was directed by Jason Reid and the crew responsible for the award-winning documentary Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team, which retold the rich history of Seattle’s basketball culture and the heartache of the Sonics’ relocation to Oklahoma City in 2008. Cinemetropolis, the Blue Scholars third studio album, was funded entirely by a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign. Watch the short film for “Slick Watts” below. To read more about the Blue Scholars and Cinemetropolis, click the link above.

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CHECK OUT GARY PAYTON’S ACCEPTANCE FOR SONICSGATE AT THE WEBBY AWARDS
June 16, 2010, 11:32 am
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Seattle Times
Award winners at the 14th Annual Webby Awards, which took place in New York June 14, could only speak five words when accepting their award. That was the challenge for Gary Payton and the makers of Sonicsgate, which won the Webby for Sports Documentary. “Bring back our Seattle SuperSonics,” Payton said forcefully and it drew a standing ovation from the mostly New York audience. Check out his acceptance speech below and read full coverage from the event at the above link.

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VOTE FOR “SONICSGATE” TO WIN A WEBBY AWARD
April 15, 2010, 12:32 pm
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TechFlash
Nominees for the 2010 Webby Awards were released this week in more than 100 categories, spanning segments such as online video, interactive advertising and mobile. The independent documentary film Sonicsgate: Requiem For A Team, which tells the story of how decisions by Schultz and others led to the Seattle Supersonics moving to Oklahoma City, received two nominations in the online video category. Director Jason Reid and the rest of the crew behind the film, which was released and distributed over the internet late last year, were nominated in the “Best Editing” and “Sports” categories. Vote for Sonicsgate in these categories for 14th Annual Webby Awards until April 29. And check out the above link to see what other Seattle area companies, filmmakers and entrepreneurs are nominated for a Webby.

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