Seattle Office of Film + Music


NEW JESSE BERNSTEIN DOCUMENTARY IN POST-PRODUCTION
March 9, 2010, 1:08 pm
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10 Things Zine
I Am Secretly An Important Man is a new documentary film, currently in post-production, about the life of Steven J. Bernstein (AKA Jesse Bernstein). Jesse was a local Sup Pop recording artist and spoken word poet who also appeared in the 1990 Seattle film Shredder Orpheus. Jesse’s career was cut short when he took his own life in 1991. Follow the above link for more information and to watch a trailer for the film.



BEST AMBIANCE LABEL PROFILED BY THE SEATTLE WEEKLY
November 24, 2009, 11:07 am
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Seattle Weekly
Sub Pop’s newest off-shoot, Best Ambiance, is a partnership with KEXP DJ Jon Kertzer which hopes to bring world music to a broader American audience. The Seattle Weekly profiled the label and interviewed Mr. Kertzer about the viability of a world music label. “Basically I think a lot of music has been getting down to more specialized niches,” explained Kertzer, “there’s less of a big mass center as their used to be.”



WHAT THE GRUNGE SCENE LOOKED LIKE
November 4, 2009, 1:25 pm
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NPR
In the early 1990s, The New York Times sent a list of questions to Sub Pop records in Seattle. The paper wanted to know more about the elusive West Coast “grunge” scene and asked for a lexicon of grunge terminology. Mocking the reporter, Megan Jasper, a Sub Pop employee (and now vice president of the label), made up a bunch of nonsense words on the spot, mostly out of boredom. For example, according to Jasper, “swingin’ on the flippity-flop” was grunge speak for “hanging out.” Her attitude was emblematic of a counterculture that simply didn’t care. NPR profiles’ Micheal Lavine’s new book, Grunge, which captures this era specific attitude through photographs of the Pacific Northwest. To read the full profile, check out the above link.



SUB POP’S REISSUE OF ‘BLEACH’ IS PURE, BRILLIANT NIRVANA
November 3, 2009, 11:18 am
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Seattle Times
Today Sub Pop reissues Nirvana’s 1989 debut, “Bleach.” The reissue’s a big deal, deserving of appraisal and celebration. Dust off the decades of history and “Bleach” is as seething and catchy and funny as 20 years ago. Packaging is meticulous and includes a half-hour of bonus concert material recorded in Portland in 1990. Click the above link for the rest of Jonathan Zwickel’s review.



NORTHWEST FILM FORUM RAISES $44,000 AFTER ASKING ITS SUPPORTERS FOR HELP

Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum is pleased to announce that to date it has raised $44,000 from hundreds of donations made since July 30th, 2009, when it was first announced that the organization risked canceling important programs as a result of a $70,000 budget shortfall. A two-week fundraising effort yielded a strong response both vocally and financially from supporters around the world, as well as a matching donation offer from Sub Pop Records for $10,000. The money raised will help the Film Forum continue providing affordable filmmaking equipment rentals and workshops, artist support and ambitious programming. Despite the budgetary challenges, the Film Forum is planning an ambitious fall calendar that includes a visit from independent filmmaking legend Melvin Van Peebles and emerging Argentine director Lisandro Alonso. This season will also feature the first event in the new Live at the Film Forum series, which explores cinema as a collaborative, live art form with performances by several Northwest artists. Fall is also the time of Northwest Film Forum’s annual flagship event, the Local Sightings Film Festival, a celebration of local filmmaking achievements.