Seattle Office of Film + Music



More information has been coming in about who from the Emerald City is making their way to the Lone Star State to perform at SXSW. The festival has been hot spot for the music industry with labels, producers, and distributors from around the world hoping to find the next big artist.  For six days, the city of Austin, TX will be inundated with bands hailing from every corner of the globeand Seattle has great representation among the showcases. Among the heavy hitters, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and Allen Stone will be sharing the stage with the likes of 50 cent and Iggy Pop. Though big name artists come to perform, the festival is geared toward giving up-and-coming bands an opportunity to get picked up by a label. Seattle takes pride in its musical heritage and the list of local independent bands at the festival is impressive. Neumos and Chop Suey held send-off shows earlier this week for groups like Lemolo, The Pharmacy, and Spac3man. Fin Records is even hosting a Seattle showcase at the festival with Seacats, Rose Windows, and Lychee on the bill.  Our city boasts such amazing talent and it’s great to see it being represented at one of the world’s largest and most prestigious festivals.  Below is a compiled list of artists on their way to rock Texas Seattle style!

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Seattle Shows Off What It’s Made of at SXSW

Come March every year, Austin, Texas is ablaze with beats, lyrics, and melodies. The normally musically-oriented city raises the volume several notches for the annual SXSW music (and film/interactive) festival. For one week, the city is cloaked in the sounds of native and non-native musicians. This year, THEESatisfaction will take to the high-profile stages of the festival and flaunt some Seattle-made sounds. SXSW is not only a venue for emerging artists to showcase their music, it is also known to provide some much-deserved recognition for newbies. In recent years, Seattle-originating Fleet Foxes and Shabazz Palaces built quite a stir around themselves, leading to some international buzz and helping launch their careers to a new level.

Another SXSW Premiere for a Seattle-Made Film
March 9, 2012, 3:32 pm
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Seattle writer/director Megan Griffith’s second feature film Eden will premiere Sunday in the Narrative Competition category at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.  Eden is based on the true story of human trafficking survivor Chong Kim.  The film, set in New Mexico, was based in Seattle and shot entirely in Washington State in 2011, and incentivized by the Washington State Film Competitiveness Program. Griffith’s first film was the 2011 Sundance drama The Off Hours.

March 9, 2012, 12:34 pm
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This past summer, the cast and crew of Fat Kid Rules the World took to the streets of Seattle to film this feature length comedy. Matthew Lillard, formerly known for his role in 2002’s Scooby Doo, made his directorial debut for the film. Tonight, Fat Kid will be premiering at the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.


The Seattle Times
South by Southwest, known as “the annual spring break for the music industry,” will make its annual return next March in Austin, Texas. Artists from the Pacific Northwest will be among international sensations like Thee Oh Sees, Balkan Beat Box, and Talib Kweli. Several Seattle bands will be present at the festival, including Night Beats, Brite Futures, Craft Spells, Motopony, Say Hi and Grave Babies. The list is not final, and music predictions point to many more local bands making the trip down in the Spring.

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KING 5 News
Organizers are following in the pioneering footsteps of Austin’s SXSW music, film and interactive conference with the announcement of the first-ever Seattle Interactive Conference. Scheduled to take place in November at the Washington State Convention Center, the event will be a two-day affair aimed at bringing together the most innovative minds in technology, creativity and business into one place. Expect rousing keynote speakers, informative panels, lively debates, citywide networking events, and plenty of parties. In a nod to true Seattle culture, there will also be a “Battle of the Geek Bands” to honor hometown heroes Pearl Jam on their 20th anniversary as a band.

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March 22, 2011, 11:27 am
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Seattle singer-songwriter (and SXSW 2011 alum) Damien Jurado left quite the impression when he performed a set for NPR’s lauded Tiny Desk concert series late last month: “This one [was] special,” Tiny Desk’s Stephen Thompson and Mike Katzif agreed when reviewing the performance footage. “Though Jurado throws in a fantastic unreleased song here (“Newspaper Gown”), this material comes from a 2010 album called Saint Bartlett. And, as marvelous as these pieces sound in their official form, it’s hard to top how they come off at the Tiny Desk — it’s just a big dude playing sad songs, his eyes pinched shut as if to make it easier to be alone with the music, but the performance is perfect the way it is.” Have a look for yourself below.

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