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Local Filmmaker Wins Big at Academy Awards
February 27, 2012, 12:08 pm
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Local filmmaker TJ Martin not only received an Oscar last night, he made Academy Award history. Martin co-directed Undefeated, a true story about an inner-city Memphis football team that shows perseverance, strength and hope against all odds.  He is the first-ever African American to win an Oscar for directing a full-length film of any kind. The Undefeated crew (which also includes Dan Lindsay and Rich Middlemas) took home the prestigious Best Documentary Feature award during the 84th year of the highly-regarded celebration in cinema . Martin plans to speak at his alma mater, Western Washington University, after a screening of the documentary this Thursday, March 1.

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Western Washington University’s Pop Music Industry Conference–an annual event held at the school’s Bellingham campus which aims to help aspiring music professionals learn about the business side of music–kicks off tomorrow, March 5, with a keynote address from Seattle Music Commission chair, Ben London. The weekend-long Conference features all-day sessions covering four business tracks—Artist, Venue and Promoter, Music and Entertainment Media, and Talent Representation, but attendees can mix and match to their hearts’ content. Sessions are free to all, but package deals including a brunch and keynote address with Bumbershoot Programming Director Chris Porter and a Saturday night concert with performances from the Globes, Cataldo and B-ham faves Polecat, runs just $10 bucks. For the full scoop on the event or to register, follow the above link.

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