Mayor Ed Murray declared today Seattle Film Day. Check out the proclamation below!
Kate Becker, the Director of the Office of Film + Music + Special Events, released the following statement in response to a shooting outside the Crocodile on January 19, 2017.
“I would like to express my deepest condolences to all those affected by the shooting last night at the Crocodile Café, particularly the three hospitalized victims, as well as the concertgoers, performers, staff and management of the club.
“Rest assured all steps are being taken to apprehend the shooter and ensure the safety of our city.
“This morning, I met with the Seattle Police Department and the Mayor’s Office to discuss the investigation. I also met with the owners of the Crocodile to share our support. I was inspired by their courage and determination to keep the music playing. The Crocodile will be open for business tonight. We encourage the community to show their support for the Crocodile.”
Director Kate Becker issued the following statement about the fire at the GhostShip in Oakland, CA:
“The City of Seattle’s Office of Film + Music and Special Events extends our deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the Oakland fire at the GhostShip, and to the City of Oakland. As professionals who care deeply about the arts, we feel this loss very personally. It Is a sad reminder of the importance of the work we do daily as a partner with venue owners, City departments and elected officials, who work together to foster a safer music and entertainment scene for all.”
Director of the Office of Film+Music and Special Events, Kate Becker shared her experience at the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival.
It is somewhat hard to believe that a little more than a week ago, I was leaving Reykjavík after a fabulous five days of music and fascinating meetings with Iceland’s music industry leaders. I got invited there unexpectedly. In April 2016, 28 music industry leaders from the Nordic countries came to Seattle for four days This Nordic Music Export industry group was comprised of music industry leaders from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland. While here, they visited Sub Pop, attended KEXP’s Grand Opening, hosted panels and the interviews with local industry experts and attended a very special show in the space at the very top of the Smith Tower, compliments of musician Kris Orlowski. The Office of Film + Music had the distinct pleasure of hosting these folks. We talked at great length about Seattle’s creative economy and City of Music ™ strategy. One of the people who is most intrigued was Siggtrygurr Baldursson (aka ‘Siggi’). Not only was Siggi the drummer in the Sugarcubes, but he is also the director of Iceland Music Export.
Months after their visit, Siggi got back in touch to invite me to come on a hosted trip to Reykjavík during the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. The goal of my participation was to be on a panel talking about Seattle’s music economy, and participate in a roundtable with Mayor Eggertsson and the Reykjavik City Council. Of course, I said yes.
On November 4, 2016, I was honored to be a panelist on a Music Cities panel that included Bengi Unsal (Southbank Centre Director, London), Scott Fetters (2112 Director, Chicago), and Tim Renner (Berlin Minister of Culture), moderated by Bjork Blondal, Reykjavik City Council President. A robust conversation ensued with many people from international cities interested in growing their music strategies and economies.
Other highlights of the trip included a lunch with Mayor Eggertsson and the Reykjavik City Council. Seattle is Reykjavik’s only American Sister City, and so I was delighted to take Mayor Eggertsson a Louie Gong Eighth Generation blanket with warm wishes from Seattle. I was also taken to meet President Johannesson and First Lady Eliza Reid at their home, which was an extraordinary event. All of this was going on during Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik’s big music festival.
I was very proud to see Seattle represented on several stages at Iceland Airwaves. Notable Seattle acts, both of which were in large, full venues with international crowds were The Sonics and Digable Planets (not a Seattle band, but Ishmael Butler is Seattle-based now, and Tendai Maraire and Thaddeus Turner from Seattle performed with Digable Planets). City of Music™ hometown pride!
I flew back in time for Election Night in Seattle, but was so very honored to be hosted by the City of Reykjavik and represent our great city at an international music conference and festival.
Kate Becker released the following statement about Carl Spence’s tenure at SIFF:
“Carl Spence put Seattle on a map during his 23 years at SIFF,” Kate Becker Director of the Office of Film + Music said. “I am so grateful for his contributions to Seattle’s film scene and can’t wait to see what he chooses to do next.”
Click here to learn more about Carl Spence’s career at SIFF.
The Office of Film + Music and Special Events released the following statement about Capitol Hill Pride Festival organizer’s request for a permit to add a second day to their 2016 event:
“Due to a number of different major events the weekend of June 26th, and factoring in available Seattle Police Department staff resources, it isn’t feasible to accommodate a second day for the Capitol Hill Pride Festival this year. Consequently, Seattle’s Special Event Committee declined the Capitol Hill Pride Festival organizer’s request to add a second festival day, Sunday, June 26th. Upon appeal, the Administrative Review Committee upheld the permit denial. The decision to decline the additional day does not affect the traditional Saturday Capitol Hill Pride Festival event date, which will occur on Saturday, June 25,” said Joe Mirabella Communications Director for the Office of Film + Music and Special Events.
Today Mayor Ed Murray announced the 2016 recipient of the 11th annual Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film, Washington Filmworks. The award 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 incredible staff of Washington Filmworks dedicates their time every day to ensuring Seattle and our state are competitive locations for film productions,” Mayor Ed Murray said. “Thanks to their efforts, Seattle’s film community continues to create jobs and support our local economy.”
Washington Filmworks is the non-profit organization that manages the state film and production incentive programs. Its mission is to create economic development opportunities by building and enhancing the competitiveness, profile and sustainability of Washington’s film industry. The organization creates possibilities for local and national filmmakers, offering comprehensive production support as well as financial incentives.
“Seattle faces significant competition for film work from our neighbors to the north and south, yet Washington Filmworks works tirelessly to ensure our city and Washington State are competitive,” Kate Becker, Director of the Office of Film + Music + Special Events said.
“While Washington Filmworks is best known for offering financial assistance and production support, we are most proud of our partnership with the statewide creative community and our role in helping to build careers and make Seattle and Washington State a place for film now and in the future. We share this award with our local cast and crew, who’s passion and talent inspire the work we do every day,” said Amy Lillard, Executive Director of Washington Filmworks.
The Seattle film industry representative on the Nomination and Selection Committee chose to award Washington Filmworks this year rather than a filmmaker because of the incredible amount of energy the organization exhibited this year to support the industry.
Amy Lillard will accept the award on behalf of Washington Filmworks tonight at Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)’s Opening Night Gala at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall.
For a list of past award winners: http://www.seattle.gov/filmandmusic/film/mayors-film-award
“We are thrilled to host another major film project in Seattle,” Kate Becker, the Director of Film + Music + Special Events said. “The project will have a significant economic impact on the city and create high-paying jobs for our local cast and crew. The competition for film production is fierce, and we are thrilled that our reputation as a film-friendly city helped to secure this project which will be seen by audiences in theaters around the world.”
Large film productions bring high-wage, skilled labor jobs to Seattle, and generates positive economic impact. This film production is hiring more than 100 cast and crew during their six-day filming and 20-day production schedule in Seattle.
The production will film scenes on the SR99 Alaskan Way Viaduct using a technique called a rolling slowdown. Traffic is never completely stopped, but there will be brief periods where it will be slowed to follow the production as it moves along the Viaduct. Production will take place intermittently outside of peak driving hours, between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM on May 19, 2016 – May 26, 2016.
The production will film scenes concurrently in the Pioneer Square neighborhood.
The production will hire uniformed Seattle Police officers to assist with traffic management.
Seattle Film + Music and Special Events Director, Kate Becker reflected on her experience at Canadian Music Week and the Music Cities Summit.
From 5/6-5/9, I had the great joy of going to Canadian Music Week, and speaking at the Music Cities Summit on 5/7. Seattle is so honored to be part of this important work. City leaders focused on developing their music ecosystems from across the world were involved in this summit. We all learn from each other in this field of work that continues to emerge. Here’s a few highlights from my trip:
On Friday, Michele Alosinac, Film Sector Development Officer in the Toronto Office of Film & Entertainment Industries, took me on a tour of Cinescape Film Studios, one of twenty soundstages in a booming film industry there. I also met with Zaib Shaikh, Director of Entertainment Industries for the City of Toronto. My Canadian counterparts were very forthcoming in sharing information and touring me around their beautiful city, where film is a giant industry. They reportedly cannot build soundstages fast enough to meet the demands of the industry. In 2015 alone, Toronto had a $1.5 billion film industry. ‘Downsizing’ was filming in the streets while I was there.
Saturday was the Music Cities Summit, which was solidly fantastic with music city leaders from around the world. Mayor John Tory opened the summit and spoke about the economic and cultural importance of the music sector to his city. I spoke about music city ecosystems on a panel with Bryce Merrill (Denver), Andreas Kalogiannides (Toronto) and Mark Grice (Adelaide, Australia). The panel was moderated by Ben Raynor, music critic at the Toronto Star. Just over 200 music city leaders participated in the Music Cities Summit. More than 29,000 people attended Canadian Music Week.
One of the highlights of the Music Cities Summit was my participation in mentoring sessions, where I met with emerging musicians, promoters, and music-related creatives. Always love this.
It was amazing to have this opportunity, sponsored in part by Canadian Music Week, to learn about Toronto’s film industry, meet with music city leaders from around the world, discuss challenges and best practices, and have Seattle contribute to the evolution of this field.
Musicians performed live from noon to 9:00 PM on Saturday to celebrate KEXP’s new home at the Seattle Center, and hundreds turned out for the free concerts. Among those, was Deputy Mayor Kim who brought with her an Official Proclamation from Mayor Ed Murray declaring Saturday KEXP Day in Seattle. Councilmember Bagshaw also joined the celebration.
— Ed Murray (@MayorEdMurray) April 16, 2016
— Seattle Film + Music (@seattlefm) April 16, 2016
The lineup represented the diversity of music KEXP fans enjoy daily, a mix of Seattle artists, bands building national audiences thanks to KEXP’s support and international music from Seattle’s sister city, Reykjavik, Iceland.
— Seattle Film + Music (@seattlefm) April 16, 2016
There was a palpable sense among those of us in attendance that we were participating in history. It was certainly a day, this writer will never forget. For more photos, check out our Facebook and Twitter feeds.