Sub Pop Records just announced they are providing scholarships for 3 high school seniors on their way to an accredited college or university. The scholarships are only available to residents of Washington and Oregon. Applicants will need to submit a one page essay on their involvement with music in their community, influences, and plans what he/she would do with the money to progress in their chosen field. There are three scholarships available: one for $6,000, one for $4,000, and one for $3,000. The submission deadline is May 6, 2013.
Four feature films are finishing up production in Seattle this summer. KOMO News reports that these might be the last big movie projects our city sees if lawmakers do not renew the state film incentive. Efforts to renew the incentive died in the state legislature earlier this year. KOMO‘s Elisa Jaffe talked to members of the creative team behind the film Fat Kid Rules the World, which just wrapped filming around Seattle last week. They agreed that the film incentive brought this project to Seattle, and that the lack of an incentive program will push future work over to Portland or Vancouver, B.C. Washington Filmworks, the state’s nonprofit film office, will lobby again to renew the incentive during the 2012 legislative session. “This program gave out $14 million, actually got $54 million in direct spending in this state,” said Amy Lillard, executive director of Washington Filmworks. “So the return on the investment is very clear.”
Last fall’s blockbuster “Twilight” created a boon for the tourism industry in Forks, Washington. The small timber town on the Olympic Peninsula is the setting for the vampire book series. Now, at a time when most tourist destinations are hurting, Forks is embracing the vampire theme and transforming its image along the way. Sixteen–thousand so called Twihearts came to Forks in July alone. By comparison, in the whole of last year, only 8,000 people visited Forks. People in Forks are hoping for even more “Twilight” business when the second movie comes out in November. And this time it might actually show in Forks. The town’s theater has been out of business for years, but the vampire phenomenon could breathe new life into it.