News from the Office of Film + Music - May 9, 2019

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News from the Office of Film + Music | Vol. 12, No. 37 | May 9, 2019

Nesib CB Shamah

Mayor Durkan Announces Nesib "CB" Shamah as the 2019 Mayor's Film Award Winner

Congratulations to 2019 Mayor's Film Award recipient, Nesib "CB" Shamah! CB is an Emmy-nominated producer and director best known for the music documentary, Welcome to Doe Bay, SJ Chiro’s Lane 1974, and the science fiction short film Haskell. He has contributed to the Seattle film and music landscape for years, from his work on community advisory boards to financing and executive producing many local film projects. As a current board member of both the Satterberg Foundation and the Northwest Film Forum, CB is a leader in the local fight for social justice by telling unique stories supporting colleagues and artists in bringing their visions to life on screens both big and small. Mayor Durkan will present the award to CB at the SIFF Opening Night Gala on May 16 at McCaw Hall. Learn more about the Mayor's Film Award

opening night

SIFF Opening Night Film: Lynn Shelton's Sword of Trust


Art Zone with Nancy Guppy features new music from Gypsy Temple

indigenous media

SIFF Indigenous Programming: 4th World Indigenous Media Lab


Jason McCue on this week's Band in Seattle


Miss us last week? Don't worry, we haven't been lost to your spam folder! The Office of Film + Music newsletter is now on a biweekly schedule. The next newsletter will be issued Thursday, May 23. 

Join us to guide the future of the creative economy! This year, we are partnering with the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Office of Economic Development, and the creative community to deepen our understanding of Seattle's creative industries and workers - and your voice is vital to these discussions! At this month's Mixer, we are launching a series of community discussions meant to bring you, Seattle's creative workforce, into the inner circle as the City devises strategies to create equity and opportunity in our creative economy for years to come. The next 4 Mixers - May 29, June 26, July 31, and August 28 - will be dedicated to this discussion, so please mark your calendars! We hope you will join us at the KEXP Gathering Space on Wednesday, May 29, as we kick off this process! 

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SIFF begins May 16! This year is the 45th Seattle International Film Festival, showcasing more than 400 films from nearly 90 countries to 140,000+ attendees over 25 days (May 16 - June 9, 2019). Also, don't miss the New Works-in-Progress Forum, which brings four global film teams, six industry mentors, and a select SIFF audience into the filmic creative process, just before the picture is locked. Together, they watch the films in-progress and engage in critical feedback for a valuable creative experience. Tickets are on sale now!

New NFFTY team members! The 13th Annual National Film Festival for Talented Youth is October 24-27, 2019. Meet their new leadership - same members from the NFFTY 2018 team, but with new roles!


Brandi Carlile’s Fight for Peace and Love - RollingStone

Can a Belltown community group save its neighborhood jazz club? - Crosscut

The Stranger's 2019 SIFF Picks - The Stranger