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(Thee Emergency performing at Chop Suey in a shot from "$5 Cover." MTV photo.)

I went last night to a special screening of “$5 Cover: Seattle,” the MTV project I covered extensively during Sundance. This was the first time we all got to see Lynn Shelton’s 12 short narratives in a row, which is definitely the way to see them. Though each tells its own mini-story, with Seattle’s independent musicians as characters, they all weave together, and sometimes a story that arises in one is resolved in another down the line.

The shorts were great, as were John Jeffcoat’s mini-documentaries about the bands and the even wider-ranging “B-side” docs produced by Sue Corcorane. But the striking thing about the whole event was the over-the-top talent on display. If you’re not checking out the independent music scene in Seattle, well, then, you’re missing out on one of the best things about living here.

I also found it interesting that while Seattle’s all-male bands get a lot of publicity, and rightfully so, the women are just as worthy of note, if not more so. Among the standouts in “$5 Cover: Seattle” (which will hit the network’s website in June): the two-woman powerhouse Thee Satisfaction, garage-pop Tea Cozies, Thee Emergency, whose lead vocalist, Zana “Dita Vox” Geddes, proves she has screen presence and acting chops as well as a voice to die for. Thee Emergency is the last band you hear in this preview for the series:

Click here to see the trailer for “$5 Cover: Seattle.”

March 2, 2010   No Comments

Hits and near misses

I’m about to go interview MTV honcho David Gale and stopped for some lunch, which ended up consisting of breakfast. I just realized those fried potatoes had a lot of garlic. Apologies to David in advance.

I was supposed to interview Bill Murray and Robert Duvall today, but they cancelled this morning due to knee injury (Murray) and altitude sickness (Duvall). They’re around here somewhere, but they’re not talking to the press. Sigh.

Nonetheless, their movie, “Get Low,” is pretty good, and lifted higher by Duvall’s performance. The guy doesn’t miss a step.

People keep asking me if I’ve seen any good movies. Usually by this time I haven’t seen many – too busy working! The one getting the best response so far is the one I mentioned yesterday, “Waiting for Superman.”

By the way, everyone seems to want to know whether Bill Gates is traveling with security guards. What do you think? I saw a couple, with Secret-Service-style, with clear headphone cords coming out their ears. My sources tell me he came to Sundance with a contingent of 14 security people. I’m guessing they go with him everywhere. You would have security, too, if you were Bill Gates. They also tell me the one movie he was interested in seeing at Sundance was “the one with the girl from Twilight” (that would be “The Runaways,” BTW). Maybe he’s not such a nerd after all.

Celebrity sightings: I saw Elisabeth Shue the other night. Not sure if she’s in a movie or just having fun. I also saw Ty Burrell from “Modern Family,” whose hometown is Grants Pass, Oregon (he also attended the U of O) and who now lives in Utah.

January 23, 2010   No Comments