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Grassroots goes for the iconic soundtrack

July 22, 2010

Sounds like the indie film Grassroots, which is shooting in Seattle as we speak, might be following in fellow Seattleite Cameron Crowe‘s footsteps.  Could the Grassroots soundtrack be the iconic movie soundtrack of the 20-teens?

Music Supervisors Announced for GRASSROOTS, Stephen Gyllenhaal Film Shooting in Seattle

July 21, 2010 –



KEXP’s John “John in the Morning” Richards, in collaboration with Amy Lindsey and Alethia Austin, will put a unique musical stamp on GRASSROOTS soundtrack

SEATTLE – KEXP’s John Richards, one of the most influential DJs in the country, has signed to shape the soundtrack of GRASSROOTS, the touching, hilarious true story of Seattle poet and music critic Grant Cogswell’s unlikely 2001 campaign for the Seattle City Council. Aided by newbie campaign manager Phil Campbell, the eccentric Cogswell plunges into deep political waters, running against a powerful incumbent.

As host of KEXP’s enormously popular  “John in the Morning,” Richards has been discovering bands and changing the shape of radio for the last decade. Along with co-supervisors Amy Lindsey and Alethia Austin, he brings a unique sensibility to the film.

“The soundtrack is a love affair with Seattle,” says Richards. “it will be the sound of Seattle 2001, the kind of music Grant would have been listening to, mixed in with some of the best indie bands playing in Seattle today.”

“It’s awesome to have these three working on GRASSROOTS,” says Music Consultant David Meinert, “together they have the unique knowledge and ability to bring the movie the great music it deserves.”

Meinert, founder of Fuzed Music and co-owner of The Capitol Hill Block Party – which gets under way this week – was instrumental in putting the team together.

Shooting continues through early August for GRASSROOTS, with scenes planned at such iconic Seattle music venues as the Re-Bar, where popular local group Mt. St. Helens Vietnam plays an “Election Night” gig in front of a crowd of extras which includes a host of authentic Seattle musicians.

Amy Lindsey is a partner in John Richards Music, which recently supervised music for the documentary THE ROAD TO ISTANBUL. She has a wealth of experience in the music business, having worked at Seattle’s One Reel, Northwest Folklife Music Festival, Bumbershoot, KEXP, and a variety of other large and small music festivals, events and venues.

Alethia Austin has been an independent Music Supervisor since 2006.  Her film credits include The Grand, Garden Party, SQUEEZEBOX!, Flash of Genius, Linewatch, The Great Debaters and The Cursed.

Stephen Gyllenhaal co-writes and directs GRASSROOTS, produced by Peggy Rajski and Michael Huffington, executive produced by Matt Brady of MRB Productions and Brent R. Stiefel of Townie Records, based on the memoir “Zioncheck for President” by Phil Campbell.


JOHN RICHARDS is one of the most influential DJs in the country. As host of KEXP’s “John in the Morning” show for the past decade, John has been breaking bands and changing the way we listen to radio. Due in large part to John’s popularity and his eclectic taste for great music, KEXP now has a worldwide Internet audience. John has also worked closely with Gary Gersh signing bands to various labels as an A&R Rep. His recently launched company, John Richards Music, specializes in music curation, music supervision, and music events.

AMY LINDSEY has a wealth of experience in the music business, having worked at Seattle’s One Reel, Northwest Folklife Music Festival, Bumbershoot, KEXP, and a variety of other large and small music festivals, events and venues. She is a classically trained pianist with a master’s degree in music. She currently works as a partner in John Richards Music and with her own company Amy Lindsey Productions.

ALETHIA AUSTIN broke into the music industry in 2001 working in artist marketing, licensing, music branding, music journalism and artist management before she became an independent Music Supervisor in 2006.  CBS, VH1, and ESPN are among the notable companies Alethia has assisted with their music licensing endeavors. She has been credited with soundtrack, music supervision and music coordinator roles on films such as The Grand, Garden Party, SQUEEZEBOX!, Flash of Genius, Linewatch, The Great Debaters and The Cursed. She has been invited to speak on panels about music supervision and licensing at music conferences in the United States and abroad.


DAVID MEINERT is the founder of Fuzed Inc, an artist management company, and co-owner of Fuzed Travel, a boutique travel agency specializing in travel for people in the entertainment business. Meinert is also co-owner of the Capitol Hill Block Party, the ‘best little music festival’ on the West Coast with 20,000 people attending annually

Local production “Grassroots” announces casting of Jason Biggs

June 24, 2010

This just in from producer Peggy Case, formerly of Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle fame…

A short-tempered, unemployed music critic who likes to dress as a polar bear thinks he can harness the power of the people to ride the monorail to political victory in Seattle. And he’s right. Almost…
SEATTLE – Stephen Gyllenhaal co-writes and will direct GRASSROOTS, produced by Oscar-winner Peggy Rajski, based on the memoir “Zioncheck for President” by former “Stranger” writer Phil Campbell.

Stage and screen veteran Jason Biggs (AMERICAN PIE, MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL) has signed to star as Campbell, a recently fired journalist who reluctantly agrees to spearhead the Seattle City Council campaign of his eccentric friend Grant Cogswell. Rapidly rising star Joel David Moore (AVATAR, MEDIUM, BONES, HOUSE) co-stars as Cogswell, a former pedicab driver with a burning passion for the Monorail.

Can two completely broke political newbies with no campaign contributors, a collection of homemade yard signs, and a ragtag crew of unruly young supporters unseat their powerful opponent?  Well, maybe…

Writer-director Stephen Gyllenhaal adapts this true story into a touching, hilarious portrait of the Emerald City and its unique political landscape.

“I can hardly wait to bring it to the screen,” says Gyllenhaal. “I am so thrilled with the chemistry the actors have together.”

“I think we have the perfect cast for this unique comedy,” adds Rajski, ” it’s half buddy movie and half political knucklebiter, and it’s all about having the guts to stand up for what you believe in.”

GRASSROOTS begins shooting next week in Seattle.
Award-winning director Stephen Gyllenhaal’s productions include LOSING ISAIAH with Jessica Lange and Halle Berry; DANGEROUS WOMAN with Debra Winger and David Strathairn; WATERLAND with Jeremy Irons; PARIS TROUT with Ed Harris and Dennis Hopper; and KILLING IN A SMALL TOWN with Barbara Hershey. He also co-wrote and directed HOMEGROWN with Billie Bob Thornton, Hank Azaria, Jamie Lee Curtis and John Lithgow.

Rajski’s producing credits include TOWELHEAD, HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, LITTLE MAN TATE, THE GRIFTERS, MATEWAN, EIGHT MEN OUT and THE BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET. Her collaborations with iconoclastic filmmakers like Jodie Foster, Stephen Frears, Alan Ball and John Sayles have garnered over 40 award nominations including wins at the Independent Spirit Awards and Academy Awards.