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October 5, 2011

About the Film

"Something in the Water," directed by Ward Serrill (The Heart of the Game), explores the world of two venerable Seattle institutions - KEXP and Sub Pop Records. This documentary features interviews with KEXP’s John Richards and Kevin Cole, Sub Pop's Megan Jasper and Jonathan Poneman, EMP's Jasen Emmons, and performances by "The Head and the Heart," "Macklemore," "Shabazz Palaces," "Pickwick," and more. "Something in the Water" was produced as an accompany piece to "Pearl Jam Twenty".

About the Filmmaker

About the Filmmaker Ward Serrill has written, directed or produced several feature and short films, including award-winning sports documentary, "The Heart of the Game". He was executive producer for "Wild America", narrated by Sissy Spacek, to generate protection for the last remaining wild lands along the Lewis and Clark trail. He co-directed and produced "Building One House," narrated by Robert Redford about empowering Indian tribes to build straw bale homes on America's reservations. Serrill lives in Seattle and is a tango dancer and harmonica player.

Featured in the Film

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis"Macklemore and Ryan Lewis" make up the hip hop duo with Ben Haggerty (stage name Macklemore) doing vocals and Ryan Lewis being the producer. Macklemore started his career at Garfield High School in Seattle's Central District and released his first official full-length album, "The Language of My World," in 2005.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis |

The Head and the Heart

The Head and the Heart"The Head and The Heart" are an indie folk-pop band from Seattle, Washington. Formed in the summer of 2009 by Josiah Johnson and Jonathan Russell, the band also includes Charity Rose Thielen, Chris Zasche, Kenny Hensley, and Tyler Williams. The band signed to Sub Pop Records in November 2010.

The Head and The Heart Website

Shabazz Palaces

Shabazz Palaces"Shabazz Palaces" is a Seattle hip-hop collective led by former Grammy Award-winning "Digable Planets" member Ishmael Butler, and the first hip hop act to be signed on by Sub Pop Records. "Shabazz Palaces" has released two EPs, along with their debut full length album "Black Up".

Shabazz Palaces website


Pickwick"Pickwick" is a garage-soul, “ambient folk”, Seattle-based band, featuring Galen Disston, Matthew Emmett, Cassady Lillstrom, Garrett Parker, and Michael Parker. Their music inspiration comes from old soul records and modern indie, and their songs are written in a collaborative effort, where members share and explore ideas together.

Pickwick |

The Tripwires

Tripwires"The Tripwires" is a Seattle-based pub rock band led by singer-songwriter John Ramberg, joined by Johnny Sangster (engineer for "Mudhoney" and "The Posies"), Jim Sangster ("Young Fresh Fellows"), and drummer Mark Pickerel ("Screaming Trees") They have released two albums, “Makes You Look Around” and “House to House”.

The Tripwires |

Pat Wright (Total Experience Gospel Choir)

Pat Wright (Total Experience Gospel Choir)Pat Wright is the founder of the "Total Experience Gospel Choir" in Seattle. Wright moved to Seattle from Texas in 1964 and started the "Total Experience Gospel Choir" in 1973 which originally comprised of students from Seattle's Roosevelt High School and Franklin High School. Wright and the choir has done many hours of relief work for Hurricane Katrina victims and has been featured in ABC News World News Tonight as “Person of the Week” in May 2007 and “Persons of the Year” for 2007.

Total Experience Gospel Choir website


KEXP"KEXP" 90.3 is a non-commercial public radio station located in Seattle, Washington, that started out specializing in alternative and indie rock. KEXP plays a blend of musical styles, from rockabilly to hip hop, as well as public affairs programming and live, and in-studio performances by artists.

KEXP website

Sup Pop Records

Sup Pop RecordsSub Pop Records is a record label located in Seattle, founded by Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman in 1986. Sub Pop is known for being one of the first labels to shine light on grunge music. Sub Pop first started as a fanzine created by Pavitt in the 1980s called "Subterranean Pop," which focused on American independent record labels. Notable bands that have signed with Sub Pop include "Nirvana," "Flight of the Conchords," "The Postal Service," and "The Shins," all of whom have received either platinum or gold records.

Sub Pop Records website


EMPThe EMP (Experience Music Project) is a museum dedicated to the “exploration of creativity and innovation in popular music.” Founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2000, it contains rock memorabilia, pop music artifacts, and high-tech multimedia and interactive displays.

EMP website

Jasen Emmons

Jasen Emmons is EMP’s Director of Curatorial Affairs

Mike McGinn

Mike McGinnMike McGinn is the mayor of Seattle. McGinn won the 2009 Seattle mayoral election with the support of groups considered to be "political outsiders" such as environmentalists, biking advocates, musicians, nightclub owners, and younger voters.

Mike McGinn |