Thank you to Erik Thompson at City Page’s Gimme Noise blog for this awesome write up about the festival this year!
“The 13th Annual Sound Unseen Film/Music/Art Festival has just announced the dates, film lineup, and venues participating in this year’s festivities. Sound Unseen will run from October 10-14, and will features screenings for over 20 films at the Trylon microcinema and the Ritz Theater, with additional, soon-to-be-announced music performances taking place at Harriet Brewing Tap Room and other venues throughout the Twin Cities.
First year festival director Jim Brunzell has assembled a wide variety of music-based documentaries, features, and short films for this year’s Sound Unseen, with many of them seeing their Midwest premiere during the festival.
This year’s Opening Night film at the Trylon is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10, and it will be the Minnesota premiere screening of An Affair Of The Heart, which covers the long creative history of Grammy-winning songwriter Rick Springfield. The film deals with not only Springfield’s continual dedication to his music throughout his career, but the strong connection he has forged with his fans over the years.
Another stand-out of the Sound Unseen film lineup is Bad Brains: A Band In D.C., which will air at the Trylon right after An Affair Of The Heart on October 10. This film uses rare archival footage to tell the complicated musical history of the seminal reggae-punk band, Bad Brains, and features effusive testimonials from luminaries of the music scene both past and present, including the dearly departed Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys.
Other highlights of Sound Unseen are the Midwest premieres of xxx All Ages xxx: The Boston Hardcore Story (Trylon microcinema, October 11, 9 p.m.) which delves into the Boston hardcore music scene of 1981-84, and Cartoon College (Trylon microcinema, October 13, 11 a.m.), which takes a decidedly funny look into the world of indie cartoonists and graphic novelists like Chris Ware, Lynda Barry, and Art Spiegelman, to name just a few. Cartoon College also features music from indie stalwarts Beulah, Portastatic, Tortoise, and others, as well as an original score by Jason Zumpano.
After Journey’s rousing success at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, local fans should check out the Minnesota premiere of this year’s Sound Unseen Centerpiece Film, Don’t Stop Believin': Everyman’s Journey at the Ritz Theater on October 12 at 7 p.m. The film gives a behind-the-scenes look at how Arnel Pineda adjusted to becoming the frontman of one of classic rock’s most popular bands, and how his arrival subsequently reignited the rest of the band and their adoring fan base.
There will also be a screening of the Midwest premiere of the short film Minor/Major: The TV On The Radio Documentary Tour, which captures the transition and struggle of TV On The Radio as they go from beloved indie band to a major label success story, and also features an appearance from Current DJ Bill DeVille.
There are plenty of other great films that will be shown at Sound Unseen, as well as a bunch of great musical events and performances planned in connection with the festival that will be announced shortly. Take a frequent look at the Sound Unseen site to find out more updated information about all the events planned during the 13th Annual Sound Unseen Film/Music/Art Festival.