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Music/Film/Web Blog covers Sound Unseen 13

14 Sep 2012 | Categories: News / Press, Uncategorized | Posted by: admin

“We’re a little Twin Cities happy today. A bit later we’ll have an update on Every Everything, Gorman Bechard’s music documentary in progress about Husker Du co-founder and St. Paul-born indie rock hero Grant Hart. For now, it’s Sound Unseenin the news. One of America’s first festivals devoted exclusively to music film returns for its lucky 13th edition October 10 to 14, and the freshly announced program offers a potent mix of the wild and the weird via 14 mostly nonfiction features and shorts screening at Minneapolis’s Trylon microcinema and Ritz Theater.

In the wild category, there’s Beware of Mr. Baker, the SXSW-award winning doc on the prodigious and volatile Cream/Blind Faith drummer, early Afrobeat champion, and battler with drugs, women, and the law; and Bad Brains: A Band in DC, which chronicles three decades of the massively influential punk/reggae band and their enigmatic frontman, HR. Hardcore is also at the heart of xxx All Ages xxx, a history of the early ’80s Boston punk scene, while Radio Unnameable profiles in appropriately collage-like style the free-form radio pioneer Bob Fass.

For weird, there’s The Source, the tale of religious cult-cum-psychedelic band the Source Family (aka Ya Ho Wha 13), their outlandish heyday in early ’70s LA and later reformation. Or try short film Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke, is a remake of the late Chris Marker’s avant garde classic La Jetee set in Miami and starring 2 Live Crew’s Luther Campbell. We suppose that might also qualify as wild.

The marquee slots go to films that are perhaps more on the heartwarming tip. The opening attraction is An Affair of the Heart, a funny-sweet examination of the abiding love affair between pop idol-turned-working rocker Rick Springfield and his deeply, deeply committed fans. The “centerpiece film” on Friday the 12th is Don’t Stop Believin’, the Tribeca premiere about Arnel Pineda, the formerly homeless Filipino tapped to replace Steve Perry’s leather lungs in Journey after band members spotted him belting on YouTube.

There are also films about Charles Bradley, TV on the Radio, and aliens playing future folk in Brooklyn (that’s one of the fictional ones), plus live music at assorted Twin Cities venues. We’ll have more on some Sound Unseen titles in the weeks to come.”

  • Sound Unseen created an Sound Unseen Presents: REVENGE OF THE MEKONS. ... See MoreSee Less

    Sound Unseen presents the Minnesota premiere of director Joe Angio’s documentary, "Revenge of the Mekons," on of the longest running British rock bands, formed in the late 1970’s, The Mekons. We would like to thank to our sponsors, 89.3 the Current and Trylon microcinema for their contributions toward Sound Unseen. There will be a special intro by 89.3 the Current’s, Bill DeVille. “Revenge of the Mekons” chronicles the unlikely career of the genre-defying collective notorious for being—as rock critic Greil Marcus notes—“the band that took punk ideology most seriously.” Born out of the 1977 British punk scene, the Mekons progressed from a group of socialist art students with no musical skills to the prolific, raucous progeny of Hank Williams. Joe Angio’s exuberant documentary follows their improbable history – a surprising and influential embrace of folk and country music; forays into the art world (collaborations with Vito Acconci and Kathy Acker); and consistent bad luck with major record labels. Among the celebrated fans who appear on screen to testify to the power of their music and artistic innovations are authors Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections) and Luc Sante (Low Life), musician/actor Will Oldham, film director Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol), comedian/ musician Fred Armisen (Portlandia), and critic Greil Marcus (Mystery Train). “Revenge of the Mekons” reveals how, four decades into an ever-evolving career, punk’s reigning contrarians continue to make bold, unpredictable music while staying true to the punk ethos. Film Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mXdhKiVPhU Dir. Joe Angio, USA, 2013, 95 min., HD

    Sound Unseen Presents: REVENGE OF THE MEKONS

    April 8, 2015, 7:00pm

    Trylon microcinema

    Sound Unseen presents the Minnesota premiere of director Joe Angio’s documentary, "Revenge of the Mekons," on of the longest running British rock bands, formed in the late 1970’s, The Mekons. We would like to thank to our sponsors, 89.3 the Current and Trylon microcinema for their contributions toward Sound Unseen. There will be a special intro by 89.3 the Current’s, Bill DeVille. “Revenge of the Mekons” chronicles the unlikely career of the genre-defying collective notorious for being—as rock critic Greil Marcus notes—“the band that took punk ideology most seriously.” Born out of the 1977 British punk scene, the Mekons progressed from a group of socialist art students with no musical skills to the prolific, raucous progeny of Hank Williams. Joe Angio’s exuberant documentary follows their improbable history – a surprising and influential embrace of folk and country music; forays into the art world (collaborations with Vito Acconci and Kathy Acker); and consistent bad luck with major record labels. Among the celebrated fans who appear on screen to testify to the power of their music and artistic innovations are authors Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections) and Luc Sante (Low Life), musician/actor Will Oldham, film director Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol), comedian/ musician Fred Armisen (Portlandia), and critic Greil Marcus (Mystery Train). “Revenge of the Mekons” reveals how, four decades into an ever-evolving career, punk’s reigning contrarians continue to make bold, unpredictable music while staying true to the punk ethos. Film Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mXdhKiVPhU Dir. Joe Angio, USA, 2013, 95 min., HD

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    "It's Gonna Blow: San Diego's Music Underground 1986-1996" will be heading to Minneapolis & Trylon microcinema on Wed. June 10. Here is an extended trailer. ... See MoreSee Less

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