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Sound Unseen 13 Film Line-up Announced!

05 Sep 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized | Posted by: admin

Introducing the 2013 film programming for Sound Unseen 13…drum roll please! Stay tuned for our Events Page and Buy Tickets page this week for continued updates!

At The Trylon microcinema:

Wed. Oct 10

An Affair of the Heart – 7pm (Opening Night Film)
(Dir. Sylvia Caminer, 2012, USA, 93 min., HD)
MN Premiere

An Affair of the Heart: The story of the Grammy-winning musician/songwriter, Rick Springfield, who continues to write, release new music, and perform 80-100 concerts a year. He’s also an occasional actor on such shows as General Hospital and Californication. This is also the story of the fans that Rick Springfield has connected with over his 30+year career – a multi-generational cross-section from all over the world. Discover what it is about Springfield and his music that drives his fans to such religion devotion. What meaning has he had and does he have in their lives? How do loved ones fell about this undying devotion? What does Springfield think the connection with his fans is ultimately about and what it’s like to be the source of such a timeless “affair of the heart.”? An Affair of the Heart has screened at major national and international film festivals such as Nashville, Hot Docs and Florida festivals. (Synopsis provided by the filmmakers.)

Film Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lDhtW4RUA0&feature=youtu.be


Bad Brains: A Band in D.C. – 9pm
(Dir. Mandy Stein & Benjamen Logan, 2012, USA, 104 min., HD)
MN Premiere

Bad Brains: A Band in D.C.: The Bad Brains are one of the most and influential American bands still working today. They melded punk and reggae into an innovative style that has yet to be copied. Their impact and influence can be heard in groups like Beastie Boys, No Doubt, Nirvana, Jane’s Addiction and countless more. Despite the troubles of an eccentric front man they have stayed together for 30 years without ever reaching the level of success so many think they deserve. Using rare archival footage and original comic illustrations the film re-constructs Bad Brains’ rich and complicated history. (Synopsis provided by the filmmakers.)

Film Website: badbrainsmovie.com

Film Trailer: http://vimeo.com/35337006

Thursday, October 11

The Source – 7pm
(Dir. Jodi Wille & Maria Demopoulos, 2012, USA, 98 min., HD)
Midwest Premiere

The Source Family was a radical experiment in ‘70s utopian living. Their outlandish lifestyle, popular hearth food restaurant, rock band, and beautiful women made them the darlings of Hollywood’s Sunset Strip; but their outsider ideals and spiritual leader, Father Yod, caused controversy with local authorities as they fled to Hawaii, leading to their dramatic demise. Years later, former family members surface and the rock band reforms, revealing how their time with Father Yod shaped their lives in the most unexpected ways. The Source provides an intimate, insiders’ view at this incredible group of people through their own archival photos, home movies, audio recordings, and contemporary interviews with members of the family. (Synopsis provided by the filmmakers.)

Film Trailer: http://www.thesourcedoc.com/TRAILER


xxx All Ages xxx: The Boston Hardcore Story – 9pm
(Dir. Drew Stone, 2012, USA, 85 min., HD)
Midwest Premiere
Director Drew Stone & Executive Producer Duane Lucia present!

Driven by a powerful soundtrack of classic first generation Hardcore, director Drew Stone’s “xxx All Ages xxx” documents the early Boston Hardcore music scene from 1981 through 1984. The film delves deep into the social and communal aspects of that unique and explosive era. The culture, straight edge and D.I.Y. (‘Do It Yourself’) ethics of the time are all explored in this distinctive documentary. With over fifty interviews, never before seen footage, rare photographs, dramatizations, as well as a blazing soundtrack by SS Decontrol, Gang Green, Jerry’s Kids, The FUs and more, “xxx All Ages xxx” examines this vibrant period of American youth culture and its rich and productive history. (Synopsis provided by the filmmakers.)

Film Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIJ6_dvZvuw

At The Ritz Theater:

Friday, October 12

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey– 7pm (Centerpiece Film)
(Dir. Ramona S. Diaz, 2012, USA, 113 min., HD)
MN Premiere

For Arnel Pineda, the past five years have been the stuff that dreams are made of. In 2007, Arnel’s friend began uploading videos of the aspiring Filipino singer covering classic rock songs onto YouTube and one of them was seen by Neal Schon, guitarist for the iconic band Journey. Blown away by Pineda’s talent and uncanny vocal similarity to former Journey front Steve Perry, Neal few Arnel from Manila to San Francisco to audition for the band, and the rest is history. But Arnel’s personal journey had just begun. Having lived life on the street since age 13 with no classical music training, he was anything but prepared for the grueling physical and emotional strains that come from fronting a rock band on a whirlwind world tour. Can a man who has already overcome so many obstacles deal with the demands of his newfound fame? A rare behind-the-scenes look at one of America’s most beloved rock groups, Don’t Stop Believin’ takes a trip around the world with band members and fans alike, watching as the newest Journeyman converts skeptics and hates into adoring fans—and breathes new life into Journey for the next generation of international listeners. (Synopsis provided by Tribeca Film Festival.)
Film Trailer: http://vimeo.com/19309431

Location: The Ritz Theater, 345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Tickets: $12 in advance/$15 at the door


At The Trylon microcinema:

Saturday, October 13

Cartoon College – 11am
(Dir. Josh Melrod & Tara Wray, 2012, USA, 75 min., HD)
Midwest Premiere

A thoughtfully funny look into the world of aspiring indie cartoonists and graphic novelists, this documentary follows a group of students at one of the most selective and grueling art schools in America: The Center for Cartoon Studies in the ramshackle village of White River Junction, Vermont. Featuring a who’s-who of the biggest names in literary comics including Chris Ware, Lynda Barry, Art Spiegelman, Francoise Mouly, Scott McCloud, Jason Lutes, and James Sturm, the film examines the creative process in action demonstrating the passion and fortitude it requires when a person chooses their art over all else. Cartoon College features the music of Beulah, Portastatic, Tortoise, Tokyo Police Club, Quinn Marston, The Hot IQs, Fire Tapes, and an original score by Jason Zumpano. (Synopsis provided by Newport Beach Film Festival.)

Film Trailer: http://vimeo.com/35011106

The Crumbles – 1pm
(Dir. Akira Boch, 2012, USA, 73 min., HD)
Midwest Premiere

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 30th annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, The Crumbles is an indie rock slice-of life tragicomedy about Darla (Katie Hipol), an overly serious musician whose stagnant life is shaken up when her long lost best friend Elisa (Teresa Michelle Lee) shows up and crashes on her couch…. indefinitely. Free-spirited Elisa has just moved back to Los Angeles after a devastating break-up, and no one else in his or her funky group of friends is willing to help her out. Elisa is charming and musically gifted, making her the perfect partner in the band that Darla has long wanted to start up. But when the band gets rolling, insecurity, heartache, and oversized egos all work against them. While they both share dreams of rocking the globe, it becomes a monumental struggle just getting out of the garage. (Synopsis provided by the filmmaker.)

Film Trailer: http://vimeo.com/33701108

PLUS SHORT FILM: Minor/Major: The TV on the Radio Documentary Tour
(Dir. Chioke Nassor, 2012, USA, 29 min. HD)
Midwest Premiere

This documentary is a portrait of the band, TV on the Radio as they transition from indie darlings to a major label success. We watch as they struggle to come to terms with the business side of the music business while trying to maintain artistic integrity. Also, there are songs and features MPR/89.3 the Current’s DJ Bill Deville. (Synopsis provided by the filmmaker.)


The History of Future Folk – 3pm
(Dir. J. Anderson Mitchell & Jeremy Kipp Walker, 2012, USA, 86 min., HD)
Midwest Premiere

Sent to destroy the human race, General Trius, the most decorated soldier from planet Hondo, has a change of heart when he hears music for the first time. Taking on the alias Bill Hunt, Trius settles down in Brooklyn, where he starts a family and plays bluegrass banjo at a local tavern. When an assassin from Hondo comes to kill Trius, the two quickly bond over the power of music and form Future Folk – think Flight of the Conchords from space. The duo rocks the house every night, run by Twisted Sister lead singer, Dee Snider, but can they save Earth and Hondo from certain destruction in this wonderfully odd, surprisingly sweet sci-fi musical comedy? (Synopsis provided by Los Angeles Film Festival.)

Film Clip: http://vimeo.com/43560905

PLUS SHORT FILM: Life & Freaky Times of Uncle Luke
(Dir. Jillian Mayer, 2012, USA, 13 min., HD)

Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke is a remake of La Jetee, set in Miami and starring Uncle Luke of 2 Live Crew.


Beware of Mr. Baker – 5pm
(Dir. Jay Bulger, 2012, USA, 100 min., HD)
Midwest Premiere

Winner of the documentary jury prize at the 2012 SXSW film festival, Beware of Mr. Baker follows Ginger Baker best known for playing drums in Cream and Blind Faith, but the world’s greatest drummer didn’t hit his stride until 1972, when he arrived in Nigeria and discovered Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat. After leaving Nigeria, Ginger returned to his patter of drug-induced self-destruction, and countless groundbreaking musical works, eventually settling in South Africa, where the 73-year-old lives with his young bride and 39 polo ponies. This documentary includes interviews with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Charlie Watts, Carlos Santana and more. With every smash of the drum is a man smashing his way through life. (Synopsis provided by SXSW.)

Film Trailer: http://vimeo.com/37768135


Sunday, October 14

Radio Unnameable – 1pm
(Dir. Paul Lovelace & Jessica Wolfson, 2012, USA, 87 min., HD)
Midwest Premiere

Official Selection of Full Frame and Sarasota film festivals, Radio Unnameable tells the story of influential radio personality Bob Fass who revolutionized the airwaves by developing a patchwork of music, politics, comedy and reports from the street, effectively creating free-form radio. For nearly 50 years, Fass has been heard at midnight on listener-sponsored WBAI-FM, broadcast out of New York. Long before today’s innovations in social media, Fass utilized the airwaves for mobilization, encouraging luminaries and ordinary listeners to talk openly, taking the program in surprising directions.

Radio Unnameable is a visual and aural collage that pulls from Bob Fass’s immense archive of audio from his program, film, photographs, and video that has been sitting dormant until now. As radio is an aural medium, we have established a distinctive visual style that combines extensive archival materials and breathtaking nighttime images of New York City with the sounds and voices heard on Radio Unnameable. Sometimes these images will be directly related and other times their connection will be abstract and visceral. As the film spans almost 50 years, we have utilized different mediums to expand the palette: Super 8 and 16mm film, Hi-8 video, and HD, with both original and historical footage to help convey the changing landscape throughout the history of Fass’s program. (Synopsis provided by filmmakers.)

Film Trailer: http://vimeo.com/14532600

PLUS SHORT FILM: Brute Force
(Dir. Ben Steinbauer, 2012, USA, 15 min., HD)
Midwest Premiere

From the director of Winnebago Man comes Brute Force. In 1967, Brute Force had just released his first album on Columbia Records and was on the brink of becoming a star. The Beatles championed his next single, “King of Fuh,” to be released on Apple Records. But dreams of fame and fortune quickly turned into nightmares when the record was censored and permanently shelved. In 2010, Sony and Apple reissued Brute Force’s controversial music from the sixties, giving him another chance to re-capture his dreams of rock stardom. (synopsis provided by filmmakers.)

Film Trailer: http://vimeo.com/42657806

Charles Bradley: Soul of America – 3pm
(Dir. Poull Brien, 2011, USA, 75 min., HD)
MN Premiere

Charles Bradley: Soul of America captures the extraordinary late in life rise of 62-year-old aspiring soul singer Charles Bradley, whose debut album, “No Time For Dreaming,” took him from a hard life of poverty, homelessness and tragedy and rocketed him onto Rolling Stone magazine’s top 50 albums of 2011. This documentary follows from his 62nd birthday through the electrifying and transformative months leading up to his unprecedented debut, world tour and ultimate triumph over an impossible dream 48 years in the making. (Synopsis provided SXSW.)

Film Trailer: http://vimeo.com/33436394