Celebrating the marriage of music and film, the indivisibility of sound and vision, it’s time for Sound Unseen’s annual rocking festival of small-time music-related movies, followed by some post-screening live shows (and drinks) at the Harriet Brewing Tap Room, conveniently down the street from the Trylon Microcinema, host for most of the festival’s selections. From the Rick Springfield you only thought you knew, to the Boston hardcore scene, to alien invaders who fall in love with folk music, Sound Unseen reiterates the relations of the imaginative eye and ear, enticing hundreds of Minneapolis’ best and brightest to spectate and listen before stumbling home with a pleasant golden glow buzz, whistling in the pleasant mid-autumn night. In addition to Charles Bradley: Soul of America, the program this year includes An Affair of the Heart, an in-depth look at Rick Springfield, the “Jessie’s Girl” sweetheart singer-songwriter still going strong on tour at age 62 with a devoted following; Bad Brains: A Band in D.C., which gets into the influential punk band that refused to be confined into any fixed sound or genre, thereby representing the true spirit of Punk Rock; The Source, about a cult-like commune of psychedelic musicians from the 1970s, reforming decades after their hippie heyday; XXX All Ages XXX: The Boston Hardcore Story, which takes a different look at Punk (no, it’s not a melding of Sasha Grey and “More Than a Feeling”), demonstrating how hardcore emblems such as mosh-pits weren’t necessarily the creations of drug addled decadents, but had more straight-edged progenitors than we might expect; Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, the festival’s centerpiece film (playing at the Ritz Theatre), about a young man who posted his songs on YouTube and became Steve Perry’s replacement in Journey; Cartoon College, delving into the artistry of comic-book making; Beware of Mr. Baker, about Cream and Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker’s musical and personal journeys across the globe; and Radio Unnameable, about radio DJ Bob Fass, a boundless on-air personality. Sound Unseen is about the alchemy sound and vision transubstantiating together, the films being followed by live musical performances at free afterparties nightly from Thursday to Saturday, a lineup this year including the lovely DJs Lady Heat, Laliberte, Gallupstar, Bomba De Luz, DJ Don Cuco, Strange Names, and the man, the myth, the reality, Mark Mallman. -Niles Schwartz
Read Niles’ full write-up HERE.