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ARENA DANCES to perform at GIRL WALK // ALL DAY premiere on 6/15!

01 Jun 2012 | Categories: News / Press | Posted by: Vilay Dethluxay

As we mentioned — we had “special TBA” guests that we were adding to our MN PREMIERE screening of GIRL WALK // ALL DAY at First Avenue on June 15th. We are very excited and proud to announce that dancers from the local talented troupe of ARENA DANCES will be doing a very special performance after the 1st screening this evening!

Founded in 1995 by Mathew Janczewski, ARENA’s mission is to create and perform original choreography by Janczewski and to promote understanding and appreciation of modern dance. ARENA is one of the area’s premiere modern dance companies.

Reviewing for MNARTISTS.ORG, Lightsey Darst called Janczewski’s work “…physically brilliant yet emotionally intimate, dramatic, widely varied, witty and heartfelt.”

In addition to performing nationally and internationally, the company conducts residencies in schools throughout Minnesota. In 2008, Dance Magazine named Janczewski and ARENA as one of its “25 to Watch”.

ARENA DANCES, resides in the newly renovated The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts.

For more information on this amazing group, please visit their website: http://www.arena-dances.org/

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APRIL 11th: MN Premiere of “THE WANTEDS” (Tommy Harrington doc) with Director Stephanie Smith present!

20 Mar 2012 | Categories: Events | Posted by: Vilay Dethluxay
Sound Unseen continues its monthly film series, Wednesday, April 11 at the Trylon microcinema with the MN premiere of, “The Wanteds” an award-winning documentary on Portland musician Tommy Harrington, directed by Stephanie Smith and produced by Dave Camp.  The film will screen at the Trylon microcinema in Minneapolis.  Thanks to sponsors 89.3 the Current for their support and co-sponsorship with Sound Unseen. Director Stephanie Smith will be present at the screening for a Q&A to follow.
Date:  Weds. April 11, 2012
Time: 7PM
Venue: The Trylon microcinema
Location: 3258 Minnehaha Ave S, MN, 55406
The Wanteds (Stephanie Smith, 2011, 87 min., HD)
Full of Red Bull and relentless optimism, at age 34 Tommy Harrington is embarking on his first tour of the country as a one-man band.  Sober after years of addiction and energized by his new album, he prepares for the tour he feels will make him– but days before the tour, his ex-girlfriend returns to confide that she is pregnant.  Shaken but undeterred, he begins the journey and finds himself on a wild ride that takes him through the landscape of his tormented childhood, into an outrageous assortment of performance venues- from storage lockers to rock palaces to basements and house parties, stripping the layers of his life back to reveal the tragic relationship that defines his music and his life.
Interspersed with interviews with family and friends, we ride shotgun through a story tragic and hopeful, funny and heartbreaking, traversing a big country – literally and metaphorically, as Tommy attempts to assemble the jagged puzzle pieces of his life.  Unfolding into an story as singular as Tommy himself, The Wanteds is Spinal Tap laid into Shakespeare, Crumb crossed with Quixote — a surprising and personal document of a man facing the full weight of his world who ultimately finds peace in the last place he was looking.
“Unexpectedly dark and intimate….Smith’s gradual unveiling of Harrington’s choice between the only refuge he’s ever known and the opportunity to rectify the damaged father-son dynamics in his life is utterly wrenching.”  - The Portland Mercury
“This is an amazing movie and a must see for anyone who loves rock and roll films” – By the Light of the Stereo
The Graduate of rock and roll films” – David Cress, Producer of Paranoid Park and Portlandia
FILMMAKERS BIOGRAPHIES
The Wanteds is the first full-length documentary feature for Director Stephanie Smith and Producer Dave Camp.  Both have an extensive history playing and touring in their own respective rock bands, which gave them a unique understanding and connection with the story. Through working as a casting director and assistant director Stephanie expanded her interest in music by producing and directing a series of music videos for Portland bands. She has produced and directed numerous short films, including the acclaimed 16mm short  ‘Asleep at the Wheel’.  Dave Camp is a founding partner at Lift Music, composing music for television and film since 1999 including commercials for Kodak, Nike, Wal-Mart and Target, and a long list of television shows, most recently, for Millionaire Matchmaker and Axe Men.
The Wanteds is a product of Portland’s burgeoning indie film scene, showcasing an array of local talent, including Dave Camp’s original score, Tommy Harrington’s original songs, sound mix by David C Hughes, and post-production by Chris Stevens at Flip Doubt.

Presented by: 89.3 the Current


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March 14 Monthly Screening: I Want My Name Back (The Sugarhill Gang documentary)

20 Feb 2012 | Categories: Events | Posted by: Vilay Dethluxay
Sound Unseen continues its monthly film series Wednesday, March 14, 2012 with the Midwest/MN premiere of 2012 Slamdance documentary competition title, “I Want My Name Back” following the rise and fall of hip-hop pioneers, The Sugarhill Gang.  The film will screen at the Trylon microcinema in Minneapolis.  This is an intimate venue and a limited number of tickets available.  Thanks to 89.3 the Current for their continued support and co-sponsorship with Sound Unseen.Date: Wed. March 14, 2012
Time: 7PM
Venue: The Trylon microcinema
Location: 3258 Minnehaha Ave S, MN, 55406 

SYNOPSIS:

I Want My Name Back (dir. Roger Paradiso, USA, 2011, 93 min., BD)

“I Want My Name Back” highlights the rise and fall of former original members of the Sugarhill Gang, Master Gee and Wonder Mike. As original writers and rappers, Master Gee and Wonder Mike were the creative leaders of the Sugarhill Gang who recorded the biggest selling Hip-Hop single of all time called “Rapper’s Delight”. The album with that distinctive cover went platinum. The Sugarhill Gang is widely credited with introducing the world to Hip-Hop music in 1979. We go back in time with Master Gee and Wonder Mike as they recreate the beginning of commercial Hip-Hop. We follow their story as they tour the world for five years and follow up with songs like “Apache”, “8th Wonder” and “Living in the Fast Lane”.

However, in one of the biggest swindles in music history (which is saying something), the platinum-selling group not only had their profits and publishing rights stolen from them by their mob-financed label Sugar Hill Records, but their names as well: the label took founding members Wonder Mike and Master Gee’s names off of recordings that they wrote and performed, and even trademarked the group name—and Mike and Gee’s own stage names—by providing false documents. Featuring testimony from fellow artists, music-industry insiders, fans, music journalists and the original Sugarhill Gang members themselves, “I Want My Name Back” chronicles Mike and Gee’s thirty-year battle with Sugar Hill Records to reclaim their rights and recognition as hip hop pioneers. (Synopsis provided by Game Seven Productions.)

Presented by: 89.3 the Current

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Feb. 8: Sound Unseen presents Twin Cities Premiere of “BOMBAY BEACH”

08 Feb 2012 | Categories: Events | Posted by: Vilay Dethluxay

Sound Unseen continues its monthly film series Wednesday, February 8, 2012 with the Midwest/MN premiere of 2012 Independent Spirit Award nominee and Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best World Documentary, “Bombay Beach” featuring music by Bob Dylan and Beirut.  The film will screen at the Trylon microcinema in Minneapolis.  This is an intimate venue and a limited number of tickets available.  Thanks to 89.3 the Current for their continued support and co-sponsorship with Sound Unseen.

Date: Weds. February 8, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Trylon microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Ave. S., Mpls. 55406
Tickets: $8.00
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Bombay Beach (dir. Alma Har’el, Israel/USA, 2011, 80 min., BD)

The rusting relic of a failed 1960s development boom, the Salton Sea is a barren Californian landscape often seen as a symbol of the failure of the American Dream. First-time director Alma Har’el revisits this poetically fruitful terrain in her distinctive documentary “Bombay Beach”, and finds there a motley cast including a bipolar seven-year-old, a lovelorn high school football star, and an octogenarian poet-prophet. Together they make up a triptych of American manhood in its decisive moments, populating the Salton Sea’s land of thwarted opportunity.

True to her roots as a photographer, video artist, and music video director, Har’el crafts here an adamantly atypical and artistically innovative film—a dreamlike poem that sets the personal stories of these distinctive yet familiar characters to a stylized amalgam of observational documentary and choreographed dance, with music by Beirut and Bob Dylan, all cast against the atmospheric scenery of the titular ghost town. The result is a moving and surreal documentary experience—an evocative, symbolic portrait of rural America and its inhabitants. –Tribeca Film Festival

TERRY GILLIAM “A beautiful, quirky, and ultimately very moving film about the American Dream as it teeters on the edge of a desert sea.”

FILMMAKER MAGAZINE “Alma Har’el! Stunningly shot, formally audacious, Bob Dylan and Beirut scored! “Bombay Beach” won the grand prize in the international documentary competition. Recalling the work of Harmony Korine, Larry Clark, Lynne Ramsay, David Gordon Green, Charles Burnettand, Gus Van Sant (just to name a few), it announces a major new directorial talent in Har’el!”


 

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Jan. 11th Monthly Screening: NORWEGIAN WOOD with film score by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood – SOLD OUT!

09 Nov 2011 | Categories: Events | Posted by: Vilay Dethluxay

**This screening is now SOLD OUT**

Please join us on January 11th for our monthly screening series at the Trylon microcinema with our Twin Cities premiere of “Norwegian Wood” by director Tran Anh Hung and based off Haruki Murakami’s bestselling novel. This is an intimate venue with a limited number of tickets available so we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance. Thank you to our sponsors at 89.3 The Current.

Date: Weds. January 11th, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Trylon microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Ave. S., Mpls. 55406
Tickets: $8.00

FILM SYNOPSIS (2010, Tran Anh Hung, HD, 133 min.)
Published in 1987 and since translated into 33 languages, Haruki Murakami’s bestselling novel, “Norwegian Wood”, finally gets the big screen treatment from Academy Award nominated director, Tran Anh Hung, “The Scent of Green Papaya” and features an original musical score by Radiohead guitarist, Jonny Greenwood, (“There Will Be Blood” and the upcoming, “We Need to Talk About Kevin”) and stars Oscar nominee Rinko Kikuchi (“Babel”, “The Brothers Bloom”),  Japanese rising star Kenichi Matsuyama (“Death Note”, “Detroit Metal City”) and newcomer, Kiko Mizuhara.

Norwegian Wood” is a story of loss and heartbreak in a time of global instability. Tokyo, the late 1960s…Students around the world is uniting to overthrow the establishment and Toru Watanabe’s (Matsuyama) personal life is similarly in tumult.  At heart, he is deeply devoted to his first love, Naoko (Kikuchi), a beautiful and introspective young woman.  But their complex bond has been forged by the tragic death of their best friend years before.  Watanabe lives with the influence of death everywhere.  That is, until Midori (Mizuhara), a girl who is everything that Naoko is not – outgoing, vivacious, supremely self-confident – marches into his life and Watanabe must choose between his past and his future.  (Synopsis provided by Red Flag Releasing.)

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December 14th Monthly Screening: “HAPPY LIFE” Director Michael M. Blandic & Producer/MN Native Spencer Kiernan in attendance!

09 Nov 2011 | Categories: Events | Posted by: Vilay Dethluxay

Please join us on December 14th for our monthly screening series at the Trylon Microcinema with our Twin Cities premiere of “HAPPY LIFE” by director Michel M. Bilandic. This is an intimate venue with a limited number of tickets available so we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance. Thank you to our sponsors at 89.3 The CurrentWriter/Director Michael M. Bilandic and Producer/MN Native Spencer Kiernan will be present for this Midwest/MN premiere screening.

Date: Weds. December 14th, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Trylon Microcineam, 3258 Minnehaha Ave. S., Mpls. 55406
Tickets: $8.00
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FILM SYNOPSIS (2011, Michael M. Bilandic, HD, 73 min.)
Writer/director Michael M. Bilandic’s, “Happy Life” is a dark culture-shock comedy set in the waning world of techno world. Comedic actor Tom McCaffrey (“Onion News Network,” VH1′s “Best Week Ever”) stars as Keith, an aging trance DJ who has been recently fired from his residency spinning at an upscale tapas restaurant. His life has taken a further downward turn as his East Village specialty record store is in danger of going under. In a final effort to save both his shop and reputation, he decides to throw an “old school” rave, but contemporary NYC sure can be a cutthroat city. Faced with hipster gatekeepers, an aggressive landlord, a crack-smoking headlining act, and a community that couldn’t care less about his party, Keith must face the fact that the ’90s rave is long over.  Executive produced by Abel Ferrara (director of “Bad Lieutenant” and “King of New York”) and features appearances by Matt Pinfield (MTV’s “120 Minutes”), Alex Ross Perry (“The Color Wheel”), Kate Lyn Sheil (“Green”), and cinematography by Sean Price Williams (“Frownland”).

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Nov. 9th Monthly Screening: The Ballad of Mott the Hoople

20 Oct 2011 | Categories: Events | Posted by: Vilay Dethluxay

Please join us on November 9th for our monthly screening series at the Trylon Microcinema with our Twin Cities premiere of “The Ballad of Mott the Hoople” by directors Mike Kerry & Chris Hall. This is an intimate venue with a limited number of tickets available so we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance. Thank you to our sponsors at 89.3 The Current.

Date: Weds. November 9th, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Trylon Microcineam, 3258 Minnehaha Ave. S., Mpls. 55406
Tickets: $8.00
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FILM SYNOPSIS (2010, Mike Kerry & Chris Hall, DVD, 103 min.)
Storming out of Hereford, England in the late Sixties, Mott the Hoople became one of British rock’s most popular live acts. Yet, their records failed to reach audiences, and the band was on the verge of breaking up when one of their fans, a certain David Bowie, wrote “All the Young Dudes” for them; reborn, they zoomed to the top of the charts—and that’s really when the trouble started. A record of the rise, fall, rise and eventual disintegration of one of the era’s iconic bands, The Ballad of Mott the Hoople also recounts the story of Guy Stevens, the band’s explosively brilliant manager. Accurate, insightful and full of never-before seen interviews and concert footage, Mike Kerry and Chris Hall’s terrific film is simply rock history at its best. (Synopsis provided by NYFF)

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JUST ADDED to the festival: US PREMIERE of “INNI” Sigur Rós’ 2nd live film!

26 Sep 2011 | Categories: Events, Festival Screenings, News / Press | Posted by: Vilay Dethluxay

Please join us on Thurs. Oct. 13th for our 12th annual festival at the RITZ THEATER with our US premiere of “INNI” by director Vincent Morisset.

Date: Thursday, October 13th, 2011
Time: 9:00 PM
Location: The Ritz Theater, 345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Tickets: $10.00
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INNI (2011, Vincent Morisset, 75 min., Blu-Ray, USA)
Inni is Sigur Rós’s second live film following 2007′s hugely-celebrated Heima. Whereas that film positioned the enigmatic group in the context of their Icelandic homeland, providing geographical, social and historical perspectives on their otherworldly music, with uplifting results, Inni focusses purely on the band’s performance, which is artfully and intimately captured by French Canadian director Vincent Morisset (Arcade Fire’s Miroir Noir). Interweaving archive material from the band’s first ten years with the sometimes gossamer light, sometimes punishingly intense, concert footage, Inni is persuasive account of one of the most celebrated and influential rock bands of recent years.” VIEW TRAILER

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10/13: US PREMIERE of INNI – Sigur Rós’s second live concert film

26 Sep 2011 | Categories: Events, Festival Screenings | Posted by: Vilay Dethluxay

Please join us on Thursday, Oct. 13th for our 12th annual festival at the RITZ THEATER with our  US premiere of “INNI” by director Vincent Morisset.

Date: Thursday, October 13th, 2011
Time: 9:00 PM
Location: The Ritz Theater, 345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Tickets: $10.00
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INNI (2011, Vincent Morisset, 75 min., Blu-Ray, USA)
Inni is Sigur Rós’s second live film following 2007′s hugely-celebrated Heima. Whereas that film positioned the enigmatic group in the context of their Icelandic homeland, providing geographical, social and historical perspectives on their otherworldly music, with uplifting results, Inni focusses purely on the band’s performance, which is artfully and intimately captured by French Canadian director Vincent Morisset (Arcade Fire’s Miroir Noir). Interweaving archive material from the band’s first ten years with the sometimes gossamer light, sometimes punishingly intense, concert footage, Inni is persuasive account of one of the most celebrated and influential rock bands of recent years.”

 

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