20th Annual SOUND UNSEEN | FILM + MUSIC FESTIVAL Announces 2019 Full Film Lineup

The Sound Unseen Film + Music Festival (November 12-17) announced the film lineup for this year’s 20th Anniversary edition of the film festival.

Highlights include a special appearance of John Doe with the screening of W.T. Morgan’s documentary X: THE UNHEARD MUSIC, award-winning filmmaker Ondi Timoner coming to Sound Unseen with a 15th Anniversary screening of her film, DIG!, as well as a special presentation of the MAPPLETHORPE Director’s Cut. Sound Unseen also announced that Scott Crawford’s BOY HOWDY: THE STORY OF CREEM MAGAZINE, would be the Closing Night selection.

In the fall of 1999, Sound Unseen introduced itself as a unique, cutting edge “films-on-music” festival in Minneapolis. Formulated as a cultural organization dedicated to the role of film and music as a conduit of powerful ideas and diverse viewpoints. Its mission is to foster a greater appreciation of cinema, to bridge cultures, create and expand community, provide cultural exchange, networking opportunities and educational outreach through regular interaction with great films, filmmakers, musicians and artists.

Since its inception, It has established itself as one of the premiere niche festivals in the country, but more importantly as a vital part of the regional cultural scene. Now in its 19th year, the festival has expanded to include year-round programming, unique pop-up events, and special screenings including world and regional premieres.

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Named “One of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals In The World” by Moviemaker Magazine in 2016, the “Best Winter Film Festival” by the Star Tribune 2012, and the “Best of the Fests 2010” from Mpls/St Paul Magazine, Sound Unseen continues its tenure as the region’s premiere films-on-music festival. While bringing the best in documentaries, short films, and music videos it also showcases rare concert footage, interactive panels, and live music events. As part of its year-round presence, Sound Unseen offers a successful monthly screening series and special events throughout the Twin Cities. This diversity in content is one of the things that separates Sound Unseen from the typical outdoor mega concerts and film festivals.

Sound Unseen Festival Director Jim Brunzell and Producer/Co-Programmer Rich Gill, said, “Our lineup this year is a wonderful mix of films hot on the film festival circuit, classics, and screenings that include appearances by wonderful filmmakers and musicians. We are really excited about this group of films and events built around them that should make our 20th Anniversary edition truly memorable.

Scott Crawford’s BOY HOWDY: THE STORY OF CREEM MAGAZINE joins the previously announced Seamus Murphy’s A DOG CALLED MONEY (Opening Night), and Brandon Vedder’s STRANGE NEGOTIATIONS (Centerpiece) to complete an impressive trio of Gala screenings. BOY HOWDY: THE STORY OF CREEM MAGAZINE looks at the seminal Creem Magazine‘s humble beginnings to becoming one of the publications of record for rock n’ roll. Fifty years after publishing its first issue, “America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine” remains a seditious spirit in music and culture. The film features interviews with Cameron Crowe, Alice Cooper, Kirk Hammett, Joan Jett, Michael Stipe, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Chad Smith, Peter Wolf and Wayne Kramer.

The one and only John Doe of X will come to Sound Unseen as part of a presentation of W.T. Morgan’s X: THE UNHEARD MUSIC. Screened on 35mm, the film is one of the best music films of the punk era. Shot over the course of five years, this documentary presents spectacular live performances interspersed with interviews with the band members and associates.

The only filmmaker to be a two-time Sundance Film Festival Grand Prize Jury Winner, Ondi Timoner comes to Minnesota with two of her films. The first is the 15th Anniversary screening of DIG!. The 2004 documentary looked at the collision of art and commerce through the eyes of The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. The film was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art for their permanent collection. Timoner will also be on hand for her Director’s Cut of MAPPLETHORPE. Led by a devastating performance by Matt Smith in the title role, the stylish and well-crafted biopic covers the full life of its subject, world renowned and controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, most frequently providing an alluring view of New York in its grittiest era.

Other highlights include; ALL I CAN SAY, a film created from hours of home video footage shot by tragic Blind Melon front man Shannon Hoon; Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni‘s GORDON LIGHTFOOT: IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND, a portrait of Canada’s most famous singer-songwriter; Tyler Measom’s I WANT MY MTV, which traces the beginnings and exploding influence of the music video channel; Steven GaddisLIVE FROM THE ASTROTURF: ALICE COOPER, about a super-secret concert event at a record store in Dallas, featuring the legendary shock rocker; the North American premiere of Simon David’s TIME AND PLACE, about cult favorite Atlanta R&B artist Lee Moses; and Brent HodgesWHO LET THE DOGS OUT, which explores the history, influence, and story behind the famous (or infamous) song.

For more information about Sound Unseen, as well as how to purchase tickets, go to: http://www.soundunseen.com.

The 2019 Sound Unseen Film Festival official selections:

Opening Night Selection

A DOG CALLED MONEY MIDWEST PREMIERE

Director: Seamus Murphy

Countries: Ireland/UK, Running Time: 90 min

Alternative-music icon PJ Harvey’s ninth studio album, 2016’s “The Hope Six Demolition Project,” was created through a unique process that blended travelogue, photography, performance art, and now a documentary feature. It began when Harvey, looking to develop a new set of politically tinged songs that would also evoke a tangible sense of place, decided to accompany award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker Seamus Murphy as he travelled on assignments to war-torn regions in Afghanistan and Kosovo, as well as to the poor, mostly black neighborhoods of Washington, D.C.

CENTERPIECE SELECTION

STRANGE NEGOTIATIONS MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Brandon Vedder

Countries: USA, Running Time: 91 min

After renouncing his long-held Christian beliefs and walking away from his critically-acclaimed band, Pedro the Lion, musician David Bazan retreated into a solitary life of touring solo, struggling to rebuild his worldview and career from the ground-up, and to support his family of four. STRANGE NEGOTIATIONS finds David a decade into his journey, during which he has become a sort of reluctant prophet to Americans reeling from their country’s own crisis of faith highlighted during the 2016 presidential election.

CLOSING NIGHT SELECTION

BOY HOWDY: THE STORY OF CREEM MAGAZINE MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Scott Crawford

Country: USA, Running Time: 75 min

Capturing the messy upheaval of the ’70s just as rock was re-inventing itself, the film explores Creem Magazine’s humble beginnings in post-riot Detroit, follows its upward trajectory from underground paper to national powerhouse, then bears witness to its imminent demise following the tragic and untimely deaths of its visionary publisher, Barry Kramer, and its most famous alum and genius clown prince, Lester Bangs, a year later.

Additional Feature Films

ALL I CAN SAY MIDWEST PREMIERE

Directors: Danny Clinch, Taryn Gould

Coleen Hennessy, Shannon Hoon

Country: USA, Running Time: 102 min

Shannon Hoon, lead singer of the rock band Blind Melon, filmed himself from 1990-95 with a Hi8 video camera, recording up until a few hours before his sudden death at the age of 28. His camera was a diary and his closest confidant. In the hundreds of hours of footage, Hoon meticulously documented his life – his family, his creative process, his television, his band’s rise to fame and his struggle with addiction.

ALL THAT JAZZ (1979) SPECIAL 40TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

Director: Bob Fosse

Country: USA, Running Time: 123 min

Winner of four Academy Awards and the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’or. When he is not planning for his upcoming stage musical or working on his Hollywood film, choreographer/director Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider) is popping pills and sleeping with a seemingly endless line of women. The physical and mental stress begins to take a toll on the ragged perfectionist. Soon, he must decide whether or not his non-stop work schedule and hedonistic lifestyle are worth risking his life. The film is a semi-autobiographical tale written and directed by the legendary Bob Fosse.

BEATS MIDWEST PREMIERE

Director: Brian Welsh

Country: UK, Running Time: 101 min

In the mid-1990s, the United Kingdom was overrun by raves: illegal parties with heavy beats and an endless supply of drugs. The Criminal Justice Bill introduced by the government in 1994 criminalized ‘gathering around repetitive beats’. This led to massive protests and even more raves. Against that background, BEATS showcases the unlikely friendship; between teens Spanner and Johnno in a Scottish town. The first is living with his criminal brother, the other is facing a move to a new town with his family and his potential new stepfather, who happens to be a cop. On their last night out, the two friends steal cash from Spanner’s brother and journey into an underworld of anarchy, freedom and collision with the forces of law and order.

BRAINIAC: TRANSMISSIONS AFTER ZERO MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Eric Mahoney

Country: USA, Running Time: 108 min

In the mid 90’s, the Dayton, Ohio music scene became a hot spot generating world wide buzz from the influential indie rock being produced there (The Breeders, Guided by Voices). Arguably the most innovative of them all was the band Brainiac, led by musical genius and insanely charismatic front man Tim Taylor. The band was opening for Beck and being courted by major labels when Tim was tragically killed in a bizarre auto accident leaving his family and bandmates to pick up the pieces.

DAVE GRUSIN: NOT ENOUGH TIME MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Barbara Bentree

Country: USA, Running Time: 88 min

DAVE GRUSIN: NOT ENOUGH TIME is an award-winning, “elegant and uplifting” feature-length documentary about one of the 20th Century’s most important music composers. His music is known and loved all over the world but even his most ardent fans don’t completely realize what a phenomenal career he has had. Composer, Pianist, Arranger, Performer and Record Company Executive. He led a completely bi-coastal life for decades flying weekly between LA and NY to work with an astounding list of music and film artists.

DESOLATION CENTER

Director: Stuart Swezey

Country: USA, Running Time: 91 min

Desolation Center is the previously untold story of a series of early 80s guerrilla music and art performance happenings in Southern California that are recognized to have inspired Burning Man, Lollapalooza and Coachella, collective experiences that have become key elements of popular culture in the 21st century. The feature documentary splices interviews and rare performance footage of Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Swans, Redd Kross, Einstürzende Neubauten, Survival Research Laboratories, Savage Republic and more, documenting a time when pushing the boundaries of music, art, and performance felt almost like an unspoken obligation.

DIG! (2004) SPECIAL 15TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

Director: Ondi Timoner

Country: USA, Running Time: 100 min

DIG! is a 2004 documentary film about the collision of art and commerce through the eyes of The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, focusing on the developing careers and the love-hate relationship of the bands’ respective frontmen Courtney Taylor-Taylor and Anton Newcombe. It was shot over seven years and compiled from over 2500 hours of footage.

DIGGING FOR WELDON IRVINE MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Victorious De Costa

Country: USA, Running Time: 111 min

Langston Hughes’ cautionary prose has been the stimulus for some of the most important artistic offerings of the 20th century. Chiefly among them, the civil rights anthem “Young, Gifted and Black”, written by prolific musician-composer-playwright Weldon Irvine. In the wake of his untimely death, a focused, contemporary reflection upon his life reveals the astounding irony that Weldon Irvine would come to be one of [the music’s] most quintessential examples of Hughes’ examination.

DONS OF DISCO MIDWEST PREMIERE

Director: Jonathan Sutak

Country: USA, Running Time: 86 min

In the 1980s, Den Harrow dominated the European pop charts with hits like “Future Brain,” “Bad Boy,” and “Don’t Break My Heart.” Thirty years later, American photographer Thomas Barbey makes a startling revelation: he was “the secret voice” behind the project, and Italian Stefano Zandri has allegedly been lip-syncing for decades. In the laugh-out-loud Faustian drama, DONS OF DISCO, a 30-year-old secret, between two middle-aged men, will ignite the most conceptual music rivalry of all time. Who is the “true” artist behind Den Harrow: the face or the voice?

GORDON LIGHTFOOT: IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Directors: Martha Kehoe, Joan Tosoni

Country: Canada, Running Time: 91 min

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind pays homage to Canada and the talents of their most celebrated son, Gordon Lightfoot, an extraordinary singer/songwriter. The film shows fascinating original footage of Lightfoot over the years, along with many artists who have covered his songs, such as Johnny Cash, Elvis, Neil Young, Judy Collins, and Bob Dylan.

I WANT MY MTV MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Tyler Measom

Country: USA, Running Time: 86 min

I Want My MTV takes its audience back to the channel’s beginnings, when the idea of a television channel devoted solely to screening newfangled videos from music’s hottest stars seemed destined for failure. From DEVO and Cyndi Lauper to David Bowie and Madonna, the film provides a peek into how the videos that defined a generation, as well as how the team of young executives—now some of the most prolific and powerful leaders in American media—tasked with growing this seed of an idea, would quickly flourish into a beloved but often controversial cultural juggernaut.

LAKE MICHIGAN MONSTER MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Ryland Tews

Country: USA, Running Time: 78 min

The eccentric Captain Seafield hires a crew of specialists to help him plot revenge against the creature that killed his father. After several failed attempts, Seafield is forced to take matters into his own drunken hands. What began as a simple case of man verses beast, soon turns into a rabbit hole of mysterious unknowns and Lovecraftian hijinks.

LIVE FROM THE ASTROTURF: ALICE COOPER MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Steven Gaddis

Country: USA, Running Time: 57 min

Alice Cooper reunites with the surviving members of the original lineup of the band to perform a blistering set on a small stage of pink astroturf at independent music store Good Records in Dallas, TX, 40 years after the band parted ways. Store owner Chris Penn pulls off the near insurmountable task of organizing the event and keeping Alice’s appearance a secret until the original shock-rocker hits the stage.

MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Midge Costin

Country: USA, Running Time: 94 min

MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema – and the unsung heroes whose creative breakthroughs have impacted the most beloved, classic films. Through film clips, interviews and archival footage, this documentary captures the history, impact and process of this overlooked art form.

MAPPLETHORPE: DIRECTOR’S CUT MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Ondi Timoner

Country: USA, Running Time: 111 min

This stylish and well-crafted biopic covers the full life of its subject, world renowned and controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, most frequently providing an alluring view of New York in its grittiest era.

MYSTIFY: MICHAEL HUTCHENCE MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Richard Lowenstein

Country: Australia, Running Time: 102 min

Mystify: Michael Hutchence is a powerfully intimate and insightful portrait of the internationally renowned INXS frontman, Michael Hutchence. Deftly woven from an extraordinary archive of rich imagery, Michael’s private home movies and those of his lovers, friends, and family, the film delves beneath the public persona of the charismatic ‘Rock God’ and transports us through the looking glass to reveal a multifaceted, intensely sensitive and complex man.

OTHER MUSIC MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Directors: Puloma Basu, Rob Hatch-Miller

Country: USA, Running Time: 84 min

Other Music was an influential and uncompromising New York City record store that was vital to the city’s early 2000s indie music scene. But when the store is forced to close its door due to rent increases, the homogenization of urban culture, and the shift from CDs to downloadable and streaming music, a cultural landmark is lost.

PICK IT UP! SKA IN THE 90S MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Taylor Morden

Country: USA, Running Time: 100 min

Documentary about the rise and fall of the third wave of Ska music. It tells the story of how an underground music scene somehow managed to survive being thrust into the mainstream spotlight for a brief moment in the ’90s. The movie features members of No Doubt, Reel Big Fish, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sublime, Goldfinger, Less Than Jake.

PIPE DREAMS MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Stacey Tenenbaum

Country: Canada, Running Time: 78 min

Pipe Dreams follows 5 organists as they compete in Canada’s International Organ Competition. Held every 3 years in Montreal, this competition for organists under the age of 35, is one of the most exclusive competitions in the world. With over $100 000 worth of prize money on the line – tensions run high as our competitors vie for the top prize.

PUNK THE CAPITAL MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Directors: Paul Bishow, James Scheider

Country: USA, Running Time: 90 min

Film explores what happened when punk invaded our nation’s capital in the mid-late 1970’s. It was a culture clash – a collision between the music of anarchy and a city known for its conservatism. It was a recipe for potential disaster – but it resulted in a powerful cultural movement that flamed, ruled, and burned out all in the space of seven exciting years.

THE SHOW’S THE THING: LEGENDARY PROMOTERS OF ROCK MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Directors: Molly Bernstein, Philip Dolin

Country: USA, Running Time: 97 min

When legendary talent agent Frank Barsalona handpicked promoters around the country to feature his musical acts beginning in the 1960s, he changed the shape of live music performance forever and helped skyocket the likes of the Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, David Bowie and Bon Jovi into superstardom.

TIME AND PLACE NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Director: Simon David

Country: USA, Running Time: 75 min

Time And Place is a moving portrait of Lee Moses, soul musician wonder forgotten by his hometown Atlanta. Lee Moses made one album and about thirty songs. Most of them were covers. He acquired the status of legend by deep soul record collectors and general music fans. His hometown Atlanta having forgotten him, this is the portrait of a man who was a good friend and brother.

TOMMY EMANUEL: THE ENDLESS ROAD MIDWEST PREMIERE

Director: Jeremy Dylan Potts

Country: Australia, Running Time: 80 min

From the Australian outback to Music City USA, a child guitar prodigy dedicates his life to become the world’s greatest acoustic guitarist, even as revelations of dark family secrets send him into a battle with addiction that threatens to destroy his career, his family and his life. Featuring interviews with Barry Gibb, Steve Vai, John Oates, Olivia Newton-John and Joe Satriani.

WHEN IT BREAKS MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Todd Tue

Country: USA, Running Time: 67 min

Film follows the inspiring story of Special Education teacher Konrad Wert (aka Possessed by Paul James) and his personal journey to avoid becoming another victim of teacher burnout. Stepping away from the classroom, Wert turns to his musical side career as a means to tour the country with his family and engage teachers, parents, and audiences in a conversation about the current state of Special Education. As opportunities arise, Konrad must decide how his service is most effective- as an advocating artist or as a teacher in the classroom.

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Brent Hodge

Country: Canada, Running Time: 61 min

Who Let the Dogs Out” is a song that has transcended generations, and has led Ben Sisto to dedicate eight years exploring and exposing a story steeped in show business, legal battles, female empowerment, artistic integrity and one very catchy hook. This documentary follows Sisto on his popular live talks across North America that explain the story of “Who Let The Dogs Out” accompanied by a museum of over 250 pieces of ephemera relating to the song and its origins.

X: THE UNHEARD MUSIC SPECIAL SCREENING

Director: W.T. Morgan

Country: USA, Running Time: 84 min

What a band. What a concert movie. Shot over the course of five years, this documentary presents spectacular live performances interspersed with interviews with the band members and associates.

YOU GAVE ME A SONG: THE TIME AND MUSIC OF ALICE GERRARD MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Kenny Dalsheimer

Country: USA, Running Time: 78 min

An intimate portrait of old-time music pioneer Alice Gerrard and her remarkable, unpredictable journey creating and preserving traditional music. The film follows eighty-four-year old Gerrard over several years, weaving together verité footage of living room rehearsals, recording sessions, songwriting, archival work, and performances with photos and rare field recordings.

Short Films

A Beautiful Mess

Director: Matt Marlinski

Country: USA, Running Time: 26 min

A VICTIM OF SOCIETY – AMNESIA MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Dimitris Kotselis

Country: Greece, Running Time: 4 min

BRONCHO – BIG CITY BOYS MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Richard Farmer

Country: USA, Running Time: 4 min

CALL-IN

Director: Ethan Vander Broek, Curtis Craven

Country: USA, Running Time: 9 min

CHRISTMAS ON THE MOON MIDWEST PREMIERE

Director: Lado Kvataniya

Country: Russian Federation, Running Time: 7 min

COCAINE MARCH MIDWEST PREMIERE

Director: Ilya Belov

Country: Russian Federation, Running Time: 4 min

CULLEN’S TICKET TO RIDE

Director: Justin Atkinson

Country: USA, Running Time: 9 min

DANIEL LAURENT – OUTSIDE MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Jeffrey Palmer

Country: USA, Running Time: 4 min

GUSTAAAKH MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Vijesh Rajan

Country: India, Running Time: 4 min

HIRAETH EP MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Joel Porter

Country: USA, Running Time: 22 min

INSTRUMENTS IN THE ARCHITECTURE: BUILDING THE PIANODROME MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Directors: Will Hewitt, Austen McCowan

Country: UK, Running Time: 13 min

KATE SCHELL – YOU AND YOUR SHADOW MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Nick Rush

Country: USA, Running Time: 5 min

KISS ME MALIBU MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Mikel Arraiz

Country: Spain, Running Time: 4 min

LET THE BLONDE SING MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Rachel Knoll

Country: USA, Running Time: 14 min

LOSS LEADER – INDIVISIBLE MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Nick Rush

Country: USA, Running Time: 5 min

LOST WEEKEND MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Directors: Bradford Thomason, Brett Whitcomb

Country: USA, Running Time: 14 min

MIKE MAIMOME – THROUGH THE CHANGE MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Nick Rush

Country: USA, Running Time: 5 min

MUSIC FOR FREE

Directors: Keenan Desplanques, Ben Weaver

Country: USA, Running Time: 22 min

THE MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH WHOM: THE IMPACT OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE ON THE MUSIC EXPERIENCE MIDWEST PREMIERE

Director: Chasson Gracie

Countries: Canada/Japan/USA, Running Time: 19 min

MUTTS MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Nick Rush

Country: USA, Running Time: 4 min

THE ODYSSEY OF CLEVE EATON MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Kevin Webb

Country: USA, Running Time: 4 min

ORBIT MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Tess Martin

Country: USA, Running Time: 7 min

RADIO VOORWARTS MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Mateo Vega

Country: Netherlands, Running Time: 20 min

SNOW ABOVE THE EARTH MIDWEST PREMIERE

Director: Ilya Belov

Country: Russian Federation, Running Time: 8 min

VOYAGE INTO THE WELL-TEMPERED CLAVIER MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Martin Mirabel, Mariano Nante

Country: USA, Running Time: 32 min

WOMXN MINNESOTA PREMIERE

Director: Adrian Gystere Peskine

Country: France, Running Time: 5 min