Festival Jurors

Once again, Sound Unseen will be featuring seven films “In Competition”, with a five person jury choosing a winner. This year’s films are Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records, Up To Snuff, Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes, Boom! A Film About The Sonics, Mr. Soul!, Silvana, and What it Takes: film en douze tableaux. The jurors range from a diverse background that span across film, radio, and of course, music. The winning film will be eligible for a distribution deal with Factory 25 and will be announced before The Godfathers of Hardcore on Saturday, November 16 at 7:30pm at the Trylon Cinema.

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Matt Grady (jury president)

Matt Grady is the founder of Factory 25, an independent film production and distribution company launched in 2009. Factory 25 is a home for conceptually provocative narratives and documentaries. Grady was recently named "One of the Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture," and has been called "One of the most important curatorial voices of new, independent American films." His mission is to expose the world to under-the-radar films, music, and other curiosities theatrically, digitally, on TV, VOD, via subscription, limited edition DVDs with vinyl LPs and books. Recent music related titles include: Sex and Broadcasting: A WFMU Film, Jobriath A.D., Better Than Something: Jay Reatard, You Weren't There: A History of Chicago Punk, Brothers Hypnotic, Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film and Until The Light Takes Us. Non-Music titles include: In the Soup, All This Panic, MA, Christmas, Again, Icaros: A Vision, Uncle Kent 2, Stinking Heaven, Alex Ross Perry's The Color Wheel, Sun Don't Shine and the Zellner Brother's Kid Thing. Grady also produced Nathan Silver's The Great Pretender, Onur Tukel's Applesauce and Summer of Blood. Factory 25 headquarters is in  Brooklyn, New York.

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cyn collins

Cyn Collins is the author of Complicated Fun: the Birth of Minneapolis Punk and Indie Rock, 1974 – 1984, (MN Historical Society Press 2017)  and West Bank Boogie (2006). She is the DJ/host of KFAI Spin with Cyn program and has been a radio documentary producer for KFAI and Ampers.org. She is a freelance music, arts, and culture journalist whose work has been published in City Pages, the Star Tribune, Pulse, TC Daily Planet, and more.  She is an avid Sound Unseen attendee from the beginning, viewing and reviewing numerous music documentaries and narratives over the years. She lives in Minneapolis.


megan leonard

Megan Leonard is a producer, editor and festival programmer based in Seattle, WA. Megan has been a programmer for the Seattle International Film Festival for the last nine years, where she heads the New American Cinema team and is also the Lead Shorts Programmer. Additionally she programs at Indie Memphis, Cucalorus and Doc NYC. Her films have screened at festivals around the world including Clermont-Ferrand, Aspen ShortsFest, Palm Springs, Raindance, Cinequest and many more. Her works have received multiple Vimeo Staff Picks and Short of the Week features. Her most recent short film, Mixtape Marauders, premiered online in April of 2018 as a Vimeo Staff Pick Premiere and was awarded Best of the Month.

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billy morrisette

Billy Morrisette is one of the guitar players in Minnesota punk band Dillinger Four, who will be celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2019.  He lives in North Minneapolis with his spouse and their two dogs, and considers himself “bi-coastal” because he works in both Uptown Minneapolis and Lowertown Saint Paul.

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jolynn garnes

JoLynn Garnes is a film & video editor living in Minneapolis, MN. After nearly 18 years in the industry, JoLynn has cut many award winning feature documentaries, music videos, short films, live productions and commercials. Her feature works include The Fearless Freaks about the legendary Flaming Lips, and most recently L7 : Pretend We're Dead on the fierce feminist grunge rockers L7. JoLynn has edited over 100 music videos and live productions for artists including Prince, Beyoncé, Liz Phair, and Bon Iver. At home she enjoys baking, gardening, and cats.