Once again, Sound Unseen will be featuring nine films “In Competition”, with a five person jury choosing a winner. This year’s films are When It Breaks, Other Music, Brainiac: Transmissions from Zero, Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind, The Life & Music of Alice Gerrard, Dons of Disco, Digging for Weldon Irvine, Time + Place and All I Can Say. The jurors range from a diverse background that span across film, radio, tv, and of course, music.
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.
Robyne Robinson is the Principal Consultant for fiveXfive Public Art – a firm that brands strong business identity with the community through the arts. The former Director of Arts @ MSP, Robyne developed arts and culture programming at MSP International Airport, generating more than $5 million dollars for the Minnesota arts community through commissions, exhibitions and programming at the nation’s 16th largest airport. Her work at MSP has received praise from transportation writers and national media, including The New York Times. Robyne is well-known as an Emmy-winning news broadcaster in the Twin Cities – and as the first African American prime time anchor in Minnesota. It was during that time she also produced and hosted the first nightly arts and entertainment segment in a major newscast – The Buzz – which resulted in international press, and one of the first interviews and lengthy relationships with Prince. Robyne is the creative mind behind ROX Jewelry Designs, sold throughout the US Greece and London. Her work is on display at the Lewis Museum of African American Art in Baltimore, fine art galleries in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and has been featured in both US and UK magazines. Robyne’s received numerous honors, including being selected as a 2010 candidate for Lt. Governor; a Hubert Humphrey fellow at the University of Minnesota, and the critically-praised curator and owner of flatland gallery (2000-2003). She rounds out her list of awards with her recent induction into Minnesota’s Broadcasting Hall of Fame – again another milestone as the first African American honoree.
Megan Leonard is a producer and festival programmer based in Seattle, WA. She's produced multiple award-winning shorts from Peter Edlund, Lael Rogers, Calvin Lee Reeder, and Jacob Rosen which have premiered at festivals around the globe including Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, Aspen ShortsFest, Palm Springs ShortFest, amongst others. MIXTAPE MARAUDERS was awarded Short of the Week’s Best Comedy of the Year and received a Vimeo Staff Pick Premiere. Leonard is currently developing the feature adaptation and attended the Sundance Creative Producing Summit with the project in the summer of 2019. She also co-produced Factory 25’s feature YOU MEAN EVERYTHING TO ME directed by Bryan Wizemann and starring Morgan Saylor and Ben Rosenfield which is currently in post-production. Leonard started working for film festivals in 2010 and is currently the head Programmer for New American Cinema and ShortsFest at Seattle International Film Festival. She has also programmed for Indie Memphis, DOC NYC, and Cucalorus and has served as a mentor at SXSW and Film Independent Forum, and on juries at Cleveland International Film Festival, Fantastic Fest and Sound Unseen. She has a minor in Spanish and will perform at any karaoke bar.
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Justin Courtney Pierre is probably best known as the singer/guitarist of Motion City Soundtrack, but he’s also an amateur gardener, temporary couch sitter, and part time pretend detective. In 2018 he released his first solo record “In The Drink” which some have said is, “pretty good if you’re into that sort of stuff.” In 2019 he spent most of his time playing video games and being a dead beat. He is very much looking forward to getting out of the house for this event.
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 program host/DJ of KFAI Spin with Cyn DJ. She was an exhibit researcher on the MN History Center’s First Avenue exhibit. She has also produced radio documentaries 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, reviewing numerous SU screenings over the years, and was an SU juror in 2018. She lives in Mpls.