Festival Jurors

Once again, Sound Unseen will be featuring eight films “In Competition”, with a five person jury choosing a winner for a cash prize award, presented and sponsored by Cine-O-Matic. The jurors range from a diverse background that span across film, radio, literature, dance, and of course, music. The winning film will be announced before “Tower” on Saturday, November 12 at 7:30pm at McNally Smith College of Music.

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Barb is a Cincinnati, Ohio native who first brought her love of Skyline Chili and The Afghan Whigs to the Twin Cities in 2006, as the mid-day host of Minnesota Public Radio's 89.3 The Current. Most recently, she held down the mid-day slot on Go 96.3. Abney is an avid supporter of our local scene and is honored to be a Sound Unseen juror.

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Richard's experience ranges from production to programming to exhibition to distribution. He has been working in the Minnesota Film and Video community in a wide range of capacities for 20+ years. He spent his first four years in Minneapolis as Film Curator at Redeye Cinema. From 2007-2011 he acted as Director of the Sound Unseen Film and Music Festival. He is the Founder of The .EDU Film Festival (2007), The Duluth Superior Film Festival (2010), the Prove Gallery (2011), and Solve Entertainment (2015).



Natalie is the founder of the Twin Cities Black Film Festival that launched in 2001. The goal of TCBFF is to reach the largest viewing audience possible while simultaneously capitalizing and exhibiting films that cater to the Twin Cities African American and Multicultural communities. They produced their 14th annual festival in the Twin Cities Oct. 6-9, 2016.



Noel is a freelance writer, living in Arkansas with his wife and two kids. He was one of the co-founders of the late, lamented movie/culture website The Dissolve, and his articles about film, TV, and music currently appear regularly in The A.V. Club, Rolling Stone, Vulture, and The Los Angeles Times.



Lori Barbero is a Minneapolis born musician whose been playing drums for the past 30 years with the legendary all-female band Babes In Toyland. She's also a well-known vinyl DJ and you can find her bartending at Surly Brewing as well as the Hook and Ladder Lounge. She is an avid supporter of music and the arts.