Festival Jurors

Once again, Sound Unseen will be featuring eight films “In Competition”, with a five person jury choosing a winner. 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 “Sammy Davis Jr: I Gotta Be Me” on Saturday, November 11 at 7:15pm at the Trylon Cinema.

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Dierdre Haj

Deirdre Haj is the senior advisor for Film & Television at Duke University and director of the Oscar qualifying Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. She serves on the board of FilmNorth and advisory board of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. She has worked in almost every aspect of the entertainment world from acting to producing. Past clients have included the CDC, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Deirdre is past Vice President and a founder of the Film Festival Alliance, and has jurored and lectured all over the Unites States on documentary film and the importance of film festivals.

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Tim Kasher

Tim Kasher (born August 19, 1974) is a musician and writer hailing from Omaha, Nebraska. He's the frontman of indie rock bands Cursive and The Good Life, more recently releasing albums under his own name. One of the original members of the Saddle Creek collective, he's been releasing albums on Omaha based record label Saddle Creek Records for over ten years now.

Cursive's album The Ugly Organ, released in 2003, found praise from critics and public alike, establishing Kasher as a mainstay in the indie rock scene. 

In 2007, Kasher moved to L.A. to pursue screenwriting. While there, he scored the film Archie's Final Project, and gained an additional writing credit for the film Lovely, Still (Martin Landau, Ellen Burstyn). 

He currently resides in Chicago, IL, where he wrote and recorded his most recent albums, "Adult Film" and "Everybody's Coming Down", the highly anticipated 5th album by The Good Life. 

Tim wrote and directed his first feature film, No Resolution, in the Winter of 2014 in Chicago, IL with notable theatre actors Maura Kidwell (Sirens) and Layne Manzer. Paired with his third solo album sharing the same title, He will be performing live and screening the movie throughout the U.S. and Europe in the Spring/Summer of 2017.


Steven hyden

Steven Hyden is the author of Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me and the forthcoming Twilight Of The Gods: A Journey To The End Of Classic Rock, due in 2018 from Day Street Books. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Billboard, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Grantland, The A.V. Club, Slate and Salon. He is currently the cultural critic at Uproxx, and the host of the Celebration Rock podcast.

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Dan Satorius has a Masters of Arts in Film and is a producer of award-winning films. He is currently in development on a fictional feature and several documentary features. He frequently writes and speaks about the business and law of film and TV and is a member of the executive committee and former Chair of the Minnesota Film & TV Board, Minnesota’s film commission. In his law practice, he represents clients in independent film and TV. Over the past 25 years his clients have included Academy Award, Emmy Award, Independent Spirit, and Sundance award winners.


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Jade Tittle, a Minnesota native, dove into the local music scene early on. Her first love was dance, which she brought to her middle school and Central High School’s Blackbox concerts. While studying journalism at the University of Kansas, she kept her Minnesota ties close as an intern for 2024 Records, while booking bands like Spoon and Sharon Jones to play at her university. Minnesota pulled her back after graduation and she worked promoting independent musicians to radio stations across the nation with Tinderbox Music. Starting at The Current as an overnight host in 2008, Jade continued her work to promote Minnesota artists by curating musical events around the cities, most notably the Summit Backyard Bash and Wing Young Huie’s University Avenue Project (where she dug into the Frogtown music scene and created a soundtrack to the art show and live event series). She organized and booked The Current’s Road Trip, a Legacy-funded project that showcased Minnesota artists around the state. That led her to work as the principal at Minnesota Music Coalition, taking it from an idea to a stable and functioning non-profit. She recently won a Knight Foundation grant to put together art-filled pop-up events in St. Paul.