FILMS IN COMPETITION
The following films are an official selection of the 17th Annual Sound Unseen Film & Music Festival and are IN COMPETITION. Jury Award is proudly sponsored by Cine-o-Matic.
“Colin Hay - Waiting For My Real Life” is the story of singer-songwriter Colin Hay, former front-man of Men At Work. Featuring interviews with Hugh Jackman, Mick Fleetwood, Sia Furler, Guy Pearce and many others, “Colin Hay - Waiting For My Real Life” is the inspiring story of a true artist.
Classical music doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being hip. For too long it’s been seen as a stuffy genre for the high cultured elite. “What Would Beethoven Do?” follows a number of renegades, from composers flirting with modern mediums, to young musicians dedicated to changing the narrative, to a man who works with tabla players to turntablists.
The indigenous, Samí rapper Nils Rune Utsi - aka SlinCraze - lives with his mother in Máze, a nearly abandoned town in the Arctic Highlands of Norway. His dream is to make a living from his music and maybe even become world famous. The only problem is that less than 20.000 people speak his endangered language.
A documentary chronicling the origin and demise of underground music venue Death By Audio. Through interviews, vérité footage and performances, viewers are given a peek inside the last days of one of the best venues in New York City.
"The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse" is a feature length music documentary on singer-songwriter Mark Linkous. A cult and hugely influential figure in the alternative music scene, the critically-acclaimed Linkous had a dramatic life that saw him battle with drug and alcohol addiction, paralysis, and debilitating mental illness that resulted in his eventual suicide.
"Bad Rap" follows the lives and careers of four Asian-American rappers trying to break into a world that often treats them as outsiders. Crowd-favorite Dumbfoundead to the tongue-in-cheek songs of Awkwafina, the unapologetic visuals of Rekstizzy to conflicted values of Lyricks, the film paints a memorable portrait of artistic passion in the face of an unsung struggle.
A documentary about the greatest soul singer you've ever heard--even if you've never heard of him: Syl Johnson.
The documentary film “BANG! The Bert Berns Story,” which had its highly acclaimed World Premiere at SXSW, beats a peripatetic pace through the history of 60s R&B-fueled rock as driven by the man who propelled the most emotive, dynamic and sublime soundtrack of the era. Together with his co-director Bob Sarles, filmmaker Brett Berns brings his late father's story to the screen with interviews with those who knew him best and rare performance footage. Included in the film are interviews with Cissy Houston, Ronald Isley, Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, Van Morrison, Paul McCartney and Keith Richards.