Sound Unseen Announces Final Wave of Films, Events, and Sponsors for 18th Annual Festival

Sound Unseen is thrilled to announce the final wave of events, competition jurors and additional updates on times, dates, and screening(s) for the upcoming 18th annual Sound Unseen Film/Music/Art Festival taking place November 8-12, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN. Sound Unseen will screen over twenty films (documentaries, narratives, short films, and music videos) at the newly expanded Trylon Cinema and also Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis. Events will take place at Muddy Waters, James Ballentine VFW, Bryant Lake Bowl, The Hook & Ladder, and Triple Rock Social Club.

Film Critic Niles Schwartz will be hosting the Q & A w/director Penelope Spheeris following the screening of “The Decline of Western Civilization Part I” on Wednesday, November 8 at the Trylon Cinema and KFAI Radio Host Barb Abney will be hosting the Q & A w/director Penelope Spheeris following the screening of “The Decline of Western Civilization Part III” on Thursday, November 9 at the Trylon Cinema. Musician Sean Tillmann (Har Mar Superstar) will be hosting the Q & A w/musician and director Tim Kasher following the Minnesota premiere screening of “No Resolution” on Friday, November 10 at Bryant Lake Bowl.

We have added an additional screening of “Don’t Break Down: A Film About Jawbreaker” on Sunday, November 12 at 1:00pm at The Trylon Cinema, as the first screening on Saturday, November 11 is now sold-out. Producer Dan Didier will be present for an introduction and this screening is co-presented by Extreme Noise Records.

To kick things off, get your pre-game on with a special Sound Unseen Happy Hour Wednesday, November 8, at Muddy Waters from 4:00-6:30pm. Come hang out with the Sound Unseen staff and volunteers before the festival gets rolling that evening with the special screenings of “The Decline of Western Civilization Part I & Part II” at the Trylon Cinema. (An additional Happy Hour will take place Friday, November 10 at Muddy Waters, from 4:00-6:30pm.)

After our Wednesday night screenings, join us and our friend Jake Rudh for “Transmission” at its new home, James Ballentine VFW starting at 10:00pm-2:00am for a special Sound Unseen themed evening. His long-running "Transmission" dance night has been a weekly staple on the Minneapolis scene bringing a mixture of everything from  mod, glam & punk to post-punk, new wave, synth & indie rock for over a decade. So come dance the night away with Sound Unseen, Transmission, and maybe, we can even get director Penelope Spheeris to show up and dance with us too.

On Thursday, November 9, we’ll be hosting a special “meet & greet and in conversation” with director Penelope Spheeris at The Hook & Ladder from 4:30-6:30pm before the screening of “The Decline of Western Civilization Part III” at 7pm at Trylon Cinema. We’ll be talking to her about her career, her Decline trilogy, what is was like making “Wayne’s World” (celebrating a 25 year anniversary, this year), “Suburbia,” “Dudes,” and directing episodes of “Roseanne.”

Later that evening, what would a weekend be at Bryant Lake Bowl without….bowling! Sound Unseen staff and volunteers would like to challenge anyone who wants to take us on in what we’re calling, “Sound Unseen vs. the World Bowling Extravaganza.” The event will take place Thursday, November 9 from 9-11pm with special bowling discounts and drink specials and sponsored by Indeed Brewing and Bryant Lake Bowl. Sound Unseen wants to see your bowling skills and see if you have what it takes to match us or humiliate us on the lanes. Prizes will be awarded to winners, and for more information about signing up to participate go to

As previously mentioned, we’ll be hosting a 2nd Sound Unseen Happy Hour at Muddy Waters on Friday, November 10 from 4:00-6:30pm. Later that evening, come check out singer/songwriter Tim Kasher (Cursive/The Good Life), as we present the Minnesota premiere of his writer/director feature film debut, “No Resolution” co-presented by Bryant Lake Bowl, Indeed Brewing, Friedman/Iverson, PLLC and Extreme Noise Records. Kasher will be performing a solo set prior to the film screening and then taking part in a Q&A following the film with Sean Tillman (Har Mar Superstar). Tickets are $12 in advance / $15 at the door.      

Previously announced, and now with a new time and venue, another highlighted Sound Unseen event will be “Music on Pages: An Authors’ Roundtable” where local music writers will be discussing Minnesota music history and their findings in the process of researching and discovering more about the Twin Cities music scene. Confirmed panelists and authors include Danny Sigelman (“Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis”), Cyn Collins (“Complicated Fun: The Birth of Minneapolis Punk and Indie Rock 1974-1984--An Oral History”), Jim Walsh (“Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes: Jim Walsh on Music from Minneapolis to the Outer Limits”), Chris Riemenschneider (“First Avenue: Minnesota's Mainroom”) and Andrea Swensson (“Got to Be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound”). 89.3 the Current's Morning Show co-host, Brian Oake will moderate. “Music on Pages: An Authors’ Roundtable” will take place Saturday, November 11 at 4:30-6p at Bryant Lake Bowl. This event, co-presented by Moon Palace Books and Bryant Lake Bowl, is free and open to the public with books from the authors available for purchase. There will be no advance tickets; anyone wanting to attend can show up at the Bryant Lake Bowl 30 minutes prior to start time to gain access.

Sound Unseen is still in shock at the recent news of the Triple Rock Social Club closing for good at the end of the November. Having done events with “the T-Rock” in the past, we wanted to give our thanks and appreciation to one of our favorite spots in the Twin Cities before they close their doors for good, so while an unofficial event join us on Sunday, November 12 from 1:30-3:30p, for the “Triple Rock Take Down” as we’ll be heading over to devour one last The Mother Trucker breakfast meal, drink a Mimosa, enjoy the ultimate Bloody Mary, spin a couple tracks on the jukebox, and give thanks to the mighty Triple Rock Social Club the only way, Sound Unseen can, by showing up unannounced and overstaying our welcome.

Last but not least, after our final film screening, the US premiere of “The Allins” at 7:15pm at Bryant Lake Bowl, come celebrate with the motley crew of Sound Unseen staff, volunteers, patrons and whomever is still standing from the weekend for our “Celebration Toast!” from 7:16-10:00pm with drink specials and lively conversation about everything that was Sound Unseen over the past five days. Let us know what you think about the films, the events, the filmmakers, and anything else you want to celebrate with us as we close the 18th annual Sound Unseen festival and look toward the 19th annual Sound Unseen next year.


Once again, Sound Unseen will be featuring five films “In Competition,” with a five person jury choosing a winner. The five members of the competition jury range from backgrounds in film, radio, literature and of course, music. The winning film will be announced before the Minnesota premiere “Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me” Saturday, November 11 at 7:15pm at Trylon Cinema and co-presented by Friedman/Iverson, PLLC and KFAI Radio.

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 juried and lectured all over the Unites States on documentary film and the importance of film festivals.

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.

Tim Kasher 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, as 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” starring Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn. His debut film feature “No Resolution,” stars notable theatre actors Maura Kidwell (Sirens) and Layne Manzer. Kasher has been touring with "No Resolution" in 2017 and has been showing the film and performing live throughout the U.S. and Europe since this past spring. Having recently moved to LA, he continues to stay active in the writing community, writing both short stories and screenplays.

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.

Jade Tittle, a Minnesota native, Jade 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.

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