First Wave of Films, Special Guests, and Events for Sound Unseen 18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE­-MPLS, MN: Sound Unseen is thrilled to announce the first wave of selections along with venues 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 Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis.

Some film highlights of the forthcoming Sound Unseen festival line-up include director Penelope Spheeris (“Wayne’s World” and “Suburbia”) who will present her groundbreaking documentary trilogy, “The Decline of Western Civilization” with Q&A’s featuring Spheeris following “The Decline of Western Civilization: Part I” and “The Decline of Western Civilization: Part III.” These screenings are presented by Extreme Noise Records and Trylon Cinema.

Singer/songwriter Tim Kasher (Cursive/The Good Life) will be attending Sound Unseen to present his feature film debut and the Minnesota Premiere of “No Resolution”, a narrative drama about an engaged couple's relationship unraveling over the course of a particularly rocky New Year's Eve. This screening will include a Q&A and an intimate live performance by Kasher following the screening.

Director William Miller (“Don’t Follow Me: I’m Lost”) will be in attendance for his documentary and the Minnesota Premiere of “Straight Into the Storm: Deer Tick”, centering around Deer Tick's 2015 10th anniversary run in New York City. This documentary is a portrait of a hard rocking band known for substance fueled live performances on their evolutionary journey to become one of the greatest cult rock bands of our time.

Jeff Broadway and Cory Bailey’s “Living on Soul” will also make its Minnesota Premiere. “Living on Soul” is a hybrid documentary and concert film in which musicians from Daptone Records headline Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater for a three-night, sold-out musical revue which featured the incomparable Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, The Budos Band, and Antibalas.

Sound Unseen will be presenting a special screening of Gorman Bechard's “Every Everything: The Music, Life and Times of Grant Hart” (a Sound Unseen 14 opening night selection) with producer Jan Radder and special guests in attendance. The documentary is a beautiful and revelatory exploration of Hart; a singularly unique artistic force whose creative career was often overshadowed by that of his former band mate, and who finally, rightfully, gets a moment in the spotlight.

Karaoke Underground kicks things off on Monday, November 6 at Memory Lanes. Karaoke Underground is for punk and indie rock fans who love to scream, yelp, croon, bark and sometimes even sing their favorites from artists like Bikini Kill, Black Flag, Modest Mouse, the Misfits, Cat Power, the Pixies, Dead Kennedys, Sleater-Kinney, Pavement, Joy Division, Fugazi, Guided By Voices and many more. It's video karaoke with onscreen lyrics, a stage, and you -- getting the chance to sing great songs you just can't find anywhere else. This event is free and open to the public.

Another highlighted Sound Unseen event will be “Music on Pages: An Author Roundtable” with local music writers 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 (“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.”) “Music on Pages: An Author Roundtable” will take place Saturday, November 11 at the Trylon Cinema. This event is free and open to the public. There will be no advance tickets; anyone wanting to attend can show up at the Trylon Cinema 30 minutes prior to start time to gain access.

The final Sound Unseen line-up will be announced the week of October 10th. Individual tickets will range between $12-$15 for festival screenings and events. Stay tuned for more information on and by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter and Instagram.

Sound Unseen is a volunteer based organization and our 18th annual festival could not be possible without the generous support of our fans and the following sponsors: 89.3 the Current, Indeed Brewing Company, Tito’s Vodka, IFP-MN, Extreme Noise Records, Trylon Cinema, Moon Palace Books, Muddy Waters, Bryant Lake Bowl, Friedman/Iverson, Dark Horse Bar And Eatery, MN Film & TV, Flyway Film Festival and Duluth Superior Film Festival.