SU 20 BREAKING NEWS | Late Festival Additions

The Sound Unseen Film + Music Festival (November 12-17) announced the addition of Ondi Timoner’s SEEING THROUGH PAUL, a rarely seen film featuring The Replacements’ Paul Westerberg. Highlighting the “festival” in this year’s film festival, Sound Unseen also announced the addition of a book signing with X’s John Doe, music performances, and this year’s competition lineup.

Sound Unseen Festival Director Jim Brunzell and Producer/Co-Programmer Rich Gill, said, “We’re thrilled to be able to screen this very special film on local hero and legend, Paul Westerberg. For a film that has never screened publicly, and one that shares the same 20th anniversary as Sound Unseen is nothing short of special and remarkable.”

In 1998 Paul Westerberg, the notorious lead singer of ‘The Replacements,’ embarked on a deeply personal solo album called ‘Suicane Gratifaction,’ with producer Don Was. DIG! director, Ondi Timoner was just moving from music videos to documentary, when she was asked by one of her childhood heroes to follow him through the making of this record and back in time as they travel to his hometown of Minneapolis. Timoner completed the film, 20 years ago, but it has never been screened for the public until now.

SEEING THROUGH PAUL runs 28 minutes and will be the third film directed by multi-award winning director Ondi Timoner featured at Sound Unseen this year, joining the 15th Anniversary screening of DIG!, and the Director’s Cut of MAPPLETHORPE. SEEING THROUGH PAUL will screen, Saturday, November 16 at the Parkway Theater along with DIG!

A book signing has been added to the festival’s events, with John Doe and W.T. Morgan (Director of X: THE UNHEARD MUSIC) set to appear at Extreme Noise Records on Saturday, 11/16. They will both participate in a reading from the book, More Fun in the New World, before talking questions and then signing copies of the book for fans, as well. The event is sponsored by Moon Palace Books and Extreme Noise Records.

Other highlights among the events include: Sound Unseen, Surly Brewing and FilmNorth joining forces to present a FREE Filmmaker Panel taking place at Surly Brewing. Barbara Bentree (DAVE GRUSIN: NOT ENOUGH TIME), Ondi Timoner (DIG!, MAPPLETHORPE), Scott Crawford (BOY HOWDY: THE STORY OF CREEM MAGAZINE), W.T. Morgan (X: THE UNHEARD MUSIC) and Todd Tue (WHEN IT BREAKS) will be on hand to discuss the challenges of documentary filmmaking, working with artists/musicians and the exhilaration when you know you have a finished film. The panel will be moderated by MN Film & TV’s, Lu Lippold.

 A roundtable discussion with local promoters will follow the screening of THE SHOW’S THE THING: THE LEGENDARY PROMOTERS OF ROCK. Among those participating and adding their insight and views will be James Decoursey (Skyway Theater), Shayna Melgaard (Sue McLean & Associates), and Amy Rahja (Target Center).

Filmmaker & Sponsor happy hours will take place at Moxy Hotel Uptown on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; Karaoke Underground from Austin, TX will be appearing for one night on Friday, November 15 for a night of indie and punk karaoke songs at Moxy Hotel Uptown; Transmission Dance Party hosted by Jake Rudh will kick off Wednesday, November 13 at VFW Uptown, and Saint Small and Sick Things (an Alice Cooper tribute band) will play the closing night party on Sunday, November 17 at VFW Uptown.

Additional music performances have also been added to the schedule, with Maybe Nebraska set to perform prior to the screening of I WANT MY MTV on Wednesday, 11/13, Amy Abts performing prior to X: THE UNHEARD MUSIC on Saturday, 11/16, Niki Beverly scheduled to perform before the screening of DIG! on Saturday, 11/16, and John Magnusson Trio playing before TOMMY EMMANUEL: THE ENDLESS ROAD on 11/17, as well. 

Competition films and this year’s Sound Unseen jury were also officially announced today.

Films in Competition include; Danny Clinch, Colleen Hennessy, Taryn Gould, and Shannon Hoon’s, ALL I CAN SAY; Eric Mahoney’s BRAINIAC: TRANSMISSIONS FROM ZERO; Victorious De Costa’s DIGGING FOR WELDON IRVINE; Jonathan Sutak’s DONS OF DISCO; Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni’s GORDON LIGHTFOOT: IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND; Puloma Basu and Rob Hatch-Miller’s OTHER MUSIC; Simon David’s TIME & PLACE; Todd Tue’s WHEN IT BREAKS; and Kenny Dalsheimer’s YOU GAVE ME A SONG: THE LIFE & MUSIC OF ALICE GERRARD.

2019 Sound Unseen Jurors include:

Cyn Colllins (Author, Complicated Fun: the Birth of Minneapolis Punk and Indie Rock, 1974-1984)

Matt Grady (Founder, Factory 25)


Justin Courtney Pierre (Singer/Guitarist, Motion City Soundtrack)

Robyne Robinson (Emmy-winning broadcaster, Principal Consultant, fivexfive Public Art)

A returning juror at the film festival, Factory 25’s Grady also will add something special to the proceedings this year. After following Sound Unseen for over a decade and consistently being impressed with the music film line-ups year after year, distribution company Factory 25 will make a distribution offer to the winner of the jury prize in the feature competition. Factory 25 shares a similar vision to Sound Unseen and has released many music films including UNTIL THE LIGHT TAKES US, BETTER THAN SOMETHING: THE JAY REATARD, YOU WEREN’T THERE: A HISTORY OF CHICAGO PUNK, and past Sound Unseen winner, BROTHERS HYPNOTIC.

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