We may be small, but we are mighty!
Sound Unseen is a volunteer run organization that's fueled by a small creative team of community focused individuals. By combining their experience and collective passion for film, music, and art. The current Sound Unseen team has expanded the festival into year-round programming, one-of-a-kind cultural events, and is known for their outreach and collaboration with local and national organizations.
Jim Brunzell III | Festival Director | Lead Programmer
Originally from Saint Paul, MN, Jim Brunzell III was born in the 70's, went to school in the 80's, played sports in the 90's, and was a film critic for over a decade covering film festivals worldwide with his reviews published in local and national publications before shifting to film programming in 2005. He graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2001 with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Film Studies. He started programming for Sound Unseen in 2008 and took over as festival director in 2012 for the festival which was named "One of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World for 2016" by Moviemaker Magazine. He is the creator of the film series "The Defenders" and is also the Artistic Director for the All Genders, Lifestyles and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF) in Austin, TX and has been since 2014. He was named a "Top 10 Local Queer Hero" by the Austin Chronicle in 2016 saying, "It says a lot when an ally makes the list, but as program director of aGLIFF Brunzell has done a bang-up job curating the film festival and screenings for the entire LGBTQ spectrum." He has served on numerous film festival juries and he is also a big sports nerd especially rooting for the Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Dodgers. He currently lives in Austin, TX.
RICHARD GILL | FESTIVAL PRODUCER | LEAD PROGRAMMER
For the last two decades Richard has immersed himself in as many facets of the arts and entertainment industry as possible all while keeping a full time position as Assistant Manager of the historic Uptown Theatre, a job which includes programming their long running weekly midnight series. He spent the majority of his 20’s touring the country in his own bands as well as working with respected indie artists such as Motion City Soundtrack and The Lawrence Arms. When not on the road he was spinning records in popular Minneapolis watering holes and venues such as the now defunct Uptown Bar where he held a weekly residency for several years up until its closing in 2009. In 2007 he became Managing Editor and Writer for the popular and critically acclaimed Minneapolis film / music / comedy blog Switchblade Comb. It was through writing for that website that he became a friend of Sound Unseen, a relationship which culminated in joining the team in 2014. Since that time he has become a programmer for the festival and also set up numerous special events including the first public screening in Minneapolis of the 1999 "lost" Mitch Hedberg film LOS ENCHILADAS in 2015.
Kat Swenson i Production manager i shorts programmer
Kat’s passion for live music lead her to working at some of the largest clubs and concert venues in Mpls & St.Paul including The Quest, First Avenue, Target Center, Xcel Energy Center and Target Field. As a production assistant for local and national concert promoters she worked with artists such as Béyonce, Outkast, Amy Winehouse, Ministry, Lady Gaga, Blink-182, DJ AM, Chance the Rapper and countless others.
Kat began working with Sound Unseen in 2015, helping out with small things and immediately realized how special this festival was. Her ninja like organizational skills (and previous professional experience) made her a perfect addition to the Sound Unseen team. Kat attends more concerts than one person should and is unabashedly in love with pop music. One time Zooey Deschanel told Kat her car smelled like Christmas.
cody raisch i social media manager
With a natural attraction to all things creative, Cody’s hobbies include writing, film photography, and drinking as much coffee as her body can handle.
If you see her outside of her cozy Uptown apartment, she is likely at a local show, an indie movie theater, a record store, or a local coffee shop! She has an Associates of Arts in Liberal Arts from Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and is currently attending Metropolitan State University for her Bachelor of Arts in Technical Communication and Professional Writing.