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
Jim has been involved in the Twin Cities film and music community since the early 2000’s. He started reviewing concerts for the website "Howwastheshow.com" when it was only a few volunteers going to concerts nightly. During that time, Brunzell met others in the music, film, and art community, which lead to him to volunteer at the Bell Museum for the MN Film Society. After volunteering for a year, he moved his way up to Office manager and Film Programmer for the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) from 2005-2008, before leaving to work with Sound Unseen in the Twin Cities as lead programmer. In 2012, he took over as the interim Festival director for its 13th annual festival. He is also an accomplished writer in the Twin Cities, writing on film and music for the online daily publication Twin Cities Daily Planet since 2007 and has a weekly column entitled, “The Optimistic Pessimist,” where he has covered Sundance, Toronto, Seattle, Tribeca and Chicago International film festivals. He's also had articles/reviews published in the Star Tribune, City Pages and MinnPost. Jim is currently living in Austin, TX kicking butt as the Lead Programmer for the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival.
RICHARD GILL | FESTIVAL PRODUCER | LEAD PROGRAMMER
For the last two decades Rich 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.