Her Smell (MN Premier)
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

Her Smell (MN Premier)

Becky Something (Elisabeth Moss) is a '90s punk rock superstar who once filled arenas with her grungy all-female trio Something She. Now she plays smaller venues while grappling with motherhood, exhausted band mates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom.

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STIV (MN Premier)
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

STIV (MN Premier)

Almost 30 years after Stiv’s mysterious death in Paris, the Dead Boys have become the stuff of (Punk) legends but unsurprisingly the story remains largely untold. How did this native from Girard, Ohio end up living the life of Riley in Paris, France? Was Stiv really hit by a car (or a taxi...) on that fateful day? Who was the real Stiv Bators? These are a few of the questions answered in STIV.

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Knife + Heart (MN Premier)
Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

Knife + Heart (MN Premier)

Paris, Summer 1979. Anne (French pop star Vanessa Paradis) produces third-rate gay porn. After her editor and lover Lois leaves her, she tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film yet with her trusted, flaming sidekick Archibald. But one of her actors is brutally murdered and Anne gets caught up in a strange investigation that turns her life upside-down.

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Mr. Soul!
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

Mr. Soul!

Before Oprah, Before Arsenio, there was Mr. SOUL! Ellis Haizlip makes television broadcast history with SOUL!, America's first "black Tonight Show." Featuring archive footage of James Baldwin, Sidney Poitier, Patti LaBelle, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Harry Belafonte, Nikki Giovanni, among others.

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Dogs In Space (35mm)
Jan
9
7:00 PM19:00

Dogs In Space (35mm)

Freaks – chainsaw-wielding synth players, students, activists, and runaways wander in and out of frame as the camera roams the scene as a detached eye, capturing the drugged-out excess of transient, 20-something misfits living in a permanent state of ruin within a communal squat. In Dogs in Space, writer/director Richard Lowenstein takes a decidedly scuzzy, nostalgia trip through the Australian “Little Bands” scene, where platinum dye-job groupies and henna-red haired frontman writhe on grime-coated carpets encrusted in tragic, punk-poet romance.

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SU 19 Festival Film | Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records
Nov
18
9:00 PM21:00

SU 19 Festival Film | Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records

Industrial Accident: The Story Of Wax Trax! Records is the story behind the independent record store and label. Tracing the bizarre journey of two music-obsessed men from the bible belt to Chicago, this film travels through the underground culture of music and art as these two men expose emerging music and artists to fans from around the world for the first time.

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SU 19 Festival Film | Icepick To The Moon (MN Premier)
Nov
18
8:00 PM20:00

SU 19 Festival Film | Icepick To The Moon (MN Premier)

Obscure, strip mine crooner, Rev. Fred Lane, is described by his obsessed fans as “subversive,” “completely satirical,” “the Dada Duke Ellington,” and “Demon Frank Sinatra.” His fans have spent years examining every detail of Fred Lane’s albums, and yet whatever information they have found out about their hero has led them deeper to blissful confusion.

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SU 19 Festival Film | Short Film Showcase
Nov
18
5:15 PM17:15

SU 19 Festival Film | Short Film Showcase

A collection of music videos and short documentaries, the Sound Unseen Shorts Programs features artists, filmmakers, and musicians making stunning and sometimes confounding narratives into dazzling visuals, whereas our short documentaries find subjects celebrating music, art and unpredictable stories in everyday life.

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SU 19 Festival Film | Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes (MN Premier)
Nov
18
3:00 PM15:00

SU 19 Festival Film | Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes (MN Premier)

One of the most important record labels in the history of jazz—and, by extension, that of American music—Blue Note Records has been home to such groundbreaking artists as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Bud Powell, Art Blakey, and Eric Dolphy, as well as present-day luminaries like Ambrose Akinmusire and Norah Jones. Founded in New York in 1939 by German-Jewish refugees Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, Blue Note’s history goes beyond the records, encompassing the struggle of black artists to be heard, the conflict between art and commerce, and the idea of music as a revolutionary force.

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SU 19 Festival Film | Lords Of Chaos (MN Premier)
Nov
17
9:45 PM21:45

SU 19 Festival Film | Lords Of Chaos (MN Premier)

From Jonas Åkerlund, famed director of music videos by U2, Queens of the Stone Age, Beyonce, Metallica, Lady Gaga, Rammstein, and Madonna, comes the true story of the band Mayhem and the beginning of Black Metal at large. Known for controversial live performances with their lead singer cutting himself onstage, they were implicated in church burnings throughout Norway, along with a pattern of violence by their band members that culminated in a dark coup de grace.

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SU 19 Festival Film | The Godfathers Of Hardcore (MN Premier)
Nov
17
7:30 PM19:30

SU 19 Festival Film | The Godfathers Of Hardcore (MN Premier)

In a landscape of increasing apathy and complacency, the messages Agnostic Front presents are as relevant today as they were in the ‘80s when the band members were impoverished, scrappy and ambitious, often fighting for their very survival as well as the perseverance of their volatile but highly inspirational band.

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SU 19 Festival Film | Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me (Midwest Premier)
Nov
17
6:00 PM18:00

SU 19 Festival Film | Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me (Midwest Premier)

Teddy Pendergrass rose to fame after landing a gig with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. Initially the group’s drummer, Teddy’s striking baritone voice, and undeniable presence quickly moved him to the group’s front man, responsible for such unforgettable hits like “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” “Love T.K.O,” and “Close the Door.” Striking out on his own, Teddy was an instant success, becoming one of the most in-demand performers in the world as well as the first male African American artist to record five consecutive platinum albums in the US.

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SU 19 Festival Film | Tomorrow Never Knows (MN Premier)
Nov
17
12:30 PM12:30

SU 19 Festival Film | Tomorrow Never Knows (MN Premier)

Music is beautifully woven into the fabric of this sensitively rendered documentary looking at the life and death of Shar Jones, a transgender person living with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease, and the difficult choice he and his wife Cynthia Vitale faced as the couple struggled to figure out how to proceed amidst his chaotic decline.

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SU 19 Festival Event | Filmmaker Panel
Nov
17
10:30 AM10:30

SU 19 Festival Event | Filmmaker Panel

Come hear filmmakers, Adam Sekuler (Tomorrow Never Knows), Olivia Lichtenstein (Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me), Melissa Haizlip (Mr. Soul!), Jonathan Sequira (Descent Into the Maelstrom: The Radio Birdman Story) Wade Jackson (Waiting: The Van Duren Story) and Mark Maxey (Up to Snuff) talk about their journeys in creating there films and get some inside and behind the scenes on what works and what didn't in making their films.

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SU 19 Festival Film | Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records
Nov
16
to Nov 17

SU 19 Festival Film | Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records

Industrial Accident: The Story Of Wax Trax! Records is the story behind the independent record store and label. Tracing the bizarre journey of two music-obsessed men from the bible belt to Chicago, this film travels through the underground culture of music and art as these two men expose emerging music and artists to fans from around the world for the first time.

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SU 19 Festival Film | Mapplethorpe (MN Premier)
Nov
16
9:30 PM21:30

SU 19 Festival Film | Mapplethorpe (MN Premier)

No photographer of the twentieth century was as renowned for his ability to capture such great beauty and court such great controversy as Robert Mapplethorpe. Though he died nearly thirty years ago, Mapplethorpe’s name remains synonymous today with boundary-pushing and bold artistic contrasts, owing to both his gorgeous black-and-white prints of voluptuous flowers and his stunning, provocative nude studies of the BDSM subculture.

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SU 19 Film Festival | Silvana (MN Premier)
Nov
15
9:00 PM21:00

SU 19 Film Festival | Silvana (MN Premier)

Swedish rapper Silvana Imam quickly rose to fame with her blunt, uncompromising rhymes. In the span of just a year, she became a superstar. The world of hip-hop has long been male-dominated, which means she has to work even harder. Not only is she female, but also a lesbian feminist. Her politically charged anthems about destroying the patriarchy brought a whole new audience to rap.

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SU 19 Festival Film | Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records (MN Premier)
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

SU 19 Festival Film | Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records (MN Premier)

Industrial Accident: The Story Of Wax Trax! Records is the story behind the independent record store and label. Tracing the bizarre journey of two music-obsessed men from the bible belt to Chicago, this film travels through the underground culture of music and art as these two men expose emerging music and artists to fans from around the world for the first time.

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