MN Premiere of "We Are X"
Dec
14
7:00 pm19:00

MN Premiere of "We Are X"

  • Trylon microcinema

From the production team behind the Oscar® winning Searching for Sugar Man comes We Are X, a transcendent rock & roll story about X Japan, the world’s biggest and most successful band you’ve never heard of...yet.

MN Premiere of "I Go Back Home: Jimmy Scott"
Jan
11
7:00 pm19:00

MN Premiere of "I Go Back Home: Jimmy Scott"

  • Trylon microcinema

I Go Back Home - Jimmy Scott is the story of a man, Ralf Kemper, driven to celebrate a long forgotten music legend. Singer Jimmy Scott is one of the few modern links to the golden age of jazz. Close friend of Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and the only artist ever produced by Ray Charles, Scott’s career is a long series of misfortune and tragedy interspersed with two of the greatest jazz vocal albums of all time. 


SU17 Festival Film: Strike A Pose | Closing Night Film
Nov
13
7:30 pm19:30

SU17 Festival Film: Strike A Pose | Closing Night Film

  • Bryant Lake Bowl Theater

When Madonna forever forged vogueing into pop culture during her racy and controversial 1990 Blonde Ambition Tour, seven young men were on stage with her. They toured the world with the pop star and had all their backstage antics documented in the film “Madonna: Truth Or Dare.” 

SU17 Festival Film | BANG: The Bert Berns Story
Nov
13
7:30 pm19:30

SU17 Festival Film | BANG: The Bert Berns Story

  • Trylon microcinema

The documentary film “BANG! The Bert Berns Story,” which had its highly acclaimed World Premiere at SXSW, beats a peripatetic pace through the history of 60s R&B-fueled rock as driven by the man who propelled the most emotive, dynamic and sublime soundtrack of the era. Together with his co-director Bob Sarles, filmmaker Brett Berns brings his late father's story to the screen with interviews with those who knew him best and rare performance footage. Included in the film are interviews with Cissy Houston, Ronald Isley, Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, Van Morrison, Paul McCartney and Keith Richards.

SU17 Festival Shorts Program
Nov
13
2:00 pm14:00

SU17 Festival Shorts Program

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

This year's shorts program is anchored by three longer shorts and supported by an eclectic mix of music videos that run the gamut from hardcore punk to dance to indie rock and everything in between. The centerpiece film is the world premiere of "Music By The Pound" about Crown Records, the early home of BB King, Etta James, and Vic Damone among others. Visiting filmmakers will be in attendance and available for Q & A after the screening.

SU17 Festival Film | Bad Rap
Nov
12
10:00 pm22:00

SU17 Festival Film | Bad Rap

  • Bryant Lake Bowl Theater

"Bad Rap" follows the lives and careers of four Asian-American rappers trying to break into a world that often treats them as outsiders. Crowd-favorite Dumbfoundead to the tongue-in-cheek songs of Awkwafina, the unapologetic visuals of Rekstizzy to conflicted values of Lyricks, the film paints a memorable portrait of artistic passion in the face of an unsung struggle.

SU17 Festival Film | Tower
Nov
12
7:30 pm19:30

SU17 Festival Film | Tower

  • McNally Smith College of Music

Winner of the 2016 SXSW Audience & Jury Awards, nearly fifty years ago, a gunman rode the elevator to the twenty-seventh floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire. “Tower”, an animated and action-packed documentary, shares the untold story of that day - when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.

SU17 Festival Film + Short | The Sad & Beautiful World of Sparklehorse
Nov
12
7:15 pm19:15

SU17 Festival Film + Short | The Sad & Beautiful World of Sparklehorse

  • Bryant Lake Bowl Theater

"The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse" is a feature length music documentary on singer-songwriter Mark Linkous. A cult and hugely influential figure in the alternative music scene, the critically-acclaimed Linkous had a dramatic life that saw him battle with drug and alcohol addiction, paralysis, and debilitating mental illness that resulted in his eventual suicide.

SU17 Festival Film | Donnie Darko with writer/director Richard Kelly
Nov
12
7:00 pm19:00

SU17 Festival Film | Donnie Darko with writer/director Richard Kelly

  • Trylon microcinema

A sci-fi thriller with a philosophical bent and ending that people are still talking about, "Donnie Darko" also features some damn fine supporting players, including Jena Malone as Donnie's first love, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Donnie's sister (go figure!), Mary McDonnell (President Roslin!) and the late-great Patrick Swayze as a creepy self-help guru.

SU17 Festival Film | A Fat Wreck
Nov
12
5:00 pm17:00

SU17 Festival Film | A Fat Wreck

  • McNally Smith College of Music

This feature length documentary film follows the early history of Fat Wreck Chords, from its founding by Fat Mike and his then wife Erin Burkett, through its cultural zenith in the late 1990's.

SU17 Festival Film | Donnie Darko with writer/director Richard Kelly
Nov
11
Nov 12

SU17 Festival Film | Donnie Darko with writer/director Richard Kelly

  • Trylon microcinema

A sci-fi thriller with a philosophical bent and ending that people are still talking about, "Donnie Darko" also features some damn fine supporting players, including Jena Malone as Donnie's first love, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Donnie's sister (go figure!), Mary McDonnell (President Roslin!) and the late-great Patrick Swayze as a creepy self-help guru.

SU17 Festival Film | Arctic Superstar
Nov
10
9:00 pm21:00

SU17 Festival Film | Arctic Superstar

  • Trylon microcinema

The indigenous, Samí rapper Nils Rune Utsi - aka SlinCraze - lives with his mother in Máze, a nearly abandoned town in the Arctic Highlands of Norway. His dream is to make a living from his music and maybe even become world famous. The only problem is that less than 20.000 people speak his endangered language.

SU17 Festival Film | Contemporary Color | Opening Night Film
Nov
10
7:00 pm19:00

SU17 Festival Film | Contemporary Color | Opening Night Film

  • McNally Smith College of Music

In the summer of 2015, legendary musician David Byrne staged an event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center to celebrate the art of Color Guard: synchronized dance routines involving flags, rifles, and sabers. Recruiting performers that include the likes of Saint Vincent, Nelly Furtado, Ad-Rock, and Ira Glass to collaborate on original pieces with 10 color guard teams from across the US and Canada, Contemporary Color is a beautifully filmed snapshot of a one-of-a-kind live event.

SU17 Festival Film | What Would Beethoven Do?
Nov
10
7:00 pm19:00

SU17 Festival Film | What Would Beethoven Do?

  • Trylon microcinema

Classical music doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being hip. For too long it’s been seen as a stuffy genre for the high cultured elite. “What Would Beethoven Do?” follows a number of renegades, from composers flirting with modern mediums, to young musicians dedicated to changing the narrative, to a man who works with tabla players to turntablists.

MN Premiere of "It's a Rockabilly World"
Sep
14
7:00 pm19:00

MN Premiere of "It's a Rockabilly World"

  • Trylon microcinema

Springing from the "live fast, die hard" rebel attitude of '50s greaser counterculture, rockabilly isn't just a fashion statement, it's a way of life. It represents the seedier side of a bygone era, filled with bombshell pinup girls, tricked-out hot rods, filterless cigarettes, and the unmistakable, hard-driving guitar sound that defined a generation of working-class rule breakers

MN Premiere of Adam Green's "Aladdin" | Q+A w/ Director & Har Mar Superstar
Sep
11
7:00 pm19:00

MN Premiere of Adam Green's "Aladdin" | Q+A w/ Director & Har Mar Superstar

  • Bryant Lake Bowl Theater

In this retelling of the classic tale, Aladdin is an out of work indie-rock singer living in a video-game-world ruled by a perverted technology-obsessed Sultan. With the help of a magical genie named Mustafa and his 3D printer lamp, Aladdin gets lost and found again in a story about spiritual redemption in the internet age. Featuring Macaulay Culkin, Zoe Kravitz, Alia Shawkat, Natasha Lyonne, Devendra Banhart, Har Mar Superstar, Francesco Clemente, Andrew VanWyngarden and more. 

MN Premiere of "Morris From America" FREE SCREENING
Aug
10
7:00 pm19:00

MN Premiere of "Morris From America" FREE SCREENING

Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Chad Hartigan (THIS IS MARTIN BONNER), MORRIS FROM AMERICA  is a delightfully original take on growing up, following your dreams, and finding your voice that features an extensive soundtrack of hip-hop standards, including Craig Mack’s “Flava in Ya Ear,” Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy,” Jeru the Damaja’s “Come Clean,” and, featured in the trailer, “Nobody Speak” by DJ Shadow (feat. Run the Jewels).

Return of SU16 Jury Winning Film: "Breaking a Monster"
Jul
13
7:00 pm19:00

Return of SU16 Jury Winning Film: "Breaking a Monster"

  • Trylon microcinema

“Breaking a Monster” begins as the band members of Unlocking The Truth are all in 7th grade, spending their weekends playing metal music in Times Square. They take on a 70-year-old industry veteran manager. With his guidance they are soon on their way to a $1.8M record deal with Sony Music. The boys are coming of age, not only as they become professional musicians, but also as they transcend childhood and step into adulthood. 

MN Premiere of "Miss Sharon Jones!"
Jul
7
7:00 pm19:00

MN Premiere of "Miss Sharon Jones!"

  • Bryant Lake Bowl Theater

Miss Sharon Jones! is a verité documentary following a great modern-day soul singer as she struggles to survive cancer and return to her one true home, The Stage.  Denied her dream for decades by music executives who judged her race, her body type, and her age wrong for the music audiences their companies were courting, Sharon Jones' perseverance finally paid off at age 50.  Breaking through as an internationally recognized singer, her stage presence earned a nickname: The Female James Brown.