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.    

MN Premiere of "Sex and Broadcasting"
Jun
8
7:00 pm19:00

MN Premiere of "Sex and Broadcasting"

  • Trylon microcinema

EX AND BROADCASTING is a human, and humorous, look at New Jersey’s WFMU, a radio station that refuses any programming boundaries. Most of its disc jockeys are unpaid volunteers, working for their love of surprising, spontaneous radio. They play everything from flat-out uncategorizable strangeness to every form of rock and roll, experimental music, jazz, psychedelia, hip-hop, hand-cranked wax cylinders, gospel, Inuit marching bands, R&B, C&W, radio improvisations, spoken-word collages, and throat singers of the Lower East Side. 

Midwest Premiere of "The Fight to Follow"
Jun
2
7:00 pm19:00

Midwest Premiere of "The Fight to Follow"

  • Bryant Lake Bowl Theater

In a time where music is virtually free, former Soul Asylum sideman, George McKelvey struggles to make a living as a full-time musician.  Still gigging in the dive bars of a once vibrant Minneapolis music scene, George is torn between a full time day job, fatherhood, and recording a solo project with longtime friend and super producer John Fields.  In The Fight to Follow his heart, can George survive long enough to find relevance?

MN Premiere of "It's So Easy and Other Lies"
May
11
7:00 pm19:00

MN Premiere of "It's So Easy and Other Lies"

  • Trylon microcinema

IT'S SO EASY and OTHER LIES is the authorized documentary that takes the
audience on an incredible cinematic journey from a driven Seattle teenager's meager beginnings to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The man is Michael McKagan, better known to the world as “Duff.” The band is Guns N' Roses.

MN Premiere of "No Delusions: A Chicago Hardcore Documentary"
May
3
7:00 pm19:00

MN Premiere of "No Delusions: A Chicago Hardcore Documentary"

  • Bryant Lake Bowl Theater

Unlike a lot of cities that have one prevailing sound associated with them, Chicago has always had variety. For the most part, it's a city where kids have defined what hardcore is for themselves instead of trying to fit in with what's popular elsewhere. NO DELUSIONS doesn't attempt to cover the entirety of Chicago hardcore, but touches on a few of the various styles and sounds from the late '80s through the late '00s with an emphasis on how it has evolved into the scene it is today.

MN Premiere of "Hustlers Convention"
Apr
13
7:00 pm19:00

MN Premiere of "Hustlers Convention"

  • Trylon microcinema

Hustlers Convention tells the story of the 1973 album of the same name. While largely forgotten by history, it is regarded as a cornerstone in the evolution of Hip Hop. Its creator, Lightnin’ Rod, aka Jalal Nuriddin of The Last Poets, is affectionately known in some circles as ‘The Grandfather of Rap’ for his contribution to the genre.

MN Premiere of "Mourning Son"
Mar
9
7:00 pm19:00

MN Premiere of "Mourning Son"

  • Trylon microcinema

Dave Navarro is a trauma survivor of the highest order. A story of navigating the human experience, Dave faces his deepest fears as he embarks on a journey through art, drug addiction, and escapism. 

MN Premiere of "The Dicks from Texas"
Feb
10
7:00 pm19:00

MN Premiere of "The Dicks from Texas"

  • Trylon microcinema

The Dicks started as a poster band in 1979. Gary Floyd would go around town in Austin, Texas putting up posters advertising 'The Dicks' with crazy ass pictures and promises that first 10 people with guns drink for free. It was a wild and crazy time in Austin, back when 'keeping Austin weird' got you thrown in jail. 

Small Star Seminar (Cory McAbee) + Itch Princess + Larry Wish
Feb
3
6:00 pm18:00

Small Star Seminar (Cory McAbee) + Itch Princess + Larry Wish

  • Bryant Lake Bowl Theater

Small Star Seminar is the first solo music project created by Cory McAbee. The performance features a singing motivational speaker who urges people to give up their goals, stop reaching for the stars and to start looking for the stars within their own minds. The set features optimistic songs about quitting, accepting one’s own limitations, and the power of sitting quietly. As an encore McAbee will address the theory of “Deep Astronomy” and answer questions from the audience. This tour is being documented for use in an upcoming feature film, written and directed by Cory McAbee. Audience participation is welcome. 

SU16: US Premiere of "Revolution, Riot Grrrl Style"
Nov
15
9:30 pm21:30

SU16: US Premiere of "Revolution, Riot Grrrl Style"

  • Bryant Lake Bowl Theater

Today, we see a new style of feminism springing up everywhere – young, provocative and radical. To get their message across, these women have decided to rely on rock music! While the Pussy Riot shock Russia and fascinate the West, the concerts of Peaches or Grimes are sold out, while artists such as Kathleen Hanna make their comeback to remind us that it all began in 1990 in some backwater of the United States. The RIOT GRRRLS revolutionized rock and inspired entire generations of young artists around the world. This film will explore today’s feminist scene while revisiting the little known history of this revolution that shook the early 90s. (Synopsis provided by filmmaker.)

SU16: MN Premiere of "Never Get Tired"
Nov
15
7:00 pm19:00

SU16: MN Premiere of "Never Get Tired"

  • Bryant Lake Bowl Theater

At a moment when crowdfunding seems like it will be the future of the industry, “Never Get Tired” takes as its focus the world's first donation-based band, Bomb the Music Industry! and its big-hearted, neurotic, and loudmouthed mastermind, Jeff Rosenstock. Years before Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails offered free downloads of their new releases, Rosenstock founded a DIY platform for himself and others with just a guitar and his computer. Fans around the world cling to Jeff as the only true punk icon of the internet age, but as Jeff rounds out a decade with Bomb the Music Industry! he begins to outgrow the chaos and search for a way to secure his future while still staying true to his ideals. (Synopsis provided by filmmaker.)

SU16: MN Premiere of "The Winding Stream"
Nov
15
5:15 pm17:15

SU16: MN Premiere of "The Winding Stream"

  • McNally Smith College of Music

The Winding Stream” is a story about the family at the heart of American roots music—The Carters and Cashes. Starting with the Original Carter Family—A.P., Sara and Maybelle—the film traces the trio’s early musical success, the transformation of the act into The Carter Sisters, June Carter’s marriage to legend Johnny Cash, and the efforts of the present-day Carter family to keep the music alive.

SU16: Albert Maysles Tribute screening of "Soldiers of Music: Rostropovich Returns to Russia"
Nov
15
5:00 pm17:00

SU16: Albert Maysles Tribute screening of "Soldiers of Music: Rostropovich Returns to Russia"

  • Trylon microcinema

In 1990, Albert Maysles accompanied cellist and National Symphony Orchestra conductor Mstislav Rostropovich and his wife Galina Vishnevskaya to their native Russia, their first trip in the course of a long exile. Soldiers of Music chronicles this historic reunion, as the couple is treated to a passionate, poignant homecoming. The film won an Emmy in 1991.

SU16: Sound Unseen Shorts Program
Nov
15
3:15 pm15:15

SU16: Sound Unseen Shorts Program

  • McNally Smith College of Music

Once again, we’re happy to present the Shorts Program FREE of charge. The program will feature music videos, live concert footage, and short documentaries by filmmakers from all over the world. Visiting filmmakers will be in attendance after the screening.

SU16: MN Premiere of "Made in Japan"
Nov
15
1:15 pm13:15

SU16: MN Premiere of "Made in Japan"

  • McNally Smith College of Music

“Made in Japan” is the remarkable story of Tomi Fujiyama, the world’s first female Japanese country music star. From playing the USO circuit throughout Asia to headlining in Las Vegas and recording 7 albums for Columbia records, Tomi’s career culminates in a 1964 performance at The Grand Ole Opry where she followed Johnny Cash and received the only standing ovation of the night. 

SU16: Midwest Premiere of "As I AM: The Life & Times of DJ AM
Nov
14
9:15 pm21:15

SU16: Midwest Premiere of "As I AM: The Life & Times of DJ AM

  • McNally Smith College of Music

Adam Goldstein was friend to many in the '90s L.A. party scene, where he threw himself into a newfound life as DJ AM. Overcoming several obstacles, including a troubled familial relationship and various addictions, DJ AM quickly rose to the top of the music industry. A pioneer of the mashup movement, he became one of the most recognizable DJs in the world. However, he remained haunted by the demons of his past. 

SU16: Albert Maysles Tribute screening of "What's Happening! The Beatles in the USA"
Nov
14
9:00 pm21:00

SU16: Albert Maysles Tribute screening of "What's Happening! The Beatles in the USA"

  • Trylon microcinema

A humorous, freewheeling and candid account of The Beatles arrival in America in February 1964. The Maysles follow the Fab Four for five days, from the crazed JFK airport reception to unguarded moments inside the Plaza Hotel in preparation for their landmark Ed Sullivan Show appearance to their equally frenzied homecoming. This ingenuous and humorous inspired Richard Lester’s “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964)!

SU16: MN Premiere of "The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead"
Nov
14
7:15 pm19:15

SU16: MN Premiere of "The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead"

  • McNally Smith College of Music

From “Lemmy” filmmaker Wes Orshoski comes the story of the long-ignored pioneers of punk: The Damned, the first U.K. punks on wax and the first to cross the Atlantic. This authorized film includes appearances from Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones (The Clash), Lemmy and members of Pink Floyd, Black Flag, GNR, the Sex Pistols, Blondie, Buzzcocks, and more. Shot around the globe over three years, the film charts the band's complex history and infighting, as it celebrated its 35th anniversary and found its estranged former members striking out on their own anniversary tour, while still others battle cancer. (Synopsis provided by SXSW.)

SU16: MN Premiere of "Revival: The Sam Bush Story"
Nov
14
7:00 pm19:00

SU16: MN Premiere of "Revival: The Sam Bush Story"

  • Trylon microcinema

Sam Bush pioneered a new genre of music and inspired some of the world’s most famous bands and accomplished musicians — yet for countless potential fans, the “Father of Newgrass” remains an unknown legend. Not many musicians can lay claim to being the ‘father’ of an entire genre of music. Sam Bush can.

SU16: MN Premiere of "Morphine: Journey of Dreams"
Nov
14
5:15 pm17:15

SU16: MN Premiere of "Morphine: Journey of Dreams"

  • McNally Smith College of Music

The band Morphine blazed like a comet across the global music scene in the 1990s with its innovative "Low Rock" sound. Fronted by two-string bassist/vocalist/songwriter Mark Sandman, the trio rose from local Boston clubs to indie and major label record deals, international touring, and wide critical acclaim until their tragic and untimely demise in 1999. 

SU16: MN Premiere of "Breaking a Monster"
Nov
14
3:15 pm15:15

SU16: MN Premiere of "Breaking a Monster"

  • McNally Smith College of Music

“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 - often to substantial crowds. 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.