Alternative-music icon PJ Harvey's ninth studio album, 2016's "The Hope Six Demolition Project," was created through a unique process that blended travelogue, photography, performance art, and now a documentary feature.
Sound Unseen teams up with the long running Cinema Lounge to present a collection of locally made short films and videos that will include Q&A’s with the filmmakers. Cinema Lounge is always free to the public and that includes this special presentation.
"Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound" reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema – and the unsung heroes whose creative breakthroughs have impacted the most beloved, classic films.
A touchstone in the lives of millions of young people, as well as a home for musicians and filmmakers to display their frequently offbeat sense of artistic vision, upstart music network MTV burst onto televisions on August 1, 1981. Via a combination of the scrappy handful of young adults serving as hosts, the fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants production style, and the music mini-movies that were the foundation of the original channel, MTV was like nothing Americans had ever seen before.
Other Music was an influential and uncompromising New York City record store that was vital to the city's early 2000s indie music scene. But when the store is forced to close its door due to rent increases, the homogenization of urban culture, and the shift from CDs to downloadable and streaming music, a cultural landmark is lost.
Our documentary shorts program features a wide range of subjects ranging from a local attendee of the Beatles famous St. Paul appearance, a look at how artificial intelligence is affecting songwriting, and two shorts about very different uses of the piano.
When legendary talent agent Frank Barsalona handpicked promoters around the country to feature his musical acts beginning in the 1960s, he changed the shape of live music performance forever and helped skyocket the likes of the Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, David Bowie and Bon Jovi into superstardom.
Local concert promoters James Decoursey (Skyway Theatre), Amy Rahja (Target Center), Diane Miller (Icehouse), and Shayna Melgaard (Sue McLean & Associates) will be on hand for a post screening round table discussion
"Who Let the Dogs Out" is a song that has transcended generations, and has led Ben Sisto to dedicate eight years exploring and exposing a story steeped in show business, legal battles, female empowerment, artistic integrity and one very catchy hook.
When he is not planning for his upcoming stage musical or working on his Hollywood film, choreographer/director Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider) is popping pills and sleeping with a seemingly endless line of women. The physical and mental stress begins to take a toll on the ragged perfectionist.
In the mid 90's, the Dayton, OH music scene became a hot spot generating world wide buzz from the influential indie rock being produced there (The Breeders, Guided by Voices). Arguably the most innovative of them all was the band Brainiac, led by musical genius and insanely charismatic front man Tim Taylor.
In the 1980s, Den Harrow dominated the European pop charts with hits like “Future Brain,” “Bad Boy,” and “Don’t Break My Heart.” Thirty years later, American photographer Thomas Barbey makes a startling revelation: he was “the secret voice” behind the project, and Italian Stefano Zandri has allegedly been lip-syncing for decades.
After renouncing his long-held Christian beliefs and walking away from his critically-acclaimed band, Pedro the Lion, musician David Bazan retreated into a solitary life of touring solo, struggling to rebuild his worldview and career from the ground-up, and to support his family of four.
Director Brandon Vedder will be on hand for a post screening Q&A
"Desolation Center" is the previously untold story of a series of early 80s guerrilla music and art performance happenings in Southern California that are recognized to have inspired Burning Man, Lollapalooza and Coachella, collective experiences that have become key elements of popular culture in the 21st century.
This stylish and well-crafted biopic covers the full life of its subject, world renowned and controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, most frequently providing an alluring view of New York in its grittiest era. The film stars Matt Smith and is directed by the only two-time Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, Ondi Timoner.
Director Ondi Timoner will be on hand for a post screening Q&A
The eccentric Captain Seafield hires a crew of specialists to help him plot revenge against the creature that killed his father. After several failed attempts, Seafield is forced to take matters into his own drunken hands. What began as a simple case of man verses beast, soon turns into a rabbit hole of mysterious unknowns and Lovecraftian hijinks.
Executive Producer Louis Schultz will be on hand for a post screening Q&A
When punk invaded our nation's capital in the mid-late 1970's, it was a culture clash – a collision between the music of anarchy and a city known for its conservatism. It was a recipe for potential disaster – but it resulted in a powerful cultural movement that flamed, ruled, and burned out all in the space of seven exciting years.
Co-Director James June Schneider and subject Jeff Nelson (Minor Threat, Dischord Records) will be on hand for a post screening Q&A
Shannon Hoon, lead singer of the rock band Blind Melon, filmed himself from 1990-95 with a Hi8 video camera, recording up until a few hours before his sudden death at age 28. Created twenty-three years later with his own footage, this intimate autobiography is Hoon's last work.
Co-Director Taryn Gould will be on hand for a post screening Q&A
We present this FREE Short Film and Music Video Screening with local and visiting filmmakers on hand for a Q & A following the screening. The program will run around 75 minutes with a Q & A to follow.
Enjoy a trip down musical-memory lane. "Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind" pays homage to Canada and the talents of their most celebrated son, Gordon Lightfoot, an extraordinary singer/songwriter.
"When It Breaks" is the inspiring story of Special Education teacher Konrad Wert (aka Possessed by Paul James) and his personal journey to avoid becoming another victim of teacher burnout.
Director Todd Tue will be in on hand for a post screening Q&A
"Pipe Dreams" follows 5 organists as they compete in Canada’s International Organ Competition. Held every 3 years in Montreal, this competition for organists under the age of 35, is one of the most exclusive competitions in the world. With over $100 000 worth of prize money on the line – tensions run high as our competitors vie for the top prize. Each of the 3 grueling elimination rounds provides increasing dramatic tension, culminating in the final awards ceremony.
"Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time" is an award-winning, "elegant and uplifting" feature-length documentary about one of the 20th Century's most important music composers. His music is known and loved all over the world but even his most ardent fans don't completely realize what a phenomenal career he has had.
Director Barbara Bentree will be on hand for a post screening Q&A
This comprehensive documentary offers a detailed look at the pioneering Los Angeles punk group X. Led by singer/bassist John Doe and vocalist Exene Cervenka, the band added tinges of country and rockabilly to its revved-up sound, and gained a devoted following, particularly in its hometown.
Director W.T. Morgan, Producer Alizabeth Foley, and subject John Doe will be on hand for a post screening Q&A
"You Gave Me A Song" offers an intimate portrait of old-time music pioneer Alice Gerrard and her remarkable, unpredictable journey creating and preserving traditional music.
Alice Cooper reunites with the surviving members of the original lineup of the band to perform a blistering set on a small stage of pink astroturf at independent music store Good Records in Dallas, TX, 40 years after the band parted ways.
“DIG!” is a 2004 documentary film about the collision of art and commerce through the eyes of The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, focusing on the developing careers and the love-hate relationship of the bands' respective frontmen Courtney Taylor-Taylor and Anton Newcombe.
Director Ondi Timoner will be on hand for a post screening Q&+A
In the mid-1990s, the United Kingdom was overrun by raves: illegal parties with heavy beats and an endless supply of drugs. The Criminal Justice Bill introduced by the government in 1994 criminalized ‘gathering around repetitive beats’. This led to massive protests and even more raves.