Our Story

In the fall of 1999, Sound Unseen introduced itself as a unique, cutting edge “films-on-music” festival in Minneapolis. It has since established itself as one of the premiere niche festivals in the country, but more importantly as a vital part of the regional cultural scene. Now in its 19th year, the festival has expanded to include year-round programming, unique pop-up events, and special screenings including world and regional premieres.

Documentaries, rare concert footage, short films, animation, music videos, special performances, gallery exhibitions and dozens of live music events highlighting both local and national acts separate this festival from the usual outdoor mega concerts, film festivals and tours. What began as an underground film festival with only a handful of attendees, Sound Unseen is now a well respected and known brand that has a loyal following and continues to program exciting, unexpected, and a consistent array of music, film, new media and art.

Sound Unseen has received press coverage in all major local media including The Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, City Pages, Vita.mn, Secrets of the City, Walker Art blog, TC Daily Planet, The Onion Twin Cities, Northland News, Growler Magazine, MinnPost; local radio stations The Current, Drive 105, KQRS, MPR, Radio K and television news including NBC, FOX and CBS. National media mentions have included Rolling Stone, Paste Magazine, USA Today, Music Film Web blog, The Playlist, and AIF Independent magazine of New York.

Sound Unseen LLC is a cultural organization dedicated to the role of film and music as a conduit of powerful ideas and diverse viewpoints. Our mission is to foster a greater appreciation of cinema, to bridge cultures, create and expand community, provide cultural exchange, networking opportunities and educational outreach through regular interaction with great films, filmmakers, musicians and artists.

Diversity: Throughout our program and practices, we celebrate diversity — it enriches our lives. Much as the biological diversity of an ecosystem increases its stability and productivity, cultural diversity brings together the resources and talents of many people for the shared benefit of all.

Integrity: We adhere to the highest standards of professional conduct, accountability and financial responsibility and encourage others to do the same.

Excellence: We believe in the power and urgency of creative expression and are devoted to the presentation of great cinema.

Community: We are committed to being a good partner and improving the cultural and economic landscape of our community.

Uniting communities through film, music and art and creating longevity in the community through lasting partnerships and programs.