The lineup for the 2015 Sound Unseen festival has recently been announced. The festival runs from Nov. 11-15. As always, the event will feature a variety of music-based films and documentaries. Different movies will be shown at four locations: McNally Smith College of Music and Bedlam Theatre in St. Paul; and the Trylon Microcinema and Bryant-Lake Bowl in Minneapolis.
One particularly interesting documentary on the lineup is the aptly-named Rocksteppy. The story follows two brothers and their little-known band, Rocksteppy, as they set out on a cross-country journey to perform at South By Southwest. The closing night film, The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead, looks to be one of the most fascinating. Punk pioneers the Damned have been overlooked for years, but this documentary looks to change that. It features appearances from Chrissie Hynde, the Sex Pistols, Blondie and more.
Live music performances are part of the Sound Unseen mix; this year’s festival will feature performances by Mina Moore (at the opening night screening of Mavis!), Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band (at the closing night screening of The Damned), and Body Omara (at the Minnesota premiere of Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai [Rain The Color of Blue With a Little Red In It]).
The festival will feature a secret screening of a yet-to-be-announced film, which organizers promise will be one of the most talked-about films of the festival. Those in attendance will be among the first to see it on the big screen. As in previous years, Sound Unseen will be providing a free shorts program featuring music videos, live concert footage and short documentaries, some of which are world, North American or USA premieres.
Tickets for the event are available at the festival’s website.
Emily Raffesberger is a freshman at the University of St. Thomas, studying music business.