Sound Unseen Film + Music Festival announces lineup for 22nd edition which will screen in-person in both Minnesota and Texas for the first time (October 27-29, November 10-14)
Bobbi Jo Hart’s Fanny: The Right to Rock, Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher’s October Country: Live Score, and 15th Anniversary screening of Todd Rohal’s The Guatemalan Handshake get Austin spotlight
Alison Klayman’s Jagged is the Opening Night Selection,and Emily Branham’s Being BeBe Is the Closing Night selection in Minneapolis
Austin, TX/Minneapolis, MN (September 30, 2021) – The Sound Unseen Film + Music Festival (October 27-29 in Austin, November 10-14 in Minneapolis) announced the film lineup for this year’s 22nd edition of the popular film festival. Sound Unseen will build on last year’s virtual presentation in both Minnesota and Texas, by adding in-person screenings in Austin to the return to theaters and music performances at the film festival’s longtime home base of Minneapolis as well. Virtual Screenings will begin Wed. November 10 and will end Wed. November 17. Most films will become available the next day following their Minnesota in-person screening. Some films will be geo-blocked to Minnesota only, while others will be geo-blocked in Minnesota and Texas. For more information on virtual screenings check out soundunseen.com
Austin screenings will include; Bobbi Jo Hart’s Fanny: The Right to Rock; Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher’s October Country: Live Score; and a 15th Anniversary screening of Todd Rohal’s The Guatemalan Handshake. In Minneapolis, Alison Klayman’s Jagged will be the Opening Night Selection, and Emily Branham’s Being BeBe will be the Closing Night selection.
Sound Unseen’s Program Director Rich Gill said, “Last year was a year of innovation inspired by the restraints placed us, like most film festivals due to the pandemic. Rather than retreating, we actually opened up our reach to the audiences that love the melding of music and film by branching out into Texas and all of Minnesota virtually. This year, we’ll keep our virtual approach in those states as we happily return to theaters in Minneapolis and theaters in Austin, as well. It will be exciting to add Sound Unseen’s in-person footprint to that music and film-rich city.”
Screening at Austin Film Society Cinema (6259 Middle Fiskville Rd) October 27-29 will be Bobbi Jo Hart’s Fanny: The Right to Rock, which looks at the rise and influence of the seminal 70s all-women rock band with guitarist Patti Quatro attending and participating in a Q&A following the screening; Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher’s October Country: Live Score, a deeply personal portrait of an American family struggling for stability while haunted by the ghosts of war, teen pregnancy, foster care, and child abuse; and a 15th Anniversary screening of Todd Rohal’s underground, indie cult classic The Guatemalan Handshake (2006) which throws several quirky and odd characters together via a series of events that lead up to a massive demolition derby. A Q&A moderated by filmmaker Jeff Nichols (Loving, Midnight Special, Mud) with Todd Rohal.
Alison Klayman’s Jagged will be the Opening Night selection for Sound Unseen, screening at The Parkway Theater (4814 Chicago Ave.) on Wednesday, November 10) with director Alison Klayman and Producer M. Jaye Callahan present for opening night. The film follows the reinvention of Alanis Morissette’s music and career via her groundbreaking album “Jagged Little Pill.” And how her success changed the game for women singer/songwriters. Emily Branham’s Being BeBe is this year’s Closing Night selection and will receive a very special presentation at the Walker Art Center (725 Vineland Pl.) on Saturday, November 13 with both Branham, Producer Marc Smolowitz and BeBe Zahara in attendance. The film focuses on Marshall Ngwa (a.k.a. renowned drag performer BeBe Zahara Benet), who came to the United States escaping the homophobia he experienced in Cameroon with dreams of a better life, and became the first winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2009. Being Bebe follows Marshall’s remarkable immigrant journey from the earliest days of his amateur drag performance career in Minneapolis, circa 2006, to his emergence as one of the leading artists in the movement to celebrate and advance Queer Black Excellence during the 2020s. Being Bebe is co-presented with the Walker Art Center and FilmNorth.
Other highlights among the in-person screenings in Minneapolis include the world premiere of Balin Schneider’s Out Of Time: The Material Issue Story, which looks at the tragic story of the power pop trio on the cusp of superstardom cut short by front man Jim Ellison’s suicide. Listening to Kenny G is the latest from award-winning documentarian Penny Lane about the best-selling instrumentalist of all time, and arguably the most famous living jazz musician which promises to challenge your preconceptions about music. The documentary filmmaking team of P David Ebersole and Todd Hughes’ latest is My Name Is Lopez about 60s music icon Trini Lopez who overcame all odds to become one of the first Latino rock stars. Ori Segev and Noah Dixon’s Poser utilizes a meta-approach with underground music artists in Columbus, Ohio to form a haunting thriller about a fan and podcaster’s obsession with being a part of the scene itself. Sound Unseen will also celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Hal Ashby’s cult classic Harold and Maude (1971) about the emotional and romantic bond between a death-obsessed young man (Bud Cort) from a wealthy family and a devil-may-care, bohemian octogenarian (Ruth Gordon).
Music performances will take place at The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge (3010 Minnehaha Ave.). On November 11, Low Rats, Lot Lizard, and James Eugene Russell, all of whom were subjects in the film, I Really Get Into It, will perform. On November 12, High TV, Ruan Sutter and special guests from Witness Underground will be featured. On November 13, performances by Black Widows and Honey Dick will celebrate the screening of Skating Polly.
Sponsors for this year’s festival includes, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Moxy Minneapolis Uptown hotel, Extreme Noise Records and community partners include Walker Art Center, The Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis, FilmNorth, Austin Asian American Film Festival, OUTsider, KUTX 98.9, Austin Film Society, Trylon Cinema, Bryant Lake Bowl, The Parkway Theater, The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, The Women’s Club of Minneapolis, Racket and Uptown VFW.
For more information about Sound Unseen, as well as how to purchase virtual passes and tickets, go to: http://www.soundunseen.com.
The 2021 Sound Unseen Film Festival official selections: