MOVIES | Behind the Sound Unseen-s with festival director Rick Hansen


This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Sound Unseen Film Festival—which mainly screens films with a music theme, everything from documentaries to narrative films to shorts, and includes several in-person filmmaker Q&As and discussions.

There’s a lot to like about the festival this year, much of which is touched on in my interview with Rick Hansen, director of the festival (click on the icon at the bottom of this article to listen). Make sure to check out the Sound Unseen Web site to purchase tickets, view trailers and information for all the films, and explore what this cultural event is all about.


Tuesday, September 29
R.E.M.: This Is Not A Show (Cedar Cultural Center, 7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, September 30
Rock Prophecies (Trylon, 7:30 p.m.)

Thursday, October 1
Died Young Stayed Pretty (Director present, Walker Art Center, 7:00 p.m.)
Bound For Glory (Trylon, 7:00 p.m.)
Punching the Clown (Star Henry Philips present, Trylon, 9:45 p.m.)

Friday, October 2
Trimpin: Sound of Invention (Trylon, 7:00 p.m.)
International Shorts Program (Trylon, 9:00 p.m.)
Icons Among Us (Producer and director present, Oak Street Cinema, 7:15 p.m.)
Stingray Sam (Director present, Oak Street Cinema, 9:30 p.m.)
Secret Screening (Oak Street Cinema, 11:15 p.m.)

Saturday, October 3
Bound For Glory (Trylon, 2:00 p.m.)
P-Star Rising (Trylon, 5:00 p.m.)
Guy & Madeline On a Park Bench (Trylon, 6:45 p.m.)
All Tomorrow’s Parties (Trylon, 8:45 p.m.)
The American Astronaut (Director present, Oak Street Cinema, 4:30 p.m.)
Local shorts program (Oak Street Cinema, 7:00 p.m.)
Dig! (Director present, Oak Street Cinema, 9:30 p.m.)
Until the Light Takes Us (Oak Street Cinema, midnight)

Sunday, October 4
TBA (Trylon, 2:00 p.m.)
TBA (Trylon, 4:15 p.m.)
Ed Thigpen (Director present, Oak Street Cinema, 1:00 p.m.)
In Search of Beethoven (Oak Street Cinema, 4:30 p.m.)
Non-Stop: Gogol Bordello (Cedar Cultural Center, 3:00 p.m.)
D-Tour (Director present, Cedar Cultural Center, 5:00 p.m.)
We Live In Public (Director present, Cedar Cultural Center, 7:30 p.m.)

Erik McClanahan ( is a freelance film journalist and critic in Minneapolis. He is also co-host of KFAI’s Movie Talk.

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