The annual festival of films about music returns for its ninth year with a lineup of nearly 20 entries. The opening-night film, Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes, takes a rare and intimate backstage look at America's favorite storyteller. The closing-night films are The Gits, about a promising Seattle band whose charismatic lead singer, Mia Zapata, was murdered, and Anvil, which looks at a Canadian heavy-metal band that rocketed to stardom, plummeted into obscurity just as quickly, and is still desperately seeking to rekindle its former glory by touring Canadian hockey arenas.
In between, Sound Unseen will screen features, documentaries, short films, and concert footage that encompass the full range of music, from a high school film profiling the indie band Sonic Youth (Sonic Youth: Sleeping Nights Awake) to a full-length documentary about building grand pianos (The Making of a Steinway). The lineup includes:
SOUND UNSEEN Riverview Theater and St. Anthony Main, Thursday through October 30, various times