Sound Unseen 12: From Sid & Nancy to Sigur Ros

Eleven music films showing at Ritz Theater

So how did she have the strength to live, to make it through? "It's a tough question. I just kept going," she says. "I don't know why I was spared, why I kept going to recovery and others didn't. I kept saying, 'I'll give sobriety one more chance.' I realized there was more to me than being a drummer in a rock band. Now, having a passion for dogs, getting married, having a baby.... I'm finding things I enjoy helped with getting clean and enjoying these things."

Now seven years sober, Schemel has a wife, a one-year-old baby, Beatrice, and her own dog daycare business. She performs in various bands, teaches, and mentors for girls' rock 'n' roll camps. Coming full circle, Schemel is currently in a band, Green Eyes—named after a Hüsker Dü song from Flip Your Wig—with her brother Larry. She also plays drums for Psychic Friend, who have a song at the end of Hit So Hard.

The U.S. premiere of Sigur Ros's INNI is just one of many highlights at this year's Sound Unseen
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The U.S. premiere of Sigur Ros's INNI is just one of many highlights at this year's Sound Unseen
Patty Schemel (right) with Kurt Cobain and Frances Bean Cobain
courtesy of Patty Schemel
Patty Schemel (right) with Kurt Cobain and Frances Bean Cobain

Location Info


The Ritz Theater

345 13th Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Category: Music Venues

Region: Northeast Minneapolis


Sid and Nancy: 25th Anniversary 35mm Screening
Wednesday 10.12, 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., Trylon Microcinema
A timeless portrait of '70s punk on the big screen, in all its furious and visceral glory. Gary Oldman's killer breakthrough performance as Sid Vicious, bassist of the Sex Pistols, should have won him an Oscar. The inevitably tragic ending is one of the most heartbreaking and cinematographically poetic of any we've seen.

Sigur Ros: INNI
Thursday 10.13, 9 p.m., Ritz Theater
Icelandic for "inside," Inni is a darkly beautiful black-and-white documentary focusing on the intimate experience of a Sigur Ros performance. The movie's cocoon-like atmosphere is enhanced by an archival photography feel, warm even in its monochromatic tone. Director Vincent Morisset filmed the original digital footage on 16mm, then re-filmed it using prisms and other found objects, making the film look as though it's an artifact from the past.

The Other F Word
Saturday 10.15, 7:30 p.m., Ritz Theater (with opening performance by punk-rock veterans the Magnolias and a free afterparty with Banner Pilot at the 331 Club)
This film depicts what its like for punk rockers—the ultimate anti-authoritarians—to become fathers. It's a hilarious and moving look at the punk dads, who used to rebel against their parents and authority figures, coming to terms with being parents themselves.

Hit So Hard: The Life and Near Death of Patty Schemel
Friday 10.14, 7 p.m., Ritz Theater (with opening performance by Pink Mink)

Schemel will be present for the Sound Unseen screening on October 14 and a post-film Q&A. She says she's excited to return to Minneapolis. "My favorite album of all time is the Replacements' Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash. All the bands on the Twin/Tone record label were amazing and very important in my life. I loved playing First Avenue and the Entry. Both of those were huge. And seeing Babes in Toyland—I loved them."

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