Music and film are remarkably interlinked on a multitude of levels. For example, music can add a degree of unspoken insight and intensity to a film, while film can dig deeper into the mindset of the artist behind the music. It's a win-win relationship that Minneapolis's films-on-music festival Sound Unseen will celebrate with its 11th season starting tomorrow night.
This year the Sound Unseen festival kicks off with a screening of The Adventures of Prince Achmed at the Trylon, and moves on to screenings of films about Lil' Wayne, the Kinks, and photographer Anton Corbijn, among others. There will also be events focusing on concert footage, animation, music videos, and gallery exhibitions until the festival's last day on Saturday.
Thursday evening features a screening of The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector at the Southern Theater, followed by a reception. Known for his wall of sound in songs like "Then He Kissed Me," Spector is even more well-known for his bizarre trial and murder conviction--two events director Vikram Jayanti explores in the film by layering images and music with an interview of Spector during the trial.
Another film that should catch your attention, Look at What the Light Did Now, plays Thursday at the Trylon. The film, directed by Anthony Seck, explores the creative process of Feist, and unveils the madness behind her magic with candid interviews and moving portraits of how her imagination comes to life.
Friday will feature many films, including a revealing documentary about the insanity behind Lil' Wayne's life on the road called The Carter (unfortunately, a documentary on his current situation could be dubbed The Incarcerated). Saturday will officially close out the festival with a highly-anticipated party with DJ Denver Dalley (Har Mar Superstar/Desperacidos) and others at studio Channel Z in Minneapolis.
With more than 5,000 music, film, and art fans expected to converge on local theaters, galleries, and warehouses this week, the 11th installment of Sound Unseen will surely live up to the anticipation. For more on the events, or to watch trailers of all the films screening this week, or to buy advanced tickets (highly recommended), be sure to visit Sound Unseen online.