Film Highlight: Sound Unseen

The Gits.

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:

Rust Never Sleeps, the 1978 concert film on Neil Young and Crazy Horse.

Sigur Rós: Heima, which takes viewers on a summer-long tour of the band Sigur Rós through their home country of Iceland.

Heavy Metal in Baghdad, which follows the fortunes of a rock band in Iraq as they struggle to continue their music through the monumental upheavals in the country from 2003 to 2006.

Dead Man, in which Johnny Depp stars in an Old West tale about a young man who wanders into a town and finds himself caught in a love triangle that ends in a double murder.

Low: You May Need a Murderer, a behind-the-scenes character study of the members of the low-key indie band from Duluth.

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