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SOUND UNSEEN FILM FESTIVAL

November 13 - 17 at the Trylon

Sound Unseen presents year-round programming at the Trylon on the second Wednesday of each month, as well as an annual festival in November. 2019 festival tickets are $12 in advance / $14 at the door, no Trylon discount cards accepted. For more information, visit soundunseen.com.

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Wed, November 13

MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND

(2019, DCP, 94m) dir Midge Costin. Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema – and the unsung heroes whose creative breakthroughs have impacted the most beloved, classic films. Through film clips, interviews and archival footage, this documentary captures the history, impact and process of this overlooked art form. Featuring the insights and stories of iconic directors such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, David Lynch, Barbra Streisand, Ang Lee, Sofia Coppola and Ryan Coogler,…

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Wed, November 13

OTHER MUSIC + ORBIT

(2019, DCP, 85m) dir Puloma Basu & Rob Hatch-Miller. Other Music was an influential and uncompromising New York City record store that was vital to the city's early 2000s indie music scene. But when the store is forced to close its doors due to rent increases, the homogenization of urban culture, and the shift from CDs to downloadable and streaming music, a cultural landmark is lost. Through vibrant storytelling, the documentary captures the record store's vital role in the musical…

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Thu, November 14

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT + A BEAUTIFUL MESS

(2019, DCP, 61m) dir Brent Hodge. Who Let the Dogs Out is a song that has transcended generations, and has led Ben Sisto to dedicate eight years exploring and exposing a story steeped in show business, legal battles, female empowerment, artistic integrity and one very catchy hook. This documentary follows Sisto on his popular live talks across North America that explain the story of Who Let The Dogs Out accompanied by a museum of over 250 pieces of ephemera relating to the song…

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Thu, November 14

BRAINIAC: TRANSMISSIONS FROM ZERO

(2019, DCP, 108m) dir Eric Mahoney. In the mid 90's, the Dayton, OH music scene became a hot spot generating world wide buzz from the influential indie rock being produced there (The Breeders, Guided by Voices). Arguably the most innovative of them all was the band Brainiac, led by musical genius and insanely charismatic frontman Tim Taylor. The band was opening for Beck and being courted by major labels when Tim was tragically killed in a bizarre auto accident leaving…

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Fri, November 15

MAPPLETHORPE: DIRECTOR’S CUT

(2018, HD, 111m) dir Ondi Timoner. This stylish and well-crafted biopic covers the full life of its subject, world renowned and controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, most frequently providing an alluring view of New York in its grittiest era. The film stars Matt Smith and is directed by the only two-time Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, Ondi Timoner. Timoner’s version of “MAPPLETHORPE” was selected for Sundance 2018 but was removed before its premiere and edited to omit elements related to the…

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Fri, November 15

ALL I CAN SAY (SOLD OUT!)

(2019, DCP, 102m) dir Danny Clinch, Taryn Gould, Colleen Hennessy, Shannon Hoon. Shannon Hoon, lead singer of the rock band Blind Melon, filmed himself from 1990-95 with a Hi8 video camera, recording up until a few hours before his sudden death at the age of 28. His camera was a diary and his closest confidant. In the hundreds of hours of footage, Hoon meticulously documented his life - his family, his creative process, his television, his band’s rise to fame…

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Sat, November 16

WHEN IT BREAKS + HIRAETH EP FILM

(2019, DCP, 67m) dir Todd Tue. When It Breaks is the inspiring story of Special Education teacher Konrad Wert (aka Possessed by Paul James) and his personal journey to avoid becoming another victim of teacher burnout. Stepping away from the classroom, Wert turns to his musical side career as a means to tour the country with his family and engage teachers, parents, and audiences in a conversation about the current state of Special Education. As opportunities arise, Konrad must decide how…

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Sat, November 16

DAVE GRUSIN: NOT ENOUGH TIME

(2019, DCP, 88m) dir Barbara Bentree. Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time  is an award-winning, "elegant and uplifting" feature-length documentary about one of the 20th Century's most important music composers. His music is known and loved all over the world but even his most ardent fans don't completely realize what a phenomenal career he has had. Grusin has been described as "flawless" by his peers - amazing when you consider that he had five simultaneous careers; Composer, Pianist, Arranger, Performer and…

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Sat, November 16

YOU GAVE ME A SONG: THE LIFE & MUSIC OF ALICE GERRARD

(2019, DCP, 78m) dir Kenny Dalsheimer. You Gave Me A Song offers an intimate portrait of old-time music pioneer Alice Gerrard and her remarkable, unpredictable journey creating and preserving traditional music. The film follows eighty-four year old Gerrard over several years, weaving together verité footage of living room rehearsals, recording sessions, songwriting, archival work, and performances with photos and rare field recordings. Much of the film is told in Alice’s voice and via interviews with musical collaborators and family members who…

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Sat, November 16

BEATS

(2019, DCP, 101m) dir Brian Welsh. In the mid-1990s, the United Kingdom was overrun by raves: illegal parties with heavy beats and an endless supply of drugs. The Criminal Justice Bill introduced by the government in 1994 criminalized ‘gathering around repetitive beats’. This led to massive protests and even more raves. Against that background, Beats showcases the unlikely friendship; between teens Spanner and Johnno in a Scottish town. The first is living with his criminal brother, the other is facing a…

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Sun, November 17

DIGGING FOR WELDON IRVINE

(2019, DCP, 111m) dir Victorious De Costa. Langston Hughes’ cautionary prose has been the stimulus for some of the most important artistic offerings of the 20th century.  Chiefly among them, the civil rights anthem “Young, Gifted and Black”, written by prolific musician-composer-playwright Weldon Irvine.  In the wake of his untimely death, a focused, contemporary reflection upon his life reveals the astounding irony that Weldon Irvine would come to be one of most quintessential examples of Hughes’ examination. Digging For Weldon…

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Sun, November 17

TOMMY EMMANUEL: THE ENDLESS ROAD

(2019, DCP, 80m) dir Jeremy Dylan Potts. From the Australian outback to Music City USA, a child guitar prodigy dedicates his life to become the world’s greatest acoustic guitarist, even as revelations of dark family secrets send him into a battle with addiction that threatens to destroy his career, his family and his life. Featuring interviews with Barry Gibb, Steve Vai, John Oates, Olivia Newton-John and Joe Satriani.  Director Jeremy Dylan Potts will be present and a Q & A…

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Sun, November 17

GORDON LIGHTFOOT: IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND

(2019, DCP, 91m) dir Martha Kehoe, Joan Tosoni. Enjoy a trip down musical-memory lane. Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind pays homage to Canada and the talents of their most celebrated son, Gordon Lightfoot, an extraordinary singer/songwriter. The film shows fascinating original footage of Lightfoot over the years, along with many artists who have covered his songs, such as Johnny Cash, Elvis, Neil Young, Judy Collins, and Bob Dylan. Sparing nothing about Lightfoot's personal weaknesses and failures as well…

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Wed, December 11

THE DEVIL & DANIEL JOHNSTON

(2005, USA, HD, 110m) dir Jeff Feuerzeig. Filmmaker Jeff Feuerzeig won the 2005 Sundance Documentary Director award for his moving portrait on musician Daniel Johnston. Feuerzeig chronicles the life of a manic-depressive musician and artist, using a blend of home movies, Johnston’s own audiotapes, vintage performances, and current footage. Johnston has recorded more than 10 full-length albums and amassed a prolific portfolio of sketches, and has among his supporters Matt Groening, David Bowie, Sonic Youth, Beck, and Tom Waits. Johnston…

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