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McNally Smith Named Host Venue & Educational Partner for 14th Annual Sound Unseen Film Festival, Nov. 13–17

McNally Smith is honored to be chosen as a Host Venue and Educational Partner for the 14th Annual Sound Unseen Film Festival, happening November 13–17. Long recognized as one of the country’s leading “Films-On-Music” events, Sound Unseen delivers national and regional premieres of highly anticipated music- and art-centric films to the Twin Cities. Sharing hosting duties with longtime Festival partner Trylon Microcinema, McNally Smith will screen 11 feature-length films in the Auditorium on its downtown St. Paul campus.

To view the full Sound Unseen schedule of events, and to purchase All Access Festival Passes (only $80.00 — a $270.00 value) or individual tickets to select screenings, please visit: http://soundunseen.comMcNally Smith students & alumni can purchase discounted $5 RUSH tickets, which will be available outside the Auditorium 30 minutes before all screenings. This offer is not valid on advance tickets and is subject to ticket availability.

“Ever since I took the reigns of Sound Unseen a couple years ago, I’ve wanted to work with McNally Smith,” says Festival Director and Lead Programmer Jim Brunzell. “We’re thrilled to have a dynamic educational partner that perfectly aligns with our mission — it’s a very natural collaboration.”

“We’re delighted that Sound Unseen is coming to St. Paul and that McNally Smith will play a significant role in this year’s Festival,” adds Chris Osgood, McNally Smith’s VP of Community Relations. “We’re eager to share with our students the possibilities of film and media as they relate to music, and we’re excited to welcome the visiting filmmakers and the Festival-going public to our campus.”

Highlights include “Meeting Charlie Parr,” a French documentary focusing on Duluth’s favorite folk artist; “Filmage,” a rockumentary on seminal pop-punk pioneers the Descendents; and Festival finale “Mistaken For Strangers,” a hilarious and touching look at indie rock darlings The National through the eyes of singer Matt Berninger’s younger (and envious) brother Tom. Many of the films’ directors will be in attendance at the screenings. See below for details.


Sound Unseen Screenings at McNally Smith: 


Thursday, November 14
9:00 p.m. — MIDWEST PREMIERE: City Baby (narrative film)
Director, Co-Writer (scheduled to attend): David F. Morgan
Lead Actress, Co-Writer (scheduled to attend): Cora Benesh


Friday, November 15
7:00 p.m. — MIDWEST PREMIERE: Filmage: The Story of Descendents/ALL
Co-Director (scheduled to attend): Deedle LaCour

9:00 p.m. — MIDWEST PREMIERE: Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton
Director: Jeff Broadway


Saturday, November 16
3:00 p.m. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE: Los Rockers: Rebellious Rock & Roll
Director: Matias Pinochet

5:00 p.m. — MN PREMIERE: Brothers Hypnotic
Director: Reuben Atlas

7:00 p.m. — MN PREMIERE: Death to Prom
Co-Director & Cinematographer (scheduled to attend): Jeremy Wilker
Co-Director & Writer (scheduled to attend): Matt Stenerson

9:00 p.m. — MN PREMIERE: Peaches Does Herself
Director: Peaches
(NOTE: No one under 18 years old will be admitted to screening.)


Sunday, November 17
1:00 p.m. — MIDWEST PREMIERE: DREW: The Man Behind the Poster
Director: Erik P. Sharkey

3:00 p.m. — MN PREMIERE: We Always Lie to Strangers
Directors: AJ Schnack & David Wilson

5:00 p.m. — TWIN CITIES PREMIERE: Meeting Charlie Parr
Co-Director (from Paris, scheduled to attend): Francois-Xavier Dubois
(NOTE: Musician/subject Charlie Parr will also be in attendance.)

7:00 p.m. — CLOSING NIGHT FILM & MN PREMIERE: Mistaken For Strangers
Director: Tom Berninger