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Sound Unseen film festival underway in Twin Cities

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Fans of music-themed films should prepare for a double-dose of entertainment this week as the 14th annual Sound Unseen festival kicks off Wednesday night in the Twin Cities.

The Star Tribune reports that some of the films shown at the festival will be followed by live performances of the subjects chronicled on the big screen.

Wednesday night's opening festivities include a screening of "Every Everything: The Music, Life and Times of Grant Hart," followed by a concert by the St. Paul native and Husker Du co-founder after the screening.

Films in St. Paul will be screened at the McNally Smith College of Music and the Landmark Center, and live concerts will take place at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall. Additional films will be screened at the Trylon Microcinema in Minneapolis.

The festival runs through Sunday. The Sound Unseen website lists all the screenings and performances scheduled for five-day event.

Pioneer Press critic Chris Hewitt has already seen some of the films and gives his best picks here.

Organizers say new to the festival this year is a competition, which will be judged by a five-person panel that includes former Twin Cities broadcast personality Robyne Robinson and Joe Spencer, the director of Arts & Culture under St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.

The Sound Unseen festival comes less than a month after the successful run of the Twin Cities Film Fest, which played for 10 days at the ShowPlace ICON Theatre in St. Louis Park.

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