Sound Unseen Music on Film Festival

Please join us on Oct. 15th for the 12th annual festival at the Trylon Microcinema with the Twin Cities premiere of “A DRUMMER’S DREAM” by director John Walker. This is an intimate venue with a limited number of tickets available so we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance.

Date: Saturday, October 15th, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Trylon Microcineam, 3258 Minnehaha Ave. S., Mpls. 55406
Tickets: $10.00

In the fall of 2000, Sound Unseen introduced itself as a unique, cutting edge “films-on-music” festival in Minneapolis. Even during its humble beginnings, the festival drew much attention as an idea whose time had come. Music and Film naturally flow together and play off of one another. The Sound Unseen founders knew this, the directors since then knew it, and now it is time for a much larger audience to know it. Sound Unseen has striven to its 10th year and has established itself as one of the premiere Films-On-Music festivals in the country, but more importantly as an important and vital part of the regional cultural scene.

More than 5,000 music, film and art fans will crowd theaters, clubs, galleries and warehouses throughout the Twin Cities for Sound Unseen. Documentaries, rare concert footage, short films, animation, music videos, special performances, gallery exhibitions and dozens of live music events highlighting both local and national acts separate this festival from the usual outdoor mega concerts, film festivals and tours. What began as an underground film festival with 500 attendees has grown to an anticipated array of music, film, new media and art.



Just back from Fiesta del Tambor, Havana, Cuba

Amazing festival runs from March 8 – 13th. The Director is Giraldo Piloto (Klimax) one of Cuba’s number one stars.

Fantastic drummer.  He invited “A Drummer’s Dream” to screen during the festival.  Special thanks to Rosa Marquetti who arranged for screenings at the Havana Jazz Festival last Dec and Neris González Bello a Musicologist of contemporary Cuban music.  Neris made a filmed interview with me and is supporting the film as well.   Future theatrical screenings are in the plans.

Check out this video I shot of one of the performances shot on my iPhone.


Toronto Theatrical Release the Royal

We had an amazing opening weekend.  Giovanni Hidalgo and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez arrived opening night to find a 15 foot canoe covered with a skin to make it a huge and dynamic drum outside the theatre.  We will post the video soon of everyone playing the 15 foot drum. The guys also played at the opening after party – incredible.  On Saturday Giovanni and Negro played at Lula Lounge for a master class.  90 minutes of pure joy.  We all attended the Saturday screening as well.

We can’t find anyone who doesn’t like this film.  All the audiences stayed for the Q&As and to buy DVDs signed by us all.


Passage – Screening and Roundtable Discussion

Documentary Film Screening:

Thursday October 28, 2010
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM; doors open at 6:30 pm
Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Avenue

Followed by a roundtable discussion with: John Walker, filmmaker; Kay Armatage: Cinema Studies Institute and Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto; Heidi Bohaker: Department of History, University of Toronto; Darrell Varga: Canada Research Chair, Contemporary Film & Media Studies, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Co-Sponsored by: Cinema Studies, Innis College, and Department of History, University of Toronto.

The film’s historical subject is Sir John Franklin’s doomed expedition to discover the Northwest Passage. Passage is a truly remarkable piece of historical filmmaking, a lyrical model of how to construct a historical project while showcasing both the processes of making that history, as well as the changing political stakes of a specific historical narrative over time. For its unparalleled brilliance in showcasing the historical consequences of making choices in the production of historical narrative, Passage is exemplary for the “promotion of history,” a central criteria of the Erik Barnouw Award, which was awarded to John Walker in 2009.

John Walker is one of Canada’s finest directors/cinematographers working in the documentary genre, and his films have won international acclaim. From the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television he has received seventeen nominations and awards, including the coveted Donald Brittain Award for best social/political documentary—Utshimassits: Place of the Boss; best documentary director—The Hand of Stalin; and best feature documentary—Strand—Under the Dark Cloth, a personal portrait of his mentor. His film on the Cape Breton coal miners’ choir, Men of the Deeps, won three Gemini awards.

Darrell Varga is the Canada Research Chair, Contemporary Film & Media Studies, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax.
Kay Armatage is a Professor of Cinema Studies and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto.
Heidi Bohaker is Assistant Professor in the Department of History, University of Toronto.

All events are free and open to the public.
Registration is encouraged via http://webapp.mcis.utoronto.ca/Events.aspx



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World Premiere: 2010 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

A Drummer’s Dream: A John Walker Production
Co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada

The Royal: Friday, May 7 @10:00 p.m.  & Sunday, May 9 @1:30 p.m.

Drummers: Nasyr Abdul Al-Khabyyr, Dennis Chambers and Raul Rekow
Writer, Producer and Director John Walker
Co-Producer Kent Martin (NFB)