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Movie Blog: ‘Sound Unseen’ Goes To 11

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Rapper Lil Wayne performs onstage during the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards held at Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.(credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Rapper Lil Wayne performs onstage during the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards held at Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.(credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Nigel Tufnel would be proud. This year, the Sound Unseen film festival goes to 11.

Eleven years, that is. The popular series of music-related films (documentary, art and otherwise) has been running in the Twin Cities ever since Y2K.

If you want to be anal retentive about it, this is actually the 11 1/2-th edition of Sound Unseen. This year, the fest was expanded into Duluth over the summer.

Lest you think the series has worn itself thin, check out this list of movies playing at the Trylon, the Southern Theater and the Red Stag Supperclub over the next few days:

Look At What the Light Did Now. See impish, pixie-like, oft-Bjork-compared singer Feist charm the pants off of those without any sense of irony in this twee little doc. (Oct. 7, 7 p.m., Trylon)

The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector. Hear the whole sordid tale from the frilly-maned horse’s mouth himself in Vikram Jayanti’s one-on-one. (Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m., Southern Theater)

Wheedle’s Glove. Check it out now: Seattle’s funk-soul brothers from the ’60s and ’70s get some long overdue credit. (Oct. 7, 8:45 p.m., Trylon)

This Movie is Broken. A prizewinner at SXSW, Broken Social Scene plays a significant role in this flick’s main characters’ prospective romance. (Oct. 8, 7 p.m., Trylon)

Ride Rise Roar. David Byrne and Brian Eno are esoteric-squared in this concert film. Steve Reker will dance before this screening. (Oct. 8, 8 p.m., Southern Theater)

The Carter. This Lil’ Wayne doc is worth a milli words. (Oct. 8, 9 p.m., Trylon)

Shadow Play: The Making of Anton Corbijn. Music video director Anton Corbijn’s latest attempt at feature filmmaking, The American, wasn’t particularly well-received. Better to catch this look at his groundbreaking lensing for U2, Nirvana and Joy Division. (Oct. 8, 10:30 p.m., Red Stag)

Charlie Haden: Rambling Boy. Iowa boy makes good as underappreciated jazz legend in this documentary. (Oct. 9, 1 p.m., Trylon)

Do It Again. Can’t really do better than the website’s own description: “Sherman’s March … with guitars.” Oh yeah, and those guitars belong to the diaspora that once was The Kings. (Oct. 9, 3 p.m., Trylon)

Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone. Laurence Fishburne narrates this documentary about the beloved ska-funk band. It’s Fishburne/Fishbone! (Oct. 9, 5 p.m., Trylon)

Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him). Actually, that subtitle probably ought to read, “Why is everybody talking AT him?” The Jayhawks’ Gary Louris will be opening this screening. (Oct. 9, 8 p.m., Southern Theater)

The Adventures of Prince Achmed. Dreamland Faces will be providing a live musical accompaniment to this 1926 German film, sometimes called the first feature-length cartoon. (Oct. 10, 1 p.m., Trylon)

Eric Henderson is a web producer and film blogger for WCCO.COM.

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