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Only 1 Original Grant Hart Drawing Left

We’re down to the last three days of our Kickstarter drive and as of now there’s only one original Grant Hart drawing left, so if you’ve had your eye on it and been putting off taking the plunge, now’s the time to do so. Also still available are some associate and executive producer credits, dinner with Grant and the crew in Minneapolis, and the opportunity to sit in on the editing process or be a production assistant for a day, along with posters, DVDs and stickers. If you haven’t already, check out our Kickstarter page here, and if you’ve already donated, many, many, many thanks!


New “Every Everything” Teaser is up

We’re still putting together screenings for CMO but right now our focus is turned to our new film, “Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart.” If you haven’t yet, go check out our Kickstarter page. We’re about $8,000 short of our goal right now with 11 days to go in the campaign, so if you’re able to help us we’d very much appreciate it. You can also watch a new teaser for the movie here, using footage that we shot with Grant earlier this month in New Haven.


13 Days to Go On Our Kickstarter Drive

We’re down to the last 13 days of our Kickstarter drive for “Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart” and we’re 60% of the way to our goal. We’ve got some really great rewards still, like personalized line drawings of you or any other subject you choose done by Grant, the chance to be a production assistant for a day or spend time in our editing suite, or dinner with Grant and the crew. If you haven’t already, please click on the hyperlink above and see if you can help us out. Thanks!

Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart

Though we aren’t finished screening Color Me Obsessed around these here States, we are pleased and proud to announce our brand new music documentary, Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart. As I’m sure most of you realize, Grant Hart was the drummer, singer, and co-songwriter of The Replacements principle competition in the Twin Cities, Hüsker Dü. Along with the Mats, the Hüskers blazed a trail and created the template that nearly every guitar-based band after them would follow (and which some of whom, like Nirvana, would get credit for creating themselves). In addition to being one of the most influential musicians of the last thirty years, Grant is also an accomplished visual artist, working in both fine and graphic arts. The film, Every Everything will be told entirely through the words of Grant Hart, and will cover everything from his early influences, to his time in Hüsker Dü, to his obsessions with Marcel Duchamp and Studebakers and on through his work today — in short, everything: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Below you can find a link to our Kickstart page where we’re raising money to fund the film. Check it out — there are some truly amazing rewards for any fan of Grant, Hüsker Dü, the Twin Cities music scene, or just punk rock in general (such as personalized line drawings by Grant Hart himself, the chance to sit in on the editing process or be part of the film crew for a day, dinner in Minneapolis with Grant and the crew, the opportunity to get your name in the opening credits as an Executive or Associate Producer — and the list goes on). And if you like what you see, please be sure to post this anywhere and everywhere fellow music fans might see it. Thanks!

Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart

More on the Minneapolis Screening

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MPLS, MN — Sound Unseen continues its monthly film screenings, Wednesday, May 4 with a special event screening at the Woman’s Club of the MN premiere of Color Me Obsessed a documentary on Minneapolis band, The Replacements. Director/Producer Gorman Bechard, producer Jan Radder and many featured in the documentary will be present for the screening, with a Q & A to follow the screening. The film will screen at the Assembly Theater in the Woman’s Club in Minneapolis. Thanks to 89.3 the Current, First-Avenue, EMI, and Take-Up Productions for their support and co-sponsorship with Sound Unseen.

Date: Weds. May 4, 2011
Time: 7:00PM
Venue: The Assembly Theater (in Woman’s Club)
Location: 410 Oak Grove St., Mpls, MN 55403
Phone: 612-353-6331
Tickets: $10 in advance / $12 at the door
There will be a $1 fee going toward the past renovation and continuing restoration of The Assembly at The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis for all ticket sales.

Event Websites: Sound Unseen, Take-Up Productions, & 89.3 the Current

Color Me Obsessed (Gorman Bechard, 2011, 123 min., Blu-Ray)

With Color Me Obsessed, the first documentary on the influential ’80s indie-rock band, The Replacements, director Gorman Bechard brings an extraordinary vision to a unique filmmaking challenge. Told through the eyes of fans, friends, and contemporaries, the film breaks from the traditional music documentary format of music and performances. “Not wanting to make a VH1/where-are-they-now style documentary, I decided to present the band in a more iconic way,” the director explains. “I thought, people believe in God without seeing or hearing him but rather through the passion, faith, and stories of others. After watching Color Me Obsessed, I’m pretty sure music fans will believe in The Replacements in much the same way.”

Telling the band’s story was a project close to the heart for Bechard. Like many who were weaned on punk music he latched onto this brash young Minneapolis band with fervor. Dubbed “the last best band” by Spin Magazine, their live shows could be miraculous or downright disasters. As critic’s darlings, their albums were wrought with angry guitars and passionate well-written lyrics that hinted at potential commercial success. Yet, somehow, the band managed to continually shoot themselves in the foot. Their relative obscurity was a motivating factor in presenting their story on film. “The Replacements should have been the next Rolling Stones,” Bechard says, “And to the people who loved them, I think they were.”

Combining over 140 interviews with rockers (Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, Tommy Ramone, Grant Hart and Greg Norton of Hüsker Dü, all three members of Goo Goo Dolls), journalists (Robert Christgau, Legs McNeil, Ira Robbins, Greg Kot, Jim DeRogatis), and fans both famous (Tom Arnold, Dave Foley, George Wendt) and not, Bechard delivers the obsessive tale of the most influential band you’ve never heard of, to many the greatest rock band of all time, The Replacements. And though containing not a note of their music, “Color Me Obsessed” is a documentary that really rocks.

Film website: Color Me Obsessed
Film Trailers: Name Dropping Teaser, Teaser 1, Teaser 2

Color Me Obsessed, has been receiving national attention from such publications and outlets as, the music based website Pitchfork, cultural magazine Paste Magazine, and Rolling Stone, which called Color Me Obsessed, one of The seven Best New Music Documentaries of the Year.

Gorman Bechard & Jan Radder are available for press/radio/tv interviews. There will be no DVD screeners available. Please contact Jim Brunzell at jim@soundunseen.com for any other info.

Following the screening, the 7th St. Entry will be hosting the Color Me Obsessed after party, doors at 9pm, Music at 10pm. This is an 18+ event. Tickets are $6 at the door and $2 with a ticket stub from the film screening.

7th St. Entry Afterparty

Presented by: 89.3 the Current, EMI Audio, First-Avenue and Take-Up Productions

Our co- and associate producers:

Jim Leftwich (co-producer) became a diehard ‘Mats fan at the tender age of 14 after hearing “Gary’s Got a Boner” on NYU college radio. He cherishes memories of 1984 and 85 shows at the defunct Ritz club in NYC. The CMO documentary is a true labor of love. Musical tastes (old age?) have evolved to a fascination with the blues but the CMO project has reawakened his love of independent rock. During the day Jim masquerades as a college library director. By night he tries to channel the spirit of Jim Thompson in his pursuit of penning the great American novel.

Jan Radder (co-producer) started working in movies as a fifteen-year-old production assistant on the cult film, Psychos in Love. Since then he’s been a teacher, a union organizer, a stay-at-home dad, and a writer. Currently, in addition to co-producing this film, he’s finishing work on a memoir about punk rock and independent filmmakers called Immature Loser Punk while maintaining a blog of the same name. He would like readers of this blog to know that even though he moved to Minneapolis sixteen years ago it was not because he’s obsessed with the Replacements, but rather because he’s obsessed with Hüsker Dü.

Ed Valauskas (associate producer) is the Label and Studio Manager at Q Division in Boston where he also produces records for artists like Eli “Paperboy” Reed. He also plays bass in The Gravel Pit, The Gentlemen, and Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents and has toured with Graham Parker and Juliana Hatfield.

First up: Jack Rabid

Production gets underway this Saturday in New York, and our very first interview is with none other than Jack Rabid, publisher of The Big Takeover for the past twenty-five years. Along with seeing the Mats “a few dozen times,” Jack deejayed their very first New York gig at the long-defunct Great Gildersleeves (Also on the bill? Fellow Minnesotans, Hüsker Dü, as well as future Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz and his band, Young and Useless). In Jack’s own words: “Used to help drink their rider with them before sound check from 83-85 before it got harder to get backstage. Good guys for sure, but boy, could they put em away. I used to drink one to their five.” Should be a good interview.