“The Seeker” Sneak Peek
In 2016, Speechless screened a pre-production cut of The Seeker, a feature film directed by Jeff Johnson and driven by the music of Minnesota-based indie band Cloud Cult. The film won our Best of Show award in the Visual Music category. It stars Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) and Alex McKenna (What Women Want).
Synopsis: A daughter’s life is turned upside-down by her father’s untimely death. Her apathy towards her new reality is challenged by a reminder from the past that sets her on a pilgrimage that will define her. Watch the trailer.
After the film, the director and members of the band were available for a Q&A.
On the festival’s opening night, Cloud Cult performed at the Kato Ballroom immediately following the screening and Q&A of their film.
Trampled by Turtles music video premiere
In 2013, Speechless held a world premiere of the animated music video for Midnight on the Interstate. The stop-motion video was created by a team of Bethany Lutheran College students, and proceeded to premier online on Conan O’Brien’s blog and reach over 200,000 views on youtube. The Speechless premiere included behind the scenes features that are now available on vimeo.
The video touches on themes of reflection, remembrance, and even a bit of regret. Having reached the end of his life, the main character, an old man, begins to rewrap the ball of yarn signifying his existence—he follows the string of his personal story as it leads him back through time. We journey with him as he relives significant moments from his past—the first house he bought, where he met his wife, etc. Slowly, we are made aware of how his story is intertwined with the stories of others. Emphasizing the connections, relationships, and personal stories each one of us carries with us, this music video reminds us to take time to reflect on and appreciate our lives.
Staci Barth, Kaitlin Baumann, Zac Carlson, Stephanie Erlandson, Aaron Evans, and Matt Fraser
Kurt Paulsen, Philip Wels, Andrew Maas, Michael Grunke, Jon Paulsen, Eric and Lori Evans, and many more.
In 2014, Speechless featured a special screening and Q&A with Gregory C. Herman, an award-winning, multidisciplinary writer for screen, live-action director and VFX concept designer for film and television. Herman has a passion for story-telling, cinematography, editing, and color and is a self-proclaimed cinephile. He has diligently been shooting narrative live-action since 2008 and is currently writing his first feature film. After leaving NYC in 2009 and heading to higher ground, Greg has freelanced remotely as a director and designer with some of the best design driven production and visual effects companies on the globe.
The Long Road, 13 minutes
The Straight and Narrow, 9 minutes
Greg Herman special screening and Q&A
Special Screening: Memorial Day
In 2014, Kyle O’Malley joined us for a special screening of Memorial Day, a film produced here in Minnesota. The synopsis: When 13-year-old Kyle Vogel discovers his grandfather’s World War II footlocker on Memorial Day, the two strike a deal: Kyle can pick any three objects inside, and Grandpa Bud will tell him the stories behind each one. As we flash back to Bud’s WWII experiences, we also flash forward to Kyle’s future as a soldier in Iraq, where he experiences friendships, losses and moral dilemmas that parallel his grandfather’s—and bring new meaning to that day on the porch.
Jeff Traxler, Kyle O’Malley, and Marc Conklin from Minnesota, USA
Watch trailer on youtube.