The 5th Annual Chicago International Movies & Music Festival: CIMMfest No. 5

The 5th Annual Chicago International Movies & Music Festival: CIMMfest No. 5

Count Gregula's Crypt vill be attending and reviewing some of the featured events at CIMMfest No. 5!

(RELEASE) Tvelve vorld premieres, a film/music tribute vith Melvin Van Peebles, a major retrospective of The Rolling Stones’ 50 years of music on film, closing night film The Source Family and much more highlight the 5th annual Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest No. 5). The four-day festival annually brings together filmmakers, musicians and devotees from around the vorld for a celebration of movies and music at various venues centered around Chicago’s Wicker Park and Logan Square neighborhoods, vith a satellite location at the Music Box Theatre, Thursday, April 18 - Sunday, April 21.

More than 100 films from 20+ countries vill be screened, including features, documentaries, shorts, concert films, animation and music videos, all vith music at their center. Four of the vorld premieres have Chicago themes:  The Jesus Lizard: Last, vhich documents the last performance of the band at Metro on New Year's, 2010; Unconscious Therapyabout the beginnings of House Music in Chicago; Sacrificial Youth, the punk rock musical by Joe Losurdo (You Weren’t There); and traditional acoustic blues documentary True Blues.

Playing a bigger role this year vill be the live music component, including live film scoring, live concerts by documentary film subjects and more.


●      CIMMfest’s Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award: The Baadasssss Award, ceremony and concert honors maverick filmmaker and Chicago native Melvin Van Peebles, followed by a special live musical performance by Melvin Van Peebles widLaxative. The vriter, actor and director, vho turns 80 this year, ushered in a new era of African-American films vith his Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, vhich vill be screened during the Festival along vith his The Story of a Three-Day Pass and Don’t Play Us Cheap, plus a documentary about Van Peebles, How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It), by Chicago native Joe Angio. The CIMMfest Lifetime Achievement Award pays tribute to the outstanding accomplishments of maverick artists vho helped to shape and obliterate barriers for today's generation of filmmakers and artists.

●     CIMMpathy for The Stones. This major retrospective celebrating The Rolling Stones’ 50 years of music on film includes screenings of ten concert films and documentaries - two never before seen in Chicago - at the Music Box Theatre, Friday-Sunday, April 19-21. The event kicks off Friday with a trio of films: Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones at the Checkerboard Lounge, Live Chicago 1981; The Rolling Stones: Charlie Is My Darling- Ireland 1965, followed by a Q&A with Director Mick Gochanour and Producer Robin Klein; and Stones In Exile.  Saturday screenings include: Some Girls - Live in Texas ’78; the Chicago Premiere of Rolling Like A Stone; Sympathy for the Devil (dir. Jean-Luc Godard); and The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, followed by a Q&A with producers Gochanour and Klein; Sunday’s lineup includes Ladies & Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones; and the Chicago Premiere of I Got The Blues In Austin on a double bill with Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! (dirs. Albert Maysles, Bradley Kaplan, Ian Marciewicz), followed by a Q&A with producers Gochanour and Klein. Additional special guest appearances will be announced.

●     Blues Film Premieres include the World Premiere of True Blues, a celebration of traditional acoustic blues, followed by a Q&A with director Daniel Patinkin and - later at Rosa’s Lounge - a live performance by two of the film’s subjects: MacArthur Genius Corey Harris and Blues great Guy Davis. Badfinger doc Joey Molland: Liverpool to Memphis makes its World Premiere, followed by a Q&A with director John Anderson and Badfinger’s Joey Molland. Making its Chicago Premiere is AKA Doc Pomus, a documentary about the polio-stricken, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder who reinvented himself as blues singer Doc Pomus and went on to become one of the most brilliant songwriters of the early rock and roll era.

●     Showcase Argentina welcomes the U.S. Premiere of Esperando el Tsunami (Waiting for the Tsunami), a collaboration between renowned French filmmaker Vincent Moon and the Argentine-Colombian duo Lulacruza that documents a musical journey through Colombia; and the North AmericanPremiere of El Gran Río (The Mighty River) about rapper David Dodas Bangoura, aka Black Doh. Sundance Film Festival hit, El último Elvis (The Last Elvis), Armando Bo’s drama about an Elvis impersonator facing the emptiness of his life, has its Chicago debut as part of this series.

●     Multimedia events pairing movies and live music include a screening of the 1929 German silent film Asphalt, with live scoring by Yael Acher, and two documentaries followed by live concerts featuring the films’ subjects:  La Voce di Rosa (Rosa’s Voice) with performance of Italian folk singer Rosa Balistreri’s music by The Sicilian Jazz Project at Loyola University; and I Am Not a Rock Star with performance by pianist Marika Bournaki.

●     A selection of short films from the Sundance Film Festival include DatamoshBlack Metal and #PostModernwhile films screened at SXSW includeThe Punk SyndromeDownloadedNecronomica and KRS ONE: Brooklyn to the Bronx.

●     A new Unreliable Narrations program offers films by and about musicians who refuse to conform, including the Chicago Premieres of The Mystery in Old Bathbath by underground cult band Quintron; and the documentary Human Skab, about the psychotic, hardcore punk rock blues band from Elma, Washington.

●   Chicago Premiere of In Search of Blind Joe Death - The Saga of John Fahey. This feature documentary about tremendously influential composer, guitarist, author and provocateur John Fahey (1939-2001), features participation by Pete Townshend, Joey Burns of Calexico, Chris Funk of The Decemberists and many of Fahey's closest collaborators and friends, including renowned radio personality Barry Hansen, aka Dr. Demento.

●   Opening Night: An Evening with Van Dyke Parks pays tribute to the legendary American composer, arranger, producer, musician, singer, author and actor, in a rare Chicago appearance at Constellation (formerly the Viaduct), Thursday, April 18. The multimedia program will feature: Van Dyke Parks in conversation about his life in music; the screening of three related short films directed by his son, filmmaker and former newspaper editor, Richard Parks, including Van Dyke Parks on Discover America, Van Dyke Parks on Song Cycle and Music Man Murray (which was scored by the elder Parks and won the Best Short Doc Award at CIMMfest 2012); and a live performance by Parks of his many classic songs.

●   Closing Night: The festival awards ceremony Sunday night at Constellation features the participation of Martin Atkins (Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Public image Limited, Killing Joke). The awards are preceded by the Chicago Premiere of The Source Family - a documentary about the polygamist Source Family, whose utopian commune and popular celebrity-hangout restaurant (featured in the movie Annie Hall) made them the darlings of the Sunset Strip in the ’70s - including a Q&A with co-director Jodi Wille.


New this year is the launch of CIMMCon, a dynamic professional and entrepreneurial industry conference, presented in association with Columbia College Chicago and the Engineering and Recording Society of Chicago (EARS).  CIMMCon will offer, at no charge, compelling presentations from industry professionals, film icons, artist entrepreneurs and music makers, including Keynote Speaker Martin Atkins (Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Public image Limited, Killing Joke) renowned for his candor regarding the music business.   More information on CIMMCon programming will be announced shortly.COMPETITION

For the fifth year, most films will be up for competition, with awards given to the Best Feature Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Fictional Feature, Best Short Fiction and Best Music Video. The esteemed jury consists of: award-winning documentary filmmaker Jeff Scheftel; two-time Emmy Award©-winning Executive Producer at VH1, Warren Cohen; co-founder and chief content wrangler at, Andy Markowitz; Film Presence’s director of marketing, Sara Kiener; WBEZ 91.5FM arts and culture reporter, Alison Cuddy; Chair of the Film & Video Department at Columbia College Chicago, ProfessorBruce Sheridan; film critic and essayist Ignatiy Vishnevetsky; and film director and contributing editor at Filmmaker Magazine, Brandon Harris.


The best way to guarantee attendance at CIMMfest No. 5 programming is via purchase of an All-Access Festival pass, priced at $79 and now available at  Festival passes not only offer a substantial savings on individual tickets but provide access to four days of outstanding premiere films, concerts, Q&As, performances, afterparties and more.

Single tickets are priced at $10-$12 (Some events are discounted for students with valid ID); most special events are priced at $15.  Concerts are priced per venue.

Festival venues include: The Burlington (3425 W. Fullerton Avenue), Coles (2838 N. Milwaukee Avenue), Comfort Station (2579 N. Milwaukee Avenue), Congress Theater (2135 N. Milwaukee Avenue), Constellation (formerly the Viaduct, 3111 N. Western Avenue), Debonair Social Club (1575 N. Milwaukee Avenue), Double Door (1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue), Elastic Arts (2830 N. Milwaukee Avenue), Heaven Gallery (1550 N. Milwaukee Avenue), The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia), Logan Square Studio (2341 N. Milwaukee Avenue), The Logan Theatre (2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue), the Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Avenue), Rodan (1530 N. Milwaukee Avenue), Rosa's Lounge (3420 W. Armitage Avenue), The Society for Arts (1112 N. Milwaukee Avenue), Township (2200 N. California Avenue), Ultra Lounge (2169 N. Milwaukee Avenue) and The Whistler (2421 N. Milwaukee Avenue).


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