CIMMFest No. 6 - Saturday, May 3rd Events

CIMMFest No. 6 - Saturday, May 3rd Events
Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

Have you ever been to CIMMFest? No? Here's your chance. There are lots of events to check out today and tomorrow on Sunday.

The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival is a MUST attend for ANYONE who is or wants to become part of the music and film industry. Or, if you're you just interested in general, that's cool too!

CIMMfest is a platform for filmmakers and musicians, artists and producers, to present their vision and offer a connection point for people to come together for a celebration of movies, music, and good times in the greatest city on earth – Chicago!  For more information, visit"

MUST attend EVENTS list:

Cutting Through the Bullshit: Self Marketing and Networking That Works For You

As a creative person, having to market yourself and make industry connections can feel like a lot of bullshit.  How do you network with the right people and promote yourself authentically?  This panel cuts through the bullshit by discussing the ways actors, filmmakers, and other creative types can get better at representing themselves and their work—all while making genuine connections.  Hear the lessons learned and how you can avoid your own pitfalls.

Saturday, May 3, 12:30- 1:30PM Collaboraction Theater (1579 N Milwaukee, Suite 300)

Music Behind Bars

Music is healing. It has the power to connect us, educate us, and move us. This panel will discuss how music can serve as a rehabilitating change agent, featuring Jim Tullio (Butcher Boy studios), Jonathan McCormick (CSO), ChuckALuck (BassTribe Magazine), The Q Brothers, Cordarryll Ward (72 Hour Nightmare in Roseland) and Floyd Davis (Woodlawn Battle on the Wax for Peace, Inc.). Michael James from Live at the Heartland Cafe and Lynn Orman Weiss, Live At The Heartland Cafe music producer & founder of Music4Good Productions, will moderate this interactive discussion.

Saturday, May 3, 1PM-3PM Gorilla Tango (1919 N. Milwaukee Ave)

Frankie Knuckles’ Impact on Dance Music

A Retrospective on Frankie Knuckles Impact on Dance Music. Charles Matlock of the Modern Dance Research & Archiving Foundation moderates this discussion centered around Frankie Knuckles' Warehouse/Powerplant years and his early experimentation in fusing various genres of dance music, ultimately leading to the introduction of House Music to the world. propelling him into the international spotlight,as a dj/artist/songwriter/producer

Saturday, May 3, 2PM-3:45PM Subterranean (2011 W North Ave)

Chicago Film Business: Beg, Borrow, or Build

OK, here we go, Chicago is rising (or not). The Chicago film scene is booming…  recently named the best city in America to live and make movies, but how do we get OUR movies made?  TV shows are shooting here, blockbuster films are shot here.  But what are WE getting out of it?  What do we need as a City to make Chicago a place where filmmakers can actually thrive HERE?  Enabling us to finance, cast, and create our own movies without running to the coasts.

Saturday, May 3, 2:30PM - 4PM (1st Ward (2033 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647)


How does music affect the human spirit? What does music have to do with Social Change? A multi-media panel presentation will feature Rhymefest and TL Williams discussing their work with Neli Vazquez-Rowland, founder of a A Safe Haven, an organization that helps people aspire, transform and sustain their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose. Spotlighting two shorts; Raggedy Man by Sharon Kimbrough and Brenda Blonski with music by Butch Stewart & DREAM by Rhymefest & T.L. Williams with residents of A Safe Haven and Gus Redmond, Vice-President of Music Quest Entertainment. Moderated by Music Revolution to End Homelessness co-producer and founder of Music4Good Productions, Lynn Orman Weiss

Saturday, May 3, 3:30-5PM Gorilla Tango (1919 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

Muddy Waters; from Mississippi to Chicago

Muddy Waters changed the course of music. Raised in Clarksdale, Mississippi, he led the wave of electric blues from the moment he arrived in Chicago. He dominated the club scene, and then with Chess Records, defined what a blues record should be.

Our panelists know Muddy inside and out: Robert Gordon, author of Can’t be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters, the quintessential biography of Muddy Waters; Terry Abramson, author of In the Belly of the Blues, was a friend and Grammy winning songwriter for Muddy Waters; Gary Vincent is a musician and filmmaker working at Ground Zero Blues Club Music, in Clarksdale Mississippi.

The panel is joined by Muddy’s son Larry “Mud” Waters and moderated by Michael Frank CEO of Chicago Blues label Earwig Music Company

Saturday, May 3, 5:30PM-7PM Logan Theater Lounge (2646 N. Milwaukee Ave)

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See you there!

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