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CIMMfest Celebrates 50 Years of The Rolling Stones on Film, Now thru 4/21

Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest No. 5), Chicago's annual festival of film screenings, music concerts and more, presents CIMMpathy for The Stones, a major retrospective celebrating The Rolling Stones' 50 years of music on film. The retrospective includes screenings of ten concert films and documentaries - two never before seen in Chicago - plus music videos and filmmaker Q&As Friday-Sunday, today, April 19-21, at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport.

ABKCO Films' Mick Gochanour and Robin Klein will be in attendance for audience Q&As following a trio of critically acclaimed films. These are: The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling - Ireland 1965, documenting The Stones' first professionally filmed concert; the lost holy grail of rock films The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus (1968); and Albert Maysles' Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! ABKCO Films' Sympathy for the Devil, directed by auteur Jean-Luc Godard, also screens as part of the retrospective.

CIMMpathy for The Stones marks the Chicago premiere of the documentary Rolling Like a Stone (2005), which begins with a forgotten 1965 home movie of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones at an after-concert party in Sweden. Rolling Like a Stone won Best Music Documentary at the SilverDocs Film Festival. Also making its Chicago premiere is I Got the Blues in Austin, a visit with Austin's legendary surviving blues artists with Mick's brother Chris Jagger. Director Richard Jernigan and featured blues singer Lavelle White will be present for a Q&A.

CIMMpathy for The Stones kicks off Friday at the Music Box with the concert film Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones at the Checkerboard Lounge, Live Chicago 1981.

CIMMpathy for the Stones Film Schedule:

FRIDAY, APRIL 19

6:00PM Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones at the Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago 1981

Chicago blues played a seminal role on the Stones early sound (so much so that they recorded at Chess Studios in 1964). On November 22, 1981, during their US tour, The Stones visited Chicago's South Side to catch Muddy Waters performing at the legendary Checkerboard Lounge. Before long, Mick, Keith, Ronnie and Ian Stewart joined Muddy on stage, as did Junior Wells, Buddy Guy and Lefty Dizz.

8:00PM The Rolling Stones Charlie Is My Darling - Ireland, 1965 (dirs. Mick Gochanour, Peter Whitehead)

Newly discovered, never-before-seen-footage has been woven into an intimate, behind-the-scenes diary of early life on the road with The Stones. Shot just weeks after "Satisfaction" hit #1 on the charts, it features their first professionally filmed concert. Charlie is my Darling-Ireland 1965 captures the band before they became legend.
+ Q&A with director Mick Gochanour and producer Robin Klein

9:45PM Stones in Exile (dir. Stephen Kijak)

In the spring of 1971, The Rolling Stones reluctantly departed the UK to take up residence in France. Keith Richards settled in a villa, and this became the venue for the recording of much of the band's masterpiece Exile on Main Street. Stones in Exile tells the story in the band's own words and through extensive archive footage of their time away from England and the creation of this extraordinary double album, which many regard as the Rolling Stones' finest achievement.

with: The Rolling Stones music Videos: "Jumpin Jack Flash" (make up version); "Child Of The Moon"; "Have You Seen Your Mother Baby"; "We Love You"; "2000 Light Years From Home"

SATURDAY, APRIL 20

2:00PM Some Girls - Live In Texas '78 (dir. Lynn Lenau Calmes)

Shot on 16mm during The Rolling Stones' 1978 US Tour, after the release of Some Girls, this tour film documents what many consider one of the very best Stones shows at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, on July 18th, 1978. This is undeniably The Rolling Stones at the peak of their form.

4:30PM Rolling Like a Stone (dirs. Stefan Berg, Magnus Gertten) Chicago Premiere

The starting point for this film is an 8mm amateur home movie shot in 1965, where Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones attend an after-concert party with local musicians and pop fans. For some the party never ends. Immortalized by this forgotten home movie, the party-goers try - 40 years later - to make sense of these memories, and the eternal question of "What could have been?"

6:15PM Sympathy for the Devil (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)

Jean-Luc Godard captures The Rolling Stones in the mist of producing their soon-to- become anthemic "Sympathy for the Devil," in London's Olympic recording studio. Beginning as a ballad, the track gradually acquires a pulsating groove. Juxtaposed against themes of revolution and democracy, the film is a brilliant portrait of the creative process at its most collaborative and arousing.

8:15PM The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (dir. Michael Lindsay-Hogg)

Long considered the lost holy grail of rock films, this two-day event features circus fire-eaters, acrobats and clowns alongside extraordinary live performances by The Who, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, The Dirty Mac Band (John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Mitch Mitchell), Yoko Ono and The Rolling Stones. As David Dalton so aptly put it, "For a brief moment, it seemed that rock 'n' roll would inherit the earth."
+ Q&A with filmmakers Mick Gochanour and Robin Klein

SUNDAY, APRIL 21

2:00PM Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones (dir. Rollin Binzer)

The legendary Rolling Stones concert film shot over four nights in Texas during the Exile on Main Street tour in 1972. This is one of the finest Rolling Stones concerts ever captured on film.
4:00PM I Got the Blues in Austin (dir. Richard Jernigan) Chicago Premiere

As The Rolling Stones prepare to play Austin, Chris Jagger, broadcaster and brother of the legendary Mick, joins local radio host John Peyton and visits Austin's legendary surviving blues artists, including: the late Pinetop Perkins, Lavelle White, Jimmie Ray Vaughan and Hubert Sumlin. The film culminates with a heartwarming jam session between Pinetop Perkins and The Rolling Sessions backstage. I Got the Blues in Austin allows audiences to spend intimate moments with the last of a blues generation in Austin like no other.
+ Q&A with director Richard Jernigan and featured blues singer Lavelle White
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