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The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival to be Held April 18-21

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The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, CIMMfest No. 5, the annual four-day showcase celebrating the inseparable connection between music and movies, will feature international film premieres, live concerts, visually stunning DJ/VJ sets, lively Q&A's, daring live score performances, exhibits, and more, in numerous venues centered around Chicago's Wicker Park and Logan Square neighborhoods, Thursday, April 18 - Sunday, April 21, 2013.

Among the highlights are two major retrospectives: CIMMPathy for The Stones, celebrating The Rolling Stones' 50 years of music on film including screenings of ten concert films and documentaries plus special guest appearances; and a special film section, conversation, and concert with Melvin Van Peebles, who will be in attendance and turns 80 this year. The native Chicago writer-actor-director is renowned for heralding a new era of African-American films with his Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971). As well, Van Dyke Parks will headline a special "Evening with..." program featuring short films about Parks directed by his son Richard Parks, conversations about his life in music, and performances of his many classic songs.

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 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. This new conference promises unparalleled access to the people - past, present and future - who create, market, and disrupt the business of making music and movies. CIMMCon events will offer essential insights into the business, the personalities and the profession of music, film, and technology as a global phenomenon at a crossroads.

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