CIMMfest No. 5 Announces Lineup, Expands Live Music Programming

An expanded live music component with concerts by Lydia Loveless, Corey Harris, Pontiak and a Funk Rock Soul triple bill with the funky METERS, Greyboy Allstars and JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound; CIMMpathy for The Stones, celebrating The Rolling Stones' 50 years of music on film; a special film section, award ceremony and concert with maverick filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles; an evening of music and movies with the legendary Van Dyke Parks and his filmmaker son, Richard; a Blues film section; 11 World Premiere screenings; 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 world for a celebration of movies and music at various venues centered around Chicago's Wicker Park and Logan Square neighborhoods, with a satellite location at the Music Box Theatre, Thursday, April 18 - Sunday, April 21.

More than 100 films from over 20 countries will be screened including features, documentaries, shorts, concert films, animation and music videos, all with music at their center. Playing a bigger role this year will be the live music component, including showcases by Bloodshot Records, Captcha Records and ASCAP; curated concerts, and innovative multimedia events, featuring Manual Cinema, Sister Spit, live film scoring, concerts by documentary film subjects and more.

The program lineup is available at The complete schedule of films, events and locations will be available March 18.

"CIMMfest audiences will have the rare opportunity to experience first - and firsthand - an incredible range of movies and music. We are thrilled to be producing our fifth festival showcasing amazing films and live performances, with much more live music alongside innovative crossover events," said Josh Chicoine, CIMMfest Co-Director, with Ilko Davidov. "We are happy to bring satellite venues like The Hideout, The Burlington, the Music Box and the brand new Constellation to our main drag: Milwaukee Avenue from Wicker Park to Logan Square. CIMMfest is unique in that we truly aim to highlight the crossover of film and song, movies and music, past, present and future, in the best city on earth. Along with our board of directors, staff, partners, sponsors, friends and supporters, we are thrilled to be curating these amazing four days in April!"


? This year's Opening Night event, 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 the 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.

? CIMMpathy for The Stones, a 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 -and takes place 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 (dir. Mick Gochanour, Peter Whitehead), followed by a Q&A with Director Mick Gochanour and Producer Robin Klein, and Stones In Exile (dir. Stephen Kijak). Saturday screenings include: Some Girls - Live in Texas '78 (dir. Lynn Lenau Calmes); the Chicago Premiere of Rolling Like A Stone (dirs. Stefan Berg, Magnus Gertten); Sympathy for the Devil (dir. Jean-Luc Godard); the Chicago Premiere of I Got The Blues In Austin (dir. Richard Jernigan); and Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! (dirs. AlBert Maysles, Bradley Kaplan, Ian Marciewicz), followed by a Q&A with producers Gochanour and Klein. Sunday's lineup includes Ladies & Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones (dir. Rollin Binzer); and The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (dir. Michael Lindsay-Hogg), followed by a Q&A with producers Gochanour and Klein. Additional special guest appearances will be announced.

? CIMMfest's Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award: The Baadasssss Award, ceremony and concert honors maverick filmmaker and Chicago native Melvin Van Peebles at the Constellation on Saturday, April 20, followed by a special live musical performance by Van Peebles and his band, Laxative. The writer, actor and director, who turns 80 this year, ushered in a new era of African-American films with his Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, which will be screened during the Festival along with 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 who helped to shape and obliterate barriers for today's generation of filmmakers and artists.

? Blues Film Premieres throughout the weekend include the World Premiere screening of True Blues (dir. Daniel Patinkin), a celebration of traditional acoustic blues at the Logan Theatre, followed by a Q&A with the director and a live performance by two of the film's subjects, MacArthur Genius Corey Harris and Blues Great Guy Davis at ROSA'S Lounge Saturday, April 20. Making its Chicago Premiere is Born In Chicago (dir. John Anderson), a soulful documentary that, for the first time, tells the story of middle class white kids who learned to play and live the blues directly from its most legendary practitioners, followed by a Q&A with the director, at the Logan Theater, Friday, April 19. Also receiving its Chicago Premiere is AKA Doc Pomus (dirs. Peter Miller/Will Hechter), 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, at the Logan Theatre, Saturday, April 20.

? Showcase Argentina welcomes the International Premiere of Mercedes Sosa, The Voice of Latin America (dir. Rodrigo H. Vila) about renowned Argentinean vocalist Sosa and her work with other young artists on the "Manifiesto del Nuevo Cancionero" ("The New Songbook Manifesto). Also to be screened are two docs making their U.S. and North American Premieres, respectively: 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 El Gran Río (The Mighty River) (dir. Rubén Plataneo) about rapper David Dodas Bangoura, aka Black Doh. The 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.

? Two Chicago-based record labels will present showcases for CIMMfest No. 5: Bloodshot Records presents alt-country singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless and New Orleans singer-slide guitarist Luke Winslow-King at The Hideout, Friday, April 19; while Captcha Records presents onYou, Chandeliers, Aru + BBjr and Windbreaker at The Burlington, Saturday, April 20.

? Multimedia events pairing movies and live music include: Manual Cinema's one-of-a-kind melding of theater, projection and sound with its newest production, Lula Del Ray, at the Constellation, Saturday, April 20; a screening of Asphalt (dir. Joe May), with live scoring by Yael Acher at Logan Square Studio, Saturday, April 20; and two documentary screenings followed by live concerts by the films' subjects - La Voce di Rosa (Rosa's Voice) (dir. Nello Correale) with performance by The Sicilian Jazz Project at Loyola University, Thursday, April 18; and I Am Not a Rock Star (dir. Bobbi Jo Hart) with performance by pianist Marika Bournaki at Heaven Gallery, Friday, April 19.

Also, by popular demand, an encore CIMMfest performance by the raucous, rowdy performance gang, Sister Spit, at The Hideout, Saturday, April 20. This multimedia explosion of tastemakers, novelists, luminaries, chanteuses, performance artists, poets and filmmakers will feature Sister Spit co-founder Michelle Tea; author Ali Liebergott; Cuban-American artist and writer, Cristy C. Road; Australia's felt-tip superhero, TextaQueen; writer and performer Daniel LéVesque; and performance artist and "genderqueer" DavEnd.

? Eleven films will make their World Premieres, including four with Chicago themes: The Jesus Lizard: Last (dir. Tony Ciarrocchi) documenting the last performance of the band at Metro on New Year's, 2010, at the Society for the Arts, Friday, April 20; Unconscious Therapy (dir. Steven Harnell) about the beginning of House Music in Chicago, at the Logan Theatre, Saturday, April 20; Sacrificial Youth, the punk rock musical by Joe Losurdo (You Weren't There) who will also preview his Wax Trax! record label trailer, at the Logan Theatre, Friday, April 19; and True Blues. Other World Premieres include Six Strings Meltdown, The Last Song Before the War, Tuning the Pulse, Leaning Toward Solace, TWO and Moha.

? The Chicago Premiere of Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (dirs. Drew DeNicola and Olivia Mori). The definitive documentary about the beloved and influential '70s rock band Big Star, showing at the Logan Theatre, Friday, April 19, features rare music, never-before-seen footage and in-depth interviews with the original band members, family, friends and artists they influenced.

? A selection of short films from the Sundance Film Festival include Datamosh, Black Metal and #PostModern, while films screened at SXSW include The Punk Syndrome, Downloaded, Necronomica, KRS ONE: Brooklyn to the Bronx and Killer Mike "Reagan."

? 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 (dirs. Miss Pussycat and Quintron) by underground cult band Quintron; the documentary Human Skab (dirs. Frank Gunderson and Bret Woods), about the psychotic, hardcore punk rock blues band from Elma, Washington; and a number of notable short films to be announced.

? A special Funk Rock Soul concert presentation, in partnership with React Presents and Silver Wrapper, features co-headliners funky METERS direct from New Orleans and the Greyboy Allstars celebrating their record release, with rising local post-punk soul quintet JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. Rounding out the music is Chicago's own Jesse de la Peña and Maker, all taking place at the Congress Theater, Friday, April 19. The night will begin with a panel discussion with Elgin Park (aka Mike Andrews), Bruce Sheridan, Film Chair at Columbia College, and more.

? Chicago Premiere of In Search of Blind Joe Death - The Saga of John Fahey (dir. James Cullingham) at the Society for Arts, Friday, April 19. 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.


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.


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, Professor Bruce Sheridan; film critic and essayist Ignatiy Vishnevetsky; and film director and contributing editor at Filmmaker Magazine, Brandon Harris.

At this time, the only 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 go on sale Monday, March 18, and 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).

Corporate and Community sponsors of CIMMfest No. 5 include Columbia College Chicago, ACME Hotel, Ticketfly, ABKCO, Wicker Park Bucktown SSA #33, the Logan Theatre, the Music Box Theatre, The Society for Arts and Eagle Rock Entertainment.

A recent Driehaus Foundation Grant winner, CIMMfest is a Non-profit 501(c)3 organization. For information on how to get involved, visit

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