Music and film... together in one rockin' raucous 4 day fest. ChiIL Live Shows will be there... will YOU?! Check back early and often for loads of our original content from CIMMfest 2012, and hot happenings for 2013 as we count down to the 5th Annual CIMMfest April 18-21!
Of course, some of our fest favs are the little screenings (particularly punk & metal related) that don't make the official, featured hot happenings and famous faces. The beauty of a multi venue fest is choice. Take some time to check out the full listings here and make your own path. Still, here's the official word on what's awesome and upcoming. And some of it we wouldn't miss for any obscure indie release.
We're particularly stoked for The Funky Meters, Greyboy Allstars and J.C. Brooks... all long time funk favs of ours. We're also huge fans of Chi-town's Bloodshot Records, Sister Spit's infamous grrrrrrl power poetry and prose, and we're looking forward to checking out Manual Cinema.
- ● 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 Melvin Van Peebles widLaxative. 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 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 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.
- ● 14 films & videos 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! film 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, Joey Molland: Liverpool to Memphis, Leaning Toward Solace, TWO, Moha, Archie Powell & the Exports, Univore ‘I Dream the Video,’ Linger & Fade and The Stranger.
All-Access Festival passes, priced at $79, are now available at www.CIMMfest.org. 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, after parties 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.