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 15 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 guest appearances; and a special film tribute event with Melvin Van Peebles, who will be in attendance and turns 80 this year. The native Chicago writer, actor, and 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 Christopher, 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.
Along with over 70 films and videos from more than 20 countries, 2013 will see the expansion of the festival’s live music section, presenting label showcases (Bloodshot Records, Burger Records, Polyvinyl, ASCAP, Captcha and more), curated concerts, and innovative live multimedia events including Manual Cinema, Sister Spit, and numerous live film scoring performances at participating venues.
“For the past four years in the springtime, CIMMfest has brought thousands of filmmakers, musicians, and their passionate fans, to theaters, galleries, clubs, and concert halls in Chicago’s most eclectic, culturally vibrant neighborhoods. Festival central runs along Milwaukee Avenue and the ‘Blue Line’ train from Wicker Park to Logan Square with 15 partner venues. Film screenings, live concerts, presentations, and panels during the day, slamming concerts when the sun goes down, there is simply nothing like CIMMfest,” said Josh Chicoine, CIMMFest Co-Director with Ilko Davidov.
A limited number of Early Bird, All-Access Festival passes, priced at $50, 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&A's, performances, after parties and more.
Single tickets go on sale March 18th 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. A complete lineup of film and music programming will be announced shortly.
A recent Driehaus Foundation Grant winner, CIMMfest is a Non-profit 501(c)3 organization. For information on how to get involved, visit www.CIMMfest.org.
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