Celebrating 5 years of CIMMfest

by Gary Kuzminski Monday, February 25th, 2013 5:26pm

For four rocking days, the connections converge with an international community of rabid fans, artists, producers, musicians and directors descending upon Chicago to celebrate their shared passion, their work, and their love of music – on stage and on screen.

CIMMfest, The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, returns April 18th-21st. for four days of premiere screenings, events, concerts, exhibits and presentations. Now in its fifth year, CIMMfest celebrates the intersection of music and movies in all forms, from around the world. From traditional documentary, concert, and feature films – to fringe and experimental DJ/VJ shows and multi-media installations, to daring and exclusive live musical accompaniment to film, there is nothing like CIMMfest. Welcome to No. 5.

Along with over 70 international films and videos, 2013 will see the expansion of the festival’s live music section, presenting label showcases, curated concerts, and innovative live film-scoring events. In addition, CIMMfest is launching CIMMcon, a professional and entrepreneurial conference and presentation arm in collaboration with Columbia College, Liverpool Sound City, and The Engineering and Recording Society of Chicago (EARS).

Festival central runs along Milwaukee Avenue and the Blue “L” line train from Wicker Park to Logan Square with 12 partner venues housing programming day and night. Film screenings, presentations, and panels during the day, slamming concerts when the sun goes down. Together with WXRT, our satellite venue, the Music Box, will be hosting a special “Rolling Stones in film” retrospective – CIMMpathy for the Stones, celebrating 50 years of the mod rockers from London.

40 features and documentaries comprise the competition section of the festival. Alongside special presentations like Melvin Van Peebles’ (SWEET SWEETBACK’S BADASS SONG, WATERMELLION MAN) legacy in film, the House Music doc UNCONSCIOUS THERAPY, the Napster doc, DOWNLOADED, and many more, there are films for every musical taste that entertain, educate, provoke, and excite at CIMMfest No. 5.

CIMMfest inherently understands the foundation on which it is built and diligently carries the touch handed down through Chicago’s great cultural legacy. From the role that “film row” played as a precursor to modern day Hollywood, to the gutters of Maxwell Street electrifying the blues and all that blues begat. An historically industrial city whose heritage was reflected back into the world as Industrial Music, with Wax Trax and Chicago Trax serving as the epicenter. When Chicago transformed from industrial to rust belt, the south side’s empty warehouses gave rise to House, which reverberates in clubs and arenas around world. This is the beauty and the grit that makes Chicago unique.

Second City Founder, Paul Sills laid it plain, “Chicago is a great city to create.” The creative impulse from long-time residents to new transplants rings true to this day. CIMMfest is one in a long tradition of arts organizations channeling the past to create the future, keeping Chicago at the center of global culture – a vital connector of the past to the present, of Chicago to the world.

For four rocking days, the connections converge with an international community of rabid fans, artists, producers, musicians and directors descending upon Chicago to celebrate their shared passion, their work, and their love of music – on stage and on screen.

Visit CIMMfest.org for more info, tickets and how to get involved.

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