CIMMfest presents CIMMpathy for the Stones

Friday 19 – Monday 22 April 2013

CIMMPathy for The Stones celebrates The Rolling Stones’ 50 years of music on film, including screenings of ten concert films and documentaries plus special guest appearances.

This is CIMMfest, the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival—a four-day showcase of outstanding films, energetic concerts, visually stunning VJ/DJ sets, lively Q&A’s, daring live score performances…anything to show just what movies and music mean to each other.

Each April filmmakers, musicians, and their passionate fans alike, descend upon Wicker Park and Logan Square, two of Chicago’s most eclectic, vibrant neighborhoods, and the Music Box Theatre. That’s where CIMMfest takes place—the films by day, the live music by night—at theaters, galleries, bars, concert spaces, and some of the city’s most storied venues.

The films come from all countries and cultures, and range from documentaries to fiction to concert films to shorts to music videos. They just have to be about music and/or use music in a creative, integral way. The live performances are inspired by film or feature visual accompaniment.

CIMMfest was imagined and brought to life by musician Josh Chicoine (Cloudbirds, The M’s) and filmmaker Ilko Davidov (BulletProof Film). Neither knew what he was getting into at the start, but hundreds of films, thousands of attendees and countless incredible experiences later, CIMMfest is a publicized, respected Chicago fixture. CIMMfest number five will take place in April 2013.


Friday, April 19th, 2013

  • 6:00pm: Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones at the Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago 1981
  • 8:00pm: The Rolling Stones: Charlie Is My Darling - Ireland 1965
  • 9:45pm: Stones in Exile

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

  • 2:00pm: Some Girls: Live in Texas ‘78
  • 4:30pm: Rolling Like a Stone
  • 6:15pm: Sympathy for the Devil
  • 8:15pm: The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

  • 2:00pm: Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones
  • 4:00pm: I Got The Blues In Austin
  • 4:00pm: Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!


  • Fri 19 Apr 2013, 6:00pm

Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones at the Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago 1981 (1981)

starring Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters

Chicago blues played a seminal role on the Stones early sound (so much so that they recorded at Chess Studios in 1964). On November 22, 1981, during their US tour, the Rolling Stones paid a visit to Chicago’s south side to watch Muddy Waters perform at the legendary Checkerboard Lounge. Before too long Mick, Keith, Ronnie, and Ian Stewart joined Muddy on stage, as does the equally legendary Junior Wells, Buddy Guy and Lefty Dizz.

  • Fri 19 Apr 2013, 8:00pm

The Rolling Stones: Charlie Is My Darling - Ireland 1965 (1966)

directed by Mick Gochanour & Peter Whitehead starring The Rolling Stones

Newly discovered, never-before-seen-footage has been woven into this intimate, behind-the-scenes diary of early life on the road with the Stones. Shot just weeks after their single “Satisfaction” hit number one on the charts, it features their first professionally filmed concert. Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965 captures the band before they became legends. When the lads still wore those cool mod jackets.

With Q & A!

  • Fri 19 Apr 2013, 9:45pm

Stones in Exile (2010)

directed by Stephen Kijak starring The Rolling Stones

In the spring of 1971, The Rolling Stones reluctantly departed the UK to take up residence in France. Keith Richards settled in a villa and this became the venue for the recording of much of the band’s masterpiece Exile on Main Street. Stones in Exile tells the story in the band’s own words and through extensive archive footage of their time away from England and the creation of this extraordinary double album, which many regard as the Rolling Stones’ finest achievement.

  • Sat 20 Apr 2013, 2:00pm

Some Girls: Live in Texas ‘78 (2011)

directed by Lynn Lenau Calmes starring The Rolling Stones

Filmed on 16mm during The Rolling Stones 1978 US Tour, soon after the release of Some Girls, many consider this tour concert at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth Texas on July 18, 1978 to be one of the Stones’ very best filmed performances.

  • Sat 20 Apr 2013, 4:30pm

Rolling Like a Stone (2005)

directed by Stefan Berg & Magnus Gertten starring The Rolling Stones

The starting point for the film is an 8mm amateur home movie from 1965, where Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones from the Rolling Stones attends an after-concert party with local musicians and pop fans. For some the party never ends. Immortalized on a forgotten home movie, the party-goers try, forty years later, to make sense of these memories, and the eternal question of ‘What could have been?’

  • Sat 20 Apr 2013, 6:15pm

Sympathy for the Devil (1968)

directed by Jean-Luc Godard starring The Rolling Stones in English

In 1968, auteur god Jean-Luc Godard captured The Stones in the midst of making Beggars Banquet. Cameras rolled as they recorded their soon-to-become anthemic “Sympathy For the Devil” in London’s Olympic studio. Beginning as a ballad, the track gradually acquired its world-famous pulsating
 groove. Juxtaposed against Godardian themes of revolution and democracy, the film is a brilliant portrait of the creative process at its most collaborative and arousing.

  • Sat 20 Apr 2013, 8:15pm

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (1996)

directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg starring The Rolling Stones

Long considered the “Holy Grail” of rock films, this two-day event features circus fire-eaters, acrobats and clowns alongside extraordinary live performances by The 
Who, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, The Dirty Mac Band (John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell & Keith Richards), Yoko Ono and The Rolling Stones. As David Dalton so aptly put it, “…for a brief moment it seemed that rock ‘n’ roll would inherit the earth.”

  • Sun 21 Apr 2013, 2:00pm

Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones (1973)

directed by Rollin Binzer starring The Rolling Stones in English

This is one of the finest Rolling Stones concerts ever captured on film. In 1972, the Stones bring their Exile on Main Street tour to Texas: 15 songs, with five from the “Exile” album. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts, and Bill Wyman run through some of their best, including “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Gimme Shelter,” “Love In Vain,” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”

  • Sun 21 Apr 2013, 4:00pm

I Got The Blues In Austin

directed by Richard Jernigan starring Lavelle White

As The Rolling Stones prepare to play Austin, Chris Jagger, broadcaster and brother of the legendary Mick, joins local radio host John Peyton and visits Austin’s legendary surviving blues artists, including: the late Pinetop Perkins, Lavelle White, Jimmie Ray Vaughan and Hubert Sumlin. The film culminates with a heartwarming jam session between Pinetop Perkins and The Rolling Sessions backstage. I Got the Blues in Austin allows audiences to spend intimate moments with the last of a blues generation in Austin like no other.

  • Sun 21 Apr 2013, 4:00pm

Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! (2009)

directed by Brad Kaplan, Ian Markiewicz, Albert Maysles starring The Rolling Stones, Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix

A spellbinding film diary of five songs performed at Madison Square Gardens during The Rolling Stones’ 1969 U.S. tour, a photo shoot featuring Mick, Charlie, and a donkey, a mixing session at Olympic Studios, backstage tête-à-têtes between Keith, Jimi Hendrix and Mick Taylor, and a heliport summit meeting before Altamont.

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