Tuesday, April 12, 2016

ChiIL Mama's Family Friendly Picks for CIMMFest 2016


Chi, IL LIVE Shows On Our Radar:

The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest) provides plenty of opportunities for "Adult Night Out Fun", but if you have kids in tow, there are some fabulous family friendly picks out there too. Of course it depends greatly on the ages, taste, and maturity levels of your littles. Mine are now 12 & 15, so they can handle more complex subject matter. Still, we're huge advocates of the "parents know best" philosophy over a one size fits all age rating. Some older kids are plagued with nightmares from one scary movie while some younger kids can handle and even enjoy the same film. That said, we have some rockin' giveaways and top picks for families below.

First, we have some amazing CIMMfest related giveaways going on including 2 pairs of adult concert tickets/blow out/no chip manicure salon packages ($125 value each) AND the last 2 tickets in town to Lisa Loeb's SOLD OUT kids show along with her latest kids CD ($43 value). ENTER HERE FOR EITHER OR BOTH THROUGH MIDNIGHT THURSDAY 4/14.

ChiIL Mama's Fam Friendly ChiIL Picks List:

Facets Kids Program:

Saturday 4/16 11am at Logan Theatre $5

I volunteered at Facets for 25 years and can vouch for their incredible annual International Children's Film Festival. I'm thrilled to see them including fam friendly fare at CIMMfest 2016. **DO NOTE: This showing is at Logan Theatre NOT at Facets!

Join in a musical adventure of animated and live-action short films from around the world–sock puppet back-up singers serenading BB King; an unlikely group of buddies make a perfect Rumba rhythm section for a sleepy bandleader. From R&B, jazz, blues, tango to Scottish jigs and more–these films will have your toes tapping.

Ormie / Canada / 4min.
Big Box Singsong John / Canada / 1min.
Electric Car / USA / 4min.
Log Jam: KFG No. 5 / Hungary / 2min.
Peter Pix - The Violin / Denmark / 1min.
The Squeakiest Roar / England / 4min.
The Music Box / USA / 3min.
One Shoe Blues / USA / 5min.
Donald / Germany / 6min.
Hopfrog / Russia / 5min.
Mobile / Germany / 7min.
The Ant and the Grasshopper / USA / 8min.
Adventures of Pim and Pom: "Dance Party" / Netherlands / 5min.
Tintico's Afternoons / Mexico / 9min.

Here's The CIMMfest Scoop: 

Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest)  is one of our annual favorites that we've been covering for years. It merges two of our passions, music and film. The 5 day fest can be a bit daunting, but the full schedule is on line by event type, date, and venue, so it's easy to make a plan and follow your bliss. Short on time or eager to branch out and see something new? ChiIL out with ChiIL Live Shows (adult) and ChiIL Mama (family friendly) before, during and after CIMMfest and we'll tell you what peaked our interest. Hope to see you out there. 

The five-day multimedia city-wide festival features over 150 films including three World Premieres, one North American Premiere, five U.S. Premieres, and 19 Chicago Premieres; over 130 bands live in concert representing a wide range of genres; multiple events featuring Live Scored Films – musicians performing live to films, music videos, and a video game; and CIMMcon, a dynamic professional and entrepreneurial industry conference. International films and artists come from nearly twenty different countries including Canada, Cuba, Iceland, India, Israel, Lebanon, Mexico, Norway, Scotland, Spain, and Trinidad & Tobago.

Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest) announces its movie and music lineup for the eighth edition, running April 13-17, 2016 across twenty different venues in many of Chicago’s culturally-diverse neighborhoods including Logan Square, Wicker Park, Hyde Park, Lakeview, and Pilsen. Individual event tickets start at $8 for concerts and $12 for films; passes start at $79 with VIP passes at $149. Festival passes and a la carte tickets are currently available at CIMMfest.org.

Our top adult picks are in bold below. Here's where I'll be Wednesday night. My husband's a location sound engineer who's interviewed Butch Vig and the frontwoman for the band Garbage, and filmed at Smart Studios for a French documentary a few years back. So this CIMMfest screening and Q&A is of particular interest to me since he's been there/done that and it's a relative unknown to me, aside from adoring many of the bands who recorded or did post production at Smart Studios.  

Opening Night kicks off with the Midwest Premiere of the documentary film The Smart Studios Story (Official Film of Record Store Day 2016) on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:00pm at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave, followed by a Q&A with Director Wendy Schneider and Smart Studios Founders Butch Vig & Steve Marker. The celebration continues with the official Opening Night After-Party at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St, featuring ‘90s rockers Catherine and Negative Example (members of Tar Babies).

Chi, IL On Screen:
Films with strong Chicago ties include The Night Smokers of Chicago, The Terry Kath Experience: A Daughter’s Journey, 1001 Afternoons in Chicago, Horn to the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story, Savage Beliefs: The Movie, and 147 Pianos, featuring 200 Chicagoans. Local artists on the CIMMfest lineup include Daniel Knox, Avery R. Young, the sibling rock’n’roll duo White Mystery, and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

Official Fest Highlights:
Additional musical highlights at CIMMfest No. 8 include a kid-friendly concert with Lisa Loeb followed by a performance of her classics later that same evening, sound artist Tim Hecker, Moonface, Hip Hop artist David Banner, indie rock band California Wives, alternative band Poliça, and a tribute to J Dilla by Slum Village and Black Milk.
CIMMfest’s Classical program, curated by George Lepauw of International Beethoven Project, includes films featuring Yehudi Menuhin with live performances to celebrate his 100th birthday from Dawn Gingrich, Consuelo Lepauw and others; and Ton Koopman. A nine-piece ensemble will perform a live score for a video game with music by François-Xavier Dupas of Vibeavenue, Montreal. Returning to CIMMfest this year is Sound of Silent Films, a CIMMfest highlight featuring newly-composed scores performed live to modern silent films by Composer/Radio Host Seth Bousted’s Access Contemporary Music (ACM).

The movie Desire Will Set You Free, which anchors the LGBTQ programming, follows Ezra, an American writer of Palestinian and Israeli parentage, through Berlin’s queer and punk scenes. Additional programming highlights include a selection of TV documentary series such as PBS’ American Epic and family-friendly programming such as a sampling of short films co-produced with Facets Multi-Media.

To mark the 50th Anniversary of the classic Beach Boys album Pet Sounds, CIMMfest will present a Brian Wilson retrospective. Films to be shown include Pet Stories and Pet Sounds: Live From London a short doc and concert film directed by Chicago filmmaker and frequent Brian Wilson collaborator John Anderson; Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of SMiLE, about the great lost album of the 1960s; Brian Wilson presents SMiLE, a concert film that captures Brian Wilson and his band's first live US performance of SMiLE in 2004; and the acclaimed 2015 biopic Love & Mercy, starring Paul Dano and John Cusack as the young and middle-aged Wilson.

CIMMfest will pay tribute to David Bowie with a retrospective of his film work. Films to be shown include Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars which marked the “death” of Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust persona; vampire thriller The Hunger; and Jazzin’ for Blue Jean, a short by Julien Temple, last year's CIMMfest Baadasssss Award winner, will play before the rarely-screened BBC documentary Cracked Actor.

Gordon Quinn will be the fourth recipient of the CIMMfest BAADASSSSS Award to honor his amazing career on Friday, April 15 at 7:00pm at 1st Ward Chop Shop. Quinn, Co-Founder & Artistic Director of Kartemquin Films, celebrating its 50th Anniversary, will be interviewed by Bob Hercules, a veteran television producer/director and a co-founder of Media Process Group. In addition to receiving this year’s BAADASSSSS Award, a retrospective of films with which Quinn has been involved will be shown, including Festival, the first music documentary to be nominated for an Academy Award; And This Is Free, about the legendary Maxwell Street Market; A Good Man, a documentary about choreographer Bill T. Jones; and Prisoner Of Her Past, which follows Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich as he journeys across the U.S. and Europe to uncover why his mother, Holocaust survivor Sonia Reich, believes the world is conspiring to kill her. Quinn will also present clips of his music documentary work with artists such as Bob Dylan and Phish.

A full list of CIMMfest’s movie and music events are at CIMMfest.org. Additional highlights of confirmed films and musical acts at CIMMfest No. 8 are below:

The Lure (Corki Dancingu) (Poland)
Thursday, April 14, 7:00pm
Society For Arts, 1112 N. Milwaukee Ave
Directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska
When a family of Polish musicians encounter two winsome mermaid sisters named Silver and Golden, they do what anyone else would–recruit them to join their band. After performing at a neon-lit Warsaw club, Silver becomes entangled with the bass player. Golden, who cannot escape her bloodthirsty nature, worries that her sister’s relationship will doom their shared dream of swimming to a new life in America. First time director Agnieszka Smoczyńska unleashes an absurdly wild, 1980s-set musical horror film that grabs you by the tail and refuses to let go. 92 min

Thursday, April 14, 7:15pm
The Logan Theater, 2646 N Milwaukee Ave
Directed by Michael Curtis Johnson
A bisexual, glam rock dilettante with lofty dreams of becoming a musician takes the stage at seedy dive bars, but his hedonistic lifestyle is put on hold when his ex-girlfriend drops their son off at his high-heeled feet and skips town. Struggling to let go of his musical aspirations, Sidney’s life goes into a tailspin as the reality of fatherhood slaps him in the face. Director Michael Curtis Johnson paints a bittersweet portrait of love, sacrifice, and rock ‘n’ roll, showing us that life isn’t always hunky dory. 85 min

Savage Beliefs: The Movie (USA) WORLD PREMIERE
Thursday, April 14, 8:00pm
Martyrs, 3385 N Lincoln Ave
Directed by Charlie Fink
Not many bands get to play themselves in their own movie–The Beatles, KISS … Savage Beliefs. The local hardcore heroes take on a serial killer in this unearthed gem of a slasher parody/slice of Chicago punk life that's been collecting dust since 1984. (As with a lot of no-budget indie films, the money dried up before it could be released.) How gemmy? The assistant director of photography was none other than Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kamiński (Schindler’s List). See what you've been missing all these years. 85 min

Hustlers Convention (UK) CHICAGO PREMIERE
Thursday, April 14, 9:00pm
The Logan Theater, 2646 N Milwaukee Ave
Directed by Mike Todd
In 1973, Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, a member of the legendary poetry and music group The Last Poets, released an album that changed the face of music and would later cement Nuriddin’s status as “The Grandfather of Rap.” Released under the pseudonym of Lightnin’ Rod, Hustlers Convention gave a voice to the streets and resonated hard within inner cities across America. The album tells the gritty story of two young hustlers named Sport and Spoon who attend the eponymous convention and eventually find themselves in a police tangle. Blending historic archival footage with animated sequences set to the music, director Mike Todd dives deep into Nuriddin’s personal story as one of rap’s true pioneers. Featuring powerful interviews with key figures such as Chuck D, Ice-T, Fab 5 Freddy, and Melle Mel, Hustlers Convention is a journey into an album that is just as relevant today as it was then. 93 min

Taj Mahal Trio
Thursday, April 14, 7pm & 9:30pm
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Deer Tick “Acoustic”
Wednesday, April 13, 7pm & 10pm
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Peter Murphy "Stripped"
Thursday, April 14, 9:00pm
Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St

$25 / $30 / $35
A rare opportunity to see Peter Murphy in an intimate setting performing acoustic versions of his music from throughout his illustrious career.
Thursday, April 14, 9:30pm
The Promontory, 5311 S Lake Park Ave
Thursday, April 14, 8pm
Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave
The singer-songwriter, violinist, and actress from Hungary emerged from her eleven-year musical hiatus last year with critically-acclaimed Airless Midnight, an eerie yet artful Americana album. The New York Times said “Her songs are full of characters on the run… Miss Balint has her own film-noir sensibility as a songwriter.” She can also be seen as the violin-playing love interest on Louis C.K. this season.


Friday, April 15, 8:30pm
The Logan Theater, 2646 N Milwaukee Ave
Directed by Fredrik Horn Akselsen, Christian Falch
A fresh look into Norway's notorious black metal scene from a striking new angle. While the genre's Norwegian pioneers settle into middle age, wiping off the corpse paint and embracing family life, three obsessive fans from vastly different religious and political backgrounds risk family ties, freedom, and even their souls to perform in the place where black metal became synonymous with Satanism, arson, and murder. Heartfelt and surprisingly funny, Blackhearts examines just how far people will go for the music they love. 83 min.

Fela Kuti: Music Is The Weapon (France)
Friday, April 15, 7pm
The Logan Theater, 2646 N Milwaukee Ave
Directed by Jean-Jaques Flori, Stéphane Tchalgadjieff
Twenty-five years before Fela Kuti's life became the stuff of Broadway, this crackling French-made documentary captured the impossibly charismatic Afrobeat king and self-styled "Black President" at the peak of his musical, political, and spiritual powers. Railing against corruption and brutality in his native Nigeria, Kuti philosophizes on power and art wearing only his briefs and a cigarette, playing and preaching all night long at his iconic Lagos nightclub, the Shrine. As fresh and as relevant today as the day it was made.
Friday, April 15, 7pm
The Logan Theater, 2646 N Milwaukee Ave
Directed by Tony Hubner
Shot on location in El Paso, Ilinois, and points south of Rt. 61 from Chicago to Baton Rouge, We Are Kings is a road movie about a down and out bluesman saved by a "ghost"...and three young musicians. Original music composed and recorded on location and performed in the movie! A live performance by John “Boogie” Long, Sam Blue and Rita Graham live @ Rosa’s Lounge, 9:30pm follows the film.
A Song For You: The Story of Austin City Limits
Friday, April 15, 7pm
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave
Directed by Keith Maitland
Quick: Which TV music show has won both a Peabody Award and the National Medal of Arts? Austin City Limits. A Song for You makes clear why. Featuring a bevy of pivotal performances by everybody from Willie Nelson and Jack White to Ray Charles and Radiohead, this is the ultimate backstage pass to the longest-running music show in television history, recounting ACL's 40-year evolution from local outlaw-country showcase to a required stopping point for superstars, cult bands, and up-and-comers from just about every corner of popular music. 93 min.
Friday, April 15, 10:30pm
The Logan Theater, 2646 N Milwaukee Ave
Directed by Suki Hawley
Featuring members of Rodan, Lambchop, and the Grifters, this underground classic captures the highs, lows, and bored in-betweens of mid-90s indie rock-dom as a bunch of Louisville kids commandeer a van full of instruments and bluff their way across Kentucky and Tennessee, pretending to be a band. Screening with David Fair Is the King, acclaimed underground filmmaker Skizz Cyzyk's visit with the affable Half Japanese co-founder, and Half-Cocked producer Michael Galinsky's video for the St. Lenox track "I Still Dream of the '90s," composed of his photography from the era. 81 min.

Local H Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of “As Good as Dead”
Friday, April 15, 8pm
Metro, 3730 N Clark St

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble with JD’s Revenge & special guest GLC
Hosted by Drunken Monkee & M'Reld Green
Friday, April 15, 9pm
Martyrs', 3385 N Lincoln Ave
The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is a family band consisting of seven blood brothers who began their musical training at the tender ages of four and five by their father, jazz trumpeter/band leader Kelan Phil Cohran (Earth, Wind & Fire, Chaka Khan, Sun Ra). The boys went on to form the Phil Cohran Youth Ensemble in 1990. By 1999, the brothers discontinued playing with dad in order to find their own sound, growing into the band now known as Hypnotic Brass Ensemble or HBE. The group’s sound was best put by Fader Magazine’s Edwin Stats, who called their music: “a huge brass bridge of hypnotic polyphony connecting the cosmic jazz of Sun Ra’s Arkestra with the urgency of hip hop, and the sweeping emotional scale of a Curtis Mayfield blaxploitation opus.” Their song, “War” was featured in the movie, The Hunger Games.

J Dilla Tribute with Slum Village and Black Milk
Friday, April 15, 9pm
The Promontory, 5311 S Lake Park Ave
J. Dilla may have died in 2006, but his legacy lives on through his creations with names like A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots and Erykah Badu. The Slum Village member is one of the most respected and powerful hip-hop producers of the last two decades and CIMMFest is honoring him through two tribute bands.
Founded by rappers–J Dilla (RIP), Baatin (RIP) and T3–in the early ‘90s while still in high school, Slum Village broadcasts a hard lyrical edge atop their jazzy and soulful beats. Existing now as a duo, T3 and producer Young RJ, released Yes in 2015 and contains posthumous Dilla beats.
Gifted emcee Black Milk was J Dilla's protege and initial replacement as the producer for Slum Village. Experimenting with dusty grooves, minimal electronics and live instrumentation, Black Milk balances street, personal and conscious topics. He has worked with Elzhi, Phat Kat, Frank-N-Dank, Lloyd Banks, Canibus, Pharoahe Monch.
Kap G w/ V!SUAL, Ray iLLa aka "iLLz", KID-RO, Presented by Hello Hip Hop and Right Now Tour
Friday, April 15, 10pm
1st Ward Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave
The Mexican-American rapper hails from the south side of College Park in Atlanta, Georgia and has collaborated with some of the biggest name in the rap game, like, Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa and Spenzo. Layering his Mexican heritage with African American culture, Kap G brings a unique perspective with some sick beats.
Friday, April 15, 11pm
Township, 2200 N. California Ave
GGOOLLDD's indie take on the electronic pop genre has earned the synthpop band from Milwaukee a strong following, and a reputation as "the Pringles of music" because of their addictive quality. Last year, they were listed as one of six Wisconsin bands to watch by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Pact gives the listener a clever blend of polished rock with an electrifying indie pop sound, and you can trust that oath is made in blood. Already creating a buzz in the media, the young Chicago-based group is bringing the festival their self-recorded debut album, “Reaching in the Dark.”
Armitage is a Chicago-based, alternative rock band whose members teamed up as Columbia College students quickly earned a solid reputation built on their powerful sound, catchy melodies, and thoughtful songwriting.

London Souls / We Are The Asteroid
Friday, April 15
London Souls’ Guitarist Tash Neal and drummer Chris St. Hilaire formed in NYC (not London!) in 2008. Their newest album, Here Come The Girls, is a smart and savory blend of ‘60s mod rock, classic soul, and modern New York grit. The glue? Funky chops and, above all, mighty songs.
From the ashes of a torched compost shack in Austin, Texas emerge We Are The Asteroid. They create just the sort of aural dogpile you'd expect from ex-members of Butthole Surfers, Pain Teens and Ed Hall – rock, mental illness and roll for everyone.
Friday, April 15, 9pm
Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave
RACS, Rami Gabriel, Alex Hall, The Fat Babies, Casey McDonough (NRBQ, Western Elstons, Flat five), Scott Ligon (NRBQ, Western Elstons, Flat five) RACS present new original songs in the great American traditions of Soul and Country music. All veteran rock, jazz, and blues musicians, their live show is a blazing dangerous rock n’ roll conflagration.
There is nothing that captures the spirit of the Midwest and the South than great Americana music that effortlessly compels its audience to toe tap and bop along. Singer-songwriter Nick Dittmeier has mastered the upbeat and cheerful music that dances along perfectly with the American lifestyle.
Having started their career known as One I'd Trouser (taken from a Monty Python song), the Toronto-based band from Nova Scotia rock it out hard. Their last album eponymously titled The Trews was the band's highest charting debut to date reaching #1 on the Rock, Alternative and Independent Album Charts in Canada.
Chicago may not be the city that first comes to mind when one thinks of country music, but Lonesome Still just might be the band to change that. Lonesome Still’s retro-country sound has blues, folk, and rock tones that shape their hearty music. The eight-member group is packed full of the true soul of country music.
Friday, April 15, 9pm
Emporium, 2363 N. Milwaukee Ave
This sister-brother duo, Alex and Francis White, have been rocking it out non-stop since 2008, and have five albums to their credit. It’s no mystery that their ferocity has a following worldwide. Last year, their movie That Was Awesome premiered at CIMMfest.
Known for their frenzied live sets, Brooklyn's Dirty Fences throw down a particularly sweaty form of rock ‘n’ roll. Their newest, Full Tramp, reeks alternately of an early ‘70s basement bong party and CBGB’s bathroom after a long night. A lovely bouquet.
The vocal bile and fast/slow-flowing guitar ooze of Hanna Hazard is efficiently pumped through the sewer pipes by Alex and Adam, the rhythm section of Chicago's own Lifestyles. Filth and anger never sounded so good…
Somewhere in the wilds of Cleveland, the O'Connor brothers, a.k.a. Archie and The Bunkers, back their van into the garage and unload not the usual beat-up guitars, but a classic vintage organ and a four-piece drum kit. With these tools they unleash what they dub HI-FI Punk, as apt a name as any for such beautiful noise.
Friday, April 15, doors open at 8pm
Burlington, 3425 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago reedman Ken Vandermark is one of the world's most prolific purveyors of improvised music. One of his many ongoing projects, Made To Break, combines saxes/drums/bass trio with the warped electronic genius of Austria's Christof Kurzmann, whose loops and keyboard flavors keep things bubbling and unpredictable.
Pausing from ripping on the guitar, Brian Case of Disappears will bring his synth-pop experimental sound to the festival. Playing solo, Case will use guitar loops and sequencing to craft minimal soundscapes that are, as he calls “imperfect” and aren’t driven by the momentum generated from the sound tools.
One half of Ken Vandermark’s quartet Made To Break, Christof Kurzmann (keys/electronics) and Tim Daisy (drums/percussion) take you on an uncharted voyage to WHO KNOWS WHERE…

Sigur Ros: Heima (Iceland)
Saturday, April 16, 4pm
Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave
Directed by Dean DeBlois
Returning to Iceland after a world tour in 2006, Sigur Rós did a series of what would now be called pop-up shows, playing for free at village halls, in open fields, at an abandoned fishery, and an environmental protest camp. That unusual jaunt yielded a tour film unlike any other. Heima juxtaposes Sigur Rós’ soaring, otherworldly sound with Iceland's soaring, otherworldly landscape to create a visually stunning record of the band, and its sonic palette of serene contemplation and ecstatic release, as very much a product of its homeland’s wild vistas and close-knit culture. 97 min.

Bill Evans: Time Remembered CHICAGO PREMIERE
Saturday, April 16, 4pm
Society For Arts, 1112 N. Milwaukee Ave
Directed by Bruce Speigal
Watching Bill Evans hunched intently over 88 keys and hearing the melodious, miraculous sounds he made, it's easy to agree with Tony Bennett that "nobody played with more feeling." During a short life marred by drug abuse and personal tragedy, Evans redefined jazz piano, gaining renown as a Chicago-based sideman before staking his place in music history with Miles Davis on the groundbreaking album Kind of Blue and leading his own acclaimed trios. This sensitive and insightful biography opens a window to the mind and art of a brilliant but elusive jazz genius. 124 min.
Saturday, April 16, 5pm
The Logan Theater, 2646 N Milwaukee Ave
Directed by Steve Read
Often cited as “The Godfather of Electronic Pop Music,” Gary Numan was one of the world’s biggest-selling recording artists in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Although songs such as “Cars” and “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” were massive hits, no one had ever seen (or heard) anyone quite like Numan. Suffering from Asperger’s syndrome helped forge his tunnel-like ambition and enlightened his music and unique presence, but it also brought upon crippling stage fright, anxiety, and depression. At a time when the public knew little about the condition, he was labeled a “freak” by the media. Facing near bankruptcy and a waning musical career, he fell in love with his biggest fan and now wife Gemma, who helped him rediscover his passion for music. Follow the Numan family as they embark on a new life in the States with filmmakers Steve Read and Rob Alexander journeying with them, revealing that the man behind the mask is human after all. 85 min.

Million Dollar Mano w/ Ghetto Division; Presented by Hello Hip Hop and Right Now Tour
Saturday, April 16, 6pm
1st Ward Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave
Revered for his innovative sound, design and visual art Mano is coming to CIMMFest fresh off a Grammy-win for his "The Hills" collaboration with Canadian singer, The Weeknd, which has also become a 7x certified platinum record. At the forefront of the Chicago hip-hop renaissance, Mano is now spearheading the Treated Crew collective’s campaign. Be sure to check him out.

Tim Hecker
Saturday, April 16, 9pm
Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave
A prolific Montreal-based avant-electronic musician, Tim Hecker has produced a range of audio works that explore the intersection of urban noise, dissonance, and melody that fosters an approach to songcraft both physical and emotive. Hecker follows his acclaimed 2013 Virgins with his new album Love Streams.

Afrika Bambaataa: Godfather of Hip Hop with Lovebug Starski
Saturday, April 16, 11pm
The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave
Saturday, April 16, 9pm
Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave
It’s mind blowing to find out that there are only two instrumentalists behind The Claudettes’ sound. Johnny Iguana on piano and Michael Caskey on drums come together to create a hypnotizing blend of blues and soul-jazz that forces the audience to let loose. The duo is joined by Yana, who lends her smooth vocals to many of the band’s tracks.

Big Lazy is a guitar, drums, and bass trio that refuses to be defined by just one genre. Their music takes listeners on a journey akin to one experienced on the New York subway; it’s a gritty tale with eclectic and strange characters that all seem to come together in harmony.
Saturday, April 16, 10pm
1st Ward Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave
For over a decade, the Chicago Afrobeat Project, a world music ensemble has been building on the music pioneered by Fela Kuti with powerful live performances and innovative recordings. An upcoming release features master drummer Tony Allen (Fela’s drummer) along with JC Brooks, Ugochi and others. The group’s appearance will feature a video collaboration with artists Chuck Przybyl and Edyta Stepien.


Bang! The Burt Burns Story
Sunday, April 17, 6pm
The Logan Theater, 2646 N Milwaukee Ave
Directed by Brett Berns, Bob Sarles
Music meets the Mob in this biography of '60s hitmaker and 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bert Berns. A prolific songwriter ("Twist and Shout," "Piece of My Heart," "Hang on Sloopy") and producer (Solomon Burke, Van Morrison) with an output to rival that of storied contemporaries like Lieber-Stoller and Goffin-King, Berns died of a heart attack at only 38 and his name receded into relative obscurity. Narrated by Steven Van Zandt, Bang! tracks a colorful life story that takes in Cuban revolutionaries, shady showbiz dealings, and gangster ties along with some of your favorite songs.

Sunday, April 17, 11am
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave
Lisa Loeb was the first artist to have a number one single in the United States while not signed to a recording contract. Her five studio CDs include her debut album and gold-seller Tails, followed by the Grammy-nominated gold-seller Firecracker. Loeb will perform music selections from her album and book Lisa Loeb's Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs and Nursery Rhyme Parade!
Sunday, April 17, 7pm
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave
Sunday, April 17, 5pm & 8pm
City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph
Fresh from the Toronto International Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival, City Winery and CIMMfest present Nari, an arresting, multigenerational, multimedia mashup featuring animation, family archives and a live performance by Gingger Shankar, Dave Liang and Sun Yunfan. Nari shares the unsung story of Lakshmi Shankar and her daughter, Viji, two extraordinary artists who helped bring Indian music to the West in the 1970s through their close collaboration with Ravi Shankar and George Harrison. An accomplished artist and performer, Gingger Shankar is the only female in the world who has mastered the 10-string Double Violin, an instrument that covers the entire range of the orchestra’s double bass, cello, viola and violin, and of which there are currently only two in existence.
Sunday, April 17, 7:30pm
Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave
Moonface is the moniker under which Canadian artist Spencer Krug currently produces, releases, and performs his music. Whether it be solo or collaborative material, Moonface could generally be described as dark, introspective, slightly absurd, simultaneously hopeful and hopeless, and perhaps intelligent. Sometimes more pop than rock and sometimes more rock than pop, each album tends to explore new instrumentation and work within parameters different from the last. Before Moonface, Krug wrote, recorded, and performed with such bands as Sunset Rubdown, Wolf Parade, Swan Lake, Frog Eyes, and Fifths of Seven.
Festival passes (starting at $79) are available now at cimmfest.org. For this year’s festival, CIMMfest is proud to partner with Oxfam America for their “Give a Sh*t” festival pass. With each 5-day pass purchase, fans are encouraged to donate at least $6 to Oxfam; CIMMfest will then match the first $6 donated. The $6 + $6 donation goes directly to Oxfam’s lifesaving work. Across the world nearly half of the world’s population live off just $2.50 a day and one out of nine people goes to bed hungry each night. With CIMMfest and Oxfam America’s “Give a Sh*t” festival pass fans will help communities around the world break free from poverty and tackle global inequality and injustice. Passes for the industry conference CIMMcon are $35; they are $20 with a festival pass purchase. 

Engineering and Recording Society of Chicago (EARS), IDEO, 2112, STAGE 18, Eversport Media, Matchnode, 8stem, Keepsake, TourSmart, NoiseFloor, 1871, LiveOne, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Columbia College Chicago, 8tiv Labs, Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), Canadian Consulate General, Creative Cypher, Swanson Marin & Bell, LLP, SAE Institute, Pop Montreal, Quebec Gov’t Office of Chicago, Pitchfork Media, Wicker Park Chamber of Commerce, Choose Chicago, Red Bull Music Academy, DePaul Film School, Mayflower Travel, The Radler, Emporium, Roland, WXRT, Driehaus / MacArthur Foundation and more.  

The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMfest) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization dedicated to bringing together filmmakers, musicians, artists, industry leaders and audiences from diverse cultures around the world. In addition to producing year-round film screenings, concerts, and professional development programming, the organization produces one of Chicago's most highly anticipated and largest cultural events of the year: CIMMfest. The five-day, 200-plus multimedia event features film premieres, live concerts, live scored films, and a dynamic professional and entrepreneurial industry conference. CIMMfest serves a growing, diverse community of artists, industry and fans, in order to reveal the transformative power of music to foster creativity and communication, educate, enlighten, and entertain.

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