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Chicago's 6th annual CIMMfest offers up the very best of Music + Film

The complete line up for this year’s annual Chicago International Movies & Music Festival has just been announced, and advanced tickets are available. CIMMfest is a four-day showcase of juried music-centric films, innovative music videos, concerts throughout the city, lively VJ/DJ sets, Q & A sessions for many of the films, live score performances, and industry panel discussions—all highlighting the marriage of music and film, and how one informs and enhances the other.

CIMMfest 2014, May 1 - May 4
courtesy CIMMfest

Most of the viewings, performances, and events take place in the Wicker Park and Logan Square neighborhoods. This year’s festival is the largest yet for the six-year old organization features over 70 films, 50 bands and musical acts, over 90 social events, and dozens of expert presentations. It runs from May 1 through May 4, 2014. A PDF of the full program can be downloaded in advance at, so you can see all the great offerings and plan your itinerary.

This year’s festival has many exciting offerings and themes.The Women Filmmakers Showcase Series includes 18 films by women directors, most with Q & A sessions. Four fascinating films making their world debut at CIMMfest are: Boyce & Hart: The Guys Who Wrote ‘Em about the 60’s hit song writing duo, We Grew Up Here featuring members of Chicago’s Paper Thick Walls, Rova Channeling Coltrane documenting musician Larry Ochs’s recreation of a John Coltrane concert, and perhaps the most highly anticipated documentary Looking for Johnny, a raw and rare look into the life and mysterious death of Punk legend Johnny Thunders.

Co-founder of The Austin Chronicle and South By Southwest Music Conference, Louis Black, will be the 2014 recipient of the 2014 CIMMfest Baadasssss Award—which was named after film innovator Melvin VanPeebles. Among the musical highlights are: Booker T, Bloodshot Records 20th anniversary party, disco orchestra Escort, a tribute to Koko Taylor, and dozens of others. Panel discussion topics, lead by industry experts, include: music videos, live streaming, self-marketing, and the feisty panel “Chicago’s F**king Awesome!”

Passes for the festival are available as one-day or full four-day passes. The four-day pass includes special access to many of the after hours and special events, in addition to simply being a great price for supporting a festival with so much rich content and entertainment. For more info on tickets, visit: There are also several opportunities to volunteer:

Be sure to follow CIMMfest via their social media sites for updates and surprise announcements. You can also check out the CIMMfest Spotify playlist, to sample many of the artists featured at this year’s festival:

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