What’s the relationship between film and music? Nope, that’s not a Film Theory 101 term paper prompt, but rather the inspiration for a unique four-day festival celebrating the overlap of the two art forms.
The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (@CIMMFest) is a four-day showcase of films, concerts, VJ and DJ sets, Q&As and any other format that shows the relationship between music and movies. In its fifth year, the festival kicks off April 18 and takes place at various venues throughout Logan Square and Wicker Park.
The festival’s tagline is “Music. Movies. Inseparable.” In other words, the movies are about music (including documentaries, music videos and fiction), and the musical performances are either inspired by or incorporate film.
Started in 2009 by musician Josh Chicoine and filmmaker Ilko Davidov, the festival has grown in size and scope over the years. This year there are a whopping 25,000 tickets available, and guests are expected to flock in from all over the world. The CIMMfest team is backed by an impressive board of directors including Louis Black, co-founder of the SXSW Film and Music Conference in Austin.
This year’s movie topics include The Rolling Stones, Big Star and Jesus Lizard, among others. Many of the films will be shown at the Logan Theatre (@TheLoganTheatre), while performances and conversations will make appearances at smaller neighborhood venues including Logan Square Studio, Cole’s, Township (@yourtownship), Rosa’s (@rosaslounge), The Whistler (@whistlerchicago) and The Burlington (@theburlington). Check out the full schedule of events. Festival passes are available through Ticketfly for $79.