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Sunday, November 5
 

8:30pm

Lee Ranaldo
Lee’s new album ELECTRIC TRIM was released September 15, 2017 on Mute Records. Nine new songs recorded in collaboration with Barcelona producer Raul ‘Refree’ Fernandez in New York City and Barcelona between April 2015 and April 2016, with help from many of the players associated with Lee’s recent music, and some new friends: The Dust - Alan Licht, Steve Shelley, Tim Luntzel - Nels Cline, Kid Millions, and Sharon Van Etten, who sings on 6 songs including a duet with Lee on ‘Last Looks,’. Six of the nine lyrics on the record were written in collaboration with American author Jonathan Lethem. Cover and album art by Richard Prince. This album extends the work of Lee’s previous two ‘song’ albums and moves into some rich new sonic territories and production techniques, experimenting with electronic beats and samples alongside the live players.
CIMMfest is screening the feature documentary, Hello Hello Hello: Lee Ranaldo: Electric Trim, on the year-long making of the album by filmmaker Fred Riedel (who did Lee’s Black Out video from Last Night On Earth).


Sunday November 5, 2017 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Subterranean 2011 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
 
Wednesday, November 8
 

7:00pm

Silversun Pickups / Minus The Bear
Silversun Pickups is among the most dynamic and creative rock bands of the modern era, hailed far and wide for their inimitable merging of ethereal melodies and pure sonic force.


Wednesday November 8, 2017 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Riviera Theatre 4746 N Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60640, USA
 
Thursday, November 9
 

7:00pm

Axis
Silversun Pickups composed and performed the score for this taut directorial debut from Criminal Minds and Archer co-star Aisha Tyler. Irish actor Emmett Hughes, who also wrote the script, gives a bravura, virtually solo performance as a Hollywood bad boy who, after getting sober, finding love, and landing a blockbuster part, finds his life unravelling in a series of phone calls as he drives across LA.


Thursday November 9, 2017 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

7:15pm

The Decline of Western Civilization
A preeminent artifact of American punk and one of the most influential music docs ever made, Spheeris's first feature unflinchingly captures the scene that emerged from Hollywood’s subterranean art culture of the late 1970s and the furor it spawned. Featuring concert footage and memorable interviews with punk pioneers Black Flag, X, the Circle Jerks, Catholic Discipline, Fear, and the sweet, sad, brilliant wreck that was Darby Crash and the Germs.


Thursday November 9, 2017 7:15pm - 9:15pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

7:30pm

Living on Soul
In December 2014, Daptone Records celebrated its 20th anniversary with a three-night revue at the Apollo Theater, the first multi-night residency at the historic Harlem hall since James Brown did it in the ’70s. Anchored by galvanizing performances by Antibalas, Budos Band, Como Mamas, and the dearly departed Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones, this concert film/documentary blend tells the Daptone story in words and music and captures the family dynamic driving this funk/soul powerhouse.



Thursday November 9, 2017 7:30pm - 11:30pm
Martyrs' 3855 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613, USA
  • Ticket Price (Advance) $12.00

7:30pm

Opening Night - Living on Soul / Lili K plays Sharon Jones / Neal Sugarman DJ Set
In December 2014, Daptone Records celebrated its 20th anniversary with a three-night revue at the Apollo Theater, the first multi-night residency at the historic Harlem hall since James Brown did it in the ’70s. Anchored by galvanizing performances by Antibalas, Budos Band, Como Mamas, and the dearly departed Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones, this concert film/documentary blend tells the Daptone story in words and music and captures the family dynamic driving this funk/soul powerhouse. 96 minutes / USA, / 2017 / Directed by Jeff Broadway and Cory Bailey.
Originally known for her stand-out guest features for Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa, Lili K established herself as a knockout solo star with the April 2015 release of her self-produced, full-length debut album RUBY. She’s done numerous TV appearances on ABC and FOX, has performed at major festivals including Made In America, North Coast Music Festival, and Pitchfork, and has garnered glowing praise from VIBE, Huffington Post, EW, Consequence of Sound, and many more top-tier music tastemakers. Jay Z’s entertainment streaming service Tidal dubbed Lili as their very first “Tidal Rising” artist, and the Chicago Reader named her “Best Jazz Musician” in 2015.After taking a step out of the spotlight to record her second album Planet of Flowers with The Lili K Band, Lili returned with exciting new visuals and projects. In November 2016, Lili released the single "Magic" via Mass Appeal. A song that combats sexism and misogyny, "Magic" has since been shared and promoted by rape crisis centers, domestic violence centers, and universities. In 2017, Lili landed a recurring role as a background vocalist on Season 3 of Fox's hit show Empire, and has been busy behind the scenes doing songwriting and vocal production for artists like The Suffers and Dafina Zeqiri.Lili and the Lili K Band are currently working on their second studio album, Planet of Flowers. It is slated to release in 2018.


Thursday November 9, 2017 7:30pm - Friday November 10, 2017 12:00am
Martyrs' 3855 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613, USA

9:15pm

The Public Image Is Rotten
When the Sex Pistols imploded in early 1978 after a disastrous gig at Winterland in San Francisco, their controversial and misunderstood frontman ditched his Rotten nom de punk for his birth name and formed Public Image Ltd. John Lydon chronicles his own journey from sickly kid in a London council flat to international music legend, leading the postpunk cult band that was arguably more influential than his notorious first group.



Thursday November 9, 2017 9:15pm - 11:30pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

9:30pm

The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years
Spheeris's follow-up to her stunning documentary on Los Angeles punk depicts LA's metal scene from 1986 to 1988, when hair bands ruled the Sunset Strip. While tracking the fortunes of would-be glam gods like Odin, Seduce, and London, Decline II features interviews with actual hard-rock gods like Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Steven Tyler, Lemmy, and Paul Stanley and notoriously captures the era's aura of excess, misogyny, and sleaze.


Thursday November 9, 2017 9:30pm - 11:15pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA
 
Friday, November 10
 

6:00pm

CIMMcon Presents: The Chicago Mixtape Movie Premiere
The Chicago Mixtape is a portrait of arts programs that create safe spaces for young people to express their voices through words and music. They have contributed a generation of artists, including Chance the Rapper.



Friday November 10, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA
  • Ticket Price (Advance) Free

6:10pm

It Never Ends
Free jazz drummer Avreeayl Ra, an acolyte of Sun Ra and Phil Cohran whom the Chicago Tribune hails as “an indispensable Chicago innovator,” takes a tour of the city places that shaped his life and music.



Friday November 10, 2017 6:10pm - 7:15pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA
  • Ticket Price (Advance) $6.00
  • Ticket Price (Door) $8.00

7:15pm

Hello Hello Hello : Lee Ranaldo : Electric Trim
An intimate portrait of an adventurous musical mind at work as Sonic Youth guitar genius Lee Ranaldo collaborates with producer Ra_l ?Refree? Hernandez to create his 2017 Mute Records release Electric Trim. Novelist Jonathan Lethem plays writer/muse to Ranaldo's artist/composer wanderings, layering lyrics across soundscapes built with help from friends like singer Sharon Van Etten and Wilco guitarist Nels Cline. The result is a bold, new sound and a lush and striking departure from Ranaldo?s signature work.



Friday November 10, 2017 7:15pm - 9:15pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

7:30pm

The Decline of Western Civilization Part III
Introduced by Chaz Ebert and Penelope Spheeris! Largely unseen for nearly two decades after its brief release, the third installment of Spheeris's Decline trilogy chronicles homeless teenage "gutter punks" living on the streets of Los Angeles and explores her relationship with one such kid, called Eyeball. While retaining the LA music frame of its predecessors, Decline III is as much about a generation deeply alienated from mainstream society, and Spheeris’s own journey toward becoming a foster parent to her once-blighted subjects.


Friday November 10, 2017 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

9:00pm

The Nth Power / Ghost Note / MonoNeon
Since they first came together at a 3 a.m. jam at New Orleans Jazz Fest 2012, the Nth Power have been defying and redefining all the conventions of what a band can be.This is a powerhouse quartet of world class players, ones who have powered the music of icons like Beyonce, Chaka Khan, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Big Daddy Kane, funk innovator Maceo Parker, Groovechild, jazz greats Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison to name a few. 
Multi-Grammy Award winning artists Robert Sput Searight and Nate Werth take percussion out of the shadows and into the spotlight with their new project, Ghost-Note. World renowned for their ongoing catalog with international sensation Snarky Puppy, this dynamic duo expands their rhythmical voice into a celebration of music in all its forms. This is music that takes listeners on a mind-blowing journey, inspired by the influences of James Brown, J Dilla, and the Beastie Boys, all the way to folkloric West African, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian samba grooves.
Dywane Thomas, Jr. also known as MonoNeon, is an American bassist and experimental musician. He is known for his presence on YouTube playing bass guitar and known for being one of the last people to work with Prince. Thomas also played with Grammy Award-winning R&B artist, Ne-Yo, on his fourth studio album. He is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. While Thomas is right-handed, he plays left-handed upside down on a right-handed bass guitar, which allows him to use heavy string bending on the upper strings. Thomas' slapping style/technique is unique because he is executing everything upside-down, but he still uses the thumb for slaps and fingers for pops.


Friday November 10, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Martyrs' 3855 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613, USA

9:30pm

Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution
Long before the internet, a pair of Toronto queers used fanzines and no-budget films to create a movement out of whole cloth, sparking a revolution that took punk back to its roots, opened it up to LGBT dissidents, and cleared the way for radical fellow travelers like Pansy Division and riot grrrl. John Waters, Kathleen Hanna, Peaches, and progenitors Bruce La Bruce and G.B. Jones are among those recalling the rise of queercore in this kinetic fanzine of a doc.



Friday November 10, 2017 9:30pm - 11:45pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

9:40pm

Dudes
Introduced by Penelope Spheeris! Spheeris’s gonzo western drapes the mantle of Wild West mythos on the unlikely shoulders of Jon Cryer and Daniel Roebuck, punk rockers from Queens whose cross-country drive to LA becomes a mission of vengeance when their pal Flea is murdered by a gang of psychotic rednecks led by Fear’s Lee Ving (clearly enjoying himself). Newly restored after decades out of circulation, this is the missing link between Spheeris’s cult ’80s indie films and her ’90s Hollywood success.


Friday November 10, 2017 9:40pm - 11:45pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA
 
Saturday, November 11
 

11:00am

Penelope Spheeris: Hollywood Inside Out
The director of Wayne's World and the Decline of Western Civilization trilogy shares stories and advice on her approach to documenting outsider cultures on film.

Moderators
Speakers


Saturday November 11, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Gideon Welles 4500 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

11:00am

Meet our CIMMartist, CIMMdjs and CIMMemcees!
CIMMcon is pleased to have special guest artists, DJs and emcees at this year's conference. Come check them out!



Saturday November 11, 2017 11:00am - Sunday November 12, 2017 6:00pm
The Grafton Pub 4530 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

11:30am

How They Got Over
A long-overdue look at journey of young black men who found a way out of poverty through spiritual music in the first half of the 20th century. Tastefully mixing vintage clips, archival images, and interviews with members of the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Soul Stirrers, the Dixie Hummingbirds, and other groups, this is the quintessential history of gospel music’s legendary quartets and their enduring influence on rock, soul, and R&B.



Saturday November 11, 2017 11:30am - 1:15pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

12:00pm

CIMMcon Presents: COME Meet the Directors; GO Watch their Films!
This is a chance for you to MEET directors whose movies are playing at CIMMfest. After getting to know them, go WATCH their movies on the big screen! How CIMMtastic!



Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Gideon Welles 4500 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

12:00pm

Rewriting Women's Place in Film
Come listen to women filmmakers who are making great strides and continuing to pave the way for more diversity in the film industry. Brava ladies!



Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Grafton Pub 4530 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

12:00pm

Shorts Program: Personality Crises

Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Comfort Station 2579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
  • Ticket Price (Advance) Free

12:00pm

Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape
A deep dive into the rise, fall, and future – yes, we said future – of “music’s worst format” (the filmmakers’ words, not ours): the clunky, crap-sounding, revolutionary cassette, the first technology that made your tunes portable and shareable. Cassette limns the pre-digital joy of mix-making and the way cheap tapes gave early indie rockers and rappers a crucial path to market, but it transcends sprocket nostalgia in its portrait of the now-elderly Dutch engineer who invented the goddamned things.


Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

1:00pm

CIMMcon Presents: Entertainment Law CLE Class [1.5 cr. hr.]
Music Industry Idiosyncrasies - What You Don't Know Can Hurt Your Client.



Saturday November 11, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sulzer Regional Library Community Room 4455 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

1:00pm

DJ Ca$h Era Presents: Winning with Women in Radio!
This panel will address the struggles that women face in the radio industry, as well as, highlight various solutions and ways to start your career as a talented female radio personality and DJ!



Saturday November 11, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Gideon Welles 4500 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

1:00pm

Runaway Train Presents YOUTH Filmmakers!
Runaway Train worked with talented CPS youth to help them to create an aesthetically pleasing music video, which will premiere at CIMMcon #9! Come out and support the next generation of filmmakers.



Saturday November 11, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Grafton Pub 4530 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

1:30pm

Geordie Jazz Man
Keith Crombie was the cranky, contrarian spirit of Newcastle jazz, presiding for decades over the English city’s premier dive — Jazz Café, a home away from home for anyone from Eric Burdon and Wynton Marsalis to generations of young Geordie misfits. This atmospheric portrait recounts his early adventures in the music business (and, just maybe, the mob) and celebrates a life dedicated to keeping the blue note beat alive.



Saturday November 11, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA
  • Ticket Price (Advance) $8.00
  • Ticket Price (Door) $10.00

1:45pm

Shorts Program: Magnificent Obsessions

Saturday November 11, 2017 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Comfort Station 2579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
  • Ticket Price (Advance) Free

2:00pm

Colossal Creators Presents: $ocial Capital
Learn how to create, build and scale social capital to create opportunities in the creative realm to expand and grow your passion as a business.



Saturday November 11, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Gideon Welles 4500 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

2:00pm

Financial Fireside Chat
This presentation is great for up-and-coming young professionals and will be tailored for current and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Moderators

Saturday November 11, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Grafton Pub 4530 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

2:00pm

STORY+SOUNDTRACKS+EDITING+ACTING = A great project!
Listen in on this panel made up of an actor, composer, screenwriter and post-production guru and allow them to help you to make YOUR digital project great!



Saturday November 11, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Grafton Pub 4530 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

2:00pm

Scream for Me Sarajevo
In the besieged Sarajevo of December 1994 — a city without electricity or clean running water, whose inhabitants daily dodged Serb shelling and sniper fire — it seemed a fantastical rumor: Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson was coming to play a show. This is a story about people who risked their lives to perform for people who risked their lives just to live them, and about how music provides hope in the direst circumstances.


Saturday November 11, 2017 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

3:00pm

DOCumentaries in DOCommunities - Let's Work Together!
This panel will focus on how docs can be used to bring people together and/or create communities linked by their subjects.



Saturday November 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Grafton Pub 4530 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

3:00pm

Industry Bromances and Romances
Join us to hear about the importance of collaboration within the music, film and media industries from successful Chicago artists who have mastered this concept & used it to propel their careers.



Saturday November 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Gideon Welles 4500 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

3:00pm

Welcome to CIMM-U 4 MUSICIANS (You Pitch, We Assist)
In 3 minutes, participants will have the opportunity to pitch a project, ask for advice, share a song?.whatever is most appropriate and helpful towards to completion of his/her project.



Saturday November 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Grafton Pub 4530 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

3:10pm

The Last Hot Lick
Jaime Leopold, original bassist for Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks and a charter member of the Haight-Ashbury scene, plays an aging alt-folk troubadour on a never-ending tour who thinks he finds a shot at career redemption when he discovers a young drifter with a golden voice (Jennifer Smieja). Featuring a fantastic soundtrack of Leopold’s “American quirk” songs, a few of which he and Smieja will perform after the screening.



Saturday November 11, 2017 3:10pm - 5:15pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

3:30pm

Shorts Program: Dark and Troubling Things
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Saturday November 11, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Comfort Station 2579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
  • Ticket Price (Advance) Free

4:00pm

CIMMcon Presents: Live Performance by Sage Slump
High Energy. Trap. Jazz. & Shikigami Magic!


Saturday November 11, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
The Grafton Pub 4530 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

4:00pm

UNINTENTIONAL with Brandon Markell-Holmes
The power of COMPLETION and being UNINTENTIONAL. A showcase of his experimental film, INTERIA. A live performance will follow the discussion!



Saturday November 11, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Gideon Welles 4500 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

4:00pm

We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll
This nooks-and-crannies exploration of Ozzfest played a handful of film fests upon release and his been virtually unseen since. Spheeris captures everything, from the observations of fans, groupies, tour-bus drivers, and pyrotechnicians to Ozzy’s backstage oxygen treatments, Slipknot visiting the Lincoln Memorial in full regalia, and performances by Black Sabbath, Primus, System of a Down, and many more. A rare treat for devotees of metal and backstage tour docs.



Saturday November 11, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA
  • Ticket Price (Advance) Free

5:00pm

CIMMcon Presents: Live Performance by Matt Muse!
Come listen to songs from The SiKK Tape LIVE with Matt Muse!


Saturday November 11, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Gideon Welles 4500 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

5:30pm

Cowboy Drifter
Caskie Jones last saw his father 30 years ago, but he's very much a chip off the brawling, boozing block. When his wife finally tosses him out, Caskie goes looking for the old man. The road leads to a dusty New Mexico town and more than he bargained for in the form of Tanner Wild (Nashville's Aubrey Peeples), a tart-tongued teenager and prodigal singer-songwriter who unwittingly forces Caskie to confront his past in this antihero tale powered by a killer Americana soundtrack.



Saturday November 11, 2017 5:30pm - 7:45pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

6:30pm

2017 CIMMcon ICON Winner: VAM STUDIO!
CIMMcon Presents the 1st CIMMcon ICON AWARD! We are proud to announce that the 2017 winner of the CIMMcon ICON Award is VAM Studio!



Saturday November 11, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

6:30pm

Baadasssss Awards Ceremony!
Join us to raise a toast to our 2017 Baadasssss Award honoree, the one and only Penelope Spheeris, and find out which films will take home trophies as CIMMfest's best in documentary, fiction, music video, score, and soundtrack.


Saturday November 11, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA
  • Ticket Price (Advance) Free

7:30pm

Bleachers: Gone Now Era - Part 2 / Bishop Briggs / Amy Shark
After building a devoted fan-base through a year and a half of non-stop touring behind his band Bleachers’ well-received debut album Strange Desire, Jack Antonoff was spending time in studios in Los Angeles and Atlanta spit-balling ideas for a second album when he had a powerful realization. It struck him, as he was sitting in hip-hop producers Organized Noize’s studio in Atlanta, that the records that meant so much to him growing up— are rooted in a specific place. “They came from somewhere!” he says excitedly. “There’s an energy there and the artist is telling a story of how they were raised. It's a sound from a city, and they’re planting a flag in that city and saying, ‘This is what it's like to live here.’


Saturday November 11, 2017 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Riviera Theatre 4746 N Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60640, USA

7:30pm

NEWVICES / Various Blonde / Mesha Arant
Newvices is a montage of 4 individuals musical endeavors. Taking tones from the past, they have found a way to release a feel of subtle aggression, with a hint of funk, to complete the experience that makes you want to move. The ambience and emotion represented have influences from very interesting perspectives, without losing an identity that is their own.
Ignite! Experiment! Boom! are all riotous cries of Various Blonde’s multi-instrumentalist frontman Joshua Allen. The Kansas City band wants to fuel your next party with it’s bombastic, dark, progressive style of experimental music that is a mixture of both pop and rock. The band has been described by Mills Record Company as, "Having all the sex appeal of The Weeknd and all the grit of Rage Against the Machine–the combination makes for a performance that is explosive."
Mesha Arant is a Chicago Singer/Songwriter


Saturday November 11, 2017 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Oromo Cafe 4703 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

7:50pm

Gregory Porter: Don't Forget Your Music
"You have to experience life before you sing it," Gregory Porter says. This personal, visually striking portrait captures the moments, the mentors, the hard lessons, and, especially, the butter-smooth baritone that have shaped Porter's music and propelled the soft-spoken, sartorially splendid vocalist from Bakersfield to Brooklyn to late-blooming global fame as one of the most distinctive voices in jazz.


Saturday November 11, 2017 7:50pm - 9:30pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

8:00pm

Lera Lynn
Singer-songwriter. Co-producer. Multi-instrumentalist. Lera Lynn juggles multiple roles on Resistor, an album that finds the Nashville transplant embellishing her Americana roots with a mix of spacey, left-of-center rock and experimental pop-noir. “Resistor has this otherworldly quality to it, this darkness, this sense of atmosphere and space,” says Lynn. “We used a lot of baritone guitar, which at once roots and spears through everything, with the vocals floating above and around. There's a slow-burning intensity that at times sounds a little spooky. It's creepy and lovely.”


Saturday November 11, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

8:00pm

The Icarus Line Must Die
Fifteen years ago, the Icarus Line was rocketing to the top of the LA underground with a hot debut album and a major-label deal. Now frontman Joe Cardamone is 36 and broke, and the record companies won’t touch his new stuff. Plus, he’s getting death threats by text. Cardamone wrote the script and plays a thinly veiled version of himself in this No Wave-style noir about navigating the modern music biz, co-starring Ariel Pink and Keith Morris.



Saturday November 11, 2017 8:00pm - 9:45pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

8:00pm

Dark Star Originals / Six Strings of Separation
Dark Star Originals: DSO 20 year class reunion! Featuring John Kadlecik, Mike Maraat, Kevin Rosen, Ahmer Nizam, and special guest John Kattke. An evening of Grateful Dead Music with original members of the Dark Star Orchestra to commemorate their first performance at Martyrs on 11/11/97.
Short Film: Six Strings of Separation Acclaimed luthier Tom Lieber, who began his career apprenticing with Jerry Garcia’s guitar maker, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead with a custom line of axes modeled on Jerry’s classic “Wolf” and “Tiger” guitars.


Saturday November 11, 2017 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Martyrs' 3855 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613, USA

8:30pm

Jaime Leopold and the Short Stories / Aubrey Peeples
Jaime Leopold and the Short Stories Led by the longtime bassist for famed psychedelic jug band Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, the Short Stories celebrate a wild deck of characters in a style they call "American quirk," songs tinged with folk, country, and "acid memory" of Jaime's early years in Haight-Ashbury.   Aubrey Peeples You may know her as Layla Grant, the singing, scheming ingenue of TV's Nashville, but actress and musician Aubrey Peeples is a voice to reckoned with in her own right, lending classically trained pipes to a set of influences that span blues, swing, and classic country.


Saturday November 11, 2017 8:30pm - 9:45pm
The Grafton Pub 4530 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

9:45pm

Electric Heart
At the invitation of an old flame for whom he still carries a torch, Bryan, a young Portlander adjusting to life in a wheelchair after a terrible injury, road trips to a Las Vegas EDM festival with his best bud Andres in this kinetic, colorful, “silent” movie with no spoken dialogue but a wall-to-wall dance-music soundtrack featuring Dash Berlin, Armin van Buuren, and many, many more.



Saturday November 11, 2017 9:45pm - 11:30pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

10:00pm

Covadonga
Martin Ravin lives alone in a secluded lake house, mourning his murdered wife and consoling himself with Irish airs. One night he spies a trysting young couple commandeering his canoe for a moonlight ride; when only the boy returns, Martin takes matters into his own hands. Is he seeking justice? Vengeance? A way to keep his past at bay? A brisk, surprising thriller marked by dark humor and beautifully sinister musical interludes.



Saturday November 11, 2017 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA
 
Sunday, November 12
 

11:00am

Film, Music & Culture of NOLA and the Chicago Blues
Come witness firsthand what WWOZ is doing to document contemporary New Orleans music culture and bask in the Chicago Blues with John Anderson!



Sunday November 12, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Gideon Welles 4500 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

12:00pm

Drifter Nation Presents: REAL FACE-TIME with the creators of Cowboy Drifter
Watch the movie, listen to the Q&A and then shake hands with them in person at CIMMcon!



Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Gideon Welles 4500 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

12:00pm

Welcome to CIMM-U 4 Street Art & FILM (You Pitch, We Assist)
In 3 minutes, participants will have the opportunity to pitch a project, ask for advice, share a song?.whatever is most appropriate and helpful towards to completion of his/her project.



Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Grafton Pub 4530 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

12:00pm

Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together
Made for public television, this effusive documentary gathered three generations of New Orleans piano legends — blues and boogie man Tuts Washington; his protégé, R&B pioneer Professor Longhair; and the great songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint, a Longhair disciple — for an historic keyboard summit. A film as rich in flavor as New Orleans's musical culture itself that will have you grooving and bouncing in your seats.


Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

12:00pm

Covers
Writer/director Mays, currently co-starring in Snowfall, and rapper/actor Tristan “Mack” Wilds (of The Wire and Adele’s “Hello” video) are X and Nisha, childhood friends from South Central who turn a game of crooning smooth R&B versions of rock and pop classics into a series of viral tracks. A canny mix of urban drama, romance, bromance, and cautionary tale on the perils of returning to the ’hood.


Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

12:00pm

June Falling Down
A young artist eking out an aimless existence in San Francisco tries to sort out a battery of conflicting emotions upon returning to her small Wisconsin hometown, a year after her father’s death, for her best friend’s wedding. Weaver, who also wrote, edited, and stars as June, makes an assured feature debut in this sharply observed seriocomic character study; her partner, Wisconsin singer-songwriter Chris Irwin, composed the rootsy score.



Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00pm - 2:15pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

12:45pm

CIMMcon Presents: Live Performance by Face Time Police!
The multi-faceted masked duo, Face Time Police, is bringing a special stripped-down acoustic set to CIMMcon!


Sunday November 12, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
The Grafton Pub 4530 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

1:00pm

Different But Related: How to Negotiate Great Deals in Both Music and Film
Come hear from three of the best negotiators in the music and film industries!



Sunday November 12, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Gideon Welles 4500 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

1:00pm

Music and Diplomacy
In this presentation, Herbert will share his personal experiences how his side kick as a musician opened doors and helped him make friends in places as different as London, Warsaw, Baku and Chicago.

Moderators

Sunday November 12, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Grafton Pub 4530 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

1:30pm

2350 Last Call: The Neo Story
3:30 and 7 PM screenings sold out! Tickets for all shows include entry to our closing-night party featuring Neo DJs Suzanne Shelton, Jeff Moyer, and Scary Lady Sarah (8:45 PM, GMan Tavern, re-entry is first-come, first-served). Opened in 1979 as Chicago's first alternative dance club, Neo reigned for 36 years as a sanctuary for misfits, weirdos, and outcasts and ground zero for an explosion of fashion and music trends. Richter's labor-of-love documentary debut is a true testimonial of a club that not only outlasted its competitors but never lost its attitude, or its reputation as a place where people celebrated their individuality and danced their asses off.



Sunday November 12, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
GMan Tavern 3740 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613, USA
  • Ticket Price (Advance) $12.00

2:00pm

Chicago Media: A History + Renaissance of Black Representation
A presentation on Chicago's rich history in America's media and Chicago's role in the media renaissance to come.



Sunday November 12, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Gideon Welles 4500 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

2:00pm

Tom Rush: No Regrets
Now looking like a singing Mark Twain (and showing a similar laconic wit), the New England troubadour credited with launching the singer-songwriter movement and introducing audiences to the work of Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and Jackson Browne tells the story of his musical life, culminating with a concert at Boston Symphony Hall celebrating his 50-year career. Essential viewing for folk fans, screening ahead of Rush’s Nov. 12 performance at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Speakers


Sunday November 12, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

2:15pm

It Must Make Peace
From Mali's northern desert to the capital of Bamako in the south, the music and dance that have framed the rituals of the country's life are threatened by poverty, war, and creeping consumerism. Featuring a raft of ear- and eye-boggling performances, this is a journey deep into Mali's myriad cultural traditions, led by the men and women who hopefully won't be their last inheritors.



Sunday November 12, 2017 2:15pm - 4:15pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

2:15pm

Student Film Competition
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Sunday November 12, 2017 2:15pm - 4:15pm
Comfort Station 2579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
  • Ticket Price (Advance) Free

2:40pm

NOLA?
A people’s history of New Orleans culture wrapped in a making-the-album doc as Basque rocker and filmmaker Muguruza – known in Spain for his radical politics and multiculti musical blending – records in NOLA with local luminaries ranging from Preservation Hall to zydeco great Sunpie Barnes to bounce queen Katey Red. Between sessions, Big Easy artists, writers, and scene mainstays talk about the city’s musical past and post-Katrina present.


Sunday November 12, 2017 2:40pm - 4:45pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

3:00pm

The Chicago Music Renaissance
This will be a presentation from the artists, sculptors and creators of Chicago?s modern music renaissance.



Sunday November 12, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Gideon Welles 4500 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

3:00pm

We're First-timers. We're Female. We're Fearless.
Come hear from two first-time, fearless females ready to discuss how to survive and succeed in the film industry!



Sunday November 12, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Grafton Pub 4530 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

4:00pm

CIMMcon Closing Night Event: Kevin Coval and A People's History of Chicago
Come see Kevin Coval perform live readings from his book with special guests E'mon Lauren and FreeSole!


Sunday November 12, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Gideon Welles 4500 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

4:30pm

David Bowie: The Last Five Years
After a decade of public silence, David Bowie entered perhaps the most unexpected and daring stage of a career filled with changes. Featuring a wealth of previously unseen footage and key collaborators on his last two albums and the stage musical Lazarus, this is an intimate portrait of Bowie in the final phase of one of the defining creative lives of our time, returning to the core themes of spirituality, alienation, and fame that define his work.


Sunday November 12, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Comfort Station 2579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
  • Ticket Price (Advance) Free

4:45pm

Straight Into a Storm
Let’s all go to the bar! Deer Tick’s 10th-anniversary gig on New Year’s Eve 2015 provides the spine for this time-shifting chronicle of the Rhode Island indie rockers’ evolution — from rare, raw footage of a teenage John McCauley at Providence open mics through the relentless touring, booze-drenched shows, and eccentric obsessions that have made Deer Tick one of America’s premier cult bands.



Sunday November 12, 2017 4:45pm - 7:00pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

5:00pm

CIMMcon Presents: Live Performance by Rich Jones w/ Fess Grandiose!
This LIVE performance is for hip members of the art community who love quality music and connecting to positive spaces.


Sunday November 12, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Gideon Welles 4500 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

5:00pm

Do U Want It?
Papa Grows Funk was the quintessential Crescent City groove band, a supergroup of local players who drew fans from around the world for their renowned Monday-night residency at the Maple Leaf Bar. Percolating with electric performances, this doc wraps the tale of the band and its breakup into a larger story about New Orleans music, crystallizing the tension between the ease of being a working musician in a city that supports homegrown talent like no other and the frustration that can come with wanting more than that.



Sunday November 12, 2017 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

7:00pm

The Third Root
Mexican guitarist Camilo Nu goes adventuring in search of his musical roots, crossing the Atlantic to find the Andalusian, Arab, and African antecedents of son jarocho, the traditional folk style of his native Veracruz. Traveling across Spain and Morocco, Nu digs into flamenco, bonds with a Sufi singing star, and jams with Berber and Gnawa masters on a journey into the heart of his country’s cultural identity, and his own.



Sunday November 12, 2017 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

7:00pm

Tom Rush
Tom Rush's impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the '60s and the renaissance of the '80s and '90s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty, and Garth Brooks have cited Tom as major influences. His early recordings introduced the world to the work of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor. Subsequently, his Club 47 concerts brought attention to emerging artists such as Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin.


Sunday November 12, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

7:00pm

Bleachers: Gone Now Era - Part 2 / Bishop Briggs / Amy Shark
After building a devoted fan-base through a year and a half of non-stop touring behind his band Bleachers’ well-received debut album Strange Desire, Jack Antonoff was spending time in studios in Los Angeles and Atlanta spit-balling ideas for a second album when he had a powerful realization. It struck him, as he was sitting in hip-hop producers Organized Noize’s studio in Atlanta, that the records that meant so much to him growing up— are rooted in a specific place. “They came from somewhere!” he says excitedly. “There’s an energy there and the artist is telling a story of how they were raised. It's a sound from a city, and they’re planting a flag in that city and saying, ‘This is what it's like to live here.’


Sunday November 12, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
The Vic Theatre 3145 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, USA

7:30pm

Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story
The personal story of the life and times of a Chicago blues great, the late, legendary harmonica player and bandleader Paul Butterfield. Horn from the Heart captures the unbridled soul of a teenage bluesman who learned his craft at the feet of his mentor Muddy Waters, in joints where white kids from Hyde Park didn't go in the early '60s. While standing up to racial injustice, Paul Butterfield played a key role in bringing the blues to rock and roll. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. Billy Boy Arnold, a Chicago blues icon and the brother of original Butterfield Blues Band bassist Jerome Arnold, will join director John Anderson and other special guests at the post-screening Q&A.



Sunday November 12, 2017 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Davis Theater 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA