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CIMMfest’s Spring Fling Thing / April 21-23

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CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL MOVIES & MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL SPRING FLING THING

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Fulcrum Point New Music Project: Hong Kong Pop Meets Avant-Pop A Multimedia Live Score

WHERE: 1st Ward  /   WHEN: Friday, April 21 @ 7:00 PM  /  AGES:  18+   /  TICKETS: $10.00 GA / $5.00 Students
Live Score 

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Fulcrum Point New Music Project brings you another multimedia feast for the senses featuring outrageous videos and a 7 piece funk band playing wild mashups of documentary films and provocative interviews. Dutch avant-pop artist Jacob TV’s punchy, social-political music videos, riffing on rap, machismo, and violence are the perfect foil to the suave, award-winning scores of Hong Kong filmmaker/pop-star Teddy Robin Kwan. Kwan’s theme songs will be sung by winners of the “Chicago’s Got Cantonese Talent” singing competition. The music of Kwan and Jacob TV are complemented by Valerie Coleman's work for video, flute, and percussion, "Hair, Cloth, and Thread," a six movement piece based on artwork by Sonya Clark exploring cultural themes of African American hair, the textile industry, history, and memory.


The Concert Program:
"Close Fight"
"I Was Like, Wow!"
"Grab it!"
By Jacob TV
"Hair, Cloth and Thread" by Valerie Coleman
Midwest Premiere, featuring Jennie Oh Brown, flute; Peter Ferry, percussion
"City of Fire"
"Cops and Robbers"
"Til Death Do We Scare"
By Teddy Robin Kwan
The concert program:
"Close Fight"
"I Was Like, Wow!"
"Grab it!"
By Jacob TV
"City of Fire"
"Cops and Robbers"
"Til Death Do We Scare"
By Teddy Robin Kwan

WHERE TO WATCH: 1st Ward

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Little Hurricane with Special Guest Jennifer Hall

WHERE: 1st Ward  /   WHEN: Friday, April 21 @ 10:00 PM  /  AGES:  18+   /  TICKETS: $15.00
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Silver Wrapper, Eventric, CIMMfest & Double Door present: Little Hurricane

http://www.littlehurricanemusic.com/


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Jennifer Hall

http://jenniferhall.com/


WHERE TO WATCH: 1st Ward

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Chic-A-Go-Go All Ages Dance Party

WHERE: 1st Ward  /   WHEN: Saturday, April 22 @ 11:30 AM  /  AGES:  All Ages   /  TICKETS: Free w/ RSVP
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Put on your dancing shoes (and your favorite costume) and join Miss Mia & Ratso on the dancefloor for a very special CIMMfest edition of Chic-a-Go-Go! Children of all ages are welcome! Since its 1996 debut, Chic-a-Go-Go has been one of the most original and entertaining shows on Chicago television. Drawing from legendary dance programs like Soul Train and American Bandstand, as well as Chicago's own 1960s shows Kiddie-A-Go-Go and Red Hot and Blues, Chic-a-Go-Go combines classic TV entertainment with an original, quirky style. People of all ages, colors, and backgrounds, linked by their love of music, dance together in harmony on the Chic-a-Go-Go set. The dancers, who range in age from newborns to youthful seniors, move to the latest Hip Hop music, as well as classic R&B, Rock & Roll, Punk, Funk, and all points in between.

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HR “Finding Joseph I”

PREMIERE: U.S.  DIRECTOR: James Lathos  COUNTRY: United States
WHERE: 1st Ward  /   WHEN: Saturday, April 22 @ 2:00 PM  /  TICKETS: $10.00 GA / $5.00 Students
Feature Documentary  ( 92 min )

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HR "Finding Joseph I" is a documentary film chronicling the eccentric life of punk rock reggae singer, Paul "HR" Hudson from Bad Brains. The charismatic frontman's explosive live performances helped pioneer hardcore punk while delivering an enlightening message of positive mental attitude. HR's heavy devotion to the Rastafarian faith guided him in a spiritual direction leaving the band several times to explore his love for reggae music. Over the years HR’s increasingly unpredictable and abnormal behavior has many convinced that he his suffering from mental illness. Finding Joseph I illustrates the true story behind the legendary lead singers life, career and struggles with never before seen archival footage, photography and exclusive interviews.

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Reykjavik Calling: Taste of Iceland with Fufanu / Mammúœt / Ohmme

WHERE: 1st Ward  /   WHEN: Saturday, April 22 @ 7:00 PM  /  AGES:  18+   /  TICKETS: Free w/RSVP
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A Taste of Iceland returns to CIMMfest for a second installment Reykjavik Calling, featuring two of Iceland’s hottest bands, Fufanu and Mammút playing alongside hometown's Ohmme!

FUFANU

"... Iceland’s most exciting young band."

- Pitchfork

MAMMÚT

"Best album of the year" - Icelandic Music Awards 2014

WHERE TO WATCH: 1st Ward

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Panel Discussion: Artists in Times of Resistance @ CIMMfest Spring Fling Thing

WHERE: 1st Ward  /   WHEN: Sunday, April 23 @ 12:00 PM  /  TICKETS: Free w/RSVP
CIMMcon PANEL 

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CIMMfest / Spring Fling Thing & Chop Shop present:

Panel Discussion: The Role of the Artist in Times of Resistance

An afternoon of engaging & timely discussion featuring a series of panels & discussion.

Get up. Get into it. Get involved.

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FREE and open to the public

WHERE TO WATCH: 1st Ward

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Panel Discussion: Women Rise Up / How WE Mobilize

WHERE: 1st Ward  /   WHEN: Sunday, April 23 @ 1:00 PM  /  TICKETS: Free w/RSVP
CIMMcon PANEL 

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CIMMfest Spring Fling Thing & Chop Shop present:

Two films + panel discussion.

Women Rise Up / How WE Mobilize; Mothers and Daughters, Intersectionality and an historic movement remembered. How creative movements create change

A look at two creative women's movements; The Women's March that inspired the world and empowered women everywhere and the WMC that created social justice change in Chicago from '66 to '74. What is learned from Herstory and how creative mobilization can create change.

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Women's March (15min)

by Jess Mattison, Laurie Little and Theresa Campagna of Luminist Films

A reflection on the journey between Chicago and DC, connecting voices of hope, empowerment and intersectionality during The Women's March, as record breaking numbers of women and girls organize and rally after the inauguration.

Two teams documented the march simultaneously in the two cities as women everywhere went on a journey to connect with their feminist roots. Focusing on intersectionality, mothers and daughters from every strata of the country reflect on the work that is to come for the women's movement and how we can mobilize for change.

Women Mobilized for Change 1966 to 1974, (26 min.)

by Carron Little, Xyla Gatilao, Ife Olatunji, Laurie Little, Carrie Ruckel, and WMC Collective with original members Norma Flynn and Roberta Wilson.

The intersection of the Civil Rights Movement and Women's Activism is revealed in this untold story from 1966 questioning how far have we come? Women Mobilized for Change was a collective of women who came together in 1966 from diverse socio-economic areas of Chicagoland and worked tirelessly for eight years to effect change. The film tells their untold story comparing the facts of segregation in Chicago today. Includes performance art happenings that shed light on the movement and where we are today with a focus on housing.

All Ages

FREE & Open to the public

WHERE TO WATCH: 1st Ward

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The Way to Andina

PREMIERE: World  DIRECTOR: Arlen Parsa  COUNTRY: United States
WHERE: 1st Ward  /   WHEN: Sunday, April 23 @ 3:00 PM  /  TICKETS: $10.00 GA / $5.00 Students
Feature Documentary  ( 70 min )

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Andina is the 80-year-old opera written by immigrant composer Eustasio Rosales. The score was never performed until Arlen Parsa, Rosales’ great-grandson, discovered the work and began researching composer’s story. Now he's determined to fulfill his family legacy and resurrect the opera, decades after it was first written.

When Arlen discovers his Colombian great-grandfather left behind a long lost opera that's never been performed, he knows what he has to do... He just doesn't know how to do it. Despite having zero of experience with opera, and not even speaking Spanish, he takes a leap of faith.

But after promising his entire family that the 80 year old Latin music will finally get a world premiere, is he in over his head?

The Way to Andina is a 70 minute humorous personal adventure documentary chronicles the journey from the moment Arlen sees the opera through rehearsals, history, a touching family backstory, and the eventual world premiere. This project incorporates music, video, and live opera performance.

WHERE TO WATCH: 1st Ward