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2350 Last Call: The Neo Story

Feature Documentary
World PREMIERE
Presented with: CHIRP Radio
DIRECTOR: Eric Richter
COUNTRY: United States | 46 min.
Q & A with: Director Eric Richter, Neo DJs Suzanne Shelton, Jeff Moyer, and Scary Lady Sarah, Neo bouncer Brian Dickie, Metro/GMan Tavern owner Joe Shanahan (3:30 and 7 PM shows)
SCREENING WITH: "Plastic Heart" - Ghost Twin

WHERE: GMan Tavern - 3740 North Clark Street
Sunday, November 12 @ 1:30 PM
Tickets: $12.00
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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.

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Shorts Program: Personality Crises

CIMMfest - The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

Shorts Program

WHERE: Comfort Station - 2579 N Milwaukee Ave
Saturday, November 11 @ 12:00 PM
Tickets: Free
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Now frustration and heartache is what you got.


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Shorts Program: Magnificent Obsessions

CIMMfest - The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

Shorts Program

WHERE: Comfort Station - 2579 N Milwaukee Ave
Saturday, November 11 @ 1:45 PM
Tickets: Free
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From boogie-woogie nudism to outsider art, if a thing's worth doing, it's worth doing all the way.


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Shorts Program: Dark and Troubling Things

CIMMfest - The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

Shorts Program

WHERE: Comfort Station - 2579 N Milwaukee Ave
Saturday, November 11 @ 3:30 PM
Tickets: Free
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Specters stalk the land. And sometimes they look like John Malkovich..


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It Never Ends

CIMMfest - The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

Short Documentary
North America PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: Thomas Carillon
COUNTRY: France | 33 min.
Q & A with: Musician Avreeayl Ra, director Thomas Carillon
SCREENING WITH: To Be Free

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Friday, November 10 @ 6:10 PM
Tickets: $6.00 | at the Door: $8.00
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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.

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We Sold Our Souls for Rock ‘n Roll

Feature Documentary
Presented with: Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF)
DIRECTOR: Penelope Spheeris
COUNTRY: United States | 90 min.
Q & A with: Director Penelope Spheeris

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Saturday, November 11 @ 4:00 PM
Tickets: Free
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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.

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The Public Image Is Rotten

CIMMfest - The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

Feature Documentary
Chicago PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: Tabbert Fiiller
COUNTRY: United States | 105 min.
Q & A with: Director Tabbert Fiiller, former PiL drummer Martin Atkins
SCREENING WITH: White Riot: London

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Thursday, November 9 @ 9:15 PM
Tickets: $10.00 | at the Door: $12.00
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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.

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The Last Hot Lick

Feature Fiction
World PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: Mahalia Cohen
COUNTRY: United States | 86 min.
Q & A with: Director Mahalia Cohen, actors Jaime Leopold and Jennifer Smieja, producer Deborah Cohen

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Saturday, November 11 @ 3:10 PM
Tickets: $10.00 | at the Door: $12.00
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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.

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The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

Feature Documentary
Presented with: CHIRP Radio, Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF)
DIRECTOR: Penelope Spheeris
COUNTRY: United States | 86 min.
SCREENING WITH: The National Rehabilitation Center

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Friday, November 10 @ 7:30 PM
Tickets: $10.00 | at the Door: $12.00
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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.

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The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

Feature Documentary
Presented with: CHIRP Radio, Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF)
DIRECTOR: Penelope Spheeris
COUNTRY: United States | 93 min.
SCREENING WITH: Shit

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Thursday, November 9 @ 9:30 PM
Tickets: $10.00 | at the Door: $12.00
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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.

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