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Bleachers: Gone Now Era – Part 2 / Bishop Briggs / Amy Shark

CIMMfest - The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

Live Music
Presented with: JAM Productions, The Riviera Theater

WHERE: Riviera Theatre - 4746 North Racine Avenue
Saturday, November 11 @ 7:30 PM
Tickets: Access with CIMMfest Bleachers Pass Only! (Riviera show)
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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.’

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Bleachers: Gone Now Era – Part 2 / Bishop Briggs / Amy Shark

CIMMfest - The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

Live Music
Presented with: JAM Productions, Vic Theater

WHERE: The Vic Theatre - 3145 North Sheffield Avenue
Sunday, November 12 @ 7:00 PM
Tickets: Access with CIMMfest Bleachers Pass Only! (Vic show)
BUY BLEACHERS PASS!

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.’

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White Riot: London

CIMMfest - The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

Short Documentary
Chicago PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: Rubika Shah
COUNTRY: Great Britain | 10 min.
SCREENING WITH: The Public Image Is Rotten

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Thursday, November 9 @ 9:15 PM

London, 1977: The neo-Nazi National Front is on the march, targeting immigrants and people of color. (Sound familiar?) As police turn a blind eye, a punk fanzine spearheads a movement to stem the racist tide.

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When We Listen

CIMMfest - The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

Student Film Competition
World PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: Amr Moustafa
COUNTRY: Canada
SCREENING WITH: Student Film Competition

WHERE: Comfort Station - 2579 N Milwaukee Ave
Sunday, November 12 @ 2:15 PM

After losing her family and the life she once knew, Syrian refugee Amal lands in Canada, seeking a safe place and someone to listen to her pain.

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To Be Free

CIMMfest - The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

Short Fiction
World PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: Adepero Oduye
COUNTRY: United States | 13 min.
SCREENING WITH: It Never Ends

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Friday, November 10 @ 6:10 PM

In a smoky after-hours club, Nina Simone (played by director Oduye) achieves a moment of ecstatic freedom while singing a highly personal ?My Way.? Gorgeously shot by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Bradford Young.

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The National Rehabilitation Center

CIMMfest - The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

Short Fiction
DIRECTOR: Penelope Spheeris
COUNTRY: United States | 13 min.
SCREENING WITH: The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Friday, November 10 @ 7:30 PM

The implications of the McCarran Act, a now-defunct federal law that targeted “subversive” activity, are taken to their logical conclusion. An early use of the mockumentary form that rings disturbingly true in the age of Trump.

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The Memories Station

CIMMfest - The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

Short Documentary
Chicago PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: Derek Frank
COUNTRY: United States | 17 min.
SCREENING WITH: Shorts Program: Magnificent Obsessions

WHERE: Comfort Station - 2579 N Milwaukee Ave
Saturday, November 11 @ 1:45 PM

A warm profile of Bob Bittner, the owner/operator of a family of fan-supported New England radio stations that offer listeners a respite from the harried digital world with a nostalgic blend of American popular music from the ’40s to the ’80s.

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The Man is the Music

CIMMfest - The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

Short Documentary
Chicago PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: Maris Curran
COUNTRY: United States | 19 min.
SCREENING WITH: Shorts Program: Magnificent Obsessions

WHERE: Comfort Station - 2579 N Milwaukee Ave
Saturday, November 11 @ 1:45 PM

Outsider artist Lonnie Holley invites us into his world, where he uses his music and found-object art to create beauty in response to the trauma of a life lived on the edges of society.

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The Letter Carrier

CIMMfest - The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

Short Fiction
DIRECTOR: Rick Cosnett
COUNTRY: Canada | 19 min.
SCREENING WITH: Shorts Program: Dark and Troubling Things

WHERE: Comfort Station - 2579 N Milwaukee Ave
Saturday, November 11 @ 3:30 PM

A whistling nightmare stalks the Blue Ridge Mountains in 1860, hunting for children to sell into slavery. This is the musical story of one family's attempt to live their lives while keeping a weather eye out for the letter carrier.

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The Great Wall of Vicky Lynn

CIMMfest - The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

Student Film Competition
DIRECTOR: YuYing Chien
COUNTRY: United States | 15 min.
SCREENING WITH: Student Film Competition

WHERE: Comfort Station - 2579 N Milwaukee Ave
Sunday, November 12 @ 2:15 PM

Vicky Lynn's traditionalist mom demands the best grades, the better to get her daughter into Harvard. But the Taiwanese-American teenager has other ideas, involving her high school's hip hop dance club.

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