CIMMfest Inaugural Spring Fling Thing! - April 21-23, 2017 -The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival




(April 5, 2017) – The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest) announces its new season-opening event, the Spring Fling Thing, April 21-23, 2017 at 1st Ward Events at Chop Shop (2033 W North Avenue) in Wicker Park. The exciting program over three days/nights offers up something for everyone. The complete lineup, schedule with dates/times, individual tickets, and weekend festival passes are available at 3-day Spring Fling Thing Weekend Passes are $30, and individual tickets can be purchased for each show, per the information below.

In addition to this new event, CIMMfest announced today that its flagship festival and conference will take place in the Fall for the first time, November 9th to the 12th, and will be promoted as “CIMMfest No. 9”. Details will be released over the next few months.


Day 1 – Friday, April 21st

6:30pm doors, 7pm start, CIMMfest presents Fulcrum Point New Music Project / Live Score: The Spring Fling Thing kicks off with an international multi-media feast in collaboration with Fulcrum Point New Music Project and their program, Hong Kong Pop Meets Avant-Pop, featuring outrageous videos and a 7-piece funk band playing 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 in collaboration with Asian Pop Up Cinema. ($10 in advance / $12 at the door / $5 students – All Ages)

Late Show, 9:30pm doors, 10pm show:  In partnership with Eventric, Silver Wrapper, and Double Door, opening night continues with San Diego’s indie duo blues-rockers, Little Hurricane, celebrating the release of their 3rd full-length record, “Same Sun Same Moon”.  Opening the show is Chicago’s own Jennifer Hall. Often drawing comparisons to the likes of St. Vincent, Janis Joplin, and Florence + The Machine, Jennifer identifies as a vocal powerhouse, while integrating her soulful tenderness with a mix of experimental production.  ($13 in advance / $15 at the door – 18 +)

Day 2:  Saturday, April 22nd

11:30am – 1pm (doors open at 11am):  FREE CHICA-GO-GO Kids Dance Party!  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.  Dancers are encouraged to dress in their favorite costume and bring their signature moves to 1st Ward at the Chop Shop.  The party hosted by Miss Mia and Ratso will be taped and broadcast on Chicago Access TV at a later date.  (Free, open to the public – all ages)

2pm-4pm (doors open at 1:30pm): CIMMfest presents “Finding Joseph I”, 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. ($10 General Admission / $5 students – all ages)

7pm – Midnight, FREE: Taste of Iceland & CIMMfest present the annual Reykjavik Calling concert. This year’s lineup features Icelandic bands Fufanu, “…Iceland’s most exciting young band” (Pitchfork) whose new album “Sports” just dropped on Feb. 3, and Mammut, who won Album of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2014 Icelandic Music Awards. The Icelandic bands will be joined by local Chicago act OHMME! Doors open at 7:00 pm and the first band will take the stage at 8:00 pm. Admission is free on a first come, first served basis. (18+)

Day 3: Sunday, April 23rd

CIMMfest presents the miniCON / Sunday Panel Discussion Series:
12pm-1pm: Panel Discussion
Art in Times of Resistance
Panelists will be announced next week. (Free – all ages)

1pm-2pm: Panel Discussion + Two Films
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 historical Chicago women’s collective Women Mobilized for Change that created social justice change from 1966 to ‘1974. What is learned from Herstory and how creative mobilization can create change. Featuring film screenings of Women’s March (15min) by Jess Mattison, Laurie Little and Theresa Campagna of Luminist Films. 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.

3pm (doors open 2:30pm) – 5pm: CIMMfest presents the world premiere documentary of The Way To Andina, followed by Q&A with director Arlen Parsa. 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 the 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. Arlen sees the opera through rehearsals, history, a touching family backstory, and the eventual world premiere.  ($10 / $5 Students / all ages)

5:30pm-7:30pm: CIMMfest, in partnership with the International Beethoven Project, presents classical violinist Consuelo Lepauw, who will perform some of the most unique and timeless solo violin works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Eugene Ysaye, followed by ARABIC SHAMAN, a group founded by Rami Gabriel, buzuq and oud player, and Tim Mulvenna, percussion, who will create trance states through original, Levantine folk motifs and playful multidimensional improvisation. ($10 GA / $5 Students – all ages)

8pm-10pm: Closing Night Blowout Bash, presented by CIMMfest and Friends, for a last Spring Fling Thing hurrah. ($10 GA / $5 Students – 18+)

CIMMfest Presents: Spring Fling Thing is presented by the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival.  Event Sponsors include Jameson Irish Whiskey, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Columbia College Chicago, the Wicker Park Bucktown SSA #33, Eventric, and Taste of Iceland.  


The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMfest) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization dedicated to bringing together filmmakers, musicians, artists, industry and audiences from cultures around the world. In addition to presenting year-round film screenings, concerts and professional development programming, and now the Spring Fling Thing minifest, the organization produces one of Chicago’s most highly anticipated and largest cultural events of the year, CIMMfest, a multimedia event that features film premieres, live concerts, live scored films and a dynamic professional and entrepreneurial industry conference. CIMMfest serves a growing, diverse community of artists, industry and fans, in order to reveal the transformative power of music to foster creativity and communication across the media arts, as well as to educate, enlighten, and entertain.