CIMMFest is proud to honor the lifetime achievements of maverick filmmaker and Chicago native, Melvin Van Peebles, in honor of whom we've named the Baadasssss Award in its inaugural year. The CIMMfest Lifetime Achievement Award pays tribute to the outstanding accomplishments of maverick artists that helped to shape and obliterate barriers for today's generation of filmmakers & artists. The Melvin Van Peebles Award will be featuring a MVP film retrospective, a Q&A with a special guest moderator and a special live musical performance w/ Melvin Van Peebles widLaxative.
Melvin Van Peebles had such a good time working with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber bringing "Sweet Sweetback's Badasssss Song:The Hood Opera" to life in 2010, that he decided to continue the collaboration. After enlisting Jared Michael Nickerson, Burnt Sugar's bassist & business manager, and members Paula Henderson, Bruce Mack and LaFrae Sci, MVP titled his new band 'widLaxative.' When asked why the title, Melvin replied, "Why? ...'cause they're a crew of musicians who make sh.. happen and get sh.. done. That's why!"
Van Peebles will share with us songs he has penned, plus hilarious, tough-assed lessons picked up from his adventures on the road of life. "Funk wasn't just invented yesterday," MVP reminds us. His unique narrative and singing style draws his audience into a world of hopes, chuckles and hard knocks. His music ranges from Blues to Jazz, from R&B to Country. Ever a student of the human condition, his tunes capture the conversations, internal and external one has paddling through life, trying to keep one's head above water. It is guaranteed to be a spellbinding evening.
Melvin Van Peebles widLaxative
Melvin Van Peebles - storytelling & vocals
Bruce Mack - keyboards & vocals
Michael "MK" Kammers - tenor sax & vocals
'Moist' Paula Henderson - bari sax & vocals
Jared Michael Nickerson - electric bass & vocals
LaFrae Sci - drums
With Q & A by Richard Steele
With Q & A by Richard Steeleof
Photo ©Robin Holland / www.robinholland.com
Movies & Music Combined
$20 presale, $25 day of
Saturday, April 20 at 9:30pm