Entertainment News: 6 Things to Do April 16-17 at 2016 CIMMfest

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CHICAGO – The hottest two days of the 2016 CIMMfest – the Chicago International Music & Movies Festival – is of course on the last two weekend days. After conferring their Baadasssss Award to Documentarian Gordon Quinn of Kartemquin Films on Friday, April 15th, it’s time for the Saturday/Sunday blitz to begin.

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HollywoodChicago.com recommends six kick-ass things to do at CIMM Fest to make the weekend (April 16th and 17th, 2016) rock…


If you’re in entertainment, music, TV or film, these are the main days (April 16/17) of vital information and industry interaction! CIMMcon is the Midwest’s premier Film, Music, and Tech Conference. It features two full days packed with panels, presentations, workshops, and networking events led by key figures in entertainment, media arts, and technology.

For more information and complete schedule, click here.

StarDavid Bowie

Celebrate the life of one of rock/pop’s favorite counterculture icons with rare concert footage and films with Bowie as an actor as CIMMFest celebrates the life of Ziggy Stardust.

Check the movie link below for titles, but here’s one, speaking of Ziggy, click here.

StarBrian Wilson

The still living music icon Brian Wilson – of The Beach Boys and his solo career – is also honored at CIMMFest this weekend, including the little-seen but brilliant film from last year, Love & Mercy. Click the movie link below for all the Brian Wilson options, including concert films

The “Smile” album, unreleased when it was made in the 1960s because of a Wilson breakdown, is given a documentary treatment, as part of the Brian Wilson Tribute, click here.


Since it’s in the title, along with “Music” below, the depth and breadth of the film offerings at CIMMFest is a sonic lovers dream. From Mississippi Blues to Rock Docs to Narrative Films (including musicals, naturally), the lively range of films has something for all tastes.

Check out the line-up by clicking here.


Oh yeah, and the MUSIC! Bands, solo artists, hip hoppers, classic hipsters and just good goddamn sound merchants are all over the Chicago map during CIMMFest.

All are conveniently located everywhere, by clicking here.

StarClosing Night Film Awards Bash

Can’t get any better description for the night than CIMM Fest’s own…Celebrate with the Best of the Fest and help us Make America Great Again! Hosted by “The Unknown MC,” with performances by – Total Unicorn / Ava Cherry / Lisa Zane / Mortified / Smearballs / The Chickening / The Sound of Silent Film / special appearance by Bad Santa & Surprise Galore! Invited Guests – Donald Trump, various dignitaries (including Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com), along with a host of misfits and malcontents (see parenthesis, previous sentence).

Click here for deets.

The 2016 CIMM Fest – The Chicago International Music and Movies Festival – continues through April 17th, 2016. Click here for more information, and to access all of the scheduled events.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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© 2016 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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