This is CIMMfest, the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival—a four-day showcase of outstanding films, energetic concerts, visually stunning VJ/DJ sets, lively Q&A’s, daring live score performances…anything to show just what movies and music mean to each other.
Each April filmmakers, musicians, and their passionate fans alike, descend upon Wicker Park and Logan Square, two of Chicago’s most eclectic, vibrant neighborhoods. That’s where CIMMfest takes place—the films by day, the live music by night—at theaters, galleries, bars, concert spaces, and some of the city’s most storied venues.
The films come from all countries and cultures, and range from documentaries to fiction to concert films to shorts to music videos. They just have to be about music and/or use music in a creative, integral way. The live performances are inspired by film or feature visual accompaniment.
Pank: The Rise of Punk in Chile (4/15 at 1pm)
Pank: The Rise of Punk in Chile (Chile, 75 min., Martín Núñez).
Feature Documentary. US Premiere.
Not to minimize the complaints of the anti-establishment US and UK punk rock bands that rode three chords and the truth into rock history, but under the dictatorship of Agusto Pinochet, being anti-establishment could get you disappeared. And yet young Chilean men and women embraced the loud, fast, angry ethos of punk, melding it with their specific political and cultural backgrounds and tossing in some Dada to create a unique and heretofore unheralded brand of protest music that Martín Núñez’s compelling film reveals to the world.