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Wednesday, April 13
 

7:30pm

CIMMfest and Record Store Day Present: The Smart Studios Story
What do Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage, and countless other alt-rock heavyweights have in common? All of them created music at Smart Studios, the legendary recording facility founded by Butch Vig and Steve Marker. Drawing on never-before-seen arc...


Wednesday April 13, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Music Box Theatre 3733 N. Southport Ave.
 
Thursday, April 14
 

7:00pm

Pet Sounds Live in London
Chicago-based music documentarian and frequent Brian Wilson collaborator, John Anderson presents remastered versions of this short doc and concert film commemorating the Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary of one of the greatest recordings in rock hist...


Thursday April 14, 2016 7:00pm - 7:56pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

7:00pm

Corki Dancingu (The Lure)
When a family of Polish musicians encounter two winsome mermaid sisters named Silver and Golden, they do what anyone else would in their situation-- recruit them to join their band. After performing at a neon-lit Warsaw dance club, Silver becomes roma...


Thursday April 14, 2016 7:00pm - 8:32pm
The Society for Arts 1112 N Milwaukee Ave,

7:15pm

Hunky Dory
Sidney is a bisexual, glam rock dilettante trying to make his lofty dreams of becoming a successful musician a reality. By night, he goes full-blown drag queen and takes the stage at seedy dive bars, but his hedonistic lifestyle is put on hold when hi...


Thursday April 14, 2016 7:15pm - 8:40pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

8:00pm

Savage Beliefs: The Movie and the live performance
Not many bands get to play themselves in their own movie–The Beatles, KISS … Savage Beliefs. The local hardcore heroes take on a serial killer in this unearthed gem of a slasher parody/slice of Chicago punk life that's been collecting dus...


Thursday April 14, 2016 8:00pm - 9:28pm
Martyrs' 3855 N Lincoln Ave

9:00pm

The Smalls: Forever is a Long Time
Storming out of rural Alberta, The smalls were quasi-punks in John Deere caps equally influenced by hardcore, speed metal, country, and jazz. Through the 1990s the quartet carried the flag for culturally overlooked Western Canada, building a rabid fan...


Thursday April 14, 2016 9:00pm - 10:43pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

9:15pm

Hustlers Convention
In 1973, Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, a member of the legendary poetry and music group The Last Poets, released an album that changed the face of music and would later cement Nuriddin's status as "The Grandfather of Rap." Released under the pseudonym of Lig...


Thursday April 14, 2016 9:15pm - 10:48pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave
 
Friday, April 15
 

7:00pm

Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story
As a teenager in Chicago's Hyde Park, Paul Butterfield broke cultural barriers by traveling to tough South and West Side neighborhoods to learn at the feet of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Little Walter, then carried the blues torch to the predomina...


Friday April 15, 2016 7:00pm - 7:40pm
The Society for Arts 1112 N Milwaukee Ave,

7:00pm

Songs of Redemption
Jamaica is not generally known for a progressive penal system, but at Kingston’s notorious General Penitentiary inmates have access to musical training, a radio station, and recording facilities as part of a program officials credit with signifi...


Friday April 15, 2016 7:00pm - 8:19pm
Comfort Station 2579 N Milwaukee Ave

7:00pm

We Are Kings
A heart-warming, hard-to-resist, down-home indie blues odyssey about a group of disparate–and broke–souls who come together to save a Mississippi blues club, and themselves. Winningly off-kilter and chock-full of non-actor faces give this ...


Friday April 15, 2016 7:00pm - 8:27pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

7:00pm

Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon
Twenty-five years before Fela Kuti's life became the stuff of Broadway, this crackling French-made documentary captured the impossibly charismatic Afrobeat king and self-styled "Black President" at the peak of his musical, political, and spiritual pow...


Friday April 15, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

7:00pm

A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story
Quick: Which TV music show has won both a Peabody Award and the National Medal of Arts? Austin City Limits. A Song for You makes clear why. Featuring a bevy of pivotal performances by everybody from Willie Nelson and Jack White to Ray Charles...


Friday April 15, 2016 7:00pm - 8:36pm
Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 N Lincoln Avenue

8:30pm

Blackhearts
A fresh look into Norway's notorious black metal scene from a striking new angle. While the genre's Norwegian pioneers settle into middle age, wiping off the corpse paint and embracing family life, three obsessive fans from vastly different religious ...


Friday April 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:43pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

8:45pm

The Ex: And So Say All Of Us
Filmed over three nights in London, 'And So Say All of Us' showcases The Ex live celebrating their "33 1/3 anniversary." But this was no exercise in nostalgia: these Dutch underground legends have always looked forward, never back, and this euphoric c...


Friday April 15, 2016 8:45pm - 10:12pm
The Society for Arts 1112 N Milwaukee Ave,

9:15pm

The American Epic: The Big Bang, and Blood and Soil
In the late 1920s, to feed America's growing appetite for music on wax, record companies dispatched scouts to the hinterlands with portable recording equipment. They captured the raw artistry heretofore hidden in rural towns, mountain hollers, and inn...


Friday April 15, 2016 9:15pm - 10:15pm
Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 N Lincoln Avenue

9:15pm

Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove
Doug Sahm started out life as a country music prodigy, then a teenage R&B dynamo who famously caused a riot at his high school. Sahm later emerged as an international rock star as the frontman of the Sir Douglas Quintet. He landed in San Francisco...


Friday April 15, 2016 9:15pm - 10:38pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

10:30pm

Half-Cocked presented in conjunction with Chicago Underground Film Festival
A special evening devoted to the musical underground featuring members of Rodan, Lambchop, and Grifters. Half-Cocked, the debut of filmmaking couple Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky, incisively renders the highs, lows, and bored in-betweens o...


Friday April 15, 2016 10:30pm - 11:51pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

11:00pm

The Hunger
The absolute height of '80s chic, The Hunger is largely remembered today for its steamy Deneuve-on-Sarandon action. But the best stuff in this relentlessly stylish vampirotic thriller happens before the famous sapphic interlude – namely...


Friday April 15, 2016 11:00pm - Saturday April 16, 2016 12:36am
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave
 
Saturday, April 16
 

11:00am

Facets Kids Program
Join in a musical adventure of animated and live-action short films from around the world–sock puppet back-up singers serenading BB King; an unlikely group of buddies make a perfect Rumba rhythm section for a sleepy bandleader. From R&B, jaz...


Saturday April 16, 2016 11:00am - 12:04pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

11:00am

Yehudi Menuhin: The Violin of the Century
Considered one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century, Yehudi Menuhin would be 100 this year. Menuhin was not only a master classical violinist, but a musical explorer who worked with greats like Ravi Shankar and jazz violinist Stéphane...


Saturday April 16, 2016 11:00am - 1:10pm
1st Ward

11:30am

Prisoner of Her Past
A haunting story of a secret childhood trauma resurfacing, sixty years later, to unravel the life of Holocaust survivor Sonia Reich. The film follows her son, Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich, as he journeys across the United States and Easter...


Saturday April 16, 2016 11:30am - 12:27pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

12:00pm

Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE LiVE
Chicago-based director John Anderson and producer Maggie Magee capture Brian Wilson and his band's first live US performance of SMiLE in 2004–37 years after the Beach Boys visionary abandoned his orchestral pop masterwork. Originally released as part ...


Saturday April 16, 2016 12:00pm - 12:52pm
The Society for Arts 1112 N Milwaukee Ave,

12:30pm

Erbarme Dich - Matthaus Passion Stories
Dutch filmmaker Ramón Gieling's documentary is less concerned with the history of Johann Sebastian Bach's monumental "St. Matthew Passion" than with the intensely personal response people have to Bach's 3 1/2-hour oratorio version of Christ's f...


Saturday April 16, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

1:00pm

A Good Man
Follow acclaimed director/choreographer Bill T. Jones as he and his company create their most ambitious work, an original dance-theater piece in honor of Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial.


Saturday April 16, 2016 1:00pm - 2:26pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

1:45pm

Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of SMiLE
In 1966, fresh off the artistic triumph of Pet Sounds, Brian Wilson began recording Smile, a "teenage symphony to God" that was supposed to establish the Beach Boys as rock's reigning imaginative force. Instead it became the great lost album of the 19...


Saturday April 16, 2016 1:45pm - 3:34pm
The Society for Arts 1112 N Milwaukee Ave,

2:15pm

We Like It Like That
Latin boogaloo is New York City–a colorful musical expression that blasted straight from the melting pot streets of Spanish Harlem, Brooklyn, and the Bronx in the 1960s as innovators like Joe Bataan, Johnny Colon, and Pete Rodriguez blended mambo and ...


Saturday April 16, 2016 2:15pm - 3:33pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

3:00pm

147 Pianos
An experimental doc on a singular performance at Lukas Piano Service on Chicago’s west side where close to 200 musicians, pros and amateurs alike, adults and children played a myriad of scores from Chopsticks to Chopin all together, all at once....


Saturday April 16, 2016 3:00pm - 3:40pm
1st Ward

3:00pm

Beatbox
Set in the streets of Brooklyn, NY, Beatbox follows Pete, an aspiring DJ and musician who makes ends meet by delivering beer for his girlfriend's family business. When night falls, he escapes to his makeshift home recording studio, where he c...


Saturday April 16, 2016 3:00pm - 4:16pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

4:00pm

Bill Evans: Time Remembered
Watching Bill Evans hunched intently over 88 keys and hearing the melodious, miraculous sounds he made, it's easy to agree with Tony Bennett that "nobody played with more feeling." During a short life (he died in 1980 at age 51) marred by drug abuse a...


Saturday April 16, 2016 4:00pm - 5:24pm
The Society for Arts 1112 N Milwaukee Ave,

4:00pm

Sigur Ros: Heima
Returning to Iceland after a world tour in 2006, Sigur Rós did a series of what would now be called pop-up shows, playing for free at village halls, in open fields, at an abandoned fishery, and an environmental protest camp. That unusual jaunt ...


Saturday April 16, 2016 4:00pm - 5:37pm
Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave

5:00pm

Gary Numan: Android in LaLa Land
Often cited as "The Godfather of Electronic Pop Music," Gary Numan was one of the world’s biggest-selling recording artists in the '70s and '80s. Although songs such as "Cars" and "Are 'Friends' Electric?" were massive hits, no one had ever seen...


Saturday April 16, 2016 5:00pm - 6:25pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

5:00pm

Festival!
The first music documentary to be nominated for an Academy Award, Festival helped launch the career of CIMMfest’s 2016 Baadasssss honoree Gordon Quinn, one of the editors who cut together this synthesis of the 1963 to 1966 Newport Folk Festivals...


Saturday April 16, 2016 5:00pm - 6:37pm
Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 N Lincoln Avenue

6:00pm

Rubble Kings
In the early 1970s, gangs like the Savage Skulls and Black Spades owned the streets of New York. Setting foot on the wrong block was a ticket to a beatdown or a bullet. But some in this violent subculture sought to channel rage at poverty and police b...


Saturday April 16, 2016 6:00pm - 7:08pm
The Promontory

6:15pm

Who is Lydia Loveless?
Why, she's a 25-year-old part cowpunk, part hard rocker, part singer-songwriter sensation from Columbus, Ohio leading a band full of boys into the belly of the music industry and sometimes liking a drink or two along the way. Is she the second coming ...


Saturday April 16, 2016 6:15pm - 8:41pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

7:00pm

Sweet Blues: A Film About Mike Bloomfield
Mike Bloomfield first came to national attention in the late-1960s as a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, a favorite among the counterculture rock crowd of the era and 2015 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As a session guitarist,...


Saturday April 16, 2016 7:00pm - 7:57pm
Comfort Station 2579 N Milwaukee Ave

7:00pm

Le Coeur de Madame Sabali
After a Quebecois woman has a heart transplant, she has visions of her donor's former life. She meets and is befriended by the donor's son, a Malian teenager who believes she is his mother reincarnated, and her life changes dramatically. Marie Brassar...


Saturday April 16, 2016 7:00pm - 8:19pm
Facets 1517 W Fullerton Ave

7:00pm

Desire Will Set You Free
Ezra, an American writer of Palestinian and Israeli parentage living in Berlin, spends his life clubbing, taking drugs, having pseudo-philosophical conversations, and wanting to be more punk. He wishes he wrote more, but instead spends most of his tim...


Saturday April 16, 2016 7:00pm - 8:32pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

7:15pm

Heartworn Highways
A 40th anniversary screening of the cult classic outlaw country doc featuring performances by some of mid-70s Nashville's finest, including Guy Clark, David Allan Coe, a pre-"Devil Went Down to Georgia" Charlie Daniels, and up-and-comers Steve Earle a...


Saturday April 16, 2016 7:15pm - 9:57pm
Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 N Lincoln Avenue

8:00pm

It's A Rockabilly World
Springing from the "live fast, die hard" rebel attitude of '50s greaser counterculture, rockabilly isn't just a fashion statement, it's a way of life. It represents the seedier side of a bygone era, filled with bombshell pinup girls, tricked out hot r...


Saturday April 16, 2016 8:00pm - 9:15pm
The Society for Arts 1112 N Milwaukee Ave,

8:45pm

Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music
A deep exploration into the art of recording and producing music, Soundbreaking offers a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of both new and classic sounds. Featuring incredible new interviews with some of the most celebrated artists and prod...


Saturday April 16, 2016 8:45pm - 10:30pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

9:00pm

Artist & Repertoire
A pulsating documentary charting the extraordinary life and career of James Lavelle, an underground DJ, music producer, and global trip-hop mogul. With exclusive access to personal home footage spanning the last three decades, we experience the rare o...


Saturday April 16, 2016 9:00pm - 10:50pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

9:45pm

BOOM BUST BOOM
Abetted by a passel of Nobel Prize-winning economists, a bevy of puppets, an abundance of sprightly original songs, and actor/activist John Cusack, Monty Python's Terry Jones examines the history of financial bubbles – a centuries-old tale that mainst...


Saturday April 16, 2016 9:45pm - 10:59pm
Comfort Station 2579 N Milwaukee Ave

9:45pm

Uttama Villain (The Pure-Hearted Villain)
A touching Indian film about a terminally ill megastar acting in his last movie about an 8th-century legend whose life is a distant mirror of his own. This film’s conventional start opens up to a funny, poignant, unexpected and moving movie with...


Saturday April 16, 2016 9:45pm - Sunday April 17, 2016 12:36am
The Society for Arts 1112 N Milwaukee Ave,

10:45pm

Cracked Actor
This infamous, rarely screened BBC doc, filmed as David Bowie sloughed off the theatrical gigantism of the Diamond Dogs tour in favor of the sleek plastic soul of Young Americans, captures the star in mid-70s extremis–lost in Hollywood, adrift i...


Saturday April 16, 2016 10:45pm - 11:38pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

11:00pm

Adam Green's Aladdin
Adam Green of The Moldy Peaches wrote, directed, scored, and heads a hipster dream cast–Macauley Culkin, Devendra Banhart, Alia Shawkat, Har Mar Superstar–in this pixilated, sexed-up musical take on the classic Arabian Nights tale of a boy...


Saturday April 16, 2016 11:00pm - Sunday April 17, 2016 12:30am
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave
 
Sunday, April 17
 

12:00pm

SCRATCH - UN HIP-OPÉRA (SCRATCH - A HIP-OPERA)
A “hip op-era” musical drama follows a young Haitian immigrant and his family in Montreal, and through the years becomes the proud leader of a hip hop group. He takes over his brother’s enterprise, using the illicit gains to record a...


Sunday April 17, 2016 12:00pm - 1:33pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

12:00pm

Honeyboy 'The History of the Blues'
Keith Richards, Lucinda Williams, Robert Cray, BB King, Sam Carr and Joe Perry share their stories and their love for Mississippi bluesman, David “Honeyboy” Edwards.

This history of the blues–its roots and personal accounts o...


Sunday April 17, 2016 12:00pm - 2:52pm
The Society for Arts 1112 N Milwaukee Ave,

12:00pm

Six Generations of the Blues From Mississippi to Chicago
Interviews with–and lots of music by–Chicago blues artists that follow the remarkable 30-year history of the Chicago-based Earwig Records, and offers a unique perspective on the Chicago blues scene. Based around a 2009 Blues concert on the...


Sunday April 17, 2016 12:00pm - 2:52pm
The Society for Arts 1112 N Milwaukee Ave,

12:15pm

Rock in the Red Zone
On the edge of Israel’s Negev Desert lies Sderot, a city of factory workers and rock musicians–the children of refugees from North Africa and the Middle East. Despite being pummeled for years by homemade missiles, the people of Sderot pers...


Sunday April 17, 2016 12:15pm - 1:48pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

2:00pm

The American Epic Sessions
This companion piece to the documentary series American Epic (two episodes also screening at CIMMfest) replicates the atmosphere of seminal 1920s field recordings down to the smallest detail, with a world-beating cast of artists recording str...


Sunday April 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

2:15pm

Yallah! Underground
In a region full of turmoil and instability, a generation of progressive, creative young Arabs struggle to express themselves freely and promote more liberal attitudes within their societies. Yallah! Underground follows musicians, rappers, an...


Sunday April 17, 2016 2:15pm - 3:39pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

3:00pm

And This Is Free
The legendary Maxwell Street market-Chicago's fabled kaleidoscope of races, religions, bargain hunters and street musicians-is captured in all its grit and hot-dog mustard glory in this cult classic of cinema-verite filmmaking; an early example of Gor...


Sunday April 17, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Comfort Station 2579 N Milwaukee Ave

3:30pm

Ik wil graag honderd worden (Live to be a Hundred)
Follow a year in the life of a legend, Ton Koopman. A virtuoso harpsichordist and organist, he is the founder and director of famed Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir. His beginnings were of an anti-establishment figure who performed at Vietnam War...


Sunday April 17, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
The Society for Arts 1112 N Milwaukee Ave,

3:45pm

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
On July 3, 1973, David Bowie closed a year of nearly nonstop touring with a show in London. But it wasn't just the tour Bowie ended that night at the Hammersmith Odeon, known to only a few of his closest associates, he planned to retire his extraterre...


Sunday April 17, 2016 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave

3:45pm

Love in the Sixth
Touted as an "unromantic comedy about extinction" is exactly what you get in this wonderful and wacky tour of Toronto's urban angsts, imponderables, and sexual borderlands. It has a winning hey-gang-let's-all-make-a-movie quality that gives depth to t...


Sunday April 17, 2016 3:45pm - 5:25pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

5:00pm

Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho
When guitarist and composer Robbie Basho died in 1986, he was so little-regarded that all his records were out of print. In the 30 years since, a small but fervent cult has coalesced around Basho's mystic air; his masterful synthesis of country-blues ...


Sunday April 17, 2016 5:00pm - 6:23pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

5:15pm

Big Gold Dream
Releasing only a dozen-odd recordings, but profoundly shaping the course of indie music, record labels Fast Product and Postcard Records formed in late-70s Edinburgh and early-80s Glasgow respectively, launched several key bands including Gang of Four...


Sunday April 17, 2016 5:15pm - 6:45pm
The Society for Arts 1112 N Milwaukee Ave,

6:15pm

Bang! The Bert Berns Story
Music meets the Mob in this biography of '60s hitmaker and 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bert Berns. A prolific songwriter ("Twist and Shout," "Piece of My Heart," "Hang on Sloopy") and producer (Solomon Burke, Van Morrison) with an output ...


Sunday April 17, 2016 6:15pm - 7:49pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

6:30pm

No Land's Song
“No decent man sitting in public and listening to music should get sexually aroused,” explained an Iranian religious scholar to composer Sara Najafi on why her plan to hold a concert of women singers in Tehran violates Islam. But this pass...


Sunday April 17, 2016 6:30pm - 8:01pm
Chicago Film Makers

6:45pm

Country: Portraits of an American Sound
Since the 1920s, when photos of country music's founding fathers and mothers "looked as if the Old Testament had come to life" (as Marty Stuart puts it), the genre has never been shy of iconic looks. Drawing on the archives and observations of great N...


Sunday April 17, 2016 6:45pm - 8:13pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

7:15pm

Playing Lecuona
A fabulous excursion into Latin jazz with all-star pianists Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdes, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba narrating the story and playing the music of the renowned, revered Cuban composer and pianist Ernesto Lecuona. Singers Ana Belen and Omara ...


Sunday April 17, 2016 7:15pm - 9:09pm
The Society for Arts 1112 N Milwaukee Ave,

8:15pm

Carmilla
After being buried alive as a heretic in the 17th century, Carmilla awakens from her grave to seek revenge in rural Iowa, but spares the life of a beautiful biker girl. A haunting bluegrass score in gorgeous black and white with shadow animation.


Sunday April 17, 2016 8:15pm - 9:29pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave

8:30pm

Love & Mercy
The operatic story of Beach Boys genius Brian Wilson is told in intertwining threads in what A.O. Scott of The New York Times called a "smart, compassionate, refreshingly unconventional biopic" that "explores the mental world and the artistic...


Sunday April 17, 2016 8:30pm - 10:31pm
Logan Theatre 2937 N Milwaukee Ave