Love music? Love movies? Well, Chicago, you’re in luck! Beginning Thursday, April 14, the 2011 Chicago International Movies & Music Festival kicks off. “Bringing together movies about music, movies for music, movies of music, and movies capturing music as it is made.” CIMMfest will take place in the music mecca of Wicker Park and will consist of three days of movie screenings, panel discussions, workshops, and more. The whole festival will kick off with the world premiere of Fix: The Ministry Movie, a documentary about influential Chicago industrial band Ministry.
“Fix” was directed by Douglas Freel, an award-winning music video director who directed videos by such bands as Kiss, Def Leppard, Rush, and Poison in the height of MTV’s 80’s hair-metal hey-day. He later went on to direct videos for alternative rock heroes The Replacements, Faith No More and The Cult. According to the film’s bio, “Fix: The Ministry Movie gives a raw look at the demons artists fight – and create – while attempting to reach, and achieve infamous greatness.” The film also features interviews with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys and Lemmy Kilmeister of Motorhead. Douglas Freel will make an appearance at this world premiere and will be joined by Ministry bass player Paul Barker.
The three-day festival will also include documentaries about: Mott the Hoople, Replacements fans, Jose Gonzalez, Le Tigre, and The Minutemen followed by a live performance by former Minutemen bass-player Mike Watt.
There will also be narratives about actresses wanting to make it in Bollywood, and men creating opera, special film events with live music accompaniments, genre-bending musical performances at participating venues, and much, much more. Check out their website for more information or pick up tickets for individual films here. They also have passes available here that gives you access to all the films showing at CIMMFest 2011. That’s more than 30 films at one low price! Please note that this pass will not get you access to live music shows or movies with live musical accompaniment.