( March 29, 2016 ) — The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival ( CIMMfest ) announces its LGBTQ programming for the eighth edition, running April 13-17, 2016 across twenty different venues in many of Chicago's culturally-diverse neighborhoods including Logan Square, Wicker Park, Hyde Park, Lakeview, and Pilsen. Individual event tickets start at $8 for concerts and $12 for films; passes start at $79 with VIP passes at $149. Festival passes and a la carte tickets are currently available at CIMMfest.org .
THURSDAY, APRIL 14
Hunky Dory ( USA )
Fiction, 85 min
Directed by Michael Curtis Johnson
A bisexual, glam rock dilettante with lofty dreams of becoming a musician takes the stage at seedy dive bars, but his hedonistic lifestyle is put on hold when his ex-girlfriend drops their son off at his high-heeled feet and skips town. Struggling to let go of his musical aspirations, Sidney's life goes into a tailspin as the reality of fatherhood slaps him in the face. Director Michael Curtis Johnson paints a bittersweet portrait of love, sacrifice, and rock 'n' roll, showing us that life isn't always hunky dory.
Thursday, April 14, 7:15pm; The Logan Theater, 2646 N Milwaukee Ave
SATURDAY, APRIL 16
The Night Smokers of Chicago ( USA )
Short Documentary, 11 min
Directed by Eve Studnicka
Through genuine insight into the lives of three trans men and their respective communities, The Night Smokers of Chicago explores the power of the personal narrative and reveals the marginalized humanity of Chicago's streets after dark.
Saturday, April 16, 5:00pm; The Logan Theater, 2646 N Milwaukee Ave
SUNDAY, APRIL 17
These C*cksucking Tears ( USA ) CHICAGO PREMIERE
Short Documentary, 16 min
In 1973, Pat Haggerty released Lavender Country, the first gay-themed country music album. With only 1,000 copies made, the album soon faded into obscurity. Forty years later, it was rediscovered and lauded by critics as a rare act of unabashed bravery and honesty. These C*cksucking Tears finds Haggerty, now in his 70s, as his long-dormant musical dream comes back to life.
Sunday, April 17, 4:00pm; 1st Ward Chop Shop, 2033 W North Ave
Festival passes ( starting at $79 ) are available now at cimmfest.org . For this year's festival, CIMMfest is proud to partner with Oxfam America for their "Give a Sh*t" festival pass. With each 5-day pass purchase, fans are encouraged to donate at least $6 to Oxfam; CIMMfest will then match the first $6 donated. The $6 + $6 donation goes directly to Oxfam's lifesaving work. Across the world nearly half of the world's population live off just $2.50 a day and one out of nine people goes to bed hungry each night. With CIMMfest and Oxfam America's "Give a Sh*t" festival pass fans will help communities around the world break free from poverty and tackle global inequality and injustice. Passes for the industry conference CIMMcon are $35; they are $20 with a festival pass purchase.
Engineering and Recording Society of Chicago ( EARS ), IDEO, 2112, STAGE 18, Eversport Media, Matchnode, 8stem, Keepsake, TourSmart, NoiseFloor, 1871, LiveOne, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Columbia College Chicago, 8tiv Labs, Canadian Independent Music Association ( CIMA ), Canadian Consulate General, Creative Cypher, Swanson Marin & Bell, LLP, SAE Institute, Pop Montreal, Quebec Gov't Office of Chicago, Pitchfork Media, Wicker Park Chamber of Commerce, Choose Chicago, Red Bull Music Academy, DePaul Film School, Mayflower Travel, The Radler, Emporium, Roland, WXRT, Driehaus / MacArthur Foundation and more.
ABOUT CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL MOVIES AND MUSIC FESTIVAL ( CIMMfest )
The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival ( CIMMfest ) is a 501( c )( 3 ) non-profit arts organization dedicated to bringing together filmmakers, musicians, artists, industry leaders and audiences from diverse cultures around the world. In addition to producing year-round film screenings, concerts, and professional development programming, the organization produces one of Chicago's most highly anticipated and largest cultural events of the year: CIMMfest. The five-day, 200-plus multimedia event features film premieres, live concerts, live scored films, and a dynamic professional and entrepreneurial industry conference. CIMMfest serves a growing, diverse community of artists, industry and fans, in order to reveal the transformative power of music to foster creativity and communication, educate, enlighten, and entertain.