CIMMFest 2017 Preview

It seems crazy, but it’s already CIMMFest time! The music and movie festival takes place from November 9th-12th, with most of the bigger events being held at Davis Theater on Lincoln Ave. 2017 brings the 9th running of this festival, with some bigger names putting in films. The biggest name is Penelope Spheeris, the rock doc legend receiving this year’s Badaaaasssss Award.

The music lineup hasn’t been released yet, sadly, but there are a bunch of great movies premiering in just a few weeks (if not world premieres, at least the first time they’re being shown in Chicago). Aisha Tyler’s directorial debut, Axis, caught my eye immediately. As a long-time fan of her comedy (since her days on The Soup), I’m interested to see what she’s got up her sleeve.

There’s a free screening of David Bowie: The Last Five Years at Comfort Station. The doc looks at the final chapter of Bowie’s brilliant career, covering Lazarus, Black Star, and The Next Day. Originally aired on BBC 2 in January of this year.

Always looking to welcome and shine a light on the LGBTQ community, this year’s fest features the documentary Queercore: How To Punk A Revolution. It features interviews with John Waters, Bruce La Bruce, and Kathleen Hanna.

We Sold Our Souls For Rock & Roll, a doc by Spheeris that follows OzzFest ’99 has been virtually unseen since after it’s initial release. It features performances and behind the stage footage of Black Sabbath, Slipknot, System Of A Down, and Primus. Sounds like a perfect movie for any metalheads looking for something to see. Spheeris will be in attendance for this, participating in a Q&A following the movie.

These are just a few I picked out after a first glance at the lineup. There are plenty of great films I haven’t even taken a look at yet, so head over to the fest’s website to get a full rundown.

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