Best & brightest appear at film, music, tech CIMMCON

Here’s your first look at the some of the first of 50 panels and workshops that will be presented at CIMMcon, April 16-17, the Midwest’s premiere Film, Music and Tech Conference.

CIMMcon is the weekend part of the 8th annual CIMMfest (Chicago International Movies & Music Festival), April 13-17, offering 200 plus movies, bands and DJs in venues along CIMMfest’s Milwaukee Ave. path in Logan Square.

CIMMcon, coproduced by music and film incubators, 2112 and Stage 18, respectively, features presentations, workshops and discussions led by key figures in entertainment, media arts and technology and a networking opportunity at every turn.

Here’s the first lineup release; program and participants subject to change.


Conversation with Film Composers: “We’re Not Really Here,” produced by Columbia College Chicago.

Conversation on Chicago Hip-Hop. Moderated by Teefa and Ryan Brockmeier. Participants include Kingdom Rock, DA Smart, Slang, Space Capital and Ang13.

Fireside Chat with industry legend Shelly Yakus (Lennon, Petty, Van Morrison).


90s Indies Panel: “What Have We Learned:” Including Butch Vig, Bruce Pavitt, Steve Marker, Joe Shanahan, Wendy Schneider, and Julia Nash.

Music Production for Fox Television’s Empire: Moderated by Alex Gaudieri (Periscope Post & Audio); Participants include Carlos Villalobos, Michael Nehs, Andrew Twiss, and Jason Neumann.

Grants for Filmmakers: Produced by Chicago Filmmakers.

Hidden Histories: Enacting Social Justice Through Creative Storytelling Platforms: Moderated by Jenelle Davis (Full Spectrum Features); including Erika Street, Anijo Mathew, and Oriana Oppice.

LGBTQ Perspectives on Cinema: The Current State of LGBTQ Filmmakers and Allies in Cinema. Produced by Women In Film.

The Role of Government in Film: Navigating your Local Film Economy: Produced by Stage 18.

Surviving the Grind: Living the Lifestyle as an Entertainment Entrepreneur: Produced by Stage 18.


Curating Music: How Filmmakers Integrate Already-Made Music into Their Films: Produced by Women In Film

Film Scoring Workshop with Joshua Abrams and Dinesh Sabu: Produced by Kartemquin.

In the Audition Room: What Casting Directors Look For: Produced by Chicago Acting in Film

CIMMcon NETWORKING: April 16-17, 3:30-6 p.m. at Emporium Arcade Bar, The Radler, Chicago Distilling Company, East Room, The Whistler and Galerie F on Milwaukee Avenue within a short distance from each other.

CIMMcon passes for $35 are available here.

Festival passes, starting at $79, may be purchased here

CIMMfest is partnering with Oxfam America’s “Give a Sh*t” festival pass. With each 5-day pass purchase, fans are encouraged to donate at least $6 to Oxfam. CIMMfest will 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 go 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.