City Winery and CIMMfest present Spike Lee

Saturday, April 18 at City Winery Chicago


(March 17, 2015) – The 7th Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest), the annual four-day showcase celebrating the inseparable connection between music and movies, is proud to announce that filmmaker Spike Lee will be part of this year’s dynamic programming of film, music and live scoring events. An Evening of Music, Film & Wine with Spike Lee takes place Saturday, April 18, 8 p.m. at City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph St.


City Winery Chicago and CIMMfest celebrate Brooklyn filmmaker Spike Lee’s career of 36 Joints, spanning from his breakthrough 1986 comedy She’s Gotta Have It to his most recent release, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. City Winery founder Michael Dorf will lead a wine pairing while Lee discusses and shows selections from his extensive filmography. Admission includes six wines specially chosen and paired with Lee’s films. Guest deejay DJ V-Dub will spin a mix of music from Spike Lee’s films.


An Evening of Music, Film & Wine with Spike Lee

Saturday, Apr. 18, 8 p.m. at City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph

Admission is included as part of a special CIMMfest four-day festival pass, $110, available now at

A la carte tickets – $ 55, $65 and $75 – are available through the City Winery box office starting Thursday, March 19 at noon


CIMMfest No. 7 takes place April 16-19, 2015 along the Milwaukee Avenue corridor – from Wicker Park to Logan Square – with satellite events in the West Loop, Pilsen and beyond. Four-day festival passes, which include admission to An Evening of Music, Film & Wine with Spike Lee, are currently available for $110 at Additional (non-Spike) CIMMfest passes – $75 (basic) and VIP ($100) – are also available now.


Movie highlights of CIMMfest No. 7 include the world premiere of John Anderson‘s Sam Lay in Bluesland, the U.S. premiere of Chinese punk rock doc Never Release My Fist and the North American Premiere of Brasil Bam Bam Bam.


Music highlights include: powerhouse vocalist Lisa Fischer (Twenty Feet From Stardom) for two shows at Thalia Hall; a DJ Event featuring sonic architect Hank Shocklee (Public Enemy’s Bomb Squad) and Luftwerk technical director Liviu Pasare in conjunction with the premiere of synthesizer doc 808; and Sierre Leone’s Refugee All-Stars following a showing of their self-titled documentary that launched them into worldwide fame.


Live scoring programs, during which bands, orchestras and soloists perform a film’s music score live in front of the projected movie, have become a signature draw for CIMMfest. This year’s offerings include movies live-scored by acclaimed composer Marc Ribot (Josef von Sternberg’s The Docks of New York), electronic trio Chandeliers (Hungarian animation Fehérlófia) and two more to be announced as part of the City’s Lake FX Summit + Expo.


For a complete lineup of confirmed films, musical acts and live scoring events for CIMMfest No. 7, visit


The mission of the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest) is to highlight the inseparability of film and music through the production of an annual four-day, multi-venue festival.  CIMMfest is a convergence event that highlights the interconnectedness of all people shown through the lens of music and movies, on stage and on screen.  All participating films have music at their center: short and long form documentaries and narrative fiction; concert films; animation; music videos; performances; live concert events; art exhibits; and panel discussions, presented at both new and historic venues around Chicago.  CIMMfest is a platform for filmmakers and musicians, artists and producers, to present their vision and offer a connection point for people to come together for a celebration of movies, music, and good times in the greatest city on earth – Chicago!  For more information, visit


Corporate sponsors of CIMMfest No. 7 include Lagunitas Brewing Co, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Mailchimp and Softlayer- An IBM Company.