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Comfort Film CIMMFEST 2016 Festival Screening: And This is Free (1965)

  • Comfort Station 2579 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL, 60647 United States (map)

Comfort Film CIMMFEST 2016 Festival Screening:

And This is Free (1965)

Director: Mike Shea
Runtime: 50 mins
Media: Digital Projection

Plot: The legendary Maxwell Street market–Chicago's fabled kaleidoscope of races, religions, bargain hunters and street musicians–is captured in all its grit and hot-dog mustard glory in this cult classic of cinema-verite filmmaking; an early example of Gordon Quinn’s work as sound recordist and assistant editor.

In partnership with Kartemquin Films.

Preceded by the short

1001 Afternoons in Chicago

Short Fiction
*USA Premier*
Film Director: Dave Less
Producer: Jen Howard
Theatrical Director: Anderson Lawfer
Musical Direction: Francesco Milioto
Music: Seth Boustead and Amos Gillespie
Runtime: 25 mins

A brilliantly inventive essay on Chicago now refracted through the lens of legendary newspaperman Ben Hecht, who captured the city's essence a century ago for the late, still-lamented Chicago Daily News. A true multimedia ensemble piece (featuring an original score by the Access Contemporary Music ensemble) that playfully recreates Hecht's vision of Chicago as a "vast, broken mirror" reflecting itself.

Comfort Film is a Venue for the 2016 Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMFest).

All CIMMFEST screenings are free.

This is CIMMfest, the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival—a four-day showcase of outstanding films, energetic concerts, visually stunning VJ/DJ sets, lively Q&A’s, daring live score performances, industry panels and presentations…anything to show just what movies and music mean to each other. CIMMfest was imagined and brought to life by musician Josh Chicoine (Cloudbirds, The M’s) and filmmaker Ilko Davidov (BulletProof Film). Neither knew what he was getting into at the start, but hundreds of films, thousands of attendees and countless incredible experiences later, CIMMfest is a publicized, respected Chicago fixture.