One of Chicago’s best alternative film festivals is CIMMFest, AKA the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival. Now running for its eighth year, this organization continues its unique mission of focusing on movies with predominant musical themes: whether they’re films about musicians, musical performance, or that prominently feature musicians. Indiewood releases often touch upon music with biopics (like the recent “I Saw the Light,” “Born to Be Blue”), but CIMMFest goes deeper and to more specific territories. This year’s line-up features documentaries about the boogaloo, jazz pianist Bill Evans and Smart Studios; the features include a singer/songwriter’s savant take on “Aladdin” and killer mermaids that perform pop songs.

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