CFF 2019 Events

Workshops, Presentations, Podcasts, Parties

This year’s festival is April 11 - 14 and will be held at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre (400 River St,) and The Moxy Chattanooga (1220 King St). The Chattanooga Theatre Centre and The Moxy are 1.5 miles apart in downtown Chattanooga. Both have paid parking available on site.

For those who don’t have a car, there are several options:
CARTA’s (free) electric shuttle  
Bike Chattanooga
Chattywagon


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An Evening with Joe Bob Briggs: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood

THURSDAY APRIL 11th 8PM • 2 HOURS • Chattanooga Theatre Centre

The two-hour comedy history lesson premiered by the legendary Joe Bob Briggs, America’s drive-in movie critic, at the 2014 Chattanooga Film Festival has since been presented to sold-out theaters and standing ovations all over the country, including the prestigious South By Southwest Festival in Austin. This year Joe Bob brings the show back home as a benefit to support CFF, which he considers his “home festival."

Using more than 200 clips and stills, Briggs reviews the history of rednecks in America as told through the classics of both exploitation and mainstream movies. You will learn:
• The identity of the first redneck in history.
• The precise date the first redneck arrived in America.
• The most sacred redneck cinematic moments.
• How Thunder Road, the Whiskey Rebellion, the tight cutoffs worn by Claudia Jenningsin Gator Bait, illegal Coors beer, and the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash combined to inspire the greatest movie in the history of the world.
• Why the redneck is the scariest monster in all of film history, with visual evidence.
• The existential difference between Forrest Gump and Sling Blade.
• The reason God loves rednecks.

. . . and dozens of other historical facts that you didn’t realize you needed until Joe Bob deposited them in the rear lobe of your brain.

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Crispin Hellion Glover's Big Slide Show

FRIDAY APRIL 12TH • 7:30PM - 11PM • Chattanooga Theatre Centre

The Chattanooga Film Festival is delighted to have Crispin Hellion Glover, a true cinematic icon, as a part of our 2019 lineup. Crispin will be on hand to present his Big Slide Show Part 2, screen his film "It is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE" and also meet and greet fans to sign copies of his books.

Synopsis:

"It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE" goes into uncharted cinematic territory with screenwriter Steven C. Stewart starring in this semi-autobiographical, psycho-sexual, tale about a man with severe cerebral palsy and a fetish for girls with long hair. Part horror film, part exploitation picture and part documentary of a man who cannot express his sexuality in the way he desires, (due to his physical condition), this fantastical and often humorous tale is told completely from Stewart’s actual point of view – that of someone who has lived for years watching people do things he will never be able to do. Here, Stewart’s character is something of a lady killer, seducing a troubled, recently divorced mother (Margit Carstensen), her teenage daughter and any number of other ladies he encounters along the way. According to Crispin Glover, Stewart "wanted to show that handicapped people are human, sexual and can be horrible. Crispin Glover and his co-director David Brothers wanted to bring Stewart’s story to the screen.


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EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE

SATURDAY APRIL 13th 7:45PM - 9:15PM • 1.5 HOURS • Chattanooga Theatre Centre

Unquestionably one of the most unique, hilarious and bizarre things the human eyeball can behold. It wouldn’t feel like CFF without a performance from our pals at Everything is Terrible. So bring your Jerry’s and get your tickets quickly as EIT always sell out!

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Heaven and Hell on the Southern Belle - 6th Annual Boat Float

SATURDAY APRIL 13TH • 10:00PM - 12:00AM • 151 RIVERFRONT PKWY

Without a doubt the most infamous of our many whiskey fueled CFF traditions is our triple decker Saturday night party on the historic Southern Belle riverboat. With the help of our musical guests The Medium, Psychic Dungeon and Jeff The Brotherhood join us as we raise a little hell on the Belle!


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THE MINGLER WELCOME PARTY

PRESENTED BY PUCKETT’S GROCERY & RESTAURANT

THURSDAY • APRIL 11 • 4:30-5:30 P.M.•CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE LOBBY

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - RSVP BELOW

Named in honor of William Castle, one of cinema’s greatest showmen, we are proud to pregame with all of the talented filmmakers andattendees who make CFF a four-day blast of joy each year. Join us in the lobby of the historic Chattanooga Theatre Centre as we snack, drink, drink and snack in order to prepare our minds, our bodies and our livers for the four days of movie madness that make up CFF 6. There’s nobetter time tomake a CFF BFF than at the beginning,so make sure to say hello to your fellow festival goers. Feel that warmth? That’s friendship y’all—and like America runs on Dunkin’, CFF runs on FRIENDSHIP.

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I'm OK, You're Karaoke Party Vol IV

FRIDAY • APRIL 12 • 10:00 P.M. - 12:00 A.M. • CHATTANOOGA BREWING COMPANY

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - RSVP BELOW

This year, the talented brewmeisters at Chattanooga Brewing Company have generously offered to host our traditional CFF Karaoke Party. Join us as we sip on some of the finest local brews and tastiest snacks our city has to offer as we deeply and irrevocably butcher hours of classic tunes with the help of our special guest CFF KJ


Metal Madness After Party

THURSDAY • APRIL 11 • 10:00 P.M. - 12:00 A.M. • MOXY CHATTANOOGA

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - RSVP BELOW

Celebrating Heavy Metal in cinema, complete with themed cocktails (you haven’t been drunk until you’ve been drunk off the MEGADETH), metal face painters and other opening night mayhem to celebrate CFF’s 2019’s Metal AF selections Sadistic Intentions and Lords of Chaos.

Mallory O'Meara's The Lady from the Black Lagoon

FRIDAY • APRIL 12 • 3:00-5:00P.M. • CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE - CLASSTERPIECE THEATER

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - RSVP BELOW

The film Creature from the Black Lagoon has long been near and dear to CFF executive director and lead programmer Chris Dortch II, but thanks to author Mallory O’Meara, he digs it now more than ever. That’s because there’s more to the story behind theiconic monster and thetalented woman who designed it. CFFwill not only present a special screening of the film, butt his eye-opening presentation by O’Meara, whose new book Lady from the Black Lagoon sheds light on the legacy of a forgotten and overlooked cinema hero. As a teenager, O’Meara was thrilled to discover one of her favorite movies featured a monster designed by a woman, Milicent Patrick. But for someone who should have been hailed as a pioneer in the genre, there was little information available. That’s because, as O’Meara soon discovered, Patrick’s contribution had been claimed by a jealous male colleague, her career had been cut short, and she soon after had disappeared from film history. As a young woman working in the horror film industry, O’Meara set out to right the wrong, and in the process discovered the full, fascinating story of an ambitious, artistic woman ahead of her time.


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Live Dungeons & Dragons

PRESENTED BY INFINITY FLUX AND CHATTANOOGA WHISKEY
FRIDAY • APRIL 12 •5:00-7:00 P.M. •
CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE - CLASSTERPIECE THEATER

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - RSVP BELOW

If you haven’t noticed after five years of drunken script readings and hotwing eating contests, CFF loves fun almost as much it loves movies.This year, organizers are taking things to awhole new realm (literally) with a special live Dungeons & Dragons game, made even more special with dungeon master/screenwriter C. Robert Cargill (Sinister/DoctorStrange) leading the way. The icing on this fantasy-filled cake? Sunday’s special screening of the new D&D documentary Eye of TheBeholder: The Art of Dungeons and Dragons.

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Shockwaves' Dead Right Movie Trivia

FRIDAY • APRIL 12 • 8:00-10:00 P.M. • CHATTANOOGA BREWING COMPANY

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - RSVP BELOW

We’re pumped to have our pals at the Shock Waves podcast bring their popular Dead Right movie trivia game to CFF. Let’s get quizzical y’all.


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Destroy All Movies!!! - The Punks on Film Panel!

SATURDAY • APRIL 13 • 10:00-11:00 A.M. • MOXY CHATTANOOGA

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - RSVP BELOW

Twentieth century punk historians and full-time goonbags Zack Carlson and Bryan Connolly attack the audience with the ludicrous and completely impossible facts (and fictions) of Hollywood vs. the punk rock movement, when horror films and party comedies became infested with mohawks and mayhem. Including a special punk clips show from Everything Is Terrible!!

Seating will be first come first serve.

Shockwaves Podcast

SATURDAY • APRIL 13 • 12:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m. • CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE - CLASSTERPIECE THEATER

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - RSVP BELOW

At last year’s festival they came, they saw and consumed enough whiskey they are now a part of CFF’s extended family. Now bonded by blood, vomit and a love for spooky cinema, CFF is proud to announce Shock Waves is back. Hosts Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane and Rebekah McKendry will return to record a live episode of their beloved podcast.


Protecting Your Film's Intellectual Property

SATURDAY • APRIL 13 • 1:00-2:00 P.M. • MOXY CHATTANOOGA

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - RSVP BELOW

Let’s face it—it’s tough to keep your creative ideas safe. And unless you make movies in a cave, you need to protect your film.

This panel will focus on an overview of intellectual property in independent film—and how it’s important to you.

We’ll cover works for hire, licensing, acquiring rights to other works, and fair use from the perspective of protecting the filmmaker. All in a fun, informal environment where you’ll have a chance to interact and ask questions from our panel of industry experts, filmmakers, and entertainment attorneys.

From Barham & Maucere LLC, the guys that brought you last year’s panel on getting sweet greenbacks for your project. We’re lawyers that help independent filmmakers create and protect great works of art. Check out our website: b-m.law

Seating will be first come first serve.

Funding Your Film with Investors

SATURDAY • APRIL 13 • 3:00-4:00 P.M. • MOXY CHATTANOOGA

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - RSVP BELOW

Making the jump to one’s first feature film is probably the hardest maneuver a filmmaker has to do. A great many first-time filmmakers settle for raising $20-100k via crowdfunding or credit cards because they assume they don’t have the skills to be a “real producer.”

In filmmaker Steven Degennaro’s (Stop, Found Footage 3D) workshop, filmmakers will learn there is a mystique surrounding film financing—one deliberately cultivated by producers—that discourages filmmakers from even attempting produce a film for $500,000 to $1 million on their first go-around (or EVER). The truth is it’s not nearly as daunting as many assume. It’s a lot of hard work, and not for the faint of heart, but it can be done with just a little determination and the right people by your side. Attendees will also be given exclusive access to various documents and audio-visual materials, including a successful film business plan and pitch materials.

Seating will be first come first. serve.


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Junkfood Cinema Podcast

SATURDAY • APRIL 13 • 3:00-4:30 P.M. • CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE - CLASSTERPIECE THEATER

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - RSVP BELOW

Junkfood Cinema is a shame-free celebration of cult cinema hosted by critic Brian Salisbury and Marvel Studios screenwriter C. Robert Cargill. Join them to geek out.

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Chattanooga Whiskey Cocktail Competition

Saturday, April 12 in the Chattanooga Theatre Centre Lobby

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - RSVP BELOW

If you’ve attended CFF in the past you’ll know that Chattanooga Whiskey isn’t just our official whiskey it’s the official FLUID of the Chattanooga Film Festival. We love it, ya’ll love it and that’s why we’re mega-pumped to announce that the mixology master-minds at Chattanooga Whiskey and Dr. Thatchers will be presenting a complimentary cocktail competition for CFF badge holders. Day drinking and rad cinema? WE ALL WIN.


Pitch Workshop with Dave Lawson

SATURDAY • APRIL 13 • 5:30-7:00 P.M. • MOXY CHATTANOOGA

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - RSVP BELOW

Longtime CFF collaborator and Rustic Films producer David Lawson Jr. (Spring, The Endless, Resolution) leads this rousing and informative workshop designed to teach aspiring filmmakers the art of the pitch and advise them on their journey to tell amazing stories through the medium of film

Seating will be first come first serve.

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CFF AWARDS 2019

Sunday, April 14 at 7:00 pm in the Screena Theater in the Chattanooga Theatre Centre

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - RSVP BELOW




The Secrets of Poltergeist III revealed by Gary Sherman

SUNDAY • APRIL 14 • 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. • CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE - CLASSTERPIECE THEATER

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - RSVP BELOW

No CGI. No optical FX. No green screen. Every special effect in Poltergeist III was done on set and in the camera. Literally “smoke andmirrors.” Some have called this film an encyclopedia of practical effects. A magic show worthy of Merlin, Houdini or David Copperfield. But Director Gary Sherman, unlike any of the above-mentioned magicians, is not bound to their “don’t tell” code of silence. In this talk, created for Rue Morgue’s Black Museum Lecture Series, he tells, and shows, it all... and some great stories too!

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True Crime Cinema

SUNDAY • APRIL 14 • 5:00-6:00 P.M. • CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE - CLASSTERPIECE THEATER

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - RSVP BELOW

Writer/director Joshua Zeman, as his bio on A&E’s website for The Killing Season says, “has been at the forefront of the true crime genre for the last decade.” CFF fans will be treated to a recounting of some of his recent work, including the documentary Cropsey—which Filmmaker Magazine called “an absorbing and terrifying piece of filmmaking”—the anthology series Killer Legends—one of the most watched true crime documentaries on Hulu and Netflix—and Murder Mountain, which premiered on Netflix in late 2018.


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Pumpkin Pie Show

SUNDAY • APRIL 14 • 2:40-4:40P.M. • CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE - CLASSTERPIECE THEATER

For over 20 years, author Clay McLeod Chapman and his rigorous storytelling session The Pumpkin Pie Show have offered a view into the minds of the most depraved Southern Gothic monstrosities. Sometimes darkly humorous, sometimes strangely heartbreaking, and most definitely always in-your-face, these tales of madness and macabre explore the domestic horrors of every day, finding terror within our very own households. This one-of-a-kind performance delves deep into the darkest recesses of those mad men and women who drift along the periphery of humankind. Still not sold? The Scotsman says,  “Clay McLeod Chapman is like Stephen King transmogrified into a post-punk preacher poet.” We bet you’re in now.