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CFFEATURES - Come see the best in modern art house and indie cinema, carefully curated for your viewing pleasure.

MES AFTER HOURS
(PRESENTED BY SHUDDER) - Celebrate the weird, wild and wooly world of genre cinema in the tradition of long-time Chattanooga film club Mise En Scenesters.

TRUTH BOMBS - There’s no question truth is always stranger fiction, as this fascinating collection of documentaries will attest.

CFF CINEMASSENTIALS - Groundbreaking. Classic. Unforgettable. No true cinephile worth their popcorn salt will want to miss these movie masterworks.


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 A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN   Director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire Category:   CFFEATURES   The true story of an English boxer incarcerated in one of Thailand's most notorious prisons as he fights in Muay Thai tournaments to earn his freedom.

A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN

Director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire
Category: 
CFFEATURES
The true story of an English boxer incarcerated in one of Thailand's most notorious prisons as he fights in Muay Thai tournaments to earn his freedom.

 ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING   Directors David Ian McKendry, Rebekah McKendry   *WORLD PREMIERE Category:   MES AFTER HOURS    When an awkward date on Christmas Eve leads a couple into a strange theater, they're treated to a bizarre and frightening collection of Christmas stories, featuring a wide ensemble of characters doing their best to avoid the horrors of the holidays. From boring office parties and last-minute shopping, to vengeful stalkers and immortal demons, there's plenty out there to fear this holiday season.   Q&A with directors Rebekah McKendry and David Ian McKendry, producers Morgan Peter Brown and Joe Wicker

ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING

Directors David Ian McKendry, Rebekah McKendry
*WORLD PREMIERE
Category: 
MES AFTER HOURS

When an awkward date on Christmas Eve leads a couple into a strange theater, they're treated to a bizarre and frightening collection of Christmas stories, featuring a wide ensemble of characters doing their best to avoid the horrors of the holidays. From boring office parties and last-minute shopping, to vengeful stalkers and immortal demons, there's plenty out there to fear this holiday season.

Q&A with directors Rebekah McKendry and David Ian McKendry, producers Morgan Peter Brown and Joe Wicker

ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING

 BOOM FOR REAL: THE LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT   BASQUIAT | Director Sara Driver Category:   TRUTH BOMBS   Exploring the pre-fame years of the celebrated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and how New York City, its people, and tectonically shifting arts culture of the late 1970s and '80s shaped his vision.

BOOM FOR REAL: THE LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT

BASQUIAT | Director Sara Driver
Category: 
TRUTH BOMBS
Exploring the pre-fame years of the celebrated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and how New York City, its people, and tectonically shifting arts culture of the late 1970s and '80s shaped his vision.

 BORLEY RECTORY   Director Ashley Thorpe Category:   MES AFTER HOURS   BORLEY RECTORY is an animated documentary chronicling what came to be known as "the most haunted house in England." The legends attached to the rectory at Borley and famed paranormal investigator Harry Price's subsequent investigations of them caught the public's imagination during the late 1920s, in time becoming one of the world's most notorious ghost stories. BORLEY RECTORY examines the legend, the controversial investigations and a ghost story that may well reveal more about what might have been missing from Borley rather than what might have been invading it.

BORLEY RECTORY

Director Ashley Thorpe
Category: 
MES AFTER HOURS
BORLEY RECTORY is an animated documentary chronicling what came to be known as "the most haunted house in England." The legends attached to the rectory at Borley and famed paranormal investigator Harry Price's subsequent investigations of them caught the public's imagination during the late 1920s, in time becoming one of the world's most notorious ghost stories. BORLEY RECTORY examines the legend, the controversial investigations and a ghost story that may well reveal more about what might have been missing from Borley rather than what might have been invading it.

 
 BRIMSTONE AND GLORY   Director Viktor Jakovleski Category:   TRUTH BOMBS   Ecstatic ritual, danger and the absolute beauty of fireworks.

BRIMSTONE AND GLORY

Director Viktor Jakovleski
Category: 
TRUTH BOMBS
Ecstatic ritual, danger and the absolute beauty of fireworks.

 DEMENTIA PART II   Directors Mike Testin, Matt Mercer   *WORLD PREMIERE Category:   MES AFTER HOURS   Suzanne wasn’t always this confused.  She wasn’t always dead either... When an ex-con takes a job as a handyman for an unstable elderly woman to avoid a parole violation, it becomes a choice he may regret.  From the makers of Dementia and Contracted comes the unnecessary midnight-movie sequel you never knew you wanted… made script-to-screen in literally one month!  Q&A following with directors Mike Testin and Matt Mercer

DEMENTIA PART II

Directors Mike Testin, Matt Mercer
*WORLD PREMIERE
Category: 
MES AFTER HOURS
Suzanne wasn’t always this confused.  She wasn’t always dead either... When an ex-con takes a job as a handyman for an unstable elderly woman to avoid a parole violation, it becomes a choice he may regret.  From the makers of Dementia and Contracted comes the unnecessary midnight-movie sequel you never knew you wanted… made script-to-screen in literally one month!
Q&A following with directors Mike Testin and Matt Mercer

DEMENTIA PART II

 DOWNRANGE   Director Ryûhei Kitamura Category:   MES AFTER HOURS   Stranded at the side of the road after a tire blowout, a group of friends become targets for an enigmatic sniper. 

DOWNRANGE

Director Ryûhei Kitamura
Category: 
MES AFTER HOURS
Stranded at the side of the road after a tire blowout, a group of friends become targets for an enigmatic sniper. 

 GEMINI   Director Aaron Katz Category:   CFFEATURES   A heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant and her Hollywood starlet boss. As the assistant unravels the mystery, she must confront her own understanding of friendship, truth, and celebrity. 

GEMINI

Director Aaron Katz
Category: 
CFFEATURES
A heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant and her Hollywood starlet boss. As the assistant unravels the mystery, she must confront her own understanding of friendship, truth, and celebrity. 

 
 GHOST STORIES   Directors Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman Category:   CFFEATURES  Arch skeptic Professor Phillip Goodman embarks upon a terror-filled quest when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three cases of inexplicable 'hauntings'.

GHOST STORIES

Directors Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman
Category: 
CFFEATURES
Arch skeptic Professor Phillip Goodman embarks upon a terror-filled quest when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three cases of inexplicable 'hauntings'.

 HOT SUMMER NIGHTS   Director Elijah Bynum Category:   CFFEATURES    A boy comes of age during a summer he spends in Cape Cod. 

HOT SUMMER NIGHTS

Director Elijah Bynum
Category: 
CFFEATURES

A boy comes of age during a summer he spends in Cape Cod. 

HOT SUMMER NIGHTS

 I KILL GIANTS   Director Anders Walter Category:   CFFEATURES   Barbara Thorson struggles through life by escaping into a fantasy life of magic and monsters.

I KILL GIANTS

Director Anders Walter
Category: 
CFFEATURES
Barbara Thorson struggles through life by escaping into a fantasy life of magic and monsters.

 ICEPICK TO THE MOON   Director Skizz Cyzyk Category:   TRUTH BOMBS   A feature length documentary about strip-mine crooner, Rev. Fred Lane, and the Raudelunas arts collective of Alabama in the Seventies.   Q&A with director Skizz Cyzyk.

ICEPICK TO THE MOON

Director Skizz Cyzyk
Category: 
TRUTH BOMBS
A feature length documentary about strip-mine crooner, Rev. Fred Lane, and the Raudelunas arts collective of Alabama in the Seventies. 
Q&A with director Skizz Cyzyk.

 
 KING BOXER AKA FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH   Director Chang-hwa Jeong Category:CFF CINEMASSENTIALS   Two martial arts schools prepare for an important tournament. (1972)  ©2000 CELESTIAL PICTURES LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

KING BOXER AKA FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH

Director Chang-hwa Jeong
Category:CFF CINEMASSENTIALS

Two martial arts schools prepare for an important tournament. (1972)
©2000 CELESTIAL PICTURES LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 LESSER BEASTS   Director Casey T. Malone Category:   CFFEATURES  *WORLD PREMIERE  Four stories. One mystery.  Q&A following with director Casey T. Malone and cast.

LESSER BEASTS

Director Casey T. Malone
Category: 
CFFEATURES
*WORLD PREMIERE
Four stories. One mystery.
Q&A following with director Casey T. Malone and cast.

 LET THE CORPSES TAN   Director Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani Category:   CFFEATURES   The Mediterranean summer: blue sea, blazing sun....and 250 kg of gold stolen by Rhino and his gang! They had found the perfect hideout: an abandoned and remote hamlet now taken over by a woman artist in search for inspiration. Unfortunately surprise guests and two cops compromise their plan: the heavenly place where wild happenings and orgies used to take place turns into a gruesome battlefield. 

LET THE CORPSES TAN

Director Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani
Category: 
CFFEATURES
The Mediterranean summer: blue sea, blazing sun....and 250 kg of gold stolen by Rhino and his gang! They had found the perfect hideout: an abandoned and remote hamlet now taken over by a woman artist in search for inspiration. Unfortunately surprise guests and two cops compromise their plan: the heavenly place where wild happenings and orgies used to take place turns into a gruesome battlefield. 

 LIFE AFTER FLASH   Director Lisa Downs *WORLD PREMIERE   Category:   TRUTH BOMBS   LIFE AFTER FLASH explores the life of Sam J Jones since his iconic performance as 'Flash Gordon' in the 1980 classic of the same name, and the aftermath of the young stars' clash with one of Hollywood's biggest legends, producer Dino De Laurentiis. 

LIFE AFTER FLASH

Director Lisa Downs
*WORLD PREMIERE

Category: TRUTH BOMBS
LIFE AFTER FLASH explores the life of Sam J Jones since his iconic performance as 'Flash Gordon' in the 1980 classic of the same name, and the aftermath of the young stars' clash with one of Hollywood's biggest legends, producer Dino De Laurentiis. 

LIFE AFTER FLASH

 
 LOWLIFE   Director Ryan Prows Category:   MES AFTER HOURS   The sordid lives of an addict, an ex-con, and a luchador collide when an organ harvesting caper goes very, very wrong.  Q&A with director Ryan Prows

LOWLIFE

Director Ryan Prows
Category: 
MES AFTER HOURS
The sordid lives of an addict, an ex-con, and a luchador collide when an organ harvesting caper goes very, very wrong.
Q&A with director Ryan Prows

 LU OVER THE WALL   Director Masaaki Yuasa Category:   CFFEATURES   New kid Kai is talented but adrift, spending his days sulking and isolated in a small fishing village after his family moves from Tokyo. When he demonstrates a proficiency at making music on his synthesizer, his classmates invite him to join their nascent garage band, but their practice sessions soon bring an unexpected guest: Lu, a young mermaid whose fins turn to feet when she hears the beats, and whose singing causes humans to compulsively dance - whether they want to or not.

LU OVER THE WALL

Director Masaaki Yuasa
Category: 
CFFEATURES
New kid Kai is talented but adrift, spending his days sulking and isolated in a small fishing village after his family moves from Tokyo. When he demonstrates a proficiency at making music on his synthesizer, his classmates invite him to join their nascent garage band, but their practice sessions soon bring an unexpected guest: Lu, a young mermaid whose fins turn to feet when she hears the beats, and whose singing causes humans to compulsively dance - whether they want to or not.

 MADELINE'S MADELINE   Director Josephine Decker Category:   CFFEATURES   A theater director's latest project takes on a life of its own when her young star takes her performance too seriously.

MADELINE'S MADELINE

Director Josephine Decker
Category: 
CFFEATURES
A theater director's latest project takes on a life of its own when her young star takes her performance too seriously.

MADELINE'S MADELINE

 MOHAWK   Director Ted Geoghegan Category:   CFFEATURES   Late in the War of 1812, a young Mohawk woman and her two lovers battle a squad of American soldiers hell-bent on revenge.  Q&A with director/writer Ted Geoghegan and writer Grady Hendrix

MOHAWK

Director Ted Geoghegan
Category: 
CFFEATURES
Late in the War of 1812, a young Mohawk woman and her two lovers battle a squad of American soldiers hell-bent on revenge.
Q&A with director/writer Ted Geoghegan and writer Grady Hendrix