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.
CFFEATURES - Come see the best in modern art house and indie cinema, carefully curated for your viewing pleasure.
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.
SONIC CINEMA - Music and Film have a peanutbutter and jelly-like relationship. Through the films in our annually presented SONIC CINEMA Block, CFF explores the powerful bond music and film share. We play these films loud!
Arrows of Outrageous fortune
(World Premiere) • CFFeature
On Saturday, April 12 at 2:30 pm in the Screena Turner Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Preceded by director Ryan McGlade’s short film Bennifer.
We once read Oklahoma filmmaker Mickey Reece referred to as the “Soderbergh of the Sticks,” and man, do we love that. Since 2008 Mickey has written, produced and directed more than 20 feature films and shows no sign of slowing down.
For our money, he is one of the most fascinating voices in the world of independent cinema, and it is our supreme honor to share the world premiere of his latest labor of love, the surreal comedy Arrows of Outrageous Fortune, in which George Arrow bequeaths his only son Henry a mansion filled with insane women. Reece will be on hand for a post-film Q&A. Preceded by director Ryan McGlade’s short film Bennifer.
Director: Mickey Reece. 72 minutes.
BODY AT BRIGHTON ROCK
On Sunday, April 14 at 2:40 pm in the Bruce Springscreen Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
CFF fan favorite filmmaker Roxanne Benjamin is back with a terrifically tense thriller. All alliteration aside (see what we did there?) we’ve loved Roxanne’s work for years, and we’re thrilled to have an opportunity to share her latest.
Here’s the story: Wendy, a part-time summer employee at a mountainous state park, takes on a rough trail assignment at the end of the season, trying to prove to her friends she’s capable enough to do the job. When she takes a wrong turn and ends up deep in the backcountry, she stumbles upon what might be a potential crime scene.
Stuck with no communication after losing her radio and with orders to guard the site, Wendy must fight the urge to run and do the harder job of staying put, spending the night deep in the wilderness, facing down her worst fears and proving to everyone—including herself—she’s made of stronger stuff than they think she is.
Director: Roxanne Benjamin. 87 minutes.
A Bread Factory (Parts One and Two)
On Friday, April 12 at 10:00 am in the Bruce Springscreen Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Set in the imagined community of Checkford, N.Y., a modest arts center known as The Bread Factory struggles to retain both its relevance and resources as its annual funding from the city council risks being diverted to a decidedly more corporate arts institution fronted by an ostentatious pair of performance artists.
As The Bread Factory’s founders Dorothea (Tyne Daly) and Greta (Elisabeth Henry-Macari) marshal the community to come to their support, a cavalcade of eccentric personalities are introduced, each character with their own personal discord to resolve, and each buoyed by an exceptional performance.
You’ll learn of an ancient thespian’s 50-year feud with a theatre critic, watch a lovesick teenager rise up to meet a newfound responsibility, bear witness to the growth of a performer over the course of a production of Euripides’ “Hecuba” and marvel at how patiently and precisely writer/director Patrick Wang weaves these threads and others across a series of exquisite vignettes and even outright musical numbers.
Thoughtfully photographed on gorgeously grainy 16mm, the result, across two epic halves, is a profound reminder of the transformative power of art and a communal tapestry as vivid and endearing as those found in the works of Robert Altman, Ingmar Bergman and David Lynch.
On Saturday, April 13 at 6:45 pm in the Screena Turner Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
In the hazy mountains of eastern Kentucky, a young woman searches for the missing pieces of a mysterious event that killed her family. When the truth is revealed, she must choose between the love of a man or avenging her blood.
Filmmaker Bethany Brooke Anderson will be available for a post-film Q&A.
On Sunday, April 14 at 4:45 pm in the Bruce Springscreen Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
From director Brad T. Gottfred and producer Milan Chakraborty (My Friend Dahmer, Assassination Nation) comes this twisty single room thriller.
After two mysterious deaths at a college on the same night, seven students, somehow connected, receive invitations to a confessional booth hidden on the campus. Their confessions slowly unveil the truth behind, not only the deaths, the booth as well. The dark, twisty, dialogue-driven and emotionally-complex mystery are entirely confined to the video confessional.
On Saturday, April 13 at 10 am in the Screena Turner Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Between 1990 - 1994, the residents of Northern Ontario, Canada were privy to the strangest children show ever produced. A series that benignly begins in its first season as an unassuming riff on the HOWDY-DOODY SHOW, but which minute by minute gradually mutates into a satirical deconstruction of not just children’s television, but media culture in all of its permutations. Colliding an absurdist wit that recalls Douglas Adams and SCTV, with an aesthetic alchemy that melded PEE-WEE HERMAN’S PLAYHOUSE with resources equivalent to MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATRE 3000’s public-access years, COWBOY WHO allegedly enjoyed a broad demographic of giggling children, bemused senior citizens and stupefied stoners, but few outside its small broadcast range would ever have an opportunity encounter it… until now.
So sit yourself down with a bowl of sugary cereal and witness the show’s delirious first season (condensed to 90 mind-melting minutes), wherein hand-puppet Smilin’ Tom struggles to stay the course after the on-air vaporization of his former co-host incites a conspiratorial investigation that just might be the handiwork of malevolent extraterrestrials who worship television commercials.It only gets weirder from there. Curated and introduced by Peter Kuplowsky, TIFF Midnight Madness programmer and CFF BFF.
CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON
CFF CINEMASSENTIAL • Free & Open to the Public
On Saturday, April 13 at 8:30pm at Miller Park, E M L King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN
After seeing Mallory O’Meara’s incredible presentation from her new book, The Lady From the Black Lagoon, at CFF and learning of the almost-lost legacy of original creature designer Millicent Patrick, there’s no better time than now to revisit with a fresh set of eyes Universal’s landmark monster movie. And what better way to see it than drive-in style. That’s why we’re proud to be partnering with the good folks at River City Company and A Step Ahead Chattanooga to present this classic film—for FREE—in Chattanooga’s beautifully renovated Miller Park. Bring your picnic blankets, come hungry for some food from some of Chattanooga’s tastiest food trucks, and join CFF as we celebrate a true cinematic treasure in Millicent’s honor. This film is family friendly! So bring the young movie buffs in your life!
Director: Jack Arnold. 79 minutes.
The Dead Center
On Saturday, April 13 at 9:45 pm in the Bruce Springscreen Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
When a mysterious John Doe wakes up in a morgue and wanders into a psychiatric ward, a devoted doctor and curious medical examiner must slowly uncover dark and sinister secrets about the man that reveal a more horrifying truth than they could have ever imagined.
Director: Billy Senese. 93 minutes.
MES AFTER HOURS (PRESENTED BY SHUDDER)
On Saturday, April 13 at 11:55 pm in the Screena Turner Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Comedy and horror are two genres that, when combined carefully and in the correct proportions, make something special. Few films have managed to achieve this alchemy (Ghostbusters springs to mind as a shining example), so when one gets it—you’ll excuse the pun (no you won’t)—DEAD right, we have no choice but to share it with our CFF audience. Deadtectives pulls off the balancing act of weaving scares, laughs and some serious heart into one delightful package. We agree with one of our favorite film critics, Meredith Borders, who called the film a “Non-stop blast.”
Introduction and post-film Q&A with writer/director Tony West.
Director: Tony West. 92 minutes.
On Saturday, April 13 at 12:30 pm in the Bruce Springscreen Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Preceded by short film I AM TX by director Ryan Darbonne.
It doesn’t get more punk than this.
Desolation Center is untold story of a series of Reagan-era guerrilla punk and industrial desert happenings in Southern California that are now recognized as the inspiration for Burning Man, Lollapalooza, and Coachella. Interviews and rare performance footage of Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Redd Kross, Einstürzende Neubauten, Survival Research Laboratories, Savage Republic, Swans and other bands of that era.
Director: Stuart Swezey. 93 minutes.
Eye of the Beholder - The Art of Dungeons and Dragons
On Sunday, April 14 at 10:30 pm in the Bruce Springscreen Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
This documentary explores the history, influence, and stories behind the artwork that helps creates the world in which D&D fans play. Eye of the Beholderprofiles D&D artists past and present, and also features TSR insiders, authors and fans.
Directors: Kelley Slagle and Brian Stillman.
On Saturday, April 13 at 4:20 pm in the Screena Turner Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Preceded by director Dylan Boom’s short film Carl.
When a charming fare named Penny climbs into his taxi cab, Harris, her world-weary driver, finds himself engaged in the only kind of courtship he can have with a passenger; one that lasts as long as her trip. But when Harris resets his meter, he is instantaneously transported back to the moment he pulled up to her.
Harris and Penny find themselves trapped in a seemingly endless journey with only each other for company and hope. As a dark ride down a lonely stretch of road unfolds, secrets will be revealed, truths will come to light, and Harris’ entire life will be irrevocably changed.
Director D.C. Hamilton and actress Brinna Kelly will be on hand for an introduction and post-film Q&A.
Director: D.C. Hamilton. 88 minutes.
On Thursday, April 11 at 10:30 pm in the Screena Turner Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
If Harmony Korine and Luis Bunuel had taken a crack at co-directing Office Space, it still wouldn’t be as bizarre as filmmaker Juan Ortiz’s crime/comedy/body/horror-filled debut.
Featuring CFF fan favorites Jeremy Gardner (The Battery,Tex Montana Will Survive) along with Michael St. Michael’s (The Greasy Strangler) and boasting cinematography from The Battery’s Christian Stella, Fingers is truly indescribable fun!
When an employee shows up to work with a very unique problem, it awakens demons in his boss that she never knew she harbored.
Post-film Q&A with director Juan Ortiz and actor Jeremy Gardner
Director Juan Ortiz. 84 minutes
On Friday April 12 at 12:30 pm in the Screena Turner Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Kept locked inside the house by her father (Emile Hirsch), 7-year-old Chloe lives in fear and fascination of the outside world, where Abnormals create a constant threat—or so she believes. When a mysterious stranger offers her a glimpse of what’s really happening outside, Chloe soon finds that while the truth isn’t so simple, the danger is very real.
Directors: Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein. 104 minutes.
On Sunday, April 14 at 10 am in the Bruce Springscreen Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
America is dead. And washed-up tech entrepreneur Jimmy Van Horn is pushing the reset button. He's moving himself and his shell company to Shenzhen, China, a fishing village three decades ago that’s now the biggest city you've never heard of. A fantasia of craven capitalists where wheels of industry spin so fast it’s "literally impossible to walk down the street without making money—if you know the right people."
Lucky for Jimmy, he’s got a friend holding open the back door to this silicon Shangri-La. Bob Grainger has been here a long time and it shows—he’s got new teeth, a blonde wig and gotten 20 years younger. He promises to do the same for Jimmy in six weeks. Bob’s got friends too: Like Vincent X, a 25-year-old Chinese tech heir who employs thousands of migrant workers making everything from iPhone knock offs to KFC toys. And his sidekick “Specialist,” a 29-year-old from the Mojave Desert turned Chinese sourcing lord with a profound disdain for his fellow Americans. With friends like them, who needs enemies? But in China enemies make dreams come true.
Ghostbox Cowboy is the first U.S narrative feature shot entirely in one of the world's most secretive and essential places: Chinese Tech Manufacturing.
Introduction and post-film Q&A by producer John Montague.
Director: John Maringouin. 101 minutes.
The Girl on the Third Floor
MES AFTER HOURS (PRESENTED BY SHUDDER)
On Sunday, April 14th at 2:30 pm in the Bruce Springscreen Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Bursting pipes, rotting walls, and unidentifiable slime were not what Don Koch (WWE legend Phil “CM Punk” Brooks) expected when he convinced his wife Liz (Trieste Kelly Dunn) he could rehab their new Victorian home himself. In over his head, under duress, and tempted by his old weaknesses, Don soon discovers the house has its own dark, sordid history and won't be so easy to renovate after all.
With introduction and post-film Q&A from CFF fav and writer/director Travis Steven
On Thursday, April 11 at 5:30 pm in the Bruce Springscreen Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
You wouldn’t think “hilarious” would be the first word used to describe a documentary about The Satanic Temple, but here we are using it.
Penny Lane’s wildly entertaining documentary is sure to be one of the most talked about non-fiction films of the year, and we’re pleased to offer it up along with a trio of other films that celebrate Satan in cinema sure to deeply concern the PTA (sorry Mom!).
Director Penny Lane. 95 minutes.
On Sunday, April 14 at 8:40 pm in the Screena Turner Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Rivalries, dark secrets, and sexual tension emerge when three best friends find themselves stranded under suspicious circumstances on a yacht in the middle of the ocean.
Director: Rob Grant. 83 minutes.
MES AFTER HOURS (PRESENTED BY SHUDDER)
On Saturday, April 13 at 2:30 pm in the Bruce Springscreen Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Ben Winston’s feature debut from Atlanta, world premiering at CFF, simultaneously gave us an Easy Rider/Texas Chainsaw Massacre/Race with the Devil vibe.
Shot in black and white 16mm, the film's entire aesthetic is a love letter to classic films of the ’70s. Longtime fans of our MES After Hours block are sure to fall under the spell of this witchy, psychedelic Satanic flick about two reckless bikers on a provocative, nightmarish journey through the mountains.Winston and producer Tim Reis will be on for an introduction and post-film Q&A.
Preceded by short film Budfoot by filmmakers Tim Reis and James Sizemore.