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!
I Trapped the Devil
MES AFTER HOURS (PRESENTED BY SHUDDER)
On Sunday, April 14 at 6:45 pm in the Bruce Springscreen Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Preceded by short film Blood Spook by director Steven Daniels.
Christmas is supposed to be a time for peace and joyful family reunions. But when Matt (AJ Bowen) and his wife Karen (Susan Burke) show up unannounced at the home of his estranged brother Steve (Scott Poythress) to celebrate the holidays, they are instead greeted with a horrifying surprise: trapped in the basement is a man. But not just any man. Steve believes his hostage is none other than the devil himself. As shock and skepticism turn to fear and paranoia, Matt and Karen find themselves facing a terrifying quandary: is Steve dangerously unhinged? Or could the mysterious stranger really be evil incarnate? Either way, the stage is set for a true Christmas from hell.
Director: Josh Lobo. 82 minutes.
On Friday, April 12 at 5:00 pm in the Bruce Springscreen Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
With his films The Duke of Burgundy and Berberian Studio Sound, Peter Strickland established himself as a filmmaker worth keeping an eye on. His latest tells the tale of a cursed dress which passes through the lives of many women, with haunting and devastating consequences. Throw in Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie, a bit of humor and the elegant visuals and sound design Strickland’s films are known for, and you’ve got nothing short of one of 2019’s most beguiling films.
Director: Peter Strickland. 118 minutes.
It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE
On Friday, April 12 at 7:30 pm in the Bruce Springscreen Theater at the 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.
"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.”
The Juniper Tree
On Sunday, April 14 at 8:40 pm in the Bruce Springscreen Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
CFF is proud to present this brilliant 4K restoration of director Nietzchka Keene’s stark, stunning debut feature. The Juniper Tree is loosely based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale of the same name, and stars Björk in her first on-screen performance. Set in medieval Iceland, The Juniper Tree follows Margit (Björk in a riveting performance) and her older sister Katla as they flee for safety after their mother is burned to death for witchcraft. Finding shelter and protection with Johan and his resentful young son, Jonas, the sisters help form an impromptu family unit that’s soon strained by Katla’s burgeoning sorcery.
Director: Nietzchka Keene. 78 minutes.
On Saturday, April 13 at 10 am in the Bruce Springscreen Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Leto—which tells the story of a love triangle that emerges around a musician, his protégé and his wife—is our kind of movie musical, and its very existence is pretty punk rock.
The filmmaker is currently under house arrest by Vladimir Putin as an enemy of the state, and his wild, gorgeously shot love letter to the underground rock ’n roll scene of 1980s Leningrad illustrates the power and magic that can happen when music and film are successfully intertwined.
Director Kirill Serebrennikov. 126 minutes.
Lords of Chaos
On Friday, April 12 at 11:30 pm in the Screena Turner Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Lords of Chaos is filmmaker and former Bathory drummer Jonas Åkerlund’s adaptation of the cult true crime/black metal history book of the same name that tells the strange but true tale of the birth of heavy metal’s most infamous sub-genre. This film is filled with all the blood and fire you’d expect, and a surprising amount of humor that you won’t. Starring Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Sky Ferreira and Jack Kilmer.
Director Jonas Åkerlund. 112 minutes.
On Sunday, April 14 at 12:30 pm in the Screena Turner Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Preceded by the short film Water Horse by directors Sarah Wisner and Sean Temple.
A New York social worker finds herself embroiled in the kidnapping of a Washington D.C. socialite in this laid-back comedy shot beautifully on 16mm film.
Margaret and Henry are back home in Washington for the holidays. At a Christmas party of old high school friends, Margaret discovers her ex-boyfriend is now engaged. With her holiday mood ruined, Margaret and Henry ditch the party to go score some drugs. What starts as a night of debauchery evolves into a self-indulgent quest when the two friends become convinced they are the only ones who can solve the kidnapping of a neighborhood socialite. Preceded by the short film Water Horse by directors Sarah Wisner and Sean Temple.
Directors Michael Kerry Matthews and Thomas Matthews. 75 minutes.
On Friday, April 12 at 7:30 pm in the Screena Turner Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Film critic Andrew Todd (Birth Movies Death) called Terry Chiu’s Mangoshake “a manic DIY coming-of-age film that detests coming-of-age films.” In a single sentence, Todd beautifully summed up the spirit of Chiu’s unpolished gem. This movie has as much fun willfully flouting the language and structure of cinema as it does perfectly executing great cinematic moments—though often in the most rough-and-tumble possible ways—with a palpable sense of fun and friendship layered into almost every moment.
Director: Terry Chiu. 97 minutes.
On Friday, April 12 at 3:30 pm in the Bruce Springscreen Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Resembling a southern-fried Monterey Pop, Memphis ’69 documents the 1969 Memphis Country Blues Festival thanks to the discovery of nearly 50-year-old footage acquired by legendary blues label Fat Possum Records. Shot over three days in the same venue where the Klu Klux Klan staged white power rallies, the festival displayed how blues music could transcend turmoil and unite a crowd of strangers that had gathered to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Memphis, barely a year after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in the city. Featuring performances from Johnny Winter, Bukka White, Rufus Thomas and many more.
Directors: Joe LaMattina. 72 minutes.
On Saturday, April 13 at 12:30 pm in the Screena Turner Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Studio Ponoc, the animation studio founded by two-time Academy Award-nominee Yoshiaki Nishimura (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, When Marnie Was There) and featuring many artists from Studio Ghibli, made an impact with its 2017 debut Mary and The Witch’s Flower. The studio returns with Modest Heroes, an ambitious anthology of three thrilling tales created by some of the greatest talents in Japanese animation.
Together, the stories (Kanini & Kanino, Life Ain’t Gonna Lose, Invisible) explore ideas of heroism in everyday life, and the infinite potential of the short film format allows the directors and Studio Ponoc to experiment with breathtaking, action-packed visuals, concise human drama, and gorgeous fantasy worlds in this unforgettable showcase.
Featuring the voice of Maggie Q (Designated Survivor, Divergent).
Directors: Yoshiyuki Momose, Akihiko Yamashita and Hiromasa Yonebayashi. 53 minutes
On Sunday, April 14 at 10:30 pm in the Screena Turner Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
The Guardian called filmmaker Alejandro Landes’ Monos “Apocalypse Now on Shrooms.” We call it one of the most tense, gorgeous and fast-paced pieces of pure cinema you’ll see this year. Monos centers around eight young guerrilla soldiers as they watch over their terrified American hostage. Monos wowed audiences at Sundance in January, and CFF is proud to present it for our 2019 audience.
Director:Alejandro Landes. 102 minutes.
MES AFTER HOURS (PRESENTED BY SHUDDER)
On Sunday, April 14 at 4:45 pm in the Bruce Springscreen Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Preceded by director CHRZU’s short film The Congregation.
As fans of independent and genre cinema know, a new film from Troma is always a thing to behold, and this bloody blast of a movie (the company’s first Portuguese co-production) stands tall among our favorite all-time Troma outings.
After a scientific experiment goes horribly wrong and results in a zombie apocalypse, a fearless soldier named Maria has to partner up with TS-347, a man with superhuman strength, and Pedro, a survivor who battles zombies as hard as he is battling his hangover.
It’s up to Maria to lead a quest to a safe place, but complications will cross the group’s path in the form of a nuclear bomb.
Director: Fernando Alle. 90 minutes.
MES AFTER HOURS (PRESENTED BY SHUDDER)
On Saturday, April 13 at 11:55 pm in the Bruce Spingscreen Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Stênio works the graveyard shift in the morgue of a vast, violent city. He toils all night, but he’s never alone, for Stênio can talk to the dead. And they talk back. But when the whispers of the dead reveal secrets of his own life, Stênio unleashes a curse that brings forth danger and darkness.
Director: Dennison Ramalho. 110 minutes.
MES AFTER HOURS (PRESENTED BY SHUDDER)
On Friday, April 12 at 5:00 pm in the Screena Turner Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Desperate for success and quickly loosing grip, a pair of metal musicians lure a young woman to a secluded mansion in hopes of inspiring their next album. But tensions arise between the two band mates as one of them accidentally falls in love with their soon-to-be victim.
Introduction and post-film Q&A by director Eric Pennycoff and actor Jeremy Gardner.
Director: Eric Pennycoff. 85 minutes.
On Thursday, April 11 at 10:30 pm in the Bruce Springscreen Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Technically, this year's secret screening could be a part of the Sonic Cinema Block, as it involves an a popular indie band. Any guesses?
On Friday, April 12 at 3 pm in the Screena Turner Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
This unbelievable early '80s punk rock mega blast follows a group of semi-homeless outsider teens (played by ACTUAL semi-homeless outsider teens!) in their nonstop war against parents, rednecks, cops, society and each other. Authentic and relentlessly entertaining, it's packed with comedy, action, power, pain, and amazing performances from both the cast and the best bands of the era. From the director of legendary music doc The Decline of Western Civilization, Suburbia is not only the best fictional movie ever made about punks ... it's legitimately one of the greatest films of all time. SEE IT OR DIE.
Director: Penelope Spheeris. 94 minutes.
On Saturday, April 13 at 4:20 pm in the Bruce Springscreen Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Join CFF as we screen an honest-to-God exploitation classic with Gary Sherman, the legendary filmmaker behind it, in attendance. Gary will also be on hand to give an eye-opening and fascinating new talk on the making of his film Poltergeist III. If you’re a sucker for a good “making of” story, do NOT miss this!
InVice Squad, a Los Angeles businesswoman turns to prostitution to support herself and her young daughter when she's forced by Detective Tom Walsh and his vice squad to help them arrest a brutal pimp named Ramrod for the murder of a prostitute named Ginger. But when Ramrod learns that he was set up, he escapes from police custody and begins a long night of tracking down Princess while Walsh and his vice squad are always one step behind him.
Introduction and post-film Q&A by Mr. Sherman himself.
Director: Gary Sherman. 97 minutes.
On Sunday, April 14 at 2:40 pm in the Screena Turner Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
At CFF, we love a good rags-to-rags music film, and Wild Rose reminds us of one of the best we ever saw, Alan Parker’s 1991 classic, The Commitments. This time, there isn’t a small army of hopefuls trying to make it as a white soul band from Dublin, just Rose-Lynn Harlan from Glasgow, Scotland, who dreams of becoming a country—not county and western—singer in Nashville. But there are complications, not the least of which are she’s an ex-convict and has two young children who crave her attention, and affection. We’ll tell you no more, but trust us, this one’s well done, thanks in large part to a superlative performance from Jessie Buckley, a singer/actress from Ireland.
Director: Tom Harper. 101 minutes.
Woman at War
On Thursday, April 11 at 8:00 pm in the Screena Turner Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Behind the scenes of a quiet routine, 50-year-old Halla leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist, waging a war on the local aluminum industry. As her actions grow from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminum smelter. But as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything—her application to adopt a child has finally been approved.
Diretor: Benedikt Erlingsson, 114 minutes
MES AFTER HOURS (PRESENTED BY SHUDDER)
On Friday, April 12 at 9:30 pm in the Screena Turner Theater at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Preceded by director Ashlea Wessel’s short film Tick.
Fans of a good ghostly mystery are sure to get some serious thrills with this atmospheric South Korean chiller, a remake of the classic film Women’s Wail.
In the household of Lee Gyeong-Jin, a high-ranking official of Joseon Kingdom, three sons die from an unidentified horror. A woman pregnant with a child of the third son soon learns of the evil spirit that haunts the house.
Director: Young-sun Yoo. 95 minutes.