Last weekend’s Chattanooga Film Festival saw the world premiere of director Lisa Downs and producer Ashley Pugh’s documentary Life After Flash, about actor Sam J. Jones, who played the titular hero in the 1980 science fiction extravaganza, Flash Gordon (see image of Jones, Downs, and Pugh, below). To mark the occasion, Jones took part in a live reading of the movie’s script, which was notable for a couple of reasons. It was the first time an audience heard him perform the role — many of Jones’ lines were overdubbed by another actor in the finished movie — and the event also boasted a supporting cast of genre notables such as Jeremy Gardner (actor-director, The Battery), C. Robert Cargill (cowriter, Doctor Strange), Jenn Wexler (director, The Ranger), Graham Skipper (director, Sequence Break), Matt Mercer (actor, Beyond the Gates), Izzy Lee (director, Rites of Vengeance), and Morgan Peter Brown (actor, Contracted: Phase II, All the Creatures Were Stirring).
Some hot news out of the ongoing Chattanooga Film Festival as indie filmmaker Jeremy Gardner has made the surprise announcement that he’ll be returning to the director’s chair with Something Else. He’ll be co-directing with longtime collaborator Christian Stella, who was DP on The Battery and co-director on the duos Tex Montana Will Survive!, Bloody Disgusting can exclusively add.
The Chattanooga Film Festival returns, bigger and better than ever
For the last five years, the Chattanooga Film Festival has been the best event the city has to offer. While the big events Riverbend continues to roll out of uninspired acts from twenty years ago occasionally please the masses, the CFF has consistently brought films that can’t be found elsewhere, films that challenge and inspire, films that deserve to be seen.
February features several things. Rodent weather prediction. An abundance of pink sentimentality. Quadrennial calendar corrections. Mattress sales. But for the last five years, it’s also brought Chattanooga a different sort of news. February marks the beginnings of Chattanooga Film Festival announcements.
Since its inaugural edition in 2014, the Chattanooga Film Festival (CFF) in Tennesse has developed into an essential destination on the U.S. regional film festival circuit. CFF's programming is defined by a carefully curated mix of arthouse, genre and documentary tiles along with a range of cool guests and unique special events.