Chattanooga, Tenn. (October 16, 2018) - The 8th year of Chattanooga’s only celebration of cinematic spookery returns from its unholy slumber to fuel your nightmares and offer up a few tricks and treats. The Frightening Ass Film Fest (FAFF) has traditionally taken place over the course of one day, festival organizers have now partnered with First Draft Theater to host a weekend long event, scheduled for Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28. As in years prior, the festival will include both short and feature length horror films ranging from brand spanking new to carefully curated cult classics, along with some new and fun events in between.
The 2018 Chattanooga Film Festival wrapped up earlier this month, closing out its fifth year of celebrating film, filmmakers and film fans.
At the Awardspocalypse Now event, TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID from director Issa López took him the Best Feature Award. This year’s Audience Award went to ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING, directed by Rebekah McKendry and David Ian McKendry.
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.