Chattanooga Film Festival 2019: Exclusive First Wave Announcement Reveals Devilish, Punk, and Metal Festivities!

By Jonathan Barkan on March 4, 2019

Next month sees the return of the Chattanooga Film Festival and they’re making one hell (pun intended) of a splash with some of the festivities planned for this year’s attendees! We’re thrilled to bring you the exclusive first wave announcement for the festival, which sees CFF partner up with Dark Docs, a project from Rodney Perkins that explores documentaries with dark subject matter, including, but are not limited to, true crime, unexplained phenomena, politics, conspiracies, meta-narratives, experimentalism, and beyond.

This year’s CFF also includes a live show and a special movie screening by cult legend Crispin Hellion Glover, an opening night benefit show by CFF patron saint Joe Bob Briggs, an appearance from legendary filmmaker Gary Sherman, who will be on hand to present a screening of his exploitation classic Vice Squad and an insanely entertaining talk filled with strange but true tales on the making of Poltergeist III.

And would it really be a CFF without their annual party on the Southern Belle Riverboat? Returning this year are CFF BFFs Jeff the Brotherhood, along with The Medium, to perform.

For the full exclusive first wave films announcement, read on below to see what’s playing!

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HAIL SATAN? | Director Penny Lane
Synopsis: A look at the quick rise and influence of the controversial religious group known as The Satanic Temple.

*World Premiere with Mickey Reece in attendance
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 over 20 feature films and shows no sign of slowing down. For our money, he is one of the most fascinating voices in the wide 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.
Synopsis: George Arrow bequeaths his only son Henry a mansion filled with insane women.

LOST HOLIDAY | Directors Michael Kerry Matthews and Thomas Matthews
Synopsis: Margaret and Henry are back home in Washington DC for the holidays. At a Christmas party of old high school friends, Margaret discovers that 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 that they are the only ones who can solve the kidnapping of a neighborhood socialite.

BODY AT BRIGHTON ROCK | Director Roxanne Benjamin
Synopsis: 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 that 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—that she’s made of stronger stuff than they think she is.

THE WRATH | Director Young-sun Yoo
Synopsis: 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.

LETO | Director Kirill Serebrennikov
Synopsis: A love triangle emerges around a rock and roll musician, his protege, and his wife in 1980s Russia.

VICE SQUAD | Director Gary Sherman
*Gary Sherman in attendance
Synopsis: 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.

BURNING KENTUCKY | Director Bethany Brooke Anderson
*Bethany Brooke Anderson in attendance
Synopsis: 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.

MUTANT BLAST | Director Fernando Allen
Synopsis: 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 is up to Maria to lead a quest to a safe place, but complications will cross their paths in the form of a nuclear bomb.

DESOLATION CENTER | Director Stuart Swezey
Synopsis: The 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 more.

LORDS OF CHAOS | Director Jonas Åkerlund
*Special screening
Synopsis: A teenager’s quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the early 1990s results in a very violent outcome.

FINGERS | Director Juan Ortiz
*World Premiere with Juan Ortiz and actor Jeremy Gardner
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!

IN FABRIC | Director Peter Strickland
Synopsis: A haunting ghost story set against the backdrop of a busy winter sales period in a department store that follows the life of a cursed dress as it passes from person to person, with devastating consequences…

I TRAPPED THE DEVIL | Director Josh Lobo
Synopsis: Christmas is supposed to be a time for peace and joyful family reunions. But when Matt and his wife Karen show up unannounced at the home of his estranged brother Steve 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 that his hostage is none other than the devil himself.

HELLBOUND | Director Ben Winston
*World Premiere with Ben Winston in attendance.
Synopsis: Ben Winston’s feature film debut about two reckless bikers on a provocative, nightmarish journey through the mountains.