MATT WEDGE’S DAY ONE DISPATCH FROM THE 2019 CHATTANOOGA FILM FESITVAL

After two nights of not much sleep, I made the four and a half hour drive into Chattanooga under somewhat grumpy circumstances. But it’s hard to stay grumpy when you get to hang out at an event that is as much fun as the Chattanooga Film Festival. It seems to have hit that festival sweet spot where it is big enough to attract interesting films and guests, yet it is still small enough to be so laidback that it is not unusual to see people like Gary Sherman chatting with fans in the lobby. But you’re not reading this for sightings of great exploitation directors in the wild, so let’s get down to business.