The Chattanooga Film Festival is hands down one of the best places for cinema lovers to experience and bask in the love of horror and this year the organizers have truly outdone themselves thus far with an amazing slate of films and activities. Adam Green, Joe Lynch, Joe Bob Briggs, and the infamous Uwe Boll himself will all be joining in the festivities this year.
For as long as I can remember, film has provided something necessary in my life-in all our lives, really. We may not even be conscious of this need. It can be buried deep down away from the light, but it is there, waiting patiently for time to exert its own special kind of persuasion. We have a need to experience what we will never experience. We need to know what’s it like to make a suicide run through the trenches of an orbiting space station. We need to feel the sweat pour down our necks as a genetically engineered T. rex chases after us. These are things that spike adrenaline and make lasting memories. And the folks behind the Chattanooga Film Festival know this all too well.
AT 1 A.M. ON FRIDAY NIGHT, Chattanooga’s streets merely whisper. Most nights, if you listen closely enough, you can hear the river lapping at the mountainous shores. But tonight, the water isn’t the town’s main attraction, because in front of the Doubletree Inn where I’m staying, a fedora-clad Elijah Wood mulls around with a band of filmmakers who are smoking cigarettes and laughing. Even in the dark, Wood’s eyes shine remarkably bright. They’re eyes made for the big screen, but he’s not here filming a new movie. He’s in town as one of the top billed guests for the Chattanooga Film Festival, where he’s introducing the fantastic, Persian-language vampire film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, which he helped produce.
As a journalist, programmer, and filmmaker, I've been to my fair share of film festivals. I've just arrived home from Chattanooga Film Festival 2017, and.... WOW. Only in its fourth year, this incredible festival has managed to blow most of them out of the water. Admittedly, they've had guidance from the deranged minds at Fantastic Fest, but the execution comes from the weirdos in Chattanooga.