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Ladie’s Night is a sketch comedy group consisting of three members: Brian, Zach, and Joel, who write, produce, direct, and edits all of their own silly and absurd content. They have been featured in the Chattanooga Film Festival, Red Clay Comedy Festival, Skull Fest, as well as the 69 Hour Film Fest, where they produced ads for the festival's sponsor: Terrapin Beer.
Profiles about them have appeared in Creative Loafing, Technique, Nooga.com, and on the NPR affiliate: WUTC. They have featured stand-up comics such as James Adomian, TJ Miller, Eddie Pepitone, Adam Cayton-Holland, and Ryan Singer.
In two years, the group has self produced more than 100 sketches, all of which are shown at the Village Theatre during a self-run, monthly live show that consistently sells out a 130-plus seat venue. Come watch as they play their original sketches and feature stand up from them and their friends!
Presented by Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant
Who knew that so many of our CFF staff, volunteers and guests could belt out tunes with the best of them? We made this discovery last year at Puckett’s, and one of our favorite downtown eateries is once again hosting what has quickly become a CFF tradition.
Snowfort Pictures' class on indie film producing will cover everything from how to pick projects and make sure they stand out in the marketplace to the nuts and bolts of putting together a project no matter what the budget. Be prepared to ask questions and interact in this town hall of madness.
$5 or Free with Badge.
Lauren T. Mack and Charlotte Pines, co-founders of Halfstache Productions and creators of the web series Cat Planet, which debuted at CFF in 2016, explore the ways artists use non-linguistic performance to develop and tell their stories. Inspired in part by this year’s CFF selection Lost In Paris, this workshop draws on traditions of commedia dell’arte, corporeal mime, and clown. Attendees will learn that saying I love you is not the words I want to hear from you. Wear clothes you can move in.
Making movies is fun. Figuring out how to deal with film festivals can be a chore. Where do you submit? Where do you premiere? How long do you stay on the circuit? Does it even make a difference? This class, taught by filmmaker Billy Ray Brewton (Show Yourself, which played at CFF 2016), covers the basics of navigating the film festival circuit, including tricks of the trade and tips on how to maximize your festival journey.
In this workshop, CFF faves Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson (Spring) are going to run the gamut, from first and final drafts of scripts, assembly edits, rough edits, temp and final sound, etc. on through to the final product.
As head of development for Company X, Daniel Noah sees his job as ensuring that all of the most basic choices made about each project are setting the conditions for them to succeed—everything from locking into most emotionally charged story dynamics to anticipating the needs and realities of the market. Daniel will work with a group of volunteers to vet original story concepts and explore ways in which elemental choices can set conditions for the best chances of success.
If you left our Monster Squad screening and still find yourself endlessly humming "Rock Until You Drop," stars Andre Gower and Ryan Lambert have a little something else in store for you. They also co-host a popular TV and film podcast, and they’ll record it live at CFF. The podcast is described on Gower’s website as “An irreverent, insider look at film and TV (and its industry) from a couple of former child stars (and their guests). Unedited, uncensored and unapologetic.”
Joe Lynch and Adam Green are indie film heroes as far as we’re concerned. They've risked life, limb and personal sanity to get their projects made, and are about as inspiring a duo as any aspiring filmmaker could ever meet. The popular Movie Crypt podcast regularly features some of the most candid, no-bullshit conversations on the realities of the film business as you'll find anywhere, but for all the struggles of being a working filmmaker, these two dudes never once forget the first commandment: RESPECT CINEMA. They’ll record the latest edition of their podcast at CFF.
In late 2016, actor and friend of CFF Elijah Wood and business partners Daniel Noah and Josh Waller added another ally/partner, Lisa Whalen, and spun their horror production company SpectreVision (Cooties, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, The Greasy Strangler) into the multi-media Company X. One of the goals of this new venture was nothing less than to change the direction of film, which the partners believed had become a business of two extremes—the multi-million-dollar budget blockbuster and bare bones indie. Company X wants to make films of all genres that fall into a middle ground. The first project under the new banner is Bitch, which played at CFF in 2017, and four films are scheduled for production in 2017. In this special keynote, Whalen, Noah and Waller will discuss the vision of Company X.
That great screenwriter William Shakespeare’s line from one of his classics (little thing called Romeo and Juliet), “parting is such sweet sorrow,” comes to mind here. It’ll be a bummer to see friends old and new leave after four days of reveling in our favorite medium, but hey folks, this is a celebration, with one last chance to get food and drink as we hand out awards for Best Feature, Best Short, Tennessee Filmmaker and Student Filmmaker.
Who needs wet t-shirts, tapped kegs, and sand in your crack when you’ve got a kick-ass script from a popular flick, amazing surprise (and likely inebriated) guests reading it, and the kind of ‘Anything Goes’ policy that would make Ferris Bueller blush?
Scripts Gone Wild: Chattanooga Spring Break XXX Edition is a one shot live reading of the beloved 1987 classic, SUMMER SCHOOL. From writer Jeff Franklin (dude who created Full House) and director Carl Reiner (dude who created Rob Reiner), Summer School inspired teenagers everywhere to wear Hawaiian shirts, watch The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and do everything in their power to avoid a classroom in June. I mean—Mr. Shoop is cool and all, but nobody wants to be sitting in a classroom when they could be riding some bodacious waves.
Who’s reading this gnarly piece of literature, you ask? THAT is the surprise. Rest assured it will be the crème-de-la-crème of visiting filmmakers and special guests—we’re throwing a bunch of creative peeps on stage, shoving a script in their hand, and watching the magic happen. The date is Sunday April 9th. The time is 2:30 p.m. The cost is $5. The prediction is your butt in a seat.
EITI makes its triumphant return to CFF after wowing audiences last year. In the last 5 years, EIT! has done more than 500 shows all over the world. As a live event, Everything is Terrible! is not only the screening of thousands of insane clips mashed together in a style unmatched in its pace and range of truly psychedelic comedy, but so much more. EIT! gives the audience an unforgettable sensory experience that is just as crazy as it is funny. Shows in the past have included a depressed Christian Robot, three seven-feet-tall party dogs, cloaked monsters with arms that stretch across a stage, and rapping Christmas trees doing battle with a 10-foot Santa God.
Presented by Evatt & Bloom
Atlanta native Clayton English is a stand-up comedian, actor and writer. Noted for his victory in NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2015, Clayton is currently headlining clubs, colleges, and festivals non-stop throughout the country. Clayton has also featured for comedy greats, including Dave Chappelle and Bill Burr, and was recently chosen a New Face at the Montreal JFL Comedy Festival. Clayton made his late-night standup debut on Late Night With Seth Meyers and will be featured on the upcoming season two of Love (Netflix). Hosted by Joel Ruiz.
Presented by Arts Build and Tennessee Entertainment Commission
Hundreds of movies have been filmed in Tennessee or dealt with Tennessee subject matter—thousands if you count Elvis movies—and who better than Joe Bob Briggs to separate the crap from the crapola and tell you:
• Why Nashville still hates Robert Altman even though he’s dead.
• Why you should never make a movie about Andrew Johnson.
• Why 50 percent of all country music movies feature Ferlin Husky.
• And, why we don’t care about the Battle of Franklin.
Using hundreds of stills and clips from the history of the Volunteer State—and telling us what Tennesseans volunteered for in the first place—Joe Bob delivers the third in his ongoing Chattanooga Film Festival series of presentations about the dark underbelly of southern film.
Late last year filmmaker Uwe Boll announced his retirement from filmmaking. Over the years Uwe has assembled one of the most unique filmographies of any living filmmaker. The man never stopped, often facing insurmountable odds to get his projects made and finding ingenious ways to fund his work while never compromising his vision. Uwe Boll is a true icon; a cult figure whose absence will undoubtedly be missed.
At CFF we don’t believe that the end of such a career should be allowed to come and go quietly. It’s in this spirit that we at CFF offer up our humble attempt at a retirement party for Uwe:
We’ll start the night's activities at our basecamp of sorts for the evening at the Waterhouse Pavilion where there will be special treats and performances in Uwe’s honor. Then we’ll hit up our brand spanking new arthouse/bar The Palace Picture House, followed by our neighbors The Bitter Alibi, JJ's Bohemia and end it all up at our very own Brian Hennen’s monument to radness The Coin-Op Arcade.
Much like Uwe’s films, we promise this night will be filled with excitement, fun times and more memorable moments than you can shake the proverbial stick at. Also, NO you can’t box Uwe Boll (you will be the 67,000th person to ask us) we’re here to celebrate the man, not to engage in hand to hand combat ya big sillies.
Sponsored by Maclellan Apartments, join the Chattanooga Film Festival and River City Company for a special free screening of Beauty is Embarrassing: The Story of One of the Visual Masterminds Behind "Pee-Wee's Playhouse." This documentary explores the story of local artist Wayne White's creative journey which has included work published in The New York Times, The Village Voice and set and puppet design for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse in which he has won three Emmy awards. Wayne has also art directed acclaimed music videos for Peter Gabriel's "Big Time” and for the Smashing Pumpkins "Tonight, Tonight" along with an extensive list of projects and accolades spanning his ongoing career.
Wayne will be on hand to introduce the movie and have a special Q&A at the conclusion of the film.
<span">Tickets are required to see this free screening as seating is limited. THIS FREE SCREENING IS NOW 'SOLD OUT.' Two Sons Kitchen will be on site for food purchase along with The Bitter Alibi for beer and wine.
Neural Alley at 721 Broad Street is one of the four alleyways transformed in Downtown Chattanooga for the Passageways program which you can read more about here.
Watch the trailer for Beauty is Embarrassing here and RSVP for this event here. Seating is limited to 125, so please register only if you plan to attend this Free Chattanooga Film Festival Event! THIS FREE SCREENING IS NOW 'SOLD OUT.'
On April 8th, join CFF and our special guests Superbody, JEFF The Brotherhood and Shannon and the Clams for our traditional CFF Saturday Night After Party at downtown Chatt's legendary Southern Belle Riverboat.
At CFF we believe that the bands, comedians and performers we hand choose to be a part of every year are just as important a part of the equation as the movies we work to bring to Chattanooga. Its with that in mind that we are completely humbled to announce a night with not just one of our favorite local acts (the hyper talented Superbody) but two of our favorite bands in this or any universe. JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD and SHANNON AND THE CLAMS. We promised ourselves we wouldn't cry but damned if this old keyboard isn't getting a little misty. Admission to this party is included with each and every CFF VIP BADGE or Saturday Daily Wristband purchase but individual tickets in super limited quantites are available below! In the mean time mosey on over to our badge section for all your badge buyin' needs.
Presented by Southern Honda Powersports and Monen Family Restaurant Group
On Thursday April 6th, fall in love again for the very fourth time with your friends at the Chattanooga Film Festival. Join us as we kick off what is (in our humble opinions) our biggest/coolest/funnest year yet. For the first time, CFF’s opening-night soiree takes place in the incredible Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater.
There will be food, drink, a speaker or two might have something important to say, and we’re certain that a good time will be had by all. After the party, it’s just a short walk from the lobby to the theater, where our opening-night film, "Dave Made A Maze", will awe and delight you.