Chattanooga, TV (March, 2016) - Born to be Blue, a re-imagining of the life of jazz great Chet Baker starring Ethan Hawke, headlines the next wave of films announced by the Chattanooga Film Festival (CFF).
Among the other films scheduled to play at CFF are February, a thriller starring Emma Roberts and directed by Osgood Perkins, the son of the legendary Anthony Perkins (”Psycho”), and adventure documentary Meru, chronicling the first ascent of the Shark’s Fin route on Meru Peak in the Indian Himalayas.
The third annual festival will mark the return of famed drive-in movie critic Joe Bob Briggs, who will follow last year’s popular The South in Film presentation with Redneck Night, Brigg’s summation of how “rednecks saved the movie industry.”
The CFF comedy block will also return with a headlining set by legendary stand-up comedian Eddie Pepitone, who is hailed as a modern day cross between Jackie Gleason, Don Rickles and Eckart Tolle. He’s appeared on numerous television shows, such as “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,’ “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and “Chappelle’s Show.” In addition, Ladie’s Night, a comedy variety show based out of Atlanta, will be back with sketch comedy. Last, but not least, there will be a performance by the bizarre archaeologists of the video store era Everything is Terrible.
The complete second wave of films are below, with a third wave still on the way.
- Above and Below
Director: Nicolas Steiner
This documentary follows April, Dave, Cindy, Rick and the Godfather, who are creating life on their own terms, far, far away and out of sight. From the depths of the flood channels under Las Vegas, to a reclaimed military bunker in the middle of the dusty, heated Californian nowhere land, to beyond the stratosphere where Mars now exists on earch, each one has been flung into periling circumstances.
Director: Can Evrenol
A squad of unsuspecting cops goes through a trapdoor to Hell when they stumble upon a Black Mass in an abandoned building.
- Belladonna of Sadness
Director: Elichi Yamamoto
One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, never before officially released in the U.S., Belladonna of Sadness is a mad, swirling, psychedelic light show of medieval tarot-card imagery with horned demons, haunted forests and La Belle Dame Sans Merci, equal parts J.R.R. Tolkien and gorgeous Gustav Klimt-influenced eroticism.
- Born to be Blue
Director: Robert Budreau
A re-imagining of jazz legend Chet Baker’s musical comeback in the late 1960s. Variety hails Ethan Hawke’s portrayal of Baker as one of the finest performances of his career.
Director: Josh Waller
In the jungles of Colombia, a photojournalist (Zoe Bell; The Hateful Eight, Death Proof) captures the truth behind a group of missionaries who may not be what they seem.
Director: Marcin Wrona
A bridegroom is possessed by an unquiet spirit in the midst of his own wedding celebration in this clever take on the Jewish legend of the dybbuk.
Director: Osgood Perkins
Set at an all girl’s boarding school, February tells the story of two women (Emma Robers and Kiernan Shipka) bound together by a series of sinister events.
Director: Suki Hawley
A group of high school teens steal a van full of music equipment and pretend to be a rock band called Truckstop in this cult classic road picture. Filmed in Louisville, Nashville and Chattanooga, Half-Cocked was described by one film critic as an “Easy Rider for the ‘90s.”
- Honey Buddies
Director: Alex Simmons
When David is left by his fiance just days before the wedding, Flula, his relentlessly upbeat best man, insists they go on David’s previously planned honeymoon: a seven-day backpacking trip through the mountains of Oregon. On the trail they cross paths with a conspiracy theorist, a friendly backpacker and a bloodthirsty predator as the unrelenting trek tests their friendship and their lives.
- Here Come the Videofreex
Directors: Jenny Raskin, Jon Nealon
This documentary follows the exploits of a band of video pioneers who, using the first Sony portable video camera, covered some seminal counterculture events of the 1960s and ‘70s and later started a pirate television station.
Directors: Stephen Kijak, Paul Marchand
This documentary tells the story of Jaco Pastorius, who many believe was the best bass guitar player who ever lived. But drug and alcohol abuse and mental health issues helped lead to his untimely death at the age of 35.
- Jafar Panahi’s Taxi
Director: Jafar Panahi
Jafar Panahi is banned from filmmaking by the Iranian government, so he posed as a taxi driver and made a film about social challenges in Iran.
Director: Trey Edward Shults
Krisha returns for Thanksgiving dinner after 10 years away from her family, but past demons threaten to ruin the festivities.
- Men & Chicken
Director: Anders Thomas Jensen
When two outcast brothers (David Dencik and Mads Mikkelsen) get to know their unknown family, they also discover a horrible truth about themselves and their relatives.
Directors; Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin
After suffering dramatic setbacks in their personal lives, three close friends who are among the world’s best professional climbers battle their complicated pasts, inner demons and nature’s harshest elements in an attempt to confront the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru, the most technically complicated and dangerous peak in the Himalayas.
Directors: Samba Gadjigo, Jason Silverman
In 1952, Ousmane Sembene, a dockworker and fifth-grade dropout from Senegal, began dreaming an impossible dream: to become the storyteller for a new AFRICA. SEMBENE!, a feature-length documentary, tells the unbelievable true story of the “father of African cinema,” the self-taught novelist and filmmaker who fought, against enormous odds, a monumental, 50-year-long battle to give African stories to Africans.
As usual, CFF is making sure that the parties are just as unforgettable as the films. Friday, April 1st, is the Pajammy Jam, held at Alleia from 10:00pm - 1:30am. Musical guests include Kindora, Rock Floyd, Bbymutha, Super Body and Sam Killed the Bear. The first 100 guest in pajamas will receive a limited edition cassette that CFF is releasing with original tracks from Rock Floyd and Kindora.
The third annual Chattanooga Film Festival is set for March 31st through April 3rd and will be held at the Carmike Majestic 12 in downtown Chattanooga. Badges are now on sale atwww.ChattanoogaFilmFest.com, with the choice of a VIP badge or a Day pass. Individual ticket sales will open closer to the festival.
About the Chattanooga Film Festival:
The Chattanooga Film Festival was first held in 2014, and is quickly making a name for itself. The festival’s second year, which was held in the spring of 2015, drew more than 7,000 people to its films, parties, workshops and special events. In gearing up for year three, set for March 31 to April 3, 2016, CFF is proudly continuing its mission to “Respect Cinema,” in hopes of increasing film exhibition, education and production in the state of Tennessee. For more information visit www.ChattanoogaFilmFest.com.
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