Chattanooga Film Festival officials have announced the second full wave of films that are scheduled to play the festival. They’ve also revealed that critic and TV personality Joe Bob Briggs will return to give another talk about cinema. You can check out the full list of films below, along with trailers where available.
Following his popular demonstration, “The South in Film,” from last year’s festival, Briggs will be presenting his “Redneck Night” to those in attendance, a series of talks dealing with how “rednecks saved the movie industry.” Briggs is a Vanderbilt graduate and published film historian who first gained attention for his work as the first “drive-in movie critic,” a role he took very seriously for shows like “Joe Bob’s Drive-In Theater” for The Movie Channel and “Monster Vision” for TNT-although the shows themselves were never all that serious.
The CFF comedy block will return as well, with a headlining performance from comedian Eddie Pepitone. With influences ranging from Jackie Gleason, Don Rickles and Eckhart Tolle, he’s performed on numerous programs, such as “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Chappelle’s Show.”
Ladies Night, a sketch comedy group based out of Atlanta, will also perform.
Lastly, VHS and home video archivists/archeologists Everything Is Terrible will be there. Self-described as the “world’s only psychedelic found footage comedy website that tours the earth with face-melting live shows that include puppets, Jerry Maguires stacked to the heavens and adoring cloaked followers,” Everything Is Terrible will rattle your head and melt your brain with their outlandish performance art.
As with the past two festivals, there’s more going on then just screening films all day. You’ll also be able to hear music from bands such as Kindora, Rock Floyd, Bbymutha, Super Body and Sam Killed the Bear throughout the evening.
Topping its first year, the 2015 Chattanooga Film Festival drew over 7,00 attendees to the Scenic City, with this year looking to top even that number. The festival will run from March 31 to April 3, and you can purchase badges from their website here.
Continuing their mission to “respect cinema,” the folks behind the CFF are bringing a wide range of films and programming to Chattanooga with the “hopes of increasing film exhibition, education and production in the state of Tennessee.”
“Above and Below“
“Belladonna of Sadness“
“Born to be Blue“
(no trailer available)
“Here Comes the Videofreex“
“Jafar Panahi’s Taxi“
“Men & Chicken“
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