The final wave of programming before the 2017 Chattanooga Film Festivalbegins was announced today.

“Last Comic Standing” winner Clayton English will headline the 2017 comedy block portion. English finished in first place in 2015.

In addition, the latest wave includes a tribute to actor Charles Bronson and the addition of a variety of genre films, including “boozy comedy crowd pleasers” and “classic Japanese cinema.”


The annual comedy block will feature the return of Atlanta-based Ladie’s Nightwith their mix of standup comedy and video sketch screenings.

The final wave also includes secret screenings and locally made skateboard documentaries. Filmmaker BJ McDonnell will also attend the festival. His work with Slayer’s “Repentless Trilogy” music videos will be featured, and the segment will include a question-and-answer session with star Jason Trost.

Organizers have hinted that more films and special guests will be added to the festival’s lineup. A Go Fund Me page has been set up for donations to help make the additions.

Daily schedules for the CFF will be released soon. Click here to view information and trailers.

Watch English on “Last Comic Standing” below.

Last week, organizers announced the addition of several programming highlights, including a 15th-anniversary 4K restoration of “Donnie Darko,” an appearance by Phish bassist/filmmaker Mike Gordon and two films introduced by Chattanooga’s Wayne White.

In the first wave of programming, organizers announced the return of Everything Is Terrible, Joe Bob Briggs and an appearance by cast members of the 1980s cult classic “The Monster Squad.” In addition, the film “Kedi,” about the lives of seven cats in Istanbul, will be accompanied by an actual “acro-cats” cat circus.

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VIP and daily passes are on sale here. A VIP pass is $250 and includes access to all programming. Daily wristbands are $75.

The Chattanooga Film Festival will take place April 6-9 at the Carmike Majestic at 311 Broad St. and other locations to be announced.