Chattanooga Film Festival announces lineup

Authored By seanphippster

The third annual Chattanooga Film Festival will open with a Hank Williams biopic called “I Saw the Light” on March 31. 

Organizers also announced an additional 14 film titles for the festival. View trailers of those films below.

This year’s film festival will once again be held at the Carmike Majestic 12 in downtown Chattanooga. It will run March 31 to April 3. Festival badges are on sale now.

“Over the last two years at CFF, we’ve come to realize just how much folks love killer programming about music and musicians,” said Chris Dortch, executive director and lead programmer of CFF. “Every year, we challenge ourselves to raise the bar at CFF and create a bigger and better festival by bringing quality films to the Chattanooga area.”

More programming is expected to be announced soon, including additional movie titles, parties and guest panels.

“I Saw the Light”
This 2016 film chronicles renowned country-western singer Hank Williams’ rise to fame and its tragic effect on his health and personal life. The film stars Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olson. 

“The Adderall Diaries”
Starring James Franco and Ed Harris, “The Adderall Diaries” chronicles Adderall enthusiast and author Stephen Elliot’s life when his estranged father resurfaces.

“Bad Blood”
The CFF will host the world premiere of this film from director Tim Reis. A horrific amphibian attack has left Victoria Miller infected with a “mutagenic disease.” The movie-an amphibious spin on the classic werewolf mythology-follows Miller’s transformation into a hideous monster. The film is currently in postproduction, and a trailer will be available soon. Click here for more information.

“Boy & the World”
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, “Boy & the World” follows a boy named Cuca as he goes on an adventurous quest in search of his father.

“Embrace of the Serpent”
Nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Foreign Language Film, “Embrace of the Serpent” is the story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together for 40 years to search for a sacred healing plant in the Amazon.

“The Fits”
Eleven-year-old Toni is a tomboy with a background in boxing who transitions to a dance team in Cincinnati’s West End. Her role on the team changes when her teammates succumb to a strange fainting spell.

“The Forbidden Room”
This will be a weird one. “The Forbidden Room” is the story of a crew trapped deep underwater in a submarine and what happens when a mysterious woodsman appears on board. Directed by Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson, the movie debuted in 2015 at the 53rd annual New York Film Festival.

“The Invitation”
An edge-of-your-seat dinner party thriller, “The Invitation” follows a man’s struggle while attending a party at his former home. He slowly begins to suspect his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for the guests.

“Only Yesterday”
An animated film featuring the voices of Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel, “Only Yesterday” has been called a “masterpiece of time and tone, rich with humor and stirring emotion.” This will be the first North American release of the film.

“Presenting Princess Shaw”
A 2015 documentary about a star-crossed singer-songwriter and her crafty secret admirer, the film examines loneliness, anonymity and connectivity in the Internet age. The film is directed by Ido Haar.

“Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made”
This documentary follows three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi on a seven-year journey to create a shot-by-shot adaptation of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” The cast reunites after two decades in an attempt to finally finish the film.

“Remember” is the story of an Auschwitz survivor who goes in search of the person responsible for the death of his family. It stars Christopher Plummer and was directed by Atom Egoyan (“The Sweet Hereafter” and “Where the Truth Lies”).

“The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse”
“The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse” profiles Mark Linkous, founder of alternative rock band Sparklehorse. Linkous committed suicide in Knoxville in March 2010.

“Syl Johnson: Any Way the Wind Blows”
“Syl Johnson: Any Way the Wind Blows” is a profile of an influential black musician whose 60-year career spanned genres and produced hits “Come On, Sock It to Me” and “Is It Because I’m Black?” His music remained largely unknown until hip-hop artists discovered it.

Five tales of terror follow a group of world travelers who confront their worst nightmares over a long night on a stretch of desert highway in “Southbound.”