December 17, 2012

EAC and Heritage House Announce the First Annual "GIG CITY" FILM FESTIVAL

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At the Holiday Open House in East Brainerd last night, Heritage House Director Chris Holley announced the launching of the first annual Gig City Film Festival.

Taking place on February 2, 2013 at Heritage House, the fest will be an all-day event featuring films as well as expert panelists. The festival's theme is "Five Films -- One Community Coming Together in a Season for Nonviolence" and builds on the initiative of the same name begun by the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute last year in cooperation with the Chattanooga Department of Education, Arts & Culture.

In addition to the EAC, the festival's sponsors include the Nashville Film Festival, the Tennessee Film, Music & Entertainment Commission and the Coalition of Independent Film Organizations. The festival is being funded through a Tennessee Arts grant.

The films, especially selected for this year's premiere incarnation of the festival, are:

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The Interrupters (2011 / Directed by Steve James / Not Rated): This film tells the story of a group of citizen activists, "The Interrupters" who make themselves urban diplomats in the heart of Chicago's low-income neighborhoods to put an end to the deadliest year in the city's history.

* A featured selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival

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Kinyarwanda (2011 / Directed by Alrick Brown / Not Rated): This film tells the story of a young Tutsi woman and a young Hutu man who fall in love amidst the chaos of intercountry genocide; a soldier who struggles to foster a greater good while absent from her family; and a priest who grapples with his faith in the face of unspeakable horror.

* One of Roger Ebert's "Top 11 Films of 2011"

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Bully (2011 / Directed by Lee Hirsch / Rated PG-13): This renowned documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America hits especially close to home with the suicides of two Tennessee teens earlier this year.

* The film will be followed by a Q&A with the parents of Tyler Long, who took his own life after years of constant bullying.

* Winner of numerous awards, including "Critics Choice" for Best Documentary of 2012

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Erasing Hate (2011 / Directed by Bill Brummel / Not Rated): This shocking documentary goes inside the world of Bryon Widner, a former skinhead "pit bull", as he undergoes painful treatments to remove the physical representation of the hate he had exhibited to the world for more than half his life.

* Starting life as an MSNBC special, this documentary drew such critical acclaim that a film festival release quickly followed

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The Intouchables (2011 / Directed by Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano / Rated R): After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker.

* Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film at the 2011 Academy Awards
* Voted "Audience Favorite" at the 2012 Nashville Film Festival

Trailers for all five films may be found at:


If You're Going -- Everything You Need to Know:

Who: The Chattanooga Department of Education, Arts & Culture with support from the Nashville Film Festival and the Tennessee Film Entertainment & Music Commission proudly present . . .

What: The Gig City Film Festival: A Season for Nonviolence

When: (All day): Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 from 9 am - 10 pm
* (For individual tickets, please see the screening schedule below)

Cost:
- All-day pass (five films): $15.00 * (plus ticketing fee)
- Individual screening tickets available for $5 each * (plus ticketing fee)

Buy Tickets:
Available at the Memorial Auditorium Box Office or online at:

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http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/

* PLEASE NOTE: Ticket availability limited to existing venue capacity
** DOORS OPEN AT 8 AM with the first screening ("The Interrupters") getting underway at 9 am.


Where:
Heritage House Arts & Civic Center
(in Heritage Park just off East Brainerd Road)
1428 Jenkins Road
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421-3226

For more information, please visit:

Web: http://www.chattanooga.gov/education-arts-and-culture

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CameramanConrad

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ChattanoogaFilmCommission?ref=hl

https://www.facebook.com/GigCityFilmFestival?ref=hl

https://www.facebook.com/HeritageHouseArtsandCivicCenter?=hl


Screening Schedule

* Note: Lengths of films and breaks are in minutes following each title (i.e.: 90')

09:00 - 11:05: The Interrupters (125')

11:05 - 11:30 p.m.: BREAK #01 (25')

11:30 - 13:10: Kinyarwanda (100')

13:10 - 14:30: LUNCH (on your own) (80')

14:30 - 16:18: Bully (98')

16:18 - 16:30: BREAK #02 (12')

16:30-17:30: PANEL #02: School Bullying with the parents of student Tyler Long (60')

17:30 - 19:00: DINNER (on your own) (90')

19:00 - 19:45: Erasing Hate (45')

19:45 - 20:00: Break #03 (15')

20:00 - 21:52: GRAND FINALE: The Intouchables (112')


THE INSPIRATION:

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The Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute (GWEI) ( http://www.gandhiforchildren.org )

GWEI's Mission:

The first priority of the Institute is to rescue children from the poorest sections of Indian society. These children are usually the first to become victims of criminal gangs. The second priority of GWEI is to build an institution that serves as a shelter as well as a learning institution where the aforementioned rescued children can receive a basic education.


Origins of GWEI:

In May of 2008, the Institute was founded in the United States by Arun Gandhi, grandson of M.K. Gandhi, to promote community-building in economically depressed areas of the world. This goal is achieved by the joining of Gandhian philosophy with vocational education for children and their parents.

Arun and his late wife, Sunanda, spent almost 30 years in India working with friends to help oppressed and abandoned children by utilizing Gandhi's philosophy of SARVODAYA -- the Welfare of All Citizens. Arun & Sunanda managed to rescue and find homes for hundreds of abandoned children as well as developing several economic programs that successfully changed the lives of thousands of impoverished people.

Recently, Gandhi Worldwide has embarked on an ambitious multi-pronged program to help eradicate the scourge of poverty and human degradation. As Gandhi once said: "Poverty is the worst form of violence," and insisted that it be tackled on all fronts, thereby ensuring human rights and dignity to all, especially those who are victims of societal exploitation.

The Institute, a registered 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, is headquartered in Wauconda, IL.


GWEI's Guiding Principles:

The fabric of GWEI's vision is woven with the threads of three fundamental principles:

* SARVODAYA - To create communities with a foundation rooted in "the welfare of
all." Sarvodaya promotes self-determination and equality of all individuals
regardless of their socioeconomic status.

* WIDE EDUCATIONAL FOCUS - To promote both economic self-reliance and
spiritual uplift through educational programs that encompass both practical
vocational training as well as Gandhian philosophic teachings to better the mind
and spirit.

* FAMILY INVOLVEMENT - GWEI's incorporates the ancient proverb "It takes a village
to raise a child" as an ongoing principle. GWEI believes the successful education of
a child can only be achieved in part through an understanding of the importance of
parental involvement, and an involvement of the community in which that child is
cultivated. Due consideration to the negative impacts of parental non-
involvement is of equal importance.


ABOUT M.K. GANDHI:

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is one of the most significant figures of modern times. He began as an insignificant individual with no particular talents and gradually became a remarkable human being. He considered that everyone has the potential for ethical and spiritual growth, and that community is the most effective basis for our development. Gandhi's ideas have a relevance beyond his own time. His approach was holistic and evolved through experience.


Gandhi's core beliefs:

* Nonviolence to replace war and aggression.

* Egalitarian economics, emphasizing self-reliance, cooperation, and trusteeship.

* Simple lifestyles that avoid an endless quest for more possessions and superficial
experiences. This is essential to protect the planet's resources and ecology.

* Grassroots democracy that is decentralized, human-scale, and involves the active
participation of everyone.

* Tolerance and pluralism: Gandhi regarded different religions and philosophies as
each possessing some, but not the whole truth.

* Respect for animals and an end to their exploitation.

The Venue:

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Heritage House Arts & Civic Center

Located in the East Brainerd area, Heritage House has been host to many a film event over the past four years, from playing the part of soundstage for the Professional Film & Television Training curriculum at Chattanooga State to that of an actual set for the film students of Southern Adventist University. More recently Heritage House has served as the quarterly venue for the ChattaMovies Open Screen Night for local independent filmmakers and the Film Noir Thursdays classic film series. Starting in February, Heritage House will morph again to take on its new role as The Backlot -- a "coffee house" for film makers and film lovers, both professional and novice.


THE SPONSORS:

The Chattanooga Department of Education, Arts & Culture (EAC)

The City of Chattanooga Department of Education, Arts & Culture, led by Founding Administrator Missy Crutchfield, provides a wide variety of activities throughout the city through its civic facilities and centers, such as Heritage House.
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The Civic Facilities Department of EAC manages, maintains and promotes the use of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium and the Tivoli Theatre. These venues offer a gathering place for all citizens to enjoy the performing arts and special events. They also host a wide variety of programming for school groups and young children.

The Civic Centers promote the arts with programs that include art, craft, music and film classes at Eastgate Senior Activity Center, Heritage House, North River Civic Center, and the EAC Pottery Studio at the John A. Patten Recreation Center.

In addition to programs and information, publications are released to further enhance the awareness of the arts. EAC's programs and events are open to the entire community, the incarnation of their official slogan: "There's a role for everyone to play!
The Sponsors:

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The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF)

The Nashville Film Festival's purpose is to bring diverse groups of people together in the discovery and celebration of extraordinary, challenging films from around the world.
The overall goal of NaFF is to foster a community that is more informed, collaborative, and alive.

Founded in 1969 by Mary Jane Coleman, the NaFF was originally known as the Sinking Creek Film Celebration. Renamed the Nashville Independent Film Festival in 1998, and later the Nashville Film Festival in 2003, NaFF was voted one of "25 film festivals worth the entry fee" by MovieMaker Magazine and highlighted as "One of the Best Film Festival Prizes" by Film Festival Today. Brooks Photographic Institute in California named it one of the top five film festivals in the U.S.


Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission

The purpose of the Tennessee Film Entertainment & Music Commission is to promote and facilitate economic development of the film/music community through the recruitment of business; promoting Tennessee as a location in feature films, television productions, commercials, and other works, building infrastructure, and encouraging and supporting the interactive growth of the film and music communities through a wide range of marketing, networking and advertising efforts. To accomplish these goals, the TFEMC wears many hats and serves many different entities on many different levels. The TFEMC is committed to serving as an information resource center for film and music industry professionals, marketing Tennessee as a location for film & video projects, coordinating film projects that take place on state property, serving as a liaison to metro, state and federal agencies, as well as the private sector.

Some of the key activities of TFEMC include: recruiting music and film projects and business to Tennessee; providing preliminary location photos and other resource information to industry professionals, both locally and worldwide; publishing the annual Tennessee Production Directory - a listing of more than 1000 film-related individuals and companies; encouraging the growth and interaction of film and music industries by supporting events, serving as a liaison between industry and government.

Film craft workers can have themselves listed for FREE at the Tennessee Film Production Directory. Special categories for students and internships are provided, as well at:

https://www.tnecdit.net/MVCTNFilm/


The Coalition of Independent Film Organizations

The Coalition of Independent Film Organizations was created in July of 2012 to serve as a unified, informed voice amongst the independent filmmaker and film organization community. The goals of the Coalition are to bring to the attention of filmmakers legislative and legal issues that might have implications for the larger independent film community; to become more proactive in educating independent film organizations on public policy matters; and to give opportunities to endorse amici briefs in relevant cases and support legislative and administrative acts.


Lastly, Just Who Is This Cameraman Conrad?

Cameraman Conrad was created in 2010 as the mascot for the Professional Film & Television Training Curriculum (PFTT) at Chattanooga State, which was created in cooperation with the Chattanooga Department of Education, Arts & Culture in 2008.

The idea for an online marketing mascot, or avatar, was born when Gig City co-chair Kris Jones took Chris Willis' Social Media class at Chatt. State. The then new concept of an anonymous spokesperson for the classes seemed like a perfect way to spread the word about the fast-track program to students online, especially via Facebook. He is now the "spokes-d.p." (Director of Photography) for "all things film" in the Scenic City and environs.

* Conrad is an homage to the late cameraman Conrad Hall, who won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography three times for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), American Beauty (1999) and Road to Perdition (2002).


Cameraman Conrad | Create Your Badge

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December 11, 2012

AND THE WINNER IS . . . ChattaMovieMakers' Open Screen Night Returns!

Majestic 12 downtown.jpgA small but dedicated group of cinema enthusiasts braved the dropping mercury on Monday night to attend the annual Open Screen Night at the Majestic 12 downtown.

Founder Jim Smith calls the annual event "'open mic night' for filmmakers." The film series, now in its second year, features independent works by local and regional filmmakers and students. As the crowd gathered, the event took on the aura of a mini film fest, with a total of 12 entries being spread over the course of the evening, requiring two ten minute intermissions.

A person unfamiliar with the quality of output coming from the local area might expect cardboard acting, bad sound and poorly lit cinematography. They would be pleasantly surprised, with several of the features being shot on state-of-the-art cameras and sound equipment. Many of the productions also boasted first-rate acting, as well, with performers such as Zach Sale and Emily Bowman now having gone Hollywood of late.

The entries screened at each end of year event are culled from multiple quarterly screenings held at Heritage House in East Brainerd and Blank Stage in Marietta, GA.

Organizer Jim Smith is already hard at work planning for "Open Screen Night 2013."

For those of you who were unable to attend, the winners of the evening were as follows:

Best Score: Aaron Adkins for Rubicon

Best Cinematography: Heather Dappolonia for Blue

Best Screenplay (TIE): Casey Dillard for The Fall of Henry

Standifer Kilgore for The Road Not Traveled

Best Director (TIE): Standifer Kilgore for The Road Not Traveled
Tanya Musgrave for BLUE

Best Leading Actor (TIE): Ayme Gousset for Zion
Jade Kilgore for The Road Not Traveled

Overall Audience Favorite: BLUE produced by Kristine Barker

Congratulations to the winners and many fine nominees!

Those interested in submitting for next year's event can find submission guidelines at:

http://www.earluminator.com/openscreennight/

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December 3, 2012

Orson Welles' 1958 Touch of Evil: A Film Noir Classic Revisited

touch-of-evil-blu med.jpg*AUTHOR's PREFACE NOTE: In light of the inception of the "Film Noir Thursdays" film series* at Heritage House in East Brainerd (*a free screening each third Thursday of the month at 7pm), I thought it highly appropriate to digress from the usual film happenings announcements and re-posts of press releases to reflect on a film for which many cinema lovers hold a rather high regard: Orson Welles' 1958 Touch of Evil. * (and if PAL format releases are any reliable harbinger, it should be hitting our shores in Blu-Ray format in the near future . . . !)

Widely considered to be one of the greatest achievements of Orson Welles' career, Touch of Evil is today considered to be the headstone on the golden age of film noir, which faded with the fifties and began in 1940 with Boris Ingster's "Stranger on the Third Floor."

At the time of Touch of Evil's lensing in 1957 it had been over ten years since, arguably, one of the world's greatest directors had worked in America.


PREFACE TO THE RETURN

Orson Welles had left the U.S. and Republic Studios under a self-imposed exile after the failure of a project dear to his Shakespearean heart, the Scottish brogued Macbeth. Macbeth was to have been the first third of a trilogy which would later include Othello (1952) and
Chimes at Midnight / Falstaff (1965.) But edited by 16 minutes and released in 1948 with little fanfare by what Welles described as "a studio best known for low-budget westerns," Macbeth fell flat at the box office. In the wake of his fourth commercial failure in a row (after The Magnificent Ambersons, It's All True, and The Lady from Shanghai), Welles felt he had little choice but to leave the stifling environment of Hollywood.


INFLUENCE and CHANGING FORTUNES

It seems iron now that such a fate should befall the director who, in the words of fellow director Peter Bogdanovich, "has been responsible for inspiring more people to be film directors than anyone else in the history of the profession."

Welles fortunes had changed rather quickly after the heady days of his first Hollywood film: 1941's Citizen Kane -- widely acknowledged by many critics as one of the greatest films of all time. As project led to project, Welles watched his artistic control gradually eroded away by the changing tides of studio politics.

When Welles finally did return to America, he proved one more time that he still had the stuff of legend. In the process, the last Hollywood film Welles mad has come to be called by writer/director Paul Schrader, "the last great film noir." In particular, it contains an opening title sequence so influential, it is studied by film students to this day, as well as being referenced in more contemporary fare such as Robert Altman's 1992 The Player (also consisting of one very long tracking shot.)


THE LEGENDARY OPENING SHOT

Welles seamless opening title sequence, done without edits, lasts over three minutes in screen time. It begins with a tight close-up on a timing device of a bomb, which is then placed in a car trunk as the car's driver approaches from a store arcade in the distance. The camera, mounted on a crane, then backs away to go over the roof of the building around which the same car now pulls, resettling itself on the other side to immerse itself in the bustling street traffic.

The crowd of people crossing the U.S.-Mexican border just happens to include our hero, Charlton Heston, in the role of Vargas, a Mexican narcotics detective. While Heston walks toward the U.S. side of the border with his new wife, Susan (played by Janet Leigh), the aforementioned car hovers in and out of the frame, its inevitable explosion kept ticking ever nearer by the Latin percolations of Henry Mancini's soundtrack. When the car finally explodes in a blinding flash of white light, the entire screen (and the story) is plunged into darkness, and we are take along with it.


WELLES and his CINEMATOGRAPHER

A shot of this magnitude can only be accomplished by a synergistic working relationship between a director and his cinematographer: in this case Russell Metty, with whom Welles had previously worked on The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) as well as The Stranger (1946.) An example of the Welles/Metty expertise and synergy is the oft-touted ballroom scene from Welles' second film, which he narrated as well as directed.


WELLES and ZUGSMITH

So how did it come about that Hollywood's wayward son was invited back into the fold? While in the intervening years Welles' directing career may have been dormant (at least in the states), his acting duties carried on apace. His role in Man in the Shadow (Pay the Devil) in which he played a Texas rancher not dissimilar to Touch of Evil's Frank Quinlan allowed him to establish a relationship with Albert Zugsmith of Universal, the studio he had left ten years previous.


ORIGINS and FIRST DAY's SHOOTING

Touch of Evil is based on a standard pulp crime thriller titled Badge of Evil by Whit Masterson and deals with the investigation of the corruption of a police captain in a Mexican border town. The book is undistinguished from the standard noir thriller except for its unique locale, the American Southwest. The original screenplay adaptation by Paul Monash discarded much of the detail in the novel. Wisely, when Welles took over on the script from Monash in the winter of 1957 (originally his only involvement in the film was as screenwriter), he went back to the original text and restored some of the best scenes from the novel. Most notably, the first scene shot: the interrogation of the shoe clerk Manolo Sanchez (Victor Milan.) In order to appease the worried studio executives who were even now beginning to circle the periphery of the soundstage on the first day of shooting, Welles shot this entire scene in one marvelous take (inserts included.)


CHARLTON HESTON and UNIVERSAL's ALBERT ZUGSMITH

In order to secure major talent for the project, Warner Brothers talked up the picture as being associated with Orson in the capacity of actor, as well as screenwriter, Welles having conveniently written himself into the part of Police Captain Frank Quinlan. In a charmed moment of miscommunication, when Charlton Heston was contacted to read for the role of Ramon Miguel "Mike" Vargas, he incorrectly assumed that Welles had been contracted in the capacity of director, as well as screenwriter. When he was later told this was not the case, he threatened to withdraw from the project unless Welles was at the helm.

Fortunately for Welles, Heston carried considerable clout in Hollywood, having just come of the success of his roles in The Ten Commandments and The Big Country and having just been cast as the lead role in Ben Hur. Even though he would not be directly involved in overseeing any aspects of the film's production, an actor of Heston's stature carried considerable weight in the Hollywood community. This was a precipitous move on Heston's part, as he was seeing the situation not only as a chance for "the master" to work again, but as a boost to his own quickly advancing career. Years later this very event would be spoofed in the most unlikely of bio-pics, Tim Burton's Ed Wood. Contrary to the artistic license taken in Burton's film, though, it actually was Welles' idea to have Heston "play a Mexican." He reportedly told Heston at the time, "Sure, we'll dye your hair black, have a tailor cut you a tight Mexican suit, darken your skin tone and paint a mustache on your lip, and you'll be a Mexican."

In the unfavorable light of Universal's opposition to Welles directing again, Orson was also defended by producer Albert Zugsmith who, judging by both his previous and later credits (films in the ilk of High School Confidential), probably not only understood, but was sympathetic to, the film's bizarre subject matter. He would also bring with him one of his favorite staff cinematographers, the aforementioned Metty, with whom Zugsmith had previously worked on Written on the Wind and The Female Animal.


THE MERCURY PLAYERS "GO WEST!"

Other members of the cast and crew included those gifted thespians Orson had dragged with him from back east: the stalwarts of the Mercury Theater. These included Joseph Calleia as Quinlan's right-hand man, Menzies, as well as an uncredited cameo by Joseph Cotten in the film's opening moments.


DENNIS WEAVER as "The Night Man"

Touch of Evil is full of other small but extremely memorable performances, such as Dennis Weaver as the Mirador Motel desk clerk. Dennis Weaver's role as "The Night Man" is thought to have directly contributed to the inspiration for the character of Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), as both films shared not only the same sweater-clad female star (Janet Leigh) and seedy locale (a tourist hotel put to pasture by the big interstate) but the same art director, Robert Clatworthy, who is thought to have had considerable influence on the narrative, as well as constructed design of Psycho.


MARLENE DIETRICH as Tana

Of the many memorable performances in the film, though, the one which lingers in the memory next to Welles' belongs to his longtime friend Marlene Dietrich, herself practically in Hollywood retirement by this time, as well. Almost as if she knew in advance that this would be her last major American feature, she utilized pieces of her wardrobe from some of her earlier pictures in a form of self-homage. Her wig in Touch of Evil is easily recognized from 1947's Golden Earrings.

In the role of the madam and ex-girlfriend of Frank Quinlan, Tana, she is given three of the best scenes in the film and a hauntingly nostalgic theme from the score by Henry Mancini, for whom this was only his sixth composition as an apprentice at Universal. With the exception of Paris When It Sizzles, this would be Marlene's last major Hollywood appearance until her death. Her remaining films consisted mainly of cameos in films which were of an altruistic nature. These consisted of guest appearances and narrations of European productions which served as a form of therapy to a Germany just then coming to terms with the shame of the atrocities of Adolf Hitler. Ironically, it was Hitler himself who had offered her the job of starring in propaganda films for the Third Reich. But she refused and left her native Germany with Joseph von Sternberg in 1929 to make three films for Paramount. Dietrich later spent most of her time doing USO stints (again, with Welles as part of his magic act) to cheer up the troops during World War II.


EPITAPH & AFTERWORD

Towards the end of Touch of Evil, Tana predicts the fate of Welles' character Frank Quinlan, who insists, "Read my future!" to which she plainly replies, "You haven't got any. You're future's all used up." At the end of the film, as Quinlan's body slowly floats away down a stinking canal, she delivers his epitaph, as well: "He was some kind of man. What does it matter what you say about people." Her lines are especially memorable in retrospect, foreshadowing as they did Welles' career in the wake of Touch of Evil's release. * Strangely, the ending of the film was foreshadowed, and possibly inspired by, Welles himself falling into the canal while doing some late-night location shooting in Venice, California, where most of the film's night scenes were shot.

Although largely ignored in the U.S. at the time of its release, Touch of Evil won the critics prize at the 1958 Brussels World's Fair for "Best Film" and "Best Leading Performance by a Man" for Orson Welles. Both of these were write-in votes, as Universal did not even think the film worthy enough to submit it for consideration. Today it is widely considered to be a film ahead of its time, and a worthy epitaph for one of cinema's greatest directors.

* This article was originally written for Valencia Community College's arts and literary magazine -- The Phoenix.

** I welcome your comments and feedback on this article. Please contact me at: joneskriscATgmailDOTcom . . .

- Happy viewing!

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April 27, 2012

Feature Film "42" Seeks Locals for Various Featured Extra Roles

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Catrett Locke Casting of Atlanta is currently seeking experienced Caucasian male reporters and photographers. If you have any background in either of these fields then please e-mail:

CLCastingTN@gmail.com.

* NOTE: Please include 3 pictures and include age, height, weight and all contact info.
- Please note if you have attended a previous casting call but also attach additional pictures as well.
- Help spread the word if you know anyone that fits the above breakdown description.
- In your e-mail, please put "REPORTER" or "PHOTOGRAPHER" in the subject box.


AFRICAN-AMERICAN BOYS

Catrett Locke Casting is also currently seeking African-American boys between the ages of 11-14. If you have a son that fits this description then please e-mail:

CLCastingTN@gmail.com.

- Include 3 pics (head and body), age, height, weight, and all contact info.
- Please put "FRIEND" in the subject box.


UMPIRES

Catrett Locke is also seeking experienced Umpires. If you are or know someone with experience, then please e-mail:

CLCastingTN@gmail.com

- Please include 3 pics (head and body) age, height, weight, and all contact info.
- Also, please put "UMPIRE" in the subject box.


FUR COATS OR STOLES

Do you have a fur coat or stole? If you do or know someone that does then please e-mail:

CLCastingTN@gmail.com

- Please include 3 pics (head and body) age, height, weight, and all contact info.
- Include a pic of the coat or stole as well.
- Also, please put "FUR" in the subject box of your e-mail.

SEEKING AFRICAN-AMERICAN TWIN/TRIPLET BABIES

Seeking Twin/Triplet babies that will be born between the end of May and the beginning of June. If you are pregnant and fit this description or know some one that does please e-mail:

CLCastingTN@gmail.com.

Please include:
- Your pics
- Your due date
- Twins or Triplets
- All contact info.
- Also, please put "TWIN" or "TRIPLET" in the subject box.

42 , Actors , Association for the Future of Film and Television in Tennessee , CFB Updates , Casting Call (feature) , Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Film Commission , Engel Stadium , Harrison Ford , Help Wanted , Jackie Robinson , News , Professional Film & Television | By joneskrisc | 5:46 AM

April 23, 2012

Mass Casting Call and Raffle Contest for Feature Film: "42"

Mass Casting Call.jpgAs posted by the Southern Hollywood Events Casting Agency:

Walk the red carpet in true Hollywood Style! Southern Hollywood will have a professional photographer available everyday on set as extras arrive to capture them in their best 1940's attire. Southern Hollywood will also be having a "best dressed" contest to pick the best dressed man and woman in the three cities in which "42" is being filmed: Birmingham, Chattanooga and Macon. The winners of the contest will win the part of a "Featured Extra"role in the movie.

The Department of Education, Arts & Culture in cooperation with Southern Hollywood Events is happy to offer locals the opportunity to be a part of the upcoming feature film, "42": The Jackie Robinson Story ( Starring Harrison Ford and Christopher Meloni ). 500 seats will be available each day for local extras responding to this invitation.

As a thank you to the city of Chattanooga for making "42" happen, Southern Hollywood Events will be raffling off prizes on set ranging from iPads, featured extra roles, and two all-inclusive trips to Jamaica and Cancun. Everyone will take home a souvenir of their "day in the movies." The more days an extra signs up for, the more raffle tickets they will receive and the greater their chances of winning one of the grand prizes.

Southern Hollywood Events will award an extra raffle ticket, as well, for each friend an extra brings with them to the set. All potential extras and members of their party must register online at:

BeInTheMovie42.com

In addition, companies and organizations interested in contributing prizes for the daily raffle should contact:

Jessica or Donna at:

SouthernHollywoodEvents@gmail.com.

Any business donating merchandise, food, gift cards, or samples will be featured on the Education, Arts & Culture Facebook page and in all EAC email blasts leading up to the event. In addition, their company will be mentioned on the set as well as in-between takes as one of the sponsors.

42 , Actors , Articles , CFB Updates , Casting Call (feature) , Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Film Commission , Engel Stadium , Events , Harrison Ford , Help Wanted , Jackie Robinson , News , Professional Film & Television | By joneskrisc | 1:00 PM

April 8, 2012

APRIL 10th OPEN CASTING CALL for MAJOR FEATURE FILM "42" ANNOUNCED!

Casting Call waiting room.jpgBACKGROUND TALENT NEEDED FOR SEGMENTS FILMING IN CHATTANOOGA

* ( NOTE: All positions are PAID! )

The casting call will be held in Chattanooga, TN on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 from 11am-4pm at the Eastgate Town Center located at 5600 Brainerd Road in Chattanooga, TN (37411)

Check-in will be at the center court of the mall located by the fountain.

Catrett Locke is specifically seeking:

- Persons age 18 and over for "ALL LOOKS" (Looking for great "character faces")
- Baseball fans, umpires and coaches
- People with the 1940's look

ATTN. ALL: Please come relaxed and dress In your best 1940's attire!

** Wardrobe notes:

- ABSOLUTELY NO BROWN
- Women: Dresses, oxford shoes, pumps, hats (small) -- vintage if you have them
- Men: Dress pants, short-sleeve button shirts, suspenders, sport coats, dress shoes,
fedoras

Free parking or parking will be validated. Please bring a pen and head shots if you have them. Also, please know your wardrobe sizes (height, waist, inseam, shoe size, etc.).

Chattanooga TN -- Casting Directors of Catrett Locke Casting - Atlanta announced that they are in search of background talent for the feature film, "42," produced by Legendary Pictures and filming in Tennessee and Alabama in the summer of 2012. The film is based on the life story of baseball player Jackie Robinson (played by Chad Bozeman) and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey (played by Harrison Ford). The film is written and directed by Brian Helgeland.

*** PLEASE NOTE: All positions are PAID!

42 , Actors , Articles , Association for the Future of Film and Television in Tennessee , CFB Updates , Casting Call (feature) , Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Film Commission , Eastgate Town Center , Engel Stadium , Harrison Ford , Help Wanted , Jackie Robinson , News , Professional Film & Television | By joneskrisc | 12:22 PM

March 21, 2012

Calls for Local Crew, Baseball Players and Background Extras for Upcoming Feature Film "42"

film_main_std.jpgThe City of Chattanooga Department of Education, Arts & Culture (EAC) and the Chattanooga SE Tennessee Film Commission (CSTFC) announce that resumes for local crew are now being accepted for the film "42."

Please email crew resumes ONLY to 42resumes@gmail.com.

The subject line of the e-mail should state the position you are applying for and indicate your current union membership status.

Those applying for the position of "Baseball Players" should contact Catrett Locke Casting of Atlanta. The company states that they are currently looking for experienced Caucasian and African-American baseball players ages 25-38.

Applicants having open availability and a flexible schedule should contact:

CLCBaseball@gmail.com.

Attachments should include:

- 3 pictures (head and body)
- ACTUAL age
- Height
- Weight
- Baseball experience, including position

Regular updates to the casting process will be posted at:

www.facebook.com/CLCastingTN


Persons interested in being a background extra, should email:

CLCastingTN@gmail.com.

Email attachments should include:

- 3 pictures (head and body)
- ACTUAL age
- Height
- Weight
- ALL contact information.

* Applicants should put ethnicity and age in the subject box.


For more information about the Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Film Commission or the City of Chattanooga Department of Education, Arts & Culture, please contact Communications Director Melissa Turner at:

(423) 425-7826

or

turner_m@mail.chattanooga.gov.

42 , Articles , Association for the Future of Film and Television in Tennessee , CFB Updates , Casting Call (feature) , Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Film Commission , Engel Stadium , Harrison Ford , Help Wanted , Jackie Robinson , News , Professional Film & Television | By joneskrisc | 10:18 PM

March 20, 2012

"42" CASTING CALL SEARCH EXPANDED TO INCLUDE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COLLEGE-LEVEL BASEBALL PLAYERS

42 patch.jpgA feature film about the the life of baseball hall-of-famer and legend Jackie Robinson is currently underway. The biopic will portray the life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.

Catrett Locke Casting of Atlanta has been assigned to cast about 1,000 background extras for the film. The feature's working title is "42", and will star Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey and Chadwick Boseman as Robinson.

Filming will take place beginning in May through July in Chattanooga, TN and Atlanta, GA.

* The casting director is Seeking:

- Experienced Baseball Players: Males, ages 22-38, Caucasian and African-American.

The casting director states, "By experienced, we mean at least college-level baseball for sure. These men will be representing a major league baseball team."

** Auditions will be held Tuesday & Wednesday, March 27-28, 5-7 pm @ 1888 Emery Street, Atlanta, GA. Call-backs will be on Thursday & Friday, March 29th - 30th 2012.

*** For consideration, send 3 full length photos and head shots as an e-mail attachment to:

CLCBaseball@gmail.com

Please include:

- Three (3) pics (head and body)
- ACTUAL age
- Height
- Weight
- ALL contact information.

**** List baseball experience, including position

***** Please put your ethnicity and age in the subject box of the e-mail

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March 5, 2012

Major Chattanooga Casting Call

baseball-stamp-60s.jpgThe City of Chattanooga Department of Education, Arts & Culture (EAC) and the Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Film Commission (CSTFC) today announced a casting notice for a major motion picture that will be filming in Chattanooga for several weeks during the months of May through July. Catrett Locke of Atlanta is handling the casting for the project and is currently looking for baseball players and general extras. The official statement from Catrett Locke reads as follows:

"We are currently looking for experienced Caucasian baseball players ages 25-38. If you or someone you know fits the bill and has open availability and a flexible schedule, please email:

CLCBaseball@gmail.com

Please include:
- 3 pictures (head and body)
- Age,
- Height
- Weight

*** List baseball experience, including position

If you are interested in being a GENERAL EXTRA, please email:

CLCastingTN@gmail.com.

Please include:

- 3 pictures (head and body)
- (Actual) age
- Height
- Weight
- All contact information

*** Please put your ethnicity and age in the subject box of your e-mail."

Speaking on the occasion of the press release, EAC Administrator and Film Commissioner Missy Crutchfield said, "We want to remind everyone of the film and theater opportunities and successes we have had in the past, and encourage those who are interested in this and upcoming casting notices for the Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee region, to please "LIKE" the Chattanooga SE Tennessee Film Commission Facebook page for continuing updates.

For more information about the Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Film Commission or the City of Chattanooga Department of Education, Arts & Culture, interested parties can contact the secretary, Melissa Turner at:

(423) 425-7826 or

turner_m@mail.chattanooga.gov.

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February 20, 2012

Documentary "Mud on the Stars" to Screen as Part of CFS Quarterly

AWild_River lobby card.jpgs part of the Chattanooga Film Society's February Quarterly, there will be a screening of director Allison Inman's "Mud on the Stars", which depicts the making of Elia Kazan's rarely seen 1960 drama Wild River, a Depression-era character study with Montgomery Clift portraying a TVA supervisor in conflict with an elderly homesteader (Jo Van Fleet) who must make way for a coming dam.

Featuring a cast that includes Lee Remick, the movie was shot on location by Kazan in the small East Tennessee town of Charleston, where the locals in 2010 held a 50th anniversary celebration for the film. Some additional shots were made in Harrison, TN, as well. It was the first feature film to be entirely shot in Tennessee.

There will be a panel discussion following the screening featuring some of the cast and crew who were involved with the "Mud on the Stars" project as well as the original film "Wild River".

WHERE: Downtown Chattanooga YMCA
WHEN: Thursday February 23rd at 6:00pm
COST: Admission is FREE to CFS members,
Guests are $5 at the door

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January 27, 2012

Professional Film & Television Training at Chattanooga State Rolls On in 2012

PFTT Clapper NEW.jpgNow in its third year at Chattanooga State, the Professional Film & Television Training Curriculum is known for its success in graduating skilled professionals, many of whom are now practicing film craft workers in the growing motion picture industry of the southeastern region.

Past classes, or "advanced practicums", as they are called, have concentrated on film specialties as diverse as film lighting & gripping, camera assisting, production management, location scouting, and field sound production.

This semester, the curriculum has added "Art Direction for Film", bringing the all-important job of the Production Designer into the mix -- a highly important role, as it is the Production Designer, in consultation with a film's director and its cinematographer (as well as their collaborative partner the art director) who are largely responsible for the "look" of a feature film.

With the advent of digital technology and computer-generated imagery, the art department is coming to the fore not only in its traditional role of pre- and postproduction, but of generating much of the action actually seen onscreen. Many of the digital tools now being used in the cinema realm are skills which can be learned as part of Chattanooga State's other cutting edge media program, Gaming Technology, which started enrolling students in the fall of 2011.

The film curriculum's Advanced Practicum rotates through a variety of skill sets currently in demand within the local film industry and is offered every other semester. The class includes an internship component (PFTT 299) along with the actual class which enables students to be placed with regional film and video shoots as Production Assistants. Students in the Advanced Practicum are required to earn 90 hours of on-the-set training, which they document via an on-set journal of their experiences.

Recently, the "Art Direction for Film" class has partnered with the film program at Southern Adventist University to fill out crew roles needed for the annual spring productions being launched by graduating film seniors. The Media Technology and Professional Film classes are currently working towards pooling their efforts on a similar annual venture of their own, as well as a one-year certificate in Film Technology.

The Professional Film & Television Training curriculum is taught by Kris Jones, the Production Designer of the documentary "Silver Wings & Civil Rights". Mr. Jones has served as the film program's teaching assistant and social marketing arm for the past two years. In the recognizable role of "Cameraman Conrad", he has been a regular contributor to local film events, newspaper articles, and social media postings.

Mr. Jones holds two technical degrees in media technology and is currently enrolled in the Interior Design program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, one of the three "feeder majors" (along with architecture and graphic design) which traditionally provide the lion's share of designers for the film industry. Mr. Jones has also served on the board of the Chattanooga Film Society and is a member of the state's trade advocacy group The Association for the Future of Film & Television in Tennessee (AFFT).

When the current Chattanooga State class wraps up this April, all students who have successfully completed the course will be awarded a certificate of completion by the Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Film Commission and be listed in the local production directory database. Access to the directory is provided to visiting production companies who decide to use Chattanooga as their primary location, and it is from local production directories that visiting film companies traditionally fill their crew needs for entry-level and other positions.

The Professional Film & Television classes have met on Wednesday evenings for the past three years in order to take full advantage of non-traditional students (who can register via the school's Continuing Education program) as well as Chattanooga State's growing body of Media Technology majors.

Students interested in becoming part of the program and its upcoming offerings for the summer and fall are asked to contact:

Assistant Professor Chris Willis
Office: MTC-107 (old Channel 45 television station on campus)

Chattanooga State Community College

4501 Amnicola Highway,
Chattanooga, TN 37406-1097

Phone: 423.697.3151

Fax: 423.697.2539

chris.willis@chattanoogastate.edu

For more on the film program at Chattanooga State, please visit:
http://www.chattanoogastate.edu/film/fmfaq.html/

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November 28, 2011

"Back to Bosnia" to Be Presented as Part of UTC's "Awake & Engage" Film Series on Wednesday, November 30th

( from Joe Leydon at Variety.com )

First-time documentary filmmaker Sabina Vajraca takes a deeply personal approach in charting the lingering effects of civil war, ethnic cleansing and population dispersal in her documentary "Back to Bosnia," a fascinating and sporadically unsettling account of her Muslim family's return to their homeland after years of exile in the United States. The documentary follows Vajraca and her parents' journey back to Banja Luka, the once-thriving multi-ethnic city they were forced to flee after its 1992 takeover by militant Serb forces.

En route through Bosnia, they encounter upsetting reminders of the mid-1990s conflict that ravaged the land and the population. Amid the now silent devastation, the viewer is made accomplice as the film focuses on grimly determined officials trying to identify corpses found buried in mass graves.

But emotional fireworks aren't sparked in earnest until the Vajracas finally reach their former apartment, only to find it has been occupied -- and the original furnishings are still being used -- by a frankly unapologetic Serb family that had claimed the place a decade earlier.

Here and elsewhere, videographer Damir Okanovic's discreet fly-on-the-wall approach is impressive. Documentary critic Anji Milanovic calls Back to Bosnia a "stunning debut that shines a light on a part of the world we know very little about."

"Back to Bosnia" directed by Sabina Vajraca - part of UTC's "Awake & Engage" Film Series

DATE: November 30, 2011
LOCATION: UTC University Center - Signal Mountain Room
TIME: 5:30 pm
ADMISSION: FREE!

Presented by Alternate Plan Productions
Produced by Ali Hanson & Sabina Vajraca
Directed by Sabina Vajraca.
Camera (color, DV), Damir Okanovic
Editor: Ali Hanson
Music: Jon Crider
English, Bosnian dialogue. Running time: 67 MIN

Reviewed as part of the Nashville Film Festival in the Documentaries category on April 22, 2006.

| By joneskrisc | 10:56 AM

Chattanooga Film Society's "Second Friday" Members Forum meets December 9th

View imageThe Chattanooga Film Society will have its monthly "Second Friday" meeting on Friday, December 9th from 8 - 9am at GreenLife Grocery on Manufacturers Road. The group is open to the public and meets on the upper balcony. Anyone with an interest in film, either as just an appreciator or as a practitioner, is encouraged to attend. For those especially interested in independent or feature filmmaking, past meetings of the group have included working film crafts persons ranging from videographers to talent. The Chattanooga Film Society also holds quarterly technical seminars and skills workshops in the months of February, May, August and November.

Articles , CFB Updates , Chattanooga Film Society , News , Professional Film & Television | By joneskrisc | 10:42 AM

November 26, 2011

"Production Design & Art Direction for Motion Pictures" Added for Spring 2012 as Part of Professional Film & Television Training at Chattanooga State

The Professional Film & Television Training Curriculum, which is co-sponsored and endorsed by the Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Film Commission, has now been taught on Wednesday nights at Chattanooga State Community College for the past three years.

Students who have graduated from past years' classes have gone on to become practicing grips, lighting technicians, location scouts, set decorators, production managers, and costume assistants on the recent "Water for Elephants", to name but a few. In addition, all graduates of the program are listed in the Chattanooga Film Production Directory, which gives visiting production companies a source of local film craft workers sorted by their respective specialties.

The ongoing series of classes at Chattanooga State is taught by Chattanooga Film Society Board Members Kris Jones and Chris Holley, and is a fast-track entry-level skills program which is part of the local film community's larger overall goal of making Chattanooga a more "film-friendly" city, both in terms of actual film production as well as cultural appreciation.

The typical curriculum each semester consists of three sequential classes: PFTT 250: "Introduction to Film & Television Technology"; PFTT 251: "The Production Assistant Internship" and PFTT 299: "Advanced Production Technology Practicum".

The Production Assistant, or "P.A." for short, is the entry-level position for the film production industry as a whole, and PAs are the "oil" which makes a well-run set roll efficiently. They do everything on the set from getting coffee and lunch orders to working in support roles in each of a film's various departments, such as camera, wardrobe and production.

The Advanced Production Technology Practicum rotates each semester to encompass a wide range of film skill sets which are needed locally. In the past, film crafts such as set lighting, camera assisting, production management, location scouting/management and production sound have been offered.

The Production Designer/Art Director is a key member of the team, along with the director and cinematographer, who are responsible for the final look of a screenplay once it is committed to film.

This spring the Professional Film & Television Training Curriculum will offer "Production Design and Art Direction for Motion Pictures." The class will detail the various stages to successfully conceiving and executing a film concept, from story-boarding and pre-visualizing a script to set planning and actual stage construction.

Persons interested in possibly taking the class should contact the Program Director, Chris Willis, via any of the following:

Office: MTC-107 (inside the old Channel 45 television station on the Chattanooga State campus)

Phone: (423) 697-3151
Fax: (423) 697-2539

E-mail: chris.willis@chattanoogastate.edu.

Hope to see you this spring!
- Kris Jones: Instructor
( kris-jones@mocs.utc.edu )


News , Professional Film & Television , Props , Workshops | By joneskrisc | 7:09 PM

November 10, 2011

"The Creative Financing of Independent Films" to Be Presented by CFS Thursday, November 17th at the Downtown YMCA

The next quarterly meeting of the Chattanooga Film Society will feature special guest panelists Dylan Kussman and Drew Belz, both of whom have successfully utilized crowd-funding for different projects, as well as regional filmmaker Jeff Burr, who has directed several franchise horror features.


Dylan Kussman

Dylan Kussman is an accomplished actor, best known for his role as Richard Cameron in the 1989 Peter Weir film, Dead Poets Society. Dylan has since made appearances in many feature films and television series, and is currently writing, producing, and starring in the second season of "The Steps", a modern noir web series filmed in Chattanooga. He successfully financed production using Kickstarter, an innovative online funding platform.


Drew Belz

Drew Belz is an accomplished editor, producer, and screenwriter, and has recently launched Fancy Rhino, a local video strategy company. Within half a day of posting their Kickstarter page, Fancy Rhino's founders, Belz and Isaiah Smallman had broken their fundraising goal for the 16mm music video shoot of "Ramifications of an Exciting Spouse" for the indie group Jumbling Towers. Since then, press from the collaboration has led to fast company growth and fascinating connections, including a surprise gig with ESPN.com.

Drew grew up in Asheville, North Carolina and graduated from Covenant College with degrees in both Philosophy and English. As he progressed through the curriculum at Covenant, he edited film for various production houses and produced his own films, but deep down he was interested in the creative process of writing for the screen. In the process of finding his niche, he helped launch Chattanooga's annual Broad Street Film Festival, and is now the co-founder of Fancy Rhino, a local video strategy company.


Jeff Burr

Jeff began his film career while studying at the University of Southern California in 1982 when he co-produced Divided We Fall, an acclaimed Civil War drama that won many awards at film festivals around the world. He has since directed several feature horror films, including Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings, and the fourth and fifth movies in the Puppetmaster series.

"Creative Financing of Independent Films"

WHEN: Thursday, November 17, 2011
WHERE: Downtown YMCA
301 W 6th St
Chattanooga, TN 37402
TIME: 6:30 pm - Meet and Greet
7:00 pm - Panel Discussion begins

ADMISSION: $5 at the door (admission is free for current CFS members)

| By joneskrisc | 5:18 PM

November 9, 2011

Mise En Scenesters Present: "A Boy and His Dog" and "Zardoz"


(from the Collective Clothing site on Facebook)

Join the gang at Mise En Scenesters (MES) as they spend 11-11-11 partying like the world is going to end by 12-12-12 with a duo of delightful films about the end of the world (no R.E.M. references please). They're awfully proud to be screening both, they tell us.

A Boy And His Dog
(1975) Directed by L.Q. Jones

A post-apocalyptic tale based on a novella by whacked out sci-fi legend Harlan Ellison. A boy communicates telepathically with his dog as they scavenge for food and sex, and they stumble into an underground world where the old society is preserved. Sound magical? You bet it's MAGICAL. You'll love it as much as we do and you'll never look at Don Johnson the same way ever again.


Zardoz (1974)

They'll close out the evening with filmmaker John Boorman's nutso masterpiece which involves Sean Connery, Giant God-like floating heads that spit out machine-guns, a race of immortals and the music of Beethoven woven into a patchwork quilt of weird that will stamp itself UPON YOUR SOUL! (For reals ya'll we aren't overselling this one ONE BIT.)

As always seats for the films are limited and have been filling up fast so feel free to BYOC(hair).

Just five bucks which goes toward the funding of future MES events and helps keep Chattanooga safe for oddball and indie film.

The good folks at Pure Sodaworks will be in attendance again by popular demand and we'll also have draft beer provided by Moccasin Bend Brewing Company.

WHEN: Friday, November 11 · 8:00pm - 11:00pm
WHERE: Collective Warehouse
4015 Tennessee Ave.
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Articles , Mise En Scenesters | By joneskrisc | 4:23 PM

Russian Film Club in East Ridge Joins Chattanooga's "Cinema Renaissance"!

(from the Chattanooga Times-Free Press):

This is the debut year for the Russian Film Club (aka: "Russkie Kino Klub") of Chattanooga.

The club meets on the third Saturday of every month at the club president (Mikhail Vassilev)'s house in East Ridge, beginning with a light supper (including a vegetarian pizza) at 6:15 pm, followed by a viewing of a Russian movie (w/ English subtitles) as well as a discussion of the film afterward.

November's movie, "Balthazar's Feast," will be on Saturday, Nov. 19. All lovers of film are welcome to attend, but especially those who speak Russian! (And for those who don't, might be a good way to start!)

For more information or directions, please visit their web site at:

http://cetusa.tripod.com/rfc

OR

phone the club's president at: (423) 332-2262

Articles , Events , News , Watch | By joneskrisc | 3:35 PM

November 8, 2011

A Showcase for Local Indie Film Talent:- ChattaMovies Presents "The Best of Open Screen Night 2011" at The Rave Theater on Monday, December 5th

So, what is "Open Screen Night"? The founder, Jimmy-Lee Smith says, "It's like open mic night for movie makers." Over the course of the past year, Open Screen Night (OSN) has served as a screening showcase for independent filmmakers in the southeast Tennessee / North Georgia area. Via OSN, local filmmakers are given a chance to judge the reception of their works in front of an actual audience.

Each of the finalists below (along with their running time and producer name) were chosen as audience favorites at the last three Open Screen Nights which were held over the course of 2011 at Ambiance Modeling in Red Bank:

- Clone Wars (17:30) - Deadeye Films

- The Directive (12:00) - Chase Breedlove

- The Committee of Doom (17:00) - Bushido Funk Productions

- Missing Faces (10:31) - Daniel Wahlen

- The Dome (05:00) - Accentric Films Productions

- Air to the Throne (15:00) - Brian H. Teague & J. Howard Bach

- Foreign Exchange (21:00) - Creative Studios of Atlanta

- After (07:00) - DigiTribe

- Ralph's Detuned Extravaganza (01:40) - Saralyn Foster

- Public (20:00) - Leslie Kelso

- Spider (21:00) - EarLuminator Productions

The "Best of Open Screen Night" event will be held the first week of December.

DATE: Monday, December 5, 2011

WHERE: "The Rave" Motion Pictures East Ridge 18 + IMAX
5080 South Terrace
Chattanooga, TN 37412

TIME: 7:00pm

Organizer Jimmy Smith of ChattaMovies told the CFB,"We will have our mini red carpet rolled out before the show, and all casts and crews are welcome to come early for photos for Chattamovies websites. I look forward to screening your works in December, and to more submissions from all of you for the 2012 Open Screen Nights in Chattanooga, Marietta!"

You can pre-order tickets for The Best Of OPEN SCREEN NIGHT - Chattanooga 2011:

http://www.jimmylee.com/php_paypal/orderformOSN.php

If you would like to have your film screen as part of a future edition of Open Screen Night, you can contact the event's series producer, Jimmy-Lee Smith at:

jimmy@jimmylee.com,

stating that you would like to have your work shown at a future event.

Articles , Documentary , Events , News , The Rave Movie Theater - East Ridge , Watch | By joneskrisc | 12:27 PM

November 2, 2011

Filmmaker Brad Clement to Present His Film: "Everest: A Climb for Peace" at UTC on Friday, November 4th

Brad Clement, an avid rock climber and a professional, high-altitude filmmaker/photographer, will be on the UTC campus Friday, November 4th, at 3:00 in the Signal Mountain Room of the University Center to share stories and photos from The Everest Peace Project. Specifically, Clement will share stories behind and footage gathered for the film, Everest: A Climb for Peace, which is now being aired on 300 PBS affiliates around the country. The film, narrated by Orlando Bloom, documents The Everest Peace Project, a project which set out to assemble a team of climbers from different cultures, as well as different political and religious backgrounds, for a summit of the highest mountain on earth. The aim was to see if they could forgo their differences, unite as a team and successfully climb Everest. Clement was the lead cinematographer on this film project. His presentation will feature footage and stories from that project. The film has been described as a "tremendous achievement" by the Dalai Lama.

The film is free and open to the public.

Additional info:

Information about "The Everest Peace Project," including Clement's amazing photographs and film footage, is available online at:

everestpeaceproject.com

Documentary , Events , News , Watch | By joneskrisc | 10:19 AM

November 1, 2011

CFS presents Director Kim Snyder's "Welcome to Shelbyville" - Monday, November 14th at Loose Cannon

shelbyvilleposter LG.jpg
The Chattanooga Film Society, in conjunction with SouthArts, will present the third entry in its Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at Loose Cannon Art & Events the evening of November 14th.

The film "Welcome to Shelbyville" is a snapshot of America at a crossroads. In one particular town in the heart of America's Bible belt, a community grapples with rapidly changing demographics. The core population of longtime African-American and white residents is challenged with how to acclimate to a growing Latino population, as well as the more recent arrival of hundreds of Somali Muslim refugees. Set on the eve of the historic 2008 presidential election, the film captures the interaction between the various groups of residents as they navigate entirely new waters together. The film is set amidst the backdrop of one tumultuous year, with the economy in crisis, factories closing, and jobs very hard to find.

As the Latino population grapples with their own immigrant identity, African-American residents look back at their own segregated past and find a way to balance perceived threats to their livelihood against the values that they themselves have learned through their own long struggle for civil rights. And as the most recent Somali newcomers attempt to make new lives for themselves and their children, leaders in a deeply religious community attempt to guide their congregations through a period of unprecedented change.

Through the vibrant and colorful characters of Shelbyville, the film explores immigrant integration and the interplay between race, religion, and identity. Ultimately, the story is an intimate portrayal of a community's struggle to understand what it means to be American.

Welcome to Shelbyville is produced and directed by Kim A. Snyder
Executive Production by the BeCause Foundation
In Association with Active Voice

The film will be followed by an audience Q & A with the director
Light refreshments will be served

Admission is $10 ($7.50 for CFS members) and tickets can be purchased through the Chattanooga Film Society EventBrite page:

http://chattanoogafilmsociety.org/southerncircuit

| By joneskrisc | 11:16 AM