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Front Page - Friday, June 4, 2021

Chattanooga Film Fest returns in virtual format

The Chattanooga Film Festival will hold a virtual event again this year June 24-29.

Kicking things off opening night is the world premiere of Dark Sky Film’s “Scenes from an Empty Church.’’

Though audiences have already started to see films that take place during the pandemic or use the fear, loss of hope and isolation it has caused to inform their stories, no film has managed so brilliantly to ponder the long-term effects of COVID-19 on the human condition than this film.

Director Onur Tukel also manages to find hope and humor along the way, and CFF is lucky to be able to set the tone for this year’s festival with such a smart and important piece of filmmaking.

Jacob Gentry is a filmmaker whose work CFF programmers have been following ever since his SXSW screening of “The Signal’’ in 2007. Closing out this year is his newest film, “Broadcast Signal Intrusion.’’ Gentry’s latest juggles genres with ease and will conjure up the same sort of mysterious and paranoid conspiracy-driven thrills as classic films like Blow-Up and Videodrome while offering up truly nightmarish imagery sure to please horror fans.

Known for its events, the Chattanooga Film Festival will not disappoint in 2021 with both Clay McLeod Chapman and Grady Hendrix returning.

Clay McLeod Chapman, who was once referred to by The Scotsman as “Stephen King transmogrified into a post-punk preacher poet,” returns with another installment of The Pumpkin Pie Show: Chattanooga Style.’’

Join raucous raconteur Clay McLeod Chapman as he rips through stories of madness and perversion, served up with a smile... plus a bonus reading from Chapman’s new novel “Whisper Down The Lane.’’

Having previously wowed the CFF audience in 2018 with “Paperbacks from Hell,’’ Grady Hendrix is back for 2021 and will share his latest work in progress, “Welcome to the Final Girl Support Group.’’

The full lineup of features and events will be announced soon. Badges are on sale now at chattfilmfest.org for $65. Individual tickets for certain films in the festival’s lineup will be available the first day of the festival. Opening and closing night films, the secret screenings and “Welcome to the Final Girl Support Group’’ will be open to badge holders only.