Three Chattanooga natives are behind the cameras of new full-length and short films opening in theaters and around the country at film festivals.
• Darren Moorman is co-producer of “Unconditional,” starring Michael Ealy and Lynn Collins and opening nationwide on Friday, Sept. 21. Moorman has produced more than a dozen feature-length films and documentaries with major studios and networks, working with such top actors as Denzel Washington, Danny Devito and John Goodman.
• John Henry Summerour is the writer and director of the narrative feature “SAHKANAGA,” (pronounced “sock-uh-nogga”) meaning “Great Blue Hills of God in Cherokee.” Inspired by the Tri-State Crematory scandal, the film imagines this event from the perspective of a teenager who stumbles upon the first body.
After an traveling to film festivals all over the world and winning several awards, “SAHKANAGA” is coming home for a week-long run at Chattanooga’s Carmike Majestic 12 beginning Oct. 12 and running through the Oct. 18.
• Reaves Avery Washburn, who won the Jefferson Drama Award in his senior year at the Baylor School, is writer and director of “Knocked Down,” a short film about a former boxer struggling to find redemption. The film will be shown at the upcoming Boston International Film Festival. The film won best picture and best actor at the Playhouse West Film Festival in Hollywood this year and has also been selected for the Ojai Film Festival in California and Cincinnati Film Festival.
Washburn was most recently production coordinator for “1000 Ways to Die,” the popular Spike network docufiction anthology series and is currently production coordinator for “American Hoggers,” a reality series from the creators of “Deadliest Catch” and “Ice Road Truckers.”