August 23, 2012

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“The show will be preceded by vintage news reels and cartoons of the era,” Jones says. “Everyone is encouraged to wear their best ‘noir attire’.”  

The film is the only “B-picture” to ever be listed on the National Film Registry. For more information, visit the Heritage House page on Facebook.

Mise En Scenesters

Mise En Scenesters is my personal favorite Chattanooga film group. Their screenings are frequently quirky and strange, always containing films Chattanooga never gets to see, and the entire event is more entertaining than a typical night at the movies by a factor of 50. Founder Chris Dortch is now a board member and program director for the Chattanooga Film Society and has been busy creating unique film experiences for Chattanooga.  

“We’ve made partnerships with almost every indie film distributor in America now, so we have some amazing films coming up in the weeks that follow,” Dortch says. “We’ve also started getting some national attention and have attracted a few sponsors so we will soon be launching, a place for cool film journalism, podcasts, MES short films and all manner of wacky fun.”

Dortch says the group is also actively raising funds to open its own arthouse/theater/pub in Chattanooga.

MES events happen every month. Coming up on Saturday, Aug. 25, is a screening of “The Color Wheel.” Dortch describes the film as “an MES exclusive screening of one of the best undistributed indie films in America. This film cannot be rented, seen on Netflix or even found illegally on the Web. MES is one of the only places you can see it in Tennessee and all proceeds of our event go directly to the filmmaker himself.”  For more information about MES, visit their Facebook page at

This is just a small taste of what’s happening in the Chattanooga film scene. I don’t have enough space to include everything. For instance, I’d like to tell you about Daniel Griffith of Ballyhoo Productions, who had a feature-length documentary on the recent Blue Ray and DVD release of the 1971 horror film “Twins of Evil.” But I’m running out of room.  What I can say is that it is that the improvements to the film industry in Chattanooga have been staggering over the last couple of years, and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon. Help keep it going. Support local film.


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