Gig City Film Festival at Heritage House in Chattanooga

Education, Arts and Culture and Heritage House announce Inaugural Gig City Film Festival.  Gig City, organized by Kris C. Jones will commence on Feb. 2nd, 2013.  Here’s more from the press release:

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 of 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 Department of Economic Development, and the Coalition of Independent Film Organizations. The festival is being funded through a Tennessee Arts grant.

Gig City’s chosen “Five Films” including commentary from the press release are as follows:

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.”

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.


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 committed suicide after constant bullying while a student at Murray County High School in Georgia.

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.

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.

* Voted “Audience Favorite” at the 2012 Nashville Film Festival


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