Chattanooga Film Festival: Ball Lightning (2021)

Billed as a “film about memory and discovery,” Ball Lightning is about two scavengers — Addie and Sundance — Niamh O’Connor and Julie Helthaler — who harvest the parts of derelict automatons to survive.

As they explore a huge and abandoned estate, a place where junk is everywhere and automatons wander around, Addie begins to experience the life of an auto called Carlo (Ellis Hampton) and decides that she has to find him and discover what connects them.

I’m a big fan of ruined tech and cassette tape programming, so this works for me. There’s a low budget and it isn’t the most professional film you’ve ever seen, but that’s so much of the charm.

You can learn more about Ball Lightning at the official Instagram page.

You can watch the films of the Chattanooga Film Festiva for half price now until Wednesday. Get your badge right here.

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