published Monday, April 29th, 2013

Keely: What a 'Chattanooga Movie' might look like

With Chattanooga in the movies so much these days, the Scenic City could very well transform into Chattawood, complete with hulking block letters across Lookout Mountain.

You've seen Chattanooga in 'Water For Elephants,' glimpsed what little skyline we have in 'Identity Thief,' and most recently spotted the city in the Jackie Robinson film '42.' Plus, this summer, we'll see a faux Chattanooga in Iron Man 3.

But so far, Chattanooga's barely been mentioned on screen. So what if there were movies about the city itself?

What would a Chattanooga-movie look like?

I took the liberty (a.k.a. had a boring Saturday) of whipping up some silly trailers in Apple's simplistic iMovie software. Here's a peek at THE CHATTANOOGA MOVIE in several genres:

Epic film

If Chattanooga was a spy film, who would play the lead? With new mayor Andy Berke swept into office, it's obvious most Chattanoogans love him...

spy film



And in a romcom trailer, it's an unlikely romance between man and city...

RomCom film

Chattanooga's received so many accolades over the years (see the full list here) that it's easy to envision the city as an award-winning documentary:

Documentary film

And finally, with so much to do here – from Rock City to the Tennessee Aquarium – Chattanooga makes a perfect adventure film:

Adventure film
about Harrison Keely...

Harrison Keely is an online breaking news producer for the Times Free Press. He manages social media for the paper and anchors the daily newscast. He joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press as a reporter in 2010. He previously served as managing editor of the Smoky Mountain Sentinel in western North Carolina and as a business reporter for the Washington Times in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Lee University in 2009 where he served as ...

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aae1049 said...

Are you working for the Chamber of Commerce?

April 29, 2013 at 11:20 a.m.
lightkeeper said...

The Chattanooga downtown skyline looks like something from the late 1960s, a bunch of old post modern raggedy buildings. Not one new modern highrise in decades, unless you want to call the new epb building a high rise. With all the neat things downtown is that the best we can do?

April 29, 2013 at 11:51 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Lightkeeper-

This has been the topic of discussion numerous times on Talk Radio 102.3 (I still listen to it via streaming here in Dallas) and I'm sure it has been written about in other media sources.

There is this "law" on the books that supposedly states a building can only be built so high so as to not block the physical view of Lookout Mountain. JR once made a wisecrack on-air about what the City Council would say if Trump wanted to build a skyscraper here.

Also, while the city has garnered some key members of industry (VW, Amazon, etc), we don't have enough interest for companies wanting to construct tall buildings to set up shop here. We're doing good to try to "re-vacant" the ones now left abandoned by Blue Cross and Krystal.

Would I like to see a Stark Industries building constructed that would be taller than the old American National Bank/Suntrust building? Who wouldn't? Is it going to happen anytime soon? Not hardly.

Be thankful for what we got and know that it is getting better.

April 29, 2013 at 12:47 p.m.
tifosi said...

Fun stuff to watch. Chattanooga has much going for it.

April 29, 2013 at 1:28 p.m.
nucanuck said...

Paris is not a city of tall buildings and you can't get much more livable than Paris.

Chattanooga doesn't need tall buildings to continue to progress.

April 29, 2013 at 1:55 p.m.
lightkeeper said...

@JohnathanMCook, thanks for the info, never knew the part about a building not being too high as to block the view of Lookout Mtn. was actually true, How strange. Well I guess I'll have to agree when it comes to my somewhat weird town of Chattanooga, lets be thankful for what we've got. Can't seem to fill the buildings we do have and hope things will get better. Very well said Johnathan

April 29, 2013 at 2:03 p.m.
LaughingBoy said...

Entertaining stuff, much more than the JayWalking segments.

April 29, 2013 at 2:17 p.m.
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