Some hot news out of the ongoing Chattanooga Film Festival as indie filmmaker Jeremy Gardner has made the surprise announcement that he’ll be returning to the director’s chair with Something Else. He’ll be co-directing with longtime collaborator Christian Stella, who was DP on The Battery and co-director on the duos Tex Montana Will Survive!, Bloody Disgusting can exclusively add.
No details were revealed other than it’s a “monster movie” that he’s doing with producer David Lawson (The Endless, Spring). Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson will also be producing via their Rustic Films banner. Additional producers include Arvind Harinath of Kavya Films with Venu Kunnappilly executive producing. Tiffany Boyle and Elsa Ramo are co-EPs.
Gardner gave a speech about how hard it is to be an indie filmmaker and the weeks and months you spend hoping something will get made, we’re told, “But it all pays off when a producer like David Lawson shows up and says ‘I have an actual budget for you to make your movie.’”
In Garder’s 2013 indie The Battery, two former baseball players (Gardner and Adam Cronheim) are forced together by a zombie apocalypse and find their relationship becoming strained as they struggle to survive each day.
The announcement was made during the Chattanooga awards ceremony where it was announced that Issa López’s Tigers Are Not Afraid won “Best Feature” and Rebekah and Dave McKendry’s All the Creatures Were Stirring scored the “Audience Award”.