Chattanooga Film Festival to screen “Titanic” on sinking barge

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Sinking North Shore barge (top), still from the film "Titanic" (bottom)
Sinking North Shore barge (top), still from the film “Titanic” (bottom)

The Chattanooga Film Festival (CFF) announced today that it would present a special screening of the 1997 film Titanic on the dilapidated North Shore barge, which began sinking one week ago after vandals moved a pump hose so that water would fill the barge.

“The North Shore barge is an eyesore and universally hated, so we are going to do the impossible and make everyone love it, for just one night,” said CFF representative Garrett Billow. “Why not make the most of a bad situation?”

“It is just getting better and better each day,” said Billow about the festival happening this weekend, which will feature dozens of screenings and guests Elijah Wood, Bobcat Goldthwait, Joe Bob Briggs and Kyle Kinane.

“This special, one-of-a-kind screening of Titanic is going to be like no other film screening that has ever happened,” said Billow. “Audience members will share the panic and terror experienced by the characters in the movie by being on a barge that is actually, truly sinking, just like the RMS Titanic back in 1912.”

Before and after the screening, a professional photographer will be available for couples who wish to recreate the famous “I’m Flying” scene on the railing of the side of the barge that is not yet underwater, among garbage, debris and graffiti.

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