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AEC Independent Film Series

About the Independent Film Series
Twice a year, the AEC offers a series of 12 independent films to the Chattanooga community, films that would otherwise be unavailable on the city's big screen. Shown each fall and spring at the downtown Bijou Theatre, the films are chosen carefully to create a diverse series of thought-provoking and award-winning independent films.


Spring Independent Film Series
February 10 - May 4, 2021

JOIN THE FILM CLUB - Purchase a Film Club Card for $15 and receive discounts at area retail stores and restaurants, and reduced prices to AEC movies. All proceeds benefit the AEC Independent Film Series.

Film Cards will be available at the Bijou once the Spring Independent Film Series begins, or click here to purchase a Film Club Card online.
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You might well think that when you plop down your $7.25 for a ticket to see a movie during the AEC Indpendent Film Series that some (if not almost all) of that money actually supports the Film Series itself. But that’s not the case.

Here’s the deal: The AEC’s Film Committee twice each year researches potential titles, makes a list and forwards it to Carmike, owners of the Bijou. They negotiate with the various distributors to get as many of those films as possible, and Carmike pays for the rights to exhibit those titles. And we do greatly appreciate Carmike’s willingness to handle all that, and to allow us to host the Series in its facilities. (We love the Film Series! Can you tell?)

Through a co-operative agreement with Carmike, the AEC sells the discount cards to offset the expense of a rather lean promotional effort—this web site, a brochure, the card itself, some mailings. Committee members work hard to get the word out and gain publicity for the Series, but that’s all done gratas.

The card sales are the sole source of paying for the out-of-pocket promotional needs—primarily printing costs. None of the Bijou’s box office revenues and concession sales during the Film Series are treated any differently than with any other movie shown throughout the year at the Bijou. It’s that simple.

Not simple at all, really, but now you know.

Special thanks to A Novel Idea Bookstore, 212 Market, Big River Grille, ClearSpring Yoga, and Wild Hare Books for providing Spring 2006 Film Club benefits!

Additional AEC Independent Film Series
sponsors include

ddN Group


Arts & Education Council | PO Box 4203, Chattanooga, TN 37405
Email | Phone: (423) 267-1218 | Fax: 423-267-1018


Allied Arts Funded Agency     Tennessee Arts Commission