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Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, September 18 - 24

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

The Toronto International Film Festival ends today (check out the Chlotrudis Mewsings blogright here for updates), but I have to head down to NYC for work on Monday and Tuesday, so Chris has graciously stepped in to host this week's Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies, and you WON'T WANT TO MISS IT! Several of us have already caught Hirokazu Kore-eda's masterful STILL WALKING at the IFFB (where it won the Audience Narrative Award) and PIFF, but if you're one of the few who has not, don't pass up this chance to see it on Tuesday night, 6:50pm at the Kendall Square Cinema, because it's only playing for a week.

Ryota is the 40-year-old son of the Yokoyama family. He has recently married a widow, who is joining him on a rare visit home. Only his elderly parents now live in the house, which once doubled as a flourishing medical clinic. The annex, a medical examining room still boasting a wall of pharmaceuticals, remains unchanged, though the patriarchal doctor has retired. Despite the unchanged outward appearances, everything has slightly aged. Ryota and his siblings have gathered with their parents to remember Junpei, the eldest son, who drowned while saving another 15 years earlier. Writer/director Hirokazu Kore-eda's characters come sharply to life, exchanging dialogue that both delights and tugs at your heart. As the film unfolds, brimming with compelling realism, it reveals the modest joys and gentle sorrows that accompany the realization that life must inevitably move on. The Yokoyamas are a typical dysfunctional family, bonded by love as well as resentments and secrets. With a subtle balance of gentle humor and wistful sorrow, Kore-eda (NOBODY KNOWS, AFTER LIFE) portrays just how difficult, and exactly how precious, family can be. (Fully subtitled)
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Cast: Hiroshi Abe, Yui Natsukawa, You, Kazuya Takahashi, Shohei Tanaka, Kirin Kiki, Yoshio Harada

Check out the trailer:

The other film opening this week that you should try to catch is Andrew Bujalksi's BEESWAX, which won a Special Jury Narrative Award at IFFB. Andrew made a splash with his debut feature, FUNNY HA HA, the film which spawned the genre, Mumblecore. His follow-up, MUTUAL APPRECIATION was well-liked as well, and cemented his place as a talented young filmmaker. With BEESWAX he moves from the Northeast to his new home, Austin, TX. Twin sisters Jeannie and Lauren who find themselves on the receiving end of a lawsuit and must rely on Merrill, Jeannie's ex-boyfriend to help them out. It's playing at the Coolide Corner Theatre.

And here's the trailer:

Don't forget to keep Gerry Pearyh's BU CINEMATHEQUE in mind now that the fall semester has begun. BU Cinematheque Events are FREE to BU students and staff and their friends (Chlotrudis members are friends!) Screenings are Thursday and Friday evenings at 7 pm in Room B-05, BU College of Communication, 640 Comm.Ave, Boston.
Transportation: the “B” Boston College Green Line, the first stop outward bound after Kenmore Square.

Thursday, September 24. AN EVENING WITH THE DEAGOL BROTHERS. “The Deagol Brothers” is a code name for a filmmaking collective of ex-high school friends from Hendersonville, Tennessee. Collaborating as writers, directors, technicians, actors, they forged a chilling, accomplished, zombie horror film, MAKE-OUT WITH VIOLENCE, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Nashville Film Festival. It’s a kind-of-Carrie, with weird twins, Southern Gothic surroundings, and a beautiful undead girl writhing in a bathtub. At least one “Deagol” will be at BU. A BOSTON PREMIERE SCREENING.

Friday, September 25. AN EVENING WITH DAMIEN CHAZELLE.
It’s the happy “indie” story of the year, how a tiny, delicate independent narrative, GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH, became the runaway hit of the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, including an adulatory article in Film Comment. Everyone responded to the Cambridge-set interracial love story featuring a jazz trumpeter who plays at Wally’s,and also to ex-Harvard filmmaking student Chazelle’s filling of the screen with visionary dance numbers. A BOSTON PREMIERE SCREENING.

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, September 18 - 24, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Recent Raves!
O'Horten (Fri.)
Drag Me to Hell (Fri. & Sat.)
Examined Life (Sat.)
Limits of Control (Sat.)
Star Trek (Sun.)
(Sun.)
The Cove (Mon.)
Summer Hours (Tue.)
Anvil! The Story of Anvil! (Thu.)
Special Event! Harvard Bookstore Presents
Tracy Kidder (Tue.)
James Ellroy (Tue.)
L.A. Confidential introduced by James Ellroy (Tue.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Beeswax
(500) Days of Summer
Manhattan Short Film Festival
The Baader-Meinhof Complex
Food, Inc. (Thu.)
Midnight Madness!
Jurassic Park (Fri.)
Y'Arr: Talk Like a Pirate Day Cabaret (Sat.)
Paranormal Activity (Thu.)
Goethe German Film!
The Stranger in Me (Sun.)
Science on Screen
Coma w/ author Robin Cook (Mon.)
Good Vibrations 2009 Amateur Erotic Film Festival (Thu.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

(500) Days of Summer
Bombay Cinema Presents
Dil Bole Hadippa (Fri. - Sun.)

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Ponyo

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Timestage: The Cinema of Sharon Lockhart
Lunch Break and Remember Last Night? Director Sharon Lockhart, Appearing in Person (Fri.)
Sound Safari: Bath, Maine (Sat.)
Goshogaoka and Teatro Amazonas Director Sharon Lockhart, Appearing in Person (Sat.)
James Whale: Of Monsters, Melodrama and the Production Code
Show Boat (Sun.)
The Kiss Before the Mirror and One More River (Mon.)
A Film by Avi Mograbi
Z23 Director Avi Mograbi, Appearing in Person! (Sun.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Ponyo

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Still Walking
The Burning Plain
It Might Get Loud
The Baader Meinhof Complex
Big Fan
9 (ineligible)
In the Loop
The Hurt Locker
My One and Only
Boston Film Festival
Motherhood (Fri.)
Between Floors (Sat.)
American Colonies: Collapse of the Bees (Sat.)
Shorts Program 1 (Sat.)
Racing Dreams (Sat.)
In/Significant Others (Sat.)
The Truth (Sat.)
Medical Spotlight Series (Sun.)
Scarred Justice (Sun.)
At the Edge of the World (Sun.)
Love Hurts (Sun.)
Handsome Harry (Sun.)
Good Fortune (Mon.)
The Things We Carry (Mon.)
My Big Break (Mon.)
Shorts Program III (Tue.)
Charlie Valentine (Tue.)
A Chemical Reaction (wed.)
Earth Days (Wed.)
Destination: Rossport, Ireland (Wed.)
Fight or Flight (Thu.)
Desdemona: A Love Story (Thu.)

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
The September Issue
(500) Days of Summer
9 (not eligible)

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
The September Issue
(500) Days of Summer

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Classic Cinema
Bigger Than Life (Fri. & Wed.)
Women on Film
A Wink and a Smile (Fri. & Wed.)
Mexican Film
El Compadre Mendoza (Fri. & Sun.)
Susana (Fri. & Sat.)
El Bruto (Sat.)
Vamanos con Pancho Villa (Sat.)
El Prisionero Trece (Sun.)
La Mujer del Puerto (Sun.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Taking Woodstock (ineligible)

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
The Burning Plain
The Hurt Locker
Lorna's Silence
In the Loop
It Might Get Loud
Departures
Seraphine
Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg
Ponyo
My One and Only

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

TIFF09 is off to a smooth start

We've survived the new box office, we've seen our first films, we've caught up with all the Chlotrudis members in town as of yet, and we've seen our first celebs. All-in-all, Day One of the Toronto International Film Festival went pretty smoothly.

This year TIFF features only a single box office, and it's on Queen Street West, down by City Hall. It's not very convenient to our hotel, and the line is outside, but we've figured it out and we've got our system going, so after Day One's always tiresome slog through lines we ended up with about half of our desired tickets; about normal for Day One. This morning, Scot, Chris and I headed down at the crack of dawn (before the crack, actually) were 6th in line and got everything we wanted.

As for gathering members together, Scot and I met new member Chansi while standing in line that first afternoon. We then went out for dinner with Bruce, Scott and Thom. From there we the male members of the bunch hit our first movie, Lone Scherfig's AN EDUCATION, where we caught a glimpse of Chris and Steve in line. Scot and I took off after that film's conclusion and chatted with Nancy, who was in line for ANTICHRIST. Poor thing is nursing a cold, but you can't let that slow you down in Toronto! Scot and I made it uptown to the Varsity Theatre for Pen-ek Ratanaruang's NYMPH where we bumped into Ned and Ivy who were just leaving a press screening of that very film! Members accounted for! Hopefully we will catch up with our Toronto pals soon, as well as Tracy, the last missing member. Now let's talk movies.

AN EDUCATION
director: Lone Scherfig
cast: Carey Mulligan; Peter Sarsgaard; Alfred Molina; Dominic Cooper; Olivia Williams; Cara Seymour; Sally Hawkins; Emma Thompson

Danish director Lone Scherfig's latest film (after scoring big with Chlotrudis with ITALIAN FOR BEGINNERS and WILBUR WANTS TO KILL HIMSELF), is an adaptation of a British memoir about a young girl preparing for University at a private all-girls' school in the early 60s. With her strict, and rather uptight father urging her toward Oxford, the bright and beautiful Jenny is focused on her studies. Stranded in a torrential downpour with her cello one afternoon, she is offered a ride by David, a dashing man in a fancy sports car. The two are soon captivated with one another, despite his decade or two advantage. Jenny is whirled into another kind of life; a life of excitement and fun, frequenting swanky restaurants, orchestral recitals, and dizzying trips to France. Even Jenny's parents are swept away by David's charm and suddenly Jenny's future educational plans aren't so certain. Of course, there's a dark side to all this glamour, and it's revelation comes as something of a shock to Jenny, and the audience. By the end, Jenny learns a valuable lesson, the audience is pleased, and a well-made film concludes.

The cast is outstanding, with young Carey Mulligan bringing Jenny to believable life. Peter Sarsgaard really turns on the charm as the dubious David. Alfred Molina is funny and moving as Jenny's dad. Cara Seymour, Olivia Williams, Sally Hawkins and the magnificent Emma Thompson bring things to life in important supporting roles. Scherfig direct with an assured hand as well, using giddy close-ups to convey emotion, and truly creating the vibrant atmosphere of a wealthy nightlife to seduce Jenny away from the bland seriousness of studies. It's a noticeably effective way to breathe true life into the film.

If there is any downside, it's in the screenplay, and this was surprising to me given that the original memoir, written by Lynn Barber, was adapted for the screen by the popular author Nick Hornby. There are a few fleeting moments where things just don't work, and you are popped right out of the screen, and this is largely due to missteps in the screenplay. That said, the parts that are done well clearly outnumber the few flaws, which means AN EDUCATION deserves 4 cats.

While we couldn't stay for the Q&A, we did get to see and hear from Lone Scherfig before the film began, and see the glorious cast, including Hornby, Mulligan, Sarsgaard, Cooper and Molina.

NYMPH
director: Pen-ek Ratanaruang
cast: Jayanama Nopachai; Wanida Termthanaporn; Chamanun Wanwinwatsara

Ratanaruang is most widely known for the dreamy surreality of LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE, but this film is more of a sylvan counterpart to his last film, never released in the states, PLOY. In NYMPH, the Thai director explores the myth of the women's ghosts who inhabit the trees of the forest, while examining the breakdown of a contemporary marriage. It's actually a bit of a horror movie, but told in Pen-ek's inimitable style... so things are more creepy that horrifying. Unlike his last couple of films, NYMPH takes place largely in the forest, and like BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, a film which it echoes, I can't believe people haven't figured out that it's not safe to go camping alone in the woods! Nop is a photographer, and May seems to be a journalist of some sort? May is having an affair with her boss, Korn, but Nop seems oblivious. Nop and May go on a vacation in the forest, spending a few days camping. The two spend their time apart, Nop photographing the amazing trees, and May rummaging around the campsite, talking on her cellphone with Korn. One night, Nop hears someone/something walking around their tent in the middle of the night and goes out to investigate. When he hasn't returned when May awakens, she starts to worry. Things don't go so well for anyone after that.

NYMPH is marvelously shot, revealing the beauty, mysteries and dangers of the forest through the use of a swooping camera, and conveying tension and fear similarly. The soundscape created for the film, mainly natural sounds augmented by some distortion, manipulation and music convey more unease than the visuals. The leads do quite well in an otherworldly situation, and all-in-all, while a bit confounding and oblique, I ended up quite liking NYMPH and give it 4 cats.

Scot and did stay for a Q&A with Pen-ek, and he talked quite a bit about the film, including answering my question about the soundscape which was created during the editing process. He also talked about how NYMPH was rushed to make it into Cannes, and he was not 100% satisfied with the result, so he recut it and we got to see the world premiere of the Director's Cut of NYMPH.

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, September 11 - 17

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

While many of us are off at the Toronto International Film Festival (check out the Chlotrudis Mewsings blogright here for updates), Beth Caldwell soldiers bravely on to bring you next week's Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies with the 7:30pm screening of WE LIVE IN PUBLIC at the Brattle Theatre. Several Chlotrudis members caught this controversial and thought-provoking film at the Independent Film Festival of Boston earlier this year, and if you weren't among that number, you should definitely try to join Beth to see what all the hubbub is about. Watch for a reminder from Beth about the movie next week!

We Live in Public
(2009) dir Ondi Timoner, w/ Josh Harris [90 min]
In her follow-up to the widely acclaimed Dig! finds director Ondi Timoner tracing the rise and fall of Josh Harris, the most important internet entrepreneur that you’ve never heard of. Terminally ahead of the curve, Harris struck it rich during the tech-crazed ‘90s, channeled his money, talent and energy into innovative (and sometimes self-indulgent) art projects, went bust when the dot-com bubble burst, and subsequently dropped out of sight. His art projects culminated in “We Live In Public,” a website that broadcast every nook-and-cranny of his and his girlfriend’s apartment 24-7 – and exposed their lives from the messily dramatic to the starkly mundane. Timoner again leverages unprecedented access to expose a fascinating character that many have never heard of and, at the same time, provides insight into our own futures as our lives become increasingly exposed online.

Another film that many Chlotrudis members enjoyed at the IFFB is playing the Museum of Fine Arts this week, and it's one that the rest of you should get out to see, not only because of this particular doc's subject matter, which is sure to interest members, but because of who the filmmakers are. FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES: THE STORY OF AMERICAN FILM CRITICISM is first documentary by Chlotrudis supporters Gerry Peary and Amy Geller. Still in the midst of its successful international festival run, FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES gets its first theatrical run here in Boston. Check it out and spread the word!

Gerry's a busy guy this week, and his curated series, BU CINEMATHEQUE returns this week as well. I'm disappointed to miss this week's films while in Toronto because the two films screened are excellent documentaries by another friend and Chltorudis supporter, Lucia Small. On Thursday night, Lucia will be on hand to screen her debut film, MY FATHER, THE GENIUS. On Friday night she returns with her recent co-directorial effort with Ed Pincus, THE AXE IN THE ATTIC. Both are excellent films, and if you make it to either, please say hello to Lucia and tell her Chlotrudis sent her.

BU Cinematheque Events are FREE to BU students and staff and their friends (Chlotrudis members are friends!) Screenings are Thursday and Friday evenings at 7 pm in Room B-05, BU College of Communication, 640 Comm.Ave, Boston.
Transportation: the “B” Boston College Green Line, the first stop outward bound after Kenmore Square.

Thursday, September 10-EVENING ONE WITH LUCIA SMALL.
Now living in New York, Small brings to BU her wry, endearing Boston classic, MY FATHER, THE GENIUS, chronicling the exasperating relationship of Small
and her two adult sisters trying to get close to their self-absorbed, long-divorced, architect father. He is angry forever at being rejected by the architecture establishment, despite his undeniable “genius” talents.

Friday, September 11. EVENING TWO WITH LUCIA SMALL.
A world premiere at the New York Film Festival, Small’s
THE AXE IN THE ATTIC, a collaboration with the legendary documentarian, Ed Pincus, took the two filmmakers on a psychic journey to Louisiana and Texas to give voice with a camera to those who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina and
shunned by the Bush Administration. They met some amazing resilient people, and some very peculiar ones.

Thursday, September 17. AN EVENING WITH ANDREW BUJALSKI.
While living in Boston and doing odd jobs, Bujalski began the whole “Mumble Core” movement with FUNNY HA HA (2002), a charming, talk-choked tale of a Cambridge post-grad woman searching for work, and, maybe, love. Seven years later, at the release of his new feature, Beeswax, Bujalski returns to BU, where he once taught filmmaking, for another look at Funny Ha Ha, and a conversation about the “Mumble Core” explosion.

Thursday, September 24. AN EVENING WITH THE DEAGOL BROTHERS. “The Deagol Brothers” is a code name for a filmmaking collective of ex-high school friends from Hendersonville, Tennessee. Collaborating as writers, directors, technicians, actors, they forged a chilling, accomplished, zombie horror film, MAKE-OUT WITH VIOLENCE, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Nashville Film Festival. It’s a kind-of-Carrie, with weird twins, Southern Gothic surroundings, and a beautiful undead girl writhing in a bathtub. At least one “Deagol” will be at BU.
A BOSTON PREMIERE SCREENING.

Friday, September 25. AN EVENING WITH DAMIEN CHAZELLE.
It’s the happy “indie” story of the year, how a tiny, delicate independent narrative, GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH, became the runaway hit of the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, including an adulatory article in Film Comment. Everyone responded to the Cambridge-set interracial love story featuring a jazz trumpeter who plays at Wally’s,and also to ex-Harvard filmmaking student Chazelle’s filling of the screen with visionary dance numbers.
A BOSTON PREMIERE SCREENING.

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, September 11 - 17, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Area Premiere!
We Live in Public
Special Event - Part of ImprovBoston Festival! Director Alex Karpovsky in Person!
Trust Us, This Is All Made Up (Fri.)
Special Event! Hooked on Who!
Planet of the Dead (Fri.)
The Invisible Enemy and K9 and Friends (Sat.)
The Invasion of Time (Sat.)
Premiere Screening!
The Aristocrat (Wed.)
Cinemental Presents
Slippery Mess: Short Films and Videos (Wed.)
Special Live Music Event! World Music/CRASHarts Presents
Jolie Holland (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
The Baader Meinhof Complex
(500) Days of Summer
It Might Get Loud
Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg
Food, Inc.
Midnight Madness!
Something Weird (Fri.)
The Room (Sat.)
Goethe German Opera!
Alcina (Sun.)
Joseph Kennedy: His Hollywood Years (Mon.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

(500) Days of Summer
Paper Heart
Food, Inc.

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
No independent screenings this week!

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
James Whale: Of Monsters, Melodrama and the Production Code
The Old Dark House and Remember Last Night? (Fri.)
Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein (Sat.)
The Man in the Iron Mask and The Invisible Man (Sun.)
Waterloo Bridge and Impatient Maiden (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Ponyo

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
The Baader Meinhof Complex
In the Loop
Ponyo
Cold Souls
The Hurt Locker
Flame & Citron
My One and Only
9 (not eligible)
Betty Blue (not eligible)

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
The September Issue
(500) Days of Summer
9 (not eligible)

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
The September Issue
(500) Days of Summer

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Argentinian Cinema
The Window (Fri.)
Local Filmmaker Presents
For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism (Fri. - Sun.)
Classic French Cinema
Leon Morin, Priest (Fri. - Sun., Wed. & Thu.)
Mexican Film
El Prisionero Trece (Wed.)
Vamanos con Pancho Villa (Wed.)
El Bruto (Thu.)
La Mujer del Puerto (Thu.)
Women on Film
A Wink and a Smile (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Cold Souls

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Check Theatre for Showtimes!

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, July 17 - 23

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

This week welcome Ivy Moylan as out host for the Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies! It's Ivy's first time hosting the Chlotrudis Movie of the Week. She's taking an evening out from her busy schedule as Executive Director of the Brattle Film Foundation to see Kathryn Bigelow's new thriller, THE HURT LOCKER. I haven't gotten final confirmation, but I think Ivy wants to host the 7pm screening on Monday, July 20 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. We'll confirm that Monday morning.

The Hurt Locker
Three members of the Army's elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal squad battle insurgents and one another as they search for and disarm a wave of roadside bombs on the streets of Baghdad - in order to try and make the city a safer place for Iraqis and Americans alike. Their mission is clear - protect and save - but it's anything but easy, as the margin of error when defusing a war-zone bomb is zero.

dir. Kathryn Bigelow w/ Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Guy Pearce 2h11m

Here's the official trailer:

It doesn't officially kick off until July 30, but this Wednesday is a special screening of HERSKOVITZ: AT THE HEART OF BLACKNESS, co-presented by the Roxbury Film Festival and the Boston Jewish Film Festival at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Celebrating its 11th year, the Roxbury Film Festival is the largest film festival in New England for and about people of color. Films will screen at the Museum of Fine Arts, Roxbury Center for Arts at Hibernian Hall, The Coolidge Corner Theatre, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and the House Cafe and Bakery. Watch next week's Round-Up for more information.

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, July 17 - 23, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Special Engagement! Newly Restored Technicolor Noir!
Leave Her to Heaven (Fri. - Mon.)
Repertory Series! The Class of 1984
This Is Spinal Tap (Fri. & Sat.)
Top Secret (Sun. & Mon.)
Repertory Series - The Adventures of Errol Flynn!
The Charge of the Light Brigade (Mon. & Tue.)
Special Event
Captured (Wed.)
Repertory Series! Sense & Sensibility: The Films of Ang Lee
Pushing Hands (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
The Hurt Locker
The Windmill Movie
Whatever Works
Away We Go
Food, Inc.
Midnight Madness!
Johnny Cupcakes Presents The Goonies (Sat.)
Goethe Institut German Film Series
Krabat (Sun.)
Directors in Person
The Greening of Southie (Mon.)
Roxbury Film Festival Kick-Off
Herskovitz: At the Heart of Blackness (Wed.)
National Theatre Live!
Phedre starring Helen Mirren (Thu.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

No independents playing this week!

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Blood: The Last Vampire

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Le Film Maudit!
The Killing of Sister George (Fri.)
Fritz the Cat (Fri.)
Pink Flamingos The Beast (Sat.)
Sal�r the 120 Days of Sodom (Sun.)
Un chant d'amour (Sun.)
Secrets Behind the Walls (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Ch�
Whatever Works
Summer Hours

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Unmistaken Child
Walls Have Ears
Soul Power
The Hurt Locker
Whatever Works
Ch�
Food, Inc.
Away We Go

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Whatever Works
Food, Inc.
Moon

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
No independent films playing this week.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
French Film Festival
Spy(ies) (Fri.)
The Beautiful Person (Fri.)
A Day at the Museum (Fri. & Thu.)
Rumba (Sat.)
Versailles (Sat.)
The First Day of the Rest of Your Life (Sat.)
Frontier at Dawn (Sat.)
The Sea Wall (Sun. & Thu.)
Three Violets (Sun.)
Stella (Sun.)
The Client (Sun.)
All About Actresses (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
The Brothers Bloom

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Ch�
Away We Go
Departures
Summer Hours
Soul Power

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Award winner available on Vimeo

blink is the 2nd place Chlotrudis Award winning short from the 2nd Annual Chlotrudis Short Film Festival held in 2002. It's a powerful film written, directed by and starring Deborah Vancelette. If you weren't involved in the organization back then, you should definitely check this powerful work out. I'm so glad to see it available online now.

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, July 10 - 16

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

Chris will be hosting next week's Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies, and its one that we've been trying to see through not one, but TWO film festivals! Join us for the 7:05pm screening of HERB & DOROTHY at the Kendall Square Cinema on Tuesday, July 14. HERB & DOROTHY is a documentary about an elderly couple in Brooklyn who collect art. It played at the IFFB and PIFF, and now it's finally opening so we can all see it!

This documentary tells the extraordinary story of Herbert Vogel, a postal clerk, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means. In the early 1960s, when very little attention was paid to minimalist and conceptual art, Herb and Dorothy quietly began purchasing the works of unknown artists. Devoting all of Herb's salary to purchase art they liked, and living on Dorothy's paycheck alone, they continued collecting artworks guided by two rules: the piece had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment. Within these limitations, they collected over 4,000 pieces and proved themselves curatorial visionaries; most of those they supported and befriended went on to become world-renowned artists. Their circle includes: Sol LeWitt, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Richard Tuttle, Chuck Close, Robert Mangold, Sylvia Mangold, Lynda Benglis, Pat Steir, Robert Barry, Lucio Pozzi and Lawrence Weiner.

dir. Megumi Sasaki

Chlotrudis favorite Claire Denis has a new film in the MFA's Boston French Film Festival! 35 SHOTS OF RUM played to much acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival, and I'm going to head to the MFA on Sunday, July 12 for the 5:30pm screening. I hope you'll join me! Here is the synopsis: In Claire Denis's delicate and graceful new film, Alex Descas stars as Lionel, a Parisian train driver living in peace and contentment with his daughter Josephine. Once Lionel notices the boy across the hall is romantically interested in Josephine, he knows it�s time for his daughter to build a life of her own. Shot by frequent Denis collaborator Agn�Godard, this subtle, funny, and moving film shows that living�and loving�requires confronting aspects of the past. "Spellbinding visual beauty that reminds you of the transporting power of pure cinema," (Stephen Holden The New York Times).

On Thursday, July 16th, the Brattle Film Foundation presents Trailer Treats plus Trailer Smackdown 2009! The Brattle�s summer celebration is back! Join us for a night of fabulous (and fabulously horrible) trailers from the Brattle�s collection, terrific tunes, delicious snacks, and, of course, a ton of fun! For the third year, we�ll also be featuring the finalists in our TRAILER SMACKDOWN competition and you, the audience, will get to vote for a winner! Tickets for this event are $12.

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, July 10 - 16, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Special Engagement! New 35mm Restoration!
Dillinger is Dead (Fri. - Mon.)
Repertory Series! The Class of 1984
Terminator (Fri. - Sun.)
TV Party 1984 (Mon.)
Repertory Series - The Adventures of Errol Flynn!
The Adventures of Robin Hood (Mon. & Tue.)
Special Event
6th Annual Trailer Treats Plus Trailer Smackdown 2009 (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Throw Down Your Heart
Whatever Works
Away We Go
Food, Inc.
75th Anniversary Big Screen Classics!
The Departed (Mon.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

New York (Fri. - Sun.)

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
No independents playing this week!

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Kathryn Bigelow � Filmmaking at the Dark Edge of Exhilaration!
Near Dark (Fri.)
Blue Steel (Fri.)
Point Break K19: The Widowmaker (Sat.)
Strange Days (Sun.)
The Weight of Water (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Ch�
Whatever Works

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Herb & Dorothy
The Hurt Locker
The Girl from Monaco
Whatever Works
Blood: The Last Vampire
Ch�
Food, Inc.
Departures
Away We Go

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Blood: The Last Vampire
Whatever Works
Food, Inc.
Moon

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Moon

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Return Engagement
Three Monkeys (Fri.)
Local Filmmaker Presents
Women of Faith (Fri.)
Boston French Film Festival
With a Little Help From Myself (Fri. & Sat.)
Versailles (Fri. & Sun.)
Three Violets (Sat.)
Hollywood, I'm Sleeping Over (Sat. & Thu.)
Spy(ies) (Sat.)
Frontier of Dawn (Sun.)
35 Shots of Rum (Sun. & Thu.)
The Beautiful Person (Sun.)
Rumba (Thu.)
Art on Film
Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight (Sat.)
In a Dream (Sat. & Sun.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
The Informers

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Cheri
Away We Go
Departures
Summer Hours

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Don and Bruce... together again at last!

Chlotrudis members tend to favor Canadian films... and among our favorites are the ones where director Bruce McDonald and actor/writer/director Don McKellar collaborate. It started way back in the late 80s with ROADKILL followed by HIGHWAY 61 and the sublime Canadian TV project, "Twitch City." Now the two are at it again, much to our giddy delight, with a film project called THIS MOVIE IS BROKEN. Word is the film is going into production now, and it involves a performance by the Canadian indie-rock band Broken Social Scene.

Sigh. I can't wait. Oh yeah, and also listed on Mr. McDonald's imdbpro page is PONTYPOOL CHANGES, which is undoubtedly the next part in the PONTYPOOL series.

Thanks to Twitch for reporting on this.

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, July 3 - 9

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

Happy Independence Day everyone! I hope you all enjoy your weekend. Gil and Amanda are hosting this week's Chlotrudis Movie of the week, and they weren't all that interested in the new releases coming to the Kendall, so they're selecting a film that's been out for a couple of weeks. Join them on Tuesday, July 7 for the 7:10pm screening of MOON at the Harvard Square Theatre. They plan on hitting Cambridge 1 for dinner beforehand, so plan accordingly.

In the near future, astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is living on the far side of the moon, completing a three-year contract with Lunar Industries to mine Earth's primary source of energy, Helium-3. It is a lonely job, made harder by a broken satellite that allows no live communications home. Thankfully, his time on the moon is nearly over, and Sam will be reunited with his wife and three-year-old daughter. He will leave the isolation of "Sarang," the moon base that has been his home for so long, and he will finally have someone to talk to beyond "Gerty" (voice of Kevin Spacey), the base's well-intentioned but rather uncomplicated computer. Suddenly, Sam's health starts to deteriorate. Painful headaches, hallucinations and a lack of focus lead to an almost fatal accident on a routine drive on the moon in a lunar rover. While recuperating back at the base (with no memory of how he got there), Sam meets a younger, angrier version of himself, who claims to be there to fulfill the same three year contract Sam started all those years ago. Confined with what appears to be a clone of his earlier self, and with a "support crew" on its way to help put the base back into productive order, Sam is fighting the clock to discover what's going on and where he fits into company plans.

dir. Duncan Jones w/ Sam Rockwell, Dominique McElligott, Kaya Scodelario, Benedict Wong, Matt Berry, Malcolm Stewart, Kevin Spacey (voice)

Save the Date! On Thursday, July 16th, the Brattle Film Foundation presents Trailer Treats plus Trailer Smackdown 2009! The Brattle�s summer celebration is back! Join us for a night of fabulous (and fabulously horrible) trailers from the Brattle�s collection, terrific tunes, delicious snacks, and, of course, a ton of fun! For the third year, we�ll also be featuring the finalists in our TRAILER SMACKDOWN competition and you, the audience, will get to vote for a winner! Tickets for this event are $12.

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, July 3 - 9, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
New 35mm Restoration!
Easy Rider

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Whatever Works
Away We Go
Food, Inc.
Valentino: The Last Emperor
Co-presented by Orfeo Group
The Taming of the Shrew (Mon.)
Sneak Preview!
Throw Down Your Heart w/ Bela Fleck in person! (Thu.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

The Brothers Bloom
New York (Fri. - Sun.)
Sugar (Mon. - Thu.)

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
No independents playing this week!

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
No Screenings This Week!

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Cheri
Whatever Works

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Jerichow
The Girl from Monaco
Whatever Works
The Stoning of Soraya M.
Cheri
Food, Inc.
Departures
Away We Go
Tetro
Summer Hours

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Whatever Works
Food, Inc.
Moon

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Moon

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Local Filmmaker Presents
Women of Faith (Fri., Sun., & Thu.)
Art on Film
Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight (Fri., Sun., & Thu.)
In a Dream (Fri., Sun., & Thu.)
Return Engagement
Three Monkeys (Fri., Sun., & Thu.)
Boston French Film Festival
The First Day of the Rest of your Life (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Sugar

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Cheri
Away We Go
Summer Hours

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, June 26 - July 2

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

I'm in a quandry. Nothing is really exciting me among the new releases from this last couple of weeks... and there are a lot of them. The film I most want to see this week is THREE MONKEYS, playing at the MFA on Thursday night but I'm not sure if I will be around. Therefore, I'm going to chose Sam Mendes' AWAY WE GO playing at the Coolidge Corner Theatres, Tuesday night at 7:25 p.m. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it will be good!

Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski star as a couple who are expecting their first child and travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover "home" on their own terms for the first time. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Sam Mendes (AMERICAN BEAUTY, REVOLUTION ROAD) from a screenplay writers Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, McSweeney's) and Vendela Vida.

dir. Sam Mendes w/ John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph 1h38m

If you do happen to be around on Thursday night, head to the Museum of Fine Arts to see THREE MONKEYS, the latest film from Nuri Bilge Ceylan, whose earlier films, DISTANT and CLIMATES, were powerful works of film. THREE MONKEYS centers on a family's struggle to cover up the truth after a rising politician convinces his driver to take the blame for a hit and run. Ceylan is one of the few Turkish filmmakers with this level of international success, so don't miss this special return engagement at the MFA.

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, June 26 - July 2, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Ameican Indpendents: The Dawn of New Hollywood!
The Wild Bunch & Bonnie & Clyde (Fri. & Sat.)
The Long Goodbye & Take the Money and Run (Sun.)
The Last Picture Show (Mon.)
Nashville & Five Easy Pieces (Tue. & Wed.)
Alice's Restaurant (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Whatever Works
Away We Go
Food, Inc.
Burma VJ
Valentino: The Last Emperor

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

Easy Virtue
Sugar
New York (Fri. - Sun.)

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
The Brothers Bloom
Valentino: The Last Emperor
My Sister's Keeper

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Kathryn Bigelow � Filmmaking at the Dark Edge of Exhilaration
The Loveless (Wed.)
The Hurt Locker Director Kathryn Bigelow appearing in person! (Thu.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
No independent films screening this week
Cheri
My Sister's Keeper

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Whatever Works
$9.99
The Stoning of Soraya M.
Cheri
Food, Inc.
Departures
Away We Go
Tetro
Summer Hours

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Whatever Works
Food, Inc.
Moon

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
My Sister's Keeper
Moon

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Film Noir and the Production Code
The Big Sleep (Fri. & Sat.)
Kiss Me Deadly (Fri.)
Anatomy of a Murder (Sat.)
Boston Jewish Film Festival: Encores
Strangers (Zarim) (Sat. & Thu.)
Waves of Freedom (Sun.)
Blessed is the Match: the Life and Death of Hannah Senesh (Sun.)
Art on Film
Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight (Thu.)
Local Filmmaker Presents
Women of Faith (Thu.)
Return Engagement
Three Monkeys (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Summer Hours

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
My Sister's Keeper
Cheri
Away We Go
Summer Hours
Lemon Tree

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Tiff 2009 - Press - News Release Detail - 6/23/2009

Tiff 2009 - Press - News Release Detail - 6/23/2009

Toronto International Film Festival announces its first 21 films, including Hirokazu Kore-eda's AIR DOLL and Tsai Ming-Liang's FACE. Hooray!

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