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Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, January 2 - 8, 2009

Happy New Year, Chlotrudis Members!

Only one new release this week, but fortunately, our hosts for the Chlotrudis Tuesday Movie of the Week want to see Sam Mendes' REVOLUTIONARY ROAD! Join Gil and Amanda for the 7:50 p.m. screening of REVOLUTIONARY ROAD on Tuesday night at the Kendall Square Cinema. Mendes' film reunites the dream team from TITANIC, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet to show that even in the 1950's the Connecticut suburbs weren't all they were cracked up to be. Since the movie doesn't start until 7:50 p.m., Gil and Amanda already know that there will be time for dinner beforehand, so if you'd like to grab a bite before the flick, join them at Tommy Doyle's at 6:30 p.m.

Adapted from the revealing novel by Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road is an incisive portrait of an American marriage seen through the eyes of Frank Wheeler (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his wife April (Kate Winslet). The couple proudly declare their independence from the suburban inertia that surrounds them and determine never to be trapped by the social confines of their era. Yet for all their charm, beauty and irreverence, the Wheelers find themselves becoming exactly what they didn't expect: a good man with a meaningless job whose nerve has gone missing; a less-than-happy homemaker starving for fulfillment and passion; an American family with lost dreams, like any other. Yates' story of 1950s America poses a question that has been reverberating through modern relationships ever since: Can two people break away from the ordinary without breaking apart? Co-starring Kathy Bates, Kathryn Hahn, Michael Shannon and David Harbour. Directed by Sam Mendes (AMERICAN BEAUTY).
Director: Sam Mendes
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates, Kathryn Hahn, Michael Shannon, David Harbour

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, January 2 - 8, 2009.

Belmont Studio City, Belmont
Doubt (ineligible)

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Special Engagements! New 35mm Prints!
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
In the Realm of the Senses

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Slumdog Millionaire
Milk
2008 Sundance Shorts
Man On Wire
Europe's Grand Operas
Otello (Sun. & Thu.)
75th Anniversary Celebration
A Thousand Clowns w/ Click & Clack from Car Talk! (Mon.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

A Christmas Tale
Rachel Getting Married

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Let the Right One In
Synecdoche, New York

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Happy Holidays! Harvard Film Archive will open again on January 9!

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Frost/Nixon
Doubt (ineligible)
Slumdog Millionaire
Milk

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Revolutionary Road
The Reader
Frost/Nixon
Doubt (ineligible)
Slumdog Millionaire
Milk

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Revolutionary Road
The Reader
Milk

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
The Wrestler

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
French Cinema
A Secret (Fri. & Sat.)
Angel (Fri. & Sat.)
Japanese Cinema
The Human Condition (Part 1) (Fri. & Sun.)
The Human Condition (Part 2) (Sat. & Sun.)
The Human Condition (Part 3) (Sat. & Sun.)
Women in Film
Who Does She Think She Is? (Wed.)
Rare British Noir
It Always Rains on Sunday (Wed. & Thu.)
Argentinian Cinema
La Leon (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Happy-Go-Lucky

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Frost/Nixon
Doubt (ineligible)
Slumdog Millionaire
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

That's all for now!

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

NOTHING�S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS, AS �THE WIZARD OF OZ� HEADS CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY�S TOP 50 MUSICALS LIST!

For its annual year-end Top Film category, the CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM (CSIF) this year has compiled a list of the top 50 musical film favorites among its 100+ membership. At the head of the list is THE WIZARD OF OZ, starring Judy Garland, not too surprising given that the classic topped the organization's 200 for 2000 list nine years ago. The 1939 classic was also one of the oldest films included in the top 50, being one of three 1930s era films to make the cut. Almost half of the films listed were made in one of two decades; either during the 1950�s or the present decade. Not only did the list skew between these two periods, it also reflected the wide range of opinion concerning the age old philosophical question �what makes a musical a musical�, prompting much conversation among members. Rounding out the top five slots are WEST SIDE STORY, SINGIN� IN THE RAIN, THE SOUND OF MUSIC and ONCE,

Celebrating its fifteenth year, the Boston-based Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film has members across the country that share an abiding love of film. Members participate in online postings & weekly viewings, borrow films from the group�s impressive screener library, and attend society-sponsored events such as the Sunday Eye Opener, a semester series of film presentations in cooperation with the Brattle Film Foundation, and a juried Short Film Festival in the winter, now in its 10th year.

Its signature event, the Chlotrudis Awards ceremony, will be held on Sunday March 22nd, 2009 to honor the best of 2008�s independent films and film performances, and to recognize and celebrate the talents of individuals who have made a mark. This night is the society�s highlight of the year. Members, friends, allies and the public are invited to attend as Chlotrudis announces its category and special award winners. Previous special awardees in attendance have included Ellen Page, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kerry Washington and Glenn Fitzgerald.

The full list for The Chlotrudis Society�s Top 50 Favorite Musicals can be found on Our Favorite Films page.

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, December 26, 2008 - January 1, 2009

Happy Holidays, Chlotrudis Members!

As the year draws to a close, join Beth Curran for this week's Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies. As 2009 looms, we rush around squeezing in some last 2008 releases, and this Monday, join Beth Monday night at the Kendall Square Cinema for the 6:20pm screening of FROST/NIXON. Based on the stage play by Peter Morgan, Ron Howard directs Frank Langella and Michael Sheen as Richard Nixon and David Frost. Sure to be an acting tour de force, FROST/NIXON may not end up being eligible, but we still want to see it! Hope to see you there!

Oscar-winning director Ron Howard brings to the screen writer Peter Morgan's (THE QUEEN, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND) electrifying battle between Richard Nixon (Frank Langella), the disgraced president with a legacy to save, and David Frost (Michael Sheen), a jet-setting television personality with a name to make, in the untold story of the historic encounter that changed both. For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. FROST/NIXON not only re-creates the on-air interview, but the weeks of around-the-world, behind-the-scenes maneuvering between the two men and their camps as negotiations were struck, deals were made and secrets revealed-all leading to the moment when they would sit facing one another in the court of public opinion.
Director: Ron Howard
Cast: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones, Matthew Macfadyen, Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell

The other big release this week is Chlotrudis Awards-winner Darren Aronofsky's THE WRESTLER, which stars Mickey Rourke in the comeback story of the year, but it's only playing at the Harvard Square Cinema, and it opens soon at the Coolidge, so we'll catch up with it very soon! Meanwhile, make sure you check out the screeners available to Chlotrudis members. It's a great way to catch up on films you might have missed!

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, December 26, 2008 - January 1, 2009.

Belmont Studio City, Belmont
Doubt

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
New Restorations!
The Godfather (Fri. - Wed.)
The Godfather, Part II (Fri. - Wed.)
Marx Brothers' Marathon!
The Cocoanuts (Thu.)
Animal Crackers (Thu.)
Monkey Business (Thu.)
Horse Feathers (Thu.)
Duck Soup (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Slumdog Millionaire
Milk
2008 Sundance Shorts
Man On Wire

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

A Christmas Tale
Rachel Getting Married

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Let the Right One In
Synecdoche, New York

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Happy Holidays! Harvard Film Archive will open again on January 9!

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Frost/Nixon
Doubt
Slumdog Millionaire
Milk

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
The Reader
Frost/Nixon
Doubt
Slumdog Millionaire
Milk

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
The Reader
Milk

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
The Wrestler

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Japanese Cinema
The Human Condition (Part 1) (Fri. & Sat.)
The Human Condition (Part 2) (Fri. & Sat.)
The Human Condition (Part 3) (Sat.)
French Cinema
Angel (Fri. & Sun.)
Art on Film
Andy Warhol: Denied (Sun.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
A Christmas Tale

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Frost/Nixon
Doubt
Slumdog Millionaire
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

That's all for now!

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, December 19 - 25

Happy Holidays, Chlotrudis Members!

There is very little new opening this Christmas week in Boston, sadly. I'm waiting to see both Darren Aronofsky's THE WRESTLER and Kelly Reichardt's WENDY & LUCY, but it looks like we're going to have to wait until January to get either of them. So instead of force anyone to go to anything that might not be up to snuff, just because it's a new release, we're going to reprise Gus Van Zant's MILK for this week's Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies. I know some of you have seen it, but I think there are still quite a few who haven't, so, if you're one of those people who still need to see MILK (or want to see it again), join us for the 6:45pm screening at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

"Directed with a poet's eye by Gus Van Sant, from a richly detailed script by 'Big Love' writer Dustin Lance Black... [MILK is] a total triumph, brimming with humor, heart, sexual heat, political provocation and a crying need to stir things up, just like Milk did."

In 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into public office in America. His victory was not just a victory for gay rights; he forged coalitions across the political spectrum. From senior citizens to union workers, Harvey Milk changed the very nature of what it means to be a fighter for human rights and became, before his untimely death in 1978, a hero for all Americans.

The film charts the last eight years of Harvey Milk�s life. While living in New York City, he turns 40. Looking for more purpose, Milk (Sean Penn) and his lover Scott Smith (James Franco) relocate to San Francisco, where they found a small business, Castro Camera, in the heart of a working-class neighborhood. With his beloved Castro neighborhood and beautiful city empowering him, Milk surprises Scott and himself by becoming an outspoken agent for change. With vitalizing support from Scott and from new friends like young activist Cleve Jones (Emile Hirsch), Milk plunges headfirst into the choppy waters of politics. Bolstering his public profile with humor, Milk�s actions speak even louder than his gift-of-gab words. When Milk is elected supervisor for the newly zoned District 5, he tries to coordinate his efforts with those of another newly elected supervisor, Dan White (Josh Brolin). But as White and Milk�s political agendas increasingly diverge, their personal destinies tragically converge.

dir. Gus Van Sant, w/ Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin and James Franco, 2h8m

Remember, send me your lists of your Top 20 Musicals of all timeso you can be part of this year's Chlotrudis Top list! And if we don't see you at the movies, have a wonderful holiday season, and stay safe in the snow!

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, December 19 - 25, 2008.

Belmont Studio Cinema, Belmont
Doubt (Thu.)

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
New 35mm Print!
Shoot the Piano Player (Fri. - Sun.)
25th Anniversary!
A Christmas Story (Fri. - Sun.)
Dr. Who on the Big Screen - Hooked on Who, Two!
City of Death (Fri.)
The Empy Child and The Doctor Dances (Sat.)
New Restorations
The Godfather (Thu.)
The Godfather, Part II (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Slumdog Millionaire
Milk
Pray the Devil Back to Hell (Fri. - Wed.)
Man on Wire
2008 Sundance Shorts (Thu.)
Kids Show
The Wizard of Oz (Sat.)
Deaf Film Club
The Legend of the Mountain Man (Sat.)
Geothe German Film Series
Kebab Connection (Sun.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

Happy-Go-Lucky
Rachel Getting Married
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Let the Right One In
Vicky Christina Barcelona

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Japanese Summer: Double Suicide
In the Realm of the Senses (Fri.)
Dear Summer Sister (Fri.)
Diary of a Shinjuku Thief (Sat.)
Death by Hanging (Sat.)
Max mon amour (Sun.)
The Empire of Passion (Sun.)
The Battle of Tokyo: The Man Who Left His Will on Film (Sun.)
Taboo & Kyoto: My Mothers Place (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Slumdog Millionaire
Milk
Vicky Christina Barcelona

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Doubt
Milk
Ciao
Slumdog Millionaire
Synecdoche, New York
A Christmas Tale

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Milk
Happy-Go-Lucky
Rachel Getting Married

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Vicky Christina Barcelona

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
French Cinema
A Secret (Fri. & Sun.)
Angel (Fri. & Sat.)
Apres Lui (Sun.)
Photography on Film
Eloquent Nude: The Love and Legacy of Edward Weston and Charis Wilson (Sat.)
By the Ways, A Journey with William Eggleston (Sun.)
Dance on Film
Here After (Sun.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
A Christmas Tale

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Slumdog Millionaire
I've Loved You So Long
A Christmas Tale
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Coming Soon

By popular demand, The Boston Jewish Film Festival and The Museum of Fine Arts bring back A SECRET

A SECRET (UN SECRET) by Claude Miller (France, 2007, 105 min.). Adapted from Philippe Grimbert's best-selling novel, A Secret is a story of passion and guilt in troubled times, which unfolds as a young teenager uncovers the truth about his parents' past. He finds out that before the war, his father Maxime (Patrick Bruel, THE COMEDY OF POWER and O JERUSALEM) was married to Hannah (Ludivine Sagnier, 8 WOMEN, SWIMMING POOL, A GIRL CUT IN TWO, and LOVE SONGS) when he fell madly in love with Tania (C�ILE DE FRANCE, RUSSIAN DOLLS and AVENUE MONTAIGNE). As a young Jewish couple living in Nazi-occupied France, Maxime and Tania had to make difficult choices to survive the war and the Holocaust. A SECRET "is a fine drama that stands as Gallic vet Claude Miller's best in at least a decade" (Variety). Co-presented by the Boston Jewish Film Festival.

A SECRET plays:
Fri, Dec 19 6:00 pm ($8; $10)
Sun., Dec 21 2:15 pm ($8; 10)
Fri, Jan 2, 1:30 pm ($6; $7)
Sat, Jan 3 10:30 am ($6; $7)

That's all for now!

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, December 12 - 18

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

Is there any doubt as to which film will be the Chlotrudis Tuesday Movie of the Week next week? I checked with Hilary, our Board Member host who is making the selection, and sure enough, we'll be meeting on Tuesday, December 16 at the Kendall Square Cinema for the 7:20 p.m. screening of DOUBT. As Hilary noted, Meryl Streep looks terrifying as an old school nun who accuses a priest of a horrible crime. Did he do it? Well, therin likes the dobut... or does it? You decide next Tuesday. Watch for an e-mail next week about a pre-film dinner.

Writer/director John Patrick Shanley brings his Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play to the screen as a gripping story about the quest for truth, the forces of change and the devastating consequences of blind justice in an age defined by moral conviction. It's 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A vibrant, charismatic priest, Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman), is trying to upend the school's strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Meryl Streep), the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear and discipline. The winds of political change are sweeping through the community, and indeed, the school has just accepted its first black student, Donald Muller. But when Sister James (Amy Adams), a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her guilt-inducing suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school. Now, without a shard of proof besides her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn which threatens to tear apart the community with irrevocable consequence. Co-starring Viola Davis.

Director: John Patrick Shanley

Cast: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis, Lloyd Clay Brown, Joseph Foster, Bridget Megan Clark, Michael Roukis, Paulie Litt

Not a whole lot else opening this week, but there are still a bunch of high profile indies out there that are sure to be in contention for this year's Chlotrudis Award. MILK, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK, and I'VE LOVED YOU SO LONG have all received good reviews from various Chlotrudis members, and they're all still out there, so don't pass up an opportunity to see them on the big screen.

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, December 12 - 18, 2008.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Roots of the Whip: Indiana Jones and His Influences
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Fri.)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Fri.)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Sat.)
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Sat.)
Serenity (Sat.)
Zorro Rides Again (Sun.)
Secret of the Incas (Sun.)
Hellboy (Sun.)
Elements of Cinema! Free Screening!
High and Low Post film discussion w/ Harlen Guest (Sat.)
Special Engagement
Shoot the Piano Player (Wed. & Thu.)
CineMental Presents
The Godfather of Disco (Wed.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Slumdog Millionaire
Milk
Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
Divas in the Dark Opera Movie Series
Merry Widow (Sun.)
Global Lens Film Series
Opera Jawa (Sun.)
Johnny Cupcakes Presents
Gremlins (Sun.)
75th Anniversary Big Screen Classics - 1933 Double Feature
Duck Soup and Gold Diggers of 1933 (Mon.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

Happy-Go-Lucky
Rachel Getting Married
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Let the Right One In
Religulous

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Nagisa Oshima and the Struggle for a Radical Cinema
Night and Fog in Japan (Fri.)
The Catch (Fri.)
Boy (Sat.)
Pleasures of the Flesh (Sat.)
Shiro Amakusa: The Christian Rebel & Diary of Yunbogi (Sun.)
Ceremony (Sun.)
Three Resurrected Drunkards (Sun.)
Band of Ninja (Mon.)
Treatise on Japanese Bawdy Songs (Mon.)
Violence at Noon (Thu.)
Japanese Summer: Double Suicide (Thu.)
Special Free HFA Screening
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Tue.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Slumdog Millionaire
Milk

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Doubt
Milk
How About You
Cadillac Records
Slumdog Millionaire
Synecdoche, New York
A Christmas Tale

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Milk
Happy-Go-Lucky
Rachel Getting Married

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Nobel Son
Vicky Christina Barcelona

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Photography on Film
Eloquent Nude: The Love and Legacy of Edward Weston and Charis Wilson (Sat.)
Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind: Making Pictures (Sat.)
Manufactured Landscapes (Sat. & Thu.)
Karsh: The Searching Eye (Sun., & Thu.)
French Cinema
Apres Lui (Sat., Sun. & Thu.)
A Secret (Thu.)
Art on Film
Ellsworth Kelly: Fragments and Eileen Gray: Invitation to a Voyage (Sun.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
A Christmas Tale (Not eligible)

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Slumdog Millionaire
I've Loved You So Long
A Christmas Tale
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Coming Soon

By popular demand, The Boston Jewish Film Festival and The Museum of Fine Arts bring back A SECRET

A SECRET (UN SECRET) by Claude Miller (France, 2007, 105 min.). Adapted from Philippe Grimbert's best-selling novel, A Secret is a story of passion and guilt in troubled times, which unfolds as a young teenager uncovers the truth about his parents' past. He finds out that before the war, his father Maxime (Patrick Bruel, The COMEDY OF POWER and O JERUSALEM) was married to Hannah (Ludivine Sagnier, 8 WOMEN, SWIMMING POOL, A GIRL CUT IN TWO, and LOVE SONGS) when he fell madly in love with Tania (C�ILE DE FRANCE, RUSSIAN DOLLS and AVENUE MONTAIGNE). As a young Jewish couple living in Nazi-occupied France, Maxime and Tania had to make difficult choices to survive the war and the Holocaust. A SECRET "is a fine drama that stands as Gallic vet Claude Miller's best in at least a decade" (Variety). Co-presented by the Boston Jewish Film Festival.

A SECRET plays:
Thu, Dec 18 8:00 pm ($8; $10)
Fri, Dec 19 6:00 pm ($8; $10)
Sun., Dec 21 2:15 pm ($8; 10)
Fri, Jan 2, 1:30 pm ($6; $7)
Sat, Jan 3 10:30 am ($6; $7)

That's all for now!

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

CHLOTRUDIS ANNUAL FUND PLEA

Happy Fall from the Board of Directors of the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film! We hope that you have enjoyed a year full of wonderful independent films! We want to thank you for all the support you�ve given us over the years, and ask for that support again.

The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film (CSIF) is a non-profit, membership-driven organization whose main funding comes from its members and supporters, and, to that end, we ask you to give generously to our Annual Fund. Whether you donate $25 or $1,000, your tax-deductible contribution will help our grass-roots organization flourish and support both artistic expression and educational endeavors.

CSIF is committed to teaching audiences to view films actively and to increasing awareness about independent, international and documentary film. As a volunteer-run organization, every dollar you donate will go directly to funding our programs and events. Here are some ways your donations will help Chlotrudis:

  • $25 will pay for food for one session of the Sunday Eye Opener.
  • $50 will pay our web hosting services for three months.
  • $75 will pay for the Post Office box for 6 months.
  • $100 will pay for screener DVD distribution to members before voting.
  • $150 will pay for food at the Short Film Festival Member Screening.
  • $250 will pay our monthly loan payment
  • $500 will pay to bring one guest to the Annual Awards Ceremony.
  • $750 will pay the discounted rental fee for the Awards Ceremony at the Brattle Theatre
  • $1000 will pay for the Noir After Party

Donations are fully tax-deductible and can be mailed to the address below, or via PayPal through our membership page.

Visit http://www.chlotrudis.org/organization/membership/ and scroll to the bottom of the page where it says, �Make a donation to Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film.� You can enter any amount you wish and the funds will be immediately transferred to our account.

Thanks for supporting the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film,

Chlotrudis Board of Directors

Of course, another way to support CSIF is to become a member and participate in events. Any way you participate makes Chlotrudis a more vibrant and active organization. Join in on the fun with other members, and get more involved in some of the following ways:

  • Make your opinion count and participate in the nominations process for the upcoming awards ceremony.
  • Vote for the annual Chlotrudis Awards
  • Join the Chlotrudis online discussion and share your opinions about the movies you have seen.
  • Write a brief piece for Mewsings, the Chlotrudis blog.
  • Take part in the next season of the Sunday Eye Opener (in partnership with the Brattle Theater, Cambridge) kicking off in late January.
  • Finally, give us some feedback. What would you like to see Chlotrudis doing? What are we doing that doesn�t interest you at all? If you live out-of-state, what are some of the ways Chlotrudis could help you get something started in your area?

Help Chlotrudis become ever more successful � let us know what other events or activities you think members would enjoy. Please help out in anyway you can.

 Yes! I would like to support the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film.

My check is enclosed:

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Please make all checks out to the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film

To donate by mail send a check to:

Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film

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Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Visit http://www.chlotrudis.org/organization/membership/ and scroll to the bottom of the page where it says, �Make a donation to Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film.� You can enter any amount you wish and the funds will be immediately transferred to our account.

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, December 5 - 11

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

Chris picks next week's Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies, which will take place at the Kendall Square Cinema at 8 p.m. A CHRISTMAS TALE is Arnaud Desplechin's film about a holiday family reunion of a large splintered family and it was nominated for the Goldn Palm Awards at Cannes earlier this year. Plus it stars Catherine Deneuve, and James Bond's recent nemesis and past Chlotrudis nominee, Mathieu Amalric. Since the films doesn't start until 8 p.m. I'm sure we'll be grabbing a bite beforehand, so watch for an e-mail early next week.

One of the standout hits of the Cannes, Toronto and New York Film Festivals, A Christmas Tale is Arnaud Desplechin's (KINGS & QUEEN) dazzling, big-hearted and brilliantly black comedy. In the role that garnered her the Special Prize at Cannes, Catherine Deneuve is Junon, the family matriarch, who greets the news of her life-threatening illness with calm equanimity. Desplechin regular Mathieu Amalric gives one of the best performances of the year as the black sheep of the family who returns home after being banished for 6 years. Crowded under the same roof again, solidarity quickly�and hilariously�devolves into feuding, drunkenness and bed-hopping, as everyone struggles to make sense of the mysteries of family, life and what lies ahead. Desplechin's masterful narrative has the breadth of a sprawling novel and the nimble wordplay of a classic comedy. (Fully subtitled)

Director: Arnaud Desplechin

Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric, Melvil Poupaud, Anne Consigny, Chiara Mastroianni, Laurent Capelluto, Jean Paul Roussillon

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, December 5 - 11, 2008.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
A Tribute to Paul Newman
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Fri. - Sun.)
The Hustler (Fri. - Sun.)
The Brattle Film Foundation and the Harvard Book Store Present an Evening with Jessica Lange!
Frances (Tue.)
Roots of the Whip: Indiana Jones and His Influences
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Wed.)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Slumdog Millionaire
Milk
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
Midnight Madness
Repo: the Genetic Opera (Sat.)
Europe's Grand Opera Series
Don Giovanni (Sun.)
Scion Route Film Series
Chop Shop (Tue.)
Brookline Booksmith Presents
America's Test Kitchen (Wed.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

Happy-Go-Lucky
Rachel Getting Married

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Religulous

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Recent and Remembered Films by Nathaniel Dorsky
Sarabande; Alaya; & Winter Director in person! (Fri.)
The Strange M. Victor & La Marie du port (Sat.) Director in Person! (Sat.)
White PAws (Sun.)
Nagisa Oshima and the Struggle for a Radical Cinema
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence & A Town of Love and Hope (Sun.)
Cruel Story of Youth (Mon.)
The Sun's Burial (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Synecdoche, New York

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Milk
Were the World Mine
Cadillac Records
Slumdog Millionaire
Let the Right One In
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Synecdoche, New York
A Christmas Tale

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Synecdoche, New York
Happy-Go-Lucky
Rachel Getting Married

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Nobel Son

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Turkish Cinema
Rumi: The Dance of Love (Fri.)
Karen Shakhnazarov
Courier (Fri.)
The Tsar Assassin (Fri.)
Zero City (Sat.)
The Rider Named Death (Sat.)
Musician on Film
Jimmy Rosenberg: The Father, the Son, and the Talent (Sat. & Thu.)
Photography on Film
By the Ways, A Journey with William Eggleston (Sun.)
Looking for an Icon (Sun. & Thu.)
Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind: Making Pictures (Wed.)
Shadow of the House (Thu.)
Music on Film
The Charm of Impossibilities (Wed.)
French Cinema
Apres Lui (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
The Secret Life of Bees (Not eligible)

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Slumdog Millionaire
I've Loved You So Long
A Christmas Tale
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

That's all for now!

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Sunday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, November 29 - December 4

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

Sorry for sending this out so late; the holiday got in the way. At any rate, here is the Indie film round-up for Boston this week!

This is a tough week for this week's Chlotrudis hosts Gil and Amanda, so we're doing the Chlotrudis Movie of the Week early... join them on Sunday, November 30 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre for the 3:55pm screening of MILK. Gus Van Sant's latest film has been long in coming, and has been getting some great reviews, so we hope you can join us for this special film.

"Directed with a poet's eye by Gus Van Sant, from a richly detailed script by 'Big Love' writer Dustin Lance Black... [MILK is] a total triumph, brimming with humor, heart, sexual heat, political provocation and a crying need to stir things up, just like Milk did."

In 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into public office in America. His victory was not just a victory for gay rights; he forged coalitions across the political spectrum. From senior citizens to union workers, Harvey Milk changed the very nature of what it means to be a fighter for human rights and became, before his untimely death in 1978, a hero for all Americans.

The film charts the last eight years of Harvey Milk�s life. While living in New York City, he turns 40. Looking for more purpose, Milk (Sean Penn) and his lover Scott Smith (James Franco) relocate to San Francisco, where they found a small business, Castro Camera, in the heart of a working-class neighborhood. With his beloved Castro neighborhood and beautiful city empowering him, Milk surprises Scott and himself by becoming an outspoken agent for change. With vitalizing support from Scott and from new friends like young activist Cleve Jones (Emile Hirsch), Milk plunges headfirst into the choppy waters of politics. Bolstering his public profile with humor, Milk�s actions speak even louder than his gift-of-gab words. When Milk is elected supervisor for the newly zoned District 5, he tries to coordinate his efforts with those of another newly elected supervisor, Dan White (Josh Brolin). But as White and Milk�s political agendas increasingly diverge, their personal destinies tragically converge.

dir. Gus Van Sant, w/ Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin and James Franco, 2h8m

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, November 28 - December 4, 2008.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Special Engagement!
The 39 Steps (Sun.)
A Tribute to Paul Newman
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Sat.)
The Hustler (Wed. & Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Slumdog Millionaire
Rachel Getting Married
Milk
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
Europe's Grand Opera Series
Il Barbiere Di Siviglia (Sun.)
Croatian Film Series
Here (Sun.)
Science on Screen
Contact w/ astrophysicist Paul Horowitz (Mon.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

No independent films playing this week.

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Religulous

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Orson Welles the Unknown
Chimes at Midnight (Sat.)
It's All True (Sat.)
Othello (Sun.)
"My name is Orson Welles" (Welles Rarities, Program One) (Sun.)
Unfinished Works (Welles Rarities, Program Two) (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Happy-Go-Lucky

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Milk
Patti Smith: Dream of Life
Slumdog Millionaire
Let the Right One In
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Synecdoche, New York
A Christmas Tale
Happy-Go-Lucky
Rachel Getting Married

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Synecdoche, New York
Happy-Go-Lucky
Rachel Getting Married

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

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Photography on Film
City of Photos (Sat. & Thu.)
Shadow of the House (Sun.)
Boston Festival of Films from Iran
Short Film Program (Sat.)
Over There (Sat.)
Loose Rope (Sat.)
Moon Sun Flower Game (Sun.)
It's Always Late for Freedom (Sun.)
Art on Film
Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine (Sun.)
Andy Warhol: Denied (Thu.)
Karen Shakhnazarov
Jazzmen (Wed.)
Vanished Empire (Thu.)
Turkish Cinema
Turkish Short Films (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
The Secret Life of Bees (Not eligible)

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Slumdog Millionaire
Religulous
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

That's all for now!

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, November 21 - 27

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

This week Beth Caldwell will host the Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies at the 7:15pm screening of Danny Boyle's SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. This was the Audience Award winner at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, and got 5 cats from Gil and Amanda! Join Beth at the Coolidge Corner Theatre next Tuesday night for dinner beforehand at 5:45pm. Watch for another message with the details.

"There's never been anything like this densely detailed phantasmagoria -- groundbreaking in substance, damned near earth-shaking in style." - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

From director Danny Boyle (TRAINSPOTTING, 28 DAYS LATER, MILLIONS) and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (THE FULL MONTY) comes this darkly funny rags-to-riches story that was a breakout hit at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE is the story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India�s �Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?� But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much?

Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show�s questions. Intrigued by Jamal�s story, the jaded Police Inspector begins to wonder what a young man with no apparent desire for riches is really doing on this game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out�

dir. Danny Boyle, w/ Dev Patel, Saurabh Shukla, Anil Kapoor, and Raj Zutshi, 2h

Ned here filling in for Ivy. I'm excited that we will be wrapping up this semester of the Eye Opener with a film by B.U. grad Josh Safdie. Josh and his brother Benny are extremely talented short film makers - you may have seen some of their work in previous editions of the Independent Film Festival of Boston. THE PLEASURE OF BEING ROBBED is the debut feature by Josh and his entourage of young filmmaking friends. It was made on the streets of NYC with film stock 'borrowed' from a commercial production they were working on. It is a loose and charming film very much akin to the French New Wave (especially early Godard) and the films of Jim Jarmusch. I highly recommend it!

THE PLEASURE OF BEING ROBBED (2008) dir Josh Safdie w/ Eleonore Hendricks, Josh Safdie, Wayne Chin [100 min]

The story of a young woman whose compulsive curiosity leads to bold, elaborate acts of theft, Josh Safdie's THE PLEASURE OF BEING ROBBED is a beguiling blend of casual comedy and subtle, unsettling mystery. The film, the debut feature by 24-year-old New York writer-director Safdie, was the Closing Night film of the 2008 Cannes Directors' Fortnight and the only film from the U.S. to play in that section.

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, November 21 - 27, 2008.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Exclusive Area Premiere!
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 Special guests present on Friday and Saturday!
John Boorman's Primeval Screen
Point Blank (Fri. & Sat.)
Excalibur (Sat.)
Zardoz (Sat. & Mon.)
Exorcist 2 (Sun.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Slumdog Millionaire
Rachel Getting Married (Fri. - Tue.)
Man on Wire (Fri. - Tue.)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Fri. - Tue.)
Milk (Wed. & Thu.)
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 (Wed. & Thu.)
Midnite Madness
Metropolis with live soundtrack by Enuma Elish (Fri.)
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Film Club
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Sat.)
Geothe German FIlm Series
War Child (Sun.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
No independent films playing this week.

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
John Boorman's Primeval Scream
The General Writer/Director Bob Quinn and Editor Manuela Corbari in Person! (Fri.)
The Magner's Irish Film Festival Excellence Award featuring John Boorman (Fri.)
Hell in the Pacific & Two Nudes Bathing w/ John Boorman present! (Sat.)
Hope & Glory (Sun.)
Deliverance (Sun.)
Catch Us If You Can (Sun.)
Leo the Last (Mon.)
Emerald Forest (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Happy-Go-Lucky

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Slumdog Millionaire
Let the Right One In
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Synecdoche, New York
A Christmas Tale
Eden
Happy-Go-Lucky
Rachel Getting Married

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Synecdoche, New York
Happy-Go-Lucky
Rachel Getting Married

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

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Photography on Film
What Remains (Fri.)
Art on Film
Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine (Fri. & Sun.)
Richard Serra: Thinking on Your Feet (Sat.)
Boston Festival of Films from Iran
Banana Skin (Fri.)
Before the Burial (Fri.)
Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame (Sat.)
Head Wind (Sun.)
Lonely Tune of Tehran (Sun.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
A Girl Cut in Two

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
I've Loved You So Long
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

That's all for now!

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, November 14 - 20.

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

Join Beth Curran on Tuesday at 7:30pm at the Coolidge Corner with our Chlotrudis Goes Continental Action Guy night, as we take in JCVD, starring the inimitable Muscles from Brussels himself, Jean Claude Van Damme. In this film he veers not at all wildly from his previous work by playing himself. Jean-Claude finds himself out of money, fighting for custody of his daughter and losing every good action role to Steven Seagal. In an attempt to escape, the aging star walks away from his shrinking spotlight and returns home to his native Brussels. But when he is thrown into a real-life hostage situation, everyone sees a side of Van Damme they've never seen before as he takes on the police, battles the perpetrators and creates a media firestorm that captures the attention of the world. It�s the chance to see a Van Damme action film where he actually wants you to laugh at him � and you thought he was such a serious tough guy!

"A reality-twisting cousin to "Being John Malkovich" -- showcases a Van Damme who's sly like a fox about his own image." - Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

"A French-language meta-movie parody par excellence, constitutes the headiest stretch of the beefy star's career since, well,"- Rob Nelson, Variety

Being Jean-Claude Van Damme is tough. Sure, he is an internationally recognized celebrity (and possibly the world�s most famous Belgian), but this star seems to have fallen from grace with a recent history of direct-to-video flicks. But the �Muscles from Brussels� is back! In JCVD, Van Damme plays himself � with all his foibles in plain view � in this comeback story of a screen hero who has been on the receiving end of kicks that are getting harder and harder to take. Directed by Mabrouk El Mechri, JCVD is a rollicking action-comedy that explores the nature of fame.

dir. Mabrouk El Mechri w/Jean Claude Van Damme, Fran�s Damiens, Zinedine Soualem, Karim Belkhadra, Jean-Fran�s Wolff, Anne Paulicevich, 1h36min

The 3rd Annual Brattle Film Festival Gala! -- Honoring Actor Willem Dafoe and Film Writer Gerry Peary

Willem Dafoe is in da house! It is difficult to forget the face of Willem Dafoe - and even more difficult to overlook his power and charisma as an actor. The Brattle is extremely pleased to be honoring Mr. Dafoe in person at this year's edition of the Brattle Gala on Sunday, November 16 at The Pavillion in the Charles Hotel. To accompany his appearance at the Gala, we've put together a brief survey of some of our favorite Dafoe films. With a filmography that includes work with some of the Brattle's favorite directors (Lynch, Scorsese, Raimi, Wenders, Schrader, Cronenberg, Stone, etc, etc) and roles that span from bit-part to out-right lead, hero to villain, and in films that range from B-movie to guilty-pleasure to prestige-picture, you can imagine it was difficult to keep our selection brief... However, we know you will enjoy this series and we hope you will join us at the gala to honor one of our most versatile and fascinating actors. Films include: THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST, WILD AT HEART, SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE, MISSISSIPPI BURNING, THE LIFE AQUATIC and more! Single ticket prices are a minimum $150 donation, and couples tickets are a minimum $250 donation. Tickets are available now!

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, November 14 - 20, 2008.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
The Brattle Honors: Willem Dafoe
The Last Temptation of Christ (Fri. & Sun.)
Wild at Heart (Fri.)
The Life Aquatic (Sat. & Sun.)
Tom & Viv (Sat.)
Go Go Tales Followed by Q+A with Willem Dafoe! (Sat.)
Shadow of the Vampire (Sat.)
Mississippi Burning (Sun.)
To Live and Die in L.A. (Sun.)
The 3rd Annual Brattle Film Foundation Gala Honoring Willem Dafoe and Gerry Peary! (Sun.)
Exclusive Area Premiere!
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 (Wed. & Thu.)
Cinemental Presents
Bears (Wed.)
John Boorman's Primevan Screen
Excalibur (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
JCVD
Rachel Getting Married
Man on Wire (Fri. - Tue., & Thu.)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Brookline Booksmith Presents
Wally Lamb (Fri.)
Kids Film (Fri.)
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Sat.)
Tanglewood Marionettes Sleeping Beauty (Sun.)
Coolidge Kino - Russian Film Series
The Return (Sun.)
Strangers (Sat.)
Scion Route 08 Film Series
The Upsetter (Tue.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

Appaloosa
The Duchess
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
No independent films playing this week.

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Magner's Irish Film Festival
Vox Humana: Notes from a Small Opera w/ The Basket Case Writer/Director Bob Quinn and Editor Manuela Corbari in Person! (Fri.)
Satellites and Meteorites w/ Frankie (Sat.)
At Home with the Cleary's (Sat.)
Anton w/ Lowland Fell Director Graham Cantwell and Producer Patrick Clarke in Person! (Sat.)
Kings w/ Martin (Sat.)
Kennedy's Cadets w/ An Troid Fhuilteach (A Bloody Canvas (Sat.)
Rua (Red) w/ Chippers (Sat.)
Get Collins w/ Breakout (Sat.)
Damb�The Mali Project (Sat.)
Ronnie Drew Tribute
Ronnie Drew: September Song w/ O'Donoghue's Opera (Sat.)
32A w/ Janey Mary (Sun.)
Shorts Program (Sun.)
The Busker w/ Ding Dong Denny's History of Ireland Writer/Directror Stephen Croke in Person! (Sun.)
John Henry Foley: Sculptor of the Empire w/ Liberty Hall (Sun.)
Short Docs Program (Sun.)
Striapacha (Hookers) (Sun.)
An Evening with Robert Todd
21 Alleys; Dig; Riverbed; Interplay; Office Suite; Passing; & Rose (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
No Independent Films Playing This Week

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Let the Right One In
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
JCVD
Synecdoche, New York
Stranded: I've Come From A Plane That Crashed On The Mountains
I've Loved You So Long
Happy-Go-Lucky
Rachel Getting Married
Religulous

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Synecdoche, New York
Happy-Go-Lucky
Rachel Getting Married

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Rocknrolla

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Boston Festival of Films from Iran
Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame (Fri.)
Santouri: The Music Man (Fri.)
As Simple As That (Sat. & Wed.)
Seven Blind Women Filmmakers (Sat.)
Before the Burial (Sat.)
Three Women (Sat.)
Boston Jewish Film Festival
The Beetle (Sat.)
Noodle (Sat.)
Red Dawn Series (Sun.)
Budapest to Gettysburg (Sun.)
Phyllis and Harold (Sun.)
Shorts Program: Family Past, Present, & Future Tense (Sun.)
Cycles (Sun.)
New French Cinema
A Christmas Tale (Fri.)
Art on Film
Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine (Thu.)
Richard Serra: Thinking on Your Feet (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Appaloosa

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Golden Boy
Religulous
I've Loved You So Long
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Tell No One
Appaloosa
Frozen River

That's all for now!

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President