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Chlotrudis Indie Film Wrap-Up, August 22 - 28

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

Again, a bit of a jump since my last update. (I had a good excuse; I was in London!) Surprise, surprise! Even though it's the summer, the indie and arthouses films do change! Some pretty interesting openings this week, so I think it's back to the theatres for me, starting off with FROZEN RIVER (pictured left), the HBA Audience Award winner for Best Feature Film at the Provincetown International Film Festival. Courtney Hunt's debut feature is set in a real-life smuggling zone on a Native American reservation between New York State and Quebec, where the lure of fast money presents a daily challenge to single moms who would otherwise be making minimum wage. It opens this week at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, the Kendall Square Cinema and the West Newton Cinema. The Brattle Theatre's got some cool anime premiering this week. Mamoru Hosada's THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME is a wonderful animated fantasy that tells the story of Makoto, a typical teenage girl who suddenly discovers that she has the power to skip back and forth in time. This surprise Japanese hit has even outsold the latest Studio Ghibli film, so if you get a chance to check it out this weekend, do so. The Loews Harvard Square Cinema, of all places, has a couple of intriguing debuts this week. Fans of Steve Coogan or crazy musical comedy may want to check out HAMLET 2, which features the silly number, "Rock Me, Sexy Jesus." Fans of director Isabel Coixet (MY LIFE WITHOUT ME; THE SECRET LIFE OF WORDS) will want to check out ELEGY, which has been getting some early Oscar buzz and stars Ben Kingsley, Penelope Cruz, Patricia Clarkson and Peter Sarsgaard.

Finally, since it looks like I'll be getting this out early for a change, The Indepedent Film Festival of Boston is hosting a very special screening of Towelhead this evening at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, 7:00 p.m. with filmmaker Alan Ball and author Alicia Erian present. If, like me, you haven't caught TOWELHEAD yet, go to the IFFB's website and print out the special invitation: http://www.iffboston.org/newsletter/images/0808/Towelhead_epass.pdf. I'm going to try to be there, but get there a little early as I'm sure there will be a line! Thanks to Chlotrudis Board Member Nancy Campbell for sharing these passes!

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, August 22 - 28, 2008.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Area Premiere!
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Fri. - Mon.)
All About Bette
A Stolen Life & The Whales of August (Mon. & Tue.)
Disturbed Suburbs
Juno (Wed.)
Viva Pedro!
Law of Desire & Matador (Thu.)
Special Brattle Benefit Event!
Brattle Theatre Trivia Night! (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Frozen River
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Tell No One
Encounters at the End of the World
Big Screen Classics
Jaws (Mon.)
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Film Club
Children of a Lesser God (Wed.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

Brideshead Revisited
Bombay Cinema Presents
Bachna ae Hasseno (Fri. - Sun.)
Singh is Kinng (Fri. - Sun.)

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
The Wackness

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Closed for Summer Vacation - No Screenings!

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Film list unavailable

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Frozen River
What We Do Is Secret
Sixty Six
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Tell No One
Man on Wire
Trumbo
Henry Poole is Here
Bottle Shock

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
American Teen
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Bottle Shock
The Visitor

Lexington Flick, Lexington
No independent films playing this week

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Hamlet 2
Elegy
Transsiberian

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Hong Kong Cinema
As Tears Go By (Fri., Sat., Wed., & Thu.)
Russian Cinema
Elegy of Life Rostropovich.Vishnevskaya (Sat.)
Alexandra (Sat.)
Music on Film
The Night James Brown Saved Boston (Sun.)
Back By Popular Demand: Four Films By Murray Lerner
Listening to You: The Who at the Isle of Wight (Wed.)
Sakuran (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Frozen Fiver
Elegy
Tell No One
Brideshead Revisited
Henry Poole is Here (Fri., Sun. - Thu.)
Transsiberian
Mongol
The Edge of Heaven
Up the Yangtze (Fri. - Tue., & Thu.)
Constantine's Sword

That's all for now!

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Indie Film Wrap-Up, August 1 - 7

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

So, I've been amazingly sporadic with my announcements this summer, but there hasn't been a whole lot going on in the independent film scene. I hope you've been getting out to the movies! There are a couple of things to mention this week though, so here I am. As inexplicable as it is that MAMA MIA! (which I saw and loved) is playing at the Kendall Square Cinema, there are a couple of indies playing there that you should catch as well. WATER LILIES was one of the films Chlotrudis co-presented at the Boston Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in May, and it's a strong, coming-of-age tale with refreshing performances. Catherine Breillat (FAT GIRL, ANATOMY OF HELL) is back with an historical, period piece starring Asia Argento called THE LAST MISTRESS. Several of us caught this last year at the Toronto International FIlm Festival, and it's worth catching. I also want to see GIRLS ROCK! a documentary about a girls rock & roll camp that looks absolutely adorable! It's playing this week at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Newburyport Screening Room. Do try to catch it.

Also running this week at the Museum of Fine Arts is the 2008 Roxbury Film Festival. Check their website for complete listings at other venues.

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, August 1 - 7, 2008.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Casablanca for Casablanca - Celebrating Casablanca Restaurant's 30th Birthday!
Casablanca (Fri. - Mon.)
Maltese Falcon (Fri. & Sat.)
Play it Again Sam (Sun. & Mon.)
All About Bette
Marked Woman & The Letter (Mon. & Tue.)
Disturbed Suburbs
The Ice Storm (Wed.)
Viva Pedro!
All About My Mother (Thu.)
Special Brattle Benefit Event!
Brattle Theatre Trivia Night! (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Tell No One
Brideshead Revisited
The Wackness
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (Sat. - Thu.)
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson
Midnite Madness
Rock Band Tournament! (Fri.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

Mongol
The Visitor

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Mongol
The Visitor

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
The Complete Joseph Losey
The Go-Between (Fri.)
The Damned (Fri.)
A Doll's House Free Screening! (Sun.)
Mr. Klein (Sun.)
Stranger on the Prowl (Mon.)
Blind Date (Mon.)
Conservator's Choice
The Man Without a Body & The Cyclops (Sat.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Brideshead Revisited

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Tell No One
Brideshead Revisited
Baghead
The Last Mistress
Water Lilies
The Wackness
Encounters at the End of the World
Edge of Heaven

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
American Teen
Baghead
The Last Mistress
Mongol
The Visitor

Lexington Flick, Lexington
The Visitor

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

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Art of Film
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (Sat.)
Girl Power on Film
Girls Rock! (Sat. & Thu.)
Roxbury Film Festival
Africa Unite (Sat.)
Africa in Film Today: A Discussion with Charles Burnett (Sat.)
Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation (Sat.)
The Price of Sugar (Sun.)
Short Films from the Roxbury Film Festival (Sun.)
Steam (Sun.)
Back by Popular Deman
The Rape of Europa (Sun. & Thu.)
New Japanese Cinema
Sakuran (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Girls Rock!

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Then She Found Me
Tell No One
Brideshead Revisited
The Counterfeiters
Young@Heart
The Edge of Heaven
Up the Yangtze
Constantine's Sword
Encounters at the End of the World

That's all for now!

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Canadian Films and more announced for Toronto!

While I'm very disappointed to report that I will not be making the trek to Toronto for TIFF in September (a trip to London and the weak American dollar have conspired against me) I am excited to report that there have been a whole bunch of new announcements about films appearing at the festival. An area of particular interest to me and others in Chlotrudis are the Canadian films that will be screening. Twitch announced the Canadian titles earlier this week:

Gala Presentations

  • One Week directed by Michael McGowan
  • Fifty Dead Men Walking directed by Karl Skogland

Special Presentations

  • Heaven on Earth directed by Deepa Mehta
  • Blindness directed by Fernando Mereilles
  • C’est Pas Moi, Je le Jure! (It’s Not Me, I Swear!) directed by Phillippe Faladeau

Contemporary World Cinema

  • Lost Song directed by Rodrigue Jean
  • Maman est Chez le Coiffeur directed by Léa Pool
  • Mothers & Daughters directed by Carl Bessai
  • Un Été Sans Point Ni Coup Sûr directed by Francis Leclerc
  • Toronto Stories directed by ook-Yin Lee, Sudz Sutherland, David Weaver and Aaron Woodley

Real to Reel

  • Under Rich Earth directed by Malcolm Rogge
  • Examined Life directed by Astra Taylor
  • La Mémoire des Anges directed by Luc Bourdon

Vanguard Presentations

  • Pontypool directed by Bruce McDonald
  • Derrière Moi directed by Rafaël Ouellet

This year TIFF will also premiere nine films for the fifth edition of Canada First! focusing on works from first-time Canadian directors as well as those presenting a feature film at the Festival for the first time. Here are the films included in this year's line-up.

Canada First!

  • Edison and Leo (British Columbia) directed by Neil Burns - World Premiere
  • Before Tomorrow (Quebec/Nunavut) directed by Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu - World Premiere
  • Control Alt Delete (British Columbia) directed by Cameron Labine - World Premiere
  • Cooper's Camera (Ontario) directed by Warren P. Sonoda - World Premiere
  • Down to the Dirt (Newfounland) directed by Justin Simms - World Premiere
  • Nurse, Fighter, Boy (Ontario) directed by Charles Officer - World Premiere
  • Only (Ontario) directed by Ingrid Veninger and Simon Reynolds - World Premiere
  • Real Time (Ontario) directed by Randall Cole - Canadian Premiere
  • When Life Was Good (British Columbia) directed by Terry Miles - World Premiere

In addition, TIFF announced a handful of Galas and Special Presentations this week to add to the list of previously announced films.

Gala Presentations

  • Rachel Getting Married (USA) directed by Jonathan Demme - North American Premiere
  • The Other Man (USA/UK) directed by Richard Eyre - World Premiere

Special Presentations

  • Appaloosa (USA) directed by Ed Harris - World Premiere
  • La Fille de Monaco (France) directed by Anne Fontaine - North American Premiere
  • I’ve Loved You So Long (Il y a longtemps que je t’aime) (France) directed by Phillippe Claudel (North American Premiere

Twitch announces another 21 new titles for TIFF!

Proving once again that they're the best source for news and updates about the Toronto International Film Festival, Twitch has announced another 21 films for the line-up. In addition, one previously announced film, WALTZ WITH BASHIR has been moved over to the Special Presentations. Ticket packages for TIFF are on-sale now to Visa cardholders. Things are really heating up! Check out the annotated list here.

Gala Presentations

  • SECRET LIFE OF BEES (USA) directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, World Premiere
  • THE DUCHESS (UK) directed by Saul Dibb, International Premiere

Special Presentations

  • EVERY LITTLE STEP (USA) directed by James Stern and Adam Del Deo, World Premiere
  • GHOST TOWN (USA) directed by David Koepp, World Premiere
  • RELIGIOUS(USA) directed by Larry Charles, World Premiere
  • ASHES OF TIME REDUX (Hong Kong/China) directed by Wong Kar-wai, North American Premiere
  • HAPPY-GO-LUCKY (UK) directed by Mike Leigh, North American Premiere
  • ROCKNROLLA (UK) directed by Guy Ritchie, North American Premiere
  • WALTZ WITH BASHIR (Israel/France/Germany ) directed by Ari Folman, North American Premiere

Masters

  • EVERLASTING MOMENTS (Denmark/Sweden) directed by Jan Troell, World Premiere
  • TOKYO SONATA (Japan/The Netherlands/Hong Kong) directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, North American Premiere

Contemporary World Cinema

  • FEAR ME NOT (Denmark) directed by Kristian Levring, World Premiere
  • EL GRECO (Greece/Spain/Hungary) directed by Iannis Smaragdis, World Premiere
  • THE NARROWS (USA) directed by François A. Velle, World Premiere
  • PANDORA'S BOX (Turkey/France/Belgium/Germany) directed by Yesim Ustaoglu, World Premiere
  • MY MOTHER, MY BRIDE, AND I (Germany) directed by Hans Steinbichler, International Premiere
  • WHITE NIGHT WEDDING (Iceland) directed by Baltasar Kormakur, International Premiere
  • 33 SCENES FROM LIFE (Germany/Poland) directed by Malgosia Szumowska, North American Premiere
  • THE COUNTRY TEACHER (Czech Republic/Germany/France) directed by Bohdan Sláma, North American Premiere
  • DELTA (Hungary/Germany) directed by Kornél Mundruczó, North American Premiere
  • KNITTING (China) directed by Yin Lichuan, North American Premiere
  • TEZA (Germany/Ethiopia/France) directed by Haile Gerim, North American Premiere

Chlotrudis Indie Film Round-Up, July 4 - 10

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

Wow... I'm super late with this, so I'm going to skip the intro and just post the list of films playing this week. I'll just say, am I the last person to see ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD, Werner Herzog's visually arresting documentary about Antarctica? I will try to catch that very soon as it has now opened at the Kendall. Today and Thursday mark the final screenings of my beloved JELLYFISH at the Museum of Fine Arts as part of the Boston Jewish Fim Festival's Encore Series (but you can also catch it in a week or so at the Newburyport Screening Room) so don't miss it! Thursday night also marks the opening of the Boston French Film Festival at the MFA.

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, July 4 - 10, 2008.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Back by Popular Demand!
Blade Runner: Final Cut (Fri. - Tue.)
Roman Polanski's Passions
Knife in the Water (Wed.)
Repulsion & The Tenant (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Brick Lane
Mongol
A Jihad for Love
Bigger Stronger Faster* (Sat. - Thu.)
Constantine's Sword
Radio Cape Cod (Mon.)
Global Lens Film Series
El Custodio (Sat. & Mon.)
David Lean Centennial
Lawrence of Arabia (Mon.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

No independent films screening this week!

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Mongol

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Technicolor Dreams
The Adventures of Robin Hood (Sat.)
La Cucaracha & Cobra Woman (Sat.)
The Band Concert & 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Sun.)
The Quiet Man (Sun.)
Slightly Scarlet (Sun.)
Rancho Notorious (Mon.)
Madigan (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Mongol
War, Inc.

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Encounters at the End of the World
The Edge of Heaven
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
Brick Lane
Reprise
My Father My Lord
Alexandra
The Visitor
The Fall

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Mongol
When Did You Last See Your Father
The Visitor

Lexington Flick, Lexington
Mongol
The Visitor

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Mongol
The Visitor

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Art of Film
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (Sat., Sun., & Thu.)
Magic Lantern
Spirit of 76 (Sat.)
Boston Jewish Film Festival: Encores
Jellyfish (Sun. & Thu.)
At Home in Utopia (Sun.)
The Powder and the Glory (Thu.)
The Excitement of Precinema
The Minwa-za Company of Tokyo (Sun.)
Music and Film: Dengue Fever
Sleepwalking Through the Mekong (Wed.)
Boston French Film Festival Opening Night
Shall We Kiss? (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
The Flight of the Red Balloon

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Then She Found Me
My Father, My Lord

That's all for now!

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Toronto International Film Festival Starts Announcing Films!

Every year it takes me by surprise as films start being announced for the 33rd Annual Toronto Interational Film Festival running September 4 - 13, 2008. This year the announcements began in earnest in late June, and I've got to hand it to Twitch, they seem to be the place to get your information about TIFF! You can also check out the official TIFF08 website, which went live last week. Coming up on Monday, July 7, VISA cardholders can start purchasing ticket packages.

Oh, another great thing about Twitch? They collect (almost) all of the trailers for the films coming to Toronto in one place so if you want, you can get a glimpse at the films you want to see before you see them! Go visit the Twitch TIFF 2008 Trailer Park!

Here's a list of the 30+ films announced recently organized by series. To read the synopses, go here and here.

Gala Presentations

  • THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD (South Korea) directed by Kim Jee-woon, North American premiere

Special Presentations

  • ADORATION (Canada) directed by Atom Egoyan, North American Premiere
  • UN CONTE DE NOËL (France) directed by Arnaud Desplechin, North American Premiere
  • DISGRACE (Australia/South Africa) directed by Steve Jacobs, World Premiere
  • IL DIVO
  • (Italy/France) directed by Paolo Sorrentino, North American Premiere

  • ENTRE LES MURS (France) directed by Laurent Cantet, North American Premiere
  • GOMORROAH (Italy) directed by Matteo Garrone, North American Premiere
  • GOOD (United Kingdom/Germany) directed by Vicente Amorim, World Premiere
  • MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA (USA) directed by Spike Lee, World Premiere
  • NICK & NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST (USA) directed by Peter Sollett, World Premiere
  • THE HURT LOCKER
  • (USA) directed by Kathryn Bigelow, North American Premiere

Masters

  • 24 CITY
  • (China) directed by Jia Zhang-ke, North American Premiere

  • FOUR NIGHTS WITH ANNA (Poland/France) directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, North American Premiere
  • OF TIME AND THE CITY (UK) directed by Terence Davies, North American Premiere
  • LE SILENCE DE LORNA (Belgium/France/Italy) directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, North American Premiere
  • THREE MONKEYS (Turkey/France/Italy) directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, North American Premiere

Real to Reel

  • BLIND LOVES (Slovakia) directed by Juraj Lehotský, North American Premiere

Visions

  • LIVERPOOL (Argentina/France/Netherlands/Spain/Germany) directed by Lisandro Alonso, North American premiere
  • SERVICE (Philippines/France) directed by Brillante Mendoza, North American premiere

Vanguard

  • WALTZ WITH BASHIR (Israel/France/Germany) directed by Ari Folman, North American premiere

Discovery

  • HUNGER (UK) directed by Steve McQueen, North American Premiere
  • MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY (USA) directed by Barry Jenkins, Canadian Premiere
  • THE PARANOIDS (Argentina) directed by Gabriel Medina,International Premiere
  • SALAMANDRA (Argentina/France/Germany) directed by Pablo Agüero, North American Premiere
  • THREE BLIND MICE (Australia) directed by Matthew Newton, International Premiere
  • TONY MANERO (Chile/Brazil) directed by Pablo Larraín, North American Premiere
  • TULPAN (Germany/Switzerland/Kazakstan/Russia/Poland) directed by Sergey Dvortsevoy, North American Premiere

Contemporary World Cinema

  • ACNE (Uruguay/Argentina/Spain/Mexico) directed by Federico Feiroj, North American Premere
  • LINHA DE PASSE (Brazil) directed by Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas, North American Premiere
  • O'HORTEN (Norway/Germany/France) directed by Brent Hamer, North American Premiere
  • LION'S DEN (Argentina/South Korea/Brazil) directed by Pablo Trapero, North American Premiere
  • RESTLESS (Israel/Germany/Canada/France/Belgium) directed by Amos Kollek, North American Premiere
  • REVANCHE (Austria) directed by Götz Spielmann, North American Premiere

Chlotrudis Indie Film Round-Up, June 27 - July 3.

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

Thank you to the Brattle Theatre for screening Bruce McDonald's THE TRACEY FRAGMENTS for a week starting Friday, June 27. This innovative film starring Ellen Page wowed me in Toronto, and Chlotrudis co-presented the film at the Independent Film Festival of Boston in May. Now the Brattle is running the exclusive area premiere for one week. DON'T MISS THIS FILM! It's quite frankly amazing, and although it's due out on DVD in the next month or so, this is one of those films you really want to see on the big screen.

Continuing at the MFA this week is the Boston Jewish Film Festival's Encores series, which brings back popular films from last year's festival. Playing this week are LONELY MAN OF FAITH: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF RABBI JOSEPH B. SOLOVEITCHIK, JELLYFISH and AT HOME IN UTOPIA. As I'm sure you all recall, JELLYFISH is one of my favorite films of the year, and this is definitely one of your last chances to see it on the big screen.

Another film that I first discovered in Toronto makes its way onto the big screen this week. BRICK LANE, adapted from an international best seller, is the feature film debut by Sarah Gavron, who brought us the outstanding made for British TV film THIS LITTLE LIFE in 2003.

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, June 27 - July 3, 2008.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Exclusive Area Premiere!
The Tracey Fragments
The Harvard Bookstore Presents
Barbara Ehrenreich (Fri.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Brick Lane
Mongol
A Jihad for Love Filmmakers Present on Tues!
Bigger Stronger Faster*
Constantine's Sword
Radio Cape Cod (Mon.)
Coolidge Kino - Russian Film Series
White Sun of the Desert (Sun.)
Sydney Pollack Tribute
Out of Africa (Mon.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

Young@Heart

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Mongol

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Emile de Antonio�s America
In the Year of the Pig (Fri.)
Rush to Judgment (Fri.)
Point of Order (Sat.)
America is Hard to See (Sat.)
Painter's Painting w/ Writer Teri Tynes In Person (Sun.)
Underground w/ Scholar Dan Streible In Person (Sun.)
Millhouse: a White Comedy (Sun.)
In the King of Prussia (Mon.)
Mr. Hoover & I (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Mongol
War, Inc.

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
The Edge of Heaven
Brick Lane
Savage Grace
Reprise
War, Inc.
Finding Amanda
My Father My Lord
The Singing Revolution
Alexandra
The Visitor
The Fall

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Mongol
When Did You Last See Your Father
The Visitor

Lexington Flick, Lexington
The Visitor

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Mongol

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Art of Film
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (Fri. - Sun., & Thu.)
New Cinema From Spain
In the City of Sylvia (Fri.)
Unas Fotos en la ciudad de Sylvia (Sat.)
The Heart of the Earth (Sat.)
Thieves (Sat.)
Chaotic Ana (Sat.)
The Sky Turns (Sun.)
Pudor (Sun.)
Solitary Fragments (Sun.)
Cinema from Mexico
La Zona (Sat.)
Boston Jewish Film Festival: Encores
Lonely Man of Faith: The Life and Legacy of Rabbi Joseph B.Soloveitchik (Sun. & Thu.)
Jellyfish (Thu.)
At Home in Utopia (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
The Flight of the Red Balloon

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Then She Found Me
The Counterfeiters
Young@Heart
Brick Lane
Up the Yangtze
Constantine's Sword
My Father, My Lord

That's all for now!

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

What do you get out of a film festival?

I have heard from many different members of the industry what they think the purpose of a film festival is. Some say that it is a way to build buzz for a film, some say that it is a way to give a film access to an audience that they might not normally have, some consider festivals a place to discover new films, filmmakers, or trends, others think that they are a great way to meet people in the industry.

I am currently working a film festival, and I also happily attend as many as possible. For me a film festival is a way to see films that I might not normally be able to see and to have my eyes opened, and hopefully my mind blown, by a film.

Do you go to film festivals? What role do festivals play in your film viewing life? Why do you think festival are or aren't important in the film industry?

Chlotrudis Indie Film Round-Up, June 13 - 19

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

Sorry for missing the last couple of weeks' announcements. I was in L.A. for BookExpo America and things got a little hectic. While the summer blockbusters are starting to dominate the screens, there's still plenty of independent fodder out there to check out. Tom Kalin's SAVAGE GRACE opens this week, and if you're a fan of dark, twisted, family dysfunction, you won't want to miss it. Even better, it heralds a fine return to form for Julianne Moore. There is also a terrific series of New Chinese Cinema running this week at the Museum of Fine Arts. It features new films from talented directors like Zhang Yang (QUITTING; GETTING HOME) and Lou Ye (PURPLE BUTTERFLY; SUZHOU RIVER).

Also continuing at the MFA this week is the Boston Jewish Film Festival's Encores series, which brings back popular films from last year's festival. Playing this week are MAKING TROUBLE, WHAT A WONDERFUL PLACE and AT HOME IN UTOPIA. Coming up in the next couple of weeks you can catch LONELY MAN OF FAITH: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF RABBI JOSEPH B. SOLOVEITCHIK, THE POWDER AND THE GLORY, and for probably the last time on the big screen, the sublime Chlotrudis pick, JELLYFISH.

And don't forget -- just because we're taking a hiatus from the Chlotrudis Movie of the Week, you still get discounts at the Coolidge Corner and Brattle Theatres on Mondays and Tuesdays. So I will continue to post the indie film round-up online and via e-mail, and I hope to be joining you at the movies sometime without having to organize it myself!

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, June 13 - 19, 2008.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Tribute Week
Planet of the Apes (Fri. & Sat.)
Night and the City w/ Kiss of Death (Sun. & Mon.)
Pickup on South Street (Tue.)
Topkapi (Wed.)
CineMental Presents:
Inspired by Chantal Ackerman (Wed.)
Special Live Music Event Presented by End of an Empire!
Brothers Unconnected: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES GOCHER AND SUN CITY GIRLS (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Bigger Stronger Faster*
The Fall
Sputnik Mania
Radio Cape Cod
Constantine's Sword
Midnite Madness
Beyond Boogie Nights (Fri.)
Monday Night Classics
Tootsie (Mon.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

Son of Rambow
Young@Heart

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
No independent films playing this week.

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Leo McCarey, Screwball and Beyond
Love Affair (Fri.)
Indiscreet (Fri.)
An Affair to Remember (Sat.)
Make Way for Tomorrow (Sat.)
The Bells of St. Mary's (Sun.)
Ruggles of Red Gap (Sun.)
My Son John (Sun.)
Duck Soup (Mon.)
Once Upon a Honeymoon (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Son of Rambow
The Visitor
Young@Heart

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
The Animation Show 4
Savage Grace
Reprise
War, Inc.
When Did You Last See Your Father?
The Promotion
The Singing Revolution
Bigger, Stronger, Faster
The Visitor
The Fall
The Foot Fist Way

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Savage Grace
When Did You Last See Your Father
Refusenik
The Visitor

Lexington Flick, Lexington
The Visitor
Young@Heart

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Younga@Heart

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
New Chinese Cinema
Up the Yangtze (Fri. - Sun.)
Sunflower (Fri. & Sat.)
Summer Palace (Sat. & Thu.)
Lost in Beijing (Thu.)
The Art of Being
Valley of Flowers (Sat.)
Boston Jewish Film Festival: Encores
Making Trouble (Sun.)
What a Wonderful Place (Sun.)
At Home in Utopia (Sun. & Thu.)
New Cinema from Spain
Chaotic Ana (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Then She Found Me

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Then She Found Me
The Children of Huang Shi
Flawless
The Band's Visit
The Counterfeiters
Shine a Light
Young@Heart
Surfwise
Praying with Lior

That's all for now!

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Glowing Review of CHRIS & DON: A LOVE STORY

Next week marks the 10th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival, and as tradition would have it, a large group of Chlotrudis members will be in attendance. The Society will also be co-presenting a film; this year Tina Mascara and Guido Santi's documentary CHRIS & DON: A LOVE STORY. Selecting a film to co-present is sometimes tricky. Our first choices are films we've seen before; followed by films that feature past Chlotrudis winners or allies. When none of those criteria pan out, we are forced to make our best guess on what looks like it would be a good, worthwhile film. This was how we ended up choosing CHRIS & DON. Now I am pleased to read this glowing review of the film from indieWIRE. CHRIS & DON: A LOVE STORY plays twice at the PTown Festival; 11:30am on Thursday 6/19 and 1:45pm on Saturday 6/21.

On a side note, there is a film screening in Provincetown that fit the criteria of being made by a Chlotrudis ally, and we did ask to co-present it, but for whatever reason, the festival chose CHRIS & DON for us. Therefore, I would like to unofficially encourage anyone attending PTown to catch Lucia Small and Ed Pincus' documentary THE AXE IN THE ATTIC about the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. In addition, past Chlotrudis co-presentations from the Boston Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and the Indedpendent Film Festival of Boston are also playing at PTown. If you haven't seen them yet, don't miss WATER LILIES and MY WINNIPEG.