Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, April 25 - May 1, 2008

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

This week is all about the Independent Film Festival of Boston! Festivities kicked off last night where an appearance by Ben Kingsley at Brad Anderson's latest film, TRANSSIBERIAN got the crowd going. This weekend the festival takes over the Somerville, Brattle and Coolidge Corner Theatres, and Chlotrudis is co-presenting not one, but two terrific films that you should take the time to see. Many of you are volunteering at the festival and the rest of you need to check out the excellent schedule of films, panels, and parties that take over indie Boston this weekend. The Festival runs nearly a week this year, wrapping up on Tuesday night at the Coolidge with a screening of Werner Herzog's latest documentary, ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD.

Brace yourself. If your idea of Ellen Page comes from JUNO, or even MARION BRIDGE, you'd better hold on when you see THE TRACEY FRAGMENTS. We're not even talking about the visceral discomfort of HARD CANDY here, but rather a wrenching, emotional rollercoaster ride depicting a young teenager's spiralling decent into loss and madness. My favorite film at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, I call THE TRACEY FRAGMENTS, LILYA 4-EVER meets PI. A visual and aural assault that utilizes a collage-like editing technique that is still anchored securely by Page's phenomenal performance. You can't miss this film, and here's your chance to see it before everyone else. it plays twice during the IFFB, Friday, April 25, 9:45 p.m. at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, and Sunday, April 27, 10:00 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre. Both shows co-presented by the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film.

The Chlotrudis Society has long been a supporter of Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin, giving nominations to his last four feature films, BRAND UPON THE BRAIN, COWARDS BEND THE KNEE, THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD, and DRACULA: PAGES FROM A VIRGIN'S DIARY. Now he's back in his own inimitable style, with a film that's part narrative, part documentary, part travelogue, an homage to the city of his birth and upbringing, MY WINNIPEG. I first caught this film at Toronto last year as well, with Guy himself performing the narration live. He said that he wouldn't be doing that again, but Guy is in fact, planning to be in attendance at this year's IFFB screening, which takes place Monday, April 28, 8:00 p.m. at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. And since, Chlotrudis is co-presenting MY WINNIPEG at the IFFB, we're making it this week's Chlotrudis Monday Movie of the Week! You really want to try to catch this one.

The films being co-presented by Chlotrudis are just scratching the surface of the terrific array of films coming to town this week. Documentaries, narratives, shorts, the IFFB has got them all. Here's a sampling of some of the films that I am excited about. SAVAGE GRACE is the very long awaited follow-up to SWOON by Tom Kalin. It's his first feature film is 16 years! SAVAGE GRACE tells the real-life tale of Barbara and Tony Baekeland, a peculiarly close mother and son whose story takes on the themes and proportions of Greek tragedy. Julianne Moore stars as Barbara Baekeland in a chilling role that go a long way to putting her back on the top of must-see actress list. Because of her stellar documentary work on such films as IN THE REALMS OF THE UNREAL and this year's Chlotrudis winner for Best Doc, PROTAGONIST, Jessica Yu is one of those diretors whose work I will always check out. I did just that last year in Toronto with her wacky family comedy, PING PONG PLAYA! Christopher "C-dub" Wang is an irresponsible, swaggering wannabe basketball player that is forced to pick up a paddle when his ping pong champion brother is injured. Jimmy Tsai, who co-wrote the screenplay with Yu, plays C-dub, and while the comedy is broad and a bit juvenile, the familiar story is a lot of fun. I'm really looking forward to GOLIATH, David and Nathan Zellner's SXSW hit that explores the bond between a lonely man and his pet cat. Another film that has been making waves on the documentary festival circuit is AMERICAN TEEN which takes a look at the lives of four Midwestern teens. This film was shot over a 10-month period by Nanette Burnstein who brought us THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE.

All these films and more are part of Boston's premiere festival, the Independent Film Festival of Boston. Do check out their website for information on how to get tickets, where the parties are, and the panels that are going on around town. And say hello to your fellow Chlotrudis members who will be hard at work volunteering!

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, April 25 - May 1, 2008.

Belmont Studio Cinema

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Independent Film Festival of Boston
Sex Positive (Fri.)
Dreams with Sharp Teeth (Fri.)
Flash Point (Fri.)
Linguists (Sat.)
Secrecy (Sat.)
Wild Blue Yonder (Sat.)
Saviours (Sat.)
Goliath (Sat.)
Blood Car (Sat.)
Crawford (Sun.)
Ping Pong Playa (Sun.)
Nerdcore Rising (Sun.)
Momma's Man (Sun.)
Frownland (Sun.)
A Tribute to Charlton Heston
Ben Hur (Mon. & Tue.)
Big Screen Boston!
Girl Talk Author Paul Sherman & Subject "Martha" Will Discuss (Wed.)
Billy in the Lowlands Director Jan Egleson & Paul Sherman Will Discuss (Thu.)
Harvard Coop Presents
Auguesten Burroughs (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Independent Film Festival of Boston
Savage Grace (Fri.)
The Tracey Fragments Co-presented by Chlotrudis! (Fri.)
Joy Division (Fri.)
Ping Pong Playa (Sat.)
Dreams with Sharp Teeth (Sat.)
Woodpecker (Sat.)
Cake Eaters (Sat.)
Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie (Sat.)
Triangle (Sat.)
The Greening of Southie (Sun.)
Turn of the River (Sun.)
Life Support Music (Sun.)
Mongol (Sun.)
Time Crimes (Sun.)
At the Death House Door (Mon.)
My Winnipeg w/ Guy Maddin present! Co-presented by Chlotrudis (Mon.)
Encounters at the End of the World (Tue.)
Charlton Heston Tribute
Ten Commandments (Wed.)
Touch of Evil (Thu.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
In Bruges
Independent Film Festival of Boston
Shorts 2 (Fri.)
Shorts 1 (Fri.)
Second Skin (Fri.)
Phoebe Wonderland (Fri.)
Intimidad (Fri.)
Jetsam (Fri.)
Natural Causes (Fri.)
Very Young Girls (Fri.)
Big Man Japan (Fri.)
Vexille (Fri.)
Time Crimes (Fri.)
Nerdcore Rising (Fri.)
Pink (Sat.)
The Greening of Southie (Sat.)
August Evening (Sat.)
New Year Parade (Sat.)
Frontrunner (Sat.)
My Effortless Brilliance (Sat.)
We Are Wizards (Sat.)
Ballast (Sat.)
Shorts 1 (Sat.)
Medicine Melancholy (Sat.)
Crawford (Sat.)
Sex Positive (Sat.)
American Teen (Sat.)
Turn the River (Sat.)
Meadowlark (Sat.)
Frownland (Sat.)
Song Sung Blue (Sat.)
Momma's Man (Sat.)
Stuck (Sat.)
Public Enemy (Sat.)
Beaver Trilogy (Sat.)
Flashpoint (Sat.)
Shorts 5 (Sun.)
Shorts 4 (Sun.)
Intimidad (Sun.)
The Cake Eaters (Sun.)
Severed Ways (Sun.)
Wild Blue Younder (Sun.)
Jump! (Sun.)
At Death House Door (Sun.)
Frontrunner (Sun.)
Shorts 3 (Sun.)
Lioness (Sun.)
Secrecy (Sun.)
Twelve (Sun.)
Song Sung Blue (Sun.)
Phoebe Wonderland (Sun.)
Goliath (Sun.)
New Year Parade (Sun.)
The Tracey Fragments Co-presented by Chlotrudis! (Sun.)
Very Young Girls (Sun.)
Pink (Sun.)
Jetsam (Sun.)
Life Support Music (Mon.)
Linguists (Mon.)
Saviours (Mon.)
Woodpecker (Mon.)
Shorts 3 (Mon.)
Jump! (Mon.)
Eleven Minutes (Mon.)
Vexille (Mon.)
Shorts 4 (Mon.)
Shorts 5 (Mon.)
Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie (Mon.)
Encounters at the End of the World (Tue.)

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Robert Breer, Kinetic Poet of the Avant-Garde
Short Films Director Present! (Fri.)
Sun & Moon in Indonesia: The Single-Shot Cinema of Leonard Retel Helmrich
The Eye of the Day Director Present! (Sat.)
Shape of the Moon Director Present! (Sun.)
An Evening with Heinz Emigholz
Schindler's Houses & Goff in the Desert Director present! (Sun.)
Dziga Vertov and the Soviet Avant-Garde
Enthusiasm & Outskirts (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
The Counterfeiters
The Life Before Her Eyes

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Bab'Aziz: The Prince That Contemplated His Soul
Flight of the Red Balloon
The Visitor
The Life Before Her Eyes
Zombie Strippers
Under the Same Moon
Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?
My Brother is an Only Child
The Conterfeiters
The First Saturday in May

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
The Visitor
My Blueberry Nights
Smart People
The Band's Visit

Lexington Flick, Lexington
The Counterfeiters

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Smart People

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Best of Youth
Maximum Velocity (Fri.)
Sailing Home (Fri.)
Three Step Dancing (Fri.)
La CapaGira (Fri.)
Annual SMFA Film Program: Undergraduate
SMFA Graduate Student Films: Five Places Imagined and Real (Wed.)
Music on Film
Jethro Tull Nothing Is Easy: Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 (Wed.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
The Savages

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
The Counterfeiters
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
My Brother is an Only Child
Under the Same Moon
Praying with Lior

Coming Soon!

The The Boston Jewish Film Festival presents

Exclusive to The Boston Jewish Film Festival audience members, a special pre-release screening of FUGITIVE PIECES at the West Newton Cinema on Wednesday, April 30 at 7:00pm.

Directed by Chlotrudis nominee Jeremy Podeswa (THE FIVE SENSES), FUGITIVE PIECES is a powerful and unforgettably lyrical film about love, loss and redemption. Jakob Beer (Robbie Kay) is just a young boy when the Nazis invade Poland in 1942, killing his parents and abducting his older sister. After finally coming out of his hiding space when he feels safe, he's rescued by Athos Roussos (Rade Serbedgia), an archaeologist who smuggles Jakob to safety in Greece. Years later, an older Jakob (Stephen Dillane, John Adams) becomes a university professor in Canada where he must come to terms with his past before feeling safe in the present with his new girlfriend, Alex (Rosamund Pike). The film is based on the best-selling novel by Canadian poet Anne Michaels. (2007, English, 105 minutes). FUGITIVE PIECES will be released theatrically at the West Newton Cinema and Harvard

Square Theatre on Friday, May 9.

Tickets are on sale now. $12 general admission; $10 Festival/WGBH members, seniors, students. To purchase tickets online, go to To purchase by phone call TicketWeb toll-free at 1-866-468-7619. Service charges apply.

Remaining tickets will be available for purchase at West Newton Cinema one hour before screening time.

That's all for now!

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President