Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, February 18 - 25

Hello Chlotrudis Members!

We're breaking from the usual this week, as Chris Kriofske, the week's host welcomes you to join him on Monday night at the Coolidge Corner Theatre for the 7pm screening of SHUTTER ISLAND. We know, it's not indie, but the inide releases are slim this week, Dennis Lehane is a Boston superstar, and most everyone loved MYSTIC RIVER, yes?

"SHUTTER ISLAND maintains a degree of tension and suspense akin to the best films of Alfred Hitchcock. - Moises Chiullan, Hollywood Elsewhere

[This is] the work of a master at his height. This is Scorsese flexing his muscles and cracking his knuckles and making a movie that's intense and thrilling and engrossing and beautiful and dense. - Devin Faraci, CHUD

From Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese, SHUTTER ISLAND is the story of two U.S. marshals, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), who are summoned to a remote island off the coast of Massachusetts to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from the islands fortress-like hospital for the criminally insane.

Check out the trailer:

Not a whole lot going on in the indie world right now, but as I mentioned last week, we've got some awards-related stuff happening in the next month! For Chlotrudis members, awards season climaxes with the 16th Annual Chlotrudis Awards taking place on Sunday, March 21 at the Brattle Theatre! Look for the voting ballot to be ready in early March. You can check out what got nomianted at the Chlotrudis Mewsings blog. Start watching those films -- and remember, you must watch all of the Buried Treasures in order to vote in that category. Fortunately, all five Buried Treasure nominees are available on DVD! But in the meantime, both the Brattle and the Coolidge have some awards-related festivities going on.

The Coolidge Corner Theatre has chosen internationally acclaimed director Jonathan Demme as the recipient of the 2010 Coolidge Award. Demme will arrive in Brookline to accept the honor and to participate in related public programs on March 1 – 2. The Coolidge will also present selected screenings from Demme’s filmography throughout February and March. On March 1, 2pm the Coolidge will hold a special benefit screening of Demme's documentary THE AGRONOMIST, which will be a fundraiser Haiti earthquake relief efforts. That same night, March 1 at 8pm, the Coolidge will feature the New England premiere of NEIL YOUNG TRUNK SHOW, with introduction and Q&A with Jonathan Demme. Tuesday, March 2 at noon will feature a MELVIN AND HOWARD screening and panel discussion with Demme and key cast and crew members. Then the big event takes place Tuesday night at 6:30pm with the Coolidge Award reception and ceremony. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit the Coolidge website.

At the Brattle Theatre, get ready to party in style at their 10th Anniversary Oscar Party! This annual staple is one of the best parties of the year (I would say second only to our very own celebration)! This year, to celebrate the 10th anniversary, their Special Pre-Party & Fundraiser will feature special guest, producer/director James Ivory! Support the Brattle Film Foundation and the Brattle Theatre by attending their exclusive party and silent auction fundraiser and meet director James Ivory. Then stay and watch the awards! The festivities kick off at 5:30pm on Sunday March 7. I'm part of the Oscar Party's Host Committee, so I do hope you will join me for a great time and an opportunity to support the Brattle as well. Your $75 ticket will admit you to the special pre-party for some delicious hors d'oeuvres, open bar, and attendance at the official Oscar broadcast, as well as an opportunity to participate in the Brattle's Silent Auction and win some really terrific prizes. More information can be found at the Brattle website.

See you at the Movies!

Playing this week, February 19 - 25, 2010.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Special Engagement! The 15th Annual Bugs Bunny Film Festival
Looney Tunes Revue (Fri. - Sun.)
The Films Of Jacques Tati
Mr. Hulot's Holiday (Fri. - Sun.)
Jour De Fete (Mon.)
Soigne Ton Gauche (Mon.)
L'Ecole des Facteurs (Mon.)
Mon Oncle (Tue.)
Cours de Soir (Tue.)
Traffic (Wed.)
Parade (Thu.)
Special Live Music Event! World Music/CRASHarts Presents!
Taken by Trees and El Perro del Mar (Sun.)
Harvard Bookstore Presents!
John Banville (Tue.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Shutter Island
2010 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts
2010 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts
The Last Station
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsburg and the Pentagon Papers
Midnight Madness!
The Independent Film Festival of Boston Presents Bitch Slap (Fri.)
Black Dynamite (Fri.)
The Room (Sat.)
Goethe-Institut German Film Series
Whole Rain w/ director in person! (Sun.)
2010 Coolidge Award Winner Jonathan Demme Repertory Screening
Silence of the Lambs w/Dr. Thomas G. Gutheil (Tue.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

The Young Victoria

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Broken Embraces

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Three Films by Amie Siegel
Empathy & The Sleepers w/ director Amie Siegel in person! (Fri.)
DDR/DDR w/ director Amie Siegel in person! (Sat.)
Night Visionary, Philippe Grandrieux's Adventures in Perception
New Life & Return to Sarajevo (Sun.)
The Black Films of Aldo Tambellini
Black Is, Black Trip, Black Plus X, Black Trip 2, Blackout, Black TV & Moonblack (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
The Young Victoria
A Single Man
An Education
The Hurt Locker

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Red Riding: 1974 (Fri. - Mon., Wed. & Thu.)
Red Riding: 1980 (Sat., Tue. - Thu.)
Red Riding: 1983 (Sun., Wed., & Thu.)
North Face
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
District 13: Ultimatum
The Last Station
The White Ribbon
Crazy Heart
A Single Man
An Education

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
History of Film: From Silent Movies to Social Networking
Modern Times (Fri.)
The Making of Western Myth
Rio Grande (Fri.)
Fort Apache (Wed.)
The Searchers (Thu.)
Vital Signals
open Television (Sat.)
Body Acts (Sat.)
Festival of Films on Art
Solo (Wed.)
Boris Ryzhy (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Broken Embraces

The Stuart Street Playhouse, Boston
A Single Man

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
The Last Station
Crazy Heart
The White Ribbon
A Single Man
An Education

Coming Soon

BU Cinematheque

Gerry Peary's BU Cinematheque is back for the 2010 winter/spring semester. Check out some of the terrific guests Gerry will be bringing for FREE to BU! The BU Cinematheque: 7 pm at the BU Communications Building, 640 Comm. Ave, Boston. Remember it’s FREE.

Wednesday, February 24, Com 101-AN EVENING WITH JIMMY TINGLE. The nationally renowned satirist and stand-up comedian (60 Minutes II, MSNBC, Conan O’Brien, etc.) previews his new documentary, Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream, combining hilarious comedy and political chats with a variety of Americans, including Robert Altman, Lewis Black, Howard Zinn, Janeane Garafola, and Tingle’s Somerville mom. The filmmaker,Vincent Sraggas, is a BU Comm. graduate.

Boston Jewish Film Festival

Purchase tickets now for March 2 Special Screening PROTEKTOR!

PROTEKTOR is a stylish thriller, well-acted. The Boston Jewish Film Festival is pleased to present this film from the Czech Republic, currently without U.S. distribution -- in other words, see it now. The year is 1938; the country, Czechoslovakia. Hana has her first big success in film – and the German Occupation, or Protectorate, begins. As a Jew, Hana’s dreams for a successful career are smashed. Her non-Jewish husband Emil, a radio reporter, collaborates with the Nazis more and more. Running late to work, he grabs a stray bicycle on the street, one that looks a lot like that used by the would-be assassin of the Reich Deputy Protector Reinhard Heydrich. Winner, Krzysztof Kieslowski Award, Best Feature Film, Denver International Film Festival and Czech Republic entry for Best Foreign-Language Film at Academy Awards.

What: Protektor, directed by Marek Najbrt (2009, Czech Republic/Germany, 98 min., Czech with English subtitles)

Date and time: Tuesday, March 2, 7PM (snow date: Thursday, March 4, 7PM)

Location: West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington Street/Route 16, Newton

Tickets: $15 general admission; $12 discounted for students, seniors 65+, and members of The Boston Jewish FIlm Festival and WGBH. Purchase tickets online with a credit card by clicking here or purchase at the West Newton Cinema box office, daily from 1PM to 8PM.

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President