Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, October 2 - 8

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

Hope you can make to the Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies next week when Gil & Amanda will host a gathering at the 7:20pm screening of Agnès Varda's BEACHES OF AGNÈS at the Kendall Square Cinema. From CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 to THE GLEANERS & I, Varda is one of the premiere filmmakers of the French New Wave.

The magnificent new film from Agnès Varda (CLEO FROM 5 TO 7, VAGABOND, THE GLEANERES AND I) is a kind of cinematic autobiography—an innovative and whimsical journey through an extraordinary artistic life. Weaving together footage of her vast body of work, old photographs and present-day sequences with intimate anecdotal voice-overs, Varda looks back on her childhood, her work as a photographer and installation artist, her marriage to late filmmaker Jacques Demy, and the birth of the French New Wave. Varda is an avid collector of people and places, sensual experiences and intellectual preoccupations, personal commitments and political principles. She is a mother and wife, a feminist, nature-lover and urban-dwelling artist. Above all, she is a woman in love with cinema whose new movie perfectly expresses her sentiment, "While I live, I remember." Featuring Jean-Luc Godard, Catherine Deneuve, Chris Marker (who only appears in his cat persona), Alain Resnais, Harrison Ford, Jane Birkin, Michel Piccoli, Gérard Depardieu and Jim Morrison. (Partially subtitled)
Director: Agnès Varda
Cast: Agnès Varda, Jean-Luc Godard, Catherine Deneuve, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais, Harrison Ford, Jane Birkin, Michel Piccoli, Gérard Depardieu, Jim Morrison

Check out the trailer:

The Sunday Eye-Opener, a co-presentation of Chlotrudis and the Brattle Film Foundation is back in swing and we're thrilled about this week's movie, which comes courtesy of Roadside Attractions' Eric d'Arbeloff. GOOD HAIR is an exposé of comic proportions that only Chris Rock could pull off, GOOD HAIR visits beauty salons and hairstyling battles, scientific laboratories and Indian temples to explore the way hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships, and self-esteem of the black community. Director Jeff Stilson follows Chris Rock on this raucous adventure prompted by Rock's daughter approaching him and asking, "Daddy, how come I don't have good hair?" Haircare professionals, beautyshop and barbershop patrons, as well as celebrities including Ice-T, Nia Long, Paul Mooney, Raven Symoné, Dr. Maya Angelou, Salt n Pepa, Eve and Reverend Al Sharpton all candidly offer their stories and observations to Rock while he struggles with the task of figuring out how to respond to his daughter's question. The Sunday Eye-Opner is one of the most popular of the local Chlotrudis programs, runs during the Spring, Fall, and Winter and features either a special sneak preview or an undistributed independent film, followed by a moderated audience discussion. To insure that you know what films will ne playing you'll need to join the Sunday Eye Opener email list to find out what's playing. Visit the Sunday Eye Opener page to learn more about the program, join the email list, or purchase a subscription. Complimentary coffee, tea, and pastries included. Admission is $10 or you can purchase an 8-week subscription: $50 general public; $30 for Brattle or Chlotrudis members; $20 for members of both organizations. This week's Sunday Eye Opener starts at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 4.

Speaking of the Brattle, don't miss the 6th Annual ART HOUSE, held on the set of The Donkey Show at Oberon, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge, on Sunday, October 4, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. ART HOUSE is a silent art auction to benefit the non-profit Brattle Film Foundation. For the sixth consecutive year, over sixty artists from the Boston area and beyond, from familiar names to up-and-coming, have put their art where their hearts are for our silent art auction fundraiser! There's something for seasoned art aficionados and novices alike at this affordable art auction, with starting bids from just $35 to $300! Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for Brattle or WGBH members.

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

Alternately heart-warming and heart-wrenching, McPhee’s An American Opera—
The Greatest Pet Rescue Ever! shows first-hand the gripping Hurricane Katrina saga of how thousands of volunteers struggled to save many thousands of family pets, cats and dogs, which had been left behind as their owners fled in panic. Strong , emotional stuff—and An American Opera justifiably has won “Best Documentary” prizes at multiple film festivals.

The esteemed Israeli filmmaker. brought to BU by the Consulate General of Israel to New England, will screen Melting Siberia, a feature documentary about his Russian-born mother, Marina, and her painful journey from Israel to the ex-Soviet Union in search of her lost father. Marina was still in the womb when her dad, once a heralded Red Army officer, disappeared, seemingly forever, in the Siberian steppes.

A double-feature night begins with filmmaker, Franco Sacchi, introducing his droll, eye-popping documentary, This is Nollywood, heralding the Nigerian film industry, where 2,000 low-low-budget genre movies are pumped out each year. Sacchi was there on the set in Nigeria for some crazy genre shooting! Second: a bold showing of the legendarily terrible, goblins-in-Utah, horror feature, Troll 2 (1990), in preparation for next week’s visit of Michael Paul Stephenson, Troll 2 child star.

BU welcomes back a former College of Communication film graduate student,
who, as Director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive, is charged with UCLA’s seminal, world-acclaimed film restoration program. At BU, Horak will show
Billy Woodberry’s classic 1984 feature, Bless Their Little Hearts, written by Charles Burnett. This story of a black family’s daily struggles in Los Angeles is a prime example of UCLA’s committed restoration of the works of key African-American independent filmmakers, the so-called “LA Rebellion,” many of whom met while attending UCLA.

Who could have imagined that the execrable 1990 horror flick, Troll 2, would
not disappear but become an obsessive cult movie shown around the world, celebrated for being abominably bad? Stephenson, the once-child star, tracks down the original cast—some genial, some goony, some certifiably crazy—for his good-natured autobiographical documentary, Best Worst Movie, a super hit at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival. And let’s not forget Troll 2’s ill-natured Italian director, Claudio Fragasso, who, alone in the world , believes he made a little masterpiece.
A Boston premiere.

See you at the Movies!

Playing this week, September 25 - October 1, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Films of Mystery & Madness: Edgar Allan Poe on Screen!
The Masque of the Red Death (Fri. & Sat.)
The Raven (Sun.)
The Black Cat (Sun.)
Murders in the Rue Morgue (Mon.)
The Tell-Tale Heart (1941) (Mon.)
Avant-Garde Poe Shorts (Tue.)
The Avenging Conscience (Wed.)
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe (Wed.)
The House of Usher & The Tell-Tale Heart (1953) (Thu.)
The Tomb of Lights (Thu.)
Special Event! Free Premiere Screening!
Brats: Our Journey Home (Sat.)
Sunday Eye Opener
Film to be announced!
Special Fundraising Event!
The 6th Annual Art House @ Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge (Sun.)
Harvard Bookstore Presents
Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn (Mon.)
Frank Warren (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Coco Before Chanel
The Baader-Meinhof Complex
Food, Inc. (Thu.)
Midnight Madness!
The Dark Horrors of John Carpenter w/ Halloween (Fri.)
Feast of Flesh IX featuring The Return of the Living Dead (Sat.)
Europe's Grand Operas!
Die Walkure (Sun.)
National Theatre Live
All's Well That Ends Well (Mon.)
Special Event!
EDGE: Prespectives on Drug-Free Culture (Mon.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

(500) Days of Summer
In the Loop
The Hurt Locker
Bombay Cinema Presents
What's Your Rashee? (Fri. - Sun.)

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
It Might Get Loud
The Hurt Locker

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Debonair: The Films of Stanley Donen
Singin' In the Rain (Fri.)
On the Town (Fri.)
Funny Face (Sat.)
Arabesque (Sat.)
Charade (Sun.)
A Visit from Phil Solomon
Nocturne, The Secret Garden, Remains to be Seen, Psalm II: Walking Distance & Rehearsals for Retirement Director in Person! (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
The Invention of Lying
The Burning Plain
The September Issue
The Hurt Locker

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
The Beaches of Agnès
No Impact Man
Capitlism: A Love Story
Coco Before Chanel
The Boys Are Back
Bright Star

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Capitalism: A Love Story
The Invention of Lying
The September Issue

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Whip It!
The September Issue
I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Classic Japanese Cinema
Ugetsu (Fri.)
Throne of Blood (Fri., Sat., & Thu.)
Films of Sam Peckinpah
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Fri.)
The Wild Bunch (Sat.)
Act of God (Thu.)
Wende flicks
The Architects (Thu.)
Herzsprung (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Inglorious Basterds (ineligible)

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Coco Before Chanel
Bright Star
Still Walking
In the Loop
Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg
My One and Only

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President