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The CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM (CSIF) is pleased to announce its sponsorship of PATRIK, AGE 1.5, at the PROVINCETOWN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (PIFF), to be held June 17 - 21. The film will have two screenings, 7pm on Thursday 6/18 and 4:30pm on Sunday 6/21. Check for more details. Celebrating its eleventh year, PIFF remains dedicated to “showcasing independent American and international films, nurturing aspiring independent filmmakers, honoring industry luminaries, and preserving and Patrik Age 1.5sustaining cinema as an art form through educational forums”, this year with over 50 films plus special events, panels and parties. This year, to honor its longtime appreciation of the festival, Chlotrudis has also signed on as a Community Sponsor for the Provincetown Film Festival.

PATRIK AGE 1.5, adapted from a stage play, follows the story of a Swedish gay couple in the midst of adoption proceedings, preparing for the arrival of the 18 month old they have long been waiting for. When a defiant and homophobic 15-year old juvenile delinquent shows up at their door instead, everyone’s life is turned upside down as each member of the unexpected family struggles to find his way. Thanks to a well-cast ensemble, a light directorial touch and a script that resists any anvil messages, PATRIK AGE 1.5 winds up becoming quite more than the sum of its formula family comedy parts.

Here's the trailer for the film:


The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film is pleased to join with the INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL OF BOSTON (IFFBoston) once again to co-present two films as part of the festival’s 7th year. PONTYPOOL, the latest from director Bruce McDonald, will play at midnight, as part of the IFF Boston’s After Dark program, Friday April 24th, while legendary Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest, STILL WALKING, will screen on Saturday April 25th .

PontypoolPONTYPOOL is legendary Canadian cult director Bruce McDonald’s latest offering. Once big-time DJ Grant Mazzy, now stuck in the hinterlands on a local station, is bored and restless during another morning drive shift. Bickering with his producer and admin, the day seems like every other, until calls start coming in from all over town about a strange sickness coming over people. The three scramble to try to figure out what is going on, and get the word out – but will this help or hurt the situation? PONTYPOOL is a throwback to those classic films which keep the horror off screen while building up a palpable sense of dread – McDonald knows that the monsters we imagine can be scarier than the ones we see. PONTYPOOL will have its East Coast premiere at the historic Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square, Cambridge, at midnight Friday April 24th.

Still WalkingOver the course of a single day, STILL WALKING follows the Yokoyama family on the anniversary of its oldest son’s death. In homage to both the style and narrative topics of the acclaimed Japanese film master, Yasujiro Ozu, director Hirokazu Kore-eda presents a timeless yet thoroughly contemporary picture of the Japanese family unit. The constant themes of clan and tradition are juxtaposed against the inevitable change and development of each family member, and the tension between these two unfold among father, mother, son and daughter throughout this one anniversary day. STILL WALKING will have its New England premiere at the festival’s main theatre, Somerville Theatre 5, in Davis Square, at 1:30pm on Saturday April 25th.

Celebrating its 7th year, the IFFBoston has become the premiere film festival in Boston, bringing dozens of independent films and filmmakers together each spring to showcase the best and brightest to an ever-growing, appreciative Boston audience. Check the IFFBoston website at for more information on these and all other film and film events that will be part of this year’s festival.

THE BLUECAT SCREENWRITING WORKSHOPS comes to Boston! -- The First Ten Pages Workshop with Gordy Hoffman

BlueCat Screenplay LogoGordy Hoffman, founder and judge of the BlueCat Screenwriting Competition and former USC Screenwriting Instructor, is coming to Grub Street in Boston on Sunday, April 26th, to lead a small workshop on the first ten pages of the screenplay.

This workshop will consist of ten writers each submitting the first ten pages of a screenplay to each member in advance of the workshop day. This screenplay can be incomplete, a first draft, or a rewrite. Workshop participants will go over each work individually, discussing the specific, unique and common challenges each writer faces. This discussion will include the technical aspects of description and dialogue, the depth and reality of the characters, and how the first ten pages reflect where the entire story begins.

Participants will read each writer's pages in the workshop, allowing the screenwriter to hear their screenplay aloud. Each writer will be asked to read the material in advance of the workshop to maximize the constructive input each participant receives.

The intimate, focused interaction with fellow writers in the workshop will provide all with a greater understanding of the work that lies ahead on their screenplay, and more importantly, a detailed sense of how they might develop as writers themselves.

Register here:

The First Ten Pages Workshop (limit 10 writers) Sunday, April 26th 9:00am - 6:00pm

Grub Street
160 Boylston Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02116

Fee $115

Gordy HoffmanBio of Gordy Hoffman

Winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival for LOVE LIZA, Gordy Hoffman made his feature directorial debut with his script, A COAT OF SNOW, which world premiered at the 2005 Locarno Intl Film Festival. A COAT OF SNOW made its North American Premiere at the Arclight in Hollywood, going on to screen at the Milan Film Festival and the historic George Eastman House. The movie would go on to win the 2006 Domani Vision Award at VisionFest, held at the Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. Gordy is the founder and judge of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, and has conducted workshops all over North America and London. He recently taught screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and is now set to direct a movie in 2009 in Europe.


The Edge of HeavenDespite leading all films in nominations, Guy Maddin’s MY WINNIPEG could only score half a Trudy, sharing the Best Director win with HAPPY GO LUCKY’s Mike Leigh. Winning Best Movie instead was THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (pictured left). Written and directed by the Turkish-German director Fatih Akin, the film captures the experiences of being between two cultures while exploring the generational, cultural, and political differences among six people in modern-day Turkey and Germany.

HAPPY GO LUCKY was one of three films to come away with 2 awards, its second going to Best Supporting Actor Eddie Marsan. Sweden’s LET THE RIGHT ONE IN and I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG from France were the other double winners, with the former taking Best Cinematography and Best Adapted Screenplay, while the latter swept the female acting awards, bestowing Best Actress upon Kristin Scott Thomas and Best Supporting Actress on Elsa Zylberstein.

The prestigious Buried Treasure award was won by the Mobile Mardi Gras documentary, THE ORDER OF MYTHS. In order to be eligible, Buried Treasure nominees had to have earned less than $250,000 in US box office. Chlotrudis created the category in order to shine a spotlight on those films the society feels deserve wider attention and a second look.

In another category of strong nominees, Jessica Yu’s MAN ON WIRE emerged as first among contenders, winning Best Documentary. Another surprise of the night was Richard Jenkins’ win for THE VISITOR, beating out both Mickey and Sean. Canada’s sly MONKEY WARFARE pedaled away with Best Ensemble; and Best Original Screenplay went to the searing Romanian drama, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS.

The winners from the 9th Annual Chlotrudis Short Film Festival were also officially announced during the show. The Audience Award went to GAINING GROUND, directed by Germany’s Marc Brummund, while WELL FOUNDED CONCERNS by Boston’s Tim Cawley, took away the Best Film win. Mr. Cawley was in attendance and able to accept his Trudy in person.

Presenters and guests included many members of the Boston film community, among them legendary local arts reporter Sara Edwards, Wesley Morris, Boston Globe film critic and Peter Keough, film editor for The Boston Phoenix. In addition, representatives from the Independent Film Festival of Boston, the Boston Jewish Film Festival, the Boston Latino International Film Festival, Women in Film/Video New England, the Boston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and the Roxbury Film Festival participated in the night’s festivities.

This year’s musical numbers extolled the virtue of the night’s Buried Treasure nominees by way of Abba, inspired by the decidedly-ineligible-for-a-Trudy film, MAMMA MIA. Many guest presenters had fun with their moments in the spotlight, joking with each other or contributing their own skits. Sara Edwards, inspired by the musical theme, presented her own on-the-spot version of ‘Money Money’, to the delight of the audience. (See the opening number at

But the highlight of the night was the heartfelt and surprised acceptance of the Chlotrudis Cat’s Meow by Artistic Director Sara Rubin, on behalf of the honoree, the Boston Jewish Film Festival. The Cat’s Meow is awarded to a particular person, event or organization in the Boston film community that has provided support or has been a great friend to Chlotrudis and to film. The Boston Jewish Film Festival, recognized by Chlotrudis as "not just a great Boston film event, it's a great champion and friend to all Boston things film related”, celebrated its 20th year last November.

The Edge of Heaven

Mike Leigh – Happy Go Lucky
Guy Maddin – My Winnipeg

Richard Jenkins – The Visitor

Kristin Scott Thomas – I’ve Loved You So Long

Eddie Marsan– Happy Go Lucky

Elsa Zylberstein – I’ve Loved You So Long

Monkey Warfare

Let the Right One In

Let the Right One In

4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days

Man On Wire

The Order of Myths

Paprika Steen Unable to Attend Ceremony

We are sorry to report that Paprika Steen is unable to make the trip to Boston this weekend due to an infection that has put her into 48-hour bed rest. Paprika has telephone expressing her great disappointment that she is unable to attend and promises to come back another time when she is healthy. We will hold her to that. We wish her all the best and good health.


Paprika SteenFor fifteen years, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film has highlighted its commitment to independent and foreign film in style by holding its own black-tie CHLOTRUDIS AWARDS ceremony in early spring. The 15th edition will be held Sunday, March 22nd at Harvard Square’s Brattle Theatre, and the public is invited to join Chlotrudis members, nominees and special guests in the celebration. A highlight of this year’s ceremony will be the opportunity for the Chlotrudis Society to honor the work of Danish actress Paprika Steen with its Body of Work award.

Ms. Steen, who will be in attendance, is perhaps one of the most recognizable faces of DOGME 95, the provocative and galvanizing film movement begun by Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg. A primary focus of the philosophy was to free up the actors from any cinematic restrictions, in order to capture character development in as naturalist a fashion as possible. Ms. Steen was featured in both directors’ inaugural contributions, THE IDIOTS and CELEBRATION, respectively, eventually appearing in a half-dozen films in the genre.

She has since gone on to work with every key player in the resurgent Danish cinema, and gained further acclaim for her roles in OPEN HEARTS (including a Chlotrudis nomination for Best Supporting Actress), DANCER IN THE DARK, and ADAM’S APPLES. In 2004, Ms. Steen made her directorial debut with AFTERMATH, and followed with her sophomore film WITH YOUR PERMISSION in 2007. US audiences have seen her most recently as a memorably evil teacher in the comic horror film THE SUBSTITUTE, directed by Ole Bornedal (NIGHTWATCH). In addition, Ms. Steen has many television credits, primarily as an actor, but also as a writer.

The Chlotrudis Awards ceremony begins at 5 pm, and tickets are $20 ($15 for members) available at the Brattle Theatre's website. More information on this year’s list of Chlotrudis Award nominees can be found on our Current Nominations page. A private party will be held at Noir after the ceremony for Chlotrudis members and their guests. To join Chlotrudis, attend the Noir After-Party, and vote for this year's Chlotrudis Awards winners, visit our Become a Member page. Now go out an rent THE SUBSTITUTE


My WinnipegNominations for the 15th annual Chlotrudis Awards were finalized by the film group’s nominating committee this past weekend. Among the top nominations is a film that, for the first time ever, was deemed eligible for both the narrative and documentary categories, Guy Maddin’s MY WINNIPEG. A fantastically nostalgic look back at his hometown, this ‘docu-fantasia’ as Maddin has called it, mixes stock historical footage with surreal imagery and the director’s unique style to conjure up a new kind of documentary cum visual memoir. It led all films with 6 nominations.

Following closely with five apiece are HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, the latest from legendary UK director Mike Leigh, and the atmospheric Swedish thriller, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN. All three received Best Movie nominations, as did last year’s Palm d’Or, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS from Romania’s Cristian Mungiu, and Fatih Akin’s THE EDGE OF HEAVEN about Turkish immigrants in Germany. This year the Chlotrudis membership was wide-ranging in its selections, generously distributing nods – only 6 of the 27 nominee films received 3 or more nominations.

Over the years, nestled among the Chlotrudis nominations, surprises and interesting juxtapositions have been discovered, and this year is no different. For example, the nominees for Best Actor include both of the heavy hitters from this award season, Sean Penn (MILK) and Mickey Rourke (THE WRESTLER), as well as dark horse favorite Richard Jenkins (THE VISITOR). Who could have anticipated that they would go up against either Mad Eye Moody or the Muscles from Brussels in this category? Only the cinemaniacs of Chlotrudis, who selected Brendan Gleeson (IN BRUGES) and Jean Claude Van Damme (JCVD) to round out the Best Actor category.

In the Society’s most competitive and prestigious category, the Buried Treasure, the final nominees were the Russian/Chechen war story ALEKSANDRA; CHOP SHOP, which follows a boy struggling for his American dream amid urban poverty; the French musical LOVE SONGS (CHANSONS D’AMOUR), THE ORDER OF MYTHS, a chronicle of the oldest Mardi Gras celebration in the US; the art documentary PATTI SMITH: DREAM OF LIFE, and a Belgian coming of age story, WATER LILIES.

The Buried Treasure is the only category with eligibility requirements: nominated films must have earned less than $250,000 in the U.S., and members can submit no more than 3 entries for films they feel strongly were given distributional short shrift and deserve a wider audience. A shortlist is then compiled, and further ballot votes are taken until the final list is set.

For over a decade, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film has highlighted its commitment to independent and foreign film in style by holding its own black-tie CHLOTRUDIS AWARDS ceremony in early spring. The 2009 edition will be held Sunday March 22nd at the historic Brattle Theatre, and the public is invited to join Chlotrudis members, nominees and special guests in the celebration.

In addition to the competitive categories, Chlotrudis also presents special awards that honor individuals or films for particular distinction. Past recipients Ellen Page (Breakthrough Award ‘05), Kerry Washington (Breakthrough Award ‘04), Don McKellar (Body of Work Award ‘07) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (first Hall of Fame inductee) are among those who have made the trek to Boston to be honored for their contributions to independent film. This year’s recipients are still being finalized at press time.

A complete list of the nominations for the 15th Annual Chlotrudis Awards follows:

4 Months, 3, Weeks, 2 Days
The Edge of Heaven
Happy Go Lucky
Let the Right One In
My Winnipeg

Cristian Mungiu – 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Day
Mike Leigh – Happy Go Lucky
Tomas Alfredson – Let the Right One In
Guy Maddin – My Winnipeg
Kelly Reichardt – Wendy and Lucy

Brendan Gleeson – In Bruges
Jean Claude Van Damme - JCVD
Sean Penn - Milk
Richard Jenkins – The Visitor
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

Anamaria Marinca – 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days
Sally Hawkins – Happy Go Lucky
Lina Leandersson – Let the Right One In
Kristin Scott Thomas – I’ve Loved You So Long
Michelle Williams– Wendy and Lucy

Eddie Marsan – Happy Go Lucky
Michael Shannon – Revolutionary Road
Tom Noonan – Synecdoche, New York
Julian Richings – The Tracey Fragments
Ricardo Dean - XXY

Ronit Elkabetz - The Band’s Visit
Elsa Zylberstein– I’ve Loved You So Long
Nadia Litz – Monkey Warfare
Ann Savage – My Winnipeg
Penelope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Hiam Abbass – The Visitor

The Band’s Visit
The Edge of Heaven
Monkey Warfare
Synedoche, New York

Encounters at the End of the World
The Fall
Let the Right One In
My Winnipeg
Slumdog Millionaire

Let the Right One In
OSS 177: Cairo, Nest of Spies
The Tracey Fragments

4 Months, 3, Weeks, 2 Days
Happy Go Lucky
In Bruges
I've Loved You So Long
My Winnipeg
The Visitor

Chris and Don: A Love Story
Encounters at the End of the World
Man on Wire
My Winnipeg

Chop Shop
Chansons d’amour (Love Songs)
The Order of Myths
Patti Smith: Dream of Life
Water Lilies


The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film will have a free public screening of the finalists for this year’s 9th Annual Chlotrudis Short Film Juried Festival competition on Tuesday February 17th at 6:00 pm in the Rabb Lecture Hall of the Boston Public Library. While the Best Film is decided upon by Chlotrudis membership, members of the public in attendance will be able to cast their vote for the Audience Award.

Winners of both awards will be announced in March during the Chlotrudis Awards ceremony. Past winners of the Chlotrudis Short Film Trudy Award have gone on to greater acclaim at such festivals as Sundance, the Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFFB), Tribeca, and South By Southwest (SXSW). Among last year’s group, 3 were accepted at the Palm Springs Film Festival’s prestigious ShortFest (DIVA, BRINGEBAER & THE TRUTH ABOUT FACES).

Entropy and MeThe eight finalists for the 2009 Trudy were selected from over 100 submissions from 15 countries. ENTROPY AND ME (left), by Car Nazzal , is a story of a chaotic, messy, cluttered room and the artist who lives inside of it. From Germany, GAINING GROUND (LAND GEWINNEN) by Marc Brummund depicts the struggle of an illegal immigrant and his family. LUCKY NUMBERS by UK’s Garrick Hamm is a story of hope and despair and lots of swearing, for a numbers nut. MIND THE GAP by Kristal Williams-Rowley follows 16-year old Sara Sullivan as she grapples with her father’s inadvertent involvement in a classmate’s suicide.

Parallel AdelePARALLEL ADELE (right) by Adele Pham is a documentary about the lives of half-Vietnamese people (hapa), including the two filmmakers, both named Adele. SPACE by Mike Wilson tells the story of a girl and a boy – separated by stars, they attempt to rekindle their old romance, VICTORIA by Charles Sommer is a documentary about a disheveled piano and the people who play her. Rounding out the list, WELL-FOUNDED CONCERNS by Timothy Cawley follows the story of Nathan Weller, an unapologetic germaphobe and hermit, until a worldwide plague changes everything.


The Wizard of OzFor 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.


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 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?

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The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film (CSIF) is pleased to be part of the 20th annual Boston Jewish Film Festival, as a Community Partner during the festival’s anniversary year. Chlotrudis will co-present two films: Two LadiesTWO LADIES (DANS LA VIE) on Thursday November 6th, and GOOD in its New England premiere, on Sunday November 9th.

Set in contemporary France, TWO LADIES introduces us to a young Arab nurse who begins working as a private duty nurse to an elderly Jewish woman, while dealing with anti-Israeli anger in her own home. In this compelling story, director Phillipe Faucon offers hope that both religious and generational conflicts can be overlooked when needed. TWO LADIES will screen at 8:30pm Thursday the 6that the Museum of Fine Arts.

GoodIn GOOD, an academic (Viggo Mortensen) whose novel attracts the attention of Nazi officials and is drawn further into Party circles despite the concerns of his coworkers and, in particular, his close Jewish friend (Jason Isaacs). Director Vicente Amorim explores the decisions of millions of “good,” ordinary Germans living in a society spirally out of moral control through this one man’s story. Jason Isaacs who plays Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films will be in attendance. GOOD will screen at 3 pm Sunday the 9that the Institute of Contemporary Art.

For the complete schedule of films and film events of the Boston Jewish Film Festival, check its website at Chlotrudis is proud for the opportunity once again to support the Boston Jewish Film Festival, a long-lived and important pillar of the Boston independent film community. BJFF is one of several local and regional film festivals or special film events Chlotrudis has partnered with and supported, for over a decade, as part of its mission to bring more independent films to the attention of independent-minded film audiences.


The CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM (CSIF), in conjunction with the BRATTLE FILM FOUNDATION, begins its latest semester of The Sunday Eye-Opener at 11am Sunday, September 28th at the historic art-house theatre in the heart of Cambridge’s Harvard Square.

As well as the latest independent releases coming to town, the Sunday Eye-Opener features cutting-edge films that are seeking distribution, classic re-releases, and the work of local filmmakers. Previous semesters’ highlights include HARD CANDY with Ellen Page, THE PROPOSITION, Andrew Bujalski’s MUTUAL APPRECIATION, documentaries TARNATION and JESUS CAMP, and an early Ingmar Bergman classic, SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT.

Brattle executive director Ivy Moylan and Chlotrudis president Michael Colford provide introductory notes and context, and afterwards lead the audience discussion. In past seasons screenings have included the filmmaker or a guest presenter from the local film community. Come early for the complimentary coffee and pastries, stay late for the often spirited post-film conversation. Weekly admission is $10, while the 8-week series price is $50 for the general public, $30 for members of the Brattle or Chlotrudis, or the incredible price of $20 for members of both groups. Join the Eye Opener email list at the Brattle’s webpage, /brattlefilm/contact.

The Brattle Film Foundation runs the Brattle Theatre, dubbed “Boston’s unofficial film school.” The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film is a Boston-based non-profit group devoted to honoring and supporting independent and foreign films and their audiences. For over a decade, the group has worked with film festivals, local art-houses and theatres, production companies, and others to bring creative, quality films to the attention of audiences and film-lovers. Check for announcements of upcoming events, and for regular weekly independent film listings.


The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film announces a call for entries, accepting international submissions for its Ninth Annual Short Film Festival competition which will be held in late fall 2008 in the metro Boston area. Submissions will be accepted through October 15, 2008, and deadlines and fees are as follows: $15 by September 1 (earlybird deadline); $25 by September 15 (advanced deadline); $30 by October 1 (deadline); and $45 by October 15 (eleventh hour deadline). Films under 20 minutes in length, live-action, animated, narrative and documentary are eligible. Previous year’s winners GIRLS ROOM and DARLING DARLING have gone on to much success at film festivals both nationally and worldwide since their Chlotrudis wins.

All films will be screened by the Chlotrudis Society Short Film Committee with the best selected for the festival and voted on by members and the audience, in two categories; Best Short and Audience Favorite. The winning director of Best Short will also receive a cash award, and the winning films will be officially announced and honored at the 15th Annual Chlotrudis Awards Ceremony to be held in March 2009. For the complete list of guidelines for submissions and eligibility requirements, please go to