Boston Society of Film Critics Honors Chlotrudis Society's 2004 Short Film Festival!

CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM�S (CSIF) 5th annual Short Film Festival has been honored with a special commendation from the Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC) as part of its 2004 Awards announcement.

The Chlotrudis Society�s short film festival was one of only five Boston organizations or events singled out by the BSFC for special merit. The 17-member group dedicated its 25th year of annual awards to the memory of founding member David Brudnoy, who recently passed away.

The 2004 CSIF Short Film Festival was held in early November at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline and at Cambridge's Brattle Theatre. This year�s festival winner, for both Best Film and Audience awards, was Justin Fielding�s DWAINE�S BIG GAME.

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, December 17 - 23

Hey there, Film Lovers!

Get flying for some more high-flying, color-coordinated, martial arts fun as the Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies enjoys Zhang Yimou's HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS! Join us for the 7:10 screening at the Kendall Square Theatre. Since the show is so early, we need to meet for dinner at 5:45 p.m. at the Cambridge Brewery (they just updated their menu) so let me know in advance if you'll be joining us and we'll save you a seat!

With the Tang Dynasty in decline and unrest raging throughout the land, China's corrupt government is locked in battle with the House of Flying Daggers, a rebel army. When two local captains, Leo (Andy Lau) and Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro) are ordered to capture the rebels' new leader, Jin pretends to "rescue" the beautiful, blind revolutionary Mei (Zhang Ziyi, HERO, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON) from prison, earning her trust so he can escort her to the secret headquarters of the House. The plan works, but to their surprise, Jin and Mei fall deeply in love. An epic martial arts romance from director Zhang Yimou (HERO). (Fully subtitled)

Director: Zhang Yimou

Cast: Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Ziyi, Song Dandan

As the holiday season approaches, the independent film world is taking an unusal turn and actually slowing down a bit. However there are several new films being released for you to chose from. THE SEA INSIDE features the considerable acting chops of Spanish past Chlotrudis nominee, Javier Bardem as real-life quadrapelegic Ramon Sampedro. The Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Boston Jewish Film Festival present a heartwarming documentary PAPER CLIPS about a Tennessee elementary school class learning about the Holocaust. Opening at the Coolidge next Wednesday is the much-anticipated film by Pedro Almodovar, BAD EDUCATION. We'll be seeing that next Monday if you want to wait.

I hope to catch BEING JULIA after reading Hilary's stellar review. I was even more excited to learn that it featured Sheila McCarthy (I'VE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING) in a supporting role. It looks like I'll have to head out to the West Newton Cinema, The Capitol Theatre in Arlington, or Hollywood Hits in Danvers, but I think I'll be able to manage that. Incidentally, if you haven't seen VERA DRAKE for Imelda Staunton's outstanding Best Actress-worthy performance, you still have a chance at the West Newton Cinema. And please take note that I've added the independent listings for the FEI Theatres in Arlington and Somerville, as well as the West Newton Cinema.

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, December 10 - 16.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
A Holiday Tradition!
It's a Wonderful Life
It's a Punk Rock Christmas
End of the Century: the Story of the Ramones (Fri. & Sat.)
Mondo Punko: Punk Rock Performance Footage (Fri. & Sat.)
Urgh! A Music War (Sun. & Mon.)
Special Return Engagement
The Leopard

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Bad Education (Wed. & Thu.)
Kinsey (Fri. - Tue.)
Sideways
Paper Clips
Midnites
Tarnation (Fri. & Sat.)
Bad Santa
Pantyhose Hero (Sat.)

FEI Theatres Capitol Theatres, Arlington
Being Julia
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
What the Bleep Do We Know

FEI Theatres Somerville Theatres, Somerville
Garden State (Fri. - Thu.)
What the Beep Do We Know (Sat. - Thu.)
Bombay Cinema Presents
Swades (Sat. - Thu.)
Veer-Zaara (Sat. & Sun.)

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Happpy Holidays!
No Screenings

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Kinsey
Being Julia
Sideways
Napoleon Dynamite

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
House of Flying Daggers
The Sea Inside
On the Waterfront
Sideways
Kinsey
The Motorcycle Diaries

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
House of Flying Daggers
Closer
Sideways
The Motorcycle Diaries

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston
Kinsey
I Heart Huckabees
The Motorcycle Diaries
Ray (Not eligible, but co-starring Kerry Washington!)

Harvard Square, Cambridge
Closer
Finding Neverland
I Heart Huckabees
A Very Long Engagement (Not Eligible)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
New England Film Artists Present
Anya In and Out of Focus (Sat. & Sun.)
Asian Cinevisions
The Hunter and the Hunted (Sat & Sun.)
Men Suddenly in Black (Wed.)
French Cinema
As If Nothing Happened (Sat., Sun., Wed., Thu.)
Friends of Film Sneak Preview
The Ritchie Boys (Sun.)
Cinema Tropical
To the Left of the Father

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Red Lights

West Newton Cinema, West Newton
Kinsey
Being Julia
Paper Clips
Vera Drake

UPCOMING EVENTS!

Boston Jewish Film Festival
Upcoming Films (full descriptions follow below):

Marian Marzynski's documentary about his daughter's life, ANYA IN AND OUT OF FOCUS, generated a great deal of interesting conversation when it premiered at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) this Sunday. There are two more screenings of the film, beginning this Saturday, and the filmmaker will be on hand to answer questions at both of them. (See show times at the MFA above.)

This Sunday, the BJFF is proud to copresent a sneak preview screening of a new documentary, THE RITCHIE BOYS, also at the MFA. (See showtimes at the MFA above.)

The moving and poignant documentary, PAPER CLIPS, showcased by BJFF in 2003, opens this Friday in Boston at the West Newton Cinema and the Coolidge Corner Theatre. (See Coolidge Corner schedule above.)
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Boston Public Library
Werner Herzog Film Series
Mondays at 6 p.m. in the Rabb Lecture Hall - FREE!
Fitzcarraldo (Dec. 20)
Cobra Verde (Dec. 27)

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, December 10 - 16

Hey there, Film Lovers!

This week's Monday Night Movie comes highly recommended by Ivy, who saw MOOLAADE in Toronto this year. We're lucky that it scored a general release in the States, as not many African films are so lucky, especially when they deal with such a controversial subject. MOOLAADE director Ousmane Sembene made the fascinating FAAT KINE, which I did get to see a couple of years ago. Head to the Kendall Square Theatre on Monday night for the 7:10 screening of MOOLAADE. Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend, but I hope to catch the film later in the week.

African cinema's founding father Ousmane Sembene (Ceddo, Xala) offers a rousing polemic against the still-common practice of female circumcision. In a small village, four girls facing ritual "purification" flee to the home of Coll�Fatoumata Coulibaly), who has managed to shield her own daughter from mutilation. Because Coll�nvokes the time-honored custom of moolaad�sanctuary) to protect the fugitives, a stand-off ensues, pitting her against village traditionalists and endangering the prospective marriage of her daughter to the tribal throne's heir-apparent. Winner of the Grand Prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. (Fully subtitled)

Director: Ousmane Sembene

Cast: Fatoumata Coulibaly, Maimouna H�ne Diarra, Salimata Traor�Dominique Ze�, Mah Compaor�Aminata Dao

It was the Sunday Eye Opener last week (when many of us were in New York City) but I certainly hope to catch RECONSTRUCTION this week when it begins it's week-long run at the Brattle Theatre. I've heard fascinating and positive things about Dutch director Christoffer Boe's startling debut, which won the Camera D'or (Best Debut Film) at Cannes. It's such an intriguing film that Ivy has offerred free passes to anyone who attended the Sunday Eye Opener last week to come and see it again! I'm going to try and catch RECONSTRUCTION on Saturday night, so watch your e-mail boxes for an announcement. Hopefully you'll be able to join me!

Speaking of the Sunday Eye Opener, join us on Sunday for the final installment of the Fall 2004 semester. I can't reveal the title of the Sunday Eye Opener, but it's not a new film. However, it is a great one, and very approrpriate given the time we've spent talking about foreign-language films lately. Drop me an e-mail and I'll let you know what it is. The Sunday Eye Opener will be back again next year, so spread the word. There isn't a better place to spend a Sunday morning and talk about movies!

I'm not a midnight kind of guy, but I must highly recommend (if you are) that you head to the Brattle Theatre this weekend for a rare theatrical screening of MOTHRA! People who know me, also know that Mothra is my favorite of the Godzilla pantheon of monsters. And no, she's not just a giant moth... she's an earth spirit, and don't you forget it!

Hey, I need your help! Two big, much-anticipated films are opening in Boston NEXT week. I'd like your help selecting which we'll see on Monday, December 20. Over at the Coolidge comes the much-anticipated film by Pedro Almodovar, BAD EDUCATION, starring Gael Garcia Bernal. At the Kendall, we have the gorgeous new film by Zhang Yimou, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, starring Zhang Zhiyi and Any Lau. Whichever films gets the most votes will be the Monday Night Movie on the 20th, the runner-up will take the December 27th Monday Night slot. Make your voice heard! Which film is the one we can't wait to see?

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, December 10 - 16.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Exclusive Area Premiere!
Reconstruction
Midnite Madness
Mothra (Fri. & Sat.)
Sunday Eye Opener
Reconstrction

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Kinsey
Sideways
Tarnation
Bright Leaves
Midnites!
Bad Santa (Fri. & Sat.)
Robotrix (Sat.)
Off the Couch Special Presentation (Tue.)
Con Man
Balagan (Thu.)
Baghdad in No Particular Order

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
An Evening with Stephen Prina (Fri.)
Setting Up the Document: Artists Working in the Ethnographic Mode
Calcutta Intersection, Blues, Corn, and No (Fri.)
SouthEast Passage (Fri.)
Dommi i Colore (Sat.)
Thirst, Intervista, lak tat, and Teatro Amazonas (Sat.)
Never My Soul (Sat.)
The Third Memory, Blanche/Neige, Lucie, and Moi un Noir (Sun.)
Am�ca Central and Too Early/Too Late (Sun.)
Contemporary Hollywood Cinema
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Mon.)
Two by Laetitia Masson
Love Me (Mon.)
Film Architecture
Wings of Desire (Tue.)
Ingmar Bergman: Early Works
A Lesson in Love (Tue.)
Monika (Wed.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
I Heart Huckabees
Being Julia
Sideways
Napoleon Dynamite

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Moolaad�a>
Testosterone
WMD: Weapons of Mass Destruction
Sex is Comedy
Sideways
Kinsey
The Motorcycle Diaries

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Closer
Sideways
The Motorcycle Diaries
What the #$*! Do We Know

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston
Kinsey
I Heart Huckabees
The Motorcycle Diaries
Ray (Not eligible, but co-starring Kerry Washington!)

Harvard Square, Cambridge
Closer
Finding Neverland
I Heart Huckabees

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Cinema Tropica
Herod's Law (Fri. - Sun.)
The 11th Annual Boston Festival of Films and Music from Iran
20 Fingers (Fri. & Sat.)
Afghan Alphabet and Return to Kandahar (Sat.)
Here, a Shining Light (Sun.)
New England Film Artists Present
Anya In and Out of Focus (Sun. & Wed.)
Asian Cinevisions
The Hunter and the Hunted (Wed. & Thu.)
French Cinema
As If Nothing Happened (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
We Don't Live Here Anymore

UPCOMING EVENTS!

Boston Jewish Film Festival
Upcoming Films (full descriptions follow below):

December 8, 6pm, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston RINGL AND PIT, with director Juan Mandelbaum in person

December 12 � December 19, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston ANYA IN AND OUT OF FOCUS, with director Marian Marzynski in person
All films are co-presented with the MFA Film Program.

Boston Public Library
Werner Herzog Film Series
Mondays at 6 p.m. in the Rabb Lecture Hall - FREE!
Aguirre, The Wrath of God (Dec. 13)
Fitzcarraldo (Dec. 20)
Cobra Verde (Dec. 27)

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

MacIvor's Powerful Cul-de-Sac

Chlotrudis members traveled to New York City last weekend on a special outing to see Canadian director/writer/actor Daniel MacIvor's one-man-show. Michael & Scot Colford, Beth Curran, Chris Kriofske, and New York resident Bruce Kingsley represented Chlotrudis at P.S. 122 to see MacIvor's "Cul-de-Sac." MacIvor masterfully transforms into the nine different residents of a suburban neighborhood who react to the death of one of their neighbors. It's 2:00 a.m., and through the rain drifts a sound. It is an undeniably human sound, and one that wraps itself around a disparate cast of characters, all beautifully captured by MacIvor.

Daniel MacIvor is an Obie-winning playwright whose work has been performed in Canada, the U.S., Europe, Israel and Australia. Also a filmmaker, Daniel�s projects include writing the award winning short film THE FAIRY WHO DIDN'T WANT TO BE A FAIRY ANYMORE, and writing and directing PARADE (with Brad Fraser), PERMISSION, UNTIL I HEAR FROM YOU, and SYDNEY THAT SUMMER. Daniel�s first feature film PAST PERFECT, received critical acclaim when it was played for Chlotrudis members at the Sunday Eye Opener. Daniel can also be seen in Thom Fitzgerald�s BEEFCAKE, Don McKellar�s CBC television series "Twitch City," and Jeremy Podeswa�s film THE FIVE SENSES, for which Daniel was nominated for a Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor. Daniel�s screenplay adaptation of his play MARION BRIDGE, which was brought to film by Wiebke von Carolsfeld, was nominated for a Chlotrudis Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film won the coveted Buried Treasure Award at the 10th Annual Chlotrudis Award Ceremony, where Daniel was honored with a "Career-So-Far" Award.

Daniel's next project is WILBY WONDERFUL, a deligtful and wonderfully written ensemble dramedy that will be released in the United States by Film Movement in March 2005. This crowd-pleasing and incredibly well-acted film stars a multitude of Canadian superstars including Paul Gross, Callum Keith Rennie, Sandra Oh, Rebecca Jenkins, and Daniel himself, as the residents of a small, eastern-Canadian-island town. DON'T miss this film if it plays in your city. It's simply delightful

After seeing "Cul-de-Sac," we were fortunate enough to join Mr. MacIvor for dinner at a neighborhood restaurant. (Pictured from left, Daniel, Scot, Michael, Beth, Bruce, & Chris). There, Daniel regaled us with amusing tales about some of the people he has worked with, harassed the cute waiter for having a distinct bias against vegetarians, and discussed the state of filmmaking in Canada. What a delightful, and sweet man. If you're fortunate enough to be in New York City for the next two weekends, do yourself a favor and head over to P.S. 122 to catch "Cul-de-Sac."

Chlotrudis Society Award Goes to Boston-Based Film!

The Chlotrudis Society's 5th annual Short Film Festival big winner was local film-maker Justin Fielding's short film DWAINE'S BIG GAME. Scoring a strike, the film was awarded both the Award for Best Film and the Audience Award, based on votes cast by audiences in attendance both nights of the festival.

DWAINE'S BIG GAME is a gregarious documentary about one man's quest for perfection. Director Fielding followed the journey of Dwaine Daye, a Boston firefighter who tries to meet a colleague's challenge to bowl a perfect game. Director Justin Fielding is also a co-founder of Castparty Productions, an independent video production team in Boston.

The 2004 CSIF Short Film Festival was held Nov 1 & 3 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline and at Cambridge's Brattle Theatre. Second place finishers were HIGHWAY AMAZON by Ronnie Cramer of Denver for the Award for Best Film, and ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A KING by Massimiliano Mauceri of Italy for the Audience Award.

See the winning film and film-maker, and join CSIF members as we formally present the Short Film Festival Awards during the 11th annual Chlotrudis Awards ceremony on Sunday, March 20th at the Brattle Theatre.

Congratulations to all the filmmakers who took part in the Festival. Every film was someone's favorite!

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, December 2 - 9

Hey there, Film Lovers!

The dearth of new indies being released continues, but there is one new release that I think will be a lot of fun. Hot on the heels of ANATOMY OF HELL (although actually filmed beforehand) comes Catherine Breillat's SEX IS COMEDY! This fascinating film is a narrative feature the details the difficulties of filming the seduction scene that makes up the central part of her previous film, FAT GIRL. Join in the fun (and as the title implies, sex IS comedy) at the Kendall Square Theatre on Monday, December 6, for the 7:20 p.m. screening of SEX IS COMEDY.

Controversial French director Catherine Breillat (FAT GIRL, ROMANCE) takes us into the world of Jeanne (Anne Parillaud, LA FEMME NIKITA), a film director struggling with a difficult sex scene between a young actress (Roxane Mesquida) and actor (Gr�ire Colin) who can't stand each other. Aided by her loyal assistant Leo (Ashley Wanninger), Jeanne is hell-bent on getting the scene right without compromise. Inspired by her own filmmaking experiences, Breillat explores the mysteries and humor of social manipulations, sex and power within the confines of a feature film set. (Fully subtitled)
Director: Catherine Breillat
Cast: Anne Parillaud, Gr�ire Colin, Roxane Mesquida, Ashley Wanninger, Dominique Colladant, Bart Binnema, Yves Osmu, Elisabete Piecho, Francis Seleck, Diane Scapa, Ana Lorena, Claire Monatte, Arnaldo Junior, Elisabete Silva, J�Fragata

The Sunday Eye Opener returns this week for its penultimate screening of the year. Join Chlotrudis and Brattle members at the Brattle Theatre, Sunday, December 5, 11:00 a.m. for a preview screening and discussion about RECONSTRUCTION.

"It is all film, it is all a construction. But even so, it hurts." Christoffer Boe's first feature, RECONSTRUCTION, features this quote in voiceover early in the film and it sets the tone for this artfully arranged, gorgeously shot, literate romance. Two strangers' eyes meet on a subway train and later the two reconnect in a Copenhagen bar. One is a young man, Alex, already in a relationship, the other is Aimee, a beautiful blonde who bears a striking resmblance to his current girlfriend (both women are played by the same actress). After Alex spends the night with Aimee he awakes to find that the world has changed during his tryst, and not just in perception. His apartment doesn't exist, his girlfriend doesn't seem to recognize him and, worse still, when he encounters Aimee again, her recollection of their meeting isn't too strong either. This stunningly composed film from Dogme co-conspirator Boe won the coveted Camera d'Or for best debut feature at Cannes in 2003. It explores the uses and conventions of fiction and poses some interesting questions: Has Alex been drawn into an alternate universe? Has Aimee's aging husband somehow turned his life upside down? Is he just an unusaully aware fictional character? Or, perhaps, are all of the above true? Just two more installments of this year's Sunday Eye Opener, so don't miss it! The Sunday Eye Opener series is a copresentation of the Brattle Film Foundation and the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film. Both organizations are 501c3 nonprofits.

Brookline-based Ross McAlwee's latest documentary, Bright Leaves opens this week at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Director of the acclaimed SHERMAN'S MARCH, his story is highly personal--an exploration of his family history that follows the trail of an old cinema melodrama--and at the same time it is a study of the legacy of family, the sordid history of tobacco, and the nature of a MAN who finds he must chronicle everything on film. We're proud to bring this film back for an extended run, but that also means we won't have the benefit of the glowing reviews previously published. So, tell your friends not to miss this documentary treat!

Make sure you read all the way to the end of this news piece to find out about some of the great events planned by Gerald Peary's BU Cinematheque and the Boston Jewish Film Festival. Also, if any of this month's Monday Night Movies don't appeal to you, head on down to the Boston Public Library who are running a FREE series of Werner Herzog films! With all our focus on foreign-language films lately, this might be a series that interests some of you. Each films begins at 6:00 p.m. and the first in the series, INVINCIBLE kicks off next Monday, December 6. Even during a slow movie week in Boston, there's plenty going on!

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, December 3 - 9.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Exclusive Area Premiere!
The Big Red One
Midnite Madness
Napoleon Dynamite (Fri. & Sat.)
Special Screenings!
Autism is a Word (Sun. & Mon.)
Sunday Eye Opener
Reconstrction

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Kinsey
Sideways
Tarnation
Bright Leaves
Midnites!
Ghost World (Fri. & Sat.)
Actress Apocalypse (Sat.)
Special Screning (Wed.)
Adventures in Illegal Art with Mark Hosler of Negativland (Mon.)

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Ingmar Bergman: Early Works
Frenzy (Fri.)
Prison (Fri.)
Port of Call (Sat.)
Thirst (Sat.)
Illicit Interlude (Sun.)
Monika (Sun.)
Secrets of a Women (Tue.)
Sawdust and Tinsel (Wed.)
Contemporary Hollywood Cinema
Gladiator (Mon.)
Two by Laetitia Masson
For Sale (Mon.)
Film Architecture
The Belly of an Architect (Tue. & Wed.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
I Heart Huckabees
Being Julia
Sideways
The Motorcycle Diaries
Napoleon Dynamite

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Sex is Comedy
WMD: Weapons of Mass Destruction Director present on Friday & Saturday!
Callas Forever
Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela
Sideways
Kinsey
The Motorcycle Diaries

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Closer
Sideways
The Motorcycle Diaries
What the #$*! Do We Know

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston
Kinsey
I Heart Huckabees
The Motorcycle Diaries
Garden State

Harvard Square, Cambridge
Closer
Finding Neverland
I Heart Huckabees
Ray (Not eligible, but co-starring Kerry Washington!)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The 11th Annual Boston Festival of Films and Music from Iran
Afghan Alphabet and Return to Kandahar (Fri.)
In Love with the Scarecrow (Fri.)
Here, a Shining Light (Sat.)
Canary (Sun.)
World AIDS Day
Living with Slim (Sat.)
New England Film Artists Present
Inside Out (Sat.)
Killing Silence (Sat.)
Israeli Cinema
Bonjour, Monsieur Shlomi (Thu. & Sun.)
Co-presented by The Boston Jewish Film Festival and the Goethe-Institut, Boston
Ringl and Pit (Wed.)
Cinema Tropica
Herod's Law (Wed.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Sideways

UPCOMING EVENTS!

Boston Jewish Film Festival
Upcoming Films (full descriptions follow below):

December 2, 2:30 pm and December 5, 10:30 am at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Two screenings remain of BONJOUR MONSIEUR SHLOMI, the new Israeli coming of age feature that was a hit at this year�s Boston Jewish Film Festival.�
December 8, 6pm, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston RINGL AND PIT, with director Juan Mandelbaum in person.

December 12 � December 19, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston ANYA IN AND OUT OF FOCUS, with director Marian Marzynski in person. All films are co-presented with the MFA Film Program.

Boston Public Library
Werner Herzog Film Series
Mondays at 6 p.m. in the Rabb Lecture Hall - FREE!
Invincible Introduction by Herbert Golder, Assistant Director and an actor in the film. (Mon)
Aguirre, The Wrath of God (Dec. 13)
Fitzcarraldo (Dec. 20)
Cobra Verde (Dec. 27)

Gerald Peary's BU Cinematheque
BU College of Communications, 640 Comm.Ave.
A Tribute to Budd Schulberg
The BU Cinematheque ends its fall series with the thrilling news that the acclaimed American novelist and screenwriter, Budd Schulberg, will spend several days on the BU campus, meeting with students and faculty and speaking about his cinema.

Mr.Schulberg's appearance coincides with the 50th anniversary of ON THE WATERFRONT (1954), featuring his masterpiece screenplay for the Oscar-winning film starring Marlon Brando, and directed by Elia Kazan. Schulberg's memoir, Talking Pictures, tells of his growing up in Hollywood, as the son of studio executive, B.P. Schulberg. Active in the Writers Guild, Budd Schulberg became famous as a writer of fiction, authoring, among other books,
What Makes Sammy Run, the definitive Hollywood novel, and The Disenchanted, inspired by his friendship with F.Scott Fitzgerald. Humphrey Bogart�s final picture, THE HARDER THEY FALL, is based on Schulberg's boxing novel.

In two BU nights, we will show the superb 1950s films made from Budd Schulberg's finest screenplays. Mr. Schulberg will speak at the Thursday evening A Face in the Crowd screening.

Thursday, Dec.2- Room B-05, 7 pm
A FACE IN THE CROWD (1957)-dir. Elia Kazan. Schulberg�s dark satire about the Faustian rise of a down-and-out heel (an astonishing Andy Griffith) into a powerhouse TV star is a prescient tale of media run amuck in America. With Walter Matthau, Patricial Neal, Lee Remick. (Budd Schulberg, in person)

Friday, Dec.3-Room B-05, 7 pm.
WIND ACROSS THE EVERGLADES (1958)-dir. Nicholas Ray. A rare, rare screening of Schulberg's early ecology preachment, about a Florida game warden (folk singer, Burl Ives) who takes it on himself to rid the swamp of poachers. "A remarkable achievement, years ahead of its time"-Geoff Andrews, Time Out

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Independent Spirit Award Nominees Announced!

The nominees for the 20th Annual IFP Independent Spirit Awards were announced in Los Angeles today with only a few surprises in store. Nominees for Best Movie were BAADASSSSS!, KINSEY, MARIA FULL OF GRACE, PRIMER and SIDEWAYS. From a Chotrudis perspective, perhaps the biggest surprise here was Mario Van Peebles' BAADASSSSS! which wasn't too widely seen by Chlotrudis members, and Hilary gives it a mixed review on the reviews page. Van Peebles is also nominated for Best Director and Best Screenplay (with Dennis Haggerty).

PRIMER is something of a surprise and a dark horse. The film was wildly successful at Sundance last January, picking up the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize and the Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic) at the Festival�s Awards Ceremony. Chlotrudis members were all over the map with this frustrating film, with Hilary walking out after 20 minutes, and Scot awarding it the full 5 cats! In addition to Best Feature, PRIMER picks up nominations for Best Director (Shane Carruth), Best First Screenplay (Carruth), and Best Debut Performance (David Sullivan).

KINSEY, MARIA FULL OF GRACE and SIDEWAYS were obvious choices that are sure to show up in Chlotrudis nominations as well. While Bill Condon was the sole director of a Best Feature nominee not to be recognized, he did pick up a nod for Best Screenplay. KINSEY also grabbed nominations for Best Supporting Male (Peter Sarsgaard) and Best Male Lead (Liam Neeson.) Why Neeson got the attention while the far superior Linney was looked over for Best Actress was surprising. MARIA FULL OF GRACE is bound to get a lot of attention from the Chlotrudis crowd. In addition to its Best Feature nod it picks up four additional nominations including Best Director (Joshua Marston), Best First Screenplay (Marston), Best Supporting Female (Yenny Paola Vega) and Best Female Lead (Catalino Sandina Moreno). Not surprisingly, SIDEWAYS picked up an additional five nominations, including Best Director (Alexander Payne), Best Screenplay (Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor), Best Supporting Female (Virginia Madsen), Best Supporting Male (Thomas Haden Church), and Best Male Lead (Paul Giamatti).

Chlotrudis members are sure to be thrilled with Jonathan Caouette's TARNATION being included among the Best Documentary nominations. After his film played on a Sunday Eye-Opener, and Caouette himself came to Boston for a subsequent screening, several Chlotrudis members have been championing the film, myself included. Other noms for the Documentary category include: Ross McElwee's BRIGHT LEAVES, Shola Lynch's CHISHOLM '72: UNBOUGHT & UNBOUND, Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky's HIDING & SEEKING: FAITH AND TOLERANCE AFTER THE HOLOCAUST, and Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER. I would have a difficult time choosing between TARNATION and the superlative METALLICA.

Other nominations include MOTORCYCLE DIARIES (Best Director; Best Cinematography), BEFORE SUNSET (Best Screenplay), THE DOOR IN THE FLOOR (Best Screenplay; Best Male Lead), GARDEN STATE (Best First Feature; Best First Screenplay), and NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (Best First Feature; Best Supporting Male).

For a complete list of the Nominees click here.

What hath Mel Gibson Wrought?

It was bound to happen eventually. The pairing of out-there director Abel Ferrara (THE ADDICTION, THE BAD LIEUTENANT) and that egotistical, yet arguably talented Vincent Gallo (he of THE BROWN BUNNY and blow-jobs) is under way. And what's more fascinating, and perhaps of more interest to many Chlotrudis members, is the fact that our beloved Sarah Polley (pictured left with Chlotrudis President Michael Colford) looks to be involved.

Variety reports the film to be in production now in Rome with filming locations also in Jerusalem and New York. Gallo plays two roles in MARY, one as the director of a controversial film depicting the life of Christ. Care to guess what the second role might be? Sarah Polley will play the title character... bet we're not talking the Virgin Mother here, but rather Mary Magdalene, the prostitute who became a follower of Christ. Or perhaps she's only playing the actor who plays Mary in the film by Gallo's character.

Gallo certainly has his fans, but I don't count myself as one of them. His directorial debut, BUFFALO 66 did show a talented filmmaker at the helm, but his acting in Claire Denis' TROUBLE EVERY DAY was a bit goggle-eyed and over-the-top for me. I still haven't seen THE BROWN BUNNY, so I will reserve judgment on that particular film. Much as I hate to admit it, I can picture a strung-out, gaunt Polley on the screen next to the freakishly bizarre Gallo. Guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Of course before MARY, we could see Ms. Polley in quite a fascinating assortment of films. In the Canadian film SUGAR, completed this year, she plays "Pregnant Girl" in a teen romance... Bruce La Bruce style! Yes, SUGAR's screenplay is adapted from short stories written by the maker of gay porn films. Go, Sarah, go! Also in the works is the black comedy SIBLINGS, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September; Wim Wenders' next film, co-written by Sam Shepard, DON'T COME KNOCKIN'; Icelandic director Sturla Gunnarsson's BEOWULF & GRENDEL; Isabel Coixet's follow-up to MY LIFE WITH OUT ME called THE SECRET LIFE OF WORDS; and of course, Thom Fitzgerald's next project, 3 NEEDLES. Good to see that after the Hollywood success of DAWN OF THE DEAD that Sarah is still sticking with her indie roots. Not that I had any doubt.

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, November 26 - December 2

Happy Thanksgiving, Film Lovers!

I'm amazed at the lack of new indie releases out there this week, and I'm tempted to tell you all to stay home and rent foreign films that you haven't seen so you can finish off your Top 25 foreign films lists to contribute to the Chlotrudis Top 100 Foreign Films of All Time list. However, on Monday night, we will head out to the Coolidge Corner Theatre for the 7:00 p.m. screening of Bill Condon's KINSEY. I loved GODS AND MONSTERS, so I have a passing interest in KINSEY, plus I've heard Peter Sarsgaard is quite good in a supporting role, so why not? Plus, it's supposed to be controversial (although I'm sure it's nothing compared to ANATOMY OF HELL!)

Kinsey
dir. Bill Condon w/Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard, Timothy Hutton, John Lithgow, 2h5m

Director Bill Condon (GODS & MONSTERS) tells the remarkable true story of Alfred Kinsey (Liam Neeson), the scientist who created a media sensation with his 1948 book Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. The son of a sternly religious father, Kinsey fell in love and married his assistant Clara (Laura Linney of YOU CAN COUNT ON ME), and on their wedding night the couple became aware of their ignorance about sex. After realizing that most adults had the same problem, Kinsey decided to embark on a scientific study of human sexuality. He went about it the same way that he studied nature - by collecting data from the largest sample possible. Through interviews with thousands of people about the most intimate aspects of their sex lives, he discovered that what most people did in the bedroom was completely different from what was thought to be "normal". Kinsey had an amazing drive to uncover the truth, and his methods lead to indiscretions, incited scandal, and involved a lifetime of struggle. But in the end his findings lifted the weight of doubt and shame about sexual practices and irrevocably changed American culture.

There will be no Sunday Eye Opener this week, but do check back next week for the December 5 film. Speaking of the Sunday Eye Opener, don't miss your chance to see the phenomenal SCREAMING MEN at the Coolidge Corner this week. It may only last a week, and you won't want to miss this amazing and downright hysterical film. Or stop by the Brattle and catch their celebration of Peter Sellers. Scot and I recently watched one of Sellers' lesser known film, THE WORLD OF HENRY ORIENT and it was quite darling. Of course, TARNATION is still playing and that's sure to be in contention for the Chlotrudis Best Documentary Award. And if you're in the mood for something a bit "bigger," Chlotrudis members are raving about THE INCREDIBLES.

Make sure you read all the way to the end of this news piece to find out about some of the great events planned by Gerald Peary's BU Cinematheque and the Boston Jewish Film Festival. Even during a slow movie week in Boston, there's plenty going on!

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, November 26 - December 2.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Being Peter Sellers
The Pink Panther and A Shot in the Dark Double Feature! (Fri. & Sat.)
I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! & The World of Henry Orient Double Feature! (Sun.)
Murder By Death (Mon.)
The Party & What's New Pussycat Double Feature (Tue.)
Being There (Wed.)
After the Fox (Thu.)
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Free Screening! (Thu)
Midnite Madness
Shaun of the Dead (Fri. & Sat.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Kinsey
Sideways
Tarnation
Screaming Men
Midnites!
DiG! (Fri. & Sat.)
Once Upon a Time in China 4 (Sat.)
Facing History & Ourselves presents: (Wed.)
Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Contemporary Turkish Documentaries
Take Me and Use Me! � Portrait of an Actor: Necdet Mahfi Ayral and The Collector (Fri. & Sun.)
The Hittites (Fri. & Sat.)
The Songs of Nazim Hikmet (Sat. & Sun.)
Contemporary Hollywood Cinema
Titanic (Mon.)
Film Architectures
Aelita: Queen of Mars (Tue.)
Remembering Truffaut
Mississippi Mermaid (Wed.)
The Moving Image and Visual Representation
Russian Ark

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
I Heart Huckabees
Being Julia
Sideways

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Overnight
Callas Forever
Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela
Sideways
Kinsey
The Motorcycle Diaries

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Sideways
The Motorcycle Diaries
What the #$*! Do We Know

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston
Kinsey
I Heart Huckabees
The Motorcycle Diaries
Garden State

Harvard Square, Cambridge
I Heart Huckabees
Ray (Not eligible, but co-starring Kerry Washington!)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Art on Film
Antonio Gaudi (Fri. & Sun.)
Israeli Cinema
Bonjour, Monsieur Shlomi (Fri. - Sun. & Thu.)
The 11th Annual Boston Festival of Films and Music from Iran
Boutique (Fri.)
Joy of Madness (Fri.)
At Five in the Afternoon (Fri.)
Canary (Sat.)
Beautiful City (Sat.)
10 on Ten (Sat.)
Tiny Snowflakes and Stop it, I'm Out (Sun.)
The First Letter (Sun.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
A Letter to True

UPCOMING EVENTS!

Boston Jewish Film Festival
If you're staying in town this holiday weekend, or have out-of-town guests to entertain, don't miss your chance to see a 16th annual BJFF favorite, BONJOUR MONSIEUR SHLOMI:

BONJOUR MONSIEUR SHLOMI by Shemi Zarhin (Ha'Kohavim Shel Shlomi, Israel, 2003, 94 min.), copresented with and at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Fri, Nov 26, 2:30 pm
Sat, Nov 27, 12:10 pm
Sun, Nov 28, 4 pm
Thu, Dec 2, 2:30 pm
Sun, Dec 5, 10:30 am

Also coming in December:
Two documentaries by well-regarded local filmmakers:

RINGL AND PIT, Special Screening on December 8, 6pm, at the Museum of Fine Arts, dedicated to the memory of Ellen Auerbach (Pit), who died last summer at the age of 98.

ANYA IN AND OUT OF FOCUS at the Museum of Fine Arts This charming film documents a daughter's life, and extended adolescence, and screens as follows:
Sun, Dec 12, 11 am
Wed, Dec 15, 5:30 pm
Sat, Dec 18, 10:30 am
Sun, Dec 19, 3:40 pm

Gerald Peary's BU Cinematheque
BU College of Communications, 640 Comm.Ave.
A Tribute to Budd Schulberg
The BU Cinematheque ends its fall series with the thrilling news that the acclaimed American novelist and screenwriter, Budd Schulberg, will spend several days on the BU campus, meeting with students and faculty and speaking about his cinema. Mr.Schulberg's appearance coincides with the 50th anniversary of ON THE WATERFRONT (1954), featuring his masterpiece screenplay for the Oscar-winning film starring Marlon Brando, and directed by Elia Kazan.

Schulberg's memoir, Talking Pictures, tells of his growing up in Hollywood, as the son of studio executive, B.P. Schulberg. Active in the Writers Guild, Budd Schulberg became famous as a writer of fiction, authoring, among other books, What Makes Sammy Run, the definitive Hollywood novel, and The Disenchanted, inspired by his friendship with F.Scott Fitzgerald. Humphrey Bogart�s final picture, THE HARDER THEY FALL, is based on Schulberg's boxing novel.

In three BU nights, we will show the superb 1950s films made from Budd Schulberg's finest screenplays. Mr. Schulberg will speak at the Thursday evening A Face in the Crowd screening.

Wednesday, Dec. 1 - Room 217, 7 pm
ON THE WATERFRONT (1954) - dir. Elia Kazan. Time has not blunted the marvelous performances elicited by Kazan. It's the best Method ensemble in the history of cinema: Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb battling it out on the Hoboken docks. "Charlie, I could have been a contender" is a typical immortal line penned by Schulberg.

Thursday, Dec. 2 - Room B-05, 7 pm
A FACE IN THE CROWD (1957) - dir. Elia Kazan. Schulberg�s dark satire about the Faustian rise of a down-and-out heel (an astonishing Andy Griffith) into a powerhouse TV star is a prescient tale of media run amuck in America. With Walter Matthau, Patricial Neal, Lee Remick. (Budd Schulberg, in person)

Friday, Dec. 3 - Room B-05, 7 pm.
WIND ACROSS THE EVERGLADES (1958) - dir. Nicholas Ray. A rare, rare screening of Schulberg's early ecology preachment, about a Florida game warden (folk singer, Burl Ives) who takes it on himself to rid the swamp of poachers. "A remarkable achievement, years ahead of its time"-Geoff Andrews, Time Out

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Keeping Up with the Moyers-Schnacks

Many Chlotrudis members remember A.J. Schnack and Shirley Moyers fondly. The director and producer of the 2003 Chlotrudis Best Documentary Award-winning GIGANTIC: A TALE OF TWO JOHNS met several Chlotrudis-folks at various film festivals while on the road with his debut film. When it went on to win Best Documentary, he couldn't be at the ceremony, but delightedly sent a videotaped acceptance speech that he pulled together with only 24 hours notice. A.J. and Shirley are two of the nicest filmmakers to hang with at a festival. It's a pleasure to keep tabs on their career.

It's been a couple of years since GIGANTIC wrapped, and Chlotrudis members were curious as to what the young director and his producer/wife Shilrey Moyers might be up to. Chlotrudis recently heard from Schnack, who brought us up to speed on their activities. "We are hoping to start a new feature project by the end of the year - and [I] am about to start editing a movie I shot this past year about the Radical Teen Cheerleaders, local high school students who do cheer routines at progressive cause rallies." Sounds pretty groovy to me! We can't wait to see what this dynamic duo comes up with next.

Best of luck to you both, A.J. & Shirley! We'll be watching for your upcoming projects!