Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, November 19 - 25

Hello Film Lovers!

Monday night's movie won the Audience Award at the Brattle's Fantastic Film Festival a several weeks ago. It's gotten rave reviews by the few Chlotrudis members who have seen it, and it stars that sexy Tony Leung of HERO and IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE fame. Join us on Monday, November 22, 7:15 p.m. at the Brattle Theatre for INFERNAL AFFAIRS. There won't be time for dinner before the movie, so grab a bite on the way. Check out the synopsis below:

Infernal Affairs
dir Andrew Lau & Alan Mak w/Andy Lau, Tony Leung, Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang [100 mins]

After some lean years when many of the most talented directors defected to Hollywood, Hong Kong is experiencing a film renaissance. A new wave of great films is coming from Hong Kong and INFERNAL AFFAIRS is leading the pack. A huge hit at home, this thrilling, complex tale of cops-and-robbers has already spawned a sequel and a prequel and been tapped for a remake by Martin Scorsese (set in Boston no less). It even won the Audience Award at our recent Boston Fantastic Film Festival! The film begins with the police desperately trying to crack down on one particular Triad boss who always seems to slip through their fingers at the last minute. The answer is simple of course, he has an informant in the police force. But, little does the Triad boss know, the police have also planted a mole in his ranks. A terrific cat-and-mouse showdown ensues when the police and the gangsters discover almost simultaneously that they are both being double-crossed. With the formidable Tony Leung and Andy Lau as the undercover cop and gangster respectively, INFERNAL AFFAIRS packs about as many breathless twists and turns as one can take in a 100-minute movie.

We're back on a documentary groove, and we love it! This week's Sunday Eye-Opener goes to Scandinavia for a documentary that's sure to be a scream. You might remember the fun and revealing documentary from 2001 COOL AND CRAZY about The Berlevag Male Choir, the world-traveling Finnish choir. Now comes SCREAMING MEN which takes a look at Finland's other men's choir - and this one is cooler AND crazier! Meet the screaming men of the Finnish Screaming Male Choir. They travel from Finland to places around the world dressed in black suits, white shirts, and rubber ties, performing its repertoire by shouting and screaming. Shouting marches, children's songs, and national anthems - sometimes to the chagrin of the homelands - their articulation mixes with howling to the same strong reaction everywhere: an audience that is left exalted, as well as shocked, amused, and bewildered. Led by the charismatic and very driven conductor Petri Sirvi�he choir started as an idea at a bar table, and over 15 years evolved to the front line of modern European performing arts. Like the choir itself, this delightful documentary walks the thin line between the dead serious and the absurd. "To talk is silver, to shout is golden."

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, November 19 - 25.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Infernal Affairs
Casablanca (Fri. - Sun.)
Midnite Madness
Shaun of the Dead (Fri. & Sat.)
Sunday Eye-Opener
Screaming Men

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Kinsey
Sideways
Tarnation
Lightning in a Bottle (Sat. & Sun.)
Midnites!
The Ramones: End of the Century (Fri. & Sat.)
Future Animators of the Future (Fri.)
Kung Fu: Return of the Demon (Sat.)
Special Screening (Mon.)
Bright Leaves Director Ross McAlwee in Person!

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Humanist Masterpieces: The Films of Satyajit Ray
The Big City (Fri.)
Charulata aka The Lonely Wife (Fri. & Sat.)
Days and Nights in the Forest (Sat. & Sun.)
The Chess Players (Sun.)
The Stranger (Tue.)
Contemporary Hollywood Cinema
Beauty and the Beast (Mon.)
Cin� Fran�s
Demonlover (Mon.)
Film Architectures
Madame Satan (Tue.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
I Heart Huckabees
Being Julia
Birth
Sideways
Vera Drake
The Motorcycle Diaries

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela
Sideways
Being Julia
Kinsey
The Motorcycle Diaries

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

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston
Kinsey
I Heart Huckabees
Being Julia
The Motorcycle Diaries
Garden State
Napoleon Dynamite

Harvard Square, Cambridge
The Machinist
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
The Tear of the Cold (Fri. & Sat.)
Beautiful City (Fri.)
Boutique (Sat.)
Tiny Snowflakes and Stop It, I'm Out (Sun.)
Art on Film
Antonio Gaudi (Sat.)
Special Screenings Actress Julie Delphy in Person!
Before Sunrise (Wed.)
Before Sunset (Wed.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
I Heart Huckabees

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, November 12 - 18

Hello Film Lovers!

Haven't heard anything about ENDURING LOVE, a UK production starring Daniel Craig, Samantha Morton and Rhy Ifans. Directed by Roger Michell, who already brought us the thought-provoking film THE MOTHER earlier this year, ENDURING LOVE is an adaptation of Ian McEwan's popular novel and is billed as a thriller, but I suspect perhaps that it's more than that. Join us Monday night at the Kendall Square Theatre for the 7:30 show. Dinner plans to follow over the weekend. Read the synopsis below:

dir. Roger Michell w/ Daniel Craig, Rhuys Ifans, Samatha Morton 91 min.
A picnic in the English countryside suddenly becomes a crisis as a hot air balloon plunges from the sky. When it's discovered a young boy is in danger, Joe (Daniel Craig) and three other men race to the rescue�but one of them meets his death. Joe is haunted with guilt for his part in the matter, while another rescuer, intense and obsessive Jed (Rhys Ifans), fixates on Joe and sets out to systematically destabilize Joe's life, career and relationship with his girlfriend (Samantha Morton). A new thriller from director Roger Michell (CHANGING LANES, THE MOTHER), based on Ian McEwan's best-selling novel.

Scot and I are also planning to catch up with TARNATION, a film many of you saw at the Sunday Eye Opener a few weeks ago. Well, if you haven't seen it, or want to see it again, we'll be heading out to the Coolidge Corner Theatre on Sunday evening, where director Jonathan Caouette himself will be in attendance for the 5:15 (and 7:45) screening. We'll be catching the 5:15 show, and possibly doing something afterwards. Read the Chlotrudis review if you want to know more about the film, and if anyone wants to join us, let me know!

Even as the 16th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival completes is successful run (there are still a week's worth of films to catch, so don't miss them!) Boston, and more particularly the Museum of Fine Arts, hosts The 11th Annual Boston Festival of Films and Music from Iran. Among the films being featured: Abbas Kiarostami's 10 ON TEN, a documentary follow-up to his Buried Treasure nominee Ten. The festival's opening night film, MAMA'S GUEST by Dariush Mehrjui, is an ensemble comedy... not a common genre emerging from Iran. Another highlight comes from Samira Makhmalbaf (BLACKBOARDS), one of few women directing in Iran. Her new film is called AT FIVE IN THE AFTERNOON (pictured left.) Check the Museum of Fine Arts schedule below.

On Sunday, the Eye Opener returns at the Brattle Theatre, 11:00 a.m. Caitlin should be happy, we're back in the realm of the documentary, and this one comes from Sundance. Ron saw this and told he he was pretty intrigued. The feature debut of Mark Brian Smith and Tony Montana, OVERNIGHT had its world premiere at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, where its alternately horrifying and hilarious take on one man's extraordinary misadventures in the screen trade had particular resonance for both industry insiders and aspirants. And, what makes this incredible tale even more scary and funny is that every single bit of it actually happened! OVERNIGHT begins as the classic Cinderella story when Boston-bred bartender and budding filmmaker Troy Duffy sells his screenplay, THE BOONDOCK SAINTS to Harvey Weinstein of Miramax Films. A bidding war gets Duffy much more than a hefty check; it also gets him the right to direct the film plus a deal for his band to produce and perform its soundtrack. Then, in a gesture straight out of a fairy tale, Weinstein offers to buy Duffy the very bar in which he works, turning the young man and his yet-to-be-made movie into overnight sensations. What happens next makes for a fascinating documentary. Don't miss OVERNIGHT.

While we're talking Brattle, let me tell you about a very special fundraiser event happening on Thursday, November 18: RETURN TO CASABLANCA. Celebrating a bygone era of single screen cinemas, Hollywood glamour and the magic of movies, the Brattle is hosting RETURN TO CASABLANCA, a seat-sale and fundraiser for the Brattle Film Foundation which operates and programs Harvard Square�s beloved movie house, the Brattle Theatre. Fabulous food and decor, a signature �Casablanca cocktail,� decadent desserts and party-goers dressed in their swell suits and Bacall-best will all be there to honor legendary screenwriters of CASABLANCA, Julius & Philip Epstein. Leslie Epstein, author and professor, son of Philip, nephew of Julius and father of Theo (what a family!), will accept the Epstein �chair� at the Brattle on behalf of the Epstein family. Support the Brattle and enjoy a really spiffy party! Tickets are $100 each, but it's for such a good cause. R.S.V.P. to Michael or the Brattle if you're interested in attending.

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, November 12 - 18.

Boston Jewish Film Festival
Full schedule announced! Tickets on sale now!
Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi Museum of Fine Arts - MFA (Thu.)
Finding El�ar MFA (Thu.)
All I've Got & Turkey MFA (Thu.)
Recuerdos Cooldige Corner Theatre - CCT (Thu.)
Resist MFA (Thu.)
Behind Enemy Lines CCT (Thu.)
The Rashevski's Tango West Newton Cinema (Thu.)
Watermarks Hollywood Hits (Thu.) & MFA (Sun.)
No. 17 MFA (Thu.) & West Newton Cinema (Sun.)
Channels of Rage CCT (Thu.)
Le Grand R�/i> MFA (Sat.)
The First Letter MFA (Sat.)
The Danish Solution: The Rescue of the Jews in Denmark MFA (Sun.)
Lullaby MFA (Sun.)
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust MFA (Sun.)
Closing Night Film
The Lost Embrace MFA (Sun.)

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Cries & Whispers: the Cinema of Ingmar Bergman
Virgin Spring (Fri. & Sat.)
The Seventh Seal (Fri. & Sat.)
The Magic Flute (Sun. & Mon.)
Smiles of a Summer Night (Tue. & Wed.)
Wild Strawberries (Tue. & Wed.)
Equinox Music Festival presents...
Bebop at the Brattle (Sat.)
Midnite Madness
Ju-On: the Grudge (Fri. & Sat.)
Return to Casablanca! (Thu.)
A Fundraising Celebration at the Brattle Theatre

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Sideways
Tarnation director in Person on Sat.!
Lightning in a Bottle
Boston Jewish Film Festival
See listings above
Midnites!
TurboNegro: the Movie (Fri.)
Donnie Darko: the Director's Cut (Sat.)
Paper Marriage (Sat.)

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Humanist Masterpieces: The Films of Satyajit Ray
The Music Room (Fri.)
Aparajito (Fri. & Sat.)
Pather Panchali (Sat.)
The World of Apu (Sat. & Sun.)
Devi (Wed.)
Adventures in Surrealism
Rose Hobart & Dreams That Money Can Buy (Sun.)
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Tue.)
Contemporary Hollywood Cinema
Boyz 'N the Hood (Mon.)
Cin� Fran�s
The 400 Blows (Mon.)
The Moving Image and Visual Representation
Playtime (Tue. & Wed.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Being Julia
Birth
Sideways
Vera Drake
The Motorcycle Diaries

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Untold Scandal
Enduring Love
Sideways
Dr. Strangelove: or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Being Julia
Tarnation
The Motorcycle Diaries

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

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston
Being Julia
Birth
Enduring Love
Fade to Black
P.S.
Spin
The Motorcycle Diaries
Garden State
Napoleon Dynamite

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

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Sundance Channel Screening
Rick (Fri.)
The 11th Annual Boston Festival of Films and Music from Iran
Mama's Guest (Fri.)
10 on Ten (Sat.)
Joy of Madness (Sat.)
At Five in the Afternoon (Sat.)
16th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival
See Schedule Above
Art on Film
Antonio Gaudi (Thu.)
New England Artists Present
Killing Silence (Thu.)
Environmental Films from the Asian Diaspora
Alexei and the Spring

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Warrior of Heaven and Earth

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, November 5 - 11

Hello Film Lovers!

It opened last week, but I haven't seen a word about it from Chlotrudis members, despite the director's pedigree, the
intriguing cast, and the rave reviews from critics. It's SIDEWAYS, and it opens at the Coolidge Corner Theatre this week. Join us on Monday, November 8, when the Coolidge Corner Theatre celebrates Chlotrudis night with discounted admission. The screening starts at 7:30 p.m. I'm excited about it because it co-stars a favorite actress of mine, Sanda Oh (who happens to be married to director Alexander Payne of ELECTION fame. Read the synopsis below:

Sideways
dir. Alexander Payne w/ Paul Giamatti, Thomas Hayden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh, 120 min.

Alexander Payne, director of ELECTION and ABOUT SCHMIDT, returns with another sharply wry and witty gem of a film. Miles (Paul Giamatti of AMERICAN SPLENDOR) is a depressed failed novelist and amateur wine enthusiast. His soon-to-be married friend Jack (Thomas Haden Church), is a washed-up actor who still envisions himself a ladies man. During one last bonding experience, a road trip the week before Jack�s wedding, Miles is determined to educate his friend on the region�s beloved Pinot Noirs. But Jack is mainly interested in living his last week of bachelorhood to the hilt. Their voyage encompasses many adventures, including a birthday visit with Miles' mother, some unpleasant news about Miles' ex-wife, and wonderfully played-out romances for the two men in the form of smart and seductive wine bar employees Stephanie (Sandra Oh) and Maya (Virginia Madsen).

After a terrific kick-off at both the Museum of Fine Arts and the Coolidge Corner Theatre, the Boston Jewish Film Festival kicks into high gear. All week films will be playing at those two venues in addition to the West Newton Cinema and Hollywood Hits. There are several more films I'd like to catch, particularly PAPER SNOW and Chantal Akerman's TOMORROW WE MOVE (pictured right). Unfortunately, both films play at the same time so I can't see both.

Lots of films playing or opening that Chlotrudis members have yet to review. This week, Dylan Kidd (ROGER DODGER) offers up his latest film, P.S. Other new films that have opened recently that I'd love to get reviews of are SAW, BIRTH and BEING JULIA. If you catch any of these films, send a review to cancdis@yahoogroups.com and let us know what you think?

By the way, thanks to everyone who came to the 5th Annual Chlotrudis Short Film Festival! We had a couple of good nights, and our first ever benefit silent auction where we raised over $1100! My goal was $1000, so it's great to see that we surpassed that. Special thanks to The Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Brattle Theatre, who hosted the festival; Beth Curran, who ran the Silent Auction, Allison DaSilva, always instrumental in getting those hotels to help us out; Georgette Gagne and Emily Neill, Chlotrudis members who donated a handmade quilt and closet consultation services respectively; and all the generous businesses who donated items to the auction. These include The Coolidge Corner Theatre, The Brattle Film Foundation, The Independent Film Festival of Boston, The Provincetown Film Festival, The Boston Jewish Film Fsetival, Landmark Theatres in Kendall Square, The Huntington Theatre, Talking Street, Exhale Spa, The Boston Ballet, Go Boston, Johnny D's, Jimmy Tingle's Off-Broadway Theatre, Redbone's Restaurant, Saco's Bowl Haven, The Charles Hotel, and The Harding House.

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, November 5 - 11.

Boston Jewish Film Festival
Full schedule announced! Tickets on sale now!
Le Grand Role Coolidge Corner Theatre - CCT (Sat.)
Nina's Tragedies CCT (Sat.)
Amos Vogel & Cinema 16 CCT (Sun.)
The Birthday Party CCT (Sun. & Tue.)
Moving Heaven and Earth CCT (Sun.)
Bar Mitzvah Boy CCT (Sun. & Wed.)
Paper Show CCT (Sun. & Tue.)
Shiva for My Mother: Seven Days of Mourning MFA (Sun.)
Mixed Blessings MFA (Sun.)
Bonjour, Monsieur Shlomi MFA (Sun. & Thu.)
Tomorrow We Move MFA (Sun.)
Don't Call it Heimweh CCT (Mon.)
A Jewish Wedding CCT (Mon.)
Shiva for my Mother: Seven Days of Mourning, Moving Heaven and Earth, My Sister, My Bride: The Gay Marriage Thing CCT (Mon.)
All I've Got MFA (Tue. & Thu.)
Red Diaper Baby MFA (Tue.)
BJFF Meets Balagan CCT (Tue.)
Another Road Home CCT (Tue. & Wed.)
Mixed Blessings CCT (Tue.)
Recuerdos CCT (Wed. & Thu.)
Joshua Nelson & His Jubilee Chorus CCT (Wed.)
Behind Enemy Lines CCT (Thu.)
Channel of Rage CCT (Thu.)
Finding El�ar MFA (Thu.)
Resist MFA (Thu.)
No. 17 MFA (Thu.)

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Cries & Whispers: the Cinema of Ingmar Bergman
Fanny & Alexander (Fri. - Sun.)
Cries & Whispers (Mon. & Tue.)
Autumn Sonata (Mon. & Tue.)
The Magician (Wed.)
Midnite Madness
Ju-On: the Grudge (Fri. & Sat.)
The Alliance for Community Media Presents
New England Regional Video Festival Awards 2004 (Sat.)
Harvard Bookstore Presents Richard Dawkins (Wed.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Sideways
The Motorcycle Diaries
Lightning in a Bottle
Boston Jewish Film Festival
See schedule above
Midnites!
Grand Opening! presents
HOT & BOTHERED: Our Favorite Sex Scenes (Fri.)
Donnie Darko: the Director's Cut (Sat.)
Mismatched Couples (Sat.) Kung fu meets Breakdancing!

Gerald Peary's BU Cinematheque Room B-05, 640 Comm. Ave.
Filmmakers discuss their films in an intimate setting... for FREE!
An Evening With Sara Driver (Fri.)
Driver will show When Pigs Fly, starring Spider Man 2�s villain, Alfred Molina, as a jazz musician haunted by female ghosts, including Marianne Faithful. Music by the Clash�s Joe Strummer, and lush cinematography by the great Robby Muller.

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Humanist Masterpieces: The Films of Satyajit Ray
Devi (Fri.)
The Postmaster (Fri. & Sat.)
Ray: Life And Work Of Satyajit Ray (Sat.)
Pather Panchali (Wed.)
Adventures in Surrealism
L'age d'or (Sun.)
Maya Deren Shorts (Tue.)
An Evening with Gina Kim
Invisible Light Director in Person! (Sun.)
Contemporary Hollywood Cinema
Batman (Mon.)
Cin� Fran�s
Irma Vep (Mon.)
The Moving Image and Visual Representation
Toute une Nuit (Tue. & Wed.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
P.S.
Birth
Stage Beauty
Vera Drake
The Motorcycle Diaries
Garden State
Napoleon Dynamite

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Enduring Love
Sideways
Dr. Strangeloev: or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Undertow
P.S.
Being Julia
Stage Beauty
Tarnation
The Motorcycle Diaries

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

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston
Undertow
Undertow
Being Julia
Enduring Love
Fade to Black
P.S.
Spin
Vera Drake
The Motorcycle Diaries
Vera Drake
Garden State
What the #$*! Do We Know
Napoleon Dynamite

Harvard Square, Cambridge
The Machinist
I Heart Huckabees
Vera Drake
Team America: World Police
Ray (Not eligible, but co-starring Kerry Washington!)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Art on Film
Antonio Gaudi (Sat.)
Boston Latino International Film Festival
Fausto 5.0 (Sat.)
Without a Trace (Sat.)
Los Angeles Now (Sat.)
New England Film Artists Present
Inside Out (Wed.)
Environmental Films from the Asian Diaspora
Daughter from Yan'an (Wed.)
16th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival
See Schedule Above

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
A Dirty Shame

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, October 29 - November 4

Hello Film Lovers!

It should come as no surprise that this year's Chlotrudis Monday Night Movie of the Week is the 5th Annual Chlotrudis Short Film Festival! Come to the Coolidge Corner Theatre for the 7 p.m. screening of 10 thought-provoking short films submitted from around the world (such as the Italian film, ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A KING, pictured left.) Monday night has a special appeal as beginning at 6 p.m. in the Coolidge's upstairs lobby, peruse an assortment of fantastic donations that make up the first Chlotrudis Benefit Silent Auction! | Read more »

Film Festival Passes, Hotel Packages, Spa Treatment Among Items at Silent Auction to Kick Off Film Lovers� Annual Short Film Fest

The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film (CSIF) will precede its 5th Annual Short Film Festival, showing at the Coolidge Corner Theatre Monday November 1st, with an inaugural Silent Auction fundraiser, to mark the start of the group�s second decade and its expanding mission.

Featured among the items to be auctioned are:

Thanks to last year�s enthusiastic audience response, CSIF�s Short Film Festival will be held this year in two locations, Monday November 1, 7:00 p.m. at the Coolidge, and Wednesday November 3, 7:30 p.m. at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square. Remember, the Silent Auction will only be held at the Coolidge Corner. Come bid starting at 6:00 p.m. Admission is $8, and audience members will be eligible to vote for Best Short and Audience Favorite, awards to be given out in March during the 11th Annual Chlotrudis Awards ceremony.

Noted critic Gerald Peary writes �the Chlotrudis people are serious and ambitious in their intent: to provide a grassroots alternate Academy Awards in which, unlike Hollywood's usual Oscar night, genuinely independent-spirited films, both American and foreign, are duly honored,� while acclaimed Canadian director/screenwriter/actor Don McKellar has a more typically sardonic assessment: �So, basically you�re a bunch of disgruntled film buffs.�

CSIF would like to thank all the businesses who donated their services including The Coolidge Corner Theatre, The Brattle Film Foundation, The Independent Film Festival of Boston, The Provincetown Film Festival, The Boston Jewish Film Fsetival, Landmark Theatres in Kendall Square, The Huntington Theatre, Closet Smarts, Talking Street, Exhale Spa, Georgette Gagne, The Charles Hotel, and The Harding House. Check back soon, more auction items being added!

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, October 22 - 28

Hello Film Lovers!

Many Chlotrudis members have already seen the film chosen for next week's Monday Night Movie of the Week, but it is so great, and is very likely going to be in the running for Best Documentary of the Year, I need to encourage still more people to see it. That film is DIG!, playing at the Kendall Square Theatre, 7:20 p.m. You don't have to be a fan of either of the bands in question to enjoy this finely made film. Do yourself a favor and catch it during it's one week run at the Kendall.

Shot over seven years, DIG! chronicles the rivalry of musicians Anton Newcombe, leader of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Courtney Taylor, head of The Dandy Warhols. From the moment they met, the two bands quickly bonded over a desire to not conform to the tastes of the recording industry. Yet their choices over how to express their creativity and originality in a profit-driven industry eventually put them at irreconcilable odds. Writer/director Ondi Timoner's film reveals both musicians' loves and obsessions, gigs and recordings, arrests and death threats, uppers and downers�as they unfold with the passage of time.

Directed by Ondi Timoner

I'm sending this message to you from the New York Library Association Conference in Rochester, NY (yes, I had dinner with Marilyn last night!) so it's going to be very brief, and the website won't be updated with images until I return on Saturday. However, do make plans to come to the Sunday Eye Opener this week, as the Brattle presents a sneak preview of Tsai Ming-Liang's GOOD BYE DRAGON INN. Many of you know how much I admire this filmmaker (whose last film was the sublime WHAT TIME IS IT THERE?) Don't miss it!

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, October 22 - 28.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Tribute to Elmer Bernstein
Sudden Fear (Fri.)
Sweet Smell of Success and Walk on the Wild Side (Sat.)
Films by Charles and Ray Eames (Sun.)
Far From Heaven (Sun.)
An American Werewolf in London (Mon.)
Cape Fear and Devil in a Blue Dress (Tue.)
Magnificent Seven
Midnite Madness
Animal House
Sunday Eye Opener
Good Bye Dragon Inn (Sun.)
Boston Irish Film Festival - Closing Night Presentation!
BIFF 2004 EXCELLENCE AWARD CEREMONY
Gabriel Byrne in Person, Hosted by Brian O'Donovan (Mon.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
I Heart Huckabees
The Motorcycle Diaries
Films to See Before You Vote
Hijacking Catastrophe(Fri. - Sun.)
Weapons of Mass Deception (Fri. - Sun.)
Brothers in Arms (Fri. - Sun.)
Orwell Rolls in His Grave (Fri. - Sun.)
Bush's Brain (Mon.)
Preventive Warriors (Tue.)
Let's Get Frank with Barney Frank in person! (Tue.)
Liberty Bound A Day's Work, a Day's Pay (Wed.)
Horns and Halos (Thu.)
Balagan Bushwhacked (Thu.)
Midnites!
Buffy Sing-Along Party with Queer Soup (Fri.)
Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (Fri.)
Punk Rock Holocaust (Sat.)
Kung Fu!
Mr. Vampire 4 (Sat.)
Duplex Planet 25th Anniversary Celebration
Legibly Speaking (Mon.)

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Boston Irish Film Festival
Rat and The Devil You Know (Fri.)
Unexpected Openings: North Ireland's Prisoners & Walled City Stories (Sat.)
May the Road Rise Up (Sat.)
Some Other Place (Sat.)
Beyond the Pale (Sat.)
Dear Boy: The Story of Michael MacLiammoir and Return to Glennascaul (Sun.)
The Book that Wrote Itself (Sun.)
Nora
Contemporary Hollywood Cinema
Tootsie (Mon.)
Cin� Fran�s
The Rules of the Game (Mon.)
Film Architectures
La Notte (Tue.)
Selected Films of Roy Andersson
Giliap (Tue.)
The Moving Image and Visual Representation
L�Avventura (Wed.)
Adventures in Surrealism
L'etoile de mer (Wed.)
Ghosts Before Breakfast (Wed.)
Entr'acte (Wed.)
Un Chien Andalou (Wed.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
The Motorcycle Diaries
Garden State
Napoleon Dynamite
Cellular
Gloomy Sunday
Shaun of the Dead

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Dig!
Primer
Being Julia
Stage Beauty
Tarnation
The Motorcycle Diaries
A Dirty Shame
Garden State
Maria Full of Grace

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Primer
The Motorcycle Diaries
Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry
What the #$*! Do We Know
A Dirty Shame
Garden State
Before Sunset

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston
Celsius 41.11
Th�se: The Story of Saint Th�se of Lisieux
Vera Drake
Hero
Ghost in the Shell: Innocence
Garden State
Bright Young Things
What the #$*! Do We Know

Harvard Square, Cambridge
Vera Drake
Team America: World Police

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Boston Greek Film Festival
Oxygen (Fri.)
Kalabush (Fri.)
A Song is Not Enough (Sat.)
New England Film Artists Present
Smoke and Mirrors: a Geisha Story (Sat.)
Cambodian History
S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (Sat., Sun. & Thu.)
World's Best TV Ads
British Advertising Films of 2003 (Sat. & Thu.)
Art on Film
Russian Ark (Sun.)
Back by Popular Demand
Since Otar Left (Thu.)
Pre-Halloween Fright
Eerie Stories (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
What the #$*! Do We Know (ends Fri.)
The Motorcycle Diaries (starts Sat.)

Coming Soon!

Chlotrudis 5th Annual Short Film Festival!
at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, Nov. 1, 7 p.m. & The Brattle Theatre, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.

Gerald Peary's BU Cinematheque
Filmmakers discuss their films in an intimate setting... for FREE!
An Evening with Tsai Ming-Liang! Room B-05, 640 Comm. Ave.
Rebels of a Neon God Thursday, October 21, 7 p.m. Hear Tsai Ming-Liang in an intimate setting!

Boston Jewish Film Festival
Full schedule announced! Tickets on sale now!
November 3 - 14

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

16th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival is on the Way!

Get ready, because one of the best-organized film festivals of Boston is returning for its 16th year starting in November. The Boston Jewish Film Festival will be running at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Coolidge Corner Theatre, and several suburban theatres with a host of features, documentaries and short films to expand your horizons through the art of film. In addition to the wealth of film selected by Artistic Director Kaj Wilson, audiences will hear from filmmakers, actors, musicians and people profiled in in the films.

The BJFF kicks of with not one, but two opening nights! On November 3, the Museum of Fine Arts kicks things off with the Belgian comedy, THE RASHEVSKI'S TANGO (pictured right). The following night, the Coolidge Corner Theatre has its own opening night with WONDROUS OBLIVION, a beguiling British offering featuring Delroy Lindo. The festival closes at the Museum of Fine Arts on November 14 with a film by Daniel Burman, one of Argentina�s rising directorial stars, called LOST EMBRACE. One of the several films I hope to catch comes from Israeli filmmakers Lina and Slava Chaplin. Their latest film PAPER SNOW (above left) is a portrait of the crazy, romantic, early days of Israel�s Habimah Theatre, with actors and actresses whose personal lives were as passionate as the roles they played.

There are many terrific documentaries playing at the festival as well. There will be special events as well. Be sure to visit the Festival's website to learn about the film schedule, special events, and the various venues hosting the festival. Chlotrudis Society for Indpendent Film is proud to support the Boston Jewish Film Festival, whose Executive Director Sara Rubin, has long been a supporter of ours. Congratulations on your 16th birthday, BJFF!

Chotrudis SWAP Party a Big Hit!

The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film held its fourth seasonal cocktail party this past Saturday and it was a big hit! Billed as a "Swap Party," members brought DVD's they wanted to swap to the party. The party was also a membership drive, so members were encouraged to bring guests. All guests got a DVD whether they brought one with them or not! What a prize! And we're not talking turkeys here either (well, not all of them... but then one man's turkey, is another man's award winner!) but some quality independent films. Some of the DVD's available for swapping were 28 DAYS LATER, THE SWEET HEREAFTER and THE DEEP END. To the left, see Entertainment Committee member, Diane Young, show off a potential swap: BUBBLE BOY, starring Chlotrudis favorite Jake Gyllenhaal.

Of course, the point of this party was to increase membership, and Chlotrudis members were encouraged to bring potential member-guests. Carolyn (far right) did a great job, bringing two potential guests (Mary Ann, left, and Brooke, center) who had a great time and went home with a couple of great DVD's. Another high point of the night was the "Guilty Pleasure" game. Each attendee was instructed to write down their "Guilty Pleasure" and put it in a hat. Then hostess extraordinnaire, Emily Neill, drew the names out of the hat and read the film's title. Everyone else made a guess as to whose guilty pleasure it was, and the person who guessed the most correct won a prize. Congratulations, Marlin, on guessing the most correct answers!

CSIF holds cocktail parties each season, so members can get to know each other better outside of the movie theatre. Hope you can make the next one!

Exercise Your Right to Vote... at the 5th Annual Chotrudis Short Film Festival!

The 5th Annual Chlotrudis Short Film Festival expands this year into an additional venue. On Monday, November 1, films will be screened at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA. On Wednesday, November 3, the festival expands across the river into the Brattle Theatre, Cambridge. Join members of the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film to screen the 10 nominees for the Best Short Film of 2004. Admission is $8.00 / $7.00 for Chlotrudis and Coolidge members. A varied program features drama (like the Australian film STRAY HEART pictured right), comedy, foreign-language, documentary (as in Ronnie Cramer's HIGHWAY AMAZON pictured below), and animated films. A sub-committee of the Chlotrudis Short Film Screening Committee viewed nearly 12 hours of short films in six different languages to present the 12 films � the best two hours and thirty-nine minutes.

After viewing the films, vote for your choice of Best Short Film! Two awards, a Chlotrudis Award and an Audience Award will be presented at the 11th Annual Chlotrudis Awards Ceremony next March at the Brattle Theatre.

In addition to an evening filled with outstanding short films, help the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film (CSIF) by participating in their first Silent Auction fundraiser. Bid on terrific gifts such as a two-night stay at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, a Chlotrudis-member�s hand-made quilt, a two-hour rental of the Coolidge Corner Theatre�s Screening Room, passes to the Boston Jewish Film Festival, the Independent Film Festival of Boston, and the Provincetown International Film Festival, Film Movement memberships, tickets to the Boston Ballet, and much more. CSIF thanks these organizations for their generous support. The Silent Auction will take place before the November 1st screening in the upstairs lobby at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

The Short Films nominated this year:

  • A church caretaker has a crisis of faith after his priest dies in Jason
    Di Rosso's Australian production STRAY HEART.
  • Ronnie Cramer's documentary HIGHWAY AMAZON follows a buff female wrestler with a unique line of work.
  • Shooby Taylor "The Human Horn" performs TICO TICO in Nisa Rauschenberg's animated short.
  • An Italian couple relives a divisive argument from opposing perspectives in Massimiliano Mauceri's ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A KING.
  • Justin Fielding's DWAINE'S BIG GAME is a funny, incisive documentary of a man's love of bowling.
  • In the experimental Russian documentary THE CRY, Kirill Davidoff looks at the sad after-effects of Chernobyl.
  • A young girl develops a crush on her sister's boyfriend in Anna Sikorski's A TROUBLESOME DESIRE.
  • In Kramer C. O'Neill's JANE DOE, a woman leads a quiet normal life - or so it seems.
  • A sadistic tennis instructor torments his young student in Justin Swibell's 70's era FAULT.
  • John Jameson's OUT AND ABOUT follows a young couple on a trip to the video store that opens new wounds.

For more information about the Official Selections, visit the Short Film Festival page.

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, October 15 - 21

Hello Film Lovers!

There is so much going on next week I hardly know where to start. Well, Monday is always a good place to start, because Monday is Chlotrudis Night at the Movies. So many things to chose from... I really wanted to see A TALE OF TWO SISTERS at the Brattle's Boston Fantastic Film Festival, but I had to go with PRIMER. It's only playing for a single week at the Kendall Square Theatre, and this much-talked about Sundance film is a time travel odyssey made for under $7,000! Join us Monday evening for the 7:50 p.m. show at the Kendall Square Theatre.

In writer/director Shane Carruth's exciting feature debut�a tour de force variation on the time travel theme�two young engineers (director Carruth and David Sullivan) who work by day for a large corporation conduct extracurricular experiments on their own time. While tweaking their current project, they accidentally discover it has some highly unexpected capabilities�ones that could enable them to do and to have seemingly anything they want. Taking advantage of this unique opportunity is the first challenge they face. Dealing with the consequences is the next. Grand Jury Prize Winner (Drama) at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
Director: Shane Carruth
Cast: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya, Carrie Crawford, Jay Butler, John Carruth, Juan Tapia, Ashley Warren, Samantha Thomson, Chip Carruth, Jack Pyland, Keith Bradshaw, Brandon Blagg, Jon Cook

Many of you have heard me rave about the films of Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-Liang. His Chlotrudis nominated WHAT TIME IS IT THERE? is one of my favorite modern films. Well Tsai Ming-Liang is all over Boston next week, and his new film, GOOD BYE DRAGON INN opens the following week at the Brattle Theatre. But this week, you have not one, but TWO chances to hear Tsai Ming-Liang in person! On Tuesday evening, the director will be at the Harvard Film Archive previewing his new film, GOOD BYE DRAGON INN, as well as his last short, THE SKYWALK IS GONE, which is a sequel of sorts to WHAT TIME IS IT THERE? Tickets are $12.00 for this event. However, you can also catch Tsai for FREE courtesy of Gerry Peary and his fabulous B.U. Cinematheque. On Thursday night, at 7 p.m., join Tsai and Gerry for a screening of an early film, REBELS OF A NEON GOD. The director will address the audience after the film. Where is this fabulous event, you ask? On the B.U. campus at Room B-05, 640 Comm. Ave., I answer. And please, if you go, say hello to Gerry and tell him Chlotrudis sent you (and send my apologies, I will be at a Library Conference in New York, darn it! Enjoy Tsai Ming-Liang week in Boston!

If you're looking for some interesting movies to catch over the weekend, stop by the Brattle Theatre and take part in the 2nd Annual Boston Fantastic Film Festival. Ned has tracked down some of the most exciting upcoming releases in the horror, fantasy and sci fi genres and they're playing this weekend at the Brattle Theatre. Don't miss this special event.

Of course, you also don't want to forget the Chlotrudis SWAP Party on Saturday evening, 4:00 - 7:00 at chez Emily Neil's, 8 Hamilton Rd. #2, Brookline, MA. Get ready to do some swapping... DVD swapping that is! Bring a guest and you could win a prize! Perhaps we'll even hit our 100th member goal at this party! You could bring the 100th member! Enjoy good friends, great conversation, and lots of wacky fun! And while you're mulling over what you might want to bring to swap, be thinking of your guilty pleasure film as well...

Finally, don't forget about the Sunday Eye Opener, 11:00 a.m. at the Brattle Theatre. Watch for a follow-up e-mail announcing the film real soon!

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, October 15 - 21.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
2nd Annual Fantastic Film Festival!
New England Premiere
Internal Affairs (Fri.)
Alive (Fri.)
U.S. Premiere
The Bottled Fool (Fri. & Sat.)
Five Children and It (Sat.)
Special Screening!
100 Scariest Movie Moments (Sat.)
U.S. Premiere
Appleseed (Sat.)
Rare Director's Cut Screening
Perdito Durango
Special Theatrical Premiere
Darklight (Sun.)
Special Advance Screening!
Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior (Sun. & Mon.)
New England Premiere
Freeze Frame (Sun.)
New England Premiere
Sympahty for Mr. Vengeance (Sun.)
Closing Night Film - New England Premiere
A Tale of Two Sisters (Mon.)
Sunday Eye Opener
To Be Announced (Sun.)
Film Noir 101
Murder at Harvard (aka Mystery Street) (Tue.)
Asphalt Jungle (Wed.)
Boston Irish Film Festival - Opening Night Film!
Bloom Director Sean Walsh in Person! (Thu.)
Harvard Bookstore Presents...
James Ellroy (Mon.)
Susan Orlean (Mon.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
I [Heart Huckabees]
The Motorcycle Diaries
Virgin
Midnites!
Wizard People Dear Readers with live music by Harry and the Potters (Fri.)
Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (Fri.)
Punk Rock Holocaust (Sat.)
Kung Fu!
Mr. Vampire 3 (Sat.)
Relatively Speaking
Pat Keck & Jim Keck present Pi
Duplex Planet 25th Anniversary Celebration
Your Own True Self (Mon.)

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Direct Democracy: The Presidential Election on Screen
Feed (Fri.)
The War Room & Campaign Manager (Fri.)
Medium Cool (Sat.)
The Best Man (Sat.)
Trouble in Paradise (Sun.)
Selected Films of Roy Andersson
Songs from the Second Floor (Sun.)
A Swedish Love Story (Wed.)
Contemporary Hollywood Cinema
Jaws (Mon.)
Cin� Fran�s
Trouble Every Day (Mon.)
An Evening with Tsai Ming-liang Director in Person!
Good Bye Dragon Inn with The Skywalk is Gone (Tue.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Check Local Listings

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Primer
Around the Bend
Tarnation
The Motorcycle Diaries
Shaun of the Dead
A Dirty Shame
Garden State
Maria Full of Grace

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
The Motorcycle Diaries
Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry
What the #$*! Do We Know
A Dirty Shame
The Last Shot
Garden State
Before Sunset

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston
Red Lights
Hero
Ghost in the Shell: Innocence
Bright Young Things
The Yes Men
What the #$*! Do We Know
Vanity Fair
Napoleon Dynamite

Harvard Square, Cambridge
I [Heart] Huckabees
Hero
Team America: World Police

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
World's Best TV Ads
British Advertising Films of 2003 (Fri., Sat. & Thu.)
A Bruce Weber Film
A Letter to True (Fri., Sat., Wed. & Thu.)
Cinema Tropical
The Private Archives of Pablo Escobar (Fri. & Sat.)
Animation For All Ages
The Dot (Sat.)
Art on Film
Russian Ark (Sun.)
New England Film Artists Present
The Political Dr. Seuss (Sun.)
Cambodian History
S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (Wed. & Thu.)
Artist's Presentation
Peter Kubelka Screening (Thu.)
Boston Greek Film Festival
Totally Married

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Maria Full of Grace (ends Sat.)
What the #$*! Do We Know (starts Fri.)

Coming Soon!

Chlotrudis 5th Annual Short Film Festival!
at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, Nov. 1 & The Brattle Theatre, Nov. 2

Gerald Peary's BU Cinematheque
Filmmakers discuss their films in an intimate setting... for FREE!
An Evening with Tsai Ming-Liang! Room B-05, 640 Comm. Ave.
Rebels of a Neon God Thursday, October 21, 7 p.m. Hear Tsai Ming-Liang in an intimate setting!

Boston Jewish Film Festival
Full schedule announced! Tickets on sale now!
November 3 - 14

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President