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Filmmaker Larry Fessenden Announced as First Guest Honoree at 17th Annual Chlotrudis Awards Ceremony!

Larry FessendenOn Sunday March 20th, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film will honor the independent film polymath, Larry Fessenden, during its 17th Annual Chlotrudis Awards ceremony at the historic Brattle Theatre. Mr. Fessenden will be in attendance to accept his special award from Chlotrudis to celebrate his extensive and varied body of work. The show begins at 5 pm, and tickets are $20 ($15 for Chlotrudis and Brattle members), and can be purchased online at the Brattle’s website. | Read more »

BLINDNESS Gets Even More Intriguing

Mewsings reported earlier about BLINDNESS, the currently-in-production feature directed by Fernando Meirelles (CITY OF GOD), and adapted from José Saramago's award-winning novel by our Chlotrudis-buddy Don McKellar. I'm currently reading the novel, and it's going to be pretty intense when they bring this to the big screen. Blindness tells the story of an unnamed city whose inhabitants start to go inexplicably blind. Julianne Moore has the leading role, and as reported before, Mark Ruffalo has stepped in to replace Daniel Craig in the male lead.

BLINDNESS is currently shooting in Guelph, Ontario, and a quick check of the Internet Movie Database reveals a pretty compelling, international, supporting cast. In addition to Moore and Ruffalo, there are a couple more names from the movie biz including Danny Glover, and Gael Garcia Bernal, who was last seen in the Chlotrudis-nominated leading role in THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP. I was also pleased to see another past-Chlotrudis honoree getting a role; Canadian mainstay Maury Chaykin. Don McKellar gets a brief but pivotal role as "The Thief." Fans of Hirozaku Koreeda will be pleased to see Yusuke Iseya, one of the leads from his beloved AFTER LIFE in the role of the "first blind man." Finally, for fans of the Canadian television dramedy "Slings & Arrows" (and there are a handful of you out there) two delightfully talented actresses from that show, Martha Burns and Susan Coyne also have roles.

The one name I didn't see in the credits who we were hoping would be involved is Chlotrudis honoree Tracy Wright. Hopefully there is something bigger and better in her future.

Taiwanese Director Dies at Age 59

GreenCine Daily reports on the death of Taiwanese filmmaker Edward Yang. Yang is responsible for one of my favorite films YI YI released in 2000, and I have been waiting for the follow-up ever since. Unfortunately, this talented filmmaker will not be completing another film. At the age of 59, Yang has passed away from complications from colon cancer. An American citizen living in Beverly Hills, Yang's film favored urban Taiwan settings. His first six films are unavailable (or at least very hard to find) in the U.S., but when he won the Best Director Award at Cannes for YI YI, he finally got the well-deserved U.S. theatrical release and attention he deserved.

Besides being one of my own personal favorites, YI YI was nominated for three Chlotrudis Awards at the 8th Annual Ceremony, including Best Movie, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cast. YI YI also showed up at #47 in Chlotrudis' Top 101 Foreign Language Films of all time. This extraordinary film takes a look at three generations of family life in urban Taipei.

Yang's next project, THE WIND, was in development. It was to have been an animated feature, co-produced by Jackie Chan.

Cormac McCarthy's The Road coming to the big screen

Variety reports that Cormac McCarthy's chilling, post-apocalyptic tale, The Road will be adapted for the big screen by screenwriter Joe Penhall (who penned the movie version of Ian McEwan's Enduring Love to mixed results. Australian director Joe Hillcoat, who recently helmed multiple Chlotrudis-nominee THE PROPOSITION, will direct. That's going to be one chilling movie... I just hope they don't go the full-out zombie route. The terror of McCarthy's book comes largely from the isolation surrounding the main characters, and the potential danger of discovery. It might be difficult to successfully translate to the big screen. I can see it working in Hillcoat's hands as long as he mixes in a little restraint. It's really a character piece and a road movie; I'd hate to see it turned into a horror flick. We'll see.

Chlotrudis Chats with Jeff Stanzler

by Beth Curran

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