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CHLOTRUDIS co-presents ALWAYS SHINE and THERE SHOULD BE RULES at 14th ANNUAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL OF BOSTON

Always ShineThe Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film is pleased to join with the INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL OF BOSTON (IFFBoston) once again as a co-prsenter as part of the festival’s 14th year.  And we are particularly pleased to have the opportunity to celebrate the contributions of women in cinema, both in front of and behind the camera. | Read more »

Chlotrudis co-presents two films at the Independent Film Festival of Boston

 

Made in JapanIf it's spring in Boston, that means it's time for the Independent Film Festival of Boston. This year, Chlotrudis is co-presenting two films at the festival. MADE IN JAPAN is the remarkable story of Tomi Fujiyama, the world's first Japanese country, music superstar, and her dream to play the Grand Ol' Opry again. This doc, directed by Josh Bishop, is a funny yet poignant multi-cultural journey through music, marriage, and the impact of the corporate world on the dreams of one woman.  MADE IN JAPAN screens on Sunday, April 26, 3:15 pm at the Somerville Theatre. | Read more »

CHLOTRUDIS co-presents THE CASE AGAINST 8 and WE ARE THE BEST! at 12th ANNUAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL OF BOSTON

We Are the BestThe Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film is pleased to join with the INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL OF BOSTON (IFFBoston) once again as a coprsenter as part of the festival’s 12th year.  We are particularly pleased to have the opportunity to share in both the festival’s documentary and narrative wealths, by copresenting one of each this year. 

Lucas Moodysson’s latest film, WE ARE THE BEST!, is about a teen punk band and has been heralded a comic coming of age masterpiece by international critics.  Based on a graphic novel by Moodysson’s wife, the film is set in Stockholm in the 80’s, where  two 13-year old girls band together to strike out in musical rebellion against all the obstacles in their teenaged life. | Read more »

CHLOTRUDIS co-presents Kore-eda’s I WISH & Guy Maddin’s KEYHOLE at INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL OF BOSTON’s 10TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR

 

The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film is pleased to join with the INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON (IFFBoston) once again to co-present two films as part of the festival’s 10th year.  We are particularly pleased to have a second opportunity to present the films of two acclaimed directors, Canadian Guy Maddin's KEYHOLE, and I WISH, the latest from Japan's Hirokazu Kore-eda. | Read more »

CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY SPONSORS ASH CHRISTIAN’S SOPHOMORE FILM, THE COMEDY ‘MANGUS! at PROVINCETOWN FILM FEST

Ash Christian's MANGUS!The CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM (CSIF) is pleased to announce its sponsorship of MANGUS!, at the PROVINCETOWN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (PIFF), to be held June 15 - 19.   The film will have two screenings, 9:30pm on Thursday 6/16 and 7:30pm on Friday 6/17, both at the Provincetown Theater. | Read more »

Toronto's Much Lauded Documentary Film Festival, Hot Docs Reviewed!

Celebrated author, Dad, Chlotrudis member, and as of this year's tour de force Awards Ceremony - Chlotrudis performer, David Valdes Greenwood,had the opportunity to visit the lovely city of Toronto recently, and fortunately his trip coincided with the wonderful documentary film festival, Hot Docs.  David has written a nice round-up of the films he caught while there.  It's on our film festival review page, so go check it out!

CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY SPONSORS QUEBECOIS COMIC DRAMA ‘I KILLED MY MOTHER’ at PROVINCETOWN FILM FEST

I Killed My MotherChlotrudis is pleased to announce its sponsorship of I KILLED MY MOTHER, at the PROVINCETOWN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (PIFF), to be held June 16 - 20.   The film will have two screenings, 7pm on Friday 6/18 and 7pm on Sunday 6/20, both at the Provincetown Theater. | Read more »

CHLOTRUDIS CO-PRESENTS at the BOSTON LGBT FILM FESTIVAL IN MAY: AND THEN CAME LOLA and WILD ABOUT HARRY

The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film (CSIF) is pleased to join with the BOSTON LGBT FILM FESTIVAL once again to co-present two films during the festival’s run. Inspired by the German film RUN LOLA RUN, AND THEN CAME LOLA will play on Friday May 7th at 8:30pm at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. WILD ABOUT HARRY, starring Tate Donovan and Adam Pascal, will play at the Brattle Theater in Harvard Square, Cambridge, on Sunday May 9th at 7:30 pm. | Read more »

Chlorudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, November 20 - 26

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

This week's Chlotrudis Movie of the Week has gotten a lot of attention because it caught the eye of Ms. Oprah Winfrey, and we all know what that means. Still, director Lee Daniels (a friend of Chlotrudis Board member Bruce Kingsley) is getting some pretty high marks for PRECIOUS, BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE, even despite it's clunky title. This week Chris Kriofske has selected the 7:20pm screening of that film at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Dinner beforehand will be announced closer to the event (although I'm going to put my two cents in for the Regal Beagle!)

Precious Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) is a high-school girl with nothing working in her favor. She is pregnant with her father’s child—for the second time. She can’t read or write, and her schoolmates tease her for being fat. Her home life is a horror, ruled by a mother (Mo’Nique) who keeps her imprisoned both emotionally and physically. Precious’s instincts tell her one thing: if she’s ever going to break from the chains of ignorance, she will have to dig deeply into her own resources. [Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Film Festival].
Director: Lee Daniels
Cast: Gabourey Sidibe; Mariah Carey; Lenny Kravitz

Check out the trailer:

It's the final week of the Eye Opener and it's a great opportunity to provide input for a work in progress. This week's film, DO IT AGAIN, is a great documentary, made locally, about the classic rock band, The Kinks. Check it out, meet the filmmaker, and give him some valuable input while he finishes editing the film. The fun starts at 11am, Sunday, November 22 at the Brattle Theatre.

The 8th Annual Boston Latino Film Festival has begun and it features three weekends of shorts, movies, and documentaries from Latin America, USA and Spain. Sixty films and fifteen directors from eighteen countries will be featured at the following locations:

  • NOVEMBER 19 – 22 AT THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE, B.U. AND CAMBRIDGE COLLEGE
  • DECEMBER 4 – 6 CAMBRIDGE COLLEGE
  • DECEMBER 11 – 13 CAMBRIDGE COLLEGE

This weekend head out to Cambridge College to see the first round of films:

Friday, November 20
Luchadores: Fighting for a Dream
Intimidad
Tumaco Pacifico

Sunday, November 22
Rita of the Sky
Ni Aqui, Ni Alla
Shorts Program 1

And on Saturday, November 21, head over to BU's GSU Auditorium for:
Code Name: Butterflies
Bienvenidos a Fleischmanns- An Immigrant Community in Rural America
Animas Perdidas

Please check the BLIFF website for details. The Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF) aims to present the latest films produced by Latinos and the latest films dealing pertaining to social issues of Latino communities in the US and Latin America. The festival also focuses on alternative films with social content from Latin America in addition to films addressing with Latino issues in the United States.

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, November 20 - 26, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Special Return Engagement
Ponyo (Fri. - Sun.)
The Bicycle Film Festival!
Train Trip & I Love My Bicycle: The Story of FBM Bikes (Sat.)
Made in Queens & Where Are You Go (Sat.)
Shorts Program (Sat.)
Folk Music Month in Harvard Square!
Festival Director Murray Lerner in Person! (Sat.)
Sunday Eye Opener
To be announced (Sun.)
Epstein Brothers Centennial! Sponsored in Memory of Peggy Yntema!
Mr. Skeffington (Wed.)
Casablanca (Thu. & Fri.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call, New Orleans (Wed. & Thu.)
An Education
A Serious Man (Fri. - Tue.)
The Maid
The Yes Men Fix the World
Midnight Madness!
Black Dynamite (Fri. & Sat.)
The Room (Fri.)
Johnny Cupcakes Presents Hook (Sat.)
Europe's Grand Opera
Cosi Fan Tuite (Sat.)
Kid's Film
Spirited Away (Sat.)
Goethe German Film Series
Lulu & Jimi (Sun.)
Special Screening
Blazing the Trail: The Story of the Kalem Film Company in Ireland (Wed.)

FEI Theatres Capitol Theatre, Arlington
The September Issue

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Pirate Radio
Paranormal Activity

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Gordon Willis, the Man Who Shot THE GODFATHER
Manhattan Cinematographer Gordon Willis, Appearing in Person (Fri.)
Pennies from Heaven Cinematographer Gordon Willis, Appearing in Person (Sat.)
The Parallax View (Sun.)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Precious, Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
A Serious Man
Coco Before Chanel

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Bronson
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire
The Messenger
An Education
A Serious Man
Capitalism: A Love Story
Coco Before Chanel
(Untitled)

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire
An Education
(Untitled)
Paranormal Activity
Pirate Radio

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Paranormal Activity
Pirate Radio

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
New Japanese Cinema
Big Man Japan (Fri. & Sat.)
Crime and Punishment (Sat.)
Restored Print
Word is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives (Fri.)
Family Film
Little Fugitive (Fri.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Pirate Radio

The Stuart Street Playhouse, Boston
The Damned United
A Serious Man

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
35 Shots of Rum
Paris
A Serious Man
Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel
Amreeka

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, November 6 - 12

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

It's all about the Boston Jewish Film Festival this week so please join us on Tuesday evening for the 8:30pm screening of HE'S MY GIRL at the Kendall Square Cinema. This delightful French farce receives it's North American debut at the festival. The late starting time of this short, 90 minute film will allow us for a nice, leisurely dinner beforehand, so hopefully we'll see you there!

HE'S MY GIRL
Director Jean-Jacques Zilbermann checks in on Simon and Rosalie, the stars of his MAN IS A WOMAN (1998 Festival) ten years after their marriage breaks up. Simon’s Ashkenazi mother accepts that he’s gay, but doesn’t realize that her pretty nurse is the Arab cross-dresser who steals her son’s heart. In the midst of this farce, Rosalie returns to Paris to star in “Fiddler on the Roof,” with her new family in tow: a husband and the precocious son whom Simon hasn’t seen in a decade. It’s a bit of a tzimmes, of the tastiest sort. It also features Elsa Zylberstein, a Chlotrudis nominee from last year's I'VE LOVED YOU SO LONG.
Director: Jean-Jacques Zilbermann
Cast: Antoine de Caunes; Mehdi Dehbi; Elsa Zylberstein

Check out the original French language trailer:

THE WOLBERG FAMILY (LA FAMILLE
WOLBERG)
If you missed this week's screening of THE WOLBERG FAMILY, for which Chlotrudis is a Community Partner, don't worry, so did I! But you have another chance to join me on Thursday, November 12, 9:00 pm, Museum of Fine Arts. This East Coast premiere was a highlight of this year’s Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. THE WOLBERG FAMILY is actress and screenwriter Axelle Ropert’s first feature film. She labels it a “family melodrama.” Simon Wolberg is mayor of a French provincial town, crazy in love with his wife, a nosy father to his lovely young daughter and dorky son and a bit of an annoyance to his own father. Will his obsession with family cause him to unravel? When is it time to let go – or to leave?

I plan on catching a few other films at the Festival if I can squeeze them into my schedule, but I really want to urge you to try to catch JAFFA, Saturday, November 7, 9:30pm at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Directed by Keren Yedaya, who was responsible for one of my favorite films of 2005, OR (MY TREASURE), JAFFA again stars the magnificent Dana Ivgy and the multiple Chlotrudis-nominee Ronit Elkabetz, this time in an Israeli/Palestinian Romeo & Juliet. I caught this film in Toronto, and it's pretty powerful stuff. You should also consider the animated Australian film MARY AND MAX, featuring the voices of Toni Collette and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It's a comical claymation feature film that spans 20 years and 2 continents. Look for MARY AND MAX on Thursday, November 12 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. It's a great line-up... do yourself a favor and check it out!

After weeks of admittedly fascinating documentaries, I'm pleased to report that this week's Sunday Eye Opener is a narrative feature! Join us on Sunday, November 8, at the Brattle Theatre for an 11am screening of WELCOME TO ACADEMIA. Director Kirk Davis assembles a hip indie cast including James LeGros (THE LAST WINTER, LOVELY & AMAZING, SAFE), Jess Weixler (TEETH), and Callie Thorne (HYSTERICAL BLINDNESS, NEXT STOP, WONDERLAND) to explore the dark, comedic twists of academia. Sex and power games go hand in hand in WELCOME TO ACADEMIA, a dark satire that uses the university as a metaphor for personal and professional relationships. In this dark comedy that takes place at fictional Victorian University, faculty and administrators jockey for power in the classroom, the boardroom, and the bedroom. Amidst all their petty intrigues, a young graduate student is forced to experience a life lesson not offered on the regular curriculum.

For this week's film, the Sunday Eye-Opener group is going to be a test audience! Like COLMA, THE MUSICAL! a couple of years ago, this week's Eye Opener screening is being provided directly by the filmmaker so that they can get our feedback on their film. They are very excited to hear what you all think. We will be distributing a survey after the screening to capture your thoughts. Come be a part of the making of a film!

If you're a fan of "The Office" (and who isn't?) you'll want to check out the evening screenings of BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN, Friday and Saturday, November 6 & 7 at the Kendall Square Cinema because director John Krasinski will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions. Adapted and directed by Krasinski (THE OFFICE, AWAY WE GO), BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN is a darkly funny and disturbing exploration of men and their complex relationships with women. Based on the book by David Foster Wallace, the film features an all-star cast that includes Timothy Hutton, Ben Shenkman, Christopher Meloni, Ben Gibbard, Will Arnett, Chris Messina, Bobby Cannavale, Will Forte, Dennis O'Hare, Lou Taylor Pucci, Max Minghella,
and Julianne Nicholson.

Below is the schedule for John Krasinski's in person appearances:
Friday:
7PM Intro & Q&A Following the show
9PM Intro

Saturday:
7PM Intro & Q&A Following the show
9PM Intro

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, November 6 - 12, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Special Engagement! Area Premiere!
American Casino (Fri., Sun. - Tue.)
Classic TV on the Big Screen! 50th Anniversary!
The Twilight Zone (Fri. & Sun.)
Python-A-Thon!
Wind in the Willows (Sat.)
And Now For Something Completely Different (Sat.)
Monty Python's Life of Brian (Sat.)
Monty Python & the Holy Grail (Sat.)
Month Python's The Meaning of Life (Sat.)
Sunday Eye Opener
Welcome to Academia (Sun.)
Harvard Bookstore Presents!
Lidia Bastianich and Judith Jones (Sun.)
Special Veterans Day Premiere Screening!
The Good Soldier (Wed.)
Special Engagement!
The Bicycle Thieves (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
An Education
A Serious Man
The Yes Men Fix the World
The Beaches of Agnes
Found Footage Festival (Fri.)
Midnight Madness!
Dirty Dancing (Fri. & Sat.)
Donnie Darko (Fri & Sat.)
Boston Jewish Film Festival
Zrubavel (Sat.)
Jaffa (Sat.)
Leap of Faith (Sun.)
Leaving the Fold (Sun.)
Sons of Sakhnin United (Sun.)
Broken Lines (Sun.)
Gdanski Railway Station (Mon.)
Off and Running (Mon.)
Shorts Program (Tue.)
Maharal (Wed.)
Pizza in Auschwits (Wed.)
The Jazz Baroness (Wed.)
Mary & Max (Thu.)
Breaking Upwards (Thu.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

The September Issue
Bombay Cinema
Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani (Fri. - Sun.)

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Zombieland

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
No Man’s Land – The Cinema of Lisandro Alonso
Los Muertos Director Lisandro Alonso, Appearing in Person (Fri.)
Fantasma Director Lisandro Alonso, Appearing in Person (Fri.)
Liverpool & S/T Director Lisandro Alonso, Appearing in Person (Sat.)
La Libertad Director Lisandro Alonso, Appearing in Person (Sun.)
Special Screening
United Red Army (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
A Serious Man
Coco Before Chanel

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
The Horse Boy
35 Shots of Rhum
The Boondock Saints II: All Saint's Day
Gentleman Broncos
An Education
Antichrist
A Serious Man
Capitalism: A Love Story
Coco Before Chanel

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
The Men Who Stare At Goats
The Box
The Damned United
Capitalism: A Love Story
An Education
More than a Game

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Zombieland

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Women in Film
She is the Matador (Fri. & Sun.)
Independent Film
Severed Ways (Fri. - Sun.)
Documentary
Crude (Fri. - Sun.)
Music on Film
Bad Boy Made Good: The Revival of George Antheil's 1924 Ballet Mecanique (Sat.)
Boston Jewish Film Festival
Eli & Ben and Gefilte Fish (Sat.)
He's My Girl (Sat.)
Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt with Nazis (Thu.)
The Wollberg Family (Thu.) Chlotrudis Community Partner!

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
A Serious Man

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
The Beaches of Agnes
Paris
A Serious Man
Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel
Heart of Stone

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President