The Chlotrudis Society for independent Film is not an overly political group, but after things went they way they did in 2016, we felt creating our list of the best films directed by women was a nice, creative and long-overdue spotlight on the wonderful films whose collective vision represent more than half the world's population. And no one was more surprised than the compilers of this list, that the woman leading the pack does so with her debut film, a quirky, lovable piece called ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KONW. And truly, who better than Miranda July, who appears on this list twice, to represent the creativity and singular vision of women. Agnes Varda is one of nine women who appeared on the list with three films. Pictured left is a still from her narrative film CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 which appears at #10 on this list. | Read more »
CHLOTRUDIS to present Before They Were Famous SUMMER FILM SERIES, featuring Ellen Page and Kerry Washington, at JP’s UForge Gallery
The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film is pleased to continue its relationship with Jamaica Plain’s UForge Gallery as Partner-In-Residence, by presenting its latest film series BEFORE THEY WERE FAMOUS. The group will screen movies from early in the careers of Ellen Page, Kerry Washington and Russell Crowe throughout the summer, on Sunday nights. Screenings will start at 6pm, with a suggested donation of $5. | Read more »
This year, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film was thrilled to be able to present TANGERINE its three Trudies in person, at its 22nd Chlotrudis Awards ceremony, held at the Brattle Theater this past Sunday. The micro-indie film, shot entirely on iPhone, made a big impression on Chlotrudis members. Producer Darren Dean accepted the Trudy for Best Use of Music in a File, Radium Cheung (pictured left) graciously received his well-earned Best Cinematography award, and actress Mickey O’Hagan (pictured left) took home the Best Ensemble Trudy on behalf of the film’s cast. | Read more »
METROPOLIS at the top of 100 BLACK & WHITE FILMS, 2015’s year-end list from CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM
Every year the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film selects a category and asks its membership to submit their favorite top films. The group’s previous year-end topics have included Best Musicals, Best Sequels and Remakes, and Best Foreign Language. For 2015, members selected their top black & white films. | Read more »
In 2009, at our 15th annual awards ceremony, Chlotrudis honored Tim Cawley's WELL-FOUNDED CONCERNS, about an unapologietic germophobe facing a devastating plague and the first blooms of love, with our Best Short Film award. Now Tim is back on the big screen in Boston with his first feature film, FROM NOTHING, SOMETHING. Tim's documentary profiles creative thinkers across a variety of disciplines and finds common methods, habits, mindsets and neuroses that help bring breakthrough ideas into being. It is a thoughtful, intimate, often funny look at the creative process -- straight from the brains of some of our culture's most accopmlished and inspiring talents. | Read more »
Nominations for the 18th annual Chlotrudis Awards were finalized by the film group’s nominating committee last weekend. At the top of the heap, collecting Best Film, Director, Actor and Actress nods among its 7 nominations was the silent people can’t stop talking about, THE ARTIST.
Four other films received 4 or more nominations, including fellow Best Movie nominees ANOTHER YEAR, director Mike Leigh’s latest, and the low-budget independent WEEKEND (pictured left), both clear-eyed studies of relationships in today’s England, featuring acting tour de forces. The other front runner films are Lars von Trier’s dystopian MELANCHOLIA and MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, with its impressive directorial and lead actress debuts. | Read more »
Every year at this time, the members of the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film publish a new list detailing their members favorite films in a certain category. Past categories have included such topics as Best Scary Films of all time, Best Remakes and Sequels, Funniest Films of All Time, Foreign Language Films and Documentaries to name a few. You can find all of these lists by checking out Our Favorite Films section of the website. | Read more »
A DREAMY YEAR-END LIST, AS ‘IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE’ HEADS CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY’S TOP 100 FILMS OF THE DECADE (ish)
For its annual year-end Top Film category, the CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM (CSIF) this year has compiled a list of the top 100 films of the decade among its 100+ membership. Being the opinionated contrarians that we are, however, we decided to include 2000 in the mix - call it a baker's decade! Topping the list was Wong Kar Wai's masterful film, IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE. A dozen directors scored 2 or more on the list with Michael Haneke winning that prize (#4 CACHE, #8 THE PIANO TEACHER and #58 THE WHITE RIBBON). Almost half of the films were from outside the US, with the highest ranked US film being #6 THERE WILL BE BLOOD. | Read more »
Can you believe we're a decade into the new Century already? Ten years ago, as part of the coming of the new millennium, Chlotrudis members selected their 200 for 2000 -- the Society's picks for the best 200 films of the 1900s. Now it's 2010, and we're going to update that list by adding our top films from the last decade. Chlotrudis members are encouraged to send in their personal Top 50 films released between 2000 and 2010, ranked in order. Shortly after the New Year, we will post the combined list here.
In the meantime, what do you think the top film will be? Feel free to make your guesses in the comments section. Any film released between 2000 and 2010 is eligible!
Tonight Tracy Wright's final film premieres at theToronto International Film Festival. It's also the premiere of the Bell Lightbox Theater, the new center for the Festival that has been under construction for the past couple of years. Bruce McDonald's TRIGGER tells the story of a rock duo who reunite after their band call it quits, and stars Tracy and another Chlotrudis favorite, Molly Parker. Wish I could be there, but Beth C. is there and will report back to us. We're hoping to screen TRIGGER in Boston sometime, but until then you can enjoy this terrific short but awesome trailer for the film. | Read more »