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Logan MillerThis past Sunday, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film bestowed its Trudy awards among a dozen films at its annual awards ceremony, held at Harvard Square’s Brattle Theater. However, of those 12 films only one was a multiple winner, Barry Jenkins’ MOONLIGHT, which came away with four Trudies: Best Movie, Best Director, Best Ensemble Cast and Best Supporting Actor, for Mehershala Ali’s memorable performance.  | Read more »


MoonlightNominations for the 23rd annual Chlotrudis Awards were finalized by the film group’s nominating committee this past weekend. Barry Jenkins’ stunning MOONLIGHT was dominant among the 47 films nominated, winning 8 nods, including Director and Cinematography.  Placing second was LITTLE MEN, Ira Sachs coming of age film, which earned 6 nominations including Actor, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress. Both films were also among those selected as Best Movie nominations. | Read more »

CineCache Returns with COLLABORATOR

CollaboratorThis week, Chlotrudis welcomes the return of CineCache, a partnership between Chlotrudis and the Brattle Film Foundation where a film is screened pre-theatrical release and is followed by a discussion.  This season's opener is COLLABORATOR.  The directorial debut of Hal Hartley regular Martin Donovan, COLLABORATOR is the riveting, darkly comedic tale of Robert Longfellow (Donovan), a famous playwright who can’t seem to catch a break. His recent Broadway play is a flop and his marriage is on the rocks. Retreating back to his childhood home to visit his mother, Robert crosses paths with his old neighbor, Gus (Morse), a right-wing, ex-con who still lives at home with his mom. | Read more »


TriggerFor almost 20 years, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film has highlighted its commitment to independent and foreign film in style by holding its own Chlotrudis Awards ceremony in early spring. The Society gives out thirteen awards, and its most competitive and prestigious category is the Buried Treasure, which celebrates those films which the membership believes were overlooked and under-screened. | Read more »

2nd Semester OF CINECACHE FILM SERIES Opens with FREE Sneak Preview Screening of Fest Fave ‘MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE’

Martha Marcy May MarleneThe CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM (CSIF), in conjunction with the BRATTLE FILM FOUNDATION, begins the second semester of CineCache at 7:30pm Monday, September 26th at the historic art-house theatre in the heart of Cambridge’s Harvard Square.  Kicking off the series for the year will be a free screening of MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, which drew raves and awards at Sundance film festival this past January.
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Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, January 22 - 28

Hello Chlotrudis Members!

We're well into January, but we're still seeing 2009 eligible films, so do join this week's Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies Host Chris Kriofske for the 6:45pm screening of POLICE ADJECTIVE. This wry comedy from the director of Chlotrudis Buried Treasure nominee 12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST won a Jury Prize at Cannes last year. Hope you can join us as you rack up the eligible 2009 films to nominate!

Romania’s official Oscar selection and winner of a 2009 Cannes Jury Prize and FIPRESCI international critics’ prize, writer/director Corneliu Porumboiu’s whip-smart, dryly funny follow-up to his acclaimed debut 12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST centers on a police officer on a surveillance mission who has a crisis of faith. Cristi (Dragos Bucur) is a young undercover cop pressured to arrest a teenager who offers pot to two of his schoolmates. Not wanting to ruin the life of a young man he considers merely irresponsible, Cristi must either allow the arrest to be a burden on his conscience, or face censure by his superior (Vlad Ivanov of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) for whom the word “conscience” has an entirely different meaning. Porumboiu wields his camera like a well-aimed weapon, revealing his story with little dialogue and gradually increasing tension, until the unexpected conclusion. (Fully subtitled)

Director: Corneliu Porumboiu

Cast: Dragos Bucur, Vlad Ivanov, Irina Saulescu, Ion Stoica, Marian Ghenea, Cosmin Selesi, George Remes, Dan Cogalniceanu, Serban Georgevici, Alexandru Sabadac

Check out the trailer:

Boston celebrates Robert Altman this weekend, and it all kicks off on Friday, January 22, 5:30 - 10pm at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Avenue. The life and work of legendary film director Robert Altman will be celebrated at a Boston University symposium on January 22, marking the publication of a new Altman biography and the 40th anniversary of his seminal film “M*A*S*H.” Favorite Altman actors Elliott Gould, Sally Kellerman, and Michael Murphy will be joined in a panel discussion by his widow, Kathryn Altman, Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr, and BU Prof. Mitchell Zuckoff, author of Robert Altman: The Oral Biography followed by a screening of M*A*S*H.

Open to the public ($10 for adults, $5 for children), the evening is sponsored by the BU College of Communication in concert with the BU Alumni Association’s WinterFest Weekend.

If you can't make it on Friday, make sure you swing by the Brattle Theatre on Sunday for a day of Altman with special appearances by Sally Kellerman and Elliott Gould. They will be screening COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN, BREWSTER MCCLOUD, THE LONG GOODBYE and THE PLAYER.

Remember, nominations are now open, and all you need to do to submit your nomination is to visit and enter your last name and membership number (which you can find on your Chlotrudis membership card, or by contacting me). From there enter the films you've seen and begin creating your nomination worksheet. We need as many people as possible to submit their nominations, so if you've seen a minimum of 25 eligible films from last year, please make sure you nominate!

See you at the Movies!

Playing this week, January 22 - 28, 2010.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Brattle Selects 2010!
Whip It (Fri.)
Unholy Rollers (Fri.)
West Side Story(Sun.)
Arizona Dream (Mon.)
Ong Bak (Tue.)
Ong Bak 2 (Tue.)
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Wed.)
Wise Blood (Wed.)
Special Event! Celebrating Robert Altman
Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (Sun.)
Brewster McCloud Followed by a Q&A w/ Sally Kellerman & Michael Murphy
The Long Goodbye (Sun.) Followed by a Q&A by Elliott Gould
The Player (Sun.)
Harvard Bookstore Presents!
Joseph E. Stiglitz (Wed.)
Universal Horror Triple Feature
Frankenstein (Thu.)
Drracula (Thu.)
Wolfman (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
A Single Man
2009 Sundance Shorts
The Messenger
La Danse
Midnight Madness!
Galaxy Quest (Fri. & Sat.)
The Room (Fri.)
Show: A film, burlesque show and book signing with Henry Horenstein (Sat.)
Europe's Grand Operas
L'Orfeo (Sun.)
Sundance USA
The Company Man (Thu.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

A Serious Man
Me and Orson Welles (Mon. - Thu.)
Bombay Cinema Presents
Chance Pe Dance (Fri. - Sun.)

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
The Lovely Bones

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Alain Resnais and the Enigmatic Art of Memory
Stavisky (Fri.)
Private Fears in Public Places (Fri.)
Muriel, or the Time of Return (Sat.)
Mélo (Sat.)
All the Memory of the World, Guernica, Statues Also Die and Night and Fog (Sun.)
Providence (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
The Young Victoria
A Single Man
Broken Embraces
An Education

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Police, Adjective
The White Ribbon
Crazy Heart
A Town Called Panic
Broken Embraces
A Single Man
The Young Victoria
An Education

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
The Lovely Bones
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
The Young Victoria
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
The Lovely Bones

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
International Masters
The Man from London (Fri., Sat. & Wed.)
Human Rights Watch International FilmFestival
Youth Producing Change (Fri.)
Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter (Sat.)
Look Into My Eyes (Sat.)
Celebrating Chekhov
The Seagull (Wed.)
Ward No. 6 (Wed.)
Uncle Vanya (Thu.)
Chekov's Motive (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
An Education

The Stuart Street Playhouse, Boston
La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet
Young Victoria

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Crazy Heart
The White Ribbon
A Single Man
An Education

Coming Soon

BU Cinematheque

Gerry Peary's BU Cinematheque is back for the 2010 winter/spring semester. Check out some of the terrific guests Gerry will be bringing for FREE to BU! The BU Cinematheque: 7 pm at the BU Communications Building, 640 Comm. Ave, Boston. Remember it’s FREE.

Friday, January 29, B-05 Com.- AN EVENING WITH HERB GOLDER. A first Boston look at Werner Herzog’s controversial 2009 Cannes hit, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?, with a screenplay co-written by Golder, a BU Classics professor. Golder will speak after of his collaboration with the great German filmmaker, Herzog, on this new work based on a true-life, tabloid San Diego matricide murder, with Willem Dafoe, Michael Shannon, and Chloe Sevigny, and produced by David Lynch.

Friday, February 5,. B-05 Com.-AN EVENING WITH LOIS SMITH. During her half-century legendary career, Smith was the most powerful , revered Hollywood publicist. In a conversation with Boston Herald film critic, James Verniere, Smith will discuss her extraordinary A-list career, with personal clients from Marilyn Monroe to Meryl Streep to Martin Scorsese, from Robert Redford to Rosie O’Donnell to Sean Penn.

Wednesday, February 24, Com 101-AN EVENING WITH JIMMY TINGLE. The nationally renowned satirist and stand-up comedian (60 Minutes II, MSNBC, Conan O’Brien, etc.) previews his new documentary, Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream, combining hilarious comedy and political chats with a variety of Americans, including Robert Altman, Lewis Black, Howard Zinn, Janeane Garafola, and Tingle’s Somerville mom. The filmmaker,Vincent Sraggas, is a BU Comm. graduate.

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Ten Fall Indies

With the prestigious fall movie season almost underway, here are but ten (and in a few cases, relatively) independent films I’m looking forward to. Release dates are New York ones (so we might not see a few of the December releases in Boston until Jan. or beyond) and as always, subject to change.

Since I’ve missed it at two local film festivals, will some daring programmer in Boston please book a run of Lance Hammer’s acclaimed, purportedly visually stunning, self-distributed debut feature? If not, I’ll attempt to make a one-off screening with the director in person on September 29 at the Harvard Film Archive. (Oct. 1)

The plot sounds like a retread of last year’s MARGOT AT THE WEDDING, but great reviews from Toronto say otherwise—a long awaited return-to-form (and return to relatively low-budget filmmaking) from Jonathan Demme? A great role for Anne Hathaway? The triumphant return of Debra Winger? (Oct. 3)

Mike Leigh’s last two features haven’t exactly been a barrel of laughs, so I anticipate his upbeat tale of a relentlessly optimistic London schoolteacher (Sally Hawkins), and also approach it with a little caution, for Leigh’s sharpest work has only the faintest rays of hope struggling through all the gloom and dysfunction. (Oct. 10)

I missed this supposedly sweet, Swedish, coming-of-age vampire film when it played Provincetown this year, and I don’t intend to do so if it plays here again—after all the lurid, sexed-up stuff we’ve seen on the subject, this alternative take sounds refreshing. (Oct. 24)

In his directorial debut (and first film since ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND), Charlie Kaufman gives us Philip Seymour Hoffman as a theatre director building a life-sized replica of New York City inside a warehouse. Sounds like it’ll be either mind-blowing or completely inscrutable, but not boring. (Oct. 24)

Arnaud Despelchin follows KINGS AND QUEEN with this holiday-set ensemble piece that received more than a few raves when it premiered in Cannes last May. Promisingly, the cast reprises a few faces from the earlier film, including Mathieu Almaric, Emmanuelle Devos and Catherine Deneuve. (Nov. 14)

High expectations for this biopic to be the next BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN—it just might work if Sean Penn (as slain gay elected official Harvey Milk) proves his mettle while not overacting, and if director Gus Van Sant transforms the instinctual feel of his last few films into a more approachable (but not too conventional) narrative. (Nov. 26)

Kelly Reichardt’s OLD JOY suggested a lot of potential I hope her new film fulfills. It sounds like another deceptively simple but carefully constructed story, involving a woman (Michelle Williams), her dog and an impoverished economic milieu most American movies overlook or ignore. (Dec. 10)

Winning the top prize at Cannes doesn’t necessarily equate a great film. Laurent Cantet’s (HEADING SOUTH) French classroom drama will hopefully be a worthy successor to last year’s winner. (Dec. 12)

Unusual, innovative animated features that manage to find an audience always intrigue me. This Israeli film, which straddles the line between fiction and documentary and looks like a cross between WAKING LIFE and PERSEPOLIS, may be the next. (Dec. 26)

indieWIRE Examines the State of the Indie Distribution Business

There's a great article on indieWIRE that takes a look at the state of the the indie film business on the eve of Toronto. What do you think? How will we be seeing new independent and international movies in the coming years?

Telluride Panel Tackles Independent Film Distribution and Criticism

Over on the Spout Blog, Karina Longworth covers Snip Snip: Are Cutbacks in Film Distribution and Criticism Affecting Quality Filmmaking?, a panel at the Telluride Film Festival featuring Annette Insdorf (Columbia University), Michael Barker (Sony Classics), Danny Boyle (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE), Scott Foundas (LA Weekly), Jonathan Sehring (IFC Films), Paul Schrader (ADAM RESURRECTED) and Anne Thompson (Variety). What do you think?

Chlotrudis President Appears on Subject: Cinema

Chlotrudis members TC Kirkham and Kim Brown are the driving force behind the online website and podcast Popcorn 'N Roses. With their Subject: Cinema #116, Popcorn 'N Roses turn their attention to the indies, with State of Independents, the first of a two part series on independent cinema. One of the people they interview this week is none other than Chlotrudis President Michael Colford (yes, that's me.) Check it out here ( and while you're there, check out some of TC and Kim's other great shows.