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Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, February 12 - 18

Hello Chlotrudis Members!

Chlotrudis board member Vicki Oleskey is this week's host for the Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies, and she's has chosen the Jeff Bridges tour de force, CRAZY HEART. Join her at the Kendall Square Cinema on Tuesday night for the 6:50pm screening of this Academy Award nominated film. She will be meeting for dinner at 5:30pm at The Friendly Toast.

Academy Award nominee Jeff Bridges stars as the richly comic, semi-tragic romantic anti-hero Bad Blake in the debut feature film from writer-director Scott Cooper. Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can’t help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean (Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal), a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. As he struggles down the road of redemption, Bad learns the hard way just how tough life can be on one man’s crazy heart. Co-starring Colin Farrell and Robert Duvall.

Director: Scott Cooper
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Beth Grant, Sarah Jane Morris, Tom Bower, Annie Corley

Check out the trailer:

Well, Awards season is well and truly upon us, and for Chlotrudis members, that climaxes with the 16th Annual Chlotrudis Awards taking place on Sunday, March 21 at the Brattle Theatre! Look for the voting ballot to be ready in early March. You can check out what got nomianted at the Chlotrudis Mewsings blog. But in the meantime, both the Brattle and the Coolidge have some awards-related festivities going on.

The Coolidge Corner Theatre has chosen internationally acclaimed director Jonathan Demme as the recipient of the 2010 Coolidge Award. Demme will arrive in Brookline to accept the honor and to participate in related public programs on March 1 – 2. The Coolidge will also present selected screenings from Demme’s filmography throughout February and March. On March 1, 2pm the Coolidge will hold a special benefit screening of Demme's documentary THE AGRONOMIST, which will be a fundraiser Haiti earthquake relief efforts. That same night, March 1 at 8pm, the Coolidge will feature the New England premiere of NEIL YOUNG TRUNK SHOW, with introduction and Q&A with Jonathan Demme. Tuesday, March 2 at noon will feature a MELVIN AND HOWARD screening and panel discussion with Demme and key cast and crew members. Then the big event takes place Tuesday night at 6:30pm with the Coolidge Award reception and ceremony. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit the Coolidge website.

At the Brattle Theatre, get ready to party in style at their 10th Anniversary Oscar Party! This annual staple is one of the best parties of the year (I would say second only to our very own celebration)! This year, to celebrate the 10th anniversary, their Special Pre-Party & Fundraiser will feature special guest, producer/director James Ivory! Support the Brattle Film Foundation and the Brattle Theatre by attending their exclusive party and silent auction fundraiser and meet director James Ivory. Then stay and watch the awards! The festivities kick off at 5:30pm on Sunday March 7. I'm part of the Oscar Party's Host Committee, so I do hope you will join me for a great time and an opportunity to support the Brattle as well. Your $75 ticket will admit you to the special pre-party for some delicious hors d'oeuvres, open bar, and attendance at the official Oscar broadcast, as well as an opportunity to participate in the Brattle's Silent Auction and win some really terrific prizes. More information can be found at the Brattle website.

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, February 12 - 18, 2010.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Special Engagement! The 15th Annual Bugs Bunny Film Festival
All Bugs Revue (Fri., Sun., Tue., & Thu.)
A Devil of a Time (Sat., Mon. & wed.)
Special Event! Happy Valentine's Day!
Casablanca (Sun.)
Special Event: CineMental Presents!
Bloodsisters (Wed.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Police, Adjective
Until the Light Takes Us
The Last Station
Up in the Air (ineligible)
The Messenger
Broken Embraces
Midnight Madness!
The Action Pack Presents Moulin Rouge Sing-A-Long! (Fri.)
The Action Pact Presents Total Eclipse of the Heart 80's love song sing-a-long! (Sat.)
Valentine's Day Movie
Notorious (Sun.)
London's National Theatre Live: encore presentation
Terry Pratchett's Nation (Mon.)
2010 Coolidge Award Winner Jonathan Demme Repertory Screening
Stop Making Sense (Tue.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

The Young Victoria

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Precious
The Lovely Bones
The Boston Science Fiction Film Festival
Lunopolis (Fri.)
Ink (Sat.)
The Boston Science Fiction Film Marathon!
Labyrinth, The Lathe of Heaven, District 9, Moon, The Thing and more! (Sat. & Sun)

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Classic Ford: A John Ford Retrospective, Part I
The Long Voyage Home (Fri.)
Mogambo (Fri.)
Fort Apache (Sat.)
Steamboat Round the Bend (Sat.)
Rio Grande (Sun.)
Young Mr. Lincoln Introduced by Tom Conley (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
The Young Victoria
A Single Man
Precious
An Education
The Hurt Locker

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
North Face
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Saint John of Las Vegas
The Last Station
The White Ribbon
Crazy Heart
Broken Embraces
A Single Man
An Education

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire

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

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Making of Western Myth
Rio Grande (Fri.)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (Fri.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
The Young Victoria

The Stuart Street Playhouse, Boston
A Single Man

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
The Last Station
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.

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.

Boston Jewish Film Festival

Purchase tickets now for March 2 Special Screening PROTEKTOR!

PROTEKTOR is a stylish thriller, well-acted. The Boston Jewish Film Festival is pleased to present this film from the Czech Republic, currently without U.S. distribution -- in other words, see it now. The year is 1938; the country, Czechoslovakia. Hana has her first big success in film – and the German Occupation, or Protectorate, begins. As a Jew, Hana’s dreams for a successful career are smashed. Her non-Jewish husband Emil, a radio reporter, collaborates with the Nazis more and more. Running late to work, he grabs a stray bicycle on the street, one that looks a lot like that used by the would-be assassin of the Reich Deputy Protector Reinhard Heydrich. Winner, Krzysztof Kieslowski Award, Best Feature Film, Denver International Film Festival and Czech Republic entry for Best Foreign-Language Film at Academy Awards.

What: Protektor, directed by Marek Najbrt (2009, Czech Republic/Germany, 98 min., Czech with English subtitles)

Date and time: Tuesday, March 2, 7PM (snow date: Thursday, March 4, 7PM)

Location: West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington Street/Route 16, Newton

Tickets: $15 general admission; $12 discounted for students, seniors 65+, and members of The Boston Jewish FIlm Festival and WGBH. Purchase tickets online with a credit card by clicking here or purchase at the West Newton Cinema box office, daily from 1PM to 8PM.

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Monday Afternoon at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, January 15 - 21

Hello Chlotrudis Members!

This week we're doing something a little different as we check out THE WHITE RIBBON, the latest film by German director Michael Haneke (CACHE, THE PIANO TEACHER). Since the film is 140 minutes long and starts at 8pm, we're going to take advantage of the Martin Luther King holiday to catch THE WHITE RIBBON on Monday, 1:55pm at the Kendall Square Cinema. If you have to work on Martin Luther King Day, I apologize; otherwise I hope you'll join us for this Chlotrudis Awards-winning filmmaker's latest film.

The setting of The White Ribbon is a village in Protestant northern Germany from 1913 to 1914, on the eve of World War I. The story revolves around the children and teenagers of a choir run by the village schoolteacher, and their families: the baron, the steward, the pastor, the doctor, the midwife, the tenant farmers—a cross-section of the entire community. Strange accidents and misfortunes befall the citizens of Eichwald, gradually taking on the character of a punishment ritual. But who is behind it all? Winner of three awards at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, including the prestigious Palme d'Or, this provocative and haunting film from writer-director Michael Haneke (Funny Games, Caché, The Piano Teacher) is stunningly photographed in black and white. (Fully subtitled)

Director: Michael Haneke

Cast: Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Tukur, Theo Trebs, Michael Schenk

Check out the trailer:

Watch your e-mail boxes for the guidelines for nomination for the 16th Annual Chlotrudis Awards!

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, January 15 - 21, 2010.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Special Engagement! 50th Anniversary!
La Dolce Vita (Fri. - Mon.)
The Brattle Selects 2010!
Golddiggers of 1933 & 42nd Street(Tue.)
Chinatown (Wed.)
In the Mouth of Madness (Thu.)
Cinematical Presents!
Fruit Fly (Wed.)
The Best of Open Screen 2009 (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
A Single Man
Up in the Air (ineligible)
2009 Sundance Shorts
The Messenger
La Danse
Midnight Madness!
Heavenly Creatures (Fri. & Sat.)
Black Dynamite (Sat.)
Europe's Grand Operas
L'Orfeo (Sun.)
Science On Screen
The Wild Child (Mon.)

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
Precious

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Alain Resnais and the Enigmatic Art of Memory
Last Year at Marienbad (Fri.)
The War is Over (Fri.)
Je t'aime, je t'aime (Sat.)
Same Old Song (Sat.)
My American Uncle (Sun.)
Providence (Mon.)

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

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Skin
The White Ribbon
Crazy Heart
Broken Embraces
A Single Man
The Road
The Young Victoria
An Education

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
The Lovely Bones
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
Broken Embraces
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
Music on Film
In Search of Beethoven (Fri.)
Mexican Film
I'm Gonna Explode (Fri. - Sun.)
The Boston Festival of Film from Iran
Heiran (Fri.)
My Little Country, Consulting God, and Behind the Wheel of Life (Sat.)
Niloofar (Sat.)
Torgheh, Of Men and Motorcycles, and My City, Pizza (Sat.)
A Man Who Ate His Cherries (Sun.)
Premiere
Town Called Panic (Sat.)
Human Rights Watch International FilmFestival
The Reckoning (Wed.)
Look Into My Eyes (Thu.)
International Masters
The Man from London (Wed. & Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Seraphine

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

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
A Single Man
An Education

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, January 1 - 7, 2010

Happy New Year, Chlotrudis Members!

Although 2010 is here, you can bet we've still got a few weeks of 2009 films to see before nomination time. And use it wisely, because this year we've got the entire month before nominations are due! This week Gil and Amanda will be hosting the Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies, so come on down to the Kendall Square Cinema for the 6:40 p.m. screening of Pedro Almodóvar's BROKEN EMBRACES.

The eagerly awaited 17th feature by one of the world's leading directors, Pedro Almodóvar (VOLVER, TALK TO HER), is a lavish melodrama tinged with humor, showcasing the spectacular talents of Penélope Cruz. The story is told in flashback by Harry Caine (Lluís Homar, BAD EDUCATION), a blind screenwriter, who reveals that before an auto accident took his sight and the life of his love, he was the famous director Mateo Blanc. He had fallen in love with his leading lady, Lena (Cruz), who had made movie star when the ruthless industrialist Ernesto Martel (José Luis Gómez) became her lover and patron. The film Mateo is making with Lena (for which the jealous Martel insists on being producer) is a kinky comedy called GIRLS AND SUITCASES, reminiscent of WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN. As Mateo and Lena try to get away together for a romantic tryst, Martel's gay son is constantly following and videotaping them for a "making of" feature—which Martel uses for surveillance (even getting a lip reader to decode the lovers' conversations). (Fully subtitled)

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Cast: Penélope Cruz, Lluís Homar, Blanca Portillo, José Luis Gómez, Tamar Novas, Rubén Ochandiano

Check out the trailer:

And if you're looking to catch some of the potentially nomination-worthy films that you might have missed, make note of these screenings. The Coen Brothers' A SERIOUS MAN plays at the Capitol Theatre in Arlington this week, and at the Stuart Street Playhouse you can catch the outstanding 35 SHOTS OF RUM, or this year's film to beat, THE HURT LOCKER. The Museum of Fine Arts will be screening one of last fall's Sunday Eye Opener films from Mexico, I'M GONNA EXPLODE later this week.

And if you're looking for some classic films, don't miss this week's Brattle Repetory series of Screwball Comedies. The series is kicked off with a couple of films by the kings of screwball, the Marx Brothers and A DAY AT THE RACES and A NIGHT AT THE OPERA. And it all winds up with THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, arguably Katharine Hepburn's best screwball comedy. Check these out and more this week at the Brattle!

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, January 1 - 7, 2010.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Marx Brothers Marathon!
Animal Crackers (Fri.)
Horse Feathers (Fri.)
Duck Soup (Fri.)
A Night at the Opera (Fri.)
A Day at the Races (Fri.)
A Screwball New Year!
A Day at the Races (Sat.)
A Night at the Opera (Sat.)
The Awful Truth (Sun.)
Holiday (Sun.)
It Happened One Night (Mon.)
Palm Beach Story (Mon.)
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (Tue.)
Easy Living (Tue.)
My Man Godfrey (Wed.)
The Philadelphia Story (Thu.)
Harvard Bookstore Presents!
Daniel Pink (Wed.)
Atul Gawanda (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
A Single Man
Up in the Air (ineligible)
The Messenger
La Danse
Midnight Madness!
Out of Sight (Fri. & Sat.)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (Fri. & Sat.)
The Action Pack presents Elf Quote-Along (Fri.)
Johnny Cupcakes presents Home Alone (Sat.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

A Serious Man
Me and Orson Welles

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
No Independent Features Playing This Week!

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Closed for the Holidays!

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
An Education
Precious, Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Broken Embraces
A Single Man
The Road
The Young Victoria
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire
An Education

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Broken Embraces
The Young Victoria
The Road
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
No Independent Films Playing This Week!

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Costumes of Edith Head
A Place in the Sun (Sat.)
Sunset Boulevard (Sat.)
The Lady Eve (Sat.)
Rear Window (Sun.)
To Catch a Thief (Sun.)
This Gun for Hire (Sun.)
Music on Film
In Search of Beethoven (Wed. & Thu.)
Mexican Cinema
I'm Gonna Explode (Wed. & Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Men Who Stare at Goats (ineligible)

The Stuart Street Playhouse, Boston
35 Shots of Rum
The Hurt Locker
La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
An Education

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, December 11 - 17

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

This week Beth Caldwell hosts the Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies with a trip to the Brattle Theatre for the 8pm show of renown local filmmaker Fred Wiseman's new documentary, LA DANSE. Remember to bring your Chlotrudis membership card because it gets you a discount to any Brattle screenings on Monday - Wednesday evenings.

The Paris Opera Ballet is one of the world’s great ballet companies. In his new film LA DANSE, acclaimed documentarian Frederick Wiseman follows the rehearsals and performances of seven ballets and provides an intimate look at this legendary company. The film shows the work involved in administering the company and the coordinated and collaborative efforts of choreographers, ballet masters, dancers, musicians, and designers.

Frederick Wiseman is one of the world’s great documentary filmmakers. Eschewing voice-over narration, talking head interviews and onscreen bluster, Wiseman stands back and lets his subjects speak for themselves for as long as it takes to tell their stories. This technique has resulted in some of the most powerful documentaries of the past 50 years. From Titicut Follies to High School to Domestic Violence, Wiseman is well-known for tackling thorny social issues, but he is equally adept at capturing the creative process in films such as La Comédie-Française, Ballet, and his latest work, LA DANSE. The Brattle is excited to be hosting the hometown theatrical premiere of this remarkable new film.

Check out the trailer:

It's the last weekend of The Boston Latino International Film Festival so don't waste any time, get out there and see some of the latest films produced by Latinos and the latest films pertaining to social issues of Latino communities in the US and Latin America. This weekend catch some terrific films at Cambridge College. Check out the schedule:

Friday, December 11
5pm, Cambridge College - Las Angeles
7:00pm, Cambridge College - A Portrait of a Lady
Saturday, December 12
2pm, Cambridge College - Paisajes Interiores
4:30pm, Cambridge College - Latino Shorts
5pm, Cambridge College - Por el Flamenco
7:30pm, Cambridge College - Blak Mama
Sunday, December 13
3pm, Cambridge College - Una Vida Mejor
5:30pm, Cambridge College - Los Dioses Rotos
7:30pm, Cambridge College - Closing Reception

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, December 11 - 17, 2009.

Belmont Studio Cinema, Belmont
Fantastic Mr. Fox

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Special Engagement! A Brattle Holiday Tradition
It's a Wonderful Life (Fri. - Sun.)
Area Premiere! Director Fred Wiseman in person on opening night!
La Danse (Fri. - Thu.)
Ho Ho Horrors!
Day of the Beast w/ Treevenge (Fri.)
Silent Night, Deadly Night w/ Black Christmas (Sat.)
Don't Open 'Til Christmas (Sun.)
Free Screening! Elements of Cinema
The Uninvited (Sat.)
CineMental Presents!
Todd Verow's Anonymous (Wed.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call, New Orleans (Wed. & Thu.)
Defamation
Four Seasons Lodge
Midnight Madness!
The House of the Devil (Fri. & Sat.)
The Action Pack presents Elf Quote-Along (Fri.)
Johnny Cupcakes presents Home Alone (Sat.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

No independent films playing this week

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Pirate Radio

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Closed for the Holidays!

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Precious, Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Fantastic Mr. Fox

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Me and Orson Welles
Up in the Air
The Road
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire
Brothers (not eligible)
An Education
A Serious Man
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire
An Education
Pirate Radio

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
The Salmmin' Salmon

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Documentary
Strongman (Fri., Sat., & Wed.)
Bloody Mondays and Strawberry Pies (Wed. & Thu.)
Independent Film
Julia (Fri. - Sun.)
Classic Cinema
Z (Fri. - Sun.)
Araya (Wed. & Thu.)
Classic Russian Cinema
To the Stars by Hard Ways (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Bright Star

The Stuart Street Playhouse, Boston
Irene in Time

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Messenger
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, December 4 - 10

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

It's a skimpy week for new indie releases this week, but Gil and Amanda, who will be hosting the Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies are up for a wild and wicked time at the 6:40 p.m. screening of BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS at the Kendall Square Cinema. It's looking to be a nice mixture of craziness between Herzog and Cage. They're hoping to grab dinner beforehand, but it will have to be early due to the early start time of the film. Watch for a message next week!

In Werner Herzog's new film, Nicolas Cage plays a rogue detective who is as devoted to his job as he is at scoring drugs—while playing fast and loose with the law. He wields his badge as often as he wields his gun in order to get his way. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina he becomes a high-functioning addict who is a deeply intuitive, fearless detective reigning over the beautiful ruins of New Orleans with authority and abandon. Complicating his tumultuous life is the prostitute he loves (played by Eva Mendes). Together they descend into their own world marked by desire, compulsion and conscience. The result is a singular masterpiece of filmmaking: equally sad and manically humorous.

Director: Werner Herzog
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Alvin Joiner, Fairuza Balk, Shawn Hatosy, Jennifer Coolidge, Tom Bower, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Irma Hall, Denzel Whitaker, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Lucius Baston

Check out the trailer:

The Boston Latino International Film Festival continues till December 13th, 2009. (BLIFF) will be presenting the latest films produced by Latinos and the latest films pertaining to social issues of Latino communities in the US and Latin America. This weekend catch some terrific films at the Cambridge College and the brand new Cambridge Public Library. Check out the schedule:

Friday, December 4
5pm, Cambridge College - Hobby
7:30pm, Cambridge College - Amancio - Two Faces On A Tombstone
Saturday, December 5
2pm, Cambridge Public Library - Don Policarpo & I: Travels with a Puppeteer
3pm, Cambridge Public Library - Accordion Kings
5pm, Cambridge College - Por el Flamenco
7:30pm, Cambridge College - Stages
Sunday, December 6
3pm, Cambridge College - Companions to None
6pm, Cambridge College - The Devil's Tail

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, December 4 - 10, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Special Engagement! James Mason Centennial
Pandora & the Flying Dutchman & Lolita (Fri. - Sun.)
Special Event! The Action Pack presents...
Mystery Sing-Along! (Sat.)
Harvard Bookstore presents!
CHRIS KIMBALL and the Cast from America's Test Kitchen present The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook (Mon.)
Brattle Benefit Event! Sugar & Cinema
Enjoy dessert tastings from area restaurants followed by a special screening ofJulie & Julia (Mon.)
Special Beer Double Feature!
Strange Brew (Wed.)
Smokey & the Bandit (Wed.)
Special Event! Premiere Screening!
Victory Day (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call, New Orleans (Wed. & Thu.)
Defamation
The House of the Devil
Midnight Madness!
Bottle Rocket (Fri. & Sat.)
The Virgin Suicides (Fri. & Sat.)
Science on Screen
American Beauty (Mon.)
Grub Street Presents
Adaptations 2009 (Thu.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

No independent films playing this week

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Pirate Radio

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
The Harvard Film Archive at 30
Fragments from a Few Forsaken Films (Fri.)
Film and Video Works by Vlada Petric
The Fatal Thirst & Wall of Memories (Sun.)
A Tribute to Steve Livernash (Mon.)

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

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
The Road
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire
The Messenger
An Education
A Serious Man
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Red Cliff
Oh My God?

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire
Ninja Assassin
An Education
Pirate Radio

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Paranormal Activity
Pirate Radio

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
John Cassavetes and Peter Falk
A Woman Under the Influence (Fri.)
Husbands (Fri. & Sat.)
Boston Turkish Film Festival Compeition
Opening Night: Turkish Festival Film Finalists (Fri. & Sat.)
MFA for the Holidays
Christmas Story (Sun.)
Miracle on 34th Street (Sun.)
Classic Cinema
Z (Wed. & Thu.)
Documentary
Strongman (Wed. & Thu.)
Independent Film
Julia (Wed. & Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Capitalism: A Love Story

The Stuart Street Playhouse, Boston
Paranormal Activity
Coco Before Chanel
Pirate Radio

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Messenger
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 27 - December 4

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

Join us on Tuesday, December 1, for the 7:05pm screening of THE ROAD at the Kendall Square Cinema. Based on Cormac McCarthy's award-winning, post-apocalyptic novel, THE ROAD focuses on a father and son trying to make their way across the United States after a devastating catastrophe has struck. John Hillcoat, director of the Chlotrudis Awards-winning film THE PROPOSITION directs. We'll grab dinner beforehand at the Friendly Toast at 5:30pm if you can join us.

Viggo Mortensen leads a stellar cast (including Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce) in the epic, post-apocalyptic tale of the survival of a father (Moretensen) and his young son (newcomer Kodi Smit-McPhee) as they journey across a barren America that was destroyed by a mysterious cataclysm. A masterpiece of adventure, The Road is adapted from author Cormac McCarthy's (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN) beloved, best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, which boldly imagines a future in which men are pushed to the worst and the best that they are capable of—a future in which father and son are sustained by love. Directed by John Hillcoat (THE PROPOSITION).

Check out the trailer:

As the year comes to a close, Chlotrudis members start to think about nominations! That's right, with nominations do in mid-January, Chlotrudis members need to start counting up the number of 2009 films they've seen and find out if they're eligible to nominate! To assist in that process, Chlotrudis has been seeking out screeners. We've gotten our first batch from Peg Aloi, Ned Hinkle and the Brattle Theatre, and Samuel Goldwyn (thanks to all of you!) To find out what screeners are available, and how to request a screener to borrow, visit our members page. You will be asked for a login and password, and if you don't know what that is, please contact me. We've got a nice assortment of DVD screeners, so get your name on a list and start watching movies!

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, November 27 - December 4, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Repertory Series: Epstein Brothers Centennial
Casablanca (Fri. & Sat.)
The Man Who Came to Dinner (Sun.)
Arsenic and Old Lace (Sun.)
Sneak Preview!
Here Come the Waves: The Hazards of Love Visualized (Mon.)
Harvard World AIDS Week!
Love in a Time of HIV (Wed.)
Harvard Book Store Presents
Sir Harold Evans and Jason Epstein (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Precious:
Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call, New Orleans (Wed. & Thu.)
An Education
The Maid
Midnight Madness!
Black Dynamite (Fri. & Sat.)
Planet of the Apes (Fri. & Sat.)

FEI Theatres Capitol Theatre, Arlington
Coco Before Chanel
Bombay Cinema
de dana dan (Fri. - Sun.)

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Antichrist
Pirate Radio
Paranormal Activity

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Gordon Willis, the Man Who Shot THE GODFATHER
The Godfather (Sat.)
The Godfather II (Sun.)
The Landlord (Mon.)

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

Landmark Theatres Kendall Square, Cambridge
The Road
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire
The Messenger
An Education
A Serious Man
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Red Cliff
Oh My God?

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire
Ninja Assassin
An Education
Pirate Radio

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Paranormal Activity
Pirate Radio

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Restored Print
Word is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives (Fri. - Sun.)
New Japanese Cinema
Cyborg She (Fri. & Sun.)
Vacation (Sat.)
The Magic Hour (Sat.)
John Cassavetes and Peter Falk
Mikey & Nicky (Wed. & Thu.)
Opening Night (Wed.)
Big Trouble (Thu.)
A Woman Under the Influence (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Pirate Radio

The Stuart Street Playhouse, Boston
Coco Before Chanel
Pirate Radio

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Messenger
Paris
A Serious Man
Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel
Amreeka

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM at the BOSTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL: ‘THE WOLBERG FAMILY’

The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film (CSIF) is pleased to be part of the 21st annual Boston Jewish Film Festival, one of New England’s longest-lived and most acclaimed film festivals. Chlotrudis will be the Community Partner of THE WOHLBERG FAMILY (LA FAMILLE WOLBERG) for the films two screenings.

Set in contemporary France, Simon Wolberg is mayor of a provincial town, still head over heels for his wife, a little too involved and over-invested in the lives of his two children, and a bit worried for his father. This debut feature from actress and screenwriter Axelle Ropert was a highlight of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, THE WOLBERG FAMILY is a classic family melodrama of the best kind. It will be screened on 11/5 at 7:45 pm in the Barbara Lee Theater at the Institute of Contemporary Art on Boston’s waterfront, and on 11/12, 9pm at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Individual tickets are $12 ($10 students, seniors, members).

For the complete schedule of films and film events of the Boston Jewish Film Festival, check its website at http://www.bjff.org/2009. Chlotrudis is proud for the opportunity once again to support the Boston Jewish Film Festival, a long-lived and important pillar of the Boston independent film community. BJFF is one of several local and regional film festivals or special film events Chlotrudis has partnered with and supported, for over a decade, as part of its mission to bring more independent films to the attention of independent-minded film audiences.

TIFF Day 5 - Chatting with Patty

Day Five of Tiff featured a rather varied selections of films to view, from an Australian musical to a high camp satire on the Manson trials. Squeeze a quiet romance set in Cairo in there and you've got a pretty interesting day. The day was notable as well because I got to have a quick but memorable chat with Patricia Clarkson, who was gracious and lovely, and told me the way to get her attention is to have a dog with you. We also got to attend the LESLIE, MY NAME IS EVIL party, hosted by director Reg Harkema (MONKEY WARFARE) where we got to catch up yet again with Don and Tracy. In addition to Scot and myself, Bruce, Scott, Mary James, Traci and Chansi joined us. We received a copy of the Leslie, My Name is Evil soundtrack on vinyl, and much to Scot's delight, got to meet Lisa Lambert, lyricist for The Drowsy Chaperon.

BRAN NUE DAE
director: Rachael Perkins
cast: Geoffrey Rush; Rocky McKenzie; Ernie Dingo; Deborah Mailman; Tom Budge; Missy Higgins; Magda Szubanski

Without a doubt, BRAN NUE DAE, Rachel Perkins’ adaptation of a hugely successful Australian stage musical, is the most fun I’ve had in a theatre this year at TIFF! Willie is doing his mother’s bidding and studying to be a priest under the severe educational care of Father Benedictus. The problem is he’s not sure he wants to become a priest, and may, in fact, rather be spending his time in the gorgeous coastal city of Broome with his beautiful crush, Rosie. While Willie is away at school in the big city, Lester, lead singing cowboy of the local bar band, is wooing Rosie with the promise of a singing gig with his band. When Willie lets Father Benedictus down and is castigated as a sinning aboriginal who will be punished, he runs, vowing to make his way back to Broome on his own. Willie finds help in the form of Uncle Tadpole, a homeless man who has strange connections with Broome, and with Father Benedictus hot on their heels, the pais head off, encountering a series of wacky characters who both help and hinder the travels.

Of course, this is a musical, so you just know that everything is going to turn out fine, but what was unexpected was the amount of big, uproarious laughs we would enjoy along the way. Geoffrey Rush is hilarious as the misguided Father Benedictus and Ernie Dingo shines as the good-for-nothing drunk whose timeworn façade hides a multi-layered, key component to the story. The songs are surprisingly straight-forward and bawdy, especially the first full-on number espousing the necessity for safe sex. BRAN NUE DAE is an uproarious side-splitter that will hopefully find an audience in the States. 4 ½ cats

Cairo Time
director: Ruba Nedda
cast: Patricia Clarkson; Alexander Siddig

Superficially an adult romance between a married career woman visiting Cairo and a man who helps her navigate the city, CAIRO TIME also brushes such topics as culture differences, gender roles and politics. In many ways director Ruba Nedda has written a love letter to Cairo and an urban life seldom seen in western films. Patricia Clarkson plays Juliette, the wife of an American diplomat who is coming to Cairo to visit her husband. When she lands she is informed by Tareq, a former employee and dear friend of her husband’s, that he has been delayed and will call her at the hotel. Clarkson masterfully slides from thee excitement of arriving in a strange land to spend time with her husband to the disoriented wariness of a woman on her own in a Middle Eastern city. She is comforted by Tareq’s presence, but uncertain of their relationship as well. Her first attempts at exploring the city alone throw her into further dismay as the young men openly admire her and follow her wherever she goes.

It is with great relief that she meets Tareq again, and he graciously takes her on tours of the city and surrounding countryside… all except the pyramids, which she has vowed to save for her husband. In her discussions with Tareq, she begin to understand the differences in their cultures, just as she slowly begins to become entranced by the exotic beauty of the locale. Clarkson is magnificent in a quiet, understated role that upon further examination might even be a woman used to her husband making decisions for her. While it is true that she has a career as a journalist for a women’s magazine, share makes it sound more like an issues journal than the lifestyle mag that it truly is. Clarkson responds slowly to Tareq’s gentle yet so-very male demeanor, but it is clear that she feels comforted by his presence, yet able to challenge and verbally spar with him as well.

What Nedda does that is so remarkable is to allow long silences to permeate the film. There are long moments of Juliette and Tareq enjoying each other’s company with out speaking. Emotions is conveyed beautifully without words. It is a testament Nedda’s skillful direction that she so eloquently captures the ebb and flow of life in Cairo, showing us its everyday existence as it wraps a cocoon of longing around two solitary people. 4 ½ cats

Leslie, My Name Is Evil
director: Reg Harkema
cast: Kristen Hager; Gregory Smith; Ryan Robbins; Don McKellar; Tracy Wright; Kristin Adams; Tiio Horn

Using a moment in American history that almost seemed like a perfect storm of events: the Manson trial, the Viet Nam War and the hippie movement; Reg Harkema’s LESLIE, MY NAME IS EVIL blends biting satire and high camp to create a surprisingly successful follow-up film to his counter-culture MONKEY WARFARE. While LESLIE, MY NAME IS EVIL lacks the maturity and ambiguity of his earlier film, it satirizes the cultural wars between left and right beautifully. Harkema uses as his representatives Leslie, a young woman seduced away from her broken family by the charismatic Manson and the need to find meaning in her life; and Perry, a young Christian Republican, engaged to be married and happy that his job allows him to avoid the draft, who finds himself chosen to serve on the jury for the Manson Murders. Despite his rigid background, conservative fiancée and overbearing father, or perhaps because of them, he finds himself drawn to Leslie, to the point of lustful dreams that involve virgin sacrifices. Will God set him on the right path so that he can do the right thing?

LESLIE, MY NAME IS EVIL is deft at skewering hypocrisy and rife with symbolism. In MOKNEY WARFARE Harkema dabbled with inserting archival footage into the storyline, and with this film, he takes it even further to good effect. The youthful cast is a mixture of adept and awkward, with one of Manson’s ‘girls’ played by Kaniehtiio Horn outshining the others. Kristin Adams (WHERE THE TRUTH LIES) is also terrific as the virginal and pious Dorothy. Don McKellar has a small part as the prosecuting attorney, who goes after Leslie and Manson’s harem with gusto, then slyly revels in his triumphs. Tracy Wright has an even smaller role as Leslie’s mother, but it’s a pivotal one. When testifying on her daughter’s behalf, she wonders how this could have happened, citing her divorce, or the fact that she made her daughter abort her child as possible reasons. It’s a surprisingly poignant moment amidst the high camp, and it’s essential in order for it all to work. That scene provides the only moment of true emotion in the film thereby grounding it in reality and making the satire all the more effective. How appropriate that the scene belongs to Ms. Wright, so underused and underappreciated in the world of film. 4 cats.

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, October 2 - 8

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

Hope you can make to the Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies next week when Gil & Amanda will host a gathering at the 7:20pm screening of Agnès Varda's BEACHES OF AGNÈS at the Kendall Square Cinema. From CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 to THE GLEANERS & I, Varda is one of the premiere filmmakers of the French New Wave.

The magnificent new film from Agnès Varda (CLEO FROM 5 TO 7, VAGABOND, THE GLEANERES AND I) is a kind of cinematic autobiography—an innovative and whimsical journey through an extraordinary artistic life. Weaving together footage of her vast body of work, old photographs and present-day sequences with intimate anecdotal voice-overs, Varda looks back on her childhood, her work as a photographer and installation artist, her marriage to late filmmaker Jacques Demy, and the birth of the French New Wave. Varda is an avid collector of people and places, sensual experiences and intellectual preoccupations, personal commitments and political principles. She is a mother and wife, a feminist, nature-lover and urban-dwelling artist. Above all, she is a woman in love with cinema whose new movie perfectly expresses her sentiment, "While I live, I remember." Featuring Jean-Luc Godard, Catherine Deneuve, Chris Marker (who only appears in his cat persona), Alain Resnais, Harrison Ford, Jane Birkin, Michel Piccoli, Gérard Depardieu and Jim Morrison. (Partially subtitled)
Director: Agnès Varda
Cast: Agnès Varda, Jean-Luc Godard, Catherine Deneuve, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais, Harrison Ford, Jane Birkin, Michel Piccoli, Gérard Depardieu, Jim Morrison

Check out the trailer:

The Sunday Eye-Opener, a co-presentation of Chlotrudis and the Brattle Film Foundation is back in swing and we're thrilled about this week's movie, which comes courtesy of Roadside Attractions' Eric d'Arbeloff. GOOD HAIR is an exposé of comic proportions that only Chris Rock could pull off, GOOD HAIR visits beauty salons and hairstyling battles, scientific laboratories and Indian temples to explore the way hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships, and self-esteem of the black community. Director Jeff Stilson follows Chris Rock on this raucous adventure prompted by Rock's daughter approaching him and asking, "Daddy, how come I don't have good hair?" Haircare professionals, beautyshop and barbershop patrons, as well as celebrities including Ice-T, Nia Long, Paul Mooney, Raven Symoné, Dr. Maya Angelou, Salt n Pepa, Eve and Reverend Al Sharpton all candidly offer their stories and observations to Rock while he struggles with the task of figuring out how to respond to his daughter's question. The Sunday Eye-Opner is one of the most popular of the local Chlotrudis programs, runs during the Spring, Fall, and Winter and features either a special sneak preview or an undistributed independent film, followed by a moderated audience discussion. To insure that you know what films will ne playing you'll need to join the Sunday Eye Opener email list to find out what's playing. Visit the Sunday Eye Opener page to learn more about the program, join the email list, or purchase a subscription. Complimentary coffee, tea, and pastries included. Admission is $10 or you can purchase an 8-week subscription: $50 general public; $30 for Brattle or Chlotrudis members; $20 for members of both organizations. This week's Sunday Eye Opener starts at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 4.

Speaking of the Brattle, don't miss the 6th Annual ART HOUSE, held on the set of The Donkey Show at Oberon, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge, on Sunday, October 4, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. ART HOUSE is a silent art auction to benefit the non-profit Brattle Film Foundation. For the sixth consecutive year, over sixty artists from the Boston area and beyond, from familiar names to up-and-coming, have put their art where their hearts are for our silent art auction fundraiser! There's something for seasoned art aficionados and novices alike at this affordable art auction, with starting bids from just $35 to $300! Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for Brattle or WGBH members.

Don't forget to keep Gerry Peary's BU CINEMATHEQUE in mind now that the fall semester has begun. BU Cinematheque Events are FREE to BU students and staff and their friends (Chlotrudis members are friends!) Screenings are Thursday and Friday evenings at 7 pm in Room B-05, BU College of Communication, 640 Comm.Ave, Boston.
Transportation: the “B” Boston College Green Line, the first stop outward bound after Kenmore Square.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8-AN EVENING WITH TOM McPHEE
Alternately heart-warming and heart-wrenching, McPhee’s An American Opera—
The Greatest Pet Rescue Ever! shows first-hand the gripping Hurricane Katrina saga of how thousands of volunteers struggled to save many thousands of family pets, cats and dogs, which had been left behind as their owners fled in panic. Strong , emotional stuff—and An American Opera justifiably has won “Best Documentary” prizes at multiple film festivals.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15-AN EVENING WITH IDO HAAR
The esteemed Israeli filmmaker. brought to BU by the Consulate General of Israel to New England, will screen Melting Siberia, a feature documentary about his Russian-born mother, Marina, and her painful journey from Israel to the ex-Soviet Union in search of her lost father. Marina was still in the womb when her dad, once a heralded Red Army officer, disappeared, seemingly forever, in the Siberian steppes.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22-AN EVENING OF CINEMA HILARITY
A double-feature night begins with filmmaker, Franco Sacchi, introducing his droll, eye-popping documentary, This is Nollywood, heralding the Nigerian film industry, where 2,000 low-low-budget genre movies are pumped out each year. Sacchi was there on the set in Nigeria for some crazy genre shooting! Second: a bold showing of the legendarily terrible, goblins-in-Utah, horror feature, Troll 2 (1990), in preparation for next week’s visit of Michael Paul Stephenson, Troll 2 child star.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23-AN EVENING WITH JAN-CHRISTOPHER HORAK
BU welcomes back a former College of Communication film graduate student,
who, as Director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive, is charged with UCLA’s seminal, world-acclaimed film restoration program. At BU, Horak will show
Billy Woodberry’s classic 1984 feature, Bless Their Little Hearts, written by Charles Burnett. This story of a black family’s daily struggles in Los Angeles is a prime example of UCLA’s committed restoration of the works of key African-American independent filmmakers, the so-called “LA Rebellion,” many of whom met while attending UCLA.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29-AN EVENING WITH MICHAEL PAUL STEPHENSON
Who could have imagined that the execrable 1990 horror flick, Troll 2, would
not disappear but become an obsessive cult movie shown around the world, celebrated for being abominably bad? Stephenson, the once-child star, tracks down the original cast—some genial, some goony, some certifiably crazy—for his good-natured autobiographical documentary, Best Worst Movie, a super hit at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival. And let’s not forget Troll 2’s ill-natured Italian director, Claudio Fragasso, who, alone in the world , believes he made a little masterpiece.
A Boston premiere.

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, September 25 - October 1, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Films of Mystery & Madness: Edgar Allan Poe on Screen!
The Masque of the Red Death (Fri. & Sat.)
The Raven (Sun.)
The Black Cat (Sun.)
Murders in the Rue Morgue (Mon.)
The Tell-Tale Heart (1941) (Mon.)
Avant-Garde Poe Shorts (Tue.)
The Avenging Conscience (Wed.)
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe (Wed.)
The House of Usher & The Tell-Tale Heart (1953) (Thu.)
The Tomb of Lights (Thu.)
Special Event! Free Premiere Screening!
Brats: Our Journey Home (Sat.)
Sunday Eye Opener
Film to be announced!
Special Fundraising Event!
The 6th Annual Art House @ Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge (Sun.)
Harvard Bookstore Presents
Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn (Mon.)
Frank Warren (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Coco Before Chanel
Amreeka
The Baader-Meinhof Complex
Food, Inc. (Thu.)
Midnight Madness!
The Dark Horrors of John Carpenter w/ Halloween (Fri.)
Feast of Flesh IX featuring The Return of the Living Dead (Sat.)
Europe's Grand Operas!
Die Walkure (Sun.)
National Theatre Live
All's Well That Ends Well (Mon.)
Special Event!
EDGE: Prespectives on Drug-Free Culture (Mon.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

(500) Days of Summer
In the Loop
The Hurt Locker
Bombay Cinema Presents
What's Your Rashee? (Fri. - Sun.)

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Zombieland
It Might Get Loud
The Hurt Locker

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Debonair: The Films of Stanley Donen
Singin' In the Rain (Fri.)
On the Town (Fri.)
Funny Face (Sat.)
Arabesque (Sat.)
Charade (Sun.)
A Visit from Phil Solomon
Nocturne, The Secret Garden, Remains to be Seen, Psalm II: Walking Distance & Rehearsals for Retirement Director in Person! (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
The Invention of Lying
The Burning Plain
The September Issue
The Hurt Locker

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
The Beaches of Agnès
No Impact Man
Capitlism: A Love Story
Coco Before Chanel
The Boys Are Back
Amreeka
Bright Star
Paris

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Capitalism: A Love Story
The Invention of Lying
The September Issue

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Whip It!
Zombieland
The September Issue
I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Classic Japanese Cinema
Ugetsu (Fri.)
Throne of Blood (Fri., Sat., & Thu.)
Films of Sam Peckinpah
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Fri.)
The Wild Bunch (Sat.)
Documentary
Act of God (Thu.)
Wende flicks
The Architects (Thu.)
Herzsprung (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Inglorious Basterds (ineligible)

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Coco Before Chanel
Bright Star
Still Walking
In the Loop
Departures
Seraphine
Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg
Ponyo
My One and Only

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, September 25 - October 1

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

Next week's Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies is AMREEKA, screening at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, 7:30pm. AMREEKA is a debut feature by Cherien Dabis, who won the Director's Fortnight prize at Cannes, and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize Dramatic category at Sundance. It stars one of my favorite actors, Hiam Abbass, and the trailer, which I wasn't too fond of at first, has grown on me. Hope you can make it!

Muna is a single mother who leaves the West Bank with Fadi, her teenage son, with dreams of an exciting future in the promised land of small town Illinois. In America, as her son navigates high school hallways the way he used to move through military checkpoints, Muna scrambles together a new life cooking up falafel burgers as well as hamburgers at the local White Castle.

dir. Cherien Dabis w/ Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallen, Hiam Abbass 1h36m

Check out the trailer:

This week heralds the return of the Sunday Eye-Opener, a co-presentation of Chlotrudis and the Brattle Film Foundation. The Sunday Eye-Opner is one of the most popular of the local Chlotrudis programs, runs during the Spring, Fall, and Winter and features either a special sneak preview or an undistributed independent film, followed by a moderated audience discussion. To insure that you know what films will ne playing you'll need to join the Sunday Eye Opener email list to find out what's playing. Visit the Sunday Eye Opener page to learn more about the program, join the email list, or purchase a subscription. Complimentary coffee, tea, and pastries included. Admission is $10 or you can purchase an 8-week subscription: $50 general public; $30 for Brattle or Chlotrudis members; $20 for members of both organizations.

Speaking of the Brattle, don't miss the 6th Annual ART HOUSE, held on the set of The Donkey Show at Oberon, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge, on Sunday, October 4, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. ART HOUSE is a silent art auction to benefit the non-profit Brattle Film Foundation. For the sixth consecutive year, over sixty artists from the Boston area and beyond, from familiar names to up-and-coming, have put their art where their hearts are for our silent art auction fundraiser! There's something for seasoned art aficionados and novices alike at this affordable art auction, with starting bids from just $35 to $300! Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for Brattle or WGBH members. This event is lots of fun, so I hope you can make it!

Don't forget to keep Gerry Peary's BU CINEMATHEQUE in mind now that the fall semester has begun. BU Cinematheque Events are FREE to BU students and staff and their friends (Chlotrudis members are friends!) Screenings are Thursday and Friday evenings at 7 pm in Room B-05, BU College of Communication, 640 Comm.Ave, Boston.
Transportation: the “B” Boston College Green Line, the first stop outward bound after Kenmore Square.

Friday, September 25. AN EVENING WITH DAMIEN CHAZELLE.
It’s the happy “indie” story of the year, how a tiny, delicate independent narrative, GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH, became the runaway hit of the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, including an adulatory article in Film Comment. Everyone responded to the Cambridge-set interracial love story featuring a jazz trumpeter who plays at Wally’s,and also to ex-Harvard filmmaking student Chazelle’s filling of the screen with visionary dance numbers. A BOSTON PREMIERE SCREENING.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1-AN EVENING WITH CELIA MAYSLES.
Her obsessive search to recover celluloid memories of her late documentarian father, David Maysles, who died in 1987, leads the young filmmaker in WILD BLUE YONDER into an out-and-out war with her famous octagenarian uncle, Albert Maysles, who claims ownership of the Maysles Brothers film estate, including SALESMAN and GREY GARDENS.

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, September 25 - October 1, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Artists on Film!
Basquiat (Fri.)
Van Gogh (Sat.)
Antonio Gaudi & Michelangelo Eye to Eye (Sat.)
Testament of Orpheus (Sun.)
Orpheus (Sun.)
Moulin Rouge (Tue.)
Klimt (Wed.)
The Draughtsman's Contract (Thu.)
Caravaggio (Thu.)
Special Engagements! Rare Technicolor Treat!
Suspiria (Fri. & Sat.)
Special Event! A Fundraiser for Equality Now!
The Teseracte Players of Boston Present

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Wed.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Amreeka
Inglorious Basterds (ineligible)
The Baader-Meinhof Complex
Food, Inc. (Thu.)
Midnight Madness!
Good Vibrations' 2009 Indie Erotic Film Festival (Fri.)
Johnny Cupcakes presents: Ferris Beuller's Day Off (Sat.)
Special Musical Event!
Andrew W.K. & Calder Quartet (Wed.)
Brookline Booksmith Presents:
Nick Hornby (Thu.)
National Theatre Live
All's Well That Ends Well (Thu.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

(500) Days of Summer
In the Loop
The Hurt Locker
Bombay Cinema Presents
What's Your Rashee? (Fri. - Sun.)

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Ponyo

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Sullivan’s Travels Revisited. A Conversation with Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors
Sullivan's Travels Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors in Person! (Fri.)
Robert Kramer's Reports from the Road
Milestones (Sat.)
Route One USA (Sun.)
Ice (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
The September Issue
The Hurt Locker

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Amreeka
Still Walking
Five Minutes of Heaven
Bright Star
Paris
The Burning Plain
It Might Get Loud
Big Fan

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
The September Issue
(500) Days of Summer

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
The September Issue
Disgrace

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Classic Cinema
Bigger Than Life (Fri. & Sun.)
Women on Film
A Wink and a Smile (Fri. & Sun.)
Manhattan Shorts Program
Manhattan Shorts Program (Sun.)
Films of Sam Peckinpah
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Thu.)
The Wild Bunch (Thu.)
Classic Japanese Cinema
Throne of Blood (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Taking Woodstock (ineligible)
Newburyport Documentary Film Festival
Sweet Crude (Sat.)
Free Swim (Sat.)
Shorts Block #2 (Sun.)
Panel #2 Filmmaking 101 (Sun.)
Trust Us, This is All Made Up (Sun.)

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
The Burning Plain
Bright Star
Lorna's Silence
In the Loop
It Might Get Loud
Departures
Seraphine
Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg
Ponyo
My One and Only

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President