Chlotrudis Does the Independent Film Festival of Boston + Indie Film Round-Up, April 23 - 29

Hello Chlotrudis Members!

We are in the midst of the Independent Film Festival of Boston so our movie choices are overflowing! There are so many outstanding narratives, documentaries, shorts, and panels throughout Boston, Cambridge, Brookline and Somerville in the coming week; Chlotrudis members should be taking advantage of all of them! Beth Caldwell is this week's host for the Movie of the Week, and she has elected not to choose any particular film, but instead encourages you to just head out to the IFFB and pick something! The entire schedule is available at their website, and is also listed below under individual theatres. One thing you should do if you head out to the Festival is find Beth Caldwell (who is one our many Chlotrudis volunteers at the festival) and get your Chlotrudis button! This will identify you as a Chlotrudis members to all the other festival goers. It is an opportunity for you to spread the word about Chlotrudis to other film lovers and get them interested! To contact Beth about a button, e-mail her at

Since Beth didn't select a particular film for Chlotrudis members to revolve around, let me point out a few films that I will encourage you to check out... as well as some of the films that I will be seeing over the course of the next few days, starting with the two outstanding films that Chlotrudis is co-presenting with the IFFB! 

Tilda Swinton goes Italian for I AM LOVE, which plays on Saturday, April 24 at 7:30pm at the Somerville Theatre. Chlotrudis membI Am Loveers loved this family drama when they caught it at the Toronto International Film Festival last September. Thom gave the film the top rating of 5 cats and said, "This might well end-up as my TOP FILM for TIFF. Of course, must-see Tilda Swinton is a great help and here she totally shines as a Russian émigré married to an extremely wealthy Italian industrialist, whose company is on the verge of a merger with a Japanese conglomeration." After seeing Tilda's mind-boggling performance in last year's JULIA, and campaigning to get her a Chlotrudis nomination, I don't need to be convinced! I'll be seeing I AM LOVE. 

Another actor with a long history of notable roles in Chlotrudis films is Patricia Clarkson, and she touches down lightly in CAIRO TIME a lovely Canadian romantic drama called Cairo TimeCAIRO TIME, that also touched a positive chord in Chlotrudis members in Toronto last year. Here's what I had to say about the film after seeing it, "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. 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." CAIRO TIME plays on Monday, April 26, 7pm at the Somerville Theatre, so if you're looking for something to see as your Movie of the Week, this one would be a fine choice. 

As for me, there are several films I am quite excited to catch this weekend. Friday night, Winter's Bone7pm at the Somerville Theatre I am eager to see WINTER'S BONE, Debra Granik's follow-up to the powerful DOWN TO THE BONE. As Chlotrudis member Chris Kriofske writes in the IFFB's film notes, "WINTER’S BONE expresses a vivid sense of place, right from the beautifully simple opening shots of Ree and her siblings playing and doing chores around their dilapidated log-cabin house against a lone voice solemnly singing 'The Missouri Waltz.' With a strong ensemble—including John Hawkes (Deadwood, Lost) as Teardrop, Ree’s violent, weathered uncle—Debra Granik’s stark but affecting film presents a world that may seem foreign to most viewers, but feels thoroughly authentic in its depiction." I was also thrilled to see Twin Peaks' alum, Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer herself) in the cast! Hope to see some of you there! 

Sunday is problematic for me because of a screening conflict that I just don't know how to resolve. HHipstersIPSTERS is a colorful Russian musical set in 1950's Moscow. Several of us wanted to see this in Toronto but it played late in the Festival after we'd gone. Opposite that is CONVENTION documenting the 2008 Democratic National Convention that took place in Devner, CO. It was a watershed moment for U.S. politics and Chlotrudis Advisory Board member A.J. Schnack (GIGANTIC: A TALE OF TWO JOHNS; ABOUT A SON) was on hand to film it! Regardless of what I choose to see, I will follow that film with STRANGE POWERS: STEPHIN MERRITT AND THE MAGNETIC FIELDS a documentary on the popular cult band. And all of that is just scratching the surface. I hope to see you at some screenings!

See you at the movies,

Playing this week, April 23 - 29, 2010.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
The Independent Film Festival of Boston
Casino Jack and the United States of Money
The Parking Lot Movie
The Oath
Dirty Pictures
Philip the Fossil
The Good, The Bad, The Weird (Sat.)
The Father of My Children (Sun.)
Looking for Eric (Sun.)
Convention (Sun.)
Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields
Special Event! Harvard Bookstore Presents!

Peter Carey (Mon.)
Anna Lappé (Tue.)
Edmond O. Wilson (Wed.)
Natalie Merchant (Wed.)
Special Event! Boston Skeptics Presents!

Amanda Marcott (Tue.)
Repetory Series! The Musical Mind of Vincente Minnelli
The Band Wagon (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline

A Prophet

The Runaways


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

After Midnite - The Love is Blind Tour

Naked Girls Reading: Down the Rabbit Hole (Fri.)
Artz Presents I Remember Better When I Paint (Mon.)
Independent Film Festival of Boston Closing Night!
Saturday Night (Wed.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

When You're Strange

Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Independent Film Festival of Boston
Winter's Bone
Bass Ackwards (Fri.)
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (Fri.)
Shorts 2: Docs (Fri. & Mon.)
I'm Dangerous with Love
Down Terrace (Fri. & Sat.)
Life 2.0
(Fri. & Sun.)
American: The Bill Hicks Story
Shorts 4: Narratives (Sat.)
Working Both Sides of the Camera: Actors Who Direct, Directors Who Act
Bananas (Sat.)
Teenage Papparazzo
Beijing Taxi
War Don Don (Sat.)
Putty Hill
(Sat. & Sun.)
Shorts 3: Animation
(Sat. & Mon.)
Erasing David (Sat.)
Family Affair (Sat.)
The Freebie (Sat.)
Shorts 6: Narratives
(Sat. & Sun.)
Lovers of Hate
Tiny Furniture (Sat. & Mon.)
I Am Love Co-presented by the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film! (Sat.)
Do It Again (Sat.)
October Country
Life During Wartime
Soul Kitchen (Sat.)
Drones (Sat.)
Cell 211 (Sat.)
The Lottery (Sun.)
Anne Perry: Interiors (Sun.)
His and Hers (Sun.)
The Parking Lot Movie
The LEF Foundation Presents: Discussing the Documentary
9500 Liberty (Sun.)
The Last Survivor
My Suicide
New York Opus: Export Jazz (Sun.)
Making a Feature Film in Massachusetts on an Indie Budget (Sun.)
The Elephant in the Living Room (Sun.)
Orgasm Inc.
How to Fold a Flag
The Killer Inside Me
The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan
Solitary Man
Shorts 1: Docs
Cairo Time Co-presented by the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film! (Mon.)
8: The Mormon Proposition
Searching for Elliott Smith (Mon.)
The Good, The Bad, The Weird
Bear Nation (Mon.)

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Under the Skin: The Films of Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

The May Lady
Our Times & We Are Half of Iran's Population Director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad in Person (Sun.)
Mainline Director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad in Person (Mon.)
Vapor Trail (Clark) by John Gianvito
Vapor Trail (Clark) Director John Fianvito in person! (Sat.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers City

The Ghost Writer

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Exit Through the Gift Shop

Dancing Across Borders
The Secret in their Eyes

In Search of Memory
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Ghost Writer

A Prophet
The Joneses


The Square

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
The Runaways

The Ghost Writer

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
No independent Films Playing this Week!

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
No films playing this week!

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport

The Stuart Street Playhouse, Boston
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Mid-August Lunch

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt With Nazis

The Secret in their Eyes

The Yellow Handkerchief
Mid-August Lunch
A Matter of Size

The Little Traitor

The Secret of Kells
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Yellow Handkerchief


Crazy Heart

An Education

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

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