Kerry Washington Receives Chlotrudis Award for Breakout Career!

Kerry Washington joins the long list of special guests being honored at the 10th Annual Chlotrudis Awards Ceremony being held March 28, 5:00 p.m. at the Brattle Theatre, Cambridge. The Chlotrudis Society for Indpendent Film has had an eye on Ms. Washington's career ever since she mesmerized us in her big screen debut, Our Song. That movie was nominated for two Chlotrudis Awards, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cast, which Kerry had an integral part in. We are so excited to be able to present her with the Chlotrudis Award for a Breakout Career (formerly the Gertrudis Award) at this year's ceremony.

Nominated last year for her first Independent Spirit Award for "Best Actress" in the Boston-based film Lift, Kerry has been working non-stop every since. Last fall she was seen in The Human Stain starring Nicole Kidman and Sir Anthony Hopkins and is currently gracing the big screen in Against the Ropes: The Jackie Kallen Story starring Meg Ryan. Watch for her next film, United States of Leland opposite Kevin Spacey and Ryan Gosling. Kerry is possibly best known for her supporting role in Save the Last Dance.

Kerry recently wrapped production in New Orleans in the Taylor Hackford film Unchain My Heart, the inspirational life story of Ray Charles where she played Charles' wife Della. Also in the works is the independent film Sexual Life. She is currently filming She Hate Me, the latest film by Spike Lee and Doug Liman's Mr. and Mrs. Smith starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. If ever there was an actress about to take off, and so deservingly, it is Kerry Washington.

Writer/Director/Actor Daniel MacIvor to Attend Chlotrudis Awards!

Daniel MacIvor has been creating theatre since 1986. A writer/ performer/director and Artistic Director/Founder of da da kamera, his plays include Somewhere I Have Never Travelled, Yes I Am And Who Are You?, See Bob Run, Wild Abandon, This Is A Play, 2-2 Tango, The Soldier Dreams, Marion Bridge, You Are Here and In On It. With long-time collaborator Daniel Brooks, he has created The Lorca Play, House, Here Lies Henry and Monster, which have travelled throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe, Israel and Australia.

Also a filmmaker, MacIvor�s projects include writing the award-winning short film The Fairy Who Didn�t Want to be a Fairy Anymore, and writing and directing Parade (with Brad Fraser), Permission, Until I Hear From You, and Sydney That Summer. MacIvor�s first feature film Past Perfect (produced by Camelia Frieberg), was released in theatres across Canada in March and April 2003. MacIvor shot his second feature, Wilby Wonderful, in Nova Scotia in July and August 2003.

MacIvor can also be seen in Thom Fitzgerald�s Beefcake, Don McKellar�s CBC series "Twitch City," and Jeremy Podeswa�s film The Five Senses, for which he was nominated for a Best Actor Chlotrudis Award and a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor. That film also won the Best Cast Chlotrudis Award. Past Perfect premiered at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival, along with his screenplay adaptation of his play Marion Bridge, directed by Wiebke von Carolsfeld. MacIvor is also nominated this year in the Best Adapted Screenplay Category.

The Village Voice and the New York theatre community honored MacIvor by presenting a Village Voice OBIE Award to him in recognition of In On It, which ran at P.S 122 in September � October 2001. Currently, MacIvor continues to tour his one-man performance Cul-de-sac and is at work on his next screenplay.

We are thrilled to present Daniel with the Chlotrudis Award for a �Body of Work,� acknowledging his outstanding contributions to the stage and screen, both in front of and behind the camera.

Marion Bridge Director Wiebke von Carolsfeld to Attend Chl

Nominated in three categories, Marion Bridge is exactly the type of film Chlotrudis likes to champion. A tiny independent, family drama with a lot of appeal that because of the nature of the business can't get wide exposure. The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film takes notice though. Marion Bridge received nods in the Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cast, and Buried Treasure categories.

We're thrilled to announce that Wiebke von Carolsfeld, director of Marion Bridge, will be on hand to receive the Chlotrudis "Someone to Watch" Award. Marion Bridge is Wiebke�s first feature as a director. She won the City TV Award for Best First Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated by the Director�s Guild for outstanding Achievement in Direction for her work on the movie.

She has made two award winning short films as a director, �from morning on I waited yesterday� and �spiral bound�, which have screened at festivals all across Canada, the United States as well as in Europe. In 2002, she was the Director Observer on Atom Egoyan�s feature Ararat.

Marion Bridge was distributed in the U.S. by Film Movement, whose founder and CEO, Larry Meistrich, will also be in attendance at the March 28 event. Could star Molly Parker make an appearance? We've got our fingers crossed.

Thom Fitzgerald First Filmmaker Confirmed for Ceremony!

Thom Fitzgerald's films are tough to categorize. He started with a visually arresting, complex, time-jumping story of a young man returning home to his dysfunctional family after a ten year absence. The Hanging Garden scored two Chlotrudis nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Cinematography. From there he moved to tongue-in-cheek docudrama with the delightful Beefcake. Switching gears entirely, Thom's next film, The Wild Dogs, engaged gypsies, beggars, and actors to look at poverty and the sex-trade in post-revolutionary Romania. With The Event Thom looks at the complex morality of assisted suicide in a powerful human drama. The Event has received two more Chlotrudis nominations for Best Supporting Actress and Best Cast.

We are thrilled to honor Thom with this year's Chlotrudis Award given to a director whose creative vision and filmmaking skill consistently challenge and intrigue audiences. Thom comes to Boston in the midst of making his most ambitious film, 3 Needles. Shot in the U.S., China, and Africa, 3 Needles follows the stories of a missionary nun, a blood trafficker, and a porn star set amidst the combatative and derisive AIDS pandemic. Hear what Thom has to say about his films and the independent film scene at the 10th Annual Chlotrudis Awards, March 28 at the Brattle Theatre.

Film Movement�s Larry Meistrich to speak at Ceremony!

With his bold proclamation that �Film Movement is the future of distribution,� Larry Meistrich will surely have a lot to say about independent film at the 10th Annual Chlotrudis Awards ceremony. Film Movement�s unique mission to start a grassroots movement that joins together filmmakers and film fans for a simple common cause -- to provide access to the best films made every year, is so similar to our own that it�s a perfect fit to welcome and thank Larry for his groundbreaking work.

Two of Film Movement�s 2003 releases are up for Chlotrudis Awards. O.T.: Our Town is one of the five nominees in the Best Documentary category. Canadian film Marion Bridge, a film long-championed by CSIF since it�s screening at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival, received three nods, including Best Adapted Screenplay for Daniel MacIvor, Best Cast, and Buried Treasure.

Larry�s work first caught the CSIF eye as the producer of the big winner at the 3rd Awards ceremony. Sling Blade was nominated for Best Movie, Director, Actor, and Supporting Actor (twice), winning the kitties for the Actor and Movie categories. Four years later, another film Larry produced made a big Chlotrudis splash. You Can Count on Me was nominated in the Best Actress, Actor, and Original Screenplay categories.

Larry was also the founder and CEO of Shooting Gallery for 10 years. Shooting Gallery was another champion of the independent film getting smaller films into theatres across the country. Judy Berlin was Shooting Gallery�s big Chlotrudis film, picking up four nominations (for Movie, Director, Supporting Actress and Original Screenplay) at the 7th Awards Ceremony. Other Shooting Gallery film including Croupier, Eureka, and Last Resort also made big impacts on Chlotrudis members. At The Shooting Gallery, Meistrich also founded Guns for Hire, a comprehensive production and post-production operation with facilities in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Toronto and Vancouver.

Larry received the 1998 Crain�s Small Business Award and the 1999 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in New York. He currently serves on the board of the New York Production Council.

Now Larry is creating an entirely new model for distribution involving theatrical releases combined with a DVD subscription service. Obviously, anyone with the passion for independent film will be more than welcome at the Chlotrudis Awards Ceremony.

The 10th Annual Chlotrudis Awards will take place on Sunday, March 28, 5:00 p.m. at the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. Tickets are $20 [$15 for members] and are available through the Brattle Theatre box office or website. Member tickets are available by e-mailing Chris Kriofske. Immediately following the ceremony members are invited to a party at Noir in the luxurious Charles Hotel. For more information e-mail ceremony@chlotrudis.org.

10th Annual Chlotrudis Awards Ballot Open

Members may vote for their choices for the 10th Annual Chlotrudis Awards using the online ballot. The ballot will be open until midnight on Friday, March 26. Members are encouraged to see as many of the nominated films as possible before voting. In order to vote in the Buried Treasure category, members are asked to have seen all the nominated films. This year, the entire membership is also invited to vote in the Best Documentary category, but again, members must see all the nominees in that category in order to vote. E-mail vote@chlotrudis.org with any questions, or to obtain the password that will grant you access to the ballot.

New Reviews Posted

In addition to many new reviews from 2003 that members have been seeing in preparation for the voting for this year's Awards, several new reviews have been posted for 2004 films. Visit the reviews page to see new reviews on the films The Agronomist, The Backyard, Blind Shaft, The Dreamers, The Fog of War, Japanese Story, Kitchen Stories, Monster, and Osama. See what Chlotrudis members think of the latest releases!

4th Annual Short Film Festival a Sell-Out Smash!

The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film would like to thank all the filmmakers, Chlotrudis members, Coolidge Corner Staff members, and attendees who made this year's Short Film Festival such an exciting and successful event. The sell-out crowd was abuzz with praise about the quality of the films screened, and the difficulty deciding on which films to vote for. Seven filmmakers were in attendance, one coming from as far as Los Angeles, to see their films screened on the big screen with an enthusiastic audience, and to answer questions and meet filmgoers after the screening. Warren Bass, whose film Beat Box Philly opened the festival, drove to Boston from Philadelphia and was accompanied by his two daughters, one of whom was a camera operator for the film. Jason Dunn, writer/director of Robot Rumpus, flew in from Los Angeles to attend the Festival and visit the Boston area. Two of the filmmakers in attendance, Joey Kan director of Tomato Love, and Christina Spangler, director of Unearthed, recently graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and had friends in common. Jesse Epstein, director of Wet Dreams and False Images, which recently won the Jury Prize at the Sundance Online Film Festival, returned to her hometown of Brookline to lots of support from family and friends. The biggest filmmaker party certainly came with the film Dental Farmer. Co-directors Ellen Brodsky and Dunya Alwan appeared, along with the loveable subject of their documentary, the dental farmer himself, Alex Rybeck. Their extended family and friends took great pride and pleasure in seeing the film screened at the event. Check out all of the nominated short films on our Awards page.

The ballots are in the process of being counted, and the Chlotrudis Award and Audience Award winners will be announced at the 10th Annual Chlotrudis Awards Ceremony on Sunday, March 28 at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge. Look for a Call for Entries for the 5th Annual Chlotrudis Short Film Festival to go out soon, as the festival is being moved to its new date in October 2004.

Thirteen Films Contend for Chlotrudis Best Short Film Title!

The 4th Annual Chlotrudis Short Film Festival returns to the big theatre upstairs at the Coolidge Corner Theatre! Join members of Chlotrudis Awards to screen the 13 nominees for the Best Short Film of 2003. Admission is $7.00 / $6.00 for Chlotrudis and Coolidge members.

From a boy in search of his beloved tomato, to a scientist who sends his hideous robot son to elementary school to learn to play with real kids, this year's festival offers a varied program featuring drama, comedy, foreign-language, documentary, and animated films. A sub-committee of the Chlotrudis Awards Nominating Committee screened over 130 short films in seven different languages to present the 13 films � the best two hours and forty-two minutes. Filmmakers in attendance will address the audience after the screenings, and answer questions in the lobby.

After viewing the films, vote for your choice of Best Short Film! Two awards, a Chlotrudis Award and an Audience Award will be presented at the 10th Annual Chlotrudis Awards Ceremony on March 28th at the Brattle Theatre.

The Short Films nominated this year:

Beat Box Philly by Liz Golderg & Warren Bass

Blue Snow by Zion Rubin

Bun-Bun by Katie Fleischert

Career Suicide by Dan Huber & Alex Kang

Dental Farmer by Ellen Brodsky and Dunya Alwan

in sight by Asitha Ameresekere

Robot Rumpus by Jason Dunn

The Show by Cruz Angeles

Target Audience by David Kittredge

The Show by Cruz Angeles

Tomato Love by Joey Kan

Two by Two by Emily Susanne Dodge

Unearthed by Christina Spangler

Wet Dreams and False Images by Jesse Epstein

Woman by Signe Buamane

Visit the Current Nominations page to find out more about the short films nominees, as well as all the other nominees for the 10th Annual Chlotrudis Awards!

WOMEN DIRECTORS SHINE IN 2003!

Nominations for the 10th Annual Chlotrudis Awards were announced today. Check out the current awards page to see which films received Chlotrudis honors. The anxious chatter among Chlotrudis members is about the lack of just one outstanding film in 2003. Consequently nominations were spread among a wider selection of films.

Sofia Coppola�s Lost in Translation and Thomas McCarthy�s The Station Agent earned the most honors, with six nominations each. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini�s innovative American Splendor appears in five categories.

Other multiple nominees are Danny Boyle�s 28 Days Later�, David Gordon Green�s All the Real Girls, and Lukas Moodysson�s Lilja 4-Ever each with four nods. Lynne Ramsay�s Morvern Callar and Wiebke von Carolsfeld�s Marion Bridge each scored three nominations. Of the 43 films nominated, 18 different countries are represented in 10 different languages.

The 2004 Buried Treasure Award highlights a diverse selection of films. Last year the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film created the Buried Treasure award to spotlight on films overlooked even by independent film fans. Two Canadian films have been selected: Wiebke von Carolsfeld�s Marion Bridge which also appears in the Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Cast categories, and Guy Maddin�s Dracula: Pages from a Virgin�s Diary, a remarkable adaptation of Bram Stoker�s classic tale danced by the Winnipeg Ballet Company.

Two U.S. films also nominated in the Buried Treasure category are Bob Odenkirk�s Melvin Goes to Dinner, and Jennifer Dworkin�s documentary, Love & Diane. Rounding out the Buried Treasure category is Ten, by Abbas Kiarostami, one of Iran�s most well-known directors. Buried Treasure films must have made less than $250,000 domestic box office, and are films that the Chlotrudis Society insists deserve another look. This category furthers Chlotrudis Awards� mission to building audiences for independent film.

2003 was an outstanding year for women directors. Four of the seven nods acknowledge outstanding direction by women. While Sofia Coppola is winning raves from critics nationwide, Chlotrudis also recognizes the astounding work of Scotland�s Lynne Ramsay and her challenging Morvern Callar and past Chlotrudis nominee Claire Denis, whose Friday Night is a gorgeous ode to Paris. Also in the Best Director category is Shari Springer Berman, half of the team that combined documentary, animation and narrative to tell the story of Harvey Pekar in American Splendor.

Excitement is building as preparations are underway for the tenth anniversary Chlotrudis Awards ceremony, which promises to be bigger and better than ever. Chlotrudis Awards serves as a well-heeled tradition to area-indie film buffs in the know. This year�s Chlotrudis Awards ceremony will take place at the Brattle Theatre, Cambridge MA on Sunday, March 28, 5:00 p.m. Negotiations are currently underway for guest speakers, and tickets will soon be on sale through the website.

Coming in February: The electronic ballot, that allows members of the Society vote on line. Want to be part of the voting process, engage with a groups of individuals passionate about discussing film, and get discounts on special events? Find out how to Become a Member!