Nomination Committee Holds Annual Meeting to Set Ballot!

Tomorrow is a big day for the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film's Nominating Committee. The groups holds its annual meeting where the ballot for the 10th Annual Awards ceremony will be set. This yearly meeting is a fun and contentious affair where movies are hotly debated. We will unveil the Nominations for the 10th Annual Chlotrudis Awards in the coming weeks.

Everyone loves year-end lists, and Chlotrudis members are no exception. While you're waiting for the nominations to be announced, check out our members' picks for Top 10 movies of 2003! You will see that Chlotrudis members share a lot of favorite films, but you'll also find a lot of variation on people's lists. For instance, find out how many lists Lukas Moodysson's Lilja 4-Ever (left) showed up on.

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Chlotrudis Society Gearing Up for Nominations!

As the end of the year draws near, Chlotrudis Society members start thinking about the independent films of the past year. By the end of January, the Chlotrudis Awards Nominating Committee will announce their nominees for the 10th Annual Awards Ceremony. Nominating Committee members can nominate from any of the eligible films listed on the 2003 Reviews page. If you're wondering why a particular film is not included, there could be several reasons: 1 - it received production money from a Hollywood studio, 2 - it was not released in Boston during the 2003 calendar year, 3 - it doesn't have a distribution deal yet. If you have any questions about why a film is not on the eligible list, please contact us and we'll let you know. In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled to this site and the nominations grow nearer!

Chlotrudis Members Attend High Falls Film Festival in Rochester, NY

Chlotrudis members get together in Rochester, NY for the Third Annual High Falls Film Festival! In its third year, the High Falls Film Festival is already on the map as one of the most exciting festivals of work created by women behind the camera in the United States! HFFF goes beyond the actors and directors, who usually get all the attention, to celebrate the work of women in all positions: producers, cinematographers, production designers, screenwriters, editors, composers � stuntwomen! This year, special guests include Candice Bergman, who opens her world premiere photo exhibition at the George Eastman House, Celeste Holm, recipient of the 2003 Susan B. Anthony "Failure is Impossible Award," Stuntwoman Jeannie Epper, this year's "Web of Life" honoree, and Shrek director Vicky Jenson. Look for a special Film Festival Report on the Festival in the coming month right here on the Chlotrudis website.

Boston area Chlotrudis members will be hosted by the organization's Rochester members, Jane Ford and Marilyn O'Conner. Jane traffics the films for the fest, which means she gets the actual prints in and out, which is a big job! Marilyn serves on the Board of Directors for the Festival, and is Chairing the Search Committee for a new Executive Director. We're so grateful to their generosity and assistance in making us all feel welcome. We hope to return the favor next year at the 10th Annual Chlotrudis Awards Ceremony!

Chlotrudis Short Film Festival Call for Entries Closed

Thanks to all the filmmakers who submitted films to the Chlotrudis Short Film Festival! The Call for Entries is know officially closed. The selection process has begun, with the nominees for Best Short Film to be announced in January. Look for the Call for Entries for the 5th Annual Chlotrudis Short Film Festival to be announced in March, as the Festival will be moving to the fall beginning in 2004. The 4th Annual Chlotrudis Short Film Festival will take place Monday, February 16 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Keep your eyes on this page for more details!

Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film Picks The Exorcist as the Best Scary Film of all time!

Just in time for Halloween, the members of CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM (CSIF) have created a list of the 50 BEST SCARY FILMS OF ALL TIME. This list ranges from classics like Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to recent films such as Blair Witch Project and this year�s 28 Days Later. While the top 10 focuses on many standards of the genre, lesser-known films from around the world fill out much of the remainder of the list.

The horrific story of a young girl possessed by the devil has terrified film buffs for several decades in William Friedkin�s The Exorcist. Few were surprised by its prominent ranking on a list of scary films. More surprising was the inclusion at #9 of Italian filmmaker Dario Argento�s cult classic Suspiria. Two films made the list twice, in different versions. The Japanese horror flick Ringu makes an appearance at #17, while The Ring, its American remake from 2002, shows up at #43. The Thing from Another World from 1951 is ranked at #45, while John Carpenter�s remake from 1982 called The Thing shows up at #34. Three films on the list are currently screening as part of the Boston Fantastic Film Festival at the Brattle Theatre: Alien: the Director�s Cut at #4, the remastered print of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre at #10, and The Haunting at #14. The full list is available here.

CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM (CSIF) offers a series of exciting events throughout the year, including the beloved annual Chlotrudis Awards black tie event, the short film festival held every year at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline and much more. An exciting line up of film premieres, special events and member discounts herald the celebration of its tenth year as an organization, including this release of the organization�s picks of the 50 best scary films of all time.

The horror genre has traditionally found its roots in the world of independent film since the time of midnight movies. �Although special effects can be costly, an independent minded filmmaker can create terror on a low budget by simply be able to tap into what truly scares people,� explains Ivy Moylan co-director of the Brattle Film Foundation at the Brattle Theatre and Chlotrudis board member. �Plus, horror films are able to critique current societal issues without ruffling feathers because of the �otherworldly� nature of the genre. And since independent filmmakers have tended to subvert popular culture and comment on current norms, horror ends up being a natural place for independent filmmakers to go.� By creating lists of challenging and well-made films, Chlotrudis hopes to encourage film buffs to educate themselves about the history of film. �This is a great list to bring to the video store, or to help create your rental list from Netflix,� says Chlotrudis President Michael Colford.

Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film began its tenth year on July 1, 2003. Chlotrudis members receive discounts on certain nights at the Coolidge Corner and Brattle Theatres. CSIF recently teamed with the Brattle Film Foundation to present The Sunday Eye-Opener, a special sneak preview series with an educational discussion component. Chlotrudis members receive early copies of its quarterly newsletter, Chlotrudis Mewsings, as well as opportunities to travel with other like-minded movie buffs to various Film Festivals. Members also enjoy discounts to all Chlotrudis events, such as the Short Film Festival held in February 2004 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, and the annual Awards Ceremony at the Brattle Theatre. Chlotrudis is developing relationships with national organizations as well, extending member benefits to those who don�t live in the Boston area.

The best benefit of membership in CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM is the privilege to vote in the annual Awards for your favorite indie films and stars. Your voice counts, after all, that�s how the organization got started in the first place.

15th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival Schedule Announced!

November 6 - 16, 2003 marks the 15th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival featuring the world's best contemporary films on Jewish themes. Artistic Director Kaj Wilson and the BJFF staff has considered more than 600 films and, once again, has brought a dazzling array to Boston. Chlotrudis member, and BJFF Executive Director Sara Rubin for nearly seven years, does an amazing job presenting an outstanding festival each year, and this is no exception. From a Fiddler on the Roof sing-a-long at the Coolidge to Congressman Barney Frank's introduction of the gay romance, Yossi and Jagger, audience members will find something for every taste.

There's even another Chlotrudis Society connection. Check out the Shorts Program: East Side, West Side, All Around on Tuesday, November 11 at the Coolidge and meet the 2nd place winner of the Chlotrudis Best Short Film Category, David Zackin who will introduce his film Tunanooda. And that's all just the tip of the iceberg. Visit the Boston Jewish Film Festival website for the complete schedule of films, information about tickets sales, and venues. This festival is quite possibly the best organized event in Boston. Don't miss out!

Clink! Chlotrudis Society Member Appreciation Cocktail Party a Smashing Success!

On Saturday, September 27, the Chlotrudis Society's founding Boston-chapter held a member-appreciation cocktail party in Cambridge. Board member Esm�reen (pictured left along with new member Robert Stanhope, and his friend David) hosted the party at her Harvard Square apartment. The fete was organized by Green, along with Chlotrudis Membership Committee Chair, Georgette Gagne, and Chlotrudis President, Michael Colford. A lively group of over 30 members and their friends enjoyed Cosmopolitans, Dark & Stormies, Manhattans, and Martinis while socializing, playing a terrific game of Chlotrudis bingo (created and run by the Coolidge Corner's Clinton McClung) and doing a bit of fund-raising as well. Check out some terrific photos from the party here. The Chlotrudis Society would like to thank Chris Perry for his terrific bartending skills, Emily Neill's Closet Smarts, The Charlesmark Hotel, the Brattle Theatre, the Coolidge Corner Theatre, the Landmark Theatre, Greenwood Wine & Spirits in Wakefield, MA, and the Chltorudis Board of Directors, for making this delightful event possible. We hope to do it again in the future. Hope you can join us!

New REVIEWS posted!

See what Chlotrudis members think of some of the latest releases on the Chlotrudis Reviews page. Newly posted reviews include ALL THE REAL GIRLS, ANYTHING ELSE, CABIN FEVER, LOST IN TRANSLATION, MELVIN GOES TO DINNER, MY LIFE WITHOUT ME, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO, and WILBUR WANTS TO KILL HIMSELF.

Donnie Darko comes to a Cambridge stage

Many Chlotrudis members are fans of Richard Kelly's film, DONNIE DARKO, which was nominated for four Chlotrudis Awards in 2003 (Best Movie, Director, Actor, and Original Screenplay.) The film went on to win Actor (Gyllenhaal) and Original Screenplay, but more notable was the number of presenters at the ceremony who cited the film as their favorite of the year. Now Boston-area fans of Kelly's cult film have an opportunity to see a stage adaptation performed by the American Repertory Theatre Institute.

For those who don't know, DONNIE DARKO is a science fiction, psychological thriller about a suburban teen coming face-to-face with his dark destiny. Donnie is a possibly delusional high school student visited by a demonic rabbit with eerie visions of the past and deadly predictions for the future. This stage adaptation of the film written by Richard Kelly is being directed for the Institute by Marcus Stern. Performances at the Zero Church Street performance space, corner of Church Street and Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard Square take place on October 3, 4, & 5.

The Institute is q two-year, five-semester professional training program that includes a three-month residency at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia. During the academic year, the actors and directors enrolled in the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training present a series of performances for the general public. Tickets cost $10; $8 for subscribers and $5 for students, and can be purchased in advance through the Loeb Drama Center box office at 617-547-8300.