Chlotrudis Awards Brings The Fast Runner, and Director Zacharias Kunuk to Boston!

Thanks
to the many attendees to the Museum
of Fine Arts
and Chlotrudis Awards' joint presentation
of Zacharias Kunuk's award-winning film, The Fast Runner.
The evening got off to a nice start with a lovely reception
at the Museum thrown by the Canadian Consulate of Boston. Deputy
Consul General, Robert Irwin welcomed visiting director Kunuk,
and producer, cinematographer Norman Cohn before a invited
crowd including Canadian representatives, Chlotrudis Awards
and Museum of Fine Arts members. Thanks to Christine Sarkisian
and the Canadian Consulate for throwing such a beautiful reception.

After
enjoying fine cheeses and delicious paté, the guests
moved to teh theater where they were joined by a long-line
of ticket holders for the film. Cohn and Kunuk gave a terrific
introduction before the eager audience enjoyed the first
feature-length fiction film written, produced, directed,
and acted by Inuit, The Fast Runner is an exciting
action thriller set in ancient Igloolik, Canada. This three-hour
epic tells the story of a small community of nomadic Inuit
caught in a life threatening struggle between powerful
natural and supernatural forces. Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner,
and his brother Amaqjuaq, the Strong One emerge to challenge
the evil order. But after Atanarjuat wins the hand of the
lovely Atuat away from the boastful son of the camp leader,
Oki, a cycle of revenge unfolds that crosses the boundaries
of the spirit world. Despite the late Sunday hour, fans
of the film remained after the conclusion to ask the filmmakers
some questions. The resulting answers were insightful,
education, amusing and powerful. This film will be released
this summer, with a Boston date set for late June. Don't
miss it!

Thanks to Lot 47 Films for
working with Chlotrudis Awards to bring both The Fast Runner and
Mr. Kunuk and Mr. Cohn to Boston.

Images from Sarah Polley Reception

In January, Chlotrudis Awards
teamed with Women
in Film & Video/New England
and the Canadian
Consulate Boston
to hold a special reception for Canadian
actress/director Sarah
Polley
at the Brattle
Theatre
. Polley screened the most recent short film she
has directed, "I Shout Love," as part of WIFV/NE's "Rewind/Fast
Forward Film Festival" celebrating the history of women
filmmakers in New England. Before the sold-out screening of "I
Shout Love," members of Chlotrudis Awards and WIFV/NE
got to chat with Sarah at a special reception. | Read more »

Sarah Polley Visits Boston!

In January, 2002, Chlotrudis Awards teamed up
with Women in Film and Video/New England, The Brattle Theatre,
and the Canadian Consulate to host, "An Evening with Sarah
Polley." The Canadian actress is well-known to fans of
independent film for her roles in such films as The Sweet
Hereafter
, Go, Guinevere, The Claim, Last
Night
, The Hanging Garden and Hal Hartley's soon-to-be-released No
Such Thing
. Women in Film and Video/New England brought
Sarah to Boston for the area premiere of "I Shout Love" her
latest directorial effort. The 32 minute short film and the
45-minute question & answer session that followed thrilled
the sold-out house. Chlotrudis Awards hosted the two-hour reception
for members of the involved organizations before the screening.

We'd like to thank Sarah, Women in Film & Video/New England, The
Brattle Theatre, The Canadian Consulate and Chlotrudis Awards' Board
of Directors for all the efforts that combined to make this event such
a smashing success!

Chlotrudis Awards waydowntown is a Big Success!

During the last week of August 2001, Chlotrudis
Awards hosted a special pre-release screening of the new Lot47
Films
release, waydowntown. The film, released last
year in Canada, will hit the U.S. theaters in October. Director
Gary Burns and actor Don McKellar (Last Night, Highway
61
, The Red Violin) were in attendance to introduce
the film, and participate in a question and answer session
afterwards. The event was held at the Coolidge
Corner Theatre
in Brookline, MA before an enthusiastic
crowd. Pictured left are Burns (left) and McKellar on stage
at the Coolidge answering post-viewing questions.

Burns
is a highly-acclaimed Canadian filmmaker whose previous
features, The
Suburbanators
and Kitchen
Party
gained recognition at the Sundance and Toronto
International Film Festivals. McKellar has previously been
nominated for Chlotrudis Awards in the Best Director, Supporting
Actor and Original Screenplay categories. Pictured right,
McKellar signs his autograph for an enthusiastic fan.

waydowntown tells the story of a group of office workers
who wage a month's salary on who can stay indoors the longest.
The wager takes place throughout a city's downtown where they
work and all the buildings are connected by glassed-in bridges.
As the 24 days of confinement pass, the game unravels and insanity
ensues. waydowntown has been heralded "The most original and
impressive Canadian movie of the year!" by The Toronto Star.

All proceeds from the event will support Chlotrudis Awards, a Boston-area
nonprofit organization that celebrates independent and non-mainstream
films. Through its annual awards ceremony and film festival, Chlotrudis
Awards recognizes artistic merit and filmmaker vision. By distinguishing
creative, quality films, Chlotrudis Awards seeks to encourage moviegoers
to support independent film, and to increase awareness of innovation
in film. After the event, McKellar, Chlotrudis Awards President, Michael
Colford, and Burns smiled for the camera.Watch the waydowntown
trailer
.