The Trudy Awards, handed out by the Boston-based Chlotrudis Society For Independent Film, will be announced at this years' annual awards ceremony, being held at Cambridge's Brattle Theatre, this Sunday, March 21st, at 5 PM. Tickets are $20 each for the general public, $15 for Chlotrudis or Brattle members, and can be purchased at the Brattle Theatre or at their website, http://brattlefilm.org.
The awards ceremony's special guest of honor this year is actress Beth Grant, known for her work in films such as No Country For Old Men and Little Miss Sunshine among other films.
For the second year in a row, TC and Kim will be presenters at the awards, so if you're a Boston Popcorn, Subject:CINEMA, Popcorn N Roses, or Indie Film Spotlight fan, please say hi!
Following below are the press releases about this year's awards and the guest of honor!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM ANNOUNCES
2009 NOMINATIONS – BEST PIC NOMS SHARE TOP HONORS
Boston MA – Nominations for the 16th annual Chlotrudis Awards were finalized by the
film group’s nominating committee this past weekend. The strength and breadth of this year’s best eligible films is evident in the extraordinarily even and consistent spread of nominations across the top categories. All five films nominated for Best Picture received 4 nominations, which was the highest number of nominations given any film. In addition, all received at least one lead acting or ensemble nomination, and all but one were nominated for Best Director.
The five films nominated for Best Picture and sharing top billing in most nominations received are: Claire Denis’ 35 SHOTS OF RUM, BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL – NEW ORLEANS the latest from Werner Herzog, recent DGA recipient Kathryn Bigelow’s THE HURT LOCKER, STILL WALKING from Japan’s Hirokazu Koreeda and Michael Haneke’s THE WHITE RIBBON. Also joining them as top nomination getter is A SINGLE MAN, Tom Ford’s directorial debut.
In all, 39 films received nominations; 19 countries were represented, with US films making up barely 40%. There were other multiple nominees, among them three-timers AN EDUCATION, IN THE LOOP and PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE; however this year’s nominations were sprinkled far and wide – almost three-quarters of the nominated films received only one nomination. Female directors had a fairly strong showing this year, with 10 films helmed by women among the nominees.
In the Society’s most competitive and prestigious category, the Buried Treasure, the final nominees were CHERRY BLOSSOMS from Germany’s Dorit Dorrie, about a widower honoring his late wife’s lifelong wish to visit Japan; THE NEW YEAR PARADE, set in Philadelphia amid Mummers; and three UK films: BRONSON, with Tom Hardy’s tour de force portrayal of England’s most notorious prisoner; OF TIME AND THE CITY, Terence Davies’ love/hate ode to the Liverpool of his boyhood; and the gritty SOMERS TOWN about the friendship between two rootless boys in London.
The Buried Treasure is the only category with eligibility requirements: nominated films must have earned less than $250,000 in its U.S. theatrical run, and members can submit no more than 3 entries for films they feel strongly were given distributional short shrift and deserve a wider audience. A shortlist is then compiled before the final vote, and those selections are published on the group’s website and in a separate press release. Once the final ballot is set, all members voting in the category must verify that they have watched in full all of the nominated films.
For over a decade, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film has highlighted its commitment to independent and foreign film in style by holding its own black-tie CHLOTRUDIS AWARDS ceremony in early spring. The 2010 edition will be held Sunday March 21st at the historic Brattle Theatre, and the public is invited to join Chlotrudis members, nominees and special guests in the celebration.
In addition to the competitive categories, Chlotrudis also presents special awards that honor individuals or films for particular distinction. Past recipients Ellen Page (Breakthrough Award ‘05), Kerry Washington (Breakthrough Award ‘04), Don McKellar (Body of Work Award ‘07) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (first Hall of Fame inductee) are among those who have made the trek to Boston to be honored for their contributions to independent film. This year’s recipients are still being finalized at press time.
The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film is a Boston-based non-profit group that teaches people to view film actively and experience the world through independent film, and encourages discussion. The group works with film festivals, local art-houses and theatres, production companies, directors and actors to bring creative, quality films to the attention of audiences and film-lovers. Visit its website, http://www.chlotrudis.org for more information.
A complete list of the nominations for the 16th Annual Chlotrudis Awards follows:
35 Shots of Rum
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans
The Hurt Locker
The White Ribbon
Claire Denis– 35 Shots of Rum
Werner Herzog – The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans
Gotz Spielmann – Revanche
Hirokazu Koreeda – Still Walking
Michael Haneke – The White Ribbon
Nicolas Cage – The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans
Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker
Sam Rockwell – Moon
Baard Owe – O’Horten
Colin Firth – A Single Man
Nisreen Faour – Amreeka
Charlotte Gainsbourg – Antichrist
Abbie Cornish – Bright Star
Carey Mulligan – An Education
Catalina Saavedra – The Maid
Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Yolande Moreau – Seraphine
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alfred Molina – An Education
Mads Mikkelsen – Flame and Citron
Anthony Mackie – The Hurt Locker
Peter Capaldi – In the Loop
Christian McKay – Me and Orson Welles
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Rinko Kikuchi – The Brothers Bloom
Alycia Delmore – Humpday
Mo’Nique – Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Ursula Strauss – Revanche
Julianne Moore – A Single Man
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE CAST
35 Shots of Rum
In the Loop
The White Ribbon
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Beaches of Agnes
Me and Orson Welles
A Single Man
Sita Sings the Blues
Agnes Godard – 35 Shots of Rum
Anthony Dod Mantle – Antichrist
John Christian Rosenlund – O’Horten
Alexis Zabe – Silent Light
Christian Berger – The White Ribbon
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
A Single Man
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
(500) Days of Summer
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans
The Hurt Locker
In the Loop
The Beaches of Agnes
Herb and Dorothy
Theatre of War
The New Year Parade
Of Time and the City
BOSTON'S CHLOTRUDIS SOCI
ETY HONORS CHARACTER ACTRESS BETH GRANT AT ANNUAL INDIE FILM AWARD CEREMONY
Boston MA – On Sunday March 21st, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film will honor the prolific and well-regarded character actress, Beth Grant, during its 16th Annual Chlotrudis Awards ceremony at the historic Brattle Theatre. Ms. Grant will be in attendance to accept her special award from Chlotrudis, to honor her long and varied career, and to celebrate her achievements in the field so far. The show begins at 5 pm, and tickets are $20 ($15 for Chlotrudis and Brattle members), and can be purchased online at the Brattle's website, starting February 5th.
Beth Grant is exactly the kind of actor Chlotrudis loves to honor. Like Maury Chaykin and Alberta Watson, previous recipients of the "Career-so-far" award, Beth Grant is one of those people whose name you may not be familiar with, but whose face and memorable performances you will recognize from dozens of independent and mainstream films, and television. This Alabama native has appeared in well over 100 films and television productions, impressive considering she didn't start acting until her late thirties. Among her films are past Chlotrudis notables NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE and SAFE. She has also appeared in such films as FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, RAIN MAN, SPEED, and TO WONG FOO, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, JULIE NEWMAR. Her numerous television appearances include "The Office," "Pushing Daisies," "Wonderfalls," "Six Feet Under,' "Everwood," and "Malcolm in the Middle."
Ms. Grant most recently appeared on screen in the acclaimed film CRAZY HEART, and appearances in another ten films in the pipeline. In addition to acting, which is her first love, Beth Grant has ventured into production, with her latest effort, HERPES BOY, currently enjoying the festival circuit. But perhaps her most beloved and enduring role is one that is a favorite among Chlotrudis members: her performance as Kittie Farmer in DONNIE DARKO, in which she uttered the immortal words, "Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion."
The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film is a Boston-based non-profit group that teaches people to view film actively and experience the world through independent film, and encourages discussion. The group works with film festivals, local art-houses and theatres, production companies, directors and actors to bring creative, quality films to the attention of audiences and film-lovers. Visit its website, http://www.chlotrudis.org, for a list of all this year's nominees, and join its Facebook page and twitter feed for the latest news.