By Nancy Kalajian
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — On Sunday, March 18, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film honored director Atom Egoyan during its 18th Annual Chlotrudis Awards Ceremony at the historic Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square. Egoyan was honored with a special Chlotrudis Hall of Fame Award for his achievements as a filmmaker and was accompanied by his wife, actress Arsinée Khanjian.
The Chlotrudis Society is a Boston- based non-profit group that teaches people to view film actively, experience the world through independent film and engage in 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- love
“The award is the Chlotrudis Award, but we call it a Trudy for short,” said Michael Colford, president of the society. The award was named in honor of two cats: Chloe and Gertrudis. “Chloe passed away some years ago, but Gertrudis, who was a kitten when we started, is 18 years old and going strong.”
Colford and Ivy Moylan, clerk, the affable co- hosts from the Chlotrudis Society, did a smashing job in keeping up the momentum of the award program and explained that art-house theatres were the theme for this year’s ceremony. Reminiscent of the Academy Awards, albeit with a fun, local twist, the late Sunday afternoon program lasted more than two hours and included amusing musical numbers, film tributes and short film clips. Of particular note, was the splendid vocals and spirit of Andrew Cincotta who received huge applause for his singing of a piece related to a nominated film.