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    Chlotrudis Society for indie film toasts 20 years

    Actress Dale Dickey with her Chlotrudis career acting award.
    Actress Dale Dickey with her Chlotrudis career acting award.

    The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film celebrated its 20th anniversary Sunday at its annual awards ceremony at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge. While disappointed that young honoree Ahna O’Reilly was shooting a TV pilot in Charleston, S.C., and could not attend, society founder Michael Colford said he was thrilled that veteran actress Dale Dickey flew in from Los Angeles to be honored for her acting career.

    Dickey was nominated three years ago by the society for her role in “Winter’s Bone.” She has appeared in several other films, including “The Pledge” with Jack Nicholson, “Iron Man 3” and “Super 8.” On television, she had a recurring role on “True Blood” and has appeared in the current season of “Justified.”

    “She's a fantastic character actress who doesn’t get a lot of recognition,” said Ned Hinkle, creative director of the Brattle Film Foundation.


    Canadian actress Rebecca Jenkins was also honored for her work on films including “Marion Bridge” and the documentary “Stories We Tell.”

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    Beth Grant, a former Chlotrudis Society award-winner, accepted the Breakout Award for O’Reilly, who appeared in the acclaimed “Fruitvale Station.” The two worked together in “As I Lay Dying” and Grant directed O”Reilly in “The Perfect Fit.” Grant has also been in “No Country for Old Men,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” and “Donnie Darko” and plays Beverly on Fox’s “The Mindy Project.”

    Also on hand was Canadian director Thom Fitzgerald, who won the Chlotrudis Directing Award 10 years ago and returned to celebrate the society’s 20th year. “It started with my roommates at the time,” said Colford. “We had an anti-Oscar party because I was disappointed in the way the Oscars were run.”

    The party ran for five years in his Melrose apartment, and then got too big. So the group incorporated as a nonprofit with an educational mission in independent films and moved the ceremonies to the Brattle in year nine.

    For those of you who think “Chlotrudis” is Latin for “art film,” the truth is much more interesting. “It was named after our two cats, Chloe and Gertrudis,” said Colford. Chloe has passed away, but Gertrudis will be 21 this year.

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