Be Kind Rewind

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Time:

  • 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 19, 2013

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
  • 815 E Olive Ave
  • Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

Filmworks presents the now-classic 2008 dramatic comedy that inspired the “swede” movement—low-budget, summarized re-creations of popular Hollywood movies. Directed by Michel Gondry, the movie tells the story of bumbling junkyard worker Jerry (Jack Black), who attempts to sabotage a power plant that he believes is melting his brain. When his plan goes awry, the magnetic field he creates accidentally erases all the VHS tapes in a local video store where his best friend Mike (Mos Def) works. In order to keep the business running before the store’s owner, Mr. Fletcher (Danny Glover), can intervene, they re-create and re-film shortened versions of every film in the store with their own camera—using a budget of zero dollars, the neighborhood’s citizens as their cast, and assorted cardboard and junk as props.

Swede Fest 11
After the screening of Be Kind Rewind, stay for Swede Fest 11, the latest installment of the Central Valley’s fastest growing amateur film festival. Swede Fest was launched in 2008 by local filmmakers Roque Rodriguez and Bryan Harley. The only film festival dedicated to sweded movies, Swede Fest aims to make filmmaking easy, fun, and accessible to anyone in the community. The deadline to submit entries for Swede Fest 11 is May 13 at 11:59 p.m.

Swede Fest 11 is sponsored by Fresno Filmworks, Gotta Love Fresno, the Fresno Arts Council, KVPR, and The Tower Theatre.

Reviews

"The single best reason to watch Be Kind Rewind is for the ingenious sight gags during the moviemaking montages that make up the movie's middle section." — Dana Stevens, Slate
"The simple genius of Be Kind Rewind is that it is as scruffy and slapdash as the movies made by these Passaic Pasolinis. Inhabiting some border landscape between fantasy and nostalgia, it honors both the let's-try-anything impulse of the first filmmakers a century ago and the highly perishable look and feel of old videotapes, which most of you have consigned to the garage or the garbage." — Richard Corliss, Time
"Michel Gondry, writer/director of 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' and 'The Science of Sleep,' is not a straight-up kind of filmmaker; his movies meander and float and trip over themselves, creating their own little universes. 'Be Kind Rewind' follows in that tradition, and then some." — Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times
"The single best reason to watch Be Kind Rewind is for the ingenious sight gags during the moviemaking montages that make up the movie's middle section." — Dana Stevens, Slate
"The simple genius of Be Kind Rewind is that it is as scruffy and slapdash as the movies made by these Passaic Pasolinis. Inhabiting some border landscape between fantasy and nostalgia, it honors both the let's-try-anything impulse of the first filmmakers a century ago and the highly perishable look and feel of old videotapes, which most of you have consigned to the garage or the garbage." — Richard Corliss, Time
"Michel Gondry, writer/director of 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' and 'The Science of Sleep,' is not a straight-up kind of filmmaker; his movies meander and float and trip over themselves, creating their own little universes. 'Be Kind Rewind' follows in that tradition, and then some." — Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.