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By Fae Giffen 9.22.2016

Streaming Surprises – Our picks for the best of streaming movies

  “Dogtown and Z-Boys” This 2001 documentary was truly a labor of love.  Skateboarding legend Stacy Peralta turned the camera on himself and his friends who, as rebellious teens in the 1970s, revolutionized skateboarding in the USA and were largely responsible for the sport’s popular resurgence in the 1980s.  Dogtown and Z-Boys, screened by Fresno…

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By Fae Giffen 9.7.2016

Welcome back!

Well, it was a great summer for Fresno Filmworks.  We had fun this summer, but we’re ready to come back with a new slate of movies.  Our fall season is promising to be our best ever with a lineup of unique films you won’t find at the multiplex! Our new fall season starts this Friday,…

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Fun at the Movies
By Fae Giffen 9.1.2016

Fresno Filmworks – Social Media Update

  Just because summer is over doesn’t mean we’re staying home by the fire.  Fresno Filmworks board members, volunteers, and supporters are still out and about.  We want to tell you what we’re up to and we want to know what you’re up to as well!  With a new fall season approaching we’ll be introducing…

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Meet our newest #FFW blog volunteer!
By Yvonne Schwemmer 8.26.2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Raman (Ramandeep) Grewal

  Volunteer Spotlight: Raman (Ramandeep) Grewal Meet Raman, a gifted and creative addition to the ranks of our Fresno Filmworks volunteers. Raman joins us as a blog contributor and debuts with her first newsletter as Filmworks returns from summer break. You can read her insights on Hany Abu-Assad, the director of “The Idol”, our first…

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By Raman Grewal 8.22.2016

A Look at the films of Hany Abu-Assad

After leaving his career as an engineer, Hany Abu-Assad entered the world of Palestinian cinema in the 1990s with his directorial debut “Paper House“. Following its success, films such as “Paradise Now”, “Omar”, and “The Idol”  further put Abu-Assad on an international platform and have acquired him much acclaim. His films often focus on issues of…

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By Fae Giffen 8.11.2016

Streaming Surprises: Our picks for the best of streaming movies

Filmworks Board members and volunteers love movies.  It’s why we do what we do.  When we’re not busy putting together screenings at the Tower Theatre we spend much of our time watching movies at home and now we want to share some of our top picks with you.  This new blog will feature some of…

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By Fae Giffen 6.24.2016

Streaming Surprises – Our picks for the best of streaming movies

    Filmworks board members and volunteers love movies.  It’s why we do what we do.  When we’re not busy putting together screenings at the Tower Theatre we spend much of our time watching movies at home and now we want to share some of our top picks with you.  This new blog will feature…

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By Megan Ginise 5.22.2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Hazel Antaramian-Hofman

April 2016 Volunteer in the Spotlight: Hazel Antaramian-Hofman Hazel is a talented woman — a professor, an artist, a scientist, an ethnographic researcher and scholar, a designer. She has two sons, two master’s degrees, and a life back and forth from Los Angeles to Fresno. Occupation: Hazel works as an adjunct art instructor at Fresno…

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In “City of Gold,” Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold goes incognito to serve as the true judge of the best culinary treats of Los Angeles. Via IFC Films.
By Megan Ginise 4.26.2016

A World of Imagination in the Food Films We Love

More than just a taste, food can be a visual splendor — from a luscious river of chocolate to a brightly adorned taco truck.  It can be one man’s dream or a rat proclaiming universality. Anyone, really, if they try hard enough, can cook. Ahead of the May 13 Filmworks screening of “City of Gold,” let’s take a…

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The Academy would like to congratulate volunteers Conde and Ann McGowan on their good work for Filmworks.
By Megan Ginise 4.18.2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Ann and Conde McGowan

March 2016 Volunteers in the Spotlight: Ann and Conde McGowan Ann and Conde have lived in Fresno for 38 years. They met in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and moved around the Midwest for several years before finally settling down in Fresno after the birth of their daughter. Conde’s brother started a printing business in Fresno called Automated…

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Chinese director Jia Zhang-ke on the set of “Mountains May Depart.” Via Kino Lorber.
By Megan Ginise 3.31.2016

A Changing China: An Introduction to Jia Zhang-ke

Chinese master filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke knows how to push boundaries, and has been doing so since the beginning of his directing career in the mid-1990s. NPR critic John Powers once described him as “the most important filmmaker working in the world today.” Jia has introspected, dissected, analyzed, and looked deeply at the world — his…

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The Academy would like to thank aspiring filmmaker Andy Julian for his volunteer time with Fresno Filmworks.
By Megan Ginise 3.22.2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Andy Julian

February 2016 Volunteer in the Spotlight: Andy Julian At age 24, Andy is a one-of-a-kind Renaissance Man — although he wouldn’t call himself that because he doesn’t like drawing attention to himself or his accomplishments. Andy moved to Fresno from Palo Alto in 2004. He’s an artist, a musician, and an aspiring filmmaker, and he…

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The Romanian new wave takes on life and death with dark humor in "California Dreamin'" Photo via www.moviemail.com
By Fae Giffen 3.8.2016

Romanian film: A new wave

This Friday, Fresno Filmworks is pleased to present the Romanian comedy “The Treasure”. Acclaimed director Corneliu Porumboiu brings this hunt for buried treasure alive with the trademark bite and humor that has gained him international acclaim as one of Romanian film’s brightest stars. Romanian cinema has a long and rich history beginning in the early…

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