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By Analise Villalobos 9.19.2014

Featured video: Keep an eye on your zombie

Our featured video this month, inspired by the zombie rom-com “Life After Beth,” introduces us to a young man who can’t seem to get a moment’s peace while keeping an eye on his undead girlfriend. The video, directed by our former intern Analise Villalobos, is now airing on our YouTube channel. Analise Villalobos studies Mass…

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By Rebecca Horwitz 9.17.2014

Good Films: Superheroes

Our occasional “Good Films You May Have Missed” series calls attention to movies new and old. Titles are available from Netflix and other streaming services, and you can also find them at your good old-fashioned public library. As another summer full of superhero movies comes to a close, here are five of our summer intern’s…

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In "May in the Summer," Ziad and May face much more than your average barely controlled chaos that surrounds most weddings. Via Cohen Media Group.
By Fae Giffen 9.8.2014

Films find funny family fodder in weddings, funerals

Family reunions are a natural incubator of drama. Bringing together relatives for graduations, anniversaries, births, funerals, and weddings is a natural fit for filmmakers looking to explore the ways that our families and hometowns continue to shape us long after we think we’ve put childish things away. The natural pressure cooker of affection, resentment, insecurity,…

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By Rebecca Horwitz 9.2.2014

Featured video: Meet the whole family

Our featured video this month for the multicultural romantic comedy “May in the Summer” introduces us to the movie’s protagonist, May, and each of the characters in her tough-to-please family on the eve of May’s big wedding. May is played by the film’s director and star, Cherien Dabis, who will make a special appearance with…

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When Monica Marks-Rea isn't volunteering for Filmworks and elsewhere in the community, she loves spending time with her 3-year-old grandson, whom she describes as "a handful."
By Rebecca Horwitz 8.26.2014

Volunteer Spotlight: Monica Marks-Rea

August 2014 Volunteer Spotlight: Monica Marks-Rea Occupation: Monica likes to volunteer. “I do various volunteer jobs. I work with Filmworks, the Warnors Theatre and the revitalization of downtown.” What kinds of things do you do for the downtown revitalization work? “I’ve only been to one of their events so far. It was a meeting right…

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Palestinian American filmmaker Cherien Dabis will make a special appearance at our Sept. 12 screening of her new movie, "May In The Summer." Via Cohen Media.
By Rebecca Horwitz 8.19.2014

Meet Cherien Dabis, a triple-threat filmmaker

Palestinian American filmmaker Cherien Dabis not only stars in our Sept. 12 film “May In The Summer,” but she wrote and directed the multicultural romantic comedy too! Dabis earned her MFA in Film from Columbia University and was first known for her work as a writer and co-producer for Showtime’s “The L Word.” With the…

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Our summer 2014 intern Rebecca Horwitz behind the camera at the Tower Theatre, while making our featured video for "Life Itself."
By Jefferson Beavers 8.12.2014

Intern spotlight: Rebecca Horwitz

Summer 2014 intern: Rebecca Horwitz Where did you go to school and what did you study? “I went to UC San Diego. I majored in theater and I minored in earth science.” Where does your interest in film come from? “I went through a film production class in high school and I liked writing the…

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Volunteer Julie Linxwiler says she's obsessed with the website Home Exchange, and she uses it to swap her home with the homes of people from all over the world whenever she travels.
By Rebecca Horwitz 7.31.2014

Volunteer Spotlight: Julie Linxwiler

July 2014 Volunteer Spotlight: Julie Linxwiler Occupation: Julie is a retired teacher and urban planner. “I used to be a Spanish teacher at Edison Computech Middle School. I had a great professional life and I’m happily retired now.” What kind of work did you do as an urban planner? “The most extreme piece of work…

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By Rebecca Horwitz 7.30.2014

Featured video: Thumbs up

Our featured video this month for the documentary “Life Itself” introduces us to a handful of Tower District faithful who are clearly influenced by the popular “Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down” ratings system created by movie critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. The video is now airing on CMAC TV and on our YouTube channel. Rebecca Horwitz…

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Film critics Roger Ebert, front, and Gene Siskel popularized the "Thumbs up, Thumbs down" review system through their TV show in the 1980s and '90s. Photo by Kevin Horan, via Magnolia Pictures.
By Jim Piper 7.15.2014

Ebert captured ‘Life Itself’ in his plainspoken reviews

Roger Ebert hasn’t always been my favorite film critic. I’ve often enjoyed the sharp-edged reviews of A.O. Scott and the looping back and adroit asides of Anthony Lane. But Ebert succeeds as few reviewers do with his Midwestern idiom and subtle powers of observation. Now, there’s a super documentary about Ebert and his legacy, “Life…

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Fun fact: The two young stars of our upcoming film "The Double," Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska, began dating each other after working on the film together. Via Magnolia Pictures.
By Rebecca Horwitz 7.7.2014

Wasikowska, Eisenberg provide double the star power

The Richard Ayoade film “The Double” looks intriguing and compelling on many levels, but the black comedy wouldn’t be billed as one of the best films of 2014 so far without its two young stars, Mia Wasikowska and Jesse Eisenberg. In a dual role, Eisenberg plays the shy and timid character Simon as well as…

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In a dual role as the meek and mild-mannered Simon and his exact-opposite and wildly confident doppelganger James, actor Jesse Eisenberg stars in the dark comedy "The Double." Via Magnolia Pictures.
By Fae Giffen 7.1.2014

Comedic thrillers feed sense of fun, paranoia

For its July 11 movie, Fresno Filmworks takes a dive into a mysterious tale of identity. “The Double,” based on a Fyodor Dostoyevsky novella, stars Jesse Eisenberg as Simon, a mild-manner government clerk who one day finds that his doppelganger has been hired by the same agency. James is Simon’s exact double in every way…

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