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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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Zhang Li, left, and Zhao Tao star in “Mountains May Depart.” The two embark on a decades-long journey of love and life, making one of the hardest decisions any parents must face. Via Kino Lorber.
By Megan Ginise 4.4.2016

Cutting Room Floor, April 2016

Our “Cutting Room Floor” series introduces you to current independent movie releases we have considered for our monthly film series. Titles may be available now in theaters or streaming on demand, or soon from Netflix and other services. OUR SELECTION FOR APRIL 8: “Mountains May Depart” Official website Acclaimed Sixth Generation director Jia Zhang-ke takes…

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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
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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There’s a sense of childish mystery in “The Treasure” from IFC Films.
By Megan Ginise 3.2.2016

In Search of Cinematic Treasure

Treasure-hunting movies have abounded since the dawn of cinema, as old as the first scenes of pirates and with many swashbuckling scenes filled with anger and bad accents. Before we went searching for ancient masonic treasure hidden in national landmarks in Nicolas Cage’s awful franchise — never mind toward which side of the Disney spectrum you…

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Actor Toma Cuzin in “The Treasure” plays Costi, pictured here with his wide-eyed 6-year-old son, who is the inspiration for Costi’s search to find buried treasure and make himself into a real-life Robin Hood.
By Megan Ginise 2.16.2016

Cutting Room Floor, March 2016

Our “Cutting Room Floor” series introduces you to current independent movie releases we have considered for our monthly film series. Titles may be available now in theaters or streaming on demand, or soon from Netflix and other services. OUR SELECTION FOR MARCH 11: “The Treasure” Official website Winner of the Prix Un Certain Talent award…

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When our latest volunteer in the spotlight, Suzanne Watkins, isn’t making popcorn for Filmworks, she teaches art and design.
By Megan Ginise 2.3.2016

January 2016 volunteer in the spotlight: Suzanne Watkins

Suzanne still doesn’t know what she wants to do when she grows up. She has learned to appreciate film for its ability to educate, evoke, and move. She lived briefly in Fresno in the 1970s before moving to Hawaii, but now she’s back, planting a new garden and learning to bloom again here in Fresno…

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Short films such as the Oscar-winning “Paperman” show Disney Animation Studios as a leader in making emotion-filled shorts. Via Walt Disney.
By Olga Verkhotina 1.26.2016

Disney shorts share complexity and realism

The simple world of a short film can be dense with symbols and overwhelming emotions. Quickly digging deep into a story, it seems, wouldn’t leave enough room to capture life’s complexity on screen. Yet the world of Disney animated short films manages to do just that. The characters of the recent Walt Disney Animation Studios Short…

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When he’s not watching movies, writing, or volunteering for Filmworks, you can find Satch Gonzales working the chair massage table at Whole Foods in Fig Garden Village.
By Jefferson Beavers 1.13.2016

December 2015 volunteer in the spotlight: Satch Gonzales

Occupation: For the past five years, Satch has worked as a self-employed certified massage therapist. A big part of his business is doing chair massage at Whole Foods in Fig Garden Village. He can do specialized massage for relaxation, deep tissue, and sports injuries, among other modalities. One of his specialties is lymphatic drainage, which…

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Songs My Brother Taught Me
By Fae Giffen 1.4.2016

Independent Spirit Award Nominees: Directors to Watch

This Friday, January 8, Filmworks is pleased to present “James White”. An intimate and honest character study of modern family and morals, “James White” has emerged as one of the best reviewed independent films of 2015.  Among its many accomplishments is a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature for director Josh…

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“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” from director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. (Credit: Fox Searchlight)
By Jefferson Beavers 12.29.2015

Filmworks board picks favorite films of 2015

JEFFERSON BEAVERS “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” — I caught a few smartly done films in the “teen dramatic comedy” category this past year — most notably “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” and “Dope.” But this sophomore feature from Alfonso Gomez-Rejon was the best of them. It innovatively merged an outcast buddy…

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