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Belgian filmmaking duo Jean-Pierre Dardenne, left, and his brother Luc Dardenne. Via The Washington Post.
By Jefferson Beavers 2.24.2015

Dardenne Brothers Work to Make Workers Real

American audiences might be familiar with Marion Cotillard, the Oscar-nominated star of the March 13 Filmworks movie “Two Days, One Night.” But the acclaimed labor drama might be their introduction to the Belgian filmmaking duo of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. According to the British newspaper The Guardian, there are only seven filmmakers who have twice…

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By Megan Ginise 2.17.2015

On Marion Cotillard, an International Star

From La Môme Marion (the kid Marion) to the little sparrow, Marion Cotillard has mesmerized audiences across the globe as one of the most prolific french actresses of the 21st century. From her American debut and breakthrough performance as Edith Piaf in “La Vie En Rose” to her stunning portrayal as a paraplegic orca trainer…

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What do these two directors have in common?  They both started in short films.
By Fae Giffen 2.10.2015

Good Things in Small Packages

  This Thursday and Friday, Fresno Filmworks is proud to be presenting The Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2015. For 10 years, Filmworks has screened the best of short films and we are pleased to be continuing a decade of bringing some of the most inventive, original, and touching voices in cinema to Fresno. Short films are…

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By Jefferson Beavers 2.3.2015

Audio Postcard: Why do you love film?

To travel to another place. To merge multiple forms of expression. To expand your imagination and learn about diverse lives. To simply enjoy visual art. At our monthly screening this past November, we posed a simple question to our fans: Why do you love film? In this audio postcard, we hear the results. Filmworks hopes…

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Volunteer Dominic Bedrossian studies winemaking at Fresno State, and he recently helped our board members choose the local wines we are currently serving at the bar.
By Megan Ginise 1.27.2015

Volunteer Spotlight: Dominic Bedrossian

January 2015 volunteer in the spotlight: Dominic Bedrossian Occupation: Dominic works three jobs throughout the year while studying winemaking full-time at Fresno State, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in enology. He works as a substitute instructional aide in special education for Clovis Unified School District, he works security for Fresno State…

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The boy in "La Luna" may contain a piece of us all. Via Pixar.
By Megan Ginise 1.20.2015

Seeing the World Through Animated Eyes

Short films may not be as small as you think. From Marvel studios to Pixar productions, short films can be a powerhouse tool for creating meaningful experiences expressed within a [short] time frame–everything you need from live action, documentary, and animated stories. There’s a little bit of little in all of us, and short films…

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Directors Kaniella Koffler and Eitan Shefer delve into the unknown in "Stairs to No End." Via Short of the Week.
By Olga Verkhotina 1.13.2015

Shorts as Therapy

We’ve probably been asking ourselves “What is the purpose of art?” for as long as art has existed. In their collaboration book “Art as Therapy,” modern-day philosopher Alain de Botton and historian John Armstrong give us a break from digging deep. Instead, they offer a neat outline of ways to use art as a tool…

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In "Force Majeure," the sheer power of the French Alps serves as backdrop to the fragility of one couple's marriage. Via Magnolia Pictures.
By Fae Giffen 1.4.2015

On Mother Nature: A force unlike any other

Problems, villains, obstacles, MacGuffins: Whatever you call them, the movies need them. Without a crime to solve or a couple to fall in love against all odds, we don’t really have much to talk about, do we? The greater the stakes, the greater the reward. We need something to test us and give us the…

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"Birdman" from Alejandro González Iñárritu. Via Fox Searchlight.
By Jefferson Beavers 1.2.2015

Filmworks board picks favorite films of 2014

JEFFERSON BEAVERS President “Birdman” — A film student’s dream movie, this imaginative black comedy from Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu is edited to look like one long, bleary take. I see the story of Michael Keaton’s aging superhero struggling to claim some sort of relevance as a much-needed commentary in a year fully saturated with…

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Kristy Page has been volunteering at Filmworks movies for so long that she can't actually remember how she got started.
By Jefferson Beavers 12.25.2014

Volunteer Spotlight: Kristy Page

December 2014 volunteer in the spotlight: Kristy Page Occupation: Kristy works as an elementary school substitute teacher, and she’s studying at National University online to become a special education teacher. “My mom was a special ed teacher. I hung out a lot in her classroom and I got interested from there.” What do you like…

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The warm, muted tones of a family's lives on the inside contrasts with the harsh, bright tones of their lives on the outside in the Swedish drama "Force Majeure." Via Magnolia Pictures.
By Olga Verkhotina 12.19.2014

The Landscape of Swedish Cinema: An Introduction

If you need to visualize the saying “small but mighty,” consider Swedish cinema. According to the Swedish Film Institute, an organization established to support the Scandinavian country’s national cinema, this country of fewer than 10 million people releases 40 to 50 feature-length movies a year. So it seems natural that Sweden also has the most…

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By Fae Giffen 12.8.2014

On letting go, holding on, remembering, and forgetting

What happens to us and what we experience are not always the same thing. The facts of our lives can be added into many different sums. We hold on to some facts. We walk away from others. We struggle to find a theme to place all those kept and discarded facts into. Our own minds…

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Olga Verkhotina was our first Filmworks marketing intern, and she continues to volunteer by helping with development and producing content for our blog.
By Jefferson Beavers 12.2.2014

Volunteer spotlight: Olga Verkhotina

November 2014 volunteer in the spotlight: Olga Verkhotina Occupation: Olga lives in Los Angeles where she works in nonprofit marketing and event planning. “‘Communications,’ you can say. I work at the Pacific Meso Center, a nonprofit research center at the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, where we are focused on finding better treatments for…

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