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In Hirokazu Kore-eda's latest film "Like Father, Like Son," we watch empathy itself delicately unfold within the complex lives of two families. Via IFC Films.
By Analise Villalobos 4.12.2014

Japanese film choices go far beyond Godzilla

Mainstream audiences might be tempted to think “Godzilla” when asked about what Japanese movies they’ve seen. But Japanese cinema has a rich history that spans more than a century, with the production of many films that capture a painterly and pictorial tradition of beautiful cinematography. On April 25, Filmworks will open the 2014 Fresno Film…

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When she's not volunteering for Filmworks, Lorraine Tomerlin enjoys going on road trips.
By Analise Villalobos 4.1.2014

Volunteer spotlight: Lorraine Tomerlin

March 2014 volunteer spotlight: Lorraine Tomerlin Occupation: Lorraine teaches middle-school science. What are some of your hobbies? “In my free time I love to go on road trips, hike, look for sea glass, hang out with friends, garden, and play my uke. For road trips I love the coast, specifically Cayucos, Morro Bay, Montaña de…

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"The Lady in Number 6," via Magnolia Pictures.
By Jefferson Beavers 3.20.2014

Filmworks fans pick 2014 Oscar shorts winners

Two out of three ain’t bad. This past February, Filmworks asked our audience to predict the winners of the Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014 race. Attendees correctly picked the live action and documentary winners, and they came close in the animation category. The runaway favorite in the live action category was “Helium,” a story about a…

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Cameron's "The Terminator," via Orion Pictures/MGM.
By Jim Piper 3.9.2014

Good Films: Impossible love affairs

Our “Good Films You May Have Missed” series calls attention to movies new and old that are all Filmworks worthy. Titles are available from Netflix and other streaming services, and you can also find them at your good old-fashioned public library. THE TERMINATOR USA/UK • 1984 • Director: James Cameron Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese…

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By Fae Giffen 3.6.2014

Hollywood loves to tell Victorian love stories

Victorian England in love. Few periods personify the energy and inertia of love like Victorian England. The way falling in love makes us want to upend everything in our lives, yet also makes us afraid to take even one step forward. The era of Queen Victoria serves as the perfect setting for the bravery and…

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By Analise Villalobos 3.4.2014

Featured video: The invisible book

Our featured video this month for The Invisible Woman takes us inside A Book Barn in Old Town Clovis, in search of the works of famed Victorian novelist Charles Dickens. The video is now airing on CMAC TV and on our YouTube channel. Analise Villalobos studies Mass Communication and Journalism at Fresno State. She currently…

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When he's not turning in Oscar-worthy photo booth performances for Filmworks, our February 2014 volunteer of the month Antonio Garcia works as a solar system designer for RGS Energy.
By Analise Villalobos 2.27.2014

Volunteer of the Month: Antonio Garcia

February 2014 Volunteer of the Month: Antonio Garcia Occupation: Antonio works as a system designer for RGS Energy, a company that installs solar panels on homes. When you’re not working, what are some of your hobbies? “I watch a ton of movies, of course, and I also work on cars on the side. Like motorcycles,…

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The Academy would like to congratulate our Spring 2014 intern, Annie Villalobos, for her expertly hand-painted Oscar photo booth backdrop.
By Jefferson Beavers 2.20.2014

Intern spotlight: Analise Villalobos

Spring 2014 intern: Analise Villalobos Where do you go to school and what are you studying? “I go to Fresno State. I just transferred this semester from Fresno City. I’m studying Mass Communication and Journalism, with an emphasis in multimedia. I love taking pictures, and I’m trying to get into film. I’ve done short films…

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Micah Byers and Sadie Byers star in the Filmworks featured video for February 2014, an homage to the short film "The Red Balloon." Via Zoë Smurr.
By Jefferson Beavers 2.4.2014

Featured video: Follow the red balloon

Our featured video this month for The Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014 stars an inquisitive street performer, a precocious little girl, and a pesky wayward balloon. Local freelance videographer Zoë Smurr produced and directed the video, now airing on CMAC and on our YouTube channel. A frequent volunteer for Filmworks, Smurr previously made the featured video…

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By Jeremiah Sturgill 1.30.2014

Drowning in short films

Short films have, in many important ways, undergone a renaissance on the web. YouTube, Vimeo, and other video sharing services provide a platform for films by professionals, amateurs, and everything in between. Animals being silly, supercuts of films, fake trailers, short narrative films, abstract films, documentaries, jokes, instructional videos, music videos, home movies: Short films…

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When she's not volunteering for Filmworks, our January 2014 volunteer of the month Fae Giffen is a grad student in library science.
By Analise Villalobos 1.28.2014

Volunteer of the Month: Fae Giffen

January 2014 Volunteer of the Month: Fae Giffen Occupation: Fae studies at San Jose State in the School of Library and Information Science graduate program. When you’re not busy with school, what are some of your hobbies? “Well, I started playing tennis a little while ago. I’m very enthusiastic, but very bad at it. I…

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Two gangly teens get ready to race in the Jared Hess short film "Winner Take Steve," via the ad agency Wexley School for Girls.
By Jefferson Beavers 1.22.2014

Short film turns into a real ‘Winner’

I’ve been lucky to enjoy a lot of great short films over the years at the historic Tower Theatre. And on Feb. 13 and 14, Filmworks will again bring the world’s best short-form cinema to town when it screens The Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014. But my favorite short movie actually has no connection at all…

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Huston's "The Asphalt Jungle," via MGM.
By Jim Piper 1.14.2014

Good Films: Heists

Our “Good Films You May Have Missed” series calls attention to movies new and old that are all Filmworks worthy. Titles are available from Netflix and other streaming services, and you can also find them at your good old-fashioned public library. Heist films are nearly always gripping. Smarts, great risk, and high stakes make 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.