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Our August volunteer in the spotlight, Sky Sweet, is a yoga-loving English teacher who always comes back to the films of Jim Jarmusch.
By Yvette Mancilla 8.26.2015

Volunteer Spotlight: Sky Sweet

September 2015 Volunteer in the Spotlight: Sky Sweet Occupation: After years of working in public relations in Los Angeles, Sky opted for a change of pace and currently teaches high school English for Fresno Unified School District. “After working in public relations, you know, and being in Los Angeles — it just wasn’t fun anymore.…

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Zelda Harris is a girl taking on the world in "Crooklyn". Image via imarcade.com
By Fae Giffen 8.12.2015

How to be a girl: Growing up female at the movies.

The excitement surrounding this Friday’s film, “Gueros”, has all of Fresno Filmworks thinking about what it means to grow up and what movies to watch when you’re doing it. Filmworks President Jefferson Beavers, took us on a journey of great films about the lazy, hazy days of youth. Former intern Olga Verkhotina, reminded us of…

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"Citizen Kane" tops this list.  What's your greatest movie of all time. Image via entertainment.time.com
By John Moses 8.5.2015

And the Greatest American Movie Is . . .

Anyone who spends much time online is sure to notice the host of best and worst lists vying for our attention. You’ll even find lists of “Best Lists,” the publishers ranging in prestige from The New Yorker to listverse.com, a website dedicated solely to top-ten lists. One category I am especially interested in, though, relates…

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Isabel Mejorado is a local foodie, tango dancer, and film buff.
By Fae Giffen 7.30.2015

Volunteer Spotlight: Isabel Mejorado

July 2015 Volunteer in the Spotlight: Isabel Mejorado How long have you lived in Fresno? I’ve lived in Fresno County my whole life.  I was born in Kingsburg and then I moved to Reedley and was raised there.  But I’ve been living in Fresno for quite a while.  I used to work at the financial…

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In the coming-of-age drama “Güeros,” slackers Sombra, Santos, and Tomás kill time while exploring Mexico City’s invisible frontiers. Via Kino Lorber.
By Jefferson Beavers 7.22.2015

No slouch in these 5 slacker films

Ahh, the cinema’s slacker. The aimless adolescent. The loveable layabout. The incessant idler. The lazy bum. On Aug. 14, Filmworks screens the Mexican coming-of-age drama “Güeros,” the story of a motionless and angst-ridden group of slackers who get caught up in the National University student strike of 1999. The movie, whose title refers to light-skinned…

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Light-skinned Tomás struggles with his darker-skinned brothers and his identity in the Mexican coming-of-age drama “Güeros.” Via Kino Lorber.
By Olga Verkhotina 7.13.2015

Beyond the White Coming-of-Age Story

It seems we’ve been hearing and talking about diversity and racism 24/7 — in classes, at work, on social media, and yes, in movies too. Movies that touch on the subject of race usually have it as the main theme. But for many movies, race doesn’t exist at all. A year ago this month, everyone…

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War comes to the doorstep of two Estonian immigrant farmers in the internationally acclaimed drama "Tangerines." Via Samuel Goldwyn.
By Olga Verkhotina 6.30.2015

On War Movies: When Less is More

Movies, of course, make everything dramatic. If you’re laughing, it’s often to the point of crying. If you’re crying, then you often cry to the point where you can’t breathe. But when it comes to the subjects of war and peace, no matter how hard a director tries to carry across every emotion that comes…

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Volunteer Richard Flores sees himself as a jack of all trades. A wrestling aficionado, writing and math tutor, and college student, Richard loves well-crafted stories of all kinds.
By Megan Ginise 6.24.2015

Volunteer Spotlight: Richard Flores

June 2015 Volunteer in the Spotlight: Richard Flores  Occupation: Richard is a Fresno City College student who works as a tutor at the campus Writing and Reading Center, and eventually he hopes to move downstairs in the Tutorial Center to also tutor in math. “It has been my favorite job,” Richard says. “I’ve worked a…

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Good things in small packages. "The Meaning of Life" and other anthology films deliver big ideas in short stories. Image via abmcg.blogspot.com
By Fae Giffen 6.9.2015

Short Stories: Anthologies in Film

This Friday, June 12th, Filmworks will be screening the Argentinian submission for Best Foreign Language Film,“Wild Tales”. Filmmaker Damián Szifron weaves together multiple tales of revenge that grow increasingly outrageous and hysterical as the film progresses, allowing for a wickedly funny take on modern society and manners. “Wild Tales” sets itself apart from many other…

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The 2014 social satire “Wild Tales” is one of many examples of diversity in style within the new Argentine cinema. Via Sony Classics.
By Olga Verkhotina 6.3.2015

The New Argentine Cinema: Three Picks

  For what Argentine cinema went through in the 1970s, and later successfully recovered from, it deserves every film lover’s attention. Surviving tough censorship and the repression of a military junta, it took two decades for Argentina’s movie industry to find and display its true self again. The new, post-dictatorship generation of filmmakers aims to…

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Our latest volunteer in the spotlight, Megan Ginise, likes getting out of her comfort zone, especially when it involves the cultural arts.
By Jefferson Beavers 5.19.2015

Volunteer Spotlight: Megan Ginise

May 2015 volunteer in the spotlight: Megan Ginise Occupation: Megan studies public relations and journalism at Fresno State, and she also works part-time at two newspapers: The Collegian, where she was the assistant news editor this past semester, and The Fresno Bee, where she’s currently a student writer. “At The Bee, I’m the lowest of…

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Tales of revenge get more cartoonishly spectacular in the Oscar-nominated Argentine drama "Wild Tales." Via Sony Classics.
By Megan Ginise 5.13.2015

On Revenge Movies: A Dish Best Served Cold

  The French have it right when they say that “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” Ahead of the June 12 Filmworks screening of the revenge drama “Wild Tales,” let’s take a look at some revenge movies and compare them to our Argentine Oscar nominee—a compendium of six stories of vengeance, of numerous turbulent…

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