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By Justus Bier Stanberry 1.19.2018

Streaming Surprises, Volume 14

Our “Streaming Surprises” series calls attention to good movies new and old. Titles are available from various streaming services.  Gerald’s Game (2017) 2017 was a big year for Stephen King adaptations. Versions of King’s works, “The Dark Tower”, “I Am the Doorway,” “It,” “1922” (also on Netflix), and “Gerald’s Game” all were released within…

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By Jefferson Beavers 12.29.2017

Filmworks board picks favorite films of 2017

Jefferson Beavers Board Member/Development Director “Coco” — A true delight for all ages from start to finish, this Pixar film sets a new standard for cinematic representation for Mexican Americans and Latinos. Its inclusive script, voice cast, and crew are key ingredients in telling a culturally responsive story about the traditions and importance of Dia…

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By Carlos E. Rincón 12.13.2017

Volunteer Spotlight: Jol Devitro

Jol Devitro 1. Where do you currently work/what is your occupation? I just started working for the Fresno County Public Library as a Library Aid. I’m also a blogger for the fantastic FresYes website. 2. Are you from Fresno? Where are you from originally? I was raised in Fresno and left to attend UC Santa…

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By Justus Bier Stanberry 11.28.2017

Streaming Surprises, Volume 13

Our “Streaming Surprises” series calls attention to good movies new and old. Titles are available from various streaming services. “Ingrid Goes West” (2017) Expect something different in Ingrid Goes West. Aubrey Plaza stars as Ingrid, a seemingly disturbed 20-something obsessed with social media. The film starts out showing us the extremes Ingrid will go in…

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By Carlos E. Rincón 11.15.2017

I Heart Film: Paul E. Pierce and Patience Milrod

I Heart Film: Paul E. Pierce and Patience Milrod, Filmworks members and festival sponsors What do you do for a living? Patience: I’m the executive director of Central California Legal Services. I’ve been the executive director for six months. I’ve been a lawyer since 1977, but I’m not actually lawyering very much these days. I’m…

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By Rubén Casas 11.5.2017

Connect at the Fresno Film Festival

Going to the movies has often been associated with escape. We go to the movies to “escape” our realities for 90 or so minutes, to bear witness to lives and experiences different from our own. Film, however, has fulfilled another function that isn’t entirely separate from the idea of escape: film connects us. Like other…

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By Jefferson Beavers 10.25.2017

Some jazz films you might enjoy ahead of festival opener ‘Django’

I’ve written before about how Fresno Filmworks fans love movies about music, so it seems fitting that our 13th annual festival would open with an acclaimed movie about music that also opened the 2017 Berlinale. 2017 Fresno Film Festival begins Nov. 10 with “Django,” a wartime bio pic centered on jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. The…

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By Sirley Carballo 10.18.2017

Volunteer Spotlight: Gloria Burrola and John Dunning

Gloria Burrola and John Dunning 1. Introduce yourselves. Are you from Fresno? Where are you from originally? We live in the Tower District. Gloria is originally from Texas and moved to Fresno from Seattle, a UW and CSUF graduate. John is a native Californian–Los Angeles and a UCLA graduate. 2. What are your occupations? We…

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By Rubén Casas 10.4.2017

Telling Stories to Build Community: Talking and Listening in Lucky

“Lucky” is a story about what is possible when people sit to tell and to listen to each other’s stories. In “Lucky,” the place where this happens is a low-lit bar where the people of a small desert town gather to talk. In this way, “Lucky” invites audiences to witness how the disparate members of…

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By Carlos E. Rincón 9.21.2017

I Heart Film: Joan and Stan Poss

I Heart Film: Joan and Stan Poss, Filmworks members Before your respective retirements, what did you do for a living? Joan: I worked as a therapist with crisis outpatients with Fresno County for 11 years. I went back to graduate school when I was 47 and it was best thing I ever did. I’m retired,…

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By Justus Bier Stanberry 9.13.2017

Streaming Surprises, Volume 12

Our “Streaming Surprises” series calls attention to good movies new and old. Titles are available from various streaming services. “The Tenth Man” (2016) The Tenth Man (El Rey del Once) follows Ariel, as he travels back to Buenos Aires in an attempt to reconnect with his father, Usher. Upon his arrival, he visits his father’s…

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By Jefferson Beavers 8.30.2017

Humans and Animals Make Unusual Cinematic Connections

The Sept. 8 Filmworks movie, “Pop Aye” tells the story of a disenchanted architect in a mid-life crisis who re-connects with his childhood elephant. Our 2017-18 season opener, this feature debut from Singapore-born and NYU-schooled filmmaker Kirsten Tan won the Special Jury Prize in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival this…

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