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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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The soundtrack is the story.
By Fae Giffen 5.4.2015

Soundtracks and Storytelling

This Friday, May 8th, Fresno Filmworks is excited to screen the musical documentary “The Wrecking Crew“. Filmmaker Denny Tedesco, who will be joining Filmworks for an audience discussion after the 5:30 show, created a labor of love in this film telling the story of the Los Angeles area studio musicians behind some of the most…

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Long after her grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary in 2001, our intern Megan Ginise (age 8 in this photo) is still dancing with her grandfather, if only in memory.
By Megan Ginise 4.30.2015

Dancing on My Grandfather’s Shoes

I used to dance with my grandfather late at night in the kitchen as he was cooking dinner for us on the old, blackened hardwood floors. I remember Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, The Duprees, Dion, Ben E. King, and The Foundations. I remember as he would swing me around. Clumsily and with two left…

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Our latest volunteer in the spotlight, Kristin Torres, is a writer, a linguist, a film connoisseur, and an up-and-coming jet-setter.
By Megan Ginise 4.21.2015

Volunteer Spotlight: Kristin Torres

April 2015 volunteer in the spotlight: Kristin Torres Occupation: Kristin currently works as a hostess at The Daily Grill and is on her way to graduate school in the fall at the University of Missouri, where she will pursue a master’s degree in Russian Studies. She first studied Russian language and literature as an undergraduate,…

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The behind-the-scenes story of "The Wrecking Crew" isn't the only behind-the-scenes music documentary that Filmworks has presented. Via Magnolia Pictures.
By Megan Ginise 4.15.2015

The Power of Music (Documentaries)

  Looking ahead to the May 8th Fresno Filmworks screening of one of the greatest underdog stories in music history, the story of “The Wrecking Crew” and the popular hits that defined a generation, let’s take a look back at some of Filmworks’ other music documentary selections, movies that have inspired us, awoken us, and transformed…

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The Purple Rose of Cairo via Cinapse
By Fae Giffen 4.7.2015

Meta at the Movies: Experiencing the Movies that Experience the Movies

  The experience of watching a movie can be so powerful that we sometimes need another movie to help us process it. This month Fresno Filmworks screens just such a film about the desire to live a movie.  “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter” tells the story of a Japanese woman who is so profoundly captivated by the Joel…

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By Megan Ginise 3.30.2015

Volunteer Spotlight: Karen Hammer

March 2015 volunteer in the spotlight: Karen Hammer Occupation: Karen teaches Spanish for the local community college district. She works at the Clovis Community College Center, and the New Jersey native has been a Spanish teacher for 25 years–16 of which she has spent in the Fresno area. Although she is not Latina, Karen’s friends…

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David and Nathan Zellner Via zellnerbros.com
By Megan Ginise 3.17.2015

The Zellner Brothers: An Introduction to their Riveting Brand of Strange

Inspired by the Fresno Filmworks up coming April 10th screening of “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter“, I set out to research the Austin-based filmmakers David and Nathan Zellner. Maybe for the first time, I now have a better understanding of what truly independent filmmaking looks like. David Zellner will make a trip to Fresno to visit…

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Marlon Brando as the modern American worker. Via Criterion Collection
By Fae Giffen 3.10.2015

Classic Cinema of the American Worker

This month Fresno Filmworks is proud to present “Two Days, One Night”. This award winning film starring international sensation Marion Cotillard, follows a young woman as she struggles to save her job by connecting to her fellow workers. “Two Days, One Night” examines how our work defines us and gives us a sense of community…

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The Academy would like to congratulate Andrew Veihmeyer on his volunteer achievements with Filmworks.
By Megan Ginise 3.4.2015

Volunteer Spotlight: Andrew Veihmeyer

  February 2015 volunteer in the spotlight: Andrew Veihmeyer. Occupation: A native of Santa Maria on the Central Coast, Andrew graduated from Fresno State in 2012 with a degree in Communication. Since then, he has worked as a marketing intern for several local businesses and nonprofit groups, including Sebastian and the West African Vocational Schools.…

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