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By Nancy Price 2.18.2019

I Heart Film: Joanne Bazarian and Giovanni Pivirotto

I Heart Film: Joanne Bazarian and Giovanni Pivirotto Joanne and Giovanni own the Perfect Balance Yoga studio and the JoGio Homes real estate firm with London Properties. They are longtime supporters of Fresno Filmworks, sponsoring the movie “Lucky” in 2017 and the Oscar-nominated short films in 2018 and 2019. Where are you both from, and…

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By Jefferson Beavers 2.3.2019

Streaming Surprises, Volume 20

Our “Streaming Surprises” series calls attention to good movies new and old that our board members are watching. Titles are available from various streaming services. “Blindspotting” (2018) Collin has three days left of probation. He is working hard to stay out of trouble, which is not easy in his native Oakland where police brutality is…

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By Sirley Carballo 1.28.2019

The wildly different and lasting impacts of short films

For more than a decade, Fresno Filmworks has screened all three categories of Oscar-Nominated Short Films in the documentary, live action, and animation categories. Why? Because we believe that short-form cinema is alive and important. Will short films ever regain the popularity of feature-length films? Hard to say, but there’s so much to discover within…

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By Jefferson Beavers 1.20.2019

Volunteer Spotlight: Rachael Stubbert

December 2018 volunteer in the spotlight: Rachael Stubbert Where do you go to school and what are you studying? I’m currently attending Fresno State, studying English literature and creative writing. Where are you from originally? I’m from Fresno, but I’ve lived in Arizona and Montana in the past too. Where do you currently work? I…

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By Jefferson Beavers 1.5.2019

I Heart Film: John Moses and Ruth Jenkins

I Heart Film: John Moses and Ruth Jenkins Where are you both from, and what do you do professionally here in Fresno? John: Ruth and I moved to Fresno 30 years ago from Long Island, New York. She is originally from Oregon, Ohio; I’m from Reading, Pennsylvania. Ruth is a Professor of English at Fresno…

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By Cindy Peters Duzi 1.1.2019

Chang-dong Lee and the mystery of ‘the great hunger’

“Burning” is director Chang-dong Lee’s sixth film, and his first in eight years. In addition to being placed on the 2019 Oscar shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film, “Burning” also won the FIPRESCI Award from international film critics at the Cannes Film Festival, scoring the highest mark ever on the Cannes critics poll. The FIPRESCI…

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By Jefferson Beavers 12.23.2018

Filmworks board picks favorite films of 2018

JEFFERSON BEAVERS Board Member/President “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” — My favorite documentary of the year, from filmmaker and ethnographic photographer RaMell Ross, plays like a cinematic tone poem for the South. Ross follows two young Black men, Daniel and Quincy, and introduces us to their families and friends in Hale County, Alabama. Since…

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By Jefferson Beavers 12.17.2018

Streaming Surprises, Volume 19

Our “Streaming Surprises” series calls attention to good movies new and old that our board members are watching. Titles are available from various streaming services. “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (2018) The latest film by Joel and Ethan Coen is a series of Western vignettes written by the filmmaker brothers and influenced by legends, tropes,…

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By Cindy Peters Duzi 12.3.2018

‘Shoplifters’ Will Steal Your Heart

In the tender Japanese family drama “Shoplifters,” from renowned master filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, Osamu and his son Shota shoplift basic necessities in order for their family to survive. Returning home one night, they notice 4-year-old Yuri, alone and freezing on the patio of her apartment. They take her home and this is where the story…

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By Rachael Stubbert 11.27.2018

First the sweding, then more filmmaking

As a proud co-sponsor, Filmworks invites you to attend Swede Fest 18 on Dec. 2 at the historic Tower Theatre. Come check out the latest compilation of “sweded” films–short, re-imagined productions of Hollywood favorites, made by community members of all ages and skill levels. Brothers Kris and David Paul of Three First Names Productions have…

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By Jefferson Beavers 11.21.2018

Meet our 2018 festival’s local filmmakers

In an effort to support community art making and to celebrate the Central Valley’s filmmaking talent, two award-winning short films by local filmmakers were screened at our 14th Annual Fresno Film Festival, with director Q&As after each program. Both shorts were winners of this year’s 60 Hour Film Race, organized by the Community Media Access…

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By Jefferson Beavers 11.14.2018

Streaming Surprises, Volume 18

Our “Streaming Surprises” series calls attention to good movies new and old that our board members are watching. Titles are available from various streaming services. “A Fantastic Woman” (2017) Winner of the 2018 Oscar for Best Foreign Language film, this Chilean drama from filmmaker Sebastián Lelio stars Daniela Vega as Marina, a transgender woman, waitress,…

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By Rachael Stubbert 10.21.2018

Volunteer Spotlight: Donna Mott

October 2018 volunteer in the spotlight: Donna Mott Occupation: Donna runs a local catering business, Ooh de Lolli Kitchen Works and Fine Edibles, that serves ice pops and other goodies at pop-up bakeries and catered events. What are some things you like to do in your free time? I really love to travel. The small…

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