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By Jefferson Beavers 5.18.2017

Streaming Surprises, Volume 10

Our “Streaming Surprises” series calls attention to good movies new and old. Titles are available from various streaming services. “The Eagle Huntress” (2016) This docudrama follows a 13 year-old Mongolian girl, Aisholpan, as she pursues her dream to become the first female eagle hunter and the first woman to compete in her country’s Golden Eagle…

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By Jefferson Beavers 5.10.2017

Featured video: Talkin’ Trane

Our featured video this month for “Chasing Trane” takes us inside Tower District Records in Fresno, as board member Jefferson Beavers talks with local DJ Conor Miles about his favorite John Coltrane records. Conor is the host of Fresno’s Monthly Motown Night and a big fan of Trane. The video is now airing on CMAC…

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By Rubén Casas 5.4.2017

Coltrane’s activism can be accessed through his jazz

A bit past the midway point in “Chasing Trane” you’ll be treated to some details about how John Coltrane composed “Alabama.” “Alabama” happens to be one of the jazz songs that makes a strong case for the genre in general: in the way it juxtaposes a meditative, brooding melodic line with a middle section that…

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By Jefferson Beavers 4.24.2017

Filmworks Fans Love Music Docs

On May 12, Filmworks will close its 2016-17 season and head into a 3-month summer break by presenting the music documentary “Chasing Trane,” a documentary exploring the life, work, and influence of jazz icon John Coltrane. The film features interviews with legendary musicians and rare performance footage from Trane himself. Los Angeles Times critic Noel…

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By Rubén Casas 4.10.2017

Exploring the absence of Asghar Farhadi

One of the main reasons I’m excited to see “The Salesman” when Fresno Filmworks brings it to the historic Tower Theatre on April 14 stems from Asghar Farhadi’s absence from the Academy Awards. The director was not present to accept the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film as he boycotted the ceremony in protest of a…

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By Sirley Carballo 4.5.2017

Volunteer Spotlight: Carlos Eduardo Rincon Marquez

March 2017 volunteer in the spotlight: Carlos Eduardo Rincon Marquez What do you do for a living? I am an environmental specialist for the E. & J. Gallo Winery. I support several of the winery’s different facilities with being compliant with environmental laws. I really like my job. The company treats its employees well and…

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By Jefferson Beavers 3.29.2017

Streaming Surprises, Volume 9

Our “Streaming Surprises” series calls attention to good movies new and old. Titles are available from various streaming services. “Cameraperson” (2016) A tapestry of footage from the cutting room floor. An autobiographical collage. A visual memoir. Call it what you will, but “Cameraperson” will defy easy description for generations of filmmakers to come. Well-traveled documentary…

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By Jefferson Beavers 3.21.2017

An Introduction to Asghar Farhadi

If you don’t know filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, you’re missing the extraordinary work of one of the premiere figures of the Iranian New Wave cinema movement. Filmworks will show the master director’s latest, the thriller “The Salesman,” on Friday, April 14 at the historic Tower Theatre. The film won this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign…

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By Sirley Carballo 3.7.2017

Volunteer Spotlight: Richard Markley

February 2017 volunteer in the spotlight: Richard Markley What is your occupation? I was a teacher and college instructor for the first half of my adult life, first teaching English as a Second Language and later Japanese. For the second half, I was a translator of Japanese documents into English, working as a freelancer from…

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By Kamal Abu-Shamsieh 3.2.2017

Review: Baldwin’s ‘Negro’ an opportunity to reflect on America

Note: This article is reprinted from the Community Alliance newspaper. “I Am Not Your Negro” is a film that documents significant events in the history of African Americans through the works of the social critic and writer James Baldwin. In his unfinished book, “Remember This House,” Mr. Baldwin offered a personal account of the lives…

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By Jefferson Beavers 2.22.2017

Streaming Surprises, Volume 8

Our “Streaming Surprises” series calls attention to good movies new and old. Titles are available from various streaming services. “I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang” (1932) The earliest in time of Yale Professor Marc Lapadula’s short list of four films that altered films that altered the course of American history, this film tells…

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By Jefferson Beavers 2.21.2017

Resistance films unflinchingly document race relations

Resistance. The refusal to accept or comply. The attempt to prevent, by action or argument. As the United States moves into 2017 and the era of President Trump, documentaries made in the past decade about resistance have taken on new meaning. Filmworks presents the latest entry in this category of resistance films when it screens…

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By Sirley Carballo 2.8.2017

Volunteer Spotlight: Noble Family

January volunteers in the spotlight: Carl Noble, Stacy Houchard and Lucius Noble The following interview is with Carl. What are your occupations? I am a special-needs schoolbus driver for Clovis Unified, Stacy is the “Demo Goddess” at Trader Joe’s in Clovis, and Lucius is in middle school but wants to be a photographer. What are…

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