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By Jefferson Beavers 7.14.2018

Volunteer Spotlight: Joy Quigley

July 2018 volunteer in the spotlight: Joy Quigley Occupation: Joy works in freelance film and video production. What else do you do outside of work? I consider the work that I do fun. I take a lot of photos and experiment with them. I also love to cook. I have made Thanksgiving dinners for 20+…

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By Carlos E. Rincón 6.18.2018

I Heart Film: Albert Cano and Michael Swain

Where are you both from, and what do you do professionally here in Fresno? Albert: I was born in Fresno but grew up in Kerman. I’m the Local Media Research Manager at Univision Communications for the Fresno and Sacramento markets. Michael: I was born in San Francisco, and I moved to Fresno when I was…

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By Justus Bier Stanberry 5.11.2018

Humble Beginnings: Celebrated Films that Began as Shorts

Before Oh Lucy was a feature film, by writer and director Atsuko Hirayanagi, it was a short film that was her thesis project at NYU. Before that, it was just one of many one-sentence plot descriptions she had to write for another class project. The short film was a Short Film Jury Prize winner at…

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By Justus Bier Stanberry 4.27.2018

Streaming Surprises, Volume 17

Our “Streaming Surprises” series calls attention to good movies new and old. Titles are available from various streaming services. “Poorna” (2017) “Poorna” is based on the true story of a courageous and determined thirteen-year old girl from a tribal region of India. Poorna, an Adivasi (indigenous) becomes the youngest girl in history to climb Mount…

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By Rubén Casas 4.13.2018

Vazante and the Ugly-Beautiful of Brazilian Cinema

Daniela Thomas initially centers Vazante on a man who fails: Antonio (Adriano Carvhalho), a white farmer who can’t make his land grow a thing, support a homestead, or ensure the survival of his wife and child. It’s 1821 in Brazil. Slavery hasn’t been abolished. The world is a gloomy place. If the world is dour,…

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By Jefferson Beavers 3.29.2018

Streaming Surprises, Volume 16

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. “Columbus” (2017) People have been falling in and out of love for a long time now. Film’s keen interests in happily-ever-afters has trained us to recognize the important role music,…

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By Carlos E. Rincón 3.23.2018

I Heart Film: Joe Garcia

What is your role at Valley Public Radio (VPR)? I am the Development Director for VPR. I help VPR support and give exposure to organizations that we consider are doing good things in the community that wouldn’t be done if it weren’t for them. Fresno Filmworks fits that perfectly by presenting movies that are not…

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By Rubén Casas 3.2.2018

Gegen Die Wand

Fatih Akin’s films provide audiences with a strident reminder that there is no typical immigrant or diasporic experience. Akin’s films, which often center around the experiences of German Turks struggling to find a place in between and amidst disparate cultures, manage to highlight the humor and levity of his characters in spite of the grit,…

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By Carlos E. Rincón 2.22.2018

Volunteer Spotlight: Roque Rodriguez

Where do you currently work/what is your occupation? I currently am a Video Producer at Duncan Enterprises here in Fresno. Are you from Fresno? Where are you from originally? I’m originally from Firebaugh, on the westside, but I came to high school here in Fresno. Mainly because we didn’t have a McDonald’s in Firebaugh. What…

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By Justus Bier Stanberry 2.16.2018

Streaming Surprises, Volume 15

Our “Streaming Surprises” series calls attention to good movies new and old. Titles are available from various streaming services. “Revolting Rhymes, Part 2” (2017) Revolting Rhymes is a computer-animated adaptation of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake’s classic children’s book which presents a mischievousness re-interpretation of six well-known fairy tales including Snow White and Little Red…

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By Rubén Casas 2.1.2018

The 2018 Oscar-Nominated Short Films

The Oscar-nominated shorts category has become one of my favorite Academy Award categories in recent years for three reasons: First, the format allows audiences to experience what’s new in movie-making as new storytelling techniques and quirkier stories are often first tried out in a shorter format –– it’s new and young talent doing new and…

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By Carlos E. Rincón 1.26.2018

I Heart Film: Jill Fisher and Keith Seaman

What do you do for a living and how long have you lived in Fresno? Keith: We have a commercial photography business here in Fresno. We had a studio downtown until this past March after having been in it for more than 30 years. We have evolved into a creative team. We do a lot…

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