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By Rebecca Horwitz 8.26.2014

Volunteer Spotlight: Monica Marks-Rea

August 2014 Volunteer Spotlight: Monica Marks-Rea Occupation: Monica likes to volunteer. “I do various volunteer jobs. I work with Filmworks, the Warnors Theatre and the revitalization of downtown.” What kinds of things do you do for the downtown revitalization work? “I’ve only been to one of their events so far. It was a meeting right…

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By Rebecca Horwitz 8.19.2014

Meet Cherien Dabis, a triple-threat filmmaker

Palestinian American filmmaker Cherien Dabis not only stars in our Sept. 12 film “May In The Summer,” but she wrote and directed the multicultural romantic comedy too! Dabis earned her MFA in Film from Columbia University and was first known for her work as a writer and co-producer for Showtime’s “The L Word.” With the…

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By Jefferson Beavers 8.12.2014

Intern spotlight: Rebecca Horwitz

Summer 2014 intern: Rebecca Horwitz Where did you go to school and what did you study? “I went to UC San Diego. I majored in theater and I minored in earth science.” Where does your interest in film come from? “I went through a film production class in high school and I liked writing the…

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By Rebecca Horwitz 7.31.2014

Volunteer Spotlight: Julie Linxwiler

July 2014 Volunteer Spotlight: Julie Linxwiler Occupation: Julie is a retired teacher and urban planner. “I used to be a Spanish teacher at Edison Computech Middle School. I had a great professional life and I’m happily retired now.” What kind of work did you do as an urban planner? “The most extreme piece of work…

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By Rebecca Horwitz 7.30.2014

Featured video: Thumbs up

Our featured video this month for the documentary “Life Itself” introduces us to a handful of Tower District faithful who are clearly influenced by the popular “Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down” ratings system created by movie critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. The video is now airing on CMAC TV and on our YouTube channel. Rebecca Horwitz…

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By Jim Piper 7.15.2014

Ebert captured ‘Life Itself’ in his plainspoken reviews

Roger Ebert hasn’t always been my favorite film critic. I’ve often enjoyed the sharp-edged reviews of A.O. Scott and the looping back and adroit asides of Anthony Lane. But Ebert succeeds as few reviewers do with his Midwestern idiom and subtle powers of observation. Now, there’s a super documentary about Ebert and his legacy, “Life…

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By Rebecca Horwitz 7.7.2014

Wasikowska, Eisenberg provide double the star power

The Richard Ayoade film “The Double” looks intriguing and compelling on many levels, but the black comedy wouldn’t be billed as one of the best films of 2014 so far without its two young stars, Mia Wasikowska and Jesse Eisenberg. In a dual role, Eisenberg plays the shy and timid character Simon as well as…

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By Fae Giffen 7.1.2014

Comedic thrillers feed sense of fun, paranoia

For its July 11 movie, Fresno Filmworks takes a dive into a mysterious tale of identity. “The Double,” based on a Fyodor Dostoyevsky novella, stars Jesse Eisenberg as Simon, a mild-manner government clerk who one day finds that his doppelganger has been hired by the same agency. James is Simon’s exact double in every way…

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By Rebecca Horwitz 6.25.2014

Volunteer Spotlight: Lorna Bonyhadi

June 2014 Volunteer Spotlight: Lorna Bonyhadi Occupation: Lorna is a retired Registered Nurse. “I was the nurse executive at the V.A. hospital. Now I try to fill my time with volunteer work. I volunteer at the Hinds Hospice Home, Fresno Filmworks and the Central California Women’s Conference that’s held every September.” When you’re not volunteering,…

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By Jefferson Beavers 6.17.2014

An introduction (in music videos) to Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade likes to mess with your expectations. The British filmmaker directs our July 11 movie, “The Double” to look like a shadowy, gritty film noir built on psychological anxiety, but he delivers a film instead with the heart of a surreal black comedy. The London-born Ayoade actually got his start in comedy, and he’s…

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By Rebecca Horwitz 6.11.2014

Volunteer Spotlight: Celeste DeMonte and Neal Howard

May 2014 Volunteer Spotlight: Celeste DeMonte and Neal Howard Occupations: Celeste works as a technical writer for the software company Famous Software. Neal is a retired pharmacist. Celeste: “I write the help system for the software. If you push the little F1 button [in the application] and help text shows up – I write that.…

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By Fae Giffen 6.10.2014

10 Family Films to Stream This Summer

School’s out! Time for lazy summer days of swimming, barbecues, and movies. Lots and lots of movies. Summer wouldn’t be complete without family movie night. What’s better than curling up on the couch with some popcorn and the knowledge you don’t have to go to school tomorrow? In honor of the anything-can-happen, adventure-filled days of…

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