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By Jefferson Beavers 5.29.2014

Featured video: An animated discovery

Our featured video this month for “Ernest & Celestine” draws inspiration for its animated stars — a mouse and a bear, both out on the town for a night at the movies — not only from the Oscar-nominated family film itself but also from an occurrence most moviegoers might choose to forget. “Everyone has experienced…

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By Jefferson Beavers 5.26.2014

Meet our 2014 festival short film competition winners

One month has now passed since the 2014 Fresno Film Festival. Here’s one last look at this year’s award winners in our annual juried short film competition, as well as our audience awards. JOHN KELLY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CINEMATOGRAPHY (tie) “Park 51” Cinematographer: Isaac Hughes Green Against the backdrop of the 2010 protests against…

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By Analise Villalobos 5.8.2014

Volunteer spotlight: Andrew Ranta

April 2014 volunteer spotlight: Andrew Ranta Occupation: Andrew runs a construction and hotel liquidation company called Equity Building Materials. What are some of your hobbies? “I watch a lot of movies and travel.” What is your favorite genre of movie? “I probably have a weak spot for bad horror movies.” Is there a specific one…

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By Analise Villalobos 4.30.2014

Featured video: Following the joy

Our featured video this month for “Following the Ninth” introduces us to three talented players from Youth Orchestras of Fresno who explain both through words and music why Beethoven’s iconic final symphony gives them and the world so much joy. The video is now airing on CMAC TV and on our YouTube channel. Analise Villalobos…

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By Jefferson Beavers 4.20.2014

The Rocket joins ranks of celebrated Southeast Asian cinema

If you enjoy homework assignments that involve hunting down and watching a lot of international movies, then get ready to study. Filmworks will present the adventure fable “The Rocket” as part of the 2014 Fresno Film Festival. The international co-production — from Australia, Laos, and Thailand — screens Saturday, April 26 at 4 p.m., and…

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By Fae Giffen 4.18.2014

The Discovered Artist: 3 stories of art and audience

The artist as character makes a fascinating subject. What does it mean to be an artist? Who decides who is an artist? How important is the idea of an artist to the audience? At the 2014 Fresno Film Festival, Filmworks will present a documentary that looks closely at the work of someone who never called…

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By Analise Villalobos 4.12.2014

Japanese film choices go far beyond Godzilla

Mainstream audiences might be tempted to think “Godzilla” when asked about what Japanese movies they’ve seen. But Japanese cinema has a rich history that spans more than a century, with the production of many films that capture a painterly and pictorial tradition of beautiful cinematography. On April 25, Filmworks will open the 2014 Fresno Film…

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By Analise Villalobos 4.1.2014

Volunteer spotlight: Lorraine Tomerlin

March 2014 volunteer spotlight: Lorraine Tomerlin Occupation: Lorraine teaches middle-school science. What are some of your hobbies? “In my free time I love to go on road trips, hike, look for sea glass, hang out with friends, garden, and play my uke. For road trips I love the coast, specifically Cayucos, Morro Bay, Montaña de…

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By Jefferson Beavers 3.20.2014

Filmworks fans pick 2014 Oscar shorts winners

Two out of three ain’t bad. This past February, Filmworks asked our audience to predict the winners of the Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014 race. Attendees correctly picked the live action and documentary winners, and they came close in the animation category. The runaway favorite in the live action category was “Helium,” a story about a…

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By Jim Piper 3.9.2014

Good Films: Impossible love affairs

Our “Good Films You May Have Missed” series calls attention to movies new and old that are all Filmworks worthy. Titles are available from Netflix and other streaming services, and you can also find them at your good old-fashioned public library. THE TERMINATOR USA/UK • 1984 • Director: James Cameron Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese…

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By Fae Giffen 3.6.2014

Hollywood loves to tell Victorian love stories

Victorian England in love. Few periods personify the energy and inertia of love like Victorian England. The way falling in love makes us want to upend everything in our lives, yet also makes us afraid to take even one step forward. The era of Queen Victoria serves as the perfect setting for the bravery and…

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By Analise Villalobos 3.4.2014

Featured video: The invisible book

Our featured video this month for The Invisible Woman takes us inside A Book Barn in Old Town Clovis, in search of the works of famed Victorian novelist Charles Dickens. The video is now airing on CMAC TV and on our YouTube channel. Analise Villalobos studies Mass Communication and Journalism at Fresno State. She currently…

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By Analise Villalobos 2.27.2014

Volunteer of the Month: Antonio Garcia

February 2014 Volunteer of the Month: Antonio Garcia Occupation: Antonio works as a system designer for RGS Energy, a company that installs solar panels on homes. When you’re not working, what are some of your hobbies? “I watch a ton of movies, of course, and I also work on cars on the side. Like motorcycles,…

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