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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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By Jefferson Beavers 12.29.2017

Filmworks board picks favorite films of 2017

Jefferson Beavers Board Member/Development Director “Coco” — A true delight for all ages from start to finish, this Pixar film sets a new standard for cinematic representation for Mexican Americans and Latinos. Its inclusive script, voice cast, and crew are key ingredients in telling a culturally responsive story about the traditions and importance of Dia…

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By Carlos E. Rincón 12.13.2017

Volunteer Spotlight: Jol Devitro

Jol Devitro 1. Where do you currently work/what is your occupation? I just started working for the Fresno County Public Library as a Library Aid. I’m also a blogger for the fantastic FresYes website. 2. Are you from Fresno? Where are you from originally? I was raised in Fresno and left to attend UC Santa…

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By Justus Bier Stanberry 11.28.2017

Streaming Surprises, Volume 13

Our “Streaming Surprises” series calls attention to good movies new and old. Titles are available from various streaming services. “Ingrid Goes West” (2017) Expect something different in Ingrid Goes West. Aubrey Plaza stars as Ingrid, a seemingly disturbed 20-something obsessed with social media. The film starts out showing us the extremes Ingrid will go in…

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By Carlos E. Rincón 11.15.2017

I Heart Film: Paul E. Pierce and Patience Milrod

I Heart Film: Paul E. Pierce and Patience Milrod, Filmworks members and festival sponsors What do you do for a living? Patience: I’m the executive director of Central California Legal Services. I’ve been the executive director for six months. I’ve been a lawyer since 1977, but I’m not actually lawyering very much these days. I’m…

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By Rubén Casas 11.5.2017

Connect at the Fresno Film Festival

Going to the movies has often been associated with escape. We go to the movies to “escape” our realities for 90 or so minutes, to bear witness to lives and experiences different from our own. Film, however, has fulfilled another function that isn’t entirely separate from the idea of escape: film connects us. Like other…

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