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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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By Jefferson Beavers 1.30.2017

Streaming Surprises, Volume 7

Our “Streaming Surprises” series calls attention to good movies new and old. Titles are available from various streaming services. “About Elly” (2009) The fourth film from Iranian master filmmaker Asghar Farhadi — writer/director of the Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning “A Separation” and most recently “The Salesman,” which just earned an Oscar nomination for Best…

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By Jefferson Beavers 1.29.2017

Animated stick figures give short films of Don Hertzfeldt a big heart

Animator Don Hertzfeldt makes stick figures and puts them into short films. But they’re existential stick figures, full of both comedy and tragedy, and that’s what helps make them award winners. For the 12th straight year, Filmworks will present an exclusive Fresno screening of the Oscar-Nominated Short Films at the historic Tower Theatre on Feb.…

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By Jefferson Beavers 1.10.2017

Youth of color come of age and question onscreen

Being 17 can feel like an emotional jumble, as conflicting identities emerge. For youth of color, the added intricacies of race and class can further complicate expressions of gender and sexuality. Filmmaker André Téchiné explores these themes in the 2017 opener for Filmworks, “Being 17,” screening at the Tower Theatre on Jan. 13. Set in…

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By Fae Giffen 1.5.2017

Volunteer of the month: Cassandra Ruby

Get to know our former intern and newest board member, Cassandra Ruby. Where do you currently work? I work in an escape room called Xcape Room Fresno, which is kind of like an hour-long entertainment experience.  You’re locked in a room and you solve puzzles to accomplish the goal of escaping.  You have to find…

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By Fae Giffen 12.27.2016

Best of 2016: Our picks for the films of the year

As 2016 winds to a close, Filmworks has been reflecting on the best of the year.  Here, as our holiday gift to you, are our picks for the best movies we saw last year. Rita Bell “Captain Fantastic” My pick for 2016 is Captain Fantastic about a family that lives “off the grid” in the Oregon…

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By Fae Giffen 12.19.2016

Streaming Surprises – Our picks for the best of streaming movies

  “Victoria” Director Sebastian Schipper and cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen pull off an extraordinary feat in this German crime thriller and Berlin International Film Festival favorite: It’s a dizzying 138-minute single-take miracle. Actress Laia Costa plays Victoria, a young Spanish transplant in Berlin who falls into a dangerous scenario when she befriends four locals at…

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