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By Megan Ginise 3.31.2016

A Changing China: An Introduction to Jia Zhang-ke

Chinese master filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke knows how to push boundaries, and has been doing so since the beginning of his directing career in the mid-1990s. NPR critic John Powers once described him as “the most important filmmaker working in the world today.” Jia has introspected, dissected, analyzed, and looked deeply at the world — his…

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By Megan Ginise 3.22.2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Andy Julian

February 2016 Volunteer in the Spotlight: Andy Julian At age 24, Andy is a one-of-a-kind Renaissance Man — although he wouldn’t call himself that because he doesn’t like drawing attention to himself or his accomplishments. Andy moved to Fresno from Palo Alto in 2004. He’s an artist, a musician, and an aspiring filmmaker, and he…

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By Fae Giffen 3.8.2016

Romanian film: A new wave

This Friday, Fresno Filmworks is pleased to present the Romanian comedy “The Treasure”. Acclaimed director Corneliu Porumboiu brings this hunt for buried treasure alive with the trademark bite and humor that has gained him international acclaim as one of Romanian film’s brightest stars. Romanian cinema has a long and rich history beginning in the early…

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By Megan Ginise 3.2.2016

In Search of Cinematic Treasure

Treasure-hunting movies have abounded since the dawn of cinema, as old as the first scenes of pirates and with many swashbuckling scenes filled with anger and bad accents. Before we went searching for ancient masonic treasure hidden in national landmarks in Nicolas Cage’s awful franchise — never mind toward which side of the Disney spectrum you…

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By Megan Ginise 2.3.2016

January 2016 volunteer in the spotlight: Suzanne Watkins

Suzanne still doesn’t know what she wants to do when she grows up. She has learned to appreciate film for its ability to educate, evoke, and move. She lived briefly in Fresno in the 1970s before moving to Hawaii, but now she’s back, planting a new garden and learning to bloom again here in Fresno…

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By Olga Verkhotina 1.26.2016

Disney shorts share complexity and realism

The simple world of a short film can be dense with symbols and overwhelming emotions. Quickly digging deep into a story, it seems, wouldn’t leave enough room to capture life’s complexity on screen. Yet the world of Disney animated short films manages to do just that. The characters of the recent Walt Disney Animation Studios Short…

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By Jefferson Beavers 1.13.2016

December 2015 volunteer in the spotlight: Satch Gonzales

Occupation: For the past five years, Satch has worked as a self-employed certified massage therapist. A big part of his business is doing chair massage at Whole Foods in Fig Garden Village. He can do specialized massage for relaxation, deep tissue, and sports injuries, among other modalities. One of his specialties is lymphatic drainage, which…

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By Fae Giffen 1.4.2016

Independent Spirit Award Nominees: Directors to Watch

This Friday, January 8, Filmworks is pleased to present “James White”. An intimate and honest character study of modern family and morals, “James White” has emerged as one of the best reviewed independent films of 2015.  Among its many accomplishments is a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature for director Josh…

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By Jefferson Beavers 12.29.2015

Filmworks board picks favorite films of 2015

JEFFERSON BEAVERS “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” — I caught a few smartly done films in the “teen dramatic comedy” category this past year — most notably “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” and “Dope.” But this sophomore feature from Alfonso Gomez-Rejon was the best of them. It innovatively merged an outcast buddy…

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By Jefferson Beavers 12.26.2015

November 2015 volunteer in the spotlight: Sasha Khokha

Occupation: Sasha writes about the Central Valley as a journalist for The California Report, a statewide public radio program produced by KQED Public Radio. KQED is the NPR station for the Bay Area, and The California Report is their flagship program that airs on more than 30 public radio stations all over the state, including…

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By Yvette Mancilla 12.15.2015

Breakout Films Birth Future Filmmaker Stars

The perceptive independent drama “James White,” the January 8 selection for Filmworks at the historic Tower Theatre, has been a festival breakthrough for both its lead actor Christopher Abbott and writer-director Josh Mond. Critic Stephen Holden of The New York Times calls the movie an “abrasive portrait of contemporary New York as a place of…

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By Fae Giffen 12.7.2015

Grand adventures: stories that make heroes.

The best adventure stories start with the most ordinary of days and the most ordinary of people. A completely mundane, run-of-the-mill day being hit head-on by the most extraordinary of circumstances, is a universal trope to start a hero’s journey. These stories are especially poignant when they involve those first steps toward independent thought and morality…

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By Jefferson Beavers 11.26.2015

Volunteer Spotlight: Yvette Mancilla

October 2015 volunteer in the spotlight: Yvette Mancilla Occupation: Yvette currently works as the copy editor at The Collegian, the student-run newspaper at Fresno State. “I edit all the stories that come in,” she says. “Except for sports, which I don’t have much experience in.” She has worked at the paper for more than two…

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