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By Yvette Mancilla 9.22.2015

Volunteer Spotlight: Justin Secor

October 2015 Volunteer in the Spotlight: Justin Secor Originally hailing from Minnesota, Clovis North High School senior Justin Secor enjoys outdoor activities and takes advantage of Fresno’s close proximity to the Sierra Nevadas any chance he can get. He began picking up extensive film knowledge two years ago when he realized his different taste for…

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By Yvette Mancilla 9.13.2015

Crossing Over: 3 Films About the Immigrant Experience

The plight of an immigrant’s journey has always been a cornerstone of American cinema, and as of late, contemporary international cinema seems to be catching on to this universal narrative. More recent works have unapologetically shed light on the hardships immigrants face in a new country. Filmmakers from across the globe are exploring narrative arcs…

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By Fae Giffen 9.7.2015

True Stories: 5 documentaries available to stream.

This Friday, September 11th, Fresno Filmworks will proudly present “The Wandering Muse”. This powerful documentary looks at nomadic Jewish musicians and the messages they spread with their art. “The Wandering Muse” explores questions of identity through both religion and music and how these different facets influence the lives of the musicians featured.  In honor of…

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By Fae Giffen 8.12.2015

How to be a girl: Growing up female at the movies.

The excitement surrounding this Friday’s film, “Gueros”, has all of Fresno Filmworks thinking about what it means to grow up and what movies to watch when you’re doing it. Filmworks President Jefferson Beavers, took us on a journey of great films about the lazy, hazy days of youth. Former intern Olga Verkhotina, reminded us of…

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By John Moses 8.5.2015

And the Greatest American Movie Is . . .

Anyone who spends much time online is sure to notice the host of best and worst lists vying for our attention. You’ll even find lists of “Best Lists,” the publishers ranging in prestige from The New Yorker to listverse.com, a website dedicated solely to top-ten lists. One category I am especially interested in, though, relates…

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By Fae Giffen 7.30.2015

Volunteer Spotlight: Isabel Mejorado

July 2015 Volunteer in the Spotlight: Isabel Mejorado How long have you lived in Fresno? I’ve lived in Fresno County my whole life.  I was born in Kingsburg and then I moved to Reedley and was raised there.  But I’ve been living in Fresno for quite a while.  I used to work at the financial…

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By Jefferson Beavers 7.22.2015

No slouch in these 5 slacker films

Ahh, the cinema’s slacker. The aimless adolescent. The loveable layabout. The incessant idler. The lazy bum. On Aug. 14, Filmworks screens the Mexican coming-of-age drama “Güeros,” the story of a motionless and angst-ridden group of slackers who get caught up in the National University student strike of 1999. The movie, whose title refers to light-skinned…

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By Olga Verkhotina 7.13.2015

Beyond the White Coming-of-Age Story

It seems we’ve been hearing and talking about diversity and racism 24/7 — in classes, at work, on social media, and yes, in movies too. Movies that touch on the subject of race usually have it as the main theme. But for many movies, race doesn’t exist at all. A year ago this month, everyone…

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By Olga Verkhotina 6.30.2015

On War Movies: When Less is More

Movies, of course, make everything dramatic. If you’re laughing, it’s often to the point of crying. If you’re crying, then you often cry to the point where you can’t breathe. But when it comes to the subjects of war and peace, no matter how hard a director tries to carry across every emotion that comes…

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By Megan Ginise 6.24.2015

Volunteer Spotlight: Richard Flores

June 2015 Volunteer in the Spotlight: Richard Flores  Occupation: Richard is a Fresno City College student who works as a tutor at the campus Writing and Reading Center, and eventually he hopes to move downstairs in the Tutorial Center to also tutor in math. “It has been my favorite job,” Richard says. “I’ve worked a…

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By Fae Giffen 6.9.2015

Short Stories: Anthologies in Film

This Friday, June 12th, Filmworks will be screening the Argentinian submission for Best Foreign Language Film,“Wild Tales”. Filmmaker Damián Szifron weaves together multiple tales of revenge that grow increasingly outrageous and hysterical as the film progresses, allowing for a wickedly funny take on modern society and manners. “Wild Tales” sets itself apart from many other…

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By Olga Verkhotina 6.3.2015

The New Argentine Cinema: Three Picks

  For what Argentine cinema went through in the 1970s, and later successfully recovered from, it deserves every film lover’s attention. Surviving tough censorship and the repression of a military junta, it took two decades for Argentina’s movie industry to find and display its true self again. The new, post-dictatorship generation of filmmakers aims to…

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