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This month's movies

The documentary Searching for Sugar Man tells the story of how an obscure 1970 debut LP by “Rodriguez,” a working-class Mexican-American musician from Detroit, helped inspire the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.

“The film has the shape of a detective mystery. … It is an electrifying illustration of music’s power to inspire and change lives on both sides of the footlights.”

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

The 1955 drama East of Eden stars James Dean in his first screen role. An adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel, the film tells the story of a 1917 California farm family and its warring brothers.

“A Cain and Abel story set in Salinas and Monterey, East of Eden is not only one of director Elia Kazan’s richest films, it is also arguably James Dean’s best performance.”

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Searching for Sugar Man is a testament to how music — or painting or literature or any form of art — can take on a life far greater than its creator intended when it happens to connect with the right people at the right time.”

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

Showtimes and tickets

East of Eden

Rated PG   •   115 minutes

Sunday, November 11, 2012

3:00 p.m.

Searching for Sugar Man

Rated PG-13   •   85 minutes

Friday, November 09, 2012

5:30 p.m.


Meet Me In St. Louis

Unrated   •   113 minutes

Sunday, December 16, 2012

3:00 p.m.

Chicken With Plums

Rated PG-13   •   91 minutes

Friday, December 14, 2012

5:30 p.m.


Advance tickets on sale by cash or check at the Tower Theatre box office, 815 E. Olive Ave.

Or purchase tickets online for the upcoming show.


Film calendar

Movies at Nonviolence Center

  • Nov 14 — Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?, a documentary about jailed Cuban intelligence agents.

Details: (559) 237-3223

Swede Fest 10

  • Nov 11 — Swede Fest 10, the original festival for “sweded” films — short, no-budget re-imaginings of your Hollywood favorites. Co-sponsored by Filmworks and the Tower Theatre. Free admission. 6 p.m.


Cineculture at Fresno State

  • Nov 16 — Pelada, a documentary about chasing the game of soccer.
  • Dec 7 — Les hommes libres, a story of Muslims who fought for the French Resistance during WW II.


Series at Temple Beth Israel

  • Nov 10 — Yentl, the 1983 musical drama starring Barbra Streisand.


How to volunteer

Filmworks thanks its October 2012 volunteers:
Lorna Bonyhadi, Nené Casares, Trin Gibney, Linda Hernandez, Mary Malesani, Don Olson, Sholmo Pleban, Alyssa Rendon, Susan Rodgers, Mayuko Russell, Richard Stone, Lorraine Tomerlin.

Contact Gloria Burrola at to volunteer at a future screening.

Contact John Moses at for general inquiries.

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