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This month's movies

For two nights only, catch an exclusive presentation of the Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2013, just weeks before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces its winners. For the eighth straight year, Filmworks continues its tradition of bringing the world’s best short films to the Central Valley. See the film page on our website for the full synopses. Screening sponsors: Fresno Life Magazine and the Rogue Performance and Art Festival. With a post-screening Discussion Circle featuring local animator and storyboard artist Adriana Castillo.

“The races for the live action and animated short film Oscars tend to operate blessedly outside the Academy Awards hype machine. . . . [The programs] offer thought-provoking contrasts in storytelling and style.”

— Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

Showtimes and tickets

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2013 - Documentary

Unrated   •   206 minutes

Saturday, February 09, 2013

1:00 p.m.

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2013 - Live Action

Unrated   •   114 minutes

Friday, February 08, 2013

5:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

8:30 p.m.


Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2013 - Animation

Unrated   •   88 minutes

Friday, February 08, 2013

8:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

5:30 p.m.

Fresno Film Festival 2013

Unrated   •   TBA

Friday, April 19, 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Sunday, April 21, 2013


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.



Share your night at the Oscars with us

In addition to multiple programs of world-class short movies, this year’s Oscar-Nominated Short Films event will feature an Oscar-themed photo booth in the Tower Theatre lobby. Audience members will get a chance to show off their outfits on the red carpet and take pictures, with Hollywood-style props available. Filmworks is teaming with the new Fresno Life Magazine to operate the photo booth. Photos will later be posted to an album on the Filmworks Facebook page, where you can tag yourself and see what fashions your fellow moviegoers chose for their night at the Oscars.

Discussion Circle will focus on animation

After the animation programs each night during the screenings of this year’s Oscar-Nominated Short Films, join local animator Adriana Castillo to talk about the movies. Castillo specializes in art direction, storyboarding, concept art, and graphic design. Filmworks board member Byron Russell, who also teaches animation at Fresno City College, will moderate the Discussion Circle, a newly added feature of our 2013 monthly films.

Mark your calendars for March film, April festival

Filmworks will present its next regular monthly movie on Friday, March 8 at the Tower Theatre. Then, get ready for the ninth annual Fresno Film Festival on April 19-21. The 2013 festival will feature exclusive programs of short and feature-length movies, including special filmmaker appearances and Q&A discussions. The featured programs will include award-winning films from all over the world, as well as original short films culled from submissions reviewed by the Filmworks board. Look for the full lineup and details in early April.

Film calendar

Second Wednesday Film Series at Center for Nonviolence

  • Feb 13 — The Black Power Mixtape, a documentary that uses powerful new footage to examine the evolution of the Black Power Movement from 1967 to 1975.


Cineculture at Fresno State

  • Feb 15 — Remember the Titans, the story of the 1971 T.C. Williams High School football team, which struggled with integration. Starring Denzel Washington.
  • Feb 22 — Le hérisson (The Hedgehog), an unexpected encounter between a French girl, a secretive concierge, and an enigmatic old man.
  • Mar 1 — The Misfits, the story of a burlesque performer and three Reno cowboys. Starring Marilyn Monroe.


Fresno Jewish Film Series at Temple Beth Israel

  • Feb 9 — Wasserman, an aging Holocaust survivor changes his mind about the power of prayer.


How to volunteer

Filmworks thanks its January 2013 volunteers:
Lorna Bonyhadi, Benjamin Boone (discussant), Nené Casares, David Fox (musician), Linda Hernandez, Steve Malm, Monica Marks-Rea, Sarah Nixon, Shlomo Pleban, Alyssa Rendon, Gene Richards, Susan Rogers, Wes Pierson, Caleb Sandersier (musician), Richard Stone, Lianna Stuart (musician), Tracy Stuntz, Olga Verkhotina (intern).

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.