Son of Rambow



  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728


Filmworks presents the now-classic 2008 British coming-of-age drama that The Washington Post calls “a crowd-pleasing combination of buoyant spirit and occasionally dark humor.” Directed by Garth Jennings, the experimental music video director best known for his 2005 film adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy, the movie tells the story of a young boy named Will Proudfoot who lives in a strict religious community known as “The Brethren.” Will is forbidden to listen to music or watch television, and he has to leave his classroom when his teacher shows documentary films. After discovering a pirated copy of Rambo: First Blood, Will teams up with his school’s bully, Lee Carter, to re-create and film elaborate, outlandish, and sometimes fantastical stunts and action sequences that they learn from the classic 1980s action flick. The boys try to keep their filmmaking a secret, but their adventures soon garner them new popularity at their school. The pair’s unlikely friendship gets tested as more and more outsiders seek roles in their homemade films.

Director: Garth Jennings
USA (2008) • 96 minutes • Rated PG-13

Swede Fest 12
After the screening of Son of Rambow, stay for Swede Fest 12, the latest installment of the Central Valley’s fastest growing amateur film festival. Swede Fest was launched in 2008 by local filmmakers Roque Rodriguez and Bryan Harley. The only film festival dedicated to sweded movies — low-budget, summarized re-creations of your Hollywood favorites — Swede Fest aims to make filmmaking easy, fun, and accessible to anyone in the community. The deadline to submit entries for Swede Fest 12 is Nov. 4 at 11:59 p.m.

Swede Fest 12 is sponsored by Fresno Filmworks, Gotta Love Fresno, and The Tower Theatre.

Filmworks thanks K-Jewel 99.3 FM, The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle, and Stella Artois for their support.

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