The Rep

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Where:

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

Synopsis

Filmworks presents the Canadian documentary that The Austin Chronicle says “urgently encourages us to support our local repertory cinemas — tonight!” The film follows the lives of three film geeks during the first year of operations of their single-screen repertory cinema in Toronto. In the face of strong competition from big-box multiplex theaters, on-demand streaming services, and home video, the trio fights an uphill battle. The film also takes a broad look at the world of independent cinema across North America. Devalued by studios, corporate theaters, and patrons themselves, movies in the digital age have become less of an experience and more of an activity. Repertory cinema is a quickly shrinking but still-passionate world of film lovers trying to keep the experience of cinema alive. Featuring commentary from Kevin Smith, John Waters, Atom Egoyan, and more. Will include a post-screening community conversation with Filmworks board members, where patrons will be encouraged to share their ideas for keeping cinema alive in Fresno.

Director: Morgan White

Canada (2012) • 99 minutes • Not rated

Screening sponsors:
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The crown jewel of Fresno’s hottest nightlife neighborhood, The Tower Theatre lends its name to an area that has been a community focus of arts and entertainment for generations. Opened in 1939 as a 20th Century Fox Movie House, the theater was restored in 1990 and reopened as a center for the performing arts. In 1992, the theater– a moderne art deco masterpiece– was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Home to Fresno Filmworks since 2002.

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Celebrating 24 years, Fresno Reel Pride is the Central Valley’s oldest and largest film festival. Through the universal appeal of movies, our mission is to increase the awareness of the gay and lesbian community through the exhibition of films and videos that explore gay and lesbian themes. The 2013 Reel Pride Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will be held Sept. 18-22 in Fresno’s Tower District and at The Tower Theatre.

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Valley Public Radio is the San Joaquin Valley’s source for NPR News, classical music, and cultural arts programming. From “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” to “Car Talk” and “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me,” FM89’s lineup offers something for everyone. New programs like “Here & Now,” the “TED Radio Hour,” and “Radiolab” bring us new ideas and inspiration every day. Listen today at FM 89.3 or online at KVPR.org.

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CMAC is dedicated to empowering voices in our local community through media. At our media center, on the 2nd floor of the Fresno Met building in downtown Fresno, we offer the tools and training you need to create and distribute high-quality video content that is of interest to local audiences-– from performances and debates to special events, documentaries, informational presentations, and more.

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

Reviews

"If this film achieves anything, it's that it makes us respect independent theatres and rep-cinemas on a whole new level. After seeing this film, I'll definitely be paying visits to the local rep more often." — Ben Russell, The Movie Man
"Filmmaker Morgan White, a cinephile long bemoaning the steady decline of repertory theatres, knew the Underground was special the day it opened in 2010. It’s what compelled the Torontonian to track the cinema’s first year in his charming documentary The Rep, a love letter to filmgoing and required viewing for those who give a damn about independent theatres." — Manori Ravindran, National Post
"If this film achieves anything, it's that it makes us respect independent theatres and rep-cinemas on a whole new level. After seeing this film, I'll definitely be paying visits to the local rep more often." — Ben Russell, The Movie Man
"Filmmaker Morgan White, a cinephile long bemoaning the steady decline of repertory theatres, knew the Underground was special the day it opened in 2010. It’s what compelled the Torontonian to track the cinema’s first year in his charming documentary The Rep, a love letter to filmgoing and required viewing for those who give a damn about independent theatres." — Manori Ravindran, National Post

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