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By Benjamin Woodcock 1.11.2021

Fresno Filmworks Statement on Tower Theatre Sale

Dear supporters: On behalf of the Fresno Filmworks board of directors, we write with a statement regarding the impending sale of the historic Tower Theatre. Filmworks has proudly presented independent and international movie screenings at the Tower Theatre as a monthly tenant for 18 years — from June 2002 to March 2020. That includes our…

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By Cindy Peters Duzi 1.10.2021

How to Sundance — while in Fresno

Have you ever dreamed of attending the Sundance Film Festival? That dream can become a reality, as this year’s Festival will take place digitally via a feature-rich, Sundance-built online platform from January 28 through February 3. Following are my simple steps for a local cinephile’s “How to Fest” at Sundance: 1. Visit the Sundance website…

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By Jefferson Beavers 12.13.2020

Indies to See in December

Nine months of Covid-19 precautions. Nine months of movies at home. Regardless of whether you’ve joined all the streaming services you can find or braved the socially distanced multiplex, I hope you’ve found great cinema new and old to watch in 2020. Here are a few of my personal picks for December, now playing in…

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By Jefferson Beavers 11.14.2020

Indies to See in November

As the Covid-19 pandemic hits the eight-month mark, Fresno Filmworks screenings remain on pause. November 13-15 would have been the weekend for our annual Fresno Film Festival, which is on hiatus. We hope the festival returns in 2021. While it’s not the same as gathering for the festival, here are a few of my personal…

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By Jefferson Beavers 10.4.2020

Three Indies to See in October

As the Covid-19 pandemic extends toward the seven-month mark, some California multiplexes are starting to welcome back moviegoers at 25% capacity in their auditoriums, under the state’s blueprint for re-openings. But even if you might be feeling up for returning to your favorite theater, there aren’t a lot of new first-run movies available to see.…

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By Jefferson Beavers 9.5.2020

Three Indies to See in September

As the Covid-19 pandemic creeps toward the six-month mark, are you missing the experience of watching a movie inside a theater as much as I am? Here are a few of my personal picks you can look for, now playing in Virtual Cinemas and from various streaming services. “Boys State” on Apple TV+ (with subscription)…

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By Jefferson Beavers 8.2.2020

Three Summer Indies to See in August

As the Covid-19 pandemic creeps toward the five-month mark, most U.S. movie theaters remain closed. Fortunately, lovers of independent and international films can still get their fix of first-run movies thanks to Virtual Cinema offerings that are ongoing from art-house exhibitors nationwide. After screening “John Lewis: Good Trouble” online during the month of July, Fresno…

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By Jefferson Beavers 7.9.2020

These Partners Aren’t Afraid of Good Trouble

As the Covid-19 pandemic stretches toward the four-month mark in Central California, movie theaters in the region remain closed. After canceling its April and May screenings as a health and safety precaution, Fresno Filmworks has taken an opportunity to improvise this summer with the concept of Virtual Cinema in the month of July. The political…

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By Cindy Peters Duzi 6.25.2020

‘The Trip’ film series offers laughter, tears, and a virtual vacation

 “The Trip” film series (2011-2020) Imagine a joint venture between the Travel Channel, the Food Network and Comedy Central. What you might end up with is a four-film series starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon playing fictionalized versions of themselves. “The Trip” and “The Trip to Italy” were cut from episodes of the 2010…

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By Jefferson Beavers

Timely political documentary is first in our Virtual Cinema

With a spirit of improvisation, Fresno Filmworks is proud to present its first Virtual Cinema engagement: the documentary “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” opening Fourth of July weekend and available on-demand throughout the month. Featuring new interviews woven together with rare archival footage from the Civil Rights Movement, the film explores the iconic Georgia congressman’s sixty-plus…

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By Jefferson Beavers 5.29.2020

Missing the movies? Try virtual cinema!

Hello, Filmworks fans. We’ve been thinking about you. We remain heartbroken that we had to cancel the last two screenings of our 2019-20 season. While so much keeps changing in our lives, we’ve been keeping close watch on the changing landscape of film, too. If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook, you’ve no doubt…

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By Benjamin Woodcock 3.24.2020

An Important Update from Fresno Filmworks

Dear Filmworks Fans, It is with heavy hearts that we’ve decided to cancel our April 10 and May 8 screenings. Our public health and safety is important to us, and we feel it would be irresponsible to hold public gatherings at this time. Based on the information currently available, from local health agencies and the…

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By Cindy Peters Duzi 3.6.2020

‘And Then We Danced’ Production Shrouded in Secrecy

The tradition of Georgian dance stands as an important symbol of the country. It is a powerful form of dance, rooted in masculinity and grace. In “And Then We Danced,” Sweden’s Oscar nomination for Best International film, we witness the sexual awakening of Merab, a young man who has danced since he could walk. In…

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Virtual Cinema supports Fresno Filmworks and the independent distributors we love, from the comfort and safety of your home. Try it!