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By Jefferson Beavers 1.5.2019

I Heart Film: John Moses and Ruth Jenkins

I Heart Film: John Moses and Ruth Jenkins Where are you both from, and what do you do professionally here in Fresno? John: Ruth and I moved to Fresno 30 years ago from Long Island, New York. She is originally from Oregon, Ohio; I’m from Reading, Pennsylvania. Ruth is a Professor of English at Fresno…

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By Cindy Peters Duzi 1.1.2019

Chang-dong Lee and the mystery of ‘the great hunger’

“Burning” is director Chang-dong Lee’s sixth film, and his first in eight years. In addition to being placed on the 2019 Oscar shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film, “Burning” also won the FIPRESCI Award from international film critics at the Cannes Film Festival, scoring the highest mark ever on the Cannes critics poll. The FIPRESCI…

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By Jefferson Beavers 12.23.2018

Filmworks board picks favorite films of 2018

JEFFERSON BEAVERS Board Member/President “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” — My favorite documentary of the year, from filmmaker and ethnographic photographer RaMell Ross, plays like a cinematic tone poem for the South. Ross follows two young Black men, Daniel and Quincy, and introduces us to their families and friends in Hale County, Alabama. Since…

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By Jefferson Beavers 12.17.2018

Streaming Surprises, Volume 19

Our “Streaming Surprises” series calls attention to good movies new and old that our board members are watching. Titles are available from various streaming services. “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (2018) The latest film by Joel and Ethan Coen is a series of Western vignettes written by the filmmaker brothers and influenced by legends, tropes,…

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By Cindy Peters Duzi 12.3.2018

‘Shoplifters’ Will Steal Your Heart

In the tender Japanese family drama “Shoplifters,” from renowned master filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, Osamu and his son Shota shoplift basic necessities in order for their family to survive. Returning home one night, they notice 4-year-old Yuri, alone and freezing on the patio of her apartment. They take her home and this is where the story…

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By Rachael Stubbert 11.27.2018

First the sweding, then more filmmaking

As a proud co-sponsor, Filmworks invites you to attend Swede Fest 18 on Dec. 2 at the historic Tower Theatre. Come check out the latest compilation of “sweded” films–short, re-imagined productions of Hollywood favorites, made by community members of all ages and skill levels. Brothers Kris and David Paul of Three First Names Productions have…

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By Jefferson Beavers 11.21.2018

Meet our 2018 festival’s local filmmakers

In an effort to support community art making and to celebrate the Central Valley’s filmmaking talent, two award-winning short films by local filmmakers were screened at our 14th Annual Fresno Film Festival, with director Q&As after each program. Both shorts were winners of this year’s 60 Hour Film Race, organized by the Community Media Access…

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By Jefferson Beavers 11.14.2018

Streaming Surprises, Volume 18

Our “Streaming Surprises” series calls attention to good movies new and old that our board members are watching. Titles are available from various streaming services. “A Fantastic Woman” (2017) Winner of the 2018 Oscar for Best Foreign Language film, this Chilean drama from filmmaker Sebastián Lelio stars Daniela Vega as Marina, a transgender woman, waitress,…

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By Rachael Stubbert 10.21.2018

Volunteer Spotlight: Donna Mott

October 2018 volunteer in the spotlight: Donna Mott Occupation: Donna runs a local catering business, Ooh de Lolli Kitchen Works and Fine Edibles, that serves ice pops and other goodies at pop-up bakeries and catered events. What are some things you like to do in your free time? I really love to travel. The small…

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By Cindy Peters Duzi

If I Can Festival, So Can You

There are many reasons why film festivals feel so exciting. Fresnans are fortunate, as Filmworks hosts a first-class annual festival, showcasing a wide variety of films at an affordable price. A $50 festival pass to the 14th Annual Fresno Film Festival enables you to see seven feature-length movies and two short films you will not…

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By Jefferson Beavers 10.2.2018

Featured videos: You are Inside the Cat

Our featured videos this month for Madeline’s Madeline tackle the central premise of our Oct. 12 film: You are not the cat; you are inside the cat. In collaboration with the Fresno City College Dance Department, we got together with eight students from instructor Cristal Tiscareno’s Dance 20B contemporary dance class, watched the film’s trailer…

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By Rachael Stubbert 9.23.2018

A Meditation on ‘Madeline’ and Movie Mentors

October’s featured Filmworks movie, “Madeline’s Madeline,” explores the role of the mentor through the relationship between Evangeline, the director of a physical theatre troupe, and Madeline, the newest member of the troupe who quickly becomes her protégé. Evangeline’s interest piques as she learns of Madeline’s traumatic past fueled by a strained relationship with her mother,…

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By Cindy Peters Duzi 9.9.2018

Ensemble Casts Do More Than Support

In recent years, the argument has been made that the Academy should include an Oscar category for Best Ensemble Cast. The Screen Actors Guild gives an award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast, and why not? Consider the many films you have seen where a major star’s performance garners raves as well as an Oscar…

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