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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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By Rachael Stubbert 9.6.2018

‘Support the Girls’ Modernizes the Service Comedy

September’s featured Filmworks movie, “Support the Girls,” challenges some of the traditional hallmarks of a typical comedy about the service industry. Director Andrew Bujalski focuses on the seemingly unexceptional life of a restaurant manager and her misfit ensemble of waitresses, who face the trials of women working in service jobs. Like films that have come…

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By Jefferson Beavers 8.19.2018

I Heart Film: Joshua Tehee

I Heart Film: Joshua Tehee What is your role at The Fresno Bee? I am officially a reporter on the breaking news team, but I have worked for a long time (and still do) covering arts, entertainment, and pop culture, with a particular interest in music. How did you first hear about Fresno Filmworks? It…

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By Jefferson Beavers 7.14.2018

Volunteer Spotlight: Joy Quigley

July 2018 volunteer in the spotlight: Joy Quigley Occupation: Joy works in freelance film and video production. What else do you do outside of work? I consider the work that I do fun. I take a lot of photos and experiment with them. I also love to cook. I have made Thanksgiving dinners for 20+…

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By Carlos E. Rincón 6.18.2018

I Heart Film: Albert Cano and Michael Swain

Where are you both from, and what do you do professionally here in Fresno? Albert: I was born in Fresno but grew up in Kerman. I’m the Local Media Research Manager at Univision Communications for the Fresno and Sacramento markets. Michael: I was born in San Francisco, and I moved to Fresno when I was…

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Our 2019-20 season: Sept. 13; Oct. 11; Nov. 8-10 (Fresno Film Festival); Jan. 10; Feb. 7-8 (Oscar shorts); March 13; April 10; May 8.