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This page is for all Fresno area film events-of which there are many! If you are looking for something different to go out and see keep checking back! You will find indie films, shorts and screenings of more recent movies & classics. If you have an event you would like to be added to this page email us at life@kingsriverlife[dot]com

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September 14, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Fresno Filmworks presents “Support the Girls”, a comedy written and directed by Andrew Bujalski. When the motherly and protective Lisa (Regina Hall) becomes the manager of a highway-side “sports bar with curves” she’ll do anything to protect her young female employees. Despite imposing a strong zero-tolerance policy against disrespectful customers and growing to love the restaurant, her optimism and faith in herself become tested when she encounters her toughest day on the job yet. Starring Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson and Shayna McHayle. Assistive listening services are not available for this film. Advance tickets cost $10 general and $8 for students and seniors, and they can be purchased by check or cash at the Tower Theatre box office, 815 E. Olive Ave. Visit FresnoFilmworks.org for tickets and details.

The Fresno State campus will come alive with dance, music, comedy, poetry, and art this July as our friends from CSU Summer Arts return to town for another inspired arts festival season.

Calendar highlights for 2018 include:

Spectrum Dance Theater, a dance company led by visionary Donald Byrd based out of Seattle, Washington with regional and national significance. (July 2 at 7 p.m.)

An Evening of Comedy, an evening of belly-aching laughter, satire, curiosity, and a wee bit of snarkiness with comics from stage and screen. (July 7 at 7 p.m.)

Stage Combat, a lecture detailing the ins and outs of stage combat choreography, and a demonstration how they make everything look so real on stage and screen. (July 16 at 7 p.m.)

Bob Dotson, former NBC National News Correspondent and one of the most honored storytellers of our time will host a lecture on storytelling. (July 19 at 7 p.m.)
Tickets are on sale now


The Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC) is challenging students, amateurs and professionals to create a 3 to 5-minute short film in just 60 hours.

Competitors will go head-to-head with other teams in the “CMAC 60 Hour Film Race,” a fast-paced competition where participants must write, shoot and edit a film adhering to a theme with specific elements as determined by the judges. There are two divisions: Professional and Aspiring Filmmaker. The top three films in each division will receive cash prizes.

The challenge kicks-off on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 9 a.m. at CMAC, 1555 Van Ness Ave. in Fresno. Participants have until 9 p.m. on Monday, September 24, 2018 to complete their films. The themes and specific elements will be assigned to each team at the kick-off, no work can begin until then.

“The race is open to anyone, from high school and college students to amateur filmmakers, to local professionals,” says Bryan Harley, Director of Operations at CMAC. “It’s a great opportunity to be creative and competitive.”

Teams can consist of one or more people and the team leader must register for the competition before September 19.

Each short film will be judged by a panel consisting of members of CMAC’s Board of Directors and staff.

All films completed in time will be screened at a free special event on Thursday, October 4 at 7 p.m. at CMAC. Following the screening, the judges’ results will be announced and cash prizes will be awarded. $500 for 1st place, $250 for 2nd place, $100 for 3rd place in each division.

It’s absolutely free to participate, there are no entry fees. For more information, a complete list of rules and guidelines, and to register for the CMAC 60 Hour Film Race, please visit http://cmac.tv/film-race/.

In 2017, CMAC held’s it’s first film race which challenged local creatives to make a film in just 12 hours. Over 50 teams competed, and 29 films were finished on time and screened to the public.

Located in downtown Fresno, CMAC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to empowering voices in our community through the use of media. The organization gives individuals, students, educators, non-profits, and government agencies in Fresno and Clovis the opportunity to harness the power of media in exciting new ways to reach and engage audiences in-person, on the web and local cable television.


Japanese American Film and Cultural Series
Sponsored by the United Japanese Christian Church, Clovis, CA
“The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawaii”
Film Screening and discussion with Executive Producer Carole Hayashino
1PM, Sunday, October 7, 2018
United Japanese Christian Church
136 N. Villa Avenue, Clovis, CA 93612

The United Japanese Christian Church will sponsor the second in its series of Japanese American Film and Culture at 1PM, Sunday, October 7, 2018, with a viewing and discussion of the film “The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawaii.”

Carole Hayashino, former Director of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii and Executive Producer of the movie, will be at the screening of the documentary. She will give the background of the movie and then be available afterwards for questions. There will also be a participatory lesson (for those interested in doing so) for Tankobushi (Japanese Obon Dance) and the Fresno/Clovis Ukulele group will perform. We will be serving cookies, coffee, tea and water after the movie. The event will be free and open to the public with a free will donation for those that choose to do so.

To register for the event, please go to www.ujcclife.com, and clink the “events” link.

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