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
MAY 12, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Fresno Filmworks presents “Chasing Trane,” a documentary feature exploring the life, work, and influence of jazz icon John Coltrane. Featuring interviews with legendary musicians such as Carlos Santana, Wynton Marsalis, and Common—and also featuring Coltrane’s own rare interviews, as narrated by Denzel Washington—the film chronicles the saxophonist and composer’s personal life and his contribution to music throughout his short yet powerful career. Using never-before-seen photos, home movies, and interviews, this film fully illustrates the life of the beloved Trane, one of jazz music’s biggest stars. From documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld, who directed “The U.S. vs. John Lennon” and documentaries on diverse subjects such as Brian Wilson, Harry Nilsson and the Marx Brothers. 99 minutes, Not rated. 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.
CineCulture spring lineup begins with ‘Road to La Paz’
The Fresno State CineCulture Series kicks off its spring 2017 lineup of film screenings with “Road to La Paz” at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27.
Most CineCulture screenings are at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays during the spring semester in the Peters Education Center Auditorium (5010 N. Woodrow Ave. in the Student Recreation Center). Some screenings are held with Fresno Filmworks at Tower Theatre (815 E. Olive Ave.). See the full list below. All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.
Jan. 27: “Road to La Paz” (2015)
Discussant: Francisco Varone, director
Sponsors: Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies and Department of Political Science
February 3: “Nakom” (2016)
Discussants: Trav Pittman and Kelly Daniela Norris, co-directors
Sponsor: Africana Studies Program
Feb. 10-11: Filmworks — Oscar Shorts
Feb. 17: “Resistance at Tule Lake” (2016)
Discussant: Konrad Aderer, director
Sponsor: Henry Madden Library
Feb. 24: “Agents of Change” (2016)
Discussants: Abby Ginzberg and Frank Dawson, co-directors
Sponsor: Henry Madden Library’s Prentice Womack Fund and Africana Studies Program
March 3: Lunafest
Discussant: Dr. Jenna Kieckhaefer, associate professor in the Department of Criminology
Co-Sponsor: Cross Cultural and Gender Center
March 10: Filmworks: “I Am Not Your Negro” (2016)
March 17: “RiverBlue” (2016)
Discussant: Roger Williams, director
Sponsor: Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
March 24: “The Heart of Madame Sabali” (2015)
Discussant: Ryan McKenna, director
Sponsors: The French Program and the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
March 31: Caesar Chavez Day, no film
April 7: “Lost Birds” (2015)
Discussant: Ela Alyamac and Aren Perdeci, co-directors
Sponsor: Armenian Studies Program
April 14: Filmworks (Spring break, TBA)
April 21 (5 p.m.): “Together With You” (2002)
Discussant: Dr. Ed EmanuEl, Fresno State theatre arts professor emeritus
April 28: Latin Film Festival (TBA)
May 5: “A Stray” (2016)
Discussant: Musa Syeed, director
Sponsor: Africana Studies Program
May 12: Filmworks (TBA)
CineCulture is a film series provided as a service to Fresno State students, faculty and staff and the community. CineCulture is also offered as a three-unit academic course (MCJ 179) in the Media, Communications and Journalism Department.
The CineCulture Club promotes cultural awareness through film and post-screening discussions. Fresno State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.
Additional information about the individual films is available on the Arts and Humanities blog. For more information, contact Dr. Mary Husain, professor and club adviser, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the CineCulture website.
“ALTAR: Fresno Film Premiere Red Carpet Event”
Event is May 13th 5:30pm-9:30pm at the Crest Theatre : 1170 Broadway St, Fresno, CA 93721
Local Filmmaker, Matt Sconce, and Movie Heroes Studios to Give Fresno an Exclusive, Star-Studded
Red Carpet Experience Prior to the Film’s Official Release
Monday, March 27, 2017 8:00 am PDT
Fresno, California— Local filmmaker Matt Sconce is premiering his 7th feature film, ALTAR, on May 13th at the
Crest Theatre in Fresno California. Altar has just finished a year festival run, garnering 21 awards on the festival
circuit including BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST ACTRESS, BEST ACTOR, BEST HORROR/THRILLER,
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD and many more. 4 years ago, Sconce premiered his comedy Firefall at the Crest
and had 1030 people in attendance. It was a huge night and the ALTAR premiere promises to be even more
Audiences will experience the glamorous red carpet as though they were invited guests with the cast and crew,
scheduled to include actors Stefanie Estes, Deep Rai, Brittany Falardeau, Jesse Parr, Tim Parrish, Jessica
Strand, Gregory Tharpe, Kia Vassiliades, Soke Dave Johnson, Michael Wainwright and Cathy Wilcox.
There will also be celebrity guests in attendance who will be arriving from L.A. and other parts of the nation and
Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in an exclusive Q & A session with the film’s stars only
available at this premiere event as they speak directly to theater audiences from the Crest stage.
Guests will enjoy a performance of the signature track for the movie by the local up and coming band “The Red
Coats” and then enjoy the full-length feature film days before its official, theatrical release on May 19.
A group of former college classmates get lost driving to a college reunion camp out in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
After stopping for the night, they stumble onto something much darker. They must battle to escape the evil they
unleashed to not only save their own lives but their souls as well.
Altar has been receiving rave reviews during its festival circuit. It received a 9.3/10 rating from the authority on found
footage films, Found Footage Critic.
What people are saying about ALTAR
“This could go down as the best found footage film of the year…” -Michael Steinberg, FOUND FOOTAGE CRITIC
“The film to beat this year!” -Found Footage Files, BLUMHOUSE TOP 10 HORROR PODCAST
“You really felt like you were there… I’ve never seen acting that good. All of them, every single character… If you have
even been thinking of perhaps seeing the Blair Witch remake, I would instead recommend you seek out this film.”
-Marisa Ferrell and Damon Blalack, RED DIRT PODCAST
About Matt Sconce
In 2004, he won the National American Idol Music Video contest, winning a new car and the opportunity to be
in a music video with the American Idols. In 2012, Matt Sconce produced the first feature film by Tremendum
Pictures (The creators of Warner Bros movie, The Gallows). In 2015 Sconce placed in the finals for Canon and
Ron Howard’s “Project Imagination” movie trailer contest. Sconce has produced 7 feature films since 2010,
writing and directing 3 of them. The most recent short he produced, The Astronaut, screened in the Cannes
Film Festival Short Film Corner and has qualified for the Academy Awards. He recently was a producer on the
faith-based feature film Victory By Submission, directed by Alan Autry and starring Eric Roberts, Lee Majors,
Fred Williamson, Rachel Hendrix, Alan Autry, Larry Powell, Brett Prieto, Casey Olson, and Jim Inch.
In 2012, Sconce made national news when he saved the failed Met Cinema movie theater in Oakhurst,
California with a new membership system called Movie Heroes – which was like Netflix for first run theaters. He
and his business partner, Keith Walker, were featured in the L.A. Times, Forbes, NPR, CNN and more. He is
now the Chief Creative Officer of Movie Heroes and Co-Owner of the Met Cinema.
Matt Sconce has also been inducted into two Martial Arts Hall of Fames as a Senior Master for his martial arts
style “The Way.”
Sconce’s editing work has also been nominated for a local Emmy.
For more information, please visit www.altartickets.com
For artwork/photos related to “ALTAR: Fresno Film Premiere Red Carpet Event,” contact Matt Sconce
View the trailer here: https://youtu.be/yQiScGs974I
See what the last Premiere was like here: https://youtu.be/ZoyqYeLl5wI
Matt Sconce-Movie Heroes Studios
– See more at: www.altarthemovie.com