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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 kingsriverlife@gmail[dot]com

March 13,
5:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Fresno Filmworks presents the Georgian drama “And Then We Danced”, a passionate tale of love and liberation set in the ultraconservative modern Georgian society. From director Levan Akin, “And Then We Danced” opened at Cannes, is Sweden’s Oscar submission, and is the first LGBTQ+ film set in the country of Georgia. The film follows Merab, a devoted dancer who has been training with his partner Mary for years for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble. The arrival of another male dancer, Irakli, throws Merab off balance, sparking both an intense rivalry and romantic desire that may cause him to risk his future in dance as well as his relationships with Mary and his family. 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, 809 E. Olive Ave. Go online to FresnoFilmworks.org for tickets and details.

CMAC Youth Voices Film Screening Event

The first CMAC Youth Voices Film Screening, presented in partnership with The California Endowment, Youth Leadership Institute and Maya Cinemas, will take place on Sunday, March 1, 2020, at Maya Cinemas in Fresno.

The inaugural CMAC Youth Voices cohort is comprised of local high school and college students. These young filmmakers began meeting in summer 2019. CMAC Training Coordinator Kyle Lowe guided them through a comprehensive 15 week training program that included topics such as media literacy, idea generation, script writing, field production, audio production, editing and post-production. He then mentored the students as they produced three documentary films focusing on community health and social justice issues relevant to Fresno. Topics include immigration, generational politics and youth homelessness.

The goal of the Youth Voices program is to increase the health outcomes of youth through video arts. Research shows that sharing stories not only connects people, but is also good for an individual’s mental health.

The film screening is free and open to all ages. Doors will open at 4:30pm on March 1 and there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers following the screening. Seating is limited.

Free tickets can be claimed through Eventbrite at: http://bit.ly/youthvoicestickets
CineCulture launches spring 2020 lineup with ‘The Etruscan Smile’

Are you looking for something to do on Friday evenings? CineCulture offers free screenings of independent films nearly every Friday during the school year. The movies are followed by a discussion with someone involved in the film or an expert on the subject.

The Fresno State CineCulture Series kicks off its spring 2020 lineup of film screenings with “The Etruscan Smile” at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24.

Discussant: Dr. Ed EmanuEl

In English and Scottish Gaelic with English subtitles

107 minutes

Scottish actor Brian Cox, renowned for his role as Logan Roy in the HBO series “Succession” and as Lyndon Johnson in the recent Broadway show “The Great Society,” plays the role of Rory MacNeil, a rugged old Scotsman who reluctantly leaves his beloved and isolated island in the Hebrides, an archipelago off the west coast of mainland Scotland. He travels to San Francisco to seek medical treatment and moves in with his estranged son. His life is transformed, when he least expects it, through a newfound love for his baby grandson.

Spring 2020 CineCulture Lineup

CineCulture is a film series provided as a service to Fresno State campus students, faculty and staff and the broader 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.

All screenings are held at 5:30 p.m. Fridays in the Peters Education Center Auditorium in the Student Recreation Center Building, next to the Save Mart Center. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.

Jan. 31: “The Cave” (2019)

Discussant: Dr. Ahmad Tarakji, president of Syrian American Medical Society

In Arabic and English with English subtitles

107 minutes

Sponsor: Syrian American Medical Society

Feb. 7: “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress” (2002)

Discussant: Dr. Ed EmanuEl, a professor in the Department of Media, Communications and Journalism

In Chinese with English subtitles

111 minutes

Sponsor: Center for Creativity and the Arts

Feb. 14: “A Girl from Mogadishu” (2019)

Discussant: Dr. Rose Marie Kuhn, a French professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature

112 minutes

Feb. 21: “Singing Our Way to Freedom” (2018)

Discussant: Paul Espinosa, screenwriter and director

In English and Spanish with English subtitles

86 minutes

Sponsors: Office of the Provost, College of Arts and Humanities, and Center for Creativity and the Arts

Feb. 28: To be confirmed

March 6: To be confirmed

March 13: “Left on Pearl” (2017)

Discussant: Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild (Executive Producer)

55 minutes

Sponsors: College of Social Sciences and Center for Creativity and the Arts

March 20: “The Condor and the Eagle” (2019) in honor of World Water Day, March 22

Discussant: To be announced

82 minutes

Sponsor: Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

March 27: “Anbessa” (2019)

Discussant: Mo Scarpelli, director

In Amharic with English subtitles

85 minutes

Sponsor: Center for Creativity and the Arts

April 3: “Grab and Run” (2017)

Discussant: Roser Corella, director

In Kazakh with English subtitles

85 minutes

April 17: “What Will Become of Us” (2019)

Discussant: Stephanie Ayanian, producer and director

60 minutes

Sponsors: Armenian Studies Program and Center for Creativity and the Arts

A special screening featuring a live musical performance by two of the stars of the documentary, Richard and Andrew Hagopian

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