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film

by Steven Sanchez



This has been the summer of movies. Actually, every summer is the time for movies. Not only has it been a time for film watching, but also a moment to go out and make movies yourself. We’re in lockdown because of the pandemic, so what else is there to do? The majority of Americans have spent most of their days in front of a screen watching stories, but Kings River Life for these past few issues has been covering local filmmakers who have taken their screens, reversed them, and have been telling their own stories.

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by Steven Sanchez



Film productions are known for its size and scale of people working together. Have you seen the end credits to a film? You just see hundreds and sometimes even thousands of names scroll up the screen, people representing different departments to make one complete project. You got the director, writer(s), producers, make-up department, casting director(s), production designer, cinematographer, composer, visual effects, special effects, and the list goes on.

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Lake Bringing Hollywood to Fresno

IN THE April 18 ISSUE

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by Rebecca Potts




Just before Fresno’s shelter-in-place order began, Upsilon V Productions was in the midst of casting their first feature film, Lake. The search was on for the four main roles, and after casting actors for two of them (Spoiler alert: one of them is me!), they were forced to put in-person casting on hold. The current pandemic has thrown a wrench in…basically everything, and with most of the country ordered to stay at home, it’s difficult (See also: impossible) to make a film.

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by Steven Sanchez



Loni Love, the multi-talented comedian, actress, author, and co-host of the daytime talk show The Real, brought her comedy to the Visalia Fox Theatre on Saturday, May 18, and the audience showered her with nothing but love throughout the performance.

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by Steven Sanchez




Every year, hopefuls from around the country move to Hollywood to fulfill their dreams of achieving acting stardom. The glitz and glamour of the art form is displayed at award shows, on social media, and in magazines. Some make it and some don’t, but that doesn’t stop people from giving Tinseltown a try.

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by Steven Sanchez



Billy Batson is the titular character in the comics and the soon-to-be-released film of the same name, Shazam!. Once he shouts that word, a lightning bolt strikes him thus transforming him into an adult-sized, high-flying, crime fighting superhero.

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A Feature in Fresno

IN THE January 12 ISSUE

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by Rebecca Potts


Local filming has been consistently growing in the Central Valley for the past decade, and Fresno is no exception. With many independent projects gaining momentum, there is one in particular that stands out – John Neptune and the Sky Palace King, a retro sci-fi filmed in black and white and the story of a young man who must learn to think for himself whilst fighting a war for a leader he believes in, but who soon realizes that there are many shades of gray in what he thought was a black and white universe.

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by Steven Sanchez



In Mary Shelley’s classic horror novel, Frankenstein, somewhere out there in the night of a European village, the mad scientist, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, is hard at work creating a monster in secrecy. As of right now, somewhere out there in Fresno, whether it be day or night, one man is concocting a witch’s brew of story ideas with which to scare mortal moviegoers.

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by Steven Sanchez



This past Memorial Day weekend, while other people were celebrating by going to parades and having barbecues, a group of local filmmakers came together and went to work by shooting a short film in Clovis. The short story, titled Impossible, was a movie making dreams come true for those involved as their purpose was to produce the project to submit it to a festival.

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by Trista Holmes


On December 5, 2017, the pathway for faith-based film was forever changed. A brilliant screenplay by Andrew Librizzi was released onto DVD, after having a run in select theaters throughout the United States and Canada in 2015. Beyond the Farthest Star sets the bar much higher for films with a Christian message. This film truly captivates the audience, both believer and non-believer, from the first breath of the first scene.

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Brick MADNESS Movie Premiere

IN THE September 13 ISSUE

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by Joshua Ryan Taylor


What an occasion! The night of Sunday the 10th, the Tower Theatre was packed with people from all over the Central Valley excited to see the premiere of a truly Fresno Film. Shot and set in Fresno, created entirely by Fresno (or, at least, at-the-time Fresno) artists, Brick MADNESS charmed the audience, who was primed by a red carpet entrance.

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Brick MADNESS Local Movie Premiere

IN THE August 28 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


KRL feels it is very important to support the local arts and entertainment community in the San Joaquin Valley and this week we are chatting with the director of a locally made film called Brick MADNESS which will have its Red Carpet Public Premiere in Fresno on September 9 at the Tower Theatre. Enjoy our chat with director Justin McAleece!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Local filmmaker Matt Sconce’s new film Altar will have its red carpet premiere on May 13 at the Crest Theatre in Fresno. We took a moment to chat with him about his film.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


As he gears up for an appearance at the Tulare Sci-Fi Con 2017 the second weekend of March, Fresno filmmaker Matt Sconce (director of locally shot films Stricken, Firefall, and Altar) sat down with Kings River Life to discuss his latest project, a 10-episode sci-fi web series called SuperBlam.

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