Fresno's 9th Swede Fest - maybe the most unique event out of Fresno - is next Thursday the 24th. And there is still time to get your entry in this year's festival. The deadline is Sunday before Midnight. As a added bonus, this time around you can see your Swede in an actual movie theater!
George Lucas gets out of his Star Wars/Indiana Jones comfort zone to help tell the true story of the Tuskeegee Airmen in the new film, Red Tails. It opens on Friday but Thursday night there is a special advanced screening at Edwards in River Park at 7:00, and we might be able to get you in for free.
Just follow this link, sign-in (or sign-up then sign-in) to the Gofobo site and hopefully you'll have a pair of passes to print out for Thursday night's screening. We'll try to update this post or leave a comment if we find out all the passes are gone. Otherwise, good luck!
In case you haven't seen over at Dumb Drum or The Beehive, the Fresnans from DumbDrum.com and creators of Swede Fest made a Sweded version of the trailer for The Avengers movie and released it before the festival to get some buzz going.
They got it.
It's all over the Internet now (like, the other Internet, not just Fresno's). The video has 70k views and counting and has already appeared on sites like:
It's already time again to make a swede. Organizers are currently taking your sweded films (in under 4 minutes) for Swede Fest 8. And you better hurry because this Swede Fest thing has gotten so popular the festival can only take the first 20 swedes entered.
Side note: Very kickass how popular this first-of-its-kind-local festival has become.
Read up on all the details and get filming. And then be at Full Circle Brewery November 5th.
Hey. What's up? Managed to weasel into the Liberty Theatre (also known as Hardy's) on Van Ness over the weekend as the Fresno Grand Opry show crew did some scout work for the upcoming KFSR benefit. Very happy about it as the inside has not been seen by most Fresnans.
The Liberty was built in 1917 and is Fresno's oldest theater. Mr. William Saroyan used to hang out there, so that makes it automatically awesome.
Keep in mind: We only had a iPhone without a flash, so the pics aren't good and fewer because of this... but they're something. Also, unable to do proper prep for this as it was a spur-of-the-moment sneak in.
If you didn't see this in a nice Fresno post over at Famous, Fresno Filmworks's annual Fresno Film Festival is this weekend. Lot's of interesting films this year, like always. Check the schedule, see what looks good. The festival runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The event so popular for Fresno Filmworks, they need to spread it out over two nights. It's their showcase of 2011's Oscar Nominated Shorts. Showings begin tonight with one at 5:30 for the live action shorts and 8:30 for the animated. More info on the shorts and on Friday's times can be found here. Trailer:
In other Fresno culture stuff tonight, don't forget, Rogue Festival is still going - through this weekend. Tower District refuses to stop.
But working under a non-profit's umbrella meant that the Commissioner, Ray Arthur, would have to pretty much do the same job he had been doing, only not get paid for it.
Well now the office and Creative Fresno are liking the deal so much they've signed up for three more years. This is big enough news that it made the pages of Variety, Hollywood's biggest trade paper. Cool stuff. And in the article, we learn that Fresno's had a good year, film wise:
In the interim the Fresno Film Commission flourished on the production side, with 33 film shoots in 2010, a 27% increase over 2009.
In case you're thinking "I guess it's a good thing the City Of Fresno dropped the Film Commissioners office." Well, in the article, our Commish explains why that isn't true:
Film commissioner Ray Arthur noted that it is not all good news, however. "While the number of productions has increased, the amount of revenue from those productions has fallen," he said. "Without marketing or operations budgets we are, unfortunately, unable to attract the number of Hollywood-based productions that we have in years past."
Much respect to Ray for the work he and all the Fresno filmmakers have done in the past year without getting paid. Hopefully at the end of the agreement with Creative Fresno, the city can afford to have the film commission around again.
*If you'd like to read the press release about the new contract that the Film Commission and Creative Fresno have, download this file: Download FFC P R 12411
Kopitastic. One wonders how long the two battled to see who got to play Kopi. Expect more of this film-nerdy brilliance Saturday at Starline, 5pm, all ages and free. It'll be packed so get their early if you want a seat next to Sweded Liz and Kopi.
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