Filmworks presents the American independent comedy that The Philadelphia Inquirer calls “sad, silly, clumsy, graceful, inappropriate, and perfect.” From filmmaker Noah Baumbach, who directed The Squid and The Whale and Greenberg, among others, the movie tells the story of Frances, an exuberant 27-year-old who is always on the move without ever seeming to get anywhere. Played by actress Greta Gerwig, Frances lives in New York, but she doesn’t really have an apartment. She’s an apprentice for a dance company, but she’s not really a dancer. She has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren’t really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. Her story unfolds as a modern comic fable, a black-and-white love letter to coming of age in New York City, with stylistic nods to Francois Truffaut and the French New Wave. Co-starring Mickey Sumner.
Director: Noah Baumbach
USA (2013) • 86 minutes • Rated R
After the 5:30 show, join Fresno City College dance instructor and freelance choreographer Alyssa Garvin to talk about the film. Garvin holds a Master of Arts degree in Dance and Written Narrative from Fresno State, an interdisciplinary program of study that she designed herself. She also directs the dance department at Break The Barriers, and she was commissioned this past fall to create the Rogue Festival piece Soft As Animal for theFresNO Dance COllective (NOCO). Discussion moderated by Filmworks board member Jefferson Beavers.
California Arts Academy
Winner of four awards in 2013 from the readers of Central California Parent Magazine, California Arts Academy offers joyful instruction in the visual and performing arts with world-class teachers. Private and group lessons are available, for ages 18 months to adult. CAA is the home of the Severance Ballet Conservatory (over 50 years of classical ballet in Fresno) and the Cal Arts Academy Open Program (a 36-year tradition of ballet and contemporary dance).