There are several special film screenings this week ranging, from a documentary on homelessness to salutes to film greats.
The Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission, Fresno County Office of Education and Fresno Unified School District will host a screening of the documentary “The Homestretch” at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Sierra Vista Cinemas, 1300 Shaw Ave., which is part of National Youth Homeless Awareness Month. There will be a question-and-answer session following the screening.
“The Homestretch,” a film by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly, follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate and build a future. The purpose of the film is to show through the inspiring teens – Roque, Kasey and Anthony – that they are not the stereotypes of homelessness. The three are working to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age.
As their stories unfold, the film shows how the larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care and LGBTQ rights are part of the homeless story.
“Ask Nice,” a John Ford Film Festival, is Nov. 14 and 15 at Madera Community College, 30277 Avenue 12 in Madera. This is the fifth film festival in a series held at the campus.
The festival begins with a screening “The Grapes of Wrath” at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The 1940 film features Henry Fonda in the starring role of the movie based on the John Steinbeck novel.
Then on Saturday, “How Green Was My Valley” will show at 9 a.m., followed by “The Searchers” an 11:30 a.m.. The 1941 drama, “How Green Was My Valley” stars Walter Pidgeonand Maureen O’Hara, while “The Searchers” is the 1956 western starring John Wayne.
The films represent how Ford became known for his western movies and adaptations of classic novels. His 140 films earned him four Academy Awards for film direction.
Admission, parking and popcorn are free. Details: (559) 675-4800. .
A screening of the classic James Dean film, “Rebel Without a Cause,” is 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Warnors Theatre, 1400 Fulton St. Before the movie, there will be a pipe organ concert by Dick Cencibaugh.
Tickets are $5 for individuals and $10 for families and are available at www.warnors.org, the Warnors box office or at the door.
Admission is free for those who bring a new blanket to donate to the “Keep Fresno Warm” blanket drive, or a new, unwrapped toy for The Boys and Girls Club. Those dressed in 1950s wear will get in for free as well.
Details: www.warnors.org or call (559) 264-2848.