Memorial services have been set for Jim Piper, the local cinephile, instructor and co-founder of Fresno Filmworks, who died last Friday at the age of 78.
For its part, Fresno Filmworks will honor Piper during this month’s screening with handmade condolence cards, available to audience members who would like to pass their remembrances along to Piper’s family. Remembrances can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, where they will be passed along to the family.
Piper had a lasting impact on film culture in Fresno. Along with helping start Fresno Filmworks (quite literally, he worked the projector at the first screening), he created the film studies program at Fresno City College, wrote several books on the subject and was an award winning filmmaker in his own right.
You can read a full obituary on Piper over at The Fresno Bee.
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