jimMemorial 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.

A memorial will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday June 27 at the Redwood Glen area at Woodward Park, near the Japanese Gardens. A reception follows at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno.

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 president@fresnofilmworks.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.

Josh Tehee

Josh Tehee

Joshua Tehee is an entertainment guy. Music runs in his veins. Like seriously, you cut him open and there's no blood-- just music. It's weird.
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