Ten original Sacramento based films received their world premiere before more than 600 supporters at Access Sacramento‘s 14th Annual A Place Called Sacramento Film Festival Sunday at The Crest Theatre.  The festival culminates a script writing and storytelling contest that began last April with the submission and selection of 10 screenplays for production.

All of the films involved locations, actors and stories based in the Sacramento region.

Writer/Producer/Star Jessica Benz gets a hug from Access Sacramento's A Place Called Sacramento film festival mascot Quentin Sacramento after her film "Resolution" won the "Audience Favorite" award.

Writer/Producer/Star Jessica Benz gets a hug from Access Sacramento’s festival mascot Quentin Sacramento. Photo by Keven Nguyen.

 

Writer/Producer/Actor Jessica Benz film “Resolution” won the Audience Favorite award after ballots were collected and counted at the conclusion of the event.

 

Her film tells the story of a young woman whose desire to be beach-bikini ready conflicts with the availability of New Year’s eve dessert—a specialty red velvet cupcake from Sacramento’s “Icing on the cupcake.”

 

The film was directed by Diana Erwin, who also was a screen play writing instructor for Access Sacramento in early 2013 before the festival’s films began production.

 

The A Place Called Sacramento film festival’s other specialty award, the Producer’s Choice Award, went to film “Tailypo” written by Dwight Taylor.  “Tailypo” is the story of three young men whose discovery of some American River debris that turns into a surprising late night encounter with its owner.

Film "Tailypo" writer Dwight Taylor, his director, and Access Sacramento Executive Director on stage at A Place Called Sacramento after "Tailypo" wins honors as the Producer's Favorite.

Film “Tailypo” writer Dwight Taylor, his director, and Access Sacramento Executive Director Gary Martin on stage at A Place Called Sacramento after “Tailypo” wins honors as the Producer’s Favorite. Photo by Keven Nguyen.

On stage to receive the award, Taylor said he was stunned and honored to have his story selected by the other writers as the “Producer’s Choice.”  All of the balloting was done immediately after the films were screened at The Crest.

In all, 10 films were shared with the audience.  Other films included, Romeo Torcino’s “American River,” the story of a a father and son’s relationship that takes a unexpected turn during an afternoon of fishing.  Karen and William Orcutt’s “The Players” explores the world of competitive billiards in an exploration of Sacramento area pool halls.  Writer Colin Swift’s film “To Pith or Not to Pith, That  is the Question (An Entomologic Fantasy)” tells the story of a high school science student’s attempt to earn a college scholarship by chasing down a rare moth.

Writer Marc Gardner’s film “The Within” explores what happens when a family is torn apart when space aliens appear in Sacramento.   Another family in crisis is featured  in “The Lottery Ticket” written by Brian Jaggar, who finds buying a lottery ticket can become more complicated than he expected.  In “Scratch” written by Ian Wynton, a young man finds some surprising results when he adopts a dog from the Sacramento SPCA as a ploy to attract women.

A character analysis film written by Joyce Glover, “Running Into Traffic,” explores a young woman’s complicated choices after a drug-abusing mother and absent father leave her feeling alone. Writer Hank Coffin’s film “Off the Mark” reveals what can happen when the friend of an exploitive journalist actually encounters a real story.

All of the films will be featured on the www.AccessLocal.tv and Access Sacramento You Tube websites later this week.

Dwight Taylor, writer of A Place Called Sacramento film "Tailypo"  feels right at home on stage with festival mascot Quentin Sacramento.

Dwight Taylor, writer of A Place Called Sacramento film “Tailypo” feels right at home on stage with festival mascot Quentin Sacramento.

 

The Film "Resolution" won honors as the Audience Favorite with Director Diana Erwin and write/Star Jessica Benza on stage to recieve the award.

The Film “Resolution” won honors as the Audience Favorite with Director Diana Erwin and write/Star Jessica Benza on stage to recieve the award.