The film “LadyBird” was filmed here in Sacramento. It’s about a teenager who’s family struggles financially. Her dream college is in New York, but going there could harm her already rocky relationship with her mother.
A showing of City Rising will be playing for free at the Crest Theater on 1013 K Street at 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm on December 14th. After the screening of the movie there will be a discussion panel afterwards. RSVPing to this event is required, and you can find the link to tickets here.
City Rising is about gentrification in the United States. Gentrification is when businesses reinvest in an area that is typically of a lower class. To business owners, this practice is called revitalization.
Though this may sound good, many of the people who have lived in these areas for years get forced out of their homes because their rent is increasing too much, and the cost of living gets too high for them to pay.
In a previous article about the documentary itself, Jazmine Justice-Young got a quote from the documentary.
“The area, which used to be mostly, predominantly black… I go there and I don’t even see black people anymore,” Tanya Faison said in the documentary. “Our mayor has taken it and flipped it and renovated it. People are being criminalized. People are being paid to move out of their apartments.”
Whether you think of the practice of increasing rent to be Gentrification or revitalization, watch the movie and join the discussion about the practice with other people who are interested in the topic.
Ten original films all about Sacramento made their world premiere Saturday (Oct. 7) in Access Sacramento’s 18th annual “A Place Called Sacramento Film Festival before a sold-out theater of more than 920 people at the Crest Theatre in downtown Sacramento.
In a vote of audience members, three of four acting awards and the “Audience Favorite” award went to “From the Mad Genius Mind of Devin” directed by Dwight Taylor whose story set at a middle school science fair creates some surprising results.
Both of the top acting awards went to actors under age 18: Sean C. Stewart as Best Actor in his portrayal of Devin, a brilliant yet love-struck teen science fair competitor and Amber Busse for Best Actress as the target of Devin’s affection.
Best Supporting Actress went to JaNine Romney also from “The Mad Genius Mind of Devin.”
The “Producer’s Choice” award went to “The Middle” directed by Peter Bond. The “Producers’ Choice” is a juried award selected by the festival’s 10 writer/producers, The award carried with it the prize of a $1,000 ladies diamond ring donated by Sharif Jewelers. Those 10 judges were the original scriptwriter-winners named last May in the festival’s launch, setting in motion 10 film production crews over summer and culminating in Saturday’s world premiere.
The Best Supporting Actor award went to Anton Clark from “Penchance” for his portrayal of a young man who learns of life and love on the advice of elderly Jewish mentor. “Penchance” was written by Adam Weber and directed by Laura Chick.
The Best Director award went to Narmandi Zaurice Parker for his work on “Regrets of a Dying Man,” written by Gricelda Ocegueda as the story of a young man battling through addiction as an escape from a trouble home life.
The movie “Postponed” by director Adam Chollet won the award for Best Cinematography by the film’s Director of Photography and lighting, Stephen Chollet. “Postponed” is the story of a young man who discovers an old letter from the 70s and delivers it to the rightful owner resolving a decades-old love story.
Other winning writers and films whose films made their world premiere Saturday are: “Amy’s Baby” by Scott Slotterbeck, “Ethel Takes a Stand” by Michelle LeMay & Kay Neuenhofen, “The Script That Came in from the Cold” by T.L Cisneros, “See You When” by Sally Start,” and “Sole” by Maritza Flores, Jeanette Lim and Sam Manaoat.
Access Sacramento originated “A Place Called Sacramento” in the year 2000 as a way to showcase and celebrate local writers, actors and filmmakers and is the only festival with an All-Local requirement.
The entry deadlines for scripts in the 19th annual “A Place Called Sacramento” film festival will be announced in January, 2018 from the Access Sacramento website.
The festival stage presentations and showing of the films will air later on Access Sacramento, Comcast and Consolidated Communication channel 17 and AT&T U-verse channel 14.
Access Sacramento is a 501c3 non-profit with primary funding from the Sacramento Metropolitan Cable Television Commission.
For more information call 916-456-8600 or email postmaster@AccessSacramento.org.
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Nearly 250 volunteers turned out for the announcement of the winning projects with hopes of being selected as actors or technicians as the writers turned into producers. Each of the 10 scripts will become short films over the summer with a world premiere of the full set on Sat. Oct. 7 at Sacramento’s historic Crest Theatre.
The 10 writers come from across Sacramento County including Carmichael, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento.
“A Place Called Sacramento” awards 10 family-friendly scripts each year with the opportunity to have the script turned into a movie with a guarantee big screen world premiere, cable distribution of the Access Sacramento public access cable channel and credit listings on the prestigious Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com).
Copy and paste the writer’s email address to contact the writer and to volunteer for their project. The winning writers with their project descriptions are:
“Amy’s Baby” by Scott Slotterbeck (Sacramento) – firstname.lastname@example.org – Struggling to have a baby, a couple turns to friend Peter for help, but this causes real problems in his own marriage.
“Ethel Takes a Stand” by Michelle LeMay & Kay Neuenhofen (Fair Oaks) – email@example.com – Ethel Stewart has her hands full. Her two grandkids drop by for the evening, and then things start going really wrong in the house next door. How will Ethel deal?
“From the (Mad) Genius Mind of Devin” by Dwight Taylor (Rancho Cordova)– firstname.lastname@example.org – Young love blossoms for Devin and Hailey at the annual school science fair, until one amazing experiment threatens their romance – and the rest of the world.
“The Middle” by Peter Bond (Carmichael) – email@example.com – In the Old West the line between good and evil can get a bit murky, where even the best of men usually find themselves somewhere in “The Middle.”
“Penchance” by Adam Weber (Folsom) – firstname.lastname@example.org – A chance meeting in a cemetery between an unlikely young black man with a stutter and an old Jewish cynic blossoms into a friendship where each discovers the meaning of hope, faith and love proving the pen is mightier than the sword.
“Postponed” by Adam Chollet (Sacramento) – email@example.com – An undelivered letter takes a man on an unexpected journey.
“Regrets of a Dying Man” by Gricelda Ocegueda (Sacramento) – firstname.lastname@example.org – A young man dealing with abandonment and depression finds that everyone and everything around him is trying to stop his slow suicide from addiction.
“The Script That Came in from the Cold” by T.I. Cisneros (Sacramento) – email@example.com – There’s no such thing as being “late” in Tom’s vocabulary, but with misfortune and a deadline running side by side, it looks like “Late” and “Loser” just may be synonymous.
“See You When” by Sally Start (Elk Grove) – firstname.lastname@example.org – Two people, one home, zero future?
“Sole” by Maritza Flores, Jeanette Lim and Sam Manaoat (Elk Grove) – email@example.com – Sudden danger during her evening jog demands surprising courage and pride in ways Sarima had never anticipated.
Access Sacramento is a local non-profit foundation operating two cable television channels and cablecast/internet radio station KUBU-LP 96.5 FM on Comcast and Consolidated Communications Cable Channel 17, and AT&T U-Verse channel 14.
For more information about Access Sacramento, visit our website AccessSacramento.org or contact Executive Director, Gary Martin at 916-456-8600.