Access Sacramento is partnering with Perry Communications Group of Sacramento to find the next Greta Gerwig. For the last 19 years, Access Sacramento has been fostering local screenwriting and film making skills through its “A Place Called Sacramento” Film Festival. In light of Sacramento native Greta Gerwig’s filmmaking success — becoming just the fifth woman nominated for an Academy Award as best director — we want to dramatically increase the number of women and girls participating.
Gerwig, 34, graduated from St Francis catholic high school in Sacramento, a location that inspired Gerwig as she wrote and directed “Lady Bird,” which is up for five Oscars including best picture.
Thanks to Perry Communications Group, headed by Kassy Perry, the first five young women aged 21 or under who sign up in person may attend Access Sacramento’s $50 short-form script screen writing class free. Applicants may sign up immediately at the Access Sacramento office, 4623 T Street, Suite A, Sacramento between 9am and 5pm. Check availability by calling 916-456-8600 ext. 0.
The class begins Saturday, Feb. 3, and runs four Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Coloma Community Center. Instructor Dawn Spinella has a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting and is the lead writing coach for the California Film Foundation.

10 winning scripts with 14 writers announce their production needs to volunteers in May, 2017.

Additionally, the first 10 family-friendly 10-minute screenplay entries from women age 21 and under are also free regardless of what school they attended. A script entry is normally $25. For more information about the “A Place Called Sacramento” Film Festival script competition, the March 21 script final deadline, and other classes and support for the festival participants, go to

We want to remove the barriers to entry into filmmaking,  so we can find the next Greta, regardless of her ability to pay. We want to strengthen the film community so Sacramento people can have success making films, without having to move out of the area.
While this might not cover every young women who wants to participate, it’s a start. If there are other individuals or institutions that would like to sponsor additional young women or other groups please contact the Access Sacramento office: 916-456-8600.