Access Sacramento‘s 20th annual “A Place Called Sacramento” Film Festival named 10 winning writers today during a huge volunteer cast and crew call at Sacramento’s Coloma Community Center.

The announcement broadcast live on Access Sacramento revealed the names of the projects and writers who will produce their films over the summer, with a world premiere red carpet showcase for the 10 projects on Sat. Oct. 5 at Sacramento’s historic Crest Theatre.

With the writers now becoming producers, more than 250 volunteers turned out at the Coloma Community Center in hopes of being selected help as an actor or as a member of the technical crew on one of the 10 films.

The writers come from all around the region with three from Sacramento and others from Antelope, Carmichael, Elk Grove, Fairfield, Fair Oaks, Rocklin and West 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 guaranteed big screen world premiere, cable distribution of the Access Sacramento public access cable channel and credit listings on the prestigious Internet Movie Database (

To volunteer or contact a particular project or writer, send an email to the writer to begin a conversation. The winning writers with their project descriptions are:

Winning Projects (alphabetical order):

“By Any Other Name” by Leonard Feldman (Rocklin) – Sacramento claims a civil rights victory when two courageous school workers tackle the system to remove a historically racist name from a local public school.

Writer Samantha K. Henderson (right) “ChefNSacramento

“ChefNSacramento ” by Samantha K. Henderson (Sacramento) – Many dads will do almost anything to help out their kid, but one Sacramento father may find he can only really help his daughter by doing exactly what he already does best.






Writer Judi Price (right) “Crème Brûlée”

“Crème Brûlée” by Judi Price (Fair Oaks) – Will an insecure woman realize the value of true love when she’s caught lying to the woman of her dreams?






“Empty Nest” Writer M.L. Hamilton (left) with her film director Danna Wilberg.

“Empty Nest” by M.L. Hamilton (Elk Grove) – Natalie always knew her daughter would one day leave Sacramento for college, but she never dreamed she’d have so many feelings about being an “empty nester.”







Writer Robert Norwood, “Emma”

“Emma” by Robert Norwood (Sacramento)  – A man accidentally meets the woman of his dreams at a Sacramento coffee shop, but an unlikely cancer diagnosis threatens their future together.






“Family Love” Writer Kimberly Spears (right).

“Family Love” by Kimberly Spears (Carmichael) – After the sudden death of their mother, Katelyn and her young siblings battle adversity in hopes “Family Love” will be the force that keeps them together.







“Flight of the Heron” Writer Todd Bull (left).

“Flight of the Heron” by Olivia Reedy & Todd Bull (Antelope) – A young Chinese-American med student is transported back in time to historic Sacramento, but things get even more complicated when she must convince her ancestor to defy a Chinese immigration ban and smuggle his wife into the U.S.






“Funny Money” Writers Christina Nicole Castro and Trey Van Dyke.

“Funny Money ” by Trey Van Dyke (West Sacramento) & Christina Castro (Folsom) — They say laughter is the best medicine, but is it the cure to a better life?







“Oedipus Weeps” Writer Amy Lawrence (right).

“Oedipus Weeps” by Amy Lawrence (Sacramento) – For many people, writer’s block is a minor inconvenience, for Ben it may prove to be fatal.







“Passages” writers Vert Wright (left) and David H. Perez, Jr.

“Passages” by Vert Wright & David H. Perez, Jr. (Fairfield)  – When Rose’s mind descends into confusion, can the love of her children protect her from the ravages of time?

Watch the announcement event on Access Sacramento to hear about the specific needs being requested on the following schedule:

Thursday, May 16th @ 10:00pm

Friday, May 17th @ 2:00pm

Saturday, May 18th @ 6:00am


Sunday, May 26th @ 8:00pm

Monday, May 27th @ 12:30pm

Tuesday, May 28th @ 4:30am

Access Sacramento is a local non-profit foundation operating two cable television channels and cablecast/internet/over-the-air radio station KUBU-LP 96.5 FM. Watch on Comcast and Consolidated Communications Cable Channels 17 & 18, and AT&TU-Verse channel 14.

For more information about Access Sacramento, visit our website or contact Executive Director, Gary Martin at 916-456-8600.

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