By Mikhail Chernyavsky

It’s lights, camera, action, as the 13th Annual Sacramento Film & Music Festival kicks off its Summerfest.

The multi-day festival includes all types of film genres from filmmakers around the world, and also highlights local talent each day of the festival.

The festival runs from Wednesday, August 15, through Sunday, August 19, at the Crest Theatre.

Opening night will feature locally produced short films and a fashion challenge prior to the screening.

Paired with local restaurants, designers had 13 days to complete an outfit that included the restaurant name and one menu item.

Friday night will feature “Small Market, Big Heart,” a documentary on the Sacramento Kings. The film is described as an illustration of “Sacramento’s struggle to remain relevant in the high-stakes game of professional sports.”

Focusing on the music aspect of the festival is Sac Music Seen, a program that pairs together local filmmakers and musicians to create original music videos.

Another local feature is the 10×10 Filmmaker Challenge. The challenge gives teams of filmmakers 10 days to write, produce, and shoot a 10-minute film.

Each year teams are given a theme and two things that must be incorporated into the film, and are judged for their creative incorporation of the specified items.

This year 20 teams submitted films to the challenge with the theme “Fear and Fortune.”

As a past participant of the film challenge, I can attest that this is a perfect way to get a taste of the local talent growing in Sacramento.

For a full festival schedule and ticket information visit the Sacramento Film & Music Festival website.


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