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Beginning Saturday, Cesar Chavez Park will host the first inaugural Sacramento Outdoor Film Festival, produced by Creative Projection Services and its subsidiary, Sacramento Outdoor Movies.
Starting at 5 p.m. and running every Saturday in August, the festival will provide food, fun and games for all those attending, with a movie at 9 p.m. to close out the night.
This week's featured film is Rebel Without a Cause, the 1950s classic drama starring James Dean and Natalie Wood. Other festivities include various sponsor booths for home theater supplies and computer games, a video game competition, and Sacramento's Hoppy Brewing Co. will host a beer garden with food and drinks for the event.
The video game compeition will feature a Guitar Hero tournament at each week. The two best performers will then play head-to-head on the main screen on Aug. 29, the last night of the festival.
Creative Projection Services had organized events for younger audiences in the past. This year, however, president and primary organizer of the Sacramento Outdoor Film Festival, Robert Hayes, wanted to try something a bit different.
"They had been geared towards little kids with animated features," Hayes said. "But I decided, 'This is a cool thing, so lets show a few movies for the big kids,' and that's kind of how the concept for this came out. No one was doing that."
The other three movies featured for Aug. 15, 22 and 29 are Rudy, Best in Show and Spiderman, respectively. Hayes said he wanted a good mix of genres to appeal to all different audiences so there is something for everybody in the end.
Hayes also said that they would be trying an experiment with Spiderman that could either heighten or hurt the watching experience.
"We're going to try and do it in 5.1 surround sound outside," Hayes said. "Spiderman has some cool effects that would work with better sound, so we're going to take a gamble and see what happens."
There will be seating for about 300 people for the movie. And there's also space for people to spread out blankets or brings chairs on the grass if they prefer.
"The grass and concrete are about 50-50, so we'll put the chairs on the concrete so people can bring stuff for the grass," Hayes said. "Everything is free except for the food and drinks, so people should come out and enjoy themselves. If we get around 400 people, we'll consider it a success."