World Premiere – 10 Local Films and NorCal Fimmaking Promo – Crest 1 PM Sunday

The 13th Annual "A Place Called Sacramento" film festival premieres ten more local films this Sunday at the Crest. Highlights this year include: Mother and 11 year old son both have movies, the return of "Rockie" as a film writer/director, Mr. Lobo both directs and has a cameo, immigration issues started with "B" for the bracero program, experience a yogasim for the first time, "Oreos licked" – there I said it, "Tony the Tiger" not boxing in a boxing movie, can Danna do it for a fifth time, Frank is back, and so much more… Plus the event will kick-off ArtOber with an 8 minute promo for local filmmaking created by Gary Nyland and friends of the film arts here in the region. We have come a long way, baby, since the year 2000. So many fesitvals and so much talent on display. Our "Big Fish" Hollywood Director, Quentin Sacramento, is back again – taking a break from promoting his new Ben Affleck film "Argo-Not". When asked why he keeps swimming back to Sac Town for "PCS", he gurgled, "For the Dive Bar After-Party, of course – finally somewhere a thristy fish can get a drink in this town!" Tickets are still on sale at the Crest Box office…. $10 for all seats to this family friendly, fundraising event for Access Sacramento and local community […]

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Ten New Local Films Now in Production – “Make a Movie This Summer”

"Make a Movie this Summer" at Access Sacramento   Access Sacramento is excited to announce the winners of this year’s Place Called Sacramento Film Festival. The 10 winners were officially announced at the Cast & Crew Call on Saturday. It was tight race again this year as the judges numbers came in. There were lots of great stories to choose from and each year the scripts get better and better and the scores stay neck in neck until the last round of judging. The Script writers now become the Producers and will be  making 10 short films over the summer. All their films will be played on the big screen at The Crest Theatre on Sunday, October 7th at 1pm. They used the PCS Cast and Crew Call to prepare for productions.   At the Cast & Crew Call many people came out to hear the ten filmmakers talk about their films and what a help they will need from the community. Each filmmaker had a chance to talk about their films, meet and greet and network, and just have a great time. Like years past, the films range in genre from non-fiction scary and fun tales to stories based on real events in Sacramento. Most of this year’s filmmakers are first time Producers along with some returning PCS alumni.   We are very pleased […]

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Make a Movie This Summer – Cast & Crew Call TODAY 3-5 PM

Access Sacramento invites actors, artists, film technicians, craft services spealists, and all who love seeing local movies on the big screen at the Crest Theater to come to the Coloma Center (4623 T St.) Auditorium today from 3-5 PM. Ten scripts have been selected and at 3 PM sharp, the ten writers now become producers and they ask for your help making their dreams come alive on the screen this summer. Celebrating the thirteenth year, A Place Called Sacramento Film Festival starts with ten slected short scripts. Each filmmaker describes his or her script to the attendees and then the fun begins. All are invited to meet the filmmakers and suggest how they can help. By 5 PM, the core cast & crew for ten films are near completion. Don’t be left out – come early to this free event and get yourself video recorded as a potential filmmaker or actor. Copies of all these quick auditions will be shared with the ten filmmakers. Doors open at 1:00 PM with the "Express Yourself Festival" – Tour the community media studios of Access Sacramento. Meet representatives from local media including new Sac Press Editor-in-Chief Jared Goyette. In the past 12 years, 119 films have been completed, premiered at the Crest (this year on October 7), and can be viewed on the web site www.AccessSacramento.org. Don’t be […]

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CROCKER ART MUSEUM & ACCESS SACRAMENTO present – “A Place Called Sacramento” – Thursday 6:30 PM

  Access Sacramento is excited to kick off PCS 2012, our thirteenth year, on this Thursday February 2nd at the wonderful Crocker Art Museum. If you would like an opportunity to see all 10 films on the big screen in the museum’s theatre, now’s your chance. It’s a one night only event and rare chance to see all the films from 2011 together again. We hope to see you there!     The Crocker Art is pleased to present an encore screening of the 2011 "Place Called Sacramento" film festival. Friends of Access Sacramento, PCS filmmakers and fans are invited to celebrate, again, the 10 short films first premiered last October at the Crest Theatre.   Crocker Art Museum 216 O Street Thursday February 2, 2012 Show starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $4 for Crocker Members Advance tickets: Non-member $8.00 (online at crockerartmuseum.org or Admission Desk) At the door: Non-members $10.00   "A Place Called Sacramento" (PCS), is the original, local scriptwriting and short film production project for local writers and producers. PCS challenges local scriptwriters, new and experienced, to write 10-minute scripts about the people, places, and events that make our community such a unique place to live (entry forms and submission guidelines are available online at www.AccessSacramento.org. The deadline for script submission is 5pm Tuesday April 10, 2012 in the Access Sacramento office. […]

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Ten Local Films – Sunday 1:00 PM Crest Theater – 12th “A Place Called Sacramento Film Festival

For the twelfth year, Access Sacramento is planning the world premiere of “A Place Called Sacramento” (PCS), a scriptwriting and short film production project for local writers and producers. PCS challenges local scriptwriters to write ten-minute scripts about the people, places, and events that make our community such a unique place to live (submission guidelines on-line at www.AccessSacramento.org). Neighbors and friends will gather at the 2011 World Premiere at the CREST Theatre on Sunday October 2, 2011 at 1:00 PM. $10 (general seating) is a fundraiser for community media. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended at Tickets.com, the Crest Box Office, or the offices of Access Sacramento during business hours. Special highlights for the 2011 “Place Called Sacramento” Film Festival – 10 more films completed this year means in the 12 years of the event, 119 (out of 120) approved scripts have been completed and shown on the Crest big screen. 2011 featured our oldest filmmaker (78) – Burt Wilson "CSI Sacramento" and our youngest (9) Claire Elizabeth "The Chozen" 6 of the 10 films were written and produced by women and region-wide with films from West Sacramento, Cameron Park, Grass Valley, Fair Oaks, Carmichael, Davis, Citrus Heights, and Sacramento. All films are volunteer created with only out of pocket expenses for incidentals and food. "A Place Called Sacramento" is unique – local films created by […]

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Ask the County Law Librarian — Public Access to Mug Shots

Q. Is it possible to obtain an individual’s booking photo using the booking number at a County jail? Thank you, Rebecca A. There are several reasons a person might want to see booking photos (also known as “mug shots”). They are a popular part of news stories on crime, especially when celebrities or particularly newsworthy crimes are involved. In some cases, a person may want a photo to help them identify a person who may wish them harm, but whose appearance may have changed. Academic or other studies may be another potential use for booking photos. Although a few police or sheriff’s departments routinely release booking photos, and some even post them online, in many cases they are reluctant. You can start by simply contacting the sheriff department or jail records department and requesting the photo. You may find, however, that many—including the Sacramento county jail—will not release them in response to a simple request. Your next step could be to file a request under the California Public Records Act (California’s equivalent to the Freedom of Information Act). The CPRA (California Government Code Sections 6250 through 6276.48) requires public agencies to permit inspection of their records. According to the advocacy group First Amendment Coalition, it’s unclear under California law whether the police are required to release booking photos. Booking photos are a “public record” (“any […]

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A Busy Day in the Life of Access Sacramento

Each day Access Sacramento’s studio and office are filled with activity but this week has been particularly busy. Yes, T.D. Trice and Shane Carpenter continued to schedule television and radio programming 24/7. Yes, volunteers came and went with new programming and were busy with their focused production efforts. The phones continued to ring as Amy Lawrence signed up new members. Whew! Here’s a snap-shot of a very busy day in the life of Access Sacramento – let the "name dropping" commence. Studio production was busy with Richard Langley renovating the small room and working with community producer Bob Crimmins on using the "green studio" for a new program in partnership with Senior Magazine. He and Liz Harrison then welcomed public radio’s "Insight " host, Jefferey Callison to read a chapter from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer for the Sacramento Bee "One Book Project". Simultaneously in the large studio, volunteers from the local Republican party interviewed citizen tax advocate Ted Costa. Evening production in the big studio continued with two local musical artists, Parie Wood and also Zach MacLachlan, recording individual episodes of "Listen Up, Sacramento!" under the watchful eye of co-producers Michelle Barbaria and Erika Kjelstrom. Production knowledge also kept us busy as training sessions and staff recordings were conducted in a variety of locations throughout the County. Monday night found T.D. helping record Roseville’s […]

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Access Sacramento Annual Meeting – “LIVE” on Channel 17 Thursday at 7:00 PM

Celebrating our 25th year of incorporation, the nonprofit community media center Access Sacramento hosts the annual membership meeting Thursday June 16 7-8 PM . You are invited to attend the event in the television studio at the Coloma Community Center or just watch the event on cable TV channel 17 or streamed on the web site www.AccessSacramento.org to any computer in the world. The 15 member Board of Directors will offer highlights of the year past and look forward to another year of Hometown-TV events, Game of Week football and basketball, "Listen Up, Sacramento" local music, and arts and entertainment reporting weekly on "Livewire". Ten new films are in production in the 12th Annual "Place Called Sacramento" film project. Learn more about the latest project – South Sacramento’s five Neighborhood News Bureaus (NNB). To check out new online stories from underserved communities, go to www.AccessLocal.tv and join in the year-round training workshops. Want to learn more? Tune-in and watch or call (916) 456-8600 ext.0

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Light rail construction prompts street closures

Road work will be taking place downtown on F, G, H, Seventh and Eighth streets this month, causing street and lane closures as well as limited parking and pedestrian access. The roads are closed as part of the extension of the light rail Green Line, said Linda Tucker, spokeswoman for the city of Sacramento. Click on the points in the map below to find out how your commute will be affected. View Road work from Feb. 7 – 27 in a larger map   From Feb. 7 – 27, G street will be completely closed at night between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. between Seventh and Eighth streets. Additionally, Eighth Street will narrow to two lanes between H and G streets. G street has already been narrowed to two lanes between Seventh and Eighth streets, and will remain narrowed until Feb. 27. From Feb. 14 – 27, the intersection of Seventh and North B streets will be detoured at all hours. According to Regional Transit, Seventh Street will be open to northbound traffic from F to North B streets and to southbound traffic from North B Street to Richards Boulevard. North B Street east of Seventh street will be closed except to local access to driveways. Detour map courtesy city of Sacramento/Regional Transit. Brandon Darnell is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press. 

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City of Sacramento Warns Residents and Businesses about People Impersonating Utilities Employees

The Sacramento Police Department and the City of Sacramento Department of Utilities are warning residents and businesses about a man, claiming to be a City employee approaching homes in a recent water meter retrofit area and trying gain access. Residents and businesses are warned that the City does not need to get into a home to test the water or conduct further plumbing work inside the home after a meter retrofit. Typically, City utilities employees do not need to enter into homes and if they do, they will schedule an appointment in advance. City employees wear City of Sacramento uniforms, ID badges and drive City vehicles. Residents or businesses with questions regarding whether someone is a City employee can call the City of Sacramento Department of Utilities at 3-1-1 or 264-5011. Residents or businesses who see anything suspicious or who are approached by someone impersonating a City employee should call the City of Sacramento Police Department at 264-5471.  

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