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Filmmakers took 48 hours to incorporate an object, a name, a phrase and a genre into a four- to seven-minute short film last month as part of the Sacramento International Film Festival. Saturday night, the Crocker Art Museum hosted the 26 completed submissions in the three-hour 48 Hour Film Challenge screening event.

The following night attendees found out who won during the awards ceremony on the Delta King.

As a first-time filmmaker, W. Mark Dendy found the 48 Hour experience harrowing.

“It was managing the whole crew and keeping in contact with them,” he said. “I got a text message at 11 on the second night that one of the main supporting actors was pulling out. We were shooting all her scenes that very night from 2 a.m. to 8 the next morning, so I had to find a replacement for her quick.”

Christa Quinn’s film fell a few seconds short of the four-minute requirement, so it was unable to be shown, but she did participate as an actor in four other films.

“It’s just fascinating to me how some directors will think, then interpret the work that is assigned to them randomly, and then create something that is totally their own in the end,” she said.

Sunday evening gave recognition to the festival winners. The master of ceremonies was Patrick Walsh, the radio sports announcer at KFBK 1540 AM. Among those honored on the Delta King were the filmmakers from the 48 Hour Film Challenge. Crowd favorite “Stare Straight Crew” won Best Comedy. “The Prosecution” won Best Drama, and “CSI: Sacramento” won the coveted overall title.

Clint Quillan directed and starred in “CSI: Sacramento.” A humorous trait throughout the short film is that Quillan’s character is eating something different in each scene, including an extra large Costco pizza.

“The idea for the pizza box came from the fact I was eating in all the other scenes,” he said. “It came from writing the script on pizza and beer the night before.”

The festival had many other winners in a variety of categories.

Jaylani Roberts’ “Mercury’s Rule” won for the Cine Soul event. The feature film follows two sisters as they avenge their mentor’s death from a rival drug lord in Oakland.

While the Grand Jury Prize for Cinematic Vision went to the opening night film, “A California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown,” produced by Julia Mintz and Sasha Rice, which took a personal approach of Hilary Armstrong learning about her grandfather, one of the most influential of California’s movers and shakers.

To participate in next year’s events or to help volunteer join the conversation at the Sacramento International Film Festival website.

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