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Sacramento Kings documentary wins more film awards at Sacramento festival

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“Small Market, Big Heart,” a full-length documentary on Sacramento’s 26-year struggle to to get – and keep – the Sacramento Kings, earned two awards at the Sacramento Film & Music Festival Sunday.

“We were honored to be part of the festival, and we’re really excited about the awards,” said James Ham, one of the producers of the film.

The festival is submission-based, according to the festival website, and features films of all lengths from all genres. “Small Market, Big Heart” won both an Audience Award and a Jury Award at the multi-day international film festival held at the Crest Theatre in downtown Sacramento.

Ham and co-producer Blake Ellington shared the awards with the film’s director, Tobin Halsey.

The film recently won an Award of Excellence and Best Editing in the Documentary Feature category at the Los Angeles Movie Awards.

Ham said he is happy that the film has gotten some local recognition and some festival recognition, and he hopes that continues.

“We want as many people to see the film as possible,” Ham said Monday. “We want people to understand Sacramento and the fight to keep the team.”

The film can be seen in its entirely on YouTube, Ham said, and he and Ellington have submitted the documentary to a handful of other upcoming film festivals.

Melissa Corker is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter @MelissaCorker.

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