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Filmmakers Get to Know Poe on January 22

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Filmmakers and literature experts will explore and discuss the various works of Edgar Allan Poe, the acclaimed nineteenth century American writer best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, in anticipation of a creative film competition based on Poe’s work, to prepare to partake in a local creative filmmaking endeavor The Poe Project. The workshop will take place at the Art Institute of Sacramento starting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Jeff Knorr, Poet Laureate of Sacramento, will give insights into Poe’s poetry and literary work.

The event is hosted by the Capital Film Arts Alliance, a local nonprofit dedicated to advancing film and video production, and the lead organization for The Poe Project, a community film competition based on the works of Poe. CFAA members are free for the event; guests are $5. Film experts will also be available to discuss past adaptations of Poe’s work, such as Cliff Weimer, local movie historian and webmaster at www.inthebalcony.com who will speak to various adaptations of Poe’s work in film in the past.

The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe has been named as the work for the Sacramento Public Library’s "Read One" program for 2013, and the competition is part of a coordinated effort to bring the "Read One" program into different artistic, social and creative parts of the local community. The competition is sponsored and led by the Capital Film Arts Alliance.

Details on the contest will be published in January, but the organization has made announcements to its members of some of the basic tenants of the project: local filmmakers will be asked to create short films no longer than 13 minutes long, submissions will be screened at a major Sacramento venue in the fall, and there will be prize money available in different categories, including for student films. In addition, a full-length screenwriting competition of an adaptation of Poe’s work will also be part of The Poe Project.

"The Capital Film Arts Alliance is very excited about this project in conjunction with the Sacramento Public Library," said Mary Beth Barber, board member for the Capital Film Arts Alliance. "Creative projects and competitions like this bring different parts of the community together, as well as inspire innovation and learning in the new field of digital filmmaking."

"While the final aspects of the competition are being confirmed, there are a few things local filmmakers should know and actions to take right now," continued Barber. "Entries will be due during the late summer, a screening will take place in the early fall with short films online during the Library’s "Read One" activities, and people should start reading their Edgar Allan Poe right away."

The January 22th meeting is one of a monthly speaker series from the Capital Film Arts Alliance. Experts in the filmmaking field – from camera and sound to contracts and funding – are asked to share their expertise and insights to Sacramento are filmmakers. The CFAA expects much of its early 2013 programming to center around The Poe Project – from workshops exploring Poe’s work and how to adapt it, to introductions to the best Sacramento has to offer in film/video facilities and equipment rental, to experts in photography, sound and editing to give hints as best practices.

This workshop and introduction to the work of Edgar Allan Poe is part of the regular CFAA learning series sponsored and hosted by the Art Institute of Sacramento, located at 2850 Gateway Oaks Dr. in Sacramento. Free for members, $5 for non-members. CFAA annual membership rates are $35 for individual members and $15 for students. Business and corporate sponsor members available as well.  For more information about this meeting or the Capital Film Arts Alliance, please contact Mary Beth Barber, 916-429-5105 or Laurie Pederson at 916-600-6477 or info@capitalfilmarts.com.

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