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Access Sacramento to Join CFAA and Sac Public Library as “Poe Project” sponsor

Access Sacramento Community Media has joined the Capital Film Arts Alliance and the Sacramento Public Library as a major sponsor of The Poe Project, a local creative filmmaking and screenwriting community project involving discussion and exploration of the work of Edgar Allan Poe. Access Sacramento provides its members certificates of liability insurance, free use of high definition production equipment, and guaranteed cable and online distribution of the Access Sacramento member’s completed project.

Staff from Access Sacramento will provide more details at the CFAA workshop on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at the Art Institute of Sacramento starting at 7:00 p.m. Ron Cooper, Executive Director of Access Sacramento will be at the meeting to answer questions, and expressed his excitement of working with the local filmmaking community on The Poe Project.

“The most valuable asset for local filmmakers is the community’s capacity to unite together on projects and collectively create new work, new art, and new movies.” Cooper said. “Access Sacramento invites CFAA members to join and benefit from our resources and expertise.

"The Poe Project signals the first of many CFAA and Access Sacramento joint efforts designed to spur new projects and enhance our reputation as a filmmaking community,” continued Cooper.

The February 19 workshop marks the second from the Capital Film Arts Alliance centered on The Poe Project. Dozens of interested filmmakers and writers came to the standing-room only meeting in January to learn about the launch of the creative competition and how they might participate. Prizes will be available in various categories for the best short films and full-length screenplay. Entries will be due on Sunday, July 28, 2013 by 11:59 p.m., and the project sponsors anticipate a public viewing of films in the early fall. Exact details of the competition and award categories and amounts will be released later in February.

The February 19th event is hosted by the Capital Film Arts Alliance, a local nonprofit dedicated to advancing film and video production. CFAA members are free for the event; guests are $5. Additional organizations that provide film and video resources will have representatives at the February 19th meeting as well, including sound recording studio artists, film and studio staff from The Studio Center, Sacramento County’s film commissioner, and other resource experts.

About The Poe Project

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 Poe Project film/video competition is part of a coordinated effort to bring the "Read One" program into different artistic, social and creative parts of the local community. 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 (most likely the Crest Theatre) 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 and Access Sacramento Community Media," 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.

"The addition of Access Sacramento to the Poe Project team means valuable production resources will now be available to local filmmakers working on tight budgets," added Barber.

The February 19th 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.

This workshop to introduce resources to Poe Project participants 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. 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 [email protected].

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