Lights, camera, action: Recapping the 2023 Sacramento Film Festival

Dozens of filmmakers brought their art to the Capital City in this cinematic showcase.


Sacramento filmmakers Ryan Hepkema and Kenny Williams discuss their film “Five Stars.”

Photo by SACtoday staff

This weekend, we stopped by the Sacramento Film Festival to enjoy a showcase of art from filmmakers of every variety.

The three-day event was held primarily at Old Sac’s ReUnion Kitchen & Bar, making for a cozy setting that had us rubbing elbows with the artists themselves.

Some of our favorite films included:

  • “The Dawn of Don Damage” — The story of one man on a quest to save his family, who’s gifted the powers of the 1980s’ greatest action flick hero, Don Damage.
  • “Reseda” — A comedy flick with a tone and sensibility as dark as its black-and-white cinematography.
  • “Five Stars” — A short film that explores just how personal a late-night Uber ride can be, complete with exemplary service.

Can’t get enough film in the City of Trees? Check out our list of movies and TV shows based in Sacramento.

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