The California Capital Documentary Film Festival will be the first Documentary Film Festival in the Sacramento region and is being planned as a yearly event. The festival will feature over 60 documentary films both shorts and long-form, panel discussions with filmmakers, and Q&As with many of the subjects of the documentary films screened. We have secured three screening venues that have the capability of showing films with full surround sound in a movie theatre setting.

We are fortunate to have secured the sponsorship of The City of Rancho Cordova, SMUD, Comstock’s Magazine, Visit Rancho Cordova, Cordova Community Council. and Russian American Media.

The full lineup of films to be screened has been selected and is available to view on our website http:

Several of the filmmakers and some of the subjects of the films above are slated to attend the film festival and will give lectures and Q&As in the events room at JJ Pfister. A full list of these events can be found here http:

Also featured will be two documentaries that look at the Sacramento region:

  • Sacramento and the Transcontinental Railroad – and the festival will tease the trailer of the new documentary
  • History of Rancho Cordova is set to release later this year to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Rancho Cordova. Both films are produced and directed by local filmmaker, Bill George.

The Festival will feature two award categories. “Best Environmental Film”. This award will be chosen and awarded by SMUD. There will also be an award for the “Best Festival Film”. This will be awarded by Comstocks Magazine. Both awards will be presented on Sunday, June 12th at Rancho Cordova City Hall at 4:00 pm. For SMUD by a senior SMUD executive, and for Comstoicks by the Editor.

An opening reception/gala will be held on Thursday, June 9th at JJ Pfister Distillery – 9819 Business Park Drive, Suite 3, Sacramento, CA 95827 and will be open and free to residents of Rancho Cordova. The gala will feature buffet-style food and meet and greet with filmmakers and celebrities. This event is open to the first 75 members of the public who wish to attend free of charge. Reservations are required by going to https:

For more information about The First Annual California Capital Documentary Film Festival, please visit or call 916-706-2000.

*Cal Cap Doc Fest is supported in part by the Measure H Community Enhancement & Investment Fund from the City of Rancho Cordova.



Charles Lago


California Capital Arts Foundation

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