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Sacramento Bee photographer’s film among 22 to be screened at Animal Film Festival

A horse, a convict, a chance for change

At the Wild Horse Program at Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center inmates train wild mustangs to become adoptable to the public. Changed by his love for a wild mustang, Zephyr, Chris Culcasi struggled towards a life outside of crime.
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At the Wild Horse Program at Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center inmates train wild mustangs to become adoptable to the public. Changed by his love for a wild mustang, Zephyr, Chris Culcasi struggled towards a life outside of crime.

Sacramento Bee photographer Autumn Payne’s film “A Horse, A Convict, A Second Chance” has been selected for screening at the fifth annual Animal Film Festival to be held in Grass Valley next month.

Payne’s entry combined a series of videos she produced about a Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center inmate and his rescued horse.

The festival, produced by the nonprofit Center for Animal Protection & Education, or CAPE, will be held Feb. 17 at the Center for the Arts , 314 W. Main St., in downtown Grass Valley. It will feature 22 films from countries including Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, as well as the United States. The films selected for screening at the festival explore an aspect of animal protection, rescue, rights and the human/animal bond, according to a news release announcing this year’s selections.

Twenty films were selected from the 246 submissions received for this year’s event. In addition, two films were invited to screen: “Dogs, Cats and Scapegoats,” a feature film about the causes of companion animal overpopulation, and “It’s a Potcake Life,” a short, uplifting film about dog rescue in the Bahamas, according to the news release.

Another entry filmed in Sacramento and chosen for screening is “The Invisible Mammal,” by Kristin Tieche. Shot in the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, it profiles the perils bats face and how humans can help strengthen the species.

Tickets for this year’s festival are $25 for an all-day pass; $15 for seniors, students and members of the military; or $10 for admission to just the evening session. To purchase tickets or learn more about the festival, visit the Animal Film Festival website, www.animalfilmfestival.org.

Proceeds from the festival support animals with special needs rescue by the Center for Animal Protection and Education.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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