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Short Film Shot in Placer County Will be Shown at Sacramento Festival

June 22, 2012

“Bee,” an award-winning short film shot entirely in Placer County, will be shown at the Sacramento French Film Festival Saturday, June 23.

The film will be presented during a short film program that is scheduled to be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Crest Theatre in Sacramento.

“Bee” looks at the disappearance of honeybees in the United States and how it affects one small farmer and his family. It is by Folsom-based French filmmaker Raphael Hitzke and includes original music by award-winning composer Jean Benoit Dunckel (“Lost in Translation”).

In the film, Hitzke extols the beauty of Placer County locations, including the Auburn Farmers Market. He also needed to shoot footage with the feel of a small town sheriff’s office. Working with the county’s Museums Division, he found what he needed: the old Sheriff’s Office in the Placer County Museum at the county’s Historic Courthouse in Auburn.

The film won the Best Dramatic Short Award at the 2012 Sonoma International Film Festival. More information about the film is on its website BEE.

Beverly Lewis, director of the Placer-Lake Tahoe Film Office, worked closely with Hitzke to have the film shot in Placer County. “Raphael contacted us early in pre-production when he was considering shooting his film entirely in another county. We did a script breakdown with him and were able to connect him with great locations and local resources in Placer County very close to his home base in Folsom, making it a win-win situation for everybody. The cinematography captures the beauty of our foothill region beautifully.”