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Local filmmaker tries to make a name for himself in the Sacramento Region

Sac Film Festival winner Don Carlos (lower right corner) films some new material with theater arts student Alhaqq Darden (center) on campus. Tony Wallin|[email protected]

Correction (Feb. 13, 2012): Filmmaker Don Carlos Sanders acted in, but did not write the film “The Watering Hole” as stated below. regrets the error.

Don Carlos Sanders, 38, is a multi-talented man who is well on his way to becoming a well-known filmmaker, even beyond Sacramento. He has only been involved in film for three years and has already won three awards in the 2011 Sacramento Film Festival.

The City College student won an award Aug. 21, for his first film, “Envy”, which he directed, filmed, wrote music, stared in and wrote himself.

The mismanagement of money inspired the short film “Envy.”It is about a corrupt senator who has a picture-perfect life. The senator’s family starts to unravel when his wife grows suspicious of his corrupt activities. She becomes so convinced that he plans to kill her that she turns the tables, and hires a hit man to kill him.

“I got the idea from another film I was making for the film festival,” Sanders says, “I took the same characters from the original clip and switched them around.”

He won awards for his second film, “The Break-up” and his third film “The Watering Hole,” in October at the Sacramento Film Festival. Sanders took writing and acting credit for the films.

Sanders, who is called Anakin Skywalker by his team, also has his own TV show called MegaDon TV, where he does sports announcing.

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Sanders has seen a life full of hardships, as he puts it, but his experience has made him wise beyond his years. He was born in San Francisco, and now has many roles he plays beyond entertaining and acting, such as, father. He has two sons and a daughter: Lorante, Michael and Pam.

His started his career as a rap/hip hop artist in the group called The African Identity, which he toured with in several Midwest states, such as, Texas and Oklahoma, and also various European countries, including Italy, France and Greece. He has worked with artists, such as, Shock G, Del the Funky Homosapian, the Bigga Figga, and many more and has also collaborated on an array of CD compilations with Straight Gutta records. He also has a record that has gone gold, before leaving the business, Sanders says.

“I got tired of the (rap/hip-hop) business,” Sanders says, “I was fed up with putting in all this work and not seeing a dime for it. I needed something lucrative, you know? I needed something to feed the family and also wanted something I could put my name towards.”

After taking a 10-year “family break” from everything, including the rap/hip-hop business, tragedy struck in Sanders life. He says his youngest son Lorante, got shot by an Oakland transit officer and was suspected of having a weapon and drugs on him. Later, while Sanders was in the hospital he says he had a hand-held video recording device and filmed the results of his son’s tests, and as he suspected, there were no drugs in his system.

“Out of the tragedy, as sad as it is to say, I found my calling card,” Sanders says.

Sanders says the event really changed him and influenced him to begin a film career.

“After college and my degree is achieved, I plan on having my own production company. I’m going to call it MegaDon and we’re going to focus on all areas of multimedia, film, photo, acting, screen-play, and music, just everything you can think of,” Sanders says.

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