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Filmed in stunning 4K Ultra HD, HIDDEN CAVE takes audiences on a breathtaking journey into the depths of time, tradition, and science in this special place.

Formed roughly 21,000 years ago under the tumultuous waves of Pleistocene Lake Lahontan, Hidden Cave was sealed from access until the indigenous people who lived in the Carson Sink in western Nevada 3,800-3,500 years ago discovered it. Rediscovered in the 20th century, archaeological excavators in the 1940s, 1950s and the late 1970s uncovered a plethora of items stored or “cached” within the depths of Hidden Cave. Tools, weaponry, basketry and food caches were some of the items found and provided archaeologists with vital clues about desert lifeway’s in the Hidden Cave area. Since then, Hidden Cave has become an important cultural site within the Fallon, Nevada community and around the world. Filming in stunning 4K Ultra HD, HIDDEN CAVE captures the majestic splendor and stunning beauty of this premiere archaeological site, all while interwoven with cultural perspectives by the descendants of the original inhabitants and archaeological perspectives by world-renowned researchers.

Directed by Mark Gandolfo and Produced by Winter Carrera. This documentary film is a collaborative production produced by @One Digital Media Technology in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, Bureau of Land Management, Churchill County Museum and the Nevada Department of Transportation. Location interviews were filmed with archaeologists from the American Museum of Natural History, Nevada State Museum and Far Western Anthropological Group, Inc. Cultural interviews were filmed with Fallon Paiute-Shoshone leadership and members. Please see our credits page for more information.

A special 5 minute preview short was recently shown at the Great Basin Anthropological Conference in Lake Tahoe and at the 30th Anniversary of the Hidden Cave Tours at the Churchill County Museum in Fallon, NV. The world premiere was held in July at the Churchill County Museum and Archives in Fallon, Nevada.

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