Screening New Footage!

I can’t believe today is the first day of November! But it’s true and I’m happy to bring you a quick update.

Director and Cinematographer Mark Gandolfo and I were invited to screen a special preview of the new footage that we had shot with our film crew a couple of weeks ago for the Hidden Cave Video Project. It was screened at two events. Event one was at the 2012 Great Basin Anthropological Conference at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe and event two was at the Churchill County Museum’s 30th Anniversary of the Hidden Cave Tours in Fallon, NV.

The Great Basin Anthropological Conference is an annual event coordinated by the Great Basin Anthropological Association. Although, we had only experienced a fraction of the offerings of the event, from what we saw, it was well organized and filled with fascinating presentations by anthropological researchers around the world.

Mark and I presented during Symposium 12: Inviting People in for Over Thirty Years: The Past, Present, and Future of Public Education at Hidden Cave.

Fellow presenters at the symposium who showcased their cutting edge research about Hidden Cave were Brian Hattoff, Sharon Lee Taylor, James A. Carter, Beth P. Smith & C. Cliff Creger followed by discussant David Hurst Thomas.

The following day, the sneak peak was screened at the Churchill County Museum’s 30th Anniversary of the Hidden Cave Tours. It was awe-inspiring to attend such a great historical event. I found myself getting becoming immersed in the inspiring tales vividly told by past and present individuals associated with the cave tours. And to top it off, I was greeted by a few familiar faces from folks who I’ve been working with as well as greeted by new faces interested in learning more about the video project.

The event was filled with motivating presentations about the history, future, community and Fallon-Paiute Shoshone Tribal involvement about the cave by Dr. David Hurst Thomas, Brian Hattoff and Jim Carter. To our surprise, Mark and I were both recognized by the State of Nevada Governor’s Office and the Churchill County Museum Board for our collaborative work on this project.

Overall, both days were a success and we’re excited to be bringing new content for audiences—only two weeks after wrapping principle photography! Whew! We have a lot more to do before this production is wrapped (i.e., editing, researching additional funding and filming more b-roll footage including much needed aerial shots of the Carson Sink) so definitely check back soon.

We also want to acknowledge D. Craig Young, Jim Carter, Donna Cossette and Sharon Taylor for inviting and accommodating with the showing of the new special preview at the conference and anniversary event. Without which, screening would not have been possible. Thank you!

-Winter Carrera, Producer

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3 comments on “Screening New Footage!
  1. Virginia Howard says:

    I hope that the Native American people in the Stillwater area were advised of this project. I think this is a sacrilege and very disrespectful to all Native American people.

    • hiddencavefilm says:

      We are working with the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe in Fallon. Their tribal leaders are aware and have been collaborating with filming and research. We filmed with Alvin Moyle and Donna Cossette last month along with cultural elders. Key members of the production team are Paiute from Nevada. We’re continually updating the blog with new content and will better illustrate Native involvement in the project. If you have further questions, please email us we’d be happy to answer them for you.

  2. Donna Cossette says:

    Thank you for your comment Virginia Howard. I’m Donna Cossette, Museum Administrator of the Churchill County Museum, and Northern Paiute enrolled with the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe and former Tribal Chairman in 2000-2002, and currently the Chairman of the Tribal Cultural Committee. I have had the privilege to been involved with this project from the inception, and I believe that the production the film thus far has taken great consideration to cultural sensitivity. Over the past year I have been informing the Honorable Tribal Chairman, Alvin Moyle, and the Fallon Business Council of the progress of the film at regular Council meetings. Last month in October the Fallon Business Council contributed monetarily to film, and as Winter stated in her post Alvin Moyle, Tribal Elder Ashley George along with myself were interviewed. I can also say, I was elated when Winter Carrera was hired as the Producer of this film, because “Tomo” is Northern Paiute as well. She has also provided intimate knowledge of tribal customs and practices that has shown to be invaluable on this film. As a witness to the personal interviews given along with the production crew and all those who helped with the film they have all been extremely respectful and considerate.
    I appreciate your post, and would like to further understand your concerns, and if possible I would like to talk to you in person or on the telephone. I can be contacted at 775-423-3677.
    On a personal note, I don’t know if you are Native American, but if there is any relation, I have had the opportunity to works with highly respected Ted Howard, Cultural Resources Director of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of Duck Valley on establishing Great Basin Inter-Tribal NAGPRA Coalition in Nevada.

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