1852 Voices of the Golden Ghosts documentary premieres Saturday

The documentary about Northern California history premieres Saturday night on Vimeo.

Posted: Apr 5, 2019 4:10 AM
Updated: Nov 14, 2020 11:32 AM

Updated 10:14 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020 - A film premiere of the docuentary "Voices of the Golden Ghosts" will be shown on Vimeo, along with an opportunity for conversation with producers, researchers, and actors.

CLICK HERE to watch the documentary for free through November 14, 2020.

CLICK HERE to register for the online conversation, which will be held Nov. 14 at 7:00 p.m.

The “Voices of the Golden Ghosts” is a project of Shasta County Arts Council. The organization has been supporting the project since 2018. To date, the research collected and translated into theatrical vignette performances has been presented in front of live audiences at Shasta College Theater, Sons of Italy Hall in Weed, CA and POPS in Dunsmuir, CA. The documentation was also exhibited at Turtle Bay Exploration Park and Museum, winter through spring of 2020.

More performances were scheduled in Chico, Oakland and Anderson, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, all of the performances had to be cancelled. Instead, the producers, researchers and participating actors have been working on this video-recorded version of the performances.

The project continues its research and recording work, and will also include a book publication.

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Updated 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 7, 2019 - According to the Shasta County Arts Council, some film was screened at the event on Saturday, but the entire film will not be made until more funding is acquired. CLICK THIS LINK to find the gofundme page with more information about the project.

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Updated 10:08 a.m. Sunday, Apr. 7, 2019 - We have added photos from the Saturday night film screening event to the photo gallery. We will add more as we receive them.

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REDDING, Calif. - This historical documentary film screening event in Redding is hosted by Voices from the Golden Ghosts and the Shasta County Arts Council. It takes place on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Shasta College Theatre.

Filmmaker Mark Oliver said history textbooks often flatten the narratives, excluding events and upholding a Eurocentric narrative of what constitutes "history." Oliver's new project, "Voices from the Golden Ghosts," is a new community-driven, multi-disciplinary film about the North State's African-American history during the Gold Rush.

By 1852 over 2,000 men of African American descent were in the California gold fields. However, today little is ever mentioned about the free and enslaved black men who lived in the northern California wilderness by pick and shovel, said Oliver.

Oliver has collaborated with history professionals and local artists and communities in Redding and Siskiyou County to tell the story of migration and of the experience working in often remote mines.

The project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. CLICK HERE to visit their website.

Mark Oliver
PROJECT DIRECTOR

Mark has been making art and films for over 40 years. He has received numerous residencies, grants and awards for his films and art and has produced and directed over 7 films and videos while living in the Mount Shasta area since 2000. His 2011 documentary "From the Quarters to Lincoln Heights" won awards both nationally and internationally. Most recently his video "CAVE" was shown at ARTZOND 2018 Festival, St Petersburg, Russia.

His work was selected for the West Coast Biennial 2019 at Turtle Bay. He has a MFA from the University of California at San Diego.

Tanisha LaRaye
ACTOR | CO-DIRECTOR

Tinasha LaRaye is an Oklahoma native who identifies as a renaissance artist. This poet, actress, director, filmmaker and former Miss Black Oklahoma is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance and a Master of Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Screenwriting and Directing.

Some of her Oklahoma acting credits include Michelle in "Dreamgirls" and Lil’ Inez in "Hairspray" with Lyric Theatre, Nettie in "The Color Purple" with Poteet Theatre and Mrs. Muller in "Doubt, a Parable" with Carpenter Square Theatre.

In Los Angeles, LaRaye originated the role of PFC Linda Baldwin in the World Premiere of "Stand Off at Highway #37" and she was also featured in "Queenie Pie," a Duke Ellington Opera with Long Beach Opera. Her film credits include Jasmine in "Unsolved" and Andrea in "San Andreas Quake."

LaRaye is an award-winning, and Heartland Regional Emmy nominated filmmaker for her documentary short, "First & Female." She most recently was nominated for several awards at a California Film Festival, including Best Local Short for her short romantic comedy film, "Punchline."

For more information on tickets to Voices of the Golden Ghosts at Shasta College Theater, click here.

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