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Sierra Streams seeks home-movie footage

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Nevada City-based nonprofit Sierra Streams Institute is hoping locals will dust off their old home movies and help in the hunt for footage of Nevada City’s past.

Short clips that depict the town over the decades — any time over the last century — are needed for the latest project, a documentary centered on the Deer Creek Tribute Trail entitled “The Rush for Gold: Voices from the Trail.”

Working with Filmsight Productions, a Berkeley-based film company, Sierra Streams Institute hopes the short movie will showcase the less well-known stories of the Gold Rush, the native Nisenan people, the Chinese workers and Deer Creek itself — the very stories that are celebrated along the Tribute Trail. The movie project is funded by a grant from Cal Humanities.

“We would love to hear from anyone with old home movies that show our town over the years,” said Project Director Jane Sellen. “You never know what gems might be hiding in people’s attics!”

If you can help, please contact Sellen at jane@sierrastreams.org or call 530-265-6090, ext. 202.

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