We are proud to announce the completion of Rush for Gold, a production of Filmsight Productions, in association with Sierra Streams Institute. This short film presents some of the lesser-known stories of the Gold Rush, as told by people living in and around the Deer Creek watershed in Nevada City. The film, An official selection of the 2015 Wild and Scenic Film Festival, combines interviews and local footage with archival film and photos to highlight the stories of the native people, the Chinese immigrant workers, and the environment itself. This project was made possible with support from Cal Humanities, in partnership with the NEH. Experience more at www.calhum.org.

By following the links below, you can watch Rush For Gold as well as the videotaped interviews that provided the raw material for the film.

  • The short film Rush for Gold
  • Interview with Ginger Covert, Vice-chair, Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Council, Nisenan Tribe
  • Interview with Shelly Covert, Secretary, Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Council, Nisenan Tribe
  • Interview with William Falconi, City Engineer, Nevada City
  • Interview with Richard Johnson, Chair, Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Council, Nisenan Tribe
  • Interview with Kyle Leach, Geologist, Sierra Streams Institute
  • Interview with Phillip Oyung, Descendant of Nevada County Gold Rush-era immigrants
  • Interview with Susan Sakahara, Descendant of Nevada County Gold Rush-era immigrants
  • Interview with Elizabeth Soderstrom, Senior Director of Conservation, Ammerican Rivers
  • Interview with Melodie Yun, Descendant of Nevada County Gold Rush-era immigrants
Nisenan tribal members

Nisenan tribal members, in a still from Rush for Gold.