It took five years to bring the concept to life: Create a high-definition archeological film that would reach the public through technology and offer a clear, educational message. The documentary would focus on Hidden Cave, a premier archeological site located outside Fallon, Nev., and emphasize its importance as a site used to better understand the indigenous culture.
Filmed in 4K Ultra HD, “Hidden Cave” captures the goal of the film by interweaving the cultural perspectives from the descendants of the original inhabitants and archaeological perspectives from world-renowned researchers. The documentary will premiere at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 21, in the Wells Fargo Auditorium in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at the University.
Directed by Mark Gandolfo and produced by Winter Carrera, both from the University of Nevada, Reno, the documentary is a collaborative production between @One Digital Media Technology in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at the University, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Churchill County Museum and 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.
All of the film was shot within a 30-mile radius of where the cave is located. Filmmakers wanted to showcase the diversity of environment that is found in Nevada and mostly unknown to those not living in the area. They felt it established a context for why the cave is there.
After the premiere, the documentary will be posted to the Internet and made available to the public. The film will show at the Churchill County Museum and will potentially be offered to Nevada teachers of grades K-12 as a lesson plan. It may be included in an updated Nevada State Curriculum Guide for the “History and Contemporary Lifestyles of the Northern Paiute, Southern Paiute, Washoe and Western Shoshone.” The guide will be distributed throughout Nevada schools.
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