Local Film The Golden Tree About Gold Rush Educates and Entertains
SacTV.com "Video of the Day" review by
Alex Cosper on Jan. 21, 2012
The Golden Tree is a local film that delivers a mix of history and humor. The humor becomes
more obvious the more you know about the California Gold Rush of 1849 thru the 1850s. The movie operates in two
time periods: then and now. The contrast between eras forms an undertone to the story. In that sense
the film has educational value that crosses into entertainment when you consider how far social
values have advanced since the Gold Rush. Based on real characters, the movie is a great introduction for
understanding what the Gold Rush was all about and how it shaped Sacramento and ultimately, California.
The screenplay was written for Access Sacramento's "A Place Called Sacramento Film Festival," in which
it won an award. The Golden Tree is the story of kids learning from a journal that their ancestors were pioneers of the historic Gold Rush
in Sacramento. From the journal the kids learn about John Sutter and James Marshall, the two main
pioneers who discovered gold in Coloma, which attracted people from all over the world to pan for gold in Northern California.
The journal hints at a possible treasure near Sutter's Fort. They also learn about how gold attracts outlaws.
The film is presented by Aria Pictures in association with Gerald Martin Davenport. Below is a list of actors in the film.
Kyrie Sierra Davenport
Aria Leven Davenport
Jason Michael Shannon
Dan L. Walters
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