TASTE News Service January 6, 2015 – Samuel Langhorne Clemens is returning to Northern California’s Gold Country. The acclaimed American author and humorist, best known by his pen name Mark Twain, who spent nearly three months in this historic Gold Country town during the winter of 1864-1865, will reappear via the world film premiere of 88 Days in the Motherlode: Mark Twain Finds His Voice.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Sam Clemens’ visit to Angels Camp, This ‘n That Films, in partnership with Greenhorn Creek Resort and CAMPS Restaurant, will present their new documentary on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at Bret Harte Theatre in Angels Camp.
“Most of us know that this is where he heard the story about the frog,” says John C. Brown, director of the film, and a Tuolumne County resident. “But there is more to his adventure here than just that one story. We’re looking forward to sharing with the world what really happened with Clemens during those 88 days and how they had a profound influence on Mark Twain’s career as a writer and lecturer.”
Through professional actor Tom Maguire, from Sonora, CA, as the voice of Mark Twain, the film explores in unprecedented detail how Clemens spent his time in the gold mining town during these 88 days hiding from critics, debt collectors, the law, and propelling himself from the depths of depression to reinvigorating a career that led to international stardom.
“With the Grupe Family’s (owner of Greenhorn Creek Resort) history in the Motherlode dating back to the mid-1800’s, when John Grupe operated a freight line, we are excited to partner with a film about an American icon who left such an indelible mark on Angels Camp,” says, Mike Kristoff, General Manager of Greenhorn Creek Resort.
More information about the premiere may be found at www.greenhorncreek.com.
Editor's note: If you're planning to visit the colorful and historic part of California, we suggest you check out Taste California Travel's Resource Directory. In the Gold Country section you will find links to the websites of hundreds of Lodging and Dining opportunities, as well as links to the sites or nearby Wineries and Craft Beer purveyors.