This is a teaser for a documentary film I’m directing about the life of John Bidwell, a remarkable figure in 19th century America. Bidwell was integral to California’s history, but has since faded from recent memory. His incredible story is the personification of California’s transitional period between the past and present.
Anchored in Chico, California in the Northern Sacramento Valley and resonating throughout local and regional communities, John Bidwell’s life defined much of present-day Californian values, jurisprudence and economy. This project will reintroduce John Bidwell to contemporary California, demonstrating how his story is also our own. If only one person could serve as the embodiment of California history, it would be John Bidwell. This one man lived such an amazing life in 19th Century California that it almost seems impossible that it actually happened.
All footage in this teaser was generously donated from CSU, Chico’s Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology (ALVA) program.
More information on the documentary to come!
This video was created using Adobe Premiere Pro.