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About the Film

           Deep in the Sierra Nevada mountains, a Gold Rush settlement boomed and withered with changing fortune. Today, the few remaining residents fight to keep their community, and their memory, alive. Shot on B&W Super 16mm, floating between document and dream, "Refusing to Ghost" is a tale of tales and portrait of a rural town’s struggle for survival in the American West.


          Independently produced by wife & husband team Sara Ross-Samko and Chris Dennis,   "Refusing to Ghost" is an impressionist portrait shot lovingly on Super 16mm film. 

Grants & Awards

Kodak/Kickstarter Film Initiative Grant

Berlinale Talents Project Lab  - Doc Station


Selection: IFP Project Forum, Spotlight on Documentaries

Winner - American Documentary Film Fund Pitch Competition

Panavision New Filmmaker Grant

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