The Unseen Episode of California's Gold with Huell Howser
The late television personality Huell Howser believed the South family saga was a quintessential California story. He produced a special episode based on filmmaker John McDonald’s documentary for his television series California’s Gold before the series was cancelled by PBS. Here is the intriguing episode that never aired!
Episode running time: 62 minutes
Bonus features: 56 minutes
- “California, Here I Come” music video by Huell and the Musicians Institute
- Mark Jorgensen, former Park Superintendent, visits Ghost Mountain
- Oldest child Rider South shares family heirlooms from Ghost Mountain
- Post-screening Q&A with filmmakers and guests in Borrego Springs
- Musicians perform at Ghost Mountain’s trailhead
62 minute episode plus 56 minutes of bonus features $24.99
Original Feature Length Film, Director's Cut
Filmmaker's personal message:
William Faulkner, in accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950, said that he did his work “...in the agony and sweat of the human spirit, not for glory and least of all for profit, but to create out of the materials of the human spirit something which did not exist before.” I believe the South family, in creating their simple adobe home, Yaquitepec, on Ghost Mountain were driven by that human spirit Faulkner describes, and that they did leave something behind for all of us. It is in this same spirit that I am committed to making a documentary about the Souths’ lives and to share it with a wide audience.
Complete 76 minute film $19.99
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—John McDonald, Director