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Posted by: thepinetree on 02/24/2015 08:31 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 02/24/2015 11:24 AM
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The Premier of "88 Days" Filled Angels Camp With Twain On Saturday Night

Angels Camp, CA...The Mark Twain Biopic “88 Days” Premiered on Saturday night at the filled performing arts center in Angels Camp. The film captures the pivotal time for Mr. Twain when he found his voice and made the transformation from reluctant newspaper man into the literary icon he became. His yarn about the Celebrated Jumping Frogs of Calaveras County made that transformation possible for him. It was pivotal for our area as well as it has colored much of our post gold rush history. From towns such as Twain Harte to Bret Harte High School and our annual celebration of all things Frog. Those 88 Days live on....

Click Above To Purchase DVDs & For More Info The Film & This 'n That

This 'n That Films Producer/Director - John C. Brown & Producer/Writer - Bert Simonis did a masterful job of capturing a young Samuel L. Clemens at a transformational time in his life. Greenhorn Creek & CAMPS Restaurant and others financially helped make this project a reality.

88 Days will be shown on Sacramento PBS Station KVIE and the producers also hope to have it shown nationally as well. The film should have a long useful lifespan as every year as Jumping Frogs make their way into the national spotlight this story will “have legs”

DVD's can be purchased from their website and we urge you to do so. Then you will be armed with the knowledge, wit and charm of Mark Twain and can say...”Well let me tell you about those 88 Days that changed his life and ours!”

Below is about the film from their website...

In the fall of 1864 Samuel Clemens felt that he was a failure. Recently fired from a newspaper job he didn't like anyway, he had failed as a gold miner, a silver miner, a lumber baron, a soldier and by now he was destitute. He posted $500 bail for a friend, Steve Gillis, with money he didn't have, and Gillis skipped town. He couldn't pay for his room and board and was living off his landlady. Stuck in San Francisco without options, he considered suicide as his only way out.

Jim Gillis, Steve's older brother, offered him a sanctuary. He suggested Clemens join he and Dick Stoker at Gillis' small cabin in the Sierra Nevada foothills for a while. Away from town, away from his critics, and away from forever looming deadlines, it appealed to Clemens. So the two men took a steamboat from San Francisco to Stockton and then traveled to Gillis' cabin in Jackass Hill, Tuolumne County.

For the next three months, the men drank a little, smoked a little, worked a little, mined a little, read a little, and passed the time telling stories. Jim Gillis was an educated man and a great story teller. Clemens sat and listened, quietly smoking his pipe and watched as Gillis stood in front of the fireplace and recounted story after hilarious story, which had his small audience in stitches.

Taking a break from mining, on a rainy January day in early 1865, the men entertained themselves at the Angels Hotel in nearby Angels Camp. Sam heard a rather dull story about a jumping frog from one of the bartenders. He jotted a note in his journal as he had done with so many other stories he'd heard. Later that year, that story became "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" and would launch Samuel Clemens' career as humorist Mark Twain.

Samuel Clemens underwent a transformation in those 88 days in Angels Camp and Jackass Hill and found his voice as Mark Twain - one of America's greatest writers and humorists. What was so magical about these 88 days that brought him from the depths of depression to a re-invigoration that propelled him forward to international stardom? Join us as we explore those 88 days in the Mother Lode through Mark Twain's words from his books, articles, letters and stories.

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