Refusing to Ghost

Refusing to Ghost

Directed by Sara Ross-Samko
Produced by Christopher Dennis


Set in the Sierra Nevada foothills, this is the story of the wild American West as it exists today. It’s the story of The Little Town of Washington, a place that has persisted against all odds.
Little Town was once a booming gold mining settlement, remotely situated on the Yuba River in a canyon far from civilization.
A haven for those wishing to live outside society, as well as those with no choice, today there remains a tiny population of diverse inhabitants with an independent - albeit unofficial - governance.
There is a powerful bond here. If you need help, it doesn’t matter who you like and who you don’t – you can always count on your neighbor.
There’s Space; a Vietnam Vet turned outlaw biker. He rode into town in the late 70’s, proclaiming himself Marshall.
There’s War Danny, Little Town’s Golem in the woods. Though Danny struggles with PTSD and addiction, he’s cared for by a community that adores him.
Kevin Potter, a musician and wanderer turned gold miner and elected Mayor.
Davin, a wild child, born and raised in Little Town.
There’s Guitar Dave, a romantic and gentle gold-loving cowboy.
The outside world is rapidly getting closer as elders pass away and the low-income residents struggle to maintain a living community.
Refusing to Ghost tells their story with one eye on its history and the other on its uncertain future, using the oral tales of its people captured on 16mm. Tales of a Little Town that works together to survive the elements of nature, and of time.

This project is fiscally sponsored by the International Documentary Association.