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The Hammonton Boys

In 1903, an enterprising entrepreneur, WP Hammond, purchased land at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills to dredge for gold. His dreams of developing a full fledge gold mining operation came to fruition and produced two separate mining towns. These towns were called Hammonton and Marigold. This documentary portrays the combined stories and adventures of the youth that grew up in these times. Their quest for adventure, life’s curiosities, and passion for modifying Ford model A cars ,draws the viewer deeply into their world.These stories encompass California’s Gold mining history and tell a tale of righteousness, empathy, integrity and life -long relationships.

  • Doug Criddle
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    historical, Americana
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 7 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 20, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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Director Biography - Doug Criddle

I WEAR MANYS HATS, ...............

But my favorite is that of an Artist and Creator.

I like the documentary genre the best, because I think everyone can find commonality in discovering new perspectives, either across cultures or from different eras. I'm always learning something new and I don't think we ever stop growing intellectually or emotionally.
In this new completed documentary, I hope to share a new perspective with a new generation. I'm a fifth-generation Californian. My father loved to tell stories of the good old days to the point where it would drive me crazy and bore me to tears; (little did I know how much I'd miss hearing about his stories after his passing in 2011). I knew I wanted to do something with story telling ever since a theatre production in college. I enjoyed being on the stage, but found greater satisfaction being behind the camera in my media production classes; we would go back to the theater and record the productions to video.
Even though a theater production is in itself an artistic expression, I found great joy in recapturing these live performances for an even greater audience.
Since college, I've directed a multitude of productions of performing arts theatre including, "How to Not Train a Pixie" ( Elley Award Winner 2016 , "Sherlock Holmes and the case one the dog nappers" ( Elly Award winner, 2016) , "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 2016. ( Elly Award Nomination 2016) .
Last winter, I had the rare opportunity to document the Flight of the original B-17 Bomber. I made an interesting film about the inter workings of the the plane etc.....What an experience!
My Background in film and professional audio goes all the way back to 1984 - 1997 , were I worked and toured with numerous major recording artists in the music industry.

I am looking forward to creating more documentaries for audiences everywhere.

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Director Statement

"Story telling has always been a passion for me. I want to tell the stories that can affect people's lives, in the same way movies and documentaries have affected my life."