Nell Shipman documentary trailer will screen in Canada

A developing Boise-based film project is getting international attention.

“Nell Shipman: Girl from God’s Country” is a documentary about Shipman, a pioneering woman filmmaker who worked out of Priest Lake during the silent-film era. Though relatively unknown today, Shipman is considered one of the first truly independent filmmakers. She worked outside the studio system at a time when such a feat was unheard of. She did her own stunts, filmed the first nude scene and treated the animals she worked with humanely — something else that was unheard of at the time.

Nell Shipman with her star dog named Tresore, in "Back to God's Country," 1919.

Nell Shipman with her star dog named Tresore, in “Back to God’s Country,” 1919.

Boise State University, which owns the Nell Shipman archives, Idaho Public Television, Idaho Historical Society, associate producer Lori Otter and director Karen Day’s True Story Media are collaborating on the project that will be produced, filmed and edited in Idaho by an all-woman production team.

Because Shipman was Canadian, a new film initiative from the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists Women’s Committee to honor a female producer who forwards gender equity in her work and will establish the Nell Shipman Award. Day will travel to Toronto for the awards gala on May 26 to show her documentary trailer. You can see the trailer on Idaho Public Television starting this week and see it as part of the Kickstarter.com campaign to raise funds for production.

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