You can see "Girl from God's Country," a documentary that explores the life and career of silent film star and Idaho filmmaker Nell Shipman and other women silent film pioneers, on March 15 in Boise.
Shipman lived her life like one of her bold heroines as she pursued her passion for film making as an actor, writer and independent producer. Considered trouble by Hollywood, she retreated to the wilds of Idaho in the early 1920s to make films her way, shooting on location and treating animals humanely at a time when movie trainers used trip wires and cattle prods.
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The film was shot on location in Idaho and Los Angeles. It also pays tribute to other women who pioneered the film industry and explores the challenges women filmmakers continue to face today.
The Boise screening is at 7 p.m. March 15 at the Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St. Tickets are $20, which includes a post-screening Q&A with director Karen Day and her all-woman film crew.
There is an Idaho wine and cheese reception ($100) from 5 to 7 p.m. with the filmmakers that includes a screening of "Finding Nell," the making-of 15-minute short. Proceeds will benefit the Nell Shipman Grant for Emerging Filmmakers. Tickets are available at the Egyptian box office.