A documentary about silent film star, screenwriter and director Nell Shipman recently received honors at a film festival in France. “Girl from God’s Country,” made by Boise Filmmaker Karen Day, was named Best Documentary at the Artisan Festival International: Cannes World Cinema festival.
Day did much of her research using materials from Boise State’s Albertsons Library Special Collections and Archives. The library owns nine of Shipman’s restored films and 33 boxes of personal papers, donated by Shipman’s son Barry. She also accessed research compiled over many years by former Boise State English professor Tom Trusky starting in the 1980s.
Day made the film with funding that included in-kind donations of production assets from Boise State, a $5,000 grant from the Idaho Film Collection and a matching grant from the Division of Research and Economic Development. The IFC, an affiliate of the university’s Arts and Humanities Institute, owns and sells three DVDs of Shipman’s films, available through the Boise State Bookstore or Amazon. The DVDs were produced in 1996 and are screened in various locations a couple of times each year.