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In 1925 Artist Edith Lake Wilkinson was committed to an asylum. Her art was packed away and she was never heard from again...until now.
In 1925 Artist Edith Lake Wilkinson was committed to an asylum. Her art was packed away and she was never heard from again...until now.
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PACKED IN A TRUNK is a documentary film that celebrates the long-buried talent of the painter Edith Lake Wilkinson who was part of the Provincetown art scene in the early 20th century and produced an astounding body of work.

In 1925 she was committed to an asylum -- perhaps with the help of the family lawyer who was siphoning off her funds. The lawyer had also objected to Edith’s “close and constant contact” with her life-long love and companion Fannie. Once Edith was put away, her work and all her worldly possessions were packed into trunks and shipped off to a relative in West Virginia where they sat in an attic collecting dust for the next 40 years. Edith was never heard from again.

Edith’s great-niece, Jane Anderson (Emmy Award-Winning Writer & Director), grew up surrounded by Edith’s paintings thanks to her mother who had gone poking through that dusty attic and rescued Edith’s work. Anderson learned to paint and draw under the influence of her great-aunt’s brilliant, light-drenched canvases. 

Later, when she moved to New York to pursue her own life as an artist, she began a decades-long journey to get Edith’s work back out into the world.

PACKED IN A TRUNK will follow Jane in her efforts to find the answers to the mystery of Edith’s buried life, as well as her goal to return Edith’s work to Provincetown and have her art recognized by the larger art establishment. To quote Anderson: “Edith’s paintings are a witness to my own happy life. I’ve benefited from all those grand social movements that have given women of my proclivities the freedom to live however we damn well please. I’m now in my late 50’s, the age when Edith was put away. I’m still productive and I’m very much loved.  I have the life that Edith should have had.”

PACKED IN A TRUNK is about rescuing the work of lost and gifted souls out of attics and closets and forgotten rooms.

We have been engaged in extensive filming and research and have already made contact with a team of museum archivists and curators who are now passionately involved in helping us place Edith’s work into the context of the art of her time.

With their help we went from having only a single image of Edith to discovering three new pictures of her from her years in Provincetown.

With the compassionate help of the current administrators at Sheppard Pratt Hospital, we’ve also been able to fill in some of the blanks of Edith’s time in that asylum where she was first institutionalized. 

We need to raise a total of $100,000 to complete PACKED IN A TRUNK, and are actively seeking other funding sources in addition to Kickstarter (Grants, Non-Profit Organizations donating through our Fiscal Sponsor, etc) so any amount raised over our current Kickstarter goal of $35,000 will help us get closer to our overall funding goal.

As you may be aware, a project is only “funded” if you achieve your Kickstarter goal. Projects that don’t reach their goals are not funded (and contributors are not billed for their selected amount).  PLEASE help us reach our Kickstarter goal (and possibly surpass it!!!) and get closer to our overall funding goal.

The funds we raise will assist us in continuing to search, engage, travel, interview and complete our principal photography. We currently plan to be shooting through November 2013 and then begin the editing and post-production process. We will need to pay all the skilled and talented people who will help the film look and sound like a work of art. For example, a motion graphics artist will bring portions of the narration to life. We will also have to pay all the fees for the use of archival photographs and footage that we intend to license.

Danielle Ate The Sandwich
Danielle Ate The Sandwich

An integral part of this film will be the musical score composed by the incredibly gifted singer-songwriter Danielle Anderson who goes by the stage name “Danielle Ate The Sandwich." It’s Danielle’s song that you hear at the end of our trailer (as well as several small musical cues throughout) and she will help give Edith a voice through the music that will accompany the story. To learn more about Danielle Ate The Sandwich you can visit her website: http://danielleatethesandwich.com/

REVIEW THE REWARDS along the right side of this page and SUPPORT US through a CONTRIBUTION to our fundraising campaign.

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CHECK OUT our website to learn more about Edith and view additional artwork http://www.edithlakewilkinson.com

Your generous support will bring us closer to completing this film and will help us to rewrite the tragic end of Edith’s life by giving her the recognition that she deserves.

JANE ANDERSON – Executive Producer, Co-Writer/Co-Director

Jane Anderson is an award-winning screenwriter, playwright and director.   She wrote HBO’s ground-breaking The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom for which she received an Emmy, a Penn Award and Writers Guild Award for best teleplay. She wrote and directed The Baby Dance (adapted from her play) for which she received a Peabody Award, a Golden Globe nomination and three Emmy nominations for best writing and made-for-TV film.  She wrote and directed Normal for HBO (adapted from her play, Looking for Normal) which garnered six Emmy nominations, three Golden Globe nominations and a Directors’ Guild and Writers’ Guild nominations for best directing and writing. Her other films include the first segment of HBO's If These Walls Could Talk II which starred Vanessa Redgrave, When Billie Beat Bobby, How to Make An American QuiltIt Could Happen to You and The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio.

MICHELLE BOYANER - Executive Producer, Co-Writer/Co-Director

Michelle Boyaner is an award winning Filmmaker/Writer/Director whose films have included the Documentary short films, Hi, You've Reached Dave's Apartment, and Tina Paulina: Living on Hope Street; the Documentary feature, A Finished Life: The Goodbye and No Regrets Tour and the narrative shorts, You’re Still Young and The Bedwetter. Prior to her film work, Michelle wrote Oh, for God's Sake Whisper It, a book of personal essays chronicling her beloved Grandmother's battle with Alzheimer's. Michelle has been married (legally!) to Barbara Green since 2008, but the couple has been together creatively and otherwise for over 20 years. 

BARBARA GREEN – Executive Producer, Cinematographer/Editor

Award-winning Filmmaker/Cinematographer/Editor Barbara Green has completed three documentary short films: O'Day At The Races, a documentary on the life of jazz legend Anita O'Day; Hi, You've Reached Dave's Apartment, a glimpse into the day-to-day life of her 41-year-old schizophrenic brother, which premiered at The SXSW Film Festival in 2001; and Tina Paulina: Living on Hope Street, an inspirational look at a homeless lesbian living on the streets of downtown Los Angeles. Barbara’s recent work includes the feature-length documentary, A Finished Life: The Goodbye & No Regrets Tour and the narrative short film, The Bedwetter.

TESS AYERS – Executive Producer, Archival Research

Tess Ayers is the author of the best seller The Essential Guide to Gay and Lesbian Weddings.  She has been a producer for talk shows (The Dennis Miller Show, Into the Night with Rick Dees, The Late Show); and writer for game shows (Trivial Pursuit, Hitman, Bogus.) She currently serves on the board of Food on Foot, a Hollywood-based food-to-work program, and is a trustee at Westmark School in Encino.  Tess is married to Jane Anderson and they are the parents of an 18 year-old son.

We thank you for taking the time to learn more about Edith and hope we can count on you for your support.

Risks and challenges

Independent Filmmaking is equal parts ADVENTURE, SWEAT, CREATIVITY, FAITH, DIGGING and MAKING LEMONADE OUT OF LEMONS all while SEEING THE GLASS HALF FULL.

We have every intention of raising all the funds necessary to complete this film that shares Edith's story with the world.

As we will be "all hands on deck" until the film is completed, we estimate the delivery of our "rewards" for July 2014. We will keep you updated if that should change (earlier, even?) but hope that it won't be any later than currently forecasted.

Once again, we appreciate your support and THANK YOU for being a part of TEAM EDITH.

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    A Special Edition 12" x 18" (an additional image to the 9" x 12" size) Digital Giclee Edith Lake Wilkinson print (unframed); A Special Edition 9" x12" Digital Giclee Edith Lake Wilkinson print (unframed); A TEAM EDITH T-shirt to show your support; a set of Edith Lake Wilkinson Notecards and our deepest gratitude and the knowledge that you helped give Edith a voice!

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    A Limited Edition Letterpress Broadside: featuring Edith's painting "House with Pumpkin" accompanied by an original poem inspired by the work; a THANK YOU in our film credits; a signed DVD copy of the film, ALL OF THE PREVIOUS PERKS and our deepest gratitude and the knowledge that you helped give Edith a voice!

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    A PORTRAIT SESSION with Packed In A Trunk’s very own Cinematographer / Photographer Barbara Green in Los Angeles. You will receive a two-hour photo session, a link to an online gallery of your photos, plus an 8 x 10 print from the shoot (printed with a vintage-look). The shoot can take place in Barbara's home studio or at your home.

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    An invitation for TWO to the Film's Premiere/Screening
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    A Limited Edition Portfolio of 15 individual fine art prints and ephemera chronicling Edith's life and work; An invitation for TWO to the Film’s Premiere/Screening
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    An invitation for TWO to the Film's VIP RECEPTION at the Film's Premiere/Screening, plus TWO tickets to the Films Premiere/Screening (travel and accommodation NOT included); A Limited Edition Portfolio of 15 individual fine art prints and ephemera chronicling Edith's life and work; A Limited Edition Edith Lake Wilkinson Letterpress Broadside; THANK YOU in our film credits
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    A Producer Credit in the film and on IMDB
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