Production Company Raising Funds for Documentary on Shoshoni-Born Actress

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A Casper-based film and TV production company is hosting a crowdfunding campaign to produce a documentary on a Shoshoni-born actress.

Wolf Gang of Wyoming is currently working on a documentary, “Forgotten Ingenue,” on Isabel Jewell, an actress from the “golden age” of movies who appeared in numerous films throughout the 1930s and 1940s, including “Gone With the Wind,” “Marked Woman” and “A Tale of Two Cities.”

Filmmaker Dennis Rollins is looking to raise $30,000 through an Indiegogo campaign to complete production of the documentary. Most of the money would pay for set pieces and costuming for the film, which is set before and up to the early 1970s. Jewell committed suicide in 1972.

“Although I have a stable of dedicated actors, they need to be compensated as much as possible,” Rollins said in the campaign description. “So far, we have one Hollywood actor committed to the project and are in discussions with two more. We will also be traveling to, and renting several locations.”

The campaign launched Monday and will run through the rest of the month. As of Tuesday morning, Rollins had raised $725.

As a thank you to supporters, Rollins and the production company are offering donor gifts for certain amounts given, including apparel, custom wine glasses, a private screening of the documentary and more.

If the goal isn’t reached, Rollins said the film will still be completed, but the production company will have to trim its budget.

“But with your support, hopefully we will not have to!” Rollins said.

Other Wolf Gang of Wyoming productions include the “Wyoming Portraits” series that aired for six season on Wyoming PBS, as well as the documentary “Dell Burke and the Yellow Hotel.”

“I don’t make films to get rich. I tell stories that I am passionate about,” Rollins said. “Having completed over 100 projects, that passion remains as strong as ever. But, following this dream takes money. Your support will help achieve our goal of creating an informative, entertaining product.”

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