Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Shelley Thompson to Direct First Feature Film after Winning WIDC Prize

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Shelley Thompson to Direct First Feature Film after Winning WIDC Prize

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Shelley Thompson wins WIDC prize

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VANCOUVER - Shelley Thompson, known for playing Barbara Lahey in the Canadian comedy series "Trailer Park Boys," plans to shoot her debut feature film after winning an award from Women In the Director's Chair.

On Friday, the mentorship program announced the actress and short filmmaker has won its 2018 WIDC Feature Film Award, which is designed to encourage more feature films directed by women.

The prize, presented at the Whistler Film Festival, comes with support for the film's production and post-production valued at up to $200,000.

WIDC says Thompson will use the award to make the drama "Dawn, Her Dad & the Tractor," about a young transgender woman who reconnects with her estranged father on the family farm after the mother's death.

Terry Greenlaw of Picture Plant will produce the film, which will be set and shot in Nova Scotia. …

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