An exhibit about the film industry in Idaho in the state capitol today is drawing lots of attention – partly because it includes an Idaho resident who’s best known for having portrayed “Mary Ann” on the TV show “Gilligan’s Island.”
Dawn Wells, aka Mary Ann, has been a member of the Idaho Film Industry Task Force and a strong proponent of encouraging growth in Idaho’s film and television industry. Wells is the founder of the Idaho Film & Television Institute in Driggs, where she trains Idahoans who are interested in pursuing a career in the film and television industry. Each year she also organizes the Spudfest Film Festival in Driggs, which showcases independent filmmakers.
The exhibit, in the fourth-floor rotunda of the capitol, is called “Film Idaho Day” and will run all day. It includes opportunities to participate in hands-on demonstrations including a chance to try out acting skills in a “green screen” movie.
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