Edith Lake Wilkinson, whose great-niece, award-winning playwright and screenwriter Jane Anderson, has shepherded the project to fulfillment, acting as co-writer, along with Michelle Boyaner, shown below, who also directed the documentary.
Tess Ayers, below, left, who figures prominently in this film about art and discovery.
PACKED IN A TRUNK: THE LOST ART OF EDITH LAKE WILKINSON, is one of a privileged life (the artist is shown in her youth, at right) in which our heroine comes to New York City, attends art school, falls in love with an older women (who coincidentally has the last name of Wilkinson), makes several trips to Europe, joins the Provincetown school of art that arose on Cape Cod in the early 20th Century, and is finally done in by a sleazy lawyer who has her committed to that asylum.
B.J.O. Nordfeldt is credited with developing the "white-line print" in 1915, the movie posits, pretty believably, that Wilkinson did this a full year earlier than Nordfeldt.) We learn of her relationship with her partner, Fanny Wilkinson, her diagnosis as "paranoid" by the hospital that takes her in, and we meet and talk to relatives who loved and valued Edith's work.
TrustMovies, for instance -- as not such a hot idea. Oh, yes, this psychic -- who has even (as so many of them these days seem to do) helped the police in various investigations -- certainly seems to be "reaching" Edith Wilkinson and even Fanny Wilkinson, too. But, really now...
website and look at it all. It's pretty wonderful. And film is, at least, a good introduction to it. And to Edith herself, mystery that she still remains.
Wolfe Video and running just 78 minutes, Packed in a Trunk hits DVD and VOD this Tuesday, April 26 -- for purchase or rental.