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Grantee: Ugly Cousin Productions

Project Title: Tiger Lily is My Little Sister
Year awarded: 2019, Round 3

Misty and Hope Shipman-Ellingburg are indigenous writers and producers from Spokane. Enrolled members of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe, they began writing and producing for film in 2015. Through the last four years, they have honed their skills, co-writing and producing BLOODHOUND, a short film in post-production, and PIXEL, a short being filmed in Spokane in November of 2019. With their new film, TIGER LILY IS MY LITTLE SISTER, Ugly Cousin wants to answer the question: “What does a modern Salish story look like?” as they addresses themes surrounding Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW).

Ugly Cousin will use local talent, working with acting coach Rick Rivera (and other local expertise) to train indigenous talent to light up the big screen. Z-Nation star Matt Davidson will play a principle role. Filming will take place in Spokane and on the indigenous land surrounding the city, showing the world our beautiful area. The final film will be submitted to Spokane Film Project and the Spokane International Film Festival, as well as to national and international film festivals where Ugly Cousin hopes to show how timely indigenous stories are.