Ida Western Exile, Courtney Stephens
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Ida Western Exile, Courtney Stephens



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Ida Western Exile explores risk, Western landscapes, and the performance of solitude. The film was shot at Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch in Northern New Mexico, the Georgia O’Keeffe museum in Santa Fe, and in Hong Kong commuter trains.

The film is named for Georgia’s virtually unknown sister Ida; a talented painter who remained uncelebrated — also unmarried — throughout her life, and whom Georgia once called “a waste.” Our modern Ida negotiates risk with the help of a global support team, while freight trains loaded with Chinese goods race across a New Mexico landscape that once represented creative exile. In phone calls with places like Expedia, Kraft, and a Doomsday Preppers Emporium, she compulsively gathers information for a future move (or an internet-fueled fantasy) and stumbles into oblique personal connections.