Ismay's first short film 'Songs of the Klamath' recounts a story of hope, adventure, and loss, and the songwriting that comes for from it. After leaving college and beginning on the path to become musician, Ismay looked towards horseback travels to find purpose and inspiration. On her journey along the Klamath River, she encountered wild stallions, tragic tales, and remarkable people living and working along the Klamath River.
The final song on the film is about the story of a mustang who was on the trip, Odessa. She was born in the wild, captured by the US government when she was a year old, and then tamed and trained by an inmate in a Sacramento correctional facility. This song is written from the perspective of the inmate, and contemplates his shared experience of imprisonment with the formerly wild horse Odessa.
Filmed in the summer of 2017, this piece was produced by Pint of Soul and Ismay. 'A Song for Odessa' was written and performed by Avery Hellman.
While Songs of the Klamath began as a horseback journey, as the project progressed music and documentation became more of the focus. In the summer of 2016, Creative Sonoma awarded Ismay along with five other bands grant funding to further their music career, allowing her to fund a short film telling the story of this project.
The Ghost Town Tour was a horseback journey through the lost cities of White Pine County, Nevada, which we took in May of 2016. Ismay and her sister, Eleanor, rode ranch horses between abandoned mining towns in Eastern Nevada, one of the most remote areas of the United States.
During the trip, we recorded a live version of the original song written for the trip, "Babylon Has Fallen", named after the world's newspapers proclaimed when it was clear the mountain cities would meet their demise.
Horseback Tour with The Brothers Comatose took place in September of 2016, in which Ismay and The Brothers Comatose rode between performances in Cool, Georgetown, and Auburn, CA, over five days. We took Mustangs, Quarter Horses, and a Mule with a total of nine riders, and we made a video that will be coming out soon.