1600 ft (56 minutes)
With English intertitles.
"A Race for Ties" tells the story of a sawmill owner, Joe Atwood, and his race against a large timber company, headed by U. Cheetem, to sign an exclusive contract for railway ties. In addition to a plot driven by one of the region’s staple industries (the lumber industry), the film highlights the scenic nature of the region" - Michel S Beaulieu, Women Film Pioneers Project.
A Race for Ties is authoritatively stated to be the first feature-length movie made in Canada entirely by amateurs. To read about the project from Mitchell herself visit The Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society and The Lady Lumberjack.
Movie Makers, September 1929, pp. 607-8.
The Dorothea Mitchell Collection, Library and Archives Canada