Women Outward Bound

It was tough. It was beautiful. It changed these girls in 1965 forever

 Fifty years ago, girls were not allowed to participate in the rigorous U.S outward bound wilderness school until 24 women broke that barrier. Find out how one month of surviving in the woods changed them…and history…forever.

a documentary by Maxine W. Davis

Press Release - "Women Outward Bound" March TPT Broadcast

“Women Outward Bound” Scheduled for March TPT Broadcast
A MN-Made Documentary Features the First “Outward Bound” Survival School for Girls in 1965.

Please click to download the press release:

WOB on 273 Public Television Stations around the country!

Dear All!

We enter 2018 with wonderful news for Women Outward Bound! First of all, best wishes for a healthy and happy year, may 2018 be an amazing year for you!

We are happy to announce that Women Outward Bound  (WOB) will broadcast on 273 Public Television Stations around the country. American Public Television, who is representing the documentary, notes many stations may broadcast it in March — Women's History Month.

We thank everyone of you for supporting WOB. After screenings in more than a dozen Film Festivals and other venues, Women Outward Bound will now be seen by viewers around the country.  Check your local public stations for date and time of broadcast.

Below is the list of stations where you will be able to watch WOB starting MARCH 1st, 2018 !


Another pleasant surprise!

Women Outward Bound won the BEST YOUTH ADVENTURE award from Paddle Canada's Waterwalker Film Festival. We are delighted to let you know that as winner our documentary will travel across Canada to paddling clubs, secondary schools, community centers and youth groups with Paddle Canada. Keep on the lookout for Paddle Canada screenings! 

A Wonderful Screening!

On March 16th the St.Luke Presbyterian Church in Minnetonka, MN hosted a FREE Women Outward Bound Screening. The crowd that showed up that evening was fantastic and the discussion was great too. Director Maxine Davis and producer Melody Gilbert were present to answer question along with a couple of women who featured in the documentary. Take a look at a couple of photos from that evening.


So, so excited to share that Women Outward Bound was included in Reel Paddling Film Festival's 2017 WORLD TOUR!! Now more people can see our documentary!

Please go to their website HERE and check the tour dates. As of now there are screenings in US, Canada, and International (Glasgow, Scotland for now) but you can also host a RPFF 2017 screening if you want.

Moreover, Women Outward Bound is eligible for the Aqua-Bound People’s Choice Award as voted on by ticket holders! 

Thank you Reel Paddling Film Festival for including us in your program!

Free Screening at St.Luke Presbyterian Church in Minnetonka, MN

Hi everyone! Thanks to St.Luke Presbyterian Church, Women Outward Bound will screen for FREE on March 16 2017 at 7pm and everyone is welcome to attend. Director Maxine Davis will be present and also many of the women in the documentary.Don't miss the chance to learn more about the first Outward Bound course for girls and how that experience changed the lives of those girls.

Here is our FB event and we will post more details as the screening gets closer.

Hope to see you all there!


Awards Awards Awards

We would like to share with you how happy and honored we are to have received two amazing awards from two equally amazing festivals. Thank you! 

BEST FILM at Maine Outdoors Film Festival

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and BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY at Chagrin Documentary Film Festival !

Ashland, WI here we come!

We got another film festival appearance coming up on November 11 at Big Water Film Festival in Ashland, WI !! We are happy and honored to be part of it! Thank you! For more details about our screening please check HERE.

Here is what they had to say about our documentary:

There’s a reason we chose this film as our Friday night feature film: once the committee started watching this we couldn’t stop. (Confession: Because of all the films we have to screen in creating the program, if we see a feature length film we think we like, we usually delegate it to a subcommittee to watch in its entirety, and then to make a recommendation back to the full committee.) This is an absolutely fascinating and well-told story of the first Outward Bound course for women, held in the Boundary Waters in 1965. Because this was recognized at the time as a ground-breaking moment, the course was well documented in film and still photos, which Maxine Davis combines with participants’ journal entries, her own recollections, and interviews with her fellow alumni of the course, to create a stunning portrait of the time. The course changed most participants’ lives forever, and for the better. We see many of them as they make a return trip to Ely 50 years later. [..]

Women Outward Bound to screen at the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival


April 4, 2016

The Artemis Women in Action Film Festival will screen Women Outward Bound, by Maxine W. Davis, documentary filmmaker, Sunday April 24, 2016 1:05-3:35 PM.

Fifty years ago girls were not allowed to participate in the US Outward Bound wilderness school.  But that all changed in 1965 when a Minnesota Outward Bound class was opened to young women. At a time when girls should have been honing their housekeeping skills, 24 courageous young women took the challenge of a month of outdoor survival in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters and Quetico-Superior wilderness area.

Maxine W. Davis, director of Women Outward Bound, was one of those girls in 1965.

Backed with Kickstarter funding, grants from Women in Film & Television, the O’Shaughnessy Foundation, and individual supporters -- Maxine’s work will show at Ahrya Fine Arts Theater, Beverly Hills, CA Sunday, April 24, 2016, 1:35-3:35 as part of a double feature highlighting women in nature.

Following the showing, Maxine and another women from the original 1965 class will have Q & A.

Other festivals showing the film are:  Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF), Minneapolis, MN and The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival in Dubuque, IA.

For more information


Maxine W. Davis

2925 West 40th Street

Minneapolis, MN55410

Cel:  612-805-0146



Documentary Summit is coming to MSP July 24-25, 2015

The director of  Women Outward Bound, Maxine W. Davis will be speaking at Documentary Summit on JULY 25th, 9:30AM. She will share her  experience with Kickstarter and the demands it involves. 

SEE Full schedule here: http://www.documentarysummit.com/2015-documentary-summit-minneapolis-st-paul/msp-schedule/

The event will take place at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) |Auditorium |

If you want to buy tickets, you can here http://www.documentarysummit.com/2015-documentary-summit-minneapolis-st-paul/ AND you can use code MSPDS to get 20% off the ticket!