Polly now available at Klint’s Bookstore

Polly: The Mystery of Bonney’s Canyon is now available at Klint’s Booksellers.

Klindt’s Booksellers has been selling books, stationery, journals and office supplies since 1870. Located in the scenic town of the The Dalles, along the banks of Oregon’s famous Columbia River, Klindt’s Booksellers is a beacon of the community

Entering Klindt’s Booksellers is like taking a step back in time. With the original floors, cabinets and bookshelves, you can browse new and classic book titles, greeting cards and beautiful stationary in a relaxed, comforting environment. And, with our knowledgeable staff, we are able to help find whatever you are looking for.



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Now Available For Purchase on Amazon

Great News !!  Polly is NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE on Amazon.

Click Here to go to Amazon.  Only $12.95 !!!

Polly On Amazon

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Polly selected as the “People’s Choice”

People's Choice for the best online video

People’s Choice for the best online video

The highly popular Polly’s Book Trailer was confirmed as the 35th Annual Telly “People’s Choice” Award winner.  Selection for this award is based on the highest number of votes received from the public.

The Telly Awards joined forces with YouTube to give the public the power to view and rate videos submitted as part of the People’s Telly Awards.  In addition to recognition from the Silver Telly Council, the judging panel that selects the Telly Awards winners, the Internet community helps decide the People’s Telly Awards winners.

This is the third award that has been received for Polly.  An amazing achievement and a remarkable book. The awards have been for (1) best entertainment (2) best editing and the highly respected (3) People’s Choice.

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Style: "Neutral"February 27, 2014:   The Telly Awards has named Irl “Mike” Davis as a winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards for their piece titled Polly: The Mystery of Bonney’s Canyon. With nearly 13,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.

This outstanding book trailer is based on Mike’s recent Novel:  Polly: The Mystery of Bonney’s Canyon, which is scheduled for release late 2014.  The Premier of this film will be held at the Hollywood Theater in Portland, Oregon on March 29th at 4:30pm.

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films.  Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

For its 35th season, The Telly Awards once again joined forces with YouTube to give the public the power to view and rate videos submitted as part of the People’s Telly Awards.  In addition to recognition from the Silver Telly Council, the judging panel that selects the Telly Awards winners, the Internet community helps decide the People’s Telly Awards winners.

A prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents.  The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work – entries do not compete against each other – rather entries are judged against a high standard of merit.  

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards.  Irl “Mike” Davis’ accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

To find out more about the Telly Awards visit the website at www.tellyawards.com.  

The Telly Awards

The Telly Awards



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Join the Cast and Crew at the Premiere Screening of “Polly”

Join the cast and crew at the Portland premiere screening of “Polly: The Mystery of Bonney’s Canyon” directed by Randolph Sellars and produced by Irl Davis. See amazing performances by Paige McKenzie, Mercedes Rose, Adrienne Vogel, Michael Joseph Draper, Tyson Dailey, and Lindsae Klein. Inside Portland magazine said this about Polly, “Sellars did not simply raise the bar for promoting fiction novels, he completely shattered the ceiling. Polly is the Citizen Kane of book trailers.” This free event will include behind the scenes video as well as Q&A with the filmmakers.

Read more about the event at:


Hope to see you there !!

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Your Invited !!

The public is invited to the premier screening of the “Polly” book trailer, to be shown at The Hollywood Theater on Saturday, Feb 8 at 4:30 PM in Portland, Oregon. Behind the scenes videos will also be shown as well as a Q&A with cast & crew. Admission is free.

Read more about the the Polly filming project at:


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World Events During the 1860’s

1866 marked the beginning of Polly’s Adventures that changed her life. The World was a turbulent place during this decade. It was a decade with numerous cultural, social, and political upheavals in Europe and America. Revolutions were prevalent in Germany and the Ottoman Empire. The abolition of slavery in America led to the breakdown of the Atlantic Slave Trade, which was already suffering from the abolition of slavery in most of Europe in the late 1820s and ’30s. In America, civil war between the Confederacy of the South and the Northern states led to massive deaths and the destruction.  The First Transcontinental Railroad in the USA was  completed and the Suez Canal in Egypt was opened in 1869.  Did you know that in 1863 the submarine was invented?  Dynamite was created in Germany during this decade at the same time Lewis Carroll published “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and when the sport of skiing was invented (around 1862-63).

You can read more about this amazing decade at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1860s

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Local Newspaper Publishes Polly

The Dalles Chronicle recently published a great article about the filming of the Cinematic Book Trailer. The first screening of the Book Trailer was at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. A successful adventure for all of us. The next screening will be in Portland, Oregon on February 8th at the Hollywood Theater. Hope to see you there !


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Polly’s Gun

Many of you were interested in the gun that Polly used. The gun in the film is an exact replica of the revolver that was used during the time of Polly’s adventure.

The Colt Army Model 1860 is a muzzle-loaded cap & ball .44-caliber revolver used during the American Civil War made by Colt’s Manufacturing Company. It was used as a side arm by cavalry, infantry, artillery troops, and naval forces.

It had a six-shot, rotating cylinder, and fired a 0.454-inch-diameter (11.5 mm) round lead ball, or a conical projectile, that was propelled by a 30-grain charge of black powder ignited by a copper percussion cap that contained a volatile charge of fulminate of mercury (a substance that explodes upon impact). The percussion cap, when struck by the hammer, ignited the powder charge. When fired, balls had a muzzle velocity of about 900 feet per second.

Polly carried this revolver during her adventures and it saved her life many times. The revolver was given to her daughter, Bonney, after her death but has never been found since.

The revolver in the film is an exact replica of the original gun.

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Remembering Great-Grandma Polly O’Neal

My first memory of Great-Grandma Polly was when my Father took me to see her. He would always bring her something from the farm and this day he brought her some butter.
When the door to the old house on 9th street opened it revealed a small, frail looking lady sitting on a day bed in the living room. She was unwinding her hair that she washed every month. This event had me in awe as her hair rolled off the bed, down the floor and almost reached the door before the final strand of grey stretched out as if it was a morning yawn.
Her age faded quickly as she smiled upon us and spoke optimistically and with gentleness unlike I have ever heard.
Great-Grandfather, Layfette, was 101 years old at the time and was soon to pass peacefully way. It was my Father at his bedside when he passed away and listened to his fading heart until it no longer pulsed with life. He told me their story many times with tears in his eyes. Layfette was his Hero.
Great-Grandma Polly was to live on until she turned 100. Up to the time she passed away, she was always giving to the poor either with food (butter from my Father which quickly passed along to other needy people), teaching Sunday school or sitting with those who cannot care for themselves.
The many stories about Great-Grandma Polly was spun so many times that myth became fact and facts disappeared in myth. My Mother was quite fond of Polly and she always wished she would of written down the many stories that Polly shared with her.
Her daughter Maggie (Maggie “Bonney” McClure) was constantly with her Mother during the time of elder years and was with her up to the time of her death. Maggie was never the same after Polly’s death. My Mother took care of Maggie until her death at 98.
In the brief time I remember Great-Grandma, she gave me a sense of compassion and dedication rarely ever seen today.
This picture was taken around 1950. It is the only photo I have of Polly. My sister and I held Great Grandma in high respect. I remember that I was concerned that I might be too heavy for her to pick me up and she quickly said “you are easy to pickup…. easier than putting a saddle on Ol’Blue, besides, if you quit squirming so much, I will tell you a story how Ol’ Blue saved Pa’s life in the snow storm of 98’”
I could hardly wait to hear the story.

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