Monday, February 28, 2011
From the official movie site:
"Wanda the Wonderful is a feature-length documentary film about an adventurous and volatile Wild West sharpshooter. Born in 1900 in the Chickasaw Indian Territory, Wanda grew up to be a rebel, a woman who toted guns and wore pants at a time when skirts were the norm. She traveled the world as “Wanda Savage,” entertaining audiences both large and small with her sharpshooting act. Along the way, she bore seven children by four different men, performed as a stuntwoman and actress in Hollywood, and was temporarily the Madame of a brothel, The Ritz. It was at The Ritz that she met her fourth and final husband, a sheep rancher named Carl Hampton. Wanda and Carl were going to live happily ever after, and did so for some time. But then Wanda's volatile temper got the best of her and during a heated argument she shot Carl in the shoulder.
Filmmaker Carolyn Macartney never met her grandmother Wanda but she was always intrigued by the stories she heard about her growing up, taboo subject though she was. Inspired by her mythic legacy, Carolyn will now uncover the true story of Wanda, a magnetic, restless and fallible character. In addition to exploring Wanda’s adventurous life and tempestuous love affairs, the film examines the sacrifices that all individuals of extreme talent and temperament make - and their consequences. Wanda was a woman who followed her passions - at whatever cost, and actually lived the Wild West"
Friday, February 25, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Also of note: Governor Mead just couldn't get behind the wimpy-sounding FIFI bill. Now informally called the John Wayne bill, the Duke himself shows up around 0:57.
Monday, February 21, 2011
For Immediate Release - February 2011
WINK INC. EXPANDS TO DENVER, CO
Wink Inc. and The Public Works have realized a dream…a dream of expansion that has finally come to fruition. We at Wink Inc. were looking to expand to the Denver market, and The Public Works from Evergreen, Colorado, was the perfect partner to make it a reality. After purchasing the vacant building at 621 Kalamath, the work had not even begun. We had the vision…we had the building…now it was time to make it all come together.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
For more information about the FIFI program go to: www.filmwyoming.com and click on the incentives tab.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
To find out more, visit the official site here.
Monday, February 14, 2011
A filmmaker in his own right, Madzey is responsible for more than 40 short films, as well as the feature length horror film "Stanley." Here's the official site for "Stanley," as well as a great article from the Casper premiere on Trib.com. You can even check out the trailer here.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Looking for real-life Ranch Girls!
Screaming Flea Productions is looking for attractive women (18-25) who are currently working on ranches and play a large role in the daily operations of the ranch.
Please contact Christina Kindwall (206) 251-9243 or email email@example.com
These positions are paid.
After a bit of an email exchange with Screaming Flea, the Film Office got a few specifics about the project. To quote our contact:
"This would be for a documentary series...about young women who are in the process of taking on more of the responsibilities, or are being groomed to eventually take over all of the responsibilities of running a family business - especially a businesses that is considered to be in a “man’s world” like a Rough Stock company, Outfitter, or Ranch. This program is intended to provide positive exposure for these industries and the families of the girls that we decide to tape with."
Sounds like a solid opportunity to us!
As if you needed more reasons to enter the Wyoming Short Film Contest! It looks like our friends at the Cheyenne International Film Festival have decided to supplement the $25,000 Grand Prize with an all-access festival pass and a night at the Plains Hotel. Here's the original post from the CIFF blog:
"The Cheyenne International Film Festival (CIFF) is pleased to announce that it will screen the winner of the Wyoming Film Office 2011 Short Film Contest winner. The exact date and time will be revealed April 14th.
The official program will be released April 14 at a reception at the Link Gallery 124 E. Lincolnway, but the short film contest winner won’t be announced until May 16.
CIFF 2010 consisted of seven programs and 35 movies from around the world. The Wyoming Showcase features films made in Wyoming or have story lines set in Wyoming."
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
"Love. I just absolutely love doing this," said Casper independent filmmaker Dennis Hayden Rollins, about why he makes films. "I just feel like this is where everything in my life has culminated. I get to meet so many interesting people and I guess it’s me using my passion to showcase other people’s passions."
Although Rollins works on a variety of projects, Wyoming residents may be most familiar with his work on the Wyoming Portraits series on Wyoming Public Television. The series features eclectic stories about Wyoming's people and places and has covered diverse topics from dog sledding and music festivals, to falconry and even a feature on a fellow Casper filmmaker.
"I approached Wyoming Public Television with this idea I had of wandering around the state and finding interesting places and people and things and doing vignettes on them," said Rollins. "Kind of like the old ‘On the Road’ with Charles Kuralt. That was what I was looking at, but to expand it a little bit. We try to keep it a little bit offbeat."
Rollins just completed the third season of the series, which will rerun locally on KCWC Wyoming PBS in coming weeks. He’ll have another season of portraits coming out later in 2011, despite the fact that the series has no financial sponsor. The economic downturn has resulted in the lack of a sponsor for the past two years, leaving Rollins and his team working without pay.
For the full article, visit the Casper Journal.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
According to the official Tree Fight website, "By deploying 40 pouches per acre, we’ll be creating a “cloud” of the non-toxic pheremone to repel the beetles." And when you consider how many acres there are in the Yellowstone ecosystem, you'll begin to realize exactly how many eco-tourism dollars tree fighting can attract. A great film and a great cause. Congratulations once again to David Gonzales, the original winner of the Wyoming Short Film Contest.
Best Short - Western/Historical Category at the 2011 Trail Dance Film Festival in Duncan Oklahoma over the weekend. And it was the same film, Absaroka, that gave him the prize.
Here's a quick synopsis of the winning short: "While heading into town after months in a line shack, weary cowpunchers Howard Prescott and Lucius Blackledge come upon an ambushed wagon on a Wyoming prairie. With the nearest aid days away, Howard and Lucius must make a decision; one that is likely to change their lives forever.'Absaroka', set in the Wyoming Territory in 1881 is a short film in the classic style of the Western Genre."
You can watch Absaroka in full at the Wyoming Film Office website.