Wanda the Wonderful Update summer 2014

Our world premiere at the Oak Cliff Film Fest in Dallas, TX packed the house! We had a very enthusiastic response to the film, which was extremely exciting and gratifying. Our Wyoming premiere and subsequent screenings were also really well received. The film screened in Worland for an entire week, filling the theater each night. Some people went for second and even third viewings of the film.

Letter to the Editor, Northern Wyoming Daily News
Worland, Wyo, Saturday July 12, 2014:

Dear Editor,
Ten years ago my husband and I turned off our television. Too much violence, commercials and just plain garbage, mindless junk on television. We talk to each other, read and have hobbies instead. As far as movies we’ve seen a few but mostly stopped watching them too, they are so full of violence and are also stories that are unrealistic fantasies.

Wanda the Wonderful was a movie we took a chance to watch in the theatre this past weekend. What a wonderful job Carolyn Macartney made with the story of her grandmother. The way the story was put together bringing in the actual pictures with the scenes with the actors, interviews and back and forth made it enjoyable and reminded us all the way through that this was a documentary about a real west persona. It was fun recognizing some of the Locals who played the parts as well. Didn’t realize there are so many great actors, thespians, in the Basin.

We enjoyed Wanda the Wonderful very much. I would like to see more true life stories made this way in the future and I hope Carolyn plans on taking on another person in history in her next adventure. I will be on the lookout for another work by Carolyn Macartney. I have been urging friends and family across the nation to see Wanda the Wonderful in the theatre if they get a chance where they live.

Sincerely,
Carla and Jim Thomas
Thermopolis, WY

We got a lot of positive press coverage too, please see the “Press” (make hyper-link to press page) page for more info.

The next film festival season will be upon us soon, please check the “Upcoming Screenings” (make hyper link to screenings page) page for the most up to date details. Our next screening will be at the White Sands International Film Festival, in Las Cruces, NM, Sept 3 to 7, 2014.

Film posters sold like hotcakes at the Worland screening and we ran out! We now have more film posters for sale from our new “SHOP” page, where we will also have the DVD’s for sale once they become available.

Wanda the Wonderful Update

The Oak Cliff Screening was a great success! We packed the house and the audience really engaged with the film and had a hugely positive reaction to it overall. Composer Steve James was in attendance as was Sound Designer Johnny Marshall, male lead Zach Rose, and other members of the cast and crew. Arianne Margot was unfortunately not able to attend as she has just recently moved to LA.

The film is getting a lot of buzz in the press, please see the press page for more info. There was also a feature article in the Northern Wyoming Daily News but the link only works on the day of the article, so unfortunately I can’t post it.

I just made it to Wyoming after a night spent in the car stuck in the mud – don’t drive dirt roads in Wyoming in the rain! A lesson I know but a mistake I have made yet again…

Everyone here in this part of Wyoming is very excited for the Big Horn Basin Local premiere of the film. The film will show at the Washakie Twin Cinema in Worland Wyoming.

Wanda the Wonderful Post-Production & Screening update

Almost there…. We finished the mix (pending music licensing agreements all working out…) and working with Sound Designer extraordinaire Johnny Marshall has been an incredible experience. The sound in the film is now just amazing!

Moving back into picture, I am working with colorist Anand Modi in Austin as we take an artistically stylized approach to coloring the narrative footage, and it looks incredible! Kudos once again to DP Kimby Caplan, and gaffers Ben Tubb and Nathan Harris for doing such a great job.

Big news! The film will have its world premiere at the Oak Cliff Film Festival in Dallas, Texas, on Sunday June 22 at 6pm at the Kessler Theater (known for good sound…). I am so thrilled to be premiering the film at the OCFF – it’s the coolest festival in Dallas, and that’s a fact. They have very selective taste, mixing cult and indie classics with new, cutting edge work, and I am so proud that “Wanda the Wonderful” will premiere at this splendid festival.

We will be having a local Wyoming premiere and further screenings in Worland, Wyoming, at the Washakie Twin Cinema from July 3 through July 7. If you are in the Rocky Mountains for the fourth of July, please come by, there will be a number of screenings to choose from. Please check the news, screenings page for latest info.

If you want to help us through the last and most expensive stretch of finishing this film, you can do so by donating to the project through our fiscal sponsor, San Francisco Film Society.

Wanda the Wonderful Post-Production update

We have locked picture! At long last! Now we move into the rest of post-production: Audio, graphics, color correction, deliverables, etc. and will have a finished film by June. We’ll be doing special screenings in Worland, Wyoming over the 4th of July weekend. Stay tuned for more details.

I collaborated with master Editor, Jacob Bricca, (Lost in La Manch Editor) for the final stages of editing on the film. His invaluable participation brought the picture edit to its finished state, and we now have a great film on our hands. James McMurtry connected me to the amazing Austin blues musician, Steve James, whose mood and period appropriate music populates the film. The award winning sound designer Johnny Marshall is currently working on the sound edit and sound design, and graphics and After Effects maven (and former student) Jonathan Lester is busy with the archival still imagery.

Stay tuned for more updates as the pace accelerates now that editing is done.

Wanda the Wonderful Post-Production update – Summer 2013

They say that you make the movie all over again in the editing stage. And it can take a very long time before the right path is discovered, because it’s a circuitous, indirect journey. But the journey must be taken in order to make the film as good as it can be. We are very close to finishing the edit and will be moving into audio post-production soon. Hence there will NOT be a screening of the film this summer 2013 in Wyoming, because it is not finished yet, but next year for certain.

Thank you everyone for your patience in awaiting the completion of this film!

Post Production Update – May 2012

We thought we had locked picture, but the finish line eludes us! We are still working on the edit and sound for the film and hope to have it all finished by this coming Fall, 2012. Special thanks to master editors Kelly Sellers and Nick Lindsay for their incredible contributions at this stage of the process.

Post Production update – November 2011

We have locked picture!! Thanks to the hard work and talent of the post-production crew, editors Jon Price and Sai Selvarajan, as well as the tireless Assistant Editor Elizabeth V. Moore, we have locked the picture edit! Sound post-production is coming along nicely and we are all really excited how the film has come together.

We have begun entering film festivals and look forward to screenings starting Spring 2012. We will hold a special screening in Ten Sleep, Wyoming, mid July 2012.

We would like to especially thank the Chickasaw Nation for their generous support, which made the Dallas shoot and the culmination of production possible.

Production update – July 2011

Editing and post-production are coming along nicely and we are anticipating being finished by the end of the year, 2011. We are aiming for festival screenings starting Spring 2012 with a special screening in Ten Sleep, Wyoming, mid July 2012.

Click here for a mention of the film in an article about James McMurtry, cast member, narrator and contributing musician: http://abqarts.com/?p=8586

Production update – January 2011

Production is wrapped! We had a fabulous shoot with an especially fantastic cast and crew in Dallas. Check back soon for photos and a making of video.

We would like to especially thank the Chickasaw Nation for their generous support, which made the Dallas shoot and the culmination of production possible.

Also please click here
http://wandamovieblog.blogspot.com/
for a day to day blog of the Dallas production by Jillian Allison, sister to the Director and also granddaughter to Wanda.

Production update May 2010

We are fully cast and about to go into production!!

Texas Indie star Arianne Martin will be playing the role of Wanda and comedian/actor Zach Rose is going to play Carl. You can visit Arianne’s blog here: http://actressariannemartin.blogspot.com/

Production starts June 8! If you would like to help us with this film project, the best way you can do so is to donate financially to the film. You can click on the donate button for more information on how to make a tax-deductible donation by credit card or check.

We would like to thank those who have already contributed to the project, as it is thanks to you that we can make this film. Thank you!!