Wanda the Wonderful


Wanda the Wonderful is a documentary about the true store of a 1920s era Wild West sharpshooter. Passionate and volatile, Wanda made mistakes that she spent the rest of her life running from. She joined the circus, was a stuntwoman in Hollywood, performed as a sharpshooter in Vaudeville and around the world, ended up as a 'dancing girl' at the brothel, then married a sheep rancher and found herself in the mountains of remotest Wyoming. This is a story of struggle, sacrifice and the American West; about what it means to forge your own way and the realities behind a glamorous and exciting lifestyle. This is a story about a mixed-blood Native American girl who took the one skill her father had taught her–shooting–and turned it into her livelihood and means of escape. A taboo subject to her family, Wanda leaves behind her a legacy of myth and mystery.

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Carolyn Macartney made her first film with a Double 8mm film camera that she found in her granny's attic to accompany electronic music that she was composing.  Having a background in fine art and experimental filmmaking, Carolyn is motivated by visual language and works in hybrids of narrative, experimental, and documentary genres.  Carolyn's films have won awards at Ann Arbor Film Festival, Onion City Film Festival, Houston Worldfest and other Juried screenings and have enjoyed success in screenings and festivals around the world.  She has fourteen years of experience as a Director of Photography, having shot four feature length narrative films as well as numerous music videos, commercials, short films and documentaries.  Carolyn's award-winning still photography has been published and exhibited in the US and Europe.  Among other honors, Carolyn has received an award for music composition, a DAAD scholarship to study painting at the Hochscule der K'nste in Berlin, Germany, and a Kodak Faculty Scholars Award.  Carolyn has lived in five different countries and as many States in America.  She received her BA in Art from Smith College and her MFA in Filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  

Film Details
  • Country(ies): USA
  • Language(s): English
  • Year: 2014
  • Running time: 80 minutes
  • Director(s): Carolyn Macartney
  • Producer(s): Carolyn Macartney
  • Writer(s): Carolyn Macartney
  • Cinematographer(s): Kimby Caplan, Carolyn Macartney
  • Editor(s): Carolyn Macartney
  • Music: Steve James
  • With: Arianne Margot, Zach Rose, James McMurtry, Christian Taylor
  • Website: http://wandathewonderful.com/

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