Free show! The monthly Community Cinema Series, which previews PBS Independent Lens films prior to their release, takes a break from June through August. But we know how much you love the films and discussions, so Park Circle Films has partnered with other indie doc makers to keep this early-access series going all summer long.
Wanda the Wonderful follows 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.
Filmmaker Carolyn Macartney never met her grandmother Wanda but was always intrigued by the stories she heard growing up. 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.