WCM producing ‘Mahjong and the West’ feature in Jackson Hole

Mahjong and the WestWyoming Community Media (WCM) is coproducing a feature movie entitled “Mahjong and the West” in Jackson Hole this summer. The story by Alyssa Carpenter of Casper and her writing partner Jeanette Bloom begins shooting August 1 and is directed by Joe Musynski. WCM and the Wyoming Film Office are holding a Movie 101 crew member orientation on July 16 at 7pm in the CWC Jackson classroom at the Center for the Arts in downtown Jackson. Join the facebook page to keep up with the latest

When a young New Yorker returns to Wyoming to bury her mother, she reconnects with an old friend and must confront the traumatic event that made her leave home fifteen years ago.

MADDY (20s) runs a New York interior design firm with her mother, Diane. When a hit and run accident kills Diane, Maddy returns to rural Wyoming for the funeral, where she finds her grieving grandmother, SHIRLEY (60s/70s) living with JUNE (60s/70s). Home for the first time in fifteen years, Maddy reconnects with KATE (20s), an old childhood friend with whom she shares a violent, troubled past. As both young women tiptoe around their history, they live hard and booze their way through the mourning process along with JACK (20s/30s) and STEWART (20s/30s), two local bull riders.

When ANDY (20s/30s), a local barfly, makes a glib reference to their mutual trauma, it catches a drunk Maddy off-guard, and she smashes a beer bottle over his head, landing her in jail for the night. While she awaits her trial, the girls continue their kamikaze course, running from the past and toward thrills and comfort—mostly drinking, sex, and bull riding. But pressure builds and their extended reunion proves that neither control nor chaos can erase their past.

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