Filmmakers Sophie Danison and Hilary Byrne with Diana, one of the film's main characters. Photo: Leslie Hittmeier

JACKSON, WY— What does it mean that the “backbone of our economy” is also the most invisible?

It’s a question local filmmakers Hilary Byrne and Sophie Danison have been exploring for the past two years, and try to unpack in their new film “The Quiet Force.” The film premieres this Friday, November 16 at the Center for the Arts (get your tickets here).

“The Quiet Force” is about a lot of things: It’s mostly about immigration. It’s also about skiing, integration, and community. Immigrants, Byrne and Danison argue, are the backbone of ski-town economy. But culturally, socially, and politically—they are still largely invisible. They are a “quiet” force.

Buckrail sat down with the filmmakers for the first episode of our new podcast (oh yeah, we have a podcast!) to talk about what it means to tell this story, here in Jackson, and now in our current political climate. Take a listen, and subscribe to our podcast to hear more local stories like this one (follow us on Buzzsprout, coming soon on Apple Podcasts).

Feeling inspired? Visit to learn more about immigration policy and how to get involved. 

See “The Quiet Force” premiere Friday, November 16 at the Center for the Arts. Doors open at 6 p.m., the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at for $15 online, $20 at the door. 

Buckrail @ Shannon

Shannon is a Wyoming-raised writer and reporter. She just completed a master's in journalism from Boston University. Jackson shaped her into an outdoorswoman, but a love for language and the human condition compels her to write. She believes there's no story too small to tell nor adventure too small to take.