Who among us has not been dazzled by the mythology of WONDER WOMAN– that truth-lassoing, cuff-wearing, Amazonian warrior princess and “unlikely brain-child of a Harvard trained pop psychologist?”
You’ve gotta see this film. Premiering tonight on PBS: Independent Lens, Wonder Women! is about more than a single comic heroine (great as she is). It’s about heroines in media, period. It’s about HOW courageous women are portrayed, WHO portrays them, and WHAT is meant by courage. Self sacrifice, table for one? At just an hour long, Wonder Women! covers a lot of ground. Sociologists, film critics, writers, feminists, riot girrlz, and fans weigh in. Who is Wonder Woman? What is her power? And do any of us have it?
The two filmmakers (women, with ties to San Francisco State and Stanford) who made Wonder Women! used kickstarter to help fund the documentary which begins airing tonight on PBS: Independent Lens. Check your local listings and SEE THIS FILM. Show it to your classes, your friends, your boyfriends, your sisters.
Here’s an excerpt from the Independent Lens: Wonder Women! site:
“Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines traces the fascinating birth, evolution, and legacy of Wonder Woman, and introduces audiences to a dynamic group of fictional and real-life superheroines fighting for positive role models for girls, both on screen and off. The film goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna, comic writers and artists, and others who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre. Wonder Women! harnesses the voices of literary critics, women writers, classicists, philosophers, impersonators, collectors, feminists and fanatics to explore the notions of “heroism” and “power.”
Kristy Guevara-Flanagan’s first feature-length film was an acclaimed documentary covering four years in the lives of four adolescent girls. Going on 13 was an official selection of Tribeca, Silverdocs, and many other international film festivals. Guevara-Flanagan has also produced and directed several short films, including El Corrido de Cecilia Rios, a chronicle of the violent death of 15-year-old Cecilia Rios. It was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival. Now an assistant professor at Diablo Valley College, Guevara-Flanagan has a MFA in Film Production from San Francisco State University.
Kelcey Edwards is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose films have screened at many of the top-ranking festivals around the country, including True/False, Silverdocs, and SXSW. After receiving her MFA in Documentary Film & Video from Stanford University, she moved to New York City, where she works as a filmmaker, producer, and arts educator. In 2008, she teamed up with director Kristy Guevara-Flanagan to produce Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. She is also the co-producer of Words of Witness, a documentary feature by director Mai Iskander (Garbage Dreams) and an official selection of Berlinale 2012.