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Apr 9 '13

Talking with the Director of Wonder Women! The Untold Story of America’s Superheroines

Next week PBS will air Wonder Women! The Untold Story of America’s Superheroines that looks at the history, and more importantly, the legacy of Wonder Woman.

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I viewed the documentary a few weeks ago and it is a powerful piece that shows why heroic characters like Wonder Woman are so important to society and to young girls and women. It includes interviews with Gloria Steinem, Lynda Carter, Gail Simone and Trina Robbins among others as well as everyday women who have been inspired by the character.

The project has been a labor of love over many years for the film’s director Kristy Guevara-Flanagan. I’ve touched base with her over the years as she’s been funding, creating and showing the film around the country. With the film about to debut to a television audience, she took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to talk about the project.

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Kristy, I first heard about your efforts to make this documentary two years ago on Kickstarter, how does it feel to know millions of people may be watching it on PBS?

We are so excited to be bringing the film to millions on PBS! This film took for years to make and we couldn’t have finished it without the Kickstarter support we received from fans, friends, and the hundreds of women and men who were interested in the themes of the film from Wonder Woman to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, feminism to the riot grrls, and beyond.

I knew I would be moved by the movie, but I was really quite overwhelmed hearing women talk about the impact that Wonder Woman had on them. What’s been the reaction as you’ve showed the movie around the country over the past year? Any particular moments stand out?
Over the last year we’ve screened the film across the country and its been an incredible experience. Not only have we had the chance to bring people from the film like Katie Pineda to film festivals, we’ve had great responses from such a wide breadth of people! That really has been something amazing. We’ve heard from fathers who attended with their daughters and thanked us profusely afterwards, women who were there matching in the streets during the women’s movement and cried, and young girls for whom the film was their first introduction to Wonder Woman.
 
What was your first memory of Wonder Woman?
I, of course, remember Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman of the 70’s. She stood out as a vibrant image on screen and even though I was a bit young to understand the plot scenarios (and I was shocked to realize in going back and watching that is was an hour-long show!), that spin spoke volumes to me as a kid. Oh, the fun, the physicality…the potential! My neighbor, Aida, dressed as Wonder Woman every chance she could get and for YEARS was Wonder Woman on Halloween. I love that she came along early enough in my tv watching career that I took a female hero like that for granted. The Hulk, of course! Wonder Woman, yes obviously! 
As your movie points out there have been many versions of Wonder Woman through the years, which is your favorite?
In looking back, like a lot of people, I have become partial to the George Perez era. Though nothing, in my opinion, beats the original Wonder Woman as created by William Moulton Marston! I think GP created such a classically Greek AND proud image of WW that had some psychedelic flourishes. I also loved all the female characters and relationships he tried to include. It’s hard to image a superhero comic approaching those issues with the same kind of grace and sincerity now.
Wonder Woman has been around for a long time inspiring women, do you think any other character will stand the test of time that she has?
So far, no one even comes close to rivaling her. I mean, no one! Maybe, just maybe, Michelle Obama…Or, of course, Katniss Everdeen. But neither of them have a graphic visual image to help imprint on our brains in the same way Wonder Woman has.

Wonder Women! will have its television broadcast premiere in the United States on PBS’s Independent Lens series on Monday, April 15, 2013,  at 10 PM.  Check your local listings to confirm the time and date.

You can see a preview here.

The makers have also included materials to have a viewing party and are encouraging views to participate in Social Media about the project. The study document has some valuable background information and I recommend that you take a look.

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