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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.
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.
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.
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.