If you’re interested in finding a timely, relevant superheroine documentary, look no further!
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines is currently raising money for the World Premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, TX this March. The film, originally titled The History of the Universe as Told by Wonder Woman, traces the history of Wonder Woman and “looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.” They’ve interviewed a wide variety of people involved with Wonder Woman, comics generally, as well as important “real-life superheroines” like Gloria Steinem and Kathleen Hanna. (A more complete list of major contributors can be found here.) It looks awesome, especially for those of us who are skeptical of Wonder Woman’s exalted status among feminists.
They’ve completed the actual making of the film, so now they’re raising money to “to professionally sound mix and color grade the film and prepare a festival print.” If you’d like to support a woman-made film intended to “introduce audiences to a cast of fictional and real life superheroines fighting for positive role models for girls, both on screen and off, and remind us of our common human need for stories that tell us we can all be heroes,” stop by their Kickstarter page and donate some money! Plus, if you pledge at least $25, you get cool stuff. So not only are you helping to start a discussion about the importance of kick-ass women, you get to smugly wear a T-shirt that lets everyone know you’re a total badass who supports female filmmakers.
I personally look forward to hosting and/or attending a screening once they finish the film. Because who doesn’t love superheroines?