Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

Wonder Women!

  • BY Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Kelcey Edwards | IN Arts & Culture
    Premiered April 15, 2013

About the Film

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. MORE

Female superheroes, warrior princesses, and other icons of women's empowerment in pop culture owe their existence to Wonder Woman — the unlikely brainchild of a Harvard-trained pop psychologist. From Wonder Woman’s original, radical World War II presence, to her uninspiring 1960s incarnation as a fashion boutique owner, to her dramatic resurrection by feminist Gloria Steinem and the women of Ms. Magazine, Wonder Woman’s legacy continues today.

Wonder Women! explores the nation’s long-term love affair with comic book superheroes and raises questions about the possibilities and contradictions of heroines within the genre. 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.

Exploring how our highly visual culture places more emphasis on the appearance of girls and women rather than on their deeds, Wonder Women! urges women to claim the action genre — and media in general — as their own, if they want to change how they are represented.

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.”


The Filmmakers

Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
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
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. LESS

Film Credits

Kristy Guevara-Flanagan

Kelcey Edwards

Executive Producer
Erin Prather Stafford

Melanie Vi Levy
Carla Guitierrez

Director of Photography
Gabriel Miller

After Effects Animation
Sylvia Roberts

Jimmy LaValle

Ai Kusuhara Silver

Additional Director of Photography
PJ Raval

Additional Editing
Corey Ohama

Title and End Credits
Tamarind King

Stop Motion Animation
Matt Newman

Voice Over
Lia Miranda Wortsman
Gianna and Carina Floria

Additional Photography
Robert Arnold
Bruce Dickson
Jesse Hicks
Charlene Music
Stefan Nitoslawski
Theo Rigby
Jonathan Skurnik
Goro Toshima
Keith Wilson

Additional Animation
Sean Dowey
Alan Shields
Jeremy Weichsel

Archival Research
Serin Marshall

Assistant Editors
Jon Barnhardt
Charity Ellis
Summers Henderson
Meghan O’Hara
Jane Seguin

Post Production Gurus
Robert Arnold
Jackie Grieff

Production Assistants
Zachary Bornstein
Sarah Ferrier
Kyle Reinberg
Avigail Schotz

Nora K McCartin
Erick Najarro
Matthew Sinegal
Aubri Vogt

Re-Recording Mixer
Jeremiah Moore

Color Grade
Gary Coates

George Rush

Grace Rutledge

Additional Title Design
Courtney Utt

Production Support
Shannon Clare
Jesse Epstein
Ellen Frick
Independent Film Week
National Association of Latino Independent Producers
Erin Ploss-Campoamor
Pablo Proenza
Tribeca All Access
Dawn D. Valadez

Footage Courtesy of
ABCNEWS Video Source
Conus Archives
Getty Images
Gravitas Docufilms
MTV Networks
Thought Equity
WTTG/ Fox 5 News, Washington, D.C.
The WPA Film Library

Still Photos and Zines Courtesy of
AP Images
Art Resource
Nancy Crampton
Harold Dettenborn
Everett Collection
Getty Images
Kathleen Hanna
Erich Lessing
Library of Congress
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
National Archives and Record Administration
Molly Neuman
Alison Wolfe
Kenneth C. Zirkel

Additional Music

"Double Dare Ya"
Written by Kathleen Hanna, William Karren, Tobi Vail, and Kathi Wilcox
Performed by Bikini Kill
Courtesy of Kill Rock Stars
By Arrangement with Terrorbird Media

"Rebel Girl"
Written by Kathleen Hanna, William Karren, Tobi Vail, and Kathi Wilcox
Performed by Bikini Kill
Courtesy of Kill Rock Stars
By Arrangement with Terrorbird Media

"Wonder Woman Disco"
Written by Charles Fox, Norman Gimbel
Published by Universal Music Publishing Group
Performed by the Wonderland Band
Courtesy of Roadshow Records

Special Thanks
2011 BAVC Mediamaker Fellows
Charles Acosta
Denise Balkissoon
Sara Biegelsen
The Butters Family
Xandra Castleton and David Munro
Stephanie Challberg
The Children of Mommy’s Unite
Austin Chu
Chico Colvard
Comic Relief
Danger Zone Comics
Juan Devis and Laura Purdy
Jim Edwards & Victoria Mikulewicz
The Edwards Family
Electronic Arts Intermix
Excalibur Comics
Extreme Action Company
Fales Library Riot Grrrl Collection
Kara Herold
Jon and Dona Hill
Michael Jacobs
Matthew Kaplan
Alissa Klein
Kate Kolter
Matthew Levine
Eva Moss
New York Hardcore Tattoos
Cynthia Obsenares Dickson
Marcus Owens
Valerie Perez
Paul Perroni
The Pineda Family
Dulce Pinzon
Tonya Raber
Reel Grrls, Seattle
Courtney Sheetz
Rebecca Snedeker
Jesse Spencer
Kathryn R. Topper
Shawna Trpcic
Basil Tsokios
Corin Tucker
Mark Urbanek
Lyla Warren
The Weisz Family
Rebecka Wright
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Fiscal Sponsorship
San Francisco Film Society

Funded by
California Council for the Humanities
Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program
Chicken & Egg Pictures
Aepoch Fund
City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program
Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation
Puffin Foundation
And by more than 700 individual donors on Kickstarter,
a complete list is available from PBS.

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines was produced
by Vaquera Productions LLC which is solely responsible for its content.

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