In less than one week, April 15 at 10 p.m. (Check your local listings, time and date can vary by PBS affiliate), those of us who couldn’t make it to a screening will finally get our chance to see this amazingly well received documentary. Not familiar with it? Here’s the skinny from wonderwomendoc.com:
“WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.”
“WONDER WOMEN! goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real-life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna and others, who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.”
Having not seen it yet could make it hard for me to recommend, if not for the fact that I happen to know someone who appears in it!
As most of you know Juan Pineda is a frequent contributor and a long time personal friend. He is also an artist, writer, pop culture buff, raconteur, all around nice guy and he’s the father of one of the girls interviewed in this very cool documentary. I thought we could take a moment to pick Juan and his daughter Katie‘s brains about Wonder Women.(Juan Pineda is not affiliated with Vaquera Films or the Wonder Women doc, all opinions presented here are his own and should be attributed to himself or whatchareading.com)
So Juan, Katie, before we get too personal what can you tell us about the Wonder Women doc?
JP: Even if Katie was not in this film I would still be a fan. As a father of three children, it opened up my eyes to an important issue that needs to be talked about, feminism, girl power, whatever you want to call it, it is just about treating everyone fairly; male, female, gay, straight or transgender.
KP: if you love superheroes, a feminist or just a shy person looking for inspiration you should watch this film!
It sounds amazing! I can’t wait to see it. Speaking of seeing it you’ve been lucky enough to view it a couple of times. Care to fill us in on that experience?
KP: I was invited to a lot of screenings so I can participate in the Q&A afterwards. My favorites were the premier at SXSW because it was the first one and the screening at Barnard College because it is an important all women’s college. I was very proud that we got to show it there.JP: She makes me proud, she is so poised and charming when she goes on stage. Kelcey Edwards (the film’s producer) loves having her. She was only eight years old when they isn’t viewed her for the film but now she is 13. You really get to see how much she has grown up.KP: I’m glad I don’t stutter like that anymore. I was so nervous!
JP: It (WW) debuted last year at SXSW and we were invited to the world premier! It was such a great event, even Joss Whedon showed up at the screening! Since then it has hit the film festival circuit screening around the world from Ireland to Australia! Now everyone gets a chance to see it when it makes its television debut!
KP: The fact that it is going to be on PBS is the biggest deal ever! It is a major network so everyone around the country can see this amazing movie.
Dude you must be proud! (And SXSW must have rocked!) Thanks for giving us the low-down on this one of a kind documentary. Will you be watching it on the 15th? If so we’ll look for your commentary on the twitter!
JP: We will be right there in front of the TV! Everyone can live Tweet, use the hash tag #WWDocBroadcast to talk about it, go to their website (http://wonderwomandoc.com/host-women-screening-party-April-15/) to see how to interact with the film producers. Follow the film on Twitter @wonderwomandoc and their Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/WonderWomenDoc
To find out when and where Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines will be airing in your neck of the woods click on the itvs.org link and search with your area code to get local listings. Or contact your television provider. If you miss the PBS television broadcast (or like some of my crazier friends have cut the cord), Independent Lens will be streaming the film on their website for free for a month.
All of us here at What’cha Reading hope you take the time to check out this important documentary. And hey after you do come back and tell us what you think, we’d love to hear from you.