Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines

April 24, 2013
4:00pm Eastern Time
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Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

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.

56min 46sec


  • Naomi Walker

    National Engagement Consultant, ITVS. Alter-ego: Non-Profit Lady.

  • Renee Gasch


  • Kristy Guevara-Flanagan

    Kristy’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. It received funding from ITVS and was broadcast on public television in 2009. Kristy 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, Kristy has a MFA in Film Production from San Francisco State University.

  • Mike Madrid

    Mike Madrid is a native San Francisco and a lifelong fan of comic books and popular culture. The former advertising executive is the author of The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines and the forthcoming DIVAS, DAMES & DAREDEVILS (October 2013). Mike was a contributor to Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines.

  • Zoe Chevat

    Zoe Chevat is a NY born, Jersey-bred bibliophile, who works as a comic artist, illustrator, animator, and writer. Pursing her lifelong dream of working in comics, Zoe has recently drawn a back-up story in the highly anticipated original graphic novel The Reason for Dragons, as well as working as a colorist on Moon Lake Vol. 2, both from Archaia Entertainment. Also in the works is the illustration of The Brilliant Bride's Advice Guide by Dana LaRue aka The Broke-Ass Bride, from Random House. Zoe has written for a number of online publications, including VFX World and Animation World Network, of which she is the former managing editor. She is a film critic and reviewer, currently on a bi-monthly basis, for The Mary Sue, a pop culture news site that focuses on the female side of contemporary geekdom. Zoe lives and works in Los Angeles, and, after more than four years, still isn't quite sure how that continues to happen.

  • Grace Gipson

    A Black Girl Nerd…I am proud to say yep that would be me. My name is Grace Gipson and I’m a current graduate student in the African American Studies program at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. This BGN loves anything that deals with African American Film/ Media & Popular Culture, and Race/Gender Issues in African American Film and Comic Books. Upon graduation, Grace plans to continue her journey to pursue a PhD in African American Studies. Outside of professional and academic interests, Grace loves to travels, an avid reader especially comic books, writer of poetry, music lover, movie junkie, and community service worker. An important aspect of her life is spending quality time with family, friends, and enjoying school. Each of these aspects have contributed to Grace being the wonderful daughter, sister, friend, and aspiring scholar she is today.

  • Jewels Smith

    Juliana “Jewels” Smith is a cultural worker and an aspiring revolutionary. She earned her B.A. in Sociology from UC Riverside and M.A. in Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego. She created (H)afrocentric : the Comic first as catharsis and then as a way to present issues of race, class, gender and sexuality through dialogue. She says, “I write what I like, like Steve Biko. Only I have a lot more pictures accompanying me when I do…”

  • Kelcey Edwards

    Kelcey Edwards is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has screened at top-ranking festivals around the country, including True/False, SilverDocs, and the South by Southwest Film Festival. After receiving her MFA in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University, Kelcey moved to New York City to work 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. Kelcey 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.

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