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Community Event Raises Funds For GENaustin

We’ve been going nonstop at the festival. Yesterday the team hosted a free WONDER WOMEN! community event at the Gallery Black Lagoon. The event benefited the Girls Empowerment Network (GENaustin), whose staff was on hand to collect five dollar donations.

GENaustin’s mission is to support and guide girls to make wise choices as they navigate the pressures of girlhood. As part of the WONDER WOMEN! event GENaustin asked girls in their programs to submit personal artwork of themselves as superheroines with super powers. The pieces were shown at the event and each girl who participated received a WONDER WOMEN! UNITE bracelet from the film.

Here are some of the wonderful submissions:

Snippets of the film were shown to the audience, followed by a Q&A with Kristy and Kelcey. Mary Celeste Kearney, Associate Professor of Radio-Television-Film, specializing in feminist media and cultural studies, moderated the discussion. Also in attendance were documentary stars Katie and Carmela. The audience asked engaging questions and the filmmakers shared great insight into how they came to create this remarkable film.

More updates from Austin soon!

WONDER WOMEN! Austin Community Event March 11

The team behind WONDER WOMEN! will host a community event benefiting the Girls Empowerment Network (GENaustin) on Sunday, March 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Gallery Black Lagoon, 4301 Guadalupe Street, Austin, Texas, 78751.

Attendees will have the opportunity to

• See snippets from the documentary WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES.

• Listen to a Q&A with WONDER WOMEN! Director Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Producer Kelcey Edwards, moderated by Mary Celeste Kearney, Associate Professor of Radio-Television-Film and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

• Enter a superheroine/superhero costume contest.

• Enjoy food and refreshments.

• See superheroine artwork created by girls in GENaustin programs.

The event is free and open to the Austin community, a SXSW badge or film pass is not required to attend. Staff from GENaustin will be on hand to collect $5 donations for the organization. Created in 1996, GENaustin, supports and guides girls as they navigate the unique pressures of girlhood.

Second KICKSTARTER Goal Reached! New Sneak Peek

The final push took our KICKSTARTER to 139% funded! Because of our supporters, we have shipped the film, printed the posters, and are now putting the final touches together to begin our festival and outreach campaign. SO THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

We’d also like to share a new sneak peek from the film. Enjoy!

KICKSTARTER Ends Tomorrow! Special Prize for Donor Who Breaks 20K Goal!

We just sent off the final film print to SXSW and are counting down the days to the World Premiere!

Tomorrow is the final day of our KICKSTARTER campaign and your last chance to receive WONDER WOMEN! pledge rewards—bracelets, posters, t-shirts, books and more—AND to pre-order our DVD!

We’d love to meet our new 20K goal to support promotional efforts for the film and future screenings. We are offering a prize package of our hand-screened t-shirt, signed limited edition poster, AND the DVD to the individual whose pledge breaks the 20K goal.

We already have a number of exciting interviews lined up for SXSW and we look forward to reporting all the news from Austin! Basil Tsiokos mentioned the film in his blog post on festival documentaries. Click here to read commentary about the incredible line-up.

Thank you for your support and don’t forget to visit us in these last hours!

Only FIVE Days Left in Our KICKSTARTER Campaign‏

Women may have been underrepresented in last night’s Academy Awards, but by supporting WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, you are backing a 100% female directing, producing, and editing team. Only FIVE DAYS remain in our KICKSTARTER campaign!

This is the very last week to get involved and grab some of our awesome pledge rewards—including a signed limited edition poster for the film which we’ve just unveiled.

We are still offering bumper stickers, silicone bracelets, t-shirts, onesies, books and more! Come check it out before it’s too late!

The film continues to garner press, Kristy gave a fabulous interview to CNN last week that you won’t want to miss. You can read up here.

Thank you all for your continued support. Don’t forget it’s your last chance to get the word out about supporting our film’s premiere and to grab some goodies from our KICKSTARTER campaign this week!

KICKSTARTER Funded: Still Opportunity to Help and Take Home Awesome Swag

The entire team is ecstatic that we were able to reach 100% of our KICKSTARTER campaign goal for the film in under three weeks. We owe it ALL to our supporters. This week we are sound mixing the film and locking the picture in preparation for our World Premiere at South by Southwest.

If you haven’t had a chance to view our most recent trailer and visit the KICKSTARTER page, it’s not too late to check it out and get involved.

Any additional money we raise during the remaining days of the campaign will be directly applied to promoting the film during the festival circuit, publicity materials, building out our website with outtakes and insightful scenes that didn’t quite make the final cut, and supporting our community screenings and eventual broadcast. We want to bring this documentary to countless cities and start a dialogue about the involvement of women in comics and action-based media.

There are a number of awesome comic-themed rewards and they are only available during the campaign. Don’t miss out!

Also, the net has been buzzing about the film with mentions on Ain’t it Cool News, Examiner.com, Filmology, and many other blogs. Kristy also did a Q&A interview with ScienceFiction.com, you can read it here.

We’re so excited that people are already talking about the film.

Thank you again to everyone who helped us reach our KICKSTARTER goal. You are our superheroines and superheros!

Homestretch for KICKSTARTER campaign!

We are in the homestretch for our KICKSTARTER campaign! The outpouring of support is so inspiring; the entire team has been moved by such incredible enthusiasm. Keep spreading the word and help us hit 100 percent funded.

Also, we’d like to invite you to take a sneak peek at the film featuring one of our real life superheroines, KATIE:

Wonder Women! Sneak Peek from Vaquera Films on Vimeo.

Kicking Now at 60 Percent!


As of today we hit 60 percent of our Kickstarter fundraising goal. The entire team is simply in awe that we’ve come so far in such a short period of time. Keep the momentum going and help us reach our total goal! Tell friends, colleagues and family members about the campaign, especially if you know they would feel a special connection to the project. We are so close!

There has also been more great coverage online:

Chicken and Egg, one of our amazing financial supporters, announced on Indiewire their grant recipients, which include a Sundance Winner, an Oscar nominee and our film.

Harry Knowles at the awesome Ain’t It Cool News mentioned the film in a write up about SXSW.

Bowlegs promoted the film and Kickstarter campaign in their post “The Most Exciting Projects on Kickstarter Right Now Vol. 1

And SXSW as posted the trailer on their official YouTube channel.

And again thank you to everyone who has mentioned the film in blogs, Facebook and Twitter posts.

We got a Sundance Grant!

The Sundance Institute has given a grant to THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE AS TOLD BY WONDER WOMAN! WOO!! Check it out here!

Out of 650 applicants from 80 different countries, we are lucky enough to be one of the 29 feature documentary films from 9 different countries, chosen to receive the grant. This is great news and will no doubt help the film to its completion. We are thrilled to receive the honor!

And we are not the only Super Hero film to get it:

A film called Wham! Bam! Islam! by, Isaac Solotaroff, is one to watch out for. It is about the first comic book in Islam called “THE 99″ and the controversy over it. Tradition vs. Change. (watch the trailer on their web site)

“Naif Al-Mutawa is on a mission to create THE 99 – the first Islam-inspired superheroes with their own comic books, theme parks and animation series. Conceived with the intention of countering political and religious extremism, THE 99 now find themselves at the center of a debate over shifting definitions of the sacred and the secular that calls THE 99′s future into question.”

Looks interesting!

In the continuing production of Wonder Woman, Kristy has spent the last week shooting with “Reel Grrls” in Seattle. “Reel Grrls empowers young women from diverse communities to realize their power, talent and influence through media production.” It offers workshops and skill training to help build filmmaking competencies as well as develop long lasting relationships with filmmakers. It was all so much fun to be a part of their summer video camp. We learned a lot and we made new friends!

Reel_Grrls

 

THANKS REEL GRRLS!

and THANK YOU SUNDANCE!

 

- Jackie Grieff

Aspiring Director/Editor working on a Bachelors degree in Digital Film and Video Production at The Art Institute of California – San Francisco. Interning with Kristy Guevara-Flanagan for the project THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE AS TOLD BY WONDER WOMAN. Self-proclaimed nerd, and long time super hero lover.

Kickstarter: We made it!!

Thank you all so, so much!

More than 400 people stepped up over the course of the last month to contribute to our Kickstarter fundraising drive, and your generosity helped us hit our original target and then some — a whopping 50 percent beyond our target! Your help will enable us to complete the film that much sooner, and also demonstrates to funders, programmers and backers that we have an audience just waiting for us to get THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE AS TOLD BY WONDER WOMAN to the screen. Furthermore, for us to hear from so many of you, through your contributions, comments and other expressions of support, gives us a tremendous boost!

We have a lot of exciting developments in the works, not all of which we can talk about right away, even though we’d like to. For instance, we’re lining up a few celebrity interviews that should really rock. We’re also, through our fellowship with the Bay Area Video Coalition, developing some interactive multimedia components to launch in coordination with the film’s release. Those’ll rock too!

Stay tuned for other updates. We have thank-you goodies to send out, some addresses to collect, and an update to our honor roll which will now officially move to our website.

But for now, the main message is simply to express our heartfelt thanks to all of you for being the superstars you are!

Talk to you soon,

Kristy and Kelcey

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