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Megan Gaiser and Marta Smith Join SIFF Panel

Megan Gaiser, Her Interactive, and Marta Smith, IGNITE: Inspiring Girls Now In The Technology Evolution, will be a panelists at “Sheroes in Media: Women and Girls Changing the Game.”

They join Kristy Guevara-Flanagan: Director, WONDER WOMEN!; Jennifer K. Stuller: Author, Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology and Programming Director for GeekGirlCon; and Daniel Tayara: Reel Grrls youth filmmaker for a discussion on how women, both real and fictional, are represented in American culture. Who influences and controls the media messages we receive about strong women – and how are they internalized by consumers?

The panel takes place Saturday, May 26, 7:30 p.m. at the SIFF Film Center. It is free and open to the public.

As Chief Creative Strategy Officer and former CEO of Her Interactive, Megan Gaiser sets creative direction, brand and portfolio expansion and cultivates strategic partnerships. Under her stewardship, Her Interactive (HI) has grown from a boutique company to an emerging competitor with the globally-loved Nancy Drew franchise games sales topping 9 million units world-wide. The Nancy Drew PC franchise is the #1 in the U.S. six years running.

Marta Smith started working for Microsoft in 1991 in Quality Assurance, then became a Test Lead in 1998.  She continued in that role until she left Microsoft in 2010 and went to work at a local liaison office for Western Digital (a hard drive manufacturing company).  Over the course of her Microsoft career, she worked on DOS-based, Windows-based, and Mac-based products, and on various releases of DOS Works, WinWorks, WinWord, MacWord, Mac Messenger, Mac Communicator…and the list goes on.

WONDER WOMEN! screenings at SIFF:

Saturday, May 26, 3:30 p.m. at the Everett Performing Arts Center

Sunday, May 27, 4 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre

Monday, May 28, 6 p.m. at the Harvard Exit

SIFF has posted information on its website about obtaining tickets.

From Wonder Woman to Buffy to Rogue. Fans Share Fave Action Heroines!

A HUGE thanks to everyone who has already participated in our Social Media/WONDER WOMEN! love fest. We appreciate everyone following us on TWITTER, tweeting about the film, liking us on Facebook and posting who is their favorite action heroine.

In fact the Facebook posts have been so great we wanted to share them with you! Enjoy!

“Wonder Woman keeps me going when I need to put on my own warrior boots.” ~Samantha

“If this doesn’t get me a T-shirt from your swag give-a-way then I don’t know what will! I have collected WW stuff since I was a kid…check out the pics of my kitchen…PICK ME! :)” ~Traci

“Aside, of course, from my mother, Wonder Woman is, so far, the heroine to beat in my book. That combo of compassion and heart, and the ability to lay you flat if you can’t listen to reason…well…sounds like the best mothers I’ve ever known!” ~Grace

“Wonder Woman, by far!” ~Mariko

“I’m a big fan of Veronica Mars, personally!” ~Quin

“I love Wonder Woman but there is a special place in my heart for the original Bat Girl, who was a public librarian just like I am.” ~Rosalia

“I favor the Huntress (Batman & Catwoman’s daughter) in comics and the shortlived TV show.” ~Ralph

“I don’t think I could choose just a single favorite action heroine, but one I adore is Hawkgirl.” ~Kim

“Comic: Batwoman (Detective Comics), Film: Katniss, TV: Either Toph or Korra.” ~Janaki

“My favorite action heroines are Xena and Storm from the X-Men. Nobody can kick butt like Xena and I love her sword fights. Storm is smart, flies and can control the weather. She’s awesome!” ~Jenee

“I want it all! And I adore Firefly’s/Serenity’s River Tam, the most unlikely action heroine of them all.” ~Rochus

“I would love and be proud to wear a Wonder Women shirt.” ~Sarah

“My favorite action heroine is Wonder Woman. How can you beat “beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, stronger than Hercules, and swifter than Mercury.” ~Julie

“I’ve always wanted to be Wonder Woman when I grew up. But I also like Rogue from X Men!” ~Rebecca

“Modesty Blaise!” ~Jennifer

“What women didn’t want to be Rogue…with her powers through skin to skin and able to retain all memories and super strength of course :)” ~Kera

“Right now, the Black Widow is at the top of my list. That clip from the Avengers is so fun to watch. I’m enjoying the new (old?) Barbara Gordon Batgirl also. Xena might be my all time favorite, though.” ~Tanya

“Wonder Woman has been my favorite since I was 3 years old.” ~Selina

“Storm was a bada*** too…and Catwoman..or how about Ms. Marvel! Siiigh, so many good choicesss” ~Kera

“I’m sorry Joss, you know I love Buffy, but Ellen Ripley would be #1 for me, followed by Buffy. Ripley, when she was still 100% human, showed how intelligence under pressure could outmaneuver evil humans and monsters without supernatural strength.” ~Tonya

“I have to go with Buffy – so real, so vulnerable, so human.” ~Cynthia

“Always Wonder Woman!” ~Dina

“Wonder Woman!! ~WW~” ~Marc

“I agree with Jen–Modesty Blaise!” ~Amy

“Kitty Pryde!” ~Daniel

“Woman. Really. Many close 2nd’s, of course. :)” ~Kimberley

“Elisa Maza (Gargoyles), because she was a badass (cartoon) woman of color who carried a serious can of whoop-ass and flew with Gargoyles.” ~Candance

“Erin Grey as Wilma Derring in Buck Rogers; my daughter with epic stories of triumph; my misogynist father who taught me how NOT TO VIEW WOMAN.” ~Sean

“I grew up inspired by Wonder Woman, Batgirl and Catwoman, but then moved on to Storm, Rogue, and The White Queen, then it was Buffy, and lately, I’ve moved back to the X-Men and have found new inspiration in Jean Grey’s Phoenix. She would often come across as weak, or indecisive or annoying, but then she break out of her mold and become the badass, powerful woman she was meant to be, and she would be amazing to behold.” ~Andrea

“Toph from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Teaching people not to pick on the little blind girl since 2006.” ~Abigail

Haven’t entered yet? Here’s how you can put your name in the hat for some awesome prizes:

Follow @wonderwomandoc on TWITTER and retweet the following message:

“I support WONDER WOMEN! Follow @wonderwomandoc and find out how action heroines have evolved and changed our lives. www.wonderwomendoc.com”

Or

Like us on FACEBOOK and comment on one of our posts about the giveaway on who is your favorite action heroine.

If you want an extra entry you can do both to have your name put in the raffle twice.

The swag will be given away to lucky winners who have entered by Friday, May 25! Names will be drawn the following week and items shipped to winners’ addresses.

Good luck!

SIFF Panel: Sheroes in Media: Women and Girls Changing the Game

WONDER WOMEN! will be part of a free panel during the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) titled “Sheroes in Media: Women and Girls Changing the Game.” It will take place Saturday, May 26, 7:30 p.m. at the SIFF Film Center.

Sheroes exist. They can be found in the stories of comics, novels, film, television, and video games. They can also be found in real life – in mothers and sisters, community leaders, and media makers.

Join Kristy Guevara-Flanagan: Director, WONDER WOMEN!; Jennifer K. Stuller: Author, Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology and Programming Director for GeekGirlCon; Daniel Tayara: Reel Grrls youth filmmaker; and others as they discuss how women, both real and fictional, are represented in American culture. Who influences and controls the media messages we receive about strong women – and how are they internalized by consumers?

The event is open to the public

WONDER WOMEN! screenings at SIFF:

Saturday, May 26, 3:30 p.m. at the Everett Performing Arts Center

Sunday, May 27, 4 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre

Monday, May 28, 6 p.m. at the Harvard Exit

SIFF has posted information on its website about obtaining tickets.

Swag Up for Grabs

Great Hera! WONDER WOMEN! wants to give away some awesome swag from our world premiere at the SXSW 2012 Film Festival. To make it happen we’re holding an online raffle. Our Executive Producer Erin has offered to put the names in a cowboy hat (her being from Texas) and will draw seven lucky winners.

Up for grabs are four WONDER WOMEN! World Premier Posters (size small) and three WONDER WOMEN shirts (size large):

How do you enter the raffle? By giving WONDER WOMEN! some social media love.

Follow @wonderwomandoc on TWITTER and retweet the following message:

“I support WONDER WOMEN! Follow @wonderwomandoc and find out how action heroines have evolved and changed our lives. www.wonderwomendoc.com”

or

Like us on FACEBOOK, comment on our post about the giveaway and share who is your favorite action heroine.

If you want an extra entry you can do both to have your name put in the cowboy hat twice. The WONDER WOMEN! swag will be given away to lucky winners who have entered by Friday, May 25! Erin will draw names the following week and ship items to winners’ addresses.

Good luck!

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!

Our panel at Geek Girl Con!

The History of the Universe as Told by Wonder Woman had a fabulous experience with our panel at Geek Girl Con. The issues and facts presented in the film seemed to really resonate with the crowd and there was a general acceptance of the material even though it was presented in rough-cut form. We had a great panel and a great time and we got a WONDER-ful review from Fan Girl  you can read here.

Fangirlblog.com writes, “The panel was set for 90 minutes; it could have gone 190 minutes as far as most of us in the room were concerned. A disappointed sigh rose from the audience when we were asked to move on to make way for the next panel.”

Like many other women, she grew up with Wonder Woman, and wonders what effect that this 70’s TV show had on her life. Fan Girl agrees that women have not been given the same opportunities to be super. Wonder Woman in particular has yet to make a big screen presence when so many male heroes take up the spotlight.

She closes saying that the film, “… will encourage more women to believe that they too can make a difference. Most importantly, though, I walked out of that room realizing I’m not alone.”
Thank you Fangirlblog for coming to see the film at Geek Girl Con and sharing your views on the film!

How to Help Your Daughter Bypass the Underwear Suits and Find the Feminist Heroes

Heroes for Hire

Marvel's female superheroes

The awesome Tricia Creason Valenicia of Flaca Films sent us this great blog link about women in comics over at BlogHer. What is the potential of these heroes and what should be our concern.

If it is irritating raising a girl in a culture obsessed with living blow-up dolls, it is even even more so when my daughter falls in love with intelligent, capable characters like Marvel’s Emma Frost or Misty Knight, then sees those women’s bodies drawn like living blow-up dolls. Though Iz currently seems less concerned with the comic artists’ objectification of women and more perturbed by comic writers’ proofreading errors (“Mommy, Cyclops misspelled ‘anarchist’!”), I worry that those images, those attitudes will warp the way she sees herself and how she judges other women.

She invites a few well-informed female comic geeks to ponder: What draws them to comics, science fiction, and fantasy? Which characters are role-model-worthy for girls? And what should we tell young girls about how they are represented?

Read the article by Shannon Des Roches Rosa, HERE!

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Indiewire’s In the Works gives us a mention here..!

Big shout out to Basil Tsiokos who gave us a mention in Indiewire’s: In the Works. Check it out here and see the company we keep!

Indiewire's In the Works gives us a mention here..!

Big shout out to Basil Tsiokos who gave us a mention in Indiewire’s: In the Works. Check it out here and see the company we keep!

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