This past Sunday, GENaustin was the happy beneficiary of an event put on by the makers of the film Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. This event included clips of the film, superheroine art created by GENaustin girls, and a discussion 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.

The film made its world premiere at SXSW this past weekend. As according to the film’s site, Wonder Women “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.”

This girl-power driven event Sunday was a huge success and GENaustin thanks everyone who came out and donated to support our organization!

The panel generated a fantastic discussion about the representation of women in comic books, actions movies, and other media. For example, did you know that 97% of media decision-making power rests in the hands of men? No wonder often times female-centric stories are absent or undervalued in our society.

That’s why GENaustin is proud to support female filmmakers like Guevara-Flanagan and Edwards. Through our self-esteem building focused activities, we hope to inspire girls to use the media as an outlet for exercising their own unique voices, just like these awesome filmmaking wonder women!

If you are interested in checking out the film, there are still opportunities to do so at SXSW screenings this week. If you don’t have a SXSW pass or badge, tickets are available at the door:

  • Tuesday, March 13 at 2:00 PM, at Alamo Ritz 1
  • Friday, March 16 at 4:30 PM, at Alamo Ritz 2

Thanks again to Erin Prather Stafford, Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, and Kelcey Edwards for allowing GENaustin to be a part of this very special event.

And thank you to all the girls who submitted their artwork!

 

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