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A documentary about female superheroes, warrior princesses and other popular culture icons of women’s empowerment.

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Thanks so, so much to our Kickstarter supporters -- nearly 400 strong and counting -- who've helped us to already reach our $10,000 target goal in a little more than a week! We've very nearly averaged $1,000 a day in this campaign thanks to your generosity!

Over here at Wonder Woman Central, we wish we could tell you that with this support in hand, it's nothing but blue skies and smooth sailing ahead, but the fact is, of course, and as those of you in the film business already know, that it takes quite a lot to get a film off the drawing boards and onto the big screen. This $10,000 figure represents, really, a starting point, albeit a starting point that comes with the film already well on its way to completion. The more money we raise here the sooner we can complete the film. 

But to be clear, this campaign has already demonstrated a level of support and enthusiasm that we hope will prove invaluable as we approach more "deep pocket" funders to help us wrap up the editing of the rough cut and proceed onward through the rest of the project. So we're very, very grateful for the support you've shown us. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU and thank you again!

The more money we raise from the public, the more money we can raise from larger funders and investors. Even $1 donations help us prove the viability of our efforts.

Congratulations to us all for the collective effort we've made so far. And thanks again for all your ideas, your time, your energy and your donations!

THE FUNDRAISER:

This Kickstarter campaign is to raise money to get our documentary to a rough cut. We already have 90% of the footage filmed and are currently working with a fabulous editor, Carla Gutierrez (LA CORONA, SHE IS THE MATADOR). We would love to keep her on longer. Help us finish the film this year!

The goal of the film is to explore how female heroes have fared in popular culture. We're using Wonder Woman as the central figure in this story, as she's the rare example of a female hero who doesn't require rescue and determines her own actions and adventures. The film not only serves as an inquiry into our evolving values about women as agents of strength, authority and leadership, but also reminds us of our common need -- no matter our gender, race, class or sexual orientation -- for stories that tell us we can all be heroes.

To date we've interviewed several well-known personalities, such as Gloria Steinem, Lynda Carter, and Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman), as well as a host of comic artists and writers, sociologists, authors and many others -- including women and men, young and old, who find inspiration in Wonder Woman and her legacy.

For more information about our amazing team and interviewees, please visit our website: www.vaquerafilms.com/wonderwoman.

THE FILM:

THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE AS TOLD BY WONDER WOMAN is a feature film about female superheroes, warrior princesses and the "ideal" woman in popular culture. The film explores our culture's love of comic book superheroes and raises questions about the possibilities for women within the genre.

Mythological, fantasy heroes are as old as human civilization itself yet the overwhelming majority of such figures share a narrow range of qualities: authoritative strongmen whose leadership, courage and assertiveness is confirmed through physicality, with a propensity for violence and reckless individualism.

Why are these characteristics considered “heroic”? Why do most superheroes show little or no talent for or interest in communication, family, sharing or empathetic caring? Why aren’t those things considered heroic, and how do our ideas about heroism reflect our culture’s values?

Tying the film together is the groundbreaking figure of Wonder Woman. At first a radical alternative to her contemporary World War II-era superheroes, by the '60s the Wonder Woman character had become an uninspiring boutique owner. It wasn't until the '70s, that Wonder Woman was rescued. Gloria Steinem and the women of Ms. Magazine proudly put her on the cover of the very first Ms. Magazine and convinced DC Comics to restore Wonder Woman's remarkable powers. Wonder Woman's fame grew with the mid'-70s television series starring Lynda Carter, and her legacy continues to resonate today, despite the fact that she has yet to make it to the big screen. Her story parallels much of the women's movement in modern times.

SPECIAL REWARDS: For $500 (Option 1) A limited edition woodcut by printmaker, Rebecca Foster, printed on archival handmade japanese paper. Only 10 available!

For $500 (Option 2- For those in the New York area) 2 tickets to an upcoming SLAM Show, the semi-annual performance of the STREB Extreme Action Company at the STREB Lab for Action Mechanics.

For $1250 A 16" x 20" limited edition print by photographer, Dulce Pinzon from her incredible Superhero series. You pick the print! This goes to the first pledger at this amount! This is offered at the cost of the print.

And many more!!

FAQ:

CAN YOU EXCEED THE GOAL?

YES! Kickstarter will allow as much money as is given before the deadline. The more money we raise, the more shoots we can do, the sooner the film will be completed!

WHO DOES THE MONEY GO TO?

All money (minus the fees for Kickstarter’s involvement) will go directly to the funding of the film.

WHAT ARE YOUR DISTRIBUTIONS PLANS?

National and international television is our goal. We also plan to distribute the film in the educational market (schools and colleges), film festivals, home video and the internet. Help us get this film seen!

CAN I SHOW THIS FILM IN MY HOME TOWN ONCE IT IS COMPLETED?

Absolutely! We encourage community screenings with a panel discussion. We will help you organize these once the film is done.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?

Please contact the filmmakers via email: kristy@vaquerafilms.com and kelcey@vaquerafilms.com

THANK YOU TO DULCE PINZON (www.dulcepinzon.com), REBECCA FOSTER (www.buildupteardown.com), TRINA ROBBINS (www.trinarobbins.com), JEN STULLER (www.ink-stainedamazon.com), MIKE MADRID (www.heaven4heroes.com), AND KATHLEEN SWEENEY (www.video-text.com) FOR HELPING US WITH THIS FUNDRAISER AND FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE FILM!

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