WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines
by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan & Kelcey Edwards
SXSW Wrap-Up & Shipping Rewards
Hello again supporters, We wanted to send you all some more details about our wonderful experience at SXSW last month.
In addition we wanted to let you know that we will be shipping pledge rewards shortly. Please take a minute to fill out the survey if you haven't had a chance yet, so we know where to find you. We still need to print and package the DVDs, so you can expect them a bit later this summer. And be sure to become a fan of our page on Facebook so you can find out about potential screenings near you!
Check out our recap below, all possible because of you! Thank you again!
Kristy & Kelcey
WONDER WOMEN’S whirlwind adventure at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival came to a close on Friday, March 16, the day of our last screening. It’s because of you, our KICKSTARTER supporters, that being at the festival was possible. We wanted to share with you highlights from Austin and encourage you to keep up with the film on either our website, Facebook and Twitter. Thank you again for ensuring the finished film got off to an amazing start.
Friday, March 9
Producer Kelcey Edwards and Executive Producer Erin Prather Stafford attended the Filmmakers Welcome Lunch at Troublemaker Studios. While there they met many of the amazing filmmakers behind works screening at SXSW and the man behind Troublemaker Studios, Robert Rodriguez. Kelcey and Erin also had a chance to meet Joss Whedon, who was at the festival for his film Cabin In The Woods. WONDER WOMEN! Director Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Intern Jackie Grieff arrived later that afternoon. The WONDER WOMEN team got busy posting posters across the Austin Convention Center and other locations where the film was screening. SXSW hint: a stepladder can make all the difference in ensuring your poster gets a good place on the column.
Production Assistant, Jackie, hanging posters
Also, Angela Watercutter wrote this article for Wired.com that specifically addresses KICKSTARTER campaigns and the impact they had on SXSW 2012 projects.
Saturday, March 10
WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines premiered to a sold out crowd at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar. Film characters Carmela Lane and Katie Pineda were able to attend the screening, along with members of their families. Everyone got an amazing surprise when Joss Whedon showed up to see the documentary with his wife Kai. Afterwards the WONDER WOMEN! team headed over to Jovita’s on First Street to indulge in some Tex-Mex. Kristy and Kelcey were presented with their own WONDER WOMEN! cake to recognize the four years it took to create the film and to celebrate their remarkable achievement.
The women of Wonder Women!
Earlier in the day 97° West’s film crew caught up with Kristy and Kelcey at the Austin Convention Center and asked what drove them to make the film.
Sunday, March 11
The WONDER WOMEN! team hosted a community event for Austin residents 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. 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 WONDER WOMEN.
Monday, MARCH 12
WONDER WOMEN sold out its second screening at the Violet Crown theatre. Melissa Silverstein at Indiewire posted an interview with the filmmakers. Additionally WONDER WOMEN! was voted a Buzz Screening. An additional SXSW screening was put on the schedule for Wednesday night at the new Alamo Drafthouse on Slaughter Lane.
Tuesday, March 13
WONDER WOMEN’S third screening at the Alamo Ritz on Sixth Street is another sellout. Earlier in the morning Kristy and Kelcey visited with the folks at the KXAN NBC 36 station in Austin.
In attendance at the screening was Robert Faires who wrote this review for the Austin Chronicle. Joelle Pearson with Austin Woman Magazine also saw the film and shared her thoughts. Kristy and Kelcey held another engaging Q&A session, which resulted in this article by Christopher Rosen at Moviefone for the Huffington Post.
The SXSW 2012 Film Festival officially ended with the SXSW Film Awards Ceremony and closing party. WONDER WOMEN! went out with a bang at its final sold out screening at Alamo Ritz on Friday.
Since SXSW the film has garnered more media buzz and we’re in the process of submitting to other film festivals with hopes acquiring a major distributor.
SXSW was only the beginning!