WEDU Presents Free Community Cinema Preview Screening: Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines


TAMPA, FL (March 12, 2013) — WEDU, West Central Florida’s primary PBS station, continues its Community Cinema season this month with free preview screenings of Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines in Longboat Key, Spring Hill, and Tampa.

The film 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.

The film goes behind the scenes with TV stars Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) and Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman), comic writers and artists, and real-life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna, and others, who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre. A film by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Kelcey Edwards, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines will be screened at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts on Wednesday, March 20th beginning at 6:30pm; Aston Gardens in Tampa on Thursday, March 21st beginning at 6:45pm; and Pasco Hernando Community College in Spring Hill on Thursday, March 21st at 6:00pm.

Wonder Women explores our nation’s long-term love affair with comic book superheroes and raises questions about the possibilities and contradictions of heroines within the genre. Reflecting our culture’s deep-seated ambivalence toward powerful women — even in this so called post-feminist era — women may be portrayed as good, or brave, or even featured as “action babes,” but rarely are they seen as heroes at the center of their own journey.

WHAT: FREE screening of Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines and film discussion.
WHO: Presented by WEDU and ITVS Community Cinema
WHEN: Wednesday, March 20th at 6:30pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)
Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key, FL 34228

WHEN: Thursday, March 21st at 6:00pm
Pasco Hernando Community College-Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court Spring Hill, FL 34606

WHEN: Thursday, March 21st at 6:45pm
Aston Gardens-Tampa, 12951 W Linebaugh Ave, Tampa, FL 33626

RSVP: www.wedu.org/cinema (Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reservations are requested.)

Download the full press release at www.wedu.org/press.