SHEBOYGAN — The fascinating evolution of the comic-book character Wonder Woman is laid bare for audiences at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Community Cinema screening of Wonder Women!
The Untold Story of American Superheroines will air on Tuesday, March 5 at 7 PM and Wednesday, March 6 at 12 PM. Both screenings are free, open to the public and followed by a discussion of the film.
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines traces Wonder Woman’s many incarnations, from her birth in the 1940s to her 1960s role as a fashion boutique owner to her resurrection by the women’s liberation movement.
The film offers an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero category. Viewers go behind the scenes with TV stars Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) and Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman), comic writers and artists, and real-life women of influence such as Gloria Steinem and Kathleen Hanna.
“I loved the idea of looking at something as populist as comics to reveal our cultural obsessions, and in particular, how women’s roles have changed over time,” says the film’s co-director Kristy Guevera-Flanagan. “For some it’s Lara Croft, for others it’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but we all need those iconic heroes that tell us we have the power to slay our dragons and don’t have to wait around to be rescued.”
Community Cinema films are shown in the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Theatre, located at 608 New York Avenue in Downtown Sheboygan.
For additional information, call (920) 458-6144 or visit www.jmkac.org.
Community Cinema is a national documentary screening series sponsored locally by the Arts Center, the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.