Her-POW! New Adventures of Vintage Comic Book Heroines!
Her-POW! New Adventures of Vintage Comic Book Heroines!
Looking for superhero movies that are headlined by female characters? Look no further! These three short films feature comic book heroines from the Golden Age of comics: The Woman in Red, The Veiled Avenger, and Ghost Woman. Something to tide you over until the Wonder Woman movie...
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About The Project
Women and girls have been clamoring for decades to have the kind of representation in superhero comic books that men and boys have. How many versions of Spiderman, Batman and Superman movies have been made, while we are still eagerly awaiting our first Wonder Woman movie?
Even in television, which can move faster than movies, we had to wait through The Cape, Arrow, Constantine, The Flash, Daredevil, and ten seasons of Smallville before they gave Supergirl a try.
Was the comics genre always this unbalanced? It certainly feels like we have been fighting to add one or two female protagonists to the boy's club of superheroes that has existed forever. But the current imbalance is actually the worst it’s been: in the Golden and Silver Ages of comics in the 1940’s and ‘50’s, there was an abundance of female heroes, some super and some not, who headlined their own comic strips. Women from faraway worlds with superpowers, plucky girl reporters, female pilots and gumshoes, women transformed into superheroes by strange accidents or by their own doing, all of these women and more filled the pages of comic books.
Thanks to the internet, many of these strips can now be found online. And thanks to many of these characters falling into the public domain, these amazing heroines can now return for new adventures!
Of the over 75 characters we identified in the public domain, our writers chose three for our first round of filmmaking. They are: The Woman in Red, The Veiled Avenger, and Ghost Woman. (We will share more about each of these characters in updates as this campaign progresses.)
Each of these fantastic heroines will be the star of a short film, which will serve as either a proof of concept for a feature, or the pilot of a webseries. These shorts will be uploaded to the internet for public consumption as soon as they are finished, so we can spread the word and share the love.
We can’t wait for the Wonder Woman movie to hit the screen, but meanwhile, we want your help to bring three more amazing comic book heroines to your computer screen!
Inclusion StatementDespite how the source material features all white and mostly male characters, these re-invented worlds will be gender, race and LGBTQ inclusive. Why wouldn't they be? We also will carry that inclusivity behind the camera, committing to at least 50% female crew members.
About This Team
Dawn Alden - Writer/Fearless Leader
Dawn Alden is a mover, a shaker and a maker. She holds an MFA in Acting, and has over 25 years experience in that, stage combat, new work development and producing. She founded and ran an all-female theatre company in Chicago (Babes With Blades), and now acts and runs a film production company in LA (Vicarious Films). She is working with iWe (www.joiniwe.com) to make real and lasting change to the gender disparity in Hollywood. She is dedicated to creating work by and about women, for everyone. dawnalden.com
Catelin Dziuba - Costume Designer
Catelin is a costume designer with over six years of experience. She has worked in mediums ranging from theater, film, and commercials to music videos, TV, and web series. While her specialty is horror, she loves working with bold colors and recreating looks from the 40's, 60's, and 80's. Part of her talent as a designer is organizing the wardrobe needs for each character, sussing out amazing thrift store finds, sewing and fabricating costumes as needed, and then supervising and maintaining continuity on set. She is based out of Los Angeles, California.
Edgar Landa - Fight Choreographer
Edgar is the resident fight/violence instructor and fight director for the USC School of Dramatic Arts. He is a long-standing member of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, where he serves on the faculty as a Fight and Text instructor and has worked extensively in their nationally recognized education programs. Edgar creates violence and mayhem for theatres small and big, including The Mark Taper Forum, Kirk Douglas Theatre, South Coast Repertory, San Diego Rep, Annenberg PAC, Getty Villa, Cornerstone Theatre, Theatre @ Boston Court and many others. Edgar is an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab & the Directors Lab West and is a graduate of the USC School of Dramatic Arts. He most recently directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Thin Air Shakespeare in Jackson Hole, WY and is directing the Loyola Marymount University production of Culture Clash’s Chavez Ravine this fall.
Stina Pederson - Writer
Stina hails from Seattle, WA, where she studied creative writing at the University of Washington. She writes poetry, novels, stage plays, and film scripts. Her most recently produced work was the award nominated play Up Down Stick Stuck, a collaboration by five writers for the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Stina fell in love with film writing after joining LA film collective We Make Movies. She is dedicated to increasing the number of complex and non-sexist film roles for women. stinapederson.com
Tracy Schmetterer - Writer/Actor
After joining SAG at age 11 and spending many years in New York and Los Angeles pursuing the acting dream, Tracy discovered a passion for writing in 2007 and she hasn’t looked back since. One comical blog and four short films later, Tracy was ecstatic to choose a piece that is not only super fun, but a true homage to women and comic book heroines. The Veiled Avenger has been such a joy for her to revive, and she hopes everyone will get the chance to enjoy the campiness and power of this super heroine on screen.
Brendan Weinhold - Actor
Brendan works to build community with theatre and film. He's a big fan of all the things he did at theatre camp when he was a kid, and he cultivates that playfulness within the companies he joins. He’s written sketch comedy for Daily Fiber Films and Second City Hollywood. He's led workshops for 4-H, First Stage Milwaukee, Seattle Children's Theatre, Youth Theatre Northwest, and We Make Movies. He is a CSzLA improviser, BookPALS reader, award-nominated Hollywood Fringe actor and writer for Ray Burley Productions, Young Storytellers Foundation mentor, feminist, and Wisconsin farm kid. Brendan has a B.A. in Drama from the University of Washington. BrendanWeinhold.com
Angela Acuna - Producer
Angela is a sometime stage manager, new producer, and full time dog personal assistant. Her hobbies include improv, watching old Mexican horror films and LARP. She is currently writing her first play for the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival.