San Diego Comic-Con 2019: Higher. Further. Faster. – Are we there yet?

4:30p.m. – 5:30p.m. Female superheroes are finally getting their due on screen – and reigning at the box office. Star Wars centers a female Jedi, Black Panther brought a dynamic array of female characters to the MCU, and we have the first female Doctor since the character’s 1963 debut. Women-owned companies like Jordandené and subscription boxes like FanMail provide female-fan-forward fashion and merchandising opportunities that didn’t exist a … Read More

Rebel Women of Star Wars

“A Woman’s Place is in The Resistance!” “The Fempire Strikes Back!” “I Rebel!” From protest signs to costumes to political strategy, these and other mantras are present in contemporary resistance phenomena. The rebel women of Star Wars have taken on a timely significance as resistance organizers embody Star Wars values as they connect them to real world issues in a … Read More

SIFF Education: Super/Villainesses on Screen – A Three Night Exploration of Nasty Women and Female Rage!

November 1 – 15, 2018 “The witch is the pop-culture heroine we need right now,” said Vulture in regards to contemporary American politics. Comedy Central’s Broad City devoted an episode to celebrating the elemental power of witchy women, while standout characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe like Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Nebula and Thor: Ragnorok‘s Hela are presented with unprecedented … Read More

Wonder Woman: Herstory of a Heroine on Screen

Spend an afternoon diving into the history of the world’s most iconic superheroine with pop culture historian and local geek girl, Jennifer K. Stuller. If you sobbed and cheered when Princess Diana charged across No Man’s Land in 2017’s Wonder Woman, then you’ll want to join Jen for an in-depth look at Wonder Woman’s cinematic evolution. Starting from Cathy Lee … Read More

That’s Debatable: Politics is Ruining Pop Culture

In 2018, politics is pop culture and pop culture is politics. Is this inextricable link a good thing, or is it ruining what we love about both? Join KUOW and the MoPOP for a debate about the proposition: “Politics is ruining pop culture.” With a panel of smart Seattleites, we’ll unpack how the current political landscape is changing how we … Read More

What Rebellions are Built On – SDCC 2018

Thanks to What Do We Want Films, the What Rebellions are Built On: Popular Culture, Radical Hope, and Politically Engaged Geeks conversation is available for viewing on Vimeo!

GeekED – Civility vs. Anger

It seems that the odds of successfully surviving a discussion around politics these days are 3,720 to 1. The level of aggression in your average DC vs. Marvel argument at Comic-Con International parallels conversations around hot topics on college campuses. Are polarized positions part of the fun, or do they create barriers to more rich and nuanced conversations? Are activities … Read More

What Rebellions Are Built On – SDCCI 2018

As America faces the drawing up of Death Star plans (or border walls, refugee bans, and faith-based registries) culture and politics have never felt so…pop culturian as now. But stories have always been political, and fandom has too. In this Darkest Timeline, themes of hope and rebellion in stories such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Wonder Woman are serving … Read More

Amazons and Other Ass-Kickers: The Evolution of Superheroines

Are you a fan of ass-kicking warrior women? Wanna take a deep dive into their cinematic herstory with me? Then – HUZZAH – you are in luck because I will be teaching a three night class at the SIFF Film Center this Spring!!! Tickets are on sale now, and would make an excellent holiday gift for the PNW geek girl … Read More

Wonder Woman: Herstory of a Heroine on Screen

Spend an afternoon diving into the history of the world’s most iconic superheroine with pop culture historian and local geek girl, Jennifer K. Stuller. If you sobbed and cheered when Princess Diana charged across No Man’s Land in 2017’s Wonder Woman, then you’ll want to join Jen for an in-depth look at Wonder Woman’s cinematic evolution. Starting from Cathy Lee Crosby’s 1974 pilot, … Read More