Looking for Leia is an upcoming documentary by award-winning filmmaker Annalise Ophelian that “explores the Star Wars phenomenon from the perspective of fangirls.”

Filmed at Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017, the film features interviews with cultural critics, film buffs and female fans who share their personal stories about how they came to love the galaxy far, far away.

In a statement on her website, Annalise explains how, in part, the magic of watching Star Wars as a young girl inspired her…

For many of us, Star Wars was the first time we saw a female character holding her own on screen, and the first time we had permission to geek out on a genre previously reserved for boys. And the most recent Star Wars films, comics, books, and animated series have had unparalleled numbers of female protagonists and women in central story roles. On screen and behind the scenes, women are driving Star Wars like never before. 

This is only a sneak peek of what’s to come, as Annalise will continue filming this summer and fall, and hopes to finish up in summer 2018. On the project’s website, she notes that she’s looking to connect with more girls and women. “Women of cisgender experience, women of transgender experience, masculine of center/butch women, queer women, straight women, people who identify as gender non-binary or gender nonconforming and feel that their story belongs in a film about fangirls. Gender is a big, complex concept: For this project, the shorthand ‘women’ and ‘female’ includes ALL the kinds of women described above.”

If you are interested in getting involved visit Looking For Leia.

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