LOOKING FOR LEIA is a documentary that explores the Star Wars phenomenon from the perspective of "fangirls," women and girls who connect deeply to the galaxy far, far away and are unique in the traditionally male Nerd arena.
LOOKING FOR LEIA features the stories of intergenerational and culturally diverse women who discuss their love of the Star Wars universe and the passion and creativity with which they demonstrate their fandom. The series explores expressions of fandom: From droid builders, cosplayers, saber guilds and convention goers, to women using Star Wars in the classroom, women in STEM, fan fictionalists, collectors, and multi-generational fan families. The cultural implications of women in science fiction and fantasy genre and women’s media representation in these genres is discussed by cinephiles, psychologists, scholars, artists, and authors. The series reaches far beyond the legacy of Leia to examine how stories of women’s Star Wars fandom speak to experiences of gender resilience and resistance. LOOKING FOR LEIA is a joyous gender justice project that shifts the traditionally male-centered narrative of “geek culture,” and highlights and humanizes stories and voices rarely centered in cultural discussions. Sit back, because we’re about to fem-splain Star Wars fandom.
We've gotten some great press coverage in The Verge, Good Morning America, The Mary Sue, and Nerdist, and you can hear director Annalise Ophelian on FanGirls Going Rogue, Unmistakably Star Wars, and read her interview on Everyday Fangirl.
We're proud to partner with WeTransfer as winners of Seed&Spark's #100DaysofOptimism rally, providing grant funding and marketing support.
sneak peek trailer
four minutes of footage compiled at Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017
11 minutes of interview footage from our interviews around the country
Just in time for convention season, the Looking for Leia pop up shop is now live! Find stickers and patches with free shipping on our site, and t-shirts, tote bags, mugs and more at TeePublic. Check out original designs from our team!