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Women, Whisky and Not Telling Mum: A Chat with Fawzia Mirza

Tom Sykes: Your new one-woman show Me, My Mom and Sharmila is partly inspired by the Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore. What do you admire about Tagore?

Fawzia Mirza: Firstly, she is from the same era as my mother, so my mother’s look, style of dress and the way she does her hair resembles Tagore back in her heyday of the 1960s and ’70s. Secondly, a there was a song that I heard a lot growing up called ‘Queen of My Dreams’ from the film Aradhana (Adoration). It was a huge hit in 1969 and won the Indian equivalent of the Oscar. While driving through the Kashmiri mountains, her co-star Rajesh Khanna sings this song about the love of his life. It’s so iconic for me and influenced my ideas about romance, love, womanhood and what I felt love should and could be. My play is based on the shared love my mother and I have for this Indian film heroine and I use Tagore as a way of exploring my relationship with my mother, my background and my identity.

TS: Was writing and performing Me, My Mom and Sharmila a different challenge to the other kinds of work you’ve done?

Everything I write is based on a personal experience or on my own political outlook. I write stories I want that I feel are lacking in the mainstream media.

FM: The play was unique because the character’s name is Fawzia and it’s very personal; there’s a lot of real-life stuff in there taken from my own upbringing. The challenge was how to write about my relationship with my mum, which is always evolving, always changing. It can be emotional because sometimes you don’t want to deal with certain issues or revisit events in the past.

TS: What did your mother make of the play?

FM: Even though we love and support each other very much, my work is not something I share with her. That issue’s still evolving too and who knows whether the situation will be different in a year. She’s never seen the show. There are parts of it she would enjoy and other parts she’d find difficult, I think.

TS: You’re probably best known for your web series Kam Kardashian. How much of you is in the main character?

I wanted to create a strong queer woman who challenged the idea of the model minority that you see so much in the mainstream. You know, if you’re gay you have to be rich or funny. If you’re South Asian you can’t be angry. If you’re lesbian you have to have long hair. I didn’t want Kam to fit these moulds.

FM: What’s fun about her is that I get to explore parts of myself and not be apologetic about any of it. She’s gruff, she loves to drink, she gets herself into predicaments. But she’s loveable too. In the series I’m not constantly talking about being gay or brown-skinned, I just am. I don’t have to explain anyone why you are drinking whisky neat – it’s just part of the character. Do I like to drink neat whisky in real life? Yes I do.

TS: The response to Kam has generally been positive. Have you had any criticisms?

FM: Most of the criticisms have been about the Kardashians, from people who hate anything connected to them. The idea behind the show is that Kam is a sort of long-lost lesbian sister to that family. Other viewers think it’s real funny, just as if it turned out that Margaret Thatcher or the Clintons had this secret sibling who was gay!

TS: You’ve also acted in more traditional TV shows like Chicago Fire. How does working on a bigger production like that differ from the web series you’ve done?

FM: Chicago Fire is such a large-scale production and event. There are fire trucks and cars exploding and special FX and jigs and dollies. Everyone’s role is very important, but you are just one small part of a big system. It’s wonderful and I hope to do more, but I love making my own work with my friend and collaborator Ryan Logan. I call him my “Platonic life husband”! We co-wrote Kam and he directed and edited it. There’s something so organic about being there from start to finish – from having the idea to the creation process to production to post-production to the editing phase.

TS: Do you think LGBTs have come to be more accepted within the South Asian community in the US?

FM: I think the phrase “coming out” is problematic. Growing up in an immigrant family that has conservative religious and cultural traditions makes coming out a much more layered, nuanced and difficult process. For example, I remember dating someone who told me that I just needed to tell my mum I was a lesbian. I said that it really wasn’t that easy! When I was a kid I wasn’t allowed to date or go to dances or proms. You can’t drink in our family house and nor can you wear certain kinds of clothing. Am I supposed to suddenly say, ‘Hey mum, I know you didn’t allow me to date guys when I was younger, but now I’m having sex with women’? It’s quite a leap. I’m still at the stage where it would be tough enough to tell her that I like a drink or that I don’t really agree with her religious views, much less come out to her.

I look at LGBTs in Africa and Asia and our struggles are different. I’m privileged to live in a country where, regardless of my family dynamic, I can live in a city where I can feel comfortable walking down the street holding hands with whomever I want. It makes all the difference that I belong to the Indian diaspora in the US as opposed to living in India and trying to love a woman there. I can empathise with people in that situation, but their fight is not the same as mine.

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Vampire Webseries ‘Carmilla’ is the Better, Queerer Alternative to Twilight

If you’ve spent more than 5 minutes in the pop culture side of the Internet then when it comes to vampires you’ve probably heard it all. They glitter (or just burn) in the sun, they also can’t see their reflections in mirrors and they have an aversion to garlic. Jeez, trying to season their meals must be the worst.

More often than not, the vampire love stories on TVs and in cinemas are inane and heterosexual too, essentially being like every other male/female love story but with extra undeadedness.

We’ve seen this 10,000 times before and we’re all bored of it. Thank goodness for Carmilla then, the vampire webseries that not only has a strong story but a whole lot of queerness too.

Based on the 19th century novella by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla is all about a girl (Laura) whose college roommate disappears into thin air. Following a round of other weird disappearances of other girls on campus, she puts together a series of vlogs to document her journey as she attempts to get to the bottom of it.

[tweet_dis]That’s the basic premise then, so where does the queerness come in?[/tweet_dis] Well with one roomie vanishing into nothing, leaving just a trail of unidentified goop in her wake, Laura gets a new one in the form of the titular Carmilla.

Carmilla likes late nights, setting things on fire and flirting unashamedly with Laura. Oh, and she also happens to be a vampire too! The main ship on the show, Carmilla causes trouble for Laura but is also a surprising ally in the race to save the missing roommate and discover what happened to the other girls who’ve been taken.

But, Laura x Carmilla shippers have another roadblock to face (as if the whole, undead vampire thing wasn’t enough) in the form of Danny. Danny is a new friend of Laura’s who also appears to have a little crush on her too. It’s sweet! Both Laura-centric ships are adorable and it’s clear there’s something there even if the show doesn’t seem to be interested in sticking labels all up on them.

These three are backed up in their quest to protect the campus by best friends Perry and LaFontaine (basically the adorable mother hens of the show) and the latter character also seems to be queer.

So in short, Carmilla has a fantastic premise, a mostly female cast of characters to fall in love with and some queer lovelines to follow too. That’s probably everything we’ve been looking for in a show and episodes are about 4 minutes long on average. So what are you waiting for? A link to Carmilla is below.

Click here to watch the first episode of Carmilla.

Lesbian Webseries ‘Kiss Her I’m Famous’ by Rolla Selbak Out for All to Watch

Award-winning out Filmmaker Rolla Selbak is releasing the complete web series ‘Kiss Her I’m Famous’ (KHIF) for free viewing.

As of October 10, 2014, fans will be able to enjoy a binge-watching marathon of “KHIF”, indulging in two full season all at once on www.kissherimfamous.com.

Created and directed by the award-winning filmmaker, the show is based on two hilarious and clueless characters played by The Real L-Word’s Tracy Ryerson and Ilea Matthews, who aim to create a celebrity sex tape to launch them into fame.  The show satirizes the booming business of the sex tape madness, and how celebrity wannabes utilizes their home movies as a ticket to greater stardom and a major payday.

The first season of the show premiered to great success, with the trailer alone reaching 1 MILLION+ combined views on YouTube in less than a week!

In the meantime her new online interview web series – ‘Grrl’s Guide To Filmmaking’, in which she shares her personal Hollywood vlogs as she visits some of the freshest female filmmakers making it happen today, continues to stream new episodes on tellofilms.com.

Grrl’s Guide To Filmmaking offers an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes, showing the magic, behind the magic. Selbak’s first Episode featuring Faith Soloway of the buzz-heavy show ‘Transparent’ has already been receiving a lot of attention. In the epsiode,  Soloway invitesSelbak onto the Paramount lot where she walks us through the genius behind the writing, and sneaks us into a writer’s meeting. Also she breaks out into song. For real!

Not one to rest on her laurels, Selbak is currently independently writing a TV Series entitled ‘Black Perls’, following the lives of a group of female hackers in the 90s, at the dawn of the Internet.

For more information go to:  http://www.rollaselbak.com/

Start Watching of New Lesbian Web Series from Brazil ‘RED’

The new Brazilian web series RED is now out – in Portuguese but with english sub-titles (perfect). We highly recommend you all start watching this slick new series that already has our pulses racing – addictive viewing.

RED is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and tells the story of two actresses, Mel Béart and Liz Malmo, that meet on the set of a short film called RED. The two women soon take their developing romance from the set, as Scarlet and Simone (Mel and Liz, respectively), to real life.

RED will have a total of eight webisodes in its first season, premiering weekly on Vimeo. It’s a lesbian-themed webseries independently produced and financed by its creators, Viv Schiller and Germana Belo, who were inspired by other great content shared within the LGBT community. Coming from a country where sexual diversity is timidly discussed, both writers felt it was time to create awesome content for [the local] people who want to see more stories that focus on same-sex relationships.

Viv and Germana pitched their idea to actor and director Fernando Belo, who decided to embrace the project. The producers started a campaign to raise R$ 7.000 (Brazilian Reais) through crowd funding for season two.

Fawzia Mirza Brings The World New Comedic Web Series – ‘Brown Girl Problems’

Fawzia Mirza, creator of the character Kam Kardashian, brings you a new comedic web series, ‘Brown Girl Problems’.

It is a sketch-style series showcasing the comedic, awkward and even imaginary situations in the life of South Asian women. The show highlights Mirza’s own minority backgrounds: South Asian, Muslim, queer.

The show stars Fawzia Mirza as “The Brown Girl” and features Chicago TV, film and theatre actress Minita Gandhi as “The Brown Girl’s Best Friend” and “Mother”. The show also features Chicago stand up comedy favorites Candy Lawrence and Tamale Sepp and The Second City’s Neal Dandade (“Chai Chat”) and Abby McEnany (“Meet the McCardles”).

“I wanted to highlight and embrace my intersecting identities in a fun way. And I’ve been calling myself ‘The Brown Girl’ for years, I mean, who hasn’t?”

Fawzia Mirza

The series is produced and written by Mirza, directed by CJ Arellano and shot by Jason Culver featuring all original music by 2014 Sundance Composers Lab fellow, Josh Moshier.

The watch the entire series here at KitschMix.TV

Watch the Teaser for New Brazilian Lesbian Webs Series ‘RED’

RED is the a new web series from Brazil. An 8 episode show, that has been pitched as a cross between a noir film of the 50s, with a modern L Word twist.

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The web series tells the story of Mel Béart and Liz Malmo, two actresses who meet while shooting a short film and end up taking their on-screen relation off-scree.

However, the show is not just a visual experience. What is interesting about this web series, is the creators plan to use social media channels to also tell the stories.

“RED also comes up with the proposal to bring its audience a broader way of experiencing the story you want to tell, through a narrative that, in this case, is not restricted to audiovisual and generates content on different platforms, such as social networks like Twitter and Instagram. This means that the viewer knows the story not only through watching, but also information that has access through these different means. Far from being new, is the fact that, today, still offers little in that direction when we consider what is produced nationally… “

RED Production Team

The series will be launched on the Internet in late September.

The LGBT visibility has increasingly been the subject of discussions, and film to large networks of foreign television industry, we see a growing investment stories with this theme. However, when it comes to the national media, this movement is still shy. Gradually television is opening space for these characters and stories, but we’re still taking its first steps in this direction. Projects like ours are very important to show the mainstream media that there is rather a large LGBT audience that wants to see represented in a realistic way, with respect and without lapse into caricature or traditionalist censorship. Enabling the first and second seasons of RED, we hope to contribute to the advancement of this discussion and to open more space for the LGBT audience in novels, TV series, movies, and others.

We hope this is the first of several projects developed by RED team. The success of our first few seasons will be opening doors to develop new series and movies, always addressing issues that we consider important to the society we live in, counted in order to enhance the experience of our viewer.

RED Production Team

Get Ready, Season 3 of ‘Starting From Now’ will be with us November 18th

Thats right, Season 3 of the hit web series ‘Starting From Now’ will be with us November 18th, and here is a teaser to get you ready…

 

The drama started with a love triangle, but now the show has reached a whole new level of excitement, with betrayal in mix and heartbreak tearing relationships apart.

So what can we expect from Season 3? After two successful seasons, writer and director of’ ‘Starting From Now’, Julie Kalceff has hinted there will be new locations and maybe some new faces this season “…it’s definitely shifting up a gear”.

Watch season 1 & 2 here at KitschMix.TV

 

Watch Episode 1 of ‘Rods and Cones’ – The new lesbian comedy from Wife.TV

Watch Episode 1 of ‘Rods and Cones’, created by comedy duo – Tara Jepsen and Beth Lisick.

‘Rods & Cones’ is a comedy series about high-power, low-profit comics Carole and Mitzi, as they take on their rivals, The MILFies.

The comedy is the first original web series to premiere on Wifey.tv, a video network by and for women. Watch the first season of ‘Rods and Cones’ on KitschMix.TV

Synopsis – Carole and Mitzi jangle it down a hill and make a soft landing on a couple of disgruntled performance artists.

Watch: ‘Rods & Cones’ a New Lesbian Buddy Comedy from Tara Jepsen and Beth Lisick

Created by comedy duo – Tara Jepsen and Beth Lisick, ‘Rods & Cones’ is a comedy series about high-power, low-profit comics Carole and Mitzi, as they take on their rivals, The MILFies.

Whats the plot – well two recently art school graduates who are in debt. After being rudely interrupted by a pair of lovable comedians, Carole Murphy and Mitzi Fitzsimmons, whose Hot Mom act simply kills, they decide to join them in a comedy contest with a cash prize called Over the Shoulder Comedy Boulders Festival.

“We, Beth Lisick and Tara Jepsen, have been performing Carole and Mitzi on video and live for over ten years, all over the USA, in venues both prestigious (UCB Theatre L.A., Dixon Place NYC) and provincial (weddings). Carole and Mitzi are dysfunctional but powerfully happy women in their late 40s/early 50s/early 60s (it’s never clear and they don’t remember their age) who clean a gay men’s bath house to get by. They drink quite a bit and eat a lot of pancakes. They are aspiring “estrogen comediennes.” They are fun, resourceful, likable characters who have no use for modern contrivances (though they do enormously enjoy riding the bus). Carole is gay and Mitzi is an all-play, though both will have sex with pretty much anyone.”

Tara Jepsen and Beth Lisick

Creators Jepsen and Lisick, are not the only compelling participants in R&C’s cast. Erin Markey and Jibz Cameron play opposite Lisick and Jepsen as George and Bess (The MILFies), protagonists who aim to turn their performance art into a more lucrative comedy routine. The roles of George and Bess were specifically written for Markey and Cameron, both of whom are prolific performers and tremendous comedic talents.

“We’ve been performing with them live for years, and have always wanted to create more ways to collaborate. Their portrayal of the MILFies has already been a source of great joy. It only promises to get more insane.”

Tara Jepsen and Beth Lisick

Additional crew members are Michelle Lawler as Director of Photography, Kristina Davies (video and motion graphics editor for diverse projects from Vice to Nirvana to Spike Jonze), and first-time director Laurel Frank.

The comedy is the first original web series to premiere on Wifey.tv, a video network by and for women. Episode One will be available starting September 5th.

Women are the subject, not the object – Wifey.tv

‘K&A’ – a Web Series Worth Watching

K&AThe KitschMix team have a new weekly passion, and it comes in the shape of K&A.

If you like Broad City, then you will love this. Set in the city of Boston, this comedy centres around Karly (straight) and Alex (lesbian), best friends since college, whose dysfunctional, co-dependent, drinking, and drug taking relationship impedes them from ever finding someone special in their lives besides each other.

Created by Katie Shannon and Katie Thompson, and starring Audrey Johnson and Ashley Elmi – this ‘no-holds-bar’ web series is a delight to watch.

The first episode premiered back in June, with episodes airing on a weekly basis on YouTube.

Boooooo – The Season Finale of ‘Starting From Now’

Here it is the final of Starting From Now – the lesbian web series that follows the increasingly tangled lives of four gay women in inner-city Sydney.

If you love the show as much as we do, be sure to get be hind the team who produce it. They have launched a crowd funding campaign in order to make Season 3. You can check out the list of rewards at this link: https://dana.io/starting-from-now

S2 E6 | Synopsis: Darcy has a decision to make.

New Episode of the Australian Hit ‘Starting From Now’

Watch episode 5 of the lesbian web series ‘Starting From Now’. The series is the brainchild of multi-award winning writer/director, Julie Kalceff, and stars Sarah de Possesse, Rosie Lourde, Lauren Orrell, Bianca Bradey, and Linda Grasso.

Steph feels as though she’s losing Darcy and makes one final bid to win her back.

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Its Here Episode 4 of Season 2’s Starting From Now

Starting From Now, is the exciting lesbian web series from Common Language Films, that follows the increasingly tangled lives of four lesbians in Sydney. The series is the brainchild of multi-award winning writer/director, Julie Kalceff; the show stars Sarah de Possesse, Rosie Lourde, Lauren Orrell, Bianca Bradey, and Linda Grasso.

S2 E3 | Synopsis

Kristen decides to take control and it’s Steph who pays the price.

Watch Lesbian Web Series Starting From Now, Ep03 of Season 2

From Common Language Films, Starting From Now is the hottest lesbian web series set in Australia. The show stars Sarah de Possesse, Rosie Lourde, Lauren Orrell, Bianca Bradey, and Linda Grasso.

S2 E3 | Synopsis

After being out all night, Kristen finally arrives home. Darcy treads carefully as the tension mounts between them.

Your Next Addition of Hit Lesbian Web Series ‘Starting From Now’ – S2 E2

If you haven’t seen the lesbian web series from Australia, then you’re missing out. Starting From Now! is now in season 2, and the drama is in fall swing.

From Common Language Films, the show stars Sarah de Possesse, Rosie Lourde, Lauren Orrell, Bianca Bradey, and Linda Grasso.

S2 E2 | Synopsis

Steph sees the party as a chance to talk to Darcy. But when Kristen sees them alone, she finally realizes what’s been going on.

Its Here – Season 2 of Starting From Now

The series, which has been praised for it’s strong performances and addictive story line, has reached close to half a million views since in launched in March 2014. It’s currently showcased on the largest lesbian media sites in the United States (One More Lesbian) and the Caribbean (PNT), where it regularly heads the top 5 of the programs featured. The series also regularly rates in the top 10 of the peoples choice of indie soaps in U.S. blog, We Love Soaps.

We launched Season 2 of Starting From … Now! on Tuesday night. This meant not only releasing the first episode online, but also holding a launch party where we screened the first three episodes of the season for cast and crew, family and friends, industry and press. It was a great night.

Lauren Orrell

Season Two will see the return of it’s popular Australian cast, Bianca Bradey, Sarah de Possesse, Rosie Lourde and Lauren Orrell. The story line follows the fallout from Season One’s infidelity between characters Steph Fraser (de Possesse) and Darcy Peters (Lourde).

When I first set out to make this web series, I hadn’t planned on making a second season. I thought I’d make one season and then move onto another project. But then something happened. It was the day after we’d wrapped. I remember returning some of the gear we’d borrowed for the shoot, hauling it through the streets of Sydney. I was exhausted. I’d hardly slept, we’d just come off a ten-day shoot and the gear was really heavy but I couldn’t stop thinking about what would happen next. What happens later that day, that week, when Darcy goes home, when Steph next sees Emily, when Kristen finds out? It kept nagging at me. I wanted to know, just as much as anyone else. So I went home and wrote it and there was Season 2. It sounds flippant to say it like that and I wish writing was that easy, but for some reason, these episodes came to me more easily than anything else I’ve ever written. It’s like they were already there, just waiting to come out.

Lauren Orrell


S02 E01 | Starting From Now

Kristen arrives home, oblivious to how Darcy has spent the afternoon. She suggests they throw a party to celebrate Steph’s birthday. While careful not raise Kristen’s suspicions, Darcy does everything she can to talk her out of it.

Interview with SCISSR Creator Lauren Augarten

Tom Sykes: You’ve made a pilot for a drama series called SCISSR about the trials and tribulations of four lesbians living in New York City. How did you come up with the idea?

Lauren Augarten: I came out later in life and there wasn’t a lot of lesbian TV or film I could identify with at the time, apart from The L Word. In other shows, the characters were in their thirties and lived these charmed lives. I couldn’t relate to this, as a twenty something living in Brooklyn struggling to make ends meet.

I wanted to create something that reflected my community and that’s how SCISSR happened. I invented some characters but wasn’t sure how to connect them. Then Taylor Blakin – the actress who plays my best friend in the show – told me she had joined an online community of women and they all decided to meet up in real life. That inspired me to write about an iPhone app that would bring together my characters.

TS: What are your hopes for the pilot? Where would you like it to lead?

LA: The pilot we’ve made is for a web series and it’s nine minutes long. I’ve now written a half hour pilot which we’re pitching to networks in the hope they’ll produce a full-length TV show. If the networks aren’t ready for that then I’ll produce the rest of the web series myself.

TS: What advantages would an online show have over a TV show?

LA: When you work on the web you don’t have a network telling you what you can and can’t do. It doesn’t matter whether the actor is unknown or not, you can cast whoever you want to. My first job as a sixteen-year-old was assisting a casting director in Sydney. That experience has really informed my approach to acting and film-making – I think casting is vital to a successful production.

You get to pick your own team as well – director, cinematographer, editor etc. You have to be really lucky to be in that position when you’re employed by a network. That world is so much more business-oriented and you are answerable all kinds of people.

The downside of making a web series is that you have to do so much for yourself. Right now I’m not only writing the show but managing the publicity, while trying to hold down my day job. I’m working from six in the morning till midnight almost every day!

TS: Is your day job related to film-making?

LA: Yes. I’ve just moved to LA and am evaluating scripts for a couple of production companies. I’m also doing some acting.

I come from Australia originally and moved to New York to attend acting school. When I graduated I didn’t like the auditions I was getting. They were all essentially for a “hot brunette woman in her twenties, surprisingly intelligent”. I quickly got sick of roles like that!

I started volunteering at production companies. I’ve worked in almost every department imaginable and that wide experience has really helped with making SCISSR .

TS: You have promoted yourself widely through social media. What impact is it having?

LA: A web PR firm gave me advice about writing press releases and approaching the media. SCISSR  now has 20,000 views and only 2 dislikes. I’ve been surprised at quite how positive the response has been. I didn’t think any of the lesbian media would be interested, but they have been. Later on I’m doing a live web-chat with the Huffington Post, a major news website.

I think my team has to take the credit for the success. At the time, some of them were based in Philadelphia, and during filming they all moved into my apartment in Brooklyn. We were like one big family!

TS: You’ve talked before about the lack of lesbian characters in popular film and TV. How can greater lesbian visibility in the media benefit society?

LA: I think there are two different phenomena: shows that are made for mainstream audiences that contain stereotypical lesbian characters (the ultra-femme or the ultra-butch, for example). They don’t necessarily show the full spectrum of people who identify as lesbians. Then you have shows that are aimed exclusively at lesbian audiences – a great example being Lip Service.

There hasn’t been a show yet that has covered both of these bases. I see SCISSR as a series about lesbians that can be enjoyed by lesbians and straight people because its cast of characters also include gay men, straight men and straight women.

My aim is to show this world that I know and am a part of. I’m not trying to reflect every lesbian in the universe, but the more voices out there from different walks of life, the better.

TS: You’ve said that ‘living in New York as a twenty-something is a daily struggle, sexuality aside’. New York is a very tolerant and diverse city, but is there still prejudice towards LGBT people there and if so is this an issue how does SCISSR tackle it?

LA: I want to tell stories, not to make some overarching statement about lesbianism. If there are prejudices within those stories, then yes we will tackle them.

For the most part New York is such a fantastic place. For the most part NY and LA LGBTs aren’t made to feel different or afraid.

Having said that, I do get sick of certain myths about my community. The mainstream media can overtly sexualise lesbianism, and telling stories about more than just this aspect of being gay is important to me. We tried to deal with this in the opening scene of SCISSR where these straight guys want to go into a lesbian bar. Of course they’re welcome to come in and have a look but it becomes problematic when they turn it into a raunchy, “how hot is this?” experience. I mean, none of the women in there are being intimate for their benefit!

A more diverse array of lesbians in the media helps mainstream society to become more tolerant. It’s always great when you see something on TV that you identify with. My aim with SCISSR is to try to tell my own story and the stories of the people around me in a way that is entertaining, realistic and honest.


Watch SCISSR: Pilot

Need to Fill Your Sunday – Then Watch Episodes 1-5 of the ‘The Better Half’

The Better Half  is a lesbian web series that follows real life lesbian couple (Lindsay Hicks and Amy Jackson Lewis) through the day to day hurdles that come with making a relationship work.

Created by Leyla Perez and her girlfriend Christine Ng, the series serves up original content and attempts to debunk stereotypes about lesbian relationships. While it pokes fun at the cliches about lesbian relationships, it strikes a refreshing balance between that comedic lightness and the more poignant things that come with the ups and downs of any relationship.


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Watch FÉMININ/FÉMININ – New Lesbian Web Series from Canada

FÉMININ/FÉMININ (or WOMEN’S / WOMEN) the brain child of writer and director, Chloé Robichaud and produced for Lez Spread The Word. It is a new lesbian web series, which is a docu-dramatic / comedy, and delves into the lives of six 20-something friends – lesbian, bisexual, and straight, who “live and love” in Montreal.

The pilot episode of Féminin/Féminin, (which you can watch in full with subtitles), below, has been released on Vimeo as a part of Lez Spread The Word’s fundraising campaign to finance the remainder of the series, which will total eight episodes and begin airing in June

The Better Half – The Lesbian Web Series to Keep On Your Radar

If you haven’t been watching the web series The Better Half – start now, as it has been picked up by the cable network channel Pivot and will be aired TV in June.

Created by Leyla Perez and her girlfriend Christine Ng, and stars real life couple Lindsay Hicks and Amy Jackson Lewis, this series attempts to debunk the stereotypes of lesbian relationships. As you watch this couple attempt to get out of their comfort zone you will be reminded that ALL couples are a little crazy. It’s not just you and your girlfriend.

Synopsis 

The Better Half is a new web series that follows a lesbian couple through the day to day hurdles that come with making a relationship work. Created by Leyla Perez and her girlfriend Christine Ng under the banner of their independent production company, The Verb Project, the series serves up original content and attempts to debunk stereotypes about lesbian relationships.

While it pokes fun at the cliches about lesbian relationships, it strikes a refreshing balance between that comedic lightness and the more poignant things that come with the ups and downs of any relationship.

Starring real life couple Lindsay Hicks and Amy Jackson Lewis, this series provides a heartening look at the struggles and complications faced by any couple in their quest to make their relationship work.

Watch episode one here…

How The Internet Is Responsible For Media’s Best LGBT Characters

To the average viewer, TV’s biggest problem is somewhat clear. To the hardcore number crunchers and critics, the same problem is glaringly obvious. From the paid-for TV depths of HBO to the (mostly) North American watched but globally appreciated programming of ABC Family, the television shows that we know and love fail from an almighty lack of representation. LGBT characters of colour or LGBT characters of all ethnicities who don’t end up sidelined in C or B plots are as hard to find as a needle in a haystack. Meanwhile, butch-presenting LGBT characters are about as hard to find as a needle in a haystack that’s been spray-painted a metallic shade of grey. Even the beacon of queer representation and hope, The L Word, did a pretty poor job as we looked at in our recent post-L Word feature but despite LGBT diversity being this much of a rarity even in 2014, we do have one place to turn to that regularly gets it right: the Internet.

The biggest expander increasing the gap between ‘representation of every part of the queer community’ and ‘white, femme-presenting queer ladies’ that we see on television is money, which is generally a factor anytime anyone wants to do anything, naturally. As to avoid alienating straight, white, male viewers who TV execs imagine would want to avoid the sorts of faces that they see every day, a more acceptable, conventionally attractive norm has developed meaning that the butch presenting, non-white minorities have been left out. Yes, those who control what we see on television (and in films, by extension) have managed to marginalise identities within the LGBT community, which is a community already ostracised from the cool kids’ party for many years previous.

That’s why the Internet is such a huge opportunity and playground as it gives creators the chance to display all of the things that are never shown on TV. There are fewer risks involved here, there are no fickle viewers to pander to, there are no advertisers to appease by leaving out people whom they don’t think will help to sell their products. On the Internet everything diverse goes, including the people who are making it.


The Peculiar Kind

Take The Peculiar Kind, for instance. A web series and documentary, The Peculiar Kind covers various topics including queer representation and how people of colour are presented in the media by going to the outlandish extreme of letting queer women of colour voice their opinions. It’s something that has made plenty of people ask why young and diverse queer people of colour haven’t been the forefront of a show (in this way) before and it’s a damn good question to ask. It can generally be answered by ‘because TV networks won’t give them a chance’ but the fact that The Architects (the duo behind the project which is made of by two incredibly talent queer ladies of colour) have just taken the initiative is a huge stride forward.


Dyke Central

Dyke Central is another (albeit scripted) web series which Florencia Manóvil, the writer, director and producer of the series says that the team behind it created as they were “frustrated by the lack of representation of queer people of colour in the media”. The show is dramatic and funny as it takes on the lives of Alex and Gin, two butch roommates just living their lives and trying to navigate their relationships and friendships and day to day happenings. It’s the sort of show in which the plot itself isn’t very remarkable – you could imagine it being broadcast on your TV – but its characters identify as such that most networks would be unlikely to give this one a chance.


Lesbros

Furthermore, web series like Lesbros, which features a straight guy and a gay girl in humorous situations aren’t really much of a deviation off of the beaten track but it is still refreshing to watch. Not all queer women are going to have a friendship circle of exclusively queer friends (The L Word was far too hopeful in that respect) and similar to Dyke Central, Lesbros is a prospect that audiences would no doubt love if a network gave it a chance.

There are far more quality offerings that the ones above (if you have any favourites please share them in the comments below!) and the queer focused web series and documentaries may be funny, dramatic, serious, fictional and everything in between, but despite the differences of the shows, one thing’s for sure and that’s that those who watch the shows are all the more thankful for their existence, network support or not.

Second Season of Lesbian Web Series, Starting From Now, Announced

Common Language Films have confirmed that a second season of their increasingly popular lesbian web series, Starting From Now, is currently in production and due for release from the 3rd of June 2014.

Starting From Now – Season Teaser

Actors, Bianca Bradey, Sarah de Possesse, Rosie Lourde, Lauren Orrell and Linda Grasso are all returning to the show, with writer and director, Julie Kalceff, remaining at the helm of the production.  Whilst not much is being given away about the plot at this point, Kalceff has indicated that the series will follow on from the Season 1, Ep 6 climax

This news follows the highly successful release of the first season, which has attracted over 150 000 views in 4 weeks across different platforms.

For more information visit www.startingfromnowtv.com

Watch Season 1

4 Lesbians, 12 Relationships, 1 App = New Lesbian Series SCISSR

The pilot episode of the lesbian web series SCISSR was released the end of April and KitschMix is loving it.

Co Created by Lauren Augarten and Katie Scoones, the synopsis is simple and something we can all (at some point in our life) relate too: Aviva, Corey, Emily and Niamh are four twenty-something lesbians from very different backgrounds.  Aviva (Lauren Augarten) has just come out and is hoping to connect with the other lesbians online, while Corey (Paulina Singer) has just gone through a traumatic breakup and is ready to swear off women altogether and Emily (Kelly Sebastian) is constantly looking for the next best thing. Navigating life and love in Brooklyn is easy for none of them, but when they meet through an iPhone app, the girls realize they have much more in common than they originally thought.

This series is new, but looks promising and full of adventure starts.

I can count on my right hand the television shows in both my country of birth (Australia) and country of residence (US) that are about, or even feature, lesbian women. And those shows (or, lez be honest, one show) that do, have received criticism from the LGBTQ community for not showing enough diversity.

We want to establish a more realistic world, where gay women come in a multitude of colors, shapes and sizes. Where sexuality is simply a part of our characters, it is not their entire personality. 

If there is one thing I know, it’s that living in New York as a twenty-something year old, trying to figure out who you are and how you want to impact the world, is a daily struggle, sexuality aside. For me, it’s made so much easier by the community of people I have around me, egging me on as we tread that path together. With SCISSR, we want to give young lesbian women that community, in a realistic, relatable and entertaining way.  

SCISSR

For more information visit – www.facebook.com/scissrwebseries / www.scissrwebseries.tumblr.com

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Lesbian Web Series – Starting From Now – Episode 6

Watch episode 6 (and the final episode) of the lesbian web series ‘Starting From Now’. The series is the brainchild of multi-award winning writer/director, Julie Kalceff, and stars Sarah de Possesse, Rosie Lourde, Lauren Orrell, Bianca Bradey, and Linda Grasso.

Episode 6 – Synopsis

After hitting rock bottom, Steph knows she has to make some changes and she’s going to, starting from now. She does everything right and it looks as though, finally, she’s getting her life back on track. But for how long

Watch Episode 6

Lesbian Web Series – Starting From Now – Episode 5

Episode 5 of the lesbian web series ‘Starting From Now’. This exciting web-series is part of a new wave of media content driven by women and other traditionally marginalised film makers to fill the diversity gap left by mainstream film and television.

Episode 5 – Synopsis

Steph realizes the best thing for everyone is for her to move out. She finds a place of her own and tries to make amends for past wrongs.

Watch Episode 5

Lesbian Web Series – Starting From Now – Episode 4

Episode 4 of the lesbian web series ‘Starting From Now’ – a show, which follows Steph Fraser as she pursues her dream job. Life takes a complicated turn when she falls for her childhood friend, Kristen’s , long term girlfriend, Darcy as she shares their small inner-west home.

Episode 4 – Synopsis

A night out with Darcy and Kristen was never going to end well. Steph does something she’ll regret and it’s Emily who pays the price.

Watch Episode 4

Lesbian Web Series – Starting From Now – Episode 3

Episode 3 of the new six-part lesbian web series ‘Starting From Now’, staring Sarah de Possesse, Rosie Lourde, Lauren Orrell, Bianca Bradey, and Linda Grasso.

The show follows Steph Fraser as she pursues her dream job. Life takes a complicated turn when she falls for her childhood friend, Kristen’s , long term girlfriend, Darcy as she shares their small inner-west home.

Episode 3 – Synopsis

An awkward dinner with Kristen and Darcy ends up turning out better than first thought. Things are actually starting to look up for Steph. But just when she thinks her life is back on track, it all starts to fall apart.

Watch Episode 3

Lesbian Web Series – Starting From Now – Episode 2

Watch episode 2 here of the sexy new lesbian web series ‘Starting From Now’ from Australia. The series is the brainchild of multi-award winning writer/director, Julie Kalceff, and stars Sarah de Possesse, Rosie Lourde, Lauren Orrell, Bianca Bradey, and Linda Grasso.

Episode 2 – Synopsis

Even meeting cute office manager Emily isn’t enough to distract Steph from her disastrous first day at work. But when she gets home and finds a sympathetic ear in Darcy, the less than perfect start is well and truly forgotten.

Watch Episode 2

The song featured in Episode 2 is “Bitter Little Yellow Fruit”, performed by Alison Avron, music by Alison Avron, lyrics by David Maney. It’s available from iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/wrong-notes-anecdotes-ep/id470583568

Lesbian Web Series – Starting From Now – Episode 1

Starting From Now, is a new lesbian web series from Common Language Films, that follows the increasingly tangled lives of four lesbians in Sydney. The series is the brainchild of multi-award winning writer/director, Julie Kalceff, and stars Sarah de Possesse, Rosie Lourde, Lauren Orrell, Bianca Bradey, and Linda Grasso.

The show follows the naive and awkward Steph Fraser ( Sarah de Possese ) who moves to the city to pursue her dream job. Life takes a complicated turn when she falls for her childhood friend, Kristen’s ( Lauren Orrell ), long term girlfriend, Darcy ( Rosie Lourde ) as she shares their small inner-west home.

Episode 1 – Synopsis 

Steph has just landed what appears to be the perfect job. She arrives in Sydney full of hope and expectation, determined that a fresh start is just what she needs. But when Steph falls for Darcy, her friend’s girlfriend, life gets complicated.

Watch Episode 1


Source – http://www.startingfromnowtv.com/