Freelancers Anonymous is a refreshing change to the typical narrative.
Freelancers Anonymous is a quick-paced comedy, which rallies an all-female team, and has lesbian lead.
The film is about a woman named Billie (yes, Billie is her real name) who quits her job just months before her wedding and starts a tech company with the group of unemployed freelancers at her local church. The film is directed by award winning Spanish filmmaker, Sonia Sebastian (De Chica en Chica / Girl Gets Girl), and is written by Amy Dellagiarino and Lisa Cordileone.
It stars Lisa Cordileone, Natasha Negovanlis, Alexandra Billings, Jennifer Bartels, Mouzam Makkar, Megan Cavanagh, Amy Shiels, Cassandra Blair, Jamison Scala, Grace Rex, Jennie McNulty, Haviland Stillwell.
The gap in the market for the LGBTQ community and women in STEM industries pales in comparison to our male counterparts. Gender parity has become a hot button issue over the past several years in Hollywood and we are passionate about creating content that fills this gap! Our team’s unique vision is to integrate a narrative across several platforms and create a transmedia company that can engage audiences in new and exciting way. We are eager to create strong and positive representation for the LGBTQ community, as well as women in comedy, women in STEM industries, and female-driven stories.
Whether you are a fan or not, by now we have all heard about one of Youtube’s biggest hit series Carmilla.
This mini web-series follows Laura (Elise Bauman), a curiosity-filled Journalism student at Silas University. As she first arrives at her dorm, Laura meets her new roommate, Carmilla(Natasha Negovanlis) who, by the way, is a vampire and they both end up developing a romantic relationship (well, that’s a really summed up version of their whole relationship).
Silas University is, naturally, invaded with supernatural catastrophes each semester, leaving Laura, Carmilla and the rest of their friend-group to fight Evil each season.
Maybe some fans may not know but the character Carmilla is actually inspired on a1872 book, also entitled Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu!
The question remains, why is Carmilla such a hit-show?
Carmilla is backed by U by Kotex which, ironically enough, is a tampon company! Has that changed in any way how the show is written, produced or directed?
Jay Bennet, the show’s executive producer thinks it was a natural fit, adding
I think if you look at the type of marketing campaigns that U by Kotex was doing at the time, they were not pouring blue dye on to pads, they were having women throw underwear from the balconies of apartment buildings. I think the content naturally fit in with their brand attributes, their sense of humor — a bit more irreverent, a bit more edgy.”
But if U by Kotex is such a big part of Carmilla, how come we never see an ad or a not so cheeky occasional product placement?
One rule we don’t see others following is we do not put the brand anywhere near the scripted content. We’re dealing with female millennials, the most sophisticated consumer group of all time, and they know it’s an ad two seconds in and will move away, so we work very hard to protect the scripted content as the core driver. Once someone has fallen in love with the show and its characters, we then take them outside of the scripted series and create additional content that features the brand more clearly.”
How is U by Kotex making a difference?
In no way make the mistake to think U by Kotex isn’t leaving its mark on the tampon business, even releasing special edition tampons featuring unique Carmilla packaging!
I am not even lying, I really, really, really want vampire tampons! And they are not making a change purely on a product level!
As Natasha Negovanlis puts it, the shows portrayal of non-traditional gender roles is immensely important to its viewers:
There was a 15-year-old transgender boy who came to an autograph signing [of the Carmilla tampon box], and his parents looked me in the face and thanked for what we’re doing, and it was just a really touching emotional moment. It is such a blessing to be creating content that means something to this community and to be a voice for young people who often feel left out, misunderstood and like they don’t have a voice.”
By supporting a queer positive/female-centred show, U by Kotex has managed to earn more than just views, but rather new fans and buyers.
Well, although most Carmilla news are good news, I bring you the best news any fan would want to hear:
THEY ARE GETTING A MOVIE!!!!!
The news was just recently released so we should expect more details and dates. In the meantime, here is the trailer (Ow Lord, she brought her creampuffs). Are you a fan of Carmilla?
Let us know in the comments youropinions on the show and on the movie news!
It has attracted millions of fans around the world, and not just because of strong story, but it has a whole lot of queerness too.
And now it’s back for its third and final season this September 15th.
Carmilla (inspired by the infamous novella by J. Sheridan Le Fanu) is all about a girl called Laura (Elise Bauman), who has left her home town for the first time to attend Silas University, which boasts its own Gnostic Mathematics department, many clubs for the students to enjoy like the Alchemy Club, and an extensive library where the books will search for you.
But then things get weird when Laura’s roommate disappears without a trace one night, which no-one seems to notice or care about.
Laura decides to investigate herself, and with help from her dorm managers Perry and LaFontaine, and Danny the friendly TA, uncovers a similar string of disappearances and a seedy underbelly of danger lurking underneath Silas.Meanwhile, her new roommate Carmilla keeps stealing her chocolate! Oh, and she might be a vampire targeting Laura as her next victim.
In Almost Adults, Negovanlis and Bauman play two best friends in their final year of college – transitioning into adulthood.
One is embracing her sexuality and trying to catch up on everything she has missed during her teenage years, the other is ending a long term relationship with her boyfriend and discovers her life isn’t going as planned.
Now, if you’ve been around the queer media block a few times then you’ll be very familiar with the ‘gay girl falls in love with her best straight friend’ trope.
Thankfully this is not that type of film. The stars of The Gay Women Channel – YouTubers, Sarah Rotella and Adrianna DiLonardo – are using their years of experience to put together this movie. So instead, the conflict between the two main characters is due because the two are headed in different directions in their lives.
The film was initially funded by a Kickstarter campaign, and production began in May.
At the recent Buffer Festival in Toronto, a trailer arrived. The trailer has been a hit, gathering more than 250,000 views in its first day online.
The popularity of Carmilla is no doubt raising the hype level for Almost Adults. Carmilla has gathered a devoted following and earned a second season.
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