Jamie’s Team Pick:
I checked out All’s Well and Fair because I assumed it explored trans* identity after reading the word transmedia in the description. Turns out transmedia is basically just sharing a single store using multiple current digital platforms and actually has nothing at all to do with trans* identity. Learning things!
But I kept looking, and then I kept learning things, and was really glad I did. All’s Well and Fair follows Rachel, Margaret and Tina, three single punk rock moms who united in Gainesville, Florida to perform the winning song in a “Fuck the Government” song contest in the 90’s. The series juxtaposes the views of the 3 women during the time of the contest with their views ten years later on topics such as welfare, war and drug use. Director Luci Westphal explains why she was drawn to the transmedia as a platform for the story:
Since the film is rather unconventional and has a DIY/indie spirit at its heart, I was looking for an alternative, DIY, grassroots and direct way to reach the audience. I wanted to honor the sentiment that Rachel expressed in the film: “Our culture is being sold to us at this point instead of us creating it for ourselves. […] We should be in our cities, in the woods and on our fields […] making the culture ourselves. But now we just watch these boxes and have it dictated to us. And it’s very sad. I don’t want that for my kids.”
Also interesting, the director was 24 and a recent transplant from Germany when she began the project. The film is being released as a 19 part series online and is also available as a stand alone DVD. Viewers are encouraged to make response videos following questions at the end of each episode. Tangential side note: I can’t get the song Punk Rock Girl out of my head now.