Last year we discovered The Slope, a comedic web series by Ingrid Jungermann and Desiree Akhaven about “superficial, homophobic lesbians” in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and it was love at first laugh. The pair, who are an IRL couple, captured the blend of shallow behavior and self-righteous indignation that we often profess to see from our neighbors (but never ourselves, naturally) in a decidedly un-PC satirical series.
Well, if you’ve found yourself wistfully thinking that you’d love to see a third season of The Slope, you’re in luck! Because…guess what?! What’s that? No, Jungermann and Akhaven are not producing a third season of The Slope — that would’ve been way too easy to guess, silly! But the reality is just as delicious: Jungermann has ventured out on her own to create a spin-off web series, a new show that will focus on her descent into lesbian middle age, as she struggles to find herself in a world where gender and sexuality have left her “old fashioned lesbianism” behind. The show, which promises to feature “same neighborhood, different gay” is appropriately titled F To 7th, presumably referring to the Park Slope 7th Ave. stop on the F train that will likely never run again thanks to Hurricane Sandy, oops sorry that is just me being sad that I am stranded in Brooklyn forever…ANYWAY!
Like most fantastic projects created by lesbians for lesbians, major Hollywood movie types are weirdly not lining up to throw money at Jungermann to facilitate this series getting made. Which is where you guys come in! F To 7th has a Kickstarter, of course, and they have less than 60 hours left to reach their ambitious goal of $14,000. Nothing I can tell you will be quite as sexy and convincing as watching Jungermann interviewing herself, so let’s let the woman speak for herself.
If you’re not convinced, I just feel like you should know that Jungermann was named one Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film for 2012, and the cast is filled with impressive humans like Michael Showalter, Ashlie Atkinson, and Gaby Hoffmann.
Look, let’s get real for a moment: there are a lot of places you can spend your hard earned cash, and honestly after a natural disaster like the one we experienced this week I know many people are focusing on donating to the Red Cross and other volunteer relief efforts. And that’s amazing and important and I support that 100%, but I also think we can always afford to dig in our pockets and give at least $1 to good art. It’s so tough to find lesbian and queer visibility in the media world, and when we have the opportunity to help fund really great, really funny, really ambitious independent projects, I almost feel as though it’s our duty to do so. Otherwise we get stuck with another season of The Real L Word and everybody loses.
Visit F To 7th’s Kickstart TODAY, and if you’ve never seen The Slope and have no idea what this is all about, I strongly recommend you change your plans for the afternoon and fix that immediately. You can thank me later, and hopefully Jungermann can thank us all later when she reaches her fundraising goal. Then we’ll thank her for creating F To 7th, and we can all join the never ending circle of lesbians and queers who help each other out. It’s beautiful, isn’t it?