‘F To 7th’ On Kickstarter: ‘The Slope’ Spin-Off Needs Your Help

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.

F to 7th Kickstarter Video: Youngerman on Jungermann from F to 7th Web Series on Vimeo.

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?

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Vanessa is a queer feminist writer, NYU grad, crush monster, and Jewish Grandma In Training. She has a radical brain, a mushy heart, and a million floral print dresses. She's currently on a big adventure but she'll be back one day, pinky swear. In the meantime, she can sometimes be found on twitter and instagram.

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    Meanwhile, As Jungerman makes films about her “struggles to find herself in a world where gender and sexuality have left her “old fashioned lesbianism” behind” there is a new crop of films made by and about women of her generation- or maybe a bit older – about the kind of “old fashioned lesbian’ that Jungerman can’t seem to find. She must be looking in all the wrong places, because we’re still here, and we’re still making films.

    I suggest “Left On Pearl” a wonderful film about a 1971 women’s takeover of a Harvard Building, an action that not only crated Boston’s longest running women’s center but the action produced dozens of Lesbians, who realized, in the intense company of their sisters, that they really preferred to be dykes.

    Then there’s Lesbiana-A Parallel Revolution, made by Myriam Fougere, a gorgeous documentary about the Lesbians living on the land in the seventies and eighties in the US and Canada. This is now circulating in film festivals worldwide.

    “The Oldest Lesbian In The World” about Bobby Staff, a butch Lesbian born in 1913.

    Still in production: Leading Ladies; The Life And Times of It’s All Right To Be Woman Theater” about the NYC women’s theater troupe, and “A Moment in Her Story” also about Boston Lesbian Feminists in the 1970′s.

    I hope to see reviews of these soon. Not only are these Lesbian History, but they are really good films. Check them out.

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      Liza, those movies sound awesome! I am particularly excited about the Bobby Staff biopic. Where can I see this?

      As a cast member of “F to 7th”, I want to make sure you haven’t misconstrued what I have understood to be the thrust of the show. Ingrid’s tongue is pretty much surgically implanted in her cheek, but as far as I can tell, the show is (hopefully) humorously taking part in the discussion about gender identity and sexuality. For many years, there has been a move to dismantle the binary construct of masculine/feminine and butch/femme in order to classify gendering along a spectrum. Part of what my character on the show is doing is embodying, and thereby poking fun at, the discomfort this creates in some folks. I can’t speak for Ingrid (oh my God, I would never even attempt to), but I can say that I am always excited to see projects that shine a light on the often-unheralded lives of lesbians in a historical context, and am excited to be part of the discussion. I don’t think our project is in any way dismissive of the works you have listed above, or suggests that lesbians aren’t “still out there, and… still making films”.

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    Good to know, Ashlie. You can find more about the films I mentioned by google searching them. Also, “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry.”

    I am the curator of the DYKE A Quarterly Online Annotated Archive (which might be hotlinked to my name, above) We have a Facebook Page on which I often link to and promote films and books about and by Lesbians and Lesbian culture in the 1970′s or earlier. You might want to check it out and “like” the page. Don’t worry, I’m not selling anything.

    I don’t generally include films essays books or media about what the younger generations of Lesbians are doing, mostly because they don’t fit into the scope of my project, which is an historical archive.

    Cheers, Liza

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    Vanessa, yes, I have enjoyed your herstory posts, including the one on the Archives. I adore the Lesbian Herstory Archives and I’m glad you do too.

    The herstory essay on Lesbian periodicals included DYKE A Quarterly, which made me very happy.

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