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you can see the first three minute long episode here at www.feedseries.tv
and here is the trailer.
Our LJ group is finally up and running again. freedom4womynnc is back in business with a...ummmm...new maintainer!(?)
OK...it still just me, with a new Livejournal. Embarassingly, when I deleted my old journal as butterfly1968, I managed to lose access to this community --- and have been scuffling with LJ to get it back. Soooo...here we are.
My apologies to all of you for the LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG pause...
...we return you to all the yummy lez/bi/tran goodness already in progress!!!
*HUGS YOU ALL*
Meaning behind your LJ Username: I believe that peace has to be taught and it must be done in pieces.
Age (real or approximate ;): 24 (actual age)
Gender - female or MTF: Female
Where from in NC: Greensboro
How long ya been there: Hmm. . .6 years (college and two years of teaching)
What would you like to get out of this community: Just interactions among like-minded, intelligent lesbians/dykes
Other gay/friendly organizations/groups you volunteer/belong to: Pride
What do you like best about being lez/bi/tran: Shocking the masses
What do ya like least about being lez/bi/tran: That whole not being able to marry component is a drag.
The biggest problem facing the NC GLBT community right now is: Very little galvanizing going on here.
"You" in 3 words: Sporadic, funny, witty
Your Hobbies: Playing rugby and guitar, reading, being socially aware.
Your Style: Depends on the day. Some days I'm urban chic other days it's "nerdy" all the way.
Favourite music/musicians: MeShell Ndegeocello; Doria Roberts, Citizen Cope, Coltrane, etc.
Favorite books: Their Eyes Were Watching God; (I'm an English teacher so this is probably an unfair question. Ha ha.)
Single or taken: Single
Femme/rough femme/soft butch/butch/andy/what: I'm a soft butch
If single and looking, Do you prefer femme/rf/sb/butch/andy/anything with legs & pulse: Ha, loving the leg and pulse thing. Right now, I'm looking for intelligent conversation from anyone, not "role specific".
Piercings/tats/bodymods: Just in the ears; not a wild child anymore.
Drink/smoke/drugs: Social drinker, none for the other two.
Something you want others to know: I'm all about overthrowing the system.
It's been almost a year since Heroine Films started and a lot has happened. I've been posting updates in communities from time to time, but today as I was sitting here thinking about everything I realized it says something about my, our, generation. Everyone always says that we can't get behind a cause...that we are too coddled and too lazy to do anything. But I've seen something completely different.
Not all of you know the whole story, so here it is in nutshell form:
Heroine Films is a production company started by three women. Mel wrote a script which won the New York International Film and Video Festival, at the time it was called "Heroine". In it's most recent form it is "The Gladdest Thing". Before there was ever such a thing as this production company we were supposed to make this film. We had a cast, a crew and most of our financing. Then we held a reading and to make a long, painful story short some influential people found out that the main character is a lesbian. We are in North Carolina. Our financial backers gave into pressure and pulled out. So we lost everything.
A year later, Alex, Mel and I were sitting around trying to figure out what to do. How could we get enough to make it? That's when the idea of grassroots struck. There are people who believe in women making art, there are people who believe that a lesbian voice should be heard. There are people who believe in the passion of doing what you believe in at any cost any way possible. So we started a website, made some t-shirts and undies and hit the blogging communities. And we were STUNNED. In the first week we had so many hits we had to get a bigger website to keep from shutting down. We got donations and letters from all over the world. Including sweet high school girls giving what they could from after school jobs and heartbreaking letters from parents of LGBTQ kids who had been put through hell. These people want to do something...want to change something. Some of you who are on my friend's list now I met b/c you were one of the many who touched our hearts and made us cry with your support. It's been beyond incredible. We even had a lesbian screenprinter donate her services to us. And we quickly made a trailer to help attract investors and show the people supporting us what this could be like. An example--if this is what we can do on borrowed equipment with no crew and almost no money imagine what we can do when we are able to make the film.
Now we have been lucky enough to get a great deal of the funding from a combination of donations and a production company that has put up a large portion. Not all of it yet, but enough that we are confident that finding the rest is more than possible. We have an article coming out in CURVE magazine next week and we are in talks with LOGO about a marketing strategy on their new network. We aren't where we need to be yet but we are so much farther than we thought we'd be when we lost it all...and our hearts and spirits couldn't be higher. My life will never be the same because I now know that people believe in what I'm doing and want to hear the story we are trying to give a voice. I have even more passion because I know I am not just doing it for me...as cheesy as it sounds...I'm doing it for young girls and young LGBTQ people everywhere...to show that you CANNOT silence us.
Meaning behind your LJ Username: I was bummed about a girl when I first made this journal, and by the time I realized how depressing the name was I already had lots of posts, and lots of LJ friends and didn't feel like changing everything. :op
Age (real or approximate ;): 21, be 22 on Nov. 22nd.
Gender - female or MTF: Female
Where from in NC: Rutherfordton (west side of NC, very VERY small town)
How long ya been there: Since birth
What would you like to get out of this community: Meet some nice folk in the state, maybe find out about gay communities throughout the state. I want to leave Rutherfordton, find a nice gay friendly town or city in NC that's not too far away from here so I can still come and visit my niece.
Other gay/friendly organizations/groups you volunteer/belong to: None. :o(
What do you like best about being lez/bi/tran: I've never really thought about it.
What do ya like least about being lez/bi/tran: Well, I don't particularly like the part that gets my girlfriend bashed in the Wal-Mart parking lot for having rainbow stickers on her car, that's for sure.
The biggest problem facing the NC GLBT community right now is: I don't know. I haven't been part of any GLBT community in NC, so I guess I'd say it's that it isn't big enough. :op
"You" in 3 words: Nice, Honest, Intelligent
Your Hobbies: Reading, writing, music, playing online, drinking with my friends, playing cards, taking pictures, acting like a big kid with my niece all day.
Your Style: I don't have one.
Favourite music/musicians: Tool, APC, Ani Difranco, Fiona Apple, Jack Johnson, Richard "Humpty" Vission, DJ Tiesto, Saul Williams, Tegan and Sara, Edie Carey, Snow Patrol, Rilo Kiley, Chantal Kreviazuk, Sarah McLachlan, Coldplay, and lots more.
Favorite books: Anything by Kurt Vonnegut, Chuck Palahniuk, Dennis Lehane, Stephen King, Patricia Cornwell, Tess Gerritsen, Karin Slaughter, Lynn S. Hightower. Name All The Animals by Alison Smith, Keeping You A Secret by Julie Ann Peters, The Snow Garden by Christopher Rice, Disco Bloodbath by James St. James, Summer Sisters by Judy Blume, Perks of Being a Wallflower by Chbolksy(sp?), and lots more.
Single or taken: Single
Femme/rough femme/soft butch/butch/andy/what: If I had to pick one I'd say rough femme, I guess.
If single and looking, Do you prefer femme/rf/sb/butch/andy/anything with legs & pulse: I don't prefer anything, but I'm usually more attracted to femme, rough femme, or soft butch girls.
Piercings/tats/bodymods: One tattoo
Drink/smoke/drugs: I drink, and smoke cigarettes. I've been clean drug wise for almost a year.
( Pictures of me, if you care to lookCollapse )
Hope everyone is doing well... Just wanted to pass along a few events coming up in the Triad area that may interest some of you.
** Singer/songwriter, Cheryl Wheeler, will be performing at the Carrboro Arts Center on Friday, October 28th at 8pm - - with special guest Kenny White. For anyone unfamiliar with Cheryl, she's a very talented fifty-something-year-old lesbian and modern folk singer/song writer who's songs have been covered by such artists as Bette Midler, Garth Brooks, Suzy Bogguss, and Dan Seals among others (her “Addicted” was a #1 country hit for Dan Seals, and “Aces” was a top ten country hit for Suzy Bogguss). Her range is impressive - from funny, biting sarcasm to emotional ballads. If you haven't seen her perform before, this is an excellently intimate venue to do enjoy her performance in. Special guest, Kenny White, is an outstanding pianist who occassionally accompanies Cheryl (and is a longtime friend of hers). For more information/tickets/directions, go to http://www.artscenterlive.org/write/calendar.html
** The Cuntry Kings Halloween show, at the Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill, Thursday Oct. 27th at 9 pm. This is a Halloween Kickoff Show (& costume party, so dress up if you want!) featuring performances by the Cuntry Kings & guests. The Cuntry Kings are a "fashion feminist, anti-racist drag performance from the raw material of pop culture, Southern queer experience, and national disgrace". This fifteen-member troupe is based in Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina, but they've also performed on stages across the US and Western Europe. Mix their analysis of oppression with campy Broadway choreography, and you've got Cuntry cookin'!!! For tickets/info, go to http://catscradle.arcticon.com/
** Also coming up at the Cat's Cradle....Melissa Ferrick (with Natalia Zuckerman), Monday Nov. 7th at 9 pm. As before, go to http://catscradle.arcticon.com/ for tickets or more info.
I'll be posting more stuff in the next day or two. And hey!!! Something cool/interesting going on near YOU - in your area? Don't bogart that info!! There are others who might be interested too. POST IT HERE, YO!!!
Love ya all,
(da tired bug)