Thankfully, Here’s That Bad Advice You Were Hoping For took on the WTF? Dear Prudence penis question. I suspect many of you will enjoy everything about that blog. For instance, this post about a creepily over-involved parent. (h/t @j_zimms)
And here is my favorite recent take on the whole question of “Zones”: Why Do Men Keep Putting Me In The Girlfriend Zone? (Thanks to SweetMachine & @autistliam, among many others, for linking me to this, you were correct!)
And during a Twitter discussion of Jane Eyre last night (we’re all hoping Rochester died soon and left her a rich widow, so she could run off and live an awesome single life while giving exactly zero fucks, right?) someone linked me to this great piece about storytelling and stereotypes and why it matters: “We have always fought”: Changing Women, Cattle, and Slaves Narrative by Kameron Hurley. (h/t @JunebugBecky)
And now for the promotion. Running a much-visited site, I get many wack offers for “free” guest-posting services by content mills and giveaways of things you don’t want. But I think this one will be actually cool and is close to my own interests, so here it is below the jump for folks who are interested in indie film, online streaming platforms, documentaries, and/or documentaries about bullying.
Indieflix is a streaming subscription service for indie films. From their site:
For far too long, filmmakers have been forced to either sell out or starve. Thousands of brilliant, creative minds submit their works to festivals, hoping to find meaningful distribution yet fewer than 1% actually do. We’re here to level the playing field. Founded by filmmakers, IndieFlix is part champion, part curator; our mission is to democratize distribution and provide significant revenue for filmmakers.
IndieFlix is a community of independent filmmakers and fans. Through its membership-based streaming service, IndieFlix helps filmmakers translate artistic vision into commercial success, and gives film lovers access to high quality independent films not otherwise available. IndieFlix’s mission is to champion filmmakers, rethink traditional approaches to distribution, and celebrate the artistry and impact of independent film.
They want to promote a film, Finding Kind, on the subject of girl-on-girl bullying. A description:
Filmmakers Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson, who met while in school at Pepperdine University, set out in a cross country journey of discovery and education. Interviewing women and girls along the way about their lives and experiences, Parsekian and Thompson find, among all of the unique personal stories, some universal truths about growing up as girls.
Finding Kind is a document of that journey, and of the filmmakers’ quest to take these experiences and find a common ground of kindness and mutual respect. In addition to all of the individual girls and women who share their personal experiences about girl on girl bullying with the filmmakers, Parsekian and Thompson include interviews with respected experts and authors in the fields of psychology, education, and the interrelationships of women and girls.
The film led to the Kind Campaign, which is an educational program to stop bullying in schools.
- I have not tried out Indieflix yet or watched Finding Kind. I cannot tell you anything this minute about the platform or the movie. My endorsement is: It seems cool, I think they actually did research about our audience and whether we’d like this sort of thing and presented it in a thoughtful and not-pushy way.
- Must disclose: I am totally getting a free trial subscription to IndieFlix in exchange for telling you about this.
- Excited to disclose: I am also getting 10 free two-month trial IndieFlix subscriptions to give away to you. You will not have to supply credit card information to sign up. In her direct emailed words: “We will not require anyone to enter their credit card number or otherwise obligate themselves to continue after their trial period is up.”
If you’d like one of the trials, post a comment here by noon, Central Daylight Time, Wednesday, May 22nd. If more than 10 people want the memberships, I’ll use a random number generator and hand them out.
In exchange for using your eyeballs for promotional stuff so that I can use my summer to watch independent movies, feel free to use the comments of this thread to promote your own creative work/blog/Etsy shop/Kickstarter campaign.
- Please be a regular reader of the site.
- Please post a brief description of what it is we’ll be looking at, and use content warnings if it will be NSFW or NSFEyes in some way. I’ve just started watching Hannibal, sucked in by Cleolinda’s awesome recaps, and the whole “NSFEyes” thing is coming back for me in a big, big way.
- Please keep it to one project.