We, Liron Cohen and Mimi Torchin, started Lady Parts, a blog/Vlog dedicated to the women of television and film and the roles they play, as a venue to promote women’s work in the media and to celebrate the shows and films we love.
Over the past couple of years, Lady Parts has grown into a space where fans can gather, share ideas and points of view, and have fun, and our interactive Vlog has become a community we cherish.
This is why we want to be able to keep it going.
However, you all know how much work we put into these Vlogs, and after doing this completely free of charge for two years, we’ve reached the point where the Vlog needs to be able to support itself.
And we’ve found a way to do just that!
We want to bring you your favorite Lady Parts Vlog series, like “Talking Teal,” “Post Op: Holby City,” and “Lesbian Movie Club,” and even expand into more Vlog series (it’s all up to you!), through an extremely affordable and flexible subscription model. SO affordable, it’s ridiculous!
For that, we need YOUR help. We are raising this very minimal amount of money to cover some of the initial costs, so that we can bring you a new and better website, a high quality channel, and a year full of Vlogs!
You’ve enjoyed our interviews and our interactive discussions before. Let’s keep them going!
WE’VE STARTED AN INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN: LADY PARTS PLUS.
We have to meet the goal here in order to get started. So, please, give as much or as little as you can (starting with $1 and up!) — and get some fun perks on the way — and use the IndieGoGo sharing tools to spread the word and tell your friends to donate as much as they can, as well.
And once we’ve hit the goal, keep donating if you can. Every little bit helps us give you your favorite Vlogs about your favorite shows and movies.
Let’s do this!
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1) Does the backing money only support the campaign, or does it also go towards initial subscriptions?
Backing money only goes toward getting Lady Parts Plus up and running. There are a lot of initial costs that have to be covered. This money also helps to make sure that we can keep subscription fees to a minimum.
2) Is the backing additive? (If I give $25 this month and $75 in Feb before it closes, will there be a way of indicating multiple donations?)
It is our understanding that one can make multiple contributions. That is also a way to claim multiple perks — that must be done as separate contributions.
We understand that some of you would like to give more, but need to do it in “stages.” If a perk is unlimited ($25 & $50) or if one of the limited perks is still available, we will absolutely honor it, even if you had to do it in stages. For example, in this case, if you give $25 and then $75 and one of the ten $100 perks is still available, we will give you a thank you call.
3) If/when the goal is reached before the deadline, and someone still wants to donate, are they eligible for a call, chat, guest spot, or is that a limited time offer?
Our goal here is the very basic amount we must have to get started. However, every bit more would help us get you the best Lady Parts Plus experience right off the bat. This is why the campaign will continue to accept and welcome funds after the basic goal has been met. Perks will continue to be available, and new ones will be added!
4) Will all of the previous Lady Parts Vlogs, including interviews, still be available on YouTube, or will they transition over to Lady Parts Plus?
Any video we currently have on our YouTube channel will remain there and you can access it for free at any time (though, please consider clicking on an ad to help us there, too).
5) Will there be any new Vlogs/stuff added to your YouTube page, or is the new stuff trictly going to be through Lady Parts Plus?
Yes! Lady Parts Plus will be a special channel for Vlog series (i.e. “Talking Teal,” “Post Op: Holby City,” “Lesbian Movie Club,” etc.) The original Lady Parts YouTube page will continue to be active and provide the general public new Vlogs and also little snippets from new Lady Parts Plus Vlogs.
6) Can I donate from outside the U.S.?
Yes! You can donate from almost anywhere in the world! That’s part of the beauty of Indiegogo, which accepts funds from most countries. That simply means your currency will be converted to dollars when you contribute.
Please let us know if you have any other questions, and we’ll be happy to clarify!
Remember, emails for the first Lesbian Movie Club are due Friday, February 10th. For all the information and for questions to help you get started, read our blog entry ANNOUNCING THE FIRST “LESBIAN MOVIE CLUB” FILM
After a week of voting on our first “Lesbian Movie Club” poll, the results are in, and you have chosen the first two movies that we will be watching and discussing, together with you, on our first two episodes.
Even though, “Imagine Me & You” won first place, it will be the featured movie on our SECOND episode, since Mimi will only be able to partially participate in the first episode and it’s one of her favorite lesbian movies of all times. We’re sure you sympathize.
And so, we are happy to announce that THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT will be the first movie we watch and discuss. Below you can find a few prompts to help you get started thinking of the movie and getting your emails ready, so that our discussion can include all your thoughts, stories and points of view.You do not have to answer the questions, but feel free to do so, or to use them to help you sort out your thoughts about the movie.
THE FIRST EPISODE OF “LESBIAN MOVIE CLUB” WILL BE POSTED ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16th.
PLEASE GET YOUR EMAILS TO US BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10th, at 10AM EST.
Prompts for “The Kids Are All Right:”
SPOILER ALERT: Read these prompts AFTER you’ve already watched the movie.
- How did you like the chemistry between the two main actresses, Julianne Moore and Annette Bening?
- Did you like the characters? Do you feel they were stereotypical in any way?
- This is a movie about a family and a long-term couple going through a crisis. How do you feel about this type of movie, as opposed to most lesbian movies, which are about coming out and/or falling in love?
- Julianne Moore’s character cheats on her partner with a man. Tell us your thoughts about that. (we know you have a lot to say!).
- This movie, as opposed to most lesbian movies, was a mainstream hit that was nominated for prestigious awards. What, do you think, struck a chord with the general audiences, and is that good for our community, or did it come with a price?
- What was the one thing you most liked about the movie, and what was the one thing you most disliked about the movie?
- Do you have a personal story that relates to this movie? (about how it impacted you or how it related to your life experience, etc.).
Opening this Friday, Sept. 23rd, across the U.S., is the new thriller “I.T.” The movie stars Pierce Brosnan as a successful, self-made man, living the latest version of the American Dream: the “Smart” version. In a world powered by technology and smart devices, Brosnan’s Mike Regan shows off his success and manly vigor by building a state-of-the-art “smart” home, which is completely controlled by computers.
You can see it coming, right? Immediately after establishing what a swell guy Mike is and how beautiful his wife and daughter are, the movie wastes no time. Mike brings in Ed, his new company I.T. genie (a very effectively creepy James Frecheville. So effective, in fact, that you’d be surprised Mike let him in his house to begin with!), to upgrade his home and car systems.
Mike’s daughter Kaitlyn (Stefanie Scott) and Ed hit it off, a fact that does not amuse Mike and his wife Rose (Anna Friel) at all, to say the least. Ed is much older, and did I mention, he’s totally creepy? Yeah. And we all know how well movie computer geeks take rejection, right? Doesn’t Mike know that? Doesn’t he go to the movies? I guess not, because he seems genuinely surprised when, after he slams the door in Ed’s face and refers to him as a “nobody,” the aggrieved hacker decides to use his smart system to torture him and his family.
But Mike will not take it lying down. He has James Bond’s blood running through his veins. And that is what the movie is all about. This is not a whodunit movie. The trailer will tell you immediately who the bad guy is and what he does. This is a revenge movie, where a man (emphasis on “man”) must take justice into his own hands because, even though we have all this great technology running our lives, no one, least of all the authorities, seems to quite know how to handle its implications for our privacy, for our civil rights and for our safety. Mike has to resort to the tried and true “dumb” methods of heroism to protect himself, his company and his family.
It is clear that the movie presumes to take the old “good guy vs. bad guy” story and put a new technological, 21st century spin on it. And it does appeal to that very basic need in an entertaining way. But how new is it, really?
Mike’s wife and daughter, in accordance with genre tropes and traditions, are objects, almost property. They are there to provide the picture-perfect life Mike has, so that we know what’s at stake for him; they are there to be used against him by the man who covets what he has “earned,” or rather, was entitled to (which is another question the movie wants you to think about…. but not too much), in particular his beautiful daughter (seen in the picture through the good ole’ male gaze); and they are there to appear helpless, so he can rise to the occasion and show us he is going to be a Man and protect his family. (Not only do the women not help poor Mike fight this awful fight; they are actually angry with him for screwing up and demand that he “fix it.”)
So I guess gender roles are not what’s new here.
As we see in the trailer, Ed uses the home camera system to take private footage of Kaitlyn and spread it among her schoolmates. Since we know young girls these days are practically expected to provide their boyfriends with sexual and/or nude pictures of themselves (pictures which will later be traded with other boys, or oftentimes spread out to humiliate the girl), is this the movie trying to tackle the awfully widespread “smart” problems of “sexting,” online bullying and child pornography? No. It just wants us to know that Daddy has let his daughter down, and now Daddy needs to “fix it.”
So, no. Nothing really new here besides that the weapon of assault is a computer (which, by now, is not really new, either).
“I.T.” will give you 95 minutes of the twisted kind of fun action, led by a charming leading man. Just don’t expect anything more than that.
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