First donation!

lexiiiigirl didn’t just donate a dollar to help feministfilm go to the 2012 Women In Comedy Festival - she helped spread the word. You all should check her out.

She also makes adorable music!

Thank you, lexiiiigirl~*~*

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Friends and followers, please consider making a donation to Emily/feministfilm so she can fly herself and her DivaCup (don’t worry, it’s free carry-on) to the Women In Comedy Festival. As an incentive, I’ll add to the prizes:

  • If any of my followers donate $1, I’ll plug your blog.
  • $5 gets you a blog post of your choosing - pick my topic and I’ll dedicate it to you, and plug your blog. If you live in Chicago, I’ll buy you a $5 coffee.
  • $10 gets you a handwritten letter with a gift that fits in the envelope (+ Chicago coffee).
  • $25 gets you a small package of cool assorted fun things (+ Chicago coffee).
  • Anything more than that, and you’ll get a package, coffee, my Words With Friends ID, and a photo of my stupid cat or whatever.

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Send Feminist Film to the 2012 Women in Comedy Festival!

From IndieGoGo:

My name is Emily Syrja. I am an aspiring lady comic (that is, an aspiring comic who happens to be a lady, since I’ve already achieved ladyhood), as well as the founder and co-editor of Feminist Film. I’m just getting off the ground in the comedy world, but I’ve already encountered some hurdles in the very male-dominated scene at my school, Michigan State University, and the surrounding area. After performing at one particularly triggering group show, where I was subjected to rape joke after rape joke from my male peers, I retreated to the makeshift cavern of blankets and pillows I call “Sadtown USA” and devised a plan to travel to Boston, attend the 2012 Women in Comedy Festival, and blog for Feminist Film about my experiences with specifically female-branded comedy.

I’d be lying if I said that this wasn’t at least partially a personal journey, but let’s be real: I’ve never had a personal journey that I didn’t share with the internet immediately. While attending WICF, I’d liveblog my experiences for Feminist Film; reflect on themes of safe-space creation in the comedy world; write profiles on each of the lady comedians I encounter; and, if I can manage to milk Feminist Film’s “prestigious blog” status hard enough to earn press credentials in time for the festival, interview said lady comedians about their own experiences and comedic philosophies.

Some of our followers have commented in the past that we have no place posting so much about women in comedy on a blog called Feminist Film. I’d argue that, in fact, we do: comedy, like film, is an arm of the entertainment industry in which women and their perspectives are dramatically underrepresented. Furthermore, there are so few full-time, professional stand-up comics—especially where women are concerned—that most women comedians also work as actors, as well as television and film writers and crew members. To put it simply, women in comedy are women in film.

With this blogging project, I hope to reignite a discourse surrounding the particular challenges that women comedians face, because they are too often forgotten. While some more established feminist comedy icons have risen above these challenges and are able to dismiss claims of sexism in the industry, recent blog posts by women comics like Gaby Dunn and Jen Kirkman remind us that discrimination, bias and blatant misogyny still run rampant in the comedy world. Blogging provides a platform for lady comedians to share their experiences—both their challenges and their successes—and I want to help expand that platform.

Of course, women aren’t the only ones who are underrepresented in comedy: people of color, queer and trans* folk, and people with disabilities face similar, though not identical, problems. I do intend to question the implications of a comedy festival created specifically for women, and, as a queer woman with invisible disabilities, will undoubtedly comment on the intersectional dimensions of life as a female comic.

Followers: we don’t ask for money often, but lending a voice to obscure and unheard female entertainers is a core aspect of the Feminist Film ethos. I hope you consider donating, even a dollar or two, to help make this dream a reality. We at Feminist Film have covered film festivals in the past, but a trip to WICF 2012 would break entirely new ground for us and ultimately improve the overall site experience for you, our followers. Feminist Film is a community of mutual support in which over 15,000 bloggers share their analyses and ideas. I promise that, if the Feminist Film community can help realize this pipe dream, I will provide an exciting, interactive experience unlike anything you’ve seen here yet.


Thank you for your support!

comedy / feminism / feministfilm / support independent comedy /

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Hey, Twitterers!


film / entertainment / science / arts / middle-schoolers / education / inspiration / twitter / chicago / music / movies / comedy / writing / performance / animation / arts ed /

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Clip from the second documentary I watched last night:

This Filthy World (2006), dir. by Jeff Garlin

I’m not a fan of everything John Waters has made - I don’t think I’ll watch A Dirty Shame or even Pink Flamingos all the way through again - but I revere his vision and hold his artistic integrity and sense of humor in the absolute highest regard. This lecture doc shows Waters at his sharpest, real-talking and often pushing the boundaries with his captive audience: just the way he likes ‘em.

This one’s also under Netflix’s “Critically-Acclaimed Documentaries”.

2000s / documentary / netflix / comedy / film / movies / john waters /

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In its entirety:

Mystery Science Theater 3000 S05E15 - The Wild World Of Batwoman
Opening with a Young American Films short on Cheating and featuring The Wild World Of Batwoman (1966) - dir. by Jeremy Warren

Of course, the feature is about as wild as a coma and has nothing to do with DC Comics.

1950s / 1960s / short / mst3k / in its entirety / film / mystery science theater 3000 / humor / comedy / satire / commentary / so bad /

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Grace Jones in Vamp (1986), dir. by Richard Wenk

Grace Jones in Vamp (1986), dir. by Richard Wenk

1980s / horror / comedy / grace jones /

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Flesh for Frankenstein (1973), directed by Paul Morrissey
"The goriest, sexiest, wildest Frankenstein ever filmed."

1970s / andy warhol / comedy / horror / paul morrissey / italy / france /

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Trailer for Blood for Dracula (1974), directed by Paul Morrissey

Easily my favorite version of “Dracula” ever. It should really be called “Bad Day For Dracula”, because all Udo Kier’s character does is sob and puke the entire film.

It also has the best opening scene of any vampire film, with Dracula applying makeup and dyeing his hair black, the punchline being (after all that amazing setup) that he can’t even see himself in the mirror.

1970s / comedy / france / horror / italy / andy warhol / paul morrissey /

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