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Hey old faithfuls,

As the year comes to an end, I thought I'd share the current state of F TO 7TH affairs and revisit the life of the first season -- mostly because I like bulleted lists, but also because I'm grateful we had an amazing year. A lot of that has to do with YOU, so thanks a million times +1.

2014 The Future of America 

What's happening now, you ask? I've been focusing on writing season two, and I've got 7 out of 8 episodes ready to go. Expect the unexpected as "Ingrid" (that slut pictured above) becomes even more internally homophobic and in one episode, tries to convince a child to follow in her flawed footsteps. With this season, I'm exploring more of a through line and character arc, something about three people care about. Bottom line -- shit will be a little different.

2013 Gone But Not Forgotten

And now for the year in review!

  • Several episodes of season one have seen a life beyond the web. We've screened at a bunch of festivals including the Los Angeles Film Festival, Frameline, Outfest, NewFest, Friar's Club Comedy Festival, Philly QFest, Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Pittsburg Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and Polari Festival in Austin. We were also part of a web series filmmaker series at Videology in Williamsburg.
  • The Guardian selected F TO 7TH as 1 of 10 Best Web Series of 2013. We love Brits!
  • We've gotten more amazing press including mentions in The New Yorker, Time Out NY, Vice, BuzzFeed and IndieWire to name a few. If you're in that mid-afternoon slumber and need a quick fix but don't want to go to your neighbor's cubicle and eat another Twix, check out our Press page.
  • We got invited to the White House for an LGBT Celebration and almost got to touch Obama!
  • We shared our web series experiences on a handful of panels with the likes of DCTV, IFP and will soon grace the DC Independent Film Festival stage in early 2014.

Again, we couldn't have made any of this happen without our backers and followers and friends and press contacts and cast and crew and, finally, Zeke, who was with me for 14 years and was by far the best actor I've even worked with.

Stay glued.

Lovingly, Ingrid

Web Series: The Twitter of TV?

Halfway through writing season two of F TO 7TH, I've witnessed a shift in my writing. I don't know if the movement is forward or backward. Most likely the latter because I'm forcing myself to be more painfully honest with the imperfect person I am and the mess I'm sure to become. That means emotional regression: The cornerstone of good comedy.

I just finished reading a couple of stories about Jack Dorsey (zeitgeist? he's everywhere), one of the creators of Twitter and now Square (which I just ordered for absolutely no reason besides the fact that it's free), and it struck me that web series are the 140 characters of the television show.

There is something addictive about shaping an episodic story within tightly contained, self-imposed restrictions. There's also this liberating freedom to make mistakes because the form is still such a free-for-all. Web series creators pen the rules and we have decided that there are no rules. Me, I like order but only if I impose it upon myself, so web series and I get along well. We're thinking of moving in together, but her parents don't know she's gay.

An undergraduate degree in journalism influenced my creative writing in that it taught me to get to the fucking point. Web series have taught me to strip away three acts into three moments. In between those moments are a lot of tiny character flaws, and within those character flaws is where, hopefully, something awful and funny occurs. Of course, those are just my rules. Other people are far more successful and think a lot less about crap I probably shouldn't waste time thinking about.

Some people fear that the world is changing into one big marketplace for the self. Maybe it is, but it's up to us to reshape our art to meet the demands of our audience, who we need in order to have a conversation. That doesn't have to be a bad thing if you use the No Rule rule as your blueprint.

Now's the time.

Friars Club Comedy Film Fest Screening April 2 at 7pm

The complete first season of F TO 7TH will screen in its entirety as part of the Friars Club Comedy Film Festival in NYC this Tuesday, April 2, 7:00pm, at Anthology Film Archives. Tickets are on sale here, and Ingrid will be there so if you're in town, drop on by!

The first eight-episode season will screen as part of a program on other web series, including episodes of Danny Hastings' CHEEZTOSOS, FLAT 3, SERIOUS BUSINESS, and THE UNTITLED WEB SERIES THAT MORGAN EVANS IS DOING.

NEXT STOP: The Rosebuds' Kelly Crisp

If you've found yourself watching F TO 7TH and paying less attention to the episode and more attention to the cool music, that's understandable. Kelly Crisp and Ivan Howard, old friends of Ingrid's from her North Carolina days, are the brains behind The Rosebuds, a band on the Merge label who have continued to provide their fans with music both palatable and poignant. Here's round two of "Next Stop" - a quickie with musician/writer/performer/funny lady Kelly Crisp.

A fun fact about you. I live in New York and sometimes go to Times Square for fun. Unironically!

I go to JFK for fun sometimes. Buffalo Wild Wings. It's a nice crowd there. Have you been? Had a breakfast beer at a Chili's there once.

I find Chili's salty. Speaking of salty, how did the Rosebuds start out? Our friend had a show and the opening band cancelled so we offered to fill in. We wrote five songs that afternoon and performed them that night. Not very self-conscious or thought-out at all. Everybody liked it and wanted to help. We put those and a couple other songs on a demo we sent to our dream label, Merge Records, and they signed us.

Did a lot of people get jealous? I'm a little jealous even though I'm not a musician. Like I'm jealous right now.Yes, actually. I didn't know about that before, but people can misbehave.

You are recording a new album. Can you talk about that experience and also when you expect it to be released? Ivan and I are meeting in North Carolina this week to work on our demos and rehearse, then we'll go into a studio in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, as soon as the snow melts up there.

Can you sing a little from one of the songs?Dee dee... Where's my key...  Deeeeeeeeeeee. Ahem. [transcribed from surprisingly accurate singing].

I felt that. In my heart a little. Where do you see The Rosebuds in 5 years? Famous, but not dicks.

I'm a dick but not famous. Have you ever tried being like that? Hahahahahaha. Yes, of course.

Has the band ever been involved with film, TV or commercials before? What has that experience been like? Film and TV a little. We've been lucky to have our songs be a part of things we like, or respect, or that make us happy. One of our songs was used in a Spanish commercial advertising dental implants for old people. It ruled.

I'd love a copy of that. If I make a film, will you guys score it?Yes! I will give it a score of A+ !!!