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Red-Carpet Talk: Opening Night of 2018 Reeling Lgbtq+ Film Fest with ‘Freelancer’s Anonymous’

Chicago – It was an Opening Night celebration at the 36th Reeling Lgbtq+ International Film Festival on September 20th, 2018. The opener was the screwball comedy “Freelancers Anonymous,” and walking the Red Carpet was director Sonia Sebastián, writer/lead actor Lisa Cordileone, producer Eugene Sun Park and cast members Natasha Negovanlis, Megan Cavanaugh and Cassandra Blair.

Writer/Lead Actor Lisa Cordileone (left) and Actor Natasha Negovanlis of ‘Freelancers Anonymous

Photo credit: Jerry Nunn

Freelancers Anonymous” is a made-in-Chicago screwball comedy about the workplace. Billie (Lisa Cordileone) is stuck in a dead-end job with a boss from hell (Alexandra Billings). She quits after a meltdown, and suddenly realizes that money for from her lavish wedding to Gayle (Natasha Negovanlis) will be scarce. Instead of telling her fiancé, she decides to fill her coffers by inventing an app specifically for freelancers. The wedding and app launch party coincide, so can Billie keep it all
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Film News: 'Freelancers Anonymous' Opens 36th Reeling Lgbtq+ Film Fest on Sep. 20, 2018

Chicago – One great source of pride in the Chicago cinema community is Reeling, the second oldest Lgbtq+ International Film Festival in North America, and their 36th edition is launching on Thursday, September 20th, 2018, at the Davis Theater in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. The Opening Night Film is “Freelancers Anonymous.” For details and tickets, click here.

’Freelancers Anonymous’ Opens the 36th Reeling Lgbtq+ International Film Festival

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“Freelancers Anonymous” is a Chicago-based screwball comedy about the workplace. Billie (Lisa Cordileone) is stuck in a dead-end job with a boss from hell (Alexandra Billings). She quits after a meltdown, and suddenly realizes that money for from her lavish wedding to Gayle (Natasha Negovanlis) will be scarce. Instead of telling her fiancé, she decides to fill her coffers by inventing an app specifically for freelancers. The wedding and app launch party coincide, so can Billie keep it all “straight”? The
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‘Carmilla’ Stars, Producer Prepare To Get ‘Clairevoyant’ In Upcoming Series

The creative team behind the hit vampire web series Carmilla is set to launch a new show. On May 16, Canadian producer Shaftesbury will launch Clairevoyant, a supernatural comedy about a pair of psychics, on its KindaTV channel.

Clairevoyant will star Natasha Negovanlis and Annie Briggs (both of whom have roles in Carmilla) as a pair of roommates who look to make a quick buck by going into the psychic business. Their plans take a turn when Claire, portrayed by Negovanlis, discovers that she possesses honest-to-god psychic powers.

Negovanlis and Briggs raised funds for Clairevoyant via Indiegogo, where they scooped up more than $25,000 from backers last year. As a result, they were able to put together 14 five-minute episodes, which will be released between May 16 and May 30.

“My co-creator Annie Briggs and I became fast friends on the set of Carmilla and came up with the idea while bonding over our mutual fascination with fortune telling.
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Intl. Emmy Kids Awards Prizes Industry That is ‘Pushing Boundaries’

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Cannes — The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented the winners of the 6th International Emmy Kids Awards in Cannes on Tuesday night, at a ceremony at the Carlton Hotel.

With over 1,000 buyers of youth-oriented programming assembled in Cannes for MipTV, Academy President and CEO Bruce L. Paisner celebrated what he described as an “exciting and thriving industry” that’s “pushing boundaries [and] inventing new forms.”

Twenty-eight nominees from 16 countries gathered for the presentation of awards highlighting the dynamism of kids programming around the world.

In the category of Kids: Factual, the winner was “Berlin und wir!” (Berlin and Us!), by Germany’s Imago TV and pubcaster Zdf, about German and refugee kids learning about each other’s cultures in Berlin.

Topping the Kids: Preschool category was France’s “La Cabane à Histoires” (The Treehouse Stories), by Dandelooo and Caribara Production, about four friends who meet in a secret treehouse to share their favorite books.
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A Character Came Out as Bisexual on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Fans Are So Freakin' Excited

Rosa Diaz (aka Emily Goldfinch, if you're talking to her neighbors) has long been a fan favorite on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Underneath her tough, standoffish exterior is a lovable heart of gold, much like the rest of the characters on the Fox comedy. But on Tuesday night's episode, which marked the 99th episode of the series, we got a big piece of information regarding the notoriously tight-lipped detective's love life post-Adrian Pimento (Jason Mantzoukas). During a scene with Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio), Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) gets a phone call from a woman who can be heard calling her "babe." Although she initially tries to brush it off and say it was her sister on the other end of the line, Boyle immediately realizes it's something more than that. "I'm dating a woman. I'm bi," she tells him. The scene is incredibly simple and understated, which makes it feel even more important.
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‘The Carmilla Movie’ Set To Debut In Theaters October 26, Then On Fullscreen

The Carmilla Movie, a feature spawned from the vampire web series of the same name funded by female hygiene brand U by Kotex, will debut in Cineplex theaters across Canada on October 26, with a wide release on Fullscreen the following day.

Elise Bauman, who plays Laura Hollis in the web series and upcoming film, and Natasha Negovanlis, who plays Carmilla Karnstein (the vampire), debuted the film’s full-length trailer today at their New York Comic Con panel. Bauman and Negovanlis portray lesbian partners in Carmilla, one of whom happens to be a 300-year-old vampire. Other cast members include Dominique Provost-Chalkley (Murdoch Mysteries) and Nicole Stamp (The Handmaid’s Tale).

Produced by the Toronto-based production shop Shaftesbury, The Carmilla Movie will find the web series star couple in a Toronto apartment, Carmilla no longer a vampire. When she starts to once again exhibit vampiric tendencies, she and Laura meet with old friends to fix the problem.
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Fund This: ‘Clairevoyant’ Looks Toward A Comedic Future On Indiegogo

Project Name: Clairevoyant

Asking For: $25,000 through Indiegogo

Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $11,787

Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 30

Description: What does the future hold? For Claire and Ruby, the protagonists of the planned series Clairevoyant, the answer to that question involves opening a psychic business and catching the attention of organization that hunts for people with extrasensory powers. A creative team led by Natasha Negovanlis, Annie Briggs, and Dillon Taylor are looking to raise the funds the need to complete a series about female friendship, divination, and much more.

In Clairevoyant, Claire (Negovanlis) and Ruby's (Briggs) desire to launch an online psychic business is fed by their pennilessness and their willingness to commit to hucksterism. The latter part of that proposition falls flat when it turns out that Claire actually possesses a seer's powers, drawing the attention of a shadowy cabal that would
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Vampire Web Series ‘Carmilla’ Adds To Its Franchise With Book Deal

Carmilla is so hot right now. The cult favorite web series about vampires and romance has landed a book deal from Kcp Loft, an imprint of publisher Kids Can Press.

The book, due out in the spring of 2019, will be the latest off-YouTube venture for Carmilla, which has a devoted audience of fans (who refer to themselves as “Creampuffs”). Beyond the literary world, Carmilla’s stars will reprise their roles in a movie that recently began filming.

Details about the book’s plot are sparse, but it will likely continue to story of Laura (Elise Bauman) and Carmilla (Natasha Negovanlis), who form a devoted partnership even though Carmilla is a vampire. The original Carmilla web series, which was sponsored by feminine hygiene brand U By Kotex, was itself based on a 19th century novella of the same name by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.

“We are thrilled to enter into a
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Movie Based Off ‘Carmilla’ Web Series Begins Filming Ahead Of Planned Autumn Release

A cult hit web series is well on its way to spawning its own feature film. Production has begun on the movie adaptation of Carmilla, the only web series (as far as I know) centered around a lesbian vampire, based off a 19th century novel, and sponsored by a feminine hygiene brand.

Carmilla stars Elise Bauman and Natasha Negovanlis as Laura and Carmilla, the latter of whom has vampiric origins. Ats of the film’s beginning, Laura and Carmilla have settled together in Toronto, but supernatural twists begin to affect both of them, and they must call upon old friends to help them take on a mysterious antagonist.

The Carmilla series first launched in 2014, with U By Kotex coming on as its sponsor. More than 100 episodes have since been produced, with the show’s fans delivering more than 69 million total views.

After it was initially announced last October, the Carmilla movie is now in production.
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Momentum Pictures Takes ‘Brimstone,’ IFC Films Goes For ‘Between Us’ and More

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

Momentum Pictures has acquired North American rights to the Western thriller “Brimstone.” The film, which first premiered in September at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, is written and directed by Martin Koolhoven. It stars Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Kit Harrington, Carice van Houten and Emilia Jones. The film “tells the story of a frontier woman turn fugitive when she is wrongly accused of a crime she didn’t commit and is hunted by a vengeful preacher.”

Momentum Pictures will be releasing the film in theaters and on VOD in March 2017.

IFC Films has acquired North American rights to Rafael Palacio Illingworth’s “Between Us.” The film, written and directed by Illingworth, stars Olivia Thirlby, Ben Feldman, Adam Goldberg,
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Fund This: ‘Haunted Or Hoax’ Hopes To Provide Viewers With “A Whole Lot Of Creepy”

Project Name: Haunted or Hoax

Asking For: $21,525 on Kickstarter

Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $21,038

Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 6

Description: An international team is coming together to tell the story of a haunted house. Natalie Forward is the creator behind Haunted or Hoax, a Canadian production currently seeking funds on Kickstarter.

Haunted or Hoax will star Isabel Kanaan and Sydney Kondruss as a pair of paranormal investigators who go to check out an old Victorian mansion called the Grantham House. While there, they will encounter the mansion's eccentric owner, portrayed by Natasha Negovanlis. Across the course of the series, mysteries will be uncovered and truths will be revealed.

While it is, on the surface, a standard ghost story, Haunted or Hoax plans to wear many hats. Its Kickstarter page says it will be "part comedy, part mystery, part supernatural and a whole lot of creepy,
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‘Carmilla’s Web Series Stars Lead Feature Film ‘Almost Adults’

Two actresses who star together in a well-received web series are bringing their chemistry to a feature film, and if the buzz generated by its trailer is any indication, it will score a sizable audience of its own. Elise Bauman and Natasha Negovanlis, who portray the two lead characters in the web series Carmilla, will be at the forefront of Almost Adults, an upcoming film produced by the Gay Women Channel.

In Almost Adults, Negovanlis and Bauman will portray a pair of best friends who find themselves struggling to keep their relationship together as their lives diverge from each other. The film was initially funded by a March 2015 Kickstarter campaign that ultimately raised $122,056 Cad ($91,999.70 Usd). Production began in May, and at the recent Buffer Festival in Toronto, a trailer arrived. Judging from it, we can expect Almost Adults to feature plenty of banter between its leads, a handful of witty one-liners,
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