Ingrid Jungermann has been busier than a BUSY DRAG QUEEN. Lucky for us though, she's been working on a new series for those of us with enough free time to watch awesome things on our computers! She's debuting F TO 7TH: A HOMONEUROTIC WEB SERIES on January 21st! You may remember we first fell in love with Ingrid and her project with co-star, Desiree Akhavan for their series about superficial homophobic lesbians in The Slope. Ingrid took some precious time out to talk with us at Big Shoe Diaries about her new series, independent film and hot lesbian actresses as she prepares for the launch of the new show. Don't miss it!
KARL MARKS: Readers at Big Shoe Diaries absolutely loved the Slope Show and we're exciting to see a new project from you. What can we expect from F to 7th? Are there any surprises in store?
INGRID JUNGERMANN: Thanks for liking it. That means a lot to me. The main difference between the two shows is that it's from the perspective of me and not a couple, which means that I had to write characters who challenged me, who presented the other side of things. The central theme is no longer - how will this couple navigate their lives together - but how will "Ingrid" find a new identity as a single person, as a woman who feels like she's lost in terms of sexuality and gender. Where does she belong? Even though as a community, we still have a long way to go, we are approaching equality and normalcy, whatever those terms mean. Once we achieve that, will we be bored? Will be have to come out again? When we're grandparents, what will we mean when we say, "kids these days?"
KM: I remember watching The L Word with some queer women in DC years back and one remarked, "The L Word is the worst show on TV right now, but it's our worst show, and so I watch it." What impact, if any, did The L Word have on your writing/film-making career? What other lesbian-themed shows/films would you recommend people see(or rewatch)?
IJ: When I watched the first season, I cried. I remember standing in my kitchen in Wilmington, NC, and watching the DVD menu play over and over again to that sexy song they used to have, and thinking - wow - this is what I've been waiting for. After that, I wasn't interested in the show because it became something else - it felt like it focused more on the soap opera elements and less on character and story. Still, it was a really important, groundbreaking show that paved a creative path for the rest of us. As far as watching something lesbian- or gay- themed, mostly that approach doesn't attract me. I'm drawn to story, not theme, so a great story with gay characters is what I'm interested in. Lisa Cholodenko is someone I deeply respect for that reason. She got some flack from the lesbian community for THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, but I never understood that. She made a lesbian couple normal. It was nominated for an Oscar. That's important. That means that that film got into the hands of people who need to see it. I'm not interested in preaching to the choir; to make change you have to hit the people who need to change.
KM: In this past year's OUT 100 list, a handful of independent web series creators were honored for their work in entertainment, including the Slope Show. What do you think it means for GLBT/Queer entertainment that your work and the work of other smaller web series were included in that list?
IJ: It means independent work is always necessary. Independent film, unfortunately, has been hit hard by the economy and deeply effected by the simple fact that there's no money, and when there's no money, it's hard for a producer to say, "Let's make this movie because we believe in the art." They have to make a living, and that means they have to sell tickets in order to make more movies they can sell. I do think that the industry is short-sighted when it comes to audiences. Audiences are hungry for something new, something different, something they can access at home whenever they want to. We will start seeing the Internet taking over the independent scene. Low-budget work is an excuse to focus on the script. We don't make money, but we retain creative freedom. That will change, too. Once we start to make money making films and series' for the web, something else will pop up that's cooler.
KM:Who is your favorite lesbian actress? And who is your favorite straight actress that successfully played a lesbian character?
IJ: The ones that are out? Jane Lynch. Straight - Kristin Scott Thomas in TELL NO ONE.
KM: Clearly, you’ve been busy making stuff! Lastly, have you met Jodie Foster?
IJ: Haha. No. I hope one day I will. But if I do, I will make sure I'm VERY private about it.