Section II: Think Netflix for Lesbians. We acquire, create, and showcase curated, LBTQ films, shorts, and series.
Use the WishList to contribute cash and loan items - OR - Make a contribution by selecting an incentive directly.
Everyone who donates will receive a personal thank you from the Section II team on a digital postcard, and your name will appear on our Supporters Page on the new version of the Section II site (rolling out continuously this summer).
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Buy One Get One Free
Designed for Autostraddle Readers but Open to Everyone-- for $15 you get 2 months of the Section II Spotlight Series for the price of 1. Beginning in August, we will deliver a bundle of curated content-- a feature, short, series, and exclusive behind the scenes footage, directors commentary, and essays-- directly to your inbox. Enough to keep you busy throughout the month, this series highlights some of our favorite content throughout the year and is designed to introduce new content around classic themes and films.
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Thank You! You just pre-ordered Heather Tobin's newest DVD, ROUTE OF ACCEPTANCE.
When you order through this Seed&Spark Campaign, you'll also receive a screener through SectionII.com while you wait for your physical delivery. We are so happy to be working with Heather and can't wait to share ROUTE OF ACCEPTANCE with you and the world.
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#BetterRepresentation is at the heart of Section II's double-bottom line appraoch to business and to filmmaking.
For $25, you'll be a part of the SECTION II TWO DOLLAR BILL CAMPAIGN. We'll send you a $2 bill to spend the next time you go see a movie at the theater.
Make your presence known at the box office by showing that you want to see more diversity on the big screen. Use your generous donation to our campaign to make your voice heard-- and use your $2 coupon to justify that guilty pleasure flick you've already got hidden on your Google Calendar.
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You're a #Fighter
With a $75 donation to our campaign, you will also receive an annual FIGHTER MEMBERSHIP to PRIDE PAC. We are always looking for ways to support the LGBT front lines in the fight for equality, and Pride PAC is particularly devoted to creating media that promotes change for millions of LGBT Americans in today's political climate.
With every member we sign-up for the Fighter Membership, Section II will receive the allocated Media Spend and you will be supporting political change in the fight for LGBT equality.
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You're making everything sweeter in the world of Section II, and to show you our appreciation, we will send you a package of custom-made Section II cookies from new Dallas-based bakery Trois Laurent Pastisserie!
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The Section II #SpotlightSeries
Our first subscription service is a curated package of content sent directly to your inbox each month. We'll bundle a new mix of features, web series, and shorts together and contextualize them with the help of some of the foremost writers, directors, and producers in the field today.
When you sign up for an annual subscription through our crowdfunding campaign, you'll get a discount off the regular package price of $15/month.
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$250USD#TotesAwesome Thank you! You are lifting a huge burden off our shoulders with your support, and we are so grateful. One of Allie's all-time favorite inventions-- after television and gel pens-- is the Wintercheck ToteScarf. And the company behind it is being #TotesAwesome and creating a Section II Totescarf with our signature teal as the pocket for their handmade collection of scarves. We'll ship it out in time for Fall, with all our love.
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We're going to outfit you with everything you need for a screening party for II.
You'll receive a pair of both our Section II Custom Coozies and our brand new favorite t-shirts from Arrowhead Apparell. We'll also make sure you have enough popcorn to get you through a double feature of your choice with coupons for anything available on SectionII.com.
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#ReImagined Home Decor
Last Fall, we created a series of Re-Imagined movie posters that give a nod to the classic, epic love stories we haven't yet seen on the big screen-- but the likes of which we hope to be producing ourselves in the near future.
Now you can have your own re-imagined movie poster, full size and able to be displayed anywhere. Click here for the full list of options.
"Casablanca" below. And a list of other alternatives here.
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#Meeting of the Minds
This is your chance to schedule a series of consultations with the Section II creative and distribution teams to talk through a project you're working on. Whether you have a script or a rough cut, you can practice your pitch, ask us your questions, and receive feedback from the award winning producers who are building out the Section II library and developing projects alongside your favorite content creators.
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You're a #Lifer
And we couldn't be more excited about it.
For $1500, you'll become a lifetime member of Section II.
We'll be curating packages of content across genres and formats each month and delivering them straight to your inbox...forever! You'll get a screener code to watch every single feature, short, or series we acquire-- you'll be the first to know it's on the site and will have unlimited access to everything we have online.
You'll get the most personal Section II customer service bonus perks and anecdotes from the filmmakers, their stars, and their mentors. We're so lucky to have you on board for the ride and will show you how grateful we are with every new title that comes our way.
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You're a #Collector
Of good karma and all the finest accessories for home, work, and the office.
A luxury service for women on the move, we combine rare finds and exclusive goods-- and ship them all to your door in an upscale grab bag highlighting the latest in design and innovation.
This incentive gets you the first four shipments of the Section II Collection, delivered quarterly throughout the next year, at this exclusive crowdfunding price.
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For $3500, you will be an official content sponsor on our site. You'll have space across three dedicated film pages to host a banner ad for your favorite business or charity-- or to create a personal message for your friends and fellow film fans.
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You're incredible! And to show you how much we appreciate your contribution, we're going to curate a one-of-a-kind LBTQ library just for you. Our 100 favorite films, shorts, and series, with ancillary content and a chance to share unique digital content with your friends, that will take you on a cinematic journey. We'll create a volume especially for you and deliver it in time for maximum holiday binge-watching.
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About The Project
We are fundraising to upgrade our platform and begin producing original content with a network of crazy-talented filmmakers. Are you ready for new features, shorts, and series? Then contribute now to the Section II campaign!
Section II is named after the clause in the Motion Picture Production Code that outlawed homosexuality on screen until 1968. We’ve re-appropriated our namesake and are ready to begin a new narrative with a destination platform for filmmakers and film fans alike-- think Netflix for Lesbians.
We acquire, create, and showcase premium Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning (LBTQ) content, and we are dedicated to #BetterRepresentation of LBTQ women in popular culture.
We have already accumulated the world's largest LBTQ library, but there are still over 20,000 titles from over 45 years of underutilized content left for us to put on the platform.
We are working with the most talented and popular LBTQ fimmakers, writers, and musicians in the world to produce new, original content and to make it available at SectionII.com and across the web.
By the end of the summer, we'll in production for our first original series.
By the end of 2014, we will have our first feature films in pre-production.
We'll keep you involved development to distribution, providing behind the scenes access to the creative process so that you never have to wonder what's coming next in the world of LBTQ cinema.
With your help, we will upgrade our site into a destination platform that will launch in June 2015. Our vision includes a universal mobile app and a cutting edge second-screen experience that allows for social interaction with the content and the most contextual and archival developments ever applied to LBTQ films and series.
In the meantime, we have acquired our first all-rights feature film and are taking it to festivals around the world in 2014-2015. We are working on a College Tour for Fall 2014, and we can't wait to meet more filmmakers and film lovers throughout the year on the festival circuit.WHAT'S NEXTSection II is building an ecosystem for curated, high-quality LBTQ content. Development through distribution, there is room for improvement in the filmmaking process. The lack of access to well-produced, well-developed stories is bad for the LBTQ community, and it's bad for society. But most importantly... it's something we can fix.We are in a unique position as a niche platform to ally ourselves with both content creators and content consumers-- our team is a resource to everyone interested in seeing more LBTQ content and #BetterRepresentation of characters and stories from across the spectrum.Fundraising is the next step for the growth of our company. We are always looking for partners and investors who can help us enact our customer acquisitions strategy and push our slate of original content into production. This includes building an audience around our idea and showing that we have demand for a service that will improve the process for funding LBTQ productions.
About This Team
Allie Esslinger is the Founder of Section II. She grew up in Alabama-- home of Harper Lee, the Crimson Tide, and the only ABC affiliate that did not air ELLEN's "coming out" episode in 1997. It took her a long time to understand herself in the context of the world because she didn't have a lot of access to it. But with the emerging technologies aiding both content creation and distribution, there's no reason that should be the case for anyone, anymore. She founded Section II because she saw the opportunity to connect an underserved market with the content it craves.
Allie is a Southern transplant living in Brooklyn. She has produced web series, shorts, and features both as a freelancer and through her boutique production company Olive Juice Films. She studied International Affairs and New Media and also has an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves television, live music, big sunglasses, and iced coffee.
Matthew Smaglik came to New York from Montana, where he ran an indie film collaborative. He directed a feature film about the Balkan oil boom before he moved and has worked on some of the most innovative film projects in New York as the Creative Director at the Dogfish Accelerator. He is a jack of all trades and the Principal at Section II.
Kara Q. Smith is the lead Curator at Section II. Her Fine Arts background has given her both experience and authority when it comes to contextualizing work from varying artists and mediums. Her intelligent creativity drives innovation across Section II's social media presence and the work it's doing to build partnerships across multiple verticals.
John MacDonald is the head of Acquisitions at Section II. He's who you'll talk to about getting your content on the site! Coming from a background in production, arts management, and new media, he's been an incredible to the Section II team from the day he came on board.
Darcy Schlitt is our Head of Partnerships. She works within the New York community to create collaborative experiences for shared customers and is our key brand ambassador in charge of content sponsorship. She has experience in film-related start-ups and has worked on crews across genres in the lighting and G&E departments since moving to the City.
Blending tech and content—and finding a complimentary team that looks ahead while handling production and distribution needs for our creators today-- is a huge undertaking. But we have a core team with over 30 years of experience. Now more than ever is the time to embark on a multi-faceted company because the issues indie film and the LGBTQ movement are facing are myriad. The idea that we can also operate with a Public Benefit Mandate is at the heart of Section II’s corporate culture. We are the cahnge we want to see in the Industry.