Karyn Ben Singer Independent Filmmaker
Desert Centric Webseries Project Makes the Most Out of
Growing Up Queer in an Oft-Overlooked Dusty Community
LANCASTER, CA - Those who hail from the Antelope Valley, a community just barely an hour north of Los Angeles, know it to be a dusty, windy, sometimes backwards, often very weird place to spend anyone’s formative years. Independent filmmaker Karyn Ben Singer is one of those desert natives and has funneled bits and pieces of the area’s weirdness into her film projects, primarily b-movies centered around disembodied creature hands or pod-person invasions. This time around, she’s going full throttle into the heart of the desert’s lore and legend, centering her latest project around a small town that sits on a dimensional faultline and draws from conspiracy theories, urban legends and other fantastical folk tales.
In addition to embracing the region’s word-of-mouth narrative, the series universe will default to non-heteronormative standards. Meaning all characters, unless stated otherwise, should be expected to fall somewhere on the LGBTQ+ spectrum. This is a conscious effort to create a narrative world populated with multiple queer identity types.
Singer’s previous works have been screened at the Broad Humor Film Festival, North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and Galactic Sci-Fi Fest.
The series is currently in pre-production with a crowdfunder expected later this year. Principal photography is expected to begin either late 2017 or early 2018.
Desolation, CA can be found on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram all @ desolationca.
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Questions may be sent to Karyn Ben Singer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
She can also be found on Twitter @kbenwrites.