Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 29+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2015-03-25
Download Issue
  News Index   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds     AIDS @ 32       Marriage
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime

Thousand Waves marks 30 years of mission-driven work Thousand Waves marks 
30 years of mission-driven work
Thousand Waves Martial Arts & Self-Defense Center, located in Chicago's Lake View ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times    Download PDF Issue

Website aims to be the 'HBO of lesbian content'
by Ross Forman, Windy City Times
2012-02-22

facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


Christin Mell spent her elementary school years in Chattanooga, Tenn., where she attended a co-ed, conservative Catholic school, complete with uniforms.

That's where she confronted "Tommy Finch."

He actually really wasn't named Tommy Finch; that's just the fictitious name Mell gave the Finch-like character that many know oh-so-well: that annoying, pesky school bully. He tortured all of the girls, pulling their pigtails, pinching them or just causing havoc, Mell said.

Fast forward to the present, and I Hate Tommy Finch is a two-woman show that follows the friendship/relationship of best friends from the age of 8 to 35. Each scene is a moment during a pivotal age in their life. The show will focus on their first meeting and the ups and downs of the friendship as they discover themselves and love. I Hate Tommy Finch is a new original play/web series.

The play/web series stars Nicole Pacent and Shannan Leigh Reeve, with musicians Sami Grisafe and Shannon Nicole.

The play was performed in Chicago in mid-October, and two of the three shows were sold out.

A continuing series, I Hate Tommy Finch, launched in January on Mell's lesbian-driven website, www.tellofilms.com .

"We have had such an overwhelmingly positive response" to I Hate Tommy finch, Mell said.

Mell confirmed that the play, I Hate Tommy Finch, will be back in Chicago in the spring.

Chicago-based Tellofilms.com is a web-based video distribution company for films made for, by and about lesbians. The tello mission statement is: to be a virtual forum devoted to provoking thought, empowering people, and fostering connectivity through original projects essential to the lesbian experience.

Mell, 36, who lives in Chicago's Avondale neighborhood, is the co-founder and CEO. She works for the YMCA by day, focuses on tellofilms.com before and after her day job and on weekends. Her partner is State Rep. Deb Mel.

Nicole Valentine is the co-founder of tellofilms.com .

"Over the past year, we have posted an impressive little array of web series," said Mell, who expanded the company in the fall. Jessica King was named the COO, while Julie Keck is the new Chief Creative Director.

"It got to the point where I needed more support because we were continuing to receive more project interests, more scripts, [plus] the website numbers were growing. It was just me and Nicole, so we needed to expand. We needed more folks who had this wonderful skillset.

"Both [Jessica and Julie] are amazing writers; each can read and re-write a script, if needed. Their ability to read a script and tell that story is fantastic. They also are absolute geniuses when it comes to social media; their use of Twitter and Facebook is so impressive. Each has a lot of great tech skills.

"Jessica is a wonderful director and cinematographer, who also can edit. Julie is a great writer, who does a lot of marketing, too."

King and Keck designed and developed tello's live game show, 'Who Knows Her Better,' which was taped in Chicago and hosted by The L Word's Elizabeth Keener.

"We want to be the HBO of lesbian content," Mell said. "We want to have thousands of subscribers and be able to fund our projects, but also support other producers and fund their projects. Sure, we're already doing that, but we want to do it to a larger extent."

Tello offers free content for website visitors and also exclusive material through its Premium Content section ($3.99 per month). The Premium content includes Cowgirl Up, McManusLand, and more.

The Premium section has nine web series—and Cowgirl Up is its most popular. "There's nothing else out there like it," Mell said. "It's essentially a lesbian Western, with an all-female cast, except for one male. The storytelling is really fun and funny. There are great stars, great writing."

Mell confirmed that McManusLand, Season 2, will be launching in the spring. She said there also is a possibility of CowGirl Up, Season 2.

"The biggest surprise is just that this model actually is working," Mell said. "If you tell a good story and actively engage with your fans, they will come to your site and support you, subscribe to the content.

"A lot of people are hungry for content, but they aren't primed to go make it themselves. It's been interesting to hear people tell us what they'd like to see. I'm surprised a bit at that, given today's technology, I thought they would try it themselves, then upload it [to the web], but that's not the case."

Mell said the majority of the visitors to the tello website are from the U.S., but there are viewers from Japan, Australia and England, among other countries.

So what about a website for gay male content?

"Originally, we thought it would be really good to expand into the gay community, and actually were going to call it Fello Films," Mell said. "But, I don't feel like I could run a site because I don't feel like I know what resonates with the gay male community. I focus on lesbian content because it's what I know."


facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily
agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here.
Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you
stay on this page, the more you help us.

Veterans speak on love and secrets in military 2015-03-27
'Mahogany' 40th-anniv. DVD out May 5 2015-03-25
Thousand Waves marks 30 years of mission-driven work 2015-03-25
Knight at the Movies: Spring LGBT movie preview 2015-03-25
Cinema Q V: Free film series celebrates half a decade with screenings 2015-03-24
Entertainment: Andy Cohen; Cheyenne Jackson; Chaz Bono; Jussie Smollett 2015-03-24
GLAAD honors Kerry Washington, 'Transparent' 2015-03-24
Chicago-made Huntington's doc 'Quicksand' screens April 9 2015-03-23
DOWS hosts women's dance 2015-03-23
Rivendell Theatre honors Willa Taylor, marks 20 years 2015-03-19
Baconfest hosting Bacon Month events 2015-03-18
Into the Woods' out on disc March 24 2015-03-18
Chicago LGBT-rights advocate now with Human Rights Watch 2015-03-18
VIEWS Discrimination is not religious freedom 2015-03-18
Upcoming: Willa Taylor honors; GayCo event; Sculpture exhibit 2015-03-18
MUSIC Anne Steele shows listeners 'What's Mine' 2015-03-18
National: Philly's celebration; guilty verdict; Utah bill 2015-03-17
Entertainment: Madonna; Matt Bomer; Billie Jean film; Josh Groban 2015-03-17
World: Lesbian tennis player; restroom situation; IKEA website 2015-03-17
Longtime political activist Jean Hardisty dies 2015-03-16
New-look Chicago Force eyes return to national championship form 2015-03-14
Election board decides in favor of Mell 2015-03-12
Coalition report: LGBT women among most economically vulnerable 2015-03-12
'Still Alice' writer Richard Glatzer dies 2015-03-11
VIEWS Boston's forgotten role in the women's movement 2015-03-11
Upcoming: Homestretch screening; honors to Taylor, Mirza; Human First gala; voting 2015-03-11
Entertainment: Kerry Washington; Alexander McQueen;'The Fosters'; Mario Lopez 2015-03-11
Exhibition: History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago 2015-03-10
Five Worth Finding 2015-03-10
United States Artists: Illuminating value of artists for a decade 2015-03-10
International Women's Day Dance returns 2015-03-08
Windy City Gay Idol 2015 announcement 2015-03-06
Playgirl "Man of the Year" Dirk Shafer found dead 2015-03-06
PASSAGES Barbara "Robbie" Smith, services March 7 2015-03-04
Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks 2015-03-04
NUNN ON ONE Michael Urie airs his 'View' 2015-03-04
MOVIES 'Honest Liar' a revealing doc with gay magician 2015-03-04
MOVIES Documentary looks at women's-rights movement 2015-03-04
Local entertainment events: Homestretch; Tret Fure; Louder than a Bomb; African-American films 2015-03-04
Humorous memoir 'Butch' details pregnancy woes 2015-03-04





Copyright © 2015 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 

ALMA names recipients of Young Latino Leaders for Creating Change scholarship
 
NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Taryn Manning dishes on new music, 'Orange Is the New Black'
 
PASSAGES Carl Sharp
 
Ald. Emma Mitts videotaped making anti-LGBT comments
 
New BYC location among Howard Brown meeting announcements
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now
Sponsor


Sponsor

  News Index   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds     AIDS @ 32       Marriage
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.