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Web series about Park Slope lesbians to become a movie • Brooklyn Paper

Web series about Park Slope lesbians to become a movie

Desiree Akhavan (left) and Ingrid Jungermann make a web TV series that pokes fun at Park Slope stereotypes. The pair shoot at many neighborhood locations, including Gorilla Coffee.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

The creators of a web series that spoofs queer life in Park Slope are hitting the big screen with an offbeat romantic comedy — and plenty of Brooklyn shout-outs.

“The Slope” — an online sketch comedy that follows two hilariously shallow lesbians — has earned thousands of donation dollars, a loyal fan base, and even international press attention since debuting last year.

That’s why creators Ingrid Jungermann and Desiree Akhavan will use the series as a launching pad for an unconventional love story set exclusively in the borough.

“It’s sort of a gay ‘Annie Hall,’ ” said Akhavan, who stars in the show and wrote the screenplay.

The non-linear film tracks “the rise and fall” of a romantic relationship between two women — and explores the concept of “growing up” — but not without poking some fun at the gay community and the writer’s own neurosis.

Akhavan said she’ll use hangouts such as Grand Army Plaza, Gorilla Coffee, and Mission Dolores Bar as settings for the film, which she plans to begin shooting in the spring.

That’s not a second too soon, according to the the Guardian, which last month named “The Slope” one of the “25 Web Shows You Need to See” alongside funnyman Zach Galifianakis’s “Between Two Ferns.”

Akhavan now says film — even more than the web series — is a tribute the borough.

“It’s an ode to Brooklyn,” she said.

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at noneill@cnglocal.com or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.

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