AUGUST 19: Carmilla premieres (2014)
On this day in 2014, a little video titled “Disorientation” was uploaded to YouTube. Years later, this video would turn out to be the very first episode of season one of the hit lesbian web series Carmilla!
Adapted from one of the first vampire stories ever written, the novella Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu, the web series was created by Jordan Hall and Ellen Simpson and stars Elise Bauman and Natasha Negovanlis. The original Carmilla tells the story of a young girl who is hunted by a female vampire in the 1890s, but Hall and Simpson reimagined the story to be the video diary of a freshman at the fictional Silas University as she investigates the disappearance of her roommate Betty, while simultaneously trying to adjust to her new roommate – a strange, nocturnal girl by the name of Carmilla. Laura’s investigation eventually leads her to into a world of supernatural beings, as well as into a romance with, you guessed it, her vampire roommate Carmilla.
As of today, the pilot episode has garnered over 2 million views on YouTube. Following the extremely positive reception from LGBT women starving for representation, the Carmilla web series was renewed for three seasons. In 2016, it won a prestigious Canadian Screen Award and since 2014 has won 9 awards in total for its on-screen representation and its strong fan base. Although the series concluded after the third season, it was announced in 2016 that this modern retelling of Carmilla would also be getting a film adaptation with all the stars and creators from the YouTube series remaining! The movie is expected to drop sometime in fall of 2017!