Kappa Force comes at a time when socially pointed web series like Brown Girlsand Brujos are paving the way for filmmakers outside of the mainstream. And though the series leans on familiar college tropes—the weird roommate, fratty meatheads, and binge-drinking—it also subverts those stereotypes. The sorority girls are a diverse bunch—across race, sexuality, and gender, deeply human in their quirks and flaws.
“With dozens of extras in the background, fully developed superhero and villain costumes, extensive action sequences, cinematic camerawork by Taylor Russ, and a complex audio soundtrack by Noisefloor, Chicago’s Kappa Force looks, sounds, and feels more like a network series or Marvel off-shoot than what is typical of an eight-episode web series. “
"Women are often represented as a monolith...Victims. Sexual Objects. Secondary to cis-men. Kappa Force represents all kinds of women, without placing them in stereotypical boxes....People are so beautifully complex, and I think Kappa Force does a really good job of representing people as people and not as tropes."
"Just do it," Heimann advixed other artists. "At the risk of sounding cliche, you just have to build it yourself. Don't ask for permission. Make the damn thing. It's so much harder, but also completely worth it."
Kappa Force is an official selection of the 2018 New York TV Festival. Women creators, writers, and directors make up 70 percent of the 2018 NYTVF independent pilot competition.
Kappa Force [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Addison Heimann – Chicago, IL
Kappa Force tells the story of five sorority sisters fighting the patriarchy, one frat boy at a time.
Starring Madeline Weinstein (Netflix’s upcoming Alex Strangelove)
The series is a kitschy Scream Queens meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer inspired satire based on the complexities of toxic masculinity specifically rooted in Greek culture on college campuses. It uses Kappa Force, the secret crime fighting team within a generic sorority, to retaliate against the patriarchy no matter the cost.
Obviously there are a lot of queer people behind the scenes. Queer romance y/n?
Addison: Oh yeah.
Hannah: But of course. Finally made my dream of directing two men kiss come true.
Kappa Force uses a small budget to create big action sequences with hits coming from every angle, the heroes dressed in shiny spandex, the villain throwing out comic-book-style quips.
"What was cool about this show in general was there were so many times that things we've always seen on movies or TV or things we've always thought would be so cool to do, we did them," Welever says. "The fight scenes are the perfect example. She's using a quarterstaff to beat up these dudes, and it totally works."
north by northwestern
Kappa Force’s Chicago connections run deep. The series was filmed at Loyola University Chicago, and the soundtrack will feature a number of Chicago-area bands, Heimann said. And of course, the Northwestern connections are strong as well. An alum of NSTV and Vertigo Productions, JJ Phillips (SOC ‘12) plays The Douche. Phillips was a classmate of Heimann’s in the Theatre department and his roommate during Kappa filming.