Director: - Ariel Mahler, Christopher Moss
Genre: - Film Type:Web / New Media, Drama, comedy, LGBTQ, romance, transgender
Language: - English
Country: - Unites States of America
Duration : -
“I am so sick of people refusing to see me the way I want them to,” “Well, how do you see yourself?” So begins your typical boy-meets-they love story.
It’s the unlikely relationship between Phinn and Rhys, the two central characters in this new web series. Phinn (aka “Fantasia Fabulous,” his drag alternate - played by Russell Peck) is a talented drag performer who wants nothing more than to compete on the hit reality TV show, “Continental’s Newest High Fashion Model.” But Phinn’s ideas of femininity are shaped, and therefore limited, by existing stereotypes and unrealistic expectations. He soon meets Rhys, a male-assigned-at-birth and gender-nonconforming individual (played by Maybe Burke). The couple’s relationship becomes complicated as they each struggle to define what gender means to them. Will Phinn be able to let down his walls and push beyond the most surface-level ideas of gender? Will Rhys be able to comfortably express their non-binary identity, in a world where the definitions of who’s a “man” and who’s a “woman” are “horrifyingly narrow?” The relationship between the leading couple in Façades is intercut with campy excerpts from the faux fashion model competition series Phinn dreams of being on someday. Contestants on “Continental’s Newest High Fashion Model,” led by the ever-glamorous hostess Tiara Anderson-Anderson (played by Raquel Nicole Jeté), must compete in various challenges that force them to define femininity. This comedic point of satire pokes fun at society’s expectations regarding what it means to “be a woman.” It provides a contemplative contrast for the non-binary musings of both Rhys and Phinn.
To view the first few episodes of the series, visit facadeswebseries.com/episodes