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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Web Series Worth Watching: Welcome to Paragon School for Girls



Web Series of the Week: Paragon School for Girls
And now for something completely different, check out the new web series, Paragon School for Girls, which I will attempt to describe: If innovative director Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Grand Budapest Hotel) made a "school for girls" film - like Suspiria, Satan's School for Girls or Picnic at Hanging Rock - with every female character played by a guy in drag, Paragon might be the result. But instead of Anderson, creator Jim Hansen deserves the credit for this visually creative show that apparently was filmed in an actual dollhouse in his own living room. And then through the magic of movie making (i.e. green screen), he was able to insert his actors into this wonderful setting.

Paragon tells the story of Violet, a teenage girl who receives a scholarship to attend the exclusive school, which she soon discovers is a training academy for girls with special abilities (i.e. magical powers). But a few girls are abruptly "graduating" before they master their talents as evil lurks in the school. There is also a mysterious organization called "The Initiative" (which will sound familiar to any fan of TV's Revenge), and each episode is accompanied by a mini-episode (or interlude) that provides further information about the show's strange goings-on. And then there is the delightful cast, which includes Michael J. Willett (G.B.F.) as Violet, Drew Droege (Not Looking) as headmistress Ms. Click, Sam Pancake (PRETTY) as teacher Mrs. Copperpenny, Jeffery Self (Jeffery & Cole Casserole) as student Millicent, and Jack Plotnick (Girls Will Be Girls) as the maid. Paragon School for Girls is worth watching just for its amazing set, but the large ensemble of comic talent is what brings to life this unique series and makes it a must-see.

Below you can watch the first three episodes and interludes of Paragon School for Girls. For more information about the series, go to www.paragonschoolforgirls.com. You can also become a fan on Facebook.








PLEASE NOTE: The next Web Series Worth Watching will be on Sunday, October 12.

Other web series worth watching this week are:

Barba Rija (Rough Beard)
In the season finale of this Portuguese gay web series about bears, Pedro's roommates have a frank discussion with his new girlfriend. For more Barba Rija, go to barbarija.tv. You can also follow the series on Facebook.



The Boys Who Brunch
In the latest episode of this gay web series, one boy announces a move while another hits the sheets. For more Boys, go to www.theboyswhobrunch.com. You can also become a fan on Facebook and Twitter.



Where the Bears Are
In the latest episodes of this groovy gay comedy/mystery, Nelson's recovery from his on-set injury is anything but restful as he receives an unexpected kiss and a masked killer lurks in the hospital.

To catch up on the series, go to wherethebearsare.tv. You can also follow the Bears on Facebook and Twitter. And click here to read my recent interview with the series' stars and creators Rick Copp, Joe Dietl and Ben Zook.


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