After a successful crowdsourcing campaign, the new web series The Chanticleer has finally debuted. Set in 1955, The Chanticleer is an homage to the pulpy lesbian novels of the ’50s and ’60s. After the death of her father, Edie Chaucer (Annie Paul) comes back home to upstate New York to take over his bar, and try to save it from his unsavory legacy.
When Edie hires Val (Rebeca Miller) to bartend, the temperature and tension begins to rise. Val, a young lesbian, dresses in both women’s and men’s clothing, depending on her mood, a fact that ruffles the feathers of the underground gay set who adhere to strict butch/femme dynamics and dress codes.
With so many queer characters, and potential love affairs afoot, The Chanticleer is a sexy, stylish trip back in time. Writer/director Becky Lane nails the feeling and atmosphere of the period piece, and composer Mary Lorson‘s score gives the series even more gravitas. Can Edie keep the bar safe from crooked cops and prying eyes? Will Val find her place, and find love in a world that keeps trying to push her down?
The Chanticleer feels authentic, and draws you further into their world with each passing episode. The first two are available now, and posted below for your viewing pleasure. Keep up to date with future episodes by following the production on Facebook or checking out their site. They have created faux pulp covers to go with each episode, which is a fantastic extra touch.