Paul & Trisha : The Art of Fluidity

903 Early St, Santa Fe, NM. 87501

Sunday April 28th, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

One man – One woman artist

Paul & Trisha: The Art of Fluidity dives into the colorful life of well-known 77-year – old gender – fluid British artists Paul Whitehead and his alter ego Trisha van Cleef as they navigate their gender and artistic fluidity as two artists in one body.

Writer/ Director FIA PERERA has gone to over 60 festivals such as Newport, Cinequest, Sunscreen, Seriesfest, Dances with Films, Out on Film to name a few including several other Oscar-qualifying festivals with her past projects. She has won multiple awards for her short film MERMAID as Best LGBTQ+ film, Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, Best LGBTQ+ film, Atlanta Women’s Film Festival, Best First Time Director, Independent Shorts Awards, Best short film, Best LGBTQ+ film Vegas Movie Awards, Best Director Vegas Movie Awards, Best Child Actor Vegas Movie Awards, Semi-Finalist ( Oscar qualifying) MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, Winner Global Shorts Awards, and Award of Excellence – Independent Shorts Festival and Best Picture and Best Director – Los Angeles Cinematography Awards. Mermaid script has received great coverage as a SLAMDANCE 2020 script Quarter Finalist and LA Screenplay finalist. She has written over 15 solo shows performed off-Broadway in NYC and has written and produced several TV series, including the award-winning pilot Do The Voice ( Dances with Films – Best Comedy Pilot) as the director of the hilarious award-winning comedy pilot Baby Steps, she was able to put a refreshing spin on Brooklyn moms reinventing feminism while scraping banana off the floor. Fia has also written several feature films and TV projects that are in various stages of development. Mermaid short film has been sold to Apple TV and Amazon as part of The Edge of Her Mind Anthology. Her current feature-length documentary film, Paul & Trisha – The Art of Fluidity (original song by Peter Gabriel) will be making the 2023 Festival rounds.

Director Statement

My mission is to inspire young artists who are finding their way in a cutthroat, unforgiving world not to give up as well as help at-risk trans and nonbinary individuals who are currently under attack by over 240 anti-LGBTQ+ laws. I believe that films like Paul & Trisha – The Art of Fluidity can help educate conservative communities throughout the United States that seek to persecute LGBTQ+ members out of ignorance and fear.

I showed an early cut of the film to a very conservative evangelical woman who was moved and thoroughly engaged by Paul and Trisha’s candor and artistry. This only gives me hope we might affect more change in a positive way!


Fia Sophia Perera


Fia Sophia Perera


Fia Sophia Perera, Adam Joel Fisk


Paul Whitehead, Trisha Van Cleef

Year Released:



United States



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