David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, has been reimagined as an Instagram series which will debut on the social networking site’s InstaMiniSeries channel Thursday. Unbound is made up of 16 episodes described as “visual interpretations” of the late Bowie’s songs. The Instagram team of Carolynn Cecilia and Nikki Borges were given pre-release access to the music from Bowie’s 25th studio album last fall to create their own take with “no limits or preconditions on his part,” according to an Instagram statement.
Unbound (see trailer below) features Rookie Magazine founder Tavi Gevinson and Patricia Clarkson. The narrative is not linear, and the series is intended to take the audience “on a journey of evocative images inspired by the moods suggested in the album’s music, lyrics and artwork.” Instagram says it’s designed with a global audience in mind. The first episode airs February 25 at 8PM ET on instagram.com/instaminiseries. New episodes will then debut at the same time each subsequent Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
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Bowie released Blackstar on January 8, his 69th birthday and two days before his passing. The album has been called his “parting gift” by longtime producer Tony Visconti. It resulted in some of the best reviews of the chameleon-like icon’s career and was No. 1 in more than 20 countries inlcuding the U.S. at release. The video for the single, “Lazarus,” has been viewed nearly 32M times.
Social and digital media platforms are becoming increasingly involved in content generation and distribution and this is part of that trend. Borges, InstaMiniSeries founder and executive producer said, “David Bowie has always been about reinvention over repetition. Remarkably honest and passionate in his work, his innovations have influenced our own work as we transform a social media platform into a creative outlet.”
Cecilia, Unbound writer and producer, added, “David Bowie was a trailblazer, not just in the world of music, but in the art of storytelling. Whether through lyrics, melodies, film, theater or mythical persona he never fails to transcend what was and set the tone — and the bar — for what can be.”
"UNBOUND: A ★ InstaMiniSeries” In the Fall of 2015, David Bowie gave us unique pre-release access to the music from ★ (pronounced ‘Blackstar’), his 28th studio album, allowing us to create our own visual interpretations of his songs, with no limits or preconditions on his part. Completed in December 2015, UNBOUND: A★InstaMiniSeries takes the audience on a journey of evocative images inspired by the moods suggested in the album’s music, lyrics and artwork. Each episode of the series is sure to capture the imaginations of all who experience it and will undoubtedly lead to endless speculation and discussion of meaning, metaphor and intention. We are honored to have had this opportunity and hope you'll join our 16 episode series, premiering February 25th. New episode every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Executive Producer: @InstaMiniSeries Director: @nikkiborges Music: @davidbowie Writer: @carolynncecilia Co-Producer: @lawrenceperyer Director of Photography: @joshuasterlingbragg Line Producer: @delaVega Associate Producers: @amandadelanuez @itscecfernandez Production Designer: @LezGolden Costume Designer: @Bodilicious Hair / Make Up Artist: @missy_mua Miss Clarkson’s Make Up Artist: Angie Elizalde VFX Production House: @heym1ster Dance Choreographer: @ofbonesdance, @hollyebynum Stunt Coordinator: @stuntmanpete Wire Rigger: @stuntworks Stunt Woman: @hellskitten29 Behind The Scenes: @a_madd Production Assistant: @clemencyforclem Special Thanks: @instalucas Protagonist: @tavitulle Lounge singer: Patricia Clarkson The Dancer: @rysak Woman at the Train: @Jayknowlest Young Boy: Jonah Herman Man in the alley: @Qdb_omg Woman in the red dress: @nikkiborges Drummer: Owen Riley-Duffy Older woman: Ching Valdes Anan Piano Player: @katiemorrmidd Dancer #2: @maks_wel18 Dancer #3: @katiemattar Dancer #4: @fulloutfarrish Dancer #5: @_ious Dancer #6: @felixs_journey Arm of man: @delaVega Woman in the audience: @amandadelanuez
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