David Bowie's passing two months ago still feels like a huge blow to the music and art world. But even in his final months, Bowie continued to create songs for his last album, an off-Broadway musical play based on his songs, to name a few.
Now, it has been revealed that he also gave access to his music on “Blackstar” so it becomes an Instaminiseries.
The company creates video shorts exclusively for Instagram and Bowie allowed them exclusive, access to his music on “Blackstar” even before the album went public. Even more, he gave creative freedom to the production on what to do with the songs – no limits, input, or preconditions at all.
The result is a 16-episode mini-series, “UNBOUND: A ★ InstaMiniSeries,” which completed filming in December 2016. The series will be posted on Instagram beginning Thursday at 8 p.m. EST. Episodes will be posted for three weeks every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
The series is the team's visual interpretation of Bowie's final album; thus, carries the same evocative, dark, and mysterious mood suggested in his lyrics, music, and artwork. The team described that they wanted the series to be universal for a global audience to enjoy.
“UNBOUND” says they are especially honored that Bowie entrusted them with his work to give them the artistic freedom to explore his music in this mini-series, said Nikki Borges, Instaminiseries founder and executive producer.
"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. We are grateful to have the opportunity to participate with the chameleonic rock icon and honored to be entrusted with interpreting his art," she said.
Starring in “UNBOUND” will be Tavi Gevinson, an actress and singer who shot to fame when she created the fashion blog Style Rookie when she was 15 years old.
"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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