David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ mini-series to debut on Instagram
David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ mini-series to debut on Instagram
Blackstar, David Bowie’s final album that was released just two days before his demise, is soon going to debut in a 16-episode Insta-series. The series, called Unbound, which has been written and directed by Carolynn Cecilia and Nikki Borge, will offer a visual insight of the album and debut on Instagram’s much-popular InstaMiniSeries channel.
Such a project was possible, as the channel, which is already well-known for making creative and innovative episodic programmes exclusively, caught the eye of Bowie, who saw it as an exciting new platform. This led him to give the channel’s creative team a unique pre-release access to the music of his last album “with no limits or preconditions on his part”.
The writer and producer of Unbound, Carolynn Cecilia described David Bowie as a trailblazer, not just in the world of music, but in the art of storytelling, “Whether through lyrics, melodies, film, theatre or mythical persona, he never fails to transcend WHAT WAS and set the tone -and the bar- for what CAN BE,” she said, and further continued by saying, “as story-tellers and music lovers, who better for us to be inspired by than David Bowie?”
Comprising a total of 16 episodes, Unbound will take the audience on a journey of evocative images inspired by the moods suggested in the album’s music, lyrics and artwork. The series will focus solely on visual representation of the album rather than on a linear narrative and each of its episode has been designed keeping the global audience in mind. Also, it will star Rookie Magazine founder Tavi Gevinson and Six Feet Under’s Patricia Clarkson.
Watch the first official trailer here:
“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
“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,” said Nikki Borges, founder and Executive Producer of InstaMiniSeries. “In light of recent events, this project has taken on new significance for all of us – cast and crew. We are very happy to be bringing a new creative work to David’s fan orldwide at a time when a focus on his music and art is much-needed,” concluded Lawrence Peryer, Producer of Unbound.
★ 3RD WEEK AT #1 AS BOWIE FILLS 50% OF TOP TEN “Elvis is English…” David Bowie continues to impact the UK album chart, with ★ holding at Number 1 for a third week. He also dominates the Top 10 with the five albums pictured here, not to mention 12 spots on this week’s Official Albums Chart Top 40 and a total of 18 albums in the Top 80. This feat means Bowie is the first act to score five albums in the Top 10 since Michael Jackson managed six in 2009 after his passing. The 12 Top 40 places brings Bowie level with Elvis Presley’s chart record for simultaneous Top 40 entries, which the King achieved following his death in 1977. View the full Albums Top 100 here: http://smarturl.it/OCCTop100Albums Our montage shows the five Bowie albums which make up 50% of this week’s Official Albums Chart Top 10 #Blackstar #imablackstar #BlackstarAlbum #BowieOCC
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Blackstar, on which the series is based, was the 28th and final studio album by David Bowie. It was released worldwide on January 8, Bowie’s 69th birthday. Co-producer Tony Visconti described the album as Bowie’s “parting gift” to his fans before his death. Not only did the album get critical acclaim and commercial success but it also became Bowie’s first and only album to reach No 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the U.S.
The first episode of the series will hit the social media platform on February 25 at 8pm/EST, followed by others at the same time each subsequent Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.