David Bowie may have taken his leave of this world to return home just over a month ago, but he is still actively changing it. DavidBowie.com just announced a 16-part, 4-minute mini series set for imminent release over Instagram’s InstaMiniSeries. “Unbound: A ★ InstaMiniSeries,” marks the fourth offering in original content from the selfie-sharing service. The first 15-second mini-sode debuts this Thursday, February 25 at 5 p.m. pacific, and will release future installments at the same time every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday over a 4-week span.
Bowie, always first in line to push the boundaries with artistic experimentation and technological innovation, saw the potential of InstaMiniSeries to produce and disseminate new interpretations of his final album, ★. The album was released just two days before his death on January 10 following a private 18 month battle. Bowie provided InstaMiniSeries advance access to the album, its art and images while granting the team total autonomy in interpreting the material without any condition.
The series was filmed in late fall and completed in December, making it possible that the Thin Duke saw the finished product. According to BowieNet, the series “takes its audience on a journey of evocative images inspired by the moods suggested in the album’s music, lyrics and artwork.” Your girl in music remembers when she read Bowie contemplating the potential for this kind of music delivery back in 1999, and is as excited now as she was then for the experience.
InstaMiniSeries founder and EP Nikki Borges saw the project as a natural fit for the artist and social sharing medium: “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.”
“Unbound” was directed by Nikki Borges and written by Carolynn Cecilia. It stars Tavi Gevinson as the protagonist. Check out a trailer for “Unbound: A ★ InstaMiniSeries” below and catch the premiere in two days at InstaMiniSeries.
“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