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on February 22, 2016

UNBOUND: A ★INSTAMINISERIES

AN INTERPRETATION OF AND INSPIRED BY DAVID BOWIE’S NEW ALBUM

FEATURING TAVI GEVINSON, PATRICIA CLARKSON & OTHERS

PREMIERES FEBRUARY 25, 8 PM EASTERN AT:

www.instagram.com/instaminiseries

Trailer airing now on Instagram @instaminiseries

 

FEBRUARY 22, 2016: InstaMiniSeries, the innovative channel that creates episodic programming

exclusively for the Instagram platform, was given unique pre-release access to the music from ★

(pronounced ‘Blackstar’), the 28th studio album by cultural legend and icon David Bowie. The

result of their work with Bowie’s material is UNBOUND: A ★ InstaMiniSeries. The first of 16

episodes premiers Thursday, February 25 at 8PM Eastern, on instagram.com/instaminiseries.

New episodes will debut at 8PM Eastern each subsequent Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and

Friday.

 

The release of David Bowie’s ★ on January 8, via ISO/Columbia Records wrapped up

months of feverish anticipation punctuated by some of the best reviews of Bowie’s storied career

and a #1 debut in more than 20 countries—including a first ever #1 in the U.S. In the weeks

since, the unprecedented outpouring of love and appreciation for ★ and the entire Bowie

catalogue has continued to build exponentially: In addition to ★ topping charts worldwide, 12

Bowie albums filled out the upper reaches of the UK charts, tying Elvis Presley’s record for most

simultaneous entries in the UK Top 40. Bowie’s visual body of work has fared similarly,

smashing the Vevo record for most video views in one day with an astounding 51 million on

January 11 alone—the most-watched of these being the just-released “Lazarus,” which has since

surpassed 31 million views while the clip for the ★ title track is approaching 25 million. At

radio, “Lazarus” scored Bowie his first Top 40 single since 1987 and remains in the Top 25 at

Triple AAA, while tracks spanning his entire career from “Space Oddity” to ★ commandeered a

record 21 of the total 50 positions on Billboard’s Hot Rock songs chart.

 

With his enduring legacy as a savvy observer and pioneering user of emerging

technology and media, Bowie saw in InstaMiniSeries an exciting new platform to explore

interpretation of and storytelling within his music. Stopping short of an artistic collaboration,

Bowie instead opened the doors last fall to the InstaMiniSeries creative team, Carolynn Cecilia

and Nikki Borges, and provided them advance, unmediated access to the music and images from

★ thus allowing them to create their own visual interpretations of the songs, with no limits or

preconditions on his part.

 

Completed in December 2015 and spanning 16 episodes, UNBOUND: A★

InstaMiniSeries takes its audience on a journey of evocative images inspired by the moods

suggested in the album’s music, lyrics and artwork. The series is propelled by a focus on this

visual interpretation of the ★ album as opposed to a literal, linear narrative. Each episode of the

series, designed with a global audience in mind, 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.

 

Nikki 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. We are grateful to have the opportunity to participate with the chameleonic rock

icon and honored to be entrusted with interpreting his art."

 

Carolynn Cecilia, UNBOUND Writer and Producer, adds: “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. As story-tellers and music lovers, who better for us to be

inspired by than David Bowie?”

 

Lawrence Peryer, Producer of UNBOUND, concludes: “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 worldwide at a time when a focus on his music and

art is much-needed.”

 

The trailer for UNBOUND: A ★InstaMiniSeries is available for viewing now at

instagram.com/instaminiseries. The series premiers Thursday, February 25 at 8PM Eastern, also

on instagram.com/instaminiseries. Instagram users can view the series by following the account

@instaminiseries.

 

CAST AND CREW of UNBOUND: A ★InstaMiniSeries

Produced and Directed by Nikki Borges

Produced and Written by Carolynn Cecilia

Produced by Lawrence Peryer

 

Protagonist: Tavi Gevinson

Lounge Singer: Patricia Clarkson

Young Boy: Jonah Herman

Dancer: Daniel Rysak

Woman in Red Dress: Nikki Borges

Older Woman: Ching Valdes-Anan

Woman in Audience: Amanda de la Nuez

Woman on the Train: Jay Knowles

Man in the Alley: Quincy Dunn-Baker

Obscured Woman: Ceci Fernandez

Drummer: Eoin Duffy

Dancer #2: Jamarious Stewart

Dancer #3: Maxwell Perkins

Dancer #4: Katie Attar

Dancer #5: Kayla Farrish

Dancer #6: Felix Hess

Arm of Man: delaVega

Piano Player: Katie Morrison

Bartender: Leslie Golden

 

Director of Photography: Joshua Sterling Bragg

Line Producer: delaVega

Associate Producer, Casting Director: Ceci Fernandez

Associate Producer, Production Designer: Leslie Golden

Associate Producer, Unit Production Manager: Amanda de La Nuez

Final Cut: Decheser Media

Editor: Mike Ragone

Creative Consultant: Michael Decheser

 

All Songs Produced by David Bowie and Tony Visconti

 

David Bowie - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Fender Guitar on 'Lazarus', String Arrangement on

'Blackstar'

Donny McCaslin - Saxophone, Flute, Woodwind

Jason Lindner - Piano, Wurlitzer Organ, Keyboards

Tim Lefebvre – Bass

Mark Guiliana – Drums, Percussion

Ben Monder – Guitar

Tony Visconti - Strings on Blackstar

James Murphy - Percussion on Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) and Girl Loves Me

Erin Tonkon – Backing Vocals on 'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore

 

All songs written by David Bowie & published by Nipple Music (BMI) administered by RZO

Music, Inc. except for 'Sue (Or In A Season of Crime)' Lyrics by David Bowie; Music by David

Bowie, Maria Schneider and "Paul Bateman and Bob Bharma (as 'plastic soul')" Nipple Music

(BMI) administered by RZO Music, Inc. MSF Music (ASCAP) administered by ArtistShare

Music Publishing LLC, Flex Publishing/Sherlock Holmes Music Ltd. This composition contains

elements from "Brand New Heavy" (Bateman/Bhamra). Used by permission. All rights

reserved.

 

Dance Choreographer: Hollye Bynum

Stunt Coordinator: Peter Wallack

Wire Rigger: Roberto Lopez

Stunt Woman: Kimmy Suzuki

Assistant Camera Operator: Anthony Maddaloni

Wardrobe: Seth Bodie

Hair & Makeup Artist: Missy Scarbourough

Hair & Makeup Artist for Patricia Clarkson: Angie Elizalde

VFX Production House: Hey, Mister

Drum Instructor to Eoin Duffy: Nikolaus Schubeck, Brooklyn Music Factory

Production Assistant: Courtney Barber

Assistant to Mr. Peryer: Julia Buchmiller

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    UNBOUND: A ★InstaMiniSeries PRESS RELEASE

    UNBOUND: A ★INSTAMINISERIES

    AN INTERPRETATION OF AND INSPIRED BY DAVID BOWIE’S NEW ALBUM

    FEATURING TAVI GEVINSON, PATRICIA CLARKSON & OTHERS

    PREMIERES FEBRUARY 25, 8 PM EASTERN AT:

    www.instagram.com/instaminiseries

    Trailer airing now on Instagram @instaminiseries

     

    FEBRUARY 22, 2016: InstaMiniSeries, the innovative channel that creates episodic programming

    exclusively for the Instagram platform, was given unique pre-release access to the music from ★

    (pronounced ‘Blackstar’), the 28th studio album by cultural legend and icon David Bowie. The

    result of their work with Bowie’s material is UNBOUND: A ★ InstaMiniSeries. The first of 16

    episodes premiers Thursday, February 25 at 8PM Eastern, on instagram.com/instaminiseries.

    New episodes will debut at 8PM Eastern each subsequent Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and

    Friday.

     

    The release of David Bowie’s ★ on January 8, via ISO/Columbia Records wrapped up

    months of feverish anticipation punctuated by some of the best reviews of Bowie’s storied career

    and a #1 debut in more than 20 countries—including a first ever #1 in the U.S. In the weeks

    since, the unprecedented outpouring of love and appreciation for ★ and the entire Bowie

    catalogue has continued to build exponentially: In addition to ★ topping charts worldwide, 12

    Bowie albums filled out the upper reaches of the UK charts, tying Elvis Presley’s record for most

    simultaneous entries in the UK Top 40. Bowie’s visual body of work has fared similarly,

    smashing the Vevo record for most video views in one day with an astounding 51 million on

    January 11 alone—the most-watched of these being the just-released “Lazarus,” which has since

    surpassed 31 million views while the clip for the ★ title track is approaching 25 million. At

    radio, “Lazarus” scored Bowie his first Top 40 single since 1987 and remains in the Top 25 at

    Triple AAA, while tracks spanning his entire career from “Space Oddity” to ★ commandeered a

    record 21 of the total 50 positions on Billboard’s Hot Rock songs chart.

     

    With his enduring legacy as a savvy observer and pioneering user of emerging

    technology and media, Bowie saw in InstaMiniSeries an exciting new platform to explore

    interpretation of and storytelling within his music. Stopping short of an artistic collaboration,

    Bowie instead opened the doors last fall to the InstaMiniSeries creative team, Carolynn Cecilia

    and Nikki Borges, and provided them advance, unmediated access to the music and images from

    ★ thus allowing them to create their own visual interpretations of the songs, with no limits or

    preconditions on his part.

     

    Completed in December 2015 and spanning 16 episodes, UNBOUND: A★

    InstaMiniSeries takes its audience on a journey of evocative images inspired by the moods

    suggested in the album’s music, lyrics and artwork. The series is propelled by a focus on this

    visual interpretation of the ★ album as opposed to a literal, linear narrative. Each episode of the

    series, designed with a global audience in mind, 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.

     

    Nikki 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. We are grateful to have the opportunity to participate with the chameleonic rock

    icon and honored to be entrusted with interpreting his art."

     

    Carolynn Cecilia, UNBOUND Writer and Producer, adds: “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. As story-tellers and music lovers, who better for us to be

    inspired by than David Bowie?”

     

    Lawrence Peryer, Producer of UNBOUND, concludes: “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 worldwide at a time when a focus on his music and

    art is much-needed.”

     

    The trailer for UNBOUND: A ★InstaMiniSeries is available for viewing now at

    instagram.com/instaminiseries. The series premiers Thursday, February 25 at 8PM Eastern, also

    on instagram.com/instaminiseries. Instagram users can view the series by following the account

    @instaminiseries.

     

    CAST AND CREW of UNBOUND: A ★InstaMiniSeries

    Produced and Directed by Nikki Borges

    Produced and Written by Carolynn Cecilia

    Produced by Lawrence Peryer

     

    Protagonist: Tavi Gevinson

    Lounge Singer: Patricia Clarkson

    Young Boy: Jonah Herman

    Dancer: Daniel Rysak

    Woman in Red Dress: Nikki Borges

    Older Woman: Ching Valdes-Anan

    Woman in Audience: Amanda de la Nuez

    Woman on the Train: Jay Knowles

    Man in the Alley: Quincy Dunn-Baker

    Obscured Woman: Ceci Fernandez

    Drummer: Eoin Duffy

    Dancer #2: Jamarious Stewart

    Dancer #3: Maxwell Perkins

    Dancer #4: Katie Attar

    Dancer #5: Kayla Farrish

    Dancer #6: Felix Hess

    Arm of Man: delaVega

    Piano Player: Katie Morrison

    Bartender: Leslie Golden

     

    Director of Photography: Joshua Sterling Bragg

    Line Producer: delaVega

    Associate Producer, Casting Director: Ceci Fernandez

    Associate Producer, Production Designer: Leslie Golden

    Associate Producer, Unit Production Manager: Amanda de La Nuez

    Final Cut: Decheser Media

    Editor: Mike Ragone

    Creative Consultant: Michael Decheser

     

    All Songs Produced by David Bowie and Tony Visconti

     

    David Bowie - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Fender Guitar on 'Lazarus', String Arrangement on

    'Blackstar'

    Donny McCaslin - Saxophone, Flute, Woodwind

    Jason Lindner - Piano, Wurlitzer Organ, Keyboards

    Tim Lefebvre – Bass

    Mark Guiliana – Drums, Percussion

    Ben Monder – Guitar

    Tony Visconti - Strings on Blackstar

    James Murphy - Percussion on Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) and Girl Loves Me

    Erin Tonkon – Backing Vocals on 'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore

     

    All songs written by David Bowie & published by Nipple Music (BMI) administered by RZO

    Music, Inc. except for 'Sue (Or In A Season of Crime)' Lyrics by David Bowie; Music by David

    Bowie, Maria Schneider and "Paul Bateman and Bob Bharma (as 'plastic soul')" Nipple Music

    (BMI) administered by RZO Music, Inc. MSF Music (ASCAP) administered by ArtistShare

    Music Publishing LLC, Flex Publishing/Sherlock Holmes Music Ltd. This composition contains

    elements from "Brand New Heavy" (Bateman/Bhamra). Used by permission. All rights

    reserved.

     

    Dance Choreographer: Hollye Bynum

    Stunt Coordinator: Peter Wallack

    Wire Rigger: Roberto Lopez

    Stunt Woman: Kimmy Suzuki

    Assistant Camera Operator: Anthony Maddaloni

    Wardrobe: Seth Bodie

    Hair & Makeup Artist: Missy Scarbourough

    Hair & Makeup Artist for Patricia Clarkson: Angie Elizalde

    VFX Production House: Hey, Mister

    Drum Instructor to Eoin Duffy: Nikolaus Schubeck, Brooklyn Music Factory

    Production Assistant: Courtney Barber

    Assistant to Mr. Peryer: Julia Buchmiller