Prior to David Bowie's death and the arrival of his new LP ★ (pronounced Blackstar), the singer allowed the creators of InstaMiniSeries to hear his new album early in order to "create our own visual interpretations of his songs, with no limits or preconditions on his part," producers of the series announced Monday. The result, Unbound: A ★ InstaMiniSeries, premieres February 25th.
Each of the series' 16 episodes "takes the audience on a journey of evocative images inspired by the moods suggested in the album’s music, lyrics and artwork," InstaMiniSeries wrote on Instagram. "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." New episodes will be posted every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Unbound: A ★ InstaMiniSeries stars actress Patricia Clarkson and Rookie Magazine founder Tavi Gevinson. Although production on the series concluded in December, it's unclear if Bowie had seen the result prior to his January 10th death, and producers of Unbound stopped short of calling the series a collaboration with the singer. However, it was Bowie who recognized that InstaMiniSeries was an appropriate medium through which to channel his ★.
"David Bowie was a trailblazer, not just in the world of music, but in the art of storytelling," Unbound writer and producer Carolynn Cecilia said in a statement. "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 storytellers and music lovers, who better for us to be inspired by than David Bowie?"
Watch the trailer for the MiniSeries below.
"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