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Niccolo Montanari presents an unusual short film on GoSee created in collaboration with jewelry label Ugo Cacciatori: 'Warrior with a Crown' is the first fashion film co-directed by LA-based photographer and filmmaker JMP and model Francesco Cuizza, signed with Storm Management. The film takes the viewer on the journey to become aware that fear and failure are merely man-made illusions. The short film addresses how our need to conquer is just a fight with ourselves, making the journey itself the real conquest.
Shot in Malibu (California) on the beach in the eerie early hours of the day, the film employs movement and an original choreography to unfold its narrative. As viewers, we are presented with two different types of failures. The first brings a man to his knees, overwhelmed by his lack of experience and knowledge. But the second time failure does not fell the man; he has learned from his mistakes and is able to stand once again, aware that he has become a warrior capable of withstanding the challenges of life.
Commenting on the production, JMP states: "Warrior with a Crown is something different. We decided to work with voice-over in relation to body movements in order to engage the viewers and take them on an artistic inner journey.” Cuizza adds: “The film is based on the belief that failure is the fuel for one’s success and attempts to express the weight that every person must carry in an ongoing quest to excel in life”.
Warrior with a Crown is now been screened across the international film festival circuit, with selections including the Copenhagen Fashion Film Festival, Athens Fashion Film Festival, Redline International Film Festival, and Short to the Point.
Creative duo JMP and Cuizza began by experimenting with video as a way to explore the subconscious, focusing primarily on spirituality as the core of its work. Its aim is to continue to use filmmaking to reflect on the human psyche and ego, addressing different aspects with each production. Its next work will focus on resilience and privacy.
15.05.2019 // show complete article
Kokosmos is a purely visual, experimental piece inspired by space and our fascination with the unknown. A surreal fantasy, aimed to extend our perception of reality by letting us wonder over the existence of a higher being and our connection with her. Shot in Moscow by the award-winning director and photographer Anna Radchenko, Kokosmos is a tribute to Russia’s infatuation with space.
Somewhere between a fashion film, a music piece and an experimental video, Kokosmos embraces reality and extends it through magical realism by visually answering the question: what if? The video is Radchenko’s first piece combining CGI with real footage, a direction that she is looking to explore with her future productions.
Kokosmos is a collaboration with model Yana Dobroliubova, recognized for her striking and ethereal looks which break away from traditional beauty standards. Inspired by Dobroliubova’s unearthly aesthetic, as well as by Japanese manga artist Shintaro Kago, Radchenko expresses our constant need to explore and search by focusing on the concept of the all-seeing eye.
The music and sound were custom made specifically for this piece. Collaborating with creative music and sound design duo Playhead, they worked with the London-based singer-songwriter Alyusha Chagrin to create an otherworldly sounding language to fit the scenario. Similarly, the choice of clothing and make-up is also meant to fit the post-soviet space theme; Radchenko brings in elements of folklore by specifically selecting Russian fashion designers and sticking to a neon color palette featuring bright shades of green and purple.
About - Anna Radchenko is an award-winning director and multidisciplinary artist from Moscow, who now resides in London. She specializes in short films, photography and art installations. annaradchenko.com
09.04.2019 // show complete article
Collapsology is the latest work by award-winning Director Daria Geller, which was shot for the 2018 collection of Russian fashion label Brier. The film is the second video installment Geller has created for the brand in which she explores the relationship between self-destruction and love. The first one, Brier, won in the category Best Middle Eastern film at the Berlin Fashion Film Festival 2017.
With her latest work, Geller explores the theme of Collapsology – a term used to refer to the belief that civilization is destined to collapse. Interpreting this theme from her personal perspective and making it relatable by using relationships as an example, Collapsology reflects on men and women’s flair for self-sabotage.
In Collapsology, we are granted an insight into the thoughts of a man struggling to come to terms with the expectations others have of him. Feeling caged, trapped and filled with doubt, his crescendo of anxiety is reflected through the man’s internal monologue, visually expressed with quick bursts of emotionally charged shots, set against a dark color palette. In an ironic and comedic twist, his emotional distress comes to a halt the moment someone compliments his coat, a simple gesture capable of putting things into perspective and a way to return our focus back onto Brier’s designs.
Commenting on the film, Daria Geller added: “Collapsology describes a feeling that we are all too familiar with. The feeling of wanting to escape responsibility, concerned that those around you are going to be let down by you. But it’s also about having the realization that most of the pressure comes from within ourselves and remembering that all it takes to snap out of it are little acts of kindness”. GoSee : brier-wear.com
14.11.2018 // show complete article