After nine months of preparation, this week I am launching my online Project, XXXX MAGAZINE. XXXX Magazine is a multimedia based publication that showcases original productions of conceptual film, contemporary art, fashion, photography and multimedia articles as well as addresses controversial topics in the media via documentary shorts. It took over 100 contributors to bring together the first issue, which revolves around the theme “Kaleidoscopic”. I was inspired to break the mould of traditional publishing and to create a magazine that was a 3-dimensional experience for viewers. Rather than reading an article or looking at still photographs in a magazine, my idea was to do a magazine with all film and multimedia content. Instead of reading an article, you can watch a documentary. Instead of looking at still fashion photographs the fashion stories unfold as flash movies composed to music. With high speed internet and the latest technology of film streaming, you can watch the magazine like you would watch a movie online. We are also preparing installations and exhibits of the work, where you can see the films screened as well as check out in person the photographs and art featured in the issue.
In the launch issue, we have some really interesting productions, such as FOUR WALLS a conceptual fashion film that I directed with Edward Symes in collaboration with designer Sue Stemp. The film was shot at Alf Naman’s contemporary art building EMERGE-N-SEE In Chelsea and features the work of several contemporary artists including Aaron Young, Andrew Poneros, Hubert Le Gall and Jason Miller, among others. There is also a 5 minute documentary about the making of the film, and the artist’s work that is seen in the production. Another really interesting film premiering on the site, which is not to miss, is COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACY. This is a 15-minute documentary exposé on the sale of counterfeit luxury goods and the press surrounding the “links” to funding terrorism. The entire documentary was shot with undercover footage, and features a behind the scenes look at the illegal sale of such products in New York, as well as questions why there are so few arrests made for these type of crimes. Overall in the launch issue are 20 original productions, varying from 1 minute flash movies to 25 minute documentaries. To see clips from several of the films, check out our video promo.