On September 9th I found out that my short film, KALEIDOSCOPIC, was chosen to be screened at the first NEW YORK FASHION SHORTS film festival event, presented by designer Bruno Grizzo and Curated by artist Kostantinos Menelaou. The screening took place during New York Fashion Week at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on September 11, 2009 to a packed house of film aficionados and fashionistas, followed by a buzzing party with the Misshapes performing. The screening was dedicated to promoting the medium which has become a valuable source of inspiration for the film and fashion industries. New York Fashion Shorts showcased 14 “of the best fashion related short videos and films from across the world”. It was an honour to be one of the selected directors.
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.
INDIRA CESARINE first discovered her love of photography at the age of 15, while taking a summer school course at Parson's The New School for Design in Manhattan. By the time she had graduated high school Cum Laude from Choate Rosemary Hall, she had exhibited four one-woman shows of her photographic work at the esteemed Paul Mellon Arts Center. She was the recipient of Choate’s prestigious Kaufman Award in “Photographic Art”. While completing a triple major in Art History, French Literature and Women's Studies at Columbia University in New York and Paris, France, she began shooting for a variety of top modeling agencies including Elite, Ford, and Wilhelmina Models. Once she finished her degree, she went to London to pursue her interests in photography and journalism. Within a year she was appointed Editor-at-Large of the British magazine Don’t Tell It, and began shooting for many magazines and clients in England, the US and Europe. She is currently represented internationally with agents in New York, London and Milan.