"Blue Eyed Sailor" is an interdisciplinary collaboration in music, film and art between musician-actress Mia Maestro, designer-media artist Juan Azulay, fine artist Cecilia Paredes & Oscar-winning cinematographer Guillermo Navarro - centered around the song "Blue Eyed Sailor" - Mia's new single from her upcoming EP.
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The product is unique in that it strives to create a dialogue between music, film art and fine arts by focusing on a unique art-driven collaboration - in this case between singer-songwriter actress Mia Maestro (Twilight, Frida, Alias, The Motorcycle Diaries, La Niña Santa), LA-based architect-media artist Juan Azulay (Vivarium, Flood Stains, BCN Zoo, MAK Vertical Garden) Oscar-winning cinematographer and director Guillermo Navarro (Pan's Labyrinth, El Espinazo del Diablo, Desperado, Jackie Brown, Pacific Rim) and Peruvian acclaimed fine artist Cecilia Paredes. The project will be shot at Mirada Studios in Marina del Rey, Los Angeles.
The project is different in that it takes a more expansive and participatory view at the art forms involved, especially the music video genre. It is also produced independently, which gives the artists creative control - as it significantly lowers the project budget! Hence - we need your support... and you'll be an essential piece of the collaborative puzzle.
Some wonderful artists have collaborated with us throughout the filming process: Photographer Bunni Wydleflower documenting every step of our journey with her on set still pictures, Alvaro Navarro on camera, Nelly Recchia body painting and make up, Rod Ortega on hair, Amanda Hallberg and Flavia Lowenstein on production design and art direction.
The photographic colorful camouflages of Cecilia Paredes, whose work is well known in the art world provides a visual universe in which Mia's musical sensibility lies - talking about the beauty of the natural world and the need to protect its beauty and resources. Juan's work has also become host of unlikely collaborations linked to the natural, such as his digital take on nature with no-wave legend Lydia Lunch. Guillermo Navarro has been imitated for its quality and style throughout the film work - most notably his collaborations with Guillermo del Toro in "Pan's Labyrinth" and "El Espinazo del Diablo", with Robert Rodriguez in "Desperado" and with Quentin Tarantino in "Jackie Brown".
The "Blue Eyed Sailor" project will result in a music film, a traveling art show / gallery exhibition and a piece of video art - all the result of the high production values and high yield that all four artists have delivered in the past.
"Blue Eyed Sailor" is a song about a butterfly - whose life span is that of one day. Its a love story between humankind and nature or about two people - faced with the difficulty of coming to terms with inevitable loss or difference.
Mia's new EP is produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson (Björk, CocoRosie, Feist) and recorded at Greenhouse Studios in Iceland. A medley of great solo musicians were brought together to record the album: Ben Frost, Thomas Bartlett, Shahzad Ismaily, Colin Steston and Valgeir Sigurðsson; with string and brass arrangements written and conducted by Nico Muhly (Jónsi, Antony and the Johnsons).
Juan's recent work includes a collaboration with No-Wave legend Lydia Lunch, a garden for the modernism masterpiece King's Road studio in Hollywood - featured at the Cite D'Architecture in Paris, France, CA and environmental-horror essay project The Blue of Noon. Juan was also a guest-editor of eVolo.
Guillermo, ASC, A.M.C., has worked in Hollywood since 1993. In 2006 he won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for the film Pan's Labyrinth. His work often features very vivid blues and yellows which often take up most of the image, and the film's grain structure often switches between well-defined and sharp, and somewhat smoothed over or very fine. His filmography runs the gamut from small arthouse films to big-budget action films.
Cecilia's work includes some of the most acclaimed collections and venues in the world - Moscow's MoMA, a solo show at PINTA in NYC and the Royal Museum in Monaco.
We would love your help in launching this project into the world of music, the world of art through Cecilia's showings and into the world of film art. Through your support you'll own a piece of it, at whatever level you choose to get involved at.
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(c) Profile photos are courtesy of Troy Jensen (Mia Maestro) and Cecilia Paredes (Cecilia Paredes).
Risks and challenges
EXPERIENCE and INGENUITY! In short: this team has an impeccable delivery record and lots of experience... BUT this project is unique in that it will afford unforeseen possibilities and venues. We'll make the best out of it. Mirada Studios has assured us production services. They are one of the film industry's top players.
The project is also designed to play to the strength of the collaborators. Mia has completed many high stakes projects in film, television and music - many of them acclaimed projects (Frida, Motorcycle Diaries, Alias). Juan's expertise in in crossover projects - he has delivered three very complicated multi-media/installation projects (Vivarium, MAK t6, Flood Stains) with low and high-dollar budgets - never losing control or quality. Guillermo Navarro is one of the most sought after DP's in Hollywood, memorable in his treatment of del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, as well as Tarantino's Jackie Brown and Rodriguez's Desperado. He worked with Mia in the last two installments of Twilight. Cecilia Paredes has a thirty-year career and has delivered at the highest level of the art world as well: private collections, museums, fairs and gallery solo shows.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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