ALEC MONOPOLY (7:43)
Directed by Indira Cesarine
Featuring Artist Alec Monopoly
Cinematography by Indira Cesarine
Edited by John Paul Zuviate
Music by Moby
Directed by Indira Cesarine, Alec Monopoly (7:43) presents the international street art sensation in his London studio, interviewed by Indira Cesarine about his artwork and upcoming exhibits. He talks about his inspirations, the meaning behind his work and the challenges facing street artists today. Edited by John Paul Zuviate.
Touted as a “photographic child prodigy”, Indira Cesarine’s first solo exhibition was at the age of 16 at the Paul Mellon Arts Center. By the time she graduated high school she had exhibited 4 one-woman shows of her photographic work. While finishing a triple major in Art History, French Literature and Women’s Studies at Columbia University, 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 6 months of arriving in London, she was appointed Editor at Large of the British magazine “Don’t Tell It”, and began shooting editorials for many magazines in England, the US and Europe.
Over the years her work has sparked the interest of some of the world’s top creative directors, having been commissioned for British Vogue, GQ, Glamour, Marie Claire, Tatler, The Times, In Style, L’Officiel as well as many other international publications and advertising campaigns.
Her career as a director began with her first short film, “City of Love” being featured at Cannes Film Festival in 2007. Since then she has directed, produced and edited numerous short films while maintaining an active career as a photographer. In 2009 she produced and launched the multimedia publication XXXX MAGAZINE, showcasing original productions of fashion and video art films.
Recent exhibits include several of her video art films being featured in the “Facets of Figuration” Benefit Art Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, September 2011; The “Voyeur” Exhibit, Art Basel Miami, in collaboration with XXXX Magazine, Miami Art Museum Contemporaries, American Friends of the Louvre and Quintessentially, December 2010; “Motion Deconstructed” Exhibit with Quintessentiallly Art, New York, June 2010; “Soiree Au Louvre” Video Art Installation at the French Embassy, June 2010; “Carte Blanche” solo show at Visionairs Gallery, Paris, January 2010; “New York Fashion Shorts” at the Tribeca Grand, September 2009; “London Fashion Shorts” at Machine–A Gallery in February 2010; “The Distorted Beauty Show”, April 2010, and “Factory Project” exhibit in London, July 2011. Her documentary short film, “In Face of Disability” was featured at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival short Film Corner. Indira Cesarine and XXXX Magazine video productions can also be seen regularly at the “Big Screen Plaza” video art billboard in Chelsea, New York.
Indira and her work have been featured internationally on TV shows such as E! TV, Fashion TV, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, HBO’s Special “Ford Supermodel of the World”, MTV, ‘HIGH SOCIETY’ and “Make me a Supermodel” UK and US editions. H&M recently commissioned her to cover Spring /Summer 2012 trends for their H&M LIFE TV edition.
John Paul Zuviate
John Paul Zuviate is a multimedia artist and film director who grew up surfing, skateboarding, and playing in punk bands in a small beach town California.
He currently resides in New York while continuously working on new projects for future exhibitions and screenings including the upcoming RE/Mixed Media Festival in Dumbo, New York and the Voyage Issue for XXXX Magazine.
Moby was born in New York City, but grew up in Connecticut, where he started making music when he was 9 years old. He started out playing classical guitar and studied music theory, and then went on to play with seminal Connecticut hardcore punk group ‘the Vatican commandoes’ when he was 14. He then played with post-punk band ‘awol’ while studying philosophy at the university of Connecticut and suny purchase. He started dj’ing while attending college, and was a fixture in the late 80?s New York house and hip-hop scenes, dj’ing at clubs such as mars, red zone, mk, and the palladium.
He released his first single, ‘go’ in 1991(listed as one of rolling stones best records of all time), and has been making albums ever since. His own records have sold over 20,000,000 copies worldwide, and he’s also produced and remixed scores of other artists, including David Bowie, Metallica, The Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, among others.
Moby has toured extensively, playing well over 3,000 concerts in his career. He has also had his music used in hundreds of different films, including ‘heat’, ‘any given sunday’, ‘tomorrow never dies’, and ‘the beach’, among others. Currently he’s touring in support of his most recent album, ‘wait for me’, as well as working closely with a variety of different charities, including the humane society and the institute for music and neurologic function.