LIVE ART! BEHIND THE SCENES
Directed by INDIRA CESARINE, Edited by SCOTT PEEHL, Featuring TAYLOR BAGLEY, SHARAN BALA, and MEY BUN, Paintings by DEBORAH FREEDMAN, Music by DANIEL FREEDMAN, Body Painting by BERNADINE BIBIANO.
This behind the scenes look at the making of Live Art! was edited by Scott Peehl, and features interviews with the models as well as artist Deborah Freedman, Director Indira Cesarine and Make up artist Bernadine Bibiano.
INDIRA CESARINE first discovered her love of photography aged 15, while taking a summer school course at Parson’s School of Design in Manhattan. By the time she had graduated high school Cum Laude from Choate Rosemary Hall, she had exhibited 4 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.
Her photography has been published in numerous international publications including British Vogue, British GQ, British Marie Claire, Tatler, Flaunt Magazine, British Esquire, Elle, L’Officiel, French Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, In Style, The Times Magazine, Grazia, Oyster, Out, Lush Magazine, Surface, Arena and Vogue Bellezza. She has worked commercially with clients including Cerutti 1881, Nino Cerutti, Charles Jourdan, Christian Dior, Kenzo, Seven Jeans, Agent Provocateur, Wonderbra, DIM, Passionata, Harvey Nichols, Neiman Marcus, Harrod’s and The Body Shop. She has photographed celebrities for such titles as In Style, Tatler, and Esquire including Alicia Keys, Collin Farrell, Dakota Fanning, Macy Gray, Amy Winehouse, Anna Paquin, Lauren Hutton and Jimmy Fallon among many others. She also has collaborated with record labels such as Sony BMG, Jive Records and Virgin Records.
Aside from her photographic work, she began her career as a director with the short film “City of Love”, which was featured at the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival 2007. In January of 2008, she was appointed Fashion Editor at Large of Lush Magazine. In 2009 she launched the online magazine “XXXX Magazine”, now The Untitled Magazine, showcasing multimedia based conceptual films, documentaries, photography and contemporary art. Other upcoming projects include “The Goddess Manifesto” a documentary, book and installation project, and “Inspiration, Organisation” a multimedia based non-profit group.
Indira and her work have been featured internationally on TV shows such as MTV, E! TV, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, HBO’s Special “Ford Supermodel of the World”, “Make me a Supermodel” UK and US.
Deborah Freedman works and lives in New York City. She and her husband also have a home in the Catskill Mountains. The Pond, Ashokan and Waterfall series of paintings and prints are inspired and informed by that landscape.
Deborah attended New York University studying with Knox Martin, James Wines, Audrey Flack and Robert Blackburn. Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums throughout the country and is included in major corporate and private collections including The Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New York Public Library, Prudential, NASA, New York State Facilities Corp., Citi , and IBM.
International makeup artist Bernadine Bibiano’s distinctive, provocative and playful style has graced fashion magazines, runways, advertising, music videos, red carpets and catalogs. Internationally, Bernadine has worked extensively with L’Uomo, Vogue Jewelry, Vogue, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Elle, Deutsch, and Rebel; styled runway for Red Valentino, Heatherette, Jennifer Nicholson, and Rosa Cha; and counts Banana Republic, Catherine Malandrino, Target, Izod, Polo, Levis, Adidas, and Saks Fifth Avenue among her advertising campaign clients.
In addition, Bernadine wrote the content and created the makeup styles for the book, The Body Shop’s Makeup: Fresh Ideas for Fantastic Looks and designed the cosmetic presentation for Neiman Marcus’ The Book. She’s been the beauty consultant for Benefit Cosmetics, Sephora, Avon and Mary Kay Cosmetics and shaped the high concept look for the luxury European fragrance line Boadicea The Victorious.
Drummer, Percussionist and composer Daniel Freedman was born and raised in New York City and grew up in a musical family. In high school he studied with masters Max Roach, Billy Higgins and Vernel Fournier and later traveled to study music in West Africa, Cuba and the Middle East. Daniel came up in the Smalls scene of the 1990’s and during that time was a member of Jason Lindner’s bigband and Omer Avitals sextet. He has played and recorded with many artists such as Tom Harrell, Wynton Marsalis, Sting, Claudia Acuna, Omar Faruk, Meshell Ndegeocello and Toumani Diabate. Daniel is a co-leader of acclaimed band Third World Love, and tours frequently with clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen’s band. Daniel is currently touring the world as a member of Grammy winning singer Angelique Kidjo’s band.
As a composer and producer for NY based jingle house Wicked Music, he has written many spots for television and the web.
Daniel recorded a new record of his compositions that will be released in 2010 with Avishai Cohen, Mark Turner, Lionel Loueke, Jason Lindner and Meshell N’degeocello.His record “Trio” (www.cdbaby.com/cd/freedmantrio)with Jason Lindner and Omer Avital and guests Myron Walden, Joshua Levitt and Tomer Tzur, on the Fresh Sound label received nine stars in Modern Drummer Magazine and he was featured in the same magazine in the article “Jazz Lions”.
Scott Peehl wrote and directed his first film, Star Wars Goes Wester, at age 6. It was a 4-minute short starring Star Wars action figures and shot by his Father. Scott went on to work in all facets of the film/television industry, from production to publicity. Over the years he has worked for a range of clients fro Television, Fashion, Music, Art and Corporate. Highlights have included The Clinton Global Initiative, Madonna, NY Papal Visit, Spencer Tunick, L’Oreal Paris, The Real World, Microsoft, Pfizer and Amnesty International. His short films include YNYN, Late For Work, Pinky’s Fandance, the award-winning Mr. Christie, Peoplemovin.com and Curiosity. Scott’s work in video painting began in 2007 and has evolved into abstract and impressionist studies on reflection, motion, light, and shadow.
Raised in a suburb outside of Nashville, Tennessee, model Taylor Bagley is quite a fireball. Signing with Elite at age 16, Taylor entered a world that she was ready to take on. She left public school and began to home-school as she really began to work as a young model in Miami. Being so young in a such a contrasting environment, she fell into the dark spiral of parties and drugs. Elite believed very strongly in her but as they told her, Taylor was her own worst enemy. Nothing changed so Elite eventually dropped her and she later resigned with Wilhelmina.
Feeling restless and wanting to change her ways she left to go overseas. She lived in Australia, New Zealand, and Greece. It was her first time ever leaving the country and it was unforgettable as she was 18 and traveling across the world to live and work. Taylor worked very consistently and traveled for the next 8 months. She came back ready for the part in her life to begin. She ended up moving to Los Angeles and signing with Vision Models who she is still with today. She made a home there and worked very well, but still not feeling satisfied enough she decided it was time to go overseas again. Taylor left for Seoul, South Korea and worked there for 2 months. She recalls it being the most exhausting and demanding work but she got some absolutely beautiful tears. Having been in Korean Vogue and numerous magazines she was ready to head back to LA. Taylor’s friends were so stunned by all the work she did they insisted on her going to New York. And she did. She made the move in July of 2009, signing with Ford Models. She has been so fortunate to have worked with Ryan McGinley, David Gubert, Walter Chin, Ellen von Unwerth, since moving here.
Taylor has never been more serious about her career and is really opening up each and every time she has a shoot. She feels more expressive and alive than she ever has. She’s doing the things in her life now that make her happy, and it reflects in her photos. Part of expressing herself, she has numerous tattoos, one on her left wrist in Hebrew that means “Fulfill the Dream.” She also has one on her bicep that says “You’re So Cool,” from her favorite film True Romance. They are all reminders to her in everyday life.
Taylor’s family is very important to her and that is one of the loneliest aspects of this job, not getting to see them as often as she’d like. Without her family’s support she wouldn’t be where she’s at today. Taylor has learned that New York City can be tough but you’ve also got to breathe and treat everybody with love and respect.