Short Takes for January 2020
  • Friday, Jan. 24, 2020
Nicole Messier

Bon Iver has released “Naeem,” the band’s first official, non-lyrical music video since 2012’s “Beth/Rest.”

With a cast consisting of Cynthia Rodriguez, Azul Rodriguez, David Orellana, David Gonzalez Rojas and Christa Haxthausen, the film marks Bon Iver’s first collaboration with Park Pictures’ director AG Rojas whose credits include Gil Scott-Heron’s last and Earl Sweatshirt’s first music videos. Rojas has also directed pieces for Kamasi Washington, Florence + The Machine, Emeli Sandé, Run The Jewels, and Zack de la Rocha.

Rojas said, “Naeem is concerned with the potential for intergenerational healing, and how we choose to engage with that potential. All my admiration and love to Cynthia Rodriguez and her child Azul who brought this idea to life, and to Bon Iver for amplifying it.”

Quibi (a moniker that stands for “quick bites”), the much anticipated mobile-first media technology platform co-founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg, has much content in the offing for its launch in April, one series being Iron Sharpens Iron featuring joint workouts between all-star professional athletes, executive produced by NFL star Cam Newton. In each episode, fans get to see one of their favorite star athletes paired up with another professional athlete from a completely different sport. These athletes share the secrets of their individual training programs and take a deep dive into high-level sports science and fitness. They’ll exchange unexpected training ideas, find common ground, and shed light on what it takes to be at the top of your game.

The eight-episode series will pair male and female athletes from across the professional sports world, from basketball and mixed martial arts, to football and golf, beach volleyball and hockey. NFL Carolina Panthers quarterback Newton and NBA Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young, are confirmed to be the first Iron Sharpens Iron pairing. UFC champion Amanda Nunes, and U.S. Women’s national soccer team captain Carli Lloyd have also been confirmed as a pairing for the series. 

Created by Newton’s Iconic Saga Productions and Liquid Light, the series marks the first in their partnership which creates TV shows and premium digital content. The series is produced by Endeavor Content’s Film 45 with exec producers including Newton and David Ricks for Iconic Saga Productions; Scott Brown, Mo Darwiche and Ben Monie for Liquid Light; and Peter Berg, Matthew Goldberg and Brandon Carroll for Endeavor Content’s Film 45.

Brooklyn-based experience design agency HUSH has brought Nicole Messier on board as lead creative technologist. Formerly a sr. creative technologist at Local Projects, Messier led a range of interactive experiences, most notably Fashion for Good, the world’s first museum dedicated to sustainable fashion innovation. Messier holds a position as a part-time design and technology professor at Parsons. She also has experience working at Deloitte as a strategy and operations consultant, focusing on understanding a client’s business needs and providing them with exceptional solutions. This business acumen, entrepreneurial spirit and a love for tech, engineering and design led her to co-found blink blink–-creative circuit kits that provide children with the necessary tools to engineer their own arts, crafts, and fashion projects with the inclusion of technology....

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