INSURGE PICTURES COLLABORATION/ PARAMOUNT PICTURES
INSURGE PICTURES/ PARAMOUNT PICTURES
- Paramount Introducing Micro-Budget Branch, Insurge Pictures
Feeding off the unprecedented success of Paranormal Activity, Paramount Pictures is gearing up to spearhead another innovative idea. Led by the creative minds of Senior VP of Interactive Marketing, Amy Powell, the division will focus specifically on “micro-budget” movies. And when they say micro, they mean just that. The idea is to give Insurge Pictures $1 million to create 10 films.
There is no question this is an ingenious idea and a compelling challenge...
Apparently the success of Paranormal Activity had a bigger impact on Paramount than we initially thought. The studio is launching a new division called Insurge Pictures that will be specifically focused on "micro-budget" movies (news on indieWIRE). The division has been given $1 million in funds to spread across 10 movies with $100,000 budgets each. This fresh new idea is said to be the creation of Amy Powell, the SVP of Interactive Marketing at Paramount. They're also trying to build a community via the official website, which hasn't yet launched. "We want to try something different and deconstruct the Hollywood system." Read on!
Insurge Pictures won't be looking for films from film festivals, but rather looking for filmmaking teams to produce their own projects. "They hope the movies will serve as a low budget proving ground for new talent and intend to release the movies theatrically." Part of the distribution process will involve new "grassroots" marketing approaches like the Demand It campaign for Paranormal, which I'm not sure will succeed again unless the movie is actually good enough. Their bio blurb on Twitter says: "We love talking about everyone else's movies, so we decided it would be awesome to create a new distribution label to find and share our own movies with all of you. And here we are - Insurge Pictures, an official division of Paramount Pictures."
Here's another one of their intros from the website: "Do you want to see more movies that don't conform to the Hollywood model? Sweet, us too." Sounds like they really want to break through the Hollywood norms.
This does sound like a very interesting, and potentially very successful, idea and I'm already curious to hear about the projects they have in development (if there are any yet). I'm not sure if the success of Paranormal Activity was based solely on the fact that its budget was low and it was marketed in a grassroots way. What I guess I'm trying to say is that I'm not sure that same formula will work for every movie, every time. Some of these may be hits, other may be duds, and I'm wondering how many of each there will be. Insurge Pictures is barely on the verge of launching, so we're not entirely sure when we can expect to see any movies from them.
Their website hasn't opened to the public just yet, but indieWIRE says launch is imminent, so expect to hear more and see a full press release from Paramount pretty soon. Do you think Insurge will be a success?
The Michael Margulies Artist Agency is pleased to present the group show "Local Crit," an analytical survey of multiple artists from the South Florida area.
Opening Reception: November 27th 2013
6pm - 10pm ( Show runs - January 21st 2014)
After opening viewing by appointment only
Info@MarguliesAgency.com / 305.972.8962
Artists: Francie Bischop Good, Jen Stark, Jesse Laino, Carol Prusa, Jill Hotchkiss, Natalia Reparaz, Jessy Nite, Shelia Elias, Nicole Burko and Mariana Monteagudo.
Location: 300 SW 1st Ave Suite 1300 - Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(at Las Olas Riverfront, Across the street from Nova Museum of Art )
new projectFine Arts2013
installation in cloth and paintFine Arts2013
bio, resume, about meFine Arts2013
Mariana Monteagudo’s fake idols:
This is the beginning of a new stage in my work. I’m starting to investigate new materials such as hard latex and other synthetic derivatives, in a search that will certainly enrich my work and provide new languages or means of expression to my 10 years + career.
The work has been slowly unfolding a different spirit, more industrial, more hybrid, taking references from the memory of our generation.
Little heroes, versions of action figures, cartoon characters and Barbie dolls are the sources of inspiration. A look from the distance to the icons of our society, trying not to take them for granted, but showing a different side, sometimes dark and frightening.
The idea is that the viewer would be able to construct a sort of mental collage of associations derived from distinct territories and that he or she could feel familiar to as well as estranged by these images….Visual Arts2011
GODDESSES & SUBDITS SERIES 2012
This time I wanted to make an interpretation of the power of beauty and femininity over others.
These goddesses, queens and princesses are at the top of their society.
They look over their shoulders and watch us from another dimension. They are powerful, magnetic, proud, coquette, dominant and they know how to cast their spell..
JustMad Mia art fair 2012
at The Wynwood Convention Center
2136 NW 1st Avenue
Miami, FL 33127 USA
6 – 9 December 2012
Open to the public: Thursday 6 from 14 to 20h.
Friday 7, Saturday 8 from 12 to 20h.
Sunday 9 from 12 to 19h.
Mariana Monteagudo is a Miami based Venezuelan artist who has been working her series of doll sculptures over the last decade. Her latex, ceramic and mixed-media dolls are intriguing and fascinating. Her artwork shows interest in a wide range of expressions , from the pre-Columbian aesthetics, to fashion , tv pop culture, Japanese manga and mass-market toys.
Muñecas (Dolls) is the generic term Monteagudo uses to describe her creations since 1998. With them, the artist has received important awards and exposure, and her pieces have been featured in solo and group shows and fairs in Madrid, Miami, Chicago, Aruba, Caracas, New York, Sao Paulo, and other venues. Her unusual characters have attracted the attention of many critics and her work is part of the MOLAA Museum in California, Everson Museum, NY, Cesar Gaviria Trujillo Collection, Colombia, among other contemporary art collectiions.
Selected solo and group Exhibitions:
2012 HUMANOID , Galería El Museo, Bogotá
2010 NARCISSUS MIRROR solo show, Galería el Museo,Bogota
2008 ARTEAMERICAS ART FAIR, Miami, USA
2008 CIRCA Art Fair 08, Puerto Rico, U.S.A.
2007 CIRCA Art Fair 07, Puerto Rico, U.S.A.
2007 ARTEAMERICAS ART FAIR, Miami, U.S.A.
2006 SELF PORTRAITS Galería el Museo, Bogotá.
2005 RECENT WORK AccessArt Gallery, Aruba.
2004 POP Dubhe Carreño Gallery, Chicago, U.S.A.
2004 SOLO SHOW, Galería Fernando Pradilla Madrid Spain
2002 SOLO SHOW, Galería el Museo, Bogotá, Colombia.
2002 ICONS IDOLS Sala Mendoza, Caracas.
2001 CREATURES Galería Fernando Pradilla Madrid, Spain.
2012 SP arte / SAO PAULO ART FAIR, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2011 MEMORIA 10th anniversary exhibition, Galeria Fernando Pradilla, Madrid, Spain.
2010 Polimorfos Perversos, Galeria fernando Pardilla, Madrid, Spain.
210 Ellas Crean, Galeria Fernando Pradilla, Madrid, Spain
2009 ARTBO, art fair, Bogotá, Colombia
2008 SCOPE Art Fair Hamptons, New York, U.S.A.
2008 ART Rotterdam 08 Witzenhausen Gallery, Rotterdam Netherlands.
2005 ARCO art Fair, Gallery FernandoPradilla, Madrid, Spain
2004 TBA ART CHICAGO, Chicago Illinois, USA.
2004 ARCO ART FAIR 2004, Madrid Spain.
2003 8 TH HAVANNABIENALE 2003, la Habana, Cuba
2003 TBA ART CHICAGO, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
2003 FERIA ARCO, Madrid, Spain.
MOLAA Museum of Latin American Art, California, USA
Everson Museum Syracuse, New York, U.S.A.
Robert Loder Collection, Chairman of the Triangle Arts Trust, London England.
Pedro Muñoz Marín Collection, Puerto Rico, U.S.A.
César Gaviria Trujillo Collection , Colombia.
Magaly Cannizzaro de Capriles Collection, Caracas Venezuela.
Banco Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela.
Colección Luís Gutiérrez Puerto Rico, USA.
email: email@example.comFine Arts2012
EARLY SCULPTURESFine Arts2012
MARIANA MONTEAGUDO RECENT WORKSFine Arts, Sculpting2012
Mariana Monteagudos´ solo Show
Being fragile and powerful, adopting zoomorphic variants, physical disabilities, and absolutely free styles and dressings, all these legions of beings seem to be loudly expressing a sentence. All of them summarize a mutability of character and destiny which is proportional to the mutability that defines contemporary society; at the same time that they seem to challenge mystery or place themselves ahead of an unknown or menacing circumstance, they lie unarmed and frightened….
…The freedom of choice in order to develop her own search leaded her to look through the unconscious, to be in search of her inner self, arriving at the end to a re-encounter with the toy figurine. Since that time, she has comfortably experimented and studied in depth the building of a personal language, that can be appreciated in the pieces that are exhibited.
The semantics, the meaning of each character´s dressing allows to decode a symbolism of archetypes that is confronted with standardized lines of faces and bodies, which are hieratic and vertical, resembling a column that supports big cheek faces, faces showing an exaggerated roundness and completely expressionless eyes without membranes. ¿Idols from an exiled olimpo? ¿Which is the essence of their ambiguities? ¿Could it be the symbolic representation of the dark emerging to the light?
Only the artist herself has given form to these beings; within their autonomy, they represent her production strategy. When she suggests some clues to decode them, she proposes us, too, to see beyond the realm of the inanimate world, and to glimpse an emotive expression in her need of showing herself, of recognizing herself in her creation. This narcissist impulse of being reflected, mirrored in her work, and of making clear its projections, is a “game” that clears up the conscious and the unconscious. This can be appreciated in the metaphor of the luminous and somber features of the characters. We could say that, in search of her own aspects at the artistic level, Mariana Monteagudo finds the certainties of a personal, precise and careful language, which is dense and structured. A Narcissus´ Mirror as work method.
Tahía RiveroCartooning, Sculpting, Visual Arts2010
CASTING FOR DISCOVERY CHANNEL, GEN H SHOW 2012Fine Arts2012
various sourcesFine Arts2012
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