A Short Film Directed by Jon Boogz
Choreographed and performed by Jon Boogz
Face and Body Paint by Amazing JIRO
Director of Photography Cameron McKinlay
Costume Technician Castille Ritter
Music by Chizzy and Jason Yang
Produced by Sozo Artists and Jon Boogz
As a global community, we have the power to discover and connect with one another more than ever before through the convenience of technology. But instead, truths, personal empowerment, and freedom are harder than ever to attain, and we often find ourselves in an echo chamber for violence, injustice, and the pitfalls of capitalism.
Jon Boogz, director and choreographer for NO STRINGS, teams up with Japanese special effects and body paint artist Amazing JIRO to share a compelling and striking visual narrative about emancipating ourselves to incite social change.
Jon Boogz | @jonboogz
Jon Boogz is a movement artist, choreographer, and director who seeks to push the evolution of what dance can be – sharing with audiences of all backgrounds an appreciation of the melding of art forms while inspiring and bringing awareness to social issues.
Originally motivated to dance by the work of Michael Jackson, Boogz has choreographed for notable icons including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Naomi Campbell, Gloria Estefan; for Pharrell’s Adidas Originals HU Campaign to creative direct, choreograph, and perform in Standing Rock at ComplexCon; and as creative consultant for ads launching campaigns for Apple and Lexus. Boogz’s collaborators include TriBeCa Film Festival, DAIS, Lil Buck, and Flying Lotus; his choreography is used in FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance”; Cirque du Soleil’s MJ ONE; he was featured at the Geffen Playhouse’s “Backstage at the Geffen” with his dance company Control Freakz, Lil Buck, and spoken word artist Robin Sanders; and at TED Vancouver’s TED Prize session.
Boogz wrote, choreographed, directed and danced in Color of Reality, a short film in collaboration with visual artist Alexa Meade. The work continues to receive coverage internationally and won Great Big Story’s Art as Impact Award; Best Experimental at Toronto International Short Film Festival; and Concept Video of the Year from World of Dance, among others. His forthcoming projects seek to merge movement with fine art, film, technology, and the stage.
Amazing JIRO | @amazing_Jiro
After graduating Tokyo University of the Arts and entering the world of special effect makeup, JIRO established JUR Co., Ltd.
Currently, JIRO works not only as special effects makeup artist but also as creative director in film, drama, TVCM, and other fields. His power of expression and solid techniques are highly praised by people in and out of Japan. JIRO is attracting attention as a reformer of face paint, SFX makeup, and art.
After winning 2 championships at TV TOKYO TV Champion – Special Effect Makeup Artists Championship, JIRO became a certified champion. He was also introduced as one of the “Make-up Around the World: the Global Family of Artists on Make-Up Magazine,” which is read in more than 70 countries.
He creates artwork with advanced painting techniques and is attracting the world with his powerful ideas and quality works.
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