The 17-minute film opens with the Jean-Luc Godard quote, "All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl." Shot entirely in black and white, the gritty project introduces Art For Freedom , a global initiative that aims to expand freedom of expression.
Madonna is front and center throughout the film -- a project that's brimming with Gothic imagery and a sense of nihilism. The effects of violence and intolerance are at the center of "secretprojectrevolution," which finds Madonna thrown in jail for her alleged lewdness. Her story is interspersed with a tableau of dancers who are prone to contortions, a gun-wielding Madge and an eerie rendition of "My Country, 'Tis Of Thee," along with a host of other arty affairs.
In a word, it's strange. It has a sort of haunting beauty to it, much like a Vogue photo shoot come to life. It's hard to tell what exactly the ultimate point is, aside from the notion that violence and intolerance are evil. But the Steven Klein-directed piece is ambitious and beautifully shot, and it deserves a look.
The 55-year-old Madge debuted the film across the world on Tuesday night, with special events in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Tel Aviv, Berlin and other major cities. A bevy of famous faces turned up at the New York premiere, including Lindsay Lohan, Anderson Cooper and Madonna's ex-husband, Sean Penn.
Art For Freedom's website indicates Madonna and Klein are posing the question "What does freedom mean to you?" Fans are invited to submit their "personal meaning[s] of freedom and revolution" via "video, music, poetry and photography."
The singer also ushered in the project with an Instagram post -- fitting, as that's been the hot spot for the bulk of her "secret project"-related teases in recent months.
In a 2006 interview with Q magazine, Madonna was asked which song of the last 20 years she wished she'd written. Her answer: Elliott Smith's "Between the Bars," an aching ballad the late artist contributed to the "Good Will Hunting" soundtrack. On Tuesday night at an event in Manhattan launching the short film, "secretprojectrevolution," part of her Art for Freedom campaign, Madonna sang the song she wishes was hers.
After being dragged on stage by two actors dressed as police officers, one of whom shoved a microphone in her hand, Madonna delivered a delicate and emotional rendering of the beloved song while accompanied only by a piano.
Halfway through the performance, a kneeling Madonna was accompanied by a masked dancer dressed head-to-toe in black who freed one her bound hands. When the song concluded, the dancer took off his balaclava to reveal his identity: none other than Madonna's 13-year-old son, Rocco.
Madonna's performance of "Between the Bars" comes less than a month before the tenth anniversary of Smith's death. The singer, who scored an Oscar nomination for another "Good Will Hunting" track, "Miss Misery," died Oct. 21, 2003 of stab wounds to his chest
"secretprojectrevolution" is Madonna's collaboration with director Steven Klein and centers on the artist being thrown in jail for perceived obscenity. It runs 17 minutes and is available for free download via BitTorrent. The film, which was broadcast via guerilla screenings in 12 cities around the world on Monday and Tuesday, is also the launch of Art for Freedom, an online public art project (in partnership with Vice) that encourages artists to submit videos, music, poetry and photographs that express their meaning of freedom.
Before the film screening and performance, Madonna made a speech before the guests explaining the reasons she made the film.
"This film, aside from my children, is to me the most important thing I've ever done," she said. "The idea of being free, and being able to express myself, not only as an artist but as a human being, is extremely important and I do not take my freedom for granted. And it seems to me, when I travel around the world, that people are either not free and are fighting for it, or are free and taking it for granted. And both of those situations make me extremely agitated."
"God made art," she continued. "God made human beings to create art. We are channeling God when we make art. I do not doubt that for a minute and it's nobody's business to get in the way of that. Amen."
Tuesday's event was held at the Gagosian Gallery in New York's Chelsea neighborhood and was attended by CNN's Anderson Cooper, blogger Perez Hilton, Lucy Liu, Zachary Quinto, Donna Karan, Lindsay Lohan and Madonna's former husband Sean Penn.
Madonna showed off her long-anticipated Steven Klein short film “secretprojectrevolution,” at Gagosian Gallery on Tuesday — and, this being a Madonna event, there were hanging chains, bartenders in gas masks and dancing at the after-party.
After the movie, Madonna's dancers performed in front of images of Westboro Baptist Church protesters, lynchings and police riots before the Material Girl herself was dragged through the audience by guys in police outfits to sing an Elliott Smith song on the floor. Her son Rocco danced while wearing a balaclava. Madge also engaged in a bit of performance art, setting up a sign that read, “Who does the Holy Land belong to?” and giving a speech about art, Putin, Pussy Riot, chemical warfare and other topics.
“People like Ai Weiwei in China are thrown in jail for months . . . it's not just that you can be imprisoned for being gay in Iran or . . . imprisoned for insulting Mr. Putin, with the threat of . . . chemical warfare seemingly at our doorstep, I feel like all we have now is each other,” Madge said.
Guests listening to the spiel included Calvin Klein, Cindy Sherman, Donna Karan and Anderson Cooper. Even VIPs were told to “hold their Champagne” while Madonna performed, prompting Gaby Hoffmann to mutter, “I promise not to kill Madonna with a plastic cup.” Lindsay Lohan also showed up at the party, hosted by Art For Freedom, Vice and BitTorrent Bundle, and did a few dance moves herself.
On September 25th, 1993 Madonna kicked off her 4th tour: The Girlie Show. She was at the most controversial moment of her music career, having released the Sex book, the Erotica album and the movie Body Of Evidence in the months preceding the tour. The backlash caused low album sales and the tour needed to make up for that.
That didn't mean controversy was shunned at the tour. The show opened with a kinky performance of Erotica and Why's It So Hard opened in what seemed to be an orgy scene between Madonna and her dancers. However, Madonna added several artistic elements to the show, which was inspired by cabaret and burlesque. A rather unique performance of Like A Virgin saw Madonna paying homage to Marlene Dietrich from The Blue Angel & Morocco, an idea approved by none other than Gene Kelly himself. She incorporated elements of West Side Story in La Isla Bonita and took inspiration from My Fair Lady's Edwardian era outfits for Justify My Love.
The tour setlist was her shortest to date, with only 15 songs, of which half from the Erotica album. Her tour schedule was also out of the ordinary: for the first time she performed in Latin America and Australia. For the latter, it was the only time Madonna made it down under. The fact that the official tour recording, released on video and later on DVD, was from the Sydney show was only a small comforting. Visiting 5 continents in 3 months also meant she limited the schedule to a handful of cities in each continent.
But Madonna isn't one to give up and on Tuesday evening she debuted her latest top-secret film project SecretProjectRevolution in multiple locations around the world.
And to celebrate her new project the queen of pop was joined by a whole host of celebrities at the Gagosian Gallery in New York including her ex-husband Sean Penn and reformed party girl Lindsay Lohan – who looked like she had been picking up style tips from Madonna.
Posing up beside each other it looked as if there was just few year between Madonna, 55, and Lindsay, 27.
While Madonna wore an all-black outfit with her trademark lace gloves, Lindsay also opted for muted black.
The stars both wore their hair in loose curls and decided to complete their looks with a dash of bright red lipstick.
Lindsay, who recently completed an enforced stay in rehab, did however have the more stand out outfit as she showed off her cleavage and wore a studded leather jacket.
Both Madonna and Lindsay seemed on top form, stopping to chat to various people attending the event.
One face Madonna was no doubt happy to see was Sean Penn - she was famously married to him from 1985- 1989.
The couple have clearly managed to maintain a good friendship, with Sean happy to support her on her big day.
Taking to the stage Madonna didn't just introduce the film – she also took the opportunity to take part in an impromptu performance alongside her son Rocco.
After the 17 minute short film, which she co-directed with photographer Stephen Klein, she performed a series of dances and sing the Elliot Smith song Between The Bars.
Joined on stage by her eldest son Rocco Ritchie, from her marriage to English director Guy Ritchie, the mother and son duo put on a show.
While Madonna slipped on a PVC look trench coat, Rocco showed off his acting skills as he stood beside his mother in an all-black combination.
During her performance Madonna was seen on her knees being escorted by two gentleman who were dressed as policemen.
Earlier this month Madonna released a black and white image of herself with a gun ahead of the release of her short.
In a press release for the film, the star said the film was aiming to 'further freedom of expression and protest persecution,' according to the publication.
Madonna adds: 'My goal is to show by the example of secretprojectrevolution my creative commitment to inspire change in the world through artistic expression.
'I hope my film and other submissions to Art For Freedom will be a call-to-action and give people a place to voice their own creative expression to help fight oppression, intolerance and complacency.'
During the Secret Project premiere last night in New York City, Madonna performed a hauntingly beautiful version of the song 'Behind The Bars' by Elliot Smith. During the performance, she was joined by a young masked dancer, who at the end revealed himself as none other than her son Rocco.
The full movie of the SecretProjectRevolution is now available online. You can download the full bundle, including the movie, trailers and bonus material at Bittorrent.
Street interviews at the Los Angeles screening
Madonna's VICE interview with Eddy Moretti
For the past 48 hours, we've been bringing revolution to the streets. Madonna and Steven Klein's new film, secretprojectrevolution, is an honest, raw look at human rights, circa now: a protest against censorship and complacency, and a call to action. The film debuted as flash projections in cities around the world. And tonight, at 9pm PST, it'll be free for all. Anyone with Internet access, anywhere, can download secretprojectrevolution.
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secretprojectrevolution marks the start of Art For Freedom : a global initiative to further freedom of expression, created by Madonna and VICE. We're asking the world to take a stand for openness, in the form of video, music, poetry, and photography. Join the public art project at artforfreedom.com.
Spent 15ish minutes last night outside at 31st and 8th with my buddies and with every famous Madonna fan in the city (about 150-200 people?) watching a projection of Madonna's secretprojectrevolution with Steven Klein, a short film about freedom of expression that doubles as a freely expressed documentation of Madonna's Christ complex.
We all gathered around the blank wall of a building next to an empty lot, waiting until a black van pulled up to start the not-so-secret projection. The sound was pretty terrible, but then there are other people in the world besides Madonna fans, so perhaps it couldn't be cranked up too many decibels in a public setting. Hipster helpers (undoubtedly Klein henchboys) shot the scene and all of our reactions, but I was more fixated on one in particular, who a friend pointed out is a Sean Cody pornstar.
In "I am artistic" black-and-white, Klein and Madonna show the persecution of a woman not physically dissimilar to Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity by a pack of Fascist-controlled jailors not dissimilar to Madonna's MDNA dancers. Madonna is captured at the peak of her post-dirty thirties beauty, an interesting juxtaposition with the harsh images of violence and degradation in the real and metaphorical prison in which the character is being mistreated.
Madonna's voice-over is distressingly self-referential; she doesn't make a universal statement with self-reflexive implications, she makes a statement about herself with universal implications—she discusses things she's seen over the past year, making it about MDNA and about Madonna rather than about all creative people. It is, of course, about the latter, but that could have been more effectively communicated had she more obviously been playing a role as opposed to identifying that role as Herself.
Some of the imagery is striking and/or strikingly beautiful—Madonna rolling submissively under her bed in her cell comes to mind—and I would argue the gun violence here is unmistakably metaphorical, considering no blood or gore is shown (it's like that Brady Bunch episode where Jesse James shoots the Bradys!). Madonna is not glamorizing violence, she is stylizing it, and using it as a stand-in for the suppression of one's rights, and, as is made crystal clear in the end, as a stand-in for self-suppression, too.
Overall, I wasn't moved. For me, the message is hard to knock, but also hard not to find a bit broad, going something like this: Stop the badness! Madonna is advocating for peace and is, after all is said and done and posed and strutted, still admonishing us to express ourselves/don't repress ourselves.
That said, if there isn't anything thrillingly new here (lots is recycled from the MDNA Tour and from X-Static Process ), for me it is thrilling that at 55, Madonna is still doing weird shit, still trying new things (viral marketing, street projections, short films) and still sticking to her creative guns. That goes a long way toward ameliorating any feelings of discomfort over her embrace of branding and franchising that have at times threatened to eclipse her artistry.
After finally revealing the screening details for Chicago (and an update for San Francisco), Madonna also added a projection location in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Meanwhile, many reports, pictures and videos are coming in from fans who attended one of the screenings already. At some places, they experienced some technical difficulties but most reactions to the movie itself are very positive. It's a true art project, with many gorgeous close-ups of Madonna. While she urges for a Revolution of Love, she remains calm and serene.
Check out Facebook page for some of the videos. In a few hours, the bittorrent download will be available.
Tel Aviv - September 24
Where will you be?
10PM – Habima Theatre
Chicago - September 24
Where will you be?
1) 9:00pm - 240 E Illinois St
2) 10:00pm - 21 S Clark St
3) 11:00pm - 6 E Chestnut St
4) Midnight - 501 N Wells St
5) 1AM - 1000 N Rush St
San Francisco - September 24
Where will you be?
1) 9:00pm - UC Hastings College of The Law: Golden Gate Ave + Hyde St
2) 10:00pm - The Palace of Fine Arts: 3301 Lyon St
3) 11:30pm - de Young Museum: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
4) 12:30am - Social Security Admin: 90 7th St
From Interscope Records:
Interscope Records would like to make consumers of Madonna's MDNA World Tour Blu-ray disc aware that the concert will be seen at its most optimal quality by properly adjusting the settings on your television to "Normal/Movie" mode rather than "Dynamic/Enhanced" mode.
Older Blu-ray players or those without a firmware upgrade may experience glitches when navigating the Blu-ray menu. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to upgrade firmware.
Due to an error in manufacturing that has compromised the 5.1 audio in the US, a full recall of the Blu-ray disc will be issued in the US. No other markets will be affected.
We apologize for this inconvenience.
Today, 4 more locations were posted on Madonna's Facebook page. While the launch date for London, Toronto, LA, NY and Berlin is set to Sept. 23rd, the details for Paris, Rome and San Francisco mention Sept. 24th. No news yet on Chicago (except for the location map that we posted yesterday).
The first projection will happen tonight at 9PM (though it's unclear which time zone is meant?), simultaneously in London, Berlin, LA, NY and Toronto.
One of the Facebook posts indicates that it's indeed a projection of the movie that will happen on each of the mentioned locations:
"#secretprojectrevolution update: Remember to check the order of projections! It's one at a time in each city and then onto the next one!"
Another update mentions that the download of the movie will start at a different hour:
"#secretprojectrevolution update: Please note that the film will now be available for free download beginning September 24 at 9pm PST from http://bundles.bittorrent.com/ madonna-revolution/"
Note that 9pm PST means that European fans can start downloading on Wednesday morning 6am CET.
Finally, Madonna also lashed out at some Facebook comments:
"What I look like is irrelevant! Haters need the revolution of love the most. I haven't slept in a week getting ready for this. Pay attention to details, all will be made clear! #secretprojectrevolutionletsgo!" -Madonna
Paris - September 24
Where will you be?
1) 10PM - Trocadero, - 1 Place du Trocadero 75016 Paris
2) 10:50PM - Palais de Tokyo, 13 Avenue du President Wilson, 75116 Paris
3) 11:40PM - Igor Stravinsky, 23 Rue Saint-Merri 75004 Paris
4) 12:30AM - Pantheon, Place du Pantheon
Rome - September 24
Where will you be?
1) 10PM - Ara Pacis Museum, Piazza Augusto Imperatore
2) 10:50PM - Piazza della Rotonda
3) 11:40PM - Piazza Venezia
4) 12:30AM - Termini, Via Marsala
Berlin - September 23
Where will you be?
1) 9PM - Oranienburger Straße 60
2) 9:50PM - Galeria Kaufhof - Alexanderplatz 9
3) 10:40PM - Friedrichstraße 43-45
4) 11:30PM - Stralauer Platz
San Francisco - September 24
Where will you be?
1) 9:00pm - The Palace of Fine Arts: 3301 Lyon St
2) 10:00pm - UC Hastings College of Las: Golden Gate Ave + Hyde St
3) 11:30pm - de Young Museum: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
4) 12:30am - Social Security Admin: 90 7th St
As she promised yesterday, Madonna today started posting more details on the locations of the Secret Project launch. It is expected that the Secret Project movie will somehow be broadcast on those locations.
London – September 23
Where will you be?
1) 9PM - Exhibition Road: Exhibition Road London SW7 2DD
2) 10PM - Gerrard Place/Chinatown: Chinatown London WC2H 7PR
3) 11PM - Tate Modern: Holland St, London SE1 9TG
4) MIDNIGHT - Shoreditch High St Station: London E1 6GY
Los Angeles – September 23
Where will you be?
1) 9PM - Hillhurst Ave
2) 10PM - 6060 Wilshire Blvd
3) 11PM - 652 N La Peer Dr
4) Midnight - 1855 Main St
Toronto - September 23
Where will you be?
1) 9PM - 9 Trinity St # 200
2) 10PM - 317 Dundas St W
3) 10:45PM - 327 Bloor St W
4) 11:30PM - 273 Bloor St W
New York - September 23
Where will you be?
1) 10PM - 306 West 31st Street
2) 11PM - 11 W 53rd Street (MOMA)
In the coming hours, the locations of San Francisco, Chicago, NY, Rome, Berlin and Paris will be officially revealed on Madonna's Facebook.
But we already found the location maps for you:
San Francisco: http://smarturl.it/SPR-SF
Three days before the scheduled launch of the highly anticipated Secret Project, Madonna has posted a video on her Instagram and Facebook accounts.
She's seen scribbling the names "LA, San Francisco, Toronto, Chicago, NY, London, Rome, Berlin, Paris" on a piece of paper. Above the names, there's a world map, with red pins on the mentioned cities. Madonna then holds up the paper, saying "The Revolution is on. Are you with me?".
Madonna, "MDNA World Tour" (No. 90): The album version of Madonna's MDNA World Tour concert video release debuts at No. 90 with 4,000 sold. It was issued only as a digital album and a CD-R on demand from Amazon.com. It is her 26th chart entry on the Billboard 200.
Meanwhile, on the Music Video Sales chart, the blu-ray and DVD version of the MDNA World Tour release combine to sell 11,000 for a No. 1 debut. It's her 10th No. 1 and sixth chart-topper in a row.
Her last live album and video release, 2010's Sticky & Sweet Tour, was released on blu-ray, CD/DVD and as a digital album. The former configuration enabled its No. 1 debut on Music Video Sales with 5,000, while the latter two combined for a No. 10 arrival on the Billboard 200 (28,000).
Had MDNA World Tour been issued on traditional CD and CD/DVD (and/or CD/blu-ray combo), then the album would have naturally charted much higher than No. 90 on the Billboard 200.
Q: Did you heard about technical mastering issues on some MDNA World Tour DVD & Blu-Rays in Europe ?
A: Yes and I'm absolutely horrified. My label is looking into it, trying to get to the bottom of it. It might be a case of old technology not working with new technology. Please be patient. I spent 6 months editing and doing the sound mix for the DVD, the last thing I want to hear is that the fans aren't getting the fruits of my labor.
Q: M I love the MDNA Tour DVD/Bluray cover and i like to know what was the concept used?
A: That's me, a photograph I took of myself
Q: Welcome M! As W.E. was STUNNING, looking to direct another movie?
A: Yes that's next on my to-do list, direct a film.
Q: American Life was an unfairly maligned album and many of you fans rank it as one of your best. What do you think critics and casual listeners "didn't get" about that album?
A: Because I dealt with a lot of controversial issues in it. I criticized American politics, the entertainment business in Hollywood... I was in an angry mood when I was making it. Maybe that came across. But I was in an angry mood when I made my last album too.
Q: Why do you think people have such a hard time wrapping their head around everything you do? It seems like people are so confused by you.
A: Because I don't explain everything nor do I feel the need to.
Q: Which music video was your favorite to make?
A: Justify My Love in Paris.
Q: When will you release a sequel to Sex? I believe we've waited long enough.
A: Probably never, there is no sequel, one time only.
Q: Hi Madonna! When is the Blond Ambition Tour coming to DVD?
A: When I can find the tapes in the archives.
Q: I love everything you do, and I love you of course. So do millions, as you know, and you have fans in all walks of life. What would you tell the ones who will probably never meet you and can't ever afford to see you live?
A: That's the great thing about making music and films. It reaches people you haven't met yet. I can still connect with people through my art.
Q: Would you consider doing a full-on rock album?
A: Full-on no
Q: What is the quintessential Madonna album according to you?
A: Ray Of Light
Keep an eye on your hubby, Angelina Jolie, because Madonna is telling the world that Brad Pitt is in her dreams. During a candid "Ask Me Almost Anything" session on Reddit Monday, the 55-year-old first lady of pop entertained with hilarious and head-scratching answers.
We've sifted through the Q&A to bring you Madonna's 15 standout statements in which she forgives a regretful fan, references her children multiples times, describes the Brad Pitt fantasy, and name-drops Daft Punk, Pussy Riot and Frank Ocean.
Snoop Lion (formerly known as Snoop Dogg) even chimed in with a question: "When r we going on a canoe ride??" The question remains unanswered, but it has more than 2,300 upvotes.
[Mad-Eyes: Madonna did answer later on: "when you send me a canoe"]
Following Reddit protocol, Madonna opened the AMAA with photographic proof via Instagram, where in July she lashed out at haters, and encouraged them to unfollow her.
Q: goldburp: Where should I put these hydrangeas?
A: Up your ass.
Q: whatthefishsay: What is the last dream you remember that you're willing to share?
A: Brad Pitt and I were living together, and there was a small blonde child in the bed. Sorry Angelina, it was only a dream.
Q: polvitos: Is your publicist or an intern typing everything for you? Be honest. This is still awesome. Thank you!
A: My housekeeper. I'm vacuuming. The housekeeper is typing.
Q: victor1707: If you could talk to your 20-year-old self, what would you say?
A: Don't take any of this personally.
Q: kegstandlolita: If you were a gay man, would you be a top or bottom?
A: I am a gay man.
Q: ehrgeiz91: Pharrell Williams once said he suggested to Daft Punk that they should produce for you. Frankly, it would be the ultimate fucking collaboration, ever. Would you consider it?
A: I would love to work with Daft Punk ... Just waiting for them to return my call.
Q: iamjanthony: Ray of Light album helped me come into my own in small town Nebraska, and know that there was love and acceptance in my future. So many of us have had similar experiences through your music. I can't imagine what that must feel like for you. How often do you think about who your art is reaching?
A: Only when I hear comments like this from people do I think about it. The rest of the time I only think of how I would like to express myself; I think about expression not results.
Q: MichelleCiccone: What is the best present you got for your B-day?
A: I got a bong in the shape of a penis.
Q: bazayer: Throughout your career you've taken a stand against homophobia, sexism, ageism, etc., but what current issues drive you to voice your opinion creatively?
A: Censoring of artists, around the world. Censorship — for instance, Pussy Riot.
Q: Whiteboard_Stalker: If you had to live on a stranded island with two other people for the rest of your life, what two people would you choose?
A: I can't leave my kids behind so there will have to be room for 4.
Q: MrFishpaw: You're coming over for dinner. What the hell do I make?
A: Make me a dirty martini.
Q: edermdna: Madonna, is [it] true that Rocco will release an album?
A: He wishes! Just need to get him thru the 8th grade right now. Get him to do his math homework!
Q: davidsmom9310: Madonna I want to apologize for booing at your concert [on] Oct. 16, 2008. You mentioned Obama and I booed. I have felt bad for years after. I think you are a wonderful person and an amazing artist. Thank you for inspiring me all these years.
A: I forgive you.
Q: gelloh: Can you name one gay guy you wish you could turn straight?
A: Frank Ocean.
Q: bour1992 : Are you [a] fan of Reddit?
A: HUGE ... I'll be sleeping with my alien tonight.
Madonna's secretprojectrevolution, the 17-minute film she co-directed with Steven Klein, will be unveiled on September 24th, 2013. The film launches Art For Freedom, an online global initiative to further freedom of expression, created by Madonna, curated by VICE, and distributed by BitTorrent.
"My goal is to show by the example of secretprojectrevolution my creative commitment to inspire change in the world through artistic expression. I hope my film and other submissions to Art For Freedom will be a call-to-action and give people a place to voice their own creative expression to help fight oppression, intolerance and complacency," commented Madonna.
Art For Freedom is a global digital initiative, led by Madonna, designed to fuel free speech - to respond, address and protest persecution around the world. It is an online public art project encouraging the world to express their personal meaning of freedom and revolution, in the form of video, music, poetry, and photography. Public submissions will become part of the Art For Freedom platform: contributors can join the project by uploading original artwork or tagging original posts #artforfreedom.
Art For Freedom launches with the secretprojectrevolution film distributed as a BitTorrent Bundle. The film, plus bonus content, is available to the public for free download beginning September 24 at 2pm EST. Anyone can download and unlock the secretprojectrevolution Bundle (bundles.bittorrent.com/madonna-revolution/) to receive the film, plus bonus content, for free.
The BitTorrent Bundle is a powerful new media format that's built to move freely across the Internet. It is designed to hold any file type, and any file size. And it's designed to encourage and empower free expression, beyond the Internet's walled gardens.
Fans who download the secretprojectrevolution Bundle will instantly receive stills from the film and three HD film trailers. Those who submit their email will unlock access to the Revolution film in both HD and 2K Digital Cinema resolution, an exclusive HD and 2K Digital Cinema interview with Madonna conducted by Eddy Moretti, VICE's Chief Creative Officer, as well as a special handwritten message from Madonna.
"This film operates on many levels. It examines our private prisons. It questions what we do, how we do it, and how we treat others. It questions our governments, and our collective thought patterns. Think about it - the power of art can lead to peace," commented Steven Klein.
"BitTorrent and VICE are both innovative and forward thinking which is why we chose to partner with them on the launch of 'Art for Freedom' platform and the film "secretprojectrevolution," commented Guy Oseary, Madonna's longtime manager.
"Madonna is making a bold move, putting herself out there to support those suffering under repressive regimes around the world. Art For Freedom comes from a place of real empathy and emotion. It's a reflection of a world in crisis by an artist who has decided that apathy is not an option. In one discussion, Madonna told me that she wanted to start a 'revolution of love.' How can you argue with that?" commented Eddy Moretti, Chief Creative Officer, VICE Media
"The Internet drives creativity, democratizes information, and allows people to connect with one another", shared Shahi Ghanem, Chief Strategy Officer for BitTorrent, Inc. "The new BitTorrent Bundle format captures this ideal by giving artists and publishers an entirely new, people-driven distribution tool that is limitless in quality and versatility - enabling them to connect with fans however and wherever they want. Using the Bundle format to help an iconic artist like Madonna share expression freely with the world is a perfect showcase for the technology and we're thrilled to support her efforts."
Madonna's latest release MDNA World Tour debuts on the UK charts. The various formats were not combined, so the DVD, Blu-ray and the 2CD/DVD altogether made it to #31 on the Video Chart with 5,599 copies. The double-CD and the digital album sold 1,759 copies that was only enough for the #55 position on the official album chart.
It's Madonna's first live album to miss the UK Top 20.
2006: I'm Going To Tell You A Secret peaked at #18 (14,449 sales)
2007: The Confessions Tour peaked at #7 (22,227 sales)
2010: The Sweet & Sticky Tour peaked at #17 (12,405 sales)
The MDNA studio album charted at #1 but sold only 131,924 copies in 18 months.
Madonna's official Facebook page announced today:
Today, a third trailer for the #SecretProject was unveiled, together with the new website artforfreedom.com.
The websiter and trailer finally give us a release date: September 24th!
Deluxe edition (DVD + 2 CD)