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Fashion Film: SAFE

by Leo Adef on 9 December 2020

Focusing on the ballroom scene in Berlin, Barcelona-based director and photographer Leo Adef's film SAFE portrays queer BPOC through their eyes, dancing and discussing gender, dance, beauty and identity. Ballroom culture originated in New York City in the early 20th century as a countercultural phenomenon where predominantly Black and Latinx LGBTQ+ attendees would dance, vogue, walk and pose in drag performances.

After Jennie Livingston's documentary Paris is Burning introduced New York City drag ball culture to the mainstream in 1990, ballroom has become a fully global movement. SAFE hones in on ballroom's Berlin cohort, as we see the dancers shun heteronormative expectations and instead embrace the inherently political act of self-love.

Focusing on the ballroom scene in Berlin, Barcelona-based director and photographer Leo Adef's film SAFE portrays queer BPOC through their eyes, dancing and discussing gender, dance, beauty and identity. Ballroom culture originated in New York City in the early 20th century as a countercultural phenomenon where predominantly Black and Latinx LGBTQ+ attendees would dance, vogue, walk and pose in drag performances.

Concept:
STUDIO O - Oli Jopke, Amelie Goczoll
Direction:
Creative Direction:
Jack Sharp (Spingun)
Performance:
Gifty Gucci, David Milan, Shayne Angels, Magia Prodigy, Christopher Saint Laurent
Produced by:
Torge Hill and Dan Teterin (Spingun)
Styling:
Fabio Pace
Hair and Make-up:
Ammann Berenice
Film Edit:
Pau Luzon
Director of Photography:
Marti Herrera
Set Design:
RCKT, Stefanie Grau, Jane Garbert, Oskar Klinkhammer
Set Design Creative Direction and Concept:
Joanne Schwarz
Decoration and Drapage Specialist:
Carmen Scholle, Anatomie Fleur GbR, Amandine Cheveau, Jean-Christian Pullin Aquin
Graphics:
Gina Guasch Team
Music:
ISAbella
Voguing Beats:
Seven Angels
Sound Design:
Silence Audio
Sound Operation on set:
Edgar Hill
Production:
STUDIO O - Oli Jopke, Amelie Goczoll
Set Design Production:
Vera Trigueros de Korff
Creatives:
Laura Angelone and Giulia Ricci
Camera Assistance:
Philip Ratuschny
Styling Assistance:
Helena Kuhnen
Film Edit Assistantance:
Pol Marro
Colorist:
Yulia Bulashenko
Gaffer:
Alex De Pew
Best Girl:
Phan Nguyen
Camera Assistant:
Philip Ratuschny
Styling Assistance:
Helena Kuhnen
Hair and Make-up Assistance:
Jean Michel Battirola
Special Thanks to:
Napalm Rentals
:
Director’s cut of Klarna x Ballroom production

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