Prior to her notorious and hugely successful MDNA tour last year, Madonna ventured into film direction with W/E, an indie film which garnered mixed reviews but landed an Oscar nomination. Yesterday, as Rolling Stone reports, the dance-pop superstar announced the release of a new 17-minute short film secretprojectrevolution, which she co-directed with Steven Klein. The film will be made available for free download via BitTorrent, and will mark the official launch of Madonna’s new Art For Freedom initiative.
During a Reddit AMA two days ago, Madonna stirred public interest by making veiled references to the new initiative coupled with a “secret project.” Details are now revealed that the Art For Freedom project is to be a public platform to which public submissions of poetry, music, photography and videos may be uploaded in answer to the question, “What does freedom mean to you?” The hope is to create a free speech forum in which the public can use art to address global issues of injustice, persecution and similar ills.
While this effort reveals a more humanitarian side of a music icon known for stirring controversy, between viewing the various trailers and knowing Madonna’s history, this new project promises to be nothing if not provocative.
The film secretprojectrevolution, bundled with extras including an interview with Madonna, will be available via BitTorrent on September 24 starting at 2:00 PM EDT.