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New York, NY, October 24, 2014:  American singer-songwriter and musician Bill Madden releases the official music video for his song "Francesca" in support of his latest album "New Religion". 

“Francesca” was inspired by the art and life of American photographer Francesca Woodman, who committed suicide by jumping out of an East Village apartment window on January 19, 1981, at the age of 22. Madden who lives in the Lower East Side / Chinatown neighborhood of New York City tell us, “Almost thirty years and now I’m looking down from a similar window”.

Captivated by the mysterious black and white photography of Woodman (which features herself), Madden echoes, “Ghostly images appear like gossamer blurred apparitions.

Filmed in the wilderness of Quebec, Canada, the film reveals Francesca in solitude “In her patterned, dishabille of flowered flea market dresses”, whose prints are analogous to the plants in the surrounding landscape.  "Francesca" was directed by art photographer and filmmaker, Gaëna da Sylva.  da Sylva’s abstract poetic short films combine the magic of movement and static photography often using a multi-layered approach. In this art film, da Sylva portrays Woodman with shadowy imagery, bringing to life Madden’s lyrics, “Velvet, fur, taffeta, tulle, a shutter blinks, you dissolve into yourself”.

Madden states, "It’s amazing to see Gaëna recreate Francesca’s movements and suffuse them with my lyrics ‘A naked limb, an arm, a leg, a breast, and yet her face not in the frame’.” da Sylva responds, “I wanted to do Francesca justice and feel we were able to capture her essence.

The album "New Religion" was recorded in Los Angeles. 


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