Director: Jonathan Fine
Synopsis:The music video for “Diva” shows a day in the life of a quintessential diva (Ballroom legend Lolita Leopard), who with unapologetic glamour and confidence turns the bustling streets of NYC into her own personal runway before stunning the audience at a Ball. The video serves not only as a motivational reminder to unleash your inner diva, but also as an homage to Ballroom culture and the city that birthed it. From dynamic Union Square to culturally rich Sunset Park, quaint Red Hook, pulsating Downtown Brooklyn, and the artistic enclave of Bushwick, each iconic location becomes a backdrop to Lolita Leopard’s journey. With her climactic grand entrance into the ball, the line between fiction and reality gets blurred as the video seamlessly transitions from a humorously exaggerated citywide walk to a real Ballroom Walk with real competitive stakes.
Bio: Jonathan Fine is a Brooklyn-based director, editor, VFX artist, and musician. His journey from studying dance at El Museo del Bario, to piano at LaGuardia High School, to film production at Bard College has deeply shaped his holistic, multidisciplinary approach to art. He has won national piano competitions and film awards, and his work has been featured in publications such as Nylon, Wonderland, Earmilk, and Cultr. Since graduating college in 2021, Fine’s directing/editing work has spanned dance-based music videos, cutting-edge CGI concert visuals, and impactful promotional content for organizations such as the Gates Foundation.
Program: Color, Movement and Fashion – VAEFF 2023