Rolex Arts Initiative pairs protégés with legends of film, theater and visual arts


Rolex has unveiled four mentors from the worlds of film, theater, visual arts and what it calls an open category in the Rolex Arts Initiative, and the rising artists they will work with for the next two years.

Think of it as a highbrow version of the X-Factor episode when Simon Cowell gets to call himself the mentor for the over-35s and Paul Abdul gets the boys.

American filmmaker Spike Lee has chosen to work with Native American filmmaker Kyle Bell (pictured top), whose work has included the Heartland Emmy-winning documentary show Osiyo: Voices of the Cherokee People, as well as short documentaries such as Dig It If You CanDefend the Sacred and The Third.


In the theater category, British director Phyllida Lloyd has chosen to mentor Whitney White, an accomplished American director, musician/composer and actress who is currently artistic associate at New York’s Roundabout Theatre Company.



In the visual arts category, Carrie Mae Weems is going to share her expertise and experience with Camila Rodríguez Triana, a Colombian filmmaker and artist who founded Heka Films SAS, which has been responsible for several acclaimed documentary features that explore the limits between documentary and fiction.



American composer, lyricist and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda will choose his protégé for the Open category in March.




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