Tina

  • Format TV Series
  • Status In Development
  • Genre Drama | Historical
  • Audience Young Adults | Adults
  • Rating M
  • Synopsis

    There’s murder, romance, jealousy, adventure, humor, intrigue, heartbreak, and duplicity . . . and that’s in just the first show.

    TINA is a six-hour historical drama series chronicling the extraordinary life and times of Tina Modotti.

    Actor, Hollywood femme fatale, model, photographer, activist, and revolutionary – Tina is the ultimate hyphenate. Her many transformations put her front and center in some the most important artistic, political and historical moments of the 20th century.

    A legendary beauty, full of passion and with large appetites, Tina is not one to be intimidated by the patriarchy. She holds her own as an equal – sexually, artistically and intellectually – in a circle of male giants that includes Edward Weston and Diego Rivera, and stretches from Bohemian Los Angeles in the 20’s, to the streets of post-revolutionary Mexico City, to the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War.

    Although her photographic career spans only about seven years - Tina creates a body of iconic images that confirms her place in history. Today, her photographs are held in collections such as New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and she’s been called “one of the most brilliant photographers of the 20th century.” To this date, her photograph “Roses” remains one of the highest-priced photographs ever sold at auction.

    Much has been written about Tina Modotti and her extraordinary life, but up to now, it has never been brought to screen.

    This is her story.

Synopsis

Tina

There’s murder, romance, jealousy, adventure, humor, intrigue, heartbreak, and duplicity . . . and that’s in just the first show.

TINA is a six-hour historical drama series chronicling the extraordinary life and times of Tina Modotti.

Actor, Hollywood femme fatale, model, photographer, activist, and revolutionary – Tina is the ultimate hyphenate. Her many transformations put her front and center in some the most important artistic, political and historical moments of the 20th century.

A legendary beauty, full of passion and with large appetites, Tina is not one to be intimidated by the patriarchy. She holds her own as an equal – sexually, artistically and intellectually – in a circle of male giants that includes Edward Weston and Diego Rivera, and stretches from Bohemian Los Angeles in the 20’s, to the streets of post-revolutionary Mexico City, to the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War.

Although her photographic career spans only about seven years - Tina creates a body of iconic images that confirms her place in history. Today, her photographs are held in collections such as New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and she’s been called “one of the most brilliant photographers of the 20th century.” To this date, her photograph “Roses” remains one of the highest-priced photographs ever sold at auction.

Much has been written about Tina Modotti and her extraordinary life, but up to now, it has never been brought to screen.

This is her story.

  • Characters Tina Modotti

    Tina Modotti:  A confident woman, aware of the effect her beauty has on others. Always one to challenge women’s traditional roles, Tina is not beyond flaunting her sexual freedom. As a photographer, Tina is revolutionary - able to look beyond the camera lense, combining composition and shadow with social awareness and forging her own unique vision. A fearless activist willing to sacrifice whatever it takes, in order to build a better world. Tina gives her all to everythin Roubaix De l'Abrie Richey

    Roubaix “Robo” de l’Abrie Richey:  French-Canadian bohemian painter and poet. An existentialist living on the margins, with cape and cane. A sensitive soul. He introduces Tina to his circle of avant-garde artists, writers and photographers. It is Robo who first makes the journey down to Mexico and writes back to Tina about a magical world. Loves Tina. Loves Sarasate.

    Edward Weston

    Edward Weston: An acquaintance of Robo’s. Weston is a leading figure in the world of photography. A master of the image. Impulsive and charismatic. Stifled by the conventions of family. Weston is taken by Tina’s beauty and natural enthusiasm. He throws his lot in with Tina, moving down to Mexico with her, promising to teach her photography. Loves Tina. Loves photography. Loves himself.

    Diego Rivera

    Diego Rivera: A living legend and notorious womanizer. Larger than life, in every way, with heavy sway in Mexico’s art and political worlds, Rivera welcomes Tina and Weston to Mexico, and into his creative circle. He continues to support Tina when times get tough and she’s accused of murder. Loves Tina. Loves Frida. Loves his work.

    Xavier Guerrero

    Xavier Guerrero:  Mexican artist and political activist who works with Rivera. Rock-solid. Guerrero encourages Tina early on to move to Mexico, and once they are together, influences her to put her work in service of “the cause”. A strict Stalinist, he reluctantly leaves Tina to study at the Lenin School in Moscow. Loves Tina. Loves the Party.

    Julio Antonio Mella

    Julio Antonio Mella:  Cuban political activist who becomes a leading figure among Mexican communists. Handsome - known as “Adonis of the Left” – and a powerful speaker, Mella works closely with Tina and encourages her venture into photojournalism for the communist Mexican newspaper El Machete.  He and Tina start their passionate affair once Guerrero leaves the scene. Loves Tina. Loves the revolution. Loves to dance.

    Vittorio Vidali

    Vittorio Vidali:  Italian revolutionary and Moscow’s eyes in Mexico, with an alias for every day of the week.  Same “side” as Mella but with a different agenda. Vidali is involved in Mella’s assassination (as well as an assassination attempt on Leon Trotsky), and ultimately convinces Tina to follow him to Moscow where she is recruited as an operative. Loves danger. Loves Tina . . . Enough to kill her when she tries to lea

  • Created By Gabriel Beristain

    Gabriel Beristain is an internationally celebrated Feature film and television Cinematographer with a vast resume of well known films and television shows. Recently he has evolved into directing and as a producer he is developing a solid slate of cross over projects mainly through his Company Vedado Films. 

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    09/09/2020
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