Ignacio Nacho Figueras: A Caballo

Ignacio Nacho Figueras: A Caballo

A Caballo is a new film from Nowness by photographer and filmmaker Matthew Donaldson, who celebrates the raw power of man and beast by capturing Nacho Figueras on one of his favorite horses in minute detail.  The polo champion spins a sumptuous 180 in Donaldson’s slow-motion epic.  The bronzed Argentine horsemen that swarm Long Island’s polo fields each summer are tall, dark, handsome and, with the globe-trotting, sun-chasing lifestyle their sport afford, indecently glamorous.  The most storied of all these Latin gods is Ignacio (Nacho) Figueras, who with his chiseled jaw, moody brown eyes and tousled locks is not only one of the world’s top 100 polo players, but the face of Ralph Lauren Black Label and Polo fragrances worldwide, and, according to a 2009 issue of Vanity Fair, the second most handsome man in the world.  Born in Argentina, where polo rivals soccer as the national sport, Figueras began playing at the age of eight and became a professional at 17.

He began his secondary career as a model in 2000 after being introduced to legendary fashion photographer Bruce Weber at a dinner party, and found that his raised profile enabled him to be an ambassador in the democratization of polo.  He was the brains behind the annual Veuve Cliquot tournament on Governor’s Island that has introduced the sport to a whole new generation of New Yorkers.

Ignacio Nacho Figueras: A Caballo

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Monument: An Urban Tale of Courage

Monument: An Urban Tale of Courage

Monument is a three-minute short film created by the English filmmaker, Robin Schmidt.  The film was made as part of the competition in support of the Fireflies Charity, which recognizes relatives and friends’ battles with cancer.  This year they asked for entries for a film challenge to create a three minute film about courage.  Monument is  kind of an urban fairytale about an aged Rastafarian in a wheelchair, who relives a knife attack and decides to rid the community of its knife problem once and for all by magnetizing his body.

The film was a finalist in the Fireflies competition earlier this year, and won the Bahamas 14 Islands Film Challenge.

Monument: An Urban Tale of Courage

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