Zoe Rowlands Cassavetes, the daughter of the 'Father' of independent filmmaking John Cassavetes and actress Gena Rowlands, has teamed up with Greek designer Ileana Makri to create a collection in tribute to her Greek heritage, reported Vogue magazine.
Cassavetes and Makri created a jewelry collection to honour the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Greek War of Independence, with pieces bearing insignia and symbolisms from the time of the 1821 revolution.
"Each piece is an ode to freedom which, for me, is the greatest value in life. Without it, there is no life" said designer Ileana Makri.
In her interview with Vogue magazine Cassavetes said she took the project as an opportunity to dig deeper into her background. “Of course, being Greek, it is an homage to my roots,” she says. “It is interesting to me because as you get older, you’re like, ‘What is my history again?’ Someone told you [about it] when you were young, then you live your life, and eventually, you’re like, ‘Oh, I’d love to learn more about where I came from and learn about these people.’ Also, it is an incredible civilization.”
ABOUT ZOE ROWLANDS CASSAVETES
Zoe Rowlands Cassavetes (born June 29, 1970) is an American film director, screenwriter, and actress. She is the daughter of filmmaker John Cassavetes and actress Gena Rowlands. She is best known for her 2007 film Broken English.
Cassavetes' first experience with the filmmaking business was at the age of one, when she had an uncredited role as a baby girl in her late father John Cassavetes' film Minnie and Moskowitz, but it was not until 1991 that she had her first acting role in the film Ted & Venus. This was followed with minor roles in the films Noises Off and The Thing Called Love. In 1994, she and her filmmaking friend Sofia Coppola created and hosted the Comedy Central television series Hi Octane, a skit and variety show that featured guests including Keanu Reeves, Beastie Boys and Martin Scorsese. Hi Octane lasted for only one season but is remembered as one of the first series to be entirely shot in digital video.
Her directorial debut was in 2000 on the Sundance Film Festival-featured short film Men Make Women Crazy Theory. She is best known as the director and writer of the 2007 romance-comedy film Broken English, which featured Parker Posey and Gena Rowlands, Cassavetes' mother. Her inspiration for Broken English came from her perception of other people's impression that happiness only comes from being in love with someone, saying: "I got caught up and swept up in the whole idea that I didn't have any worth until I found that person ...So I just wanted to make a nice, little portrait about what happens to someone when they get caught up in all of that." She was nominated for the 2008 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay but lost to Diablo Cody for Juno.
In 2012 she was invited to participate in Miu Miu's ad campaign The Women's Tales. The short she created for the project, The Powder Room, premiered at the 69th Venice International Film Festival.
Her second feature film, Day Out of Days, stars Alexia Landeau as a 40-year-old actress struggling to stay afloat in Hollywood. The supporting cast includes Melanie Griffith, Eddie Izzard, Cheyenne Jackson, Vincent Kartheiser, Alessandro Nivola, Brooke Smith and Bellamy Young.
She is on production company Little Minx's roster for commercial representation.
Cassavetes comes from a family of filmmakers: her father John Cassavetes an actor, screenwriter and director; her mother Gena Rowlands an actress; her brother Nick Cassavetes an actor and director; her sister Alexandra Cassavetes an actress and director; and her grandmother Katherine Cassavetes an actress. She says that the relationship problems the main character encounters in Broken English are mostly autobiographical, saying: "I'm obsessed with the idea of love on many different levels – love through family, love your friends, love yourself and who you give that love to, who you can take it from."
She has been called a muse to fashion designer Marc Jacobs along with actress and director Sofia Coppola. She is married to Sebastien Chenut.
ABOUT ILEANA MAKRI
Although she is a globetrotter at heart, jewelry designer, Ileana Makri, was born in Greece and still resides there. She travels extensively for design inspiration, and shares her time between Greece, London, Paris and New York City, allowing her to embrace and celebrate different cultures and landscapes within her craft. Originally obtaining a degree in Business Administration, Ileana then went on to follow her true passion and studied jewelry design at the G.I.A. (Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica).