Russell Simmons, Laz Alonso Mentor Emerging Artists

A look at the new documentary Imagination Unleashed: An Artisan's Journey.

Posted: 02/22/2013 09:00 AM EST
Russell Simmons, Laz Alonso

Russell Simmons, Laz Alonso, Persia White and other celebs are showing their love for the arts by participating in Bombay Sapphire's Artisan Series.

The gin-maker teamed up the celebs with five emerging artists from around the country to create five short films that were screened at last year's prestigious Art Basel Miami, and now the Ovation network is airing a 60-minute documentary on the whole experiment called Imagination Unleashed: An Artisan's Journey

The documentary follows the five artist/celebrity teams as they create their short films and screen at the exclusive South Beach art fest, where Bombay Sapphire selected a winner. Russell Simmons and his brother Danny Simmons sponsored the contest through their Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, as did Complex magazine.

To hear the stars and their adopted artists talk about their inspiration and artistic journeys, watch the video below. Imagination Unleashed: An Artisan's Journey airs on Ovation on February 25. 

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