Long associated with mavericks and rebels in the music world, iconic footwear brand Dr. Martens has announced the line-up for the next installment of their Dr. Martens Presents: Music & Film Series, in partnership with COLLiDE Agency. Highlighting voices that aren’t generally heard in the mainstream, the Dr. Martens Presents: Music & Film Series is proud to celebrate the tenacious musicians living in the L.A. and NYC music scenes through a series of mini documentary films that tell the stories of artists in these unprecedented times who are not only surviving, but thriving and innovating.
Read more and watch the first two installments with Lauren Ruth Ward and Rosehardt via Variety: https://bit.ly/2HuHpfr
Stay connected with the Dr. Martens Presents: Music & Film Series here: https://www.drmartens.com/us/en/dm-presents
For the Dr. Martens Presents: Music & Film Series, L.A.-based filmmaker Ali Roberto and NYC-based filmmaker Gabriel Gomez have curated along with Dr. Martens a lineup of performers that will share their stories of resilience, determination and hope. They will explore what it takes to succeed as performers realizing their own artistic vision in the music industry. Each L.A. and NYC short documentary film created will provide an intimate look at the daily lives of working musicians and share a unique point of view as told by our filmmakers who have their own stories of resilience to tell.
Hear Ali Roberto’s thoughts on the Dr. Martens Presents: Music & Film Series here: https://youtu.be/tgafM83jubs
Hear Gabriel Gomez’s thoughts on the Dr. Martens Presents: Music & Film Series here: https://youtu.be/B9N480laxxk
2020 will be one of the most notable years of our lifetime. The opportunity to gather, celebrate, entertain and be entertained may be forever changed. Musicians and artists of all types have seen their livelihoods come to a complete halt. Many are contemplating new careers/life paths. Many are finding new resolve and purpose. The Dr. Martens Presents: Music & Film Series will showcase the ways that artists on each coast are navigating this challenging new landscape with creativity, strength and grit.
Confirmed music artists for the Dr. Martens Presents: Music & Film Series include Ali Roberto L.A. and Gabriel Gomez NYC Music artists: Blimes and Gab, Cautious Clay, duendita, Frankie & The Witch Fingers, Lauren Ruth Ward, NEZ, Orion Sun, The Regrettes, Rosehardt, Stuyedeyed, Sunflower Bean, and Tolliver.
“In 2019 we kicked off our new Dr. Martens Presents: Music & Film Series with two main goals; host one of a kind performances in unique locations for fans of music throughout New York City and Los Angeles and provide a platform for artists, both musicians and the filmmakers, to share their stories,” says Kevin Diehl, Vice President Americas Marketing at Dr. Martens. “Stories of resilience. Stories of artists that no matter how many obstacles life throws in their way they wouldn’t stop working to achieve their goals. These stories were important then and even more so now as we navigate a new reality. For the next 6 months we’ll be working with two new filmmakers in NYC and LA to document how important now, more than ever, musicians and artists need resilience to continue in this ever changing and challenging landscape. A Global Pandemic may be able to impact our ability to gather together to experience live music but, as you’ll witness in the series of films, it cannot keep us from finding creative ways to keep doing the things we love and bringing joy to others.”
“Music saved me,” says Ali Roberto. “Sure, I know there are a lot of people out there who say this, but I truly mean it. We’re facing a difficult and unprecedented time—for literally all of us—it makes sense that we’d turn to music for solace and collective experience. The hardest thing of all is to feel disconnected. I want to bring music back to people and create a platform for up and coming artists to be seen by weaving together a live performance with storytelling. And there’s no one better to do this with than Dr. Martens, the legend that’s laced up many a foot as it stomped onstage, and sparked and awakened, enlivened and impassioned, freed, salvaged, and cured countless hearts and minds.”
“I’m so lucky to be able to tell stories for a living,” says Gabriel Gomez. “I’m incredibly honored & grateful to partner with Dr. Martens and be given the opportunity to tell my own, while simultaneously featuring such talented, powerful, diverse artists in my city. I‘m nothing without my community, my friends, my people—this series features some of the many artists in my world that inspire me every day.”