Dr. Martens Presents:
Los Angeles And New York City Music Artists Join Innovative Filmmakers For
New Music & Film Series
Exclusive Events In Los Angeles And New York To Launch Fall 2019
Dr. Martens Presents Music & Film Series, download photos: Here.
Music artists clockwise above: Combo Chimbita, De’Wayne Jackson, Junglepussy, L.A. Witch, PJ and The Paranoyds.
Innovative artists push culture forward with their music. This is the home of rebellious self-expression…
Long associated with mavericks and rebels in the music world, iconic footwear brand Dr. Martens has announced today, September 4, a first-ever Music and Film Series. 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 handful of rare concert events and mini documentary films around these artists. The Dr. Martens Music & Film Series will be part of a larger national campaign for the brand that will kick-off this week. For more information on the Dr. Martens Music & Film Series, visit: Here.
For the Dr. Martens Music & Film Series, L.A.-based filmmaker Erik Rojas and NYC-based filmmaker Vincent Martell have curated a lineup of 11 musicians that will share their stories of resilience and determination. They will explore what it takes to succeed as performers realizing their own artistic vision in the music industry. Each L.A. and NYC concert event as well as the short documentary films 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.
Confirmed music artists for the Dr. Martens Presents: Music & Film Series include Samia, Junglepussy, PJ, De’Wayne Jackson, L.A. Witch, The Paranoyds, SadGirl, OSHUN, Combo Chimbita, Phony Ppl and Death Valley Girls.
Expect the full slate of Dr. Martens Presents Music & Film Series NYC and L.A. concerts to be announced next week.
L-R: Samia and SadGirl.
“Dr. Martens Presents gives us an opportunity to continue to foster our deep connection to music by hosting shows in unique venues with musicians who use their art as an avenue for self-expression,” explains Kevin Diehl, Vice President, U.S. Marketing, Dr. Martens. “Working with two great filmmakers on our Music & Film Series will highlight these stories of resilience and give our enthusiasts an inside look.”
“As a filmmaker, I pride myself on being incredibly intentional when partnering with brands which has allowed me to keep my creative voice intact,” says NYC-based filmmaker, Vincent Martell, Founder, VAM STUDIO. “Dr. Martens has allowed me to authentically portray the New York that I love. I’m excited to film some of the most unapologetic POC and queer artists in the city.”
Watch Vincent Martell describe being a filmmaker, Here.
I’m thrilled to be partnering with Dr. Martens to tell the vibrant and resilient stories about these artists in Los Angeles, as well as my own,” adds L.A. based filmmaker, Erik Rojas. “As a brand, they’ve helped shape creative culture and have always kept authenticity paramount.”
Watch Erik Rojas describe being a filmmaker, Here.
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About Dr. Martens:
The first pair of Dr. Martens boots rolled off the production line on the 1st April 1960. With its trademark yellow stitch, grooved sole and heel loop, it was a boot for workers, initially worn by postmen and policemen; comfortable, durable and lightweight in comparison to its competitors at the time. Throughout Dr. Martens history, the brand has been adopted and subverted by diverse individuals, musicians, youth cultures, subcultures and tribes. These are the people who stand out from the crowd and their journey of self-expression has always been accompanied by a pair of DM’s. The simple silhouette allows people to customize each pair; whilst on a utilitarian level their famous durability and comfort make them ideal footwear for the world of gigs and street fashion. On an emotional level, they are a flag of attitude and empowerment. The Northamptonshire factory where it all began still exists to this day, in the village of Wollaston. A specific range of ‘Made In England’ products are manufactured here by a small, close-knit team of people schooled in traditional shoe-making and the unique process that makes Dr. Martens like no other shoe on earth.
LA filmmaker, Erik Rojas.
About Erik Rojas:
Erik Rojas is a Colombian-American filmmaker and photographer from Boston, Massachusetts currently based in Los Angeles. After getting his start working in visual effects and color grading, he soon made the switch to directorial work. His work spans across music, commercial, documentary and narrative, and has appeared in Billboard, Forbes, Paper Magazine, The Fader, Noisey, HBO, Hypebeast, Pigeons and Planes and Alternative Press, among others. When he’s not working on film or photo projects, he enjoys making beats, writing, and playing Nintendo games.
NY filmmaker, Vincent Martell.
About Vincent Martell:
Vincent Martell is a queer filmmaker whose work centers around nuanced POC + queer narratives. He is the founder of one the fastest growing production companies, VAM STUDIO, a full-service production company uniquely comprised of a dedicated team of women and femmes, people of color, queer and trans filmmakers. A Chicago International Movies & Music Festival ICON Awardee, Vincent is relentless in creating diverse stories on screen and offers a unique perspective behind the lens, while unapologetically disrupting the film industry. His work as creator, director and writer of his debut gritty narrative Damaged Goods premiered in March 2019. Vincent lives in New York City and his work has been profiled in the New York Times, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Out Magazine, Pitchfork, Paper Magazine, Dazed, Advocate, NPR and The Fader. For more information on VAM STUDIO, visit http://vamstudio.net, Facebook, Instagram and Vimeo.
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