Dr. Martens has announced new episodes of the Dr. Martens Presents: Music & Film Series, which will dive into the local music communities of Los Angeles and New York by highlighting artists, musicians and super fans in the spaces they’ve helped create. The six-part short documentary-style series will be told through six different young filmmakers: Chelsea Odufu, Wes O’Connor, Ali Roberto, Jeanette D. Moses, Ambar Navarro and Fredgy Noël.
The series, presented by the footwear brand, will feature appearances from emerging local artists in both cities including The Linda Lindas, MUNA, Oliver Ackermann (A Place to Bury Strangers), L’Rain, Neon Indian, Inner Wave, L.A. Witch and others.
The first episode comes from the eye of NYC-based filmmaker and visual artist Chelsea Odufu, who is most known for her Tech Afrique parties thrown with musician Eli Fola. Odufu and Fola are co-founders of Tech Afrique, an electronic, Afrofuturistic-centric music label. Their celebrations are meant bridge the gap between contemporary house and the traditional African sounds that provided the foundation of the genre. The short film aims to position Black joy as a form of resistance as artists work to reclaim space for people of color in electronic music.
The second episode in the series comes from filmmaker Wes O’Connor, who explores the intersectional topics of queerness and music throughout Los Angeles’ queer music scenes. Their episode features appearances from musicians and bands like MUNA, Polartropica, Saturn Risin9 and Rett Madison, who discuss their special relationships to the local L.A. music scenes.
Check out the full series teaser below.