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Ali Roberto

Filmmaker Series • E1

Director Alison Roberto takes a dive into the grit and passion of the LA music scene with her films, the product of a lifelong vision.

Alison Roberto had a plan as a kid: tell the stories of musicians and bands that resonate with her. It’s taken determination to get there, but core values like grit, authenticity, and passion are something she shares with hardworking L.A. musicians. These values are what always bring her back to music.Photos by Emma Cole

A collage of photos featuring Ali in red and blue lighting highlighting her docs, seated by a wall of hanging art with the text "Music Saved Me." Also showing Ali with graffiti and chainlink fences.

“Innovation and change come from tragedy and strife and everyone has had something to overcome this year.”

A collage of photos featuring Ali in different poses and outfits on the street and in a home, highlighting her use of boots in creating street fashion

“Helping artists visually express themselves during this time has been beautiful. And also healing for me.”

“My crew are all multi-talented hybrid creatives like me, we are able to film with small crews and still achieve cinematic quality.”

A collage of photos featuring Ali's purple Doc Martens boots, purple highlights to accentuate the focus of the photo, and Ali holding a camera to take a picture

Episodes

1. Ali Roberto

Director Alison Roberto takes a dive into the grit and passion of the LA music scene with her films, the product of a lifelong vision.

2. Gabriel Gomez

NY Filmmaker Gabriel Gomez uses these unprecedented times to hone in on what matters to him and the musicians in his community.

3. Lauren Ruth Ward

Lauren Ruth Ward is a musician, stylist, photographer, and more than the sum of her parts, seeking ways to connect without in-person shows.

4. Rosehardt

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5. Tolliver

Los Angeles artist Tolliver uses his music to reconcile who he is today with his Baptist upbringing and childhood.

6. Cautious Clay

Music is the most natural form of expression for musician/producer Cautious Clay, who is using his art to navigate the turbulence of 2020.

7. Blimes & Gab

Blimes & Gab blended their unique styles to create Talk About It. Now, they're braving the highs and lows of releasing an album mid-pandemic.

8. Sunflower Bean

Lifelong musicians and members of Sunflower Bean are leaning on each other, their music, and the politics of their art to continue creating.

9. NEZ

NEZ, Los Angeles-based music artist and producer, focuses on cultivating a creative space where he can express himself in the truest form possible.

10. Orion Sun

Despite the dark early days of lockdown, singer, producer, and songwriter Orion Sun is finding the light by learning to live on her own terms.

11. The Regrettes

The Regrettes are looking within for inspiration and learning to let go as their non-stop touring lifestyle slows in the midst of lockdown.

12. Stuyedeyed

NYC band Stuyedeyed is focusing on what they can control: creating music they believe in, and through that, inciting change.

13. duendita

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14. Frankie and the Witch Fingers

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Powered by the explosive energy they usually channel onstage, Los Angeles band Frankie and the Witch Fingers uses art to engage their community.

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