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Alternative Underground - NYC

Filmmaker Series • S2 E6

Explore the genre that can't be defined. Director Fredgy Noël asks New York City's Alternative Underground scene about finding yourself within a community that values individuality.

There's no singular sound of the Alternative Underground scene in New York City. It might even be a disservice to attempt to define the genre. The connective thread, instead, is shared experience. In this Dr. Martens Presents episode, Director Fredgy Noël explores what it means to find yourself within a community that wholly celebrates identity and individuality. Photos by Liz Maney

Rainbow colored collage showing multiple images including streetlight, artist and boots with words "Alternative to me is about wholeness." – Kimberly Drew

I wanted to create music that was for the people in my world to enjoy.— MX Khalif

Layered and brightly colored collage featuring portraits of various artists shown in feature film along with repeated images of one of them wearing Dr. Martens.

It's about finding uniqueness within community— a sameness that doesn't devalue your own individuality.— Kimberly Drew

Layered collage with images of artists from film being distorted as if they had gotten caught in a printer and been stretched out vertically.

Season 1

Season 2

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

Caleb Eberhardt has always used his music to connect with others. Now, he's working to use his platform and leave a legacy of social change.

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

Brooklyn-based artist duendita uses her time in lockdown to find well-deserved rest and focuses on expressing her deepest self through her music.

14. Frankie and the Witch Fingers

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

Season 2 Trailer

This year, Dr. Martens Presents explores the evolution of local music communities with six different filmmakers in New York and Los Angeles. Artists, musicians, and die-hard fans show us the scenes they've created; where decades of young talent continue to experiment, inspire, and sharpen their sound.

Afro House - NYC

Filmmaker Chelsea Odufu explores NYC's Afro House scene, where artists promote progressive African sounds and reclaim space for people of color in electronic music.

Queer Indie - LA

Multi-talented filmmaker Wes O'Connor asks queer musicians in Los Angeles where they feel most at home to let their creativity and queerness run free.

Women In Punk - LA

Director Ali Roberto takes punk's pulse. Hear from punk legends and fresh faces of the genre. As the women discuss their experiences, one thing remains certain: punk is forever.

DIY - NYC

NYC’s DIY Punk Scene is entering a new era. Creator Jeanette D. Moses explores the genre’s roots and looks to its progressively diverse future.

Latinx Indie - LA

Film director Ambar Navarro illuminates the intentional path Latinx Indie artists across Los Angeles carved for themselves.

Alternative Underground - NYC

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Explore the genre that can't be defined. Director Fredgy Noël asks New York City's Alternative Underground scene about finding yourself within a community that values individuality.

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