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Queer Indie - LA

Filmmaker Series • S2 E2

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.

Queer music has always been anchored by a community of artists who forsake societal boundaries. In exchange, artists are granted creative freedom and supportive peers who celebrate their truth. Because of this community, much of the most consequential music of our time is queer music. In this film, Wes O'Connor connects with diverse queer musicians like MUNA, Polartropica, Saturn Risin9 and Rett Madison on Los Angeles' scene and queer spaces.Photos by Asha Moné

Images of musicians performing. A quote by Saturn 9 saying "I really want all of us queer artists to exist outside of the margins of genre."

“As you are consuming queerness as a whole, that you are putting action behind it. You the people watching, that you have to be active in supporting us.”— Saturn Risin9

Collages of artists performing and posing, portrayed with a glitchy 90's aesthetic

“Being so accepted by the people here it has really helped me become so much more open, and vulnerable and raw and honest in my lyrics and my music.”— Rett Madison

“When you have that intention and the people behind it in a big group, it's possible for real change”— Ihui Cherise Wu, Polartropica

A collage of artists performing, ripped jeans and docs being worn

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

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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.

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