New Nokia Music Films Directed by Emerging Filmmakers Abteen Baheri,
Emily Kai Bok, Bob Harlow and Tyrone Lebon Reveal the 'Real' Music
Landscape in America
Films to Screen in One Hour Special and Feature 'Bright Lights' From
Gary Clark Jr. in All Promos and Closing Credits
LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/16/12 -- Nokia Music, a free
music streaming service from Nokia that offers free and unlimited
access to playlists and songs on Nokia Lumia smartphones, today
announced an exciting new documentary series. The Nokia Music
produced series will feature six short films created by some of the
world's most respected independent directors including, Abteen
Bagheri, Emily Kai Bok, Bob Harlow and Tyrone Lebon. The films will
begin airing on Sundance Channel in January.
Each film in the series will explore the music landscape in six
cities, telling the story of music's evolution in America while also
capturing the perspectives of music fans from all walks of life. The
results are authentic narratives about the 'real' music scenes of the
United States. The song "Bright Lights" from Austin-based critically
acclaimed blues, rock and soul artist Gary Clark Jr.'s Blak and Blu
album will be featured in the promos and the closing credits of the
Jyrki Rosenberg, Global Head and VP, Nokia Entertainment, says,
"Music has always inspired various forms of pop culture and since
music and film have always gone hand in hand, the idea to produce a
music documentary came naturally. We are also excited to work with
these emerging filmmakers and see America's different music scenes
through their eyes. We look forward to shedding some light on music
communities that are rarely put in the spotlight." He continued,
"Sundance Channel's continuous celebration of independent filmmaking
and their spirit of creativity make them a perfect partner in this
"Austin is a city made up of many different styles and cultures. It's
a place that showcases the diversity of people from all over the
world. From jazz to hip-hop to country to blues, and electronic
music: it's all represented in the music scene," Gary Clark, Jr. "I'm
grateful to be a part of this series."
Abteen Bagheri, music video director, says, "The goal of the project
is to uncover the culture of an
American city -- specifically through
music -- and allow everyone to experience the scene as if they've
lived it. It's great to see cities and their music scenes for the
first time, looking in with an outsider's perspective."
Film enthusiasts will be able to follow each director's journey
across the country on www.nokia-music.com, which will feature
exclusive behind-the-scenes content such as director's blogs,
pictures from the road and video diaries. The films will be available
on Sundancechannel.com after they have premiered on the network.
Tyrone Le Bon, who has previously directed video shorts for Nike,
says, "I'm really happy and excited to be involved in this project.
Shooting documentary films about exciting musicians in cities I've
always wanted to explore is really exciting and I'm grateful for the
opportunity to be involved."
Nokia Music is now available in the United States on our full range
of Lumia smartphones -- including the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 on
AT&T, Lumia 810 on T-Mobile and Lumia 822 on Verizon.
For more information visit www.nokia-music.com or follow #Music_Nokia
NOTES TO EDITORS
About Nokia Music
Nokia Music features playlists that are curated by
an expert team of global and regional musicologists, spanning a wide
spectrum of genres from underground Detroit house tracks to New York
Philharmonic favorites. Completely advertisement-free, and requiring
no registration or subscription, Nokia Music allows consumers to
enjoy the songs of their favorite artists without any disruption.
Nokia Music can also be enjoyed offline so consumers can listen to
their favorite playlists anytime, anywhere.
For more information visit www.nokia-music.com or follow
About Sundance Channel
Sundance Channel is the destination for
What's Next, Now. Showcasing both today's creative icons and the
emerging talent of tomorrow, Sundance Channel tells credible,
authentic, and emotionally immersive stories of Invention, Fashion,
Film, Travel, Design, and Enterprise. Launched in 1996 and owned and
operated by AMC Networks Inc, Sundance Channel provides perspectives
dedicated to founder Robert Redford's mission to celebrate
About Gary Clark Jr.
Singer, songwriter, and guitarist
extraordinaire Gary Clark Jr. is the type of artist who comes along
once in a lifetime. Ever since becoming the only newcomer to perform
at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival two years ago, the Austin
native has been astonishing audiences across the country, and at
every major summer music festival in 2012, with his sonic journeys
that are equally soulful and psychedelic. His current album Blak and
Blu -- a rocket ride rushing from the Mississippi Delta of a century
ago to a point somewhere ahead of the horizon -- bowed at No. 6 on
the Billboard Album chart and earned Clark unanimous critical acclaim
for the inventiveness of his blues, rock, and soul combo. The New
York Times called Clark "a guitarist of deep magnetism and tremendous
feel," while Spin declared, "there truly is nobody else like him
around." A command performance at The White House for the Obamas,
alongside Mick Jagger, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, and Buddy Guy, led the
President to remark: "He's the future."
About Somesuch & Co
Somesuch & Co was founded in the summer of 2010
by Sally Campbell, Tim Nash and Nick Gordon. Sally and Nick
previously worked together at Academy Films; Sally as a
Partner/Producer and Nick as a Director. Before Somesuch & Co, Tim
worked for six years at Atlantic Records gaining recognition as one
of the top music video commissioners.
The three make a strong team and the company has gone from strength
to strength, building a fresh and varied roster including Kim Gehrig,
Daniel Wolfe, Ewen Spencer and Bob Harlow as well as directors from
international partners Iconoclast; So Me, We Are From L.A and Romain
Gavras. The company also successfully champion new talent such as
Emily Kai Bock, Ben Strebel, Abteen Bagheri and Tyrone LeBon.
Somesuch & Co have made commercials for San Miguel, Stella, Guinness,
Nokia, Ballantines, Skoda, Seat, Doritos, New Look, Vodafone, HTC,
Cobra, Coca Cola and Asics.
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