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
NOVEMBER 16, 2012 – LOS ANGELES, CA – 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 by will be featured in the promos and the closing credits of the series.
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 venture.”
“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