Shinola welcomes new Americans with a patriotic short film

Immigration is an unqualified benefit for the country in a new campaign from Preacher

Published On
Jul 02, 2018

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Just in time for the Fourth of July, Detroit landmark Shinola and Austin-based Preacher released a touching, patriotic spot that proudly showcases the stories of new Americans, all immigrants who came to the U.S. seeking--and finding--a better life.

A short film directed by Danny Clinch follows ten people with different vocations and different places of birth--Guinea, Brazil, Pakistan, Guyana--who became naturalized citizens at a ceremony at Daniel Patrick Moynihan Courthouse in Manhattan last month. They speak candidly of the circumstances that brought them to America. For some it was a search for opportunity, for others a longing for safety.

The work is part of the launch of Shinola's sixth installment in its Great Americans series of limited-edition watches, based on the Statue of Liberty this time--the most enduring and recognizable symbol of immigration in the world. A group of the new citizens (and new voters, one of them reminds us) each received one of the watches, packaged in a box bearing the phrase "From this second forward, you are as American as the rest of us."

A full-page print ad also ran in the New York Times on Monday, leading with the tagline "As American As They Come Can Come From Anywhere." The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, which helped design the watches, is also launching a month-long crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the Statue of Liberty Museum, set to open in 2019.


Jul 02, 2018
Brand :
Agency :
President :
Shannon Washburn
Vice President, Marketing :
Alex Drinker
Director, Marketing :
Christina Chen
Brand Director :
Bao-Tran Huynh
Chief Creative Officer :
Rob Baird
Chief Executive Officer :
Krystle Loyland
Chief Strategy Officer :
Seth Gaffney
Art Director :
Nick Troop
Copywriter :
Maxx Delaney
Brand Manager :
Grant Watson
Designer :
Lindsey Willis
Director, Strategy :
Ashley Shaffer
Executive Producer :
Stacey Higgins
Producer :
Rachel Kichler
Business Affairs :
Miiko Martin
Director/Photographer :
Danny Clinch
Production Company :
Milkt Films
Executive Producer :
Lindha Narvaez
Field Producer :
Debra Koffler
Production Supervisor :
Noah Trivier
Director, Photography :
Josh Goleman
Danny Clinch Agents :
Edit House :
Union Editorial
Executive Producer :
Victoria Russell
Editor :
Kevin Ray
Assistant :
Shelby Merritt
Music :
Contentment (Instrumental) by Keen Collective & Marmoset
Mix :
Dusty Albertz
Mix :
Online Artist :
Moody Glasgow
Colorist :
Marshall Plante
Colorist :
Olio Creative

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