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Advance Auto Parts and DieHard Battery Tell the Real-Life Story of a Diehard Hero



Mini-documentary developed by TMA stars former Marine sergeant and world renowned climber Kirstie Ennis

Advance Auto Parts and DieHard Battery Tell the Real-Life Story of a Diehard Hero

In 2020, Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider, helped relaunch the DieHard brand with an action-packed two minute film starring Bruce Willis (famous for his role as John McClane in the movie Die Hard) and heralding that 'DieHard is back' (DieHard is part of Advance’s portfolio of owned brands). The successful relaunch was followed last year by the debut of a campaign touting 'Diehards Choose DieHard' that showcased the power of diehard people who choose DieHard batteries and a unique, fantastical connection between them.  

Now Advance Auto Parts, in partnership with its creative agency, Dallas-based TMA, is debuting a companion ad to the 'Diehards Choose DieHard' campaign. The new advertising tells a real-life story about a hero who epitomises what it means to be a diehard. The commercial stars Kirstie Ennis, a former Marine sergeant, world-renowned climber and action-sports diehard who has overcome all odds to scale six of the world’s tallest mountains. Titled 'The Climber,' the :60 film is a mini-documentary that celebrates Kirstie’s story, highlights her endless fighting spirit, and champions her return to conquer Mt. Everest – the 'seventh summit.'  

Said Jason McDonell, Advance’s executive vice president of merchandising, marketing and eCommerce, “Kirstie is one of the most inspiring figures in society today. We’ve witnessed first-hand how Kirstie defines what it means to be a diehard. There is a strong correlation between her relentless drive and the hallmarks of our DieHard brand – reliability, durability, and specifically, power.”  

Shot in a single day in Lake Perris State Park in Riverside, California with Natural Selection Productions, the shoot faced its own logistical challenges, including a harnessed DP dangling off the side of a cliff to film the climb. TMA chief creative officer Harris Wilkinson commented, “Kirstie spent a very long day - and part of the night - climbing up and down that cliff, and never once stopped smiling. She absolutely crushed it.”

To match the epic nature of the film, Advance Auto Parts plans to run this new advertising in movie theatres next month. It will appear before such highly anticipated releases as Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, to be followed by Creed 3 in March. It will also run online on YouTube, paid social media and Advance Auto Parts social media channels.  

Said Kirstie, “Advance has been part of my journey for several years, and I admire their dedication to supporting members of the military.  My hope is that this video inspires people to accomplish their goals, even when the path is full of obstacles and challenges,” adding, “You’re damn right I’m a diehard.”


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Genres: Documentary, People, Storytelling

Elvove Associates, Tue, 17 Jan 2023 14:31:46 GMT