Producer Lisa Cortés in attendance
The historic Apollo Theater on Harlem’s West 125th St. is cherished as the platform that launched the careers of countless African-American talents, including some of the most important and influential names: Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Jackson 5, Jimi Hendrix and more. With incredible archival performances and a fascinating behind-the-scenes look as the theater prepares to open Ta-Nehisi Coates' multimedia performance “Between the World,” it becomes evident that the venue’s significance is the result of not only the talents to have graced its stage, but the tremendous efforts behind the curtain. The Apollo’s enduring influence on popular culture and commitment to both established and emerging artists in the community is lovingly chronicled in this captivating tribute from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams. –Malin Kan
Roger Ross Williams is an award-winning director, producer, writer and the first African-American director to win an Academy Award®, for his short film MUSIC BY PRUDENCE. Williams’ work pushes the boundaries of culture and film. His documentaries include Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy Award®-winning LIFE, ANIMATED, as well as GOD LOVES UGANDA, AMERICAN JAIL, and the VR experience TRAVELING WHILE BLACK. Currently, Williams is working on his first narrative feature for Amazon Studios.