Magazine article Screen International

Tribeca Film Festival 2019 to Open with World Premiere of 'The Apollo'

Magazine article Screen International

Tribeca Film Festival 2019 to Open with World Premiere of 'The Apollo'

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First screening will take place in iconic venue itself, in Harlem.

The 18th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival presented by AT&T will open with the world premiere of the HBO Documentary Film The Apollo.

Roger Ross Williams directed the film, which chronicles the history and contemporary legacy of the 85-year-old New York City theatre, a cultural hub that served as a launchpad for the likes of Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, Dave Chappelle, and Jimi Hendrix.

The film follows a new production of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between The World And Me and frames the way in which The Apollo explores the current struggle of black lives in America, the role that art plays in that struggle, and the broad range of African American achievement that the Apollo Theater has championed. …

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