Directed by Roger Ross Williams
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 98 Minutes World Premiere
The Apollo Theater has been a cultural anchor on Harlem’s West 125th St. since 1934, and through its doors have passed the most legendary African American artists of the past nine decades. Academy Award® winning filmmaker and Tribeca alum Roger Ross Williams looks at the storied history of this iconic space while following the Apollo’s inaugural staging of Ta-Nehisi Coates' acclaimed Between the World and Me.

The Apollo Theater itself represents the ongoing struggle of black lives in America and The Apollo demonstrates the elemental role that art plays in that struggle by highlighting the broad range of African American achievement that has been discovered, championed, and thrived on its stage. The Tribeca Film Festival is proud to open our program in 2019 with this celebration of art and community in New York City.

—Cara Cusumano
About the Director(s)
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 VR experience Traveling While Black. Currently Williams is working on his first narrative feature for Amazon studios.

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Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Roger Ross Williams
  • Screenwriter:
    Cassidy Hartmann, Jean Tsien
  • Producer:
    Lisa Cortes, Nigel Sinclair, Jeanne Elfant Festa, Cassidy Hartmann, Roger Ross Williams
  • Cast:
    Pharrell Williams, Jamie Foxx, Patti LaBelle, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Smokey Robinson
  • Cinematographer:
    Michael Dwyer
  • Editor:
    Jean Tsien, A.C.E., John S. Fisher