The Apollo

Gala

World Premiere

USA | 98 MINUTES

THE APOLLO

Documentary
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

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Roger Ross Williams

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

CONTACTS

Press Contact
Lana Invy
HBO
New York , 10036
Phone: 212 512 1462
Lana.Iny@hbo.com
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