The HBO documentary The Apollo, helmed by Oscar- and Emmy-winning director Roger Ross Williams, chronicles the unique history and contemporary legacy of New York City’s landmark Apollo Theater. The feature-length film weaves together archival clips of music, comedy and dance performances; behind-the-scenes verité footage of the team that makes the theater run; and interviews with such artists as Jamie Foxx, Angela Bassett, Pharrell Williams, Common, Patti LaBelle and Smokey Robinson. While uncovering the rich history of the internationally renowned theater that has influenced American music and culture for 85 years, Williams also examines the current state of race in America, following a new multi-media adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ best-selling book Between the World and Me as it comes together on the theater’s grand stage. The Apollo debuts this fall on HBO. Following the screening, there will be a discussion with producer Lisa Cortes, Apollo Theater executive producer Kamilah Forbes, and theatre historian Billy Mitchell, moderated by Jamal Simmons, host of the Hill TV.
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