Since it’s inception in 1934, the Apollo Theater has served as a launchpad for African American entertainment. The 1,506 seat auditorium has featured artists from James Brown to Raheem Devaughn to an upcoming screening of the Black Panthers. For decades, it has not only been a pinnacle statement in the Harlem neighborhood, but a recognizable landmark of AA’s nationwide. But it’s not often that we get a chance to smell the roses while you still have them. Fortunately, this is one of those rare occasions. Lee Daniels is working on his first full-length documentary, titled, The Apollo Theater Film Project. Here’s the info below on the project.
Oscar nominated director Lee Daniels (LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER, PRECIOUS and creator and producer of the Fox hit series EMPIRE) will direct the documentary feature film THE APOLLO THEATER FILM PROJECT – the authorized history of New York’s famed Apollo Theater, it was announced today by White Horse Pictures’ Nigel Sinclair and Jeanne Elfant Festa.
In the spirit of the Apollo Theater’s tradition of active audience participation and in support of this documentary, Lee Daniels and Jonelle Procope, President and CEO the Apollo Theater, are jointly making an appeal to members of the public, audience-goers, and fans for film footage, home movies, photographs or other memorabilia that may have been accumulated by members of the community in the course of its more than 80 years of live performances.
If you or someone you know has visual or audio-visual material documenting the APOLLO THEATER or the neighborhood of HARLEM, we want to hear from you! We are looking for film footage, photographs and audio recordings to help tell this remarkable story.
Stay tuned for more info on the project. Meanwhile, you can send over all of your past footage via the website here.