Shola Lynch, critically acclaimed director of Free Angela and All Political Prisoners, has written a documentary along with Cassidy Hartmann and Mark Monroe about the legendary Apollo Theater titled The Apollo Theater Film Project. This documentary “will tell the story of the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. One of the most famous theaters in the world and a driving force in shaping America’s music and cultural landscape, the Apollo’s impact on the local Harlem community and the legendary musicians who performed at the historic venue is immeasurable.” Oscar nominated director Lee Daniels (Empire) is set to direct this project.
To maintain the authenticity of the Apollo Theatre culture in utilizing audience participation, the team is seeking the help of the public, requesting film footage, photographs etc. related to either Harlem or the Apollo. For more information, check out the main site of the documentary –http://www.apollotheaterdocumentary.com/
“We are asking members of the community who have been to the Apollo, who may have parents or grandparents or other family members or friends who have done so, to help us find any material – audience footage, photographs, or other memories that we can use in our documentary film. We have established a website for anyone who wants to submit. We will, of course, respect everybody’s ownership of their property.” – Lee Daniels
The Apollo Theater has showcased a list of legendary artists, including Aretha Franklin, Nat King Cole, Gladys Knight, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Billie Holiday. It was where many great musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald, Jimi Hendrix, and the Jackson Five got their start, and amateur Night at the Apollo has been running just about every Wednesday since it premiered in 1934, which makes it the longest running televised live talent showcase
Here is a video where Daniels breaks down a bit more about the project and the materials that he is looking for: