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Apple Films is working on a Louis Armstrong documentary

The film will concentrate on the legends overall contribution to music

Hollywood Reporter brings the news that Apple Original Films is working on a documentary about the overall contribution to music by the pioneering jazz legend Louis Armstrong.

According to the report, Black & Blues: The Colorful Ballad of Louis Armstrong is set to highlight Armstrong’s “rise to fame and delve into parts of his personal life that have been left in obscurity. Beyond the music, the film will take an in-depth look at the backlash he received for staying mum on issues surrounding racial injustice until he voiced his dismay over the treatment of the Little Rock Nine.”

The film will also include rare photos, audio recordings, and video footage to try and cover what the legend of Armstrong is all about. The project will be directed by filmmaker Sacha Jenkins under the Imagine Documentaries imprint.

In its statement, Apple TV+ says that “the film offers a definitive look at the master musician’s life and legacy as a founding father of jazz, the first pop star and a cultural ambassador of the United States.”

“With the full support of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, the filmmakers have access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival materials, including hundreds of hours of audio recordings, film footage, photographs, personal diaries, and a life’s worth of ephemera for exclusive use in the first significant documentary dedicated entirely to his life.”

The documentary will follow the fact that Armstrong’s song “When the Saints Go Marching In” was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.

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