Friday Night Spotlight: THE APOLLO

THE APOLLO explores the rich history and contemporary legacy of the New York City landmark. Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams explores the current struggle of black lives in America, the role that art plays in that struggle and the broad range of African American achievement that the Apollo Theater represents. Weaving together splendid archival footage, music, comedy and dance performances, and behind-the-scenes verité with the team that makes the theater run, THE APOLLO features interviews with artists including Patti LaBelle, Pharrell Williams, Smokey Robinson, and Jamie Foxx. An HBO Documentary Films Release.


Moderator: Renée Graham, Boston Globe associate editor and columnist

Guest: Singer/Author Ruth Pointer


Friday, October 4


Brattle Theatre

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Roger Ross Williams


Lisa Cortes, Nigel Sinclair, Jeanne Elfant Festa, Cassidy Hartmann, Roger Ross Williams




98 minutes

Presenting Sponsor

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