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Community Screening: Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues

Directed by Sacha Jenkins

USA | Documentary | 104

6 Nov
Sun, Nov 6, 2022 at 4:00 pm PT
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Guests Expected

Director Sacha Jenkins expected to attend.


Louis Armstrong is rooted in our collective memory as a legend, but few understood the man. Viewed by his contemporaries as a sellout for white audiences, Armstrong is also considered to be one of the greatest musicians of all time who left an indelible mark on the art of jazz. In Sacha Jenkins’s fluid and vivid profile, Armstrong is all that and more—an icon who refuses to be categorized. With his own words from personal audio diaries and letters, Pops relays political views and a deep resentment towards the establishment, along with jokes and ditties. Set to an explosive soundtrack with appearances from Nas, Wynton Marsalis, and the voice of Dizzy Gillespie, Black & Blues is an arresting portrait of a legend we only thought we knew.

Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues is offered as a community screening, free and open to the public. Attendees must RSVP for tickets.

Director Sacha Jenkins

Sacha Jenkins was born in Philadelphia. His films include Fresh Dressed (2015), Word Is Bond (2018), Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men (2019), Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James (2021), and the television miniseries Everything’s Gonna Be All White (2022). Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues is his latest feature.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2022

Premiere Bay Area

Runtime 104

Country USA

Director Sacha Jenkins

Executive Producer Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Michele Anthony, David Blackman

Producer Sara Bernstein, Justin Wilkes, Sacha Jenkins, Julie Anderson

Editor Jason Pollard, Alma Herrera-Pazmiño

Cinematographer Ed Lachman

Music Terence Blanchard

Closed Captions Closed captions are available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio descriptions are available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.