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Imagine Docs, Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation prep feature doc

Imagine Documentaries, the documentary and unscripted wing of Imagine Entertainment, has signed an exclusive deal with the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation to produce a definitive feature documentary on the jazz ...
August 12, 2019

Imagine Documentaries, the documentary and unscripted wing of Imagine Entertainment, has signed an exclusive deal with the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation to produce a definitive feature documentary on the jazz icon.

The deal will give the filmmakers access to hundreds of hours of audio recordings, film footage, photographs, personal diaries and ephemera for exclusive use in the film.

“I find it difficult to imagine a voice more globally recognized than that of Louis Armstrong,” said Imagine Documentaries president Justin Wilkes┬áin a statement. “And yet, the story behind the voice; of the music, the man, and the impact he had on our world have never been fully recognized on film. As the song goes, we’re honored to bring him ‘back to where he belongs.’”

“This is a perfect time to remind the world of the power, depth and beauty in Louis Armstrong’s music and story, especially as we celebrate 50 years of Armstrong’s generosity in establishing the foundation,” added Stanley Crouch, president of The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation.

“He was born in poverty in one of the roughest neighborhoods in New Orleans, Louisiana. Absorbing the multilayered music and culture of that fascinating place and time, he went on to heal and educate the country and world with the depth of his playing, singing and undying belief in the value of our common humanity,” Crouch continued. “The life and times, trials, tribulations and triumphs of Louis Armstrong still has much to show the world. He is an iconic genius whose rich musical, social and philosophical insights are timeless.”

The as-yet untitled documentary is set to begin production in the fall.

(Photo by Jack Bradley, courtesy of the Louis Armstrong House Museum)

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