RadicalMedia and Impact Artist Productions are teaming up with The Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach for a documentary about the late New Orleans music legend Dr. John.
Billed as a “tale of true Americana,” the film will delve into the life, career and cultural impact of Mac Rebenack, better known as Dr. John, the Nite Tripper.
In 2012, Auerbach produced Dr. John’s album Locked Down, which went on to win the 2013 Best Blues Album Grammy. Rebenack died June 6, 2019 at age 77.
The untitled project, Auerbach’s directorial debut, is executive produced by Jon Kamen and Jon Doran for RadicalMedia, which recently executive produced Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s acclaimed Summer of Soul.
Dr. John’s longtime managers Ed Gerard and Peter Himberger of Impact Artist Productions executive produce alongside independent producer Leopoldo Gout, who also serves as EP.
Auerbach said in a statement: “From his mysterious voodoo stage persona Dr John, to his real, humble self Mac Rebannack- the street poet, the family man, the junkie, the Grammy award winner and all that’s in between, this documentary will introduce the world to him in a way they haven’t seen him before. I’m still learning bits about him that I never knew, and I hope the movie provides a lens into the story of the life of Dr. John.”
Doran added: “Dan’s creative experience with Mac, and his passion for this story truly brings a unique perspective and style to the project.”
Photo: Alyssa Gafkjen (Photo was taken at Easy Eye Sound studios during the recording of Locked Down)