Tribeca Film Festival celebrates 'The Apollo' theater

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Published on April 25, 2019 - Duration: 02:16s

Tribeca Film Festival celebrates 'The Apollo' theater

The 18th annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York kicks off with the premiere of "The Apollo," a documentary about the famed theater in Harlem.

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Tribeca Film Festival celebrates 'The Apollo' theater

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The 18th annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York kicked off on Wednesday (April 24) with the premiere of "The Apollo," a documentary about the famed theater in Harlem.

"It's more than music because the film is about the struggle of black people in America and Harlem is like the nucleus of black America and the struggle," said the film's director, Roger Ross Williams. "We use music and art to lift ourselves out of oppression.

And so the journey of 85 years of history is really the journey of black Africans in America and it's a powerful and poignant story.

So, you know, Ta-Nehisi Coates says in the film that, 'Our music is so beautiful that even those with their boot on your neck can't help but sing along.'

" The 12-day event was founded by actor Robert De Niro and his long-time producing partner Jane Rosenthal to bring unity to lower Manhattan following the 9/11 attacks, which has continued since its inception.

This year the festival says its entries, "Have an intimacy that brings you into worlds outside of your own.

They are more personal; they tell stories of survivors, communities, and artists." Television shows "The Simpsons" and "In Living Color" and films "Say Anything," Reality Bites," "Apocalypse Now" and "This is Spinal Tap" will celebrate anniversaries with screenings and talk sessions at the festival.

Director Danny Boyle's new romantic comedy "Yesterday" will close the festival on May 4th.

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