Lee Daniels may be conquering television at the moment as the creator of FOX’s “Empire,” but he’s making moves back to filmmaking as the director of a new documentary. The feature, entitled “The Apollo Theater Film Project,” will provide an authorized history of New York’s famed Apollo Theater. Nigel Sinclair of White Horse Pictures and Jeanne Elfant Festa of Piper Cub Productions have already boarded the project as producers.
The doc will tell the story of The Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, which is one of the most famous and influential theaters in the world. But in order to make the documentary, Daniels and Jonelle Procope, President and CEO of the Apollo Theater, are making an appeal to members of the public. They are asking audience-goers and fans to submit any footage, home movies, photographs or other memorabilia they may have from the theater’s 80-plus years of live performances, premieres and special events.
“I am honored to be entrusted with the story of this incredible American iconic institution and work with this team,” said Daniels in an official statement. “I used to go to The Apollo Theater as a kid and never in a million years would I have imagined I would be back to be doing this — it is very special for me.”
Universal Music Group will curate the music for the documentary with a string of artists who have performed at the prestigious institute. Anyone who would like to contribute to the film can submit material over at the movie’s official website.